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01/15/2023 Newsletter

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Pray for One Another


To request prayer, email mosaicnazarene@gmail.com

or call/text (520) 709-0815


Our pastors, our board and their families


A child who goes to Mosaic

Betty Pimentel

Shelley Butler's Aunt Phyllis

Brenda Hathaway's brother, Wes

Barbara Gionfriddo

Barbara Gionfriddo's friend. Gabrielle

Joe Watts

Tom Burke

Pat Lancos's sister Dottie

Leonard Keeler


The many unspoken requests


Make sure you're a part of our Facebook group to get prayer requests as they come in: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21109057279

 

Bible Reading Plan


Redemptive-Historical Bible Reading Plan

This year we are doing a 16 part plan that reveals God's plan of redemption in the Old Testament. Here is what the organizer says about it:


"I have outlined redemptive history in 16 stages, from creation up through the open-ended expectation of the Day of the Lord. Then I provide carefully curated sections from the OT that trace this history. I tried to pick at least one chapter from every OT book, but to keep it reasonably short I had to leave some out. I also pepper in psalms along the way. Then, for each stage, I provide a chapters from the NT that bring out how each of those steps of redemptive history (for ancient Israel) are fulfilled in the new era in Christ." Greg Laniers Blog


We will have three to four weeks to read and reflect on each part.

We will reflect on PART 2 for 3 weeks.


Come discuss this plan together in our FORUM. See you there!

 

Verse of the Week


Click the following to read the verse in context: Galatians 3

 

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Mothers Of Preschoolers

FREE CHILDCARE

 


 

This week's lesson is:

FRIEND Proverbs 17:17

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity."

 

Nazarene News


Panama church aids migrant population

The First Church of the Nazarene in Rio Abajo, Panama, handed out 500 personal hygiene kits and served 11,900 hot meals to migrants who arrived in the country. In addition, they handed out clothing, shoes, milk, diapers, and medicines.


The collection and distribution were carried out through a migrant support campaign called "Love in Action," directed by Rio Abajo Pastor Amable Polanco. The leadership and the entire church joined in donating, praying, seeking external donations, and working to bring help to migrants.


"Love in Action" began on October 21 after the church learned that dozens of migrants were staying in the country because of immigration policy changes that did not allow them to move on to their original destination.


"We never imagined that it would be 40 days in continuous service," said Yalegny Urdanera, local coordinator for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.

The church began by bringing food and coffee, but upon seeing the migrants’ needs, their perspectives were changed.


"We got busy spreading the word about the need to aid the migrants,” Urdanera said.

Word of mouth spread, and the church began to gather everything needed to cover the migrants’ basic needs and to aid those who were sick, weak, and injured. Church members also obtained bedding, clothing, shoes, and toiletries.

The church and community responded together as members brought their friends and donations. People who came by saw the church's work and brought their gifts. The church received a donation from a company that brought a truck full of dry food, water, and toiletries.


Later, more donations arrived from the United States.

"Thank God, since the campaign began, the aid has not stopped," Urdanera said. "Manna from heaven arrived. Thanks to our international church through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, which was a great blessing to close our campaign, Love in Action,"

The donations allowed the church to collaborate with Hogar Luisa, an organization that serves as a collection center for migrant people and refugees.


In addition, the Río Abajo church served as a shelter for more than 18 people who were provided with water and food. Urdanera describes what happened next as "an act of love with a reaction." The migrants who received shelter and refuge in the church joined the team to serve other migrants.

For several days, the church distributed dinners, and later also breakfasts, in a center for migrants.

Urdarena believes that many migrants saw God’s love for them through small details and gestures, and that "Love in Action" was only a seed that would grow in God's time.


"To the glory of God, many migrants accepted Jesus as their savior," Urdarena "Those who returned to Venezuela went with contacts from the Church of the Nazarene to follow them up."

 

Opportunities to Give and Serve


We are looking for helpers in the following areas. Please text the church phone at 520-709-0815 and we will get you set up!


⎆Mosaic Cleaning Team


⎆Children's Church helpers


 

You can Volunteer for once a month, once a quarter, or every time MOPs meets! Contact Bonnie Strunk (480) 296-1831

 

Humor... Kind of


Wired for sound

Back in the days before many churches had wireless microphones, a preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mic, and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mic cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again. After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered,"If he gets loose, will he hurt us?”


Not Welcome

An impoverished old man applied for membership in a wealthy church. The pastor tried to put him off with all kinds of evasive remarks. The old man became aware that he was not welcome there and finally told the pastor that he would pray about it. After several days he returned. "Well," asked the pastor, "Did the Lord give you a message?" "Yes Sir, He did" was the old man's answer. "He told me it wasn't any use. He said, "I've been trying to get in that same church myself for ten years and they won't let me in either.”

Great Sermon

A man approached the minister after the sermon, and thanked him for his discourse. "I found it so helpful," he said.

The minister replied: "I hope it will not prove as helpful as the last sermon you heard me preach."

"Why, what do you mean?" asked the astonished man.

"Well," said the minister, "that sermon lasted you three months.”


Mistaken Identity

A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard, when suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing and stopped, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.

After several hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'Choose Life' license plate, the 'What Would Jesus Do?' bumper sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.

Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.


 

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