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January 25, 2020
CONNECT @ Midland Free
Weekly Church Newsletter

Sermons, Services &
Important Announcements

Two Sunday services 
at 9:00 & 10:45 AM

Upcoming sermon on Sunday, January 26
based on
1 Peter 1:22 - 2:3,
What Two Things Will Help Me Grow
More Than Any Other?

Watch the sermon from Sunday, January 19
based on
1 Peter 1:13-21,
What Should I Look Forward To?


Early Bird Pricing through
January 26th (TOMORROW)!

Friday, February 14, 2020
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Christian Celebration Center

(sponsored by Mid-Michigan Community Family Ministries)

$10/person Early Bird Rate
(through January 26th)
Treat your spouse to a FUN date night on Valentine's Day! Join pastor and author Phil Gungor as he shares his hilarious and insightful tips for marital bliss. It’s an evening that promises to be powerful, encouraging, practical and of course, highly entertaining.

Tickets will also be available at the Next Steps Table in the center lobby on January 26th. 

Chili Potluck Lunch
Sunday, February 9
12:15 PM  •  300 Wing  •  FREE!

(Please sign up online so we know how much chili to prepare.) 

Join our church family for a delicious chili lunch and fellowship time. We will serve traditional red chili, white chili, and vegetarian chili with all the fixings. We invite you to bring a dish of your favorite side such as a salad (coleslaw, veggie, fruit, etc.), cornbread, or a dessert (2-3 dozen).

Chili Prep Volunteers needed: Would you like to cook a pot of chili? All ingredients will be provided, including the recipe to make 5-6 quarts of chili at home. If you would like to help with set up, clean up, or chili preparation, please

Questions? Please
 email Christy Ferguson. THANK YOU!


with a National Tatarstan Pastor special Guest

Friday, February 7 or
Saturday, February 8


You are cordially invited to come hear Edik Khamidullin, pastor and president of our partner churches in Tatarstan sponsored by the Tatar Focus Team and hosted by Ken and Beth Wolf on Friday, February 7, and Jeff and Cynthia Foura on Saturday, February 8.

Join us for one of the following reception times:
  • Friday, February 7th:
    At the home of Ken & Beth Wolf 
    7:00 – 9:00 pm 
    2311 Dilloway Drive, Midland, MI

  • Saturday, February 8th:
    At the home of Jeff & Cynthia Foura
    3:00 – 5:00 pm 
    1309 Woodview Court, Midland, MI


Membership Seminar

>> Membership Seminar - REGISTER HERE

Please register by Wednesday, February 19 
What is the value of church membership and why should you consider becoming a member of Midland Free? What does the Bible have to say about committing to a local community of believers? Come to this Membership Seminar and learn more!

Join us on Sunday, February 23 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the the Large Conference Room (inside the Ministry Offices - enter through the east doors near the flagpoles). Lunch provided!


Custodial & Facilities Team Member
We are seeking a new team member to perform building, custodial and maintenance duties. You will help keep the church and its equipment properly maintained and in good repair, both inside and out. 

email resumes to Terra Carpenter. Thank you.

For your information, audited financial statements for Midland Evangelical Free Church for our last fiscal year ended June 30, 2019 are available for viewing by calling Chuck McDonald at 989.631.4411, x 1017 or email at
In the event of inclement weather, our church elders, Pastors, and staff will closely monitor the weather and road conditions. If our Worship Services are delayed or cancelled  due to the weather, we will send updates via social media, email, text message alert, and our website by 6:00 AM on that specific Sunday morning. We encourage you to follow our social media pages (@mefchurch) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the most recent updates.

Ministry Highlights

  Preparing for Marriage
Weekend Course

Friday, February  7   //  6:30 - 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 8  // 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

>> Details & Registration
Are you engaged or considering marriage in your relationship? Join this class!  You will learn God’s design for a biblical marriage from a collaboration of married couples who have a passion to see marriages thrive. Topics will include Knowing God’s Will, Communication, Commitment, Finances, Intimacy, and more. 

Preparing for Marriage is a great way to learn more about how to handle everyday situations as a husband and wife.  
Cost: $10/per person. Includes: Handouts & lunch on Saturday


PACESETTERS for 8th Graders

Begins Wednesday, February 19
6:15 PM
>> Details
Pacesetters is a 10-week series during JAM lesson time (on Wednesday nights) just for 8th grade students. These lessons are interactive and taught by passionate youth leaders. Eighth grade is a year of transition and growing maturity in preparation for high school. We want to come alongside students and assist them on their journey. 
>> Details and Chicago trip information here.

Save the date!
Saturday, March 14, 2020

9:00 am  - 4:00 pm
Gaylord Evangelical Free Church 

>>Details & Registration
Guys, are you ready to chart a new course? It's time to step into the River Wild and learn from other men who have encountered remarkable life experiences. Invite a friend and join other men from Midland Free as we attend A Higher Call Men's Conference in Gaylord, MI. 

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 877-296-2955. There is an Early Bird pricing discount if you purchase your ticket before February 16, 2020. Ticket prices are as follows:
  • $35 (through February 16)
  • $40 (February 17 - March 1)
  • $45 (March 2 - March 14)
New study!
Join the New Beginnings small church at 9:00 AM on Sundays in Room 304 as we study a series on "Boundaries with Kids" (based on the book by Cloud & Townsend). Jeff & Pam Koehlinger will discuss when to say "yes," when to say "no," and how to help your children gain control of their lives. Recommended for parents of children of all ages.

Life Groups - Winter Session
>>REGISTER for a Life Group

If you are looking for a place to build relationships and belong at Midland Free, join a Life Group! They meet every week in homes to encourage each other, pray for each other, and grow in relationship with Jesus.

You do not need to read a book ahead of time because Life Group conversations focus on what everyone heard on Sunday morning. With other members of your group you will look more closely at some of the topics and issues raised by the Sunday Sermon.
Register for a Life Group today!

Midland's Open Door Soup Kitchen 

Winter 2020 Volunteers Needed:

Join the Midland Free GoLocal team serving at Midland's Open Door!  You can choose how often you would like to serve: monthly or quarterly. Families with children over age 11 are encouraged to volunteer as well.

Day/time options include:
  • First & fourth Thursdays:
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • First Saturday of the month (beginning March, 2020):
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Please contact Christy Ferguson who is organizing the team.

BLAST Children's Ministry

Father Daughter Dance
Friday, February 21, 2020
6:00 - 8:30 pm

For all girls (ages preschool - middle school) and their father or father figure!

>> Register Here

All fathers, grandfathers, or other male role models are invited to this special event with their daughters. This is a great opportunity for men to spend a special evening with their daughter(s), making each young girl feel special and loved by her father or father figure.

This is a community event and open to all girls ages preschool to middle school!

Early Bird Pricing now through February 7th!  Register and buy your tickets early to get the best ticket price!
  • $13 = Dad + one daughter
    (price is $20 after February 7th)

  • $18 = Dad + more than one daughter
    (price is $25 after February 7th)

VOLUNTEERS ALSO NEEDED: We can use some additional help to make this dance a success! We will have a high priority need for volunteers to set up tables and chairs on February 20 and tear down on February 21.
>> Link to Volunteer Opportunities

5th Grade Mentoring Programs:

Champion Warriors - 
for Fathers & Sons

Wednesdays, January 15 - March 11
6:30 - 8:00 pm • Room 117

>> Register here
Dads, bring your 5th grade sons for Champion Warriors in Room 117 on Wednesdays! Boys will enjoy the interactive games and challenges, and dads will enjoy intentional time with their sons in a mentoring role to guide them into Christian manhood. See you there!


Just BeTWEEN Us -
for Mothers & Daughters

Wednesdays, January 15 - March 4
6:30 - 8:00 pm • Room 120

>> Register here

Moms, bring your 5th grade daughters to Just BeTWEEN Us in Room 120 on Wednesdays! You and your daughter will be prompted to have gospel conversations about important topics for pre-teen girls. Come and meet with other parents and work together to mentor your daughters in 5th grade!


For all children (ages birth to 5th grade)
and their caregivers!

Meets Mondays // Midland Free Gym
10:00 - 11:30 AM

Now that the winter weather is here, bring your kids to play in our warm gym on Monday mornings! Romp & Stomp consists of free play, focusing on large motor skills and playing well with others.  No pre-registration required. Just drop-in anytime between 10:00 and 11:30 am. Cost is $1 per family.

This is a public event and open to all children (ages birth to 5th grade) and their families in our community! Questions? 

For all children (grades K- 5th)

Meets Wednesdays // 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Room 116 (Drop-off)
Pick up in the GYM

In SHiNE (Serving Him IN Everything!), elementary kids learn Biblical truths, worship through music and art, and fellowship while playing fun games in the gym on Wednesday nights!

Meets from fall to spring.
>>Please register your child HERE.  
Questions? Contact: Kristi Smith at 989.631.4411 x1014, or


JAM Carnival
Wednesday, January 29
6:15 - 8:00 pm
All middle school students (6th - 8th grade) are invited to this great outreach event filled with games, prizes, and candy! Questions? Contact Jody Best at 631-4411, x 1001.
Guys Night Out - Purity Event
for all boys in 7th - 12 grade

Friday, February 28th
6:00 - 11:30 PM @ Midland Free

>> Register Here
Join Pastor Chuck Lloyd and other youth leaders as they present God’s plan for guys as it relates to girls, dating, and sex. Guys from 7th - 12 grade are encouraged to attend this event. Cost $5 at the door. Middle school and high school students will have some activities together, but teaching and small group times will be separated. There will also be a Dodgeball Tournament and food! Dads are welcome to come for free.

Questions? Contact Jody Best at 631-4411, x 1001.

Outreach Event!
Sunday, February 9th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
All high school students are invited to the X-TREEME Archery & Laser Tag Night at Midland Free. Admission is $5 at the door. Food provided. Bring some friends! Questions? Contact Jody Best at 631-4411, x 1001.

Coming this summer!
For more details about trip locations, cost, expectations, and registration please follow the appropriate link below:

>> X-treeme Impact Trips (9th - 12 grades)

>>JAM Impact Trips (6th - 8th grades) 

Questions? Contact Jody Best at 631-4411, x 1001.

Women's Sunday Morning
Bible Study
9:00 am  • Room 303

Beginning on Sunday, January 5th, all women are invited to a new study by Jen Wilkin: Sermon on the Mount.

No online registration.
Cost: $14 for the book.
Have a seat on the mountainside. In His sweeping depiction of kingdom citizenship, Jesus utters some of the most familiar passages in all of Scripture. Most of us have only encountered the Sermon on the Mount in fragments, considering its subdivisions as complete teachings in their own right--a study in blessedness; a reflection on the Lord's Prayer; a discussion of religious devotion, money, ambition, and relationships. But what if we navigated these three chapters in Matthew as they were originally heard: as one cohesive, well-ordered message, intended to challenge us to think differently about what it means to be a follower of Jesus, a citizen of the kingdom of heaven? This nine-session study will give you the opportunity to do just that. Come and learn from Jesus, just as His disciples did.

Single Moms Parenting Class
 Victoria Rodriguez and Nicole Webster teach and encourage other single moms during this class. Meets Sundays at 9:00 am in Room 302. BLAST Children’s Ministry Sunday School classes are available for infants through 5th grade.  All single moms invited regardless of the ages of their children! >> REGISTER HERE

Moms in Prayer International
Moms in Prayer invites you to have a profound impact on your children and their schools, from preschool to young adult. Entire communities are transformed when moms gather to pray to the only One who can change a human heart. You were made for such a  time as this. Come to one of the times below and enjoy a time of fellowship, prayer and encouragement.  

Dates & Location: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Fridays of each month at Midland Free

  • Prayers for Dow High School / Jefferson Middle School • 8:00 AM
    South Atrium

    (Contact Doreen with questions - 989.631.5527)

  • Prayers for Adams Elementary • 9:00 AM 
    Blast Children's Area Lobby

    (Contact Kristi with questions - 989.631.4411 x 1014)


Tuesday, February 18
6:00 - 8:00 pm • Room 202

The Malay Focus Team (MFT) invites you to an evening of Extraordinary Prayer for the Malay. This will be a time of prayer, worship, scripture reading, and fasting (as the Lord leads you).

As you fast and pray, we encourage you to reflect on the following prompts from David Platt and the Secret Church ’19 event:
  • Those who celebrate the ascension of the King now crave the consummation of the kingdom.
  • More than we want our hunger to cease, we want His kingdom to come!
  • More than our stomachs long to be full, our souls long to see Christ.

Questions? Contact Carol Hoag by email  or 989-941-1882.

Opportunities in Tatarstan
Recently, Lynne Most returned from her short term mission trip to Tatarstan. She shared with us in a Report Back Luncheon about how God is moving among our adopted unreached people group – the Tatars! 

We have two important updates to share with you:

First, we are praising God for those in our congregation who responded in the following ways. THANK YOU everyone!
  • 13 new prayer commitments
  • 2 interested in crisis pregnancy ministry help
  • 5 interested in a short term ministry trip in 2020
  • 5 interested in supporting young national couple through CRU

Join the Tatar Prayer Team today!  You can stay up to date and provide the critical prayer support needed by our partners in Tatarstan.
Second, the Tatar Focus Team is excited to announce some potential short term ministry opportunities for 2020! 

Would you be interested and available to join a short-term mission team in 2020? You can use your life, business, or ministry experience to serve in another part of the world! Here's a list of possibilities for short term ministry trips to work directly with our partners in Tatarstan:
  • 🛠  You could serve on a community service outreach team,
  • 🙏  A prayer tourism team,
  • 🙋🏽‍♀️  A women’s ministry team, or
  • 😎  A youth & children’s summer camp outreach team.
Please email with your interest. Trips will be confirmed based on interest and availability.

Stay tuned for more details!


Serving in Haiti with Raise the Roof Ministries
HAVE YOU HEARD?  Haiti is in crisis and a boiling over is imminent.  The country has shut down for eight weeks.  The people are miserable and without hope and there is no end in sight, nor any indication of what that end might be. 

Please read this important update from Steve Scott with ten things you should know about the current situation.

To contribute to his work in Haiti, please visit the Raise the Roof website


Meet every Sunday morning!


Sundays  \\ 10:45 AM \\ Room 306
Leaders: Roger Kipfmiller, Rick DeShano, & Rich Packard

We are a fellowship of mixed ages who are growing, maturing, and making disciples. If you want to connect and develop friends, make disciples, train a Joshua, and develop a legacy with your family, then the Legacy Builders is for you. We welcome you!

Sundays  \\ 9:00 AM \\ Room 306
Leaders: Dave & D'Andra Walter

W.E.L.L. = Working to Establish a Living Legacy.  This small church will offer prayer, service projects, care, a short, Biblically-based lesson, and discussion time. We will also offer practical tips for establishing a legacy for our children and, in some cases, grandchildren. EVERYONE is welcome to join.


Sundays  \\ 9:00 AM \\ Room 308
Leader: Bryce Landenberger

A gathering place for all ages seeking to grow and build each other up in faith and become disciple makers of Jesus Christ. Various members of the class serve as teachers and facilitators leading through studies and lively discussions of books of the Bible, current books and relevant topics.


Sundays  \\ 9:00 AM \\ Room 301
Leaders: David & Joanna Shumaker

We are a small church dedicated to building relationships among young adults and professionals (20+) and helping them grow in their faith. We will study the connection between our Christian world-view and how it impacts our lives as young professionals in the world. Open to all single or married young adults.

Sundays  \\ 9:00 AM \\ Room 304
Leaders: Rob & Amber Parrish
Are you in the beginning stages of growing your family, whether newly married or raising young children? Join us as we share life through Bible study and fellowship. A growing family changes the way we live, and it can be a struggle to keep a relationship with God as well as each other. You’ll find support and encouragement here!
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