General Superintendent Emeritus Jesse C. Middendorf received a painting as a retirement gift from the South Carolina District.
Nazarenes in the News: October 11, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
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Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of online news articles featuring Nazarene churches or church members.

Florida pastor takes custody of children after tragedy
Redland, Florida

(CBS Miami, October 9) A Southwest Miami-Dade pastor says he is committed to helping three teenagers whose adoptive grandmother was murdered last weekend.

"We are here for these kids," said the Rev. Treavor Pound of the Redland Church of the Nazarene.

Pound told CBS4's Peter D'Oench, "They are part of our church. They are part of our church family. This is who we are. We are well connected. We love these kids very much. We love them very much."

Police said their grandmother, Sonia Santiesteban, 66, was stabbed to death inside her mobile home during an argument with her daughter, Yudenia Rodriguez.

For the rest of the story and a video report, click here.

Pews vs Chairs: Nazarene church featured in Wall Street Journal story
Windham, Maine

(Wall Street Journal, October 7) At first, it just didn't sit well with Nancy Shane when her church decided to switch from pews to chairs.

"My generation grew up in pews," the grandmother of three says. She worried the sanctuary of the Windham First Church of the Nazarene would resemble a movie theater.

Yet, when the pews were removed in September and replaced with burgundy-cushioned chairs, she says she decided God didn't care whether she prayed from a pew, a chair or even the floor.

"I walked in Wednesday night for a prayer meeting and the chairs were there, and they were beautiful," she says. "I thought, 'Nancy Shane, even at 68 years old, young woman, you can change.'"

For the rest of the story, click here.

Arizona church to prepare 250,000 meals for starving children
Oro Valley, Arizona

(Arizona Daily Star, October 10) Inspired by a January effort in which it assembled 108,000 nonperishable boxed meals for the hungry, Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene is thinking bigger.

This time, in an effort that began Wednesday and continues through Saturday, the goal is to put together 250,000 meals.

The so-called MobilePack event is sponsored by Feed My Starving Children, a Tempe-based nonprofit that collects the food and partners with other groups to send it all over the world.

Dick Egolf, the church's missions president, said the response from members and others in the community inspired him to shoot higher.

"The January event was just exceptional," he said. "We had such a good response that we decided to more than double our effort. We want more than just our church people to be involved. It's a community-wide effort."

For the rest of the story, click here.

Middendorfs receive retirement gift from South Carolina District
West Columbia, South Carolina

During his last district assembly as a general superintendent, the South Carolina District presented Jesse C. Middendorf with a painting of Jesus. The painting was created by Jared Emerson as a part of District Superintendent Eddie Estep's annual report.

"When the painting was finished, Jared presented it to the district," Middendorf said. "I was thrilled with that, and I was stunned when the district announced they were giving it to [my wife and I] for our retirement."

The painting is currently on display in the Board of General Superintendents Office. It will soon be relocated to the Middendorfs' home.

"We're actually going to redecorate around the painting," Middendorf said.

Missouri church tears down walls to build community
Kansas City, Missouri

(Northeast News, September 25) Kansas City Grace Church of the Nazarene is tearing down walls to build up community. Literally.

For years, the old fellowship hall located in the church parking lot sat unused. Mold and mildew climbed on the walls. The foundation leaked. The roof leaked. At one point, water had flowed through the front door. The building was never meant to stand alone, but became a fellowship hall when a fire occurred at the church in the 1950s. Construction crews tore down the front of the damaged stone church built in 1935, leaving a portion of the building which later became fellowship hall. Crews covered the stone with brick, but the building was never properly sealed and eventually became a money pit.

"It was in such poor repair and it was falling apart," said Grace Church Co-pastor Joey Condon.

Adding to the blow, the building became a regular target for gang graffiti.

But Condon's wife and Grace Church Co-pastor Tammy Condon had a vision for the space: a community front porch.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Washington youth group joins food supplement program
Wenatchee, Washington

(NCN News submissions) Wenatchee Church of the Nazarene Student Ministries joined a new partnership with local area churches and Lincoln Elementary School in an effort called Packing Friendship.

The ministry, started and led by Grace Lutheran Church in Wenatchee, Washington, provides weekend food supplements to select students on the free lunch program who are in the most need. Food items such as boxed juices, macaroni and cheese bowls, breakfast bars, applesauce, raisins, and more will be packed weekly on Wednesday nights at youth group and delivered to the school by Thursday to be handed out to the students on Friday.

Wenatchee Nazarene Student Ministries is the 11th church or group in the Wenatchee Valley to adopt a particular local school with these food supplements. Other churches represented in the Packing Friendship membership include but are not limited to Lutheran, United Methodist, Assembly of God, Unitarian Universalist, and Presbyterian.

The program recently received several community grants totaling more than $6,000.

Ohio church member shares about Nazarene partnership in Kenya
Steubenville, Ohio

(Herald Star, October 8) The September opening meeting of the GFWC Woman's Club of Mingo Junction was a covered-dish dinner held at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center where President Sharon Cole-Isner welcomed everyone back from the summer break.

Grace was given by Mary Jane Tiberio, and Roetta Lewis led the group in opening ceremonies.

Liz Crothers introduced the guest speaker, Ellen Swickard, the missionary president of the Steubenville Church of the Nazarene who also is a chemistry teacher at Edison High School.

Swickard's topic was women in other countries, mainly dealing with the Kenya Gender-Based Violence Partnership of the Nazarene Church International.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Nebraska church marks centennial
Lincoln, Nebraska

(Lincoln Journal Star, October 4) Four months ago the Rev. Adam Lewis arrived at Lincoln's Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene, 1901 S. 70th St., as its new lead pastor.

It was the first such assignment for the young minister who filled a six-month vacancy for the church.

Not long into his tenure, he was told the church will celebrate its 100th anniversary Oct. 12-13, and he knew he needed a special sermon.

Undaunted, Lewis began researching the history behind the church, and was inspired by the faith and conviction of 35 former members of the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene who created a new church on a plot of land at 1018 E St.

"I can see them waking on that first Sunday morning on July 21, 1913, and walking to the place that would be their new church," Lewis writes in the sermon he will present on Oct. 13.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Nazarene Bible College grows despite economic downturn
Colorado Springs, Colorado

(Digital Journal, October 7) Students and families are increasingly questioning the value of a college education during these challenging economic times. Reports of enrollment declines across the country are commonplace. A small Bible College in Colorado is growing despite the obstacles.

Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs recently collaborated with The Dysart Group, Inc. in order to increase new student enrollments. The Dysart Group is a nationally recognized enrollment management consulting firm. College leaders adopted a new recruitment and financial aid strategy and positive outcomes are already being realized. In the seven months since new tactics have been utilized, the impact on recruitment has been significant. 
  • The application pool grew by 131%.
  • The number of new students accepted for admission has grown by 43% compared to last year.
  • New student enrollments for Fall 2013 have increased by 39%.
For the rest of the story, click here.

Eastern Nazarene College makes strides against breast cancer
Quincy, Massachusetts

(Patriot Ledger, October 6) Eastern Nazarene College students, staff, and sports teams made strides against breast cancer for the second consecutive year on Sunday at the DCR Hatch Shell in Boston.

Resident directors Jay Govoni and Julita Bailey organized the ENC team of 78 people. Last year, only 24 people represented the college at the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Govoni walks to support three of his friends' mothers who battle breast cancer. He said he enjoys doing things within his community to support those that are in need.

For the rest of the story, click here.

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