E-news for October 3-9, 2021


October 3 is the first Sunday of the month, and we have the privilege of celebrating communion together. If you will be joining the service via live-stream, you are encouraged to prepare in advance.


In chapter 3, the apostle Peter concludes this epistle by exhorting readers to use God’s Word as a gauge at all times, especially when confronted with false or questionable teaching. Peter also encourages believers to remember that God’s timing is not our own. We should take every opportunity to prepare for his return, share the hope of the gospel with others, and repent for our shortcomings.


  • Sunday, October 3 – Communion Sunday! Congregational Meeting! Celebrate October Birthdays! Baby Bottle Campaign Begins!
  • Tuesday, October 5 – Leadership Team Meeting!
  • Wednesday, October 6 – Midweek Fellowship!


There will be a brief special Congregational Meeting this Sunday, October 3, immediately following the morning worship service. The meeting has one agenda item: to vote on the Leadership Team’s recommendation for membership in Midway Covenant of the following three friends: Christina Nzuzu,  Pitshou Makoto, and Robert Olson. Members are asked to remain for the brief meeting.


Be sure to pick up baby bottles after the service on Sunday! The goal is for you to distribute them to families, friends, and loved ones to see how many we can fill by the end of October! Your donations will help raise funds for the local Care Net Center as they continue to meet the needs of young, pregnant mothers-to-be.


Please plan to join us on Wednesday, October 6th, for our midweek fellowship! We will share a potluck meal at 6 p.m. and then break out for Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Potluck Details: If your last name begins with A-K, please bring a dessert; L-R, please bring a main dish; S-Z, please bring a side dish.

Bible Study Details: Come join your Midway Family on this inspirational journey through these beautiful and inspiring songs of praise, thanksgiving, and lament. Participants are invited to rediscover, or see for the first time, why you can put your hope in Jesus, the Shepherd, Savior and King! If you have any questions, you may email Gerald MacDicken  @ scotch51g@yahoo.com.


Asked to illustrate his favorite Bible story, a boy drew an animal and colored it green, red, and purple. “What is it?” asked the teacher. “It’s Joseph’s goat of many colors,” he replied.


How much do you remember from last week? Fill in the blanks using the words in the box below.

Last Sunday, Pastor Shaun preached on 2 Peter chapter 2. Pastor reviewed Peter’s previous teaching about the false teaching of Gnosticism: the belief that one can obtain salvation by ______ knowledge of certain things. Pastor reminded us, “It’s not what you know but who you know, and how you know Him.” He said for salvation to be authentic, there has to be an Epignosis: a real, tangible, up-close-and-personal encounter and relationship with God. This doesn’t come about by accumulating ________ through books, seminars, or YouTube channels. Salvation, he said, is a gift of God, and the knowledge and understanding comes after. Another _____ teaching Peter wrote about is Anti-nominalism: the belief that you are entitled to sin with impunity after receiving Christ, and that His grace and forgiveness are your ticket to experience life fully, in all of its excesses. False teachers and false ________ are as prevalent today as they were 2,000 years ago! Just because something sounds good or has “a ring of truth” to it, doesn’t mean it is true! Pastor Shaun said we need to be _______ about taking any pastor at their word. “No matter who they are, line up their teaching with the Word of God!”

                        knowledge                  prophets                 careful                  special                 false           


Don’t forget your masks! For the health and safety of all, particularly those in our church family with fragile or compromised immune systems, we at Midway are continuing the mask-wearing protocol. Thank you all for your patience and consideration for one another!


Join me in a four-week study, from October 10 through October 31, on eight of the most prominent names of God. Our goal, however, will not be to gain more knowledge regarding God’s names. Rather, our goal will be to grow in actually knowing God. To know His name is to know Him; to boast in His name (Psalm 20:7) is to have confidence in who He is. Whether this refreshes your memory or introduces you to truths you have not yet seen, I pray we all experience God more fully through this study.

–Ruth Hill


Dennis for everything you do, from being a dedicated prayer warrior, to keeping the church grounds picked up, to being a great office angel!

Dale for your handyman work around the church building, and for bringing donuts and snacks to the office for visitors to enjoy!

Marlys for replenishing the supply of office greeting cards!

MJ and friends for the hours of hard work coordinating Saturday’s Community Health Fair!

Laura for bringing such delicious gluten-free dishes to the midweek potluck!

Gerald for teaching the midweek Bible Study!

Linda for the Keurig Coffeemaker for the church!

Marshallese United Church of Christ for your always-gracious hospitality and generosity—most recently in your sharing those amazing food platters with the office staff!

Ministerio Church for cleaning the entire parking lot in preparation for Saturday’s Community Health Fair, and for plowing the ground in front of the church in preparation for the landscaping crew!

Our incredible youth, from Midway & our sister churches, for impacting our lives in so many wonderful ways!


1. Pray for our children and youth as they adjust to their teachers and schools this year.

2. Continue to pray for those in our church family who are sick or recovering from recent illness or surgery.

3. Continue to pray for strength, health, and reprieve for our healthcare workers.

4. Continue to pray for our nations and leaders.

                      SERMON SCHEDULE

                                                                October 3: Rev. Shaun Higgins, 2 Peter 3:1-18

                                                              October 10: Rev. Brad Hill, Romans 8:26-30


  • The Church Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Office phone number: 206-878-4861 // Office email: office@midwaycovenant.org                     
  • Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary (or online at live.midcov.org)
  • Children’s Sunday School upstairs at 10:30 a.m.
  • Discipleship Lunch Group: Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
  • Midweek Fellowship: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
  • Men’s Bible Study Breakfast Group: Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. at Tuscany’s in Des Moines