NEO Team Update 2-4-21
2021 Calendar Changes
District Assembly & NMI Convention – July 30-31 at Tulsa Central Church!
NYI Extravaganza at SNU – May 28-29
Youth Camp – June 1-5
Kids Camp – July 23-26
Please put this on your church and personal calendars.
by Lisa Lewis, Valley Church
In the summer of 1940, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers found themselves trapped on Dunkirk, a beach in Northern France. They were cut off by the German military and it seemed inevitable that they’d all be killed or captured. Military destroyers were too big to get to the beach for a troop evacuation. And without these troops, Britain was left unbelievably vulnerable to Nazi invasion. Some feared this might cost them the War. But a creative, almost unthinkable plan was hatched – Read More.
NYI Leadership Training
NEO will be joining together in Bartlesville to be together during this training March 1-2. Of course, you can stay home and do this but it will be a lot more fun being together. Register HERE.
Reasons to Celebrate
Church/Pastor Reviews. Three of our churches had extremely positive church/pastor reviews in January. It is wonderful to see churches honoring one another and united in mission. Congratulations to Pastor David Stevens and Vinita Church, Pastor Jim Johnson and Barnsdall and Pastor Brady Thelander and Sapulpa Church.
The Church is still reaching out and people are experiencing God’s transforming touch. Pastor Mark Smith, Drumright, reported a few weeks ago: Last week I met a father and son in Yale. I’m starting a Bible study there. They were doubting God’s existence. As the night went on I was able to lead the son, about 30 years old, to faith in Christ. The dad was avoiding me and saying nasty stuff about me. People in Yale asked me to go talk to him again because he is lost and confused. I went to his home and, to my surprise, he invited me into his house. A few minutes later we prayed the prayer of faith together.
Children’s Leaders Retreat
March 6 or April 24
Yes!!! We are having SPARK this year. BUT it looks a little different than usual. There are 2 options for dates: March 6 and April 24. AND it’s all online. The cost??? ONLY $30 for a full day of training. You don’t want to miss it!
Instead of an NEO Ladies Retreat this year, we invite all ladies on the district to attend THRiVE2021 — a FREE virtual OR in-person ladies retreat. THRiVE creates an atmosphere for ladies of all ages to gather for worship, fellowship, and renewal.
Why attend THRiVE?
- Because sometimes it’s hard to hear God’s voice above the noise of everyday life.
- Because meeting together spurs us on to “love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24.)
- Standing side by side with our sisters in Christ, worshipping, praying, and learning about our precious Savior makes us stronger.
When we attend THRiVE, we physically remove ourselves from many of life’s distractions in order to make space for God. Even Jesus recognized the value and need to getaway. And it’s just plain fun to have a girl’s weekend! More info
SNU Sunday on NEO
Although every plan we make these days is tentative, we are targeting Sunday, April 18 as Southern Nazarene University Sunday on the NEO District. We would ask every church to use one of the videos provided by SNU in your morning service and include the University, President Newman, administrators, faculty, staff and students in your prayer. It would be a good time to thank your church for their faithful giving to support the mission of SNU.
Sunday evening, we hope to have a District-wide service at Tulsa Central with University Singers, two groups from the Worship Arts’ class, and Rev. Dr. Lena Crouso speaking. Dr. Crouso serves as the Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, and she is also an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Crouso is the daughter of Asian-Indian immigrants and states that her journey from Hinduism to Christ along with her diverse life path has given her a heart and mind for the empowerment of all people through intercultural understanding and a desire to lead people in spiritual and emotional ways, empowering students to move towards social transformation and freedom.