A Word From Pastor John~
Who would have thought on Ash Wednesday that by Easter Sunday we would be in a statewide quarantine, only able to meet together online?
As we look back on Lent 2020, perhaps there were several things that we were "forced" to give up this year. But my hope is that we have also had opportunity to take a step back, and examine our own relationship with the Lord during this time.
Easter celebration will look a little bit different this year. Yet we are still reminded that God is king, even King over the Corona virus.
My hope is that you can join us online at 10:00 a.m. for a special Easter celebration. He is risen, He is risen indeed!
Pray For One Another
Our pastors and their families
The world as we all continue to navigate this pandemic.
Valerie's daughter's dear friend whose Father died last week of Covid 19
Brenda Clark's brother, Ron
Leonard and Barb Keeler
Val Jordheim's daughter, Erika
Dawn & Frank Sundstrom
Tonya Fleming's great nephew, Ben
Terry and Cristy's family
The many unspoken requests
Bible Reading Plan: Week 15
This year, we are reading through the Bible chronologically using The Bible Recap Plan in YouVersion.
Take a bookmark from the front lobby if you'd like to keep track that way and go through at your own pace. Bookmark FOUR is available at your request. Call (520) 709-0815
Day 99: 1 Samuel 4-8
Day 100: 1 Samuel 9-12
Day 101: 1 Samuel 13-14
Day 102: 1 Samuel 15-17
Day 103: 1 Samuel 18-20
Day 104: 1 Samuel 21-24
Day 105: Psalm 7, 27, 31, 34, 52
Before you read God’s Word today, seek His help with these 5 prayers:
1. God, give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. 2. God, let any knowledge I gain serve to help me love You and others more, and not puff me up. 3. God, help me see something new about You I've never seen before. 4. God, correct any lies I believe about You or anything I misunderstand. 5. God, direct my steps according to Your Word.
Opportunities to Give and Serve
If you're able:
Volunteer at our "Bread Bank Plus" Resource center.
Call or email the church office.
Help get Bibles to the Navajo speaking
people in prison here in Arizona: Serve God by serving your church:
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
Nazarenes Respond in Love: COVID-19 Update (April 2, 2020)
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, Nazarene Compassionate is committed to acting in compassion as we respond together throughout the crisis, including the long-term needs that will go beyond immediate risks and dangers. Together, we can continue to be formed by Christ to respond in love, care, patience, devotion, and boldness. Across six continents, Nazarene churches are already partnering with NCM to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic in love. There are new programs in the Philippines, Albania, Paraguay, Rwanda, the Dominican Republic, the United States, and more. The list of compassionate action is long and has involved: · Food and hygiene distributions for those who are high-risk, isolated, or low-income · Mental health and social care · Spiritual support and guidance · Extra financial support for low-income individuals and families · Prevention awareness programs to mitigate the spread of the virus · Support for children who normally attend child development centers
In addition, NCM has so far established the following:
COVID-19 Community Response Program to support church-led projects
This includes the distribution of food and other vital resources to vulnerable and isolated people
Click here for guidelines on how to safely engage in distribution projects in your community
COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program to support income replacement for vulnerable people
COVID-19 Child and Family Assistance Program to support food distribution to families associated with Child Development Centers and beyond
The Church of the Nazarene is truly a global church and is uniquely positioned to share resources and strategies as well as amplifying existing projects. Compassionate response can be mobilized through child development centers in 38 countries, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) projects at 310 churches in 15 countries, more than 1,400 people trained to respond to disasters, and more. When fear is strong, Christ is stronger.
You can actively love others in Jesus’ name, too. Here are a few ideas:
Practice physical distancing, but maintain social connectedness.
Though we are encouraged to be physically isolated, that does not mean we are alone. Find creative ways to connect socially. Some ideas include (but are not limited to) calling friends or family members regularly, checking in on those who are alone, scheduling virtual dinners, sending notes of encouragement, and participating in virtual bible studies and church services.
Safely engage in distribution to those who are vulnerable.
If it is safe to do so, organize distributions of food or non-food items for those who are vulnerable in your community. That might include the high-risk individuals who are isolating, those who have lost vital food support, or those who were vulnerable before the crisis began. For guidelines on how to organize safe distributions, clickhere.
Give to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to help fund COVID-19 programs.
This pandemic will cause hardship for a long time, even beyond when the danger is gone. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is already establishing long-term plans with Nazarene leaders. These will remain fluid as the needs change in order to provide the care that is needed, when it is needed.
These are days where prayer should be the response to fear. Please pray for those who have lost loved ones to the virus, and those who are sick. Pray for those who are vulnerable and will lose crucial sources of income. Pray for the churches and leaders who are organizing responses.
Excerpts from https://www.ncm.org and an e-letter