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December 21, 2019
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Sermons, Services &
Important Announcements

 
Please note: There will be only worship service at 10:00 AM on Sunday, December 21st  and Sunday, December 29th. The Blast Children's Area will be closed so that families can worship together. Coloring pages and crayons will be provided for children in the Worship Center. The Family Room and Mother's Room will be open for families with infants.


The Fourth Week of Advent
Upcoming sermon on Sunday, December 21
based on Luke 1:26-45,

The First Announcement


Watch the sermon from Sunday, December 15
based on John 1:6-9 & Luke 3:4-18,

The First Forerunner

 

INVITE A FRIEND!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tuesday, December 24
6:00 PM
 
You and your family and friends are invited to a beautiful candlelight Christmas Eve service as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Please join us for this unforgettable Christmas worship experience!

Glow sticks and coloring/activity pages with crayons will be provided for children. The BLAST Children's area will be closed so families can worship together.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, December 24th at 6:00 pm. Merry Christmas!



Missionary of the Month:
STEVE SCOTT
Visit the Global Missions Display in the South Lobby (near the Welcome Center) this month to pick up a prayer card and learn more about Steve's important work in Haiti.

Have you heard?  Haiti is at the boiling point and 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
HERE.


 
Helping Hands - THANK YOU!
 
Adopt-A-Family
Thanks to you, we were able to bless 16 families in need at Central Park Elementary School this Christmas! We are so humbled by the outpouring of Christ's love shown through our gracious and faithful congregation. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus to those our community! 

We continue to collect jackets, boots, and hats/gloves  for families in the NMFC area. You can still pick up a tag at the GoLocal display in the south lobby. Your response has been overwhelming! Thank you!!


 
Business Meeting - THANK YOU!

We want to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to our very generous congregation for the excellent attendance and engagement at the Business Meeting on December 8th. We are sincerely grateful for your vote of trust and your faithful commitment to the body of Christ here at Midland Free. 
 
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.


 
YEAR-END GIVING:
To take advantage of this year's charitable deduction, please note the following:
 
Sunday Service Giving: If you wish to make your contributions through our Sunday worship services, then the last worship service for 2019 will be on Sunday, December 29th at 10:00 AM.
 

ONLINE Electronic Giving: To take advantage of this year’s charitable deduction, your contributions must be made online (via credit card) by Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

TEXT Giving: Do you prefer to donate via text message? Text the word GIVE to 989.244.7155

Giving via Check: You can mail a check to our office at 7221 N. Jefferson Ave., Midland, MI 48642. Your envelope must be postmarked by December 31, 2019 to take advantage of this year's charitable  deduction.

In-Person Giving: You can also deliver your contributions in-person to the church office by Monday, December 30th at 5:00 PM.


Thank you for your generous contributions to the Lord’s work at Midland Free!

Ministry Highlights

 
Young Adults Bowling Social
All young adults are invited to Valley Lanes for a Bowling Social on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Come and meet other young adults from Midland Free, bowl and have fun! The cost is $10 for bowling, shoe rental, and pizza. Feel free to share this event and bring a few friends or colleagues. We will meet in the private bowling room at Valley Lanes, 5021 Bay City Rd, Midland. Questions? Contact Emily Schafer at 989-992-3035.



Advent Resources in our
Church Library
Visit the Church Library for resources to help your family celebrate Advent, including children's picture books, family movies, and other Christmas books! On December 22nd and 29th, when we have only one worship service at 10:00 am, the Church Library will be open from 9:30 -10:00 am & 11:15 - 11:45 am.
 


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:  s.c.ferguson@sbcglobal.net.
 



Life Groups - Winter Session begins January 12, 2020

>>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.




Enrollment OPEN for Worship Dance Session II:
All children and youth from 3rd grade to 12th grade are invited to join the Worship Dance Ministry! Rehearsals occur on Thursdays from January 9 - February 13 at 6:30 pm in Room 308, with a stage performance scheduled for Sunday,  February 16th during the Worship Service.
 


 

JANUARY MEN'S BREAKFAST

Saturday, January 11th
9:00 - 10:30 am  •  Room 309

>>Register Here

Save the date for Saturday, January 11th for another delicious Men's Breakfast. Topic and speaker coming soon. Invite a friend! Teenage sons are always welcome. The breakfast is FREE, but please register.


 
Save the date!
MEN'S CONFERENCE
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)
 

COFFEE CONNECTIONS CAFE
Open Sundays before and between services.

 
Say hi to someone new and connect with others on Sunday mornings over a delicious warm beverage! Now serving coffee, tea, hot cocoa and hot cider. 
YOUTH
 
 

X-TREEME Winter Retreat
for all high school students!
January 24-26, 2020
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Get ready to encounter God, engage with new and old friends, and play in a wintry paradise! It’s Arctic Blast Time! Leave life as you know it behind and prepare for a weekend of ultimate fun. 

>> Details & Registration Here

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


 

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! 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.
 



JAM Carnival
Wednesday, January 29
6:15 - 8:00 pm
All middle school students (6th - 8th grade) are invited to this great outreach event! 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:

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

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

Questions? Contact Jody Best at 631-4411, x 1001.
WOMEN'S MINISTRY
 
Women's Sunday Morning
Bible Study
9:00 am  • Room 303

Begins Sunday, January 5th

 
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

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)

 
SAVE THE DATE!
FIFTH ANNUAL
Conference for Women

Friday, January 17, 2020 
6:30 - 10:00 PM

Saturday, January 18, 2020
8:45 AM - 3:30 PM


>>Registration Details Here
 
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
  • Worship: Spirit and Truth - Robyn Lobdell
Cost: $30**
**
Scholarships Available (please email Nancy Willis to inquire about scholarships)

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 fathers or father figures!
 
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 7, 2020. Register and buy your tickets early to get the best ticket price!
  • $13 - Dad + one daughter (price is $20 after 02.07.2020)
  • $18 - Dad + more than one daughter (price is $25 after 02.07.2020)

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

Romp & Stomp will NOT MEET
on the following dates: 
December 23 & 30, 2019.


RESUMES, Monday, January 6, 2020!

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. Occasionally, there will be special organized games and/or activities for children to enjoy with their families.

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!


Contact children@mefchurch.org for additional details.
 


SHiNE 

SHiNE will NOT MEET on the following dates: 
December 25, 2019, and January 1, 2020.


RESUMES, Wednesday, January 8, 2020!

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 kristismith@mefchurch.org.


 
BLAST Winter Volunteer Training
NEW DATE coming soon!
12:30 - 2:00 pm  •  Room 109/116

All BLAST Volunteers are called to this volunteer training. Lunch provided. Please email Chelsea to RSVP.
MISSIONS
 

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

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 tatarfocus@mefchurch.org with your interest. Trips will be confirmed based on interest and availability.

Stay tuned for more details!

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!
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