Statement on the Status of Refugee Ministry at Camp Taconic 

 

Dear Metro NY family,

As you are aware, Camp Taconic, with the enthusiastic support of the churches on the District responded to the call to help the unaccompanied minors that are crossing the U.S. boarder from Central America. This summer we began a partnership with Urban Strategies' Refugio program to serve unaccompanied youth. We were informed this past week that Urban Strategies has lost part of their funding for this program and are therefore no longer able to continue their partnership with us. But we are NOT giving up. Our commitment to the refuges remains solid and we are now exploring options that include talking with other Christian ministries that are well funded and possibly interested in partnering with the camp and Metro NY District.
My heart is filled with hope and joy. Many of you have rallied around this call to help the children, you have donated your time, talent and treasure to help us get ready for them. Thank you...and don't give up. Let's not let this bump in the road undo us. Pray that the Lord will provide what is needed to welcome these children to our sacred grounds.

In the meantime, Camp Taconic is still open for retreats and group events. Exciting renovations are under way that will enhance our ability to serve retreat groups. We welcome inquiries from all who are interested in our work and ministry.

God is blessing you, and you are passing that along. It is such an honor to serve you.

Art Alexander
Metro New York District Superintendent
420 W Merrick Road
Valley Stream, NY 11580
(516) 317-0496 Cell
(516) 561-8614 Office
(516) 561-8615 Fax
arta@mnynaz.com
www.mnynaz.com



 

Many of you have known that the Nazarene Publishing House has been struggling financially for the last few years. With the changing culture and how we get our reading material, the competition of online ordering and other unforeseeable challenges, regardless of attempts to turn things around, the decision has been made to close down operation of NPH.

The Board of General Superintendents has sent a letter detailing the events that led to this decision.

Click Here for Letter




 

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. It's a time for us to show, in tangible ways, our love and respect for who they are and what they do. The majority of our pastors work bi-vocationally in order to serve the Church. Many receive little or nothing monetarily from the local church and never complain. They are "called by God" to do what they do. They serve us in many ways during the most important and challenging times of our lives. Please find ways to thank our pastors this month. Talk to the church board secretary and see what you can do.


God bless you as you return honor and thanks to our leaders.Should you have any questions or suggestions on how we may be an encouragement to the clergy that lead us, feel free to contact me.

Click Here for More Information

Grace and peace,

Art Alexander

District Superintendent




Please take one moment to open the following link and consider attending Movement Day on October 23, 2014.

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The Metro New York District has been a sponsor of this event since its inception because the speakers are exceptional and the workshops inspiring and helpful.

Pastors, this is a great one day event that you can take your leadership team to and it's local. We have found the networking with pastors and leaders from around the area has been especially rewarding. We hope you will consider attending.


 

Dear Friends,

The LINKS program of the Church of the Nazarene is a network of personal connections between missionaries and Nazarenes around the world. Missionaries are assigned to districts and, then on the district level, connected to local churches. Here are the names and biographies of the missionaries that have been assign to our District.

Please read their biographies and share their information with your church members.

CLICK HERE FOR THEIR BIOGRAPHIES

Please do not stop praying for our precious full time missionaries.

In Jesus,
Yelssy Manza
NMI President Metro NY District




Happy Retirement Rev. Ken Blish

Rev. Ken Blish's last day in the District Office was Thursday, August 28th. We will miss his presence and knowledge but we know that God will continue to bless him in this new chapter of his life. 

We are thankful for all the years of hard work and dedications. He will be greatly missed. If you would like to send letters of appreciation you can mail them to:

9510 Transit Rd., #313, East Amherst, NY14051 or E-mail him at KBlishmny@aol.com



An Important Message from Yelssy Manza our Metro NY Missionary President

  

"I am so amazed at the things God is doing in the lives of young Nazarene people who want to make a difference at this time. Yes! Post-modern youth, who not only want knowledge and logic but above all, want a real experience, full of action, just like the Lord Jesus. I have visited churches during these past few months and have found youth who prayed two years ago for a missionary experience. And now......

TO CONTINUE READING PLEASE CLICK HERE


An Inspirational Story from Saving Souls for Christ Church of the Nazarene in Jalapa, Guatemala

Our Spanish District Coordinator, Juan David Paniagua, shared with us the new birth of "Saving Souls for Christ" Church of the Nazarene in Jalapa, Guatemala. Sister Marina Recinos, a member of Juan David's church, decided four years ago to move back to Guatemala. Once there, as an expression of gratitude to the Lord she decided to hold a service at her new home. The service had such an impact that the group decided to continue meeting every two weeks. Over the months, the meeting became a weekly event and many people were receiving Christ. In the beginning of 2014, it became clear that they needed a bigger location. The group decided to name the church "Saving Souls for Christ," which reflects the spirit that drives every member of this new church. On June 23, 2014 Pastor Juan David and his wife, Paola, traveled to Guatemala with the purpose of opening the church and to celebrate a mini campaign. During that week the Lord moved greatly. They baptized seven church members and 20 people came to Christ. The new church now has an attendance of 60 people but during the inauguration they had a total of 120 people of which 30 were children. Pastor Juan David calls this church their daughter and is helping with mentoring, leadership training, discipleship of believers, and a project to assist low-income children. He and Paola plan to visit their Parent Affiliated Church (PAC) in December to continue the work that has already been established.

We ask for you to keep the new congregation in Guatemala in your prayers. We know that you will be
encouraged to hear the miracles that God is doing outside our borders.

Here are some pictures....

 


 

A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL TREASURER

The June Funding the Mission report is attached. The World Evangelism receipts year-to-date are .7% below the prior year and 3.73% below the forecast.

We are grateful for the faithfulness of Nazarenes around the world and have faith that God will multiply their giving toward the various ministries of the Church of the Nazarene.

CLICK HERE FOR REPORT

Respectfully,

Dr. Marilyn J. McCool

General Treasurer / Financial Officer
Tel: 913-577-2701 | Fax: 913-577-0843

mmccool@nazarene.org



 

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My Fellow Leaders,

How do we know if we are being effective? Sometimes it is difficult to know if our ministry makes a  difference - a lasting impact. There's only one way to know your ministry's effectiveness: measurement. This month we wanted to give you the tools to design programs to produce measurable outcomes.

We are here to serve you and help you do what God has called you to do.

Connect well with your community - To find important resources for your local church and community read the rest of this message by clicking HERE.

 

Jay Height
jheight@nazarene.org
Coordinator, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada