March Events

February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

Sunday School ‑ 9:00 AM every Sunday at church.  We have classes for all ages!

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On March 1st, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for Youth for Christ.

“Breaking Free” Women’s Bible Study ‑ 1:00 PM Monday, March 2nd, 16th and 30th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Deborah Circle ‑ 12:30 PM Tuesday, March 3rd, in the Fellowship Hall.

Choir Practice ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, March 4th and 18th, in the Choir Room.

Church Women United World Day of Prayer Service ‑ 1:30 PM Friday, March 6th, at Salem United Methodist Church.

Punch Fellowship ‑ After worship Sunday, March 8th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Hosted by Kathy and Thomas Bonde.  Everyone is encouraged to stay to enjoy light refreshments and meet our Regional Minister!

White Cross Bandage Rolling Day ‑ 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 11th, in the Fellowship Hall.  All women are invited to come and help roll bandages for White Cross!  Please bring a bag lunch. Read the rest of this entry →

From the Pastor: Tabernacles and Living Temples – Following Jesus into the Mission

February 23, 2015 in From the Pastor

The unknown is a scary place.  Whether it is beginning a new job, facing a life-change, or coming to a point where things that were once stable and familiar are shaken to the point of not knowing what is coming next, a certain degree of fear is a pretty standard response.

Scripturally, the wilderness was the place out beyond the comfortable boundaries of civilizations, out past the cities, villages and farms.  Not necessarily desert, but not exactly hospitable, either.  The wilderness was, well – wild.  Not tame.  Not under our control.

What we find in scripture is that it is precisely into the wilderness that God leads the people of Israel.  Egypt was literally killing them, but it was Egypt that they were familiar with.  They knew how to “do” life in Egypt.  But life in the wilderness was a whole different thing. “do”

Likewise, in the New Testament, we remember that John the Baptist was preparing the people for Jesus’ ministry, speaking to them not out of the comfort of the cities and the establishment, but as a voice in the wilderness, calling out the words of the prophet Isaiah; prepare the way of the Lord – in other words, get ready, God is about to show up on the scene.

It is no accident that God led the people into the wilderness so that they would learn who He is, and that God prepared the people for Jesus by a prophet speaking from the wilderness.  God calls to us from, and invites us into the unknown so that we can come to know who He is, to learn to trust Him, and move into the life and mission God intends for us. Read the rest of this entry →

Missionary Profile: Holale Azondjagni and Awenam Anifrani

February 23, 2015 in Missionary Profile

AzondjagniHolale Azondjagni and Awenam Anifrani are endorsed as missionaries to France.  They will serve as a husband-wife team with the Evangelism Department of the Federation of Evangelical Baptist Churches of France.  Holale looks forward to sharing the gospel of Christ by assisting pastors with the development of outreach programs, teaching, and leading small groups and discipleship training courses.  Awenam will assist in the development of outreach programs, small groups and discipleship training courses, and looks forward especially to focusing on evangelism and discipleship of women and children.

In their preparation for missionary life, they have found that the road from local church pulpit to mission field is not straight.  There are doubts, anxieties, confusions, attacks from the enemy, and sometimes outright failures.  In spite of everything, they made it through the lengthy initial discernment process. Read the rest of this entry →

Christian Education Update

February 23, 2015 in Sunday School

Spring is almost here which means warmer weather, flowers and green grass.  This is a time of new growth in not only nature, but a great time for new and continued growth in God.  Consider joining one our classes and enjoy the fellowship of growing together.

In March, the preschool class, taught by Caroline Overzet and assisted by Elena Fryer, will continue to learn about Jesus and His impact on their lives.  The elementary class, taught by Jean Schneider and Laurel McKee, will continue with the process of learning the books of the Bible and the wonderful stories they tell.  For these two classes, at the beginning of the second and fourth Sundays of the month, Pat Olson guides the children in memorizing the names of the books of the Bible and also leads singing.

Mary Hobbs provides snacks for the children’s classes the first Sunday of each month.  Please let us know if you are interested in providing a small snack as well.

Gabrielle Hastings facilitates a blended youth and adult class called “The Kids’ Table”.  This class is beta-testing the Mission from the Gospels curriculum developed by Sam Brink and Ron Carlson; the class will begin studying Matthew in March.

The adult class, taught by John Overzet, will be finishing the study of Full Faith by T.M. Moore. Read the rest of this entry →

Volunteer Opportunities

February 23, 2015 in Missions & Ministry

Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive ‑ We are collecting hygiene supplies for local crisis agencies February 22nd ‑ March 15th.  Supplies may be left in the “Help for the Homeless” box in the entryway.

Ruby’s Pantry ‑ Thursday, March 12th, at Grace Christian Church.  Ruby’s Pantry provides groceries to people in need in the Fond du Lac area.  A $20/household registration fee helps cover the cost of transporting the food from the warehouse to the distribution site; families receive over $100 worth of groceries.  Call Cheryl Meyer at 920-923-5292 if you would like to volunteer.

Youth for Christ Bowl-a-thon ‑ March 13th and 14th at Parkway Lanes.  Mike Deichsel and Mike Turk are team captains for MBC; talk to them if you would like to join a bowling team.  The goal is for each bowler to raise $100 from their sponsors; all proceeds support the ministries of Youth for Christ.

Adult Literacy Tutors ‑ Volunteers are needed to tutor adults who struggle with reading.  Call the Literacy Office at 920-322-3932 if you would like to volunteer.

Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. James Reeves – Healing the Wounded Heart

January 26, 2015 in Podcast

On Sunday, January 25, Rev. Dr. James Reeves, spoke at Memorial Baptist Church about developing ways for the church to address the role of the transformation and healing of the heart in becoming more like Jesus.

(Audio File from his message at Memorial Baptist Church – January 25, 2015)

Rev. Dr. James Reeves leading a Memorial Baptist Church Retreat at Camp Tamarack

Pastor Reeves speaking to a group during a retreat teaching the core concepts of ways to minister to the heart

 

More information: http://www.jamesmreeves.com/Welcome.html

And because we have had several people curious about his book Refuge, which some of us at MBC have been reading and engaging prior to this retreat, we want to provide a link to it through Christian Book Distributors or Amazon

The God Who Is Able

February 9, 2015 in Podcast

Scripture:Isaiah 40

Right Click to Download:02-08-2015

American Idols

February 2, 2015 in Podcast

Scripture:1 Corinthians 8 (The Message)

Right Click to Download:02-01-2015

From the Pastor: “Lacing Up the Boots of Faith”

January 27, 2015 in From the Pastor

boots 01What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word “Lent”?  Is it that season when every restaurant in Wisconsin – even McDonald’s – starts doing a Friday fish fry?  Is it the idea of giving something up for a month and a half?  Is it that Catholic thing?  Is it getting ready for Easter like Advent is getting ready for Christmas?

Well, no, actually – except that yes, that’s not too far off.  If you remember, Advent isn’t ultimately about just looking back at Jesus’ birth; it’s about remembering that Jesus told His disciples that He would return to bring about God’s kingdom on earth – to establish justice and peace, a new heaven and a new earth, as John of Patmos puts it.  Advent is a time of reflection on what God has done in sending His Son to us, and on what God will do in Jesus, bringing to consummation God’s purpose in this world.  In the same way, Lent is the period of time before the remembrance of Jesus’ death for our sakes and His resurrection which is our hope and promise in Him, but it, too, is not just about looking back, but about calling us to consider what that means for us today.

Lent was (and for some still is) traditionally a time of preparation for those who would be baptized during the Easter vigil.  At the council of Nicaea in 325 AD, Lent was referred to as the forty days before Easter, a reference to Jesus’ time in the wilderness before he entered ministry, which in itself was a reference to Israel’s time in the wilderness in preparation to enter the promised land.  The meaning of Lent to the early church grew to emphasize a time of preparation for all Christians, those who had already been baptized, and those who were preparing for baptism as a sign of their faith.

So often, what we remember about church stuff is what we do (or don’t do, in this case), that we can forget what it was supposed to be about. Read the rest of this entry →

Volunteer Opportunities

January 27, 2015 in Missions & Ministry

Loaves & Fishes ‑ Monday, February 9th, at Church of Peace.  Through the Loaves & Fishes program, churches and community groups serve a hot meal to people in need in Fond du Lac every Monday and Wednesday evening.  Most guests pick up meals to eat at home with their families, but some choose to stay and eat together.  The number of guests ranges from 150-300.  Our menu includes lasagna, bread, green beans, bananas, milk and cookies.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway if you would like to help!

Ruby’s Pantry ‑ Thursday, February 12th, at Grace Christian Church.  Ruby’s Pantry provides groceries to people in need in the Fond du Lac area.  A $20/household registration fee helps cover the cost of transporting the food from the warehouse to the distribution site; families receive over $100 worth of groceries.  Call Cheryl Meyer at 920-923-5292 if you would like to volunteer.

FMSC_MobilePack_Logo_Blue_PMS647-01Feed My Starving Children MobilePack ‑ Saturday, February 14th, at the Fond du Lac County Fairground Rec Center.  Feed My Starving Children’s shelf-stable meals, specifically formulated to meet the dietary needs of malnourished children, are sent to nearly 70 countries.  Communities raise money to buy the supplies for a MobilePack event (at least 100,000 meals) and recruit volunteers to pack meals.  The Christmas Eve offering raised enough money to pay for the meals that our team will pack, but if you would like to donate to the Fond du Lac MobilePack, go to www.fmsc.org/mobilepack and follow the links to the Fond du Lac event.

Adult Literacy Tutors ‑ Volunteers are needed to tutor adults who struggle with reading.  Call the Literacy Office at 322-3932 if you would like to volunteer.

Missionary Profile: Gary Wagner

January 27, 2015 in Missionary Profile

Gary-Wagner-portrait-web-214x300American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) ministers as the caring heart, serving hands, going feet, and prophetic voice of Jesus Christ—establishing ministries of discipleship, community, and justice along with equipping and networking followers of Jesus to transform persons, congregations, neighborhoods, and cultures throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  Therefore, because February is the month for the America for Christ Offering, we’re featuring a person involved with Home Missions.

Rev. Gary Wagner has served as President of Rainbow Acres since March of 1996.  Under his leadership, it has grown into a “state of the art” residential facility and educational community serving adults with developmental disabilities.  Rainbow Acres was founded in 1974 by Ralph Showers.  It’s an American Baptist Churches USA-affiliated 50-acre ranch-style community in Camp Verde, Arizona.  Anticipating the occasion of its 40th anniversary, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) gifted Rainbow Acres with $40,000 this past summer.  Rainbow Acres offers holistic programs, vocational training, and enrichment programs for differently-abled adults.  Nearly 100 adults, referred to as Ranchers, presently live at Rainbow Acres.

Gary has over 35 years’ experience in public relations, marketing and fundraising for higher education at Phillips University in Oklahoma, Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia, the American Baptist Assembly in Wisconsin, Bacone College in Oklahoma, the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, and Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School in New York.

Please pray for Gary and all of the “Ranchers” at Rainbow Acres.  Thank you!