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Grow September 16, 2015

MID-WEEKLast Sunday: Be ready for my return!
This Sunday: Guest Moran Rosenblit

Brothers and Sisters

I have four quick updates today:

1. A reflection on a great message by Pastor Tracy Ventus
2. Welcoming our newest staff member, Mark Simes
3. A love offering Sunday for our special Israeli guest
4. Introducing you to our latest new members

1. Pastor Ventus’ message on being ready for the return of Jesus was titled “Ready or not Here Christ Comes”. He encouraged us to remember that this world is not our home but our assignment.

That brings ultimate focus on living for Jesus now, which turns out to be the central thought in his commands about Generosity: use everything for the Kingdom and for my glory!

2. Please welcome our new Director of Ministry, Mark Simes. Mark will start at MCC on October 19. He and his wife, Holly, currently attend Hope Church in Mason. They have two sons, one recently married. Please pray for their transition and ministry here.

Mark had a successful career in R&D at P&G and also served as executive leader of American Heritage Girls. He was the leader of Men’s Ministry at Hope Church for 15 years, and Holly served in the Women’s Ministry. Their experience and gifting will be a blessing to our congregation!

3. Moran Rosenblit will be speaking Sunday. He leads a ministry called Hope4Israel and will encourage us from the Word of God. We will take a love offering to support this ministry.

Hope4Israel is also the operator for our Israel tour. I will give a briefing Sunday for all those who may be interested in our discipleship trip to the Holy Land April 1-12 2016.

4. We welcomed 12 new members last Sunday:

Dan and Bethany Bauer
Tim and Stacey Bon
Chuck and Katie Dokmo
Ben and Lynn Huizenga
Tamala Russell
Donna “Naj” Stevens
Mark and Christine Wavle

If you want to learn more about membership, contact stacey@mariemontchurch.org – our next new members seminar is on Saturday October 10 from 8 am to noon – child care provided!

Following Jesus with you, Denis

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Key Upcoming Dates:

September 27– We begin the final leg in our SHAPING journey with the Generosity of Jesus.

October 4 – 1:30-2:30 – We will partner with New Mission and Gladstone in an outreach consisting of a concert of prayer and Bible giveaway throughout the Madisonville community.

October 10 – Next New Members Seminar – 8 am -12 pm – pick up the packet and sign up Sunday.

October 24 – Women’s Retreat – all day.

November 20-21 – Men’s Overnight Retreat (6 pm-3 pm) details to follow!

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving outreach

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

Grow September 04, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last Sunday: Hold on to what you have.
Next Sunday: Listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.

Beloved

I hope you were encouraged with the amazing testimonies of God’s answers to our prayers that were shared last Sunday.

There were amazing testimonies of new jobs, the love of our community during a time of sickness and need, a refreshed marriage, favor, a medically documented healing, just to name a few.

God is faithful. He responds to our prayers. Perhaps not as fast as we would like. Perhaps not exactly how we would like. But Jesus says hold on! When we hold on to Jesus, we will not be disappointed!

This Sunday we will look at Jesus’ command to the seven Asian churches in Revelation 2-3, charging those churches then – and charging us now – to Listen to what the Spirit is saying.

This will be a special Sunday of worship, communion, of considering the days we are in, and of a timely message on what the Spirit of God is saying to the church.

Also, we will have our second monthly “Concert of Prayer” walk in Madisonville Sunday from 130-230 PM, as we partner with New Mission Church to pray the Kingdom into our community.

I encourage everyone to read Revelation 2-3 in preparation for Sunday. May we be ready to Hold On in worship and hungry to hear his voice as the Spirit speaks to the church.

Needy before Jesus with you, Denis

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Key Upcoming Dates:

September 13 – Pastor Tracy Ventus from New Mission Church in Madisonville.

September 20 – Israeli partner Moran Rosenblit visits and Israel trip briefing (April 1-12, 2016)

October 10 – Next New Members Seminar – 8 am -12 pm

October 24 – Women’s retreat – all day – details to follow!

November 20-21 – Men’s overnight retreat (6 pm-3 pm) details to follow!

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving outreach

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit