Margate Community Church (MCC) is an interdenominational, community oriented congregation, over 400 people strong and representing more than 11 different denominations. We are united in God’s love through our shared commitment to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and our neighbors as ourselves.
An Ecumenical Family of Faith
In compliance with the state mandate all ...
services, gatherings and events at MCC are postponed until further notice.
Please be safe and practice social distancing so that we can all see each other soon.
We will remain in contact through the use of social media. Please "Like” us on Facebook, where I intend to post messages and perhaps a short sermon in the days ahead. We are also organizing means for the church family to be in contact with each other on a regular basis by telephone during this unfortunate situation. We will find a way to pray together. May God bless and protect you and may God watch between us while we are absent one from the other.
The Church Office will remain open at the present time. If you have any immediate needs or know of anyone who has immediate needs, please call Pastor Vicky 908-338-7429 or the church office 609-822-5050.
A message from the Pastor ...
By the time you receive this publication, we will be quickly heading for the last days of spring and early summer — June is already here. It’s been a chilly and gloomy spring—which only added to the misery of sheltering in place and self-distancing from family, friends, and neighbors. Things are changing. Announcements about what is opening and what will remain closed seem to change by the hour. The future remains a mystery — when will we worship together again, will our economy recover quickly, will there be new spikes in infections after more people come to the shore area? As we all know, time does not stand still and wait for us to catch up and catch our bearings -- time rushes on. Things that we try to hold on to, that bring us a sense of comfort and security, seem very nebulous right now.
That’s why I love God’s Word. That does not change. There’s a prayer in a Presbyterian worship book that has this sentence: “Amid all the changing words of our generation, speak to us of eternal things so that we may have hope and be lifted above our distress into the peace of your presence.” God’s word gives us the freedom to trust a future we cannot control. Besides the Bible, one other thing that never changes is God’s love for each one of us. God sent us Jesus to guarantee that promise. We can trust in God’s love because God is stronger than anything life can throw at us — even death. We just past the Day of Pentecost when we were reminded that God’s Spirit still strengthens and comforts us because the Spirit dwells in us. In her book entitled Hope, author Nancy Guthrie tells us to remember Paul’s words to the Romans: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life (not Covid-19, cancer, car accidents, crime, or calamity), neither angels nor demons (not evil in the media or politicizing the pandemic), neither the present nor the future (not the current crisis or any tragedy that may be in my future), nor any power (not a demanding boss or pink slip from my place of employment), neither height nor depth (not winning the lottery or losing my stock portfolio), not anything else in all creation (not a virus, financial crisis, hurricane or hungry shark), will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).
As we continue to move through these unprecedented times this summer, I invite you again to trust God’s love and promises. We can truly rest from fear and anxiety because we can leave the future to God. We are secure in God’s love.
May you renew your strength and faith each day, and may the knowledge of God’s love be in your heart and bring you peace.
~ Pastor Vicky
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