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 Abilene First Church of the Nazarene                                 November 2017 
From Pastor Dave

Please pray for our parsonage family while they are on sabbatical.
If you have a need or concern, please contact a member of the Church Board or the church office.  The FCN Board and ministry leaders have taken on ministry assignments during this time and are willing to help where needed.

Revival with Chad Seabright

Sunday, October 29
10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Monday & Tuesday, October 30-31
7:00 pm

Chad Seabright is a lover of Jesus Christ and a seasoned revivalist whose heart is to awaken the Church of America.
Chad enjoys a loving relationship with his parents, church and his beautiful wife- Brooke. They have a beautiful daughter-Allyson.
Chad grew up in the Nazarene church in Lambertville, Michigan.  He now lives in Aiken, South Carolina with his wife and daughter.
God has been revealing to Chad who he is and he feels God is calling him to preach to His church at large. Whenever Chad, his wife and daughter - Allyson are not on the road, they spend their Sundays at Midland Valley Church of the Nazarene in South Carolina. Chad in his free time enjoys playing softball, fishing, watching college football, and catching up on his favorite TV series with his wife.  

Sunflower Ladies Ministry

It's Coming!
4th Annual Craft Show & Ministries Fair
Saturday, October 28
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

A silent auction will be held with proceeds going to Sanctuary lighting.  Concessions will be available (breakfast & lunch) with proceeds benefiting the Youth Department. Bake sale proceeds will benefit the Sonflower Women's Ministry.  Over 45 vendors and non-profits will be in attendance.  

Start your Christmas shopping here! Crafts, jewelry, woodwork, quilts, baked goods, etc!  There will be something for EVERYONE!

Meek Blood Center will be accepting donations.  We need at least 15 people to sign up before October 28.  Sign-up sheet is at the Welcome Center.

We are also collecting non-perishable food for the Food Bank of West Central Texas. Donation boxes are in the vestibule.

Contact Julia Hehn for more information!

2017 Texas Roundup Live & Acoustic Concert
We have received word from the concert promoter that the Texas leg of the tour has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales in all four Texas venues.
Adopt-A-Light Program
Adopt-A-Light-Sanctuary Light Replacement- The cost to replace all stage and sanctuary lighting is $21,130.15.  This factors out to be approximately $275 per light.  Consider giving in memory of a loved one.  You can also give in increments if $275 is too much to give at one time.  Please seek the Lord as to what He would have you give.  Please mark your contribution as "Lighting" or "Adopt-A-Light".  For more information, please contact Robert Hehn.

Nazarene Missions International
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MONTHLY EMPHASIS-Thanksgiving Offering
Our monthly emphasis for November is our Thanksgiving Offering which goes to the World Evangelism Fund. The WEF is the backbone of Nazarene Missions. Please pray about what God would have you give. 
We will not have our Sunday Night Mission Fellowship in November or December, but I will be sharing Mission information in the Sunday morning services.
Thank you for your support for Missions. 
Gayla Hastings
NMI President

Children's Department

  Hello Everyone!
Children's Caravan will hold their first badge ceremony of the school year on Sunday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m.  Please come out and support our kids and see what badges they have worked hard to earn. We earned a few badges as whole this year on our camp to Lake Brownwood.  Please bring your favorite  finger foods to share.
Here is a look calendar for the rest of the school year:
                November 19  Caravan Badge Ceremony & Potluck
                December 17  Christmas Cantata
                December 20  Christmas Party 
                January 28   Chili Cook-Off & Gift Basket Auction
                February 17  Zone Competition 
                March 2-3      Kidz Fest in Lubbock
                April 22   Andy 500 Pinewood Derby Race
                May 20   
Caravan Badge Ceremony 

I pray everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving and thank you for supporting the kids. 
Carrie Turnbow
Children's Director

Pictures from our camp out at Lake Brownwood:

WYBT Youth

Welcome to my favorite time of the year. The days are a little cooler, most of the time, and the nights are definitely cooler. It is a time for families and friends to start gathering for the holidays. And let us not forget the baking and cooking. This is the time of the year I wish I could sit out on the porch and drink a cup of coffee and watch the sun rise before I have to start my day. It is a time to sit and reflect on the fact that another year is coming to an end and looking forward to what the New Year might hold in store for us.
Psalm 100: "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
I pray that even though we go through dark times that we give thanks to God for all He has done and given us His children.
This letter will come out before the Craft Fair, the Revival, and the second time of the youth delivering meals out to the community. Prayers for a glorious turn out at the Craft Fair, for hearts and minds to be open for the revival, and that the youth are able to reach out to whom God is wanting us to reach out.
-Pastor Sherry

FCN Book Club

The next FCN Book Club meeting is Monday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Mad Coffee & More, located at 8049 Hwy 83/84 (the corner of FM 707 & Hwy 83/84).  The group will be reading "The Hungarian" by Victoria Dougherty.  Electronic download available at  bookbub.com   at no cost (for a limited time).  Even if you don't like to read, come for the fellowship and the coffee!  

Prime Timers (Sr. Adult) Fellowship
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Prime Timers (Senior Adult Ministries) will meet on Thursday, November 16, at 11:30 a.m. for our Thanksgiving Meal.  We will have turkey & dressing and Arley Gipson will provide entertainment.  Please RSVP to Pat Bigham as soon as possible if you will be attending.

Thanksgiving Schedule

Monday-Friday, November 20-24
Church office closed
Wednesday, November 22
No evening activities
Sunday, November 26
No evening activities
Christmas Decorating Party

On Saturday, November 25, at 10:00 a.m. we will be decorating the church for Christmas!  Come out and enjoy friends and fellowship.  If you would like to chip in a few dollars for lunch, bring them that day and we will order pizza.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Holiday Dinner

On Sunday, December 3, we will celebrate the holidays with a Holiday Dinner after the Morning Worship Service.  The church will provide the ham and turkey. 
Please bring side dishes, salads and desserts.   Come enjoy food and fellowship!

Pastor Appreciation Day

Along with the Holiday Dinner on Sunday, December 3, we will also celebrate Pastor Appreciation Day.   We  will honor Pastor Dave and Pastor Sherry and their spouses.  Baskets will be available to receive cards, gift cards, etc. before the Sunday Morning Worship Service.  Let's show how much we appreciate our Pastors and their ministries!

Online Sunday Morning Services


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November Calendar

Are you missing out?   Check out events on the FCN Calendar.  See the events and times listed (they are even color coded)!
November Birthdays & Anniversaries



  5  Rosie Esparza

  9  Bill Billings

13  Ella Hehn

19  Madison Hunt
      Meagan Hunt

28  Isabella Levi

30  Beverly McAnally
No November Anniversaries  

From the Staff and Ministry Leaders of
Abilene First Church of the Nazarene