Thursday, July 31, 2014

Relax In My Healing Presence

Relax in my healing presence. As you spend time with Me, your thoughts tend to jump ahead to today's plans and problems. Bring your mind back to Me for refreshment and renewal. Let the Light of My Presence soak into you, as you focus your thoughts on Me. Thus I equip you to face whatever the day brings. This sacrifice of time pleases Me and strengthens you. Do not skimp on our time together. Resist the clamor of tasks waiting to be done. You have chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from you.

Psalm 105.4; Luke 10.39-42


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gay and Christian: Believers Speak Reconciling Being Gay and Christian

Gay and Christian: Believers Speak Reconciling Being Gay and Christian Community Speakers Panel Discussion Presentation Topics How Can We Reconcile What the Bible Says with Who We Are? What Are the Cultural, Translation, and Interpretation Issues of the “Homosexual” Bible Passages? How Can We Reconcile the Fundamental Issues of Faith with the Fundamental Issues of Being Human? What is My Relationship to Christianity and the Church after I Come Out as Gay? How Can the Church Welcome Gay People in a Way that Honors Scripture and the Message of Christ? Speakers Dr Matthew Clark Clinical Psychologist The Clark Institute Dr Stephanie Sandberg Calvin College Professor Author of Seven Passages, Lines, and Grains of Hope Daniel Dobson Writer, Cornerstone University Alumni, Veteran, and Pastor's Son Community Members’ Personal Stories and Testimonials Panel Discussion/ Q and A Wealthy Theater 1130 Wealthy St. SE Grand Rapids, MI Thursday May 30 7-9pm $10 Adults/ $8 with Student ID Tickets Will Be Available at the Door

LGBT YOUTH Workshop for Parents and Professionals

What:  Helping LGBT Youth:   
                               Workshop for Parents, Therapists, Teachers/School Counselors,
                               Youth Pastors/Leaders, Attorneys, and Anyone Working with Youth
When: Saturday, August 23, 9am-2:30pm
Where:  Conference Room in the Waters Building, 161 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Who: Dr. Matthew Clark, Gay Christian Psychologist
Cost:  $75.00
RSVP and Prepayment is Required due to Room Occupancy and Food/Beverage
Morning Bagels, Fruit, Water, Tea, and Coffee will be provided by Sundance Grill
Lunch is On Our Own with Sundance Grill in the Building and a Variety of Restaurants in the Area

Advice for parents of Lesbian/Gay/Transgender Youth and Those Who Work with Them
Who is Here and Why?
All the New Terms and Our Youth's Thoughts
What LGBT Youth are Facing Today and What They Need from Us
How to Help Your Youth with His/Her/Their "Coming Out Process" and Development
The Parent's and Youth Leader's Coming Out Process in a World that May Not Support: How to Help You
Teachers and School Counselors:  What to Look For and How to Help
Creating Safe Schools and Gay Straight Alliances
Helpful Therapy:  How Conversion Therapies Harm and What LGBT Youth Need in Their Therapy
Parent and Therapists' Testimonies:  The Fall Downs and Bounce Ups
The Legal World and Rights You May Not Know
What the Bible REALLY Says about Homosexuality (misinterpretation/mistranlation/misuse):  The Church and Christianity in Response to the LGBT Youth and their Families
How this Information May Help You and Your Youth
Overview and Respectful Dialogue and Q&A
Have questions about Helping Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual (LGBT) Youth?Contact Dr. Matthew Clark

Click here

God is Fully Attentive

Come to me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to the old ways as you step into a new day. Instead, seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involved being transformed by the renewing of your mind. As you focus your thoughts on Me, be aware that I am fully attentive to you. I see you with a steady eye, because My attention span is infinite. I know and understand you completely; My thoughts embrace you in everlasting Love. I also know the plans I have for you: plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Give yourself fully to this adventure of increasing attentiveness to My Presence.

Romans 12.22 and Jeremiah 29.11


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Shed Arrives

Last winter took a toll on our shed with the weight of the snow caving it in. This morning the new shed arrived.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Micah's Rule will be ministering in music at RMCC on Sunday Aug 3, 2014.  Invite your friends and neighbors! A love offering will be taken.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Frances F. Maxson

    July 19, 2014

 Life Legacy

MAXSON, Frances F. "Faith"-age 73 of Mt. Morris passed away
Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her residence. Funeral services will be
 held 1:00 pm Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Family will receive friends
 and guests from 10:00 am until the start of service which will begin
promptly at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Clio 218 S. Mill St.
 Clio, MI. Pastor Jim Marcus officiating. The final resting place for
Ms. Maxson will be West Vienna Cemetery, Vienna Twp.

F. Faith Maxson was born May 13, 1941 in Clio, MI the daughter
of Benjamin and Mary Brunges. She was a long time resident of  Clio
 attending Clio schools and graduating from Clio H.S. c/o 1959.
 Later she worked for General Motors and retired from Buick after
 22 years of service.

F. Faith Maxson is survived by her children, Steph Maxson,
Val Taubitz, Jeff Maxson, several grandchildren and
 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and other family members.

F. Faith Maxson was preceded in death by: brothers,
Frank and Jim Brunges; sisters, Ruth Burley, Mary Bacon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made
to the cause of your choice.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

We wanted to inform you that last night Saturday July 19, 2014, Rev. Pastor Steph Maxson's mother passed away after a prolonged illness.  Pastor and her family are thankful for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  We are asking  everyone to respect  family's wishes for privacy and not contact Pastor or Janet during this time of grief.  As soon as final arrangements have been made, we will post the information.  If you have any questions, concerns or needs for prayer please contact Betty Martin, Rev. Lyn, or Wendy Heltsley (616-723-3538). 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

And Still, He Leads Us On

He leads us on by paths we did not know;
Upward He leads us, though our steps be slow,
Though oft we faint and falter on the way,
Though storms and darkness oft obscure the day;
     Yet when the clouds are gone,
     We know He leads us on.
He leads us on through all the unqueit years;
Past all our dreamland hopes, and doubts and fears,
He guides our steps, through all the tangled maze
Of losses, sorrows, and o'er clouded days;
     We know His will is done;
     And still He leads us on.

                           ~ Nicholaus LudwigZinzendorf


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Music Ministry: There will be a meeting on Sunday July 20, 2014 after church service for anyone who feels called to be involved in the upcoming music ministry in either vocal or instrumental. If you have any questions you may Tammy Steadman at 231-734-3900 or email

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Church Picnic Sat. July 19, 2014

On Saturday July 19, 2014, the RMCC Church picnic/pool party will be hosted at the home of Cindy George.  The address is 1815 Ball Ave. NE. GR.49505, from 1-7 pm. Bring a side dish to share and a swimsuit and towel. Brats will be provided. We will eat at 5.  Contact Cindy with questions at-616-460-8012, 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Talk About The Good Stuff

But I tell you, on the day of judgement people will have to give account for every (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. ~ Matthew 12.36

It seems to me that we talk about how we feel more than practically anything else. We feel good or bad, happy or sad, excited or discouraged, and a thousand other things. The inventory of the various ways we feel is almost endless. Feelings are ever-changing, usually without notification. These feelings don't need our permission to fluctuate; they merely seem to do as they please for no specific reason we can identify. We have all experienced going to bed feeling just fine physically and emotionally, only to wake up the next morning feeling tired and irritable. "Why? Why do I feel this way?" we ask ourselves, and then we usually begin to tell anyone who will listen how we feel. It's interest to not that we tend to talk a lot more about our negative feelings then we do our positive ones.

If I wake up feeling energetic and excited about the day, I rarely announce it to everyone I come in contact with; however, if I feel tired and discouraged, I want to to tell everyone. I has taken me years to learn that talking about how I feel increases the intensity of those feelings. So it seems to me that we should keep quiet about the negative feelings and talk about the positive ones.

You can always tell God how you feel and ask for Gods help and strength, but talking about negative feelings just to be talking does no good at all. If negative feelings persist, asking for prayer or seeking advice based on biblical truth is a good thing, but once again I want to stress that talking just to be talking is useless.

If we have to wait to see how we feel before we know if we can enjoy the day, then we are giving feelings control over us. But if we are willing to make right choices regardless of how we feel, God will always be faithful to give us the strength to do so.

How are you feeling? If you're feelings are positive, tell someone. If they are negative, tell God, and trust God to work things out. Regardless of how you feel, choose to enjoy your day!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

North Central U.S. Network Gathering Aug 1 - 2

The North Central U.S. Network Gathering is a few weeks away!  Friday August 1 and Saturday August 2 at MCC Illiana in Portage, IN!  Click here for more information.

Read the New Testament

Did you know that a person with an average reading speed (230 words per minute) can read through the entire New Testament in one year, reading an average of three minutes a day, five days a week?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Daily Bread

Most of us are very rich when we consider the perspective of the tremendous poverty in many, many parts of the world, especially third-world countries. I have visited some of these countries and seen people that truly know the meaning of "daily bread."  Most of us certainly have far more than "daily bread" don't we?  Our food pantries and clothes closets are filled.  We are "rich in this present world" (1 Timothy 6:17) and do well to regularly heed the cautions.

Today let us count our blessings, share generously from our bounty, and praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Monday, July 7, 2014

God is in Control

God doesn't always act according to our expectations or our time table and that's a critical test of faith, particularly when we deal with the great "why" questions. But God is always in absolute control even when the situation we experience seems contrary to that truth.

Today I want to encourage each of you, especially those of you who are facing an agonizing situation where you lack understanding. May the Lord give you a deep and abiding assurance of His steadfast love and care as You seek Him above all.  Indeed God is in control!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Church Windows being installed

Installation of our new church windows is in progress.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Do Not Let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God.

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me" (John 14:1).

Jesus gave a word of assurance in the daily text as He was preparing His disciples for the climactic events over the next several days. However I believe His words are very applicable to any situation or trouble that His followers all through the ages are dealing with. Let us hear these words from Scripture:  "Do not let your hearts be troubled" Jesus forthrightly commands.  We need to recognize that "peace of heart" is available to the Christian believer and most desirable in the midst of troubling circumstances.

"Trust in God; trust also in me," Jesus said.  The key to having peace in our heart in the midst of trouble is to keep our trust and focus on the Lord. Today in whatever trouble you face I pray that trust and assurance will flood your heart so that you will be filled with the peace that surpasses understanding.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Holy Rollers Visit RMCC

Thanks for the visit, Holy Rollers of MCC Detroit. It was great to worship and fellowship with them. Also a shout out and thanks to Betty who coordinated the potluck and all those who provided a tasty meal!

From left to right: 
Bob, Don, Pastor Steph, Ann, and Rev Deb