April Events

March 30, 2015 in Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

Choir Practice ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, April 1st and 15th, in the Choir Room.

Joyful Noise Practice ‑ 7:00 PM Wednesday, April 1st and 6:30 PM Wednesday, April 29th, in the Sanctuary.

Maundy Thursday ‑ Thursday, April 2nd.    On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ last meal with His disciples the night before He was crucified.  You can read about the events of Maundy Thursday in Matthew 26:17-75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:1-62 and John 13:1-18:27.  We invite everyone to join us for a service at 6:00 PM in the downstairs Fellowship Hall; a light meal will be served.

Good Friday ‑ Friday, April 3rd.  On Good Friday, we remember Jesus‘ crucifixion.  You can read about the events of Good Friday in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 22:66-23:56 and John 18:29-19:24.  A community Good Friday service will be held at noon at Salem United Methodist Church (120 Sheboygan Street).

Easter ‑ Sunday, April 5th.  On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Jesus‘ resurrection.  You can read about the events of Easter in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20.

Easter Potluck Breakfast ‑ 9:00 AM Sunday, April 5th, in the downstairs Fellowship Hall.

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On April 5th, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center, which offers shelter, supplies, parenting classes and other resources to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Read the rest of this entry →

From the Pastor: “Living Stories”

March 30, 2015 in From the Pastor

resurrection iconMegalo Meteoro is the name of an Eastern Orthodox monastery perched high atop a pillar of rock in the central plains of Greece.  One of the rewards of making the long climb to the top (stairs being far preferred to being hoisted up in a basket!) is entering the sanctuary to see the walls and ceilings covered in detailed paintings that tell the stories of the faith and the history of the church.

These paintings are colorful and stylized, and it is often easy to tell the events in scripture being depicted.  But our guide helped us notice how small details and even the colors carried meanings meant to teach the theological truth in the story.   Like a hymn that we might initially like for its tune or tempo, as we come to know the words, we can often begin to appreciate it on an entirely different level.

These paintings (icons) are intended to serve as a window to a deeper reality, not as an object of worship but to point past itself to God.

What is even more interesting to me is that this is the vocation God gives to us in scripture.

In Genesis, we read (in the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures used during the time of Jesus) that God created humankind (male and female) in the eikonos of God (Genesis 1:26).    We are created to bear the image of God into the world.  And yet our sin has broken and distorted this image, and we see the effects of this sin in the damage to all of our relationships. Read the rest of this entry →

Christian Education Update

March 30, 2015 in Sunday School

It is officially spring which means warmer weather, flowers and more time outside enjoying all that God has created.  Our Sunday school classes are also a great way to enjoy what God has created: fellowship with others.  There is a class for everyone!

Here is a snippet of what each class is studying at the moment:

  • Preschool/Kindergarten class will continue to learn about Jesus and the impact He has on their lives.
  • Elementary class is continuing to learn the books of the Bible and all of the great stories they hold.
  • “The Kids’ Table” (youth/adult class) is continuing the “Mission from the Gospels” study of Matthew; the group will begin studying Mark after Easter.
  • Adult class is doing a study on what your fears are and how God can help you overcome them.

Our children’s classes are engaged in memorizing the books or the Bible and singing the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  Snack is provided once a month, but please let us know if you would like to donate as well.

Here is the schedule for Children’s Church for April: Read the rest of this entry →

Missionary Profile: Melanie Baggau

March 30, 2015 in Missionary Profile

Baggao__Melanie_-_croppedMelanie Baggao, from Placentia, California, has been endorsed for service as a development worker by American Baptist International Ministries (IM).  She will serve in Lebanon with IM partner, the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development.

Here is how Melanie explains her call to this ministry: “On a short term mission trip in high school, God called me to be a part of drawing others into His Kingdom.  Fast forward a few years and I spent a college semester abroad in Egypt where I was drawn to the beauty and complexity of the Middle East.  I believe that God has given me experiences in the Middle East and that His desire is to see Arabic-speaking Muslim women come to know and embrace Him.”  She graduated from Biola University in 2002 with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and Elementary Education. From 2005 – 2014, she was employed as a middle school teacher in Santa Fe Springs, California.

When asked what excites her most about her ministry prospect, Melanie said, “I cannot wait to be fluent in Arabic!  I look forward to joining other Christ followers in ministry in the Middle East.  I cannot wait to grow alongside them in community, while seeking God’s will together in such a wonderful place.  I cannot wait to have friendships with Muslim women seeking Christ.  I cannot wait to serve in a place I’ve been praying for so long and among people who have burdened my heart for over a decade.  I can’t wait!”

Please include Melanie in your prayers.  Words of encouragement for her may be sent to Melanie.Baggao @internationalministries.org.  Her journals, photos and videos can be found at: http://www.international ministries.org/teams/683-baggao.  Or, join her community on Facebook (search for Mel & Me).

New Transportation Ministry

March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Would you like to be part of a new ministry starting at Memorial Baptist?   In the recent past, we have had requests for rides from within our congregation.  As a result of these requests, the Diaconate has identified the need to provide rides on occasion for those who find themselves in a situation where they need a little help.  Some examples in the recent past include a ride from a health appointment out of town and a ride to and/or from a church function.  As requests come in, an email describing the request in anonymous terms will go out to those on the team in the hopes that someone will be available to fill the request.

Once the team is formed, we will hold a short session to discuss expectations and address any questions you might have.  To become a part of this team, sign up on the bulletin board or give your name, telephone number and email address to Pat Olson.  Direct any questions you might have to Pat.

Jesus reminds us in the Bible that when we do things for others we are really doing them for Him.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration of joining the Transportation Ministry team.

Pat Olson

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ — why White Cross bandages matter

March 16, 2015 in Missions & Ministry, Uncategorized

White Cross bandages

At Memorial Baptist Church, one of the ministries we hear about fairly often is that of the White Cross – involving collecting funds for medical supplies, and tearing and rolling sheets for bandages.

What we don’t always hear is the impact of these efforts; how they are used and the difference they make.

A recent journal entry from Katherine and Wayne Niles who are ABC missionaries serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo tells the story of a massive shipment of White Cross supplies, and how they are used.  Read all about it at www.internationalministries.org

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

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.