How are you?
Sunday, May 14th
The gentle Healer came into our town today
He touched blind eyes, and the darkness left to stay
But more than the blindness, He took their sins away
The gentle Healer came into our town today
Michael Card sings a song called The Gentle Healer. It tells the scenario of Jesus coming into a town, making an impact, and then moving on. It talks about people who were healed and a message that was given by a man who seems ordinary, but was completely extraordinary. He leaves in his wake people who were changed and some who didn’t understand.
What would it look like today is Jesus came into our town? Would there be excitement and much promotion? Would there be confusion? Would some people scoff? Would others worship him? What would it look like today if Jesus visited Grand Ledge and spent some time among us? Where would he go? What would he say? Who would he seek out? I wonder how he would be received.
You and I, the church, are called to be Jesus in our community. We must consider how we can best do that. We need to think about how we can be intentional and how we can make an impact like Jesus would. Certainly, some people will respond positively and others will reject the message of Christ. Let us pray for wisdom and discernment, and let us seek the will of the Father as we are living in our community so we can be the presence of Christ.
The Gentle Healer:
Introducing "Hens & Chicks"! This is a group for ladies of all ages at Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene. We hope you'll join us!
*Thursday, May 18th - 6:30 pm in the side classroom off the sanctuary
*Thursday, May 25th - 6:30 pm at Corner Cone to get some ice cream
We hope you can make it to one or all of our get-togethers for a time of fellowship and getting to know each other! Please share with the ladies you know!
See Crystal Cain for more information
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.
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
New Life Group
Join us in the Fellowship Hall for a new 4 week video series Life Group featuring "All In" by Mark Batterson.
Sunday, April 30th @ 12:00pm for lunch and the first session
Sunday, May 7th @ 5:00pm for dinner and 2nd session
Sunday, May 14th @ 5:00pm for dinner and 3rd session
Sunday, May 21st @ 5:00pm for dinner and 4th session
“When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. The will of God is not an insurance plan; it’s a daring plan. It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of your life is to arrive safely at death.
All In, a four-session video-based Bible study by New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson, challenges participants to resolutely follow God wherever he leads by pointing out that if Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all.
Most people think they are following Jesus. They may think they are following Jesus, but the reality is, they’ve invited Jesus to follow them. They call him Savior, but they’ve never surrendered to him as Lord. Are you following Jesus? Or have you invited Jesus to follow you?
Click image above to view the trailer for this video series
See John Harris for more info
See what the kids are up to!
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
Financial Peace University Classes
Begins Thursday, May 18th @ 6:30pm at the church
See John or Darlene Harris for the link to register and for more information!
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!
May Featured Item:
May - Toothbrushes - each CCK needs to contain 3 toothbrushes - this can be either 3 individually packaged toothbrushes or a pack of 3 toothbrushes packaged together.
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:
3 per CCK
18 per box
216 for all 12 boxes
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