NEO Team Update 1-21-20
NEO Nazarenes Shining Our Lights Brightly in 2020
We have been talking a lot about sowing the seeds of the gospel the last few years, especially through the focus on Organic Outreach. As we start a new year, is it time for a new emphasis? I don’t believe so. Rather, I think it is time to recommit to follow the Great Commission and to keep sowing seeds, no matter what.
I thank God for the hundreds of people that have become followers of Jesus Christ through our churches the past few years. But we are not content nor discouraged. Paul writes to the church in Galatia and to the NEO Church of the Nazarene: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
One of the ways we sow seeds is through our godly character. When we display Christian character in our broken world, it will attract attention. On January 18, I read an article in the Tulsa World entitled, “Grandpa forgets stash in stool”. As the article told the story, Howard Kirby bought a living room set from a Habitat for Humanity store for $70 after Christmas. The footstool didn’t feel right. His daughter-in-law unzipped the cushion and shouted when she found envelopes full of money inside. After the initial shock wore off, Kirby, a man of modest means, began the extraordinary step of returning the money to the former owners. The furniture had been donated by Kim Fauth-Newberry. It had belonged to her grandfather, who died in July. I saw the story being told on two different television channels this weekend and they told of the remarkable character of Howard Kirby, who said it was the moral thing to do. The newspaper told a little more of his motivation: “I do what I can to be as much like Christ as I can, and this is the moral thing to do. This is going to help them. I’m so happy for them.”
Howard Kirby attracted the attention of the nation by his faithfulness to Christ. Our character should make us shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the word of truth. Let’s keep doing good and sowing seeds in 2020!
News From Across the District
Over 180 students and sponsors have signed up for the Winter Retreat this weekend at New Life Ranch. We thank retreat director, Drew Dinnell; NYI President, Ryan Amey; and all the NYI council for planning an outstanding retreat. Let’s pray for God to work in each attendee’s life, helping them to take the next step in their journey of grace and faith.
Daniel Surratt, Community Pastor at Core Church, has accepted a lead pastor position at a church outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Daniel has served with Pastor Brad Farnsworth at Connection and Core Church for 11 ½ years and will be greatly missed.
Colleen Smith, Pastor’s wife at Drumright and Cushing, has gone to Rochester, NY to be with her Mom who has been put on Hospice Care and is only expected to have a brief time on this earth. Colleen’s Mom has been a believer since she was a small child, so we rejoice in the hope we have in Christ.
Buddy Davis’ sister, age 64, has passed away and the funeral will be in Mississippi.
In February, Brad and Laura Farnsworth will be returning to Ethiopia to train pastors and leaders and will be taking Sybil Hawkinson this year.
Senior Adult Ministries Planning Session
January 25 – 9:30am at Regency Park
Kendall Moseley (TNT-Tried N True Director), Jami Sue Brandt (50’s and Wannabees Director), and I would like to meet with your local church leaders for a time of sharing best practices and planning ministry with senior adults on the District level. We don’t want to plan events no one is interested in. We want what we do to complement and strengthen what your local church is doing. Please RSVP to let me know who will be coming from your church. And if you cannot send someone to this meeting but have someone who would be a good contact for us for future communication, please send me that person’s name and contact information.
Grace and peace,
Pastors: RSVP to email@example.com
Jan. 28, 11:30am Skiatook-Mac’s BBQ, 1030 W Rogers Blvd
Feb. 3, 8:30am Chouteau-Dutch Pantry, 10 W Main
Feb. 17, 8:30am Bixby-Jimmy’s Egg, 11982 S Memorial
Work & Witness Trip
We are so excited about our district Work & Witness trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to build a school/compassionate outreach center!
June 26-July 3, 2020
Cost is $1300-$1400, depending on the flights. Anyone wanting to go must have a $200 nonrefundable deposit sent in by February 24. Payments of $200 required in March, April, and May. The remaining amount will need to be paid by District Assembly (June 1). We will be doing construction on the Huellas project, as well as some VBS activities with kids and possible medical clinics. Anyone interested in going with medical experience, contact Cynthia as soon as possible so we can arrange a more concrete plan for the medical clinic!
Any monies, except the non refundable deposit of $200, can be returned if you need to cancel your spot. The cutoff date for any cancellations and refunds will be May 18th. Please join us in praying over this trip as well!
Contact Cynthia Hollingsworth for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-919-1177
Facebook: NEO Work & Witness-Dominican Republic