NEO Team Update


18
Jul 2022
NEO Team Update

Dear NEO family, Summer is HOT for NEO Nazarenes! And I am not just talking about the temperature outdoors! We have already had outstanding Conventions, Assembly, and two camps, with our last camp coming this weekend for kids who have completed 4th through 6th grades. Many of our churches have hosted Vacation Bible School or another outreach activity. Look below to learn more about training events planned for the next few months and to see what our pastors are celebrating! Bartlesville First extended a call to a prospective pastor yesterday. Continue to pray for this church and others in pastoral transition – Cleveland, Drumright and Miami New Life. Also, some of you are receiving emails, supposedly from Dave McKellips, requesting gift cards, etc. Please disregard these – they are not legitimate. I apologize for the inconvenience! Dave McKellips   Kids’ Camp, for kids who have completed the 4th-6th grades,......

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09
Jun 2022
Special Team Update

Dear NEO Family, Our Night of Worship and Nazarene Youth Convention is TONIGHT (6/8/22) at Regency Park Church of the Nazarene, 8707 East 51st Street South, Tulsa, OK.  We will begin at 6:30 and have pizza and voting, worship led by James Peterson, and then a message from Pastor Nick Williams! Over 160 have already signed up to attend! Join the fun! On Friday we gather for our Missions Convention in the morning at 9am and Assembly begins at 1:45pm. See all the details below. Friday night’s worship service will include some family time – welcoming those receiving a District License for the first time; honoring four pastors entering retirement status; remembering those we have lost this past year, including Dr. Russell Human; rejoicing in the organization of Tulsa Kaleo Church; and celebrating some high achievements by our churches, even in a challenging year! Central is making the East side of the building......

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02
Jun 2022
Special Team Update

District Assembly & Conventions  –  June 8, 10-11 Dear NEO Family, Next week we have the privilege of gathering as a District family for our Annual Conventions and Assembly. I am getting so excited! These gatherings are important. They give us opportunity to: encourage and recharge celebrate what God is doing build a sense of unity and team recall us to mission focus and alignment relate to something bigger than our local church Friday night’s worship service will include some family time – welcoming those receiving a District License for the first time; honoring four pastors entering retirement status; remembering those we have lost this past year, including Dr. Russell Human; rejoicing in the organization of Tulsa Kaleo Church; and celebrating some high achievements by our churches, even in a challenging year! I can’t wait to be with you next week. I am going to have my noise maker......

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02
Jun 2022
NEO Team Update

Congratulations, Parsonage Graduates! Chandler Heid, son of Pastor Joel and Julie Heid, graduated from Kansas State University on May 14th with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Business in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Drew Lester, son of Pastor Steven and Rhonda Lester, graduated from OSU Medical School with D.O. Morgan Marquis, daughter of Pastor Marci Marquis, graduated from SNU with a BS in Pastoral Ministry. Olivia Mueller, daughter of Pastor Diana and Bob Mueller, graduated from homeschool high school. Calling all District Senior Adults! Lunch and Game Day at Broken Arrow First Church May 21 / 11am-3pm Broken Arrow First Church is hosting a District Prime Time Lunch & Game Day and we encourage all folks 50 years or older to join us for lunch and games on Saturday, May 21 from 11:00am-3:00pm. We will be providing Chicken Spaghetti and we ask that you bring a side dish or......

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12
May 2022
Special NEO Team Update

District Assembly & Conventions June 10-11, 2022 Tulsa Central Why District Assembly and Conventions? encourage and recharge celebrate what God is doing build a sense of unity and team recall us to mission focus and alignment relate to something bigger than our local church more info NMI Convention Friday, June 10 9am – Noon Report of District NMI President, Carol Stevens   Chick-fil-a Lunch               Speaker: Roberto Rodriguez, Border Initiative, El Paso The Rodriguez family currently serves as Global Commissioned Missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene, assigned to the Nazarene Border Initiative based out of El Paso Texas. They began their service with NBI as Mission Corps Missionaries in February of 2012. Roberto and Rhesa are Work and Witness Coordinators for the US Mexico Border, where their responsibilities include organizing and hosting work and witness teams, encouraging and supporting current churches, both......

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12
May 2022
NEO Team Update

NEO Pastors, “I Want to Celebrate…” Brad Farnsworth, Broken Arrow Core… I was overwhelmed by our church’s response to the crisis in Ukraine. I heard the story of Pastor Serhii in Ukraine and contacted him. They have been driving women and children to the border non-stop day and night. Our church gave over $5,000 to support his church. Steve Brown, Cleveland…We at Cleveland have had some wonderful folks coming and seeking the transformational grace of God as we are walking through the series Way, Truth, Life: Discipleship as a journey of grace. God is convicting, encouraging and challenging us in this journey. It is a joyful time. Ben Finkbeiner, Cushing Kinetic…We are thankful that Paula and a team from Core came to Cushing to remodel the kitchen and Cafe area!!! We are also praising the Lord that 3 people have Inquired about baptism!!!! We are meeting with them individually and......

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28
Feb 2022
NEO Team Update

March 11-12 Join us as we gather as a district for a time of prayer and intimacy in the presence of the Holy Spirit! This will not be a typical Wednesday night prayer meeting. There will be no speakers and no notebooks. Our only agenda will be to listen and spend several hours together in deep, personal engagement with the Holy Spirit. Dr. Daniel Ketchum, former Global NYI President and Global Missions Director, as well as Field Strategy Coordinator for multiple fields in the Eurasia Region, has led groups of Christians into encounters with the Holy Spirit all around the world for several decades. There will be large group times of prayer paired with times of breaking up into trios, we will worship our Lord, and we will be quiet before Him. However, there will be no pre-set agenda – we will respond as we sense the Spirit’s leading.......

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27
Jan 2022
NEO Team Update

Join us as we gather as a district for a time of prayer and intimacy in the presence of the Holy Spirit! This will not be a typical Wednesday night prayer meeting. There will be no speakers and no notebooks. Our only agenda will be to listen and spend several hours together in deep, personal engagement with the Holy Spirit. Dr. Daniel Ketchum, former Global NYI President and Global Missions Director, as well as Field Strategy Coordinator for multiple fields in the Eurasia Region, has led groups of Christians into encounters with the Holy Spirit all around the world for several decades. There will be large group times of prayer paired with times of breaking up into trios, we will worship our Lord, and we will be quiet before Him. However, there will be no pre-set agenda – we will respond as we sense the Spirit’s leading. Each prayer......

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27
Jan 2022
NEO Team Update

Dear NEO Family,  As we begin a new year after two of the most unusual, discouraging and confusing years I have experienced, I have been thinking about the great hymn, “How Firm a Foundation”. How thankful I am for the faithful God depicted in the words of this hymn: · I have faced some challenging tasks in 2021 demanding wisdom and strength beyond what I have to offer. You have, too. I heard a speaker say last week that every pastor should get an honorary doctorate in crisis management! How helpful to hear God say, “Fear not; I am with thee. O be not dismayed, for I am thy God, I will still give thee aid. I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.” · According to the New York Times on the day I am writing, COVID has resulted in......

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16
Dec 2021
NEO Team Update

THE HALF-MILLION MOBILIZATION  Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” We Begin… We begin to usher in a new day in the USA/Canada Region in the Church of the Nazarene. We do this not in our own strength, but in the strength of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do we believe God can change the trajectory of our declining churches? Do we believe God will raise up leaders to start new churches? Do we believe God has a place in our current culture for the Nazarene holiness message? Of course, the answer is yes. Perhaps there has never been a better time in the USA/Canada Region for the work of God’s church to break through. Let us join together in a time of prayer for renewal in our ministry and our churches. Let us pray for a resurgence in the Nazarene message of hope and holiness. “God......

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