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Our Mission: "Multiplying Leaders, Ministries and Healthy Churches"
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WELCOME TO THE CHURCH - PART ONE
Jesus "went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene."  (Matthew 2:23)
 
If you are new to our church like thousands are throughout the world, you may be thinking to yourself, "What is a Nazarene?" We call ourselves the Church of  the Nazarene  because we follow Jesus the Nazarene who is the Head of our Church (Ephesians 4:15-16).

Even if people are not followers of Jesus, most people today acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the greatest leader who ever lived. His coming to earth cuts our calendar in two. Every time we think about what year it is, we are reminded of how many years it has been since the son of God entered the bloodstream of humanity. God became a person (John 1:1-14), he was born into the world over 2,000 years ago and after living a few short years in Egypt (Matthew 2:19-22), Jesus and his family moved to a town called Nazareth.

Jesus lived for 30 years in Nazareth before he began a three-year teaching and preaching ministry (Luke 3:23). It is a historical fact that he was crucified on a Roman cross, buried in a borrowed tomb and three days later, Jesus rose from the dead and today He is very much alive!

This is the biblical foundation of the Church of "the Nazarene." Our foundation as a Church is built, not just on a theology or a history, but on a Person. In the Church of the Nazarene, we are not just a denomination with great beliefs and tremendous associations. Our allegiance is not just to a human organization. We follow a Person who is alive, the resurrected Jesus. Every time you hear the words Church of the Nazarene, we hope you will first think about us as the Church of  the Nazarene , led by Jesus! Our mission is to follow Him, making Christ-like disciples in every nation of the world.  

Our church name has both biblical and historical roots. There are four times in the New Testament we find a reference to the Nazarenes. In the Bible, before the followers of Jesus were called Christians, they were referred to as "Nazarenes."  Here are the four references. First, prophets called Jesus a Nazarene. Jesus "went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene" (Matthew 2:23).    

Secondly, the apostle Paul was a leader of "Nazarene" churches. When Paul was in Caesarea and brought before Governor Felix, "some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus brought charges against Paul before the governor" (Acts 24:1). Their accusation was, "We have found this man to be a troublemaker...and a ringleader of the Nazarene" movement (Acts 24:5). 

Thirdly, the night that Jesus was disowned by Peter, "one of the servant girls of the high priest came by" (Mark 14:66). She looked closely at Peter standing by the fire and said, "You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus" (Mark 14:67).    

Lastly, on the morning of the greatest event in human history, at the empty tomb it was an angel from heaven who said to the women, "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene? He is not here. He is risen!" (Mark 16:6) The movement of God through the people of God is not centered in just an organization but in a person -  Jesus the Nazarene!   
 
The Church of the Nazarene today is part of the long history of the Church over the past 2,000 years. We identify with the historic church in preaching the Word, administering the sacraments and calling people to live holy lives in full devotion to God. In 18th century England, through the preaching of John and Charles Wesley, tens of thousands of people turned from sin and were empowered for Christian service. (footnote, Nazarene Essentials, p 7)
 
John Wesley's teaching from the Bible included a call for Christians to not only accept Jesus as their Savior, but also to yield their lives fully to Him, what Wesley called "entire sanctification." Another way to describe this is to be totally committed in your life to the agenda of Jesus, not your own agenda. The apostle Paul explains it as God promising to "sanctify us through and through" until our whole spirit, soul and body is filled with the Holy Spirit and our agenda becomes the agenda of Jesus.  (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). Entire sanctification to "the whole will of God" (Acts 20:27) is the distinctive teaching of our church.  
 
Thank you for your prayers as I write this summer. Pray that this will continue to be a fruitful time. The above paragraphs are part of the introduction to "MultiplyNaz - Fueling the Nazarene Movement with Love." Your prayer support means the world to me. Thanks for being Christ in Action. Great days ahead - you are loved.





Dr. Larry McKain, Superintendent
Chicago Central District
Church of the Nazarene

POVERTY SIMULATION

Poverty is difficult to understand unless you have experienced it. Join us for a Poverty Simulation (developed by KC Community Action) that bridges the gap using an interactive immersion experience. Come increase your sensitivity to the realities of poverty.

Everyone is invited and there is no charge. You can bring your children and they will be incorporated into the experience. 

Monday 10 June 6:00 - 8:30 PM at Manteno Church of the Nazarene. RSVP by emailing dlanderson@olivet.edu or texting 815-370-4318 before Monday at 3PM.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Olivet Nazarene University and GatheringPoint are once again co-hosting a premier live telecast site for the 2019 Global Leadership Summit, August 8 and 9. Among this year's featured presenters are best-selling author and Summit favorite, Patrick Lenconi; Bear Grylls, adventurer, writer and TV host; and Liz Bohannon, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sseko Designs. 

Through Olivet's special discount, attendance at the Summit is available for $89 per person through June 25. Please contact the district ministry center at office@ccdnaz.church for more information.

FREE COURSE

Nazarene Bible College is offering a free course to everyone who receives a local license from their church board! This offer is valid for anyone who has a local or district license, has never received a free course from NBC and is not currently an NBC student. 

You can find more information about how to take advantage of this offer here. NBC is pleased to be able to collaborate with districts to prepare adults to evangelize, disciple and minister to the world! 
DISTRICT MINISTRY CENTER CLOSED

The District Ministry Center will be closed from June 10-21. If you have any needs during that time, please email  office@ccdnaz.church  and messages will be checked periodically. The next issue of the weekly newsletter will be on June 28.  
THEOLOGICAL LEADERSHIP C ONFERENCE

The Olivet Nazarene University Theological Leadership Conference  features a keynote speaker and time devoted to special presentations, breakout discussion groups and conversation. This year's event is September 5-7 and features  speaker  N.T. Wright. The theme is Presence and Promise: The Challenge of the Temple. 

Early bird registration is $79 through June 30. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at this link

KIDS CAMP REGISTRATION

The registration deadline is approaching for CCD's Kids Camp! Kids in 1st - 6th grades are eligible to attend camp from July 11 - 14 at Olivet. Campers will enjoy action packed chapels, games, swimming, rock climbing and more! 

Registration and more information is available at the district website. The early registration deadline is June 17, but don't wait - register today! 


UPCOMING DATES

Mark your calendar!
  • Saturday, June 8 | Regional Children's Bible Quiz, ONU
  • June 17 - 21 | High School Camp, Indian Lake Nazarene Camp
  • June 24 - 28 | Middle School Camp, Indian Lake Nazarene Camp
  • July 11 - 14 | Kids Camp, ONU
  • July 20 - 25 | Everyone Cares Camp, Dickson Valley Campground
  • October 11 - 13 | Preteen Mission Trip 
  • Saturday, November 2 | Cultivate at Kankakee First
  • Saturday, November 16 | Children's Bible Quiz, Location TBA
  • Saturday, January 4, 2020 | South/Southwest Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 | North/Northwest Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 | Central Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020 | Southern Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Chicago Mission Area Leader Breakfast 
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Manteno
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Kankakee First
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 | NMI Convention
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Kankakee Westbrook 
  • April 17 - 18, 2020 | District Assembly
PRAYER REQUESTS AND CELEBRATIONS


Please continue to pray for Robyn Luttrell, especially for guidance in treatment for ongoing seizures.

We would love to hear any prayer requests or celebrations from our district pastors to include in our weekly communications. Please email us so we can lift each other up!
UPCOMING LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY EVENTS
   
June
 
 
July
 
 
August
 
 
September
Mon, Sept 9 - Joliet Crystal Lawns   6:30 - 8:15 pm
Sun., Sept. 15 - Oak Lawn First - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
 
 
October
 
 
 
November
Sun., Nov. 3 - Oak Lawn First  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Mon, Nov 11 - Joliet Crystal Lawns   6:30 - 8:15 pm
 
 
December


Please send us dates for your upcoming 2019 Leadership Community gatherings - we would like to promote those in our newsletter! 


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