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February 15, 2020
CONNECT @ Midland Free
Weekly Church Newsletter

Sermons, Services &
Important Announcements

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

Upcoming sermon on Sunday, February 16
based on 
1 Peter 2:9-25 
A Solid Approach to Life

Watch the sermon from Sunday, February 9
based on
Philippians 4:4-7,
Anxiety: Choosing the Outcome


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Early Bird Price ends February 16th!

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.

Registration is a two-step process: 

FIRSTpurchase your ticket online here or call 877-296-2955 to purchase your ticket over the phone. 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)
SECONDsign up to carpool to Gaylord with other men from Midland Free. We need both DRIVERS and RIDERS. Carpool groups will be confirmed the week before the conference.


Father Daughter Dance
Purchase tickets now through
Sunday, February 16th!

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 community event and open to all girls ages preschool to middle school.

Ticket Prices:
  • $20 = Dad + one daughter
  • $25 = Dad + more than one daughter
VOLUNTEERS 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.

Now through February 29

Camp Dates: August 3 - 7, 2020
Daily, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM*
(*Before & After Care Available)

>> Early Bird Registration Link

Springhill Day Camp will be coming to Midland and hosted at Midland Evangelical Free Church again this summer from August 3 - 7, 2020. Your child will love this exciting week of full-day adventure activities including water slides, a climbing wall, bungee trampoline, archery, outdoor games, crafts, and much more.

Your child will also enjoy the high-energy large group sessions, camp songs, and other faith-based activities. We’ll keep your kids engaged and energized all day, every day!!

  • $199 (Early Bird Rate: Now through February 29)
  • $209 (Spring Rate: March 1 - April 30)
  • $229 (Full Price: May 1 until camp begins)
**Limited scholarships are also available. Please email our Children's Ministry for more details. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your child soak in the name of Jesus for a full week at summer camp!


Discover Midland Free

Sundays, February 23  & March 1
9:00 AM  •  Gathering Room A

>> Discover Midland Free - REGISTER HERE

Please register by Wednesday, February 19 
Are you new to Midland Free? This class is for you! Come learn more about our church, what we believe, our mission, vision, ministries, and leadership. We want to answer your questions and help you find the right place to plug in, connect, and grow in your faith. Join us! 

Alternative Spring Break

March 1 - 6, 2020
Columbus, OH
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship invites adults to join college students for the Abolitionist Plunge, a week long introduction to the tragedy of human trafficking. Cost $180 until February 26. For details and to register, contact Mike Peterson here. 

Ministry Highlights

Membership Seminar

Sunday, February 23   •  12:30 - 2:00 PM

>> 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!

Baptism Class

Sunday, February 23   •  10:45 AM
Gathering Room A

>> Baptism Class - REGISTER HERE

Please register by Wednesday, February 19 
Do you want to be baptized as a disciple of Jesus Christ? Do you have questions about the baptism process at Midland Free? Attend this Baptism Class and take the next step in your commitment to Jesus Christ by obeying his command to be baptized. 

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.


April 24-25, 2020

Start Saving Your Stuff!

Sunday, April 19  •  Noon - 5:00 pm
Monday, April 20  •  9:00 am - 7:00 pm

>> Rummage Sale - Volunteer Opportunities
The Midland Free Rummage Sale is coming soon! This is a fun filled, energetic week. As a member or attender of Midland Free you can get involved in many ways by donating your items, volunteering to help organize or price items during the week, make treats for the Bake Sale, and come shop! Visit our website for all the details. 

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.


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.


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.

X-TREEME Volleyball Tournament
Outreach Event!
Sunday, March 15th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
All high school students are invited to the X-TREEME Volleyball Tournament at Midland Free. 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.

BLAST Children's Ministry


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

5th Grade Mentoring Programs:

Champion Warriors - 
for Fathers & Sons

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

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.

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

All women are invited on Sunday mornings for a study by Jen Wilkin: Sermon on the Mount.
No online registration. Cost: $14 for the book.


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
Join the Tatar Prayer Team today!  You can stay up to date and provide the critical prayer support needed by our partners in Tatarstan.
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!


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.

Please take a moment to review and update your contact information in our database, specifically your mobile phone number (for text messages) and your email address. 📱📧 You can do this by
 logging into the Portal on our website. Once you have logged in, please click on “My User Account” and make the appropriate updates to your contact information.

Thank you for helping us in our efforts to communicate effectively with you in a weather emergency. May the Lord be with you.


Winter FOCUS

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Adult Classes      Small Churches  

Care      Global Missions      GoLocal 

X-treeme (9-12th grade)      JAM (6-8th grade)  

BLAST Children's Ministry (birth-5th grade)

Firm Foundations Early Learning Center

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