WHAT’S HAPPENING @ SOUTHWEST COTN

“A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34

 

Welcome to St. Louis Southwest Church of the Nazarene, our home on the internet.   You are now viewing our home page where current events and activities are displayed.

 

JOIN US IN WORSHIP THIS WEEK!

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m., with Morning Worship/Children’s Church beginning around 10:50 a.m.

For map and directions to Southwest, click the “About Us” tab above.

 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

PRAYER changes things.  Who are you praying for?   If you have a prayer need, please complete a prayer card and drop it off in our white “Prayer Requests” box in the sanctuary.  We pray for these requests daily.

 

Midweek Prayer Meeting – Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

 

Communion is served in our worship services, usually on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

 

On the last Sunday of each month, special emphasis is given to our Food Pantry.   We need donations of food items to enable us to continue this ministry to people in need.   This is especially true since many families who are dependent on food stamps, have recently had their monthly benefits reduced.

Our greatest needs at this time are canned juices, cereals and breakfast items, but any and all donations are appreciated.  Items that cannot be purchased with food stamps, such as toiletries, personal care items, paper supplies and any non-food items, are also accepted and appreciated.  Place your donations on the specially marked cart in the foyer.  “Many Hands Make the Task Light.”

“…You have not because you ask not…” – James 4:2 Ask and it shall be given.  The pantry is open by appointment for emergency needs.

Thank you for continuing to support this ongoing ministry.  “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for Me.”  – Matthew 25:40

 

Copies of our local church directories are available.  They are updated twice a year, in April and October.  See the church sound engineer for a copy.  (Latest edition was updated November 1st, 2014.)

 

World Missions:   Our bulletin board in the foyer has tons of information about what’s going on in the mission field.

We also have NMI (Nazarene Missions International) reading books available, in hardcopy and compact disc versions.  Sign-up to read a book, or listen to a CD and find out what God is doing in the mission field as He works through His missionaries helping to “Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations”.  – Please return books and CD’s as soon as possible (don’t keep more than two weeks) so that they will be available to others in our congregation.

More information about NMI is available by clicking the link on the right-hand side of this page.

 

World Mission Broadcast – “Beyond Borders and Barriers”:   Those old-time radio receivers had a lot of circuitry, tubes, knobs, dials and controls.  So then, it takes many parts to broadcast a message.  —  Today it costs an average of $4.00 to broadcast one minute of the Gospel somewhere in the world.  How many minutes will you support?   Click the World Mission Broadcast link on the right to make an on-line donation.

 

Our teen group at Southwest COTN is a recipient of Schnucks Supermarket’s E-Scrip program.  Participating in this program is solely voluntary; however, it is an opportunity to raise funds for our teen group at no additional cost to you.  All you do is pick up an E-scrip card at the courtesy counter of your nearest Schnucks.  Activate your card by calling the phone number shown and mention Southwest COTN – Teens to the operator.   Thereafter, use your card on every Schnucks shopping visit and you will be supporting our teens!  To find out more about how the program works, go to the Schnucks supermarket website www.schnucks.com. 

 

Consider making a donation to Southwest to address some important needs.  Our 20-year-old white church van recently received $2,100 worth of repairs just to keep it safe for transporting children to church and summer camps. – The van is on our “Wish List” of items needed to help make Southwest COTN a safer and more friendly place to worship.  Click on the “Giving” tab at the top of this page to see our Wish List.

 

FEBRUARY 2015 EVENTS:

 

Alabaster Offering for World Missions.  —  This offering is collected twice a year, in February and September.  Your offering helps to “Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations” because one-hundred percent of the monies raised goes to build churches, schools, homes, and medical facilities on the mission field. 

It’s a big jigsaw puzzle, and you are one of the pieces to the puzzle!  Our Alabaster offering will be taken February 22nd during morning worship.  What will your offering be?  Please participate!

 

Celebration of Talents Festival and Chili Cook-Off - February 22nd during evening worship.  See Pastor Becky for info and to enter.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:  (Dates are tentative and are subject to change; please check back for updates.)

 

Annual Members Meeting, Sunday, March 22nd.   –  A pot-luck style dinner will be served after morning worship, followed by the meeting which takes place around 1:30 p.m.  At the meeting we will elect a new Church board and choose delegates to attend the Conventions and District Assembly (to be held at the Webster Groves COTN, Sunday, May 31st through Tuesday, June 2nd – dates tentative).

 

Holy Week celebrations.  —  March 29th is Palm Sunday.  Passover Dinner Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 p.m.  Saturday, April 4th will be our annual Community Egg Hunt on the church grounds at 1:00 p.m. (for kids walking through age 12).  Then on Resurrection Sunday (April 5th) there will be a Sunday School Breakfast Buffet at 9:30 a.m. followed by the morning worship service at 10:50 a.m., during which our Children’s Department will present an Easter drama.

 

Men’s Retreat at Pinecrest Campground – Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th.

 

Rummage Sale – Saturday, May 2nd.  Proceeds from our sale go to help send children and teens to summer camps at Pinecrest Campground!

 

District Assembly and Conventions (at Webster Groves COTN) – Sunday, May 31st through Tuesday, June 2nd.

 

Vacation Bible School – Monday, June 22nd through Friday, June 26th from 6 – 8:30 p.m.  The V.B.S. closing program will be Sunday, June 28th during morning worship.

 

Upcoming dates of Summer Camps at Pinecrest Campground:  (Registration Fees for the Teens, Boys and Girls Camps to be determined at a later date)

Monday, June 8th through Friday, June 12th – Teen Camp. 

Monday, June 29th through Sunday, July 5th – Family Camp.  The church van will operate to Pinecrest Camp on Wednesday, July 1st and Saturday, July 4th.

Monday, July 13th through Friday, July 17th – Boys Camp (boys who have completed school in Grades 2 – 6).

Monday, July 20th through Friday, July 24th – Girls Camp (girls who have completed school in grades 2 – 6).

 

Upward Soccer Camp – Monday, July 6th through Friday, July 10th.

 

 

More specific details regarding events above may be made as the dates draw closer.  Events, dates and times are not necessarily “set in stone” so please check back periodically for updates.