Northeast Community News – November 1, 2016
Hello Friends and Family!
Pastor Ed’s sermon on Sunday was titled Fruit of the Spirit. He asked the question, what is the DNA of a Child of God. DNA is the substance that makes you, you. It makes you different than anyone else. DNA is the reason you may look like your parents. There is a different DNA for Christians
Galatians 5:9-26 list the fruits of the Spirit:
1. Love – You shall love the Lord you God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22: 37-39
2. Joy –Constant delight in the love of God. Joy of the Lord is our strength.
3. Peace – When the Spirit of God reigns in our lives peace will fill our lives. Philippians 4:7 and John 4:27
4. Long suffering –The wiliness to accept and bear injury, forgiveness Matthew 18:21-35
5. Gentleness – A sweetness of attitude – easy to get along with, easy to please, an attitude of kindness.
7. Faith – The ability to trust in God and to be trusted by God and others.
8. Meekness – Restraint – power under control – not using the power of God for revenge.
9. Self Control – Every Child of God is to be a living sacrifice, dare to be different. I Thessalonians 5:22
You can’t pick what you want. The fruit of the Spirit is all of it. You will know a Christian by his fruits. They are the proof of one’s salvation. They all need to be a part of you as a Child of God. Think about them. You need them to survive as a Child of God.
NEWS AND EVENTS
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS SUNDAY
Don’t forget to set your clocks back Saturday night as daylight savings is ending. Or forget to and come to Sunday School!
PASTOR DAN IS ALMOST HOME
Pastor Dan continues his bike trip along Route 66. Today, Tuesday November 1, he is in central Illinois and has checked in for the night just south of Peoria. Please remember that we cannot contact him while he is on sabbatical but you can find out where he’s at throughout each day by checking out his ‘Spot Tracking Website.’ While this isn’t a blog, it does provide a ‘real-time GPS spot location’ every 10 min. while he’s moving! His sabbatical ends on November 14. So we will have to wait until then to hear the stories of his trip.
Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/gv83kun. You can now find a ‘GPS spot’ for every 10 min. he is riding. At the end of the day an ‘ok’ message will be sent to indicate he’s where he will spend the night. Note: there is also a U.S. map on the bulletin board in the church that will be updated for those who want to track Pastor Dan and don’t have the internet.
WHILE THE PASTOR IS GONE
I think we all are surprised by how much our Pastor does. While he is on sabbatical, the members of the church board will be filling in. Below is an abbreviated list of who is doing what. If you have any questions, just give one of us a call.
Preaching – Rev Ed Douglas
Wed. Bible Study – Mary Warner
Visitor follow up – Cherry and Tracy
Shut in calling – Mary W
Hospital calling – Cherry
Order of Worship – Steve H
Program/Prayer insert – Deb Xia
Newsletter – Gerry D
Prayer/praise request – Gerry
CHANGES TO THE ORDER OF SERVICE
Changes have been made in the order of our worship service. The “Time of Greeting” has beeneliminated. Please greet friends and visitors before and after service in the refreshment/classroom area. The sanctuary will be available for prayer and quiet reflection before the service. Please be respectful of those praying as you enter.
MICHIGAN DISTRICT PRAYER EFFORT
We are at an unique time in the history of the Michigan District . Who among us could have anticipated that Dr. Seaman would be facing such a health crisis so soon after beginning his last year of district leadership that would force him to take a medical leave of absence? Many questions concerning the future o the district are being asked. One thing that has become obvious, as a district we need to pray. A district wide prayer effort for the Michigan District, Dr Seaman, and the choosing of a new district superintendent to lead us upon Dr. Seaman’s retirement has been set up. Each month a flyer with the month’s prayer focus will be placed in the program.
NORTH END COMMUNITY MINISTRY FUND RAISER
NECM is one the local organizations our church supports. They benefit from our annual diaper drive and when we receive extra items for our care kits, we send the items to them. They have been named as a recipient of gift cards from the Meijer Corporation “Simply Give” program at the Plainfield Meijer. From October 30 to December 31, 2016. During Double Match Days, November 11 and 12 $10.00 becomes $30.00 through a Meijer Corporation “match”. If someone wants to participate, all they have to do is present a donation card to the cashier at the Plainfield Meijer’s and $10.00 will be added to their total grocery bill. The cards are available on the table at the back of the church for from Gerry Dawson. This is a great way to support NECM.
THE NEXT LADIES RENDEZVOUS IS SAT., November 19, 2016!
The next Ladies Rendezvous will be Saturday November 19, at 10:30 AM. The Ladies will be setting up for the Thanksgiving potluck the next day. Please contact Cherry for more info or if you need a ride! Call or text (616) 916-7595.
6th ANNUAL BLANKET AND COAT DRIVE FOR MEL TROTTER!
What began with one person asking for a blanket donation 6 years ago became an annual event to provide warmth for the ‘least of these!’ After learning Mel Trotter is often without enough blankets to cover their beds we started collecting them and to date have given over 300 blankets, scarves, and coats to some who really need them!
While the NMI intended to start the drive in mid-October, they’re already arriving! So join the fun and bring your new or gently used blankets and put them on the tables in the back of the sanctuary. We already have reached our goal of 50 blankets. But let’s not stop there. Questions? See Sherry!
THANKSGIVING POTLUCK AND WECOLME HOME FOR PASTOR DAN AND JANIE
Our next potluck is scheduled for November 20, 2016. That will be Pastor Dan’s first Sunday back from his sabbatical and the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The stewards are planning a Thanksgiving dinner. If you can bring a Thanksgiving type item, please let Cherry know. We need the whole works including the turkey.
Larry has scheduled a workday to do the fall cleanup. So bring your rakes and join the trustees on Saturday November 5, at 9:00 AM. There are usually donuts!
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. or Sherry J.
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.
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 3RD THURSDAY CHINESE LUNCH IS Oct 20!
Our next Third Thursday Chinese Lunch is this Thursday, Oct 20 at 11:30am 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!
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. 26/Nov. 13 Pastor Dan and Janie’s 7-week Sabbatical
Now-Nov. 30 Blanket and Coat Drive for Mel Trotter Mission
Nov. 6 Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nov. 8 Election Day
Nov. 20 Pastor Dan’s first Sunday back
Nov. 20 Northeast Community Potluck (after worship)
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving