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11/14/2021 Newsletter

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Pray for One Another


To request prayer, email mosaicnazarene@gmail.com

or call/text (520) 709-0815


Our pastors and their families

Our board members


The Mosaic members who have Covid currently

Dee Jones

Frank and Dawn Sundstrom

Val Jordheims cousin

The persecuted church in India

Dakota Terhaar

Judy Baker

Josh and Melissa

Alice Romano's cousin's friend

Tonya Fleming and her family


The many unspoken requests


Make sure you're a part of our Facebook group to get prayer requests as they come in: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21109057279


 

Bible Reading Plan


  • Don't worry if you missed the first 46 weeks, just pick up the Bible today and start here!

Click the links below to read online

1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

Isaiah

 

Verse of the Week


Click here to read the verse in context.

1 Corinthians 1

 

Holiness Today


Thanksgiving for Unpleasant Things

It is easy to thank God when we get what we want the way we want it. Those are the things we usually count, naming them one by one and being pleasantly surprised at what the Lord has done.

Counting blessings is good for anybody. No honest person could look these over and not thank God.

The trouble is that too often our thanksgiving stops there. Why not look a little deeper and take time to thank God for some of the things we tried to escape?

David did a lot of singing about the blessings of God upon him and the presence of God about him. However there was one hour of God’s great goodness which did not kindle a song.

The hour when Nathan the prophet looked him squarely in the eye and said, "Thou art the man," was not exactly a time for tunes. Yet in that hour all the good and all the glory of his life hung in the balance.

In that painful time for humiliation God was blessing him with redemptive mercy and saving discipline. The fact that he became a penitent sinner enabled God to make him a redeemed sinner who would bless the world with songs.

Saul of Tarsus was a man of good intentions and honorable repute but he was going down the wrong road. He was allowing the practices and concepts of the past to blind him to the truth. Prejudice fired his actions while his friends encouraged his frenzied fury against the Lord Jesus Christ.


The last person Saul expected to meet on the Damascus road was the Lord, but the Lord did not ask him what he wanted. The Lord knocked him into the dust, trapped him in his folly, and showed him a moment of truth.


What humiliation it was! Yet he cried out, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?’’

It was a moment of terrible upheaval. He was the laughingstock of his friends. The people who believed in him looked upon him in unbelief. His own inner order went skittering into chaos from which it took months to recover.

He had been blind to the ministry of Jesus Christ, deaf to the dying words of Stephen, and merciless toward the brave Christians whom he brought to punishment; but suddenly he knew the horrible truth of his blindness. This was an experience he had neither wanted nor prayed for, but for it he owed God thanks.


Dr. P. F. Bresee thanked God for his fruitful ministry in Los Angeles and throughout California. We join in that thanksgiving.

However, Dr. Bresee sang no songs about the time of humiliation which placed him there. He had been a successful pastor and was becoming a very successful financial investor on the side. He was becoming wealthy and rejoiced in it. He asked the bishop for a smaller parish, so that he could have more time to care for his increasing success.

Then in one fell blow his financial world collapsed. He was suddenly poor among people who thought him rich. The humiliation was more than he could bear and he fled to California without a pastorate and without a plan.

In that hour of humiliation God spoke clearly and firmly. A new meaning gripped his life; a new experience of holiness burned in his soul. A new man took a new appointment, and his greatest days were ahead. Thank God for giving him that for which he had no desire and from which he prayed to escape!


Many are serving God today who would be serving sin had it not been that God blessed them with something they did not want. Many of them have become valuable leaders. Others have become solid Christian workers. Some, rejecting the divine mandate of the hour, have slipped through the cracks and no one knows who they were. Why not get alone with God at this Thanksgiving time in the utter honesty of a secret place and thank Him for the things we tried so hard to avoid?


Let us thank God for His stubborn persistence that seeks to save us from ourselves and our folly. It is well to count our blessings and sing about them, but for our own inner enrichment we need once in a while to acknowledge the blessings which come clothed in ugly garments.

Sometimes it has been the death of a loved one. Sometimes it has been wrapped in our own physical pain. Sometimes a business failure leaves us impoverished in earthy things. Sometimes it is a heartache in the family or a personal hour of looking death in the eye at close range.

In those times something within us tries to run from truth, but God’s persistence brings us back. Thank God for the things He sent which we hated bitterly to accept but from which life was brought back into shape for abundant living.

Milo L. Arnold

Herald of Holiness November 24, 1971

 

Opportunities to Give and Serve


Watch for the tree in the church foyer and pick a name to bless a local child!


 

Pick up a shoebox at church!

 


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


 

Information


Check our UPDATES page for new things.


For our live Google calendar go HERE


 

Due to illness and family issues, LoveWorks will be closed through November.


 

~ Remeber to check our UPDATES page

(for all your Mosaic news)

 

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M O S A I C K I D S


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This weeks topic is:

Living By The Spirit



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Coming Up...


Click here for details and the whole

calendar of events



 


 


 


 

Humor... kinda


Pastors can dream.

Here are some things that a Pastor dreams of hearing in his church.
1. Hey! It's my turn to sit in the front pew.
2. I was so enthralled, I never noticed your sermon went 25 minutes over time.
3. Personally I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.
4. I've decided to give our church the $500 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.
5. I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.
6. Forget the denominational minimum salary, let's pay our pastor so he can live like we do.
7. I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before!
8. Since we're all here, let's start the service early.
9. Pastor, we'd like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.
10. Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!
11. I couldn't find space to park outside. Praise God!

 

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!


 

Click HERE for our Google calendar.


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