Tomorrow, September 10th, we continue sharing the story of the Emmett Nazarene church family. We will be looking at the years 1943 to roughly 1967. Join us at 10:30am for a glimpse back into history. This will also be our last Family Sunday of the summer... which includes the finale of Star Trek! We will be having a big picnic at Triangle Park afterwards. Plan to attend! We would love to have you.
Join church family Thursday, September 7, for an Emmett High School Volleyball Game at Emmett High School at 6pm. Emily Kominek from our church will be playing. Let's go support Emily!
Last Sunday we had an opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the Emmett Nazarene Church Family. It was interesting to think about all the sacrifice it took just to bring this family together and build a place to meet. Why would they make such a large sacrifice just to start a church family?
The truth is that having relationship with each other is in our DNA. Read the Bible from front to back and you just can't create a recipe for living the life that God has created for us without making relationships with each other an important piece.
One of the many examples we looked at last Sunday was the Creation story. If you remember the story from Genesis, God created many different things and declared them good. But then, unexpectedly, He said that something was not good. In Genesis 2:18, God said that it was not good for man to be alone. But was Adam really alone? No! Who was with him? He had God... who walked and talked with him in the Garden.
Think about it. Here was the first human enjoying a perfect relationship with his Creator, yet even then God said something was not good! And it has to be because Adam was designed to be in relationship with other humans as well as with God. Yes this passage was about marriage... but not just about marriage. God does not require all of us to be married… but relationship is in our DNA.
So as we continue to reflect on our founding story, let's remember what they knew well, that relationship with a local church family is important. And not just visiting once a week, although this is a good place to start. We need to build friendships with each other so that we can walk alongside each other in the journey... praying for and encouraging each other. How can you take a step in this direction this week?
Below is the story from the first 25 years:
Family Fan Night is when we come together to support a sporting event that features one of the kids or teens from our church. This week our fan night is Emmett High School Varsity Football game against Boise High this Friday, September 1st. The game starts at 7pm. Plan to be there a few minutes early and look around to find the rest of the church family that is there to cheer on our team! Players to watch from our church: #57 Colby Yates, #86 Kaleb Muffley, and Bonnie's grandson #27 DJ Crump. Come have some fun cheering on our kids!
NNU Sunday on October 18th!
This Sunday is NNU Sunday! Northwest Nazarene University is located in Nampa, Idaho. We regularly give to NNU as an investor in our leaders of today and tomorrow. The NNU Northwesterners 16 voice choir will lead us in worship (although you will still have to put up with Pastor Brian's preaching :)). Wear your red and black to make them feel welcome. There will also be a potluck afterwards. Please bring two dishes to share. One thing you may not know is that we participate in a scholarship program with NNU. Students who attend our church receive a $2800 scholarship to NNU!
Emmett Football takes on fruitland on friday
This Friday, the Emmett Huskies will be taking on their rivals, the Fruitland Grizzlies. As expected, the game will decide who will be the champions of our conference. The game will be in Fruitland at 7pm. It would be great to have a good turnout to help cheer on our team!
On an update from yesterday, the Emmett boys soccer team lost to Weiser in the District Championship. They play Payette tonight at 5pm in Payette to earn a spot to play for the play-in game for state. If they beat Payette, they will be playing in Lewiston on Saturday.
Baby shower & Teen activity on Saturday
This Saturday we have a couple activities happening at the church. First, we have a baby shower for Mandy and Finnian Hopwood. The shower will take place in Aubrey Hall at 3pm.
Second, the teens will be having their Romans 12 Steak Dinner on Saturday beginning at 5pm. For those teens who have memorized Romans 12, they will be enjoying steaks. For those who didn't quite get 'er done, you will have an opportunity to munch on hot dogs. It is not too late! Start memorizing! No matter how you slice it, this will be a fun event for all the teens.
I have an announcement to make: “Summer is over!” Summer can be a very hectic season for our lives. If you are like me, getting back into the routine can be nice. As we get back into that routine, I want to offer you a couple opportunities.
First off, we have some new small groups starting. These small groups are topical and have a beginning and ending point, usually over 8 to 10 weeks. We have lots of existing groups as well. They are a great way to get to know other people in the church, which is so important for the health of our body and us as individuals. Check out your options and sign up on our website: www.emmettnaz.org. The groups start next week so sign up today!
Second, you have probably heard about an exciting new addition to our children’s ministry called Big City Studio. This is the theme for our Sunday morning elementary program (9:30am to 12noon). Through your donations, we have re-formatted the gym into a pretty cool set. The kids are having a great time and learning about God at the same time. We are looking for your help with three things: prayer for our kids, volunteers to serve on a rotation basis, and more kids. If you have neighbor kids who need a ride, we do have a van ministry that can help. Help us make a difference in the life of a kid!
Last but not least, the church board has been working on something that is very exciting… actually two things… but allow me to focus on one for now. We have begun a project that with your help will have a huge impact on our community. Please plan to be here on the morning of Sunday, September 28th. We will be sharing what this project is all about. If you have to miss, please let us know so that we can catch you up. God is so good!
I am so excited to be part of all that God is doing in our “valley of plenty”. Thank you for your investment in His Kingdom. Keep up the great work as we grow in the Lord together.
What a great day yesterday with our guests Hal & Debbi Perkins! If you missed it, last night Hal challenged us to approach prayer the way Jesus did. What a simple yet very profound teaching! Lord help us!
Pray that God would continue to work in our lives during this time with them. This morning at we will be "practicing" the presence of Jesus. Tonight at will be another great teaching time. Come join us.
Every month Pastor Brian takes a student for pizza.
Last month's winner.
John 1:14 in the Message says… "The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood."
God moved into our neighborhood! Jesus lives as one of us, loves as one of us, even likes us while He is one of us. Now as you probably know, there are four words in the Greek language that we translate into the English word love. We in the church make a big deal about the agape love, the unconditional love of God. But the other words are just as important.
Think about this for a moment. Which is the harder statement, for me to say, “I love you” or to say, “I like you”? I could argue that liking someone is way harder than loving. I could definitely love you but not like you.
When the Pharisees were ticked off at Jesus in Matthew 11:19... when they call him a friend of tax collectors and sinners... they are not accusing Jesus of loving them. They are accusing him of liking them. The Greek word used is philos which is a form of phileo. That was the problem they had with Jesus.
Now obviously Jesus’ mission involved agape or unconditional love. But for Jesus, agape went hand in hand with philos. And for the Pharisees, liking sinners couldn’t be tolerated. They were accusing Jesus of being their friend. That was the problem.
Do you believe that God not only loves you but he also likes you? As good as it is to know that God is for us and with us, it amazes us that God is one of us… and that he likes us. When people discover this truth, they are usually no longer sad to be in his presence.
Jesus, by putting on flesh, by coming to and living in our neighborhood... becoming one of us, by dying for us and paying the price for our sin… by liking us… He removes the barrier between us and God and gives us the opportunity to enter into a right relationship with Him… not one of fear but of love! Amazing news!
And this good news is what often compels people, us, to invite Jesus into our lives, to be our King. That kind of God is the one we want to be our King. And Jesus leaves us His Spirit who changes our heart, passing into us the DNA of Jesus into our lives. It’s his presence in our lives that empowers us to live as Jesus here on earth… to be His light in this otherwise dark world. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, On Earth as it is in Heaven.
This was the mission that God the Father gave Jesus the Son, to GO, move into the neighborhood, and make disciples, followers of him, of all nations, all people, baptizing them, having them die to their old selfish dark ways and come to life in a new loved-filled light-filled way, teaching them to obey everything He has commanded them to do.
Hold it! That is our commission, that Jesus gave us in Matthew 28. Could it be possible that Jesus is handing to us, the body of Christ, the same mission that God the Father gave Him? To move into the neighborhood, as dark as it might seem, and love AND like those we meet, to be for them and with them and become one of them, so that they too might be followers of Christ… disciples who make disciples!
(an excerpt from Pastor Brian's message last Sunday)