It's that time of year when the hot summer days start cooling off and the kids head back to school. Life has an opportunity to settle down a little bit in time for all the fall activities to kick into gear. I thought I would share a few of the many things going on here at the church that you might be interested in.
#1 End of Summer Picnic-- Every year we celebrate the end of summer as a church family by having a picnic at Triangle Park along the reservoir. It starts at 1pm with a great potluck. The church provides chicken and drinks. We need you to bring a main dish or side/salad and a dessert. Then we'll hang out by relaxing in the shade together and playing any yard games you might want to bring.
#2 Small Groups-- We have lots of opportunities to connect with each other, and one of our favorites are our small groups. If you want to look over the list to see topics and times, click on www.emmettnaz.org and then click on groups. Request to join from there.
#3 Men's Steak Night-- This is one of the favorites for the guys... obviously! This is simply a gathering of the men of all ages (kids can come with their dads!) to enjoy great fellowship and great steak... all by donation! The first one is Tuesday, September 18th, at 7pm. I heard they have some great plans this year to make it even better- including some door prizes! This is a good one to invite your friends!!
#4 Family Fan Nights- One last one I will mention. This is an opportunity to have some great fellowship while you are supporting one of our teens. Each week we pick a different sports activity and all plan to show up there. Look for the list in the Upcoming Events and then come have a great time!
We are starting a new series this Sunday that has been on my heart for a while. It reaches to the foundations of how we see life and God. There seems to be some thought processes that are not helpful in navigating the ups and downs of life. The first one we will look at is Christian Karma... this idea that says if we are good enough, we can expect God to send good things our way... and of course the opposite is true as well. Why is this harmful? What may be a better way to see things? Come and join us as we worship God as God! Tomorrow at 10:30am.
Can you believe we are entering into November?! Yes! November! We just finished two busy months celebrating all that God has done for us over the last 100 years. So many people were involved in getting everything ready and it was amazing! You all did an incredible job! And God showed up, didn’t He?! What an unbelievable finale service. We have so much to be thankful for.
Now as we turn our attention back to the future (nice pun, yes?), I can’t think of a more important thing to do than to be part of our Spirit Week starting this Sunday.
Why Spirit Week? Well, to be honest with you, we have not scheduled Spirit Week because everyone is bored and needs one more thing to do. We actually schedule Spirit Week knowing you are busy and it will take a major effort to engage in it. The busyness is why we need it.
As I shared with you last year, throughout the last two thousand years, Christians have been practicing retreat. It is a time when we get away from our regular routine and focus our attention on God. We get away from the busyness, and quiet our hearts and listen to what God wants from us. Spirit Week is our opportunity to experience the practice of retreat…to spend focused time in His presence. We need these times in our walk with the Lord.
We have things planned for all ages. During the evening sessions, the teens and adults (5th grade and up), will meet in Big City. Cliff Purcell will lead us through some great teaching to help draw us nearer to Jesus. Our emphasis this year is the Holy Spirit. May He set a fire in our hearts!
Kids ages 5 through 4th grade will meet with a team led by Pam Lidik. She has planned an experience your kids will not want to miss. For those who are four years old and under, we will be providing childcare. Everyone is covered. It all starts at 6:30pm and should be done by 8 each night.
God has great plans for us. I encourage you to begin preparing your heart and clearing your schedule. He wants to spend time with you and your family. Invite a friend. Make the effort to be here. Let’s experience all that God has for us!
Our Centennial Weekend is here! Everyone is welcome! Today festivities start at 2pm. The church buildings will be open to view... and check out our history walls and tons of pictures in the sanctuary building. There will be a BBQ and children's games from 2 to 5 in the North Building... free for all... and it will be inside out of the rain! A bon fire starts tonight at 5pm.
Tomorrow the doors open at 9am. Prelude music played by Becky Nelson begins at 9:45am. The Centennial Worship Celebration will start at 10am. We would love it if you could join us for a potluck afterwards. (Potluck info: If your last name starts with A-K: bring a main dish & salad, L-Z: Main dish and dessert. If you are from out of town... just join us!).
Come and celebrate with us all that God has done over the years... but also is doing and will do in our future!
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!
The Guest House