National Heights Baptist Church ~ E-News      April 2017
  Thank you for your generous outpouring of support for our Envision campaign. As of the publication of this newsletter you have committed $645,630 toward our new youth area, children's area and welcome entrance. It has been exciting to watch all the ways God is working through the people of National Heights!
   April provides numerous opportunities for ministry and outreach. Sunday, April 9, at 6:00 PM our choir will present Jesus, Light of the World, a beautiful tenebrae worship service to prepare our hearts for the Easter season. Sunday, April 16 we will join with believers around the world for our Easter celebration of the Risen Savior in both morning services. April is also our month to receive the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American missions. Wonderful opportunities abound this month for serving the Savior. I can't wait to see what God is going to do through you!

~Vaughn Weatherford
 
April Calendar
 
Newsletter Deadline
The deadline for articles to be included
in the May Newsletter will be
Monday, April 17.  Email Judy Foley at jfoley@nationalheights.org
Season of Prayer for North American Missions 
Starting April 2
NHBC Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Goal - $9,000

Youth Garage Sale - April 7-8
The youth continue to accept donations for their annual Garage Sale, Deadline for donations is Monday, April 3.  Be sure to come shop!  The doors will be open Friday, April 7 from 7 am to 6 pm and on Saturday, April 8 from 7 am to 2 pm.  Invite your friends to come shop.  
A pre-sale for the church family only will be Thursday, April 6 at 5 pm to 7 pm.  No items will be available for sale before that time.  All proceeds from the sale will support our youth ministries.
Spring Into Action Fundraiser
Hosted by the Truthseekers Class
Sunday, April 2
Noon until 2:00
The church family is invited to come enjoy a pasta lunch, including gluten-free options. Donations are appreciated.
All proceeds will go to Isabel's House - Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks.  Isabel's House provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days per year for the community's most vulnerable - children - when the family is in crisis.
 
 
 Tenebrae
An Easter Candlelight Lord's Supper Service 
Sunday April 9th - 6:00 pm
 
For centuries, believers have gathered the week before Easter to recall those hours of darkness that covered the world at the crucifixion of the Son of God. This worship service was historically called Tenebrae from the Latin word for darkness.  

Come and discover the depth of meaning and blessing for Holy Week that such a candlelit evening of reflection brings. Like the ancient Tenebrae services, this time of worship at NHBC will be powerful in its simplicity.

Through that simple beauty, we pray that the story we all know so well of a Man preparing for His cross will touch something deep inside each of us.  

Musical Selections performed by the choir will include hymns, anthems, and the opening piece from the Easter portion of Handel's Messiah.

Join us for Easter Sunday, April 16
    Invite your friends and family to join us as we celebrate the
resurrection together on this joyful day.  We will celebrate in both morning services and so you are able to enjoy time with your family we will not have an evening service.
 


Invite your friends! 
Easter Egg Hunt 
For all children, walking through 6th grade 
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m., rain or shine 
We will meet in the Gymnasium. 
Come cheer on the children.  
Food Collection for Grand Oak Pantry
Food Drive
During the month of April our church will be collecting canned foods, paper goods, and other staples that are needed by Grand Oak Mission for distribution to their clients.  Especially needed are canned meats and peanut butter.  There will be  
collection containers at the church entry ways all month. Your generosity is appreciated.
Deacon's Corner
We are please that Lloyd Cunningham spent time in prayer before he accepted the call to become a deacon.  His ordination as a deacon has fulfilled an opening caused by four very faithful deacons moving into the emeritus status.  Lloyd Eagleburger, Michael Chittenden, Oral Wilson, and John Fielding have served many years and are considered leaders in our church.  Their service to their deacon families and our church is truly appreciated.  Our present deacons are striving to continue to serve in that same way, to serve our deacon families, be assistants to our pastor, and our church.  It is our desire to have our church body be considered as fellow brother and sisters in Christ through a relationship with each other.  We look forward to having our individual deacon families keep us informed as how we may help you and pray for you in times of joy and in those times of difficulties.  May the Love of Christ abide in you this coming year.  ~Harlin Bryngelson, Chairman of Deacons
WOM to hear Fremont Personnel
   Women on Mission will meet Tuesday, April 11 at 9:30 in fellowship hall with Presidents Judy Divine and Doris Whitcher in charge of the business and reports.  Patti Crocker will lead the Prayer Calendar as members pray for missionaries around the world who celebrate their birthdays in April.
    A coffee/snack/chat time will convene from 10:15 until 10:40 with hostesses Doris Whitcher and Patti Crocker in charge.   Women on Mission will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about our NHBC/Fremont School relationship. WOM and NHBC is helping throughout the year with a number of ways that touch both students and staff at Fremont Elementary School which has nearly 400 students.  In mid-March WOM provided materials like hand soap and deodorant for their 4th & 5th grade students.
   The 400 students serve to keep school Nurse Lindsay Fortson and Counselor Erin Gamwell very busy.  They will be sharing with us some of their personal experiences in working with these children pre-kindergarten through grade 5. All interested adults are invited to attend and participate in the meeting, the snack time & the program. The morning concludes about 11:45.

Prime Timers - April 20
   This month we will meet on April 20 at 11:00.  After a time for prayer requests and a short Prime Timers business meeting we will have a program from Dagmar Snodgrass.  Dagmar will share stories about growing up in Germany during the time of Hilter.  She was also a war bride.  Come hear her life story. After our program we will enjoy a carry-in lunch.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish of your own choosing if you can, if not come anyway.  Remember to bring  food staples or paper goods for Grand Oak Mission, and keep sending those cards to the homebound. -Carl Rose
Mike Haynes to speak April 25
     Mike Haynes, Greene County Director of Missions, will be speaking and showing a video presentation of a recent mission trip to  Chandegarh, India. Greene County Baptist Association has been helping a church there for the past 15 years where Nazir Masih is pastor.  Rev. Haynes and a team of pastors participated there on mission and we are anxious to hear his most recent reports. Rev. Haynes will be speaking at 10:50 until about 11:30. All interested adults are invited to attend...both men and women.
   The WOM meeting will begin in fellowship hall at 9:30 with the business session and reports under direction of Presidents Judy Divine and Doris Whitcher. From 10:15 until about 10:45 an informal coffee/snack/chat time will be held. Hostesses are Marti Blattert and Becky Mabus. Come and join the fun and the time of inspiration together.
Care & Share Care and Share
  
The Care and Share Ministry to widows of the church community will meet for their monthly fellowship luncheon on Thursday, April 27 at 11:15 at Golden Corral North.  This is an informal time of fellowship, prayer and sharing together around the table.  If you need further information or have questions, please contact Phyllis Sanford or Mildred Burns
 
Praying every Tuesday @ 2:00 for the ministries of National Heights
 
Weekly Prayer Focus
4/4 - Worship
4/11 - Children's Ministry
4/18 - Outreach
4/25 - Sunday Bible Study 

April
Door Greeters
Laney & Morgan Self 
Ima Johnstone 
Shirley Hargis 
Jack Stinson 
Elaine Thiessen 
Darlene Lasley 
Jerry McCall 
Lynda Rose
 

   

Welcome... 
      ...to Shirley Gruhn.  Shirley recently moved her church letter.  Welcome to the NHBC Family!

February 
Income Report 
Budgeted     $86,333.34 
Received      $72,893.20 
Year-to-date  
under budget $13,440.14



Homebound List
Would you like to be added to the church homebound list? Please call the church office and let us know.  If you have any questions please see
Sharon Listerman,Homebound Coordinator.
Evangelism Class - Just Walk Across The Room
Are you interested or concerned about seeing God's Kingdom grow?  The Great Commission challenge made by Jesus Christ for every Christian asks us to do just that.  To help us accomplish this, a study of the book Just Walk Across The Room (by Bill Hybels) will be on Wednesday evenings from April 19 through May 10.  We will meet from 6:30-7:30 pm in Room 532 to watch this exciting video series and discuss serving God and helping grow God's Kingdom as Jesus instructed us to do.  Please pray that many of our church membership will participate and help National Heights in its quest of serving God and helping others find a soul-saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Computer Safety Course
Available Online

If you were not able to attend the Computer Safety Class led by Kevin Chittenden, it is now available on our website at www.nationalheights.org.  Just click on the "Computer Safety Class" link to watch a video of the study.

Men's Prayer Breakfast
All men of National Heights are invited to a prayer breakfast on April 3 @ 6:30 am at Ziggy's on North Glenstone. Join us for a time of prayer before you start your day.  Everyone will be responsible for purchasing their own breakfast. If you have questions please see Tom Weaver.

Kingdom Piecemakers
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 9:00 am until Noon.  If you like to craft, sew, or quilt this group is for you!  Bring your current project and join the other ladies in a time of fellowship.


VBS Kickoff Meeting

VBS Kickoff is set for
Sunday, April 9 at 4:30 for workers to begin
preparation for
VBS week June 12-16.

letters
Dear Church Family at National Heights,
   Thank you for all the kind prayers, calls, cards and concern for us in the departure of our beloved Mother/Grandmother.  The Lord certainly made His presence known to us in that dark valley and because He lives we look forward to a bright future together with Him.  ~The Hrebec Family

Dear National Heights Family,
   We would like to say thank you for your words of comfort, hugs, family dinner, beautiful plant and basically letting us know how much you will also miss our mother, and grandmother.  She truly loved her church family. ~From the family of Hildred Chittenden - Michael & Sharan, Kevin & Becky, Barbara, Phil, and families.

Dear Church Family,  Thank you all so much for the beautiful plant for our Mom's service. Also we are all so thankful to those who prepared and served us a meal after the memorial.  This was wonderful for us to begin to heal.  Pastor Vaughn we also appreciate everything you have done for us.  ~Sincerely, The family of Janet McDaniel - La`Shena & Neil Wheat and Orin & Desi Snider

Thank you to all the church family for the prayers, phone calls, cards, and visits during the long illness and passing of Carless.  We especially want to thank Pastor Vaughn and Deacon Alex for their visits and the church for the beautiful plant.  May God Bless you all.  ~Annie Stokes and Family

Thanks to the church family for all the prayers and cards after my recent surgery.  Also I appreciated the visits from Bro. Vaughn each day.  ~Sue Hale

   Thank you for your expressions of sympathy in the loss of Lloyd's sister, Zella
Ramey.  We also want to thank you again for you faithful prayer support, care, and concerns during these last few months.  ~Lloyd and Rebecca Eagleburger

Thank you so much for sharing such a great assortment of magazines with our House.  These will be placed in our family living areas and will give our guests an opportunity to take a little time to unwind following a stressful day spent at the hospital.  The Ronald McDonald House appreciates your generosity and compassion for others in need. ~Ronald McDonald House