Topinabee Community Church is in the midst of change and renewal!  We have remodeled our Education and Nursery rooms as we move forward raising our young ones in the faith.  We are reaching out to the un-churched with advertising and direct mail.  We are getting ready to re-launch our Summer Services - an alternative time to Worship in the Faith.

In the midst of change, we can be tempted to let little things and non-essential issues grow out of proportion and steal our joy.  Let us never take our eyes off of why God placed our church here:
-to deepen our personal relationship with God       through Christ
       -to help others discover forgiveness and joy in Christ
       -to help others in need

Topinabee Community Church is an interdenominational church. We are dedicated to living and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Have faith. It all comes right. Pastor Mike







Bible readings for April 13-17 and April 20-26 can be found under the by-laws tab on this site.


Topinabee Community Church is offering informal small group adult Bible studies this spring.  Interested participants can sign up during April at the church or by calling 989-245-6080.  The 6 week home gatherings begin in May and will explore topics such as ‘Speaking Wisely’, ‘Growing Through Life’s Challenges’, and ‘Prayer’.  Join us in our friendly walk through the Bible

A committee led by Suzie Kuhl has remodeled the nursery.  This is a much improved facility and we congratulate them for their work to up-date our facilities.
Bob and Karen assemble the crib




Andrea and Andrew sing Above All


Could I Step Aside? 
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3.30 NRSV 
April 3, 2015
         Most of you will read this on Friday, but it is Thursday afternoon as I write. On my mind is the Maundy Thursday message I plan to preach in about three hours. Part of that message will deal with Jesus washing His disciples' feet as a living parable of their need to serve each other.
This caused me to remember a story that William Barclay related about an American pastor, Dr. Spence. His church prospered and grew. Some years later, another pastor came to the community. Over time, many members of Dr. Spence’s congregation had gone to this new work.
One evening, looking out over his dwindling congregation, the good pastor asked where the people were. He was informed they were now attending the church down the street.
This great pastor thought for a moment and then said, “Then we should follow them.” He came down out of the pulpit and led his people to the other church.
Who among us could do such a thing? Who of us could lay our egos aside like that?
John the Baptist plainly told the people, “I’m not the Messiah. He comes after me.” John the Baptist claimed as his place, not to be a Messiah or savior, but to be one who pointed to the genuine Messiah. And he rejoiced in his calling!
Dr. Spence determined if God was now at work down the street, that was where he should take his people, even if that meant giving something up.
Could I do that? Could I want to serve God so totally that I would give up position and authority? Or would I find myself in the distressing place of Lucifer in Milton’s poem Paradise Lost, saying:
“I would rather rule in hell than serve in heaven.”
 Prayer: Lord, let me never forget who I am and Who You are.
Do We Remember?
I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.” Psalm 119.55 NRSV
April 2, 2015
In a recent article, Lawrence Wilson remarked about the tools and methods that churches have used which are now pretty much out of favor. Among those he mentioned were:  
Sunday School Busses

Camp Meetings
Coffee Houses
Chick Tracts

Rally Day

Door-to-Door Evangelism

Promise Keepers

The Prayer of Jabez 
He got me thinking and even reminiscing a little bit. At one point, these were considered successful. Although some are still used, they are mostly memories.  
When the next “Big Thing” hits, we need to bring to mind that His Word is truth and life and it is God Who is building His Church. We are happy partners, invited to be part of that work.
Banded together to make a church, we do this by deepening our personal relationship with God through Christ, by inviting others to find forgiveness and joy in Christ, and helping those in need.
         After this, everything else is pretty much just noise.
Prayer: Lord, we call upon You to open our eyes to the possibilities You set forth, for You are always at work around us.
Is it Monday or Thursday?
“When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.’”  Exodus 16.15 NRSV
April 1, 2015
For those of you who are confident you know the where and why of Maundy Thursday, feel free to skip the next paragraph. 
What is “Maundy Thursday”? A common misunderstanding results from the mispronunciation of this day. They call it “Monday” Thursday. The word is Maundy and comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means “commandment”. This is a reference to Jesus' command that we love one another. It is a remembrance of the Passover meal Jesus celebrated with his disciples the night before his crucifixion, thus it is celebrated on Thursday.
         Over the years, as I explained the meaning of this special day, I was often greeted with the same words: “I always wondered what that was.” Year after year they had observed this day, but really didn’t know its origin or even the right pronunciation.
         Been there, done that. I’ve done a thing over and over without ever really knowing why. It’s a good reminder to know or learn the “why” of a thing, don’t you think?
Prayer: Lord, I praise You that the greatest commandment says, in part, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Copyright 2015 R. Michael Sanders
Vandals for Jesus
“And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay.” Mark 2.4 NRSV
March 30, 2015
Vandals! Hooligans! Delinquents! Who did they think they were, tearing up private property just so their friend could find healing and forgiveness?
Do I have the faith to rip a hole in someone else’s roof? Could I want something from God that much and have the nerve to let nothing get in my way?
Or would I prefer to pray that an angel would do it for me? Or perhaps that God would send a very localized earthquake to shake only that roof loose? And then seeing the obstacle still remaining, shrug my shoulders and say, “Must not have been God’s will.” And then leave my friend unchanged as I go to the safety and warmth of my home.
There are times, a great many times that we must boldly act in doing what is right. That we shall encounter opposition, barriers and “roofs” is to be expected.
Prayer: Lord, give me clarity and then the courage to act.