Friday Focus 4.29.16

Dear HCN Family,

Imagine with me a world with no more sin, no more pain, no more sadness, nor more sickness, no more deceit, no more greed, no more prejudice, no more misunderstandings, no more heart ache, and no more selfishness. That list of no mores, subtracts from much of what we unfortunately know of experiencing life in this broken world. But, that list of no mores ushers in the existence of a new heaven and new earth where God is literally the center of everyone’s existence. God is the light, with no need of other sources of light, God is our dwelling place! God is literally the temple! Can you imagine that?

John in Revelation 21:22-27 writes:
22. “I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Let us be reminded of this great existence that we who are in Christ have to look forward to and may the knowledge that only those who’s names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life bring a renewed passion and motivation to be a witness for Christ and His gospel to those who don’t know Him.

Here’s what’s happening in the life of HCN

Mother’s Day BrunchSaturday May 7th 11:00 am
Ladies, don’t forget to sign up for our Mother’s Day Brunch coming up next Saturday. It will be held at the church. Tickets are $5 a piece and will be sold at the Welcome Center.

HCN Softball T-Shirts Available
We have T-shirts that say, HCN Softball available for $10 a piece. This will go to help raise funds for our softball ministry. They are the same light blue with the same logo and design as our actual softball jerseys. Many of the families and fans have already purchased one. We have more available for anyone who would like one. They will also be available at the Welcome Center this Sunday, if you would like to purchase one to support our softball team.

Emmaus Homeless Ministry – This Sunday May 1st
This month’s Emmaus team will involve our Women’s Ministry. If you are able to go and serve the homeless this Sunday at Nashville First Church, please meet at the church at 4:30 pm. If you have never gone but are considering it, I encourage you to give it a try. You won’t regret this great opportunity. Having been many times, I can personally say I come away more filled than emptied. It is always a great way to show the love of Jesus to the needy. This particular week, additional help is needed with the children’s group. Jennifer Lester our Emmaus Coordinator will be leading that. If you are interested in helping her with the children please contact her.

New Adult Sunday School Class Starting THIS SUNDAY!
If you have not yet settled into a Sunday School and are looking for a place to during Sunday School to connect and learn more about God’s Word, we invite you to join our new Sunday School class starting this Sunday in Room 113. George King will be the teacher and we are excited about him leading and teaching this new class.

Sunday Morning Prayer Team – Time Change – 8:30 – 9:00 am
We are changing the time and meeting place for the Sunday morning prayer team to be from 8:30 am – 9:00 am. This will enable anyone who would like to be part of the prayer team to also be a part of Sunday School. This prayer team will now meet in the lobby near the staff offices at the end of the hall from 8:30 – 9:00 am. I invite you to consider joining this important and crucial team.

This Sunday Morning Supporting our Teens Going to Camp
We will have another opportunity to give towards our teens going to church camp as they are $500 short of their goal to raise enough money. This year we have 34 teens sign up and going to church camp which is the largest number we’ve had! If you are able to give and support them, please prayerfully consider helping them meet their goal this Sunday during our offering time!

Other Upcoming HCN Events in May
May 15th Sunday – Board Meeting with our newly elected Church Board.
May 21st Saturday – Men’s Ministries Breakfast at church 8:30 am
May 22nd – New Members Sunday
May 29-30 – District Assembly

I pray that all of you will have a wonderful weekend and that we will see everyone
on Sunday morning!!!


In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Duane

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