This Wednesday at 7 pm, in our Fellowship Hall, we will have a special guest speaker, Sein Lengeju, presenting information about the Keep Girls Safe Foundation. Sein’s mission is to change the culture among the people of Kenya to put an end to the barbaric practices of female genital mutilation and arranged child marriages. Please come prepared to listen, learn, and respond to this need. Classes are available for your children in our Education Building during this presentation.
On Thursday, September 29, individuals and families at MCC will begin a 40-day prayer effort, focusing upon the upcoming elections. While we should always pray for our nation and its authorities, it will be very good to pay special attention to humbly interceding for our nation in the next several weeks. I invite all who see this post to join us–pray for America, for those who seek public office, and for the Holy Spirit’s influence upon every voter.
We (meaning someone smarter than me) determined we had to completely remove our website at the web host (see how I can talk “tech”?) because of persistent evidence of corruption. We (that same smarter person) have started completely rebuilding the site. It is not complete; we are working on graphics, etc. Hopefully it will show evidence of New Life pretty soon.
Now the Pastor’s Application. We can never “sort of” or “mostly” deal with the corruption that is sin. The old person of sin must DIE so Christ, by the Holy Spirit, can effect New Life in the believer. The believer, while completely saved, is a Work in Progress. The maturing process takes place while we are here on this Earth and it is our witness for Jesus to those around us.
Because of the vigilance of a local Pastor friend, I learned that this website has been used by a hacker for a while now. I”m no tech-savvy web administrator–in fact, I have hardly even looked at this website for a long time. But some hacker (looks to be Russian) has been camped out here posting stuff. The posts looked pretty innocuous, but I think they had links in them that would take the unsuspecting to some bad place. (Really, all I know is what the smart people have told me.) First, I want to apologize for being inattentive to this website, thus allowing this to go on for some undetermined amount of time. Then, I would like to announce that my son Steve has cleaned things up and set up new, and better, security to prevent a re-occurrence. If it should turn out that this security fix is insufficient, we will wipe this site out and start over. And, finally, I think I am motivated to begin making use of this tool–this website–again. I”ll try to figure out how to upload Sunday sermons again. I used to get some excellent feedback from those. I will be more diligent to post announcements and relevant member information. Just maybe, possibly, this old dog can learn a new trick or two. — Pastor Rich
While our official name is First Congregational Church, we have called ourselves Maize Congregational Church for quite a while now. The Congregational Church has roots that go all the way back to the Separatists that settled Massachusetts in the 1600’s, the original Mayflower Pilgrims. These were people who longed to be free of the man-ordained traditions of the Church of England and follow after the Word of God as directed by the Holy Spirit.
The Maize Congregational Church continues in that direction. We are an independent congregation of believers seeking to model the First Century Church pattern. It is our desire to make the Bible our plan of action and Christian love our theme.
We invite anyone who is looking for Christian worship and fellowship to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 for Sunday School, 10:30 for Worship Services.