NEO Team Update 11-12-20
Be Strong and Courageous!
Eight months of dealing with Covid-19 has taken a toll on us emotionally, physically, relationally, financially and spiritually. The suffering and uncertainly are real. We have had our share of personal anxiety and interpersonal quarreling.
I have been reading in the book of Joshua this week and have been reminded that having our lives turned upside down is not unique to people who live in 2020! The children of Israel had left Egypt with an amazing act of deliverance, but then they wandered in the desert for 40 years (8 months of Covid-19 is hard enough!). During these 40 years they often grew angry at their leaders and questioned God’s ability to provide.
As the book of Joshua begins, the children of Israel are told to take another bold step – to cross the Jordan River, trusting God to give them victory over the fortressed cities they will encounter in this new land of promise. Four times in Chapter 1 we hear the command, “Be strong and courageous!” On what basis could they be strong or courageous: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (v. 5)
I think in every era and in every day we need to be reminded of this truth. That is why Jesus repeatedly reminded his disciples that He would be with them until the end of the age, providing wisdom, strength and courage! The Apostle Paul had experienced God’s ever-present help in times of trouble. He writes in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11:
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
NEO Nazarenes, during these times of uncertainty and anxiety, let’s keep relying on God who raised the dead! There is hope for your situation! Be strong and courageous!
New Pastor Installation
Pastor Ron and Jeanette Biddle were installed at Bristow Fellowship on November 8th by Dr. Dave McKellips. Welcome to Bristow and NEO!
Serving our Communities
I love the way NEO Churches use their facilities and resources to serve their communities. The Mannford Church has allowed their Family Life Center to be used by local cheerleaders group. Not only do they open their facilities, they have provided snacks on a couple of occasions with as a way to connect the youth to the church. Well done, Grace Family Worship Center!
Congratulations to Ana Victoria Ruiz Bautista! Ana, a member of Tulsa Regency Park Church, was honored as the 2020 Homecoming Queen at Southern Nazarene University. Pictures of Ana are with SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman and Victor and Ana Maria, her proud parents.
Congratulations to Pastor Austin and Katie Troyer on the birth of Micah Jack on October 13th! And we also hear that Titus is a good big brother!
Congratulations to Pastor Geoffrey and Sharon Gunter on retirement! Tulsa Regency Park has been blessed to have them in ministry leadership for over 19 years. Geoffrey and Sharon were honored for their amazing service on October 31st at a special program.
We hold Pastor Steve and Kendra Brown and family in our hearts and prayers after the passing of Steve’s dad, Doyle, this week.
We continue to lift up Mark and Colleen Smith and family in prayer after the passing of Mark’s mother on October 16th.
District Work Project at Skiatook Parsonage
Pastor Jesse and JoAnn Madaffari are transitioning into retirement and moving out of the Skiatook Parsonage. The church is in need of some help on the parsonage and NEO Work and Witness Coordinator, Cynthia Hollinsworth, and Northwest Mission Area Coordinator, Dr. Russell Hosey, have accepted the challenge to coordinate the work.
The District helped pay for a new roof that was put on the church last Saturday. We are now looking for several teams of workers to help us work on the inside of the house. We will need a crew to work on overhaul of the master bathroom, another for flooring for the entire house, another for painting each room on the inside, and eventually a team for some landscaping. If you would be willing to give a few hours to join one of these crews, please contact the District office (918-496-0022 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know the best times in a typical week for you to work.