Thank Offering for WEF – Sunday, November 19

The Church of the Nazarene’s annual Thank Offering for the World Evangelism Fund provides the opportunity to celebrate the gifts God has given us, while focusing on giving to others.
On November 19, our church will be participating in this yearly offering which helps raise funds for WEF and the ministry of the Church of the Nazarene around the globe.

We must fix our sights on places where the church is not yet, engaging in intercessory prayer,
sacrificial giving, and physically going to and mobilizing others to reach those who have yet to
hear the gospel!
Follow these links to stories which have been made possible by the World Evangelism Fund:

International Myanmar church planting leads to expanded theological education

Only six percent of Myanmar’s population identifies as Christian. Yet, thanks to you, missionaries like Bill and Mill Kwon are starting churches in Myanmar, as well as among Myanmar immigrant populations in Thailand, Singapore, across Asia, and even into the west, including the USA.

 

The Right Place

As a result of the conflict in Syria, many Syrian-Armenian refugees are returning home to Armenia. Zareh Mangilikian and his family build relationships with the refugees and assist them as they sele in Yerevan, Armenia, by providing much-needed support through food, rent, clothing and skills training.

 

First Yurt of the Nazarene

In order to make Christlike disciples among the people of Mongolia, where only two percent of the population is Christian, missionaries Sunny and Lisa Um braved frigid weather, learned to speak Khalkha and drilled a well to provide water for their community.

 

For more information go to http://www.nazarene.org/generosity

Providing Relief after Recent Natural Disasters

Countless people are still recovering in the aftermath of the various earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods that have affected places such as Puerto Rico, Mexico, many Caribbean nations, as well as the southern coasts of our country. These are two organizations that are providing on-the-ground relief to those affected:

– Nazarene Compassionate Ministries responds to crises as they happen throughout the world. Go to www.NCM.org or call 1.800.310.6362 to contribute or find how you can help.

– Heart to Heart International is a Nazarene organization which is involved in providing medical help, mobilizing health personnel and resources directly to affected areas. Go to www.HearttoHeart.org or call 913.764.5200.

This Year’s Car Show Honoring Educators

The theme for this year’s Church at a Car Show is, “A Tribute to the Teachers: Honoring the Educators in Our Community.”  We will be inviting educators from our community to take part in our festivities, including selecting some special car show awards.  These year’s Car Show Awards include: Principal’s Honor Roll, Teacher’s Pet, A+, and Golden Ruler.  For more information about this year’s car show, go to our event page HERE.

Sermon Series: Praying Bravely

During the month of September, we will be focusing on prayer – more specifically, what the Psalms teach us about what it takes to pray bravely.  We will be doing this by using some key questions journalists use all of the time:  1. Who is this God we praying to?  2. What is a successful prayer?  3. When are we supposed to keep going with prayers and when should we stop?  4. Where do we go to pray?  5. Why? Why even bother praying?

Join us as we answer these questions together, looking at the model prayers in the book of Psalms that have been passed down to us through the faith of Israel and then our Christian faith.  If you miss any sermons in this series, you can always listen to back episodes HERE.

Funeral Services for Lora McCoy

Funeral services for Lora Mae McCoy will be held at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., KCMO. Visitation will be at 1PM, with services at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Faith Promise Celebration Weekend, February 25 & 26

Saturday, February 25: Hog Roast & Luau, 6:00 PM.  Stephane Tibi, one of our district’s LINKS missionaries, will join us to speak about his experiences in the mission field, specifically about his time in Reunion Island.

 

Sunday, February 26, Worship Service, 10:45 AM: David and Tabita Gonzalez, missionaries in Argentina, will join us as our special speakers once again. They last visited us two years ago, and we look forward to hosting them once more.

God’s Chosen Ragamuffins

Chosen RagamuffinsAre you a ragamuffin?  ‘Ragamuffin’ is a pretty unfamiliar word to most of us today.  It’s an old word that usually refers to “a poorly clothed often dirty child.” No one wants to think of ourselves in such terms. I didn’t, at least not until I read the Ragamuffin Gospel, a book by Brennan Manning.

The book changed my life.  Not because it convinced me to become a Christian, I was already saved and sanctified wholly.  It changed my life because it changed the way I understood God’s love.  The book begins:

The Ragamuffin Gospel was written with a specific reading audience in mind.
This book is not for the super-spiritual.
It is not for muscular Christians who have made John Wayne, and not Jesus, their hero.
It is not for Alleluia Christians who live only on the mountaintop
and have never visited the valley of desolation.
It is not for the fearless and tearless.
If anyone is still reading along, The Ragamuffin Gospel was written for
the bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out.
It is for the wobbly and weak-kneed who know they don’t have it all together
and are too proud to accept the handout of amazing grace.
It is for inconsistent, unsteady disciples whose cheese is falling off their cracker.
It is for earthen vessels who shuffle along on feet of clay.
It is for the bent and the bruised who feel that their lives are a grave disappointment to God.
It is for smart people who know they are stupid and honest disciples who admit they are scalawags.
The Ragamuffin Gospel is a book I wrote for myself
and anyone who has grown weary and discouraged along the Way.

Over next several weeks our sermons will focus on the lives of many of the great heroes of the Old Testament – Jacob, Moses, Rahab, David, Jeremiah and Jonah.  However, we are not going to visit these great characters during their mountain top experiences with God…instead we will visit them when they were in valley of their own brokenness and doubts.  When they recognized they were ragamuffins.

You see, saints are not those who have it all together all the time. According to the Bible, saints are the ones so aware of their weaknesses and frailties, they know God is their only hope and source of strength.

So, if you wonder if you will ever get your spiritual act together…if you wonder if you will ever measure up…if you wonder if God loves you but doesn’t really like you…join us these next weeks and discover the beautiful truth God’s grace is for everyone…even ragamuffins like me (and you).
Blessings,
Pastor Bill

Faith in Action – Being Faithful

 

“The missional church alwaysFP-13

thinks of the long haul

rather than the quick fix.”

Alan Hirsch

 

What a wonderful Faith Promise Weekend we enjoyed!  Chris and Courtney really opened many of our eyes to the realities of ministering to those in M********* (included is the fact that, for their security, we cannot put their full names in a document like this that will be online).  I’m sure many of us feel relieved that God has not called us to such a cold mission field, and yet I’m sure no one this weekend doubts that God has given Chris and Courtney the gifts and graces to fulfill his calling upon their lives.  For security reasons we will not be posting their sermon on our website, but copies can be available on CD if you missed the service, or would simply like a recording.  Please contact the church office to order a CD.

I was reminded this weekend of the truth of Alan Hirsch’s insight above – effective ministry is a long-term effort and investment.  This is one of the reasons why I am so proud of the century-long tradition in our denomination to equip, send, and support missionaries around the world.  The quick fix might be great for TV sound bites and fundraising letters, but the tough, long-term investments made by Christians around the world are what lead to life change.  Investments by missionaries who go and learn the language, put down roots, invest in the community, and share the love of Christ through word and deed.

What part will HCN play in this missionary effort?  I’m happy to report over $7,000 was pledged in the first week of our Faith Promise pledge drive.  We will continue receiving pledges over the next two weeks as we strive to meet our goal of $12,000. * * Update: And as of February 8 we now have surpassed our goal and stand at $13,180! * * I’m also thrilled to report you gave over $1,200 in our special offering for our speakers on Sunday (by the way, we decided to just “round up” that number to $1,500 when we wrote the check)!

Have you made your pledge yet?  I will be submitting my family’s pledge this next Sunday.  I’m excited to see how we respond as a local Body of Christ to his call upon us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19)!  

Blessings,

Pastor Bill

Christmas Eve and New Year at HCN

Charity. Praying candles in a temple.Next week we will have our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Thursday, December 24 at 7:00 pm. Join us for this time of celebration!

Sunday, December 27 we will not meet for Sunday School, but will have our Christmas Sunday service at our regular 10:45 am time.

Then on Thursday, December 31 we will be having “Come and Go” Communion between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The next two Sundays you can sign-up in the lobby for a time slot, either individually or with a group, in which we will reflect about the past year, anticipate what God has for us in the New Year, and celebrate Communion with our Pastor.