Hello Dear Ones!
We had another wonderful day in the Lord, Sunday! We had a great time of prayer before the service, a great Sunday school hour, and a wonderful time of worship, including a time to remember those who’ve gone before us! Memorial Day reminds us freedom isn’t free and we need to give thanks for those who died to keep us free! God bless the USA! Amen!
This week Janie and I were blessed to have two of our grandchildren spend Saturday night and go to church with us. When Jenna, our almost 3-yr-old granddaughter, discovered we were going to church she responded with a huge-eyed, arms raised, mouth wide-open high-pitched squeal! She was just so excited to get to go to church! Her response made me try to remember the last time I was that excited to encounter God! How about you? It sure made me reconsider Matt. 18:3 – “And [Jesus]: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” How might you need to change?
God’s message this week came Acts 2:1-21 and was titled, “Spirit Powered Living.” Acts presents us the dynamic story of the gospel’s spread to the ends of the earth through the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit took fear filled disciples locked in an upper room and transformed them into a movement we are invited to join today!
In Acts c. 1:4-5 Jesus instructs believers to wait for the coming Spirit. In c. 1:8 Jesus gives them a commission to spread the good news to the end of the earth and in 1:12-14 we find them doing as Jesus told them in the upper room fervently praying for the promised Spirit. Finally, in c. 2:1-4 the Holy Spirit came in power, filled the house, and rested on them with tongues of fire and enabled them to speak in foreign tongues to fulfill Jesus’ commission!
As incredible as it is to think believers could speak in foreign languages, the truly awesome part was the transformation that took place in individuals and the Church. It was a personal experience with a purpose! God, through the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit had empowered these believers to share the mission of God with a lost and hurting world and thus fulfill the great commission.
Do you want to reach your world for Christ? Begin by fervently praying and seeking the fullness of His Spirit. Then allow Him to cleanse you, fill you completely, and transform you into a person He can use to share the good news with the lost and hurting around you! The Church is at it’s best when it looks beyond the limits of its sanctuary and moves out into a world hungry for the good news of Jesus Christ! May it be so in you! Blessings, Pastor Dan
NEWS AND EVENTS
CHURCH ELECTIONS – THIS SUNDAY (MAY 31)
A new year is about to begin (Jun. 01) so we need to elect a church board and delegates to NMI, NYI, and SDMI Conventions and District Assembly. Members in good standing need to vote before or after Sun. school 5/31. See Larry B. for your ballot!
WED. NIGHT IS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Join us at 6:30pm for a time of singing, prayer, and study for the whole family. Willing to help lead? We need help with children and teens. Contact Pastor Dan or Gerry D. if you can help! Praise God Shannon M. and Jeffrey R. started attending Wed! Don’t forget, we always end our night with ice cream! Come be a part of our midweek renewal!
SUMMER FESTIVAL IS COMING JUN. 28 – 12:30-3:30PM – WE NEED HELP!
The Stewards would like to plan a Summer Celebration this year to be a blessing to our community, but they need your help to make it happen! Ron Morse has already agreed to generously donate his tent again this year, but we need help with food, organizing a game or two, and helping set up and clean up!
You can find more information and sign-up sheets on the wall outside the sanctuary or please ask Cherry P. or Steve H. if you have any other questions! Let’s all do our part to help host a great Summer Celebration! Trust me! It will be fun for everyone involved!
The ladies are planning to get together at the church on Sat., May 30th at 10:30am. All ladies are invited and welcome! Please see Gerry D. or Cherry P. for details!
WE NEED WORKERS!
Can you help in the nursery? Help teach a Sunday school class? Sing on the Praise Team, help run the sound booth, call on shut-ins, move the palms, or help mow the grass? It is a lot of work to keep up a church and we need everyone to help! Let Gerry D. or Pastor know if you can help! Remember: many hands make light work!
5th ANNUAL KEEP ‘EM COVERED DIAPER DRIVE – MAY 03-31
With one week to go, we ‘crushed our goal’ of 1,200 last week by receiving 640 diapers bringing us to a new total of 1,496! PGFWABF! (Remember? This is ‘text language’ for “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”) Bless all of you who have given! All of our diapers will go to the North End Community Ministry (NECM) which operates a ‘crisis pantry’ for the most fragile ‘least of these.’ God is good!
Our goal = 1,200 and we have collected 1,496!
THIRD THURSDAY CHINESE LUNCH, JUN. 18(TOMRROW AT HIBACHI GRILL)
Our next Third Thursday Chinese Lunch is tomorrow at the Hibachi Grill on Alpine (behind Target). Remember! It’s more than food! It’s a time to share our joys, concerns and laugh! So grab a friend and come at 11:30! Questions? See Tracy or Linda!
EAT SOUP AND GATHER BOX TOPS FOR NAZARENE INDIAN MISSIONS!
Did you know Campbell Soup labels and General Mills box tops are worth cash? While it seems small, when we work together, it really adds up! This program has provided PA equipment, computers, and even a 15-passenger van for Nazarene Sun Valley Indian School in AZ. Start collecting them and give them to Fran S. and Sherry J. Questions? See Fran or Sherry or go to this link:
SUMMER CAMP IS HERE! 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 themselves, gain self-confidence, 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)
CAMP MEETING (SUMMER REVIVAL) IS COMING TO INDIAN LAKE IN JULY!
The Church of the Nazarene is just over 100 years old and one of her oldest traditions is coming together each year for a time of spiritual renewal called ‘Camp Meeting.’ Camp Meeting was original held at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp in Vicksburg under a large tent for several weeks at a time. Then, our three Michigan districts were one and a large crowd gathered to hear evangelists preach 3 services a day plus a time of discipleship.
While Camp Meeting is only a week now and there are just 2 services a day and a time of discipleship, it is still a time for spiritual renewal for 1,000+ people. Come for just one service or the whole week and you will be blessed!
Camp Meeting begins with District Assembly Sun., Jul. 12th and ends Sun., July 19th. Pastor Dan spends the week at ‘camp’ in a small cabin and would love to have you stop by! Need more information? See Pastor Dan or Janie!
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!
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!
May 03-31 5th Annual Diaper Drive
May 31 Church Elections
Jun. 07 Annual Church Meeting
Jul. 12-19 Camp Meeting / Dist. Assm. at I.L.N.C.