Updated: Oct 27, 2020
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A Word From Pastor John
We talked about the importance of Rejoicing in the Lord this past Wednesday. The Bible tells us in the book of Philippians to:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
We know that the biblical writers would sometimes emphasize a point by repeating it twice. And that’s exactly what we see here. In case we didn’t get the memo the first time, he repeats it again: We must rejoice!
So what does it mean to rejoice always? Because obviously we’re not always happy or cheerful. Some days are good days and some days are bad days. So rejoicing must not have much to do with our present circumstances.
Rather, Christian rejoicing occurs when we meditate on the goodness of God. Even on my very worst days, I will sometimes pause and be reminded that I am forgiven. I am redeemed, I have been given eternal life. And these things aren’t temporary or based on present circumstances. We are children of the Most High God, both on good days and bad days.
When we think about this, when we meditate on this, when we’re reminded of this, we can rejoice literally every single day. We can learn to “rejoice always” by remembering that God saved us, God redeemed us, and God has given us a great inheritance. He walks with us every day, the good days and the bad days.
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Our pastors and their families
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The world as we all continue to navigate this Covid-19 pandemic.
Dawn Sundstrom's Mother-in-law, Jackie
Alice Romano's Great neice, Darian
Vern Rupp's Brother-In-Law, Ed Schaap
Dawn Sundstom and family
Judy McGinnis' dear friend, Mary Rush
Talma Harmon's son, KC
Talma Harmon's nephew's brother-in-law, Troy Price
Kamian and KC and family
Barbara Gionfriddo's family
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John and Kristen Menkveld - Lead Pastor
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Mike and Shelley Butler - Youth Pastor
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'God called me': Idaho man's obedience leads to homeless ministry
Scott (2nd from right) and 2nd chance regulars outside of their downtown building (left).
Dirk Scott, an associate pastor at True North Church of the Nazarene, felt a tug in 2015 to start feeding and discipling the homeless in his community of Cour d’Alene, Idaho. His obedient response to the Lord’s calling has now led to a full-fledged compassionate ministry that is making an impact in northern Idaho.
Scott was at the end of 41-year career as a mortgage banker and bank regional manager when he sensed God leading him to start a discipleship ministry.
“When I told my wife about it, she thought I was kind of crazy,” Scott said. “She said, ‘Where is your building going to be? How are you going to fund this?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, but God called me.’”
The next day, a man approached him about someone who owned a commercial building downtown. The owner kept the building empty, hoping someone would choose to do ministry in it. After meeting Scott, he offered the building rent free. That was six years ago, and the building is still home to 2nd Chance Discipleship Ministries, a Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Center that Scott directs.
In addition to the Lord’s calling, Scott’s own life experience has fueled a passion for the ministry.
Scott’s father was an abusive alcoholic who was unable to work. Scott’s mother couldn’t make enough to support rent or mortgage payments, so the family became homeless. Scott recalled fishing for breakfast on the lake they slept next to, then asking nearby farmers if they could pick vegetables. These experiences have helped Scott relate to the people that 2ndChance is reaching out to.
“They’ll say, ‘Oh you were never homeless,’” Scott said. “But I ask them if they’ve ever been sleeping outside, and it’s two in the morning, and it’s so cold that you can’t wait for the sun to come up. You’re just praying the sun will come out. And they say, ‘Yeah, you’ve been homeless.’”
2nd Chance Discipleship Ministries has several programs, including one that supports homeless families who are part of the Cour d’Alene school district.
“We pick them up, get them a hotel room, and get them stabilized,” Scott said. “We pray with them, share the gospel with them, but we also make sure that we get them connected into all the different services that are appropriate for where they’re at. Within two or three days, St. Vincent’s has an emergency housing placement for them.”
2nd Chance Ministries started with Scott responding to the urging of the Holy Spirit, and the ministry grew as the Lord continued to open doors for Scott and 2nd Chance. Scott encourages others to listen to what God is calling them to or laying on their hearts.
“I was just praying and letting God lead my life,” Scott said. “How I’ve seen God work is that He calls you to a work and then He brings the people and the funding to get it done.”
by Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News 16 Oct 2020
Week 44 (10/25-10-31) Bible Reading Plan
Join us here on day 302.
A great place to start the Bible reading plan!
Take bookmarks 9 and 10 in the foyer.
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.
Click the blue Scripture and it will take you to that chapter!
Day 302: John 11
Day 303: Luke 18
Day 304: Matthew 19
Day 305: Matthew 20-21
Day 306: Luke 19
Day 307: Mark 11
Day 308: Matthew 22
Scripture of the Week
(Click the image to go read the entire chapter)
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 stammered, “I have a dollar!”
How to Get to Heaven
A teacher asked the children in her Sunday School class, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and give all the money to the church, would I get into heaven?”
“No!” The children all answered.
“If I cleaned the church everyday, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I then get into heaven?”
Again, the answer was “NO!”
“Well,” she continued, “then how can I get into heaven?
In the back of the room, a five year-old boy shouted, “You gotta be dead!”
Mosaic Kids Info Area:
Kristin would like to start Mothers In Prayer group back up, you do NOT need to be a mom, but if you are a female and you would like to pray regularly for our schools, students, and staff please give Kristin your availability (we will meet 1 hour every 2 weeks)
We are starting a new check-in process and bathroom policy. All students will check-in upon arrival at church and given a name tag with assigned number (number will be the same 1 number per family the same number each week). If you are needed during the service your number will appear on the TV screen in the bottom right corner and as assistant will be waiting to update you on the need.
We are updating our children/youth directory so parents need to fill out a registration form for their family
7 new volunteers have joined the children/youth ministry team!
MOPS started back up and grew over the summer (20 kids at our first session), we do have a need for more female volunteers (can serve at the frequency you want and age you want as many of the families home school so we now have diverse ages). We also wouldn’t turn away volunteers for other areas, youth, Wednesday evenings, help with the 2-4 year olds on Sunday, etc.
Shout out to our dad’s and Brenda and Bonnie as the children and moms had a blast but more importantly we strongly felt the presence of the Holy Spirit
Even despite the pandemic our children’s ministries has grown and the number of children coming on Sundays has increased overall in average
One child was baptized last week!
Our website has children’s videos, lessons, coloring sheets every week HERE online for those that are still sheltering in place and haven’t been able to come back to in-person yet, and anyone else.
The team has been prayerfully working on a mission/vision/values statement that we recently submitted to the board for approval
Opportunities to Give and Serve
Donations of BABY items are welcome!
Thank you, for your continued generosity of both time and resources. Your gifts make a difference!
We are no longer taking formula or giving away formula. Thank you!
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Ladies, update your calendar with these upcoming activities
Notice: Due to all of your generous giving, we are not accepting adult clothing at this time.
We are accepting all baby item, see flyer above.
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This weeks subject is: The Belt of Truth Ephesian 6:14
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