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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
Barbara Gionfriddo's Nephew Brandon
Mary Ann Watson's Granddaughter, Alyssa
Mary Ann Watson's good friend, Sharon
Bill and Georgia Schroer
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 6 for four weeks.
Verses of the Week
Click the following to read the verses in context Matthew 6
If you have not been baptized yet,
today's the day!
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 are held Saturdays 10am at the church.
Contact: Suzanne Espelien @ 303-870-8505. Sign up sheets are available at church or sign up at GriefShare.org.
If you want to cook or bake for Soup Sunday, sign up in the foyer!
Mothers Of Preschoolers
This week's lesson is:
Obey Ephesians 6:2
“Honor your father and mother” —which is the first commandment with a promise—
California church aids nearby community amid devastating floods
Watsonville Church of the Nazarene has been working nonstop for the last few weeks to help victims of a devastating flood along California’s central coast.
Due to repeated instances of the weather phenomenon known as an “atmospheric river” since December of 2022, California’s coastline has been slammed by storm after storm. One of the most affected areas is California’s central coast, home to a vast agricultural region that is a significant food source for the United States.
On 11 March 2023, the Pajaro, California, community was completely evacuated due to a levee breach on the Pajaro River. The initial levee breach was 100 ft wide, growing to 400 ft by Monday.
Pajaro is a small community, mainly composed of immigrants and migrant farm workers. In nearby Watsonville, Church of the Nazarene members had connections to local organizations and charities that could help. When those organizations asked if the church could be a gathering point for all of the supplies and relief, staff pastor Bruno Banda said it was easy to say yes.
“So we opened our doors, and that’s pretty much where it began,” Banda said. “The church stepped in and offered to help, and that’s pretty much all we’ve been doing.”
The church has been a donation center for the community, receiving clothes and other hygiene products to distribute to the flood victims. According to Banda, they have served nearly 300 people daily, five days a week, for the last three weeks.
The flood victims were recently allowed to return home to pick up after the devastation, but another looming storm is set to bring more rainfall to the area that has already been overwhelmed by continued storms. In addition to homes being damaged, crops have been flooded, which means farm workers can’t return to work or be paid. It’s a blow for families that are already trying to make ends meet.
These struggles are why Watsonville church members got involved, pitching in to help alleviate the stresses these families are facing.
“As long as I’ve been here at this church, the church has been a church for the community,” Banda said. “They’re always looking for ways and reasons to do what they can for those in need in the community, and we’re just continuing that work.”
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
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.
Correct a mistake?
A minister and lawyer were chatting at a party: "What do you do if you make a mistake on a case?" the minister asked. "Try to fix it if it's big; ignore it if it's insignificant," replied the lawyer. "What do you do?"
The minister replied "Oh, more or less the same. Let me give you an example. The other day I meant to say 'the devil is the father of liars,' but instead I said 'the devil is the father of lawyers', so I let it go."
Are you an atheist?
A young woman teacher with obvious liberal tendencies explains to her class of small children that she is an atheist. She asks her class if they are atheists too. Not really knowing what atheism is but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy fireworks.
There is, however, one exception. A little girl has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different.
"Because, I'm not an atheist."
Then, asks the teacher, "What are you?"
"I'm a Christian."
The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks her why she is a Christian.
"Well, I was brought up knowing and loving Jesus. My mom is a Christian, my dad is a Christian, and my grand parents are too, so I am a Christian."
The teacher is now angry. "That's no reason," she says loudly.
"What if your mom and your dad were idiots. And what if your grand parents were idiots? What would you be then?"
She paused, smiled and said, "Oh, I guess that I'd be an atheist!"
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