Virginia Team Update
Worthy to Suffer for Jesus’ Good Name?

Recently I’ve been spending time reading through the New Testament book, The Acts of the Apostles. My reading leads me to these observations:
  • The stories in Acts are remarkable for their complexity, grace and awe!
  • Saul the greatest persecutor of the Christian Church becomes a follower of Jesus, his name and purpose are changed. Paul becomes a leading figure in the New Testament Church.
  • Peter who had been caught up in the legalistic way of thinking that only God’s chosen people could be blessed with salvation and the fullness of the spirit learns that God is no respecter of persons – that God’s good news is for everyone.
  • New Testament Christians learned how to worship regularly – they typically met daily for encouragement, prayer and worship.
  • New Testament Christians learned to share and with things in common – and evidently God blessed this sharing.
  • New Testament Christians are not without challenges, problems and difficulties. Someone once said there are no less than 15 major conflicts reported in the book of Acts alone. Even today’s church is not exempt from challenges and difficulties.

The greatest observation for me is a sense of expectation that God could do great things. People believed. People prayed. People lived in blessing despite the challenges. Difficult circumstances did not damper their faith. Constant in Acts is that despite imprisonment, persecution or problem, the people of God picked themselves up with God’s help and returned quickly to their mission of sharing the good news – that Jesus saves, and that lives are transformed, converted even, by God’s resurrection power.

Are you facing difficulty? Is your church enduring a difficult time? Do you wonder, perhaps if God has forgotten where you live?

I have no promise I can give you to either minimize or eliminate your challenges. What I can promise is that your circumstance alone must never determine your obedience to HIS mission. If we want to experience the power and poise of New Testament believers, similar to those in the book of Acts we must, like them, joyfully obey regardless of our circumstances. Consider these brief verses in Acts 5 as an example:

40 His speech persuaded them [the Sanhedrin]. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. (Acts 5:40-42, NIV, emphasis added)

For Others and for HIS Glory
Phil Fuller
Equipment needed:
The single most largest job at camp during this time of the year is leaves, leaves and more leaves. The camp is in need of a “Leaf Vac.” A leaf vac will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to accomplish this task.

Sound Equipment Needed:
A small sound board plus two small speakers needed for Wesley Chapel. If you have one just sitting around we can put it back into ministry.

If you can assist the camp in any of these areas contact the Camp Manager, Rev. Mark Hardy at 609-247-4166.
Camp Work Days
April 2-4, 2020

Each day starts at 9:00 am
and ends at 5:00 pm
Following talents are needed:
* Backhoe Operator
* Cement Worker
* Painting
* Carpentry
* Landscaping
* Flooring
* Demolition
* Drywall
* Handyman Jobs
* Need some young strong backs
* Have several projects for youth groups
Contact the Camp Manager if you plan on coming. Let us know what your gifts and talents are and we will have the work ready.
Rev. Mark Hardy at 609-247-4166 or at

2020 Credential Information
January 6 - Interview Scheduling Began
February 28 - Credential Barrier deadline
March 2 - Credential Paperwork Due

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2020 Winter Zone Huddles :: STARTING NEXT WEEK
The Huddle this January is designed for not just pastors but any leaders (clergy or lay) from local churches. Everyone is invited!!! Let us know who is coming so we’ll have enough food on hand.
Here are the Zone Huddles times:
  • Southern - January 21 - 6pm-8:30pm - Abingdon COTN
  • Blue Ridge - January 22- 11:30am-2:00pm - Roanoke Grandview Heights
  • Valley - January 23 - 6pm-8:30pm - Timbervile COTN
  • Capital/Battlefield - January 27 - 11am to 2pm - Woodbridge COTN
  • Colonial - January 28 - 6pm-8:30pm - Richmond Connecting Pointe COTN
  • Tidewater/Peninsula - January 29 - 6pm-8:30pm - Newport News COTN
March 6 - 8, 2020
Double Tree Hotel
Charlottesville, VA
District Assembly & Conventions

A Gathering for those in mission
with the Nazarene
June 1, 2, 3, 2020
Salem Fields Community Church
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Winter 2020 Clases
Upcoming Training Events
-Church Planting Essentials
-Churches Planting Churches
-New Church Dynamics
-Mentoring Church Planters
-Certified Trainer
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