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A Word From Pastor John
The word for the season that we need to hang on to is Faithfulness. Not only must we rely on God's faithfulness as we navigate these difficult days, but we must continue to remain faithful Christians during this continually changing season.
It has become more apparent than ever that Mosaic Church is filled with faithful Christians. From delivering food to houses, to creating a great online worship experience, to continually giving and serving the church faithfully, we have a marvelous church family here at Mosaic.
I know in the midst of this pandemic, it seems like the end is nowhere in sight. But God remains faithful. And just as the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for many years, so we can be reminded that even when it feels like we are wandering through an unknown wilderness, God is right there beside us.
Let's be reminded this season, to continue to remain faithful. The mission of the church has not changed one bit, but perhaps it looks a little bit different this season. Let's be reminded to continue to participate in worship services, whether it be in person or online, continue to pray and give towards the ministry, and continue to be in God's Word and be connected with each other as much as possible.
I know that God is using this unique season to grow us spiritually and make us stronger Christians. May God's Spirit continue to lead you and guide you as you embark on the Christian journey of faithfulness.
Pray For One Another
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Our pastors and their families
The world as we all continue to navigate this Covid-19 pandemic.
Talma's sister Shirley
Talma Harmon's son, KC
Barbara Gionfriddo's brother
Valerie and RJ's family and friends in Louisiana
Alice Romano's friends, Leonard and Janice
Barbara Gionfriddo's friend, Grace
Family and friend of Susie Kimbal
The many unspoken requests
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Volunteer missionary celebrates over two decades of service
Roberta Bustin battled with a call to missions throughout her adult life until it became so clear that she could no longer ignore it. Twenty-three years later, she has finished her time in Romania as the longest serving volunteer missionary in the Church of the Nazarene.
Bustin was science professor at Lyon College, in Batesville, Arkansas, roughly 100 miles north-east of Little Rock. Alongside her professorship at Lyon, she worked with NASA in her summers and even contracted research grants with NASA for her students at Lyon. She loved her job and was living the life she had always wanted. But she began to feel a nudge from God toward missions.
Bustin went to Costa Rica a few times on missions trips but felt like she was called to more. She began praying as the deadline to put in a request for leave of absence from the college was approaching. When reading Ezekiel, she felt like God telling her that she was called, like Ezekiel, to spread the gospel.
She had heard about a volunteer position teaching science at Twin Wells Indian School in the Navajo Nation, so she decided that was what she should do.
“I thought, ‘Ok. This is my call,’” she said. “I’m not called to go abroad.”
She taught science for her semester long contract and presumed it was something she could continue doing on and off. But in 1996, during a personal spiritual retreat, another verse stood out to her: a call to preach the gospel to all nations. She didn’t want to pick out one verse, out of context, and hold onto it as a “sign,” but she couldn’t escape it.
“Everything I did, it was like the Lord was saying to me, ‘Now, I’m calling you to go abroad,” Bustin said. “I remember working out in my flowerbed, and I thought to myself, ‘Oh I could just do this forever,’ and instantly that verse came to mind.”
She continued to wrestle with her call, but eventually she resigned from her job at Lyon College and waited for her assignment through Nazarenes in Volunteer Service. She wanted to go to Romania because it would allow her to do environmental work. In addition, the job description was simple and focused on preaching and teaching.
Bustin arrived in Sighisoara, Romania, in May of 1997 and served for 23 years, working on environmental projects and teaching classes for European Nazarene College remotely and other Nazarene colleges as well. She pastored the churches in Sighisoara and in the nearby village of Tigmandru. She also became an ordained minister and helped lead the purchase of a church building as the ministry in Romania expanded.
Bustin’s time in Romania came to a close this summer, but she doesn’t feel her call to ministry is finished.
“For a while, I’ve thought that I have got to find a ministry,” Bustin said. “It occurred to me that it’s not really my responsibility. The Lord will open a door if He has something for me to do.”
by Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News 21 Aug 2020
Bible Reading Plan:
Week 37 (9/6 - 9/12)
If you haven't kept up or haven't even started, it's not too late!!
Pick up bookmark ONE in the church lobby and join at your own pace.
OR, just start here on day 253!
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 EIGHT is available now!
Day 253: Ezekiel 43-45
Day 254: Ezekiel 46-48
Day 255: Joel 1-3
Day 256: Daniel 1-3
Day 257: Daniel 4-6
Day 258: Daniel 7-9
Day 259: Daniel 10-12
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.
A man approached the minister after the sermon, and thanked him for his discourse. "I found it so helpful," he said.
The minister replied: "I hope it will not prove as helpful as the last sermon you heard me preach."
"Why, what do you mean?" asked the astonished man.
"Well," said the minister, "that sermon lasted you three months.”
A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard, when suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing and stopped, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After several hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'Choose Life' license plate, the 'What Would Jesus Do?' bumper sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.
Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.
A pastor is walking down the street one day when he notices a small boy trying to use the doorbell on a house across the street. However, the boy is very small and the doorbell is too high for him to reach.
After watching the boys efforts for some time the pastor walks across the street up to the little fellow and rings the doorbell.
Kneeling down next to the child, the pastor smiles and asks, "And now what, my little man?" To which the boy replies, “Run!”