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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! »»

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Family Beach Day
at Ocean Grove
Saturday, July 19 | 10 a.m.


Relax in the sun or enjoy some beach activities! We’ll meet in Ocean Grove near the Main Street entrance. Each family is responsible for its own transportation, admission, food and recreation.

Admission is $8; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. All students must be accompanied by at least 1 adult family member.

There are restrooms, stands with beach food, and umbrellas and chairs are available for rent at the beach. There is a very quaint downtown area with a Victorian feel, with shops and restaurants.
For more information, contact Ernie {973-746-0042 | mcc.ernie@verizon.net.


Oasis Young Adult Get-Together

Tuesday, July 22 | 6:30—8 p.m.

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 20something, you’re invited to Oasis. We'll be looking at the book of Ephesians, where the apostle Paul shows us our continual need for God's help and demonstrates that everything good we enjoy is an expression of His great love. We meet every other Tuesday at a home in Verona. Contact Ernie {973-746-0042 | mcc.ernie@verizon.net}

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.


Men's Local 2:42

Our Men's Bible study is a place where we can talk honestly to one another as men and share our hearts. We seek to impart the truth of God's Word and the spiritual growth, healing, encouragement and strength that can be found uniquely in Jesus Christ. Currently, our study is in the book of Jude.

New members and visitors are always welcome. Join us for a time of teaching, followed by discussion, prayer and fellowship. Coffee, along with doughnuts or bagels, are also provided. We meet Saturday mornings from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.
For more information, email Mark or call the church office.


Gather & Grow Women's Evening Bible Study
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 p.m.
The life of a Christian is meant to be lived alongside others, not alone. To truly flourish as followers of Jesus we need a community of trusted friends who encourage us, care deeply about us, and help us discover the unique ways God works in us and through us. All are welcome. Contact Lilla Langford at Lilla_Langford@mail.vresp.com.

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