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December 3, 2020

MINAZ.ORG

Advent has begun… the Calendar tells us that the season of Christmas has arrived – no doubt the aisles of your favorite store declared that weeks ago.  Your email box has been bombarded by Christmas offerings from My Pillow, to chocolate covered nuts, to socks, and items you’d never have imagined you needed.  My emails are full of offers to buy a new bike, shoes for my bike, shorts to wear while I bike and lights to show my way as I bike.  (Apparently, I have purchased a few bike accessories in the past year).  The sidebar and feed of Facebook is also nudging you to purchase items for others and – why not treat yourself as well. 

My 4-year-old Grandson Jack often said during his recent visit: “Good grief people it isn’t even Christmas yet.”   When the car radio started to play Christmas music… he’d say it again.    

We have trouble waiting for Christmas, for “Advent", which is the season when we pause – to remember the waiting the people of God had to endure while they were looking for the Messiah to come.  400 years had passed since the last prophet had spoken.  

“They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child…” … The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, … But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.  And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” Malachi 3:17, 4:1-2 

The waiting produced joy – albeit an odd picture of joy (as a calf let out to pasture).  Perhaps more appropriate – “Like children dismissed for recess.”  We’ve been waiting for this and now it’s here!   

The past year has been a season of perpetual waiting; waiting for the curve to flatten, waiting for the isolation orders to be lifted, waiting to dine out, only to be sent back home.  9 months has in too many ways felt like so much longer.   

What have you discovered in the waiting?   Provision, new understanding, projects that needed attention… yes but perhaps also – frustration, disappointment, even grief.  David said in Psalm 119 “I am worn out from waiting…” Can I get an AMEN? 

Peter – not known for his waiting said… And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. 2 Peter 3:14 (NLT) 

How?  You might ask: 
O God - You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress.  Psalms 59:9 (NLT) 

Not in your own power but His and to be a demonstration of His character to a weary world awaiting.    

May you know and experience His presence in the waiting and in the leaping for joy!!!   

Pastor Brad Dyrness 
District Superintendent 

Please pray for the following churches that are in transition:


Lansing South . Midland Community . Bay City First
PERSISTENT HOPE
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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.
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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 Covid-19 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
December Missional Area Christmas Gatherings - Postponed
December 25 - Merry Christmas!

2021
January 1 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!
January 9 - Teen Quiz - Mason First
January 16 - Children's Quiz
February 13 - Teen Quiz - Lansing First
February 27 - Children's Quiz 
March 13 - Children's Quiz - District Finals
March 20 - Teen Quiz - Lansing South
March 28 - Palm Sunday
April 2 - Good Friday
April 4 - Easter Sunday

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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