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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.”


Water Baptism

Sunday, December 14, 6 pm
Water baptism is an important first step for all Christians as the outward expression of an inward work of Christ in the heart. It affirms and seals the commitment we have made to fully follow Christ. Everyone is invited to witness this milestone in the lives of those being baptized. Refreshments will be served following the baptism.

There will be a class on Sunday, December 7, at 12:15 for those being baptized. Everyone interested in being baptized should contact the church office, 973-746-0042,

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What’s New

Thanksgiving Eve Service
CANCELLED due to Weather

Wednesday, November 26, 7:30-8:45 pm

Men and Teens Football Game
Saturday, November 29

MCC's annual Old Guys vs Young Guys touch football game will be at 10 am in Brookdale Park in Bloomfield. All men and high school boys are invited to play. The young guys have won two of the last three games so the old guys are looking for revenge. Contact Joe for more details or to sign up.

Women's Cookie Exchange
Friday, December 12, 7-9 pm

Ladies, if you haven’t done this before, the idea is simple: you bring one kind of cookie and you end up with a flavorful assortment to last through the Christmas season. Please bring five dozen homemade or store bought cookies. We’ll meet at the home in nearby Cedar Grove. To RSVP and for directions, email Nancy,

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, December 18
For more information, click here.