from the Pastor's Pen
What an exciting couple of weeks we have had through the ministries of Albion Nazarene! We worked with other churches in the local Ministerium to put on a one night event, Summer Safety Bash, right after school let out for the summer for children and their parents/guardians. The focus was on safety of the children with many community groups participating. We had between 450 and 500 people there in the Albion Borough Park including the 80 volunteers. The evening ended with two family movies on two different screens and many people enjoyed a wonderful night out AND the weather was perfect! Thank you to Tonya Hockenberry, our Sunday School Ministry Leader and Associate Intern Pastor, for her leadership and to out Sunday School Ministry Board for birthing the whole idea!
Then, last week we held our Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the same park. It had been promoted at the previously mentioned event and we did have some come to Bible School who had heard about it there. VBS went very well with the focus being on the early Christian church in Rome and on the underground church because of persecution. Even some of our pagan shopkeepers were won to Christ by the children telling them about Jesus! The closing on Sunday morning was at our location on 6N and we had a wonderful program with many families being there to hear the Gospel.
This week we have 16 children at our Nazarene camp for the Pittsburgh District! 16 children and no one was turned away due to financial reasons. We have the tradition in our church where all of the children and teens who want to go to camp can go with their way paid. Some parents and grandparents kicked in the funds to help and others of us who do not have any children or youth going to camp also donated to make this possible. We sent counselors from the church to help out with the children.
We also recently received a generous donation for our children’s and youth ministries. The donors are not even regular attenders, but they have seen what we are doing and wanted to help us to fulfill our mission through providing financially.
Last Saturday we had our district mission convention at the Pittsburgh District campground. It was an exciting day focused on what our churches are doing locally and around the world the “make Christlike disciples of all nations.” (Nazarene Mission Statement) Thank you to Judy Hyde our local mission president and all of our delegates and volunteers who were there for the convention. You will be hearing a lot more about missions in the next few months so that you will know how to pray, where you can serve, and be challenged to give toward the spreading of the Gospel.
The summer is just getting rolling and we have many more exciting things to look forward to: district teen camp (3 teens going), district Camp Meeting, local Country Campout, recognition of our high school graduates, discipleship groups continuing and new ones starting, church membership class, and baptism.
Carol and I had a wonderful vacation that allowed us to see the beauty of God’s creation in Alaska and to see our family in San Francisco. Thank you to all those who filled in the gaps while we were gone. We are excited that our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson are moving back to the east coast where they will only be about 5 ½ hours away!
Let’s have a great summer drawing close to God, becoming more like Jesus, and sharing His love with those around us.
In Christ’s Love,