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Pray for One Another
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Our pastors, our board and their families
Barb and Leonard Keeler
Friends and family of Amanda Olinger
Pastor Bruce Lerum
Jane and Jim Nadeau
Sherry Prescott's son, Joe
Melinda Velasquez's son
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 10 for three weeks.
Verse of the Week
Click the following to read the verses in context John 11
New 12 week study begins AUGUST 6
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"Sunday School" Bible study will begin August 6th
This week's lesson is:
Church Family 1 Thessalonians 5:13b
Be at peace among yourselves.
Louisiana church resources community with hope, grace
GracePointe Food Ministry
When a severe storm struck Shreveport, Louisiana, in mid-June, it knocked out power for over 250,000 people in the area, prompting the mayor to issue a state of emergency for the city. For nearly a week, city residents were without power during a heatwave that caused heat index values to skyrocket to over 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
As elderly residents struggled to keep cool, GracePointe Church of the Nazarene and the Pine Road Area Business Association conducted a “fan drive,” reaching out to church and community members through various methods, including TV and radio advertisements. The group collected nearly 150 fans to distribute to elderly people in the neighborhood.
“That’s our church,” said Pastor David Craig. That statement may not have been true more than 10 years ago.
Kevin McCoy, a man who began attending GracePointe because of its work in the community, recently told Craig that before he arrived, “people drove past this church and didn’t even realize it was there.”
“But now, when you mention GracePointe to someone, they may not attend here, but they know where GracePointe is,” McCoy said. “They know where we are and who we are in this neighborhood.”
Craig has been the pastor of GracePointe since 2011. Since then, the church has sought to become a community resource as much as a place of worship.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the congregation was already positioned to be a resource thanks to a pre-existing relationship with the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank. The church has hosted a weekly food ministry out of its dining hall since 2017. The ministry ballooned from 10-15 clients weekly to nearly 130 families a week during the pandemic.
In addition to the food ministry, the church hosts weekly support groups for alcohol and gambling addiction recovery. In the coming weeks, the church will host a back-to-school bash, distributing 100 backpacks to local students and offering free haircuts.
The community that surrounds GracePointe is a lower-income area. The surrounding apartments are a revolving door of people coming and going, getting kicked out.
“There’s just not a lot of hope here,” Craig said. “We’re just trying to give people hope and show our community that we love people the way they are and where they’re at.”
McCoy resides in one of the nearby apartments. One of Craig's first outreach events was a kids-focused event with a group from Dallas, Texas, called the Peanut Butter and Jelly Ministry. McCoy and his family attended the event, where he met Craig. Through their discussion, McCoy learned of Craig’s passion for outreach, and he and his family began volunteering with GracePointe.
“That’s how we were exposed to what the heart of GracePointe was,” McCoy said. “The Lord kept making opportunities to meet and serve with them.”
McCoy notices how quickly those being served by GracePointe’s ministries get involved and start attending the church. And that’s precisely how Craig hopes it happens.
“Our hope, our dream, our desire is to share the grace that we’ve received so that we can pass it on to them,” Craig said. “And then, hopefully, they’ll pass it on to somebody else.”
by Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News | 28 Jul 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
MOPS is on summer break and will resume this fall
You can Volunteer for once a month, once a quarter, or every time MOPs meets! Contact Bonnie Strunk (480) 296-1831
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