NEO Team Update 12-12-19

NEO Team Update 12-12-19

NEO November Reports

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I Want to Celebrate. . . 

Cary Tipton, Mannford Grace Family Worship Center. . . The church let us celebrate our seventh anniversary as a married couple. We enjoyed our time in Branson and feel refreshed in our spirits. Our newest family led the care explosion food drive celebration. Four community churches joined us for a meal, distribution of non-perishable food items, worship led by our Mannford schools superintendent and speaker Manny Parker. Over 80 for service!

Tim Odom, Collinsville. . . Great Month at Collinsville. Beginning with guest speakers/musicians The Pic & Bow and ending with our all-church family Thanksgiving Dinner. We have a lot to be thankful for!

Bret Metcalfe, Claremore. . . We thank God for His healing touch on lives. We have had several folks with health issues this month, but God has touched and healing is taking place. One of our ladies had the news that she is now cancer free. Praise the Lord!

Brad Farnsworth, Broken Arrow Core Church at Aspen Creek. . . It was so cool to see God move in the lives of our youth. One Sunday in November, out of the 6 baptisms we had that day 4 of them were from our youth! It was so powerful to watch each of them tell their story and be baptized by their youth pastor! God is moving!

Drew Dinnel, Muskogee First. . . This month we took a huge step in building bridges into our community. We held a covered in clothes event and literally covered our alters in clothes. We also gave away a Distinguished Service Award to Judy Johnson who serves at both the Muskogee Church and the Freedom Fellowship Church. She also runs the Freedom Ministries Nazarene Compassionate Care ministry in Muskogee.

Brian Loderhose, Owasso Silver Creek. . . Archie Horton, retire Pastor of Parkville and Grove on the NEO district, as well as several Canada churches, went to be with the Lord Thanksgiving Day. He was 76. God has been blessing Silver Creek with new faces, workers, and great energy. God is good. Children’s Christmas play Dec 15th.

Geoffrey Gunter, Tulsa Regency Park. . . We had a dear member of our church pass away suddenly. It was wonderful to see how the church family rallied behind his widow and love on his family.

Scott Dermer, Tulsa Central. . . We have experienced God’s provision with our building. Through funds that have come from insurance claims and generous giving, we have been able to repair our roof and purchase new chairs for our sanctuary. We are in the process of replacing the flooring in our sanctuary and main hallway. We believe God is helping us create a vibrant, welcoming space of worship. We also received nine young people into the church as members. They are committed to Christ and ready to serve his church.

David Stevens, Vinita. . . Some new people are attending and they are interested in knowing more about our Church. A committee was assigned to get our float ready for the Christmas parade. They are enthusiastic and so am I, since the Pastor does not have to do it. There is a sweet Spirit in our Church services.

Austin Troyer, Tahlequah. . . One man who is pretty new to our congregation and one of our children were baptized this month! We are celebrating the work that God is doing in bringing people to Christ. We also had someone report that they experienced entire sanctification. Our worship services have been filled with the Holy Spirit’s power and presence. May God work in the Church His grace and fill all with His love.

Brady Thelander, Sapulpa. . . We welcomed 20 guests from neighboring apartment complexes to our Thanksgiving Lunch.  Also, after calling on a family in which only the children attend our Wednesday evening programming, the mom and kids joined us for worship on a Sunday morning.

Nain & Yanira Caceres, Claremore El Buen Pastor. . . We are grateful to God for his wonders, and every day our church lives new and positive experiences.

Casey Hollingsworth, Miami New Life. . . We held a community Thanksgiving dinner at our church. We fed 150 people from the community and gave away hats/gloves to kids along with turkeys to each family present. We had many opportunities to pray and to speak truth to hurting individuals. God is so good! He is showing us what it means to be a church who reflects Him well!

Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . We had a women’s conference with 40 in attendance and they had a time of encouragement.

Mike Johnson (interim), Bristow Fellowship. . . This last month we had a baptismal service where a young lady was baptized. She came to the church a homeless lady with multiple problems. God touched her and helped give her a second chance through John 3:16. Our baptistry heater did not work, so we poured water upon her head. It was a great celebration. God is at work in Bristow Fellowship.

Yalmi & Norma Izaguirre, Tulsa Roca de Salvacion. . . We are praying daily at 7:00 pm and God is moving.

Ronnie Baker, Tulsa Audacity. . . We have 3 more baptisms lined up and genuine excitement around December.


District News

Pastor Bill Hilton and the Board of Tulsa Living Hope have decided the church will close after their worship service on Dec. 22. Bill and Kay Hilton have served at Living Hope faithfully and sacrificially for over 19 years! They will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Dec. 27. Join me in expressing our love and appreciation to Bill and Kay.

Interim Pastor Mike Johnson sees a lot of promise for Bristow Church. But as they go through pastoral transition and begin to build a positive future, they could use 5 families from other churches on the district to give 1 year of their time to help as volunteer missionaries.  Help in the areas of leadership (teaching and music) would give a shot of hope that is needed for this church.

Thanks to the following churches that volunteered to “adopt” a pastor from another church for Christmas: Bartlesville, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Tulsa Central, Tulsa Hills, Tulsa Regency Park.

NEO is proud to have one of our own, Greg Hall, deliver the commencement address at SNU on December 7. Greg, son of Gene and Janice Hall, grew up in Owasso and graduated from Southern Nazarene University. Greg is now Senior Vice President, Private Brands/Manufacturing for Food and Consumables at Walmart in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Coming in January

7 – NYI Council (Tulsa Hills) 7pm

10 – Kid’s Ministry Christmas Party

12 – Launch of Coweta The Way ReStart

12 – After the Holidays Dinner for Pastors & Advisory Council (Signs of the Times) 5:30pm

20 – Café Conversation (Steak & Eggs-Bristow) 8:30am RSVP to Dave

24-26 – NYI Winter Retreat

26 – Seminary Sunday

28 – Café Conversation (Mac’s BBQ-Skiatook) 11:30am RSVP to Dave

30 – Advisory Board Mtg 6pm


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