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 April 24
Morning Worship Service
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Dr. J Robert Cosand
The Judge of All The Earth
Verse for the Week
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
Missions Update: April 2016
North American Baptist Conference
Ibukino 3 Chrome 14-9-903
Izumi Shi, Osaka Fu
Shan Reed was raised in South Dakota in a family rooted deeply in God. Growing up going to church almost every time the doors were open, Shan had many opportunities to observe God’s family as the body of Christ working to share Jesus’ love in their church, in their families, and in their community. These experiences led her to acknowledge Jesus as her Savior and to be baptized when she was ten years old at her home church, West Center Baptist Church in Madison, South Dakota.
Years of Sunday School, youth group, VBS, and youth camps along with modeling from her parents gave Shan a solid foundation in her faith. During this time of faith development, her family invited students from Japan to stay in their home during a summer English study program. Learning about Japan from these students opened her eyes to an amazing world (Can you think of anything more opposite of South Dakota than Tokyo, Japan!?!). It was during her junior high and high school years when God began to develop in Shan the desire to go to Japan someday.
What To Pray For
Meditation on Ephesians 1:15-19
On April 22, the Friday before our annual congregational meeting, we will have Day of Prayer, in which we ask the people of Bethel to spend an hour beseeching God's favor for our church and other things. We are chided by the statement in James 4:2,3 - "You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions." I wonder how many of God's blessings we have forfeited in our lives because we did not seek His grace.
This article has a very limited and particular focus. There are many things to be said about prayer. What should be the state of our hearts when we pray? Daniel's prayer in Daniel 9 or the Israelite leaders' prayer in Nehemiah 9 will be helpful to answer that question. What did Jesus teach His disciples about prayer? To study the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6 or two parables in Luke 11 and 18 is very helpful. Does prayer actually make any difference? To study the answers to prayer granted by God is very encouraging to teach us that God does answer the prayers of His people.