Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Check out the Prayer resources!

Download a sheet of 4 cards to share with family, friends, SS & small group :Prayer Cards.

Need more ideas? Contact our district Prayer coordinator, Alice Traylor.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Keep Connected with COOPERS!

Deputation is over but not the need for prayer!  

Continue to pray for David & Jodi while they are here in the USA as well as when they are back in Africa.

Follow their ministry via their blog
Keep connected via email, Facebook (David & Jodi) and Skype(coopersinafrica)

Friday, August 10, 2012

God uses #Children. . .

Years ago, a five-year-old boy heard a missionary speak about all the people in the world who didn't have God's Word. He decided he wanted to pray for one of these language communities, so he began praying each Sunday afternoon for God to send missionaries to the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island. His mom and dad would smile each time they heard his fervent prayer.

Finally a Wycliffe friend of theirs reported that he was assigning translators to serve the Rapa Nui! The little boy started writing to the translators and then began selling stationery so he could give them some of his profits. His parents later discovered that the missionaries had become interested in Easter Island around the time their son began praying.

Even the littlest intercessor can make a big difference in the world.

Thank You, Jesus, that the consistent prayer of all ages accomplishes much!

"Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20 NLT).

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Did you know at our childrens camps recently. . . One of the counselors suggested that we encourage the kids to give some of their own snack card $ ($5 per camper) for our Indonesian project.

Primary camp kids gave $169.50
Preteen campers gave $257

Woo Hoo!!!!  How is your church doing?

Plan now to attend the 2012 Childrens Mission Day.  Spread the Word!

Download a copy of the flyer shown above in pdf format by clicking here!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mobilizing @Nazarenes around the World

The Discipleship place is offering a FREE Webinar where John Comstock will lead a discussion about how to effectively use in the church setting, including an overview of current resources and resources coming soon. 

August 21

11 am (Central Time)

In addition, this webinar will look at ways to utlize the “Community” to both network with Nazarenes around the globe and as a tool for small groups.

Check out an archived preview of a webinar  on "The Missing Ingredient in Discipleship" by Rev. Hal Perkins.

Webinars are typically free and open to anyone who is interested. The only possible cost you may incur would be any long distance charges should you decide to use the conference call line.

Click here <>  to register. 

Once you register, you will receive an e-mail with all the information you will need to join on the night of the webinar.

Visit Nazarene Media Library for archived webinars.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Less than a month away. . .Are YOU ready?

North Central Ohio District Assembly & Campmeeting


—drop off these items in the marked area of the Chapel lobby—Backpacks and school supplies.
—Deodorant, travel sized shampoo & soap; washcloths; and small hand towels and womens reading material for We Care Connection.
—Bubbles, balls and sidewalk chalk for Heaventrain


Bring Crisis Care Kits to the Disaster Response Trailer ($12/box for CCK processing should still be sent to the Global Ministry Center and $2/box to Sunbury Church toward mileage to the national warehouse.)


8 :15am to 8:45 am :  Delegate sign in and voting

8:30am to noon:  Children's Mission service (grades k-4, meet in the band room)
                            Preteen Work and Witness w/ Mandi Downs 
                            (for 5th-6th graders; permission form required; wear old clothes; meet in Band Room)

8:30 am to 10:15:  NMI Business

10:30  am to noon : Mission Rally Service with special friends from a creative access area.

This year will be voting for our representatives for the General NMI assembly scheduled for June 2013.  On Saturday simply sign in, get your ballot,vote and submit.
Questions? Concerns? Simply ask one the many greeters we will have to help you


Please vote for 10!

Judy Bean
Mentor Lighthouse Community
Local & district NMI councils
Children’s director
Children’s Quiz director,  
Board member
Associate Pastor
9 Work and Witness

Deb Boquist
District Childrens Mission Director
Local Childrens Minister

Sheila Burrows
Sunday School Superintendent
Local & District NMI councils
Gateway Resource Center Compassionate Ministries Board
District Camp Board/Food service

Linda Campbell
Local NMI President (4 yrs)
Church Board
District SDMI council

Vicki Champer
Local and District NMI councils
Delegate to prior General Assemblies
Work & Witness Trips
Former Middler Camp Director
Campmeeting Housing Staff

Brian Dye
Local NMI President
District Crisis Care Kit  coordinator 
Bill Glass prison Ministries
Work & Witness
Major Account Executive at Ricoh USA, Inc.

Adele Etherton
North Royalton State Road Community
Local NMI President
Church Board
Local coordinator of Meals to Victory Nazarene

Kathy Greenich
Former quiz coach
Local & District NMI councils
Children church leader
Camp staff
MVNU trustee
MVNU student development chair

Elaine Gray
Sandusky Community
Childrens Director for 22 yrs (retired)
District Children's Director for 11 yrs
District Childrens Mission Director
Local Childrens Ministry & VBS director

Robert Hebets
Mount Vernon Lakeholm
Retired Missionary
Swaziland(9yrs), Lebanon(1yr) , Papua New Guinea(9 yrs)
Former Field Coordinator for Jesus Film Harvest Partners

Kevin Hughes
Mount Vernon First
Praise Team
Sunday School teacher
Local church board
Former quiz coach
Camp Counselor
MVNU Trustee
Work & Witness Trips
Local & District NMI Councils

Dale Kuglin
Mansfield First
Church board member (30 yrs)
Middler teacher (35 yrs)
25 Work & Witness Trips
Church Treasurer
Church Building and Grounds Coordinator

Cynthia Limburg
Local NMI president
Church Board

Pat Martin
District  NMI council
Local NMI President
Church Treasurer
Former Middler teacher
3 Work & Witness trips

John Neilson
Mount Vernon Lakeholm
Local NMI president
MVNU professor

Ron Palenshus
Local NMI president
Church Board

Gail Patch
English professor at Korea Nazarene University (34 yrs)
Cheonon City USA recruitment director
Local & District NMI Council
Sunday school teacher of 1st and 2nd graders
Proud grandmother of 9

Becky Phillips
VBS mascot
We Care connection
Bible Study Leader for CLE women's Shelter
Local & District councils

June Russell
Local NMI Council 
District NMI Delegate
5 Work & witness trips
Traveled to 31 different countries
Sunday School Superintendent, 
Sunday School teacher
Delegate to District Assembly 
Proud grandmother of 6

Sharron Sankovich
District NMI secretary
Work & Witness trips
Heaventrain volunteer/photographer
Local NMI council / Board member 

Mary Shafer
District NMI council
Work & Witness Trips
MVNU Women's Auxilary
1st grade Sunday School teacher
Choir Librarian

Connie Sharrock
Mount Vernon First
Local & District NMI Councils
Local & District Work & Witness Coordinator
Regional Work & Witness Director

Tim Sharrock
Mount Vernon First
Local & District NMI Councils
Local & District Work & Witness Coordinator
Regional Work & Witness Director
District Extension Board
West Africa Regional Field Officer
Gideon's International
Church Board

Amanda Saunders
Local & District NMI Council
Youth Mission Trips Coordinator
Former NYI President (4 yrs)
We Care Connection local coordinator
VBS Director
Leader of Women's bible study and a Sunday School class
Proud mother of 3

Alice Traylor
Mount Vernon Lakeholm
Local & District NMI councils
Multi-cultural Sunday School teacher
Children's ministry leader
Caravan director/leader
Women's ministries director
Children's Bible quiz director
Personal Evangelism

Jill Vickey
Local NMI president
Church Board

Kenna Williams
Mount Gilead Fresh Faith
Women's Ministries
MVNU Women's auxilary
update local church website
District NMI Council
Care Net crisis pregnancy volunteer

Friday, June 8, 2012

One Heart Many Hands : Columbus

July 2010

Director and Columbus resident George Sisler said he decided to bring the project home after driving through the city to volunteer in Indiana.
"I would drive by the area going to Indianapolis and just, that voice inside me was saying, 'Wouldn't it be nice to do that in Columbus?'" Sisler said. "I could see the need."
One Heart-Many Hands has announced plans for a large scale service project June 16-21, 2013 preceding the International Church of the Nazarene General Assembly and Convention.Learn more about One Heart Many Hand by visiting their website,

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mission Resources for Children

Don't forget about our Mission Focus for this year!  Siloam Childrens Center in Indonesia

  • Download an editable poster about the project to display. (required Microsoft Publisher)
Don't have Microsoft Publisher?  Download a pdf copy of the above item.
Don't have Microsoft Publisher?  Download a pdf copy of the above item.
  • Download PRAYER POINTS about the project to share with your church. (required Microsoft Publisher)
Don't have Microsoft Publisher?  Download a pdf copy of the above item.

Other Resources for children are. . . 

Kidz of Courage (VBS program by Voice of the Matryrs)

15- to 20-minute lesson plans available for free as PDF documents. Each features a learning activity, lesson, a challenge that encourages children to become involved in missions and a parent letter. An easy, exciting, and effective strategy,developed by the North American Mission Board for Southern Baptists.  Ideas can be easily adapted to Nazarene  Missions.

Nazarene regional websites:  Africa, Asia/Pacific, Eurasia, MesoAmerica, South America

Contact Debbie Boquist of Bedford Church of the Nazarene for questions or even more ideas.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Missionary Health Care is . . .

The cost of keeping missionaries healthy so they can do their jobs is quite high, and the cost continues to rise. To help defray those costs, the Nazarene Missions International developed the NMI Missionary Health Care.

Missionary Health Care helps pay for the medical expenses of Nazarene missionaries. It accounts for about 25% of the total medical expenses (approximately $500,000). Hopefully, with increased awareness of and participation in the Missionary Health Care, that amount will increase.

Missionary Health Care is . . . 

The Memorial Roll, established in 1919, is a way to honor deceased friends and loved ones. A certificate is issued in the name of the person memorialized and is often presented to a family member or displayed in the church. Churches or individuals may place as many names on the Memorial Roll as they desire, and those memorialized need not be members of the church.

Click here to order online.

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is a tribute to church people who are living and for their service to the church. Although the DSA is given through NMI, it need not be given in the area of missions. A church may wish to honor anyone in the church for their efforts. Note: The DSA may only be given by a church or a group within the church. Individuals may not give this award.

Order online by clicking here.

Gifts from the Heart (GFTH) is a facet of the NMI Missionary Health Care designed to make giving to the NMI Missionary Health Care easy. "In Memory" and "In Honor" cards can be picked up at the GFTH display rack in your local church. Available in both English and Spanish, these attractive cards are a great way to show someone you care while helping Nazarene missionaries at the same time. (Display racks are also available in Spanish.) 

The Children's Memorial Roll (MR) is intended to honor deceased children up to age 18. It is designed to be displayed in a nursery, living room, or hallway. The Childrens MR certificate features bright colors and depicts children of diverse ages and ethnicities in the arms of Jesus.

Click here to order online

Needs ideas on how to promote Missionary Health Care in your church? Click here

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cheonan-Si. . . Here We Come!

Korea Nazarene University (KNU) has been appointed by Cheonan City, South Korea, to recruit English teachers who teach at elementary, middle, and high schools.

KNU is an accredited private Christian university. It is one of 57 educational institutions within the International Church of Nazarene.

Cheonan City Promo Film
Cheonan City Promo :  Office of Education
The university is looking for teachers who are evangelical Christians to teach the students with the love of God at various schools in Cheonan City. It is a great opportunity to be a Christ-like teacher and to be a witness of God's love and care to each Korean student.

Gail Patch, retired professor of KNU now living in Ohio, is an assisting in the recruitment and consulting for these teachers and for other instructors for other KNU programs.

It is with great rejoincing that she would like to announce that THREE young ladies from the North Central Ohio District are going to teach in the Cheonan City School program in the fall of 2012.  

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Brittany Fawcett who is from Sandusky Church of the Nazarene. She is a 2010 graduate of MVNU and was active in doing overseas mission as well as in Ohio. At the present time she is an assistant to a Special Education teacher at a local elementary school in Evans, CO.  Laura Poast from Mount Gilead and a 2011 graduate of MVNU has a double major in history and English.  She delayed going in the spring so that she could go to S. Korea at the same time as Angela Williams who will be graduated from ONU with a major in social science in May of 2012.  Angela is from Mount Vernon, OH and her mother, Kenna Williams serves on the district NMI council.

Gail has met these young ladies and is excited to send them to serve with the other 8 adults leaving this fall for  S. Korea through this particular facet of KNU teaching ministries.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Building on the Foundation

The idea of traveling across the world and being immersed in unfamiliar cultures has become the passion of my heart.  I want to learn about new people and look beneath the surface of their society to understand what comprises their communities.  Since starting college at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and claiming my major as Spanish, I had the intuition that I probably would live outside of the States. 

I was raised in a Christian household where I was taught a firm foundation in my beliefs and ethics.  It wasn’t until I had really gained spiritual independence on my own that my beliefs turned into a devotion and relationship with Christ.  Since then He has been pushing me in strides.  I am amazed at my growth and at the lessons He is teaching me.  Something He is teaching me with this call to Peru is reliance on Him for comfort.  His call that we give up everything and follow Him has never been more real to me than now.  Matthew 6:25-33 has been an amazing comfort just knowing that He will provide for me always.

Trevor Allen is a 40/40 Mission Corp volunteer with Extreme Nazarene Ministries serving in Puno, Peru.

Keep connected with Trevor while he serves in Peru through his blog or Facebook.

Monday, April 9, 2012

It's that time of year again!

Can you believe?  Time to compile the annual NMI reports for your local church and the District.

The quadrennial goal of the General NMI emphasizing our denominational mission which is to “Make Christ like disciples in the Nations” is drawing to a close with the 2012-2013 focus on “in THE NATIONS (globally)”.

Click here to access the ONLINE Local President's Report due by June 1.

Directions were mailed to all churches on Good Friday, April 6.  Did you misplace them?  Click here for a pdf copy of the INSTRUCTIONS.

Absolutely need a printed form?
Request one from Sharron Sankovich, District NMI secretary by May1.  Download, complete and mail forms back to Sharron by May 24.

Convention Date this year is July 14, 2012.
Elections for Global NMI delegates will occur this year for the 2013 General Assembly and convention.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Through the Cross

For more than half a century Nazarenes have celebrated Easter with a special offering for World Evangelism. During this special season of the year, Nazarenes around the world give from hearts of generosity to the work of the Church. Click here for more information and resources to help promote this special offering.

More media found at NazareneMedia Library.

Saturday, March 31, 2012


Join the creator of MissioLife, Chris Folmsbee, as he shares how to help the people of your church live into the mission of God in each of these free live webinars.

Receive a complete 6 week module for attending one of these webinars!

MissioLifeenables spiritual growth through the spiritual formation model of story, theology, identity and calling, way of life, and behaviors and expressions. It calls us to move beyond simply reading Scripture to participation in the mission of God, both communally and individually. Through six (6 week) modules, one year of MissioLife;provides the opportunity for intentional and comprehensive formation. Communities can continue on the journey with the following years of MissioLife.
  • Year One - The God of Life: A Story of God’s Redeeming Shalom
  • Year Two - The God Who Would Be King: A Story of God’s Kingdom
  • Year Three - The God of Promise: A Story of God’s People
  • Year Four - The God of New Creation: A Story of God’s Restoration
Check out :  Living in the Mission of God - Breathe - Image - Rhythms

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mark Your Calendars. . . 2012 Deputation Tour

Dr. Stephanie Doenges was 15 years old when she first felt God's call to medical missions. This call was also a promise. And after many years of preparation, God has kept his promise. In January 2009, she moved around the world and joined a team of 5 missionary doctors and national staff in providing medical and spiritual care to the people at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital of Papua New Guinea.
Keep connected with Dr. Steph through her blog.
Support Dr. Steph through giving.
Dr. Steph's Oceania profile with a link to her prayer card.
Dr. Steph's Facebook profile.
Learn more about Nazarene Health Ministries in Papua New Guinea
Get involved with Kudjip Nazarene Hospital through the Nazarene Hospital Foundation or the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.
Peak into Kudjip Nazarene Hospital through ENGAGE MAGAZINE's 2009 photoessay.
Read about Kudjip Nazarene Hospital through HOLINESS TODAY's  articles; A Place of Healing  and Continues to Grow and 50 Years in Papua New Guinea
Hear Dr. Steph by visiting any one of these NCO churches on the date below:

Sunday, March 25
PM at 6pm-- Cleveland Zone Rally at Willowlake
Monday, March 26 at 7pm
Coschocton/Marion Zone Rally at Mount Gilead Fresh Faith Community
Tuesday, March 27 at 7pm
Bellevue Zone Rally at Fremont
1925 N. 5th St., Fremont, OH 43420
(E-mail: ; 419-332-6427)
Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm
Ashland Zone Rally at Mansfield First
675 W. Straub Rd., Mansfield, OH 44904
(E-mail: ; fax: 419-756-7080; 419-756-9990)
Thursday, March 29 at 7pm
Wadsworth Zone Rally at Orrville Harvest Hills
Friday, March 30 at 7pm
Ashtabula Zone Rally at Kelloggsville
4841 S. R. 84, Conneaut, OH 44030
(E-mail: ; 440-224-1415)
Sunday, April 1
PM at 6pm--Cleveland/Elyria Zone Rally at Bedford
Check out the promotional resources!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sing for Joy . . . Oh, Africa

MISSION IMMERSION 2012 is scheduled for July 10-22,  2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, on the campus of Africa Nazarene University (ANU).This gathering is for high school students who have a definite call to serve as a missionary someday in a culture other than their own.

Congratulations to Renae Secrest from Mt. Vernon 1st who has been selected to participate.  Please pray for her and all the high school students involved.
Renee Seacrest 

Renae is also heading to Rwanda with  Kevin Hughes, Mikel Morris, Tim and Connie Sharrock,  her dad- Dave Secrest, Vivian and Bob McMillan from Mt. Vernon First; as well  Don Beecher, Ron Jackson, and Nancy Ritterbach from other NCO churches who are also participating in Mt. Vernon First's Work & Witness trip. 
Keep connected by following their blog.

Interested in participating in the 2013 District trip to Alaska?  Contact Tim and Connie Sharrock of Mt. Vernon 1st.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Get Ready to Engage with our NCO District Missionary

Come prepared to interact with Dr. Steph message!

Using your cell phone text messaging feature to communicate with Dr. Steph when she poses questions to the congregation via this wifitti screen. Come back later throughout the week and read what others on the district answered  the same questions you were posed with!

Twitter user can simply include @ncohionmi in their message or the hastag of #DrStephPNG

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Called. . .

Christ entered my life at an early age.  I grew up in Painesville, OH attending the local Nazarene church every Sunday and Wednesday that was humanly possible.  After high school, I decided on attending Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois to study Engineering.  By second semester, I changed to a double major in Math and Actuarial Science.  My faith only grew stronger at Olivet (it's a great school.)  God blessed me in so many ways, and He has prepared my heart to only want to serve Him.

After finishing my first year at Olivet, God couldn't have been more obvious in calling me to Peru.  I'm mega-excited for this journey.  My major has nothing to do with missions work, but I feel that I can bless people even more with the skills that I possess.  One of my favorite verses, John 15:13, states, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."  He died for us.  The very least I can do starts with this trip. God bless.

Garren Moore is currently a 40/40 Mission Corps Volunteer with Extreme Nazarene Ministries serving in Puno, Peru.

Keep connected with Garren as he draws near to the close his two year service to the Lord through his blog or through facebook.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Check out our new Wiffiti. . .

Try it out. . . .

Any Creative ideas on how we can use this new technology?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nazarene World Week of Prayer : Persecuted Church

With the formation of the Mesoamerica Region last year, the Church of the Nazarene now has six regions. This year we begin a new tradition with the requests for the seventh day of NWWP focused on the persecuted church. 100 million Christians around the globe currently are persecuted for their faith. This can take the form of imprisonment, abuse, hostility, and even death.

The prayer requests below have been gathered from various sources and do not necessarily reflect the work of the Church of the Nazarene or indicate that the denomination has work in these world areas.

1.     An evangelist in the Afghan-Pakistan border region reports being harrassed by a local leader and attacked by spiritual forces. The evangelist’s activities are being monitored, and another local leader announced that Christian activities “must be stopped.” Pray that God will grant supernatural strength to this brother and his church.

2.     A 26-year-old man was beheaded by extremists in Somalia in early January. The man worked for a Christian humanitarian organization that was banned by an extremist group. Pray for the man’s family and others who work for the humanitarian organization.

3.     It is said that there is no country harder to live in as a Christian than North Korea. Please pray for Christians in North Korea, asking God to extend His mercy and love to them and help them stand strong in their faith.

4.     Members of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in Colombia have prevented a Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) evangelist from entering the La Macarena region with items such as radios, Bibles, and Christian books. They are closing churches and burning buses attempting to enter the region. Please pray for believers in the region, that God will preserve their lives and give them courage.

5.     Pray for Christians in Afghanistan. In October 2011, it was reported that this country no longer had any church buildings and no Christian schools.

6.     Police beat and arrested a church leader in Khartoum, Sudan, amid increasing harassment of Christians following the 2011 secession of South Sudan. Pastors have been threatened. About 350,000 people, most of them Christians, fled to South Sudan after its secession, and Christianity is now regarded as a “foreign” religion in Sudan. Pray for the few remaining believers in the north.

7.     Authorities in China thwarted efforts by the Shouwang Church to lease a worship facility. Lacking a facility, the Beijing congregation was forced to meet outdoors, resulting in the arrest of 48 members. The congregation has tried three times to rent venues for its church, but each time the rental agreements are revoked due to pressure from the authorities.

8.     Susan Ithungu, a 15-year-old Christian girl in Uganda, lost the use of her legs after her father locked her in a room for six months for leaving Islam. She has now begun to take tentative steps. Well-wishers have paid the rent for the house where she lives and bought food and clothing for her. Susan says she has forgiven her father. Pray for Susan’s continued recovery and that Jesus’ love will touch her father’s heart.

9.     In North Korea, the country that has been consistently number one on Open Doors’ World Watch List, the Bible is absolutely forbidden. A Christian refugee recalls how his parents would sneak outside under cover of darkness to get their Bible. “Every night they went to the garden and dug up a pot. They took out a black book and read from it.” Pray for Christians who live in Gospel-resistant places like North Korea.

10.  Herdsmen and soldiers killed at least 45 ethnic Berom Christians in Nigeria in November 2011. The herdsman had leveled accusations of cattle theft, which sparked the killings. Church attendance was decimated, and Christians fled the town.

11.  A married couple that had served for 28 years as Baptist missionaries in Mexico were murdered on January 31. The area where they lived has suffered heavily from attacks by drug cartels, leading to the tentative conclusion that narcotics traffickers committed the crime. Drug traffickers oppose the message of Christ because it turns people away from their business.

12.  Pray for the physical protection of Christians being persecuted. Pray that they will see God’s grace as sufficient and God’s power perfected in their weakness. Pray that they will endure trials and that they will love their enemies. Above all, pray that they will trust God completely no matter the circumstance.

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Thank you for taking these to the throne room of our Lord, Jesus Christ.