NEO Team Update 11-19-20
Opportunities for the Church in a Post-election Season
Scott Sauls, author of “A Gentle Answer: Our Secret Weapon in an Age of Us Against Them” says: “I think it’s wonderful that whenever we have a presidential election, the next season we go into is a season of Advent, which emphasizes that the government will be on Jesus’ shoulders and of the increase of his reign in government there will be no end. He is the one that’s not voted out. He is the one that’s not dethroned. He is the one that doesn’t have a term limit. Read More
Report on Abba Ministries
God is continuing to change lives through Celebrate Recovery, Abba Homes and Manna House. Watch this short video and rejoice in the God’s work through your Compassionate Ministries Center. WATCH VIDEO
Manna House is still distributing food using a drive-thru format. They are serving over 120 households each week, with a record 142 households served on November 17, 2020. Manna House’s clothing distribution, led by Dillina Ingram, gives out approximately 800 articles of clothing each week. Praise God. A huge thanks to Buddy and Alicia Davis and their great team.
A Time for Prayer and Self-Reflection
Can you believe that we have been dealing with Covid-19 for 8 months? None of us anticipated this! And it looks like we will continue to do so for a few more months. Add to that the turmoil over race relations, hurricanes and forest fires, and a divisive election process, and it is easy to see why we are ready to put 2020 behind us.
This is the time that God’s people need to remember to put God first in all things. Our Board of General Superintendents are calling the Nazarene church family to a time of prayer and self-reflection. Would you take a day this week to pray and fast for God’s peace and healing to come to the nations? God has promised us: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). As God’s people who bear the name of Jesus, may we seek the face of God and reflect the Nazarene in all that we do. May we join together and pray for revival to come to our church and our communities.
A Time for Thanksgiving
The Board of General Superintendents also invite you to join us this coming weekend in a service of thanks. The Apostle Paul reminded the church in Philippi that they were to always rejoice and have hearts full of thanksgiving, even in the midst of trials. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:4-7). For this reason, the BGS want to take time, in the midst of a pandemic, to praise the Lord. The service will be provided in five languages and includes beautiful worship from musicians across our six regions and a message from the Board of General Superintendents. You can click HERE for further information. The service will be streaming in five languages beginning at 4pm CST on Saturday, Nov. 21 and play every hour on the hour.
A Time for Giving
The Church of the Nazarene is a connectional church. We not only think about the ministry of our local churches, but we give, pray and send to make Christlike disciples in the nations. Thanksgiving has been one of the times Nazarenes around the globe give especially for World Evangelism. There are great videos available for you to use to promote such giving (WEF website). Let’s keep being a church marked by commitment to the global vision of the church.
Pastor Keith Cole, who serves as pastor at Chandler, and has done so for almost 28 years, has accepted the invitation to take on an additional congregation as pastor. After serving as interim pastor of the Davenport Church for the last three months, the church board of Davenport and Chandler enthusiastically supported the ideas of sharing Pastor Keith. We commend these two churches, only separated by about 7 miles, for cooperating in this Kingdom venture and pray God’s richest blessings on both churches and Pastor Keith and Nancy.
Our parsonage families have experienced loss recently. The father of Pastor Steve Brown of Cleveland and the sister of Pastor Dale Fillmore of Okmulgee have passed from this earth into their eternal reward.
We are thankful for several new start churches in NEO: BA Iglesia, Claremore El Buen Pastor, Coweta The Way of Jesus the Nazarene, Mounds The Tribe, Owasso Silver Creek Iglesia, Tulsa Audacity, Tulsa Fe y Esperanza, Tulsa Gethsemane, and Tulsa Kaleo. Pray with us as we seek to begin new starts on every mission area in the next year.