We were blessed this past Lord’s Day to observe Orphan Care Sunday here at Morningview. The testimonies were excellent, the worship was very meaningful, and it was a joy to explore with you the theological basis and practical outworking of Christian adoption through the sermons.
During my Sunday evening sermon, one of the points of application I made for us regarded the importance of raising up the next generation to be responsible for caring for those in need. During the last century, the church has surrendered numerous aspects of social ministry to the secular state, thereby divorcing itself from ministry opportunities where the gospel is critically needed. In specific regards to orphan care, we often see unwanted, abused, or neglected children as the problem of the state rather than Continue reading
For many months, we have been praying diligently for Darren and Jacky Lewis, precious members of our church family who have been pursuing the adoption of two girls in Africa. Jacky and Josie arrived home this week to be happily reunited with Darren, but they returned without the two adoptive girls. For them, an adoption process that was supposed to take three months turned into over seven months, and it finally failed because of poor personnel and procedures in the country of origin. This attempted adoption has proved to be a season of heartache for Darren and Jacky, as well as for the two girls there in Zambia.
I know of another family that God sent out from Morningview a few years ago. They completed a couple adoptions from the former Soviet Union. They were very loving parents, but one of their adoptive sons really struggled to adjust to his new life here in the United States. They persevered, and after a couple years, they returned with their children to the country of origin Continue reading
This year’s Toy Store will once again be held at Chisholm Baptist Church on Tuesday, December 13th and Thursday, December 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Toys are to be for children between the ages of 3-16 (NO INFANT TOYS) please. We ask that all toys be new. Monetary donations are welcome and are to be sent to our mailing address:
Hands of Christ Ministry Center
1045 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL. 36109
The following are just some helpful suggestions of popular items this year:
Lego Star Wars Imperial V Wing Starfighter
Indoor Mini Basketball Hoop
Hand Held Video Games
Nerf- N- Strike Maverick
Fisher Price Sing A Ma Jigs
My Pillow Pets
Moxie Girlz Teenz Doll Tristeen
Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit
Mattel Loopz Game
Parents and or guardians must first come to the Ministry Center to complete our intake process. Those who qualify will be able to purchase donated toys at drastically reduced rates. $.50 cents for the least expensive up to $3.00 for the most expensive gift. We will also offer stocking stuffers at a rate of $.10 cents each.
Our Toy Store was created to help be a part of a healing process of the family unit. It helps restore dignity and self esteem of the parents while aiding the children in regaining respect for them. It also teaches priorities and sacrifice. I pray you will join us in making a difference in the lives of many.
Deadline to deliver toys to the Hands of Christ Ministry at 3000 Lower Wetumpka Rd. is Thursday December 8th. We are open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Should you have any questions or would like to volunteer an hour of your time. Please, feel free to contact me at 262-6438 or via e-mail at Chitownladee@hotmail.com.
I am so excited and looking forward to what God has in store for us.
Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to minister to those in need.
Three years ago we implemented a strategy to help parents disciple their children. It was our hope and desire to be a support for our parents as they strive to form a biblical foundation in their homes. The passage below contains our passion for families, that they would be strengthened and empowered to lead in their homes spiritually and would comprehend and know the love and fullness of God from generation to generation. With our focus being on generations to come, verse 21 has become our central theme…thus the name Generation 321 (G321) for the Sunday night Discipleship time for children.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (21)to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” ~ Ephesians 3:14-21
Our courses for children are Music, Missions, and Memory. We are asking that you consider a place of service in just one of these areas. These courses are held on a rotating basis, allowing adults serving to choose a class and age to which they are particularly drawn for a ten week period. It would be ideal to have a team of teachers for each course offered, Music, Missions, and Memory. We are seeking to provide a strategy by which adults can serve in G321 as well as learn in a MIT class.
G321 Missions – leading children to be involved in the spread of the Gospel locally and abroad by praying, giving and doing.
G321 Memory – leading children to learn sound biblical doctrines through memorization of the boys and girls catechism.
G321 Music – leading children in praise and worship of God through music.
Please consider where you could serve and contact Kem at 272-2304 or email@example.com
M.I.T. Courses Fall 2010
September 19 – November 21
Sunday Evenings, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Practical Instruction for Lifestyle Evangelism (300)
Instructor: Dr. Shawn Merithew
Textbook: The Complete Evangelism Guidebook, edited by Scott Dawson
Course Description: Have you ever passed up a witnessing opportunity because you didn’t know how to begin a spiritual discussion? This class is for you! The class will explore specific, practical ways to engage lost persons in witnessing conversations. We will establish the basic message of the gospel and discuss hospitality evangelism, servant evangelism,
and marketplace evangelism. We will explore how to initiate encounters and witness to people in different vocations, religions, generations, and ethnic groups.
Theology of Evangelism (200)
Instructor: Rick Quave
Textbook: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
Course Description: God has spoken and is speaking to His creatures. What is the essence of that communication and what are we as believers to do with what has been communicated? In this class, we will examine what the whole Bible teaches about the content of the gospel and the command to go and make disciples of all the nations. The study will seek to establish a summarization of what is taught by the relevant passages in the Bible on the subject of evangelism.
Evangelizing Your Children (300)
Instructor: David Hardgrave
Textbooks: Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes and A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent
Course Description: Do you want to learn how to be more faithful in evangelizing your children? This course is for you! We will examine the biblical issues surrounding sharing the gospel with children in the context of the home. Special attention will be given to methods for developing a gospel culture within the family as well as methods for discerning a child’s comprehension of the essential truths of the gospel itself.
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September is Morningview’s month to collect food for the Hands of Christ Ministry. We will have blue buckets at the north and south entrances from August 22 – September 19 to receive these. We will also take monetary donations.
Self rising corn meal – 2 lb. bags
Self rising flour – 2 lb. bags
Instant grits (boxed with individual servings)
8 – 16 oz. packs of spaghetti noodles
As we gear up for another year in our children’s ministry, please consider your place of service. With the increase of children in our church so goes the need for more adults to assist in the different ministries; Sunday School for Preschool and Children, Sunday Evening G321, and Awana on Wednesday nights. You can contact Kem Holley in the office at 272-2304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
G321 Music Night
Sunday, March 28 • 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Join us as our children from G321 Music present a concert of music celebrating the Person of Jesus, the Hope of His Resurrection, and the Power of His Gospel!
Morningview Family Worship
Week of January 17, 2010
Psalm for Prayer and Praise: Psalm 15 (ESV)
1 O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right Continue reading
Sunday, January 31
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm (in time for MIT)
Light refreshments will be served
Church Chapel (Adult Five Class Area)
This meeting is open to all who would like to be involved in visiting and ministering to our senior adults who are shut-ins. We are asking for people to visit these senior adults, most whom are unable to attend church, a minimum of once a month.
Please call the church office if you are able to attend and would be willing to serve in this capacity.