MISSIONS OF THE MONTH:
As the church, who lives new as the Body of Christ, we believe it is essential to to our faith to follow Jesus and live out the most important of God's commandments:
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind... and love your neighbor as yourself."
- Matthew 22:37-38 -
By giving our time and care to our church and community, we are fulfilling this most important commandment. By showing love for others, we are loving those whom God created, and so are showing love for God through our actions. Through serving and helping one another, we are living in a way which praises and glorifies God with our lives and with our hearts. This is just as He showed us how to live.
Additionally, by serving others as the hands and feet of Christ, we are helping to share the message and mission of Jesus --- which is to share His love throughout the world. Each of us has a talent and has interests, and it is by His excellent design, that we are all called to share our individual gifts with others for His good purpose.
How can I help serve?
Throughout the year, RCNAZ Church is always looking for ways we can better serve each other locally and globally. We have a multitude opportunities available at any given time. We welcome you to opportunities which are seasonal, and also ones which are regular. Partner with us in HIS ministry and look for what interests you! Be sure to pray for God's guidance as you make the decision to serve. Here are a few open opportunities today:
First Impressions Team (Welcome Team)
Sunday School Teachers
Youth Room Work Crew
Building and Grounds
Please feel free to contact us about any of the above opportunities or let us know if there is another ministry interest you may have. To get involved at RCNAZ, contact our Pastors and staff by clicking the link below:
A Big Thank You!
Thank you so much to all of our volunteers who live sacrificially, giving their time and sharing their amazing gifts in so many unique ways, who love one another because of their great love for God. Thank you for praying for one another and encouraging each other. Because of your efforts, countless others know and will know how much they are truly loved by God. May God bless you abundantly!
Love God. Serve Others. We are the Church!
MORE RCNAZ MISSION PROJECTS:
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 at 9:00am)
At I-Wash Laundry on Norma Street in Ridgecrest
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! Please look for the Laundry Love donation jar at the Welcome Center or donate online:
Be sure to select "Other" under MY DONATION and type "Laundry Love" in the comment area.
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.
Please select "Nazarene Compassionate Ministries" under MY DONATION
to give a general donation to NCM.
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/
Be sure to select "Other" under MY DONATION and type "Child Sponsorship" in the comment area.
Upcoming in Nazarene Missions:
Coming Up Next:
Upcoming Local Events:
Please look for our Missions Moment during morning Worship @ 9:00am every last Sunday of the month. We will highlight our Mission of the Month and provide a time of offering for those who have in their heart to give to missions.
Brian Robert Jensen
Robert Eugene Bloudek
John Robert Dollman
Helen Ruby Hareland
Erika S. Ruth
Memorial Roll Dedications:
Thank you for your life of faith
and service in His name!
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.
We have a new LINKS missionary family. Please welcome and pray for our missionaries, Brian and Heidi Ketchum. The Ketchums are currently serving in France.
Be sure to select "Other" under MY DONATION and type "LINKS Missionary" in the comment area.
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.
Please select "Helping Hands" under MY DONATION
CRISIS CARE KITS
Feel free to donate a whole kit or just items from the list you wish to give. See Welcome Center or Janice in the office to pick up a (2 gallon) Ziplock bag if you need one. Return items to collection area at Welcome Center or the office. The kit(s) you give go directly to help people worldwide in times of disaster and crisis. Thank you for caring!
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.
Be sure to select "Other" under MY DONATION and type "Crisis Care Kit" in the comment area.
Cash or check donations will also help with the much needed shipping costs of Crisis Care Kits.
CALIFORNIA FIRE RELIEF
RCNAZ Missions is working to assist the relief effort for victims of the recent fires in California. We are saddened by these loss to our neighbors and fellow churches, and we pray for those affected. W also know God's grace is bigger. Nazarenes from all over are moving into action as the hands and feet of Jesus, ministering to the needs of the victims and providing evacuation centers. If you would like to make a donation toward the relief effort, please look for the fire relief donation box in the Foyer.
2 WAYS YOU CAN GIVE TOWARD FIRE RELIEF:
Be sure to select "Other" under MY DONATION and type "Fire Relief" in the comment area.
2. Offering Plate: place cash or check donation in Offering Plate on Sunday or place in the grey "Fire Relief" donation box in the Foyer. Be sure to make checks out to "Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene" and mark "Fire Relief" in the memo.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
Sunday, TBA @ 7:30am - 9:00am
In the Fellowship Hall
*Postponed* Bring the family! Join us every 4th Sunday morning for pancakes and breakfast! Let us do all the cooking! Donations will go towards our Missions and Children's Ministries. Suggested donation: $5 per person / $20 per family of 5 or more.
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 with our annual NMI Mission Book Readers Celebration Party!
Operation Christmas Child: RCNAZ Missions and church was able to send 39 Christmas boxes with gifts and toys to children in need this 2020 year.
Laundry Love: For the month of November, we helped wash 48 loads of laundry for six families.
World Mission Broadcast: $422.25 was donated toward World Mission Broadcast (WMB). World Mission Broadcast helps the message of Christ to be shared around the world and in rural areas, spoken in local languages through a variety of multi-media formats from television to radio and now apps.
World Evangelism Fund: Through the annual Thank Offering, $775 was given to WEF to help the Church of the Nazarene share and support the mission and message of Christ globally.
NMI Mission Books 2020-21 Reading List
by Carol Anne
Edited by andre Bennett
To the Shelter
by Kay Browning
The Road Back
by David and Lisa Frisbie
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Contact RCNAZ NMI:
Want to get involved? Questions or comments? Please contact us or call the church office at (760) 375-4433
Ways to donate to RCNAZ Missions projects:
2. 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 comment 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, donations and prayers. We appreciate your support and generous hearts!