- Sunday, July 3 – Celebrate July Birthdays!
- Tuesday, July 12 – Leadership Team Meeting!
- Sunday, July 17 – Midway’s Semi-annual Meeting!
NEEDS IN THE CHURCH FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
Feeding the hungry: Volunteers are welcome as we prepare and serve up meals for our community!
Outdoor Volunteers: We have several projects in the works here at Midway. If you’re available to help Dennis out, come by during the week. You’ll get the added blessing of his company!
Rides to church: If you are interested in providing transportation, even once a month, for one or more of our homebound, please call the office and let us know.
We rejoice that we can now worship and sing without masks! For those who want to continue wearing masks for added protection, we encourage you to do so. As our communities recover from the impact of the pandemic, may the Body of Christ at Midway be known for our love for one another!
DONATIONS FOR THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE
If you would like a way to securely and effectively help the people of Ukraine, Covenant World Relief provides a way to give. Donors can be sure their money is going to bring relief and resources to the people. Here is a link to their giving website: https://giving.covchurch.org/priorities-detail/ukraine-response
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…
A Sunday School teacher told the children how Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. She explained that they wandered through the desert for forty years and then entered the Promised Land. At the end of class, Annette stayed behind. “Miss Jones,” she said, “there’s something I don’t understand.” “What is that, Annette?” “Well, you said the children of Israel left Egypt, crossed the Red Sea, wandered in the desert, and then came to the Promised Land.” “Yes, that’s what happened,” said the teacher. Annette responded, “But Miss Jones, where were the adults all this time?!”
- Last week, Pastor Ivy, from Spirit & Truth Church, preached on Luke 13:18-19. In this passage, the Kingdom of God is compared to a tiny mustard seed that was _______ in the ground and grew into a strong tree.
- Pastor Ivy talked about the many similarities between trees and the Body of Christ.
- Using Sequoia trees as an _______, she talked about the features that make Sequoia’s such strong trees.
- First, Sequoia trees never grow alone; they always grow in groves, or groups, of Sequoia’s.
- As a Body of believers, we are intended to live our lives in community, drawing strength from our ____________. We are to be a visible “City on a Hill,” shining the light of Jesus to the world around us.
- Second, these trees have an interesting root system. The depth of the roots is only about 6 feet, but the width of each tree’s roots is nearly 100 feet! As the roots of the trees spread out in width, they intertwine with the roots of all the other Sequoia’s in the grove.
- When we as the Body of Christ pull together, we multiply our ________ to hold one another up and bear one another’s burdens.
- Third, as winds and rains and storms come, the roots tighten around each other.
- When the storms of tribulation come upon us, we as the intertwined Body of Christ can stand together in resisting the ______, refusing to let him isolate us, and sending him packing.
- Fourth, Sequoia trees have extremely thick bark that helps them survive forest fires.
- We as Christians are under fire. What we need to remember is that the fires of life are ________ in order to strengthen and refine us.
- No matter what fire you are in right now, you are not alone! As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, you are part of the Body of Christ, and the intertwined roots of the Body of believers are intended to strengthen and support you.
- In the midst of things we don’t understand or _______ comprehend, all we need to know is: How great is our God!
|necessary togetherness planted strength can’t devil example|
THANK YOU TO…
1. Praise for the six people who gave their hearts to Jesus during the community outreach on Saturday!
2. Praise for the prayer warriors who continue to intercede for Midway, for our sister churches, and for the unreached in our community and world!
3. Keep praying for the situation in Ukraine.
4. Keep praying for our Midway family and friends who have health issues. Pray for healing of spirit, mind, and body.
5. Keep praying for the light and love of Jesus to shine to our Midway neighbors as we feed the hungry from our parking lot on Tuesdays.
6. Pray for strength, health, and protection for the first responders & front-line workers in our communities.
7. Keep praying for our nations and leaders around the world.
July 3: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 8:15-30
July 10: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 8:31-39
CHURCH & OFFICE INFORMATION
- The Church Office is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m.
- Office phone number: 206-878-4861 // Office email: email@example.com
- Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary (or online at live.midcov.org)
- Children’s Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. in upstairs classrooms
- Feeding the Hungry: Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. in parking lot
- Men’s Bible Study Breakfast Group: Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. at Tuscany’s in Des Moines
- NEW!! Men’s Group: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Portable