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THE MIDTOWN CONNECTION
June 17, 2020

Welcome to Midtown Community Church's newsletter!  This edition will help you connect with the people and ministries at Midtown as we seek to be renewed by Jesus Christ for the purpose of drawing people into community, growing as an authentic worshipping community, and sending them out to renew and create communities locally and globally.
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New Sermon Series!

Join us online this Sunday beginning at 9:15am as we kick off the Summer with a brand new sermon series on the Old Testament book of Daniel.

House Church Host Sites

Midtown Church has moved into the “house church” phase of corporate worship, during which  we will gather in homes/backyards to watch the online service in a manner that is consistent with Phase 2 guidelines issued by Gov. Cooper (Please see Pastor Lindsey’s recent email for the details of this).  The current host sites are listed below and are open to a limited number of people.  We’ll keep you updated each week as this list fluctuates.  If you would like to worship in-person with other Midtowners, please reach out to the host to see if they have space available.   If you would like to serve as a future host site, reach out to Pastor Lindsey for details.

 

Church-Wide Summer Book Club:

The Color of Compromise
Beginning June 23rd at 8PM


Memo From the Session: We do want everyone to be aware that while the church is very clear on the sinfulness of racism, we also recognize that how we engage the issue practically is one for which there are many differing opinions.  Therefore, we want everyone to be prepared for the fact that this book will at points make you feel uncomfortable, and you will not agree with all of the assertions made by the author.  However, we do think it is imperative that we be willing to hear from the experiences of our black brothers and sisters in Christ, and this book represents one such voice. This book was recommended by the African American Ministries (AAM) of our denomination.  Being a "book club" format, we expect this to be an opportunity where we can dialogue and disagree with both the author and each other, knowing that none of us are infallible.  And it is the belief of your elders that this is a topic that is best discussed in Christian community rather than over social media or in the echo chamber of only our experiences.  And as with all discussions, our desire will be to dialogue in a way that points us to Scripture as the only infallible source of truth.

In light of recent events that have brought to surface the long-standing issue of racism in our country, the elders and women's shepherding team have agreed to create our first ever church-wide book club addressing this topic and we encourage everyone to participate as they are able.  Pastor Lindsey has chosen the book The Color of Compromise: The Truth About The American Church's Complicity In Racism, written by Jemar Tisby, a respected black voice within the Christian community and fellow graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary.  For the sake of making it easier for couples with young kids and the desire to keep gatherings relatively small in light of Covid-19, we have decided to split this into separate men's and women's studies.  The men will meet on the EVEN Tuesdays of the month, beginning June 23rd at 8pm, and the women will meet on the ODD Tuesdays of the month beginning June 30th.  All gatherings will take place in the backyard of the Williams' house, located at 2417 Basil Drive (If you are only comfortable participating via Zoom, please notify the contact below and we will see if we can provide that option).  If you would like to participate in this book club, RSVP to the following: Note: If you want a hard copy, please let Pastor Lindsey know ASAP.  Midtown has purchased 30 copies, available for $18 (or less if finances are tight for you right now).  This book is also available on kindle and iTunes.  We'll discuss the first 2 chapters at our first meeting; find them here: The Color of Compromise Sneak Peak.

Pastor's Resources:

Moving Forward by Rev. Russ Whitfield

 
Pastor Lindsey continues to post spiritual resources during this season on the Midtown slack channel.  Check out his latest resource, which is a blog post entitled Moving Forward by Rev. Russ Whitfield, head pastor of Grace Mosaic Church in Washington, DC.  This provides a good framework for how Christians can move forward from the recent protests/riots.

Contact Pastor Lindsey at lindsey@midtown-church.org for more information.

Congregational Meeting
Deacon Update

Date: Summer 2020


The Session of Midtown Community Church is calling a brief congregational meeting in the near future - most likely this summer - for the purpose of holding an election for the offices of Deacon and Elder.  The Session recommends that Rand Williams and Adam Wright be considered for the office of Deacon, as well as continue to recommened Wally Tinsley be considered for the office of Elder.  Please read Rand, Adam and Wally's bios below in order to get to know them and why they feel called to each respective office.

Office of Deacon:
Rand Williams Testimony & Call

Office of Deacon:
Adam Wright Testimony & Call 

Office of Elder:
Wally Tinsley Testimony & Call 

For an understanding of how we raise up deacons and elders in our church, please read the following document:  Core Leadership Positions for MCC.

In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Lindsey at lindsey@midtown-church.org.

Sprouts Resources


Hopefully you and your kids have taken advantage of our new Sprouts Storytime on social media these past few weeks.  In addition to the children's worship materials Charity Cleary provides each Sunday, Katherine Dysart has compiled a Google Sheet filled with resources that may be of benefit to your family during this season.  In case you missed Katherine's recent email with this document, here it is: Biblical Resources for Families.  Please reach out to either Charity or Katherine if you have any ideas or questions about how we can care for our kids during this season.  

Outdoor Worship Service

Sunday, June 28th at 5pm

 
MCC will host a second outdoor worship service on the steps of the Ridge Road Baptist Church chapel as a way for us to gather together as a church in-person while socially distanced.  This will be a 30-45 minute service with a five-to-10 minute homily (this homily will be unrelated to our new sermon series on Daniel).   If you plan to attend, the Session asks that you adhere to the following basic guidelines, all of which are based on those set out by Gov. Cooper:
  • Sanitize your hands before and after the event using your own sanitizer.
  • BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair or blanket).
  • Maintain social distancing of approximately 6 feet.
  • Wear masks only if you feel that social distancing is impractical.
  • Church bathrooms will only be available for emergencies.
  • If you have had any symptoms of sickness in past week, we encourage you stay home.
  • If you are immune-compromised, at-risk, or otherwise uncomfortable in this setting, we encourage you to exercise extra caution and know that you can join us for our online worship service on that Sunday at our normal 9:15am time.
  • Kids are welcome to attend, but you can certainly leave your kids at home if you prefer.
If you plan to attend, please let Pastor Lindsey know (along with the number in your party) so that MCC can plan accordingly: lindsey@midtown-church.org.

Ladies Ladder Interest?


Even though social interaction continues to look different, the WST has decided to re-institute the Ladies Ladder as a way to allow Midtown women to safely connect and interact with each other.  Each month you will be assigned one woman to meet with, and you and that person can choose whatever way you feel comfortable to meet (walk, coffee, phone call, Zoom, etc).   If you are interested in being a part of the Ladies Ladder, please let Karen Howell know, as she has graciously offered to assist in organizing this over the summer.

Contact Karen Howell at hospitality@midtown-church.org with questions or to sign up.

Cleaning Products for Refugee Hope Partners


Refugee Hope Partners (RHP), one of our ministry partners, is collecting donations of the following products in preparation of reopening their programs and spaces.  The health of their participants and volunteers is of top priority and these items will help RFP to operate in safe ways moving forward.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Sanitizing Spray
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap
  • Gloves
  • Paper Towels
If you are willing to donate any of these supplies to RHP please contact Sarah Beth Sickling at sarahbeth@refugeehopepartners.org.

Connect With Us!

Slack & Zoom


If you want to stay connected with Midtown Community Church during this season, we highly recommend joining us on our instant messaging platform, Slack.  This is a great place to chat with other people, share prayer requests, find resources and receive updates about the life of our church.  Slack is definitely the place to be on Sunday mornings during the broadcast of our online worship service!  Just follow this link: Join Midtown on Slack.

Midtown also has an online, video meeting platform called Zoom.  Zoom is great for Community Groups, Bible Studies and virtual socials!  If you need to schedule a meeting with a group of people within the church, reach out to our administrator, Erin Wright, and she would be glad to schedule a meeting for you.  Erin: erin@midtown-church.org.
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
2 Corinthians 9:7 | 
ESV

Though we may not be able to meet in person at this time, tithes and offerings are still very important to the life of Midtown Community Church.  Please consider giving online or mailing in your tithe during this time.
For more information, please visit midtown-church.org/giving.

Help for Online & Livestreaming Worship Needed!
 

Do you like music, video, or taking pictures on your phone?  We need you on the Audio/Visual team! 


What We Do: capture the audio and video feeds on Saturday or Sunday for YouTube, live-streaming, or in-person worship so that everyone can be ministered to.

Qualifications:

  • Be willing to come in for 2-3 hours on a Saturday or Sunday. Frequency depends on your availability and how many other team members we have.  (Current rotation would be looking at ~once a month)
  • If you can take a picture or listen to Spotify, you have all the technical qualifications you need; we will teach you the rest (and it’s not hard)!

Without the A/V team, our ability as a church to provide a worship service to everyone is directly impacted during this socially distant time, and we are in need of additional volunteers!!

Interested or have a teen who is?  Know someone who would be a good fit?  Contact Michael Vuke at Michael.vuke@gmail.com.



Stuck at Home?  Join us for Online Worship!

Sundays at 9:15am


SUBSCRIBE HERE: Midtown's on YouTube

Where there is unity there is always victory.

- Publilius Syrus -

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