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November 19, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever. 
Psalm 107:1
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This past week has been an adventure… The governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has ordered another COVID response closing restaurants, schools, and other businesses and activities.  There has been a rise in cases in our state and many others.   I know you may say, “That’s because more people are being tested.”  And you’d be right… We thought that there would have been NO WAY we’d still be dealing with this by Christmas, yet here we are.    

Wherever you fall on the COVID spectrum from: “this is a Fake crisis” to “this is the worst thing ever” and believe me I have both of those extremes and too many to mention in between, but we still have to deal with it. 

I know we debate the church's response and I pray you have been thoughtful and kind to one another in your discourse and your actions.   

But I want to invite you to a different conversation…. Should our prayer to God only be “Save us?”  What if, on this thanksgiving week, we considered a different prayer.  

Philippians 4:6“Thank Him for all He’s done…” 
I have heard how the church is being the church in spite of and even as a result of the pandemic.   Through His people, God is loving and caring for our world.  Phone calls, doorbell ditch food baskets, prayers via Facebook, too many other acts of loving kindness to mention. And your Webcast… people have been watching your church services ALL AROUND THE WORLD.  The message is being proclaimed in new and creative ways.  Thank God for what He is doing through you and your church! 

1 Thessalonians 5:18“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”   We are learning in a new way to thank God in the difficult times, even when we can’t see the good… and it only feels bad! James 1 tells us we grow from these challenges; he even says count it a joy! Maybe joy comes a little after, but thanksgiving is a command, right in the midst. 

But that’s not where Paul ends…  Ephesians 5:20, “Give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ.”  Oh Paul, now you’re pushing this thanksgiving thing a little far!   In everything sure, for everything – that’s a different level.    Thanking God for everything in the midst of a crisis, problem, diagnosis – that’s just too hard.   Yes, by your own power and grit you’re right.  By His grace and help you can experience God's power to trust that He’s at work and thank Him for His work. 

Thanksgiving is a part of our worship - Ps 30:12 
Thanksgiving is a sacrifice that honors God - Ps 50:23 
Thanksgiving is an act of obedience - Psalm 118:29 
Thanksgiving is a service to others - 1 Timothy 2:1 
Thanksgiving releases the power of God - 2 Chronicles 20:21 

So… in, for, and as a response to your circumstances – Give thanks!  

I also know this as a DS, traveling to churches all over Michigan and meeting new people weekly, I can join Paul in this too.  “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God” - Philippians 1:3.  I love the Michigan Nazarenes – green and white, blue and maize, Lions or Tigers… it doesn’t matter, God has brought us together and with you, I seek to lean into His call to be thankful.   Enjoy gathering with family, even if it’s a zoom call for dinner, and be thankful! 

pbd 

Please pray for the following churches that are in transition:


Lansing South . Midland Community . Bay City First
The Board of General Superintendents would like to invite the global Nazarene family to join in a virtual worship service featuring music from around the world and a BGS message this Sunday 22 November 2020
 
The one-hour service will be available in five languages - English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Korean. Nazarenes from all corners of the globe will be 
able to watch the service at a time that works best for them as it will play at the top 
of each hour for 24 hours beginning at 10 p.m. UTC on Saturday 21 November. 
Viewers will also be able to connect with each other through a live chat. 
 
Click for full details: THANKS
PERSISTENT HOPE
Actively working towards a better future
The latest issue of NCM Magazine is now online! We are excited to share stories of Nazarene churches who are serving with Christ’s compassion around the world.
 
In this issue, you will read stories of churches who are illuminating dignity and hope for people who are vulnerable, hurting, and alone. Read today about an urban ministry uplifting the Near Eastside neighborhood of Indianapolis, medical professionals who volunteered in the Navajo Nation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and an outreach to those facing addiction in Moldova. When hope seems farther away, the church is present to bring it a little closer.
See how churches are spreading hope.
Do you know a high school student who might be interested in information about Olivet? Olivet Nazarene University is excited to present the "Great People Know Great People" advocacy partnership. They are asking for people to recommend high school students in your circle of influence to attend Olivet.

Not only will you be moving forward the mission of Olivet, "Education with a Christian Purpose," but you will also have opportunities to get free Olivet swag! Check out the different items below and recommend your first student.

Click for complete details: ADVOCACY PARTNERSHIP
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Did you know you can give directly from your paycheck to support transformative, church-led compassionate work around the world?
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United Way Campaign: If your company participates in a United Way fall giving campaign, you can support Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. by writing “NCMI, 17001 Prairie Star Pkwy, Ste 100, Lenexa, KS 66220, 800-214-4999” on your donor choice card. Many corporations will also match employees' gifts to charitable organizations, effectively doubling or tripling your charitable contribution! Check with your employer to see if your workplace participates in matching programs.

CRISIS CARE KITS AND SCHOOL PAKS

Fawn Grove Compassionate Center is accepting Crisis Care Kits (CCK) and School Pal-Paks.  If you have old kits or paks, check the expiration dates and if needed, replace with new items.  Check the websites for specific directions and listings (see below).  Deviating from these lists can cause an entire shipment to be rejected in customs.

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CCK Website
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Remember to send a check - made payable to Global Treasury Services, Church of the Nazarene (see website for more instructions).
  • $12.00 per box - CCK
  • $10.00 per box - School Pal-Pak

The Covid19 Response Projects

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life everywhere.

Through it all, churches have been and will continue to be vital. COVID-19 projects are active in all six regions of the Church of the Nazarene, making a difference for those with economic struggles, providing health supplies and food, and caring for vulnerable people and communities.

See how churches are making a difference:

Read the Full Project Updates Here.

The Church Is Making A Difference!

2020-2021 TEEN QUIZZING INFORMATION
2020-2021 CHILDRENS QUIZZING INFORMATION
 

2020
 
November 21 - Children's Quiz - Virtual
November 26 -  Happy Thanksgiving!
December Missional Area Christmas Gatherings -
Postponed
 
2021
June 23 - July 2 - General Assembly & Convention -  Postponed until 2023
July 17 - NMI Convention
July 18-19 - District Assembly
2023
Dates to be determined - General Assembly & Convention - Indianapolis, IN


Go to http://minaz.org/calendar for the complete district calendar.
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