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 Abilene First Church of the Nazarene                                 April 2017 
From Pastor Dave
    
   
Matthew 6:25 ....   "Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear."
 

We are victorious in Christ Jesus our Lord!  We are more than Conquerors through Him!  We need not worry because we serve the Almighty God and He cares for us! He is our strength, our shield, our rock, our protector and He is our salvation......So then, why do we worry?  Let's take a page from "the legend of the Lilly" that I found in my reading;
 
"The lily has long been associated with Easter. A legend has circulated for centuries connecting the lily and the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed to the Heavenly Father while sweating drops of blood on the night that he was betrayed. According to the myth, Jesus' disciples found white lilies blooming all over the Garden of Gethsemane on Easter Day in every place that Jesus had walked, prayed, sat, or wept the night before his crucifixion. Wherever a drop of Jesus' sweat touched the ground, a white lily rejoiced in his victory. Today in the Christian church, centuries later, the white lily is still used to celebrate the joyous Easter event and signify purity, life, and renewal. Still today the trumpet shape of the white lily heralds the triumphant victory of Jesus' resurrection."
 
We are just a few weeks shy of celebrating Easter.  The white lily also reminds us of the Lord's watch, care and provision for our lives as Christians.  In Matthew 6:28 (KJV) Jesus says to his worry-prone disciples, "And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin."  We tend to doubt the promised provision of " the God who clothes the lilies, " don't we?  In the end, though, as Jesus tells his anxious disciples, it is a trust problem.
 
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus' disciples looked toward the future worrying about the very necessities of life-food and clothing ( Read Mt 6:25-34 ).  Jesus showed those who were his disciples then, and now, that worrying is a symptom of a bigger, more serious problem-a lack of trust in God.
 
This Easter season let us remember "the legend of the lily" and be moved to trust in our God of provision and new life more than ever.  For, God who raised Jesus from the dead is our God, our strength, our shield, our rock, our protector.  He is the God of life.  He provided for our reconciliation, redemption, and salvation by sending his Son to become sin on our behalf.  Jesus Christ is risen, He defeated death and hell and we are in Him then we victorious.  Thank You Jesus.
 
So, let's press on FCN Family, like the lily, as a sign of our holy God, who is the giver of life and renewal. Let's go into this Easter season to celebrate and live in the victory of our God who provides and sustains life through our words, thoughts, actions and deeds.  You were bought with a price and have been raised to new life in Christ.  This is your identity.  You need not be anxious about anything!
 
Blessings on ya,
PD

Revival with Stephen Manley & Brian Arner
   
Easter Sunday Schedule-April 16
 
 7:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m.
Celebration Service-This service will be held in the garden area behind the church.  Breakfast served afterward in the FCN Dining Room

Sunday Morning Worship Service

No Sunday School or scheduled evening activities.


Nazarene Missions International
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EASTER OFFERING FOR WORLD EVANGELISM
We will be taking our Easter Offering in April. Begin praying about what God would have you give to help spread the Gospel around the world. 
 
MISSION EASTER MEALS
We will be delivering meals on Easter Sunday around the city of Abilene. We have a goal to deliver at least 600 meals, and we need the help of our FCN family to get it done. We will need donations of food items or money to purchase food items, and we will need everyone to help deliver meals!!  Watch for more details!

WYBT1

It is hard to believe that we are a quarter of the way through 2017.  It is time to turn our attention to events of the summer.
 
The youth group will be having a garage sale the last of May/first part of June.  This is our final push to raise the rest of the needed funds for the One Heart Many Hands mission trip at General Assembly.  I am so looking forward to going with the youth that have signed up.  I want this to be an experience that they will remember for a long time.  I pray that they will have their hearts and minds open to what God wants to teach them.
 
I would also like to give you a little bit of a heads up.  We will be celebrating our one and only high school graduate Sunday, May 21, following the Sunday morning worship service. Derryck Peters will be graduating from Abilene High school at the end of May.  Please join us as we celebrate this accomplishment in his life.
 
Your Sister in Christ,
Sherry
 
WYBT1

Hello Everyone! 
 
Here is a look at what's coming up in the children's department:
 
Saturday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m., we will have a flash light egg hunt, along with a story and other activities.  We are need of candy donations. Please place candy in a box located in the children's wing.
 
Sunday, April 30, will hold our 3rd Annual Andy Pinewood Derby Race. This race is open to everyone.  We would like everyone to build new cars this year.  The cost for the kits is $5.  Kids do not pay for their kit. Please let me know as soon as possible if you need a kit.  A sign-up sheet is located on the table at the entrance  of the children's wing.  There will also be a potluck dinner after church before the race starts. 
 
We are working on another black light skit to perform on Sunday, May 21, during the service.  I will have practice schedules closer to May for everyone.  Our Caravan ceremony will also be during the service as well.  And of course, followed by a potluck dinner. 
 
I'm currently working on a summer schedule for Wednesday nights.  I also plan to take our kids on a field trip to a water park this summer, probably Castaway Cove in Wichita Falls.  I'm hoping to do a one day VBS this summer, too.  I'm open to suggestions. Thanks again to all who help in any way they can to keep our children's department going. 
 
Blessings,
Carrie Turnbow 
 
FCN Book Club

The next FCN Book Club meeting is on Monday, April 3, 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 "Book of Days" by James Rubart.  We will discuss this book and choose our next read at that meeting.  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, April 1, 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.  

   

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"

 

April Calendar

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

 

Birthdays 

  1  Richard O'Neal

  3  Carla Aston
      Willa Brooks
      Ganpat Ganesh

  5  Landon Hehn
      Sue Peters

  6  Ben McAnally

  7  Charlene Wooldridge

12  Christopher Brooks
      Neal King

14  Bessie Wilson

16  Malisa Creager

17  Brittany Burks
      Nicholas Hassel

22  Jazer Bullock
      O.W. Wilson

29  Carol Hehn
Anniversaries
 
13  Dwight & Carla Aston

24  Thomas & Sue Peters




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