From the Pastor's Pen
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."
WOW! What a great time we had this past week with Kidz Klub Summer Edition (VBS) in the Albion Borough Park! The children really learned about Jesus while they had a really fun time. Our theme was Athens and the incredible set in our main building took them down a street in Athens where they could stop and get a snack, do a craft, practice calligraphy, and much more. They learned about the life of the Apostle Paul and how he travelled to tell people about Christ, the Son of God, who wanted to forgive them of their sins and have a personal relationship with them. The children actually had the opportunity to practice telling others about the love of God with the shopkeepers, who had to be convinced that God existed and that He loved them. There were some great examples of children telling the Good News (Gospel) of Christ to the merchants of Athens.
Once again, I am wowed at the level of commitment and expertise with which our children’s workers invest in the lives of the children of our communities. Tonya Hockenberry and her crew (including a few workers from other churches) put in the prayer, the time, the dedication in order to reach children and their families for Christ. Thank you Tonya and crew! It was great being able to work with you and to see how God is using you.
We believe that the message of Christ is THE solution to the problems of our communities. Through working with children and their families we are able to see Christ give forgiveness and the wisdom and strength to have a healthy family in a world where that is largely lacking.
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who got your children out to Athens! We trust that it was a positive for you and your family.
Check this newsletter and/or our church website at www.albionnazarene.orgin order to find out what else we have coming up that you may want to be a part of: Family Camp Out and Movie night featuring “God’s Not Dead,” Family Day at Wagon Trails Animal Park, meet people from Albion Nazarene at Jim & Sue’s in Albion on Sunday evening, July 6th at 7:30 (pizza is on us), Kidz Kamp, AND our regular services and Kidz Klub Sunday mornings at 9:45 for Sunday School classes and 11AM for Worship (in which the children go out for their own service). Contact us for more info on any of these events.
Enjoy the summer and be sure that GOD is in FIRST PLACE in your life!In Christ’s Love,
Also from the Pastor: There is a way that you can help to support your church that will not cost you anything except a few minutes of your time! This is available to all of you who are online and can include your friends and family members who don't even attend your church! The organization is called iGive and they have given $6,256,703.91 to charitable organizations. Right now there are 8 of us from the church who have joined and we have made $56.16 for the church since we started joining in February 2012. Here's what happens. You go to the link on their site for our church and you sign up. You allow them to put an icon on your web browser toolbar. Then, when you go online to make a purchase, you will be automatically informed what percentage of your purchase will go to your church. The church will receive $5 just from you joining and then $5 more after you make your first purchase through iGive. You pay the same price for your online purchase and the stores make a donation through iGive to your church. Hundreds of sites will donate to our church through shopping that you may already be doing. Purchases such as clothing, travel, hotels, and books are just a few of the ones that can count toward the donation to our church. Carol and I just stayed at a Comfort Inn in Arlington, VA for 5 nights and about 3% of our expense is being given to the church!
I encourage you to sign up and get your friends and family members to do the same. People can even show up on our list of supporters as "Anonymous" if they prefer. If you have any questions or need help, please let me know.
Click on the above iGive button or you can go directly to the iGive site with this web address: