October Events

September 29, 2014 in Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

Choir Practice ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, October 1st, 15th and 29th, in the Choir Room.

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

MBW Soup and Salad Luncheon ‑ Noon Saturday, October 4th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Women’s board members will hostess this event, which will include a speaker from the Solutions Center.  All women are invited to attend!

Sunday School ‑ 9:00 AM every Sunday.

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On October 5th, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for the Care Walk, which will take place that afternoon and raises money for Broken Bread, Fondy Food Pantry, the Family Resource Center, Loaves & Fishes and the Solutions Center.

Care Walk-Bike-Drive ‑ 1:00-4:00 PM Sunday, October 5th.  The one-mile walk begins and ends at St. Paul’s Cathedral (Division & Macy Streets).  Participants will make ten stops along the way and they will hear brief presentations of different ways that area churches and agencies are reaching out to help, especially in the areas of food, shelter and safety.  Participants seek donations from family, church members and friends, which will be shared locally with agencies that help with food, family or shelter.   A biking/driving route with stops at the Salvation Army, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will begin at 2:00.  Brats, burgers and beverages will be available for sale at St.  Vincent de Paul; money raised here will go to Care INC.  Care INC Walk forms are available on the table in the Fellowship Hall.

Spiritual Gifts Team Meeting ‑ 1:00 PM Monday, October 6th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Admin Team Meeting ‑ 5:00 PM Monday, October 6th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Deborah Circle ‑ 12:30 PM Tuesday, October 7th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Hannah Circle ‑ 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 8th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Carol Mueller will hostess. Read the rest of this entry →

From the Pastor: “Looking Ahead”

September 29, 2014 in From the Pastor

As I look west out my office window, the trees across the way are still green and full of leaves.  But a glimpse of a bright orange of an eager maple tree reminds me that we’re on the doorstep of autumn.

Like the subtle signs of a Packer’s game on Sunday, it’s another reminder that we’re well underway in the fall season of church ministry.  At the same time, it’s a season of preparing for 2015, something well underway in the leadership teams of the church.

But while budgets are being drafted and people contacted for leadership positions, there’s much more to it than that.  The old saying goes that 20% of the people do 80% of the work, but that’s not the way the body of Christ is meant to be.  There’s another saying that 90% of statistics are made up on the spot, but I trust you get where I’m going with this…

The Apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 12 that we are all members of the body of Christ, and each and every one of us is important not just for what we do, but by being present and participating in the life of that shared body.  At the same time, each of us makes an important contribution to the life of the body, and helping each other discover that and live that out is one of the purposes of the church.

In short, this is a season where I’d ask each of us to prayerfully think about how we are connected to the body, the church, and to consider where God is inviting us to use our gifts and resources and time; not, not, not for the sake of having one more thing to do, or for keeping the machinery of churchdom running, but for the sake of helping people discover the presence and healing and love of God in our community and in our church. Read the rest of this entry →

Missionary Journal: Roberta Stephens (Japan)

September 29, 2014 in Missionary Profile

After 25 days visiting the various places and people who occupied my attention at various times during the 27+ years of my residence, I must now return to Yokohama and finish up the ministry that God has given me there.

I revisited Morigo Christian campsite and participated in a seminar for its earthquake recovery and future plans.

I pray that American Baptists can continue their participation in this camp, because it was you who built it.  I heard and saw how One Great Hour of Sharing funds were continuing to be used in many places.

Roberta Stephens

Christian Education Update

September 29, 2014 in Sunday School

Our 2014-15 Sunday school season is off to a great start!

In October, the preschool class will continue using various stories of Jesus and guiding the children in exploring ways they can respond to his teachings about love.

The elementary class, in continuing the process of learning the books of the Bible and the basic stories they contain, is doing a survey of the books of the Bible.  This will help them to understand that everything in the Bible—from beginning to end—is about God’s plan to redeem people and build a family for eternity, and it all began with Jesus!

The youth class will continue Beth Moore’s James: Mercy Triumphs.

In October, the adult class will continue the study on dealing with sin.  The themes for the four Sundays of the month are: Repent, Respond I, Respond II, and Restore.  That will complete the study.

We are still in need of two or three people to provide snacks once a month for the children’s and youth classes.  If this is a way you’d like to be involved with our educational ministry, please let me know.  Thanks! Read the rest of this entry →

World Mission Offering

September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

World Mission Offering: Empowering your gifts to transform the world

Almost 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul saw a vision of a man saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16:9b).

Today, that same call is being echoed all over the world—from Myanmar and Brazil to South Africa and Macau. People are crying out for the hope and light of the gospel in a world darkened by sin.

At Memorial Baptist Church, we’re committed to Jesus’ Great Commission to “make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19).  One of the practical ways we can do this is by supporting our annual World Mission Offering.

During worship in October, we’ll learn about the World Mission Offering using the theme Rise to the Challenge and the Macedonian Vision found in Acts 16.

Together, we’ll have our hearts touched by the spiritual needs around the world. Together, we’ll see how International Ministries is working to place and sustain missionaries around the world. Together, we’ll be inspired to apply the biblical principles of Acts 16 to our daily lives.

And Together, we’ll celebrate how our World Mission Offering gifts make possible the ministries of 114 long-term IM missionaries and more than 1,800 short-term missionaries and volunteers working with more than 200 partner organizations in more than 70 countries.

When we Rise to the Challenge, God will lead us to provide increased support for worldwide mission. Let’s gain a deeper understanding of International Ministries and of how others (and we ourselves!) will be blessed through our World Mission Offering giving.

Through God’s Eyes

October 9, 2014 in Podcast

Scripture: Jonah 3:10-4:4

Right Click to Download: 09-21-2014

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

October 9, 2014 in Podcast

Scripture: Romans 14:1-13

Right Click to Download: 09-14-2014

From the Pastor: “Reflections”

August 27, 2014 in From the Pastor

Brian and Gabrielle Hastings, July 1999

Brian and Gabrielle Hastings, July 1999 First Sunday at Memorial Baptist Church

This past summer, I’ve had the privilege of celebrating a number of milestones: fifteen years of marriage with Gabrielle, fifteen years of ministry with Memorial Baptist Church, and then forty years of turning oxygen into carbon dioxide!

With one important milestone after another each month this summer, it’s given me the opportunity to reflect on my life and ministry as well as filled me with a profound sense of gratitude for God’s presence and work in my life throughout these years and for the people I’ve been blessed to share this journey with.

And it’s to my church family that I’d like to dedicate this article, to attempt to put into words what you’ve meant to me in these years of sharing faith and life and work.

First of all, thank you for inviting me into your lives.  In my role as a pastor, you have welcomed me in as a visible sign of the presence of God who is always with us.  As a brother in Christ, I don’t take for granted the humbling privilege of walking with you through both the sacred transitions of life and all the times in between.  You’ve allowed me to be with you in some of the happiest and saddest moments in your lives, and to walk with you along the way.  I treasure those times of celebration and growth and commitment, and the memories of those who now stand in the full presence of Jesus.  Yet I also treasure the times where we simply shared a meal, watched a ball game or a movie, or stood around and talked and laughed.  These, too, are holy moments, and the way that you have allowed me to be myself as a person, a fellow disciple on the road, means more to me than I can express. Read the rest of this entry →

Missionary Profile: Wendy Bernhard (retired)

August 27, 2014 in Missionary Profile


Rev. Wendy Bernhard in Chapel Car Grace at the Green Lake Conference Center

What do missionaries do after retirement?  Many continue serving God in various ways.  Rev. Wendy Bernhard retired in 2013 after 30 years as an American Baptist missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, working in theological education and youth ministries.

She lives in Elko, Nevada, where she is a member of Greater Life Church.  In retirement she is leading a book discussion group on Narnia for Adults at Great Basin College in Elko, and is active in Toastmasters, a bowling league, and the local senior citizens center.  Last year she visited churches in ten states to thank them for their faithful support of her career in the Congo and encourage them to transfer their support to other ABC missionaries.  She continues to speak in churches as requested, and would love to speak to us at Memorial Baptist some summer.

As a member of the International Ministries Board of Directors, Wendy looks forward to internationalizing her call to global missions. “I want to learn more about the work of our missionaries and partners in every country, and work with them to attain the goal of discipling the nations in a holistic way,” she says.

Wendy is spending the summer of 2014 as a volunteer at American Baptist Assembly, Green Lake.  She works as a docent at Chapel Car Grace, telling its wonderful story to all who visit it.  She is also a member of the Spurgeon Chapel team, becoming involved with visitors as needed.  In addition, she leads many of the weekly Bible study sessions for volunteers.  During the huge World Mission Conference at Green Lake in July, Wendy was the French translator.

Please pray for Wendy as she continues serving in the capacities indicated, and follows God’s call to serve in various other ways.  Thank you!

Sunday School Update

August 27, 2014 in Sunday School

Sunday school classes are about to resume!  The first day of our 2014-15 season will be September 7.

The preschool class, taught by Elena Fryer and Caroline Overzet, will focus on various stories of Jesus and other stories we read in the Bible.  The elementary class, taught by Jean Schneider and Laurel McKee, will continue the process (this study was started in May) of learning the books of the Bible and the basic stories they contain.  For these two classes, Pat Olson will again do the music and work on memory verses.  She will also work with helping the children learn the books of the Bible.  She will join us for these activities at the beginning of the sessions on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

The youth class, taught by Gabrielle Hastings, will study James, using Beth Moore’s “James: Mercy Triumphs”.

The adult class will begin the season with a seven-lesson study on dealing with sin.  The titles for the four Sundays in September are: Rethink, Recognize, Reflect, and Repent.  This class will again be led by John Overzet.

We look forward to seeing those who have been in our classes, as well as welcoming new people.  So, if you have not been involved in Sunday school, now would be a great time for you to start!  How about also inviting a friend?

Children’s Church, under the direction of Jennifer Hobbs, is also a vital part of our education ministry and will also resume September 7.

We ask your prayer support for all phases of our education ministry.  Please pray that all classes will get off to a great start and that all involved will begin a season of great spiritual growth!  Thank you!

Caroline Overzet

Education Ministry Team Leader