September Events

August 28, 2015 in Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

Spiritual Gifts Team Meeting ‑ 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 2nd, in the Fellowship Hall.

Joyful Noise Practice ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, September 2nd and 30th, in the Sanctuary.

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On September 6th, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for White Cross, which provides supplies to mission clinics, community centers and emergency relief programs across the country and around the world.

Deborah Circle ‑ 12:30 PM Tuesday, September 8th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Mary Hobbs will hostess.

Hannah Circle ‑ 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 9th, at Nancy Leonhardt’s house. Read the rest of this entry →

From the Pastor: Reclaiming the Jesus Creed

August 28, 2015 in From the Pastor

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating.  Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.  Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”  – Matthew 22:34-39

When we say at Memorial Baptist Church that we want to be a community which is more about meeting together at the well instead of building fences, it means that for us, our focus is on encouraging each other to grow in what it means to know and follow Jesus, not on trying to decide who is “in” and who is “out”.  Another way of saying that is that we want to focus on the center, on the essentials, and give people the tools and freedom to discern for themselves the non-essentials.

Sometimes that’s easier said than done.  One temptation is to make the center include too much.  It’s been said that Fundamentalism’s temptation is to make everything fundamental.    The flip side of that is when the center, the heart of our faith in Christ, becomes so ephemeral or vague that faith becomes reduced to some nice sounding memes and good intentions with little patience for the work of practicing community, reflecting theologically, and growing in Christ-likeness. Read the rest of this entry →

Christian Education Update

August 28, 2015 in Sunday School

It is officially back to school time, which means it is also the start-up of our Sunday School classes!!  While the adult class has been meeting all summer, we welcome the beginning of a new year for our youth and children’s classes.  This is a great time to join any one of the wonderful classes available.

Here is what is going on in our Sunday School classes:

  • Adult class will continue their book study by Dr. David Jeremiah called The Agents of the Apocalypse, which takes them on a journey through the book of Revelations.
  • “The Kid’s Table” (youth/adult class) will resume the “Mission from the Gospels” study, beginning the book of Luke.
  • The children’s class will now be a one room Sunday School.  This will allow for our teachers to be able to take some time off and enjoy one of the adult classes as well.  If you are interested in teaching or subbing for this, please let me know.

Our children’s church will also be resuming on September 13th, and will be meeting in the Sunday School room.  This is a great opportunity for the kids to learn about God and His love while getting to listen to stories, sing songs and do some crafts.

We are still looking for a couple more people to help out with Children’s Church.  It is a rotating schedule, so you will only be needed every month and a half or so.  Please let Jen Koenigs or Jen Hobbs know if you are interested.  If you are interested in providing a snack as well, please let me know.

Jen Koenigs

Missionary Profile: Annie & Jeff Dieselberg

August 28, 2015 in Missionary Profile

dieselbergAnnie and Jeff Dieselberg serve in Bangkok, Thailand, a bustling metropolis of more than 10 million people; both serve at NightLight Foundation and NightLight Design Co. Ltd.

NightLight’s mission is to build relationships and provide hope, intervention, rescue, and assistance to women and children exploited in the sex industry by offering alternative employment through the registered jewelry business NightLight Design Co. Ltd., as well as vocational opportunities, life-skills training and physical, emotional and spiritual development to women seeking freedom from sexual exploitation.  NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

Annie is the founder and CEO of NightLight.  She facilitates the outreach in the red-light area and leads in the prayer and deliverance ministry at NightLight.  As an advocate for women exploited in the sex industry, Annie also does a lot of networking and speaking.

In addition to serving as chaplain of NightLight, Jeff serves as Senior Pastor of NightLight’s church plant, Song Sawang Church (translated Send the Light).  The congregation is mostly new converts from NightLight.  Now these women who are members of the church are reaching out to family, friends, and strangers, bringing more growth and diversity to the congregational make-up.  Jeff also teaches urban transformation at three local seminaries to encourage aspiring pastors and Christian workers to understand and engage in what God is doing in Bangkok and the cities of the world.

Please pray for Annie and Jeff and the people with whom they work; also for their children.  Thank you!

Missionary Guest Speaker

August 28, 2015 in Missions & Ministry, Upcoming Events

As a retired International Ministries missionary to India, Sandra Schoeninger now lives in Pennsylvania and serves as a Special Assistant for International Ministries, ABCUSA.  She spends her summers at American Baptist Assembly/Green Lake Conference Center where she manages the Country Store.  Sandy will come and speak to us here at Memorial on the morning of Sunday, September 27.  We will hear about her mission experiences.  Following the worship service, there will be a potluck meal providing an opportunity to interact with Sandy.  Watch for details and look forward to meeting Sandy; enjoy learning from her!

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:

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: “Remembering”

July 27, 2015 in From the Pastor

At the brink of entering the Promised Land, Moses and the people of Israel pause; it’s been many years and a long journey.  The people who have escaped attempted genocide and who wandered homeless for a generation are about to find a home.  One question remains: who will they become once they receive the gift they have anticipated so long?  When things start going well, will they become just like their neighbors or remember God’s covenant to be a people whose lives stand out as a pointer to God’s character and purpose to redeem?  In the book of Deuteronomy, we hear the answer over and over in a call to remember.

Remembering is different from nostalgia, which is a highly selective memory of how things used to be. Remembering in the sense we find in Deuteronomy is not attempting to re-create the past, but staying grounded in the present.

When we hear God calling us through scripture to remember, two main themes emerge: Read the rest of this entry →

Vacation Bible School

July 27, 2015 in Upcoming Events

outback-rock-weekend-vbs-2015-logoAll kids are invited to join us for a weekend Vacation Bible School August 28th-30th!  This year’s theme is “Outback Rock: Where Kids Venture into Solid Faith”.  The times are 6:00-8:30 PM on Friday, August 28th, and 2:00-4:30 PM on Saturday, August 29th.  On Sunday, August 30th, the kids will share what they learned in Sunday morning worship at 10:00.

Jen Koenigs is still looking for a few volunteers to help out.  We need someone who can help lead games with the kids and someone who can take pictures to share with the congregation on Sunday morning.

Gabrielle has registration forms in the office; pre-registration will help Jen plan ahead for crafts and snacks.  We encourage kids to invite their friends!  If you have questions or would like to volunteer or register your child, contact the church office.

Urban Immersion Service Retreat

July 27, 2015 in Missions & Ministry

Memorial Baptist is once again sending a team on an Urban Immersion Service Retreat in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This will be the sixth time we’re participating in this mission experience since we first went with a group from the Northeast Association in the summer of 2001.

The team will leave after worship on a Sunday, arriving at the Russ Ewald Center for Urban Service in time for an orientation meeting.  During the day on Monday and Tuesday, they will be sent out to volunteer at local service agencies.  In the past, our groups have helped at homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities, feeding programs, regional distribution centers for donated food, day care centers that serve low-income families and other charitable organizations.  After an evening meal at a soup kitchen run by residents of a substance abuse recovery facility, the team will return to the retreat center to learn about poverty issues.  If they have any free time during the day, the group will visit the Midtown Global Market, where vendors sell handcrafted items and food from Central and South America, Asia, East Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  On Wednesday, the team will stop at Mall of America on their way back to Fond du Lac, arriving back at the church early in the evening.

Please pray for the team as they travel, serve and learn about poverty issues.

Missionary Profile: Peter and Sarah McCurdy

July 27, 2015 in Missionary Profile

mccurdyPeter and Sarah McCurdy serve in the Dominican Republic and Cuba, where they provide support and encouragement to pastors and pastors’ families related to four IM partners.  Sarah writes:

“In November of 2013, we traveled to the Dominican Republic for our vision trip, brimming with excitement and energy.  We were not disappointed!  During those few days, we met several pastors and their families, learned about the country and culture and got to see a lot of the beautiful and diverse landscape.

“Toward the end of the trip, we met for supper with twelve of the pastors and their spouses that we had met in the past four days.  Peter shared with them the story of how God had lead him to organize a time of prayer for several pastors in Northeast Ohio, and then again in Peru.  In both cases, these pastors’ ministries had clearly received God’s blessings.

“The pastors and their wives were intrigued by Peter’s story, but doubted that it would work for them.  They argued among themselves about whether gathering for prayer would have any effect, but a seed had been planted.  By the time we all parted ways, the pastors had become excited by the idea and had already made plans to get together to pray the following month.

“Previous to this time, the pastors had only gotten together maybe once a year to share a meal, discuss their ministries and pray together—even though they all lived nearby.  But now they were rising to the challenge to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ.  They were beginning to work together as fellow servants of God for the purpose of kingdom unity.”

July Events

June 29, 2015 in Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

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

“What’s the Bible?” Study ‑ 10:00 AM Thursday, July 2nd, 16th and 30th, in the Fellowship Hall.  What is the Bible?  How did it come to be?  What’s in it?  How do we read it?  This Bible study explores the background, content and contexts for reading, understanding and applying Scripture to life in light of God’s ultimate revelation in the Son, Jesus Christ.

Beans & Booms ‑ 5:00 PM Saturday, July 4th, at Lakeside Park.

Adult Sunday School ‑ 9:00 AM every Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On July 5th, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for Back to School 2015, which provides school supplies to kids from low-income families.

Diaconate ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, July 8th, in the Fellowship Hall.

Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution ‑ Thursday, July 9th, at Grace Christian Church (1596 4th Street).  Call Cheryl Meyer at 920-923-5292 if you would like to volunteer.

Yard Sale and Brat Fry ‑ 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday, July 11th, at church.

Punch Fellowship ‑ After worship Sunday, July 12th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Hosted by the Bondes.  Everyone is encouraged to stay for light refreshments!

Admin Team Meeting ‑ 5:00 PM Monday, July 13th, in the Fellowship Hall.

“Lamplighter” Deadline ‑ Noon Monday, July 20th.