National Heights Baptist Church ~ E-News      September 2017
Would you be willing to be a HOST? We need some people willing to lead our new Life Groups beginning in October. These groups will be using a special new video study entitled Gamechanger: How Jesus Changes the Game. The studies will be tied directly to the sermon series I will be preaching in October. To be a HOST, all you have to do is:
    H - Have a heart for Christ and for reaching people.
    O - Open to one hour a week for six weeks.
    S - Serve some snacks.
    T - Turn on a video.
If you would like to find out more about how you can be a HOST, attend one of our information meetings Sunday, September 10 or 17 right after the morning service. This 15 minute meeting will tell you everything you need to know about how you can use this exciting new tool to reach your friends for Christ. Watch the Vision and listen for more information about how you can be a HOST.
I can't wait to see what God is going to do through you! 
~Vaughn Weatherford
September Calendar
Newsletter Deadline
The deadline for articles to be included
in the October Newsletter will be
Monday, September 18.  Email Judy Foley at

BBQ Cook-Off & Church-Wide Picnic
Sunday, September 17, 5:30 until 7:00 
Old-fashioned style church picnic with games, musical entertainment, and potluck carry-in meal.  At the end of the evening, we'll have an informal open-air worship service.
Food - The congregation is asked to bring a pot-luck, carry-in dish.
BBQ Contest - Prizes will be given for best BBQ in differing categories such as Pulled Pork, Brisket, Ribs, etc.  Those attending will be able to sample BBQ and name "the People's choice" awards.  Other awards will be named through our judge's panel.
Pie Contest - Do you enjoy making homemade pies?  This contest is for you!  We will have contests for many different types of pies.
Exhibits - We will have exhibits of crafts, needlework, quilts and photography.
Watch The Vision for more information.
This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to come to church!

Senior Connection
     Are you someone or do you know someone who is unable to attend church on a regular basis, who would benefit from a "connection" to NHBC?
   Our Senior Connection Ministry provides the connection between church and home.  Our volunteers will connect with seniors by sending cards, visits, phone calls, and most importantly praying for those who want to stay connected to our church family. Call the church office to sign-up or for more information.
~Sharon Listerman, Senior Connection Coordinator

"For we are labourers together with God."  1 Corinthians 3:9a (KJV)

The MMO goal for National Heights is $3,000.   
You may use one of the special MMO offering envelopes or mark your NHBC envelope MMO.

Deacon's Corner
As deacons we strive to bless the church and our ministry families. You can bless us too! As you share prayer needs with us, ask us about prayer needs we have. We know you pray for us as your deacon, and we thank you. Please, ask us if we have a burden you can help lighten. 
   Do you see a deacon, perhaps yours, busy serving as security volunteer, door greeter, usher, audio or visual volunteer, or in some other way helping around the church? Pray for us, and prayerfully consider joining us in volunteer service. Can't make a regular commitment? Be a backup once or twice a year, offering to help with security, audio or visual ministry, or perhaps helping pick up trash around the parking lot or on the grounds. That helps our custodians and helps keep our church looking cared for, so people passing by can feel that we will care for them the same way, helping bring out the Christ living in them, or caring for them in His name so that they come to saving faith in our Lord as their Lord too.  
   Even aiding in the garden a couple times a year can bless your deacon, or one of his ministry families, as it helps put fresh fruit and vegetables out for all to consume, blessing those who can't afford to buy them. 
   In these and many other ways you can bless your deacon, allowing them to spend time with family visiting from out of town, or perhaps going to visit family out of town. Perhaps one of us has had a family emergency and can't serve on a particular Sunday in our volunteer role. Pray for us when you don't see us and be ready to step in to cover for us. Most of the volunteer positions require little training. We are always willing to help you with those that do need some training. 
   Have questions about one of these ministry possibilities? Talk to a deacon, Brother Vaughn, Brother Joshua, Joe McLemore, or Bill Reynolds today, and find out how you can bless a deacon and be blessed at the same time. 
   Thank you for your help and your prayers. Keep them coming!      ~Alex Desmuke    
Praying every Tuesday @ 2:00 for the ministries of National Heights
Weekly Prayer Focus
9/5 - Deacons
9/12 - Worship
9/19 - Outreach
9/26 - Senior Connection
Income Report
Budgeted     $302,166.69
Received      $281,392.13
under budget $20,774.56

Door Greeters
Gary & Millie Dollins
Elaine Thiessen
Phyllis Sanford
Betty Doran
Marjorie Reed
Carol Wheat

 Men's Prayer Breakfast
All men of National Heights are invited to a prayer breakfast on September 11 @ 6:30 am at Ziggy's on North Glenstone. Join us for a time of prayer before you start your day.   

We rejoice in welcoming the Coffelt family to NHBC. 
- Hobie joined us by moving his church letter.  He already has blessed us with sharing his musical talents. 
- Rhonda joined by baptism and along with her husband, they attend the Adult 1 Sunday School class. 
-Jo-Jo also joined by baptism and is a member of Flight 56. 
- Adam was also baptized and is a member of the 3rd Grade Sunday School Class. 
We welcome the Coffelt family along with their daughter, Auschalina who is a member of our Student Ministry, to the NHBC family.

New study for Mary-Martha starting August 30
Missing Pieces by Jennifer Rothschild

"Some things just don't make sense... if God is good, why do we suffer?  Why doesn't God heal when He is capable?  When the hard stuff becomes personal, our questions become piercing.  
"God, do you care?"  
"God, is this fair?"  
"God, are you there?"
God's ways don't always make sense, but He is trustworthy... God will reveal Himself to us and fill in our missing pieces.

Starting Wednesday, August 30, we will begin our study.  Workbooks are available for $12 if you want one, but it is not necessary.
   Did You Know Expo
Missions Celebration Event
Sunday, September 10 @ NHBC

    National Heights loves missions!  Join us Sunday, September 10 for a special day celebrating mission involvement.  Throughout the morning, displays will be in the church hallways highlighting mission opportunities and organizations like the IMB, NAMB, MBC, GCBA, Grand Oak and many more.  Both our morning services will feature a mission challenge from Jacob Franklin, our own IMB missionary in East Asia.  Don't miss this exciting day celebrating missions!
Sunday, September 24.  Sponsored by the Stepping Out Ministry Team and WOM.  We will be collecting several items that are consistently mentioned as needs throughout the community.  The items will go to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, Pregnancy Care Center, Newborns in Need, area schools, Isabel's House, Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, and Sammy's Window.  Help us to provide some of the basic needs of our community.
Items Needed -
Diapers - all sizes    Pull-ups - all sizes
Elastic waist pants - Children sizes 4-14
Underwear - all sizes, children and adults
It's time to harvest the honey!
We will soon be harvesting the honey from our own NHBC garden.  Call the church office to reserve your bottle.  This year we will have 12 ounce bottles available for a suggested donation of $4.00 per bottle, limit one bottle per family.  If our bees have produced an abundant amount of honey, we will allow an additional bottle per family.  Thanks to Bill Reynolds and Harold Mabus for taking such good care of our NHBC Bees!
Our Women on Mission organization has chosen the theme emphasis for the new church year which begins October 1, 2017 and goes through September, 2018. The group will be meeting in the church fellowship hall on Tuesday, September 12 at 9:30 a.m. The program emphasis for the morning will be the installation of the recently elected new officers under the direction of Co-President Judy Divine.  She will use "STEPPIN' OUT IN FAITH," living the life God designed. as the theme for the installation service.  The Scripture chosen for emphasis is taken from Psalm 37:23, the New Living Translation and reads:  "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives."
   Hostesses for the coffee/snack/share time from about 10:15: until 10:45 are Marti Blattert and Becky Mabus. The installation program begins at about 10:45. All women of the church are invited to attend and to participate. Guests are always welcome...both men and women. The objectives of the Women on Mission organization are to encourage people to learn about missions, to pray for missions, to support missions financially, to engage in mission action and witnessing, and to develop a lifestyle with a mission emphasis. Come. Join us in "STEPPIN' OUT IN FAITH."  

Prime Timers  - September 21
   Prime TimersSenior Adult Ministry.  Here's an opportunity to really help with your Medicare supplement questions.  We will have Carolyn Farrar from Second Baptist come and give us her expert advice on Medicare (65 years and older) and help us find the best deal on a Medicare supplement.  In the last few years she has helped seniors save literally tens of thousands of dollars on their health insurance.  We will have a short business meeting before our program, then after the program we will have a carry-in luncheon.  Everyone is ask to bring a dish of your own choosing.  Come and fellowship with all of us, and enjoy a good time with the Lord.  Bring can goods or paper goods for Grand Oaks.  -Carl Rose
      On Tuesday, September 26 at 9:30 a.m. Women on Mission will gather in fellowship hall for a morning of fun and  work. Darlene Gideon is in charge of the quilting and Doris Whitcher is in charge of making salvation bracelets. New members are always welcome and the women are delighted to teach newcomers how to tack the quilts. These are made for Grand Oak Mission Center, 2854 West Grand,  which is owned and operated by Greene County Baptist Association,  here in Springfield. The quilts are needed and appreciated as they are distributed to those in need of them.
   Our women will be happy to teach anyone how to make the salvation bracelets too. These are used by our Greene County Baptist Association mission teams during the summer. Most of them go to Mexico or other Central  American countries.  Just this past year we  made almost  5,000  bracelets with the help of several youth group sessions. Come join us for the fun and the work!
   Hostesses for the coffee/snack/share time are Becky Bennett and Autumn Desmuke. The morning of work ends at about 11:45 with no lunch being served. Come and enjoy us!
Care & Share Care and Share  
Care and Share Ministry to the widows of our church community are invited to attend an informal lunch on Thursday, September 28 at 11:15 at Golden Corral North in their meeting room. This is an informal  time of praying and sharing together.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Mildred Burns or Phyllis Sanford.

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.
   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 be taking a break this summer.  We will start meeting again on October 7 at 9:00 am.  We will meet on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month. If you like to sew, plan on joining us.

Collecting for our community
Many of our area schools and non-profits have requested our help in collecting various items. These items are used in many different ways.  If you have a question please contact Jeanne Carpenter at 880-7610. We have collection bins available in the church office.

You can help by recycling many items in your home -
Paper towel tubes - No toilet paper tubes, Flattened cereal boxes, Small plastic lids (example - water or soda bottles, milk or juice lids), Egg cartons, Magazines, Empty ink cartridges, Pull tabs from cans or sodas, Small scraps of fabric, Grocery & Restaurant coupons, Ribbon and Lace, Baby items, Travel-size toiletries, Puzzle books, Hard Candy, Gum, Crayons, Coloring books, Dental floss, Mini hand sanitizer, Chapstick- doesn't have to be name brand, Small individual pkgs of Kleenex,
You can also help by collecting - Box Tops for Education labels, Campbell's Labels for Education, and Best Choice UPC codes
I want to express my appreciation to my church family for your thoughts and prayers.  I hope to join you again soon. ~Esther O'Dell

Words cannot express how much I have appreciated knowing you have been praying for me.  God is so good and I know he will see me through this difficult time.  Again thank you for all your prayers, cards & phone calls.  God Bless all of you!  ~Carol Wheat

A huge thank you to all who prayed, donated, and/or helped in some way with Backpack Giveaway 2017! MANY volunteers helped to make this event happen. Your kindness reached students from 21 schools, provided over 20 haircuts, shared free socks,  meals for over 200 people, and filled backpacks with personalized supplies for 110 kids. Additionally, Bibles were handed out to approximately 50 kids. We are trusting God to continue to work through these items throughout the days ahead, continuing to show His love to our community. As a  new school year begins, please continue to be in prayer for students, staff and their families. THANK YOU so much for helping support this outreach ministry!! ~Jeanne Carpenter

THANK YOU!!!   Women on Mission express thanks to all those who brought items or gave funds for the 90 Welcome Bags made for the kindergarten children of Fremont Elementary. And also for the other school supplies that have been brought during the months of July and August. Blessings on you!

Apple Mania - October 1 @ Noon
The Truthseekers Bible Study class invites you to join them for their annual Apple Mania Soups and Sweets Lunch on Sunday, Oct. 1 at Noon. Donations will be accepted. The Silent Auction will include homemade baked goods and will benefit the Pregnancy Care Center. If you would like to donate baked goods please see Tommy Nunn. Come join us for a fun time of fellowship!