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08/07/2022 Newsletter

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Pray for One Another

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or call/text (520) 709-0815

Our pastors, our board and their families

Brenda Hathaway's cousins's grandbaby

Pat Lancos' friend, Cathey

Barbara Gionfriddo's nephew, Brandon

Mike Butler's Mom

Susan Kerestes

Barb Keeler's husband, Leonard

Barbara Gionfriddo's sister

Lillie Ellefson's son Troy

Loren & Carol Hall

Mary Ann Watson and their family

Doretta Allison

The many unspoken requests

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Bible Reading Plan

Week 32


Verse of the Week

Click the following to read the verse in context: Psalm 9


Coming Up...


A Dinner for PAST and FUTURE volunteers!


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Nazarene News

Iowa church's sweet corn sale raises thousands for missions

During a Sunday evening service in 1998, Dan Miller walked up to the chalkboard at the front of Burlington First Church of the Nazarene’s sanctuary and wrote out a “dream,” something he felt God was placing in his heart.

After 25 years, the fruit—or vegetable—of that dream has raised nearly $230,000 for missions projects around the world.

That evening in ’98 was a “dream session” where members of Burlington First talked about projects and ideas for the church to undertake. Miller, a lifelong farmer, was inspired when he saw that four acres of land surrounding the church had gone up for sale.

“I said I think we ought to buy that ground out there and plant sweet corn on it to help pay for the land,” Miller said.

The church agreed. In the first year, they raised $4,219, which helped pay off the purchase of the field. Every dollar raised since has gone directly to missions projects around the world.

Burlington First sells its corn annually over a one to two-week period. This year’s corn sold at $6 per dozen ears of corn, raising over $15,000. Since 1998, they’ve raised a total of $227,484 for missions.

People from across the country travel to Burlington First in order to participate in the fundraiser while also being allured by the corn’s taste. Miller says a man recently told him “I’ve never tasted corn any better than this.”

“I don’t know what’s different about it because the seed that we use, you can buy it right out of a catalog,” Miller laughed. “The Lord must put a little extra sugar in that sweet corn or something.”

When it’s time to sell, Missions President Randy Clark sets up a sales point in front of the church while Miller organizes his teams of volunteers. Miller has two teams: pickers and bucket carriers. The pickers fill the buckets, and the bucket carriers pick up the full buckets while giving the pickers an empty one to fill.

Clark’s wife, who is the project coordinator for the harvest days, says that they have to use a drive-thru service for buyers to avoid a traffic jam on the road in front of the church.

In addition to providing funds toward missions projects, church members often visit to see the funds in action. One of the church’s first donations and teams went to Trinidad, a place where the missions passion took hold of a few members of the congregation, including Miller’s late brother-in-law, Frank Orton.

“His passion became contagious,” said Jeff Alexander, pastor of Burlington First.

Projects in Kenya, Mozambique, Indonesia, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and areas around the United States have all benefited from the sweet corn. This fall, church members are taking a trip to Cactus, Texas, to work with the compassionate ministry center there.

The corn is grown by volunteers, so there are no expenses that eat into the money raised. Alexander says about 60 to 70 percent of church members are involved with harvesting the corn.

Miller donates the seed and fertilizer to the church every year.

“That’s a real expense,” Alexander said. “When you have people who are sacrificially giving, other people are drawn to that. And then they can see the vision and the mission [their efforts] are going towards and they can be inspired by it as well.”

by Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News | 29 Jul 2022


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

⎆Soundbooth OR slide operator

⎆Children's Church helpers

Dear Church family,

As you probably know, the Loveworks building has sold and we don't yet have a new location. Many heartfelt thanks to all of those who helped in the cleaning out of the old facility. It was a daunting task made easier by all who helped. We are praying that God will lead the Loveworks ministry to a new location where we can continue to serve those in need. In the meantime, we will not accept donations as there is not enough storage to hold them. Continue to keep this ministry in prayer as we look for a new location.

Yours in Christ,

Barb Keeler

Contact Barbara Keeler: (520) 709-8925


You may always designate how you would like your offerings to be used for Mosaic Ministries besides our general fund. Here are some ministries in which you may want your offerings to go:

✎ LoveWorks ✎ Children's Ministry ✎ MOPs ✎ Prison Ministry

✎ Outreach ✎ Women's Ministry ✎ Facilities Upgrade Fund



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This week's lesson is:




Humor... Kind of


Social Distancing Guidelines

Please practice social distancing on the church property as much as possible

Sanitizer and masks are available at the front table

If you feel sick or have a temperature, please stay home

Communion elements will be available on a table as you enter the church 

Offering will be taken as you exit the church after service 

Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and sanitized 

Thanks for respecting the guidelines and one another!


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