Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Tonight: NEW BIBLE STUDY BEGINS - 6:30-7:30PM
FOR MEN OF ALL AGES, THIS BIBLE STUDY IS LED BY PASTOR ULMET AND PASTOR DUNLAP AND BASED ON I Timothy 6:11-14 (NLT). Meets in Greathouse Building, room 209 for six weeks. Don't miss this new opportunity for Bible study, accountability and fellowship.
Also meeting tonight: Ladies' Bible Study in Reed Building, room 100 and Drawing on Grace in Greathouse, room 107. Both begin at 6:00pm. Fall sessions of some of your favorite electives begin soon with some brand new electives beginning on August 19. More information about these soon!
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 12 - OUR MISSIONARIES TO THE KONA COAST OF HAWAII - Revs. Eric and Joy Paul and family!
9:00AM - CELEBRATION WORSHIP
The Pauls will be speaking in BOTH MORNING SERVICES at 9:00AM and 11:00AM.
SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP RETURNS AT 5:30 PM - with Eric, Joy, Justice and Micah Paul and a HAWAIIAN LUAU meal, in Woodland Street Mall! Donations will be accepted. Don't miss this outstanding evening of information and great fellowship.
THE PARABLE OF THE NEW WINESKINS WILL BE DISCUSSED IN SUNDAY SCHOOL - DON'T MISS IT!
10:00AM - SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES
11:00AM - THE BRANCH
5:30PM - EVENING WORSHIP
5:30PM - EMMAUS FELLOWSHIP
Hundreds and hundreds of people were in our Gym/Fellowship Hall and on our property last Saturday night for the annual July 4th Block Party, in spite of showers of rain! What a GREAT TIME we all had, listening to the music of the Cumberland River Boys and the David Lakey Band
(now there's a contrast!) The Cornhole tournament was also a huge success once again. Food trucks provided the food. Thanks to ALL who came and/or helped, and to Pastor Matt Dunlap
for coordinating this event.
Rumor has it that Richard Wigart
celebrated his 85th birthday Sunday. Congratulations!
Our Team Kenya Outreach
team returned home early Friday morning, exhausted after a 54-hour period of time on roads, touring Nairobi and London, and in the air, with a 4-hour drive home from Atlanta on the church bus. Thanks to Adam, Don and Wes Twining and David Rice and David Post
for your generous gift of time and driving to transport us! A special service will be forthcoming to hear a full presentation of the Kenya Partnership and what was accomplished.
CHILDREN'S CAMP - It is Tween Camp this week at Garner Creek Retreat Center in Dickson! Pastor Sabrina Jones and crew are there now! They are having a blast!
Pastor Matt Taylor and a great group of students and sponsors left Tuesday morning for Nazarene Youth Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Be in prayer for all the young people from across North America who will be attending this incredible and life-changing event.
SUMMER CATCH-UP IN GIVING? Sunday, July 19 would be a great time to catch up on your tithes and offerings, or to make a special contribution to your church. With regular expenses in the summer and lower income than the rest of the year, this is an annual need. PLEASE PRAY AND GIVE FAITHFULLY July 19, either on-line, by mail or in person! THANKS and GOD BLESS YOU IN ADVANCE!
THE DISTINGUISHING MARKS
I have been thinking a lot lately about what will be the "distinguishing marks" of a biblically-faithful Holiness church in the years ahead. As our society continues its rapid pace of moral and religious change, and more churches become accommodating to all things cultural, it is imperative we understand WHO WE ARE called to be, and lovingly but firmly hold to God's will for us. As I shared briefly in last Sunday's message, these three characteristics are essential, for both the reasons listed below and to distinguish us in the years ahead. To quote from Sunday's sermon:
How will we respond to the new realities in our city, our nation and our world? We must return to the foundational principles Jesus sent His original Kingdom-influencers into the world with:
Transformational holiness: including faithfulness to biblical morality. We have the audacity to believe in a Holy Spirit who indwells us, changing us from the inside out into the very character of Jesus, which will transform our thinking, behavior and speech. It will affect our moral and sexual choices, and everything else about us.
Influential presence: including strategic preparation for opportunity. We must build relationships with people not like us, and be people of holy influence upon those around us. With no presence there is no influence. We are called to STAY ENGAGED IN the world, but not BECOME LIKE THE WORLD. We are called to befriend "tax collectors and sinners" and spend time with them, as well as the institutions of our culture.
Resource management: including obedient investment of our money. Merely paying overhead expenses and denominational assessments will not suffice in our new era of financial accountability. People will rightly demand that our management of their giving include helping needy people, both at home and around the world. We will need to built partnerships both here and abroad to directly impact the lives of people and enable us to share the story of Jesus with them. Transparency and integrity are essential.
I am committed personally, and I trust our church is corporately, to being, as Jesus instructed His original disciples in Matthew 10:16, as "shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." May God help us to live up to this charge. Amen!
JULY KING'S MEN MEETING
Our guests will be the Goossens for Saturday morning, July 18. They are a LINKS Missionary family for our district, with Mom, Dad, and three young ones serving in Papua New Guinea. Everyone is welcome. We meet at 8:00am in the Fellowship Hall - enter through Gym entrance.
BEHOLD THE LAMB CONCERT
On Sunday, July 26 at 5:30pm, our church will have the opportunity to host a one hour experience called BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD by Charles Heimermann. Mr. Heimermann is a composer/conductor who lives here in Nashville, and his works have been performed in Russia, Poland, Italy and the United States. The program will feature over 100 musicians, including Heimermann's own newly formed adult chorale and children's choir. You won't want to miss this special evening of worship. A love offering will be received - $10.00 suggested donation.
SINGLE ADULT MINISTRIES
The July edition of THE BRIDGE NEWSLETTER is available here.
Many have asked us about - and we want to share with you - the incredible experiences of Team Kenya Outreach and our recent trip. A special service is in the works for a Sunday in August. In the meantime, we will be creating a blog and finding other creative ways to share the stories of the 22 team members, the amazing people we met and the beautiful land and animals of Africa.
Thank you to all who supported this partnership financially and with prayer! We felt those prayers and saw God working before us and throughout the whole experience. We want to be faithful to the relationships and partnerships that are developing in Kenya and share the stories. We want to be faithful to those who supported us at home and share the stories. Be on the lookout for stories and more information soon.
Football season is just around the corner!!! Help us welcome fans parking on our lots for home games: August 23, September 3, September 27, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 15, November 29, December 6, December 27. If you are interested in being on one of the Titans Parking teams please contact Pastor Matthew Dunlap for more info.
NFCN KIDS MINISTRIES
Would you consider becoming involved in our NFCN Kids Ministries by participating in a once-a-month rotation? We would love to have you join our team of dynamic volunteers! Please contact Pastor Sabrina Jones if you would be interested.
SAVE THE DATE FOR HOMECOMING SUNDAY!
On Sunday, August 9, all current and former members/ worshippers are invited to gather in for Homecoming 2015. Our special guests this year are Dr. Lee and Alice Woolery. Lee served as youth pastor and associate pastor here before becoming a senior pastor and later district superintendent. Lots of food, good memories and fun in store; make it a red letter date!
NFCN HAS HOT COFFEE!!!
Friends, no need to stop on your way to church to get a cup of coffee. Come to the Woodland Café coffee kiosk in the Reed Building foyer and get a hot cup of coffee (hot tea coming soon) before or after the church service you attend. You will be greeted by a smiling face and warm cup of coffee with ALL the fixings. You can also volunteer to serve at the café. Contact Matthew Dunlap to volunteer. Theresa O’John is our leader and would love to have some smiling faces join the team. Enjoy some coffee and conversation each and every Sunday at the Woodland Café!
GIVE TO OUR YOUTH WHEN YOU SHOP AT KROGER and AMAZON!
If you live in Tennessee and shop at Kroger, you can donate to our Youth Group every time you shop by scanning your Kroger Plus card at check out! It doesn't cost you anything; all you have to do is register your Kroger Plus Card and choose First Church of the Nazarene (NPO #35793) as your charity of choice. You can also donate to First Church when you purchase through Amazon.com at no cost to you. Click here and log-in with your existing account or create a new account; Amazon will remember your selection with every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com and give a donation of .5% of the price of eligible purchases.
COUNSELING REFERRAL MINISTRY
Everyone struggles. Sometimes it helps to talk about it. Did you know that Nashville First Church of the Nazarene offers resources to connect you to caring Christian counselors? All of the counselors are part of our church and ministry. Did you know that the cost may be reduced or fully covered by our Life Ministries? To see the list of counselors and how to contact them, click here.
"THE REAL LIFE" - NFCN's televised service on Cable Channel 19 in Davidson County (Public Access television - NECAT), times are:
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Wednesday - 7:00pm
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July 6-10 - Tween Camp at Garner Creek Retreat Center - HAPPENING NOW!
July 7-12 - NYC in Louisville, KY
July 12 - Eric & Joy Paul speaking
August 2 - Promotion Sunday for Children/Youth/College
August 9 - Nashville First Homecoming with Dr. Lee and Alice Woolery
September 20 - Building Debt-Free Celebration
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