What a wonderful day in the Lord we had Sunday! It was election Sunday and the Holy Spirit led us to select God’s chosen servants for the next church year (June 01, 2017 – May 31, 2018). We begin the election process with a prayerful Spirit led nominations committee. Then, nominees are asked to prayerfully consider their nomination before letting their name ‘run’ on the ballot. The final step comes as Spirit led members vote as He leads them. Below, you’ll find the results!
Praise God for each of you elected to serve as His chosen servants! As God’s people, we will all follow you as we trust God has drawn near and spoken! To Him be the Glory! Amen? Amen!!
God’s message to us this week came from John 14:15-21 and was titled, “2/3rds is not Enough! Have you ever experienced a dying or dead car battery? While dead batteries are inconvenient, they usually give a telltale ‘sign’ when they prepare to die by turning the engine over just a little bit slower. Ignore this sign and you risk turning the key and hearing ‘click, click, click’ instead.
This can in some ways be the experience of Christians, too! But it doesn’t have to be that way! In John c. 13 Jesus tells the disciples He will be leaving and where He is going they cannot come (John 13:33). The next 2 chapters are filled with anxious filled questions and Jesus’ responses. The disciples feared a future without the power and presence of Jesus!
Without Jesus, they faced times of depleted courage, drained patience, overwhelming stress, and they were already feeling a sense of looming abandonment. But, Jesus knew their fears and knew what they needed! Yes, they needed a relationship with their heavenly Father! Yes, they needed a relationship with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! (see John 14:6). But, 2/3rds of God was not enough! Jesus knew they needed the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit!
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth” (Jn 14:15-17a).
Like the first disciples, life can be a constant source of drain on your spiritual batteries. We also face times of depleted courage, drained patience, overwhelming stress and abandonment. But, Jesus knows our needs, too! Stop trying to navigate through life exhausted trying to accomplish great things for God in your own power! Receive the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit!
How? First, by asking the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas where you’re not yet yielded. Have you yielded your past, present, and your future? Second, obey Jesus’ commands! Is Jesus Lord of All? Finally, ask God to send the fullness of the Holy Spirit with Pentecostal power to cleanse and sanctify you entirely. Already sanctified? Perhaps it’s time to ask him for a fresh infilling of His power, wisdom, peace, and joy. 2/3rds is not enough! When you’re filled with Him you’ll discover spiritual power you’ve never known before! May it be so!
Blessings, Pastor Dan
CHURCH ELECTION BLESSINGS! GOD HAS SPOKEN! AMEN!
Every year we ask the Holy Spirit to help us nominate the right candidates and ask our prospective candidates to pray before letting their name run on the ballot. Likewise, we ask member members to pray before voting! Therefore, we believe God has spoken and below you will find the results! Bless everyone who took part! God is good!
Northeast Community Church of the Nazarene
2017 / 2018 Election Results (May 21, 2017)
NMI President *
SDMI Superintendent *
NYI President *
No NYI President elected this year
Church Treasurer **
Church Board Secretary **
District Assembly Delegate
District Assembly Alternate
NMI Convention Delegate
NMI Convention Alternate
No alternate elected this year
Sunday School Conv. Delegate
Sunday School Conv. Alternate
NYI Convention Delegate
NYI Convention Alternate
* Note: Per Nazarene Manual, these elected positions also serve/vote on the church board
** Note: Church Treasurer and Church Board Secretary are appointed annually by the church board.
NEWS AND EVENTS
ANNUAL DIAPER DRIVE- KEEP THEM COVERED!
Get your coupons for diapers and wipes, 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 – 660 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 June 17th @ 10:30 AM
We will be meeting at the church for this time of fellowship and fun. 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.
A NEW BIBLE STUDY IS COMING SOON!
Beginning in September, Mary W. will begin a study titled, “Remembering the Forgotten God”. This will be held Tuesdays at 10 AM for 7 weeks, beginning Sept. 5th. Sign up on the sheet in the church annex so she knows how many books to order.
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 24 Wednesday Service @ 6:30 PM at the churchJune 17
Church Work Day – 9 AM to Noon
June 18-23 General Assembly 2017 Work & Witness Project
June 26 Indian Lake Camps begin