NEO Team Update 11-21-19
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…” (Philippians 1:3-5)
These verses summarize my thoughts of you, NEO Nazarenes! How thankful Gloria and I are for each of you and your faithful partnership in the gospel. God is at work in our midst — see the pastors’ “I want to celebrate…” as a small sample of the good work God is doing.
I am also thankful for our University, Southern Nazarene University. A few days ago I was at SNU Board of Trustee Meetings. I serve on the Student/Spiritual Life Committee. I always am encouraged at the committee meetings because the Chaplain and Student Life staff are all STARS who serve our students with excellence! At this meeting, Chaplain Blair Spindle had one of his student chaplains share with us. The student shared of his passion for God to bring revival to SNU and of the Monday evening prayer meetings the students have been leading praying for an outpouring of God’s Spirit on the campus. The student group has grown from a handful to over 20 every Monday evening meeting in the new Prayer Room! I was so encouraged by the heart and passion of this student and trust that many of us will join him in prayer for revival on our university. Many are setting their alarms on their phones for Friday at 9:35 (Mark 9:35 is the LiveLast verse for SNU) to pray especially for SNU.
I also am thankful for the creative ways our churches honored their pastors during Clergy Appreciation Month. I asked Dorthea Baker to share some what they did for Pastor Jim and Jan Johnson:
The first Sunday, we gave Jim 50 quarters to wash his car. (They live in the country and he likes to wash his car every day.) We gave Jan a gift certificate for a pedicure. The second Sunday, a gift certificate was given to Jim in the amount of $100 to Mock Brothers (a cowboy store) and $100 gift certificate to TJ Maxx for Jan. The third Sunday, we took Jim and Jan to Tumbleweeds Steakhouse in Bartlesville for dinner after church to honor them. Everyone from church was invited to go and the church was able to pay for everyone’s meal. (A good time of fellowship!) The last Sunday, a check was given to them in the amount of $500. Also during the week, we sent Pastor Appreciation cards to them.
Isn’t that thrilling! Thank God for our loving, generous churches.
Hope you all have a wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving! You are loved!
A huge thank you to our senior adult ministries directors Kendall Moseley (TNT) and Jami Sue Brandt (50s & Wannabes) and the Sapulpa Church for hosting a wonderful concert with The Petersens on November 16th.
NEO October Reports
I Want to Celebrate. . .
Melissa King, Chelsea Open Doors. . . We had a great time celebrating 2 years of recovery! We also joined with another church in Chelsea to learn from God through the anointed teaching of Dr. Rob McCorkle. We are decreeing and declaring our church will become a center of holy fire and that we are going to experience city-wide transformation in Chelsea, OK.
Rod Thelander, Sand Springs. . . We have had several couples who have started attending our services in recent months. One of the gentlemen suffered two strokes in September. They affected his eyes, hands, legs, and his speech. Our congregation has really taken this couple to our hearts and many fervent prayers were lifted as well as many meals, etc. provided by willing hands. God has touched this man: his eyes are healing, he has gone from a wheelchair to walking with a cane, his speech and hands are improving. Praise God! Several people from our church also participated in a trunk or treat event for the Fall Family Literacy festival at Garfield Elementary as well as at the Sand Springs Boo at Case Community Park event, also handing out 765 flyers inviting people to our Turkey Giveaway in November. God is giving more opportunities to impact our community.
We want to celebrate an amazing victory that took place through our prison invasion ministry. We actually were blessed to lead a former Satan worshiper to Jesus! This young man said he was tired of living in “darkness” and we were able to point him to the “Light”! He prayed to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ and was gloriously born again of the Spirit! To God be the glory! We were also blessed to participate in the “Trunk or Treat” event at our local grade school just a few blocks from our church. We were able to minister to over 300 people at this event and were able to pass out invitations to our upcoming “Great Turkey Give-A-Way”. God is moving in Sand Springs!
David Stevens, Vinita. . . A young boy in our Church family had been given a scary diagnosis related to his heart. His grandparents brought him to Church and asked for prayer. We gathered around a few Sundays ago, anointed him with oil and prayed. He said, “I felt Jesus in my heart.” His grandfather said, “I felt that from the tip of my head to my toes!” God touched him. When they went to the doctor for the scan, the doctors apologized and said, “We don’t know what happened. It was there and now it’s gone.” God is faithful!
Ronnie Baker, Tulsa Audacity. . . We have 3 more baptisms lined up. We are seeing great participation with our Discovery Groups.
Carl Brown, Hominy. . . We had a wonderful day of Celebration of Fall Festival on this past Sunday with worship attendance of 115 and Community attending the Fall Festival of 200+, The Children performed a wonderful program of the Heavenly Express that truly was inspiring and blessings to all present. God is Sharing His love and spirit in Hominy; we are blessed to reach the lost with God’s own love and message.
Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . We had a concert with the worship team for some of our churches.
Tulsa Roca de Salvacion. . . God is providing us with the commitment of our members for covering our expenses.
Brady Thelander, Sapulpa. . . We celebrate a blessed and productive church board retreat, a generous response to our Faith Promise focus, and a family of six that we have been ministering to for years showed up in church.
Bret Metcalfe, Claremore. . . I had the privilege to baptize a nine-year-old boy who asked to be baptized (and PTL, the heater finally worked in the baptistry). We held our annual G.L.O.W event. This year we added the opportunity for those in attendance to leave specific prayer requests. Many of those requests were for the guidance and wisdom of God in their lives. Every Wednesday before Bible study each Wednesday, we are praying by name for those in our lives who need Christ.
Jim Thornton, Tulsa Hills. . . October was a month God used to remind us of His dreams and desires for the people of Tulsa Hills Church. 11 people made the annual trek to Dallas for the Awakening Prayer Conference. Once again, our passion to be a “Praying Church” has been rekindled. Just as John Wesley said, “The action is in prayer!” We also embraced the call to give beyond our walls. This year, our Funding the Mission pledge campaign received $49,199 in pledges. This will not only fully fund our denominational giving goals, but will also support ministries such as Abba Ministries, Martha’s Foundation, Joys to the World and Dan Bohi Ministries. What a joy to serve with the people of THC as we continue to press into the things close to God’s heart!
Tim Odom, Collinsville. . . This month has been filled with many life experiences. We had a Celebration of Life (Funeral Service) for a long-time member and Elder of the Church of the Nazarene on October 28th, Pastor Wilbur Tucker, Sr. with many in attendance and sharing of wonderful memories of a life of service to the Lord. We have also had three baby dedications. We had several participate in an all-day workday to spruce up and attend to needs around the church on the 12th. Our Fall in the Country was well attended this Sunday Night, with Special Guest Missionaries, Sarah & Joel Mullens and family. Trunk and Treat is also happening if weather permits on the 31st, which usually brings over 800 children and families to participate.
Michael Staton, Wagoner Cornerstone Community. . . Wednesday night prayer for the unsaved is going very well.
Austin Troyer, Tahlequah. . . Fall Festival was the best it has ever been. We had more help and more community response than ever and we are so excited for the potential for God to work through this simple act of kindness and love toward our community. We also have people interested in being baptized! We will be holding those baptisms soon. Please pray for those growing in their faith here in Tahlequah.
Drew Dinnel, Muskogee First. . . We had a great month with new baptisms and confessions of faith. This year we decided to join the Chamber of Commerce for our fall outreach and got the chance to engage with 3,000 people in the local community.
Brian Loderhose, Owasso Silver Creek. . . We were able to participate in the District’s Work & Witness trip to the Dominican Republic last month and share in the great things God is doing in there.
Steven Lester, Coweta The Way. . . This month we celebrated with the Coweta Marching Tigers by feeding 200 kids breakfast before they left for State. The Band won its 10th consecutive state 5A title! Also, we hosted an All Saints Eve (aka Halloween) party where over 100 kids and parents where loved on. We were directly across from our property and handed out invitations. We had our first Sunday morning service on November 3. We plan to have a marketing campaign in December with a public launch on January 12, 2020. Praying for our plans and for faith to match Gods dream for Coweta.
Cary Tipton, Mannford Grace Family. . . A great event was held at trunk or treat with over 300 served. We have started sign ups for Paul and Timothy discipleship program with five signed up.
Geoffrey Gunter, Tulsa Regency Park. . . We celebrated Fall Fest in our church last week and invited the neighborhood in. We had a record number (350+) in our facilities and were able to accept prayer cards from them and meet them on a one-to-one basis. Many of them were open to a follow-up from our people.
Fabian Correa, Tulsa Cielos Abiertos. . . I want to celebrate a Marriage Conference which took place Oct 5 with 17 couples (including 3 from Owasso) and a Nazarene evangelist Jorge Diaz. The teaching helped to solidify the walk of some new Christians and led one husband to accept Christ.
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