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Adult Ministries


Adult Ministries

Spiritual Formation 

MCC is committed to “leading people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” We believe that we grow spiritually as we accept God's gracious invitation to new life in His kingdom and participate in the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As Dallas Willard says, grace is opposed to earning, but it is not opposed to effort. Some of the ways that we can mature as disciples (followers) of Jesus can be done individually, while a lot of Christian maturity happens in the context of life together. At the risk of oversimplifying, God works to strengthen us as we pursue the following:

  • A deepening understanding and love for Scripture: The truths of the Bible and the knowledge of God and His work provide a strong foundation for our relationship with Him. 
  • Relationship building: The Bible calls us to build each other up, and being in spiritual friendships enhances our growth. We want to have fun and celebrate God's life together!
  • Applying Scripture to our lives: We want to not only be hearers of the Word, but doers of it. This is the active process of taking the truths of the Bible and letting them shape our lives to grow more like Jesus. This is the key to Christian growth.
  • Service: Diet and exercise are both part of healthy living. If the items above are the “diet” of the spiritual life, extending a hand in service is the “exercise”.

Our adult ministries are built around these four components.  However, not all of our adult ministries emphasize them in the same way. For instance, some have a greater emphasis on Bible content, some on relationship building. To find out more about these opportunities, click on any of the tabs here in the adult ministry area. For specific information contact the church office at (209) 527-4110 or email info@mcclife.net.    


Sunday Connections

10:00 AM Every Sunday

Sunday Connections

10:00 AM Every Sunday


It’s simple:  Adults connecting with God, with each other, and with God's mission in the world!
Enjoy coffee or a cold drink with the whole church after the first service in the From Room. Then, adults gather around campus at 10:00 AM in Connections. Opportunities also available for junior high, and high school students at 10:00 and children at 9:50.


  •  Dig into a key Bible story, passage, or engage with teachers
  •  See how God’s Word connects to everyday life
  • Come to know God better and see Him reflected in His Word
  • Reach out to our community with the love of God
  • Praying for God's breakthroughs into the life of our world


  • Meet new people
  • Deepen friendships
  • Pray for one another
  • Periodic socials and parties
  • Reach out in local missions
  • Pray for global mission partners

Adult Gatherings, 10:00 AM
Connecting Up, in, and out!
All are welcome! Join any group, anytime!

January 7 - March :: Fall Connections

COLLEGE/YOUNG ADULT (18 to late 20’s)

Life can be pretty crazy sometimes. It is dangerous to go alone. Take this: “For the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword.” Grab a cup of coffee and come and see how God’s word equips us for the road ahead.

Led by Zach and Jill Riley
Meets in the Front Room


THE BRANCH (30’s to early 40’s)

One Another

The Branch will be diving into God's Word this year and discussing how it changes us on the inside and outside. This late 20's to early 40's aged group will start the new year by engaging in conversation about the Gospel as it is communicated in the book of Galatians. Regardless of whether you have grown up in church or not, your life can be changed for the better by the power of the Gospel!

Led by Jeremy Brown
Meets in 201D


BUILDERS (40’s to early 50’s)

Epic of Eden

As a physician and a gentile, Luke writes a comprehensive account to proclaim the very good news that Jesus is the Messiah--not only for the people of Israel, but also for the gentiles, even those on the margins of society! Luke emphasizes prayer and joy, and directs our attention to the saving and transforming work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This study will show how the good news is timeless and useful for guiding our lives today.

Led by Ed Martin
Meets in 203D


LIVING STONES (50’s to early 60’s)

Epic of Eden

How do you see the overall story of the Bible? We will be looking at the Bible as a book set in time and space and how God's story for us is set in six covenants. This is the story that runs from the Eden of the Garden to the garden of the New Jerusalem!

Led by David Woodford
Meets in 105D



The Life You’ve Always Wanted


Led by Larry Tallman
Meets in Pearson Hall


GENERATIONS (all ages)

Psalm 145:4 proclaims, “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” Come share life and wisdom with adults of all ages. The conversation will center on the pastoral message of the day and ask two big questions: What is God saying, and what are we going to do about it?

Led by the Generations Team
Meets in Fireside


                                               For more information about Sunday Connections, please contact Ted Burrows at ted.burrows@mcclife.net




Exploring What It Means to Follow Jesus

The Alpha Course is a 10-week introductory course designed for those who are exploring the Christian faith, new to the church, or those who simply desire to grow in their walk with the Lord.  Alpha is a great way to meet other people.  Each week begins with a meal, followed by a video and small group discussion.The following topics are some of the sessions covered during our time together: 

  • Is There More to Life Than This?

  • How Can We Have Faith?

  • Who Is the Holy Spirit?

  • Who is Jesus?

  • Why and How Do I Pray?

  • Why Did Jesus Die?
  • Why and How Should I Read the Bible?

For more information about Alpha go to www.alphausa.org

The Alpha course coincides with our excellent Wednesday night children's activities including choirs and clubs that are filled with friendship and fun, as well as a great way for your child to grow in his or her young faith.  For more information on children's Wednesday night programs, click on the Children's page.


Our Alpha class meets at 5:45 PM (Weekly - check with church office for current dates) with a meal in Room 105 D. Contact stacy.hilliker@mcclife.net or the church office (527-4110) for information. Please let us know of your childcare needs when you call.


Life Groups

Life Groups

LIFE GROUPS is the name MCC gives to its network of Bible studies and small groups that meet on campus and in homes during the week. These groups offer rich experiences of spiritual growth, relationship building and support.  Each group pursues a study focus of their choice and the study sessions include Bible study and discussion, prayer and support for each other.


Alpha is group that will help anyone better understand what it means to follow Jesus. It gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course meets once a week for 10 weeks, including a one-day getaway. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short video talk and then time to discuss what's been heard. During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple. It meets on Wednesday nights and childcare is available through MCC’s Wednesday night children’s programs at no charge. Contact the church office to reserve your place at 527-4110 or stacy.hilliker@mcclife.net. 



MCC sponsors a network of Bible study groups that meet in various homes on various nights during the week. These groups offer rich experiences of spiritual growth, relationship building and support. Each group pursues a study focus of their choice and the study sessions include Bible study and discussion, prayer and support for each other. To get started in a group, contact Pastor Ted Burrows at 527-4110 or ted.burrows@mcclife.net



Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 AM in the Fireside Room
Check back for fall start date and topic
                                        Kay Haley: 523-0607

Tuesdays  9:30-11:30 AM in 105 D
Check back for fall start date and topic                                          
                                   Melinda Riley: 522-3576  
    Carole Phillips: carole.g.phillips@gmail.com


If you would like more information or would like to sign-up for one of these Women's Spiritual Formation  groups, contact the people listed or email to info@mcclife.net


• THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER :: Here’s a rich time of prayer, prayer for each other and prayer for the needs of the congregation.

Meets every Thursday morning, 6:15-7:30 AM in the Fireside Room.



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Women Ministries

Women Ministries

Mission Statement

We exist to glorify God by encouraging women to develop their potential as designed by God. We achieve this by sharing God's love through a nurturing environment of spiritual growth, service, fellowship, and support.

Women ministries offers many different opportunities for women to be built up in their faith and to serve the Lord, each other and the community.  


These groups are designed to equip women of all ages to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ in our families and communities…allowing God to shape us by His Word as we share our lives together and pray for one another.



Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 AM in the Fireside Room
Check back for fall start date and topic
                                        Kay Haley: 523-0607

Tuesdays  9:30-11:30 AM in 105 D
Check back for fall start date and topic                                                      
                                   Melinda Riley: 522-3576  
    Carole Phillips: carole.g.phillips@gmail.com




Click here to register or for more information





For more information on any of the women's OUTREACH MINISTRIES contact info@mcclife.net



SPIRITUAL MENTORING ::  A one-on-one ministry of women who are spiritually mature connecting with women desiring to grow in their faith (minimum three month commitment).  If you are looking for an opportunity to be mentored, to be a mentor, or maybe even both, then this is the ministry for you!

PRAYING MOMS ::  Moms meeting with other moms to pray for children of all ages.                       

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."  2 Timothy 2:15

  • Mondays - Moms meet early in the morning at 6:45 AM in the library.
  • Tuesdays - Moms meet at 11:30 AM in the library.


For more information on any of the women's SUPPORT MINISTRIES contact info@mcclife.net



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Men's Ministries

Men's Ministries


Group Studies

THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER GROUP :: This group meets at 6:15 AM in the Fireside Room for a time of prayer for one another. This has proved to be a rich time of support for the group, as well as a time of prayer for the needs of the congregation. Contact Bob Morgan or email at info@mcclife.net for more information.

BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP :: BSF provides systematic instruction and personal study of the Bible. This year, the study will be Revelation.

Men's Evening Group meets on Tuesdays, 6:50-8:45 PM, at Centenary Methodist Church. Begins on September 15. For more information, contact Brad Ferrini at july2675@pacbell.net.

Mission Springs Men's Conference :: Spring 2018

Calling all Men. Join 400 other men for a weekend of impact, challenge and fun as we spend time in worship, fellowship, and growing in our faith journey. It is guaranteed to “Ignite” your soul. Go to www.missionsprings.com for more information or to register. 


Covenant Life Ministries

Covenant Life Ministries


Covenant Life Ministries helps people practice the life God intends for every person.  This Covenant Life is rooted in the forming grace of God and enables all people to overcome hurts and negative habits and live life set apart for a morally and mutually committed relationship to God and to others.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinder and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1

Covenant Life facilitates small group studies, support groups, workshops, seminars, and mentoring relationships in the the areas of:

  • Marriage & Family
  • Grief Recovery
  • Addiction Recovery/Mentoring
  • Christ Honoring Life Skills
  • Conflict Resolution/Peacemaking

Below are upcoming CLM opportunities.For more information email us at info@mcclife.net or call the church office, 527-4110.


GriefShare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close.  It's a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss.  This can be a recent loss, or one that you have been dealing with for a long time. Registration is $15 (scholarships are available).

What You Can Expect at GriefShare:
Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar and group discussion.  A GriefShare workbook assists you with note taking, journaling and grief study.  The videos feature top experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief and real-life stories of people who have experienced losses just like yours.

During the small group discussion time, you'll have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and share your own.

GriefShare is a non-denominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics.  Join us as we help each other cope with the loss of a loved one and ultimately receive hope for the future.

GriefShare Sessions

  • Living With Grief
  • The Journey of Grief
  • The Effects of Grief
  • When Your Spouse Dies
  • Your Family and Grief
  • Why?
  • The Uniqueness of Grief, pt. 1
  • The Uniqueness of Grief, pt. 2
  • God's Prescription for Grief
  • Stuck in Grief
  • Top Twenty Lessons of Grief, pt. 1
  • Top Twenty Lessons of Grief, pt. 2
  • Heaven

For information go to www.griefshare.org or email Nancy Switzer at nswitzer7@gmail.com 




DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences.  Led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help, DivorceCare meets weekly to help you face challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.  Registration is $15 (scholarships are available).

Lasting 13 weeks, each meeting will start with a video then move into a discussion time. DivorceCare is set up to allow attendance at any point during the 13 weeks.  

Divorcecare Sessions

  • What's Happening to Me?
  • The Road to Healing/Finding Help
  • Facing My Anger
  • Facing My Depression
  • Facing My Loneliness
  • What Does the Owner's Manuel Say?
  • New Relationships
  • Financial Survival
  • KidCare
  • Single Sexuality
  • Forgiveness
  • Reconciliation
  • Moving On, Growing Closer to God

For information go to www.divorcecare.org or email Terry Lewis at tglewis59@gmail.com 







MCC is part of the national Stephen Ministry network of churches. Through Stephen Ministry we offer the services of Stephen Ministers, lay men and women who have received 50 hours of training and come alongside individuals who are dealing with hospitalization, terminal illness, unemployment, disabilities, spiritual crises or other life challenges. The goal of Stephen Ministers is not to fix but to listen, encourage, and support as people move through these kinds of difficult life seasons. These relationships are men with men and women with women and are confidential. If you feel you would benefit by talking with a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office at 527-4110 or email at jeff.norman@mcclife.net. You will get a better explanation of the opportunity a Stephen Minister represents and we can then arrange a visit with one our Stephen Leaders. For more information about Stepehen Ministry go to www.stephenministries.org. 


Stephen Ministry trains people to come alongside those who are hurting to help them through their time of need. The training is 50 hours covering topics such as listening, assertiveness, confidentiality, maintaining boundaries, dealing with feelings, how to begin and end caregiving relationships, and using distinctively Christian caregiving tools. The training is thorough and practical and prepares the trainee to be a competent and sensitive caregiver. There are currently 17 individuals serving as Stephen Ministers at MCC, but we need more. A Stephen Minister training class is being planned for this Fall. If you would like to be used in this way in the life of an MCC brother or sister, please contact the church office at 527-4110, and they will put you in touch with one of the Stephen Leaders. You may also stop by the table outside the foyer on Sunday mornings to ask questions or to pick up an application. 


Our ministry involves:

  •   Visitation of those hopitalized, coordination of meals as needed
  •   Care of our shut-ins
  •   Communion preparation
  •   Prayer time for the needs of the congregation
  •   Assistance for families when a death occurs
  •   Delivery of rosebud for birth of a baby
  •   Baptismal assistance
  •   Visitation of those experiencing health problems


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