Community Development at Nyssa

Nyssa Nazarene is finding new ways to connect with their community.  In addition to their community food bank, they recently added a new, updated coffee shop in one of the buildings lining the main drag of the town.  The space had sat unused and vacant for several years, but has been transformed through partnerships in the church and community, including financial help, donated items, and Pastor Steve's gifts for reclaiming the disused to make something new.  As a united group, they have been shaping beautiful new space for the benefit of the whole community.  They are planning a grand opening for October 8, with a Friday evening of music, fellowship, and (of course) coffee.  They are planning regular coffee shop hours 9am-1pm on Wednesdays and 1pm-6pm, plus a monthly worship service gathering.  Next time you are in Nyssa, stop by the shop and enjoy!

2021 District Ministry Team Retreat

District Pastors and Spouses Retreat 2021 was a time of great food, fellowship, and preaching with the warm hospitality of Trinity Pines.  Dr. Randy Craker encouraged and inspired the pastoral team through the day in the life of Jesus.  It was good to pause, stepping away for a few beautiful autumn days in the mountains, enjoying that time with Jesus and with one another.

SLC Central Welcomes African Congregation

Salt Lake City Central Church of the Nazarene is located in a diverse area near the heart of the city.  Within a mile's distance of the church building are people representing around one hundred different languages and cultures.  As the church has sought to minister in its unique context, Pastor Jeremy Johnston received a phone call from Pastor Tito, an African pastor who had been leading a growing congregation and who was seeking connection with an established church in the area.  This newly-developing group now meets in SLC Central's building for worship on Sunday afternoons, and Pastor Jeremy and other leaders at Central are working with them as partners in the Gospel.

Block Party at Boise Euclid

Boise Euclid has a vision to reach their community for Christ.  Pastor Sam Bartolome at her team hosted a block party on Labor Day 2021, inviting people from the surrounding six blocks to join them, and they had a great turnout.  Several Boise State University students made their way out of the nearby frat houses for burgers, hot dogs and sides, along with a gift bag from the church.  Euclid's recent building remodel and landscaping have made their location more inviting, and they have added a Student Study Center lounge as a place for people to come.  The church also continues to build relationships through its partnerships with BSU, CRU, and AA.

Swahili Congregation at Boise Five Mile

2021 Five Mile Swahili mergeSeveral years ago at its annual NMI Convention, the district was challenged to consider a new perspective with this question:

What will we do when the world comes to us?

Ten years ago, Nazarene missionaries in Tanzania ministered to refugees fleeing from the Congo, some of whom eventually made their way to Idaho.  They found another Nazarene ministry, this time at Boise Five Mile.  Pastor Ben Turner and the Five Mile congregation welcomed these new friends from Africa and opened their facility for a Swahili-language service.  A year has passed since that time, and the two groups have officially merged to become one church with two congregations.  One of the leaders, Pastor Rehema Asumani, is now developing in ministry as part of the Five Mile staff.  We praise God for how He is working through the local congregations and the global church to share the good news of Jesus.

District Camp Meeting

District Camp Meeting 2021 was blessed by the dynamic duo of Pastor Scott Shaw (District Superintendent) and Dr. Verne Ward (Director of Global Missions) speaking about the Good News and the work of the gospel, both around the world and in our own lives.  In addition to the great music, preaching, and food at Trinity Pines, the Spirit of God was evident in meaningful conversations and the joy of shared experiences during that time together. We are so grateful for an amazing campground with such natural beauty, and for the joy of Jesus together -- including with marshmallows in Olympic fashion!  Thank you for all who joined us this year.

Boise Euclid Welcomes Pastor Sam Bartolome

BartolomesEuclid Community Church in Boise recently welcomed Rev. Sam Bartolome as their new pastor.  Pastor Sam and her husband Tom served at Boise Five Mile Church of the Nazarene for five years, and Pastor Sam continues as assistant for the NNU Graduate School of Theology.  Pastor Sam hasn't let any grass grow under her feet since her July 4 start at Boise Euclid, as she is already working with the church leadership to develop new vision for connecting with the nearby community and with students at Boise State University.  They have also been hard at work developing a welcoming space by remodeling the building, tearing out old shrubs, and updating the landscape around the church building.  Boise Euclid wants to shine the bright light of Jesus in their community as they partner together in God's vision for the future.

All are invited to join them for a block party in the church parking lot to connect with the neighbors on Labor Day -- September 6, 2021, starting at 1pm. 

Girls' Camp 2021

What a fantastic year for Girls' Camp!  Campers in grades 4-6 spent an incredibly full week exercising their faith and their bodies at Believercise.  The amazing directors, Ashleigh Loeber and Anneke Wolfe, brought together a great team that led the girls in hikes, crafts, cabin games, recreation, and even a group Believercise dance.  Along with the activities, the girls spent time learning each day as an exercise to help grow and strengthen faith in Jesus.  A number of young ladies added a stake to the Trinity Pines Stake Garden as a symbol of their salvation through Jesus.  It was a great week -- and they are already looking forward to next year!

Boys' Camp 2021

Grady Harmon and Jayson Martindale directed a great boys' camp (grades 4-6) at Trinity PInes, joined by a host of volunteers who invested all week in the lives of the boys.  Pastor Grady reports:

Summer camp was a huge success!  We had the best week with 66 of the best campers around.  This year we focused on what summer camp is all about and broke it down into five main themes: being in God's creation, being in the midst of God's love, being challenged to grow, being one in brotherhood, and being sent out to share.  God really showed up this week as sixteen boys committed their lives to Christ or felt called into ministry.  Praise God!  We also spent the week playing games, singing songs, competing in a pinewood derby and earning Camp Cup Coins for the inaugural Camp Cup Challenge.  The Cabin Leader All-Stars were crowned Camp Cup champions after defeating the Camp Staff Elite in an epic dodgeball match.  We had such a great week at camp and can't wait until next year!