Have You Been Baptized?

If you have repented of your sins and put your faith in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins and wash you clean through his shed blood, you are a new person.  You have eternal life!  You have died to your sinful nature and have been made alive to Christ.

Jesus instructs us in numerous places in the Scriptures to be baptized.  We believe that baptism does not save a person from their sin, because we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  Yet, baptism is an incredibly important ordinance of the Church symbolizing externally what has already taken place internally.

Matthew 28:18-20  “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”

Romans 6:3-4  “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized pinto Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

Maranatha Evangelical Free Church will be celebrating the new life God has given us in Christ through our annual all-church picnic and baptism service at Silver Lake near Cumberland on Sunday, August 21st following our morning worship services.  If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ and have not yet obeyed his command to be baptized, talk to Pastor Tony about signing up to be baptized on August 21st.  

2013 Silver Lake Baptism

2013 Silver Lake Baptism

Breakfast & Bible: Week 2

All youth (incoming 7th graders – 2016 graduates) are invited to join us at the Soul Garage for WEEK 2 of our Summer “Breakfast and Bible” on Wednesday, July 20th 9:00AM-11:00AM.  Bring your Bible.  Bring your belly.  Bring your best friends.

Last week we enjoyed pancakes with fruit and whipped cream.  We set off the smoke detectors frying bacon.  We started exploring Jonah 1 making a list of questions that included the following:

  1. What is the “word of the Lord”?
  2. Who is Jonah?
  3. When did he live?
  4. Why is it important that we know who his father is?
  5. Why is “LORD” in all capital letters?
  6. Why did he have to preach?
  7. Was this the first time God sent Jonah somewhere?
  8. What did Nineveh do that brought it’s sins up before the Lord?
  9. Why did Jonah run away?
  10. Why did he try heading toward Tarshish?
  11. Where is Tarshish?
  12. Did Nineveh have a bad reputation among all people or just with Jonah?
  13. Why was there a storm?
  14. Is there a parallel with the 3 days and nights Jonah spent in the fish and the time Jesus spent in the tomb?
  15. Why did God send a storm upon the sailors if Jonah was the one at fault?
  16. Did the sailors become God-followers?
  17. If the sailors are pantheists, how is it that they worship Jonah’s God?
  18. Why did they have to throw Jonah overboard?

Next week, we will have a little nerf war with our nerf bows and arrows after our study of Jonah 2

Help spread the word to your friends.

Breakfast & Bible: Week 1

All youth (incoming 7th graders – 2016 graduates) are invited to join us at the Soul Garage for Breakfast and Bible starting Wednesday, July 13th 9:00AM-11:00AM.  Bring your Bible.  Bring your belly.  Bring your best friends.

We will eat pancakes and other yummy breakfast food starting at 9:00am in the Soul Garage and then we will start a study of the Book of Jonah.  After Breakfast and Bible we will play some games.

Help spread the word to your friends.

End of Year Survey


I would like to ask all 7th-12th grade youth who participated in the ministries of the Soul Garage this year to fill out the following survey to provide the youth leaders with information on how we can continue to improve the overall experience at the Soul Garage.

All youth who complete the survey by the end of the day on June 1st will be entered into a drawing and have the chance to win a free Soul Garage Hoodie or t-shirt!

To complete the survey online, you can use a smart phone, tablet or computer by following this link:  http://goo.gl/forms/mMaQ7SsutYG6OT1i2

End of School Celebration

All youth 6th grade through 12th grade are invited to join us at the Soul Garage for our final regular youth group gathering before summer.  Come early any time after 6:00pm to eat FREE food (pulled pork, hotdogs, chips, fruit, veggies, & dessert)!  We will have 9 Square set up inside the gym, GaGa Ball in the game room.

We will be together (6th-12th) grade for the night.  Announcements will be at 7:15pm followed by worship and an hour long dramatic film of the story of Acts.  At the end of the night, we will have our Senior Share Open Mic to wrap up the year.

It ought to be a great night!  Hope to see you there!  Come hungry!

Acts Series: Part 5

All youth 6th grade – 12th grade are invited to come join us at the Soul Garage Wednesday, May 4th 7:00-9:00pm as we continue exploring the book of Acts.  We will be exploring the story of Ananias and Sapphira and wrestling through the implications for our lives today.

This is a special night also because we will be welcoming in the 6th graders who are invited to be a regular part of youth group moving forward.


Garage Sale is Outside


The weather will be cool, particularly first thing in the morning, but we plan to host the 2nd Annual Community Garage Sale outside in the parking lot at Maranatha Evangelical Free Church in Rice Lake on Saturday, April 30th 8:00am-2:00pm.  Sellers who provided an email address should have received an email Thursday with your assigned space number(s).  If you did not receive an email, you will be directed to your space when you arrive Saturday morning.

Come dressed warmly as it will be a little windy as well. The sun should be shining and the buyers should be swarming.  Over 50 spaces were rented out this year!  Food will be sold by the youth group along with hot drinks to keep everyone warm.

Church address is 3340 S. Main St., Rice Lake, WI.

Check out the map below for parking for sellers and buyers.

Parking GuideParking Guide


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