Ministering to Detroit’s Eastside Since 1864
The beginnings of our church trail back to 1862 when Karl and Emilie Bock migrated from Germany to Detroit. The Bocks, who were zealous witness for their Lord, established fellowship with other German immigrants who were Baptist. On June 23, 1864, the group of nine believers was formally organized as a church. The early members met in homes until 1870 when a chapel was built at St. Aubin and Mullett. The church was known as the First Regular German Baptist Church of Detroit. Significant activities during the early years included tract distribution as a regular Sunday afternoon pastime, missionary work of students on the west side during summer vacation and the formation of a Women's Missionary Society.
Bulletin: Week of October 7
Morning Worship Service
October 7, 2018
The Word of the Truth
Verse for the Week
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Missions Update: October 2018
TINE & JAN HARDEMAN OC International
P.O. Box 2016 M.C.P.O.
0706 Makati City, M.M. - Philippines
What does a Sports Chaplain do in summer? Many times, we travel to visit our partners in this venture. Along the way, we see family and other friends. We love to bring them up to date concerning our ministry and the Philippines. But what about when we don’t travel and we stay at home?
This summer has been a wonderful time for Jan and me to catch up on our reading. What have we read? Our first book, No Time for Tombstones, was about a family who ministered to primitive tribes in Vietnam. They sent their daughter to Faith Academy in the Philippines for school. Her father lost his life in the Communist invasion.
Interwoven was about three families who ministered in the Philippines: the Goehrings, the DeVries, and the Eborsoles. The DeVries family was here during the war with Japan and was taken as prisoners of war. Gene was scheduled to be executed, but American forces arrived just in time to prevent it. Six of their children came to Faith Academy. Tine had several of them in class and on teams.
Up the Notched-Log Ladder was about a family that served in Indonesia. The Mouws did an amazing work with the Dyaks of Borneo. Bod truly blessed their ministry. This story was written by one of my Westmont friends, Siddy Mouw. I had dated her a few times. I must say that knowing Siddy and hearing of her struggles as a missionary kid was the beginning of God’s work in my life, leading me to spend 60-plus years as a teacher, providing a place for missionary kids to get an education while their parents are doing missionary work out in the Province. Thanks, Siddy.
And thank you to all of you who support us and pray for us.
Tine and Jan
Pastor Cosand: October 2018
"HIS BLOOD IS BIBLINE"
lessons from the suffering of John Bunyan
Beginning in November the next book the men of our church will study (and anyone else who wants a book) will be The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory describing the journey of a man ("Christian") from this world to heaven, including his conversion and the obstacles and trials he encounters on his way to the "Celestial City." This book, written almost 350 years ago, has been described as "the widest circulating single piece of literature in the history of the human race outside the Bible" and has been translated into over 200 languages. Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), the great London pastor, is said to have read Pilgrim’s Progress through at least once every year. The book was written during Bunyan's twelve-year stay in a jail in England.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was a Baptist Puritan pastor in Bedford, England during a time when the English government was intolerant of worship practices outside the established Church of England. The Act of Uniformity in 1662 required strict adherence to Church of England doctrines and the Common Book of Prayer and, as a result of dissent, 2,000 Puritan pastors and teachers were forced out of their positions. During this period, from 1660 to 1672, Bunyan was imprisoned for his unwillingness to conform to corrupt church practices and doctrines. He was 32 when he entered prison, with a pregnant wife and four children under the age of 10 at home. His first wife had died one year earlier. His oldest child, daughter Mary, had been born blind. His second wife, Margaret, miscarried during Bunyan’s first year in prison. He would spend 11 more years away from his family.