April 6, 2016
Dear Church Family,
He is risen! How awesome it was to celebrate Resurrection Sunday with you, the family of believers at NABC! The breakfast, Easter story video, egg hunt, and worship service was a wonderful time of giving glory to God for all His promises! We are truly a blessed group of believers. Pastors Joey, Jared, and Bob would like to thank all the ministries that worked together in helping us make this Resurrection Sunday a tribute to our Savior. Now that April has arrived and summer is on the way, let me just take a few moments to encourage you as you come to worship and serve at NABC.
This month and through May we will be studying the Book of Joshua and the Book of Judges. These two books will show us victories when we rely on the Lord. They will show us that sometimes as humans we take our eyes off the Lord and do what is right in our own eyes. In June, we will begin the Book of 1 Samuel. If you are not currently involved in Sunday School or small groups, we would love to have you join us. Information about our studies is on our website.
Thanks to Pastor Jared we have begun our NABC DVD Library. It is located in the lobby of our Fellowship Hall. It is beginning to grow, and we hope you take the opportunity to check out some of the DVDs. We also have online Bible studies available to you and your family. It is called Right Now Media. Thousands of Bible studies are waiting for your viewing. If you would like to become a member of the Right Now Media family, please send me an email and asked to be invited to this awesome resource provided by your church.
Our Vision Committee has completed their assessment of the NABC Vision/Building Survey that was distributed last year. After interviewing the pastors, ministry leaders, committees, and our membership, you have clearly communicated that we need more space for our ministries. How we go about that is our next step. Our Building Committee will begin to research a plan of action this year. We look forward to see what our Lord will do as we pray, seek His will, and faithfully give back to our God.
May will begin our month of prayer. We will start with a concert of prayer on Sunday, May 1, during our morning worship service. On the afternoon of May 8, we will have our second annual prayer walk. Our last prayer event for the month will be on Sunday, May 22. It is called “All Church Pray.” We will pray over our property, the buildings and all the ministries of the church. We take prayer very seriously at NABC. If you would like to be part of our email prayer chain, the information on how to join is in our bulletin each week. Each Tuesday evening we also have a prayer meeting at 7:00 in our sanctuary. FYI: Starting in June, prayer meeting, youth and nursery will be moving to Wednesday night.
Our Student Ministries and AWANA Ministry are gearing up for camp and a mission trip to Costa Rica. The AWANA kids will be going to camp on June 26 and will be gone a full week. Student Ministries will be off to Costa Rica on July 25 and will be returning on August 3. There are two more fundraisers that will raise money for our mission trip. On Sunday, April 24, from 12-2pm, if you go to Wild West Pizza, they will give a percentage of what you buy towards the trip. On Sunday, June 26, we will have our second annual silent auction after morning services. Come join the fun as we auction some awesome gifts and enjoy a potluck lunch together.
I would like to ask you to pray along with me over a few prayer requests:
VBS – July 10-14, pray that our community will be impacted with the gospel of Jesus Christ and that we will have many volunteers join the VBS team.
Safety for all as they go to camp and on the mission trip. Pray for life change, safe travels, and that our leaders will be prepared.
Church Finances – Pray for faithful stewardship, and that ministry needs will be met. My grandmother used to say, “You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip,” but we sure can seek the Creator of the turnip and ask Him to provide for us!
Pray for the lost to believe and that God would use us as we faithfully serve Him in sharing the Good News with our friends, family, and our community.
I am so blessed to be your pastor. God has been so good to all of us at NABC.