NEO Team Update 2-3-2020
Dear NEO Family,
“What would your life look like if you, in fact, fulfilled Jesus’s prayer that you “bear much fruit” (John 15:8)? What would the fruit look like? How would the world be different? When you have run the race with perseverance and finally cross the finish line, what kind of assessment of your life do you envision the Lord giving you?”
These words from Chip Ingram challenged me. I thought of the many commercials I have heard in recent months with the theme “just okay is not okay.” We acknowledge that truth in many areas but often fail to carry that over into our relationship with God or our work as a church. What would 2020 look like for NEO Nazarenes if we approached our walk with God with purpose and intentionality?
George Whitfield, the great evangelist and teacher of the eighteenth century who led the Great Awakening, certainly understood this when he said, “I pray to God this day to make me an extraordinary Christian.” May God help us all to be diligent about the disciplines and practices that lead to excellence, maturity and impact!
News from across the District
Congratulations to Rev. Doug and Mrs. Linda Dawson (Broken Arrow) on the celebration of their 60th Anniversary on Feb. 6th
NEO December Reports
I Want to Celebrate. . .
NEO Churches reported 7 salvations and 6 baptisms in December!
Cary Tipton, Mannford Grace Family Worship Center. . . Glory to God! I met a man that is in recovery and had never been to church…ever. So I told him what to expect and he’s come to two services! We also have another family that has been in recovery for 8 years that has been here for three services. We had a high attendance of 53 for a Sunday worship service but the biggest service was Janice Remington’s funeral. Between 140 and 150 in attendance. The table I sat at had five people needing recovery or in recovery so we decided to meet this Sunday to discuss a venture into celebrate recovery. Nine people are committed to a class so far. A board member came to me today and said he’s had it on his heart to have a recovery class for the last two weeks and was afraid to say anything. I promptly introduced him to the group. I have a meeting on Tuesday with a group needing meth recovery. God is good. We love our church and community!
Brian Loderhose, Owasso Silver Creek. . . Our teens and kids ministries partnered together for a Star Wars themed Christmas musical. That morning we saw 165 members and visitors. Also, for our Christmas Eve Eve service with the Tulsa Praise Orchestra we had 191 guests.
David Stevens, Vinita. . . We have two young adults who have been attending regularly helping with the worship team and attending membership classes – they joined the church this month. We had a great celebration Sunday for our Christmas Sunday. We are encouraged with the new faces we are seeing.
Tim Odom, Collinsville. . . Had a wonderful Holiday Season; God’s presence is felt and blessing our congregation.
Austin Troyer, Tahlequah. . . We welcomed two new members this month. Our children’s ministry brought Christmas cards to the local nursing center. It has been a wonderful Advent and Christmas. We are looking forward to a new year of ministry.
Rod Thelander, Sand Springs. . . In the last 2 months we have joyfully received 8 new members into our church family. We have also been blessed to be able to help many people through compassionate giving opportunities within, as well as outside, the Church during this holy season.
Ronnie Baker, Tulsa Audacity. . . We had 3 more baptisms this month. We had Abba Sunday in December where we celebrated this ministry. Our church committed to over $300 above tithes each month to further our support of the Abba Homes. We had a remarkable weekend Leadership Retreat with Pastor Jim Thornton. The content from Open Box Special was great and it was one of our best retreats we have ever had. We had a great Christmas Eve Eve service with over 10 guests.
Drew Dinnel, Muskogee First. . . This month we held a new service on New Year’s Sunday. It was the church in the round service and was a cross between a John Wesleyan Covenant Service and a Testimony Service. For us this was a great time of commitment and telling the stories of God in our lives.
Bret Metcalfe, Claremore. . . Because of God’s blessings on our church, we were able to bless 25 community and church families with bags of groceries to make a Christmas dinner. Praising God for His faithfulness and blessings which are new every day!
Brady Thelander, Sapulpa. . . We celebrate our ministry to our children and their families. We had 22 children on stage for our Christmas program and two families in attendance who we have been praying for regularly. We also had wonderful Christmas Eve service.
Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . We had a Christmas drama program and God was moving.
Scott Dermer, Tulsa Central. . . We had a very meaningful Advent season. Our Children’s Christmas Musical was done with excellence and involved children on the fringe of our church. Our choir shared Christmas carols with residents of two local retirement centers. Our Christmas Eve service was well-attended and included guests from the community. Most of all, Christ was glorified and present in each of our services.
Melissa King, Chelsea Open Doors. . . We had a great December. We closed out the year on New Year’s Eve with a sober party. We had a safe, family-friendly way to celebrate the past year and welcome the coming year.
Dale Fillmore, Okmulgee. . . The Lord continues to send us people who have had a tough go in life. I’m not sure why, but we praise Him for the opportunity to work with these. Commitments and baptisms on the way.
Nain & Yanira Caceres, Claremore El Buen Pastor. . . We believe 2020 will be a year of much blessing for our church. We are blessed with new people. We appreciate your prayers.
Fabian Correa, Tulsa Cielos Abiertos. . . We celebrate that one person was baptized and others will worship Him at the end of this month. We celebrate the arrival of new families to the church in recent weeks. We celebrate 21 days of fasting and prayer January 2 through 22.
Yalmi & Norma Izaguirre, Tulsa Roca de Salvacion. . . Thanks be to God that the income of the church is enough to cover the mortgage and bills.
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Feb. 17, 8:30am Bixby-Jimmy’s Egg, 11982 S Memorial
Dominican Republic Work & Witness Trip
Huellas School/Compassion Project / June 25 – July 2, 2020
Cost: $1,300-$1,400 (Depending on flight cost)
Registration Deadline: February 24, 2020 ($200 non-refundable deposit due)
Payment Schedule: $200 payment each month: March, April, May, remaining balance due June 1
**To keep flight costs low (saving $150 each ticket), we will not be doing a group contract. Therefore, flights will be non-refundable but can be credited to that person to be used on a different date/place. Flights will be purchased/secured on March 2nd. Once flight tickets are purchased, you are obligated to pay the remaining balance even if you cannot go on the trip.
*All students will receive a $100 scholarship towards their trip costs, provided by the NEO NMI Council
**All payments need to be made to Cynthia Hollingsworth (NEO Work & Witness Coordinator)
What we will be doing: Construction work on the Huellas school/compassion center, volunteering at medical clinics, and playing with kids!!
Where we are staying: Work & Witness house located in Santo Domingo. The house is large and equipped to house large groups. The bedrooms are dormitory style and air conditioned!! Towels, sheets/blankets, and pillows are provided.
Why go?: You will be meeting tangible needs (construction & medical), as well as sharing the love of Jesus! Meaningful relationships across cultural boundaries are made on mission trips. You will experience a different culture and be inspired and challenged by the faith, resilience and hospitality of the people there! Jesus said GO and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19) and He promised that He will be with you (vs. 20). A better question is: Why wouldn’t you go?!