JUNE 21, 2015
Warwick Valley Church of the Nazarene celebrates Father's
Day with a pancake breakfast!
JUNE 14, 2015
Celebrating First Communion on Compassion Sunday
It was a big day at Warwick Valley
Church of the Nazarene. It was:
Compassion Sunday where we learned about two more children
we could sponsor through Nazarene Compassionate Missions. We
already sponsor 14, at least one for over 10 years.
First Communion for Valeria Esquivel and Logan Karon, both
successful 9-year old (well, Valeria is nearly 10)
participants in the recent Communion study in Sunday
Why is this such a big deal? For one thing, we were reminded
that Jesus wants us to come to him as children, willing to
listen and learn. For another, the kids were the focus of
the entire service, which made it lots of fun. And finally,
we learned a little Spanish since Valeria’s family and
friends are native speakers.
It wasn’t just Pastor Christi who spoke Spanish. Linda Krupp
did the scripture readings in Spanish, and the congregation
sang the chorus to Jesus Love Me in Spanish just before the
Communion service. With Valeria and Logan flanking the
altar, the rest of the worshippers gathered around at the
front of the sanctuary, around God’s virtual dinner table,
for Holy Communion.
After the service, Alejandra and Alfaro Esquivel invited the
congregation downstairs for a lovely luncheon.
Celebración dela Primera Comunión durante el Domingo de
Domingo 14 de junio 2015, fue un grandía en la Iglesia del
Nazareno Warwick Valley porque:
Fue Domingo de Compasión donde aprendimos sobre los ninos
que podemos patrocinar a través de las Misiones de Compasion
Nazarena. Ya patrocinamos 14 ninos, al menos 1 por más de 10
Celebramos la Primera Comunión de Valeria Esquivel y Logan
Karon, los dos tienen 9 años (Valeria casi 10) los
participantes estudiaron con exito lo que significa la
Comunión o en otras palabras la Santa Cena, en la iglesia de
¿Por qué es tan importante? Porque recordamos que Jesús
quiere que nos acerquemos a El comoninos, dispuestos a
escuchar y aprender.
Por otra parte, los niñosfueron el foco de todo el servicio,
y fue bello. Y, por último, aprendimos un poco de español,
ya que lafamilia y los amigos de Valeria hablan espanol.
Pastor Christi hablo un poco en español y Linda Krupp hizo
las lecturas Bíblicas enese lenguage y la congregación cantó
el coro: "Jesus Loves Me = Jesús MeAma" en español un poco
antes del servicio de la Santa Cena.
Valeria y Logan en el altar, el resto de los fieles
estuvieron reunidosen torno al santuario, alrededor de la
mesa de la cena de Dios, para la Santa Cena.
Después del servicio, Alfaro y Alejandra Esquivel invitaron
a la congregación al baseman para un delicioso almuerzo.
APRIL 5, 2015
Easter Sunday: We Celebrate the Christ’s Resurrection with
Food, Family, and Dirt?
The tarp on the floor was the first indication this was not
your typical Easter Sunday breakfast. Sure, the church hall
was full of food and families sharing strata, casseroles,
coffee cake, monkey bread, juice, and coffee, but it was in
the toddler’s classroom where the action really started.
Turns out the tarp was a good call. On the table
were buckets of potting soil, gravel, and smooth river
stones. Arrayed along the length of the table were shiny
glass stones, flower pots, round trays, moss, sticks, and
clothespins. None of this belonged indoors unless the goal
was for the church families to create Resurrection Gardens.
Pastor Christi showed us a sample and we were off. Everyone
worked and played well together. Families critiqued and
cajoled. The room rang with laughter and love. Nick Karon
became the resident expert, helping and suggesting
improvements. Soon each garden became a personal
commemoration of the resurrection of Christ. What better way
to celebrate Easter Sunday services.
|MARCH 14, 2015
Quizzing is Serious Business
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is
old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
On Saturday, March 14, the weather was
miserable. The only good thing was that it was not snowing.
There was rain, cold, and fog. It was still winter, and the
potholes were multiplying, making driving the local roads
treacherous. All this did not stop the four Metro New York
district quizzing teams from making the trip to Warwick
Valley Church of the Nazarene for the final district
competition round of the 2014/2015 Bible Quizzing season.
Four teams of five kids, ages 12 to 15,
friends, their coaches and pastors all gathered downstairs
in the church hall for prayers, breakfast, and study. After
breakfast the groups split into two competition
The competition is serious business.
This is not a game, but it is fun. Bible Quizzing requires
commitment, time, and study of the scriptures. These kids
can quote, interpret, and cite facts on demand. Each round
of competition consisted of 20 questions. Teams competed
against each other and against themselves for top honors and
a chance to move onto the Regional quiz meet.
When the competition was over, everyone
gathered downstairs for lunch and fellowship before heading
back to their home churches. Both Judy (second place) and Anna Bennett (fifth place),
along with eight others did well enough to move on to
Regionals in May.