August Events

July 27, 2015 in Upcoming Events

Please see our Calendar for all the latest information!

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

Worship ‑ 10:00 AM every Sunday in the Sanctuary.  On August 2nd, we will celebrate Communion and an offering will be taken for Relay for Life, which raises money for cancer research.

Corn Roast and Fish Fry ‑ 6:00 PM Friday, August 7th, at church.  We encourage everyone to join us for a fun evening of food and yard games!  Invite a friend!  Please bring a dish to pass.

Youth Group Tubing Party ‑ 1:00 PM Saturday, August 8th, at Jack and Mary Hobbs’ house.  In case of inclement weather, the event will be at 1:00 PM Sunday, August 9th.

Punch Fellowship ‑ After worship Sunday, August 9th, in the Fellowship Hall.

“What’s the Bible?” Study ‑ 10:00 AM Thursday, August 13th and 27th, 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.

Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution ‑ Thursday, August 13th, at Grace Christian Church (1596 4th Street).

Timber Rattler’s Game ‑ Friday, August 14th, at Fox Cities Stadium.  Tailgating begins at 4:30.  The game begins at 7:05 PM with fireworks to follow.

Vacation Bible School ‑ 6:00-8:30 PM Friday, August 28th, 2:00-4:30 PM Saturday, August 29th, and 10:00-11:00 AM Sunday, August 30th, at church.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway if you would like to help!

Sunday School ‑ Sunday School classes for all ages resume on September 13th!  Talk to Jen Koenigs if you would like to help teach children’s Sunday School or are interested in facilitating an adult class.

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.”

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

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.

From the Pastor’s Desk: The Gift of Hospitality

June 29, 2015 in From the Pastor

(With thanks to J. from our Friday Night group for the conversation that got this rolling in my mind.)

I have an admission to make, one that those of you who know me well will realize it’s a bit embarrassing and difficult to share: I didn’t really get into J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a teenager.  I read it, but I didn’t really “get” it.  Those who have only seen the movies may not realize just how much time Tolkien spends describing just walking.  It took me a number of years before I had the ability to begin to really appreciate just how deep and powerful a story he had crafted.

Because it is a story about a journey.  And though there are many mighty figures in that story – warriors and wizards, elves and dwarves and all the sorts of figures that are staples of that genre today (and that’s no coincidence, by the way) – for all of that, the true heroes of the story are not the ones the world sees as the most powerful, but two small people (hobbits) named Frodo and Sam, whose strengths aren’t in combat and skill, but loyalty, perseverance and humility. Read the rest of this entry →

Remembering Our Vision

June 29, 2015 in Missions & Ministry

A year and a half ago, we had a vision retreat at Camp Tamarack at which we asked this question: What ways can we carry out Jesus’ mission collectively and/or individually; especially in our areas of passion?  We came up with ideas that we grouped under these headings:

  • Mentor Youth and Parents
  • Create “Third Space”
  • Pursue Mission Opportunities
  • Support Hurting People
  • Advocate for the Marginalized
  • Create Multi-Generational Environment
  • Feed People
  • Communicate Lovingly with God and Others
  • Incubate Relationships
  • Care for the Body of Believers
  • Increase Public Awareness of MBC
  • Support Spiritual Learning
  • Continue the Conversation
  • Improve Buildings and Grounds

We’re continuing to explore these as a church and are looking for people who have a sense of calling in one of these areas.  If you have an idea for a ministry, funding is available to help you get started.  Talk to Pastor Brian or someone on the Diaconate to find out how to launch your ministry idea!

Missionary Profile: Lori & Matt Mann

June 29, 2015 in Missionary Profile

mann_lori&mattLaos is one of the poorest countries in the world and a target country for pedophiles and human traffickers.  Because of poverty, lack of education, and desperation, Lao street children, slum children, and children in impoverished families are targets of organized sex trafficking syndicates, both locally and internationally.

In Laos, Lori and Matt work with street children, slum children, and girls who have been sold or are at high risk of being sold to human traffickers.  In order to help protect and restore these children, the Manns are involved in five main interventions: a day time drop-in center for street and slum children; residential care for boys who were brought off the street and for girls who were victims of human trafficking or are at high risk of being victims; a scholarship program for children who would otherwise be sent to the city to beg; and raising community awareness about issues such as child abuse, child exploitation, and human trafficking.  In Thailand, Matt is also involved in leadership development and rural community development.

Pray for Lori and Matt as they seek to reach out to needy children in Thailand.

Yard Sale and Brat Fry

June 15, 2015 in Missions & Ministry, Upcoming Events

Our annual Yard Sale and Brat Fry is coming up on Saturday, July 11th, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  This fun event includes food, music and lots of good deals!  Funds raised by the event will go to three organizations: Parent LIFE of Badgerland Youth for Christ (http://badgerlandyfc.org/ministries/ministry_page/parent_life/), which works with expectant and parenting teens; the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation(http://www.umdf.org/); and Heart For Lebanon (http://www.heartforlebanon.org/), which serves Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Beirut and the Beka’a Valley in Lebanon.  Invite your friends!