May Events

April 27, 2015 in Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

Church Women United May Friendship Day Luncheon ‑ 12:15 PM Friday, May 1st, at Holy Family Church (271 4th Street Way).

MBW Spring Tea ‑ 1:30 PM Saturday, May 2nd, in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday School ‑ 9:00 AM Sunday, May 3rd, 10th and 17th.  We have classes for all ages!

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On May 3rd, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for SHARDS inc., which facilitates affordable mental health services for uninsured and underinsured individuals and families in Fond du Lac County and the surrounding area.  To learn more about SHARDS, go to www.shardsinc.org.

Deborah Circle ‑ 12:30 PM Tuesday, May 5th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Choir Party ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, May 6th, in the Choir Room.  This will also be the last choir practice until September.  Please bring a snack to share.  Spouses of choir members are also invited to attend.

Youth Group ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, May 6th and 20th, at church. Read the rest of this entry →

From the Pastor: Mission and Vision

April 27, 2015 in From the Pastor

It happened again just a few days ago.  Someone who had never stepped foot in a Baptist church before asked (in so many words) if we were those “fire and brimstone” folks.  Once more, I thought about the need to put in parenthesis below our church sign: “We’re not that kind of Baptist.”

Of course, it begs the question – what kind of Baptist are we?

In some ways, that’s tough to answer; we come from all kinds of denominational, political and social backgrounds.  We have different views on many of the hot button topics of our time.  We are engaged in all kinds of different ministries throughout the community and within the church, many with wide participation, but none that we can point to and say, “This.  This is what we do as a church, the ministry we’re known for.”  Honestly, I’m fine with that.

Because it is far more important to me that we come together around our core, the things we agree on as a community that represent the heart of our faith.  We find it in our statement of faith, but put simply, it is a living trust in the God who is revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ, whom we encounter through the Holy Spirit and in Scripture.  One of our core values as a church has been to live out the saying attributed to St. Augustine:  “In essentials, unity.  In non-essentials, freedom.  In all things, love.” Read the rest of this entry →

Christian Education Update

April 27, 2015 in Sunday School

The flowers are blooming, the grass is green and the weather is warmer.  May also brings the end of our Sunday School classes and Children’s Church for the start of summer.  Please take the time to consider joining one of our classes as there is always something to learn.  We want to thank all of our teachers for doing such a great job in composing very thoughtful and meaningful lessons.

May also brings the departure of our friend Elena Fryer.  She is a wonderful teacher and will be greatly missed by the children but we wish her well and God bless in her move.  We would also like to welcome Sarah as the new teacher for our Preschool/Kindergarten class. Read the rest of this entry →

Missionary Profile: Kim Brown (Thailand)

April 27, 2015 in Missionary Profile

brown 01Kim’s work includes overseeing five Christ-like ministries for tribal people who are coping with the problems caused by AIDS, disabilities, and migration from their traditional villages to urban slums through the ministry of Integrated Ministries for Ethnic Minorities Foundation (IMEMF).  Kim writes:

“We have celebrated many graduations, both at the House of Blessing and at the House of Love.  I don’t use the word “celebrate” lightly either—as the milestone of graduation is one that opens doors of opportunities for the ethnic minority students here.  Whether it is our 5 and 6 year olds who now have a way to start 1st grade in the Thai system, or our 2nd college graduate finding a teaching job, we praise God for each person working to make their dreams reality!  Thank you for your prayers and financial support that makes pursuing education possible for our students.

“Pray for our teachers as they facilitate the entry into a new school system (which is daunting any time—but more so with language barriers for many parents).”

Give and Change the World

April 27, 2015 in Missions & Ministry

OGHS 2015 02It’s that time of year again when we are given the marvelous opportunity to share in the tremendous needs of our sisters and brothers by contributing to One Great Hour of Sharing.

The OGHS offering reaches those near and far, sometimes changing the life of someone in distress locally; at other times impacting the lives of those we may never meet but who are in desperate need of our compassion and generosity.  God provides the gifts and resources so that we can give back.  It’s not the size of the gift that matters; it’s that we give of what we have.  We’re simply giving back to God what is already God’s.

In II Corinthians 8:12-14, Paul appealed to the early Christian communities to respond to those in Jerusalem who had just experienced a devastating famine: “For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have.  I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.”

As the Church in the world, through OGHS, we have the opportunity to act together as the body of Christ, to ensure that all of God’s children have what they need.  This is the offering that Paul was promoting, and this is still our ministry, all these centuries later.  By the grace of God, all of us have the power to give, and the gifts we give make the world more the way God intended it to be—a place where all have what they need.

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: “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