Our church elders, Pastors, and staff are closely monitoring the weather this weekend and are praying for the safety of our church family and the people in our region. In case our Worship Services are delayed or cancelled on Sunday due to the weather, we will send updates via social media, email, text message alert, and our website by 6:00 AM on Sunday, January 12. We encourage you to follow our social media pages (@mefchurch) onFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Would you 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 bylogging 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.
Upcoming sermon on Sunday, January 12
based on 1 Peter 1:1-12, What Makes Christians
the Richest People
on the Face of the Planet?
In a world at war with itself, it’s easy to get swept up into the chaos and lose our footing. But we’ve been called to be rooted and grounded in God – an invitation that’s as refreshing as it is needed. Join the women of Midland Free and special guest, Joy McMillan, as we explore what it looks like to remain rooted in God’s love in an often-turbulent world. We'll enjoy good food, real fellowship and powerful worship as we lean into His presence and learn how to trust His heart, even when we cannot see His hand.
Saturday Breakout Sessions include:
Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor: A Look at Titus 2 - Sarah Hickman
Fostering Hope in Michigan: How this Ministry is Impacting Children and Teens - Amy Burr
Helping Your Kids Develop Their God-Given Gifts - Kim Wells
The Old Testament …Where the Story Began - Bev Steel
What We Call Challenges, God Calls Seasons - Tammy Stevens
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!
Discover Midland Free
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!
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.
Join the New Beginnings small church at 9:00 AM on January 12, 2020 in Room 304 as we begin 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.
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>> SIGN UP HERE.
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 beginning on Sunday, January 5th.
Preparing for Marriage
Friday, February 7 // 6:30 - 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 8 // 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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
Save the date! MEN'S CONFERENCE
Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Gaylord Evangelical Free Church
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)
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
Dads, bring your 5th grade sons this Wednesday, January 15th for the first meeting of Champion Warriors in Room 117. 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 this Wednesday, January 15th for the first meeting of Just BeTWEEN Us in Room 120. 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!
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!
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 (grandfather, uncle, etc.).
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
ROMP & STOMP Play Gym
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? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
X-TREEME Skate Night Outreach Event! Sunday, January 12
6:00 - 8:00 pm
All high school students are invited to a Skate Night at the Midland Roller Arena, 2902 Bay City Rd., Midland! Admission is $4.50 and skate rental is $4.00. Pizza provided. Bring some friends to this retro outreach event! Questions? Contact Jody Best at 631-4411, x 1001.
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.
YOUTH IMPACT TRIPS Coming this summer!
For more details about trip locations, cost, expectations, and registration please follow the appropriate link below:
Women's Sunday Morning
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 Resumes Sunday, January 12
Victoria Rodriguez and Nicole Webster teach and encourage other single moms during this class. Resumes on Sunday, January 12 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
(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)
EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER FOR THE MALAY
Thursday, January 23
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
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,
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.
To contribute to his work in Haiti, please visit the Raise the Roof website HERE.
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!