National Heights Baptist Church ~ E-News     April 2018
April provides great opportunities for outreach. The month begins with a celebration of the Resurrection. Easter Sunday, April 1, as our services focus on the Risen Savior, your friends and neighbors will be more open to an invitation than at any other time of the year. Pray that God will use the day to draw individuals and families into His kingdom.

April is also the kickoff for our Vacation Bible School, June 4-8. Leadership planning and training is Sunday, April 15. Once again, we have an outstanding group of lead teachers and workers to present the Good News to the children of our community. Registration for VBS begins Sunday, April 22. Pray now about ways you can invite the children in your neighborhood to be a part of a great week.

I can't wait to see what God is going to do through you!
~Vaughn Weatherford
 
April Calendar
Click here for the NHBC Calendar

 
Praying every Tuesday @ 2:00 for the ministries of National Heights
Weekly Prayer Focus
4/3 - Deacons
4/10 - Student Ministry
4/17 - Prime Timers
4/24 - Mission Organizations

Baptist Hill Assembly 
In celebration of 100 years there will be a Gospel Sing on April 29 at 2:30.  Baptist Hill is located in Mt. Vernon, Mo.  Everyone is
invited to join in this celebration.


Newsletter Deadline
The deadline for articles to be included
in the May Newsletter will be
Monday, April 16.  Email Judy Foley at jfoley@nationalheights.org
 
April
Door Greeters 
Ron & Darlene Gideon
Stacey & Tina Findley
Janet Trewatha
Lynda Rose

February
 Income Report 
Budgeted     $78,500.00
Received      $74,922.46
Year-to-date
under budget $3,577.54
Actual Budgeted Expenses $3,904.01
Net Balance over $918.45


Join us for Easter Sunday, April 1
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.
   
Celebrating the Ministry of Pastor Weatherford 
Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 22 for we, as a body of believers, have something monumental to celebrate!! Our pastor has served alongside our congregation for 20 years with his actual anniversary being April 19th. We will be celebrating together as a church pastor's anniversary with only the 11:00 service and a pot-luck dinner/reception following this service. For the pot-luck dinner, we ask that you bring sides that will go with the meat, rolls, and drink that will be provided. We encourage you to bring a greeting card of encouragement for both Vaughn and Marsha commemorating this milestone of ministry at National Heights. We hope you'll put this very special day on your calendar and join us as we gather to celebrate. 
Sunday, April 22 Schedule 
9:45 - Bible Study Life Groups 
11:00 - Combined Worship Service with  
Potluck Dinner to follow 
6:30 - Evening Service 
 

VBS Kickoff & Training Meeting
     VBS Kickoff & Training is set for Sunday, April 15 at 4:00 for workers to begin
preparation for VBS week June 4-8.  This will be the only scheduled meeting for VBS this year, so mark your calendar, you won't want to miss it!
Food Collection for Grand Oak Pantry
During the month of April our church will be collecting nonperishable food items that are needed by Grand Oak Mission for distribution to their clients.  
Suggested Items Needed:
Canned Goods:  fruit, vegetables,
peanut butter, juice, and meat.
Packaged Goods - rice, spaghetti,
macaroni, dry beans, flour,
and instant potatoes.
Boxed Goods - powdered milk,
macaroni & cheese dinners,
                              and breakfast cereals.
They are also in needed of grocery sacks
and plastic bags (Walmart type).
This year we have placed grocery sacks in each Bible Study Life Group class and there will be collection containers at the church entry ways all month.
Your generosity is appreciated.
   
Youth Garage Sale - April 13-14
The youth continue to accept donations for their annual Garage Sale.  The youth will accept all types of items from clothing, to furniture, to household goods, to books and Sale games --but no mattresses or older style TV's please.  Deadline for donations is Monday, April 9.
The Garage Sale will be open Friday, April 13 from 7 am to 6 pm and on Saturday, April 14 from 7 am to 2 pm.  Invite your friends to come shop.  A pre-sale for the church family only will be Thursday, April 12 at 5 pm to 7 pm.  No items will be available for sale before that time. All sale proceeds support the youth ministry.
Men's Prayer Breakfast
All men of National Heights are invited to a prayer breakfast on April 2 @ 6:30 am at Ziggy's on North Glenstone. Join us for a time of prayer before you start your day. 

Deacon's Corner
  April will represent a very special time for our church. It is the month in which will mark the 20th anniversary of Pastor Vaughn watching over the "flock" at National Heights. Jeremiah 3:15 states, "And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding." Paul in the New Testament points to the fact that deacons should help with the care of the "flock" so the shepherd can study the Word, spend time alone with God in prayer, and teach the Word effectively. I think I can speak for all the deacons in that it is a humble privilege to help Pastor Vaughn in ministering to the "flock." It is even more humbling to know that God is working through Pastor Vaughn to "feed" us with "knowledge and understanding" over these past 20 years. I would like to encourage everyone to keep the Pastor and his family in constant prayer, and for God to continue to give him the ability to guide and instruct us in how to continue to grow as Christians. God Bless Pastor Vaughn and his family.   ~ Scott Foley, Chairman of Deacons

Pickleball @ NHBC!
We will be playing in the gym on Tuesday Nights - 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm.  Come join us, no equipment needed, we have plenty! Kids thru senior adults can play.  Any questions just ask Karen Fielding or Becky Chittenden.  Hope to see you there.


Stretching with Scripture
Mondays at 5:30
 Join us for Stretching with Scripture. If you haven't joined us before, we would love to have you.  We will be stretching to Christian music which will include scripture & prayer during class.  Open to all ages, members and non-members of NHBC.  We are now meeting in the fellowship hall.
   You will need a signed waiver & water.  A mat is recommended but not required. There is no charge for this ministry opportunity. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. If you have any questions, please see LaShena Wheat.
Pickle On A Mission
The Missions Committee and Pickleball players are on a mission to raise money for the Guadalajara, Mexico mission trip this summer.  All pickleball players, of all ages, are encouraged to choose a partner and join us in our first Recreational Pickleball Tournament, Saturday, April 28 with a start time of 8:30 a.m.  The cost is $30 per each team.  Every team is guaranteed a minimum of 3 games but could play a maximum of 5 games.  Watch the Vision for further details.
Family Dedication
Family Dedication Day is set for Sunday, May 6 during the 11:00 worship service. All families with children who have not been presented before are welcome to participate. Please call the church office with names and birthdates of children.
Malta Mission Team 2018
As the Malta Mission Team continues to prepare to serve in Malta this summer, we want to invite you to join us in this amazing opportunity.  Here are two ways you can be involved:  1. Join the "2018 Malta Mission Trip" Group on Facebook.  You will find updates, ways to pray for us and the people of Malta, and a whole lot more, as we prepare to go and while we our on mission in Malta.  2.  We are still collecting funds for our trip.  Stop by our table, just outside the Worship Center, beginning Sunday, April 15 to find out more about our trip and how to support us financially.  Thanks for your continued support for the Malta Mission team.
WOMEN ON MISSION STUDY CULTURAL CHALLENGES
  Women on Mission will meet Tuesday, April 10 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 Barbara Vallely and Carolyn Kane in charge.   The morning's program, which begins at 10:45, will be under the direction of Becky Bennett. She will be presenting a program regarding meeting the challenge of our culture. We will be viewing a new resource by apologist Tom Gilson about a topic of huge importance, very timely and critical for families. That is: 'PREPARING YOUR CHILDREN FOR THE TRANSGENDER REVOLUTION." This film has been produced by the American Family Association in 2017. Our children are being confronted with this situation even now. This presentation will help answer the questions:  What is transgender?  How do they approach my child with their message?  How can I teach my child how to respond?  What "not "to say that would hurt his/her Christian testimony? Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation.
Prime Timers
Prime Timers - April 19 
 Prime Timer's will meet on April 19 at 11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  I am pleased to tell you that we will have Heaven's Heart Trio from Hollister, Mo.  They are a Southern gospel trio.  They sing at churches, local events, and have appeared on a local TV program.  They share the love of Jesus through song.  I am sure that we all will be blessed by their program, so come and join us.  As always we will start with prayer request and pray to start our meeting, with a short business meeting to follow.  Then welcome our program.  Following the program we will have our carry-in lunch.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish of your own choosing.  We try to start eating about 12 noon.  Remember to bring food staples or paper goods for Grand Oak Missions, and keep sending those cards to the homebound.  Our hostess for April are Lynda Rose and Patti Crocker  ~Carl Rose
EXTRA WORK DAY FOR WOMEN ON MISSION                
   Women on Mission will gather on Tuesday, April 24th at 9:30 for their meeting. This will be an extra work day as a part of the drive to make 5,000 salvation bracelets for our Greene County Baptist Mission Teams to use in Mexico this summer.  These bracelets are very much needed and appreciated by the workers and are an interest getter and a valuable entre' with new young people and adults in other countries.  Doris Whitcher will continue to lead this work on bracelets. All supplies are furnished, so do just come and help us that morning from 9:30 until 11:30.
   At the same time some of the Women on Mission ladies will be tacking quilts for Grand Oak Mission. This is under the leadership of Darlene Gideon and Mary McLemore with the children's quilts. Each year our church makes about 12 to 15 regular bed size quilts along with 60 to 75 children's quilts. We give these to our own Greene County Baptist Grand Oak Mission here in Springfield and they are then distributed according to need thru their missionary outreach.
   At about 10:15 the group will break for a coffee/snack/chat time. Hostesses are Marti Blattert and Becky Mabus. Come and join the fun and the time of inspiration together. We will appreciate your help and you will enjoy the time together.
Care & Share
Care and Share  
CARE AND SHARE MINISTRY TO WIDOWS of the church community will meet for their monthly fellowship luncheon on Thursday, April 26 at 11:15 at Golden Corral North.  This is an informal time of fellowship, prayer and sharing together around the table.  Be sure to tell the cashier you are with the group and you will get a small discount.  If you need further information or have questions, please contact Phyllis Sanford or Mildred Burns.