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  • Credible Host: Joel Smart
  • Comic Host: Mike Reed
  • Marshall: Mike Bunting
  • Vinny: Jacob Hardbower
  • Cammie: Tabi Schaffner
  • Samantha: Alexa Fetterly
  • Mrs. Finkenhoffer: Nicole Saavedra
  • Grandpa Henry: Monte McCullough
  • Storyteller: George Piteira

PERFORMANCES – Save the dates for our next performances on Sunday, May 3 on Obedience and Sunday, June 7 on Faith.

We are still auditioning for 2 additional CLUBHOUSE CHARACTERS:

Gordo: The ultimate gadget-gizmo guy! Always on the cutting edge of technology and is a lifetime subscriber to Popular Science. He has multiple computers. He loves the simple logic of zeros. He gets easily annoyed which contribute to his already awkward nature. His fix-it knowledge is vast when it comes to electrical circuits and computer chips, but he will never be mechanical or greasy in any way. He loves a clear plan, yet cannot bring himself to be spontaneous. He assumes he is the smartest person in the room.

Tyler/Taylor: A hyperactive budding film maker! Never seen without his/her camera, constantly concerned with how an event will fit into a documentary or new film idea. Huge movie fan and student. Knows the lines and trivia about movies he/she loves. Brings an out-of-the-box style to everything they touch. Can be a journalist, inventor, even a good counselor at times. Unique gifts alternately mask and reveal an ongoing insecurity. Doubts themselves often and covers his feelings with very, very corny sense of humor.

If interested, contact Elisabeth Gohlke at 703/639-2000 ext 3151 or

March’s Virtue – Hope

March’s virtue that we’ll be teaching on in Elementary classes is Hope: believing that something good can come out of something bad.  Below is a message from Melanie Williams, editor in chief of 252 Basics, the company that writes our curriculum, on Hope.

H-O-P-E. We toss that little word around kind of carelessly, as if it merely meant “wish” or “want” or “dream.”  I hope you had a good day.  I hope I get that for my birthday. I hope we get to do ____ next year.  But it’s actually a much bigger and consequential word than that. At least it is for people who put their hope in God.  And it needs to be.  Because let’s face it: life can be hard.  As the kids in your ministry grow, they’re going to face all sorts of challenges and heartaches.  Whether it’s as life-altering as the loss of a parent or something on a smaller scale, like not making the team, tragedy can take many forms in a child’s life.  When it seems like everything is going wrong, that’s when it’s critical to have hope–believing that something good can come out of something bad.  That’s when we need to understand that H-O-P-E, in its most significant sense and when it’s based on God, is really a synonym for firm belief, absolute trust, and in-my-gut knowing:

* “Our Hope is certain. It is something for the soul to hold on to. It is strong and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19, NIrV)

* “I will find my rest in God alone. He is the One who gives me hope.” (Psalm 62:5, NIrV)

* “‘I know the Plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

* “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have Eternal life.” (1 John 5:13, NIV)

Our hope may be certain when it’s placed in the all-powerful God of the universe, who makes good plans for us, not the least of which is eternal life with Him.  But no one ever said hope is easy.  So, when we’re puzzled by life, pained by it, frustrated by it, angry at it, or can’t see how in the world our situation could possibly fit in God’s big plan (His giant jigsaw puzzle) we have a couple of choices: we can choose to get and stay mad about the puzzle pieces we’re holding, or we can choose to trust God and let Him put the pieces in place.  To trust that He not only has the big picture in mind, but that He’s up to something bigger than just our few little pieces of the puzzle.  Realizing that we can’t see the big picture but that He can and He’s in charge gives us hope. So in March, we’ll start focusing on the Easter story through the lens of hope:

  • Week 1: Whatever happens, remember God has a plan.  (Paul is shipwrecked – Acts 27; 28)
  • Week 2: Whatever happens, remember how powerful God is.  (Lazarus is raised from the dead – John 11)
  • Week 3: Whatever happens, remember what Jesus did for you.  (Jesus’ last supper with the disciples – Luke 22; John 13)
  • Week 4: Whatever happens, remember what Jesus promised.  (Jesus promises heaven – John 14)
  • Week 5: 5th Week Special Edition: Who is Jesus?  (Peter says Jesus is the Christ – Matthew 16)


Go to  On the video player, select Virtue Video #1 to hear Reggie Joyner speak on Hope.

Yes, God Answers Prayers

Recently a fellow MBC Loudoun Family member found themselves in some urgent need of help. She had surgery on both feet and one wrist. Anyone can imagine how difficult a situation that would put someone in, even the most basic of tasks can seem monumental. The emotional challenge then becomes asking for help. This sister in Christ took that step and reached out.

The response was nothing short of amazing. People assisted with rides to appointments, to the grocery store, etc. In another instance, a group of volunteers went on a chilly March 14th to help her move to her new residence. During the following week, there was a need for assistance with unpacking boxes and setting furniture up, and again the campus family jumped into action with a crew going over on Thursday night to assist with those items.

I know that she was touched and blessed by the assistance. I’ll share part of the email that she thankfully responded with to those who had gone out to help her:

“Thanks again! You have revived my faith in humankind and the people of Loudoun County and MBC. Thank you for your unselfishness and big hearts!”

I was grateful that she was able to see humankind used by Christ, and that ultimately it was her faith in the Lord that was revived. I know she was praying for assistance, and God heard her call. One example that truly struck me was when after receiving an email from her asking about a possible ride to church, before I could even respond to her, God laid that very thing on someone’s heart. They sent me an email saying, “I can’t help with the other rides, but do you think she needs a ride to church.” No one can tell me that God didn’t have a hand in that. He was responding to the cry of one of HIS in need.

What’s on your heart today? What are you struggling with? Are you talking to God about it? Have you asked Him for guidance? God does answer prayers. He may not always answer them the way that we want Him to, but He does hear, and He does respond.

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phillipians 4:6)

THANK YOU all for showing Gods love to a fellow sister in need. Thank you for doing what God asks us to do so willingly and unselfishly.

Spreading the “Sweet” News of Jesus

by Sandy Smith


I believe this ministry was launched in part because of something I experienced years ago. My children and I had just moved to Florida and we were visiting the First Baptist Church on a Sunday morning. On the afternoon of that same Sunday a lady from the church stopped by with a hot apple pie. Just a simple “Welcome!” was extended– no high pressure and I have never forgotten how that made me feel. Now I know why God has kept that memory so close to my heart.

MBC Loudoun’s Baking Outreach Ministry has delivered many trays of home baked goods for several months now. This past month we delivered 8 trays of homemade goodies to the different offices at the Inova Loudoun Medical Center Clinic telling them we wanted to share Christ’s love with them. At one office we met a receptionist, Judy, who was new to the area– she just moved here from South Carolina. After we mentioned we were from McLean Bible Church’s Loudoun campus, she shared with us she was seeking a church in this area. She mentioned she had several children and was very interested in checking us out! She also shared with us her mother, Jenna, is dying of leukemia and that her mother’s wish was for them to attend a church. Can you be with us in prayer for Judy, her children and her mother Jenna? Pray that the Lord will give them wisdom and guidance through these tough days ahead of them .

Also pray for this ministry that lives can be changed by Christ’s love shown through the gift of homemade goodies!

Sandy Smith is the coordinator for MBC Loudoun’s Baking Outreach Ministry. If you would like to get involved, you can email Sandy at

Thoughts from John Owen on the Glory of Christ

by Justin Pearson, Director of Adult Ministries @ MBC Loudoun

You know I love me a little J.O. I am currently reading John Owen’s The Glory of Christ. I am only in the first part of the book, but it is already blowing my mind. I wanted to share a challenging and thought provoking quote with you.

“There are some who profess to be strict, disciplined Christians, but who never put aside time to meditate on the glory of Christ. Yet they tell us that they desire nothing more than to behold his glory in heaven forever. They are being wholly inconsistent. It is impossible that someone who never meditates with delight on the glory of Christ here in this world, who does not make every effort to behold it by faith as it is revealed in Scripture, should ever have any real gracious desire to behold it in heaven. It is sad, therefore, that many can find time to think much on earthly, foolish things, but have no heart, no desire to meditate on this glorious object. What is this faith and love they claim to have?”

I want to challenge you to intentionally meditate on and think about the gloriousness of Christ regularly. Read the Scriptures looking for it (Hint: It is everywhere!). What is keeping you from beholding Jesus’ glory?

Owen says that many cannot meditate on this glory “because their minds are so cluttered up with earthly things.” Get rid of those earthly things.

Philippians 4:8 says: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

If Christ is truly our delight and our treasure we will not have a problem making him the object of all of our thoughts and affections. This takes discipline and practice, but I believe it is well worth it.

Meditate on the glory of Jesus this week.

How Do You Wear so Many Hats?

many-hats-01We just began our Beth Moore Bible study on Esther almost 2 weeks ago, and we are having such a blast! In light of our study’s subtitle, “It’s Tough Being a Woman,” I had each person write 3 reasons why it’s tough being a woman. The answers were sincere, some serious and others light-hearted.

One of the most common reasons had to do with wearing multiple hats. Many of us happen to wear some combination of hats – daughter, mom, grandmother, work, socializing, pet owner, volunteer, wife or simply being a woman. And we try to balance all of these hats, sometimes feeling like we really do have all of them literally on top of our heads.

As we feel the weight of those hats, the good news is we’re not alone! We have our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with us who knows exactly what we feel and what we’re thinking (Hebrews 4:15-16). I am so grateful to Him that He has removed from us our heaviest hat, our hat of sin, by bearing “our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24). But not only does He help us, He has given us each other to encourage one another and help one another: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

So that we can encourage one another, I invite you to leave a comment with any tricks or ways you balance all the hats you wear. Feel free to share ideas, thoughts or feedback on the following 3 topics below, and may we glean from one another! Ladies, I tip my hat – or maybe I should say hats – to you! ;)

How do you balance your hat of …

  • Keeping your husband a priority and/or keeping family a priority?
  • Planning meals for the week? What do you actually make? (feel free to share favorite recipes)
  • Finding time for yourself?


GSA’s Campfire Program

by Steve Paine, Volunteer @ MBC Loudoun

Last week I had the pleasure of serving with seven other volunteers at the Good Shepherd Alliances’ Campfire Program. The Campfire Program is held at a women and children’s shelter in Lucketts, VA and gives volunteers an opportunity to provide dinner for the families and to spend time playing games with the kids and having meaningful conversation with their parents.
We met with 2 women and 4 young boys residing at the shelter. I was pleasantly surprised at how open the women were about sharing with us the ups and downs of their lives. It really made me appreciate the work that the Good Shepherd Alliance puts forth to give these families a sense of stability in a time of much uncertainty. The women will definitely be in my prayers as they begin to get back on their feet and continue to shoulder the heavy responsibility of raising families as single parents on very limited incomes.
The kids were terrific – tons of energy! They really enjoyed playing games and spending time with some new faces. One of the kids in particular really moved me. I think he hugged, held hands or asked to be picked up by every volunteer in attendance. The amount of love inside of him was incredible and I sincerely hope that never changes. We need more kids in this world like him.
Serving as a volunteer at the Campfire Program is such a rewarding experience for anyone who would like to make a Christ-centered impact in the lives of women and children who could really use the love and encouragement. I would highly recommend parents who have children to come out and serve this incredible organization. It will teach your family the true meaning of compassion and love.

It Matters Even More

MBC Loudoun,
Thank you all for your heart to impact Loudoun with the message of Christ. The work you do is critical.

An article that came out today in USA Today offers us reason for continued motivation. A few highlights (or perhaps more accurately, lowlights):

  • The percentage of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation.
  • “More than ever before, people are just making up their own stories of who they are. They say, ‘I’m everything. I’m nothing. I believe in myself.’ “
  • Most religious affiliations have decreased…except atheism has increased.

Press on, keep your eyes on Christ, and always be ready to give reason to others for the hope you have. Your impact for Christ is critical. Thanks for your faithful outreach and perseverance. And praise God that He will prevail.

For God’s glory,
Susie Battle

Susie Battle is the Director of Ministry Teams @ MBC Loudoun

In His Joy


by Justin Pearson

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew 13:44

Can people tell that you value Jesus more than anything by the way that you live?

That is what this parable gets at. In one sentence Jesus says that we should value the kingdom of God, the gospel, our new life in Christ more than anything else. We should be willing to sacrifice everything else in our life in order to gain the ultimate treasure, Jesus.

Notice that in his joy the man sells everything to get the treasure. The world would look at him and think he is nuts for selling everything to buy a field. But the man knew and understood something that the world did not—within this field is a much more valuable prize. Selling everything is secondary compared to the value of what he would receive.

The same is true for our spiritual life. It is worth laying down our lives, taking up the cross, and following the narrow road in order to experience the joy of knowing Jesus, the ultimate treasure.

Remember Jesus words in another passage: For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it (Matthew 16:25).

Is that how you are living? Are you living in a way that communicates that everything else is rubbish and trash compared to knowing and following Jesus? When other people look at your life what would they say you value most?

Treasure Jesus this week.

Justin Pearson is the Director of Adult Ministries @ MBC Loudoun
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Freedom in Christ

by Greg Lily

1 Corinthians 10:13-14
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it. Therefore my beloved, flee from idolatry.

A few weeks ago on my way to a brunch, I was listening to the radio. The station told a story that had been communicated by a missionary:

While in the field, villagers where the missionary was stationed would capture monkeys. The villagers took gourds, filled them with fruit and then staked them in the ground. They cut a hole small enough in the gourd so that monkeys could get their hand inside. Then they would wait. When the monkeys came near, enticed by the smell, they would slip their hands into the gourd and grasp the fruit. The holes were small enough for the monkeys to slip their hands in, but it was too small for them to grasp the fruit and pull it out. As the villagers approached the monkeys with their nets, the monkeys would scream and try to pull their hand out of the gourd. But they would not release their grip of the fruit and would be captured.

What sin in our life are we holding on to? Sometimes in life we can see the pitfalls of our sin coming. We see pending consequences for our lust, our gossip, our greed and yet we can’t…. no, we won’t let go of the sin we are holding so tightly to. What is the sin in our lives that we are holding on to so tightly and risking so much for? What is the sin that we have made an idol in our lives? Temptation doesn’t have US in its grip, we have it in ours.

The Bible tells us to flee idolatry (1 Cor 10:14). God gives us the ability to flee from sin, it is up to us to chose to do it. It is up to us to open our hands and release ourselves from the trap. We can freely choose a life of bondage, or we can choose to accept the free gift that God is offering us. We have salvation from the traps and pitfalls that are out there. Our escape is through Christ Jesus’ saving grace and mercy.

We need to seek Christ in our lives, speak to Him in prayer and ask Him to help us from the bondage of the sin with which we struggle. We are told in Christ’s own words, “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you” (Matt 7:7). Ask God to give you the desire and strength to leave the idol that you’ve created behind. Ask him and then open your hand and just let go. You’ll find peace and joy in Christ’s freedom.

Greg Lily is a coach for some of MBC Loudoun’s Outreach Teams and is in charge of MBC Loudoun’s Connect Room.