Julie Witte

Summer Coffee & Cookies

We are enjoying the return of fellowship time after the morning worship service!

Here is the schedule of volunteers for Cookies and Coffee (June through August); if you are not able to serve as listed, please arrange to switch with someone else.

Posted by Julie Witte, 0 comments

Summer Youth Retreat 2021

High school students are invited to join us for a summer retreat!

When: July 29-31, 2021 (depart MCRC on the 29th at 3 PM and return on the 31st before 1 PM)

Where: Yellowstone Alliance Adventures

Activities: 

  • Worship
  • Zipline
  • Floating the River
  • Lawn Games
  • Hiking
  • Bonfire and S’mores
  • Waterfront

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/kCR1GzqM3sBcV2rQ8

Cost: We ask that each student pay a $40 registration fee to help cover costs of food and activities. Please let us know if this will be an issue for you. 

We have a limited group size, so please sign up soon if you are interested!

Students are asked to leave cell phones at home. Adult leaders will always be present and will have their phones. 

Please contact Hannah Brouwer with any questions (see Breeze/printed directory for contact information or contact the office.)

Posted by Julie Witte, 0 comments

Spring 2021 COVID Update

We are thankful that many aspects of life at MCRC have returned to pre-COVID normal:

  • Masks are no longer required by the state or the county.  You are welcome to wear one if you so choose.
  • Nursery and church education are taking place in their seasons.  (No Sunday School during the summer, as usual.)
  • We again host a fellowship time after the service, and coffee, juice, and cookies are served.

During the summer months, beginning on Sunday, June 13th, our morning and evening services will be held outdoors, weather permitting.  Please bring a Bible and lawn chairs or a blanket.  We will continue livestreaming our services, whether indoors or outside.

Posted by Julie Witte

Youth Registration

Our youth programs are meeting in person.  If you haven’t already registered your child(ren) for the 2020-2021 year, please complete the following forms:

Curious about our programs?  Find more information below.

Contact the leaders listed for each group, or the church office, with any questions about the programs, including what COVID-19 precautions are being taken this year.

Posted by Julie Witte, 0 comments

Temporary Nursery Closure

The Nursery will be closed for December 2020 and January 2021.  Depending on the local spread of COVID-19 and on the availability of volunteers, we hope to reopen the nursery in February.  Young children are always welcome to worship with their families in the Sanctuary and in the Fellowship Hall.  The Cry Room is open, and the service is streamed there.  The Nursery room is also available for parents who wish to supervise their own children there.

Posted by Julie Witte, 0 comments

Fall COVID Update

Seating

One of the joys of worshiping outside during the summer was that we had all the space we needed for our MCRC family and guests. In moving indoors, we are faced with the challenge of how to seat all who wish to gather and to do so appropriately physically distanced. Our sanctuary holds roughly 130 people when spaced appropriately. On Sunday mornings during the summer, we had nearly 250 people in attendance!

In order to worship at one service, we will rotate which LiFE Groups are asked to worship in the fellowship hall, where the live service will be projected.  Please check the most recent bulletin for next week’s fellowship hall seating.

Masks

Although there are many opinions about the efficacy of masks and the dangers of COVID-19, the Governor’s directive of July 15, 2020 is clear that churches must require masks for gathering indoors, and so we, following this directive, will require masks for worship. We don’t believe this is an issue that calls for taking a stand contrary to those in governing authority. We intend to diligently focus on what we can do together and pray we keep this in the forefront. We celebrate that we can…

Worship
Pray
Sing
Read scripture
Play instruments
Proclaim and hear God’s Word
Take communion
We can be together!

We pray that the health of the community, and the reduction in the spread of the virus will make masks and other physical distancing no longer necessary. Until that day, let’s celebrate what we can do, and continue to pray for the day when these limitations will be no more.

If you do not feel comfortable worshiping indoors, we will continue to offer a livestream via the internet. We do, however, pray that if you can, you will gather in person at church for worship. God has called us to be together. Although technology wonderfully provides a way to worship when we cannot physically be together, we pray we will seek to be together for worship when able. Community and fellowship are such critical parts of what God intended for the church (see Acts 2:42 and Hebrews 10:25).

Nursery and Tot Church

The nursery is open for all those ages 0-2. More volunteers are always welcome. Please let the office know.

Tot Church has also begun for age 3-pre-K. Like the nursery, volunteers to help with this ministry are also needed.

Sunday School

Sunday School is beginning on November 15th at 9:00 a.m. Masks are required. Children will enter through the east kitchen door, have their temperature checked, and proceed to their classrooms.

So, as we look to the future, as we daily witness division all around, let us hold fast to the Word of God, and seek to live out Paul’s words to the Ephesians,

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:2-5)

May God continue to unite us. May the witness of Christ’s church be strong and clear through these challenging times.

Posted by Julie Witte in COVID, Updates, 0 comments

Summer Worship Plan

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, our manner of worship has been atypical this year: exclusive livestreaming in March and April, double morning services in May and June, and outdoor worship since July.  We thank God for the technology, willing volunteers, ample outdoor space, and beautiful Sunday morning weather that have allowed all these means of worship to take place.

Through September 13th, our plan continues to be that, weather permitting, we will gather for worship outdoors at 10:00 a.m. in the park to the west of the church building.  Please bring your own chairs.  Pursuant to the Governor’s order of July 15, 2020, please seat yourselves with 6 feet between family groups and, as we are outside, masks are not required when social distancing is maintained.  We do ask that you wear a mask when social distancing is more difficult, such as when you arrive and leave the service.

We have been fortunate to have had excellent weather for outdoor worship thus far.  Should the forecast call for rain, we would worship indoors.  Details would be sent out to members and regular attendees via text and/or email, and posted on our Facebook page.

At this time, nursery and tot church are not being provided.

Attendance at a worship service is an invitation, not a obligation.  For those who would like to attend but are unable or uncomfortable attending in person, we continue to livestream our services on Vimeo, accessible from this website, and on our Facebook page.

On September 20th, we intend to move worship indoors.  Details are still being finalized.  Keep an eye on this page and email (for members/regular attendees) for updates.

Posted by Julie Witte, 0 comments

Update: COVID-19

Since mid-April, MCRC has been hosting a dual live morning service at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Members are invited to attend one service or the other based on LiFE Groups, and an email goes out late in each week confirming which LiFE Groups are invited which services that week.  We anticipate holding two morning services until Montana enters Phase 3 of reopening.

If you aren’t a member and would like to worship with us, you are welcome (assuming, of course, that you don’t exhibit any signs of COVID-19 and/or have not been advised to self-quarantine). If you could do us the courtesy of contacting the office to let us know which service you’d like to attend, we’d appreciate it.

Nursery and Tot Church are presently not being offered.  However, the service is being streamed to the Fellowship Hall for families with young children who desire to physically attend church but whose young children need to move or play.

Our 9:00 a.m. service will be livestreamed through our Vimeo link on the main page of our site, and also on our Facebook page.  Our 6:00 p.m. service will be livestreamed, except when outdoors (intended to be July – mid-September, weather permitting).

Posted by Julie Witte, 0 comments
SERVE@Home Kids Camp

SERVE@Home Kids Camp

SERVE@Home Kids Bible Camp is coming!

This one day camp will be held Friday, July 17th from 8:30-12:15 pm. The high school SERVE@Home team is excited to invite kids to a fun filled morning of singing, playing, and learning more about God. This event will be held at Bethel CRC.

Kids age 3-5 and entering K - entering 5th are invited to register  between Sunday, June 28th and July 11th to join in the Serengeti adventure!

Due to the current restrictions in place by the county health department we will be limited to 70 kids in the Elementary program and 20 kids in the Pre-K program.  We will be filling on a first come first serve basis. Please know that we wish all could be in attendance, but we will have to be strict with our number capacity.  For more information on our plan to maintain group safety while gathering to have a Roaring good time please see the fliers in the fellowship hall or your email inbox!

Registration opens Sunday, June 28th at 4:00 p.m.

Posted by Julie Witte, 0 comments
Volunteer Schedules

Volunteer Schedules

NOTE: Please disregard during the COVID-19 restrictions.  These lists will be revised when need for these volunteer positions resumes.

Members, thank you for your willingness to serve as scheduled.  If you will not be available on the dates you are scheduled to serve, please arrange to switch with another volunteer.

Updated 3.13.2020

Posted by Julie Witte in News