2018 February Events and News

Financial Update

2017 Budget - $107,886… 2017 Income - $118,900… 2017 Expenses- $101,327…2018 Budget - $119,403…Thank you for your faithful support of the ministry of the church!!

 

Church Website

www.minnetristachurch.org. Get all your MBC news, dates, sermons etc…

 

Annual Meeting Reports

Be sure to pick up your Annual Meeting Reports. They are on the back table in the sanctuary. Please be in prayer for the church!!

Important Church News

  • January 29 – Annual Meeting at 6:30pm – Will vote on church budget and church officers
  • February 2 – All-church to Feed My Starving Children…Meet at the church at 6pm…Pizza after
  • Building Addition Pledge – Be sure to pray about what God might have you give to the fund!!
  • February 11 – Crown Choir will share in our worship service in song

 

Check out the Minutes

Interested in the business of the church? The monthly minutes are posted for the Deacons and Church Council on the bulletin board.

 

St Boni Lunch Bunch

The community will meet on February 14 at 12 noon at the St Boni Community Center for a potluck. Come and meet some of your neighbors and be a light to our community.

 

Food for thought…Are you giving God what is right or what is left?

Our Mission

“The people of Minnetrista Baptist Church are Christ-followers who love, serve and share so our neighbors can come to know Him.”

 

Our Values

  • Preaching and Teaching God’s Word
  • Biblical Obedience
  • Prayer
  • Community
  • Evangelism

 

Our Vision

  • “Kitchen” – To inspire, equip and challenge one another to purposeful service within the Body of Christ
  • “Garage” – To train and support one another to live on mission, having confidence to tell His story
  • “Sidewalk and Road” – To bring Christ and His Gospel to our neighbors through meaningful relationships

2018 February Murray's Musings

Due to my New Year’s resolution I have had the great opportunity to jump into reading through the entire Bible using a Bible APP on my phone. God has blessed me with an abundance of driving time that I am able to listen to my daily assigned chapters. I was listening to the book of Judges and came to a couple of verses that really struck me: Judges 17:5-6  

5 And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained  one of his sons, who became his priest. 6 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.  

         God had brought his children out of the land of Egypt and brought them to the Promised Land and revealed Himself to them through countless miracles and signs. However, Israel chose to follow their own desires and ran after the world instead of devotedly and faithfully living for Yahweh (God). It should also sadden you as we observe countless people, family and friends choosing to run after the world instead of living for Christ. In Romans 1, Paul writes that from the creation of the world all men have knowledge of God’s divine nature and they have no excuse (v.20). For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God…..they became futile in their thinking and their hearts were darkened (v.21). Claiming to be wise, they became fools (v.22). Romans 1:24-25 “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”  

        How should we respond with this knowledge? Pray and intercede for those around you. God will place people on your hearts and intercede for them through petitioning and fasting. Continue to share with them the living hope of Christ Jesus. Remain faithful and pure in following Christ our Lord. Don’t do what is right in your own eyes because as we learned you are considered a fool and God will give you up to the lusts of your hearts. Remain faithful!! 

2018 February Pastor John's Jots

People visit churches…it’s what they do. They are either new to the area and want to find a church…or maybe something happened in their current church and they want to try something else…or maybe they have just driven by one and thought they’d like to check it out…or maybe there was something like a tragedy that prompted them to go to church. Whatever the case, people visit churches. That being said, how do we get those visitors to stick around? I recently read an article that helped answer that question.

These were the questions visitors ask in the first six months…

  1. Can I make friends in this church? This is a question of belonging. To put it simply: Those who make friends stay; those who don’t, don’t.
  2. Is there a place I can fit in? This is a question of acceptance. The better the fit and the stronger the glue is what will keep them connected.
  3. Does the church really want me? This is a question of personal value. Are newcomers actively invited to participate in the roles and ministries of the church? 

If they are still around after six months newcomers are still asking questions…

  1. Are my new friends as good as my old ones? The issue here is not quantity but quality.
  2. Does the group meet my needs? Is the benefit of involvement worth the time and effort and maybe discomfort in this new setting?
  3. Is my contribution important? Are the new folks involved in busy work or Kingdom work? People want to connect with something that matters.

Do these questions hold true to you? Are you getting them answered here? We will have guests walk through our doors maybe weekly. Let’s keep these questions of theirs in a prominent place and answer them as soon as possible.

See you in church,

Pastor John