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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

9:50 AM Every Sunday

Sunday Connections

9:50 AM Every Sunday


It’s simple:  Adults connecting with God, with each other, and with God's mission in the world!
Adults gather at 9:50 AM in Sunday Connections (with opportunities also available for children, junior high, and high school students).


  •  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


  •  Get a cup of coffee and goodies
  •  Meet new people
  •  Deepen friendships
  •  Pray for one another
  •  Periodic socials and parties

Sunday Connections
Adult Gatherings, 9:50 AM
Connecting Up, in, and out!
All are welcome! Join us anytime!
Spring 2017: March 26 - June 4

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." Come and see how God's word equips us for the road ahead. Led by Zach & Jill Riley
Meets in 212 D

THE BRANCH (30’s to early 40’s)
1st and 2nd Peter
During his ministry on earth, one of Jesus’ best friends was Peter. Join us as we read and explore his two letters, 1 Peter and 2 Peter. We will be
discussing subjects such as hope, suffering, holiness, Christian community, and marriage relationships. Led by Ben Middleton
Meets in 201 D

BUILDERS (40’s to early 50’s)
This We Believe
Modesto Covenant Church... What does it mean to be a Covenant Church? Join us as we explore the Covenant Affirmations, a vital part of our
congregational identity and denominational mission. Together we will discover the Covenant's theological foundations, historical roots and
future horizons. Led by Ted Burrows
Meets in 203 D    

LIVING STONES (50’s to early 60’s)
Luke, the Universal Gospel
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. Luke shows how the good news is timeless and useful for guiding our lives today. Led by Ed Martin
Meets in 105 D

The Epic of Eden: Understanding the Old Testament
The Old Testament is three-fourths of the Bible and sets the table for the New Testament. We will look at God’s plan for salvation through His covenant to bring us into His house. Led by David Woodford
Meets in 101 C

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 topic of the day and ask the 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
Starts January 10, 2017
The Invisible War by Chip Ingram
                                        Kay Haley: 523-0607

Tuesdays  9:30-11:30 AM in 105 D
Starts February 2017
Twelve Women of the Bible: Life Changing Stories for Women Today                                              
                                       Melinda Riley: 522-3576  
    Carole Phillips: carole.g.phillips@gmail.com

Every other Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:45 PM in 201 D
                                        Liz Bauman: libbeyland@sbcglobal.net


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.


LIFE GROUPS FOR College/young adult

We will be gathering in the Fireside Room from 7:00-8:30 PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month for a time of worship, community, and scripture study. Our focus this spring is finding our identity in Christ.   

Here are the dates:

February 9th and 23rd

March 9th and 23rd

April 13th and 27th

May 11th and 25th

Also, we continue to meet Sunday mornings at 9:50 AM in 212 D considering what philosopher Dallas Willard has to say about being an apprentice or disciple to Jesus. 



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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
Starts January 10, 2017
The Invisible War by Chip Ingram
                                        Kay Haley: 523-0607

Tuesdays  9:30-11:30 AM in 105 D
Starts February 21, 2017
Twelve Women of the Bible                                                        
                                       Melinda Riley: 522-3576  
    Carole Phillips: carole.g.phillips@gmail.com

Every other Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:45 PM in 201 D

 Liz Bauman: libbeyland@sbcglobal.net


MISSION SPRINGS WOMEN'S RETREAT 2017: Check back 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:: MARCH 3-5, 2017

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 


  • Single & Parenting

As a single parent, you know there aren't many people who truly understand the unique challenges you face. You deeply desire to do what's best for your kids, and you worry that you aren't. Sometimes, it's all you can do to survive from one day to the next. Single & Parenting is a special forup that will bring hope to your life. Registration is $15 (scholarships are available).

Single & Parenting is a group where single parents:

  • Meet and find practical help and hope
  • Watch dynamic video sessions featuring single-parenting experts, the stories of single parents, and instructional parenting demonstrations.
  • Enjoy small group discussion

Single & Parenting Sessions

  • Tired & Overwhelmed
  • Your Children & Your Fears
  • Rest & Comfort
  • Money & Career
  • Parenting Goals & Expectations
  • Suffering & Adversity
  • Emotions & Stability, pt. 1
  • Emotions & Stability, pt. 2
  • Parenting Tools & Projects
  • Parenting Approaches & God's Love
  • Talking & Listening
  • Conflict & Resolution
  • Dating & Single Sexuality

For information go to www.singleandparenting.org or email Brain Indelicato at bindelicato@fabexco.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 tlsvdbygrace@sbcglobal.net 


  • DivorceCare for Kids

Designed for children ages 5-12 , DivorceCare for Kids is a special group to help children heal from the hurt caused by the separation or divorce of their parents. At our weekly DC4K group, kids make freinds with other kids who understand how they feel and the things they are goin through because of the divorce of their parents. 

Best of all, children will learn how God's love can strengthen them and help turn tears to hope and joy!

Our DC4K group meets weekly in 13-week cycles. we combine games, crafts, activities, music and DVD dramas to create a fun atmosphere where children feel comfortable and accepted. Registration is $15 (scholarships are available).

DC4K sessions

  • What's Happening to My Family?
  • God Loves Children in All Kinds of Families
  • Facing My Anger
  • Journey from Anger to Sadness
  • I Am Not Alone
  • God's Plan for Me
  • Developing New Relationships
  • Developing Money Smarts
  • It's Not my Fault
  • Telling My Parents How I Feel
  • Forgiveness
  • Loving My Parents
  • Moving On: Growing Up and Closer to God

For information go to www.dc4k.org or email Terry Lewis at tlsvdbygrace@sbcglobal.net





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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