Nazarenes in the News: 01.08.2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Global Ministry Center
Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of online news articles featuring Nazarene churches or church members.   

Asia-Pacific Region

Nativity comes alive for patients at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital
Kudjip, Papua New Guinea

For one special day at the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea, IT specialists, surgeons, nurses, maintenance workers, and administrative staff became shepherds, wisemen, angels, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus ... all in an effort to bring to life the joy and comfort of the Christmas story.

For the full story (and photos),
click here. Or here.
--NCN News Asia-Pacific

Caribbean Region

Trinidad church gives Christmas gifts to children's hospital
Trinidad and Tobago District

On Sunday, December 20, 2009, the
Dibe Church of the Nazarene, through a joint effort of the Nazarene Missions International and Nazarene Youth International, shared God's love by giving gifts to the children at the Mt. Hope Children's Hospital. Gifts were also given to children in the Upper Dibe community along with food hampers to families in need in the area.

Thanks to Dibe NMI President, Betty-Mae, George, and Dibe NYI President Kendun Hope and their ministry teams for championing these efforts.
Trinidad and Tobago District

USA/Canada Region

100th anniversary service
Sioux City, Iowa

(Sioux City Journal, published December 24) New Life Community Church of the Nazarene (formerly First Church of the Nazarene) in Sioux City [celebrated] its 100th anniversary Sunday [December 27] with a 10:45 a.m. service followed by a reception.

New Life Community Church is the only Nazarene church in Sioux City, and one of the oldest Nazarene churches in Northwest Iowa. In 1909, the church was chartered by 13 members as The First Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene. In 1910, the church built its first house of worship at 1218 S. Glass in Morningside. The congregation worshipped and ministered there for 61 years before it moved to its current location at 4800 Stone Ave.

The Rev. Ken Tidwell will lead Sunday's worship service.
--Sioux City Journal

Pursuing a labor of love
Maquoketa, Iowa

(Telegraph-Herald, published December 27) After he was honored as the Telegraph-Herald Player of the Year in 2004, Maquoketa (Iowa) star guard Adam Hepker told the TH he viewed basketball as his job.

"People work eight hours a day," Hepker said, "so I figure it's not too much to work at basketball three hours a day."

That punch-the-clock perspective paid off. Nowadays, Hepker is collecting a check for playing the game he loves...

A three-time all-American who piloted MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) to the 2007 NAIA Division II national championship, Hepker lit up scoreboards for a struggling team in a third-tier German league last season.

When no attractive overseas offers materialized during the summer, he tried out for and made the expansion Kansas City Stars (ABA), embracing the opportunity to continue his pro career at home.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Church gives back
Uhrichsville, Ohio

(Times-Reporter, published December 25) Over the last five years, the Nazarene Church at Uhrichsville has found a way to help community residents through a program called God Always Provides. The program offers used and new clothing to anyone in need.

People who were served by GAP in 2008 totaled 1,354, but more than 2,700 have been helped so far in 2009.

Laurell Burdette, a board member, said because the group recently received its 501(C)3 non-profit status it will be able to provide even more help to area residents in need.

A new name, Rekindled Compassionate Ministry Center, has been established for the organization. The center, located  in the Nazarene Church basement at 1st and Dawson Sts., is open Thursdays from 2 to 4 and offers clothing from infant to adult sizes. Shoes and household goods such as curtains, drapes, and bedding are also available.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Salem church brings life to Community Life Center
Salem, Oregon

(Statesman Journal, published January 4) Choir members draped yellow "caution" construction tape around themselves Sunday during a service at Salem First Church of the Nazarene, as did children in the youth ministry programs.

The congregation was celebrating breaking ground on a new community and youth center at the church, located off Market Street in northeast Salem.

"It's a historic moment," Pastor Dave McGarrah said to the congregation, which gathered around a newly dug hole in the parking lot after the Sunday service.

Called the Community Life Center, the building will feature a lobby space, reception area and commercial kitchen, as well as a gym with a basketball court and shower facilities. It will be able to accommodate as many as 900 people for a meeting or 500 people for a sit-down dinner. It also will have two large meeting spaces, one for ministries for middle-schoolers and the other for high-schoolers.

For the rest of the story, click here.
--Statesman Journal

Oro Valley church's Christmas concerts raise $22,000 to help the poor, disabled
Tucson, Arizona

(Arizona Daily Star, published December 29) The Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene's choir performed 10 concerts in December, raising $22,000 for Interfaith Community Services.

The "Splendor of Christmas" concerts raised just more than one and a half times last year's figure, which was $14,600.

Interfaith Community Services helps low-income, elderly and disabled people in Pima County. This is the third year the church has raised money for the organization at its free Christmas concerts. The money came from donations.

More than 7,000 people attended this year's performances.

For the rest of the story, click here.
--Arizona Daily Star (Additional story: Tucson Explorer)

Live Nativity Celebrated for 25 Years
Wheeling, West Virginia

(Wheeling News-Register, published December 25) Most actors spring to life for an audience, but Marwin Church of the Nazarene members are expected to stand still during their performances.

Each Christmas season, church members for a couple nights conduct a live Nativity scene in front of the church, located along Big Wheeling Creek Road in the Marwin section of Wheeling. As motorists pass by, the group stands as still as possible - even during weather that would make a snowman's teeth chatter.

"I can't feel my hands," said 8-year-old Savannah Croft after Wednesday night's two-hour performance from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For the rest of the story, click here.
--Wheeling News-Register

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