National Heights Baptist Church ~ E-News     March 2018
Why lead a small group? Let me tell you why:
*  It is one of the most effective ways to reach your friends for Christ.
*  You will provide opportunities for Christian friendship and fellowship.
*  You will discover new opportunities for ministry.
*  You get to choose the snacks!
And did I mention that small groups are the most effective way to reach your friends for Christ? Come find out more about how you can be involved in this exciting ministry Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 pm. when I will lead a session teaching simple, easy to follow ways to lead a small group. New groups will be forming after Easter, and you can be a part of this vital ministry. I can't wait to see what God is going to do through you!
~Vaughn Weatherford
 
March Calendar
Click here for the NHBC Calendar

 
Sunday March 11

 
Praying every Tuesday @ 2:00 for the ministries of National Heights
Weekly Prayer Focus
3/6 - Bible Study Life Groups
3/13 - Envision
3/20 - Easter Worship Services 
3/27 - Outreach   

Newsletter Deadline
The deadline for articles to be included
in the April Newsletter will be
Monday, March 19.  Email Judy Foley at jfoley@nationalheights.org

Sympathy...
...to the family of Ed Good in his
death on February 1.
 
March
Door Greeters 
Mary & Joe McLemore
Rex & Kathryn Snider
Phyllis Sanford
Elaine Thiessen

January 
 Income Report 
Budgeted     $39,250.00
Received      $35,599.60
Year-to-date
under budget $3,650.40
Actual Budgeted Expenses $34,845.76
Net Balance over $753.84


Spring Into Action Fundraiser
Hosted by the Truthseekers Class
Sunday, March 4
Noon until 2:00
The church family is invited to come enjoy a pasta lunch, including gluten-free options. Donations are appreciated.
NEW this year - If you attend the 8:30 service and Bible Study, you can stop by at 11:00 and get your food to-go. If you are a bus rider, you can also stop by at 12:00 and get your food
to-go.  There will be limited options for our to-go items.
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.
How to Lead a Small Group 
Sunday, March 18, 5:00 PM, Room 532 
   Are you currently leading one of our Life Group classes, or have you ever thought one day you might like to try to lead a small group, but are not sure where to start?  Join us Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 in the Mixed Age classroom (Rm 532) for a short, informal study on how to lead a small group.  We will look at biblical basis for small groups, the dynamics of building relationships vs completing the lesson, ways to avoid "rabbit trail" discussions, what to do when you don't know that answer, and much more.  We will gain expertise from some of our local experts in small group leadership and discuss ways you can start a small group in your own home.  Don't miss this opportunity for one of the greatest ministry experiences you will ever have - come learn how you can lead a small group. 
 
Men's Prayer Breakfast
All men of National Heights are invited to a prayer breakfast on March 5 @ 6:30 am at Ziggy's on North Glenstone. Join us for a time of prayer before you start your day. 


Season of Prayer for North American Missions
Starting March 4

NHBC Annie Armstrong
Easter Offering Goal - $6,000
Palm Sunday Lord's Supper
March 25 @ 6:00

Join us in observance of the Lord's Supper during our evening service. 
This year's service will include a Reader's Theatre.
   
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.
   
Invite your friends!
Easter Egg Hunt
For all children, walking through 6th grade
Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m., rain or shine
We will meet in the Gymnasium.
Come cheer on the children,
and fellowship with the families attending!
   
Deacon's Corner
The Gift of Easter
   As Easter approaches, we must not forget the significant of what Easter means to all of us. In John 11:25-26, Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" This is the gift that God has given us, but it took Calvary for it to be delivered to us. We must never forget the sacrifice Jesus made for us, and Easter is the season to reflect on that sacrifice. It is so simple to receive this gift, all you have to do is just believe. It is so simple, but it can be so difficult. I want to encourage each of you to please invite your friends and family to attend not only the service at National Heights on Easter Sunday, April 1st, to hear about the sacrifice that Jesus did for us, but also the Lord's Supper on March 25th and the Egg Hunt which is a family event on Wednesday, March 28th. The one message that each of these events have in common is this; because Jesus sacrifice for us,  we have the opportunity to have eternal life with God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. ~ Scott Foley, Chairman of Deacons
Youth Garage Sale - April 13-14
You can start bringing donations for the sale!  The youth will accept all types of items from clothing, to furniture, to household goods, to books and games --but no mattresses or older style TV's please.  If you have items you wish to be picked up, please call Brian Miller Sale at 833-4111 and he will make an appointment to come by and pick up your donation at your convenience.  You are welcome to bring items for the sale at any time, please let the office know you will be stopping by so that we can be of assistance unloading.  Please do not leave items outside of the garage.  Deadline for donations is Monday, April 9.  Be sure to come shop!  The doors 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.

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.
WOM TO STUDY NORTH AMERICAN MISSIONS
On Tuesday, March 13, Women on Mission will meet in fellowship hall beginning at 9:30 with the business session led by Judy Divine and Doris Whitcher, co-presidents.  From 10:15 until about 10:40 the group will be treated with a snack/coffee/share time provided by hostesses, Barbara Fisher and Eva McNeely.  This is an enjoyable time of sharing and visiting together.  Come and join us.           
   The program will begin at 10:45 with Eva McNeely leading the study of current information about the needs of North American Missions. The theme of the North American Missions study this year is "On Mission Here & Now." The nation-wide goal is $70 million.  Our goal for National Heights Church is $6,000. All of this money goes to train, resource, and send more than 5,000 missionaries in church planting and compassion ministries throughout the United States and Canada.  This offering was begun in 1895 by Woman's Missionary Union in order to benefit the work of the Home Mission Board, since renamed the North American Mission Board.  Since its beginning in 1895, 1 billion dollars has been given for these ministries. Prayers for all the missionaries serving in the United States and Canada will be a part of the program.  The Scripture for the week of prayer is taken from 1 John 3:18. " We must not love only with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth."
Prime Timers
Prime Timers - March 15  
Prime Timers will meet on March 15 at 11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  This month we will have Hidei Foster from Maranatha Village.  She will have a presentation on dealing with Grief.  This will help us in helping others in their time of Grief, and our own.  As usual we will have prayer request and pray to start our meeting.  After our program we will have our carry-in lunch.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish of your own choosing, if you can, if not come anyway we will have lots to eat.  We try to start eating about 12 noon and should be done by 1:00 pm.  We try not to take up your whole day.  Plan to come.  Our hostesses for March are Mildred Burns and Lois Wood.  ~Carl Rose
WOM TO HEAR BRIAN & SHEENA OF EAST ASIA
   Women on Mission will gather on Tuesday, March 27, at 9:30 in fellowship hall. The meeting opens with a time of business led by Judy Divine and Doris Whitcher, co-presidents.  Women are reminded to bring Purses and/or Toiletries for Harmony House Ministry to the meeting.  Previously women decided to bring "gently used" purses and fill them with individual size toiletries for the women who are at Harmony House due to domestic abuse situations.
   At 10:15 until about 10:40 is scheduled for snack/coffee/chat time with hostesses Ruth Scott and Sue Hale in charge.  At about 10:45, the speakers, Brian and Sheena, who are workers in East Asia will be introduced by Doris Whitcher.  Both men and women of the church are invited to hear these workers/teachers in other parts of the world. They have an interesting testimony to give. Do come.  The meeting concludes about 11:45.
Care & Share
Care and Share  
CARE AND SHARE MINISTRY to widows of the church community will gather on Thursday, March 29 at 11:15, at Golden Corral North for their monthly casual luncheon. This is a time of sharing and praying together. New members are always welcome. If you need more information, please contact Mildred Burns or Phyllis Sanford. Do come and be with us. We are always pleased to have newcomers.
Blessing Boxes Update
  The first box continues to go very well.  Each month, a Bible Study class collects items to fill the box, and NHBC volunteers check and fill the box.  Thank you to the Truthseekers class for collecting in January and the Adult 1 class for collecting in February.  The Mixed Age class will collect in March, and Adult 2 is scheduled to collect in April.  Other classes will continue to be scheduled throughout the year.  If you are not involved in a Bible Study class, but would like to contribute, you may leave your items in the collection tub in the office.  The full list is on the church's website, and includes such items as Chef Boyardee meals, soups, canned chili, crackers of all types, instant oatmeal packets, granola bars and cereal bars.
   Recently, God opened an opportunity for us to help start a second box on the property of the West Kearney McDonald's.  Not only National Heights volunteers, but others across the community are joining in with this ministry.  It is our hope that it will inspire other groups and even more boxes across Springfield.  Thank you for your support and continued prayers as we together love like Jesus.
letters
 Thanks so much for your cards, prayers, and expressions of sympathy extended to our family after the passing of my brother Leslie.  They were deeply appreciated. ~Lynn Woodall

National Heights - Thank you so much for the pretty potted plant. 
~Shirley Good


Women on Mission want to thank the church family for your generosity in the giving of various sized new and/or gently used  quilts and blankets for Grand Oak Mission Center this last month. We have taken 36 blankets of various sizes to the Mission.  Also, thank you for the generous response to the Souper Sunday Collection of soup, canned goods and paper products. They have been delivered and were greatly appreciated! Blessings on you!!!