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Sermons, Services &
Important Announcements

 
Communion Sunday: October 27
Join us for Communion Sunday! As we prepare to celebrate the Lord's Supper together on Sunday, October 27, please prepare your heart, spend some time with the Lord, and reflect on 
1 Corinthians 11:17-34.





Upcoming sermon on Sunday, October 27
based on Ruth 3, 

Full or Empty?
Where is This Thing Headed?



Watch the sermon from Sunday, October 20
based on Ephesians 4:25-32, 

Dealing With Our Emotions



Tatar Report Back Luncheon
Sunday, October 27
12:15 pm // Room 309

Join us for the Tatar Report Back Luncheon on Sunday, October 27 at 12:15 pm in Room 309 as Lynne Most shares about her trip to Tatarstan in September. You will hear stories and testimonials from the field and get to know our Tatar National Partners. Plus, you will learn more about new cross-cultural opportunities in Tatarstan.  This event is FREE!

No childcare provided, however, children 10+ are welcome with a parent or caregiver. Please REGISTER each person in your family.


We also need volunteers for set up and clean up for this event - please email Cynthia Foura if you would like to help.

For more information, please email Lynne at: tatarfocus@mefchurch.org.




Parent-Child Dedication Class

Class: Sunday, October 27
9:00 AM  //  Room 116


DEDICATION CLASS: REGISTER HERE

Dedication Service: Sunday, November 10
 

As a Christian parent, you have the unique privilege and responsibility to raise your child in a Christ-centered home. Midland Free partners with you through a Parent-Child Dedication Class and service during specified times each year. The Dedication class will provide you simple tips on how to disciple your child. The Dedication service allows you and your child to come before the church body during Sunday morning worship to make a public pledge to raise your child to know, love and follow Jesus Christ.

One or both parents must attend a Parent-Child Dedication Orientation Class prior to participating in the Dedication service.


Contact children@mefchurch.org with questions.


 

Pasta Potluck

Sunday, November 3 
12:15 PM  //  300 Wing


Register here to volunteer and/or bring a dish.

Everyone is invited to this FREE event! Please sign-up online and plan to bring a dish to pass.

We need the following potluck dishes:
  • Bread (garlic bread, bread sticks, etc.)
  • Large Salads (fruit, veggie, coleslaw, etc.)
  • Desserts (2 - 3 dozen individual servings)
Volunteers are also needed to help setup tables, cleanup after the event, or serve food & drinks during the event. Please join us!


 
ENCORE
Fellowship for Singles 40+
Interest Meeting

 
Are you over 40 and single?  Join us for an Interest Meeting &  Luncheon on Sunday, November 10, at 12:15 pm in room 309. In an effort to continue to create meaningful communities of teaching, fellowship, and prayer at Midland free, we would like to invite you to consider being a part of this new fellowship group.  If you are unable to attend the Interest Meeting, we still want to hear your thoughts! Please send an email to Pastor Gib.

 

 

BIG FORUM
Wednesday, November 13
6:30 - 8:00 PM // Rooms 306/308 

 
Join the Elders as they share and discuss important topics including some ministry updates, the Mission/Vision update, a proposed change to our Doctrinal Statement, and a re-finance proposal. 

Doctrinal Statement
The only change to the Doctrinal statement would be changing the word  premillenial to glorious.

“We believe in the personal, bodily and premillenial glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.”

For the benefits and reasoning behind the change in our association’s Doctrinal Statement (and thus our proposal to adopt it), please see:  
 
Hebrews 13:20–21 (ESV)
20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 
 
 

SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
(CONGREGATIONAL VOTE)
Sunday, December 8
6:00 PM // Worship Center

All members of Midland Free are called to this Special Business Meeting to vote on the action items presented during the BIG Forum on November 13.  Meeting packets and further details will be emailed to members soon. Childcare is available for the Business Meeting. Please RSVP to Chelsea by December 1, 2019 for childcare.




BAPTISM CLASS:
Sunday, November 3   \\  10:45 AM
Gathering Room A


Do you want to be baptized as a disciple of Jesus Christ? Attend this class to learn more about the biblical reasons for baptism as well as the baptism process followed at Midland Free. 

Baptism Class: REGISTER HERE 



DISCOVER MIDLAND FREE:
Sundays, November 3 & 10   \\   9:00 AM
Gathering Room A
Are you new to Midland Free? This is a perfect class to introduce you to all the opportunities and ministries here. You will learn more about our church, the leaders & pastors, and our beliefs and teachings. Join us! 
Discover Midland Free: REGISTER HERE 
 

Children & Youth Events


HARVEST PARTY:

A community event for all children
ages birth - 5th grade


Thursday, October 31  \\  6:00 - 8:00 PM

Save the date and invite your friends and neighbors from the community. This family event is for all children ages birth through 5th grade. We will offer many fun games, as well as food, prizes, inflatables and a craft. Food and refreshments are FREE except for $1.00 for a hot dog & chips.

Family friendly costumes, please.

Seeking volunteers to help and donations of bags of candy and baked goods. FOLLOW THIS LINK  to donate or volunteer.

DONATE:

  • Cookies (by the tray or bagged, not individually wrapped)
  • Cupcakes (by the tray, not individually wrapped)
  • Bags of Candy—individually wrapped, please

DONATION DROP-OFF:
Candy can be dropped in the box at the lobby table anytime between October 6th and October 30th. All food can be dropped off at the church kitchen on Thursday, October 31, beginning at 9:00 am.

VOLUNTEER:

  • Food Server at Food Table
  • Game Volunteer
  • Registration Greeter
  • Setup

FOLLOW THIS LINK  to donate or volunteer. THANK YOU!

Questions? Email: 
children@mefchurch.org.


 

X-TREEME OUTREACH EVENT:

TURKEY HUNT - ROAD RALLY
Sunday, November 3  \\  3:00 - 6:00 PM

All high school students are invited for this exciting event that includes food, a road rally, prizes and more. Invite a friend. Meet in the Game Room at Midland Free at 3:00 PM on November 3. See you there!

 

JAM  LOCK-IN:

For all Middle School Students!
Friday, November 8  \\  10:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Midland Community Center \\ $15

Register here
All middle school students are invited to this overnight event that includes basketball, swimming, movies, food, volleyball, gaga ball, crafts, and other fun activities! You must pre-register your child online by Friday, November 8th, at 5:00 pm. Register and make payments online. Questions? Contact Jody Best at 631-4411, x 1001.


 
Human Trafficking Awareness
for High School Students

All high school students and their parents are invited to this important event on Sunday, November 10 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Dr. Leslie Schutz will present. There will be a hot chocolate bar as well as a book giveaway.  Invite a friend and join us!
UPCOMING!

 

EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER
for the Malay
Tuesday, October 29
7:00 pm • South Atrium
Join the Malay Focus Team (MFT) for an evening of prayer for the Malay, one of our adopted Unreached People Groups. Meets from 7:00-9:00 pm in the South Atrium on October 29. Join us!



Church Library Reading Program 
 Visit the Church Library every week in October during National Church Library Month.  Fill out a Reading Log for each book you read for a chance to win a gift card and other great prizes!  Open to all children, youth, and adults! (The Church Library is located near the Women's Restroom.)


 
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

Times:
  • 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)
     

MEN'S BREAKFAST

Saturday, November 9
9:00 - 10:30 am  •  Room 309

Register Here

Speaker: Michael Goad
Topic: Ministering to Men in Job Transition

After changing jobs in 2013, Michael started reaching out to men who were in transition from one job to another and encouraging them. This has been a great way to encourage others and deepen friendships. Most people experience self-doubt and a lot of worry during a job transition and targeted encouragement truly means a lot to them.

Invite a friend! Teenage sons are always welcome. The breakfast is FREE, but
please register.



Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

Pack Shoebox Gifts
You can help a child in poverty and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world!  Pack a shoebox gift with school supplies, small toys, and non-liquid hygiene items. Your simple gifts change lives and give children in need a tangible expression of God's love.

Pick up a pre-printed shoebox at the lobby table near the BLAST Children's Ministry. There are also instructional brochures available with 
gift suggestions  and more information about how to pack a shoebox gift.


Volunteer at our Midland Free Relay Center

Midland Free has partnered with Operation Christmas Child for 11 years as a regional Relay Center drop-off location in Midland County!

We have the following hours available if you would like to volunteer in the North Atrium during our Relay Center hours. Please
REGISTER HERE if you can serve during one of the shifts below:
  • Sun, Nov. 17:  9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Mon, Nov. 18:  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue, Nov. 19:  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wed, Nov. 20:  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu, Nov. 21:  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri, Nov. 22:  1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Sat, Nov. 23:  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sun, Nov. 24:  9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Mon, Nov. 25:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
FALL CLASSES

 
Teaching Seminars 

THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Wednesdays
November 6 & 20


Teaching Seminar: REGISTER HERE
What’s one of the first things you do after watching a movie at home?  For some, it’s searching through the extended version or Director’s Cut. What was left out? What did I miss? What are they not telling me? What’s the inside scoop? For those who want to know and grow, there’s always more.

Join Pastor Jeremy as he leads us through “The Director’s Cut” - deleted scenes and insights from the book of the Bible being preached. Want to go deeper? Come this fall and find out how.



Women's Sunday Morning Bible Study
 
All women are invited on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in room 303.
No online registration.
 
John anchors us in his letters with truth in a culture that has lost its way. He separates light from darkness, offers community for loneliness and rest for our striving. Throughout his letters John gives us the ultimate gift of assurance: we can know that we knew Jesus. Join Kelly Minter in this theologically rich study--that also includes recipes for deeper fellowship--and discover what love truly is.



DEEP LOVE
MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT CLASS

Wednesdays in October
6:30 - 8:00 PM  • Room 301

 This class will help you and your spouse forge a stronger relationship, develop better communication, and enhance your intimacy. You will be given an opportunity to take a 15-minute online assessment which generates a personalized 10-page report (you will be the only one to see your report). The class will cover four topics in the assessment: Personality, Communication, Conflict, and Adaptability. 



FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Sundays
9:00 AM  • Room 305

 
Are you tired of money stress, or living paycheck to paycheck? Then you’re ready to join more than five million people whose lives have been changed by Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course taught by Dave Ramsey, Chris Hogan and Rachel Cruze helps you work a plan to nail a budget, defeat debt, and free yourself from money worries! Meets Sundays at 9:00 am in Room 305.
 


Single Moms Parenting Class
 Victoria Rodriguez and Nicole Webster teach and encourage other single moms during this class. Meets Sundays at 10:45 AM in Room 301. 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!

SMALL CHURCHES
Meet every Sunday morning!



NEW BEGINNINGS
SMALL CHURCH
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!

 

 


W.E.L.L.
SMALL CHURCH
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.


 


FAITH BUILDERS
SMALL CHURCH
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.

 


YOUNG ADULTS
SMALL CHURCH
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.

 
 


LEGACY BUILDERS
SMALL CHURCH
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!

Ministry Highlights


Open Door Soup Kitchen 
Fall 2019 Volunteers Needed:
Join the Midland Free team serving on Tuesdays OR every first & fourth Thursday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm this fall.  You can choose how often you would like to serve: monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly. Please contact Christy Ferguson who is organizing the team: s.c.ferguson@sbcglobal.net.




HELP WANTED
Volunteer Display
 
Visit our new HELP WANTED Volunteer Display Wall in the Lobby! Some serving opportunities are urgent, while many are ongoing. Each month we will also highlight a special volunteer serving in our church.

How will God use you? 




Life Groups - Fall 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.

More details and registration here.


 

Vehicle Donations at Midland Free
Two families at Midland Free need a donated vehicle that works and is dependable. If the Lord is leading you to donate a vehicle please contact pastor Gib at ggiblin@mefchurch.org or 989-631-4411, ext 1016.
Thank you!


 

COFFEE CONNECTIONS CAFE
Open Sundays before and between services.

 
Connect with others on Sunday mornings over a delicious warm beverage. Now serving coffee, tea, hot cocoa and hot cider. 
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