Dear Friends and Family!
What another wonderful day we had in the Lord, Sunday! Not only did we have an opportunity to learn more about Christ in Sunday school, eat a cookie in fellowship, and worship the Triune God in song, prayer, testimony, and His proclaimed Word. Later, we had the opportunity to gather and laugh, share our passions, and potluck together. If it’s been awhile, you really should come try us again! And if you’re looking for a church, you won’t find a more loving and welcoming group of people than right here!
God’s message this week came from Ps. 90:12-17 and was titled, “Making Today Count.” While Nike declares, “Just do It,” we’re more concerned with “Doing It Right.” Ps. 90:12-17 provides 4 ways to make each day count and do it right. First, we must be teachable.
“Teach us to number our days alright that we might gain a heart of wisdom” (v. 90:12).
If you want to do it right; if you want each day to count, you will yield to the Holy Spirit and let Him teach you how to be wise and make each day count!
Second, we will make each day count when we discover satisfaction (v. 14). Note: the source of satisfaction and joy is not more ‘stuff’ or more ‘money,’ but HIS unfailing love. Only when you stop chasing stuff moths and rust destroy (see Mt. 6:19-20) and receive the fullness of love God has for you through His Spirit will you learn to be content.
Third, you make every day count when you allow God to realign your priorities (v. 17). Twice the Psalmist declares, “establish the work of our hands” (v. 17). Who should we receive our marching orders from? Where should we find our to do list? Who should direct us to those who need compassion and love? We receive all of this from the Spirit of Christ. Our days make sense – our days count – when we’re allowing God to lead!
Finally, v. 17 declares, “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us.” If the psalmist wants to life of satisfaction and joy and make every day count, he needs the Holy Spirit directing Him! More than knowledge He needs the Spirit dwelling in him! If you want your days to count you’ll need more than the knowledge you gain from Sunday school, sermons, books, and Bible study! If the Holy Spirit isn’t dwelling within you, you’re like a ship without a rudder! Each day is a gift. Only God knows how many you have! Make them all count by being teachable, finding satisfaction in God’s love, yielding to the Holy Spirit, and letting Christ direct the ‘work of your hands!’ Amen! Blessings, Pastor Dan
NEWS AND EVENTS
PASTOR (AND WIFE) APPRECIATE YOUR PASTOR (AND WIFE) APPRECIATION!
On behalf of Janie and I, thank you for your words and acts of appreciation. You will never know how much your affirmation in our clumsy attempts to follow Jesus and show and teach you God’s love means to both of us. We are far from perfect (although Janie is pretty close), but you love us unconditionally anyway (just like Jesus)! Thank you for appreciating us! We love and appreciate all of you, too!! Pastor Dan and Jane
Our next Third Thursday Chinese Lunch is this week at the Hibachi Grill on Alpine Ave. (behind Target). It’s more than food! It’s a time to share joys, concerns and even laugh! So grab a friend and come to Hibachi at 11:30! Questions? See Tracy or Linda!
WORK DAY SCHEDULED FOR SAT, OCT. 17 AT 9:00AM
Larry B. has called an ‘Official Work Day’ for Sat., Oct. 17! Folks are needed to help clean the parking lot, rake leaves, take our window air conditioners out, trim foliage, roll up hoses, and a bunch of other things to prepare our church for winter! Please come help!
5th ANNUAL BLANKET (COAT) DRIVE FOR MEL TROTTER!
Even after 5 years of collecting coats and blankets for Mel Trotter, the need remains. People are in need clean new and used coats /blankets! There are tables set up in the back of the sanctuary! Bless you for all you do to love ‘the least of these!’
GOAL = 50 TO DATE = 19
DISTRICT TEEN LOCK IN – OCT 23 – 11PM-7AM
Attention teens! On October 23rd the District is hosting a teen Lock-In at the 3-Mile Project: http://www.3mp.org/ Cost is $15 and inc. food! So, grab a friend and prepare for a night FULL of fun! See Pastor Dan if you’re interested! RSVP by Sun., Oct. 18
NEW DIRECTORIES ARE AVAILABLE!
As you’ve probably realized, our church family changes frequently! Thankfully, Gerry D. is all over it and a new directory is available on the table outside the sanctuary! Check it for accuracy and let us know what needs to change for the next one! (smile)
Our next missionary gathering is Sun., Oct. 25th at 4pm. Come enjoy a brief study, learn what our missionaries are doing, how to pray for them, and learn how to be missionary in your own neighborhoods! We also enjoy snacks and laughter together! So bring a snack, a friend, and join us! You’ll be glad you did! Questions? See Sherry J!
CHURCH POSTCARDS ARE AVAILABLE! (POSTAGE IS .37)
Is there someone you have missed, would like to invite to church or encourage? Why not grab a few church postcards and send them out? A simple hand written note blesses everyone and the postage is only .37 cents! You can find them on the table in the Annex.
MISSIONARY BOOKS ARE IN GREAT DEMAND!
Sherry reported missionary readership is up dramatically! As of last Sunday (Oct. 11) you have read 90 books! Woohoo! Praise the Lord! So, if you have a book, read it and return it so others can read them, too! Not read one yet? You can start this week! See Sherry J. on Wed. or Sun. and discover how God is moving in the world! Thanks!
EAT SOUP AND GATHER BOX TOPS FOR NAZARENE INDIAN MISSIONS!
Thank you to everyone who is collecting Campbell Soup labels and General Mills box tops! While it seems small, the cash they generate really adds up! This program has provided PA equipment, computers, and even a 15-passenger van for Nazarene Sun Valley Indian School. Questions, labels and box tops should go to Fran S. and Sherry J.
DISTRICT INVITATIONS TO WORK AND WITNESS
We’ve received two invitations from the District to join in work and witness projects. While we might not have anyone ready to go this time, let’s start praying about how our church could join a work and witness missionary project someday soon!!
WORK AND WITNESS – PERRY CHURCH – PUERTO RICO – SUMMER 2016
Hi there, my name is Lonny Bumgardner and I’m an Associate Pastor at Perry Nazarene. It is an awesome day to serve the Lord! In the summer of 2016 there is an opportunity to be part of a massive outpouring of service and love to Puerto Rico and I’m inviting you to join us on the team from the Michigan District. For a brief overview of the event, check out the video at www.encuentropr.org .
There will be something or some way for everyone to serve. Below is the synopsis of the costs for adults and teens to attend. But I wanted to share with you something really special. This event is not just a ‘youth’ event, it is an event for the family of all ages. There are even discounted rates for children (not inc. airfare):
0 – 2 years old (free) 3 – 5 yrs old ($79) 6 – 11 years old ($110)
STANDARD COSTS PER PERSON
$688.00 Quad Room Extra Day $35.00 $745.00 Triple Room Extra Day $40.00
$838.00 Double Room Extra Day $55.00 Deposit $100.00 DUE Oct. 10, 2015
If you want to go, please let me know. It will help me to know how many are going and I can get you and/or your group through the registration process pretty quickly
Grace and Peace, Pastor Lonny Bumgardner - Perry Nazarene
WORK AND WITNESS – THREE RIVERS CHURCH – GUATEMALA – JAN. 2016
Our church is sponsoring a Work and Witness trip to Palestina, Guatemala, Jan. 23-31, 2016. We have at least 4 openings for additional team members. Individual cost for the trip is $1300.00. Interested persons may contact Jodi Schnetzler at 269-718-8968, or fill out the application and send it to our church: Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene, 1221 Coon Hollow Road, Three Rivers, MI 49093. Feel free to call Jodi or our church (269-273-7415) if you have additional questions. Pastor Bob Anderson
EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS MEETS HERE TUESDAY’S AT 7:00PM
Do you often feel nervous, tense, or bored…have trouble sleeping or sleep too much… experience mood swings or feel useless? You’re not alone. At an EA meeting you’ll find others who’ve been where you are and experienced many of the same feelings, but, they found help at an Emotions Anonymous Meeting! Need more info? Look for literature rack in the ‘Community Room’ or call Helen W. (leader) at 616-363-7347.
CHRISTMAS CANTATA ANYONE?
Yes, we were unable to garner enough support for a Christmas Cantata last year, but our church has a lengthy tradition of sharing the gospel through music. Beverly S., who was a former professional musician and bandleader, has agreed to lead us this year! So, are you interested in singing in a Cantata this year? See Pastor Dan if you are interested.
DAILY DEVOTIONS – REFLECTING GOD IS AVAILABLE!
“Reflecting God” is a daily devotional guide our church makes available FREE to anyone interested in spending a daily time with God. The devotions provide a brief reading and truth from the Bible for every day. It also has a schedule if you’d like to read the Bible in a year and/or pray for our missionaries! You’ll find them located 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!
October 5th Annual Blanket (Coat) Drive for Mel Trotter
Nov. 01 Daylight Savings Time ends (fall back 1 hour)
Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Offering for World Evangelism Fund
Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day
Dec. 13 Northeast Community Potluck