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 8
Morning Worship Service
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Given to Suffer
Verse for the Week
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD …
Missions Update: April 2018
Stephen & Ginger Jordan
From their blogs dated February 25 and March 6.
As we return to the Philippines, we make the transition back to village life one step at a time.
Upon our arrival back to the Philippines, we spent four days in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. During this brief time, we spent time shopping for items that we can’t usually find on our island. This usually means long rides in taxis through the Manila traffic.
Trip to the village - After a one-hour commercial flight, our family arrived back to Puerto. A few days later, Stephen, Abigail, and Luke made the three-hour road trip to our village. During their four-day visit, they attended church with the believers and painted their rooms. Moving back to the Philippines is hard for the kids as they said good-bye to their friends in the States. However, we promised them that upon our return to the Philippines they could repaint their rooms. This promise gave them something to look forward to.
Abigail chose to go with a light brown with a dark green trim. The boys decided to paint their room with a dark blue with yellow trim (for University of Michigan) and with orange trim (for Detroit Tigers). As promised, Stephen also painted the team logos on the doors.
During our time in Puerto, we have needed to do some maintenance on our vehicle and have needed to shop for everything because our kitchen cabinets in the village are empty. This is a massive order that includes everything from “A to Z”: “AA” Batteries, Baking Powder, Cream of Chicken soup, Dish soap . . . Mayonnaise, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Pasta . . . Yeast, and Ziplock bags.
Pastor Cosand: April 2018
meditation on Psalm 32
It is not a pleasant task to look at ourselves as we really are. In fact, it is so painful that we try to avoid it whenever possible. From time to time when others point out our faults to us (usually a spouse), we often quickly dismiss their comments as an error in judgment on their part. But admitting our faults is fundamental to our well-being. The alcoholic, for example, must first admit that he has a problem before he can be helped.
But far beyond emotional health, the Bible instructs us that admitting our faults before God is necessary for spiritual life. There is no relationship with God without repentance of sin. Without humble and sincere confession of sin before our God, there is no life in the soul, no abiding peace, no lasting joy.
Sin resides within each one of us here and it is deadly. It manifests itself in a hundred different ways. It shows itself when pride rears its ugly head and in our hatred and greed and selfishness and lust and bitterness and envy. It affects the way we talk, the way we think, what we say about each other and the way we do our jobs and the way we relate to our spouses and children and our neighbor. It affects everything. There is not a single aspect of our living that is not touched by sin and its effect is unspeakably destructive. It has a deadening effect on everything that God has designed for life. It kills joy, it robs people of peace and hope and purity.