USA Canada Weekly Summary


February 13, 2002
United States & Canada Edition
USA/CAN 0206
Senior Editor: David J. Felter

News This Week
The Church of the Nazarene Officially Recognized in Bulgaria
New District Superintendent Appointed in Northern Michigan
Heart and Hands Report
Nazarene Laymen's Conference Finalized
NYI Organizes
NYI On-Line
Nazarene Chaplain Stabbed
Personal Notes
Nazarene Sports News
Satellite Broadcast Schedule

Nazarene Church officially registered in Bulgaria

After eight years of waiting, the Church of the Nazarene is officially registered in Bulgaria. The documents were received Friday, February 2, during the 14th meeting between Nazarene missionaries Jay and Teanna Sunberg and the Bulgarian director of religious affairs.

Richard Miles, the United States ambassador to Bulgaria, and officials from the European Union and the United States Congress all had spoken to Bulgarian officials on behalf of the church, but the Sunbergs especially credit the prayers of Nazarenes for the landmark decision.

Teanna Sunberg said, "We are now a legally recognized denomination in Bulgaria. In principle, this means that we will be able to print holiness literature, develop an education system to train pastors and leaders, start new churches, and operate more openly in Bulgaria. Practically speaking, we believe that many obstacles will still remain."

Churches already are established in Sofia, where the congregation is seeking a Bulgarian pastor, and in Montana, where the congregation has grown to 120. Razgrad in northeastern Bulgaria and Dmitrovgrad in the southeast show promise for new church plants.

Wayne Brown new DS in Northern Michigan
Rev. Wayne H. Brown succeeds Dr. Curtis Lewis as the new district superintendent of the Northern Michigan district. Dr. Jesse Middendorf appointed Rev. Brown. Brown is currently senior pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Howell, Michigan. Howell is on the Eastern Michigan district.

Rev. Brown is married to Deborah and they have four sons, Richard, Brian, Mike and David. He has served at Howell, MI since 1996. Brown has also pastored churches in Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Tennessee.

The action was taken by Dr. Jesse C. Middendorf with approval by the Board of General Superintendents and in consultation with the Northern Michigan District Advisory Council. The appointment was effective February 1, 2002.

One Heart Many Hands looks back and ahead
The committee that led the One Heart Many Hands community action project during the 2001 General Assembly met in Kansas City December 4 to evaluate the program and lay groundwork for the 2005 event. Deeming the effort successful, the committee cited high levels of corporate, community, and local church support, strong endorsement from local government officials, and successful media coverage as key factors. The 2001 effort involved 2,212 volunteers who gave Indianapolis 77,427 hours of labor through 146 individual projects. With the exception of a few roofing jobs still in progress, all projects have been completed. The weeklong community ministry came in $100,000 under its $500,000 budget.

Plans for 2005 will build on additional elements that proved effective in 2001, including an opening worship service, the focus on entire city blocks, involvement of bands and colleges, long-range on-site preparation and leadership, and follow-up teams. The committee plans to develop a policies and procedures manual as well as to improve promotion and registration. The inclusion of other denominations in the effort also was discussed.

Present for the meeting were Gary Morsch, committee chair and founder of the Center for Lay Ministry; David Graves, Sunday School Ministries director; David Felter, Communications Services director; Gary Hartke, Nazarene Youth International director; Janine Smith; Laura Sylvester; Ron Sylvester; Jim Miner; Marsha Ballard; and Dana Hutsko.

Final plans set for Nazarene Laymen's Conference
Final plans have been laid for the 10th Nazarene Laymen's Conference, set for July 3-7, 2002, at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. Scheduled speakers include LaDonna Gatlin, Rick Rigsby, Lori Salierno, Tom Hermiz, and Norman Wilson. Don Reddick, chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Olivet Nazarene University, will serve as music coordinator for the event. Participants may select from workshops focusing on personal development, lay ministry, community involvement, missions, and technology.

Also on hand will be David Graves, Sunday School Ministries director, and W. Talmadge Johnson, responsible general superintendent for Sunday School Ministries. Sunday School Ministries provides support services to the conference steering committee, chaired by Charles Davis. Also on the committee are Barbara Hornbeck, C. Wayne Rice, Gary Streit, Don Reddick, Bettie Woodcook, Deb Weisen, Bob Collier, and Jib Felter.

Said Graves, "We're confident of God's blessings upon this event and urge every layperson in North America to make plans to attend. The steering committee has developed a strong program, one that will enrich and energize every participant. The Opryland setting will make it unforgettable!"

Information about the event is available at

NYI organizes for 2001-2005
Nazarene Youth International (NYI) has released the names of the global and regional representatives who will guide the organization during the 2001-2005 quadrennium. NYI has undergone significant structural changes as a result of decisions made during the General NYI Convention held in Indianapolis last June. The name of the group charged with oversight of NYI was changed from General NYI Council to Global NYI Council. The council now includes one representative elected from each region, one regional coordinator appointed from each region except the United States/Canada, and three members elected to represent NYI's three age groups. The number of Global NYI Council representatives from the United States was decreased from nine to two, and the USA-Canada Committee was formed to focus separately on those countries.

The following were elected to the 2001-2005 Global NYI Council:
Deirdre Brower, Global President
Bill Sunberg, Canada (Global Vice President)
Mike Archer, United States
David Gonzalez, Mexico/Central America
Ronald Miller, Africa
Zeida Perales, South America
Steve Thomas, United States
Jacob Uri, Asia Pacific
Sabine Wielk, Eurasia
Walter Woolford, Caribbean
Alyssa Hoskins, Early Youth
Jenna Blankenship, Senior Youth
Tobias Ambs-Thomsen, Young Adult

The following were appointed to the 2001-2005 Global NYI Council as regional youth coordinators:
Larry Bollinger, Asia Pacific
Deirdre Brower, Eurasia
Monte Cyr, Africa
Eduardo Donath, Caribbean
Tim McKeithen, South America
German Picavea, Mexico/Central America

The following were elected to the 2001-2005 NYI USA/Canada Committee:
Bill Sunberg, Canada (chair)
Mike Archer, Southwest USA (vice chair)
Steve Thomas, Northwest USA (secretary)
Brent Hardesty, South Central USA
Mark Holcomb, Central USA
Greg Kenerly, Southeast USA
Wayne Nelson, North Central USA
Ken Stanford, Eastern USA
Steve Wheeler, East Central USA
Jeff Forgrave, NSLA co-chair
Alyssa Hoskins, Early Youth
Jenna Blankenship, Senior Youth
Chad Armstrong, Young Adult

Team NYI now on-line
Team NYI, a quarterly magazine produced by Nazarene Youth International (NYI), is now on-line. The first on-line edition was posted February 8. According to NYI, publishing the magazine on the Internet will to make the resource more readily available to NYI constituents around the world. The on-line version of the magazine is available at .

Nazarene chaplain stabbed
On January 31, a Nazarene chaplain and former missionary to Chile and the Dominican Republic, Kendall Hughes, was in the chapel of a federal penitentiary where he works as a chaplain, when an inmate attacked him from behind. Hughes received numerous stab wounds to his neck, head, face, and back; fortunately none of the wounds is life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery. The swift response of other staff members who came to his aid likely saved Hughes from further injury.
--Melinda Wolf Miller, NMI editor

Personal Notes
Mrs. LeBron Fairbanks to undergo surgery
A recurrence of malignant cancer was discovered recently in Anne Fairbanks, wife of Mount Vernon Nazarene College president, LeBron Fairbanks. Surgery is scheduled for late February. Your prayers on Anne's behalf are requested.

Nashville 1st Church pastor experiences rare heart virus
Dr. Gary Henecke is the victim of a virus attack that centered on his heart. It was discovered in a normal physical for life insurance. At first, the change in his EKG was explored along the lines of heart and coronary disease. It was determined from the test that his arteries are clear. The heart, however, has been reduced in function to 40%. Dr. Henecke is being monitored and medicated to determine if his heart will respond. Rest and time are needed along with the prayers of God's people.

Former District Administrator dies
Rev. Robert J. Wiens, long-time district administrator of the North Central Ohio district, died February 4, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. His wife, Mary; his son, Scott; and his daughter, Sharon, survive him. He was 64 years of age at the time of his passing.

Rev. Wiens was in pastoral ministry for 12 years prior to joining the North Central Ohio office staff in 1975, a position he held until his retirement in June 2000. His funeral and burial was in Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 8.

Mrs. Wiens is recovering well from her injuries received in the accident.

Gospel music legend James Blackwood dies
James Blackwood, charter member of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and member of the GMA Hall of Fame, died Sunday, February 3, at Methodist Healthcare-Central Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, of complications of a stroke. He was 82.

Blackwood was one of founding members of the famed Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Formed in 1934, the quartet won eight Grammy Awards. In 1969, Blackwood won the first Dove Award given for Male Vocalist of the Year, an honor he received six more times. He was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame as an individual in 1974 and again in 1998 as a member of the Blackwood Brothers.

His wife of 62 years, Miriam Blackwood; his sons, Jimmy Blackwood of Memphis and Billy Blackwood of Hendersonville, Tennessee; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren survives Blackwood. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 7, in Memphis.

Nazarene Sports News
Scores & Stats

        TNU Trojans
                Men (14-11; 1-7 TSC)
                        2/7 (W) vs. Lyon College, 72-63
                        2/9 (L) vs. Union University, 87-82
                Women (18-6; 86-2 TSC)
                        2/7 (W) vs. Lyon College, 81-67
                        2/9 (W) vs. Union University, 87-77
        MVNC Cougars
                Men (17-10; 9-6 AMC)
                        2/9 (W) vs. Notre Dame College, 102-74
                Women (8-15; 7-10 AMC)
                        2/5 (L) vs. Notre Dame College, 82-71
                        2/8 (W) vs. Ursuline College, 51-39
        MNU Pioneers
                Men (23-6; 14-3 HAAC)
                        2/4 (W) vs. Graceland University, 111-103
                        2/7 (W) vs. Central Methodist College, 73-71
                        2/9 (W) vs. Avila College, 87-84
                Women (16-10; 12-5 HAAC)
                        2/4 (W) vs. Graceland University, 61-53
                        2/7 (W) vs. Central Methodist College, 74-40
                        2/9 (L) vs. Avila College, 56-65
        PLNU Crusaders
                Men (3-24; 1-14 GSAC)
                        2/9 (L) vs. Biola, 92-69
                Women (10-12; 8-7 GSAC)
                        2/5 (L) vs. Chapman University, 72-61
                        2/9 (L) vs. Biola, 84-78
        ONU Tigers
                Men (21-6; 7-1 CCAC)
                        2/5 (W) vs. Purdue-Calumet, 88-71
                        2/7 (W) vs. East-West, 84-45
                Women (13-12; 5-3 CCAC)
                        2/5 (W) vs. Illinois Tech, 84-53
                        2/9 (L) vs. St. Francis, 70-62

NCN Broadcast Schedule
Satellite Program Guide

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NCN Broadcasts on DISH Network Channel 9602

February 17: NCN Sunday (Oklahoma City Trinity)...11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
February 19: NCN News...8:00 p.m. to 8:05 p.m.
Mission Today...8:05 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
February 24: NCN Sunday (Grove City, OH)...11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
February 26: NCN News...8:00 p.m. to 8:05 p.m.
Profile with Ann Downing...8:05 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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