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Jul 23rd, 2014 by mcc_admin

Run With Perserverance

In 1968, the Olympics were held in Mexico City, Mexico. One of the competitors in the marathon was a runner from Tanzania by the name of John Akhwari. However, in one of the earlier qualifying races, he fractured his right fibula. It ended his dream of winning an Olympic medal. But he was determined to compete. So he entered the marathon in spite of his injury.

The runners all took off together on their 26-mile race and the day became night as the race neared its end, over two hours later. Another hour passed, and every competitor had completed the race… except John Akhwari. Spectators in the stadium waited patiently for every runner to complete the marathon.

Finally John Akhwari entered the stadium. His injured leg was wrapped with a bandage, and he struggled as he limped his way around the track. The crowd began to cheer, and with each step the noise grew louder and louder. With each step he gained strength from the cheers. His limp became a walk, his walk became a jog, and his jog became a run. As he approached the finish line, even though he came in dead last, the crowd was on its feet cheering wildly.

In a later interview, a reporter said to him, “It must have been extremely painful and difficult for you to run 26 miles with a broken leg. Why didn’t you stop?”

John Ackwari answered: “My country did not send me to start the race. They sent me to finish it.”

Hebrews 12:1 tells us, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with PERSEVERANCE the race marked out for us. The phrase “let us run” could be translated “let us continuously keep on running the race.” In other words, don’t stop running the race until you cross the finish line!

There’s a race marked out for you and me. It’s not an easy race, to be sure, and there is a lot of obstacles along the way. Many times we’re going to be tempted to give up and quit. But God didn’t put us in the race just to start it; He put us in the race to finish it! Perseverance is one of the most important qualities in the Christian life. Perseverance is the ability to endure, to hang in there, to hang on, to stay the course and not quit.

Do you ever feel like quitting? Giving up? Bailing out? Resigning? Just walking away? From a job, a career, a dream, a relationship, a marriage, a ministry, or your faith in God? Have you ever wondered: Am I going to make it? Is it worth the effort? Is it worth the pain? Is it worth the sacrifice?

The writer of Hebrews exhorts us, Don’t throw away your confidence in God, which has great reward. (10:35). All too often, we DO throw away our confidence and quit trusting in God before we see our faith rewarded. We come to the end of our strength and resources and so we quit, and because we quit, we never discover and tap into the power and resources of God.

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Small is BIG at MCC

God uses community–those relationships in our lives–to open our hearts, break unhealthy patterns and transform our lives. And God uses small groups to help us develop those vital connections with other believers. Here's some new group starting this fall:

Oasis: Study Group
Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.
IN the MCC Youth Room

Connect with other 20-somethings to build genuine long-lasting relationships with one another and be active in service both in the local church and our surrounding community. During our time together, we will study the Bible, have fellowship, and sort through some of life’s challenges. Need more info? Contact Ernie at the church office or email him at mcc.ernie@verizon.net.


Called Aside
Women's Bible Study

Wednesdays, Beginning September 10
9:45 a.m. at MCC Conference room

Called Aside, a weekly women’s Bible study and fellowship, begins a new season. Childcare is available with advance notice. For more information, contact
Joy [joy_vincent@msn.com] or call the church office.


Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman
Women's Video Bible Study with Beth Moore
9 Wednesdays, Beginning September 24
9:30 a.m.

Ladies, if you've ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you! We’ll join Beth as she peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story of Esther is to our lives today. You can purchase your workbook from Amazon or www.lifeway.com. Childcare provided. Contact Contact Käryn [karynhammel@yahool.com]

For more small group opportunities, click here.

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Every Sunday from 9:45-10:15 a.m., a group gathers to pray for our church and community in Pastor Ernie’s office. To get there, take the elevator to the top floor and turn right. Pastor Ernie’s office is the second door. Please join us!

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What’s New

National Back to Church Sunday
Sunday, September 21, 9 and 10:30 am

“Back to Church Sunday” is potentially a day that changes the future course of someone's life! Help bring spiritual renewal to our communities by joining with 30,000 churches nationwide. Join us next Sunday and invite your family and friends. You'll be glad you did.


Women's Tea & Testimony
Friday, September 26, 7 p.m.

Joy Benfante will be sharing her testimony the painful events of 9/11 and how she and her husband survived the emotional aftermath. Joy's husband Michael wrote about his experiences in his book Reluctant Hero. There will be dessert/coffee/tea served. Please RSVP, contact Nancy at nancybeegee@gmail.com.


Men's Skeet Shooting
Thunder Mountain Trap and Skeet Range, Ringwood
Saturday, September 27 | 11 a.m.

Thunder Mountain is a shotgun and clay-target-only range, with no experience or licensing required. The Range provides an instructor, shotguns, clay targets and 25 shells for $20. This event is open to all men and teenage boys. Contact Joe jsox26@aol.com for more details or to sign up. Please sign up by September 21.


Band of Brothers Men's Retreat

Weekend of October 24-26
Camp Orchard Hill, Dallas, PA

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Men, you’re invited for action and adventure, teaching, and fellowship from Friday evening through Sunday morning at the Band of Brothers retreat. The cost of $125 includes four man-sized meals, accommodations, live worship band and a variety of activities: archery and skeet shooting ranges, zip lines, fishing, football, volleyball, and more. The speaker is George McGovern, chaplain of both the NY Yankees and Giants. Contact Joe jsox26@aol.com for more details or to sign up. Visit their wesbite at www.camporchardhill.com.

Loving Others…

Saturday Night at The River
Sunday, November 2

Please join our Compassionate Outreach Team from Montclair Community Church when we partner with The River Homeless Ministry in Hackensack. We will provide, prepare and serve a hot, balanced meal and dessert to approximately 40 individuals after the evening worship service. For details contact Joy [joy_vincent@msn.com] or call the church office.

There's lots of other ways to show the love of God to others, click here.

Mothers of Preschoolers

Are you a mother of preschool children looking to connect with other moms?
You are not alone! Join us for our next MOPS meeting to meet other moms, relax and be encouraged.

Our next meeting is Thursday, October 16
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