What’s Been Happening at NMC?
By NMC - April 27, 2017
Posted in NMC News & Updates, Adult Ministry, Partnerships, Student Ministry, Children's Ministry, High School Ministry, Middle School Ministry, Global Impact, Stories from NMC
It’s been a busy couple of weeks at NMC. In these seasons, it’s easy to sprint through the craziness of life and forget to notice all God has done. Without His work, we would be little more than busy bodies rushing from one thing to another. So this week, we are pausing to celebrate what God has done.
It seems like there is always something exciting happening in KidMin. Week after week, this team loves on the babies in the nursery. They prepare fun crafts for our preschoolers. They teach Bible stories for our kindergartners through third graders. They lead worship for our fourth and fifth graders.
For Easter, our KidMin team went above and beyond, especially in our K-3rd grade room as kids travelled to various “stations” to hear the Easter story. They waved palm branches and laid down cloaks to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem. They ate the Last Supper with one of Jesus’ disciples and heard what it was like to be with Jesus in His final moments. They visited the cross and the tomb where Jesus was buried. They talked to a guard who was in charge of watching the tomb.
Dozens of incredible volunteers helped bring to life the story of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for NMC’s kids. Their creativity spurred on kids’ imaginations and helped to plant seeds of the Gospel.
This past month in Student Ministries has been a whirlwind. Among other things, our High School Ministry sent an IMPACT team to the Juarez area of Mexico in early April, and most recently, our eighth graders went on a retreat together. The group travelled to Camp Lakewood with our Student Ministries pastors as well as several high school student cabin leaders. The goal of the weekend was not only to have a ton of fun but also to reflect on and debrief the students’ time in middle school and look forward to high school.
This is the second annual eighth grade retreat, and our Student Ministries team has found that this event serves as a great way to prepare our eighth grade students for their transition to High School Ministry. As students reflected on their years in Middle School Ministry, they began to process all that God has done. As they spent time with their cabin leaders, they began to form friendships with those they will spend time with during their time in High School Ministry.
In a few, short weeks, our eighth graders will officially become freshmen in High School Ministry. Through the love and care of Student Ministries, these students are set up for a smooth and exciting transition.
Wednesday night electives are one of the key ways adults connect at NMC. This past Wednesday, two new classes began.
Pastor Justin kicked off a study entitled “What Makes you Happy?” In this elective, he dives into what real happiness looks like as well as the three things that truly make people happy. These three concepts are not elusive or impossible to obtain. Anyone can experience them in his or her life. If you’re interested in diving into this study, join Pastor Justin in Courtyard Commons from 7-8 p.m.
Pastor Don also kicked off an elective entitled, “The Church has Left the Building.” You may recognize this from an elective offered near the end of 2016. Once again, this group is scattering across the Nappanee area to start conversations with others and to bless them through various acts of kindness. Last November, this group set up shop at gas stations, the coffee shop and Miller’s Mary Manor. They were intentional about listening and getting to know others as well as doing kind things for them. Through their actions and love, we saw the Lord do incredible things, and we’re excited for the many things He will do this session.
We are a church of a local, regional and global focus. Through this focus, the Lord has allowed us to connect with individuals and organizations across our region and around the world. Recently, we were given the opportunity to host our partners from El Sembrador Farm School in Honduras. This school provides education for both boys and girls as well as provides a place for boys to live and receive vocational training in a variety of trades.
Last Thursday, NMC hosted a banquet for this organization to raise money and sponsorships for them. After eating a delicious meal that included a few Honduran staples, the group had the opportunity to hear from Everardo, the top student at El Sembrador. As he shared his story with those in the room, it was evident to see the ways God has been working in his family for generations.
The evening ended with a challenge from Pastor Dave, and those in the room came through in an incredible way, exceeding the financial goal for the banquet. God is doing incredible things through all of our local, regional and global partners. It’s always wonderful to see our partners in person and support them in a variety of ways.
God’s Church is a global Church. As the NMC Body, we are honored to come alongside our brothers and sisters around the world to build His kingdom.