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A Word From Pastor John
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”
Revelation 4:11 NLT
I've been spending a lot of time outdoors lately simply admiring God's creation. I often find myself thanking God for a beautiful tree or mountain that I am admiring.
This may seem like a silly thing to praise God for, but the Bible tells us that the purpose of all creation is to bring God glory. When we see something beautiful in nature, we can keep reminded of God's goodness and God's beauty.
As we read this verse today, we are reminded that our lives exist to bring God glory as well. Part of our prayer life should be simply praising God for the beauty that we see around us. I find that when I make this a practice, I naturally enjoy life much more.
I would challenge you to take a moment today, to simply notice the beauty of God's creation around you. Maybe it's something that you drive by every single day, but you've never just stopped and admired it, and thanked God for His creation.
I think as we begin to do this we will be filled with God's joy and gratitude. May we make it a habit in our lives to praise God for His beauty and for blessing us in so many ways.
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Talma's brother, Micheal
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Dani Miller and her son Paxton
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Florida church turns stalled Work & Witness trip into local project
A Florida church helped gift a house to a local family after the COVID-19 pandemic scuttled the church’s plans for an international Work & Witness trip.
First Church of the Nazarene in Winter Haven, Florida, had been planning a Work & Witness trip to the Dominican Republic for nearly two years. While the congregation still intends to fulfill this goal in the future, church members were presented another opportunity in their own city to be involved in a different type of project.
“The missional movements that matter the most to God might be right in front of our faces or just down the street,” said Bill Vinson, First Church associate pastor and Work & Witness coordinator. “It is my hope that other churches that were also delayed in embarking on a global experience will be encouraged to simply walk across the street and go where God is opening another door.”
First Church is a partner with Heart for Winter Haven, a nonprofit organization that connects “all sectors of our city (churches, businesses, nonprofits, and city leadership) to alleviate poverty, in all its forms.” Heart for Winter Haven teamed up with Habit for Humanity to build a house for a family in an impoverished area of the city and invited churches to join the venture. The project became known as “Faith Build” because of the involvement of religious groups.
Lead Pastor Bruce Oldham and Vinson presented the idea to get involved to the church board and missions team, and the proposal was met with enthusiastic approval. Vinson accepted the responsibility of serving as the liaison with First Church and the Faith Build coordinator.
Each church was requested to contribute toward the cost, and the missions team voted to donate $5,000. Vinson recruited workers who were willing to volunteer their “helping hands” on a Saturday morning. First Church was assigned two Saturdays to assist in putting the finishing touches on the house. A dozen men and women painted, installed soffit, and laid sod.
Despite some delays, the Faith Build house was completed and dedicated on 21 September 2021. Three from First Church participated in the dedication. Oldham prayed the invocation; Vinson presented a Bible to the new owner, Mrs. Lopez; and Wes Eby, missions president, presented a “housewarming basket” that had been prepared with donations from several members of the congregation.
by Wes Eby for Nazarene News | 07 Oct 2021
Opportunities to Give and Serve
October is Pastor Appreciaiotn Month! You can show your appreciation with a card or letter and even a gift card or invite to take them out for dinner. Drop your envelope in the wicker basket in the foyer.
◉ Lead Pastor John Menkveld ◉ Music Pastor Merritt Strunk ◉ Associate Pastor Dee Jones ◉ Associate Pastor Walt Ballard ◉ Chaplain Richard Jackman ◉ Associate Pastor Mike Butler
Mother's Of Preschoolers is underway! We need people to cuddle babies while parents receive Godly guidance and support just once or twice per month.
Contact - Bonnie Strunk (480) 296-1831.
Donations of clothes for infant to adult are currently being accepted.
Thank you so much, for your continued generosity of both time and resources.
Your gifts make a difference!
Contact Barbara Keeler: (520) 709-8925
Things we need: ➤Your Time ➤Diapers and pull ups in Newborn, 1,2,3,4,5 ➤Wipes ➤Baby Food (no formula) ➤Lotion ➤Your Monetary donation ➤Canned Food
💚Green Drop box in Foyer💚
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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M O S A I C K I D S
This weeks topic is:
The new suit
This year for our pastor's birthday, the congregation decided to give him a new suit.
He was so touched by the gift that the following Sunday he stood before everyone and, with tears in his eyes, announced, "Today I will be preaching to you in my birthday suit."
The building fund
There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news.
The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program.
The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."
An elderly woman died last month who had never married, she requested that no male pallbearers be used. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, "They wouldn't take me out while I was alive so I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead."