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Join us Saturday, November 12 from 8:30 – 11:30

Dads – Bring your sons and daughters. They are great helpers!

You can:

Help with the Family Shop Sale

Work with others on outdoor projects like raking or painting

Register at the Connect Desk on Sunday.

Questions? Mark @ mariemontchurch.org

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Grow November 04, 2016

MID-WEEK

Paul was simply astonished by the selfishness of the Corinthians.

How would Paul experience the lifestyle of our church if he visited MCC?

Friends of Jesus,

The church in Corinth amazed Paul with their selfishness. They were in disarray!

They had gender role confusion, factions, and unworthy communion celebrations.

It was so bad that some people were getting sick and even put to death by God’s judgment.

May we have the attitude of Jesus, who did not count equality with God as something to be used to his own advantage.

Rather he made himself nothing. A servant.

May we have the humility of Jesus and walk together in good order and care for one another.

In the humility of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

November 6 – Messy Church – Week 11 – Please read the Scripture ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

November 12 – Women’s Retreat – Contact Beth Swift for questions: swiftclan @ fuse.net

November 13 – Child Dedications – Contact leslie @ mariemontchurch.org

November 6, 20 – Sharing God Stories & GiftsOn 11/6 we will look at chapter 12 and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you have a story of how God’s gift has blessed you or others, let Denis know! On 11/20, we will apply 14:26, so let Denis know if you want to share and we will put together an orderly morning of services!

November 19 – 830-noon – New Members’ Class – Sign up at connect desk and pick up your pre-work packet.

Grow October 27, 2016

MID-WEEK

Rest is one of the main promises of a life lived with Jesus.

Jesus gives us rest …

from striving,
from fear, and
from religion.

Do you know God’s rest?

Miss a service? Listen to the Podcast. Come back in 1-2 days if last Sunday’s is not up yet.

Beloved Congregation,

I’m so grateful for the ministry of Ofer Amitai and his six messages related to the Feast of Tabernacles this past weekend:

1. The meaning of the Feast established in Leviticus 23: a summons from God to be refreshed as we remember the past, celebrate the present and anticipate his return. (true for Sundays as well!)

2. The way home begins with the Law, starting with Genesis 3: we must know the purpose of the Law and our true state before a holy God!

3. Grace comes to rescue us from our true condition under the Law – and we all need grace – as in the parable of the lost sons in Luke 15.

4. Once rescued we need to learn to fight the battle with our flesh by the power of the Holy Spirit, based in some of Paul’s deepest teaching in Romans 8.

5. The life we have in the Spirit opens the possibility of a life anchored in persevering prayer, based on the parable of Jesus in Luke 18.

6. We bring this life with Jesus into a world turned upside down and despite all evil around us, we sing to the Lord. The message from Habakkuk may be our best election advice!

If you missed the weekend, these 6 message CD’s are available at the Connect Desk for your encouragement – they are also on line.

In the Rest of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

October Fast – Select 7 meals to skip over the next month and focus extra prayer on asking God for an awakening of the church.

October 30 – Messy Church – Week 10 – Please read the Scripture ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 11:2-34

November 12 – Women’s Retreat – Please contact Beth Swift for questions: swiftclan@fuse.net

November 13 – Child Dedications – Contact leslie@mariemontchurch.org

November 6, 20 – Sharing God Stories & Gifts – On 11/6 we will look at chapter 12 and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you have a story of how God’s gift has blessed you or others, let Denis know! On 11/20, we will apply 14:26, so let Denis know if you want to share and we will put together an orderly morning of services!

Grow October 20, 2016

MID-WEEK

Freedom is a beautiful gift that is never free. Having been ransomed by Jesus at great cost, he wants us to use our freedom the way he did.

So let’s not hang onto our freedom for ourselves but use it for the benefit of others!

Miss a service? Listen to the Podcast. Come back in 1-2 days if last Sunday’s is not up yet.

Brothers and Sisters,

I’m so grateful for the grace and truth that comes with Jesus Messiah. Even when he brings conviction, it is never to condemn but always to grow and bless us.

It is so important to remain open and hungry for more, and I find what is most crucial is to always remind ourselves that God is Good.

The lesson of the superiority of love over freedom is a major theme of Paul’s letter, and he will hit it hard again in Chapter 13. We need to always ask – what is the loving thing to do?

One increasingly common situation that I’m being asked about is when we are invited to a same-sex wedding. How do we love well?

This will be different for each of us and each situation. How well do we know the person? Do they know us?

Do we know their spiritual story? Have we shared our story and the gospel with them? What is the tone of our response?

The Lord will direct us by his Spirit, and it’s good to know that he wants us to love well. There is no “one size fits all” answer.

Putting our freedom and our rights aside for the benefit of others is often hard, but it is the way to a harvest of righteousness!

In The Way of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

October Fast – Select 7 meals to skip over the next month and focus extra prayer on asking God for an awakening of the church.

October 21-23 – Feast of Tabernacles – weekend of teaching by Ofer Amitai. Gladstone will worship with us at 9 and 11.

October 30 – Messy Church – Week 10 – Please read the Scripture ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 11:2-34

November 12 – Women’s retreat – please contact Beth Swift for questions: swiftclan @ fuse.net

November 13 – Child Dedications – contact leslie @ mariemontchurch.org

November 6, 20 – Sharing God Stories & Gifts – On 11/6 we will look at chapter 12 and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you have a story of how God’s gift has blessed you or others, let Denis know! On 11/20, we will apply 14:26 and make the service open to all. Since this is probably Paul’s teaching for smaller house church gatherings, we won’t be able to hear from everyone, but let Denis know you want to share and we will put together an orderly morning of services!

Grow October 13, 2016

MID-WEEK

Idols crop up in subtle and sneaky ways in our lives. Paul wants us to eschew and put away every idol!

On top of that, he wants us to be careful that our freedom does not result in choices that cause others to stumble!
Miss a service? Listen to the Podcast. Come back in 1-2 days if last Sunday’s is not up yet.

Beloved,

Last Sunday, Louis Arnold helped us explore how idols can creep into our lives through many common daily activities in our culture.

We were made to worship. It’s amazing how often we take even good things like marriage, family, and ministry and begin to worship them!

I recall realizing that statues of Buddha acquired in Asia needed to be thrown out. I also realized that some items like native masks were likely associated with witch doctors!

It felt wasteful to throw them away. Also, getting rid of televisions was at first hard, but how freeing to only have one and use it sparingly!

Additionally, our choices, even choices in good conscience, can affect others negatively, causing them to stumble.

For example, there is nothing wrong with a believer having a glass of wine. But in the presence of an alcoholic, it may bring their failure.

How do our choices affect others? How do our lifestyles affect the unbelievers around us?

May we apply Paul’s challenging teaching with wisdom and grace!

In The Way of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

October Fast – Select 7 meals to skip over the next month and focus extra prayer on asking God for an awakening of the church.

October 16 – Messy Church – Week 9 – Please read the Scripture for next Sunday ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 9:19-11:1

October 21-23 – Feast of Tabernacles – weekend of teaching by Ofer Amitai on grasping the beauty of this Jewish feast for Gentile disciples of Yeshua. Information details at the Connect Desk.

November 12Women’s Retreat – please contact Beth Swift for questions: swiftclan @f use.net

November 13Child Dedications – contact leslie @ mariemontchurch.org

November 6, 20 – Sharing God Stories & Gifts – On 11/6 we will look at chapter 12 and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you have a story of how God’s gift has blessed you or others, let Denis know! On 11/20, we will apply 14:26 and make the service open to all. Since this is probably Paul’s teaching for smaller house church gatherings, we won’t be able to hear from everyone, but let Denis know you want to share and we will put together an orderly morning of services!

Grow October 06, 2016

MID-WEEK

Paul wants us to be content in our present circumstances so we can focus on Jesus and his Kingdom.

Is this a reality in your life? Where is God leading you so that this will be true of you and your family?

Brothers and Sisters,

Paul spends time on important marital teaching in Chapter 7 but his focus is in helping the church live for Jesus and his Kingdom.

The wonderful thing is that as we focus on Jesus, our marriages improve dramatically. We are more oriented to serving and yielding to our spouse, and as we mature, our hearts are purified and healed of our past sin and hurts.

The same is true for the singles who focus on Jesus. An intimate life with Jesus brings us into greater awareness of the Kingdom and the opportunities to bring God glory.

And as Paul elaborates in verses 29-31, keeping a perspective on the fact that this world is passing away helps us all live with greater freedom and joy! That is a game-changer!

So we can do what is best for all of us: “live in a right way with undivided devotion to the Lord”.

By the way, I quoted John Piper twice yesterday, you may be encouraged by looking at his entire article:

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/let-christians-vote-as-though-they-were-not-voting

In The Way of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

October Fast – Let’s select 7 meals to skip over the next month and focus extra prayer asking God for an awakening of the church – here and in our nation.

October 9 – Brother Yun – Dinner at 5 pm. and meeting starts at 6 pm. Child care available.

October 9 – Messy Church – Week 8 – Please read the Scripture for next Sunday ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 8:1 -9:18

October 14-15 – Men’s Retreat – See connect desk to sign up, cost $75, scholarships available.

October 21-23 – Feast of Tabernacles – weekend of teaching by Ofer Amitai on grasping the beauty of this Jewish feast for Gentile disciples of Yeshua. Information details at the Connect Desk, in your weekly program and online.

When: October 14th – Check in begins at 4:30pm and Check out is at 3:00pm Saturday, October 15th

Why: In this world there is no way we can be united in anything if we are not first united in Christ! Join us as we explore the uniting force Christ can be in all of our lives and how His love can move us to unity in our families, our communities and in our service.

Where: Higher Ground Retreat Center, 3820 Logan Creek Lane, West Harrison, IN 47060 – just 45 minutes from MCC

Who: Men from Mariemont Community Church, Mariemont Church High School Men, New Mission Missionary Baptist Church Men and Friends!

Bring: Bible, notebook, pen, towel, hiking/athletic clothing, toiletries, ear plugs (we have some snorers!), linens or a sleeping bag (this is dorm style and linens are not provided). Bring an open heart and mind to learn more about God’s desire that we be united.

Cost: $75. $20 non-refundable deposit is due to hold your place and the balance is due Sunday, October 9th. If you want to go and money is an issue please contact Rob Seetin at rjseetin @ gmail.com. There are scholarships available. We want you there!

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The biblical Feast of Tabernacles (or “Sukkot”) celebrates the dwelling of God with His people. The imagery of the Feast stretches back to the Lord’s dwelling in the midst of the people of Israel in the wilderness and forward to the return of Jesus the Messiah to establish the Kingdom of God over the nations with His saints. It also illustrates the amazing privilege we have as believers to have the Holy Spirit of God dwelling among us each and every day.

This event is free – All are welcome! A love offering will be taken for our brothers and sisters in Israel.
If you have questions about these events please contact Alex Seney at 513-739-4925

Our Speaker
We are blessed to have as our speaker, Ofer Amitai, Pastor of the El Roii Congregation in Jerusalem, Israel. Ofer has a passion for believers to truly know God in an intimate and powerful way.

Our Hosts
Tabernacles is a time of unity and joy. We are excited that three local fellowships are partnering together to host this weekend, contributing food, childcare and facilities-all an expression of love through Jesus the Messiah.

                    Friday, October 21                                                                      Saturday, October 22                                      Sunday, October 23                                           
Location: New Mission Missionary Baptist Church                                       Mariemont Community Church                           Mariemont Community Church
4809 Ravenna St. (Madisonville)                                                     3908 Plainville Road                                              3908 Plainville Road
6:30pm – Dinner available                                                                 12:00pm – Lunch available                                    9:00am – Worship begins (1st service)
6:45pm – Childcare opens                                                                  12:30pm – Childcare opens                                    9:20am – Ofer Speaks – Session 4
7:00pm – Worship begins                                                                   1:00pm – Worship begins                                      10:15am – Lite Bites snack
7:30 – Ofer speaks – Session 1                                                             1:30pm – Ofer Speaks – Session 2                        11:00am – Worship begins (2nd service)
6:00pm – Dinner available                                    11:20am – Ofer speaks – Session 5
6:30pm – Childcare opens
7:00pm – Worship begins
7:30pm – Ofer Speaks – Session 3

Grow September 29, 2016

MID-WEEK

Paul articulates a very practical theology of the body in chapters 5 and 6, asking the church to honor God with our bodies. This is God’s plan – to redeem his entire creation – including the physical.

Friends of Jesus,

In chapters 5 and 6, Paul focuses on the importance of purity in the Body – pointing out the error of the Greek philosophers – of trying to separate what is holy from what is secular.

This section of his letter finishes with a clear summary: Therefore honor God with your bodies.

God made us as integrated creatures – body, soul and spirit, and he has appointed us to a destiny of total redemption including the resurrection of our bodies.

Gordon Fee’s commentary says it this way (page 266):

“Sexual immorality is still sin, even though it has been justified under every conceivable rationalization. Those who take Scripture seriously are not prudes or legalists at this point; rather, they recognize that God has purchased us for higher things. Our bodies belong to God through the redemption of the cross; and they are destined for resurrection. Part of the reason why Christians flee sexual immorality is that their bodies are for the Lord, who is to be honored in the deeds of the body as well as in all other behavior and attitudes.”

Since what we do with our body really matters to Jesus, how can we apply this truth to our eating, exercise, rest, and sexual purity this week?

Think of it this way: How can I love Jesus this week by caring for the body he gave me?

In The Way of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

October 2 – Messy Church – Week 7 – Please read the Scripture for next Sunday ahead of time: 1 Corinthians Chapter 7

October 2 – Financial Peace University – Contact Rob Urbanski at urbanskirob @ yahoo.com to join in.

October 14-15 – Men’s Retreat See connect desk to sign up, cost $75, scholarships available. Email Rob Seetin -rjseetin @ gmail.com

October 21-23 – Feast of Tabernacles – Weekend of teaching by Ofer Amitai on grasping the beauty of this Jewish feast for Gentile disciples of Yeshua. Information details at the Connect Desk.

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Grow September 22, 2016

MID-WEEK

Paul spends a great deal of time outlining the heart of leadership in the community of Jesus. He gently identifies the criteria for leaders and also shares his heart for the people he shepherds. He helps us know how to follow well.

Brothers and Sisters,

Paul is a man seeking to lead the way Jesus leads. He is gently and yet firmly helping this church grow.

He is not defending himself, and yet with care, he is asking the church to learn what a good leader looks like.

This helps everyone grow into their role in the Kingdom, leading with the same principles Jesus wants.

May we follow well and lead well in our respective responsibilities in the Body of Christ.

How will you step into and apply this teaching?

In The Way of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

September 25 – Messy Church – Week 6 – Please read the Scripture for next Sunday ahead of time: Chapters 5-6

October 1 – Warrior Run – see the connect desk for opportunities to serve in this community building event.

October 2 – Financial Peace University – Contact Rob at urbanskirob@yahoo.com to join in.

October 14-15 – Men’s Retreat. See connect desk to sign up, cost $75, scholarships available.

October 21-23 – Feast of Tabernacles – weekend of teaching by Ofer Amitai on grasping the beauty of this Jewish feast for Gentile disciples of Yeshua. Information details at the Connect Desk.