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 Abilene First Church of the Nazarene                                 March 2017 
From Pastor Dave
    
Greetings FCN Family.... Time for Revival is here.  I know the actual revival meetings start on Sunday, April 9, and run through Wednesday, April 12, but our prayer call for Revival is "Right Here - Right Now" .... There is a sweet Spirit already in the air here at FCN and that is due to the FCN Family making their move toward the Spirit more than ever before.  I sense a greater hunger for Him and a much stronger devotion to Him and that is truly changing the atmosphere here at FCN.  "We never stand taller than when we are on our knees before he Lord."  As we are a little over one month away from Revival, I want to encourage you to follow the Revival Prayer Guide that I have been following online in preparing myself for the upcoming Revival meetings together.
 
Step #1: Personal Revival
 
Note: If gathering for corporate prayer, this should have been done before assembling together. However, it may be necessary to take a few minutes to reflect before the Lord over the state of one's own heart before interceding for the saints and the lost.  IF WE DO NOT FIRST CONFESS OUR SINS, WE CANNOT EXPECT GOD TO HEAR OUR PRAYERS (Isaiah 59:1-3).  "Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:8)
 
There is no mystery about what it takes to experience the manifest presence of God.  We must confess and repent of sin, drawing near to God.  We know that He will then draw near to us, guiding us to lose our double-mindedness and gain the mind of Christ.
 
"Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults." (Psalm 19:12)
 
Yet there are likely sins that are hidden to us that we ought to repent of as well.  This is the humble reality of the fact that we are not yet perfected.  Having confessed and repented, the following verse promises us that our prayer will be of use:  "Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work."  (2 Timothy 2:21)
 
Now we are ready to intercede and implore the Lord for corporate revival.
 
Step #2: Church Revival
 
Here we pray according to Scripture for the church as a whole. As Ephesians 6:18 says, "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints."  Pray the attached Scriptures below into these prayers.
 
* Pray for devotion and purity to essential doctrines. (Jude 3)
* Pray that false teachers will be discovered and put out from the flock. (Revelation 2:20)
* Pray that the church will rediscover its first love of the work and person of Christ.
  (Revelation 2:4)
* Pray that unity, love, hope, holiness, and good works will be manifested by the church so that   it  can be effective salt and light. (John 17:21; John 13:34-35; 1 Peter 3:15, Hebrews 12:14;   Matthew   5:16)
* Pray that pastors would preach the Word faithfully, reproving & exhorting as necessary.
  (2 Tim. 4:2)
* Pray that Christians will grow up into maturity in the knowledge of Christ & His Word.
  (Eph. 4:11-13)
* Pray for more Christians to devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.
  (Acts 2:42)
* Pray for God to raise up workers and evangelists for His harvest. (Matthew 9:37-38)
* Pray for brokenness over the eternal state of the lost. (Luke 15:8-9)
* Pray for marriages and families to be strengthened. (Ephesians 5:22-6:4)
* Pray for humility. (1 Peter 5:6)
* Pray that the church will seek the wisdom of God and not of man. (James 1:5)
 
Of course, this is just a sample of things to pray for as there are many things we could pray for concerning revival and the church. Let the Spirit lead your prayers.
 
Step #3: Evangelization of the Unsaved
 
A revived church must engage in evangelism.  However, the Bible makes it very clear that no one seeks after God unless the Holy Spirit first draws him.  Therefore, we must pray that God would open hearts to repent and receive His Son.
 
* Pray that the captives of the devil would be released. (2 Timothy 2:26)
* Pray that the dead would be made alive in Christ. (Ephesians 2:1-7)
* Pray for the lost to repent. (Luke 13:5)
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (John 16:8)
* Pray for seeds to sprout and take root because they fall on receptive hearts. (Luke 8:4-15)
* Pray for revived Christians to be faithful in witnessing. (Acts 1:8)
 
We should also intercede on behalf of specific individuals for salvation, we ought to pray for specific social ills in the community, and we ought to pray for our leaders.  Remember to be lifting our Evangelist Stephen Manley and Song Evangelist Brian Arner.
 
Let us remember that effective prayer is not checking off a checklist, but it is praying as the Spirit leads us according to God's Word for the things with which He burdens our hearts.  It is never about doing things for God, but it is about God accomplishing His reviving work in and through us such that it touches others as well. 
 
Blessings on ya,
PD

FCN Leadership for 2017-2018
 


Church Board
Dwight Aston
Sandy Bullock
Julio Santana Castro
Cindy Chitwood
Rosie Esparza
Julia Hehn
Bill Leach
Jeri Spiker
Jimmy Thomas


NMI President*
Gayla Hastings

NYI President *
Kevin Seigman

Sunday School Superintendent *
Pat Bigham


*By Virtue of Office



NMI Vice-President
Kathy Bullock

NMI Secretary
Sue Peters


Discipleship Ministries Board
Brittany Burks
Cindy Chitwood
Malisa Creager
Norman Hassel
Loretta Leach
Larry Smith
Joyce Thurman


Delegates to 
Vision Conference & 
District Assembly

Ganpat Ganesh
Kathy Kessell
Steve Hastings - 1st Alternate


Wedding Shower/Potluck Luncheon for Brian & Sierra Lindquester

Join us as we celebrate the marriage of Brian and Sierra Lindquester with a wedding shower/potluck luncheon on Sunday, March 5, after the Morning Worship service.  Brian and Sierra are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, and Kohl's.
 

Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser

Nazarene Missions International
NMI Logo

Nazarene World Week of Prayer
Sunday, February 26 - Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Nazarene World Week of Prayer is an annual event occurring during the week that includes the World Day of Prayer (the first Friday in March). During this week Nazarenes dedicate themselves to interceding for our church and our world. Special requests are provided for a regional prayer plan.
 
Join with Nazarenes around the world in praying for God to move in each of the regions in the Church of the Nazarene.

Sunday - Africa
Monday - Asia-Pacific
Tuesday -  Eurasia
Wednesday -  Mesoamerica
Thursday -  South America
Friday -  USA/Canada
Saturday -  Where the Church is not Yet
 
Coordinating with the interdenominational World Day of Prayer (Friday, March 3), the Nazarene World Week of Prayer was begun with hopes that this event would re-ignite prayer flames, deepen commitment to prayer and fasting, and precipitate revival in our churches and lives.

WYBT1

I missed getting something put in the last newsletter because of being sick. Sorry about that. But I did want to share with everybody that we have 6 people registered for the mission trip to Indiana in June.   The youth have been working so hard on all of the fundraisers.  We still have more to cover but we are getting there.
 
Which brings me to my next point: We will be having a Garage Sale the first part of June to hopefully finish covering the cost of the trip. If you have anything to donate please let us know.  If you need a donation picked up, please contact me or Kevin and we will have to make arrangements to get this done for you.
 
I would like to take a minute to thank everyone that donated baskets to the Chili/Soup/Stew Cook-Off. May I just say you are all AMAZING.  I love how we as a church see a need and we step up and try our best to fill that need.  You all have gone above and beyond to help support the Youth and Children's Departments.  Carrie and I could not get half the things done that we do without your assistance.
 
I want to leave you with this: Mark 1:35 says, "And in the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there."  I want to encourage everybody to be in prayer for the upcoming Revival in April.
 
Your Sister in Christ
Sherry

FCN Book Club

The next FCN Book Club meeting is on Monday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at             Mad Coffee & More, located at 8049 Hwy 83/84 (the corner of FM 707 &           Hwy 83/84).  We are reading "The Body in the Library" by Agatha Christie.  Contact Carol Hehn for more information.

Men's Basketball
basketball

 
 
Are you ready for some basketball?  The men of the church will meet on Saturday, March 4, at  6:00 p.m. in the FCN gym for some fun and fellowship.  Bring a friend!  Participants must be at least 14 years of age.  Please contact Robert Hehn for more information.  

   
Disc Golf

Our next Disc Golf outing is Saturday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m.  Meet at ACU Wildcat Disc Golf Course located at 1402 Cedar Crest Drive, between EN 16th and EN 10th Street.  If you would like to be sent a text for the next outing, text Jimmy Thomas at 325-829-6528.  Everyone is welcome!  Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent.

   
Jaci Velasquez in Concert
   
Revival with Stephen Manley & Brian Arner
   

Online Sunday Morning Services

 

Our Sunday morning Worship Services can now be found online!  Go to:

 

 http://www.fcnabilene.org/sermons and click on

 

"First Church of the Nazarene on USTREAM"

 

March Calendar

Check out events on the FCN Calendar.  See the events and times listed (they are even color coded)!
 
March Birthdays & Anniversaries

 

Birthdays 

  6  Brad Turnbow

12  Aaron Hocking

15  Cade Moore

19  Julia Hehn

21  Jimmy Creager

24  Jake Knowles

25  TJ Butler
Anniversaries
 
11  Christopher & Marlee Brooks

13  Sandy & Kathy Bullock

18  Doyle & Toni Fannin

22  Charles & Almaz Barrington




From the Staff and Ministry Leaders of
Abilene First Church of the Nazarene
www.fcnabilene.org
325.677.9429