s one season passes and a new season follows, I have been reminded of the changing seasons of life. I remember when our son took his first bus ride to school. In many ways that seems like only a few months ago, I have that image of him frozen in my mind. Every parent knows what I am describing. Nothing stays the same, seasons come and go and so do nearly all manner of things. As summer gives way to the crisp and cool days of autumn, it serves as a reminder that before one knows it, Jack Frost will soon makes his appearance. We all have particular seasons that we like better than others. One powerful thing about living in Michigan is the changes of seasons are a constant reminder of the change and challenges of life. In the midst of an ever changing life landscape, there is one constant: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.” Children climbing the steps of school buses last, unfortunately, only for a season. Wherever you are in your life journey, this part of the story will only last for a season. Some seasons in life seem exceedingly long, while other happy events seem to be transitory. But in the midst of change and the coming and going of literal seasons as well as the seasons of life, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Disappointment comes when we cling to the changing and forget that God is the One we must cling and hold on to through every season of life. Remember you are loved by the Father and your pastor. God Bless you. See you on Sunday. Joyfully, Pastor Ron Blake
Pastoral Appreciation Month
During the month of October our church family will be honoring and praying for the First Church staff members. The congregation households have been divided weekly in order to make the whole month special for the pastoral staff. Find the week you fit into and plan something special for that time. Brochures and prayer cards have been prepared and will be available at the Welcome Center. It is our hope that we can join together to lift up our pastoral staff in prayer. Please join us as we encourage our staff this month.
Free! Thursday, October 23. Concert at 7:00pm Doors open at 6:00pm. A love offering will be received to raise money for Laban ministries, a ministry in the Congo. Laban is currently in the process of building a hospital to meet the needs of thousands of people who have no adequate health facilities.
Learn more about Child Sponsorship through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries - Sunday, October 12.
October 5 am - God Series #1 - El-Elyon (God is supreme, strong, sovereign) Gen. 14:17-23; John 19:10-11 pm - What Jesus Refuses to Do - Matthew 12:19-21
October 19 am - Missionaries Dana and Sherry Howard pm - What is the Bible? - Psalm 19:7-11
October 12 am - God Series #2 - Elohim Psalm 113:1-3 (God is eternal creator, creator, trinity) pm - Things That are Still Sacred Prov. 22:28 and other Scriptures.
October 26 am - God Series #3 - My Counselor Psalm 73:24-74:1 (God is always available, gives us a correct perspective, gives us peace of mind) pm - A True Christian James 1:19-27
In the Mail Dear Church Family,
Dear First Church Family,
What a wonderful “family” you are! Having never had surgery before, I never realized how much the prayers would mean! They took me through the 5-hour surgery and have given me a head start on healing. I appreciate you so much. Thank you, Voyager Class, for the delicious meals and the lovely bouquet of flowers. I’m anxious to get back and see you again.
Thank you so much for the many hours of prayer on my behalf. Once again, Jesus has been so good to me and my family. Before, during, and now after my surgery, I have felt the loving and strong arms of Jesus surround me! Also, thank you for the beautiful flowers and for thinking of me! They helped brighten up my day! I am thankful to Jesus for such a wonderful church family.
I’m praising the Lord, Dyonne Milbrandt
Thank you again! Tina Moore
Please continue to be in prayer for Maggie and the Aquaro family as they morn the loss of Maggie’s mother. Maggie writes: I know that you are praying because there is a great peace that has fallen upon this house. My dad’s grief comes and goes in waves but we are surviving, and celebrating my mom’s life and her influence on our lives. Thank you for being so very faithful! Love, Maggie
First Church Library
The Library is getting more and more use. Please visit in Room 108, at your convenience and check out some good reading material. The Library is open at all times, often with an attendant. Just a few simple rules to follow: 1. Be sure to sign your name and the bar code number (ex.1365) on the sign out form at the desk. The bar code label may be either on the back or inside the cover of a book. 2. Please do not take material from the Library without checking it out, as indicated above. 3. Please return the material to the Library when finished (two weeks maximum), and leave the material in the box outside the Library. Do not reshelve material that has been checked out, because it must first be entered into the computer by an attendant.
Baby Dedication Dates October 12
Please contact Laurel Ruhberg at 248366-1956 to have your child included. The dedication of your child will take place in whichever service you and your family attend.
Membership/Introduction to the Church Class
Child/Worker Protection Class
There will be a Child/Worker Protection Class Sunday, October 12 at 4:45 pm in Room 300. Anyone working with children or teens MUST attend this meeting once a year. If you have any questions, contact Pastor JoAnn Bastien. Please indicate your interest in attending by circling “W” for “worker” on the Community Response Card.
The New Membership/Introduction to the Church Class is scheduled for October 1, 8 & 15. Anyone desiring to become a member will be received Sunday morning, October 19. If you are interested, circle ‘M’ on the community response card available in your pew rack.
Ken Richards is a Major for the Army Reserve 300th MP Brigade in Inkster, MI. He was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 300th MP Brigade ran a Theater Interment Facility where captured detainees are kept. He was their Battle Captain and was responsible for monitoring the daily operations of the Theater Interment Facility. After being away from his family since October 2007, he has safely returned to the United States. First Church welcomes Ken home and appreciates his sacrifices for our country.
Children’s Events and Ministries
Tae Kwon Do for Children
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art that encourages self-discipline, fitness and leadership characteristics. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 Students will learn the basics of Tae Kwon Do in a fun, structured atmosphere. Class will be instructed by Mr. Rob Bastien. (313-255-6346)
-Saturdays -9:30am-10:30am Room 113-114 -Training is free; testing fees apply -Uniform: sweat pants and t-shirt
Children Ages 4-10yrs.
October lesson topics October 5-Hannah’s Prayer October 12-Helping at the Tabernacle October 19-Samuel Listens and Obeys October 26-Samuel Obeys God
Our ‘DFC Diggers’ have started uncovering Biblical truths weekly as they study and have fun learning from the book of Exodus. The quizzing team meets every Sunday in October at 5 pm. Come join the fun! First quiz Cram: Friday, November 7 & Quiz Meet: Saturday, November 8. Director: Blue – Cathy Emerling & Red – Terry & Lisa Harris
Thank you to Stacy Fisher and all her helpers for the amazing scrapbooking day camp for kids! The kids had a wonderful time learning about scrapbooking and putting their photos in a memory book. The best part was making church photo memory cards for our church shutins! Thanks to all who made this a great week for the kids!
Summer Children’s Ministry Update
Summer Wednesday night VBS & Children’s Church groups raised $610 that they used to help others in need - $230 went to Royal Family Kids Camp, $230 went to General Nazarene Church for solar powered radios that tell the gospel for missionary use, & $150 went to Eastside Flint Mission here in Michigan for their back to school bash giving out necessary school supplies to needy children. Great job kids – keep up the good work!
The waterfall is flowing in children’s church each week as we quench our thirst and refresh our souls with living water. Beautiful plants and animals are growing throughout the gorgeous grounds as we discover the Bible through our Zooplosion Series! October 5 - God provides the courage to live for Him Proverbs 3:5-6 October 12 - Salvation only comes from God John 14:6 October 19 - God provides forgiveness when we ask for it 1 John 1:9 October 26 - God provides a plan for our future Jeremiah 29:11 CC Team: Greg Brown, Mike Moore, Mike Rosser, Judy Brown
Club 56 has started off with a bang with it’s ‘Back to School Bash’ on September 3. Great discussions about applying Biblical principles to everyday life happen weekly at Club 56! 5th & 6th graders - don’t miss out on this important time of communication & connections each Wednesday night at 6:45 pm! Club 56 Director: Lori Tallman Assts: Steve Tallman & Debbie Ward
Wednesday, October 29 DFC welcomes kids age birth through 6th grade to our annual Harvest Part. Join us Wednesday, October 29, from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. Wear your wholesome costume, invite a friend and join us for games, treats and lots of fun. Admission is one bag of candy per family. Pre-register by bringing your bag of candy to the 4-year-old classroom on Sunday mornings.
The first dramatic STICKS performance of the year will be Sunday, October 5 – with a new twist! Don’t miss out! Here’s the October STICKS practice line-up: Wednesday, October 1 - 6:00pm Thursday, October 2 - 6:30 pm **Performance Sunday, October, 5 at 11:00am service Wednesday, October 8, October 15, & October 22 at 6:00pm **No Practice October 29 because of Harvest Party** Director: Alicia Rosser Assts: Tina Tomakowsky, Diane Warner
“Miracle on Main Street” children’s musical practices start in October on Sunday nights at 6 pm. Come be a part of this exciting and fun Christmas program for all children K-6th Grade. Here’s the schedule for Sunday nights: October 5 6 pm All Kids – Music practice October 12 6 pm Drama/Choreography October 19 6 pm All Kids – Music practice October 26 6 pm Drama/Choreography Director: Linda Cook
Nazarene Caravan has been marching in beat every Wednesday night and learning about being part of the Lord’s Army. Thank you for supporting Caravan through the recent Little Caesar’s pizza orders! Here’s what’s coming up for October:
October 12: International Nazarene Caravan Sunday Take time to thank a Caravan guide for all their hard work each week! October 15: Ultimate Friend Fun Night! Special guest speaker who does Christ Chalk Talks- plus a really cool prize for whoever brings the most friends! October 29: No Caravan due to Church Harvest Party Caravan Director: Tina Moore. Assts: Mike and Jennifer Huff
Adult Classes and
Hints for the Holidays
Join us this month on Saturday October 18 from 10:00 am to 5 pm for a great time of fellowship and memory keeping as we come together again for scrapbooking. You will have your own 8 foot table for work space and plenty of time to get work done on completing your books. Friends are always welcome and a consultant is available to help you with any needs Cost: $6 for lunch. Please call Stacy Fischer at 248-252-2030 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table.
Calling all Ladies... November 14th at 7:00pm. Come and enjoy an evening of fun, food, crafts and fellowship. This is a wonderful way to learn new and exciting ideas for the holidays. Don't forget to invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to this wonderful event! Tickets will be available starting October 12th and will cost $8.00. Please see the Hints for the Holidays table located in the Atrium before and after each service on Sunday Morning
Worship Arts Christmas Presentation
DFC Worship Arts department is proud to present this year's Christmas presentation entitled; "A 1940's Christmas Homecoming!" A compelling story of love and sacrifice is creatively interwoven with upbeat, big band arrangements bringing the period fully to life. Mark your calendars and plan to invite friends, neighbors and family! Performances will be Friday, December 12 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 14 at 6:00 pm. Tickets will be available beginning November 1!
Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art that encourages self-discipline, fitness, and leadership characteristics. Class is instructed by Master Malik: 6th Degree Black Belt
Contact Person: Rob Bastien 313/255-6346 • Thursdays 6:55-8:45pm. Lower Level of DFC • Currently enrolling ages 11 years – adult • Enrollment includes uniform • Training is free; testing fees apply
e are excited about the opening of our Café! We have worked hard and long with volunteers to build the Café. You have been asking great questions and we thought we would take some space to help you dream with us as we launch this new ministry. We are always available for questions and welcome all inquiries. 1) Q – What times will the Café be open on Sundays? A – The Café will be open from 8:45am until 9:10am and again at 10:15am until 10:55am. This will allow you time to get to Sunday School or service. 2) Q - What will the Café serve? A – We will be serving freshly ground and brewed regular, decaf and hazelnut flavored coffee. We will also be creating an assortment of specialty coffees such as lattes, mochas, frapachinos, hot chocolate and possibly smoothies. 3) Q – Will there be a charge for the new coffees? A – Yes, for the specialty coffees there will be a minimum donation to cover the costs. An example of the suggested donation is: $2 for lattes and $2.50 for flavored lattes. We also will have a punch card available for visitors, redeemable for 4 specialty coffees as a gift from our church. As for the freshly ground/brewed coffees we will have donation baskets available for anyone wishing to help with the costs of the coffee and sweets that we will serve every week. 4) Q - Can I take my coffee and donut to Sunday School? A – Yes, Please stop by and get a cup of coffee to take to your Sunday School class. We are asking that every cup have a lid to eliminate the spills and possibly burning you or others. We also ask that you finish your coffee and donut before entering the sanctuary. No food or drinks in the sanctuary please. 5) Q - What other uses will the Cafe have? A – We have built the Café with a fully equipped serving line including a steam table for our Wednesday night meals and all-church dinners. We hope to see the Café used by many ministries and have designed it with simplicity in mind. Some of the suggestions are: opening for the community to stop by for a latte on the way to work, a businessmen’s lunch with a speaker, a Friday night band in the Café for our teens to invite friends, men’s and ladies’ Bible study refreshments. The ministry opportunities are endless. We will make sure that ministries that want to use the café are trained and equipped prior to using the café. 6) Q - How can I help? A – First and foremost your prayers are needed as we stretch ministry to a new level. We believe the Café can and will be a place where connections will be made over a cup of coffee that otherwise would not happen. Our goal is to see people enfolded into the Kingdom. We also will need people to volunteer to serve. We will teach you everything; we just need your willingness! 7) Q - How has the Café been funded? A – All money spent on the Café construction, equipment and furniture has been donated specifically for the Café/Kitchen. No monies have been taken from church tithes. We have also had well over 800 hours of volunteer labor from church members. Without this donated labor the Café would not be a reality! If you would like to help us with this project we are still looking for volunteers in the final stages of construction and if you would like See insert for Wednesday night to support our newest ministry of fellowship financially, simply designate your donation to “Kitchen Fund” and we will make sure it goes to help with the ministry. Praise the Lord for His blessings as we continue to seek ways to reach out to friends and neighbors while ministering to you, our congregation. The Fellowship Committee, Pastor Blake, David White, Diane Witt-Kingsbury, Kendall Ruhberg, Hannah Riddell, Kristen Baker, Greg Stottele, Neil Murphy, Bridge Riddell, Laura Kingsbury, John and Debbie Stottele
Youth News and Events Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Events! Wednesday, October 1 - Blast/Games Wednesday, October 8 - Campfire/devotional at the Traver House Wednesday, October 15 - Outreach with Lindsey Wednesday, October 22 - Blast/Games Wednesday, October 29 - Teens help with Harvest Party Saturday, October 11 - Three Cedar’s Farm 6:45-10:30p.m. Corn Maze, Bonfire, Hayride, S’mores. Invite your friends!!! SNAC - Sunday, October 12 Junior High - At church hosted by Bastien’s. Senior High - At the King’s house. Saturday, November 1 - Mark your calendars for the Rake and Run!!! From 9:00-1:00p.m. followed by lunch! Wednesday Nights
Wednesday nights: Dinner @ 5:30 p.m., Homework/games @6:00 p.m., BLAST @ 7:00 p.m
MISSIONS Remember to pray for all the missionaries who are sharing, and being the love of Jesus Christ to a broken and suffering world. See the missions resource table in the Atrium for a variety of information and reading materials.
Two Sunday School classes meet on Sunday mornings. A Jr. High class for 7th and 8th graders and a Sr. High class for 9th thru 12th graders. Sunday nights: Teen service at 6:00p.m. followed by activities or games if time permits.
Missionary Prayer Emphasis
Dana and Sherry Howard - Missionaries to Ecuador since 2004. After completing college and seminary work, the Howards moved to Alberta, Canada in 1996 to plant a church. Both of the Howards share a missionary call for a long time, especially Sherry, who first felt a call from God at age nine. In Ecuador, Dana assists in administration, church development, and evangelism. Sherry’s main responsibility is child sponsorship and taking care of their children. The Howards will be speaking here at our church on October 19, in the morning services.
October 2008 Sunday Monday
See reverse side for mid-week schedule.
See reverse side for Sunday Schedule.
6:00am Men of Purpose 8:30am DFC Academy 6:30pm STICKS Practice 6:55pm Tae Kwon Do
7:00am BSF Leaders Meeting 9:30am Children’s Tae Kwon Do 6:00pm Voyagers ABF Hayride (Maybury)
9:30am WOW Leaders 9:30am WOW Ladies Meeting See reverse side for Bible Study 5:15pm BSF 6:45pm Ladies Bible mid-week schedule. 7:00pm Girls Bible Study Study 7:00pm Men’s Bible Study
6:00am Men of Purpose 8:30am DFC Academy 6:55pm Tae Kwon Do 7:00pm Board Meeting
7:00am BSF Leaders Meeting 8:30am Pastoral Staff Meeting 6:45pm Teen Trip to Three Cedars Farm
See reverse side for Sunday Schedule.
See reverse side for Sunday Schedule.
9:30am DFC Academy Leadership Meeting 9:30am WOW Leaders Meeting 5:15pm - BSF 7:00pm Girls Bible Study
9:30am WOW Leaders Meeting 5:15pm - BSF 7:00pm Girls Bible Study Columbus Day
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9:30am WOW Leaders Meeting 5:15pm - BSF 7:00pm Girls Bible Study
9:30am WOW Ladies Bible Study See reverse side for 6:45pm Ladies Bible mid-week schedule. Study 7:00pm DFC Academy Men’s Prayer Group 7:00pm Men’s Bible Study
9:30am WOW Ladies Bible Study 6:45pm Ladies Bible Study 7:00pm Men’s Bible Study
9:30am WOW Ladies Bible Study 6:45pm Ladies Bible Study 7:00pm Men’s Bible Study 7:00pm Contemporary Music Ministry Rehearsal
6:00am Men of Purpose 8:30am DFC Academy 6:55pm Tae Kwon Do
Win Some Women
7:00am BSF Leaders Meeting 9:00am Scrapbooking 9:30am Children’s Tae Kwon Do
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6:00am Men of 7:00pm Tae Kwon Do 7:00am BSF Leaders Meeting Purpose 9:30am Children’s Tae 6:00pm DFC Academy Kwon Do 7:00pm Selah Concert
See reverse side for mid-week schedule. 8:15pm Stewards Meeting
6:00am Men of Purpose 8:30am DFC Academy 6:55pm Tae Kwon Do
November 1 Daylight Savings Fall Back
October Sunday Schedules
9:15am - Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Sunday School 9:15am - Early Morning Worship- Communion 10:30am - Fellowship Time 11:00am - Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Church 11:00am - Morning Worship- Communion, STICKS 5:00pm - Children’s Bible Quizzing 6:00pm - Evening Worship 6:00pm - Children’s Christmas Musical Rehearsal 9:15am - Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Sunday School 9:15am - Early Morning Worship- Baby Dedication 10:30am - Fellowship Time 11:00am - Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Church 11:00am - Morning Worship- Baby Dedication, Caravan Promotion 4:45pm - Child/Worker Protection Class 5:00pm - Children’s Bible Quizzing 6:00pm - Children’s Christmas Musical Rehearsal 6:00pm - Evening Worship 7:15pm - Youth S.N.A.C.
9:15am - Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Sunday School 9:15am - Early Morning Worship- Missionary Bill Hayworth 10:30am - Fellowship Time 11:00am - Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Church 11:00am - Morning Worship- Missionary Bill Hayworth 5:00pm - Children’s Bible Quizzing 6:00pm - Evening Worship 6:00pm - Children’s Christmas Musical Rehearsal 9:15am - Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Sunday School 9:15am - Early Morning Worship 10:30am - Fellowship Time 11:00am - Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Church 11:00am - Morning Worship 4:00pm - Children’s Christmas Musical Auditions 5:00pm - Children’s Bible Quizzing 5:00pm - Trustee Meeting 6:00pm - Evening Worship 6:00am - Children’s Christmas Musical Rehearsal
Wednesdays At the Naz: Feeding You Body and Soul
5:30pm Family Meal (October 29- Meal at Harvest Party 7:00pm) 6:00pm STICKS 6:45pm Club 56 7:00pm Adult Classes 7:00pm Bible Study, Prayer Meeting, Caravan Dare to Care, Quilting, Choir, Youth Blast
Adult Classes 7:00pm
Membership Class If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member here at First Church, Pastor Blake will be teaching a membership class October 1, 8 and 15. New members will be received October 19. Contact the church office to be included in this class. 248-348-7600
Adult Grief Support Group
Through October 22 in the Conference Room. This class is full. Contact Sharon Pilat 248-349-2070 for future class dates.
Fitness Classes/Worships Bible Study- Room 300 The buzz about health and fitness is at an all-time high. Literally, everyone is concerned not only about their health, but about the Dealing with Difficult People way they feel in their own skin. DFC is now introducing our October 15 in the Library fitness ministry to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. “Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.” (Proverbs 19:15 NIV) The Lord has given us all the responsibility to be good stewards of our bodies. Come join us in October for a new and exciting workshop every Wednesday evening.
Wednesday Family Meals
It is a new season, we need volunteers for cooking, serving or cleanup. Free meal for those who volunteer. Contact Debbie Stottele at email@example.com.
October 1 - Fitness workshop: Body composition October 1 - Chili, Baked Potato Bar, Salad and Dessert (Find out your body fat percentage. Great starting point or guide point for anyone, at any fitness level.) October 8 - Barbequed Chicken Breast or Leg, Macaroni and Cheese, Coleslaw, Rolls and Dessert October 8 - Fitness workshop: Personal fitness level (Will determine your levels of flexibility, strength and October 15 - Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Beans, Applesauce, cardiovascular endurance.) Rolls and Dessert October 15 - Fitness workshop: Exercise basics (Outlines sample exercise programs using the F.I.T.T. principle.) October 22 - Boneless Pork Chop/Hot Dog, Sweet Potatoes , Fried Apples, Cole Slaw, Rolls and Dessert October 22 - Fitness workshop: Proper nutrition (Complete overview of healthy eating for fat loss or body building.)
Sunday Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Sunday School...............................9:15 am Early Morning Worship.............................................................................9:15 am Fellowship Time........................................................................................10:30am Adult Bible Fellowship/Children’s Church...........................................11:00am Morning Worship......................................................................................11:00am Children’s Quizzing.....................................................................................5:00pm Evening Worship.........................................................................................6:00 pm Youth S.N.A.C October 12........................................................................7:00 pm Wednesday Family Meal..................................................................................................5:30pm STICKS ....................................... ................................................................6:00pm Club 56..........................................................................................................6:45pm Caravan, Youth Blast, Mid-week Bible Study, Dare-to-Care, Prayer Meeting, Adult Classes, Quilting, Choir Practice.......................7:00 pm Thursday Men of Purpose...........................................................................................6:00 am Tae Kwon Do...............................................................................................6:55 pm Saturday Children’s Tae Kwon Do............................................................................9:30am
Our Staff Dr. Ron Blake Senior Pastor
Mrs. Judy Brown Children’s Pastor
Rev. Jeff Cardimen Assistant Pastor
Mr. Don St. John Director of Music Ministries
Rev. JoAnn Bastien Director of Outreach & Assimilation Mrs. Laurel Ruhberg Director of Early Childhood Ministries
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Rev. Susanne Blake Director of Senior Adult Ministries Rev. Debbie Stottele Director of Adult Ministries
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