Thursday, May 22, 2008
Neil A. Schaffner
Director of Stewardship
You would only see this in a small church . . . The pastor is preaching and asks the congregation to turn to a particular Scripture. In the front row there’s an 11-year-old girl who is looking and looking and looking. She’s only a couple steps away from the pastor and he sees what’s going on. He stops preaching. He wants her to be on the same page everyone else is on. For a minute he excuses himself from behind the small stand that holds his Bible and notes. He helps her find the place in the Bible he mentioned.
Jesus said that he wanted the little children to come to him and Pastor Troxel of
That’s what your generous gift means to rural communities . . . a chance for young people to find Jesus. Thank you for helping!
Keeping country churches alive,
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Nenana looks great today! Yesterday was Clean-Up Day and all the school kids walked around town cleaning up the litter. Bill and I joined up with different classes and picked up our fair share. Mostly we picked up cans! The Native Council and the City are picking up garbage for free this weekend. I talked to the guy in charge and he said they have already taken 6,000 pounds to the dump!!! We put out an old satellite dish left over from previous tenants and lots of cans from the back of the property. We are raking up many years worth of leaves. Six piles of leaves were an hour's work.
Many people in our church will be traveling for long periods of time this summer, so our attendance will be down for awhile. Our Sunday evening services have been very well received. We started the Truth Project on the first Sunday in February and maintained attendance of about 30, many people attending the evening program that go to other churches in the morning. Now that the Truth Project has been completed we will be studying the Bible, its origins, its inspiration and its versions from the original to the present.
We will also be traveling to
Bill and I continue on with our community activities. Bill went with the third/fourth grade on their field trip to
There are a lot of kids here in town to play with and we have a big yard, and a swing set across the street. Both Aerin and Ethan did great in their classes and Aerin has Perfect Attendance this year in school and AWANA. The kiddos have been going to Tae Kwondo classes this school year and they attended a tournament and both won medals and trophies!
Speaking of AWANA, we ended the meetings on May 5th. We handed out many awards and had a great selection of cookies! We had great attendance this year, most weeks we had more than 20 kids and 8 adults. We participated in the AWANA Games in
We are so happy here in Nenana. This little town is a perfect match for us. I pray our lives are saying more to the people here than our mouths ever could. We strive each day to bring glory to God in everything we do. Please continue to pray for us and our community. Pray that we will reach more people and tell them about God. Pray that alcohol loses its grip on the native population. Pray for traveling safety for all of us this summer.
Bill and Rebecca