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02/28/2021 Newsletter

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Pray for One Another


To request prayer, email mosaicnazarene@gmail.com

or call/text (520) 709-0815


Our pastors and their families

Our board members

The world as we all continue to navigate this Covid-19 pandemic.


Josh and Mellisa's son, Micah

Bonnie Rickman's Daughter-in-law, Tina

Sheila

Pastor Jeff Fillis and his family

Phil Hunt

Sharon Slaven's Sister

Pat Lancos' daughter in law Tricia

The family of Vern Rupp


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


Click the links below to read online

Mark

Luke

Psalms


Verse of the Week

Click on the following Bible link to read the verse in context

1 Peter 2

Holiness Today

Redemption

I grew up poor in North Carolina. My mom married my dad when she was 16; I was born a year and a half later. We moved around a lot, often living in places with no air conditioning or phone service. My parents were both addicts. My mom was a blackout alcoholic, and my dad’s drug choice was heroin. They divorced when I was just three years old.

Opioids became my father’s obsession. He was in and out of prison for several years—robbing banks and burglary became the means of financing his drug habit. During some of his longer stints in jail, my father and I became pen-pals. Through these interactions, I realized how intelligent he was. I have a drawer full of his letters, some written in Latin and other languages. As crazy as it sounds, these exchanges are some of my best memories of him.

I never gave up on my father, even after he seemed to have given up on himself. As an adult, I spent many years trying to rescue him, to no avail. Finally, in 2006, he was found dead from a drug overdose in a parked car at the church my husband had pastored a few years prior. I was heartbroken, but despite it all, I loved him. I know he loved me too although heroin was always the most precious thing in his life.

To this day, my mom is still an alcoholic. My childhood years through high school were painful. In her drunken blackout states, I frequently became the object of her rage, both emotionally and physically. It was as if she blamed me for her misfortunes and bad decisions. What made it even worse was that she wouldn’t remember the violent episodes the next day.

My mom remarried when I was five, and unfortunately, my stepdad only added to the abuse. It was apparent that he was interested in me in inappropriate ways. Entering my room and touching me when he thought I was asleep became his routine. From the time I was six or seven until I was 12, I slept fully clothed. In my mind, this provided a layer of protection between his hands and my body.

During my junior year in high school, I remember sitting on our front porch, thinking, “This is not your future.” At that point in my life, I had endured more than my share of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Part of me felt worthless, yet I was determined not to become a statistic.

By the grace of God, I went on to graduate high school with honors and got accepted into nursing school. At that point, I felt like I had escaped the pit in which I’d been living since I was a child; however, I didn’t realize how much healing I had yet to experience.

Looking back, I know that it was God speaking to me that day on the front porch.

Over the years, the Lord kept whispering, “For I know the plans I have for you…” (Jeremiah 29:11). While I spent many years blaming God for my plight, I eventually realized that He was working in ways beyond my ability to see.

After a long, agonizing journey, I surrendered my life to Jesus at age 24. I wish I could tell you that the past never comes back to haunt me, but that wouldn’t be true. The enemy continues to use my pain to try and make me feel worthless. However, what I have discovered is that God allowed my brokenness to become part of a much larger narrative, holding my place in the story of God’s redemption. Through it all, Jesus gives me the strength to carry on and uses my story to provide hope for others. Thanks be to God!

Heather Powell is a risk management consultant in St. Charles, Illinois. She is married to Brian, district superintendent for the Kentucky district. Together they have four children and one grandchild.

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Opportunities to Give and Serve


Donations of clothes for infant to adult are currently being accepted.


Thank you, for your continued generosity of both time and resources. Your gifts make a difference!

Contact Barbara Keeler: (520) 709-8925


You may always designate how you would like your offerings to be used for Mosaic Ministries besides our general fund. Here are some ministries in which you may want your offerings to go:

✎ LoveWorks ✎ Children's Ministry ✎ MOPs ✎ Prison Ministry ✎ Outreach ✎ Women's Ministry ✎ Facilities Upgrade Fund

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M O S A I C K I D S


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This weeks topic is: Jesus Does Miracles!

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Coming Up...


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calendar of events



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❓❓ Bible Trivia ❓❓

- These are last week's questions because no one emailed me for the prize -

New CHALLAGE! Be the first to email me with 100% correct and get a PRIZE! mosaicnazarene.org


1. True or False: The Bible is the most popular book ever written. (by copies sold)

2. Q: What day did God create man?

3. Q: How did Moses’ mother save him from the Egyptian soldiers?

4. Q: Who was the first king of Israel?

5. Q: Who was David’s captain of his army?

6. Q: Where did Jesus’ family go when Herod wanted to harm him as baby?

7. Q: Who preached at Pentecost?

8. Q: Where can you find the 10 commandments in the Bible?

9. Q: Where is the Fruit of the Spirit found in the Bible?

10. Q: Where in the Bible can you find the Lord’s Prayer?


Answers will posted on the next Newsletter.


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Humor... kinda


Perspective

A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car.

The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground, Then she looked at the hanger and said, "I don't know how to use this."

So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head. The woman thought, "This is what you sent to help me?" But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.

The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said, "Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"

He said, "Sure". He walked over to the car, and immediately the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said, "Thank You So Much! You are a very nice man."

The man replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour."

The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, "Oh, Thank you God! You even sent me a Professional!”


The Pastor's title

A local Pastor joined a community Service Club, and the members thought they would have a little fun with him. Under his name badge they printed, "Hog Caller" as his occupation. Everyone made a big fanfare as the badge was presented.

The Pastor responded by saying, " I usually am called the "Shepherd of the sheep"... but I guess you know your people better than I do."


Social Distancing Guidelines


Please keep at least 6 feet apart while sitting in the sanctuary if possible


Please practice social distancing on the church property as much as possible


Sanitizer and masks are available at the front table


If you feel sick or have a temperature, please stay home


Communion elements will be available on a table as you enter the church 


Offering will be taken as you exit the church after service 


Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and sanitized 


Thanks for respecting the guidelines and one another!


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