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Morris Community Church Parade Float during the Annual Morris Prairie Pioneer Days on a beautiful sunny day of 2008

What attracted me to this local church as a college student was the praise & worship music in the beginning (sometime during or after too) of the services. My first service I ever attended here was at the "old" church building (211 E. 6th St.) back in my freshmen year (Spring of 1996 after accepting Him into my personal life). It was college friend-floormate, Liz Rocket, that invited me and also Stu Farm, who was very visible on campus through the booktable he did regularly.

Services at the Morris Area High School
*we started meeting her around the fall of 2005

Pictures tooken in October of 2006 and February 25th of 2007 (day of the winter storm, which about 1/2 of the congregation made it through the snow).

Morris Community Church Body

"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ." -1 Cor. 12:12"

Pat F-our shepherd (pastor)

Sheep (Church members)

Church Body Parts: Church Servants

"21"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'">

church homepage, church e-mail, sunday bulletins, and food (coffee, donuts, and other goodies!)

Steve T and Wayne M (Not Pictured: Larry W and Randy B) help count the offering baskets

Children's Church Organizer

Contact: Jeanette D

Campus Outreach

  • MCC Campus Ministries
  • *a.k.a. Shiloh (ended in 96')
    -International Students

    Community Involvement

    -Annual Events

  • Kiwanis Talent Show

  • Prairie Pioneer Days

  • Morris Community Church float-band at Prairie Pioneer Days Parade on July 11th 2010

    "Morris Community Church float-band ( Evelyth playing "Trading My Sorrows") at the annual "Prairie Pioneer Days" Parade on Sunday, July 11th 2010."

    Day Care Organizer

    Contact: Julie M towers over the babies (Not Pictured: Wayne Maanaum)
    *Note: Many of our young church families are always looking for a baybsitter for an hour less/more. Look for them in the MCC Phone Book!

    -Spencer T (head guy) and all of us (Matthew 28:18-20)

    Handy People:
    building maintenance/construction
    -Ron N, Joe U, Steve T, Neil

    Prayer Intercessors/Warriors
    -come early before service and pray with the worship team or anyone available. Also, we are always looking for individuals to help prayer during the service (worship, shares, sermon, etc..) too!

    Table Service

    Mangan family comes an hour and a half early to help set the talble for coffee, donutes/baked goodies, newsletter announcements, orphanage donation container, etc...

    -all of us

  • Deepening the Well Series, by Phil D & Paul H.

    -Sound Team

    John Franey checking during worship practice an hour before service starts

    Others: Christy O, Susie H, etc..

    -Equipment setup/setdown
    Others: Hanna B, Tim M, Dan O, Rachel R, etc...


    Mangans help Twin set lights above in the second balconly

    Others: who ever is available

    -Video Camera

    Twig Webster makes sure the camera is ready for taping of the service shown Sundays @10am and Thursdays @7pm on the Morris local channel 8

    - Hanna & Seth B, Beth O, Twig W, Seth B, Tim M, etc...

    Transit Service: -Drivers:
    Others: ?
    pick-up/dropoff attendees


    -Letters from members of the body:

    Wayne Maanuum's Outreach Letter from 9/11


    Children 18:3, our proud church band!

    Children 18:3 "All My Balloons"

    "Children 18:3 "All My Balloons" from the album "Children 18:3" (Tooth & Nail Records)"


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  • American Eagle Realty Softball Team, from Coach Bobby Culbertson

  • Garage Batting Cage, from

    Theater, Theatre Plays, Drama, Skits, etc...
    MCC Creative Team Skit

    MCC Creative Team Skit from DavidK on Vimeo
    "Seeking Truth (Sunday, February 15th of 2009)"

    Choose Your Words

    "Fake game show produced by Morris Community Church's Creative Team "

    Youth Group


    "MCC Youth Group shares their vision for this year: Serving "



    Want to help and get involved?

    If you are interested in learning more about Jesus Christ. We reccomend you to join others in fellowship-be part of a homegroup bible study, get mentored/discipled 1:1 in a weekly basis, or participate in our Summer Institute of Ministry Tranining School.

    Come early to church whenever you can and ask how can serve before, during, or after service!

    "To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing (discernment) between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still anther the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines" -1 Cor. 12:8-11



    Bridget Shares a Personal Story Part 1 of 3

    "Growing up in a reservation in Canada and getting out to sharing the Good News. This is the first of three parts of her amazing story from drunkeness to sharing the goodness of what God can do to deliver others from this addiction. She shared this personal "miracle" testimony at Morris Community Church (thx Twig for video production) in Morris, Minnesota on Sunday, March 9th of 2008.."



    Personal Involvement

    Discipleship during some of my College Years 97'-99'

    "19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[1] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,-Matthew 28

    One key ingredient to our church growth (besides making babies-j/k!) is our Biblical discipleship/mentorship teaching one by one. We meet one by one with people who attend or do not attend our regular Sunday services. Whether, they are people in the community or students, faculty, or staff in the local college campus.

    MCC strongly encourages our church attendees/members to have that daily devotional in prayer or reading the Bible, constant weekly fellowship through our homegroups or some small group bible study, and attend our weekly Sunday services. However, many or all of us need that one and one relationship (besides w/ God) with someone older in faith to encourage, teach, or just spend time with to talk or listen in our growing relationship with God.

    Below are some personal testimonies of some past and current students from the local college campus that have been through this one and once discipleship with Morris Community Church.

    Some Questions that were asked?

    How did you hear of our discipleship/mentoring?
    What year did you start?
    What did you learn from this?
    Do you have any advice for current or future students considering this?

    "I heard about MCC's discipleship at church one Sunday service when I was visiting. I then joined this unique-never experience mentoring somewhere my junior year at UMM. I was able to learn some key foundations after accepting Jesus into my life to help grow since then. For example, I learned the daily life application of the Spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12), Motivational Gifts (Romans 12), and Ministry (Epehsians 5) Gifts (see teachings) to help do what I do now (working at a group home in-town and mentoring others of different age groups and backgrounds)."-Salvador Monteagudo, UMM Alumn 99'

  • Discipling-Mentoring, a GoodNews UMM Resource
  • 1999 Spring Break Mission Trip

    I had the faith building opportunity in the Spring of 1999 (Senior Year at UMM) to go with several UMM college friends on a local mission trip. When I mean local, I mean going to a couple towns within the state of Minnesota to encourage and share the Good News to people. The first town we went to was Clearbrook (see photos). I remember this trip when I was still new to exploring rural small-town communities. When we were getting close to Clearbrook (away from "civilization"), I was asking the folks in the car if there is any Burger King? Everybody chuckled and would joke about my comment throughout the trip. After encouraging a church there that MCC was connected with through (Jim McCracken's Master Builders Fellowship), we then went to Marshall (see photos). I think we first stopped back at Morris before heading to the southwestern part of the state. In Marshall, we visited another local church MCC is connected with and did a "random acts of kindness" outreach at the local college campus-Minnesota State University Southwest State.

    First Annual Summer Institute of Ministry Training School-1999

    I didn't know what I was going to do after college? As I was entering my 3rd year since I came to my personal relationship with God in the Spring of my freshmen year (1996), I wanted to seek more on how I can serve God. I decided to try out the first annual Summer Institute of Ministry Training School (see more to this "adventure").

    Involvement with See You at the Party from 2000 to 2006

    With active youth leader-Mark Haugen-we as a church stood behind him to help with this annual youth all-night outreach event. It started in Morris with Mark's relationship with the Morris Evangelical Free Church's youth pastor-Jamie Buchanan. Then 2 years later, it moved to Alexandria where Jamie was called to. See rest of the story....

    Regular Events

    Every other month or so "pot blessings" (potlucks) to building fellowship

    -2011: November

    Annual Events


  • Men's Retreat
  • Outdoor Services (East Side Park)

    Parade (Prairie Pioneers Day)

    Year in Review

    -2008 & 2009

    MCC Year in Review

    MCC from DavidK on Vimeo.

    Sal's Personal Church Service/Events Highlights

    Sunday Missions Class (before services) at the "old" elementantary school
    Black Student Union Gospel Choir Performance
    Missions Conference
    MCC Bowling Team, win their first championship in their first year
    Gospel Choir (led by UMM Student, Kate Rogers)-formerly known as the Inspirational Choir and Black Student Union Gospel Choir

    Missions Trips


  • Kenya, orphans and HIV/AIDS outreach
  • Missions Spotlight Kenya Reah Out to Kenya Children

    "Here is a highlight video of just some of the many adorable children in Kenya. These are just a few of the 20 orphans looking for sponsors. Can you help? Contact Jan Neiland of Reach Out to Children in Kenya (R.O.C.K.) The background music is 2007-Dove's Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year "Orphans of God" by Avalon"


  • Mongolia
  • Russia, out in the middle of Siberia

  • Georgia, eastern-bloc of this continent
  • Ireland, supporting and praying for Bethany Eastvold
  • Ireland Missionary Spotlight- Bethany Eastvold

    "A little spotlight on a good friend -Bethany (former college peer-University of Minnesota-Morris). She is currently serving the youth and Teen Challenge there. The music-"All Heaven Declare"-is by one of my favorites-Robin Mark (famously known for his album, "Revival in Belfast", which was ironically given (tape version) to me as a gift by Ruth & Neil Thielke (featured in the video) of Outfitters for Adventure. Please lift her in your prayers and consider helping financially sponsor the continued work she is doing there for the Lord."
  • Spain, supporting Bob Lidfors

  • CostaRica
  • Dominican Republic, 2001
  • Mexico, supporting and praying for David Garcia
  • A New Testament Church Model

    1. Antioch churches are born out of the shaking and scattering of the Jerusalem Church. (Acts 8:1-3)

    2. Antioch churches are characterized by a willingness to operate outside of the Jerusalem model. (Acts 11:19-20)

    3. Antioch churches are open to brothers and sisters of all backgrounds, styles, personalities, and races. (Acts 11:22-25-13:1-3)

    4. Antioch churches make room for the Sauls of yesterday to become the Pauls of today (Acts 11:26)

    5. Antioch churches work with God's provision of teams. Furthermore, they both birth and adopt ministries. (Acts 13:1-3)

    6. Although Antioch churches recognize ministry gifts, their identity is iin being Christians. Since Antioch leadership teams are willing to function as peers, they can leave their titles at the door when it is necessary. (Acts 11:36, 13:1-3)

    7. Antioch churches define ministry by the present definition of the Holy Spirit instead of past accomplishments. (Acts 13:2)

    8. Antioch cnurches realize that togetherness is not thier only purpose. THere is a purpose for their togetherness. (Acts 13:2)

    9. Antioch churches revolve around ministry to the Lord. (Acts 13:2)

    10. Antioch cnurches embrace new wineskins and they are willing to die a fresh to accomplish this.

    11. Antioch churches work together on a foundation of relationships not just organization.

    Used by permission by Jim McCracken of City on a Hill Church

    101 Ways Your Church Can Change the World
    "Sometimes those of us in the church tend to do the same things over and over again because they've worked in the past. The author of this book served as a church leader and pastor for over 40 years and was always looking for new ideas for reaching out to the community and world to make a difference. It's true that what works in one community may not work in another; what excites some people may not inspire others. This Ebook is provided hoping it will spark new, fun and effective ways for your church to reach out to a hurting world."
    *With God's help!

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