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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
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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 7 for one more week.
Verses of the Week
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Mothers Of Preschoolers
This week's lesson is:
Praise The Lord! Psalm 105:1
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
Intentional discipleship makes district-wide impact on Canada West
The Discipleship Place offers a variety of courses on topics ranging from discipleship and evangelism to mental health. Some individuals take the courses on their own to increase their knowledge of lay ministry, while others participate to fulfill a local congregation’s requirements for church leadership positions.
On the Canada West District, these courses are used for discipleship, connecting people from three Canadian provinces.
Sheri Lynn Martin, the district children’s ministries coordinator, searched for ways to connect with leaders and lay ministers spread out over the district’s 1,000-plus kilometers during the COVID-19 pandemic. She turned to The Discipleship Place in search of course material to bring people together as part of the Canada West District’s emphasis on empowering lay leaders.
“We don’t want all our eggs in one basket,” Martin said. “We don’t want just to be empowering our pastors. We want to be empowering our lay leaders as well.”
Martin and the group first dove into the Children’s Ministry course, meeting once a month over two years. The group of nine that participated became close and saw how impactful the knowledge gained from the course was on their local ministry contexts.
“We are meeting together to be discipled, to sharpen each other, to love and support each other, and then we’re going out for that whole month, seeing what we can do,” Martin said. “We bring it all back, and they talk about who they’ve met, how they’re doing, and then we disciple each other again.”
The group loved it so much that they returned to The Discipleship Place and began taking the Discovering and Developing Christlike Disciple Makers course. This time, the group nearly doubled from nine to 17 participants.
Many of the attendees are immigrants to Canada from either Sudan or The Philippines. As they completed the course, they began to implement not only knowledge from the courses but also things that they learned from each other. Meghan McDougall, a participant in the group, said that the diverse church and cultural backgrounds helped the group broaden their perspectives. “Even their stories of how they do things [in their previous culture] compared to how they’re learning to do things in Canada were beneficial,” McDougall said.
In addition to bonding over cultural differences, the participants connected over similar experiences in life.
“To have these discussions with these people and to hear their stories as you go through things, you realize that you’re not alone,” McDougall said.
While learning about discipleship, they practiced it within their group along the way. And the intentionality that discipleship requires was not lost on McDougall. “You go to church intentionally, you participate intentionally, and you mentor intentionally,” McDougall said.
That intentionality is ultimately what Martin and the Canada West District want to impart to others. The reason for intentional discipleship, according to Martin, is that “we can’t just leave people where they’re at.” “If we’re fortunate enough to have the person decide to follow Jesus, we don’t want just to leave them there,” Martin said. “There’s so much more for them. I just want them to grab onto that and help others grab onto that as well.”
Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News 25 May 2023
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
God is Left-Handed
Little Philip was spending the weekend with his grandmother after a particularly trying week in infant school. His grandmother decided to take him to the park on Saturday morning. It had been snowing all night and everything was beautiful.
His grandmother commented, 'Doesn't it look like an artist painted this scenery? Did you know God painted this just for you?'
'Yes, 'replied Philip, 'God did it and he did it left handed.'
This confused his grandmother so she asked him, 'What makes you say God did this with his left hand?'
'Well, 'said Philip, 'we learned at Sunday School last week that Jesus sits on God's right hand.'
80 year-old widow getting married for 4th time
An 80 year-old woman was recently married to her 4th husband. A reporter questioned the occupation of her newly acquired husband. She replied that he owned a funeral home.
Curious about the other husbands, the reporter also asked about their occupations.
The woman paused for a while and stated that her first husband was a banker. The second one she was madly in love with and he was a circus master. The third one was a minister.
Puzzled by her answers, he replied, “None of these people have anything in common! Why did you marry these?”
She stated that she married number one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.
Giving to God
The Junior Sunday School Teacher asked her eight eager 10 year-olds if they would give a $1,000,000 to the missionaries.
“Yes!” they all screamed!
“Would you give $1,000?” Again, they shouted “YES!”
How about $100?” “Oh, yes we would!” they all agreed!
“Would you just give a dollar to the missionaries?” she asked.
The boys exclaimed, “Yes!” just as before, except for Johnny.
“Johnnie,” the teacher said as she noticed the boy clutching his pocket, “Why didn’t you say ‘yes’ this time?”
“Well,” the boy stamme, “I have a dollar!”
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