Posts with the tag “missions”
Family of God Podcast
by Miriam Rossow on July 15th, 2020
Coronavirus and social unrest have had Pastor Hill and I thinking about how we can better serve our community and better serve our volunteers. The pandemic and shutdown have given us a lot of time to explore other avenues of doing ministry. Obviously, there is the street ministry that many of you are up to date on and the continuing food ministry. We also took some time during the pandemic to explore technological ministry, as so many other churches have, and began putting services, discussions, devotions, and sermons on our Facebook page.
Pastor Khumalo Shaped to Serve
by Miriam Rossow on July 9th, 2020
On Sunday, July 26 Christ Our Savior will have the honor of Pastor Mandla Khumalo and his family join us for worship and share God's word with us. Pastor Khumalo will be our guest preacher Sunday, July 26, 2020.
Where are the Ferrys?
by Miriam Rossow on July 7th, 2020
Often during the summer, missionaries get to come home, visit family and friends, visit churches thanking them for their support and letting them know a little more about how Jesus is working in and through them. This summer everything is different. Flights in and out of countries are hard to find. Churches are not open the way they have been in the past. Having a lunch or large gathering is not as simple as saying come and join us during these times. The Ferry's children had many reactions to the news that they would not be headed to the states this summer. Here is an excerpt from a note they sent and a video from the children sharing some feelings and a blessing for you.
Helping our Neighbor Organization
by Miriam Rossow on May 27th, 2020
Helping the kids resonates with me as Jim and I fostered two boys starting in 1983 and to this day we have kept in contact with them. I am happy to say that they are both mature productive young men. Having a positive impact on kids will get you the same in return. And better than that helping the kids is what we do to let Christ's love shine through us!
Bearing One Another's Burdens
by Miriam Rossow on May 7th, 2020
The pandemic for the under-resourced Family of God congregants means another ‘rung down the social and economic ladder’. Already in a place that nobody wants to be in, life just got harder. The ‘luxury’ of sitting down and eating their one decent meal a day inside the church building and being able to rest in the hearing of God’s Word has evaporated for the time being.
Blessings in Belize
by Miriam Rossow on April 16th, 2020
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12 The above mentioned Bible verse was used in two of our devotions during the trip. This was only my second mission trip but in both cases I was struck by our mission team. This is a group of fellow Christians who live together, work together, eat together, pray together. A week could be a long time to be in constant contact with a group of virtual strangers. It was a true blessing.
Family of God vs. Coronavirus
by Miriam Rossow on April 1st, 2020
By Rev. Tyler Cronkright As if Family of God wasn’t unique enough. As many churches are taking a break from regular gatherings, Family of God has followed suit and has had to get creative with the ways that we do ministry on a regular basis. Our fellowship hall, which regularly held close to 100 people on any given night, is empty. Our beautiful sanctuary, where many people gather every Wednesday ...
by Miriam Rossow on March 5th, 2020
Recently I have worn this hat more than any other in my regular rotation. I wear it to constantly remind me of the grace and mercy that God has shown me through His Son Jesus Christ. I have found that it holds me accountable to the things that I say and do, especially as I pastor in a very difficult place with Pastor Hill. We don’t talk much about the struggles about Family of God. You can read more about that in the book that I will write in a few years, assuming I can get Pastor Hill to write the forward. But these next few lines are a few of my confessions as an inner-city pastor.
Stretching Your Comfort Zone
by Miriam Rossow on February 20th, 2020
Do you like to try new things? Do you welcome new experiences? Have you ever felt stretched beyond your personal comfort zone? Would you prayerfully consider going on an international mission trip with other Christ Our Savior members?
Mobile Compassion Ministry
by Miriam Rossow on February 6th, 2020
Saturday, January 18th, most of us woke up to 3"- 6” of snow. I know it took my son-in-law and I three hours to dig out at my house. I imagine you might have had similar experiences. As things happened, that same day was the inaugural run of the mobile compassion ministry at Family of God. Things did not go exactly as planned but the team adjusted and prevailed over the weather.
Bringing Sight and the Love of Jesus to South Africa
by Miriam Rossow on January 18th, 2020
We had no idea what to expect when we signed up for the South Africa mission trip. We had heard stories of sleeping on the ground (thank God, we had beds!), we had no idea what kinds of food they ate (from the mundane of McDonald’s to the exotic of wildebeest), whether was it safe (meh, safe enough) and what would it feel like to be a minority since the Republic of South Africa is less than 10% Caucasian and apartheid is still a bitter, sensitive memory for the country (the many Zulu we met were very accepting and open).
Family of God Street Ministry
by Miriam Rossow on January 10th, 2020
Almost three years have gone by since Family of God moved from the little store front church on Sharon and Vernor to our new church on Whittaker Street in Southwest Detroit. Much has changed: more people coming, a beautiful sanctuary to worship in, and more ministry opportunities. (kids summer programs, tutoring, Narcotics Anonymous group)
CHRISTmas Blessings 2019
by Miriam Rossow on December 23rd, 2019
Saturday, December 21 Christ Our Savior opened up their doors to the community. We served over 300 families as we handed out baskets of non-perishable food, hams, and rolls.
by Miriam Rossow on December 17th, 2019
This Saturday our church opens up the doors to bless the community with our CHRISTmas Blessing baskets. This is the 7th year we will be hosting this event. We serve breakfast, hand out large baskets of non-perishable food items, give a ham and some fresh produce. All the while we try and make it a festive atmosphere as we provide Christmas music.
Blessed To Be A Blessing
by Miriam Rossow on December 13th, 2019
In my journey the past few years as a fellow traveler with the Family of God community, I have grown in compassion, respect, humility and gratitude; while allowing myself to be more vulnerable and transparent.
Conversation with Vicar Tyler Cronkright about Family of God
by Miriam Rossow on November 22nd, 2019
Vicar Tyler Cronkright sat down with the Michigan District this last summer and shared about the ministry at Family of God. "Why are you helping someone like me? In that moment everything stops and we share the love of Jesus in that moment." Vicar Tyler
Advent By Candlelight
by Miriam Rossow on November 15th, 2019
Advent By Candlelight is a time to enjoy fellowship with ladies around good food, good friends, and good entertainment. Men from the congregation serve as the women enjoy beautiful decorations and conversation and begin their advent season off with joy. Advent by Candlelight allows the women of the congregation and their guests to focus and orient themselves on the Jesus and the promises given in ...
The Faces of Family of God
by Miriam Rossow on October 15th, 2019
"Family of God is a beckoning light amidst the depressing bleakness…a place to encounter God, His love, His mercy, His Salvation. "
Fall Bible Classes
August 26th, 2021
Delicate Discussions | Adult Bible Class
May 28th, 2021
Forward in Faith
February 25th, 2021
Purpose Becoming Clearer
February 23rd, 2021
Reflections on the Imposition of Ashes
February 5th, 2021
How to Read the Bible | Adult Bible Class
January 7th, 2021
A Christmas Poem
January 5th, 2021
November 20th, 2020
COS Annual Food Drive
October 16th, 2020
Crafts for Christ
October 16th, 2020
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