NEO Team Update


21
Nov 2019
NEO Team Update 11-21-19

Thankful “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…” (Philippians 1:3-5) These verses summarize my thoughts of you, NEO Nazarenes! How thankful Gloria and I are for each of you and your faithful partnership in the gospel. God is at work in our midst — see the pastors’ “I want to celebrate…” as a small sample of the good work God is doing. I am also thankful for our University, Southern Nazarene University. A few days ago I was at SNU Board of Trustee Meetings. I serve on the Student/Spiritual Life Committee. I always am encouraged at the committee meetings because the Chaplain and Student Life staff are all STARS who serve our students with excellence! At this meeting, Chaplain Blair Spindle had one of his student......

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12
Nov 2019
NEO Team Update 11-11-19

Tap your feet to the beat with the Petersen Family Gospel/Bluegrass Band for a talented, family-friendly performance, honoring God and country.  This wonderfully talented family is in its seventh season of performing in Branson. We are in our last week before the Petersen Concert this Saturday, November 16th, 2:00pm at Sapulpa Church of the Nazarene. Contacts via several avenues have been used to inform people of this event. It would be great if someone from every church on the district would be represented by their attendance. Tickets can be purchased at the door and those who would like to donate a jar of peanut butter or jelly for the Manna House will receive a ticket for a bottle of water. We pray that this will be a valuable event to draw NEO Christians and friends together. Thank you so much for giving this thoughtful consideration. We hope to MEET &......

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24
Oct 2019
NEO Team Update 10-24-19

A Rescuer   I am grateful today for a rescuer. Less than a year ago, I was snorkling in a remote area in the Pacific Ocean; my mask was letting in some water; as I tried to take it off to catch my breath, the waves of the tide repeatedly pushed me against some coral which resulted in cuts in my chest and arms. Then I heard someone behind me ask, “Are you okay?” “I’m not sure”, I replied.   The man quickly came to my side and assisted me until I got back to shore. He wasn’t a professional rescuer. Just an everyday guy who was in the position to assist someone and took the risks to do it.   This man was my hope. In the same way, every follower of Jesus is hope for the spiritually dying people within their reach. We work where we work,......

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07
Oct 2019
NEO Team Update 10-7-19

2019 NEO Ministry Team Retreat We were blessed with 123 of our ministry team participating in a great retreat at Branson Chateau on the Lake September 20-22. Drs. Chuck and Carla Sunberg brought great messages, Brady and Karalie Thelander led in meaningful worship, and pastors and spouses bonded together through meetings, meals, and fun times. Our district is blessed with terrific pastors and spouses! District News Al Bryant, a longtime leader at Tulsa Living Hope, died on Sunday morning, October 6. We offer our deep sympathy to his wife, Ira, and daughter, Terasita. Congratulations to Tony and Jessica Siebels who were married on Saturday, October 5. Tony is our pastor in Pawhuska. Congratulations to Pastor Geoff Gunter and the Regency Park Church on a very positive church/pastor review on September 11. Chandler Pastor Keith Cole had a successful heart ablation on October 3. Pray that his heart stays in......

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16
Sep 2019
NEO Team Update 9-16-19

From the District Superintendent We are excited about the NEO Ministry Team Retreat this weekend at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, MO. Drs. Chuck and Carla Sunberg will be our special speakers and Rev. Brady Thelander will lead our worship. Pray for this to be a time of refreshing and renewal for the outstanding NEO pastors and spouses. I have set aside a day on each Mission Area to meet with lead pastors to discuss ministry and each church’s Annual Goals and Expectations. I value these opportunities for sharing and welcome your prayers that they would truly be times of mutual encouragement. On some of the Mission Areas, the Mission Area Coordinators will also join us for the meeting. Here are the dates: October 3 –  Northeast October 8 –  Tulsa October 15 – Southeast October 22 – Southwest October 28 – Northwest Rev. Mike and Diane Johnson......

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29
Aug 2019
NEO Team Update 8-29-19

The purpose of NMI is to promote missions in our local churches. We can strive to express the compassion of Jesus Christ to all persons. While the primary motive of the church is to glorify God, we are also called to actively participate in His mission. One way we can participate in mission is to look at the needs around us and see if we can help. Our emphasis for August is the 5 Areas of Impact which are Alabaster, Links, Prayer, Educating, and Engaging Children and Youth. In May and June we experienced rains and flooding across our district. In thinking about  that, I asked myself “What can NMI do to help?” David, Elva and I delivered some supplies to Muskogee First Church. The group of workers were with Nazarene Disaster Relief from Texas. NMI bought several cases of water, Gatorade and chips and other snacks for the......

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15
Aug 2019
NEO Team Update 8-15-19

Dedication of New Facilities for Roca de Salvacion Under the leadership of Otoniel Dannemann, our Hispanic Coordinator, we now have 8 Hispanic Churches in Northeast Oklahoma and two more in the birthing process. We celebrated a milestone this past Sunday: Roca de Salvacion, formerly Regency Park Hispanic, became the first of our Hispanic Churches to purchase their own facility. Congratulations are due Pastors Yalmi and Norma Izaguirre and the members of this congregation for their faith and vision. They have a beautiful worship center along with multiple classrooms, offices and fellowship space at 4th and Memorial. Pastor Geoffrey Gunter and the Regency Park Church are to be thanked for hosting a Hispanic congregation for 13 years and providing the opportunity for this congregation to spread its wings and fly on its own. Let’s continue to pray for and support the ministry of Roca de Salvacion and all of our......

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05
Aug 2019
NEO Team Update 8-5-19

Exciting Days for Sunday School & Discipleship Ministries Michelle Proctor, District SDMI Chair Summertime is coming to a close and that can sometimes be a bitter sweet. How we longed for the summer all year long… the warmer weather, the family vacations. For some, it was a time to slow down from juggling the rigorous schedules of work, school, sports and other activities. For parents, maybe it was looking forward to a week alone while the kids were off to camp. Summer gives us a chance to take a breath, enjoy the beauty of God’s creation, and maybe, slow down just a little bit. It’s nice to take a break from the busyness of life, but once we start looking ahead to the change of the season and all of craziness coming back in full force can often bring a little anxiety and dread. I understand this feeling completely,......

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18
Jul 2019
NEO Team Update 7-18-19

Transformed Lives NEO NYI Summer Ministries What do you think of when you hear the word summertime? As a youth pastor we think busy time! This summer has lived up to the meaning of busy time. From summer camp to fireworks tents to NYC, it was hard to catch our breath, but we made it. All of these events were well worth it. Teenagers lives were changed and transformed! The coolest thing is that it didn’t just start this summer. It began in all of our youth groups on Wednesday night services. I have heard really great stories on our district of how God is working amongst our youth. Glory be to God! The summer kicked off with a night of worship at Core church where over 100 students and adults gathered for a night of worship. What an amazing way to kick off summer! Then a week and......

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27
Jun 2019
NEO Team Update 6-27-19

Dear NEO family, Our youth camp, Sacred Spaces, was held last week at Camp Bond. A special thank you to: God, for all the spiritual victories and breakthroughs! NYI President Ryan Amey and staff for planning and leading a great camp. It was not only helpful spiritually, it was fun! All the pastors and youth sponsors who gave of their time to serve our youth at camp. What a gift! Speaker Nate Cook, the band Kaleo and the Camp Bond staff. Pastor Nate not only gave superb messages, but he also gave every student a link to a free book to help them make space for God to carry on the good work He began in their lives at Camp. All the students who participated. One of the Camp Bond workers told me that the NEO campers were the kindest and most cooperative group with which she had worked!......

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