Sunday, March 5th
Something I find rather interesting in today’s era of social media / sound-bite / quick-fix / easy-way-out mentality, is the sharing of life hacks. In our newsfeed or on Facebook or YouTube Shorts, when you open most any app, there is someone telling you how to do something better, quicker or cheaper. Some are simply amazing and practical; others are pretty lame. You can see ideas of how to hack meal prep, carpentry, home organization, restaurant menus, automotive repairs, and anything else you can think of.
It seems like all of this creates a mentality that is always looking for a hack somewhere. And this thinking can even carry over into how people might try to hack God. It’s an issue as old as time. Ancient people used idols and offerings to try to appease their idea of a higher being. Today, people get pretty creative to try to get what they want/need from God in a way that is quicker, cheaper, less demanding, more appealing.
This Sunday, we will look at the apostle Paul’s words in Romans chapter four. It could be said that he addresses the desire of people in his day to get what they needed from God by doing things a certain way. And Paul lets us know of the one way that will work for us, and ironically, it’s the simplest and best way too.
We have an abundance of plastic silverware that we are looking for a few people who could help us wrap 'restaurant style' to keep in the pantry in preparation for future funeral dinners, potlucks, etc. If this is something you'd be able to help with, please let the Stewards know! (Richelle, Darlene, Amanda & Kara)
We are in need of help with getting Kevin Maxwell to and from church on Sunday mornings.
- Pick up at his house at 10:20am to get him to church for morning service
- Take him home after service
There are also appointments and other errands they need rides to. **A list and more details for the next few months are posted in our Helping Hands group found below.
If this is something you could do, please let Pastor Rich know.
Are you searching for ways to be the church throughout the week? Join our Helping Hands group for opportunities!
NDI - To make Christlike Disciples in the Nations
See what the kids are up to!
Save the Date! Community Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 8th
We are collecting wrapped candy donations to fill plastic eggs for our Community Easter Egg Hunt! You can drop bags of candy in the bin in the foyer or if you'd like to have us do the shopping for you, monetary donations are also welcomed. You can give online for this event as well by choosing the "Easter Egg Hunt" fund on Faithlife.com. More details coming soon!
See what the teens are up to!
Hosted by the Church of the Nazarene, NYC is a powerful youth event that has been held in different locations over the past six decades. NYC takes place every four years and provides an opportunity for high school students from the USA and Canada to be united in a time of worship, teaching, and community service.
The Chosen - Season 2
Our Life Groups will join to form one large group for a special time to watch and study The Chosen - Season 2 together. Starting Sunday, January 29th, we will meet at 5:00pm in the Fellowship Hall to share a dinner together then watch one episode per week.
If you haven't joined a Life Group yet, this is a great time to start! You can RSVP on the event below.
If you would like a study book, please let Brenda know.
See you then!
Grief Share Support Group
All meetings are held from 6:30-8:30 PM at Grand Ledge Church of
the Nazarene in the overflow room off of the sanctuary. Meetings
are on Thursday unless otherwise indicated.
Cost of 13 sessions are free.
Book is $15 (If this is a hardship, scholarships are available.)
1. Thursday, February 16
2. Thursday, February 23
3. Thursday, March 2
4. Thursday, March 9
5. *Friday, March 17
6. Thursday, March 23
7. Thursday, March 30
8. Thursday, April 6
9. Thursday, April 13
10.*Tuesday, April 18
11.Thursday, April 27
12.Thursday, May 4
13.Thursday, May 11
* indicates a different day of the week than Thursday
See Richelle for more information or if you would like to join
Financial Peace University
Would you like to take control of your money? See John or Darlene Harris for a one-on-one FPU class or sign up for a group class with others. We have 8 spots available, so let us know before they are gone
Grand Ledge St Patrick's Day Parade - Saturday, March 11th
Hey I Love My City Crew! Who's ready for our next project?
We are looking for more people to join our crew to help out at the St Patrick's Day parade. Last year, we helped the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce by putting up barricades across the intersecting streets and then got to watch the parade and cleaned up trash on the sidewalks.
Come have fun with us loving our city! The parade starts at 2:00pm. See Corinne if you'd like to help out that day
Save the date to love our city with our Community Easter Egg Hunt!
We are looking forward to welcoming our neighbors into our building to learn about the meaning of Easter, have some fun and eat some food together! We can't do it without our amazing I Love My City Crew and volunteers. Let us know if you can help in some way that day. More details coming soon!
Shared Pregnancy Women's Center Partnership
We are excited to continue our partnership with Shared Pregnancy Women's Center. There are many ways we can give, donate, volunteer and pray for this ministry.
See the list below of items they can use. You can bring them in and drop them in the toy box in the kids hallway.
If you wish to donate money, you can drop change or bills in the baby bottle outside the kids room or give online at https://faithlife.com/glnaz/give and choose the "Shared Pregnancy Women's Center" Fund
If you have any questions, see Kara Purves
We will collect our bi-annual Alabaster Offering on Sunday, March 5th during our morning worship service. Alabaster boxes are available at the Missions Corner at the back of the foyer. Be sure to grab an "Alabaster Love Offering Challenge" sheet from anyone on the NMI Council for more information on this offering. You can also give by marking your envelope "Alabaster" or by choosing the "Alabaster" fund on Faithlife.
Thank you for your generous giving to support the mission worldwide!
Crisis Care Kits are a way we can help others in emergency situations. Receiving simple items like toothpaste, a comb, or band-aids become very helpful in a natural disaster, war or other crisis. Crisis Care Kits (CCKs) are designed to provide people with some of the essentials they may not have due to those scenarios.
Our NMI Council has set a goal for Grand Ledge to collect 12 boxes (72 CCK's) by July 2023. Each month or so, we will feature an item to collect. (Although you can always give any of the items at any time!)
See below for this month's featured item and the details on the specifics. Thank you for helping us work toward reaching our goal!
March Featured Item:
March - Band Aids (box of 30 or more)
We will be collecting these at the Missions corner in the foyer. Here is an idea of how many we will need by July 2023:
1 per CCK
6 per box
72 for all 12 boxes
March = Band Aids (box of 30 or more) - Need 72
April = Shampoo (12-18oz bottle) - Need 72
May = Toothbrushes - Need 216
Other ways to help:
- Pick up banana boxes (can get free from most grocery stores) we will need at least 12 before July 2023
- Pray for those who will be receiving these kits
2023 Camp Dates:
We will collect our bi-annual Alabaster Offering on Sunday, March 5th during our morning worship service. Alabaster boxes are available at the Missions Corner at the back of the foyer. Be sure to grab an "Alabaster Love Offering Challenge" sheet from anyone on the NMI Council for more information on this offering. You can also give by marking your envelope "Alabaster" or by choosing the "Alabaster" fund on Faithlife. Thank you for your generous giving to support the mission worldwide!
Hey ILMC Crew!
Help us love our city and our neighbors by helping at the parade! We will help keep people safe by setting out road barricades and ending the parade by cleaning up trash.
Safety vests, trash bags, trash grabbers, gloves and trash cans provided.
Let Corinne know if you can help!