Nepal Child Sponsorship Program

By Dan Pourbaix,

We had a great response for our Nepal Child Sponsorship program on Sunday and had all 34 of the initial children get sponsored! Praise the Lord! We are working with Chitra and Hom in Nepal on some additional children and hope to have them available for sponsorship in mid January.

To find out more about the the program and to sign up to be notified when we have additional children available for sponsorship, head to www.mvcchurch.org/nepalsponsorship

We are excited to see how God uses this program! Please pray for the children and for the pastors working with the children to teach them about Jesus!

Fighting Idolatry

By Aaron LeDuc,

This weekend, Kevin finished up a 2 part series on "The Absurdity Behind Idolatry" out of Isaiah 44.  If you missed it, you can hear both sermons here:

As we seek to turn from idols and look to greater joy in Christ, Kevin gave us some helpful categories and diagnostic questions to root out idols.  Spend some time this week thinking through these questions and reflecting on how God would have you change.

Idol of comfort: I expect my life to be without hardship
Uncovering the idol of comfort:
Do I get irritated when someone or something changes my plans or agenda?
Do I think I know better than God what I need to be satisfied, secure or fulfilled?  
Am I having a hard time being thankful today because of my circumstances?
Do I find myself worrying that my circumstances will not change?
Would I rather be comfortable than be generous?
Is there a certain home, lifestyle, or car that I must have in order to be happy?
Do I only feel secure financially if I have a certain amount of money in the bank?d
Am I jealous of others who may not be suffering the way I am?  Do I feel that it is not fair?

Idol of man’s approval: I am consumed by what others think of me
Uncovering the idol of man’s approval:
Do I crave the attention of others?  
Am I willing to change who I am to be loved or accepted by others?
Do I get angry when people don’t respect me?
Do I get upset when others get noticed for doing something I have done?
Am I obsessed by the way I look and go to great strides to change my appearance?
Am I jealous of others' spiritual gifts?
Am I afraid of making others upset with me?  Do I try to make everyone happy?

Idol of distraction: I would rather escape, numb, or entertain myself
Uncovering the idol of distraction:
When life is hard and I need a break, where do I turn?
What is most exciting to me in this life?
What sins have I embraced in my life to try to find an escape from reality? 

Affirming New Pastors and Deacons

By Jason McConahy,

This weekend we shared some exciting things God is doing in our midst by providing additional pastors and deacons to join the leadership of our body! If you weren’t able to be in the corporate gathering, please take a few minutes to watch this video. We are inviting your input and affirmation to this process, and thank you for investing with us in this journey.  

- Jason