Midwest District Review
News from the Midwest Distrct of the Missionary Church
CAMPING SEASON STARTS
Pray for the district's youth and children's camps which begin soon:
June 7-9 District Youth SERVE event in Bedford, IA (speakers: Ben Roed and Jason Renander)
June 11-15 District Children's Camp at Timber Lakes (speaker: Dave Miller)
2018 Midwest District Conference
Following the Monday evening service and the message by our denominational president, Steve Jones, conference delegates gathered together for a reception celebrating the fact that this was our 50th annual district conference.
One of the benefits of our district conference is that it gives everyone a wonderful opportunity to fellowship with friends and co-workers and to hear what God is doing across the Midwest District.
Following the presentations by Ray Adams, Bryan Conrad and Andy Petro, delegates were able to gather in small prayer groups to ask God to help us live out those truths in each of our district churches and ministries.
District Conference Journals
Church Spotlight: Hillside Missionary Church in Clarinda, IA
Hillside Missionary Church has been ministering to the people in Clarinda, IA since 1959. The current pastor is Brian Bontrager who began his ministry in Clarinda as the HMC youth pastor (serving on two separate occasions), and who became the senior pastor in 2006. Over the years the church has had an active youth program (The Light) and an Awana program that is held in cooperation with the First Baptist Church in Clarinda.
Pastor Brian Bontrager states, "We give glory to Jesus because the Spirit of God is at work in and through the ministry of the body of Christ at Hillside. Many of our people are serving in the church's various ministries. We regularly see that as people come to know the Lord more deeply, the more they love Him and the more they serve Him. He inspires and empowers people to serve and encourage other believers in the Church and to share the Lord Jesus with unbelievers. We continue to see a growing divide between the Church and the community as society becomes more hostile to God and the truth but we press on, striving to follow the admonition in 2 Corinthians 6:3: '...giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited.' Even though there are good things happening, we, along with the rest of the Church in America, desperately need an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that we might walk more abandoned to Jesus and His cause."
On May 6th, the church held a special event that celebrated the 30th anniversary of the dedication of their current church building. Former pastor, Dave Miller, returned to Clarinda to bring the message that morning. There were many former attendees who also returned for the celebration (see pictures below).
What's Happening in the District
Here are some other significant events coming up in the next few months:
July 23 Family Camp night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City - the Royals will be playing the Detroit Tigers (anyone attending Camp can secure tickets to the game by contacting Pastor Dave Miller before June 25th)
July 24-29 Family Camp at Timber Lakes (housing is still available so go online and download a camp registration form now)
September 25-27 Pastors' and Wives' Retreat in Branson, MO (contact Pastor Bryan Conrad for details)