In this week's MR Memoir, Kaitlyn Virtue answers the question:

What does it mean to you to be justified by faith alone? 

"To me, being justified by faith alone means I am once and for all declared right with God through believing and trusting in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection on my behalf. Nothing I have done, am doing, or will do could determine this free gift I don’t deserve. When Andy talked about faith as a gift and unbelief as a sin in his sermon, it helped me to repent of the idea that it’s all up to me to believe what Jesus did was for me. I can be praying for more faith to believe my beliefs about him and turn away from believing the untrue things I’ve clung to. The people God has placed around me often are encouragements in this battle. 

When the Westminster Catechism says: "...receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God,” it helped me to remember that I can receive this gift from a good Father that loves me and rest in his grace even when I have doubts or when I sin. It also matters that Jesus died and rose and I daily attempt to ground myself here in this fact. When I feel weary and my thoughts are telling me something other than the truth, I can know the Holy Spirit is working in me, to help me live out of the truth step by step."

~Kaitlyn Virtue
Upcoming Events
Kids Ministry - Discovery Island - July 26

The MR Kids Ministry invites you to bring the family to Discovery Island for a FREE evening of sliding and splashing together! Concessions will be available for food purchase and registration is not required for this event. For additional questions please contact Miranda Marsh: 
When: Monday, July 26th, 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Where: Southside Park, 417 Baldwin Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680
Childcare Volunteers for ESL Classes

If you are interested in volunteering to assist with childcare for our English as a Second Language classes from 6:15 to 8:30 pm on Tuesdays, please contact Marty Harrison at
ReEngage Class and Grace Marriage

ReEngage and Grace Marriage are two marriage ministries that MRPC will offer beginning in August. ReEngage is a 16-week small group experience that covers important marriage topics like communication, conflict, showing grace, emotional and sexual intimacy. Grace Marriage is a program that will meet on four Saturday mornings during the year for four hours. Grace marriage covers similar topics as ReEngage and is designed to keep important issues before couples throughout the year so that their marriages will continue to thrive and grow. 

Registration deadlines:
ReEngage - July 25th
Grace Marriage - August 8th

For more details on either of these ministries, please contact To register, visit the links below.
Mentor Moms Begins September 14

Mentor Moms is a time of fellowship with other moms and an opportunity to learn, grow, and discuss common issues. This semester, we will focus on healthy communication skills within your marriage while working through the book, Communication: Key to Your Marriage by Norman Wright. Beginning on September 14, we will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 - 11:15 am.
For more details or to register, visit the link below.
Here & Now
Informational Meeting - Church Officer Nominations

We will have an informational meeting on Sunday, August 15 for church members considering nominating a man for the office of deacon or elder and those considering the office of deacon or elder. The meeting will be held from 10:10-10:45 am in room B-111.
Please prayerfully consider men whose lives model the descriptions laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1-12 for elders and deacons. After speaking with him to see if he is willing to stand for office, please complete the nomination form found at the link below or pick up a form at the Welcome Desk.

**If you have already entered a nomination prior to 7/12 please re-submit due to technical difficulties.**
Engaging the World
Global Spotlight

Focus: Larry & Sandy Rockwell, MTW, Peru – Larry is in the pioneering stages of church planting in the mountains of Peru, concentrating on small group Bible studies in various communities in the outlying mountain villages of the city of Huaraz and discipleship among the Quechua.

Prayer: In their most recent newsletter, the Rockwell’s wrote “Larry is always hopeful that the seeds that have been planted in the lives of the Quechua he meets and shares with will bear fruit in a life redeemed. With each person he meets and each opportunity that God provides to share the truth of the gospel, he is trusting that the Holy Spirit is at work and will use His word to touch hearts and change lives. It is not easy when you don’t see any visible changes in people’s lives, but that is where faith comes in. We know after all these years that this work is not something we do, but it is all God’s. Focusing on this is what keeps us pressing on in spite of the absence of people responding to what they hear.” Please pray for the Holy Spirit to illuminate hearts as they hear.