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


"The Notables"-an area music group will perform at the Topinabee Church on Sunday Evening Dec. 6.  This Christmas music special will include a dinner.  Put the date on your calendar!


Barbara Bergins "kids" -Lucy and John, made their annual trip to Mullett Lake and performed their beautiful music for the congregation.  They were joined by their friend Emy Hardy, a University of Massachusetts student.  Lucy lives in Austin, Texas continuing her career in music and John is a junior at Amherst.  Listen to their songs by clicking on the links below.


The Choir held a party for Heather to honor her many years of service to the Church Music Ministry. More photos in the photo gallery.


Bible readings for Oct. 5-9 can be found under the Bible Readings tab on this site.





Long Way to China
 “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come out like gold.” Job 23.10 NRSV
October 1, 2015
One summer Saturday many years ago, Tommy, Johnny and I crossed over Casey Creek with shovels in our hands. The day had come. We were going to dig a hole all the way through to China. We had often been told that if you dug straight through the earth you would end up there. We were putting it to the test. An hour later, with only dirty shoes and tired hands to show for it, we quit.
The next day, my family drove the seventeen miles to Wayne City to my grandparents. I thought we would never get there.
Perspective. I now have a better perspective and know that seventeen miles in the car is almost nothing while China is pretty much off my list.
God see things from His perspective. He is looking to the end of the thing while I struggle to understand beginnings and middles. God looks to the end product, which is what we are meant to become. So it is that joys and adversities, celebrations and struggles are all part of the process of our becoming.
God’s perspective is usually above my pay grade. But God’s love, this I can understand. So when I don’t see the point of my struggles, when the end of a thing is so far past the horizon that it falls on the other side of the curve of the earth, maybe near China, I will trust in His love. 

Prayer: Lord, with as much time and effort as You have put into testing and working on us, You must have something fantastic planned for the finale!
“Just Not Feeling It”
“… And they said, ‘Let us rise up and build.’ So they strengthened their hands for the good work.” Nehemiah 2.18b
September 30, 2015
          I remember the details of that day only because I noted them in my journal. That day was little different from others as I prepared to go to work. In the language of the day, “I just wasn’t feeling it.” I could have called in sick or used one of the personal days that the church in Dearborn had been so generous to give me, but I went to work anyway.
I had read something years before that had found a permanent place in my memory.  This person wrote that most of the good that will be accomplished on any single day would be done by folks not feeling a hundred percent or by those who would rather be someplace else.
When I arrived, I slumped heavily into my chair, wondering if I had made the right choice. I opened my lunch for some sugar consolation (home make cookies!) and found this note from my wife:
“You are doing a good work in this place. Hang in there!”
I offer her words to each one of you, wherever you are working. You are carrying your weight in a society filling up far too quickly with an entitlement mentality. You are being that positive co-worker others need. So, keep the faith my friends, we’re making a difference.         

Prayer: Lord, thanks for the chance to work.
The Fall Pruning
“A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.” Ecclesiastes 3.2b NRSV
September 29, 2015
Fall has arrived and I am rejoicing! It’s my favorite season for many reasons. Fresh apple cider at roadside stands. Crisp air to breathe. Pumpkins maturing and promising fresh pumpkin pies! Trees turning their leaves into a colorful work of art. And Thanksgiving and its feast not that far away. Hmmm. Does anyone see a theme developing here? Yum!
But autumn is also the time for pruning gardens and our decorative plants. Most of us understand the concept of pruning.  Simply put, perfectly healthy growth must be cut away so the plant can reach its full potential. 
How often is this a truth in our lives?  Ways we’ve done things that have been sufficient for years must give way to improved ways.  Good habits surrendered to better ones.
Plainly said, sometimes the good is sacrificed so the best can find room to grow.                        

Prayer: Lord, help me make room for the best in my life.
The Church Rosetta Stone

But to this day the Lord has not given you a mind to understand, or eyes to see, or ears to hear.” Deut. 29.4 NRSV

September 28, 2015

       An amazing event occurred late in the winter of 2014, although it is just coming to light. The “Church Speak” equivalent of the Rosetta Stone, the artifact that helped decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics, was discovered. It was found in the cornerstone of the Old First Church on the occasion of that building being torn down to make room for an inter-faith coffee shop.
         We can now translate the true meaning of phrases that, up until now, were disguised in “Church Speak”. Below are the four released so far.

Church Speak: “We’re just a little church, what can we do?”
Translation: “Even God can’t get anything out of us.”

Church Speak: “We have great fellowship at our church and don’t want to lose it.”
Translation: “Let’s not do anything that might cause controversy. So we will die slowly but with a smile.”

Church Speak: “Everyone is welcome at our church.”
Translation: “Everyone who looks like us and thinks like us is welcome at our church.”

Church Speak: “We are kind and polite to all visitors.”
Translation: “We are kind and polite unless they sit in our pew.”

Prayer: Lord, Thank You for allowing us truly to understand what we are saying.
So What Is God Going to Do?

“… For God is love.” 1 John 4.8b NRSV

September 24, 2015

          Have you ever found yourself asking, “What is God going to do?” We wonder who God will bring to fill a particular ministry, and who will take up this calling. Will God heal this friend of ours? Will God move to redeem our predicament and deliver us? Or will God sustain us as we go through the floods and fire? These are normal questions, and there is nothing wrong with them. I shall probably ask one of them later today myself.
          But there is a more important question I’ve learned and that is, “What is God like?” Knowing the answer to this central question resolves all fears and concerns with all the other questions.
         If God is love, then I know that God is working for the best, no matter what I see, no matter what I do not see.  As Paul reminds us, if God did not spare His own Son, how can we not trust Him with all the rest?

Prayer: I don’t always know what You’re going to do, but I can always know that You love me.
I Saw No Miracles
 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” Luke 6.38
September 23, 2015
         I saw no miracles, no feeding of the hungry nor sight given to the blind. I saw no hands reaching out because my neighbors did not lift up the fallen.
         I saw no sick healed and the wounded in spirit still suffered. The deaf could not hear, and the lonely sat by themselves, invisible.
         All this remained day after day until I opened my heart and reached out my hands. And then the blind saw, the deaf heard, the hungry were fed and the lonely began to smile.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes it all begins with us.
One From Column A and Two From Column B
“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable...if there is any excellence...think about these things.” Philippians 4.8 NRSV
September 22, 2015
Over the years, many of them have sat in my office at church. They talk about finding “the right fit” or a church where their children like to go. I understand what they are saying and it sounds logical. But the problem is that they are answering the wrong questions.
They shop for a church the way we would shop for a new pair of shoes or a smartphone. It surprised me to discover that it wasn’t just my misguided generation or our offsprings with this problem. I read the following from the preface to Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis written many, many years ago:
“And above all you must be asking which (church) is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and paneling. In plain language, the question should never be: ‘Do I like that kind of service?’ but ‘Are these doctrines true: Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me toward this? Is my reluctance to knock on this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular door-keeper?’”
It is not the latest fads that matter. Nor is it holding to a nostalgic way of doing things that no one recognizes anymore. What does the church stand for, in word and deed? That is the heart of the matter.
Prayer: Lord, You are truth.