Ministering to Detroit’s Eastside Since 1864
The beginnings of our church trail back to 1862 when Karl and Emilie Bock migrated from Germany to Detroit. The Bocks, who were zealous witness for their Lord, established fellowship with other German immigrants who were Baptist. On June 23, 1864, the group of nine believers was formally organized as a church. The early members met in homes until 1870 when a chapel was built at St. Aubin and Mullett. The church was known as the First Regular German Baptist Church of Detroit. Significant activities during the early years included tract distribution as a regular Sunday afternoon pastime, missionary work of students on the west side during summer vacation and the formation of a Women's Missionary Society.
Bulletin: Week of January 7
Communion Worship Service
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Verse for the Week
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Pastor Cosand: December 2017
FROM THE DAYS OF ETERNITY
meditation on Micah 5:1-5
Ever since Adam deliberately rebelled against God's command and sin was introduced into the world, life has been harder and darker and more discouraging than it ever was in the garden of Eden. Every generation has its own burdens, but they are fundamentally the same burdens. The troubles of our world in the 21st century are only variations of troubles that have plagued every century. But the troubles today are complicated by an international community and multiplied by the number of people in the world today.
The Christmas season is wonderful, not because it offers an escape from the turmoil all around us, in every corner of the world, but because it reminds us about a man who is the answer to the troubles of our world, and the troubles of our country, and the troubles of our hearts. The description of Jesus Christ in Micah 5 is a description of someone whom the world needs and whom our souls long for … someone to bring peace to our globe and peace to our hearts.
The fulfillment of Micah 5 is shown in Matthew 2 when Herod was searching for a child whom many were saying was the King of the Jews, the promised Messiah. Herod inquired of the Jewish priests concerning where this Messiah was to be born. They told him that Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and they quoted Micah 5:2 as the source of this idea.
Missions Update: December 2017
Stephen & Ginger Jordan
On Home Assignment from the Philippines
With the fall season come and almost gone, we want to take this opportunity to share some of the highlights of the last couple of months:
- Rebekah has moved and begun her studies at college.
- Luke joined a football team and then broke his wrist just prior to the first game. Even with a broken wrist, he continued to practice with the team with the goal of playing in the final game of the season, which he was able to do.
- Abigail began voice lessons and has been able to participate with the youth choir at our home church.
- With Abigail’s desire to pursue Interior Designing, Abigail and Stephen had a couple of dates looking at some homes that were part of the Parade of Homes in our area.
- The whole family spent a day at a local farm: picking apples, going through a corn maze, eating pumpkin donuts, and more.
- Ginger was able to plan and purchase supplies she needs for the next two years of cards.
- Abigail was able to complete her Segment 2 classes for driver’s training, and is continuing to log in driving hours with the goal of obtaining her license before we return to the Philippines.
- Luke and Abigail have enjoyed many activities with the youth group of our home church, often doing something twice a week.
- We enjoyed having Rebekah home for her fall break.