Sunday, May 21st
How many articles of clothing do you own that include a logo of a company or sports team of some kind? We tend to express our preferences through things we wear, drink from, stick on our cars or hang on our walls. We are walking and driving advertisements.
This Sunday we will look at one of the passages of scripture that reminds us God has called us to be holy. “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) What would that shirt look like? How do we advertise that we’re on a team like this? The things is, we don’t need to be an athlete to wear an MSU licensed hoodie, or a U of M ball cap. But God is expecting us to be invested to be on his team. We really are supposed to be striving to be holy in all we do and all that we are. We don’t do any of this in our own strength or natural ability, but because he who calls us is able to transform us into people who can reflect the character of our holy God.
No one would mistake me for being a collegiate athlete just because I might be wearing the team’s logo on a windbreaker. But my hope is that I would never be misrepresenting the Lord, and that I will always be striving to have a place among the people that are called by His name. Holiness requires continuing to say ‘yes’ to the Lord and allowing Him to use us on His team. Lord, help us to become walking advertisements for you.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.
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