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 Abilene First Church of the Nazarene                                 August 2017 
From Pastor Dave
    
Do you get tired? Discouraged? Bummed out? Who doesn't?
All Christians do sometimes. My childhood pastor always gave us the following scripture as a benediction
 
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord". - 1 Corinthians 15:58
 
 
My beloved brethren . The Apostle Paul addresses us as family-- brothers and sisters. Christians are part of a family that cares deeply for one another. The church is the living example of that caring love. And though we sometimes feel alone, we belong to the family of God.
 
Be ye steadfast , that is, don't always be moving around. "Be steadfast" means "be stable," "be firm." The Greek word alludes to sitting in a chair rather than pacing around--"fixed."  Unmovable , means "not to be moved from its place." Perhaps people have called you "stubborn." Now you can be stubbornly opposed to God's will. That's bad. But you can be stubbornly devoted to God, so that circumstances and people don't distract you from Him. That's good. Call it persistent, call it faithful.
 
Always abounding in the work of the Lord. The word translated "abounding" is defined as "exceeding a fixed number or measure," "over-and- above." Some people do what is expected. Others, out of love, go far beyond that. Their lives pour out and overflow. "Doing what?" you ask.
 
The work of the Lord , is the answer. Work? "Not a good word," you say. "I work five or six days a week. When I get home I just want to rest." That's understandable. 
 
Do you have any slackers at work? You know, people who only do the minimum, and only that if the boss is looking over their shoulder. And who takes up the slack? You or someone else.  God's work is the same way. Just a few of the ways we do His work, build His kingdom here on earth, is to teach our children about Jesus at home and at Sunday school. We serve as an usher or teacher on Sundays. We encourage those believers who are down. We make a meal for a family when someone is sick. A church is a caring body. But when loafers don't pull their part of the load, it falls on others to do.
FCN Family, this is a word for you: be " always abounding in the work of the Lord ." Always. Above and Beyond.
 
Knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord Some people hate washing dishes because more dirty dishes magically appear overnight. Sweeping and vacuuming are the same way. Things never stay clean. Someone is always tracking dirt on your carpet. Is there no end? You get discouraged. It's only when you consider the alternatives that you get out your Hoover vacuum cleaner and sweep it all over again.
 
Your wife may not keep track of how often you change the spark plugs. Your husband has no idea of how often you dust. But God keeps track of our faithfulness in His work. He sees us serving Him when no one else sees. And seeing us hanging in there brings joy to his heart. Our Christian service is not done in vain for three reasons:
 
1.  Christ's kingdom is built on your service, stone upon stone, act of kindness upon teaching        the kids, serving refreshments upon spending time with a grief-stricken believer.
2.  Seeing your faithful service brings joy to God's heart.
3.  God will reward you for your faithfulness, even when no one else sees. His ledger book            gets fresh notations every time you serve Him. In a word, your labor is not in vain in the            Lord.
 
I get discouraged and so do you. But God keeps bringing us back to this verse to buck us up and help us to see the importance of faithful service. Don't give up. Your labor in Christ is not in vain.
FCN Family, you are all precious in the sight of God and most definitely precious in the sight of your pastor. Church Family, I love partnering with all y'all as we help build God's Kingdom together. Stay Blessed \o/
 
Lifting you and Loving you,
PD

Adopt-A-Light Program
FCN is in dire need of replacing our stage and sanctuary lighting.  The fixtures are obsolete and cannot be repaired.  We need your help!  In order to not incur debt, the Church Board is introducing the "Adopt-A-Light" program.  The cost to replace all stage and sanctuary lighting is $21,130.15...this includes labor costs.  This factors out to be approximately $275 per light.  If 76 people adopt a light, we would have most of the needed funds for this project.  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 or Pastor Dave.

Baby Shower for Jennifer & Brody Ratto



On Sunday, August 13, we will have a Baby Shower for Jennifer & Brody Ratto after the Morning Worship Service.  This will be also be a potluck dinner.  (Cake will be provided, so please bring main & side dishes.)  Jennifer and Brody are registered at Walmart and Amazon.com.  Join us as we celebrate the upcoming arrival of their baby girl!
 


Nazarene Missions International
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MONTHLY EMPHASIS
 
 
We have two Missionary families as our LINKS Missionaries this year. The Carney family, Missionaries in Paraguay; and Jim and Kaye Williams, retired Missionaries.  We will be sharing more about them this month. 
 
 
CHILDREN'S MISSION OFFERING
 
We will continue helping the FCN children reach their goal for their Children's Mission Offering to help refugee and immigrant children from poverty stricken and war torn countries around the world. We will find out if the girls bring more offering or the boys, and the adults will help with the Mission Money  March on Sunday, August 5, and Sunday, August 12. Bring your money to support the children. If the boys win, Carrie Turnbow will get a pie in the face, and if the girls win, Pastor Dave will get the pie in his face!
 
Thank you for your support for Missions!

Children's Department

Hello everyone! 
 
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and school is just around the corner. With fall on it's way, the children's schedule will change up from last year. 
 
Here are the changes:
 
1.  Quizzing will be done during Sunday school
 2.  Children's Caravan will meet on Sunday nights 
 3.  Wednesday's are free for fun activities, I'm calling it Freestyle Wednesdays
 
I've given the change in activities a lot of thought and think this will be a positive change towards growth.
 
August is a busy month for the kids too. Here is  the schedule:
 
Wednesday, August 16 - Back to School Bash at Scarborough Park Splash Pad at 7:00 p.m. We will grill hot dogs as well.  If you would like to donate towards food, please let me know.
 
Saturday, August 26 - The kids and teens are going to Castaway Cove in Wichita Falls.  We would like to extend this trip to the congregation as well.  More details to follow...
 
Sunday, August 27 - Promotion Sunday.  Quizzing and Children's Caravan will start as well 
 
This summer has flown by but we have had fun making moon sand, shaving cream play dough, coffee cups cakes, slime and lots more.  Each activity had an object lesson to go along with it. The kids (&me) really have enjoyed Wednesday nights.  That's why I want to continue this throughout the year.
 
Thanks for supporting the kids and I look forward to what God has in store for the school year. 
 
--Carrie Turnbow

Will You Be The One (WYBT1) Youth

August is already here and the final preparations for going back to school are in place.  All the shopping for school supplies that goes and sits in a locker and hardly gets used...The ever present clothes and what is everybody else wearing, or shoes...And then if you have children or grandchildren in sports trying to make sure that they have all the necessary equipment and uniforms...and the list goes on and on.
 
Two years ago I started out joining a group of youth pastors from the Abilene and once a week we would meet at different schools and we would walk around the school praying for the students. But we also prayed for the teachers, and the parents, and the kitchen staff, and the staff that keep the school clean and the parents of the youth. We lifted up the kids being bullied and the kids doing the bullying.
 
Ephesians 6: 18 "praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints."
 
As you read this verse I am asking that we pray over our youth.  I have tagged the seniors (*) for the special reason that this is their last year in school, they are very quickly approaching adulthood, and the decisions they will be making are going to change:
                                                                                                                         
Hannah Cunningham*, Tanis Fall, Norman Hassel*, Nicholas Hassel*, Madison Hunt, Meagan Hunt, Jack Knowles, Ashton Seigman*, Benjamin Turnbow
 
 
Upcoming events include:

August - Annual Skin Cancer Awareness Day - more info to follow
September - Naz Nite at Six Flags
October - Bake sale and concession stand
 
Your Sister in Christ, Sherry

Prime Timers (Sr. Adult) Fellowship
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Prime Timers (Senior Adult Ministries) will meet on Thursday, August 17. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet King, located at 3366 John Knox Dr.  Join us!
 

Online Sunday Morning Services

 

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

 

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"First Church of the Nazarene on Livestream"


 

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August Calendar

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

 

Birthdays 

12  Nancy Tyler

15  Terry Butler
      Barbara Cunningham
      John Knowles
      Brian Lindquester
Anniversaries
 
  2  Jimmy & Renea Thomas

  7  Frank & Betty Camarillo

18  Kevin & Sherry Seigman



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