Grace Weekly | July 11, 2012
Scripture for the day: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!… Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:10-112
Grace Received: Last Sunday in the 11:00 service several teenagers responded to Jesus’s invitation to be King of their lives. One of those young men was wrestling with giving God His rightful place, desiring that to happen but unsure of what it needed to look like in his life. I’m glad that we don’t have to have it all figured out to offer God an obedient response when we hear Him speaking. In His great grace God does speak – and these young people modeled a sensitive responsiveness to God that I want to characterize my own walk with Him. God is at work in the lives of young and old at Grace and I’m happy to be a part of that. I pray that all of our responses to God’s gracious voice and His call to live holy lives are as immediate and obedient as what we saw Sunday.
The COTN entered 2 more countries last year bringing the total of world areas where the COTN is present to 159.
17 new members per hour
168 baptized per day
28 new churches per week
The COTN is in China – their government said we have 240,000 members in 1 province (China’s #’s not included in any of the above statistics). Dr. Middendorf recently ordained 6 people in a neighboring country who had come there for the assembly and are back in China doing ministry today.
We now have 79 churches in Cuba, 31 missions, and 421 preaching points. Dr. Middendorf met with the #2 person in government there who told him, “We like you Nazarenes. We don’t understand you, but we trust you. You care about our communities and you serve. You have permission to remodel every church you have here. Feel free to tell people wherever you go that the COTN is in Cuba. We know that you are showing the Jesus Film. If you need some places to show it indoors, you can use our government buildings.”
13 Work and Witness teams are scheduled to take trips to Cuba. One of those teams will be from the TN district and will be going for 2 weeks in February 2013. Will construct a church with funds given for in memorial of Dr. Leonard’s father.
VBS JULY 23-27 IF YOU HAVEN’T SIGNED UP TO SERVE, YOU CAN DO SO THIS SUNDAY
For Single Parents and Step Parents
Author, Tammy Daughtry, MMFT, will be speaking on her new book, “Co-Parenting Works! Helping Your Children Thrive After Divorce.” This seminar is designed to give insight to divorced parents who are raising children between two homes, both in single parent families and in step parent families. Learn strategies for co-parent communication, planning for holidays, helping your children cope with divorce and much more! Counselors, teachers, grandparents and leaders all welcome. For more information: www.CoparentingInternational.
RSVP by July 25th to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, July 28th
9:30am – 12:30pm
Clarksville Area YMCA
260 Hillcrest Drive Clarksville, TN 37043
Childcare is provided
*This is event is open to the entire community – both members and non-members of the YMCA.–