Join us this season of Lent as we begin a new sermon series, “The Tough Talking Savior.” Jesus in the gospels is the personification of love, but this does not mean he never “talked tough” to those who needed to hear difficult words. In fact, Jesus’ ministry includes many occasions when Jesus confronted sinners, authorities, religious leaders, as well as those who were closest to him. As we make our way to the cross of Good Friday and the empty tomb of Easter Sunday, we will be looking at several episodes in which Jesus confronted others – not because he was angry with them, but because he loved them too much to let them stay as they were.
Did You Know!?!?
During this Lent Season, we will be selling chocolate covered pretzels to raise funds for our Nazarene Compassionate Ministry sponsored child in Sri Lanka! The funds raised will help Maheshwaran receive 5 nutritious meals a week, education, safe drinking water, sanitation, medical check-ups, books and stationary, school dress; as well as social, spiritual, and cultural activities through the Child Development Centers. These centers also give Maheshwaren love and affection, new experiences, praise, and recognition, teaching/training, an opportunity to develop a relationship with God, and socialization.
Please visit the Child Sponsorship Station in the foyer for more information, to donate, AND to purchase a variety of Prayer Pretzel snacks for only $1. Help us reach our $30/month goal for 2018!
The Garden City Community Choir will be presenting their 2018 Easter Cantata, “How Great Thou Art”, at our church. The concert is free. Doors will open at 6:15 PM, with the concert starting at 7:00 PM.
A weekly grief support group meets at Harrisonville Community Church (1606 Chapel Dr.) on Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. This group offers help and encouragement to individuals following the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. There is a registration fee of $15, but scholarships are available. Contact HCC at 816.884.2431 if you are interested or have any other questions.
This Advent, the Christian season of hope and expectation, we will visit the themes of God’s Salvation, Peace, Joy, and Hope. We will be reminded that this time of year has to do with more than gifts and lights and nostalgia, because Jesus’ birth was the beginning of God’s once-for-all-time plan of salvation for a lost and dying world.
SPECIAL SERVICES THIS MONTH:
- Christmas Eve Morning Family Worship, Sunday, December 24, 10:45 AM
- Children, youth, and adults will all worship together this special morning.
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Sunday, December 24, 6:00 PM
- Join us for our yearly tradition of ushering Jesus’ birth with Christmas carols, Bible readings, and reflections on the meaning of this season.
- New Year’s “Come & Go” Communion, Sunday, December 31, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
- Drop in during these two hours with a group or by yourself for a special one-on-one time with Pastor Bill as he helps us reflect on the year that has passed and anticipate the coming one by celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
Upcoming Local Mission Opportunities
– Heritage Preschool Thanksgiving Dinner: Come join our preschool families and staff on November 21, at 6:00 PM. 12 families are needed for 12 tables. Please sign up in the foyer and bring a dessert.
– Christmas Gifts for Sammy, Jessica and Thomas Martinez in Peru: Their wish list will be on the table in the foyer thru December 2nd, then our package will be mailed the 3rd. Cash donations can also be given.
- Sophie Miller has been volunteering with Samaritan’s Purse, a local outreach ministry since July. Her team conducted flood tear out recovery efforts in Wisconsin, N. Carolina, Port Arthur, Texas, and Houston. She is preparing to attend Billy Graham’s chaplain training in Virginia to more effectively minister to the spiritual needs of disaster victims. Remember her in prayer.
- LINKS missionaries: Stephane and Sandra Tibbi (Eurasia), Deanna (Creative Access Country), Chris & Shelley and their 3 kids (Creative Access Country).
- Other missionaries who have visited us or have a local connection: Appleby family (Creative Access Country), Dooley Family (Papua New Guinea), Rodriguez family (serving in Texas), Troutmans (Creative Access Country).
Local NMI President: Nancy Shore
The Bible presents us a narrative that goes against a lot of what we hear in our culture. In it we learn that we, humanity, were created and granted life by our Creator, which means we are not owners of our possessions, our talents, or even our lives – we are stewards. Both individually and as God’s people (Christ’s Church), we have been entrusted with resources of time, talent, and treasure, not so we can hoard them for our own sake, but so we might offer them back to God and to the world in praise and thankfulness.
Join us this month of November as we study how God calls us to be a Thankful People who faithfully steward the blessings God has bestowed on us!
Listen to our online sermons HERE.
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.
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.
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
Martin Luther’s Prayer:
An empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.I am weak in faith; Strengthen thou me.I am cold in love; Warm me and make me fervent,that my love may go out to my neighbour.I do not have a strong and firm faith;At times I doubt and am unable to trust thee altogether.O Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in thee.In thee I have sealed the treasures of all I have.I am poor; Thou art rich and didst come to be merciful to the poor.I am a sinner; Thou art upright.With me there is an abundance of sin; In thee is the fullness of righteousness.Therefore, I will remain with thee of who I can receive but to whom I may not give.Amen.
– 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.