Dear Friends and Family!
We had another wonderful day in the Lord, Sunday! Steve was back leading our music along with Sherry and they were anointed! Sadly, Larry B. wasn’t with us after he had ‘done too much’ at the church work day the day before. We were blessed with 5 dedicated folks, which gave us approximately 2.25 donuts each, but we could have used about 10 more. (stepping up on his soapbox) I know we all have things to do, but when our 80-year-old trustee feels it necessary to push himself beyond his physical limitations and gets hurt, something’s got to change! (stepping back down). Will you be part of the change? I hope so!
After our worship service we had a yummy potluck! Seriously, you find Jeffrey R. drooling over the food you know it’s got to be good (and it was). We had enough wonderful food for another 25 people! Mark your calendar for Oct. 09 and come to the next one!
God’s message came to us from 2 Timothy 3:10-17 and was titled, “Our Roadmap for Life!” Much like a lifeguard, the Bible provides everything we need to keep us healthy and out of danger. In 6 weeks, I’ll be riding my bicycle down the length of Route 66. Can you imagine how catastrophic my trip might be (especially through the desert) if I winged it instead of buying and using maps? And yet, some have decided to ‘wing it’ when it comes to their walk with the Lord! Paul declares in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
From this verse we discover God’s Word comes directly from the Divine lungs of God. The same breath that brought life into man in Genesis 2:7 can teach us God’s unchanging truth (unlike 2 Tim. 4:3-4). God’s Living Word can also rebuke us (expose errors), correct us (restore misguided and disobedient believers), and train us in righteousness (that is moral training leading to righteous living). Finally, we discover God’s Word thoroughly equips us for serving (which is a lot more than head knowledge!)
The psalmist writes:
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Ps. 119:9-11).
You see, if you’re not spending time in the Word; if you aren’t consuming, reading, and hiding God’s Word in your heart, it should be no surprise you struggle with a life a holiness! The world is filled with many ways to be defeated! Stop winging it! Read God’s roadmap! Turn off the TV; stop playing hours of Candy Crush and let the Living Word speak to you!
Blessings, Pastor Dan
NEWS AND EVENTS
This week is Pastor Dan and Janie’s 26th anniversary and the Church Board approved giving Pastor off Wed. and Thu. so he could travel to Petoskey with Janie for business Wed. and then to South Haven to a wonderful resort Sherry J. used to work at (Thank you Church!) for their anniversary Thu. night! So, Mary W. is switching things up! How? Well, Sherry is going to lead more songs, Mary W. will lead in prayer, and then their will be a ‘Sword Drill,’ followed by ice cream! It should be a lot of fun! We will return to our regularly scheduled Bible study next week!
Our next Third Thursday Chinese Lunch is this week at the Hibachi Grill on Alpine. 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!
OUR NEXT MISSIONARY GATHERING IS THIS SUNDAY (AUG. 21) @ 5PM
Our missionary gathering is this Sunday at 5pm. Bring somebody and come enjoy a brief lesson on missions! After Sherry J. leads our lesson, we eat snacks, laugh, and chat (sometimes at the same time! :) So bring a snack to pass and join us at 5pm! You’ll be glad you did! Have questions? Contact Sherry J. She loves to text! (269) 932-8334
THE NEXT LADIES RENDEZVOUS IS SAT., AUG. 27 AT 10:30AM!
Cherry is planning the next Ladies Rendezvous for Aug. 27 and all ladies are invited! Please contact Cherry for more info or if you need a ride! Call or text (616) 916-7595.
SCHOOL PAL PAKS! BRING YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES!
The Church of the Nazarene operates many schools around the world, providing quality education for children. Unfortunately, many families can’t even afford basic supplies. To meet this need, our NMI department collects and ships ‘School Pal-Paks’ that are made available to kids around the world. Will you help? A list of the supplies needed for each School Pal-Pak will be in the bulletin this week or you can click here for a shopping list. http://nmi.nazarene.org/Stories/docs/Giving/Compassion/SPP_Shopping-List.pdf
CHURCH POSTCARDS ARE AVAILABLE!
Is there someone missing or would like to invite to church? Why not grab a few church postcards and send them out? A simple hand written note blesses everyone! You will find them on the table under the missionary bulletin board in the Annex.
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.
OUR FALL ALABASTER OFFERING IS SEP. 18 DURING WORSHIP! LET’S MARCH!
Our twice a year Alabaster Offering is Sun., Sep. 18th. Every penny of this loose change offering goes directly to the mission field to purchase land and materials to construct buildings. Of course, cash, checks, and gold doubloons are welcome, too! Need an Alabaster box? See Sherry J. our Missionary President to get one!
EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS MEETS HERE ON 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.
COME TO THE FIRE 2016
We have received the following from the Michigan District! Please consider it:
We are excited about this year's theme for Come to the Fire: Restore the Joy
Isaiah 35 describes what will happen when God restores His Church. The once barren landscape will suddenly burst with joy! We long for the day when God visits His people once again. He’ll come in response to our prayers, and many of you have been praying. One dear lady said she has been praying and fasting daily since the last conference! I am grateful for each of you who have continued to pray. At the set time, He will come!
Recently I was reading some of the many amazing testimonies of transformed lives from previous conferences, and quietly said, "Jesus, You did that!" The Spirit whispered, "I can do even more." Our hearts' cry is for restoration to the body of Christ. Will you pray that the council will have guidance in planning an event in which God will send revival?"Shout, and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming," declares the LORD. (Zechariah 2:10).
Registration will be up soon at cometothefire.org. Aletha Hinthorn
DAILY DEVOTIONS – “REFLECTING GOD” IS AVAILABLE! FREE!!
“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!
OUR NEXT NORTHEAST COMMUNITY POTLUCK IS OCT. 09
Our next Northeast Community Potluck is Oct. 09 after our worship service. So, bring friends, a stranger, and a dish to pass and join us downstairs for a time of food, fun, and fellowship! Willing to help? Bless you! Please let Cherry P. know! (616) 916-7595
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!
Sep. 18 Fall Alabaster Offering
Sep. 26/Nov. 13 Pastor Dan and Janie’s 7-week Sabbatical
Oct. 09 Northeast Community Potluck after our worship service
Nov. 10-12 Come to the Fire (Nashville, TN)