We have several new people at our church, so I thought I would talk about the larger church that we are a part of. We are a part of the Church of the Nazarene International. There are currently 30,574 churches in the denomination. There are 2,471,553 members in 261 world areas. We have 17,848 ordained elders, 820 ordained deacons, and 10,006 licensed ministers. In Ohio, for example, we have 5 districts and we are located on the Northwestern Ohio District. We currently have 57 churches. There are about 350 Nazarene churches in Ohio.
When I mentioned camp meeting on Sunday, I was talking about our camp grounds in St. Marys, Ohio. We purchased it in 1947 and our church was started in 1939. So our church was one of the churches instrumental in starting the camp grounds. It is called Lighthouse Camp. We have a weeklong camp meeting the week leading up to Father’s Day every year. During that we also have a District Assembly and Missionary Convention where we learn about what is happening in the denomination globally and take care of local business and support. Later in the summer we host our children’s camps as well. Tracy Stults is the Middler Director for the third year now. I have been our Discipleship Chairman on our district since 2010.
This year our Worship Team will be leading worship on Friday night. Come and support our team as they lead up to 700 people from across our district. On Thursday night, Ronglan Huang and Donna Ebanks will be ordained. Over the past several years, this church has helped to grow up several different people in ministry. I was just thinking of the names of some of them the other day. James Smith, Brian Knight, Ann Knight, Nate Stults, Jessica Myers, and now we add Ronglan Huang and Donna Ebanks to the list. Morgan Alumbaugh and Tracy Stults currently have their District License.
I want to invite people to take the hour drive to our camp grounds and experience the services. Services start at 7:00 p.m. during the week and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. This Sunday they will have a hymn sing at 3:00 p.m. It is worth the drive to worship and hear the Word of God together with your sisters and brothers in Christ. The camp grounds are really looking nice these days. There are children’s activities during the services as well.
This Sunday will be Father’s Day. Come and let’s encourage our Fathers as they have the opportunity to give a glimpse of what the Heavenly Father is. There will be a gift for all the fathers present. Now, pack up your family and take a trip to St. Marys for some spiritual renewal. You will be glad you did.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene