Northeast Community News – May 23, 2016
Dear Friends and Family!
Yes, it was another wonderful day in the Lord! It was a day full of prayer, studying our bibles, electing next year’s church board and representatives and painting my hair purple!
That’s right! After our wonderful Missionary Gathering led by our Sherry J., our Missionary President, Janie dyed my hair purple during our fellowship time! A great time was had by all! After declining an offer to bleach my hair to help the color, I endured vaseline to the hairline and even a processing cap! Yikes! Seriously, it was wonderful to think 154 books had been read and my prayer is your reading will create a new or deeper love for our God on a mission! God is good! All the time (even with a deep purple/burgundy head of hair)!
God’s message this came from John 16:12-15 and titled, “A Continuing Presence.” Between c. 14-16 in the gospel of John we find a body of Jesus’ teachings about the promised Holy Spirit, but Jesus didn’t teach them everything. In v. 12 we read Jesus saying: “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear” (John 16:12). ‘Bear’ comes from the Greek word bastazo and means ‘carry, endure, accept.’ As Jesus looks into their bewildered eyes, He withholds some of what He knows they need because they can’t comprehend it…yet!
In v. 13 Jesus declares, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth… “(John 16:13a) Of course, when Jesus is speaking of a future time when the Holy Spirit will come, He’s speaking of Pentecost! Now, the word ‘guide’ is from the Greek word hodegeo and means ‘to lead, to teach in the way to go.’ The truth is, life can be full of hard and hazardous choices! It’s wonderful to realize Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to guide us safely through the jungles and deserts of our lives and teach us everything we need to know!
You see, from leading us through the perils of life and into Divine Encounters like He did with Philip in Acts 8, to the way he calls people into Christian service in Acts 13, to the way He redirects or corrects people going the wrong way like He did with Paul and Timothy in Acts 16, the Holy Spirit still guides, directs and redirects Christians today.
The question isn’t whether the Holy Spirit can still arrange Divine encounters, call people into service, or correct or redirect lives, it’s whether we allow Him freedom to guide, direct, and redirect our lives? After Jesus left the earth, He remained a continuous presence to us through the Holy Spirit. Have you asked Jesus into your life? Are you sensitive to the Spirit? Are there places you are refusing to listen or follow? Try this in the coming week. Set aside as much time to read your Bibles, pray, and then listen to the Holy Spirit in silence each day. It might just surprise you to hear what He is trying to say! Blessings, Pastor Dan
NEWS AND EVENTS
CHURCH ELECTION BLESSINGS! GOD HAS SPOKEN! AMEN!
Every year we ask the Holy Spirit to guide our nominations, and ask our prospective nominated candidates to pray before letting their name run on the ballot. We also ask church members to pray before voting! Therefore, we believe God has spoken and below you will find the results! Bless everyone who took part! Praise the Lord!
Northeast Community Church of the Nazarene
2016 / 2017 Elections Results
NMI Council (vote for 3)
District Assembly Delegate
District Assembly Alt.Delegate
NMI Convention Delegate
NMI Convention Alt. Delegate
Sunday School Convention Delegate
NYI Convention Delegate
NYI Convention Alt. Delegate
*** these positions are members of the 2016-2017 church board
OUR LEAKING FLAT ROOF HAS BEEN REPLACED! PRAISE THE LORD!
Last Wed., 6 men from Dalstra finished the flat roof. Meticulously and methodically beginning Tue. they started ‘tearing off’ 3 layers of roof (some 10,000 pounds of old roofing) and began loading it into a trailer. Before noon, they had already starting rebuilding the roof by replacing and repairing damaged and rotted decking and soffit and then installing custom cut insulation (to give the roof a significant taper). By Wed. night, they had the project completed with a sealed 60 mil membrane! Praise the Lord! Yet, this wouldn’t have been possible without your faithful giving! Bless you for giving!
WORLD MISSION BROADCAST OFFERING —THIS WEEK! SUN., MAY 29th
World Mission Broadcast takes the Gospel to the world through radio, television and Internet programs. On the air since 1951, World Mission Broadcast (WMB) reaches even the most remote parts of the world, with words of hope and holiness... and lives are changed. The cost to support 1 minute of WMB airtime is $4.00. Just $4.00 airs one minute of the Gospel somewhere in the world. We will be taking an offering May 29th!
CHILDREN’S CHURCH SUMMER BREAK STARTS THIS SUNDAY (MAY 29)!
Yes, we love your children and agree kids can worship and learn about Jesus better when they can create something with their hands, receive a snack to eat, and move around, but our children's workers need a summer break! So, beginning this week, the the kids will stay with us in the worship service with us! Bless you for understanding!
6th ANNUAL KEEP ‘EM COVERED DIAPER DRIVE THE WHOLE MONTH OF MAY
During May, we’re collecting diapers for North End Community Ministry (NECM). What began as a simple and practical way to show God’s love to some of the neediest folks in our community 6 years ago, is now an annual event! God is good! Bring any size and put them in the crib in back of the sanctuary! GOAL = 1,200 COLLECTED = 1,023
END TIME STUDY STARTING SUNDAY (MAY 22)
How are we to face the end of time…and the beginning of eternity? The answers to these questions will be pursued in the new Adult Sunday School class starting May 22 using the book “The End” written by Everett Leadingham taught by Gerry D. Come, be a part of this new fascinating study on ‘end times.’ Questions? Contact Gerry Dawson!
2016 PRAYER GUIDE FOR THE MICHIGAN DISTRICT (STARTS JUN. 01)
It’s getting to be that time again when the District Church asks us to pray for the July activities at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp. From the District Assembly, to Camp Meeting, to the NMI, NYI, and SDMI Conventions, they all need our prayers! If you’re willing, pick up a 40-day prayer guide off the table outside the sanctuary and pray! Bless you!
DO WE HAVE YOUR BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY, AND EMAIL INFO?
As you’ve 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!
ANNUAL CELEBRATION AND POTLUCK AFTER WORSHIP SUN., JUN. 12
Every year we have an annual church meeting to give our departments an opportunity to share their praises, plans, needs for prayer, and get your feedback so we can be even better leaders. This year we will be timing our Annual Celebration with our every other month potluck in an attempt to involve even more of you! Remember, this is a time for all of us – not just the members of the church! Come, listen, eat, and be blessed!
IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT SUMMER CAMP AT INDIAN LAKE!
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 Jul. 06-08
Adventure Camp Completed 2nd – 4th grade Jul. 18-22
Voyager Camp Completed 4th – 6th grade Jul. 25-29
Mid. School Camp Completed 6th – 8th grade Jun. 27 – July 01
High School Camp Completed 9th – 12th grade Jun. 20-24
Note: All camps are $ 275 (except for Discovery Camp which is $ 125)
OUR NEXT THIRD THURSDAY CHINESE LUNCH IS JUN. 16 AT 11:30AM!
Our next Third Thursday Chinese Lunch is Jun. 16 at the Hibachi Grill on Alpine Ave. The food is good, but the fellowship is even better! Come, enjoy a great time to eat, share joys, concerns and even laugh! If you have any questions? See Tracy or Linda!
THE NEXT LADIES RENDEZVOUS IS SAT., JUN. 25 AT 10:30AM!
Cherry is planning the next Ladies Rendezvous for JUN. 25 and all ladies are invited! Please contact Cherry for more info or if you need a ride! Call or text (616) 916-7595.
FAMILY 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 to gather each year for a time of spiritual renewal called ‘Camp Meeting.’ Today, Camp Meeting is a one week time of renewal with 2 services a time of discipleship each day! Come for a single service or the week! whole week and you will be blessed!
Camp Meeting begins with District Assembly on Sun., Jul. 10th and ends Sun., July 17th. Pastor Dan spends the week at ‘camp’ in a small cabin at 7959 Victory St. Vicksburg, MI and would love to have you stop by! Need more information? See Pastor Dan or Janie!
DAILY DEVOTIONS – REFLECTING GOD ARE AVAILABLE!
“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!
FRANKLIN GRAHAM SCHEDULE
Rev. Christopher has asked us to remember and pray for Franklin Graham as he travels to all 50 state capitals to hold prayer rallies. He writes, “America is in trouble, and the only answer is found in Jesus Christ…. I will challenge Christian’s to pray, boldly live out their faith and stand for biblical values, and help turn America back to God” (2 Ch. 7:14). You will find a copy of Franklin Graham’s schedule 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!
May 01-31 6th Annual Diaper Drive
May 29 World Mission Broadcast Offering
May 29 No Children’s Church Summer Break Begins
Jun. 12 Annual Church Meeting (during potluck)
Jul. 10-11 District Assembly at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp
Jul. 10-17 Family Camp Meeting at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp