05/16/2021 Newsletter

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A Word from Pastor John

"Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!" Habakkuk 3:17‭-‬18 NLT

What a great reminder for us today from the prophet Habakkuk. We certainly endure seasons of life where things don't seem to be going our way. Maybe it's a constant struggle to get the bills paid. Maybe we are continually battling pain and sickness. Maybe there's a relationship in our life that is still toxic, despite our best efforts to create a healthy relationship. The Bible says here, that regardless of our present circumstances, we can and should rejoice in the Lord. And rejoice in our salvation. This is just another reminder that God's word never says life will be easy. But we are promised the everlasting joy of the Lord along this journey. Let us be encouraged today. If there's a trial that we are facing that is bringing us down. May we take up the words of Habakkuk, and spend some time rejoicing in the Lord. May we find joy in our God; and joy in our salvation.

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Nazarene News

Michigan church plant embodies "Journey of Grace"

Months before the Board of General Superintendents launched the Journey of Grace global discipleship initiative, Sharon and Brent Norman began planting the Journey of Grace Church of the Nazarene in Saginaw, Michigan. In hindsight, the Normans are amazed that God brought together their church's vision and the recently launched Journey of Grace framework.

The Normans hope Journey of Grace Church of the Nazarene will be a community where people are welcomed, challenged, and transformed. They see the church building as a “headquarters” for what the congregation is doing in the community.

“You’ll see us here on Sunday and whenever we have other discipleship activities,” Sharon said. “But otherwise, the church needs to be sent. It cannot stay in the building.”

Their path to planting the church is a journey in and of itself. The Normans had been serving faithfully in Grand Rapids until 2013 when they received an offer to go to Kankakee, Illinois, or Saginaw, Michigan. They drove through Saginaw to take a look at the area and discuss whether or not the time was right.

“I said, ‘If we move here right now, we will do good things,’” Sharon said. “’But if we want to do great things, we need to go where we can get the training and experience we need to lead God’s people.’”

They chose to go to Kankakee, where Sharon served at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene and Brent worked on his master’s degree at Olivet. In 2018, Randy Owens, pastor of Saginaw Valley Church of the Nazarene, called them again about serving in Saginaw.

After Owens left, the Normans put their name into the mix to be lead pastors of the church. They soon learned they didn’t receive the call to pastor Saginaw Valley by just five votes.

When they broke the news to their children, their youngest said, “So, when do we start our own church?”

The Normans began exploring the idea of church planting and discovered there was another Nazarene church that had closed a few years prior. In the fall of 2020, The Michigan District decided to open the property to them and their plant: Journey of Grace Church of the Nazarene.

The ethos of their ministry is rooted in their beliefs about what the Church is supposed to be.

“We have to stop making Christ and Christianity fit us,” Brent said. “We have to start allowing the Holy Spirit to change us and shape every inch of what we do. [We have to] allow it to enter those uncomfortable spaces so that it will actually do the work that it can do.”

As Nazarene leaders launched the Journey of Grace framework, the Normans found that it perfectly articulated the thoughts and ideas behind their ministry.

“We need to let them belong and be a part,” Sharon said. “The reality is people will belong before they believe. They’ll want to be like the crew they’re with, and they’ll figure out why the crew they’re with behaves the way they do, and then they may believe.

“For so long, we have put the cart before the horse. We want them to behave first, and the reality is that you can’t take a man out of the gutter and dress him up like he’s a CEO and think that’s just going to make it work. You have to meet him where he is.”

by Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News 07 May 2021

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