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MISSION OF THE MONTH: 

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Nazarene Missions International

Volunteer Ministries

Alabaster

 

What is Alabaster?

Alabaster helps the Church of the Nazarene put down roots. The Alabaster Offering helps provide funds for property and buildings around the world such as churches, schools medical facilities and homes for missionaries and national workers. The Alabaster Offering is given every February and September. Pick up your Alabaster box today or give below.

 

The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. While we understand the church consists of the people of God and not a building, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots." Alabaster funds help provide land for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire Alabaster Offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

 

How are Alabaster offerings received?

The Alabaster Offering gets to the mission field via several avenues. The most widely used is the Alabaster Box. Individuals are challenged to regularly contribute the cost of items they desire but do not need. The boxes also serve as reminders to pray for those people who will benefit from Alabaster buildings.

In September and February, the money is collected. Many churches receive regular offerings throughout the year that are designated as Alabaster funds. The semi-annual offerings in September and February are tradition in the Church of the Nazarene and have been for many generations.

Next Alabaster Offering: Sunday, March 5th

Or Give Online: Click Here...

Be sure to select "Missions: Faith Promise" under FUND

RCNAZ MISSION PROJECTS:

FAITH PROMISE

Faith Promise Weekend is coming this February 17-19, 2023

 

Every year, Nazarene Missions International (NMI) hosts an annual Faith Promise conference to share our yearly mission and goals with the church. Through Faith Promise, as your local NMI, we achieve our missional goals both locally and worldwide. NMI helps to support sharing the message of Christ throughout the world in a variety of ways such as providing for missionaries and their families, encouraging outreach, helping others in times of crisis, etc. (See more Missions Projects below) Locally, NMI functions to help the Body of Christ focus directly on sharing the love of Jesus as we live as the hands and feet of Jesus.

 

Together, as RCNAZ church, we play a huge part in sharing the Gospel by serving, giving and praying for our missionaries. Please pray and consider making a pledge to NMI this 2022 year and help us to change the world through God's love. Thank you for your support and continued prayers.

 

Donations toward NMI Faith Promise may be given throughout the year. In fact, many givers make a monthly offering to Faith Promise at their own pace.

WAYS TO GIVE TO FAITH PROMISE

ONLINE: Click here to give now to NMI Faith Promise ...

Be sure to select "Missions: Faith Promise" under FUND

OFFERING: Please place cash or check donation in the Offering. Be sure to make checks out to "Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene" and mark "Faith Promise" in the memo. Please place Pledge cards in the Offering box as well. Thank you for your generous heart!

LAUNDRY LOVE

Every last Monday of the month, RCNAZ Missions is helping those in  need to get their laundry cleaned at the local laundromat. Every human being deserves clean clothes and that shows each person has tremendous worth.

 

With this project, we are stepping out in faith locally to share the love of Christ by helping our neighbors. Also through this, we have found a wonderful opportunity to build meaningful relationships in our community.

Need help getting your laundry washed?

Come to Laundry Love:

 

Every last Monday of the month

@ 7:00am - 10:00am 

Last load in at 9:00am 

I-Wash Laundromat

500 W. Atkins Ave (on the corner of Norma Street)

Ridgecrest, CA 93555

 

We invite our church to help share in this wonderful mission. We are in need of volunteers, donations for washing, soap and dryer sheets. Let help keep this ministry going! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Church Office: 760 - 375 - 4433.

You can help us buy washes and soap! We need approximately $200 each month to maintain this important outreach. Please look for the Laundry Love donation jar at the Welcome Center or donate online:

Click here to donate online to RCNAZ Laundry Love...

Be sure to select "Helping Hands" under FUND and type "Laundry Love" in the note section.

NAZARENE COMPASSIONATE MINISTRIES

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) walks alongside local and global Nazarene churches in their efforts to meet the needs of children, families, and communities around the world.

 

Through your partnership, our local congregations are changing the world. NCM is part of our global effort to meet the needs of those less fortunate and/or are in crisis situations.

See more Nazarene Projects at www.ncm.org...

Click here to donate online to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries...

Please select "Missions: Nazarene Compassionate Ministries"

under FUND.

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CHILD SPONSORSHIP: 

RCNAZ directly supports Child Sponsorship, a mission of the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Together, we are currently helping to care for the specific needs of children at the Native American Christian Academy. Your donations to NCM Child Sponsorship helps to provide children in need with school lunches, supplies, health care, clothing, gifts on their birthdays and more. Please pray for this mission. Consider making a one time gift or a monthly donation to help make a difference for our sponsor children at the Native American Christian Academy.

NCM believes in the Holistic Child Development model approach which cares for the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and relational needs of each child to help them grow into the person God intended them to be, as well as in empowering their families and their communities. To find out more about NCM Child Sponsorship, follow this link... https://cs.ncm.org/

Click here to give to Child Sponsorship online...

Be sure to select "Missions" under FUND and type "Child Sponsorship" in the note section.

Upcoming Events

Missions of the Month Coming Up Next: 

February

Faith Promise & Alabaster

March

TBA 

Late Summer 2023

France Work & Witness Trip with NMI

Upcoming Local Events:

Please watch for our Missions Moment during morning Worship @ 10:30am. We will be highlighting our Mission of the Month and provide more information.

2022 NMI

Honorees

James Bowers

Barbara Potts

Wayne Thun

Memorial Roll Dedications:

Matthew Johnson

David O'Connor

Andrew Walsten

Mike Walsten

Thank you for your life of faith and service

in Jesus Christ.

Distinguished Service

Award Presentations:

Our LINKS

Missionaries

LINKS Family

Loving, Interested Nazarenes Knowing

and Sharing

Every two to three years we adopt a new Nazarene missionary as part of our church family. We send birthday and holiday cards and gifts to let them know we are praying for them and thinking about them all year.

Please pray for our missionaries, Marcos and Jasmin Eugenio. The Eugenio's are currently serving in the Asia Pacific region.

Click here to donate to our LINKS Missionary fund today...

Be sure to select "Other" under FUND and type "LINKS Missionary" in the note area.

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HELPING HANDS MINISTRIES

Helping Hands Ministries reaches out to local families and individuals who are our own neighbors, friends, and church members who need support and prayers. We want to lift them up! HHM provides for emergency funds and needs, meals, groceries, helps with utility bills, and provides prescriptions to those in need in our own town. Please call the church office or speak  for more information.

Click here to donate online to Helping Hands...

Please select "Helping Hands" under FUND

CRISIS CARE KITS

3 WAYS YOU CAN DONATE A CRISIS CARE KIT

 

1. MAKE A CRISIS CARE KIT: (It's easy!)

Click here for an item list and instructions...

 

Crisis Care Kits (CCK) provide much needed relief and hope to people who have experienced a disaster or crisis. The Church of the Nazarene distributes CCK's worldwide as they are needed.  Please click the link above for items needed to make a kit. After you have all items on the list, pack them in a 2-2.5 gallon ziplock bag (We may have 2 gallon zip-lock bags on hand. Just ask!). Turn in your Crisis Care Kit to the church office or collection basket. 

Cash or check donations will also help with the much needed shipping costs of Crisis Care Kits.

2. OFFERING PLATE: place a cash or check donation in Offering Plate on Sunday. Be sure to make checks out to Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene and mark "Crisis Care Kits" in the memo.

3. ONLINE: Click here to donate now to Crisis Care Kits ...

Be sure to select "Missions under FUND and type "Crisis Care Kits" in the note section.

NAZARENE MISSION BOOKS 

Check out our NMI Mission Books

Missions books are a wonderful collection of true stories written and recorded by actual Nazarene missionaries. You can read them  at your own pace. New editions come out every year! 

Where to get Missions books: New Missions books are available in the NMI book rack in Fellowship Hall (see current list at right). Last year's editions and CDs are still available in the library adjoining to Fellowship Hall. Books are available free to check out in paperback at church or in a variety of digital formats online (see link below for options). You may also order individual and digital books from iTunes, Barnes & Noble or Amazon.  

Please make sure to write your name in the NMI Book Readers log found at the wall rack (check in & out book in Fellowship Hall) as you read or listen to any NMI Missions books in any format. We would like to acknowledge our readers each year at our annual NMI Mission Book Readers Celebration Party! 

Click here for NMI reading books and download options...

 

MISSIONS UPDATES 

Pregnancy Care Center: RCNAZ NMI Missions will give a donation of $50 per month to the Pregnancy Care Center provides medical care and maternal support for expecting mothers, as well as discussing options which honor the life of both born and unborn babies. PCC is in need donations in order to remain free to patients and continue in operation.

 

Laundry Love: For the month of January in 2022, we helped wash 122 loads of laundry for eight families. Updated info. to come for 2023.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets: There were 50 food boxes that were given out and 10 gift cards to families and individuals in need.

Christmas Child: Of all the empty boxes that were taken, 27 were returned filled and sent!

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NMI Mission Books 2021 Reading List

EuNC On Mission
by Klaus Arnold

Gospel Over the Andes
by Roger Winans
Edited by R. Alfred Swain


The Greening
by R. Franklin Cook
and Steve Weber

 

Ways to give to RCNAZ Missions projects:

1. Pray for NMI Missions:

We can not accomplish God's missions without His help. Please pray for our local and global missions, our missionaries and those who may receive the blessings our Lord provides through His mission's work

and witness. 

 

2. Online: Click Here...

Be sure to select "MISSIONS" or select "Other" and specify your donation destination in the note section.

 

3. Offering Box:

Place your gift in the offering box located in the RCNAZ Church foyer

If you do give a cash or check donation, please make checks payable to the "Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene." Be sure to write "MISSIONS" or the specific offering name in the memo or note area.

 

Thanks so much for supporting Nazarene Missions! Missions projects are only able to make a difference in the world through Christ because of generous people like you who share their time, gifts and prayers. We appreciate your support and generous hearts! 

 

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Get involved with Missions!

 

Here's how:  

Want to be involved in our Nazarene Missions International (NMI) projects or our community outreach? You are invited to attend any of our events, meetings or share your support!

 

Attend a Missions Council Meeting - Join us every 2nd Saturday of the Month @ 9:00am in the library at RCNAZ. Hear what we are doing, volunteer, or share your project or ideas (dates subject to change). Please email our RCNAZ NMI President for next meeting date or for more information, Beth McCain: 

 

Look for our "Mission of the Month" announcements during services and in the church bulletin - Every month, we will speak and invite church attendees to share, participate, or give toward our monthly missions and projects. If you are interested in being involved with NMI, please contact Beth McCain, one of our Missions team members or email info@rcnazarene.org.

 

What do Missions volunteers do? 

Our Missions volunteers share their time and gifts in a variety of collective works such as: 

  • Coordinating efforts within the community and church to make great changes in the world through transformational love

  • Donating and receiving, organizing, packing, and shipping items in need to be received at specific destinations 

  • Organizing NMI events, fundraisers and missions trips 

  • Educating the local community about our projects and world needs 

  • Providing meals or supplies to individuals and families in need

  • Teaching, sharing and discipling for Jesus

  • Being the hands and feet of Jesus for the sake of others,

      locally and worldwide

  • Praying for God's purpose and people

Contact RCNAZ NMI: 

Want to get involved? Questions or comments? Please contact us or call the church office at (760) 375-4433

Terri Davis

NMI President

Email: nmi@rcnazarene.org

Learn more about NMI Nazarene Missions International by visiting www.nazarene.org/nmi

Making Christlike Disciples in the Nations

NMI Book Readers
Helping Hands Ministries
Ways to donate
RCNAZ Mission Projects
Laundry Love
Volunteer
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
Missions Updates
Crisis Care Kits
Faith Promise
Child Sponsorship
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