Good Morning Dear Ones!
For the last few months I’ve been answering the telephone, ‘Good Morning.’ Sometimes it really is ‘morning,’ but more often than not, its afternoon, evening, or even late at night. It’s my attempt to humorously communicate I’m behind! So, as I began to write this afternoon (a day late) it just seemed appropriate to wish you good morning! (smile!)
Regardless, of when you receive this newsletter know it was another wonderful day in the Lord last Sunday! We had great Sunday school hour and worship service and ended our time together with an incredible potluck with lots of help to clean up! Larry said we had a great offering, too, and people are bringing things for Crisis Care Kits! God is good! Amen!
God’s message Sunday came from Mark 1:29-39 and was titled, “Living like Jesus.” Jesus has left the synagogue in Capernaum where He amazed the people with His teaching, and His power and authority over a demoniac (last week’s lesson) and has gone to Simon Peter and Andrew's home with James and John in tow where they discover Simon Peter’s mother in law has a fever and is bed-ridden. So what do they do? ‘they told Jesus about her’ (v. 30). Do you know people who are sick emotionally, physically, or spiritually? Tell Jesus about them!
Second, we discover once again Jesus has the power to heal completely! After telling Jesus about her, Jesus …went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them” (v. 31). Jesus not only healed her fever, but He restores her strength and she jumps out of bed and begins serving! Well that draws everyone in town to Simon’s door (vv.32-34). Do they come to Simon-Peter’s door because he offers good cookies, better coffee, and a better praise team? Nope, the people are coming to be healed by Jesus!
Do you want to grow our church? It begins by telling Jesus about sick people (prayer) and then inviting them into a relationship with Jesus (evangelism, witness, and testimony). We have everything we need to grow our church! But it begins with loving the broken, hurting, and sick people living around us and getting involved telling Jesus and inviting them!
Finally, Jesus offers two bits of advice to those who would ‘live like Jesus.’ Those who would involve themselves with loving broken, hurting, and sick people would be wise to regularly pray like Jesus (v. 35), remain humble, give God the glory, and keep sharing the good news (v. 38). So, reach out to the sick, give them to Jesus, invite them to church and keep yourself healthy! God is moving dear ones! Let’s join Him in His mission! Blessings, Pastor Dan
NEWS AND EVENTS
LOST! A PAIR OF MEN’S DRESS GLOVES!!
Rev. Christopher lost his gloves Sunday and needs help! If you saw a pair of gloves and either picked them up or know where they are, could you contact pastor? He received them as a gift and they are very special to him. His cell is (616) 308-6612 and his email is: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
NEXT ALABASTER OFFERING IS THIS SUNDAY! (FEB. 15)
Our next Alabaster Offering will take place on Sunday, Feb. 15th. This is a “loose change” offering we take up twice a year and every penny of the proceeds goes directly to the mission field to purchase land and buildings. If you would like an Alabaster box to start filling, just ask Janie in the sound booth on Sunday morning. Thank you!
READ AND RETURN THOSE MISSIONARY BOOKS!
Janie reported we have 78 books read so far with a goal of 100. Since many want to have their books read by the end of March to qualify for their prize, it is important you read them and then return them as soon as possible! I know 4 people who are waiting for one book and Savannah and Jeffrey are eagerly reading them, too! How fun!
If you were in church this week you heard Jean C. testifying and inviting everyone to our Wed. Night Program. We sing, we pray, and then let our souls drink deeply in the Bible! (and we get ice cream, too!) Come check it out! You’ll be glad you did!
COMPASSIONATE MINISTRY - CRISIS CARE KITS - THROUGH FEB 22!
Get your toothbrushes, wash clothes and beany babies ready! Our Nazarene Missions International Council is asking us to collect items for Crisis Care Kits (CCK)! CCK is a cooperative effort between our global missions and Nazarene compassionate ministries to collect and send basic toiletries to those experiencing a ‘crisis’ around the world. You can purchase items or kits or donate money and we’ll shop for you! The ‘overflow’ will be donated to North End Community Ministry. Bless you for showing God’s love!
Here is the shopping list to make 1 Crisis Care Kit:
· 1 Shampoo (12 to 18 oz.)
· 2 Bars of Soap (Bath size or larger)
· 1 Toothpaste (4.0 to 6.4 oz.)
· 3 Toothbrushes (in original packaging)
· 1 Box of Band-Aids (30 or more)
· 1 Fingernail clippers
· 1 Sturdy hair comb
· 2 Hand towels
· 4 Pocket sized pkgs. of Kleenex (tissue)
· 1 Beanie Baby sized stuffed toy
Each Crisis Care Kit (CCK) should only contain the items/quantities listed. Remember! You don’t have to buy a ‘whole kit’ just bring what you can and we’ll put them together!
Finish off your Valentines Candy and come join us for our next Third Thursday lunch at the Hibachi Grill on Alpine (behind Target) at 11:30am. You did remember Valentines Day, right? Perhaps this year you could remember Valentines Day with one of our shut in’s or widows? Regardless, look for the coupon and come! See Tracy or Linda with ?’s
Our next missionary gathering is Sun., Feb. 22nd at 4pm. Come enjoy a brief study to learn what our missionaries are doing, how we can join them with our prayers, gifts of financial support, and enjoy snacks and laughter together. It’s really a lot of fun and you might just learn how to be a missionary, here! Since we show a brief video Jane always makes popcorn for us! So bring a snack to pass and join us! You’ll be glad you did!
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!
DO WE HAVE YOUR BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY, AND EMAIL INFO?
As you have probably noticed, we put our church family’s birthdays and anniversaries in our weekly program. Do we have yours? If you’d like to be included, simply add your info to the ‘tear off tab’ and drop it in the offering plate or email Pastor Dan! Thanks!
OUR NEXT NORTHEAST COMMUNITY POTLUCK IS APRIL 12
Just a reminder! Our next Northeast Community Potluck is April 12th. If you missed the last potluck you missed a lot! Our ladies and men really know how to cook! Why, we even had six homemade desserts! (can you tell what I remembered?) Seriously, make plans to bring a friend, a dish to pass, and join us after the Apr. 12 worship service! If you could help set up, serve, or clean up, please call Cherry Pakiela at (616) 916-7595
There are workshops on General Leadership, Worship and Technology, Missions, Discipleship, and Children’s and Youth Ministries. The cost is $35 until Feb. 22nd (no late reg. is accepted). We already have 6 people registered! Need more info? Grab a brochure, or check this link! http://www.minaz.org/files/858/File/TD15-Brochure.pdf
til Feb. 22 Crisis Care Kits
Feb. 15 Alabaster Offering
Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday – Lent begins
Mar. 07 Tri-District Team Day in Perry, MI
Mar. 29 Palm Sunday
Apr. 05 Easter Sunday
Apr. 12 Northeast Community Potluck (after the worship service)