National Heights Baptist Church ~ E-News          May 2018
May is always exciting at National Heights.  The month includes a celebration of moms on Mother's Day, a celebration of associational missions as we receive the annual Jim Joslin GCBA Offering, and final preparations for Vacation Bible School, scheduled for the first week in June (June 4-8).

Join me in welcoming Michelle Miller as our new Minister to Preschool and Children.  Michelle is no stranger to National Heights.  She, Phillip and their daughter Kasidee have been a part of our congregation for many years.  Michelle has served faithfully in several of our ministries, including our nursery.  We welcome Michelle into this new role and look forward to all the ways God is going to use her ministry to reach children and their families for Christ.

Thank you for all your kind words and expressions to me and my family this past month.  Thank you. especially, for your gifts to missions and to the Envision campaign in honor of our twenty years at NHBC.  It is hard for me to believe God has blessed me with twenty years as your pastor.  It has been my joy and privilege to witness all the ways God has worked through the people of this great church.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives these last two decades.

God has great days ahead for NHBC.  I can't wait to see what God is going to do through you!
~Vaughn Weatherford
 
Vacation Bible School 2018
Game On! June 4-8
9:00 am until Noon
Ages - 4 years old through 6th graders

NHBC invites your kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments.  As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drumline, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook.  He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another.  Get in the spirit today with Game On! VBS.
Register at www.nationalheights.org
 
May Calendar
Click here for the NHBC Calendar

 
Praying every Tuesday @ 2:00 for the ministries of National Heights
Weekly Prayer Focus
5/1 - Senior Connection
5/8 - Music
5/15 - Children's Ministry
5/22 - Bible Study Life Groups
5/29 - Vacation Bible School

March  Income Report 
Budgeted     $117,750.00
Received      $120,739.66
Year-to-date
over budget $2,989.66
 

Newsletter Deadline
The deadline for articles to be included
in the June Newsletter will be
Monday, May 21.  Email Judy Foley at jfoley@nationalheights.org

May Door Greeters 
Bruce & Eva McNeely
Joe & Mary McLemore
Lloyd & Diana Cunningham
 
 
Sympathy... 
...to Carol Mazzuca and the family of Joe Harper in his death on April 1.

...to the family of Jack Drake in his death on April 5.  Jack was the brother-in-law to Mary Friend, Teresa Haguewood, and Laura Hall.

...to the family of Ray Sayers in his death on April 10.

...to Lloyd Eagleburger and family in the death of his sister Barbara Mallard on
April 11. 
Family Dedication & Graduate Recognition
   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. Please let us know before Wednesday, May 2.
   Also on May 6, we will recognize those graduating from high school or college this year.  Parents of high school graduates will need to give Brian Miller a senior picture by Sunday, April 29 These will be used during the recognition.  We would also like to recognize the achievements of our college graduates. If you have recently completed your degree please let the office know by Wednesday, May 2.
   
GCBA Missions Emphasis
   On May 20 we will emphasize Greene County Baptist Association Missions by receiving an offering for the Jim Joslin Missions Offering.  NHBC's goal for the offering is $2,000.  The Jim Joslin Missions Offering supports mission efforts of the association.   There is information on the tables in the main hallway with this year missions projects.  If you would like to contribute to this offering, please write Joslin on your envelope.  Your gift will be appreciated.

A Shower for Baby Girl Terranella
June 2 @ 10:00
   The church family is invited to a baby shower celebrating Joe & Kendra Terranella's little
addition to their family.  Joe & Kendra are expecting a baby girl in August. baby shower This will also be the first grandchild for Vaughn & Marsha Weatherford!  Joe and Kendra are registered at Target and also at Buy Buy Baby (Kansas City).  Hostesses are Marti Blattert, Becky Mabus, Becky Woodall, Becky Chittenden, Karen Fielding, Harriet Arnold, Elizabeth Ussery, and Margaret Watson.
Welcome to our new Children's Minister
   National Heights is excited to welcome our new Children's Minister.  Michelle is a member of our church, along with her family and has served in the nursery for quite sometime. She is currently a teacher at Pershing Elementary and has taught at Robberson Community School.  We, as a committee, are very excited about her vision for children's ministry, her knowledge of child development, her love for our church and her love and desire to share Christ within the community.
   In checking with Michelle's references the committee received only very positive reports. A reply from the principal at Robberson Community School: "Michelle is a sweetheart.  She taught at Robberson Community School for six years.  She built very strong relationships with her kids and parents...On a personal level, I know she has a very calm demeanor and a deep personal faith."  Another reply from a past coworker: Michelle has a wonderful relationship with her students and their parents, oftentimes getting invited to their birthday parties, which she most often attends.  You all are very lucky to have her.
   The position of Children's Minister is 12-15 hours a week which Michelle will perform on Sundays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and any evenings that are required.  She is very open to communicating with staff and families during time at church, through her cell phone, and/or emails.  We are very excited at the fact she is willing to join our church staff in this very important ministry.  
   ~ Personnel Committee - Becky Chittenden, Margaret Watson, Carrie Letterman, Harlin Bryngelson, and Ralph Arnold
   
Fundraiser for Guadalajara, Mexico Mission Trip 
May 24   5:00 - 9:00 
McAlister's @ Kansas and Kearney 
Everyone needs to eat dinner, why not come and join us at McAlister's.  A portion of the sales will go to support theGuadalajara Mission Trip.  The NHBC Missions Committee will be on hand to help out during this time. 
Men's Prayer Breakfast
All men of National Heights are invited to a prayer breakfast on May 7 @ 6:30 am at Ziggy's on North Glenstone. Join us for a time of prayer before you start your day.

Deacon's Corner
   What is Mother's Day? It is the day I which children recognize and honor their Mothers. This year this day falls on Sunday, May 13th.  The question must be asked, "Shouldn't we recognize and honor our Mothers every day?" The answer is YES, we should. Everyday our Mothers sacrifice for us and gives us comfort and the values we carry with us thought out our lives. I think Isiah 66:13 says it best: "As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you: and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."

Mothers are our refuge and comfort since the day we were born. Our Mother's eyes gazing down upon us gives us the comfort in the time of need, and conversely, give us that look which will motivate us when we need it the most.  As a child, we learn how to connect, care, and love from that gaze. Our Mother's gaze upon us gives us the strength and confidence we need to go out into the world and meet the challenges we will face. This translates into caring, loving, understanding, and above all......how to show comfort for our fellow man.

Is this not the same principles that Jesus commands us to do as Christians in Matthew 22:34-39: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Just remember, every day is Mother's day, Take a moment to stop and reflect on what your Mother means to you and the sacrifices she has made for you to...... connect, care, comfort, and love.  Then, reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made to show us what connection, caring, comforting and love is all about.  To All Mothers: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! 
~ 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. We will not meet on May 28th.

Collecting Items
During the months of May through August, we will decrease the items we are collecting for area schools, as they will be out for the summer.  Updated information will be passed out regarding further collections as the start of the new school year approaches.  Stop by the office and pick a new list.
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, 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 TACKLE LIFE'S CHALLENGES
   Women on Mission will meet on Tuesday, May 8 in fellowship hall at 9:30 a.m.  The first portion of the meeting is given over to reports and business led by Presidents Judy Divine and Doris Whitcher.   Prayer time for missionaries whose birthdays occur during May will be led by Patti Crocker.    
   At 10:15 the group will enjoy coffee/snacks/share time under direction of the hostesses for the day, Mary McLemore and Doris Whitcher.  The program will begin at about 10:45 and will be a Bible study led by Becky Bennett.  Our current culture often gives us cause for anxiety, worry and fear. As women how does the Word of God tell us to respond? Two women in the Old Testament are good examples for us to follow. Come join us. Let's tackle life's challenges together in the light of God's Word,
made present and specific by the Holy Spirit.
   All women of the church are invited to attend. The meeting concludes about 11:45.
Prime Timers
Prime Timers - May 21
 Prime Timer's will meet on May 21 at 11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  If you were not here for the April program with Heaven's Heart Trio, you missed a wonderful blessed time.  In May we will have Angela White a Nutritionist from Maranatha to share with us healthy eating.  We will start with a short business meeting followed by the program and a carry in lunch.  Remember to bring food staples for Grand Oak Mission.  Hostess are Autumn Desmuke and Becky Bennett. ~Carl Rose
WOMEN ON MISSION TO HEAR MISSIONARIES DENNIS & JANET BROTHERTON
   Women on Mission will meet on Tuesday, May 22 in the church fellowship room at 9:30 a.m. The morning session begins with a time of prayer, the sharing of reports, and making business decisions.  After the business session led by Judy Divine and Doris Whitcher, the group will enjoy a  coffee/snack/share time from 10:15 until about 10:40 with hostesses Judy Divine and another to be announced later.
   Becky Bennett will be in charge of the program which will begin at about 10:45. The guest speakers will be Dennis and Janet Brotherton, retired missionaries to South Korea. They served in South Korea, planting churches and being involved in theological training for pastors and other church workers for 32 years. They currently live in Springfield and are members at Ridgecrest Baptist. We pray that as we continue to learn more about the needs of the world will continue to grow in knowledge and understanding that will help us to see the need for continuing to Increase our giving to help others of the world come to know our Lord as Savior.  We also pray that our insight into the needs of peoples of the world will increase our compassion. Both men and women are invited to hear this informative presentation from two missionaries who know their information well.   The meeting will close at about 11:45.
Care & Share
Care and Share  
On Thursday, May 24 Care and Share Ministry to widows of our church community will gather for an informal sharing time at Golden Corral Restaurant North at 11:15 in their meeting room.
This is an informal time of praying and sharing together. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Be sure to tell the cashier you are a part of this group for a courtesy discount. If there are questions or the need for more information, contact Mildred Burns or Phyllis Sanford. Visitors are always welcome.
Thank You Notes Just a note to say thanks for your prayers, thoughts, and visits.  
I am doing quite well and am adjusting to the change.  
                                                                                        ~Esther O'Dell

Each donation and in-kind gift helps to make our guests feel more at home, including the magazines you donated. Our families spend so much of each day with their hospitalized child and at the end of that stressful day, they just want to sit down and unwind. We know picking up a magazine for a few minutes can do just that. Thank you for sharing hope and helping to mend the hearts of these special families and children! ~Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks

I was very hungry and I asked God to help me get something to eat today. He actually told me to look to my left and I noticed this Blessing Box. I got me something to eat for the day. Thank you for your ministry and caring. God bless your church. ~James

I really appreciate a church and ministry like yours. You may not know just how much it means for someone (a church) that really cares. God bless. ~Wayne

Thanks to our generous church family for the canned goods and the paper products brought for Grand Oak Mission during the month of April. And, thanks to John
McGaughey for delivery. They are always much appreciated by the Grand Oak workers who dispense them to those in need. ~Women On Mission

A HUGE Thank You to all of our church family who supported the Youth Garage Sale.  Thanks to everyone who donated, organized, worked, and shopped. We have raised over $7200 for youth missions! ~NHBC Student Ministry