As I begin my report I would like to say how humbled and honored I am to be your pastor. This past year has been a year of growth for the Family Community Church of the Nazarene. Growth in numbers but more importantly, spiritual growth. We have watched dozens kneel at these altars and we have prayed and cheered each other on as we have grown. We have seen many who have met Jesus for the first time and we have seen many recommit their lives. We have baptized 45 individuals and have raised our membership list to 90.
During the months of May and June we saw our Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry begin to soar through ministry opportunities such as Spring Musical, Celebrate Life, & Graduation Sunday. I would like to thank my wife Linda and Brandon for their commitment to our Children and our youth, we are blessed. During the summer Linda and I were able to minister to children during camps in Southern Ohio, Eastern Michigan, and Eastside Mission Camp. We also held revivals at Flint Central and the Williams Lake Church. In August I was blessed to give the lesson each night during Vacation Bible School. We celebrated our One Year Anniversary on September 18th with a Tent Service and Sunday picnic. In October Linda and I attend our Eastern Michigan District- Ministry Assessment Weekend, in which I received recommendation for my District License. In November we held our first revival services with guest speaker and friend Daryl Blank. All five services were filled with the Holy Spirit and terrific growth took place.
The spiritual growth and the changes the Lord has brought in the lives here at FamilyNaz has been so exciting to watch. God is on the move here. I believe he has plans that far exceed anything we could imagine.
I am so thankful for the staff God has surrounded me with. Thank you Thess for your commitment to worship. I believe we have the best and I am so thankful for the hours of practice, your servant’s heart and your love for Jesus. Thank you TJ for your commitment to serve, and the encouragement you give to Thess. Your talents are amazing and you are both a blessing to this family. Thank you Pastor Autumn for all you do. Thank you for loving people. Thank you for the baptisms, the hospital visits, the bible studies, communionand for loving our young adults. Thank you Jeff for serving alongside of Autumn and for being part of our church board. You are a terrific team and I cannot imagine being on this journey without the two of you. Thank you to my wife Linda. Thank you for loving and leading the children here at FamilyNaz. I have enjoyed hearing of all the children who have accepted Jesus, those that are participating in Bible Quizzing, and those that have a heart to serve! You do a wonderful job and your team is top notch! Thank you Brandon for your love for our youth. It has been a privilege to watch you grow up and a greater privilege to present you with your first local Pastors license this past year. God is using you in so many ways to grow our youth. Thank you. I would like to finish by thanking our church board. It has been a great year. A year of spiritual and also numerical growth. As the building and parking lot began to fill up, decisions had to be made and on June 5th we went to two services. This took a strong commitment as a church board and as a church family.
This FamilyNaz Family is packed with talent and commitment. Thank you to each of you who serve. From the café, to our nursery workers, to greeters, to counters, security, and ushers, to the information committee, to media & sound, to janitors & outdoor maintenance, and to our children’s and youth volunteers. You are all kingdom builders. In February of 2016 we averaged 183. Six months later in August we found ourselves at 231. This past 4 weeks we averaged 272. We are experiencing constant and steady growth. So many of you are bringing your families AND you inviting your friends! This is terrific as we are filling up again. I am not sure what the next step is? This past week we have started to expand the parking lot, we’ve taken a wall down to accommodate the growth in our nursery and we are currently looking at possibly doing the same in the Children’s Church area. Only the Lord knows what is around the corner. I believe connections, servant hood, and prayer have been key to our consistent growth. There are options; I just want to follow Gods will. I want to be obedient. I want to be on my knees. I want to be following His voice. Please join me in this.
ANNUAL MEETING RESULTS
Nazarene Missions International Director: President: Denise Barron Vice President: Misty Burton
Nazarene Youth International: Kristen Clarambeau
Sunday School Discipleship Ministry International: Jenifer Tong
SDMI Board: Dana Alger, Kristin Frankart, Jaime Kaatz, Loudermilk, Tina Power
Church Board: Thess Ash, Chris Clarambeau, Farrell Cobb, Jeff Hamilton, Rod Henley, Suzanne Hollister, Jeff Howard, Justin Loudermilk
District Assembly Delegate: Nancy Loudermilk, Sandy Perry
District Missions Delegate: Sally Cobb, Jaime Kaatz