2017 September Saint Sinclair's Corner

I can’t believe that we are already seeing the beginning of fall with back to school, supermarket chains advertising winter clothing, end of preseason football and the corn fields beginning to turn. What a beautiful summer it has been! Some things we have been up to this past month:

  • Both Patty and I went on visitations to those visiting the church which so far has been a great success. It not only shows we care but we are able to answer questions about our church.
  • Youth field day to Valley Fair Theme Park. It was entertaining to witness our youth push the limits on almost all the thrill rides. My stomach turned just watching them 😊. We too enjoyed our last outing with Pastor Curtis who was just as adventurous as they were. Thanks to the parents who helped chaperone the group.
  • Church Camping outing at Lake Auburn with our church family was a huge success. Being dragged across the lake on an inner tube was my highlight and not to mention horsing around with the pastor was amusing. Much fun and fellowship was had by all and we would like to thank the Schiefelbein’s for the use of their boat. Mike, you were a great sport!
  • Church Prayer: We continue to improve our prayer time at Minnetrista Baptist Church through a focused prayer on Sunday mornings with church members covering the Pastor and service in prayer before Sunday School, during our group Sunday School class, before service, during service and end of service in dismissal. Prayer continues to be the driving force in growing our relationship with the Lord. We need to be devout and faithful on lifting up our family, friends, church body, missionaries and country. Both corporate and personal prayer is our avenue of communication with the Lord. The bible says “Pray without ceasing” as was modeled by our Lord Jesus!!



Pastor Murray

2017 September Events and News

All Church Prayer Service

Join us on September 14 at 7:00pm for our all Church Prayer Service!

Financial Update

YTD Budget - $62,933   YTD Income - $66,845   YTD Expenses - $57,735   Thank you for your faithful support of the ministry of the church!!

All Church Picnic September 24

Put this date on your calendar! More info to follow!

Important Church News…

Wednesday September 13th will begin our FAMILY NIGHT at church. We will meet at 6:30 for some singing and then split off into our groups (children, youth and adults). Be sure to join us for our kick-off and stick around for some treats after the studies.

On September 28th we will begin a monthly visitation program. We receive a monthly list of people who move into the area and we will make a quick stop at these homes to introduce ourselves. Also, we have visitors who we’d like to stop by and answer any questions. If you’d like to participate on our visitation night, please let Pastor Murray know.

Beginning October 4th our Adult Wednesday Night Bible Study will be doing the “Experiencing God” series. It is a 12 week study that will take us to Christmas break. Please consider joining us for the study. There will be a men’s group and a women’s group that will meet from 6:45-8 pm.  More info will follow. Join us!! 


If you did not go through the Master Life book and would like to be in a small group, see Pastor John or Murray. We’d like to start a new discipleship group in October.

Church Website

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

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 September 13that 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…”I hate the prospect of having to face the day with paralysis. I choose the Holy Spirit’s help because I don’t want to go down that grim, dark path to depression any more. That’s the Biblical way to wake up each morning, the only way to wake up each morning. Admit you can’t do this thing called life and cast your cares on Jesus, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).”  Joni Eareckson Tada


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

2017 September Pastor John's Jots

Being on vacation caused me to be out of the loop concerning world news…however, with the hurricane Harvey in Texas, all the political unrest and the tragedy of losing a good friend of my son’s in an auto accident, the reality is that bad news never takes a vacation. The good news is that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble, therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way, and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” Psalm 46:1-2. I have needed and enjoyed preparing and preaching our theme of “Strength for today, bright HOPE for tomorrow.” “In this world,” Jesus said, “you will have trouble” John 16:33. But thankfully this world is not our home! “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20. The only way I can have strength for today is understand that God holds my tomorrow in His loving capable hands! Do you have that hope? I pray you do. Have a great September!

See you in Church,

Pastor John