Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of news articles featuring Nazarene churches or church members.
Nazarenes in the News: March 30, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
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Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of online news articles featuring Nazarene churches or church members.   

Xclaimed Ministries witnesses through concert and giveaways
Stanton, California

(NCN News, March 29) On Saturday, Xclaimed Ministries kicked off their 2012 ‘Concert in the Park’ season. The event took place behind the Stanton Lighthouse Community Church of the Nazarene. Approximately 315 people attended the concert, which incorporated free family entertainment, toys, bicycles, and community camaraderie. 

The Xclaimed Ministries band captured the attention of all the children not only through their music, but also by randomly tossing toys into the crowd. The children began jumping and reaching into the air as they were surprised by bubbles blowing out of the stage. The band tried to make this an exciting day for the children. 

Paul Karanick, founder and evangelist of Xclaimed Ministries, provided a message of hope that over half of the attendees responded to.

For the rest of the story, click here.

Hope2Healing launches resource programs
Olathe, Kansas

(NCN News staff, March 30) Todd Bowman, a professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University and Donald Bell, a licensed professional counselor, have launched a new program, Hope2Healing.

Based on the philosophy of shaping relationships through grounding couples in the fullness of God's original design, the program offers an array of resources to this end.

Typical of the program's objectives, emphasis is placed on creating experiences that prime connection and intimacy between married couples. This in turn guides the process toward healthy resolution in the marital relationship. 

Hope2Healing draws important relationships between biblical principles, neuroscience, and the physiological nature of humankind. From these concepts the program guides participants to new levels of understanding concerning the marriage relationship and how to maximize its value.

Hope2Healing has established relationships with the initial efforts of Mark Laaser. (See the article, MidAmerica's new sexual addictions treatment certification program first in US)

Additionally, Hope2Healing advocates MNU alum Justen Wack' online accountability program to help with online pornography, gaming addictions, etc. (MNU grad's online accountability program could be a breakthrough in the fight against pornography)

For more information see their website,

Man wields sword around ONU campus
Bourbonnais, Illinois

(The Daily Journal, March 23) A man faces multiple charges after reportedly walking toward the middle of Olivet Nazarene University's campus Tuesday evening while wielding a Samurai sword with a roughly 30-inch blade. 

John J. Wade, 30, of North Madison Avenue, Bradley, was arrested at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday by Bourbonnais police for unlawful use of a weapon, resisting a police officer, disorderly conduct and possession of cannabis.

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Water won't dampen prayers
Union, New York

(WBNG Action News, March 23) When five feet of water partially destroyed the Community Church of Nazarene, the congregation still showed up for Sunday services.

They met in the parking lot for three weeks until the church building was cleaned and sanitized.
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A long way from home
Chickasha, Oklahoma

(The Express-Star, March 29) It might have been coincidence or perhaps kismet. But for Al Hair, spending 15 days in the Holy Land was the answer to a prayer he doesn't even remember praying.

It was, quite simply, the trip of a lifetime he waited a lifetime to take.

Hair, who will turn 90 in August, enjoys good health, saying, "I only take two prescriptions a day and those are half-strength. At my age, I'm ahead of the game."

"I have never had the finances to go on a trip like this," he confided. "It just was not in my thinking."

Which isn't to say he wasn't wishful.

Hair is a member of First Church of the Nazarene here and was impressed when a former pastor, the Rev. Brent Van Hook, returned from a trip to the Holy Land and shared the experience with the congregation.

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Missions team reflects on trip to Tanzania
Adrian, Michigan

(The Daily Telegram, March 25) Bringing hammers and smiles with them, a missions team from the Adrian First Church of the Nazarene visited Tanzania, Africa, earlier this month to bring a construction project one step closer to completion on behalf of missionaries near Dodoma.

The 22-member team, 18 of whom were from the Adrian church, left Feb. 28 to work on the building, which will become a  training center for the missionary branch of the Church of the Nazarene.

Though they were unable to finish the project, trip participant Paul Trinka of Adrian said they spent a week making more than 100 bricks, putting a roof over the classroom building, constructing cabinets and installing plumbing and electrical amenities.

Trinka said the building may eventually become a satellite site of the Africa Nazarene University.
For the rest of the story, click here.

"Living Last Supper" play gets Swartz Creek church attendees thinking about Easter

Swartz Creek, Michigan

(, March 25) Michael Marble has been going to church for his entire 52-year life to learn and hear stories like the Last Supper.

But he said he learned more about Judas after taking on the role in a church presentation.

"I didn't know Judas was the treasurer," the Clayton Township resident said. "The reaction was so quick when the audience realized that. They were shocked."

Marble played the role of Judas in Swartz Creek of the Nazarene's first ever "Living Last Supper" play.
For the rest of the story, click here.

Bike blessing continues to grow 
Roxana, Illinois 

(The Telegraph, March 25) Sounds of "rolling thunder" were heard as bikers pulled into Roxana Park Sunday for the 14th annual Blessing of the Bikes and the fifth annual re-dedication of the biker memorial.

More than 1,600 people attended the event, sponsored by the Outlanders Motorcycle Club. Most participants arrived and departed on motorcycles.

Bikes of all sizes, models and colors lined the roads leading into the park, with their riders congregating as clubs for the event viewed as the kick-off to the 2012 riding season.

"This time of year bikers love to come out," the Rev. Larry Lacher of the Roxana Church of the Nazarene said before offering his blessing. "We're so glad that God loves (the annual bike blessing), too, because he always gives us great weather each year."

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Learning to be men
Porterville, California

(The Recorder, March 26) On Saturday men of all ages congregated together at the Church of the Nazarene to listen, reflect, and learn from clergyman, laypersons, and keynote speaker and author Steve Farrar at the third annual Man Alive Christian Men’s Conference.

The mission of the all-day workshop was simple, says Milt Davis, organizer of the conference, “It’s about bringing men to Christ, the men of Porterville and the surrounding communities.”

According to Davis the inspiration for the yearly gathering came about after attending a semi-retreat and being called upon by God to provide a medium through which His Word could be shared with all.  The day started out with a morning worship service and an opening speech by Farrar.

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Nazarenes honor John Waters
St. Augustine, Florida

(, March 23) Longtime Church of the Nazarene member John Waters is recipient of the church’s Distinguished Service Award.

Waters, who joined the church in 1978, “has been busy ever since,” says Pastor Tom Adams. He received his honor from Adams and Marjorie Komassa, missionary president.

The honor is a yearly recognition presented to an individual or several, recognizing the contributions to the church.
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