Children’s Christmas Program— Thank you to all those who helped make the children’s program a tremendous success. A special thanks to Tina Hanna and her crew for working with these kids over the last few months.
Food Boxes— Come and pack boxes throughout the day on Wednesday, December 17th. We will begin distributing the boxes of food to those in need at 6 p.m. If you know of anyone in need of Christmas dinner please let Samantha Poley know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss out on being a part of this awesome outreach event! Check out the Oaks of Righteousness board in the foyer for more opportunities to serve.
Angel Tree— Join us for Angel Tree pickup and greet and fellowship with the Angel Tree families. The families have been invited to pick them up here on Thursday, December 18th between 6:30-8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served for the families. If you would like to make cookies or donate snacks, that would be greatly appreciated. See Jennifer Hay or Lorna Carter for more information.
YMCA Sponsored Family— The YMCA has adopted a family for Christmas. If you did not get an opportunity to buy a gift for a child for Angel Tree or would like to donate additional gifts to children in need, see a list of the family wants located under the bulletin board in the foyer. The family has seven children and could really use the extra help around Christmas time. Please see Jen Hay for more information and return gifts to the church by Tuesday, December 16th.
Ladies Prayer Breakfast– Ladies prayer breakfast will be held December 20th at 9 a.m. Come join us for breakfast, devotions, and fellowship. Please bring a breakfast dish to pass. This month we will be exchanging names for secret pals for the coming year.
Red Sweater Night— Our annual red sweater night will be held Sunday, December 21st at 6 p.m. Please bring cookies or finger foods for a refreshment after the event. For more information on this event please see Dennis or Jamie Clevenger.
Holiday Office Hours— During the Holidays the office will be open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is from December 22nd through January 4th.
Christmas Eve Service— Our Christmas Eve service will be from 6-7 p.m. at the church, allowing everyone to still have the evening to be with their family.
New Years Eve Game Night— We will be hosting New Years Eve family game night this year at the church. We will begin at 7 p.m. and stay until the new year. Bring snacks and games to play. Invite friends and mark your calendars for this fun event!
Blood Drive— Monroe Nazarene will be hosting another blood drive Tuesday, January 13th from 12:30-5:30. If you are interested in volunteering for this event or giving blood please see Samantha Poley.
Oaks of Righteousness Giving Wall— Oaks of Righteousness is the only unrestricted warming shelter in Monroe County and is located in the east end. Last year, Oaks of Righteousness sheltered as many as 37 people per night. In order to keep this ministry going, supplies and help is needed throughout the cold months. Check out the Oaks of Righteousness board in the foyer for opportunities to give to those in need.
Come Early For Prayer— Do you arrive just in time to grab a cup of coffee before heading off to Sunday School? Come 15 minutes earlier and join the dedicated group that prays specifically for the morning service in room 11 at 9 a.m.
Adult Discipleship Groups— Sundays @ 9:30 a.m. Studies include “Cross Training” and “Living Your Strengths” .
“60 minutes of Praise & Prayer”— Silently praying before our Lord, Sundays until Christmas from 4- 5 p.m. Join us in the Sanctuary. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Isaiah 46: 10
Letters of Encouragement— Please take a few minutes to send a letter of encouragement to those in our church who cannot be with us every Sunday. If you would like to send some letters see the bulletin board for a list of addresses.
What to Expect
When is the main worship service?
Our main worship service is Sunday at 10:30 AM.
Do I have to stand up in front of people?
Will I be asked to give out any personal information?
We encourage our guests to fill out a welcome card at the welcome table. This is not required but simply helps us track the interest levels of people who visit.
Do you want my money?
We are not after your money. In fact when the offering baskets are passed we sometimes actually tell our guests NOT to give. The best gift any guest can give us is their presence in the service.
Do I have to dress up?
No. Our regular attenders dress in a variety of ways. You will feel comfortable attending in casual attire or in a suit. The choice is up to the individual.
Do I have to turn my kids over to a stranger?
No. Your children are welcomed to stay with you. We do, however, have an excellent children’s program. We have implemented a “Safe Child” policy. This policy requires TWO adult workers in each room. Our workers also have undergone a rigorous screening process to be able to work with children. We also have a new pager system which allows us to discreetly contact you during the service if your infant child needs your attention.
What can I expect when I walk in the door?
When you arrive at the Monroe Church of the Nazarene you’ll be greeted by friendly faces at the front door. Our welcome crew will make sure you are made to feel at home. Head on over to the coffee center where you are faced with maybe the toughest decision of the day: “will I try the toasted coconut coffee or the chocolate cherry?” As the praise band begins to play you’ll soon realize worship is more than an event or experience. It is a connection. Events happen. Experiences come and go. But connections last forever. In our efforts to connect with God we highlight the importance of connecting with each other. This effort recognizes that what we wear to church is not nearly as important as why we are attending. Our worship services last around 75 minutes.
We look forward to meeting you. When you arrive there will be a seat saved for you and your family!