Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dec 26, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary Christmas 1A - Matthew 2.13-23 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours. ~ Janet, Greg and Pastor Steph


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President signs "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal into law


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Monday, December 20, 2010

Dec 19, 2010 Sermon








Special Music by C.J. singing "Breath of Heaven"

Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary Advent 4A - Matthew 1.18-25 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Eve Service

One of Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Churches' annual highlights - our Christmas Eve service will be a thoughtful flow of Scripture, reflections, carols, and uplifting music.

We will conclude the service and prepare for Christmas by singing Silent Night and watching the Christ candle’s flame slowly fill our sanctuary to signify that all may share in the light and love of Jesus.

All are invited and welcome to begin or continue a meaningful tradition by participating in this service with your friends and loved ones.

The entire Christmas Eve offering is given to assist people in need through Heifer International.

Our Christmas Eve service begins at 7:00PM at 3864 Benjamin Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dec 17, 2010 Game Night Cancelled

Friday Dec 17, 2010 game night is cancelled giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the holiday, finish your Christmas shopping, and spend time with family and friends.

Game nights will resume on the third Friday of the month beginning January 21, 2011.


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Dec 12, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary Advent 3A - Matthew 11.2-11 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Monday, December 6, 2010

Dec 5, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary Advent 2A - Matthew 3.1-12 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nov 28, 2010 Sermon








Special Music provided by C.J. singing "I Will Lift My Eyes"

Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary Advent 1A - Matthew 24.36-44 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Capital Campaign Update

As of Nov 24, 2010 our capital campaign has raised $2,614.76 through the sales of bricks and t-shirts.

You can now order your engraved brick online at: https://www.bricksrus.com/order/rmcc/index.php

With the theme “Church on the Move” this capital campaign will help build a fellowship hall serving as a mission outpost in order for us to continue being the hands, heart, feet and soul of God’s love within our community and beyond.

Many of us have benefited from our association with Reconciliation MCC and by supporting the capital campaign we have the opportunity to give something back.

Thank you for your generous support.

May God's blessings continue to rain down upon you.

~ Reconciliation MCC Board of Directors

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vision Planning Session / Part 2


During our retreat in October all that were present were asked to form think tanks. In these think tanks each group was asked, where do you see RMCC going and how do you think we will get there?

The purpose was to come together to dream dreams, to think about future plans for the church, and to imagine where you wanted to see RMCC in five, ten perhaps even twenty years in the future.

This Sunday at 12:30 you are invited to participate in the next step of forming our vision statement.

We will group like ideas together – pick out important points – list some positive words – Then we will break down into small groups, select important words and combine them into one sentence. This will more than likely be the beginning of our vision statement.

Hope to see you there!


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Nov. 21, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Colossians 1:11-20 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Monday, November 15, 2010

New Bible Studies at RMCC!

RMCC will be holding 3 bible studies for Advent!

Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming") is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, November 28, 2010.

Along with the new church year, RMCC will be holding new bible studies to walk through this 4 week season of Advent.

The first one will kick off our Adult Bible Study led by Karen Tompkins.

This study begins on Sunday morning, November 28, 2010 at 9:00 downstairs in our fellowship hall.

Evening bible study groups led by Pastor Steph will be held on:

Tuesday nights from November 30th – December 21st at the church from 6:45PM – 8:45 PM and;

Wednesday nights from November 31st – December 22nd at 4032 Woodland Creek Dr. SE, Apt 102 in Kentwood MI. from 6:30PM – 8:30PM

The Tuesday and Wednesday night groups will journey through Advent with the book “The Shepherds Prayer”: A Christmas Novel by Richard M. Barry. If you purchase this book through Amazon.com, please remember to search for it on our blog as this is a continuous fundraiser for RMCC and we could receive up to 15% for every order placed.

All are welcome and invited to attend any group or a combination of Sunday and evening studies.



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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nov 14, 2010 Sermon

Persecuted ….who me?

Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper 28C, Luke 21:5-19 and Romans 8:31-39 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Kevin Kinsel of the Michigan/Canada Network Team



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Monday, November 8, 2010

Nov 7, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper 27C, Haggai 1.15-2.9 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Oct 17, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Ephesians 4:11-16 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Friday, October 15, 2010

RMCC Vision/Mission Retreat Kickoff


Reconciliation MCC MISSION IMPOSSIBLE RETREAT begins tonight at:

CAMP O’MALLEY
7360 Thornapple Dales Rd. Alto MI.
Folks will start arriving around 5:00 PM



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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 4: Preparing for Vision/Mission Kickoff Retreat

We have spent the entire week preparing our bodies, minds and souls for the Vision/Mission Retreat Kick off.

On Monday everyone was asked to light a candle and pray.

Tuesday we were asked to take time out to remember where RMCC has been. Remember the leaders and pastors that have come and gone before us. Remember the ministry we have done and what we are currently doing Take time out to give thanks to fellow servants.

Wednesday we were asked to participate in a prayer walk where we took time to walk around the church or sit in the church sanctuary lifting up RMCC, praying that God will guide us and direct us as we continue to listen to the small still voice of the great I AM and where he is calling RMCC to be.

Today - Join us for a discussion between 7 and 8 PM to share in thoughts or prayers on RMCC’s blog at: http://www.reconciliationmccgrandrapidsmichigan.blogspot.com/

This discussion is a place for you to ask questions and to share your excitement, prayers, and dreams.

What is on your mind?



Flash chats

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day 3: Preparing for Vision/Mission Kickoff Retreat

Joshua 6.15-16: On the seventh day, they got up at sunrise. They marched around the city, just as they had done before. But on that day they went around it seven times. On the seventh time around, the priests blew a long blast on the trumpets. Then Joshua gave a command to the men. He said, “Shout! The Lord has given you the city!

God has a mission for RMCC in the Grand Rapids area. Join us on Wed as we participate in a prayer walk Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 7:00PM - 8:00PM around the church. During this time we will lift up RMCC, pray that God will guide us and direct us as we continue to listen to the small still voice of the great I AM and where he is calling RMCC to be. If you are not able to walk, join others to sit in the sanctuary in prayer.

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth. (Psalm 108:5 NIV)”


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Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 2: Preparing for vision and mission kickoff retreat




Take time out to remember where RMCC has been. Remember the leaders and pastors that have come and gone before us. Remember the ministry we have done and what we are currently doing Take time out to give thanks to fellow servants.
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Preparing for vision and mission kickoff retreat

In preparation for our vision and mission kickoff retreat this weekend we will have events every day of the week to help prepare us body, mind, and soul.


Today’s event is as follows:

Prayer is powerful. Vision is energizing. Combining the two enables us - the church - to undergo a spiritual pilgrimage into the future that God is calling us to. Would please light a candle in your home today and pray for God to clarify His vision for RMCC and our ministry.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oct 10, 2010 Sermon



Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper 22C, Luke 17.5-10 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall Clean Up Day

Aaaah, autumn. The kids are back in school, the leaves are turning, and a chill is in the morning air. Are the holidays really just around the corner? Fall offers an opportunity to spruce up our church inside and out.

Old Man Winter may be on his way, and with a little work now, we can ready our church home for a new season.

On Sunday, October 24, 2010 you are encouraged to bring or wear your work clothes to worship then join us afterwards to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to clean our church home inside and out.


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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Oct 3, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper 21C, Luke 16.19-31 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Sept 24, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper 21C, Luke 16.19-31 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Thursday, September 23, 2010

30 Minutes or Less

Your schedule is hectic and unpredictable. You'd like to be able to help but, you can't commit to being available at any particular time each week.

For as little as 30 minutes on an “as needed” basis you can make a difference by preparing meals for members and friends of Reconciliation MCC who have experienced a hospital stay, are home recovering from surgery, or extended illness.

At Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church we believe love is an action and that God’s love – God’s actions are shown through us. We have a wonderful opportunity to show this kind of love as soon a member of our congregation will be released from the hospital and sent home to recover from back surgery.

Do you have 30 minutes? If so, please contact Rev. Steph at RevStephMaxson@aol.com

Great opportunities to help seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

Today you may be the person with the ability to help, but tomorrow you may be the recipient of someone else's volunteer effort.


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Monday, September 20, 2010








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper C20, Luke 16.1-13 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Why a Retreat?

On October 15th and 16th friends and members of Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church (RMCC) will gather for a retreat at Camp O’Malley located at 360 Thornapple Dales Dr Se, Alto, MI 49302 beginning Friday at 5:00 pm and ending Saturday at 5:00 pm.

Retreat is a word used in many ways this day and time. The word can be used to speak of retreating from battle, retreating from the enemy, but also in the business world the word has entered the vernacular for another way of planning meetings and/or looking at problem solving in a different way. The purpose of this retreat is to kick off our vision and mission statement planning.

There will be a time of worship, a time of play, a time of fellowship, a time of reviewing RMCC’s history and perhaps a surprise or two thrown in for good measure. Overall this is a celebration as we officially begin our vision and statement planning process.

I’ve been asked “what is a vision and mission statement”?

Simply put, vision is all about what is possible, all about that potential. The mission is what it takes to make that vision come true.

A vision statement focuses on the future we want to create for the community we wish to impact. In other words, if we are called to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” the vision statement ought to be about the communities in which we live and serve and not entirely focused on ourselves. We can only create significant improvement in our communities if our vision is about exactly that - the difference we want to make in the communities in which we serve.

A mission statement is like the missionary. In other words, our Mission Statement will turn our vision into practice. The Mission Statement is the one that will actually do the work. Consider the phrase "mission accomplished" - the work is done. Consider the phrase "mission impossible" - the job cannot be done. And we know the work can be done for “all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us!” The mission is the doing part - it is what we will do to bring that vision to reality.

These are exciting times for RMCC as we prepare ourselves for the future and how we can best be the hands, heart, feet and soul of Jesus in this world.

Join us for this retreat at Camp Omalleys on October 15th and 16th as we kick off our vision and mission planning. The cost is $25 per person. This includes food, a place to sleep, and a wonderful opportunity to fellowship with each other.

Please contact Betty M. at
: bjmpmu@charter.net if you have any questions or would like to register to attend.


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Take a Bite Out of Grime

You probably haven’t given much thought to how or when RMCC gets cleaned. Likely a cleaning service working during off hours like most businesses in Grand Rapids, right?

Truth is we have a group of folks that take a bite out of the grime and sometimes that group is just one person.

This dedicated group of folk prepares the church building for Sunday Worship Services, funerals, weddings and special events. The frequency of assignment depends on the number of volunteers on the Team.

This is an awesome team with great fellowship, while offering the opportunity to get involved.

Contact Kim S. at: damenotre2222@yahoo.com to join this group and take a bite out of grime.


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Volunteer in Your Pajamas

As a pajama clad volunteer you will be helping Reconciliation MCC from the comfort of your own home. Just a few hours per month are needed in RMCC’s communications ministry.

If you have a home computer and are familiar with social networking web applications such as facebook, web blogging, or Microsoft Office 2003 or higher you can help communicate the Good News of the Gospel and RMCC with a positive image – all in your favorite pair of pajamas!

The communications ministry is more than using the internet. You could create and maintain a list of folks that would like to stay in touch with each other. You could send cards to those that are sick, or haven’t attended worship in a while, you could create a quarterly newsletter, maybe you have an idea not listed here.

To join the Pajama Clad Ministry contact me at: RevStephMaxson@aol.com or call the church at 616-364-7633


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Community Meal

Bring your favorite dish, appetizer, main dish or casserole and join RMCC family and friends for fellowship and sharing of a community meal following worship on Sunday, September 19, 2010.


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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sept 12, 2010 Sermon








Special music by CJ. Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper C19, Luke 15:1-10 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 5, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper C18, Luke 14:25-43 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

MCC Church Size Summit Reflection

The Church Size-Summit was such a blessing! It was exciting to learn about church size theory, and then apply what we learned to Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church. I was thrilled when I saw our church’s chart that depicted our strengths and weaknesses. There were mostly strengths!

It was also insightful to be made aware of church behaviors and attitudes that either help or deter a church from growing. We were encouraged to look at every aspect of our worship service and fellowship time through the lenses of a first time visitor. We were also challenged to redirect our focus from “What did I get out of _(fill in the blank) _?” to “How awesome that someone was blessed by that!”

Let’s overcome our fear of trying something new and instead, embrace the changes that will facilitate our growth. There are so many people outside of our walls that don’t yet know that God adores them just as they are. The Gospel truly is good news worth sharing.

~ Janet Beck


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Friday, September 3, 2010

Hot Dog Sunday

The first Sunday of every month is hotdog Sunday. During our time of fellowship, hotdogs will be available for $1.00 each. The proceeds will be deposited into our conference fund.


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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rev Delores Berry in Concert at RMCC!

We will resume Friday night game night beginning Sept 24, 2010 with a community meal (potluck) and a special concert and prayer time with Rev. Delores Berry. We will asking for a love offering to support her and Judy in their ministry. The community meal starts at 6:30 - please bring a dish to pass. The concert starts at 7:30





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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Capital Campaign Update

As of August 29, 2010 our capital campaign has raised $1305.00 through the sales of bricks and t-shirts. To learn more about how you can help Click Here

This could take a couple of minutes to view and/or download depending on your connection speed.

Many of us have benefited from our association with Reconciliation MCC and by supporting the capital campaign we have the opportunity to give something back.

Thank you for your generous support.

May God's blessings continue to rain down upon you.

~ Reconciliation MCC Board of Directors


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Aug 29, 2010 Sermon




Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper C17, Luke 14:1, 7-14 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Capital Campaign








Dear Friends,

After careful planning and prayer, Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church (RMCC) has started a Capital Improvement Campaign to address the needs facing our maturing church building. At a minimum, our goal is to obtain the resources needed to rebuild the foundation to our building.

Our building foundation is sagging. Thus when it rains it pours not only outside, but also inside. Countless people have spent many hours quietly mopping up the water (which I am extremely grateful) and much water damage has been done to the furnishings and our fellowship hall which is housed in our basement.

The funding needs are based upon a reasonable estimation of costs for the identified improvement.

RMCC’s leadership has carefully considered how to best finance the Capital Improvements Campaign needed to rebuild our foundation. While we currently own our church building, yet we are unable to finance the funds required. We also believe it is unlikely that sufficient funds will be available for this need through our normal offerings and tithes.

Our Capital Campaign officially kicked off on August 15, 2010. The goal of this campaign will be to raise $25,000 (USD) through the purchases of bricks to be displayed on the inside of our new wall upon completion.

We are asking you to prayerfully consider purchasing a brick to help us with this goal. The funds received will be held in a separate account and used solely for capital improvements to our church building.

For almost 30 years, Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church has been a home “for all God’s children” to experience inspiring messages, friendly people, bible studies, community work, and a joyful atmosphere in celebration and service to our Lord. Let’s make the next chapter in the life of RMCC be a vibrant and meaningful “home for all God’s children.” Your pledge is critical to this effort.

You may click on the link below to download the order form.

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B--fy6i7BWkJMTE5YThhNjgtZmQ0OC00MDFlLWJhZmMtNDAyMDQ4OGE5OTRi&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

Thank you for your consideration of supporting the mission and ministry of Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church.

Rev. Steph


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Sunday, August 22, 2010

August 22, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper C15, Luke 13:10-17 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 15, 2010 Sermon








Sermon based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Proper C14, Luke 12:32-40 at Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids MI by Rev. Steph Maxson, Pastor



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