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Pray for One Another
To request prayer, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call/text (520) 709-0815
Our pastors, our board and their families
The friends and family of Bob Miller, especially June Miller
A child who goes to Mosaic
Shelley Butler's Aunt Phyllis
Brenda Hathaway's brother, Wes
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 one more week.
Come discuss this plan together in our FORUM. See you there!
Verse of the Week
Click the following to read the verse in context: 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Grieving the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming. We are here to walk with you as you navigate this unwelcome time in your life. Through GriefShare's expert counsel, your workbook and the caring of others in the group, healing and help are available as you journey from mourning to joy.
GriefShare classes begin Saturday, February 18, at10am at the church.
Contact: Suzanne Espelien @ 303-870-8505. Sign up sheets are available at church or sign up at GriefShare.org.
Sign up in the foyer.
If you would like a shirt, please indicate size and color - grey or blue.
Mothers Of Preschoolers
This week's lesson is:
Strong Joshua 1:9
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
When you walk into a typical Sunday morning service at Largs Church of the Nazarene in Largs, Scotland, you can expect a delicious brunch before your worship and good conversation around tables after.
The church, led by Pastors Tasha Alison and Steve Fountain, has made eating together a cornerstone of their ministry and identity as a church as they think creatively about serving their community.
In 2019, Largs Naz rewrote its vision statement to be about hospitality, health, and holiness. When COVID-19 halted traditional ministries, the congregation decided to try something new, partnering with a food bank to send out 10,000 meals to people in need. As pandemic restrictions slowly eased in Scotland, pastors Tasha and Steve realized their church building, a certified hospitality venue, could operate under hospitality rules instead of religious gatherings, which broadened their ability to host people.
“If the pubs can have people come in, sit at tables, and watch a football match, why can’t they come in and watch our online service?” Steve asked.
Thus, the idea for Largs Naz’ Sunday brunch was born. From June 2021 to June 2022, visitors were offered a choice of three breakfast items to eat as a pre-recorded service played on the screen, allowing congregants to attend church and worship together while adhering to local laws.
Steve and Tasha didn’t want to lose what was happening when they went back to a more traditional in-person experience—sitting at tables and incorporating hospitality into the core of their church’s ministry. They started offering food at 10:15, moving into a more typical service around 11:00.
“Service ends at noon and people don’t move,” Steve said. “They sit and talk for half an hour, (or) an hour. People love it, and now we’re looking for a bigger building.”
Eating together on Sundays and partnering with a food bank isn’t the only way Largs Naz is reaching the community through food. The church offers a program on Thursdays called Common Ground. In the afternoon, elderly people come for companionship, teas and coffees, and help with their technology, provided by a congregant. When school lets out, children come for tutoring, games, and a hearty evening meal prepared by the church.
They also offer cooking courses every Saturday, including occasional lessons designed for children. Twelve people can participate on the portable gas stoves set up in the sanctuary, but Largs Naz often has up to 20 people sitting as spectators.
“It is worth every bit of work that goes into it,” Tasha said. “It is worth every bit of it to see this happening—kids eating together, families eating together. People who are coming on Thursday and Saturday are coming on Sunday. They get to know our church and our community, and they want to come.”
Wednesday night prayer meetings, a monthly lecture series, and a monthly Sunday evening service are also all well-attended and contribute to the exponential growth of the congregation. In November, the Thanksgiving meal was so popular that they had to add a second time to accommodate everyone, feeding approximately 200 people.
“We’re creating warm spaces,” Tasha said. “They feel loved here, and that’s what we want, for people to feel loved and accepted where they are, and nothing does that like food.”
Lexi Sunberg for Eurasia Region Church of the Nazarene | 02 Feb 2023
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
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