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Grow May 20, 2015

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Last Sunday we wrapped up the Brave Journey. We heard powerful stories of God at work in our midst. I always love to hear stories of what God’s been doing in your life!

If you missed Sunday, catch the Brave series finale right here:

Next week, we will resume our SHAPING study in the commands of Jesus. If you are new, SHAPING is an acronym for 7 different qualities of how Jesus operates. (Strategy, Humility, Authority, Purity, Integrity, Needy, Generosity)

We chose SHAPING because it is the term vintners use to describe how they train a vine to produce more fruit. Think of Jesus’ teaching in John 15! Each part of the study includes 10 commands of Jesus for us to obey – to be more fruitful.

We are about mid-way in the Integrity portion of the study. The next 5 commands of Jesus are all about relationships – especially repairing relationships. Jesus will teach us how to keep the Body of Christ united – a key dimension of integrity.

On June 14, we will have Vision Sunday – our worship services will include our annual congregation meeting. You will get an update from the chair of our elder council and my annual pastoral report.

We will look at our vision, and share staff changes and priorities for the next year, including a renewed focus on inviting friends and neighbors to follow Jesus with us. We will also have time to cover any questions you may have about our church!

This summer, we will focus on the Neediness of Jesus before his Father and his call for us to depend completely on him. Our children and youth ministries will shift into summer rhythms as we give our regular teachers a break.

Mission partners from Africa, Asia, and Israel will visit MCC throughout the summer, and they will share unique global Kingdom updates with us – as we partner in bringing the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

This fall, we will conclude our two-year SHAPING study by looking at the Generosity of Jesus. This will challenge us to deeper stewardship of our resources and pull together Jesus’ commands into a renewed Kingdom mission for our congregation in 2016.

I’m looking forward to a restful and stimulating summer with you as we follow Jesus together! Love, Denis

Grow May 14, 2015

BRAVE Journey – Week Five

Grow May 13, 2015

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Beloved Brave Journeyers,

I’m thankful for Zeke’s message last week, and how the story of Peter in Acts 10 is still playing out today.

We have amazing opportunities in front of us, and I’m glad so many of our families – like the Robyn’s – are following God’s call to bring the Gospel – even to Israel!

How did the message help remind you or inspire you about your “heading”? How do you stay encouraged on your Brave Mission?

I really hope you plan to attend the Ascension Celebration tomorrow night – Thursday May 14 at 7 PM at the Parish center. The service will be less than an hour, mostly a worship-filled tribute to our Risen King Jesus. Free child care!

This coming Sunday we will wrap up the Journey – looking at Peter’s proven plan for perseverance in the ever-challenging adventure of following Jesus.

It will also be a time to share testimonies and to celebrate all that God did. May these new areas of growth and community become a permanent and encouraging part of our lives together.

Let’s persevere with Jesus! Denis


SHAPING – Integrity Week 4 – Sunday May 24 – We will return to our study in the commands of Jesus – all dealing with relationship repair.

Outpouring 2015 – Sunday May 31 – 3:00-4:30 PM – City-Wide Praise and Worship – Cincinnati Gardens

Grow May 06, 2015


Last Sunday was special — on at least five counts:
If you missed here’s the video – https://youtu.be/Cb5f7WY4cc8

1. It all started with a creative bacon outreach to the Flying Pig marathon by Rob Seetin, David McMillen, Brock Lusch, and many family and youth group regulars. God blessed the effort with unexpected response and popularity – way to “leap” guys!

2. Dell’s 95th birthday testimony and cake fest was also a huge blessing. Kudos to Shy Stolarski and the Gladstone community for beautiful decorations and to Burr and Terry Robinson and the elders’ wives for fantastic cakes. It was wonderful to celebrate as a multi-generational community and hear some of Dell’s leaps with Jesus.

3. Celebrating three baptisms and hearing the story of how God brought each one to obedience was really encouraging – in the midst of community worship and celebratory cheers for Jesus.

4. Giving thanks to dozens of special servants who have given themselves lavishly to our children, youth, and to making Sunday mornings run smoothly. Your servant hearts bless everyone who comes to MCC. (Great video Briana!)

5. Seeing how God used Peter as he took a leap with Jesus in the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Acts 3 and 4. We shared testimonies and biblical examples of the many ways we can bring God’s Kingdom into our daily lives. May that be our prayer this week!

Let’s be Brave, and take leaps with Jesus! Denis