What a wonderful day we had in celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday. The services were full with many friends and family. It marks the largest attendance in the history of our church – 580. The breakfast was a great addition to the day. Carol Peterson mentioned in a post on facebook, “Thank you to everyone who helped cook, serve and cleanup from Easter Breakfast today. 60 dozen eggs, 50 pounds of sausage, 700 pancakes, gallons of fruit, 500 sweet treats later we got it done. 439 served.” There are so many people, who helped with the meal, setting up, cleaning up, childcare, worship team, children’s classes, children’s check-in, greeters, ushers, and many other behind the scene ministries. Thank you to everyone who participated to make it all happen. It was a place filled with excitement and anticipation. The most important thing that happened was that Jesus showed up. I believe there were a lot of decisions made that morning. No longer are we going to live on a false identity. We are tied to Jesus, not our past.
This weekend coming up is Faith Promise. Many may be asking what that is all about. It is a weekend where we focus on Global Missions. Our Church is in 162 world areas ministering the Gospel of Jesus. Being affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, we also support over 700 missionaries, seminaries, clinics, Jesus Film Partnerships, and many other ministries. It is a weekend when we put our focus on what God is doing in all parts of the world. We also have an opportunity to pledge an amount to support this work through our church that is above our regular tithes.
This Saturday in our Family Life Center at 5:30pm., we will enjoy a banquet with a taco dinner, a Piñata for kids, the Kinder Choir, and the Power Plant Kids will be singing. Bernie Slingerland will be our special guest for the weekend. He serves, with his family in the Mesoamerica Region, over evangelism and church planting. Plan now to be a part of seeing and hearing how our funds support missions around the world. Just think, we are one of many churches that train people to speak the truth in love, send called people to the uttermost parts of the world with the transforming message of Jesus, and pray for the harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” Romans 10:14-15
Great things are happening in and through our church. Let’s continue to be intentional in making an impact for Jesus Christ in this world in need of a Savior.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene