June Events

May 27, 2015 in Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

Youth Group ‑ 6:30 PM Wednesday, June 3rd and 17th, at church.

Joyful Noise Practice ‑ 7:00 PM Wednesday, June 3rd, in the Sanctuary.

“What’s the Bible?” Study ‑ 10:00 AM Thursday, June 4th and 18th, in the Fellowship Hall.  What is the Bible?  How did it come to be?  What’s in it?  How do we read it?  We’ll explore 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.

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On June 7th, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for ASTOP (Assist Survivors, Treatment, Outreach, Prevention), which provides emergency counseling and other services to victims of sexual assault.

Loaves & Fishes ‑ Monday, June 8th, at Church of Peace. Read the rest of this entry →

From the Pastor: “Connections”

May 27, 2015 in From the Pastor

“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.”  (Romans 12:4-5)

Paul uses many images to describe the church, but the one Paul uses the most is that of a body – the body of Christ, of which we are members.  Yet the kinds of membership we’re most familiar with are very different than what Paul meant.

Most memberships are something we join at our personal preference.  Some are explicitly designed around benefits we want; we could become a member of an exclusive country club, or a member of the “potato chip of the month club” (note: this is apparently a real thing; thanks, Google).  We can become members of groups because we share an interest and want to spend time together.   Or we could become a member of an organization whose focus is serving; there are lots of amazing groups in our community doing good work.  Many groups meet a number of those needs – providing benefits and services we want, fellowship, and service.  This isn’t a bad thing ‑ but it’s not what Paul meant.

When Paul talks about being members of a body, the image is not structural but organic – my fingers didn’t choose to be part of my body, they just are.  Likewise, in Paul’s other major image of the church – that of God’s family/household – we don’t choose our brothers or sisters any more than we choose our parents; we just are!  We might want to say Paul is just being theoretical, but in his letters, he uses this image while writing to local churches full of ordinary folks from different backgrounds, to remind them that when they became followers of Jesus, they were brought into a new reality, a new family, a new body together.  In other words, to be a Christian is to be part of the body of Christ – a member of the church universal – whether we live that out or not in connection with a particular group of Christians. Read the rest of this entry →

Volunteer Opportunities

May 27, 2015 in Missions & Ministry

Loaves & Fishes ‑ MBC is serving the Loaves & Fishes meal at Church of Peace on Monday, June 8th.  We need pans of lasagna and lasagna casserole, as well as volunteers to help set up, butter bread, register guests, serve the meal and clean up.  Pans and cheese will be available in the upstairs kitchen.  Cooked lasagnas may be dropped off at Church of Peace at 4:00 PM.  Set-up begins at 4:00; we begin serving take-out at 5:00 and sit-down guests at 5:30.  Clean-up begins at 6:00.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway if you would like to help.

Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution ‑ Thursday, June 11th, at Grace Christian Church (1596 4th Street).  Call Cheryl Meyer at 920-923-5292 if you would like to volunteer.

WDA Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic ‑ The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation is hosting a free dental care clinic at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center June 12th and 13th.  Volunteers are needed June 11th through 14th.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old; no dental or medical experience is necessary.  Meals will be provided.  To register, call 920-929-3985 or go to www.rsvpbook.com/wdamom15.

Foster Parents ‑ Fond du Lac County needs foster parents, especially for teenagers and sibling groups, as well as emergency short-term care.  For more information, contact Foster Care Coordinators Tanya Abbot (920-929-3435) or Sheila Soyk (920-929-7614) at the Fond du Lac County Department of Social Services.

Summer Fellowship Events

May 27, 2015 in Upcoming Events

Beans & Booms ‑ 5:00 PM Saturday, July 4th, at Lakeside Park, near the intersection of Doty Street and Frazier Drive.  Come hang out for food and fellowship before the fireworks!  We will bring a small portable grill and some hot dogs; bring whatever you’d like to grill and something to share, as well as your own lawn chair and beverage.  Come anytime after 5:00 for food, or join us later for fireworks.

Yard Sale and Brat Fry ‑ 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday, July 11th, at church.  Donated items may be left in the downstairs Fellowship Hall.

Annual Baseball Outing ‑ Friday, August 14th at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Timber Rattlers are playing the Peoria Chiefs, with fireworks after the game.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway by June 21st if you would like to attend.  Tickets cost $10.50/person ($8.00 for handicap seating).  Tailgating starts at 4:30 PM; the game is at 7:05.  Talk to Rick Behlke for more details.

Missionary Profile: Dwayne & Janet Doyle

May 27, 2015 in Missionary Profile

doyleDwayne and Janet Doyle have been appointed to serve as associate development workers in central Asia.  The nations of this region became independent following the collapse of the Soviet Union around 1991.  Many of these republics have a dominant religious population and have suffered from civil war, revolution, ethnic conflict, corruption and religious persecution.

Dwayne works in a village facility connected to an orphanage where boys ages 7–21 participate in a year-round sports club.  Janet teaches English in the same village at a language center and runs an English club at a school for 1st through 11th grade students.  Dwayne and Janet are working towards starting home fellowship groups among an indigenous unreached people group.

Interserve is one of the oldest international, interdenominational mission agencies in existence. As associate development workers, the Doyles are employed by Interserve and are appointed to work in association with IM as well.  Using this type of joint appointment in addition to standard appointment enables IM to support the mobilization of greater numbers of American Baptists into God’s work throughout the world.

Please pray for the people of Central Asia.

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

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.