05/03/2020 Newsletter

Updated: May 5, 2020

A Word From Pastor John~

Patience is an interesting attribute. It is often so difficult to exhibit in the moment, but has the tendency to shape us spiritually as we look back on the circumstance. 

Certainly patience is one of the defining words we are experiencing this season within us. As we wait to get back to work, or get the kids back to school, or get back in the church building, or hear the good news that the virus is slowing and effective treatment has been found, we learn to exhibit patience. 

But how hard is this learning process in the moment? 

There's something about seasons of uncertainty where God has a tendency to work within us in a unique way. How does he wish to work in your life this week? 

One thing I'm thankful for this week is the ability to gather online and at drive-in church for the month of May.  Even though folks are social distancing, and remaining in their vehicles, it is so good to see and wave at those church members who we miss so much. 

I hope you can join us for the month of May either online or at drive-in church at 9:00 a.m.

Pray For One Another

To request prayer, email or call/text (520) 709-0815

Our pastors and their families

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

Phil Chavez family, Lorraine Chavez and Seve Chacon

Barb Gionfriddo's neighbor

Josh's son, Wesley

Talma's student

Carla's cousin, Alisa

Tom Hahn and the family of Ben Hennessee

Pat Lancos

Justin Echenbarger

Dave Lukas

Valerie Thibodeaux's daughter's dear friend whose Father died of Covid 19

Brenda Clark's brother, Ron

The many unspoken requests

Bible Reading Plan: Week 19

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 Five is available at your request. Call (520) 709-0815

Use OR the YouVersion app

Day 127: 2 Samuel 6-7

1 Chronicles 17

Day 128: Psalm 25, 29,33, 36, 39

Day 129: 2 Samuel 8-9

1 Chronicles 18

Day 130: Psalm 50, 53, 60, 75

Day 131: 2 Samuel 10

1 Chronicles 19

Psalm 20

Day 132: Psalm 65-67, 69-70

Day 133: 2 Samuel 11-12

1 Chronicles 20

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.

Humor... kinda

Looking Above

I needed some supplies from a Sunday School cupboard that was seldom used and was secured with a lock. I didn't know the combination, but our clergyman offered to give it a try. Father Jack placed his fingers on the lock's dial and raised his eyes heavenward for a moment. Then he confidently spun the dial and opened the lock. Seeing how impressed I was with this demonstration of faith, he smiled and confided, "The numbers are written on the ceiling."

Science vs. God

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. They picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, "God, we've decided that we no longer need you. We're to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don't you just go on and get lost."

God listened patiently and kindly to the man and, after the scientist was done talking, God said, "Very well! How about this? Let's have a man-making contest."

To which the man replied, "OK, great!"

But God added, "Now we're going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam."

The scientist said, "Sure, no problem" and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.

God just looked at him and said, "No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!"

Opportunities to Give and Serve

If you're able:

Volunteer at our "Bread Bank Plus" Resource center.

Call or email the church office.

Donations are welcome!

Help get Bibles to the Navajo speaking

people in prison here in Arizona: Serve God by serving your church:

Nazarene News

Nazarenes in the News: April 2020

Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of news stories featuring Nazarene churches or church members working to solve some issues that have arisen from COVID-19

by Nazarene News Staff | 24 Apr 2020

Tennessee church food ministry partners with drive-in as need grows amid COVID-19

(Herald-Chronicle, 15 April 2020) The Westside Church of the Nazarene’s Tullahoma Family Food Ministry recently partnered with the Montana Drive-In to distribute food to help solve hunger issues in the local community.

The food-distribution events will continue to be held during the pandemic each Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. at the Montana Drive-In, located at 10251 Tullahoma Hwy. in Estill Springs.

“We’ve been giving food away at my church for a little more than a year,” coordinator David Statum said, “We outgrew our parking lots, so we asked Beth Rhoton, who owns the drive-in, if we could move there.”

For the rest of the story, click here.

Michigan family sews masks for community

A family from Cross Community Church of the Nazarene in Portage, Michigan has been sewing masks for first responders, hospital workers, friends, and family.

(WWMT, 15 April 2020) When the Hernandez family began making homemade masks, they were meant for j