Ministries

 

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Bible Preaching 
and Teaching

If we did nothing else, it would be preaching the Word of God to all, believers and non-believers alike, and teaching the Word and Christian Theology, Doctrine, History, and Biblical Interpretation, and other topics of vital importance” to disciples to help them grow up into the fullness of Christ. Verse by verse through books of the Bible or expositional sermons based on themes like the Parables is our assured approach.

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Kenya, Africa Kids Fund

Children in Kenya are allowed to attend public school, but only if they have uniforms, which many, especially girls, cannot afford. Our Jane Ndungu created a means to buy sewing machines and fabric and to employ women to make uniforms and backpacks for the kids. We raise funds for this ongoing project by holding two yard sales per year. The average amount collected is $1,000.

 

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San Quentin Prison Baseball Work 

Pastor Kent is in his 33rd year as a volunteer at San Quentin State Prison. For sixteen of those years he coached the baseball team there. After five years away (due to death threats from convicts), he is currently back in. Anyone able to help manage a baseball team, game, or program is welcome to apply for a volunteer position.

(Pastor Kent is also a long term high school baseball coach in Marin County.)

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Food Collection and Distribution

For over twenty-five years we have partnered with Respecting Our Elders on a food pick-up and distribution program. We regularly pick up food at local Whole Foods and Safeway stores. The food then is taken to our fellowship hall for people in need from the community.

 

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The Imam and the Pastor

The Imam and the Pastor" has a format of the Pastor first presenting the Christian understanding and practice of the topic (14 min.), followed by the Imam’s presentation of the Muslim point of view and practice (14 min.), followed by the two men discussing the topic (28 min.) Topics have included their bios, the Essentials, the Oneness of God, the Ultimate Goals, Religion in America, Sources of Authority, Finding Favor with God, Who Is Jesus, Daily Lives, the AfterLife, the End Times, The Bible and the Quran.

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Publishing

Though not a direct ministry of MAC, we encourage the pastor’s publishing effort called Earthen Vessel Publishing, launched in 2000; Pastor Kent is the primary author, but he has published books by several other authors. Katie Philpott is the editor and book designer. Find Kent’s author page on Amazon.com HERE

EVP is a member of the Christian Small Publishers Association and is represented at the International Christian Retailers Show and the National Religious Broadcasters show each year presenting books and the church’s TV productions for distribution.

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TV Media Outreach

Our first television program, The Bible Study, began in 1984. Now, using the facilities of the Community Media Center of Marin, we produce two other television programs: Why We Are Christians (since 2015 with over 100 completed half-hour episodes) and The Imam and The Pastor (since mid-2017, with fourteen one-hour episodes completed as of July 2018). Kent is the pastor, and the Imam is Abu Qadir Al-Amin from the San Francisco Muslim Community Center. In 2019, we will switch to The Rabbi and the Pastor for six episodes, followed by other similar representatives of other religions.

Kent interviews Katie on TV

Why We Are Christians

Why We Are Christians” is a conversational interview program in which we learn how people from different countries, races, languages, classes, ages, and religions came to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then what happened next. The usual format is two half hour episodes with the same person, either in the studio or via Skype.

 

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Mental Illness Support Groups

Launching in September of 2018 will be two support groups. One is for those who have family members, co-workers, employees, or others close to them who are suffering from mental illness and who need knowledge and understanding of how deal compassionately with them.

The second is a support group of peers, made up of those who have mental illness.

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Divorce Recovery Workshop

Started in January of 1986, we have hosted eight-week Divorce Recovery and Loss Workshops four times per year. Several hundreds have attended the workshops over the years. Find testimonials on our Meetup.com site.

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Bible Study

Since 1985 we have hosted a verse-by-verse Bible study, working through various books in the Bible. Pastor Vernon Philpott leads this study.

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Breaking Bread Fellowship

We are very committed to table fellowship and think this is where much of our relational bonding and growing happens. Full breakfast starts at 8:45 Sunday morning, and full lunch starts after service at noon. Both are free, with a potluck version of lunch every first Sunday of the month. Please join us!

 

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Sunday Evening Service

For those who cannot attend Sunday morning services (and for some who like to attend both) we hold a 6–7 PM service, led by Pastor Vernon. It is more casual and open in format. We welcome anyone who wishes to participate with a musical or poetry offering, Bible passage reading, etc.