Dear Friends and Family!
We had another wonderful day in the Lord, Sunday! It was Veteran’s Day! And though some of our veterans could not be in service due to sickness, we honored those who could be with us! Who are the veterans affiliated with Northeast Community? Eddie Boeve, Larry Branagan, Terry Buning, Rev. Chris Christopher, Bob Hill, Dick Morse, Andy Morse, and Donald Petersen. These men and men and women like them are living heroes!
We closed our worship service with a series of prayers for our veterans. Here are three of them:
We prayed our veterans felt honored: “God, please let every veteran of our nation’s armed forces feel truly and appropriately honored by the attention and appreciation of their fellow citizens. Let no one feel forgotten or neglected. Let every man and woman, young or old, feel the deep and enduring gratitude of our nation and its inhabitants.”
We prayed our veterans are healed: “Lord, You know how deep a warrior’s wounds go. You know the loss that many of our veterans in body and soul. You know the memories that haunt them and the scars that many of them continue to carry. Please bring healing to those veterans who still hurt. Please grant patience and wisdom to those around them who cannot understand but can sometimes help the healing process. Please apply both natural and supernatural medicine to their wounds.”
We prayed our veterans know Jesus: “Almighty God, You know every veteran by name. You know their deeds, their hard work, and their perseverance. You know their needs, both material and spiritual. Please draw each one closer to you and grant them all the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7), the peace of Christ to rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:15), and ‘joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ forevermore (Psalm 16:11).”
Remember, it’s never too late to thank a veteran for their service. They will likely respond, “I was just doing my job,” but don’t let that stop you from reminding them they are still a hero. If weren’t for their willingness to serve and sacrifice, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we now enjoy! Amen!
God’s message this week came to us from Ruth 2:1-23 and was titled, “The Anonymous God.” Do you realize out of the 12,000 different words in the Bible, ‘luck’ isn’t one of them? We ought not believe in luck; we ought to believe God has a plan for us and we are blessed! Incredibly blessed!
Ruth chapter 2 opens with Naomi returning to Judah penniless, husband-less, and deeply cynical. The only earthly thing she had going for her was her Moab daughter-in-law Ruth, also a widow. But, when we are God’s children and we trust in God, there is more going for us than we know! For Ruth and Naomi, God had already arranged their deliverance through Boaz, a close relative!
Did this happen by chance? Was it just an amazing coincidence? Did Ruth just get lucky? Of course not! Repeatedly, we find examples of God caring and providing for Ruth. So how about you? Has life been hard lately? Like Ruth, God knows your struggle and is near you working behind the scenes to bring about something good out of it! Trust Him! Blessings Pastor Dan!
NEWS AND EVENTS
THANKSGIVING WEF OFFERING – NOVEMBER
Begin thinking about what you would like to donate to World Evangelism Fund for the Thanksgiving Offering. This money is used for many things around the world.
THIRD THURSDAY CHINESE LUNCH
Our next monthly meeting at the Hibachi Grill off Alpine is Thursday, November 15, at 11:30 AM. Any questions, please feel free to see Tracy T.
NEXT WOMEN’S RENDEZVOUS
This month, we will be meeting at Linda K’s house at 10:30 AM, on November 17, for fellowship, fun, and a little food. A craft will be provided (button frames). So bring any extra buttons you have to decorate with. A map will be provided. For any questions, feel free to contact Cherry.
After eating a delicious meal, at 6:30 PM, join in and learn what is happening in other parts of the world in the mission field.
Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 pm(before Bible study). Volunteers are needed to make main dishes, side dishes, or desserts. Please contact Cherry with any questions. At 6:30 PM, Bible study for adults and kids begins.
BOOTH PERSON STILL NEEDED:
The church is looking for someone who is interested in being a sound booth technician. You will need to be able to attend music practices Sunday morning at 9 AM. Let Janie know if you are interested at 616-204-2499 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GATHER BOX TOPS FOR NAZARENE INDIAN MISSIONS!
Thank you for collecting General Mills box tops! This program has provided PA equipment, computers, and even a 15-passenger van for the Native American Christian Academy. Questions and box tops should go to Fran S. or Sherry J.
CHURCH POSTCARDS ARE AVAILABLE!
Is there someone missing or would like to invite to church? Why not grab a few church postcards and send them out? A simple hand written note blesses everyone! You will find them on the table under the missionary bulletin board in the Annex.
DAILY DEVOTIONS – “REFLECTING GOD” IS AVAILABLE! FREE!!
“Reflecting God” is a daily devotional guide our church makes available free to anyone interested. The devotions provide a brief truth from the Bible every day. Reflecting God also has a section for reading the Bible in a year and praying for our missionaries! Feel free to take one! You’ll find them located on the table outside the sanctuary!
GUIDELINES FOR PRAYER REQUESTS:
Remember, to keep our prayer lists current, we only place requests in the newsletter and bulletin for 3 weeks without an update. If you want to keep your prayer request in the bulletin or newsletter, just keep filling out the tear off tabs and keep us informed!
November Thanksgiving W.E.F. Offering
November 30 Board Appreciation Dinner
December 9 Church Potluck after the morning message