Category: MBC Family News


Weekly Update – 1/21/19

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Have you been setting your alarm to remind you to pray for an opportunity to share the gospel with one person in 2020, that one person would come to faith in Christ in 2020, and that God would be preparing one person for you to disciple in 2021?  It’s a good challenge!

It reminds me of when Mike and I were first married, and we were working with the youth group at the Reese AFB Chapel in Lubbock.  I had been meeting with three high school girls regularly for Bible study and prayer, and I thought I had been making real progress. One night, we talked about where they would go if they died. We read verses from the Romans Road (I know, I’m dating myself), and I led them in the Sinner’s prayer. Then, they each voiced their faith in Jesus.  I was ecstatic!  I drove home from our meeting feeling on top of the world.

Until I got a call later that night from one of the girl’s mothers.  She asked if I could write down the words of the prayer we prayed for her, so she and other members of their family could “pray the words that would make sure they got into heaven.”

Bubble burst.

If I had only asked the girls, “What are you seeking?” Then, I would have been able to discern better if they truly wanted to be disciples of Christ or were merely trying to obtain “fire insurance” that would protect them against going to hell.  Yes, Jesus saves us from hell, but He also saves us TO a life with Him and all that comes along with that. 

Live and learn. 

Noteworthy:

  • Family Meal Night is tomorrow!  We hope you will join us from 5:30-6:30pm for tacos, nachos, sopapillas, and Kim’s famous Cinnamon-Vanilla ice cream.  You don’t even have to stay for any of our Wednesday night programs to take part in the meal–although we certainly hope you will!  I’m sure there’s a class that will help you connect better to the body here at MBC.  We have classes for men, for women, one for parents, and–new this semester–is the class, “Engaging Mind and Culture”! Stick around after your tacos!  Any one of those groups would love to have you!
  • Also starting tomorrow is the MBC Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study!  Peggy Arendsee will be facilitating a Bible study using the book Do You Love Me? by Debbie Swindoll.  This study will explore our relationships with God and others, and we will provide childcare AND breakfast!  Come from 9:30-11am tomorrow and connect with MBC women from all generations and walks of life.

The MBC Women’s Ministry will have its Coffee and Conversations: Game Night! this Sunday from 7-8:30pm!  Don’t worry if you’ve been attending the Revelation study!  Mike promised he’d end the bulk of the study by 7pm so we girls can all go over and play BUNCO together!  Bring a snack to share and be ready to win!  Those of you who’ve played BUNCO before know there’s even a prize for the biggest loser, so invite a friend or neighbor to come enjoy a fun evening of fellowship.  Who knows?  Getting them in the door of our church might just be helping them take their next steps in Christ!

If you are interested in possibly taking part in an MBC mission trip to Albania this summer, please stop by the Hospitality room after the service this Sunday for a short informational meeting.  Email Mary Thomas (click here) for more information.

Dave and Cindy Cox are MBC missionaries with the Word of Life seminary in Brazil. They will have a table outside the sanctuary for you to visit them and find out more about their ministry.  This is their last Sunday with us, so be sure to stop by and pick up one of their prayer cards!

The next Discover MBC class will be February 9th and 16th during the 9am Sunday School hour in the Hospitality room. If you’ve been wanting to take your next steps, e.g. becoming a church member/partner, please join Matt, Mike, and other church leaders to learn more about our mission and vision here at MBC.

We will be having a baptism on Sunday, February 23rd if you’d like to take this next step with Christ!  Pre-register on the website (click here) or in Realm if you’re interested, and a pastor will contact you.

Upcoming:

MBC Students will be putting on a Dinner & Comedy Showcase on Saturday, February 15th from 5-7pm.  They will even have a silent auction!  This is their only planned fundraiser for the whole group for the year, so I know they’d appreciate your participation in making the evening a success.  Tickets are $5 each and you can purchase them on the website (click here) or in Realm.  Email Leah Austin (click here) in the youth office for more information.

Finally, and I’ll just put it out there because statistics say that there are plenty of people who attend church regularly that haven’t put their faith in Christ, if you think being a disciple of Christ is just about escaping hell, come talk to one of the staff here at MBC.  We want you to know our King and Savior.  Life with Him is not always easy, but He will never leave you or forsake you.  Jesus is so much more than a fire insurance policy.  Come and Seek Him today!

In service to Him and to you,

Heather Hogue


Weekly Update – 1/15/19

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Good afternoon all!

You may have noticed that this update is going out a little later in the week than usual…  That’s because my college/young adult children have been home this week, and yesterday at 11pm we were just finishing up an intense game night with them and some of their friends (BTW-Don’t play the game Telestrations with an artist. That’s free advice.).  A couple of years ago, I would have excused myself early in the evening to go work—even if that meant taking time away from family.  Now I know better.  Time with our children goes by so quickly; if you blink you miss it.

In my mind, this ties into the message that Pastor Matt gave this past Sunday. Just like you can sit back and parent without really being present in the lives of your children, you can sit back and be a spectator in your Christian walk.  Showing up on Wednesday nights, occasionally giving to the church, and even filling a chair in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings are all good things, but they shouldn’t be the end-all of our Christian walk.  This attitude of “spectating” is not for mature believers.  Spectating can even lead to an “arm-chair quarterback” mentality. Our own Bill Curry told me just today, “It’s easy to criticize when you’re unhindered by experience and responsibility.” 

Our 2020 vision here at MBC is: Pursue followership over spectatorship by growing disciples who make disciples.  For our walk with Christ to be vibrant and growing, we must actively seek ways to get beyond the role of spectator.  Only by truly following Christ on to the playing field of life can we help others take their next steps in Christ. 

News from last week:

  • If you didn’t notice, last Sunday’s service was PACKED.  Being military, our family moved around a lot, and we visited many churches. Mike and I usually didn’t return to churches where people didn’t make room for our family of six to sit together.  Even worse was when people assumed we’d be comfortable sitting where the empty seats were—you guessed it–right at the front of the church. No one who arrives a little late wants to sit there! So let’s be sensitive to our newcomers and larger families.  Please move to the middle of your rows and leave the back corner rows empty.
  • This past Saturday’s Colombia Chili Cook-Off raised over $3100 for the E3/MBC Colombia mission trip in June!  Congratulations go to Gary “Spurs of Spice” Spurlock for winning the judged portion of the competition.  Peggy “Who Knew that Gurl Could Cook Like That?” was a close second with her delicious white chicken chili.  Dawn “The Dawn of a New MBC Chili Champion” Sanders won third place!  And as I told you previously, you shouldn’t have counted Otto Weldy out just ‘cuz he was a young ‘un!  That boy snagged our hearts and palates with his “Dr. Pepper Chili” which also won him the People’s Choice Award.  Thank you to all who helped by setting & cleaning up, bringing desserts, and purchasing items from the auction.  Who knew Kim Lewis’ ice cream would score the mission team over $400 during the auction!  Or were those just some crazy number tricks to raise the bidding played by auctioneer extraordinaire, April Royal?  I guess we’ll never know for sure.
  • Finally, we had a GREAT turnout for the Revelation Family Bible Study—so much so that we’re going to move the study to the Senior High School room this week to make use of a larger projection screen for those who want to take notes.  Mike will use also use a mike to better increase his chances of being heard.  Please join us this Sunday from 6-7:30pm for an engaging time of Bible study!  Contact Linda Hachat (click here) for more information.

Upcoming:

  • Please join friends of Grant Kunz here at MBC this Saturday from 6-9pm for the “Help Grant Kunz Rock His New Stem Cells” fundraiser. This catered event will feature BINGO and a silent auction.  Contact Cindy Fearis (click here) for more information or to purchase a ticket.
  • Our next Family Meal Night will be in one week from today–Wednesday, January 22nd – from 5:30-6:30pm and will feature tacos, nachos, sopapillas, and Kim Lewis’ famous ice cream.  You won’t even need to shell out the cost of a small goat to try it here!  Please make sure to register on the website (click here) or in Realm so we know how much food to prepare! ($5 per person, $10 max per family suggested donation).
  • The MBC Women’s Ministry is gearing up for the spring by bringing you a new morning study (Do Love Me? by Debbie Swindoll) led by Peggy Arendsee.  Join us Wednesday mornings starting January 22nd from 9:30-11am for great teaching from the Word, fellowship, and breakfast snacks.  Childcare will be provided.  Cost is $10 for the book and you can pay and preregister on the MBC website.
  • The MBC Women will also be getting together on January 26th from 7-8:30pm for Coffee & Conversation around a fast-paced game of BUNCO!  I picked up some GREAT prizes (LUSH cosmetics & huge food baskets) at “After Christmas” sales, and you won’t want to miss this time of fellowship and fun.  Invite a neighbor and bring a plate of snacks to share.  Call the church office for more information.
  • The next Discover MBC class will be February 9th and 16th at 9am in the Hospitality room.  If you’ve been wanting to make the jump from spectator to partner (member) here at MBC, this is a great opportunity to explore opportunities to minister, connect with the elders and pastoral team, and learn some of the specific aspects of our policies and doctrinal statement. We will provide a light breakfast both Sundays, so please preregister on the website so we have enough food for everyone!

Finally, as you get ready for the final football game of the season, make it your goal this week and for the rest of 2020 to be a true follower of Christ and not just a spectator!  Get in the game of making disciples!

In service to Him and to you!
Heather Hogue


Weekly Update – 1/7/19

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This week’s update will focus on the upcoming Colombia Chili Cook-Off this Saturday, January 11th from 4-7pm! The following people have already registered:

  • Elizabeth “Tastiest Chili This Side of 287” Todd
  • Mary and Bill Curry (aka. The Bonnie and Clyde of Chili)
  • Andy “BESTWA to Make Chili” Perkins
  • Doug “Packin’ the Heat” Roberts
  • Stephanie “There’s No Chill in This Children’s Worker’s Chili” Vest
  • Gary “Puttin’ the Spurs of Spice in That There Chili” Spurlock
  • Former champion and MBC Chili Master, CL Smith
  • Otto “Don’t Count Him Out Just Cuz’ He’s a Young ‘Un” Weldy
  • “The Newcomer” Tabatha Bourgeois

However, we heard this may not be a complete list because some of you tried to register in Realm, but were unsuccessful.  If your name is not on this list and you want to enter your chili, email Cathy Spurlock (click here) ASAP so we can make sure to reserve a spot for you at the judging table.  Emailing Cathy will get you registered, and we will bestow a cool nickname on you for the competition!

Timeline:

  • 4-4:30pm           Entrants arrive with chili and serving utensils in hand
  • 4:45pm              Judging begins
  • 5pm                   Feasting for the rest of us
  • 5:30pm              “Cooling of the Tongues” aka. Jeff Thompson shares the vision for Colombia
  • 6pm                    Live auction.  Items include an
  • Apple TV and a brand new Keurig coffeemaker!                                          

Finally, if you would like to help, but you can’t take the heat, Cathy still needs items for the live auction.  Contact her if you or your business would like to donate an item. You can also bring a dessert to share for the dessert table.

Excited to be a part of the show! 

Heather “I’m From Wisconsin and the Hottest Thing I Know is Melted Cheese, So I’m Bringing Brownies” Hogue


Weekly Update – 12/17/19

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As Mike and I listened to the sermon on Sunday, we were both transported back twenty-nine years ago to a Bible study we attended when we were first married.  I can picture it now–sitting in a circle with other newly-married couples in a small duplex outside of Lubbock, Texas. One of the young men in the study piped up a piece of advice that he said helped him deal with difficult or annoying people.  To avoid feelings or anger or impatience, he would remind himself how to act by saying, “I love that person” aloud or in his head if the situation did not permit a vocal response. He shared as an example when someone had cut him off in traffic that morning, his human response was to be angry, annoyed, and frustrated.  However, he said instead of turning those feelings into road rage, he yelled, “I LOVE THAT PERSON!” as loud as he could in his car and let it change his perspective.

Well as funny as that was, the advice stuck. Even now when Mike and I are in the car and someone pulls out in front of us or cuts us off in traffic, we’ll look at each other and say, “I love that person!” It always brings us a good laugh, but it is actually good theology.  We are called to love.  Not just people who are nice to us.  Not just people who love us back.  Not just lovable people.  We are called to love all.  Why?  Because He first loved us.  We were (and still are, at times) difficult, annoying, and worse.

However, God loved us enough to send His Son.  We didn’t deserve it.  We certainly couldn’t have ever earned it.  But God demonstrate[d] His love toward us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)When we love others, we reflect that same love.  Jesus said himself, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:35.  May we all be billboards for the love of Christ this week by loving one another!

Noteworthy:

  • There will no normal Wednesday night activities tomorrow night!  However, parents can drop children 5th grade and younger off to enjoy fun activities at the MBC Kids “Parents’ Night Out” from 5-8 pm. Cost is $10 per child with a $20 max per family.  You must preregister your child to take advantage of this “night off” so click here to ensure your kids have a spot!
  • Also, tomorrow evening, Bill Curry will be bringing up a truckload of supplies for the Venus Prison Ministry gift bags.  If you are available around 6 pm, please head over to the Senior High Youth room to help him unload his truck.  Then, on Saturday, December 21st starting at 8:30 am, volunteers will be packing the gift bags for the inmates of Venus prison.  We’d love to have you join us. 
  • There will be no Sunday School this Sunday, and the church offices will be closed from December 23rd  until January 2nd.  If you have an emergency, please email the church office. Our traditional candlelight service will be from 5-6 pm on Tuesday, December 24th.  There will also be no Sunday School or Children’s Church on December 29th.  We take a break from offering children’s activities these weeks to give our amazing children’s workers their own break for the holiday. Please see Lydia Weldy if you would like to help with Children’s Ministry in the new year!
  • We will start the new decade in January with the kickoff of all Wednesday night ministries on January 8th.  We are offering a new class called “Engaging Mind and Culture” which intends to help us, as Christians, answer the tough questions our culture can throw at us. Email Doug Arendsee if you have any questions about this class. 
  • We are also starting a Bible study January 12th for families who want to study the Bible alongside their older children.  This groups will be exploring the end times—specifically the book of Revelation on Sunday evenings from 6-7:30 pm.  Mike Hogue will be teaching. Email Linda Hachat  if you have any questions or need more information.
  • Some have asked the status of our youth pastor search.  The search firm, Slingshot, has just provided us with another set of potential Student Ministries Pastors to review.  We are particularly excited about this round of candidates!  Please pray for wisdom for the search committee as they interview these candidates and talk to their references!
  • Finally, some people have asked where we currently stand regarding our building debt so they can plan end-of-year giving.  With the refinancing completed and after the upcoming January payment, we should owe less than $300,000.  This represents a reduction of about $50,000 just in the last three months!  To God be the glory!  

Save the Dates!

January 11th       Colombia Chili Cook-Off

January 22nd      Family Meal Night (Tacos & Nachos)

January 26th       MBC Women’s Coffee and Conversations Game Night (BUNCO!)

February 15th     Youth Fundraiser Dinner Theater/Talent Show

In closing, God loved us more than we can even imagine. Let us now imagine ways we can reflect His love this season by loving others! In service to Him and to you!
Heather Hogue