The most important rule of Capture the Flag is to protect your team’s flag at all costs. You never leave it unattended to send everyone after the enemies’ flag, because that leaves your “home” wide open to the enemy! The same principle is true in missions and ministry. You have to take care of the home front before you seek to meet the needs halfway across the world.
Christ gave us the instruction to carry the gospel with us to the ends of the earth, but we often forget that this planet just so happens to be round, and exactly where we stand is “an end of the earth.” Churches die because they neglect their communities in pursuit of doing good in “exotic, far-away lands.” They walk right by the starving people, homeless, widows, and orphans less than a block away from them, and still believe they are fulfilling the Great Commission because they sent a check to Haiti this week.
In no way am I saying that global missions are not a vital function of the church, but it should never trump evangelism and meeting the “mission” in the community that we know and love at home. The more we invest in our communities, the more we can equip missionaries to go out into the world and touch those far-away places as they minister in them.
Christ walked everywhere He went, and He ministered to the people He met along the way. His ministry was a face-to-face, personal one. He knew the value of ministry right where He was, and though He died for the world, He first built a strong core of disciples to radiate out from Himself to impact that world long after He had returned to heaven.
Look what’s coming up for our youth
6/3 – 7/29/21 Off-Campus Youth Group
We’re taking Youth Group to the streets in June and July, meeting in parks, MCC member homes, and other (safe) locations around the area! Look for a list of times, dates and locations in your Sunday bulletin.
Camp season is back at MCC! See Anthony for more information or help with registration.
6/20 – 25 Elementary (3rd-5th Grade)
7/7 – 7/10 1st Chance (1st-2nd Grade)
7-18 – 7/23 High School
7/25 – 7/30 Junior High
Aug 7 – Summer Slam A one-day project helping hand out backpacks and supplies for students in Pontiac.
Start saving your slightly-used items, that will become someone else’s treasure, for the Sisters in Service garage sale scheduled for Aug. 19 -21. The garage on the church grounds has undergone a major clean up in preparation for this garage sale. More details will be published as the date gets closer. Please see Cathy Podvin if you have questions.
Here are a few updates from some of our mission partners around the world:
International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES) Since the military seized power in Myanmar earlier this year, IDES working with local partners, has helped meet needs inside Myanmar, including:
– Supplying $32,000 worth of rice, noodles and other basic foods to hundreds of families
– Providing $30,000 to supply food and blankets for approximately 400 refugee families, along with materials to construct bamboo huts for 100 of these families.
– Distributing $35,000 in relief supplies (food and medicines) to more than 1100 families who were forced to flee into the jungle when their village was attacked and homes burned to the ground by armed troops.
Kerala (India) Christian Mission In the 2020 Annual Report, Rajan Ipe reports “Even though 2020 had many negatives with it, we have experienced several positives also. One of the greatest blessings in our life happened during this time…four of our grandchildren were baptized into Christ.” Rajan also shared how the pandemic affected the church: “People had an opportunity to realize that THE CHURCH is not a building and…to see faithful church members collecting their offering at family worship gatherings in spite of financial crisis and giving it to the Church leadership.” Several members of Rajan’s family, including Rajan himself, have recovered from COVID infection. Please pray for the people of India as the pandemic continues to ravage the country, and for God to work through the ministries and people of KCM.
Asia Christian Services Please continue to pray for our Asian missionaries and the believers in the churches that are already established. Also pray for:
– Peace and an ending of violence and the repressive activities of the ruling leaders
– Some aspect of normalcy so people can work and avoid starvation
– God’s protection of His children both physically and from persecution
– Our brothers and sisters as they courageously show God’s love to a hurting world
Voice of the Martyrs The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has created a digital monster whose eyes never cease watching Chinese citizens and whose brain tracks and automatically punishes their infractions. It is estimated that there is one camera for every two people in the country! In the past three years, the CCP has used technology to facilitate the mass incarceration of more than 1.5 million ethnic, religious and political minorities. Also mentioned in the May VOM newsletter is the Communist Party effort to “update” the Bible. Revisions will include adding “core socialist values” and removing passages that do not reflect communist beliefs. Pray for the Word of God to continue to spread throughout China and the world, and for spiritual strength for believers who face persecution and imprisonment for their faith.
“Pray without ceasing” — Your prayers are important and they make a difference!
This year’s His House Christian Fellowship’s “Cycle the Campus” fundraiser is focusing on the Relaunch of the ministry at the University of Michigan. Over the last few years, student involvement in His House at UofM has declined, and they feel it’s time for a Relaunch. The fundraiser, that includes bike rides, 5K runs and 5K walks, will take place on the UofM campus on Sat., June 5, giving participants an opportunity to pray over the campus, students and the Relaunch. If you feel the calling to support their efforts with a donation or your prayers, contact Ron Meegan at 248-804-1383.
There are approximately 3 acres of grass surrounding our church building – that’s a lot of grass! It takes several teams to keep up with the mowing. Join a Mowing Team to help keep our grounds looking good by contacting Dan Bright, 248-651-6484.
Stephanie Elwell – June 4
Dan Bright – June 5
Eoghan Thomas – June 6
Anthony Knotts – June 8
Patrick Elwell – June 16
Matthew Zaremba – June 18
Jaysun & Traci Thomas (Anniv.) – June 18
Ron & Marian Murphy (Anniv.) – June 20
Sue Rose – June 20
Dick Tenniswood – June 22
Larry & Cindy Esterline (Anniv.) – June 23
Grace Knotts – June 24
Randy & Jerri Gilbert (Anniv.) – June 25
Phil & Debi Newton (Anniv.) – June 26