Northeast Community News – March 09, 2015
Hello Dear Ones! (a day late!)
What a wonderful day we had in the Lord, Sunday! What a joy to come together to sing God’s praises, to lay our burdens down and intercede for others at the throne of grace in prayer, and hear God’s Word! God is good, yup, all the time! I wrote the following in the pastoral report I gave last night in our board meeting and thought you ought to hear it, too!
As I write this Daylight Savings Time for 2015 has just begun! And it began with a boom (as my dad used to say)! The sun is shining; the weather’s warmer; and the sunsets seem later than the one hour they actually changed! Did I mention the weather is warmer? The snow is beginning to melt and as it does it reveals things long buried. Some of those ‘finds’ are ‘treasures,’ but others are like a long covered (and forgotten) pile of ‘doggie dirt’ I found.
As we continue through Lent, I pray you’ll lift your soul to the Savior and allow Him to melt away and uncover your ‘treasures’ and ‘dirt’ and you’ll respond with joy and repentence! God is working on me, too, and I continue to be blessed to be your pastor! God is good!
God’s message came to us from John 2:13-22 and was titled, “Spring Cleaning.” Spring Cleaning is a time when we move the furniture, wash the windows and scrub the walls. Lent is the season where we ‘spring clean’ the soul. While some prefer a surface cleaning, Jesus seeks a real cleansing that goes to the core of are very soul.
Many of us will read this text and quickly remember it is the one where Jesus cleaned the Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple had become a tourist trap, a marketplace, and Jesus took decisive action to clean it by turning over tables of moneychangers and driving animals out of the Temple area (vv. 15-16). With holy and righteous anger Jesus challenged arrogance, insensitivity, and utter irreverence for God, His Mission, and His Temple…. How about you?
You may ask, ‘but pastor I am neither Jewish nor even attend the Temple, let alone sell stuff there… what does this have to do with me? Paul wrote, “Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (I Cor. 6:19).
The truth is, you do have a temple and it resides in you! The question is, ‘If Jesus were to examine everything in your life, what tables would He turn over? What sinful things would He drive out of you? The truth is, Jesus can do this and wants to! Will you ask the Spirit of Christ to examine you and respond obediently? I pray you will! Blessings, Pastor Dan
NEWS AND EVENTS
LADIES RENDEZVOUS – SAT., MAR. 28 @ 10:30AM
The ladies are planning to get together at the church on Sat., Mar. 28th at 10:30am. All ladies are invited and welcome! Please see Gerry D. or Cherry P. for details!
MIDDLE EAST GARAGE SALE UPDATES AND DEADLINES!
If you’ve received this newsletter for any length of time, you know we’re collecting stuff to sell to raise money for 4 Nazarene Schools operating in the Middle East. Continue to bring your clean and gently used items to church and place them in the fellowship hall. Bless everyone who has brought something or is planning to bring some things to sell.
Today, I want to make you aware of a few details. First, we will STOP receiving items on Sun., Apr. 12th. While the sale is May 7-9, we need time to price, pack, and ship items to Wayland where Ron Morse will be selling them for us. Second, we need people to come help price items Apr. 16 between 1:30-4:00pm(after Chinese lunch). Finally, we need people willing to help load and unload a large enclosed trailer being provided by Phil Pakiela on May 4 or 5. If you can help, please let Gerry D. or Pastor Dan know! Thanks!
ALABASTER OFFERING $431.02 – PRAISE THE LORD!
Believe it or not we received more Alabaster Offerings this week! This means we have now collected $431.02! WOW! PRAISE THE LORD! Remember, the Alabaster Offering is taken twice a year to purchase land and buildings on the mission field. If you’d like to start collecting for fall, grab a box off the railing and get started! Bless you for giving!
CRISIS CARE KIT AND SCHOOL PAL PAK BLESSINGS!
What a joy it was to deliver our 12 Crisis Care Kits and 10 School Pal Paks to Team Day last Saturday. Our CCK, combined with the other churches, FILLED a truck that is on its way to meeting needs around the world. Bless you for being the hands and feet of Christ to people you will never meet (until you get to heaven)! Praise God!
Five of us joined together and laughed, ate, and enjoyed each other’s fellowship at the Hibachi Grill in Feb. Our next Third Thursday lunch is Mar. 19 at the Hibachi Grill on Alpine (behind Target). Look for the coupon and come! Remember! This is more than just eating lunch together; it is a time when we share each other’s joys and concerns, too! So grab a friend and make your way to Hibachi! Questions? See Tracy or Linda!
Our next missionary gathering is Sun., Mar. 22nd at 4pm. Come enjoy a brief study and learn what our missionaries are doing, how we can join them in prayer, learn how to be a missionary in our own neighborhoods, and enjoy snacks and laughter together. It’s a lot of fun and you might just learn something (in spite of yourself! :) Last month you had a chance to win a Coney Combo at the Grand Coney! What will happen this month? So bring a snack, bring a friend, (even an enemy) and join us! You’ll be glad you did!
ORDER YOUR EASTER FLOWERS NOW THROUGH MAR. 22
Last Sunday we started taking orders for Easter Flowers with an insert in the program (it will be inserted the next 2 Sundays, too). All orders must include payment and you have the option of ordering them ‘in memory of’ or ‘in honor of’ a person or persons of your choice (which will be listed in the weekly program as an insert). Easter Lilies will cost $7.50 and Tulips and Mini-Daffodils $7.00. If you have any questions, see Gerry D.
EASTER EGG HUNT FOR KIDS – APR. 05 (after our Easter Service)
For several years now we have held an Easter egg hunt for our kids immediately following our Easter Morning Worship Service. All ages are invited to participate, but we usually give the little ones a head start! This is a great Sunday to invite friends and family! Let Janie know if you’d be willing to help stuff eggs and prepare for the hunt!
CONGRATS TO THE MISSIONARY GATHERING WINNERS!
Two weeks ago we had our Feb. Missionary Gathering and challenged everyone to figure out where a list of 24 missionaries were serving. If they could figure it out, they would ‘win’ a ‘Coney Special’ from Pastor Dan. I’m delighted to tell you Fran S., Jean C., Sherry J., Dean C., and Janie all answered the challenge and will soon be headed to the Grand Coney! Congratulations all of you! Your hard work paid off!
PREACHING AND WORSHIP AMBASSADORS ARE COMING APR. 12!
For five years now, Olivet Nazarene University has offered the ‘Preaching Ambassador Program.’ The preaching ambassador program gives students preparing for ministry an opportunity to preach at a local church while pursuing their academic degree, but also gives us an opportunity to see and hear “flesh and blood” examples of those we have supported at ONU. Last year, ONU added ‘worship leaders’ to this wonderful program! On Apr. 12 we welcome Pastor Esther Decker to preach the Word and Rosie Vavario to come lead our worship music! It will be a wonderful service! Please invite your friends!
5th ANNUAL KEEP ‘EM COVERED DIAPER DRIVE – MAY 03-31
Can you believe we have been collecting diapers for 5 years! How exciting! Well, we are once again holding a diaper drive for North End Community Mission (NECM) in Grand Rapids. We have found diapers are an incredible need because they aren’t provided by most assistance programs and are a huge expense for some of the ‘least of these.’ This year we would like to collect 1,200 diapers.
THE SEWER IS COMING!
Now that the cold, cold weather is behind us, it won’t be long before McDonald plumbing arrives to tear up the parsonage yard and replace the cracked, offset, root filled sewer line to the parsonage!’ So, if you see Pastor Dan dancing on a pile of dirt in the yard of the parsonage this week, he’s simply ‘Praising God!’ Thank you Phyllis for investing in the future of our church! We praise God for your faithfulness! Amen!
Do you love Indian Lake Nazarene Camp? Would you like to help get the camp ready for another busy and life-changing summer? If you would, Emily Compton at ILNC is willing to provide breakfast and lodging for free! Just call her at (269) 649-2281 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to register! Projects include scrapping and painting, washing siding, raking and picking up sticks, spreading topsoil, grass seed, and stacking wood!
PHYLLIS PLATH MOVED LAST WEEK – DORENE COE TURNS 92 THIS WEEK!
Want to encourage and love someone who is no longer able to come be a part of us each week? Phyllis Plath just moved and it would be nice if you would stop by or send a card. Dorene Coe turns 92 this Sat. (3/14) and would love to receive a birthday card!
> Phyllis Plath – Emerald Meadows - 6117 Charlevoix Woods Ct SE – GR – 49546
> Dorene Coe – Christian Home – 1000 Edison Ave NW # 122 – GR – 49504
DO YOU WANT TO JOIN OR START A SPRING WALKING CLUB?
A couple of years ago several of us walked for 10 weeks together! Since Spring is just around the corner, I’d like to know if anyone would like to walk this year on Tue. nights starting Mar. 24 from 6:30-7:30pm? If you’re interested, let Pastor Dan know!
SPEAKING OF FITNESS….
I am also wondering if anyone would be interested in a few slow and relaxing Sunday afternoon bike rides down a safe trail? I promise in advance nobodies going to get left behind or going to suffer! But, I can’t promise we won’t stop for ice cream and laugh a lot! These would probably start mid-May and continue off and on through the summer. Let Pastor Dan know if you’re interested. This would be a great event to invite a friend!
SUMMER CAMP IS COMING SOON! TIME TO REGISTER!
Indian Lake Nazarene Camp has a wonderful summer camp for students of all ages. At camp kids learn to feel good about who they are, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, learn leadership skills, make friends, and learn about God’s love for them! You can learn more by going to this link: http://www.nazcamp.org/camps
Discovery Camp Completed K – 2nd grade Jun. 29 – July 1
Adventure Camp Completed 2nd – 4th grade Jul. 06-10
Voyager Camp Completed 4th – 6th grade Jul. 20-24
Mid. School Camp Completed 6th – 8th grade Jun. 15-19
High School Camp Completed 9th – 12th grade Jun. 22-26
Note: All camps are $ 270 (except for Discovery Camp which is $ 120)
IS SOMEONE MISSING? WHY NOT SEND THEM A POSTCARD!
Is there someone missing? Someone you used to look forward to seeing each week but they haven’t been here in awhile? Or, maybe there’s someone you would like to invite to church or a potluck or Sunday school, but you’re not sure how to go about it. Well, one possibility is to send them a postcard! If you would like to send one or several, you will find them on the table in the back of the sanctuary! Bless you for caring!
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
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – MAY 07
The first Thursday of the May is always the National Day of Prayer in America. Look for an insert in the bulletin in late April to guide your prayers. If you’d like to come to the church to pray, the sanctuary will be open between 10:00am – Noon and you will have an opportunity to pray for America at our altar.
What would it take to do something good for you? We all know coming together mid week not only lets our souls drink deeply in the Word, have an opportunity to share our burdens and pray and get ice cream, too, so what will it take for you to come? If you have ideas for taking part in discipleship, we need to hear them! You’re important to us!
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!
DON’T FORGET TO READ YOUR MISSIONARY BOOKS!
Remember, to get your missionary books read by the end of March! There will be prizes for everyone who gets them read! Chuckie Cheese for kids, a Concert for the teens, and a White Caps game for the adults. If you need a book or a book on CD see Janie! Our goals is to have 100 read by May and we are currently at 83. Read Read Read! (smile)
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!
Mar. 24 Tentative - Spring Walking Club
Mar. 29 Palm Sunday
Apr. 05 Easter Sunday (Children’s Easter Egg Hunt)
Apr. 12 ONU Preaching/Worship Ambassadors and NEC Potluck after the service
Apr. 12 Deadline to bring ‘garage sale stuff’ to church
May 07 National Day of Prayer