Northeast Community News – May 15, 2017
We had another wonderful day in the Lord, Sunday! How do you know you might ask? Well, I have heard from many of you that Rev. Christopher made Mother’s Day a special event in the Lord! Indeed, none of us would be here without the cooperation of our parents and our Father in heaven! I look forward to hearing even more stories this week as I return from vacation!
As you know, Janie and I spent the week in Cabos, Mexico. Yes, there were many opportunities to share our faith among those who found the unlimited alcohol incredibly appealing. But, as I reflect, I couldn’t help think about the mom who arrived in Grand Rapids with us last night just before midnight. Her daughter (who had slept) was playing delightfully… However, her mother looked exhausted and burdened. Without a lot of thought, I grabbed her heavy carry-on bags and carried them from the gate to a warm waiting car.
She became overwhelmed and emotion filled her eyes and language as we walked and chatted with her playful 3-year-old Isabella. It was only after hearing we were Christians that it all began to make sense why perfect strangers would help a struggling mom at midnight. After learning I was a pastor from Jane, she promised to visit our church one day. As I walked away, I sensed the Holy Spirit affirming us for giving one of His special mom’s a special Mother’s Day to remember. Even when we are without our moms on Mother’s Day, we can still love moms in Jesus Name!
Thank you Rev. Chris for your special message and for everyone who made it possible for Janie and I to travel. God is good! (All the time!) Blessings, Pastor Dan
NEWS AND EVENTS
CHURCH ELECTIONS – Sunday, May 21
Attention members! Church elections will take place Sunday, May 21st. Members are asked to make a special effort to be present and vote to elect your representatives for this next church year (The next church year runs from June 01, 2017 – May 31, 2018). Your voice is important, so make sure to vote Sunday morning! Larry Branagan will be handing out ballots before and after Sunday school.
ANNUAL DIAPER DRIVE BEGINS AGAIN! KEEP THEM COVERED!
Get your coupons for diapers and head to the stores! We are collecting this precious gift for mothers who have little ones and have only a little money. We donate them to Northeast Community Center. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s donation! Diapers collected so far – 352 GOAL = 1800
Join us at the church for a day of cleaning up things and making things look a bit better around the church. This will be from 9 AM to noon.
NEXT WOMEN’S RENDEZVOUS is May 20 @ 10:30 AM
We will be meeting at the church for this time of fellowship and fun. We will be discussing our breakfast menu for the Renucci House for August. Call or text Cherry for any questions @ 616-916-7595.
INTERESTED IN CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?
A series of membership classes will be starting in June. If you are interested in learning more about the Church of the Nazarene, or becoming a member of our church, please let Pastor Dan know by contacting him at: 616-204-1153 or email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY has moved to the church
We are now meeting at the church for Bible Study and fellowship. We hope to see you there!
TIME TO THINK ABOUT SUMMER CAMP @ 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/summer-camp
Discovery Camp Completed K – 2nd grade Jul. 05-07
Adventure Camp Completed 2nd – 4th grade Jul. 24-28
Voyager Camp Completed 4th – 6th grade Jul. 31-Aug. 04
Mid. School Camp Completed 6th – 8th grade Jul. 10-14
High School Camp Completed 9th – 12th grade Jun. 26-30
Note: All camps are $ 285 (except for Discovery Camp which is $ 135)
SOUND BOOTH PERSON NEEDED:
The church is looking for someone who is interested in being a sound booth technician. You will need to be able to attend music practices Sunday morning at 9 AM. Let Janie know if you are interested at 616-204-2499 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michigan District Church of the Nazarene presents:
A MOMENT IN TIME
At the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island on May 28 – May 30, 2017
A Moment in Time is open to all ages of families and individuals. The cost is only $345 per person. Children ages 12-17 are $185 and children birth to age 11 are free.
· Two nights lodging at the historic Grand Hotel
· Two delectable five course dinners
· Two scrumptious breakfasts (choice of menu/breakfast buffet or continental)
· Adult round-trip ferry ride (ages 5-11 are $12)
· All baggage handling
The first non-refundable deposit of $50 is due by March 27th. The balance is due April 22nd. Please see the attached brochure for all of the details!
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017 WORK & WITNESS PROJECT:
I'm writing to invite you and any members of your church to be a part of the largest Nazarene Work & Witness project called, One Heart - Many Hands Indianapolis 2017! This week-long service project will take place June 18-23. In a recent conversation with Dr. David Downs, the District Superintendent of the West Texas District, it came to my attention that many pastors are under the impression that One Heart - Many Hands (OHMH) projects are just for youth groups. In actuality, OHMH is a Work & Witness project geared for the entire church to participate in. Many churches bring multi generational groups who work on the project and learn from each other. In past General assembly years we have averaged 2000 Nazarenes serving together with OHMH to leave the fingerprints of God all over the General Assembly host city. I'm sure you receive hundreds of emails each year encouraging you and your church to be a part of something… OHMH is a unique Work & Witness project that not only affords your group the opportunity to be involved in missions together but also to experience the Global Church of the Nazarene in a very visible and tangible way as team members participate in the General Assembly services. Would you prayerfully consider encouraging your church to take advantage of this opportunity to serve alongside thousands of Nazarenes this summer in Indianapolis? For more information about this service project please contact our office at email@example.com or visit our website at www.oneheartmanyhands.com. Thank you, George Sisler
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!
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 Annual Diaper Drive – Keep them Covered!
May 21 Church Elections
May 28 A Moment in Time at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island
June 18-23 General Assembly 2017 Work & Witness Project
June 26 Indian Lake Camps begin