This Sunday we mark the 501st anniversary of Reformation Day. Martin Luther’s 95 theses sparked the movement to re-form the church on October 31, 1517. We will also continue The Quest, which is our fall sermon series through the Book of Ecclesiastes. Then, on 10/31 we will reach out with the love of Christ via our annual Trunk or Treat outreach in the back parking lot, starting at 6 PM. Join us!!
Bible Study for the next couple of months will have us discussing HONEST EVANGELISM, by Rico Tice. We will read and discuss at the rate of a chapter per week. The chapters are only about 10-12 pages long! (You don’t absolutely have to do the reading to come for the discussion, although it is encouraged.) See Pastor Tom to get your copy of the book.
The study and discussion begins on Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:30 PM. There will be no study on 10/31 due to our Trunk or Treat outreach!
The Book of Ecclesiastes is part of the “wisdom literature” of the Scriptures (along with Proverbs and the Book of Job). Many readers think The Teacher of Ecclesiastes is a “Debbie Downer” or “Ned Negative” sort of person. This autumn, we will unfold the meaning of this biblical work and we’ll begin to see instead that the writer is on a search for meaning in life. This search, or what I’m calling The Quest, is fruitless apart from living life in humility and recognizing that we are not in control of life– but the Lord is!
People often try to fill their lives with things that they think will bring them purpose and satisfaction, hoping that it will be found in our careers, family, or by pursuing our own pleasures. The message of Ecclesiastes explores the ultimate emptiness of these things and other ways we attempt to find happiness in life apart from God. Instead, we must continually be reminded that we must have reverence for the Lord in order to make sense out of the disappointments of life. This perspective can make all the difference. That is The Quest. Series starts on Sunday, September 23rd.
Great week of VBS at MHPC! Thanks to everyone who volunteered their help with meals, crafts, recreation, registration, memory verses, and more. And To our partner in the gospel, Jason Beverly of Child Evangelism Fellowship, we are grateful for your ministry and hope you get some rest!
Steve and Rita Williams will be with us next Sunday, July 8th. The Williams serve with MTW in New Zealand. They will bring a report on their work during a combined Sunday School hour starting at 9:45 AM in the Chapel. Steve will also be sharing during the worship service. Come, and bring a friend!