Notes of Praise

"Let everything that has breath PRAISE THE LORD!" (Psalm 150:6)

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Notes of Praise

"Let everything that has breath PRAISE THE LORD!" (Psalm 150:6)

March 2, 2016
  • Praise the Lord for an outstanding worship service Sunday morning.  Melissa Thompson's testimony was outstanding and anointed by the Holy Spirit.
  • Praise the Lord for our February attendance in Sunday School and Worship.  We had the best February monthly average in years.  This is due to two things:  1) The drawing power of the Holy Spirit. 2) The mild weather this month.  We have been blessed!
  • Praise the Lord for our Sunday evening worship.  When we made the decision almost a year ago to have two evening worship services and some specialty small groups (Financial Peace, Bible Quizzing, Grief Share, etc.), we didn't know what to expect.  The response has been exceptional!
  • Praise the Lord that Bob & Lucian Wilson were not seriously injured in a car accident.  Their car was demolished.  Both have been in Methodist Hospital recovering from their injuries.
  • Praise the Lord that Phil Fletcher was able to be in worship Sunday morning.  He is recovering from open heart surgery and doing great!
  • Praise the Lord that Rose Hoaglan is healing after her surgery and was able to be in worship last Sunday.

LET ALL GOD'S PEOPLE PRAISE THE LORD!

February 24, 2016
  • Praise the Lord for a weekend of Bible Quizzing.
    • Children's Bible Quizzing:  Red Level:  Marisa Barber, Bronze; Jonah Hanavan, Bronze.  Blue Level:  Zach Adkins, Gold All Star (no questions missed); Jared Barber, Gold with 1 perfect round; Yeshua Garcia, Silver; Madison Greene, Silver; Tyler Greene, Gold; Noah Hanavan, Gold.  Team with Zach, Yeshua & Tyler came in 2nd place.  Team with Jared, Madison & Noah came in 3rd place.
    • Teen Bible Quizzing:  Attended the Sterling, IL Tournament in the Experienced Division and placed 11th out of 20 teams.  For their first time in the Experienced Division this is an accomplishment!  The team had fun on their road trip and enjoyed quality time together.
  • Praise the Lord from Pastor Keith & Pastor Scott for an outstanding District Board of Ministry meeting on Saturday.  This board consists of Ordained Elders who interview candidates for ordination and grant new or renewal of District Ministers Licenses.  Two candidates were approved for ordination and thirty-five were granted new or renewed minister licenses.  This is the most important district board of the Church of the Nazarene.
  • Praise the Lord from Pastor Cheryl Beers.  Her District Ministers License was renewed.
  • Praise the Lord for Sunday services.  The Lord continues to bless us when we gather for worship and fellowship.
  • Praise the Lord from Brian & Cathy Bladen, Pastor Scott & Pastor Keith who attended an Olivet Nazarene University sponsored luncheon at the Colts Training Center.  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was the special guest and shared his personal and professional life journey.  But most important, he shared his personal testimony of his love for Jesus.  Outstanding!
  • Praise the Lord from James Dearing (Lindsey Church) who had a cyst removed from his back today.  All went well and he is home.

LET ALL GOD'S PEOPLE PRAISE THE LORD!

February 17, 2016
  • Praise the Lord for last Sunday.  It was a blessing as we focused on love and fellowship.  The children leading the Lord's Prayer was touching.  The prayers, special music, scripture reading, and preaching was outstanding!  Those who participated in the renewing of their marriage vows were deeply moved.
  • Praise the Lord for the Chili Cook-Off and fellowship luncheon.  About 130 people stayed for lunch and fellowship.  Nine people competed in the Chili Cook-Off contest.  Sandy McGee won 1st place, Dennis Gilman 2nd place, and Bob Hubbard 3rd place.  Congratulations!
  • Praise the Lord from Pastor Keith & Teresa for a good vacation.  They were able to rest and enjoy some time together.
  • Praise the Lord for the Pastoral Staff of Pastor Scott, Lydia Barber and Dave Metcalf, and a host of volunteers who lead our church daily.
  • Praise the Lord for our Teen Bible Quiz Team.  They are faithful to practice each week and participate in the monthly district quiz meets.  They are a dedicated group of teens lead by a dedicated coach.
  • Praise the Lord from Rose Hoaglan who had surgery on her back Monday.  She is making progress.
  • Praise the Lord from BJ Taylor for her daughter Rhiannon and family.  They were in need of housing and a job for her husband, Kevin.  God provided both in 2-3 weeks.
  • Praise the Lord from the Roberts/Hatchett family.  Three-year-old Carmella Roberts is making physical progress.  However, she is a long way from completed recovery.  Continued prayers are needed.

LET ALL GOD'S PEOPLE PRAISE THE LORD!

February 10, 2016
  • Praise the Lord for new visitors and those returning:
    • For Travis and Kim who came Sunday for the first time.
    • Larry and Carrie Sukova visited for the first time Sunday.  They are friends of Wayne and Cheri Childs.
    • Christian, Heather and John Hambrick came back Sunday! 
  • Praise the Lord for Carmella Roberts who is off the ECMO machine and is improving.  This is truly a miracle!
  • Praise the Lord Addie Mitchell went home from the hospital last week.  She is recovering well from open heart surgery.
  • Praise the Lord Phil Fletcher is continuing to recover from open heart surgery.  He was released from the hospital today.
  • Praise the Lord for a great evening of fellowship at the Ray household Sunday night for the Super Bowl Party.
  • Praise the Lord for a productive NYI Council meeting Sunday afternoon.

LET ALL GOD'S PEOPLE PRAISE THE LORD!

February 3, 2016
  • Praise the Lord Melissa Thompson's dad, Ernie Cregar, came for the first time to church on Sunday! 
  • Praise the Lord Ashley, Mitchell, and Luke Garver came for the first time to church on Sunday!  They were invited by Wayne and Cheri Childs. 
  • Praise the Lord Harold Randolph came for the first time to church on Sunday!  He is originally from a Nazarene Church in Cincinnati. 
  • Praise the Lord Addie Mitchell's open heart surgery went well.  She is doing great!  She should be going home on Friday.
  • Praise the Lord the movie "War Room was a great inspiration to all who watched it on Sunday night!  And the popcorn wasn't too bad either.
  • Praise the Lord Phil Fletcher's open heart surgery was successful yesterday.  He is recovering well.
  • Praise the Lord Pastor Keith & Teresa were able to go to church with and visit Owen & Pat Wetzel while they were in Tennessee. 

LET ALL GOD'S PEOPLE PRAISE THE LORD!

January 27, 2016
  • Praise the Lord for visitors, Daniel and his son, Dave, who are from Montana but will be here until May for Daniel's job.
  • Praise the Lord for visitors, Christian & Heather and their baby.  It looks promising that they will return.
  • Praise the Lord for Thung Crouch's friends James & Lindsey who came with her Sunday.
  • Praise the Lord Lucian Wilson will be moved to Genesis Healthcare next door.
  • Praise the Lord Rosemary Fletcher's (Phil Fletcher's sister-in-law) open heart surgery went well last week.  On Tuesday, she was moved to The Barrington in Carmel for physical rehab.
  • Praise the Lord 3-years-old Carmella (granddaughter of Kent Roberts) who is at Riley with pneumonia, is showing signs up improvement with air getting through her lungs on her own.
  • Praise the Lord Pastor Scott's cousin, Sue Robinson, is home from the hospital.  They believe she is cancer free!
  • Praise the Lord 2-years-old Carson Thompson is home from the hospital from having pneumonia.
  • Praise the Lord Kathy McGee is home from the hospital.
  • Praise the Lord Kevin & Rhiannon Pimentell (BJ Taylor's daughter) have found housing.

LET ALL GOD'S PEOPLE PRAISE THE LORD!

January 20, 2016
  • Praise the Lord from Pastor Scott, Pastor Cheryl and Pastor Keith for an excellent District Skill School (pastor training) last weekend.  They received inspiration, information and encouraging instruction from guest teacher Dr. Darryl Johnson.
  • Praise the Lord for the Children's Bible Quiz Team and their participation in the district quiz on Saturday.  Blue Level:  Zach Adkins, Gold All Star (meaning all perfect rounds!); Jared Barber, silver; Yeshua Garcia, gold with one perfect round; Madison Greene, silver; Tyler Greene, gold with one perfect round; Noah Hanavan, gold with one perfect round; Elijah Metcalf, bronze.  Red Level:  Emily Bladen, gold with one perfect round; Jonah Hanavan, bronze.  The blue team with Noah, Eli and Yeshua took 2nd place.
  • Praise the Lord for our Sunday worship services.  The presence of the Lord was with us.  In the morning service, we gathered around the altar for prayer for the needs of our church family.  At the end of the prayer and after the benediction, Pastor Keith and Pastor Scott prayed with a young man who got saved.
  • Praise the Lord for the $925 love offering received for Addie Mitchell.  If you want to contribute to this worthy cause, put your offering in an envelope and mark it "Addie.
  • Praise the Lord for a positive, visionary, and united board meeting Sunday evening.  God has given us a great group of leaders.
  • Praise the Lord from the Teen Bible Quiz team for raising $360 through Lydia's Buckeye Candy Sale.  This will help them book their hotel rooms for their upcoming tournament in Sterling, IL.  Thank you to all who made purchases!

LET ALL GOD'S PEOPLE PRAISE THE LORD!

January 13, 2016
  • Praise the Lord Natalie Elizabeth Plank was born on December 18th.  Big brother, Caleb, big sister, Mackenzie, parents, Vince & Renee, and baby Natalie are all doing well.  She has been in Sunday School and worship the last two Sundays.
  • Praise the Lord for an outstanding Advent Season.
    • Pastor Scott preached an anointed Advent Series titled "When Christmas Becomes Real.
    • The Children's Christmas Program, "Christmas at Grandma's House was inspirational.  It is precious when children participate in telling the Christ story.
    • The Adult Christmas Choir was inspirational in sharing the Christmas message in song.
    • The Christmas Eve worship service with carols, communion and candlelight was touching.  What a blessing for those who were able to attend.
    • The After Christmas Christmas concert with The Dodrill Family was such a blessing.
  • Praise the Lord for R!OT Youth Ministry's three special events:
    • A Christmas Progressive Dinner that was enjoyed by 17 teens and adults.  The dinner was hosted by Theresa Cable for appetizers, Pastor Scott & Cindy Robinson for the main meal, and Aaron & Ronda Troyer for dessert.
    • An overnight Lock-In with 33 teens participating and 7 adult sponsors.
    • Teen Bible Quizzing team placed 2nd and 4th at the district quiz meet last Saturday.  Individually, Rachel & Ryan Meyer tied for 6th place; Victoria Moon placed 8th, Karla Garcia placed 9th, Abby Bladen placed 11th and Dayton Branham placed 12th.
  • Praise the Lord for our adult Sunday School class parties and gatherings:
    • The Bound & Determined class met New Year's Eve with 62 people in attendance.  Thanks to John & Rachel Greene for hosting.
    • The Sojourners and Seekers classes combined for a class party on New Year's Day with 30 people in attendance.  There was a lot of fun, food, fellowship and lots of foolishness.
  • Praise the Lord for the Giving Tree Ministry.  We received $4000 which was distributed as follows:  8 families with 12 children; 4 individuals/couples; 2 retired Southwest Nazarene pastors; 3 evangelists; 1 missionary; 20 residents at Decatur Nursing Home; Decatur Community Caring & Sharing; Shepherd Community.
  • Praise the Lord for some individual reports/praises:
    • Derrick Barber had hernia surgery on Dec 9th.  The doctor released him to return to work Jan. 6th.
    • Danielle Oliver, after months of battling several physical issues and surgery, has been released by her doctor to return to work part-time.
    • Art Johnson, Allen Brown's father, had quadruple bypass surgery last Friday.  He was released from the hospital Tuesday, January 12th.  He is making great progress.
    • Addie Mitchell, 14-month old baby of Matt & Deanna Mitchell and granddaughter of Ronnie & Tina Elmore, was released from Riley hospital.  She has gained some physical strength, but she is facing open heart surgery.
  • Praise the Lord Kevin Simison has been released from the hospital after having pancreatitis.

LET ALL GOD'S PEOPLE PRAISE THE LORD!

Weekly Schedule

Sunday

  • 9:30am - Discipleship Classes for all ages
  • 10:40am - Morning Worship
  • 6:00pm - Evening Worship
    • Sunday Night Life
    • Traditional Service
    • Children's & Teen Bible Quizzing Practices

Wednesday at 7pm

  • Southwest Kidz Classes (Birth - 5th Grade)
  • R!OT Youth Ministry Service (6th-12th Grade)
  • Adult Bible Study