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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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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.


Operation Christmas Child

Begins Sunday, November 2

The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered more than 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in over 150 countries through Operation Christmas Child.

dateWe’ll supply empty boxes for you to fill with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement. In 2014, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 10 million children. Drop off your box by Sunday, November 16, and we’ll take it to a local collection center. You can find Operation Christmas Child on Pinterest and Facebook.

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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.

Men's Local 2:42 Bible Study
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.
In the MCC Conference Room

StudyAll men are invited to join us as 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 focusing on prayer. We are looking at all the passages in scripture (beginning in Genesis) in which human beings spoke to God in prayer, worship, etc. For more information, email Mark.


Called Aside
Women's Bible Study

Wednesday mornings, 9:45 a.m. at MCC Conference room

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


Gather & Grow Women's Evening Bible Study
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 p.m.
Come join with other women for a study of the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome. Contact Lilla at Lilla_Langford@mail.vresp.com.

For more small group opportunities for men and women, click here.

What’s New

Women's Tea at High Societea House
Sunday, October 19 @ 4 pm.

“High Societea” is a tea room where one can go back in time and enjoy the lost art of conversation while enjoying the perfect pot of tea! The teahouse is located at 20 Old Newark Pompton Turnpike, which is in the historic section of the Township of Wayne. We have reservations for 14, so please sign up as soon as possible, contact Nancy at nancybeegee@gmail.com.


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.


Men’s Gym Night

Friday, November 14

All men and teenage boys are invited to a Gym Night at Abundant Life Worship Center at 390 Washington Ave in Nutley. We’ll meet at the gym on from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and play Dodgeball, Basketball and other games from our youth. If you are not interested in playing, come anyway and root on your friends and then join us for a snack at the Tick Tock Diner on Route 3 West in Clifton. Contact Joe jsox26@aol.com for more details or to sign up.

For more opportunities for men, 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, November 20
For more information, click here.

Join Us for Prayer

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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