Hey, Grand Ledge!
Sunday, April 16th
There is a great deal of wickedness in the world. Reading the headlines of our news sources confirms this in very short order. The sinfulness of humanity finds its way into secular and sacred venues alike.
In 1st Samuel we read of a time a thousand years before Jesus when a certain priest and his sons were in charge of God’s temple and they were doing some wicked things. The sons, who were also priests were the main culprits, but Eli, their father, was guilty of turning a blind eye to their nefarious behaviors in the House of the Lord.
Samuel was born to a mother and father who served and loved God. He was dedicated to the Lord and given to the service of God by serving in the temple under Eli the priest. In the middle of the night God called to the boy Samuel and gave him a vision of the destruction of Eli and his sons because of their sin. And the boy Samuel grew up and became one of the early prophets of God that was used in great ways to lead God’s people back to a place of honoring him. The scripture says, “Samuel grew in favor with God and people. And, everything Samuel said was proved reliable.”
Though the world we live in can seem to be wicked and corrupt in many ways, if you and I seek to listen to the Lord and focus on serving him alone, He will lead us and use us as people of God to be a means of grace and blessing. May it be so as we rely upon Him!
Our current giving platform (faithlife.com) will no longer work after March 31st. Our new online giving site is called Subsplash and is active now. Use the QR code above, click on the image or use the link in the text/email that was sent out this week to get to our new site.
You will be able to do all the same things you could do with Faithlife by setting up an account (set up automatic/recurring gifts, give one time, give to multiple different funds, view your online giving history, give using a debit/credit card or a bank account, etc.)
Please note: if you will be giving by setting up your bank account and routing number (ACH), it will take a couple of days for the new system to verify your account using micro-deposits.
Let Corinne know if you need help with any part of this change. Call/text 517-899-3098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HALF-MILLION MOBILIZATION 2023
“God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.”
- John Wesley
Praying The Spirit's Vision to Pentecost
Join your church family across Canada and the United States in a prayer journey from Easter Sunday, April 9, until Pentecost Sunday, May 28.
Be inspired by a special section within the Holiness Today Mar/Apr issue devoted to prayer. Participate in the journey of prayer following a daily prayer journal called From Mission to Vision to Mobilization.
Prayer journals will be available Easter Sunday
If you would like an electronic copy of the prayer journal, you can paste this link in your browser.
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!
RISE & SHINE: A 5-WEEK SERIES FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT ON EASTER
On a farm, life has a daily rhythm (for plants, animals, and people, too). “Life” is what this series is all about, because we’re talking about Easter and Jesus’ triumph over death! In this five-week series, kids will explore the stories leading up to and following Easter Sunday. Together, they’ll discover we can stick with Jesus even when our days are dark, and that because Jesus is alive, we can spend our days meeting with him, trusting he’s there for us, and sharing his love — not just today, but every day!
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.
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
14.*Tuesday, May 16
* 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
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://secure.subsplash.com/ui/access/2GDPMW/ute_CZ6DhcGn0QtmJ5zirscH-ck4h4Aq8e3qEl0Us2cxB28rplvrMGKrKpEpRHw_h9ltxcq4HBgXXZghNKIN6xLHvXDeBvBY_3-0eHRtf8_Q4iCG0wK0y-hazgAFdjAoczkfNFUTuI_W4rp4l63wbFv3Lii6cBrMZLaWjvbZKVI
If you have any questions, see Kara Purves
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!
April Featured Item:
April - Shampoo (12 - 18 oz bottles)
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
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 Dr John Seaman Memorial 5K
NMI is sponsoring a Run/Walk/Bike 5K to help raise money for the 2023 Mission Project. Monies raised will go toward the District Work & Witness Trip to the Nazarene Church Plant in South Texas.
Join us on Saturday, May 27th at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp.
Bike Ride begins at 10:00 AM
Race begins at 10:30 AM
Registration cost - $35 per person
Register by May 5th to assure you receive a T-shirt.
Box Lunch is available at Noon - please prepay when you register.
Lunch - $12 each