Sharing with Steve
Two weeks ago, at the communication meeting Mike Tingley reiterated the idea that on Sundays we have come to worship. When we enter the auditorium are we ready to worship? Do we come prepared to sing, pray, share, serve, and listen? My wife and I left on vacation the next day and went to Florida to visit our kids and grandkids. My daughter let me use her new Chromebook. She set up an account and I did not realize that I already had a Google account. When we accessed the account I discovered some Google documents. I did not know that they had been saved in Google. The first one I clicked on was an article that I had written for the newsletter ten years ago. After reading it I realized that it spoke directly to what Mike had said and indirectly to what the Believe chapter is saying for Sunday, June 3. I want to share the article, again, to remind us of how we are to look at God:
Several months ago, I read a fascinating book, The Presence Based Church, by Terry Tekyl. The concept of worship was examined in light of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament. The Lord’s presence was to be found on the Mercy Seat. When people came to the tabernacle to worship they knew that the Lord was in residence there. There was a sense of awe and holy fear about this place. The book continued to its next logical step. If God no longer dwells in temples of stone or tents of skin, but lives within us, should we not feel the reverence and awe when we worship or even when we are coming to the Lord in prayer?
In many ways we have trivialized worship. We have made it all about music, drama, media presentations, clock watching (worship must flow), styles of sermons, etc. We will ask people how do they worship and what we really mean is what kind of songs do you like and do you still use the organ? The one component that so often is left out is the Lord Himself. Isaiah chapter 6 begins: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’” The Lord was at the center of everything. He commanded attention. All things were focused on Him.
The Presence Based Church challenged me to look at worship in a different way. On the one hand we are always in the presence of God, or should I say that He is always with us. He has made the promise that He will be with us wherever we go. But when we come together in worship we are making a conscious decision to honor God and Christ. We are humbling ourselves because there is no other way to approach the Lord. His majesty and power should overwhelm us. His glory shines so that we must cover our eyes. Everything, I mean everything, pales when compared to Him. I am not sure if God is that concerned with how we worship (I know that worship must be done in order), but I do know that He is concerned about who we worship. My gut tells me that He gets a kick out of choruses, hymns, pianos, organs, beautiful voices, scratchy voices, expository preaching, topical preaching, etc., as long as we are being faithful to the Word and honoring in our actions. I believe “Shout to the Lord” to be one of the most beautiful songs ever written, but if I am not singing it to bring honor and glory to God then I am not worshiping. I love to sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” but if I am not singing to the Lord then I am not worshiping.
I want to challenge you to be a Presence Based Church. God is waiting for us to come together as His body to bring glory and honor to Him. He eagerly desires the praises of His people. Let us not disappoint Him.
June 2 – Cycle the Campus, Midland, MI for HIS House Christian Ministries
June 17-21 – Teens to CIY Move in Cedarville, OH
July 15 – Pre-Teen 2 Camp at Lake James Christian Camp – Steve is Assistant Dean
July 29 – Church Picnic following the morning service
BELIEVE SERMON SCHEDULE
June 3 – Chapter 14 – Single-mindedness
Key Idea – I focus on God and His priorities for my life.
June 10 – Chapter 15 – Total Surrender
Key Idea – I dedicate my life to God’s purposes.
June 17 – Guest Speaker – Steve at CIY Move with teens in Cedarville, OH
June 24 – Chapter 16 – Biblical Community
Key Idea – I fellowship with Christians to accomplish God’s purposes in my life, in the life of others and in the world.
Spring is in the air, and it is not too early to begin planning to help with the lawn mowing at Meadowbrook Christian Church. We need men and women to volunteer to help our mowing teams. We need at least four teams of three to four people each. Four teams will mean that you only will mow once a month during the cutting months. If you can help or need more information please see Dan Bright. Thank you in advance for helping out this way and keeping our church in great shape.
June Mowing Schedule
Week of June 3 – The Orange Team
Week of June 10 – The Blue Team
Week of June 17 – The Green Team
Week of June 24 – The Red Team
Week of July 1 – The Orange Team
Faith Promise Rally Update
The Missions Ministry of Meadowbrook is pleased to announce that we received $1,498 towards the Mission Project of buying the needed ceiling tiles and lighting for the fireplace room at Lake James Christian Camp and Retreat Center. The goal was to raise $2000, and we were able to make up the difference with the contingency fund. In addition, the number of people participating in the Faith Promise program has increased. We are able to maintain our current level of support for our 13 missions. Thanks very much for all of your participation and support in making this year’s rally a success!
June’s Missions Focus
This month’s Missions focus is on Kerala Christian Mission, organized in 1978 for the restoration of New Testament Christianity in Kerala in the Southern part of India. KCM is engaged in Evangelism followed by discipleship training. The mission gives assistance to establish self-supporting, self-governing, self-propagating New Testament congregations and train young Christians to be preachers and teachers of the truth. According to their website, http://www.kcm-india.org, KCM functions not only in church building and planting, but also in supporting hospitals, orphanages, senior-citizen homes, college campuses, and even ministries for the blind. Since 1978, KCM has been led by Rajan Ipe, who visited Meadowbrook in 2016. KCM relies on funding from U.S.-based churches to assist in evangelism projects, but their main intent is for church-plants to become self funding. Political winds in India have been making it more difficult for Christian organizations to receive donations from outside of India. This is why it is important for KCM churches to become self-funding, but is also a call to prayer, not only for God to continue to provide open doors for funding, but also for KCM’s work to be as effective as possible while funding is still available.
In addition to the mission’s focus, this month the ministry of Ninos de Mexico has specifically asked us to pray that an additional psychologist would join their team to help with the troubled children in their care. Please pray that God will provide this need.
Our annual church picnic will be held Sunday, July 29, following church services. As in the past, we’ll be meeting at the Auburn Hills Civic Center Park shelter. The Schwartzenberger LIFE Group is in charge this year and are planning lots of games and activities. Fried chicken and beverages will be provided. A sign-up sheet will be in the foyer to let us know how many people are coming and also to indicate what you’ll be bringing for the buffet table. For more information please see Linda Tingley.
Behind The Scenes at Meadowbrook
There are lots of activities taking place around Meadowbrook, and lots of people coordinating those activities. Do you know who coordinates meals for shut-ins? Do you know who coordinates the Ladies Tea? Do you know who schedules greeters? There’s someone in charge of those activities and many more. Below is a list of activities and the person or persons responsible. The list is also posted in the church office and in the church directory. Did we miss anything that should be included? If so, please contact Theresa Meegan to update the list.
Elders: Mike Tingley (Chairman), Ron Lindhagen, Steve Martin, Jaysun Thomas
Deacons: Dan Bright, Jeremiah Cox, Brad Koster (Chairman), Mike Rose, Rick Sipe
Trustees: Denis Couture, Mike Gerstenlauer, Brad Koster
Treasurer: Ron Borton
Praise Team – Randy Gilbert
Sunday Service Prayer Devotions – Mike Tingley
Schedule Communion/Offering Devotions – Steve Martin
Schedule Communion/Offering Servers – Steve Martin
Communion Preparation – Elaine Bright
Church Service Videotapes – Mike Rose
Sound and Lighting – Jeremiah Cox
Slide Preparation & Projection- Mike Gerstenlauer & Linda Tingley
Nursery Scheduling – Steve Martin
Front Door New Visitor Greeters: Theresa Meegan & Lynn Ross
Sanctuary Door Greeters – Elaine Bright
Sunday Afternoon Prayer Service – Mike Tingley
Lobby Refreshments – Bonnie Iseman & Mary Koster
Sunday Offerings – Denis Couture, Ron Meegan, Tom Schwartzenberger, Mike Tingley
Offerings & Attendance Record – Ron Meegan
Bathroom Supplies – Mike Rose
Trash Disposal – Dan Bright
Kitchen Supplies – Theresa Meegan
Laundering Towels – Arleen Rossol
Sunday Bulletin – Steve Martin
Dial My Calls (Prayer requests & messages) – Steve Martin
Church Calendar (on website) – Theresa Meegan
Church Directory – Theresa Meegan
Website Manager – Theresa Meegan
Messenger Editor – Stephanie Ciuba
Sisters in Service – President 2018-19 – Lynn Ross
Sisters of the Cloth – Ruth Lindhagen & Elaine Bright
Ladies Tea – Kathi Tope
Ladies Spring Luncheon – Cathy Podvin
Bi-Monthly Men’s Breakfast – Steve Martin
LIFE Group Leaders
Bible Study Teacher’s Scheduler (Children, Youth)
Missions Committee – Cindy Gerstenlauer, Mike & Linda Tingley,
Nathan & Cathie Parker
God’s Helping Hands Liaison – Pat Sipe
Take Them a Meal – Linda Tingley
Greeting Cards (Get well, etc.) – Laura Urteaga
Youth/Young Adult Activities
Junior Church – Wendy Kapusta
Scrapbooking Crop Youth Fundraiser – Cindy Gerstenlauer
Social Activities – Lynn Ross
Fall Festival –
Summer Family Fun Fest – Lynn Ross
Easter Breakfast – Cindy Gerstenlauer
Summer Picnic – LIFE Groups
Pig Roast – Steve Martin
Soup Supper – Lynn Ross
Christmas Breakfast – Phyllis Martin
Adult Christmas Party – Phyllis Martin & Brenda Cox
Funeral Meals – Theresa Meegan
Funeral Flower Memorials – Theresa Meegan
Flower Beds – Linda Tingley
Front Door Planters – Theresa Meegan
Lawn Mowing – Dan Bright
Church Décor – Patti Bradford, Andrea Schwartzenberger & Phyllis Martin
Christmas Decoration – Theresa Meegan & Lynn Ross
Red Cross Blood Drive
Dan Bright – June 5
Pat Sipe – June 5
Jerry & Wanda Douma (Ann.) – June 12
Ron & Ruth Lindhagen (Ann.) – June 14
Matthew Zaremba – June 18
Jaysun & Traci Thomas (Ann.) – June 18
Ron & Marian Murphy (Ann.) – June 20
Sue Rose – June 20
Dick Tenniswood – June 22
Randy & Jerri Gilbert (Ann.) – June 25