Sunday, January 7, 2018
ONE FAMILY; ONE SERVICE
Today we kick off the New Year with worshiping together as a full MPBC family. All Sunday Schools will meet at 9:30 am hour, and we will have our combined worship service at 11 am. “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
PARDON OUR DUST – UPDATES IN PROGRESS
One of our upstairs hallways is closed off as we perform some needed structural updates – please do not pass the tape/block. Thank you for monitoring your children, as it can be dangerous during renovation, and for being flexible as the classes that meet on that hall are temporarily meeting across the church. Questions? Contact George.Bridgers@mpbclife.com.
WOW donations still needed for door prizes. Suggested donations: lotions, hand sanitizers, loofahs, lip gloss, EOS, cosmetic bags, hair products/accessories, nail polish, manicure sets, cozy socks, journals, Christian CDs, candy (chocolates), gift cards (Sonic, Starbucks, Tropical Smoothies, nail salons, Chick-fil-A, Sweet Frog), anything a middle school girl would like from the $1 aisle at Walmart, Michaels, Target and Dollar Tree. Donations can be dropped off in the box in the foyer. Contact Karen.Stoupa@mpbclife.com with questions.
MARK YOUR NEW YEAR’S CALENDAR
Look ahead into 2018 and add these exciting upcoming events in the life of our church:
- DISCIPLE NOW 2018 – Our annual local retreat for middle and high school students is a highlight of the year and this year will be held March 2-4. Contact Pastor Joe.Mayes@mpbclife.com or Amy.Meadows@mpbclife.com with questions or for more information.
- Vacation Bible School – It may be cold outside but we’re already looking forward to the long days of summer and with it Vacation Bible School. This year our VBS will be from 9 am to 12:30 pm, July 9-13 (Monday-Friday), and our theme will be GAME ON: Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game . There’s lots more information to come, but plan now to bring your kids, their friends and your neighbors for an awesome week of VBS fun! It’s never too early to volunteer – contact Karen.Stoupa@mpbclife.com or Pastor Garrett.Oppel@mpbclife.com to let them know you’re in!
- MPBC 50 Year Anniversary Celebration – September 2 will be the date of our celebration, but join with us all year as we celebrate 50 years serving the Lord in Colonial Heights, and the many more years ahead of us!
LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING
Thank you for your faithful giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering through the Global Impact Offering (GIO) through the year and special giving in December.
55+ TRIP TO LANCASTER – DEPOSIT DUE SOON
Join us May 23-25 as we explore Lancaster. See the completely new Sight and Sound Millenium Theatre presentation of “Jesus”. Then enjoy the American Music Theatre presentation of “Songs of the Silver Screen”. Visit the Amish farmland, Shop the Kitchen Kettle Village and Bird in the Hand Farmers’ Market. Trip includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, and two dinners. Cost is $391.00 per person double occupancy. $100 deposit is due by February 18. Contact Lauren.Barlow@mpbclife.com or see 55+ newsletter for details.
Our goal in Student Ministry is to make our events and trips as cost effective as possible. Even with those efforts, some students and their families cannot afford to pay to attend our trips. With this in mind, we are always looking at ways to lower the cost of our trips, to help these families, and ALL of our families. Happy 100’s is one of the ways to help. This year we are approaching Happy 100’s a little differently. On January 28th, there will be a board of 150 envelopes, labeled 1-150. We are asking folks to take an envelop, fill it with the amount of money listed on the envelop, and return it by the end of February. This is a two fold approach: It allows everyone to get involved because the amounts range from $1 to $150, and if all of the envelops are taken, filled and returned, we will raise over $10,000 to help our students! Please consider how God would have you be a part of this awesome opportunity! And be on the look out for the Happy 100’s board in the foyer on January 28th.
What makes wrapping a present so exciting? Is it not to have it torn open in the happy hands of the recipient? How many hours of practice go into a play? Is not this time endured in expectation of when the curtain rises on opening night? And what does a bride hope for when she puts on a veil on the day of her wedding? Is it not so that her husband will remove it that there might be a measure of intimacy? To have a present go unopened would be a disappointment. A play that is cancelled before opening night would be an exercise in vanity. And if a bride adorned herself for a wedding that never occurred she would be heartbroken.
Veils are used to cover for a time. They are not meant to be permanent, but to guard until the right time, when everything is adequately prepared, and for the appropriate company. When used in good conscience, a veil is always meant to give way to something greater. And in 2 Corinthians 3, Paul pulls on an ancient Biblical thread of veiled glory. In Exodus 34, Moses met with God, and when he came off the mountain his face shown. The Israelites made him put a veil over his face for it glowed so brightly.
The people were afraid of being in close proximity to the Glory of God. And rightly so, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers are littered with stories of people not taking God’s Glory seriously and paying the ultimate price. Because of the terrible cost of taking God’s Glory lightly, and their propensity to do so, the people lived with a veiled relationship.
However, God always planned for this veil to be lifted. Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, a way was made. This Way unveiled the Glory of God, and because of this we can enter into an intimate relationship with God. We no longer needed the veil for our protection, because we have the surpassing protection of the blood of Christ. We can now look upon the Glory of the Lord with unveiled face, that was once so dangerous to us is now our great hope. This intimate relationship with the Creator is recreating us.
And yet, the veil remains for some, for those who have not turned to God. And for this reason, we have been called into Jesus’ ministry. For those who have turned to God have been called into the ministry of mercy. Jesus was the first to demonstrate this ministry. This ministry of reconciliation is between God and His creation. We who have had the veil lifted should live as living testaments to God’s power. For we know the power to draw near is of our own doing, but is the power of God through us. Would you dare leave that veiled?
Digging Deeper is written weekly by Luke Southall, MPBC Student Pastor Associate
2 Corinthians 3:16; 4:15
Dr. Joey Anthony
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