E-News - January 2019
   I like a good challenge, don’t you? Challenges get our minds working, our hearts pumping, and the adrenaline flowing. As we start the new year, I want to give you a challenge. In 2019, let’s start a new day at National Heights. We have a great heritage of ministry at this church; let’s finish the first decade of the 21st century by taking bold steps forward for the kingdom of God. Let me challenge you with a simple question: What’s your one?

I challenge every ministry and every member at National Heights to think of at least one new way you can serve Christ in 2019. Maybe it is a new ministry your Sunday School class is waiting to undertake. Maybe it’s a neighbor you’ve been waiting to invite to NHBC. Maybe it’s a co-worker God has placed on your heart, and you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to share your faith.

Wait no more. Make 2019 the year of a new day at National Heights. I challenge every Sunday School class, every mission group, every ministry organization, and every member to commit to doing at least one new thing for Christ in the coming year. As we move into our newly remodeled facility in these next months, let it be an incentive for all of us to do something new for the Savior.

So, are you up to the challenge? I think you are! What’s your one? I can’t with to see how God is going to do something new through you! ~Vaughn Weatherford
BLANKET COLLECTION FOR GRAND OAK MISSION
 Think how COLD you would be if you did not have adequate quilts or blankets. COLD!!!  Women on Mission will be sponsoring a blanket collection for Grand Oak Mission Center during the entire month of January. Blankets are in great demand during the winter season. The mission is especially in need of full and queen size blankets.  The blankets may be of any size and may be new or “gently used.”  PLEASE PLACE IN THE TUBS AT THE CHURCH ENTRANCES BEGINNING SUNDAY, JANUARY 6. Thank you so much!
LISA HARPER VISITS WOM VIA VIDEO            
  On Tuesday, January 8, Women on Mission will have an unusual opportunity as they gather in fellowship hall. Lisa Harper, will be sharing, via video presentation, her personal testimony of “Walking by Faith” at about 10:45. Lisa is a hilarious storyteller and theological scholar. She is a popular speaker and author of numerous bible studies. It’s been said she combines sound scriptural exposition with relatable anecdotes and comedic wit that connects the dots between the bible era and our life today. Join us for a inspiring and challenging unwrapping of God’s Word! Becky Bennett, as one of our program leaders, will be in charge as we gather for our first meeting of 2019. What a wonderful beginning for a new year…emphasizing the “Unshakeable Connection” between our Lord and ourselves through our personal faith in Christ Jesus. Come join us for this video presentation. 
 The morning’s activities begin at 9:30 with the business session led by Presidents Judy Divine and Doris Whitcher. Reports will be given and evaluations will be shared regarding the recent Christmas outreach/ministering activities as well as discussing upcoming ministries.
  A coffee/snacks/share time will be from about 10:15 until 10:45. Hostesses for January 8 are Mary McLemore and Doris Whitcher. Everyone is welcome to attend and encouraged to do so. 
Stepping Out Testimonies
Many of our membership are “stepping out” into the community. This focus each month will allow you to hear from them, know how you can pray for that outreach and perhaps be inspired to join in as well.
Those of us who are privileged to stock the Blessing Box get a blessing in return. When the idea was brought up, I thought it would be worth a try—to make available food items and paper products, and even some warm gloves and scarves in the cold months. The results? Folks in need of what we provide have left heartwarming notes in the prayer journal provided. Some come along as I am putting the items in the box, and I have been able to offer them what they need then and there! Gratifying       I am the one being blessed by helping others. My mom always said that we are here to help others. If she were here, she would be taking her turn to fill the Blessing Box.  ~Molly Faulkner

January Door Greeters
Bruce & Eva McNeely
Ron & Darlene Gideon
Gary & Millie Dollins
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
All men of National Heights are invited to a prayer breakfast on January 7 @ 6:30 am at Ziggy’s on North Glenstone. Join us for a time of prayer before you start your day. 
Welcome...
...to Jim Kirby
Jim joined our church family by moving his church letter. He is a member of the
Adult 2 Bible Study Class. 
Newsletter deadline
January 21 is the deadline to have articles in for the February newsletter.
Email articles to:
nhbc@nationalheights.org
Prime Timers
Prime Timers
    Prime Timers will start the 2019 year out on January 17 at 11 am, if the weather permits. As always if the Springfield schools are cancelled because of bad weather, we will cancel Prime Timers also, then try to have our meeting and program in February. We will meet in the fellowship hall and have a short business meeting. I plan on having a Variety program with some of our own talented members. Following the program we will have a carry-in lunch. Everyone is welcome and asked to bring a dish of your own choosing. We will start eating about 12 noon. Remember to bring food staples and paper goods for Grand Oak Missions. Try to find time to call or send a card to all that are not able to come to church and our meetings. Our hostesses for January are: Belle Bass and Lynda Rose.  ~ Carl Rose
WOMEN ON MISSION SCHEDULE WORK DAY
   On Tuesday, January 22, at 9:30 a.m. WOM will have a work day in fellowship hall. The morning will be spent working on quilts and making salvation bracelets.  All women of the church are invited. Darlene Gideon is in charge of the tacking of quilts for Grand Oak Mission Center. Our church is one of a few churches in Greene County Baptist Association that still make quilts for Grand Oak. The leaders there always express the great need and appreciation for the quilts. (Our WOM is always in need of quilt tops that are ready to be tacked. (They do need to be bed sizes: twin, full or queen.) The group takes these tops and tacks them and finishes the edges as gifts to Grand Oak Mission. If you have one to donate or would be interested in making one, please contact Darlene. Each year our group makes about 15 large quilts and 75 baby/children’s quilts for the Center. Mary McLemore is in charge of baby quilts.
  Also on January 22 some of the women will be working on making salvation bracelets under the direction of Doris Whitcher. These are used by mission teams from Greene County Baptist Association that go to Mexico and other countries during the summer season. Last year our church made over 5,000 bracelets, with the help of the youth and some extra ordinary efforts. All were used this past summer. Our own Robb Chandler gave away a number of them. They are a real entre’ to both children and adults in the process of “getting acquainted” and preparing new individuals for the sharing of the gospel.
  A coffee/snacks/share time will be under the direction of hostesses Delores Thompson and Monna Elliot. Come and enjoy the fun and the work on January 22! You’ll be glad you came.
Care & Share
Care and Share Ministry
   Care and Share will gather on Thursday, January 31, at Golden Corral North for an informal lunch at 11:15. This is a time of sharing and praying together that is enjoyed by all. Widows of the church and community are invited and encouraged to attend. If you have questions, contact Mildred Burns or Phyllis Sanford.
Being “Active” at NHBC
NHBC has two very active Life Groups. Everyone is invited to come join in the fun and get some exercise at the same time.
Stretching with Scripture meets on Mondays @ 5:30 pm. We will be stretching to Christian music which will include scripture & prayer during class.
Pickleball meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. All ages are encouraged to play!
Check this month’s calendar for the current schedule.

Dear National Heights family,
Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers and all the kind words as I leave my position in the church office. I truly feel blessed by my time serving my church family. ~Judy Foley

Thank you for your gracious Christmas love offering for the staff. Thank you for blessing us and we look forward to serving Christ with you in the New Year! 
~Blessings, Your NHBC Staff

We express to our church family our deep thankfulness and appreciation for your help. Many people, including lots of children and youth, have been blessed by the various ministries of our church during this special Christmas holiday season. We especially thank the church family for providing the canned/packaged groceries and the funds that were given for this purpose. This year we provided for 20 families. And we thank each individual who helped in any way… to purchase, deliver, sort, assemble and distribute these baskets. Depending on the family size, each family received from 4 to 8 large sacks of groceries, for which they were appreciative!
~Women on Mission

Notes from the Blessing Boxes:
Please pray for several families.
--Please bless all homeless.
--Please for me to help me get off drugs and help me and my dog get better and a home. Thank you and God.
--Please pray I come up with enough money for my rent.
--There have been so many times I had nothing, not even a can of peas. You folks have helped us through. 
Souper Bowl

Sunday, February 3
Bring canned goods for the
Grand Oak Mission Center.