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August 30, 2018 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Catechism is starting up!

We are excited to start up this fall on Sunday, September 9, 2018. On that particular Sunday, we will not expect anything from the students but to bring notes from the sermon. We will spend some time talking about class expectations (study, memorization, sermon note taking, etc.)....Keep Reading

Tags: catechism, youth, students, spiritual growth

August 8, 2018 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Let me get this straight...

Through Amos we hear God speaking to a people that closed their ears to his word, who had forgotten their God, so the Lord rises up and roars over his people. God’s message, spoken through Amos, is equally uncomfortable, but vitally relevant, for the Church today. Does Missio Dei Church - PCA need the book of Amos? Absolutely! Does the Village of Manhattan need the book of Amos. Without a doubt....Keep Reading

Tags: amos, Sermon

July 21, 2017 by Paul Vroom 3 comments

Why I Am Taking a Sabbatical?

Last year, I asked the elders of our church for a sabbatical for the 2017 calendar year, and they graciously granted my request. So from August 13 through September 10 of this year, I will be on sabbatical. That means I will be disengaged from life and ministry of Missio Dei Church, and my regular work here at the church will be handled by others. Upfront I want to say thank you for this gift. I can say, with St. Paul, “you are all partakers of grace with me” (Philippians 1:7). You may be wondering why now and curious as to why pastors get “extra time off” when other good hard working people do not. These are good questions so, I will do my best to address them and other questions here as well....Keep Reading

Tags: sabbatical, rest, pastoral life, Church, rejuvenation, play

March 9, 2017 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

Happy 10th Anniversary!

I think we can officially say, "Happy 10th Anniversary!" This weekend, nearly 10 years ago, after fifteen months of learning together and training, we started Missio Dei Church....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community

February 13, 2017 by Eric Bailey 1 comments

Why do you stay here?

My church held a congregational meeting this morning, centered around its vision for the future and the legacy we want to have as a community of believers. Such topics can be heavy for anyone, and when ingredients like budget projections and capital campaigns are added to the mix, a palpable tension may even be felt in the room....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Life

January 11, 2017 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

Seasons of Life and Ministry

Posted in: Church Life

September 8, 2016 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Peace, the World, and My Sweaty Pits

Posted in: Men

December 16, 2015 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Finish Strong

Over the past two years, the church as given over $301,000 towards the Ministry and Operating fund. This number includes $20,000 given towards the Camiola Family and Grace Gardens in Jos, Nigeria. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I feel like we’re showing Jesus where our hearts are by how much we’ve increased our participation in God’s mission at MDC and around the world....Keep Reading

Posted in: Stewardship

November 24, 2015 by Todd Paben 0 comments

The Coming King

The Coming King is a series of four Christmas messages that will explore the everyday humanity and glorious death of Jesus. In this Advent series we will see why we can hope in him, how Jesus is the power of God to transform our bleak situations, how the glory of the Son of God calls our hearts to genuinely soul-satisfying worship, and what difference it makes in our lives that Jesus endured the trials on our behalf....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Life

October 14, 2015 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Shepherding Covenant Youth Through Prayer

Last night we had a first... Five of the thirteen in our gathering were covenant youth younger than 12! ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: children's ministry, prayer, covenant community, covenant