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Mission Statement:

 

The purpose of RMCC is to reach out and invite people in; care for and equip to grow; empower and send forth to be the hands, heart, feet, and soul of Jesus. Re: Luke 6:47-48a

 

Vision Statement:

 

We envision a church that builds:

 

Relationships through embracing, accepting, and celebrating diversity as we travel life's journey.~James 2.1-26; 1 Sam 16.7; Romans 2.11; Romans 10.12-13

 

Ministers through worship, prayer, faith, and service. 

~Psalm 100.2; Philippians 4.6; Hebrews 1.3; 1 Peter 4.10-11

 

Communication and celebrates the Good News of God's acceptance, love, and hope by all, for all people. ~John 3.16; Romans 8.38-39; Lamentations 3.19-27

 

Connection through hope, love, and outreach ~1 Peter 4.8; Mark 16.15

 

Good stewards of our time, talent, and treasure. ~ Luke 12.34; Ephesians 5.15-16; 1 Peter 4.10

 

Responsible advocates for social justice, equality, and the environment. ~Psalms 24.1; Isaiah 61.1; Psalm 24.1

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Pastor Steph - Moderator

Dana McCoy - Vice Moderator

Judy Hakala - Clerk

Bev Timpy - Treasurer

Lisa Pierce - Member at                          Large

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SERMON POSTED TO BLOG

 

The message for March 25, 2012, by Rev. Karen Tompkins is now posted.  You may click here to read the manuscript. 

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7 HABITS OF A HIGHLY 

EFFECTIVE STEWARD

by: the barnabas foundation

  

Much has been written about the habits it takes to be a highly effective person, or a highly effective family or a highly effective teen. During the next seven weeks, we will will share a series intended to help us reflect on the habits of a highly effective steward.

 

Since stewardship is a part of discipleship, and discipleship is a journey for each of us, we hope that these habits will help up reflect on this area of our Christian life.

 

Habit 4: Be a Faithful Example


"These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." (Deut. 6: 6,7)


If we are to be good models for our children, we as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, must have God's Word reflected in our own lives. Secondly, we need to be alert to the countless
opportunities given us to teach our children a godly perspective on life, abilities, and possessions.


Modeling good stewardship is the best teaching tool. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and uncles, who tithe, save, live on a budget, minimize debt and give of their abilities and time to help others
set an excellent example for their children.


Start early. When children are old enough to receive an allowance, talk about their responsibility to give the first part back to God. Talk openly about tithing, why we do it and the good things that happen because we give. By the time kids are in high school or even middle school it is almost too late to begin teaching. By that time, their money habits are mostly set. While there is still opportunity at
any age to teach them, we can better mold our children's behavior if we reach them before they start to practice.


Look for ways to involve children in giving activities. Invite them to participate in the discussion of where to give and why. Talk about how good it feels to give to others. Explain how giving is really receiving and allow them the opportunity to experience that joy.
Instilling a strong work ethic in our children is invaluable. Money doesn't just magically appear out of a bank machine, but is earned through work. Remember, a child cannot learn money management unless he or she has money to manage, and unless they have earned that money themselves. Otherwise he or she is giving and spending their parents' money and not theirs. (Dynamic Steward, July 2003)

 
Working for something also teaches the value of delayed gratification. There is greater reward in something that is achieved versus free handouts. Our children will grow up with more respect for the value of money and what is required to earn it. Over indulgence by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles although well intended, destroys the need for initiative and motivation.


As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, we need to be patient and persistent. Let them fail. Mistakes are inevitable, but when you allow for failure you are entrusting  kids with responsibility.

 

Reprinted by permission: Barnabas Foundation, Tinley Park, IL

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GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

 

Good Friday is the Friday within Holy Week, and is a time of fasting and penance, commemorating the anniversary of Christ's crucifixion and death. For Christians (Catholic, Orthodox, Methodist, etc), Good Friday commemorates not just a historical event, but the sacrificial death of Christ, which with the resurrection, comprises the heart of the Christian faith.   

 

Join us as we imagine how the cross maker, nail maker,  robe maker, stone maker, whip maker, and the crown maker, felt to see their object as part of Jesus' crucifixion. Each one laments the event and their unwitting role with the revealing statement, "look at what I gave Jesus and look at what he gave me." Interwoven into the makers monologue we will use interpretive dance and music to tell the Crucifixion story.

 

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All invited, all are welcome.

Friday, April 6, 2012

7:00 PM

3864 Benjamin Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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SHAWN THOMAS IN CONCERT AT RMCC

March 31, 2012 @ 7pm 

 

Don't miss Shawn's "Covered & Created" tour!

 

His newest musical effort, released in July 2011, is a two-disc set called "Covered and Created," which features 10 tracks previously recorded by other artists and 10 new original works. The "Covered" disc includes songs from Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Richard Marx, Cher, and the OutVoice Top 10 hit of Shawn's version of "Hero" by Mariah Carey.

 

With a minister as a father and a talented musician as his mother, Shawn's ministry through Aaron's Rainbow Project (ARP) is the natural combination of his musical and spiritual influences. As a member in good standing with the Grammy ™ Recording Academy and a four-time Pride in the Arts Awards recipient from The Stonewall Society and 14-time nominee, Shawn Thomas emerges not only as an outstanding performer and singer, but as a dynamic and versatile worship leader and presenter. 

 

His intention is to share the message of God's of love and grace through music in order to build unity, understanding, and acceptance while still encouraging personal responsibility, self-reliance, and the development of conviction and values.

  


                        
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UPDATE ON AGAPE THE MCC TRAVELING BEAR

 

Hi, I wanted to update you on the adventures of Agape the Traveling Bear. Agape arrived at SunCoast Cathedral MCC in Venice, FL. via MCC El Paso on February 13, 2012. After visiting with us for a month, he travelled to Orlando, Florida on March 16, 2012 to attend the All Florida Network Gathering held at Joy MCC. He attended several interesting Plenaries and Workshops, and enjoyed Justin Ryan's Concert. On March 18 he left for the East Coast of Florida and is now attending First Coast MCC as a visitor. Below are some recent pictures.

Sincerely,

Charlene Bisord, Deacon

SunCoast Cathedral MCC

  Agape at Joy MCC_1

Agape at Joy MCC_2 Agape at Joy MCC_3

 

Agape was introduced at RMCC's 30th Anniversary Dinner in December 2010. Agape was sent out as a missionary supported by Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church  to share God's love.

 

Since Agape's ministry began he is meeting interesting people and visiting the lonely and ill in many parts of the United States and Canada. It is Agape's hope that those he meets on his journey  might forget about the worries of the world if only for a moment and feel God's love.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Wed Bible Study -   March  28 at 6:30-8:30 PM

4032 Woodland Creek Dr. SE,                         Kentwood, MI

Shawn Thomas in concert - March 31at 7PM 

Sunday Worship - April 1, 2012 at 10AM  

Good Friday Service - April 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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BECOMING A MEMBER OF RMCC

  

If you are interested in becoming a member of RMCC, please contact Pastor Steph. 

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Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor
Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church