Funeral Service for Lisa Strickland, Thursday at 2:00 PM

Funeral services for Lisa Strickland (daughter of Russ Strickland) will be held this Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM here at Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 PM at the church. We will also be hosting a dinner for the family here at the church following the interment.

In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Koman Cancer Foundation and may be sent in care of Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701.

Please continue to keep Russ and the whole family in your prayers.

New Sermon Series: The Joy of Prayer!

 

Praying hands

Coming out of our “Praying Bravely” sermon series, we learned how brave prayers seek God’s presence above all else, even in the midst of the chaos of life. This Sunday we turn to the ways prayer enlivens our lives and reminds us of the life of joy God desires for us as we turn to Him in praise. Join us as we seek out the Joy of Prayer!

 

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