1. SUBMISSIONS are still being accepted for the next issue of VOICES—MBC's ArtsZine / Deadline: July 15. We are looking for visual art, writing, even film or music recordings. Perhaps you have created something while “Staying Home to Stay Safe”. What are your creative endeavors? If you are attending or have attended MBC, please share them via VOICES. All ages welcome. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Voices" in the memo line. Thanks to those who have sent in submissions already!
2. FLOWER DONATIONS for SUNDAY SERVICES. If you have an abundance of flowers this summer, and would be willing to share a bouquet once in a while, we'd love to use them for the Sunday morning online worship services. You may arrange the flowers or just bring a bunch of cuttings and we'll arrange it. Email Melinda at the Church Office to schedule drop-off time.
Devotional videos by Pastor Stephanie and others, will be send out on Fridays.
Outdoor Services are beginning
OUTDOOR PRAISE SERVICES by advance CONFIRMATION OF reservation ONLY
We are excited to be holding Outdoor Praise Services on Sundays at 4pm beginning June 28 and throughout July (weather permitting!). The location is in the back-yard of the Wilkinsons' home. These services are for attenders of MBC and BY ADVANCE CONFIRMATION OF RESERVATION ONLY
Because of the need for spatial distancing, we are keeping the number of participants to a max. of 25 individuals. In order to give all an opportunity to attend, those that indicated they might or would attend an outdoor service, were sent a form on which they could indicate which Sunday(s) they are able to attend. From that we can assign weeks. Please, only come to the outdoor service if you have received confirmation for that week.
Important to remember: Masks are required. Bring your own chair/blanket. No restrooms will be available. Services will last no more than 45 minutes. More details will come when we send you your confirmation.
If you have any questions, need the form sent again, or need to make a change, contact Melinda via church office email.
The Outdoor Praise Services are IN ADDITION TO the regular Sunday Morning live streaming services at 10am, which will continue throughout the summer. (For now and the foreseeable future, the church building will be open only to those taking part in the live stream service.)
Back-Yard Gatherings coming to a location near you!
Looking for more JULY and August hosts for these gatherings of 10 or less people. Though still practicing social distancing, these hour-long gatherings will give an opportunity for much needed face-to-face interaction and sharing. Email the church office if you are willing and able to host such a gathering for the remainder of the summer.
Here are two BYGs for July (more to be added soon!)
Stephanie Allen and Mitch Howell
Saturday, July 11 at 10am (raindate: July 18)
Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30pm
Bring your own chair/blanket for outdoor gathering. No kids (theirs will stay indoors). If you wish, bring your own snack/meal/drinks. Shade, conversation, and animal exhibits are provided. :)
Email the church office to reserve a spot.. as we need to make sure there are no more than 10 people.
CLASS BEING OFFERED IN AUGUST via Zoom
Pastor Stephanie will lead a 4+ week class on Robert Mulholland's book Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Transformation. The number of weeks, day and time will be announced soon. Though details are yet to be ironed out, consider joining in the study and discussion.
A little something about the book and author:
M. Robert Mulholland Jr. defines spiritual formation as "the process of being formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others." This definition encompasses the dynamics of a vital Christian life and counters our culture's tendency to make spirituality a trivial matter or reduce it to a private affair between "me and Jesus."
In Invitation to a Journey, Mulholland helps Christians new and old understand that we become like Christ gradually, not instantly. Not every personality is suited to an early morning quiet time, so Mulholland frees different personality types to express their devotion differently. He reviews the classical spiritual disciplines and demonstrates the importance of undertaking our spiritual journey with (and for the sake of) others.
This road map for spiritual formation is profoundly biblical and down to earth. In the finest tradition of spiritual literature, it is a vital help to Christians at any stage of their journey.
This edition is revised and expanded by Ruth Haley Barton with a new foreword, spiritual practices and study guide
M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (1936-2015) was emeritus professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and the author of several books. He also served as pastor and
adjunct professor at the Academy for Spiritual Formation and taught at several seminaries and universities around the world, including Wesley Theological Seminary, Harvard University, McMurry University, Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary (Moscow, Russia), West Africa Theological Seminary (Lagos, Nigeria), and Baltic Mission Center Theological Seminary (Tallinn, Estonia). An elder in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mulholland was a frequent speaker at Bible and spiritual renewal conferences.
It is requested that the book be read prior to class starting.
EVENING COMPLINE Link
Thursdays, 8:00pm on Zoom All welcome.
For more info contact Kathy Carpenter.
Compline is a very short end-of-the-day liturgy of readings, a psalm, and prayers, with time for open prayer, lasting no longer than 30 minutes. Feel free to join every week or whenever you want - led by members of MBC's Renovare SALT* group. (*Sharing the Abundant Life Together)
FROM ANNE AND ANDREW MAY - Hope Prison Ministry
----> "As South Africa's coronavirus crisis grows, Hope Prison Ministry has had to cancel several major income-generating events, and we are struggling to meet our financial commitments. But we have good news! Two generous donors have stepped up to challenge our supporters -- they will match all donations received between now and July 31, up to $10,000! These funds will enable us to continue our outreach to ex-offenders and their families, as well as support our hard-working staff during this difficult time.
One of our office secretaries, Monica, has been at home for three months without work. Because we have continued paying her salary, she has been able to start a feeding program, serving meals to over 100 children in her neighborhood who would normally have been fed at school and were otherwise going hungry!
We want to continue supporting Monica and the rest of our team in these valuable efforts, and to be ready to return to prison as soon as the opportunity opens again. Thanks to the matching fund, your donation will go far and help those most in need! Thank you in advance for your generosity."
To donate: http://hopeprisonministry.org/donate-to-hope/
FROM JEFF REHBACH - Middlebury's Charter House News
----> "A few of you have been asking about Charter House, so I thought I'd provide a brief update.
Eight people have moved back to stay overnight at the Charter House, but the community lunch program as we knew it continues to be on hold. Instead, the Charter House staff and a few regular volunteers continue to prepare 200 meals a day that go to people in need who are housed in area motels / inns.
Especially needed are:
desserts (small baggies with a couple cookies or brownie, etc.),
fruits that can be eaten by hand (especially oranges, clementines, plums, etc.)
Other items to donate:
coffee cakes, muffins, yogurts, fruit cups, pudding cups, raisins, cheese sticks, bananas,
melons (we are happy to cut those up here); sliced lunch meats (except ham) and cheese in at least 2lb portions)
for Summer Clothing Drive:
Men’s Shorts and T-shirts, Women’s Shorts, Capris, and T-shirts
Someone is at the kitchen door by the parking lot between 10AM and 6PM each day.
Online contributions help purchase groceries to make all the meals each day,
Thank you to all for your care, and for spreading the word."
For now through June 29, please send all prayer requests to the church office and we will get those requests out to our Pray-ers List. On June 30 you may resume sending requests to John Curler.
BE A PRAY-ER: If you wish to be a pray-er and receive requests for prayer, contact the church office.
SERMON NOTES AND QUOTES
Remember Sermon Notes and Quotes for Sunday are available the next day on our website.
You may choose to give online through VANCO* or mail in your check to MBC, 97 S. Pleasant St., Middlebury, VT 05753
*If you donate through Vanco, MBC's online giving platform, and you wish to designate a portion of your gift to the Food Shelf or Deacon Fund (or any other designation), please email Meredith Rehbach letting her know how much is being designated and to what.
COVID-19 RELATED HARDSHIPS
If you have needs (physical, spiritual, monetary) arise that are overwhelming you, please let the Deacons know so you are not alone and the church can come along beside you in any way appropriate and possible.
We are operating remotely. Calls and emails are monitored.
MBC FACEBOOK GROUP Page Link
This is a private page for MBC attenders. A great way to connect! Please join if you can.
CHURCH EMAIL: email@example.com