In this week's MR Memoir, Frances Lightcap shares her experience from the Spiritual Retreat this past September.
 
"Time feels extra precious in the stage of life I'm in, and spending 3-4 hours on a Saturday morning at a spiritual retreat hasn't felt like a feasible option for me, even though I've been wanting to attend one. It meant missing a soccer game, having a friend transport a child to a soccer game, and a few other scheduling shuffles that Jamie was very great to work out so that I got to attend one! It was exactly what I needed. I'm having a hard time quieting my mind and engaging with the Lord in the midst of the day to day hustle, and this felt like a time for me to really engage with Him over the word and some specific circumstances from the last few weeks that had been challenging for me. Andy gave us sheets we could use to direct our time, which was so helpful to choose from and use. I was able to sit and pray, journal through my emotions, and read various Psalms that were recommended. I landed on Psalm 23. I read it over and over again, thinking about the truths of this scripture that many of us have had memorized since an early age. I have a Good Shepherd, who makes me lie down in green pastures, who leads me beside quiet waters, who restores my soul. He guides me along right paths and through dark valleys, and his rod and staff provide comfort for me. He prepares a table for me and anoints my head with oil. The promise is that his goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and then I'll dwell in his house, and through it all, I lack nothing. I love the imagery from this, the intimacy. That my God knows me, thinks of me, provides for me tangibly and on a soul level, has direction to give me, corrects, and protects me. This is the God I long for, the life I long to live. The spiritual retreat felt like a reset in many ways for me - to fight to remember these truths, to lean into and trust my Good Shepherd as he cares for me and leads me forward. If you're on the fence about the logistical acrobatics that it may take for you to attend one, I promise it's worth it!"

~Frances Lightcap
Spiritual Retreat Rescheduled

The Spiritual Retreat that was scheduled for Saturday, November 6 will be rescheduled for January 2022. In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more about our Spiritual Retreats and what to expect, please email souten@mitchellroad.org for details!
Journey Through Scripture
Journey Through Scripture in 2022

If you have ever wanted to read through the Bible, this is the time! Join us as our church takes a “Journey Through Scripture” together in 2022!
Upcoming Events
MRCA - Now Accepting Applications!
 
Mitchell Road Christian Academy is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year! Spaces are extremely limited, so apply now if you’d like your child to be considered for admission. Visit www.mitchellroadchristian.org/admissions or click the link below for more details.
Youth Choir Rehearsals

The Covenant Singers (2nd-5th grade choir) will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, 10/27, in preparation for the Christmas season! Please register at mitchellroad.org/events or use the link below. 

High schoolers are welcome to join the Adult Choir for the Christmas season, beginning with a Christmas rehearsal in the Sanctuary on Saturday, 10/23. Please email tmanor@mitchellroad.org for info.

*All ensembles rehearse Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 pm.
World Relief - Good Neighbor Team Training
Sunday, October 24 at 12 PM


Refugees are survivors, leaders, teachers, artists, dreamers, and laborers. They are children, forgotten, persecuted, made in God’s image, our new neighbors, and our future friends.

How can those of us receive these families into our community best respond? Material needs and tangible service is helpful but the greatest gift we can give is friendship, community, belonging, and acceptance as we value their stories, dreams, and contributions.

Let's learn how to mobilize together to befriend a newly arriving refugee family! Join us this Sunday, October 24 at 12:00 pm in the Community House of MRPC. This will be led by Brandon Baughn, World Relief’s Upstate Office Director. Lunch will be provided. Register for this event below.

You can access more information about a Good Neighbor team by watching this video linked below.
Parent Meeting Tonight!
 
Parents, join us TONIGHT as Neel Skelton will be speaking on "Technology in Its Proper Place." Our hope is to create a gathering place for parents to connect and learn about specific topics relating to parenting in this day and age.

Technology in Its Proper Place: Neel Skelton
Date: Wednesday, October 20
Time: 6:45pm-7:30pm
Location: Fellowship Hall
2021-2022 Basketball Registration Waitlist


Spots are still available for 9th-12th grade boys and girls Recreational Basketball! Use the links below to register. All other ages (1st-8th) currently have a waitlist. Sign-up below if you are interested in being placed on the waitlist. Please email registration@mitchellroad.org with any questions and for more information.

Engaging the World
Global Spotlight
Scott and Ruth Hill with MTW in Cherokee, NC

If you’ve attended a Cherokee family mission weekend, then you’ve met Scott and Ruth Hill, who planted Grace Community Church of Cherokee. They have a ministry of outreach and discipleship to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Our church will partner with them again to offer a 2022 Cherokee family mission weekend on April 29 – May 1, 2022!

The Hill’s have asked us to be praying for Scott to have a continued rebuilding of strength as he recovers from a mild stroke last week. Pray also for God’s protection and provision over their camp property which has experienced vandalism and theft over the last month. 
Local Spotlight
God Is on the Move in the Midst of the Afghanistan Crisis:
How Believers Can Help


God is on the move. Even now God is moving Afghans from places where they could not hear the good news of Jesus to places where they can. So, what can we do to help? How can we join what God is doing in and through this massive humanitarian crisis? You can pray!

Pray for Afghan believers: protection for those being targeted by the Taliban, preservation of the Church as members are scattered and hiding, perseverance for those persecuted for their faith, the proclamation of the gospel with boldness and clarity as God opens doors.

Pray for the global Church's response to refugees: that the church would embrace immigrants by extending hospitality and meeting basic needs; enfold them into community through friendship, language learning, education, and employment; and engage them with the gospel in Word and deed.

To read the full story written by MTW, click below.