May 1st, 2022
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Two friends were walking down the sidewalk on a busy street during rush hour.
There were all sorts of noise in the city;
car horns honking,
And amid all the noise, one of the friends turned to the other and said, “I hear a cricket.”
“No way,” his friend responded. “How could you hear a cricket with all of this noise? You must be imagining it. Besides, I’ve never seen a cricket in the city.”
“No really, I do hear a cricket. I’ll show you.” He stopped for a moment, then led his friend across the street to a big cement planter with a tree in it. Pushing back the leaves he found a little brown cricket.
“That’s amazing!” said his friend, “You must have a super-human hearing. What’s your secret?”
“No, my hearing is just the same as yours. There’s no secret,” The first man replied. “Watch, I’ll show you.” He reached into his pocket, pulled out some loose change, and threw it on the sidewalk.
Amid all of the noise of the city, everyone within thirty feet turned their head to see where the sound of the money was coming from.
“See,” he said. “It’s all a matter of what you are listening for.”
In my reading this week, I was encouraged to share the following word with you: LISTEN.
"...but you have not listened..." Jer. 25:3
"...you have not listened.." Jer. 25:4
"...you did not listen to me..." Jer. 25: 7
"...you have not listened to me..." Jer. 25:8
"Do not listen to...prophets...diviners..." Jer. 27:9
"Do not listen to ..." Jer. 27:14
"Do not listen to..." Jer. 27:16
"Do not listen to them..." Jer. 27:17
"...listen..." Jer. 28:15
"Do not listen to..." Jer. 29:8
"...and I will listen to you..." Jer. 29:12
"...hear the word..." Jer. 29:20
"Hear the word of the Lord..." Jer. 31:10
I am learning that silence is not the absence of noise but the refined tuning of the soul to the sounds and movements that usually go unnoticed.
- What are you listening for in your life?
- Who are you listening to in your life?
- What habits do you participate in that allow you to tune your soul to the sounds and movements that usually go unnoticed?
As we enter another week, I encourage you to seek God's help to listen to the sounds and movements around you that usually go unnoticed.
As in all things, continue to lean on your Circle of 5. You can't do this alone.
Dave Grow and Jim Gauley
Please continue to pray for Dave Grow and Jim Gauley in Ukraine. Pray that these last few days they will be aware of the Holy Spirit's leadings and not miss an appointment God might have for them. Also pray for their time traveling home. They will start out by bus on our Friday (5/13) night to Warsaw and spend the night. They will leave there on our time Saturday (5/14) and arrive in Seattle at 12:30pm.
Pastor Cliff and Pastor Wes
Starting next Sunday, May 22, Pastor Cliff and Pastor Wes are asking for all available men to pray over Pastor Wes and Pastor Cliff prior to the service. At this time, the location is in Pastor Cliff's office at 9:45 am. If things change, we will let you know.
Back in April, Jim needed surgery for two abscesses in his back. Jim came through surgery and the doctor said that the antibiotics that he has been taking did the trick. During the procedure, they discovered that one of his lungs had an infection in it. At last report, Jim was preparing for PT and OT. Update 5/15/22: I spoke briefly with Yvonne today after the service. She was on her way to see him. I asked if there was anything she needed. She did say she may need help moving stuff into storage. If that time comes, I'll send out a call to help her. Update 5/6/22: Jim's wife, Yvonne, shared the following statement: "Thank you for your continued prayers. Jim has received a diagnosis of dementia. He is now on a third round of two antibiotics that will last four weeks. His surgery site is still open so pray that it will finally heal. His lungs sound like tissue paper so prayers for healing there also. Jim has had a loss of appetite and weight loss. Your prayers have not been in vain because God has heard and has been answering them."
Lyn's bride, Jan, has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and will be coming home Thursday. May 4. Please be in prayer for Lyn and Jan. May God's peace and perfect love be ever present to them. If you have updates on Lyn's situation or know how we can support him, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
East Side Lawn Project - UPDATED!
Elton sends his thanks for all of you willing to help with the East-side beautification project. Due to the rain, Elton said, "Unless somebody is identifying as a fish or wants to play in the mud we will need to cancel todays work party. Will work to find a few men who can work through the coming week to put down ground cover and deco rock on the east side."
Update 5/15/22: Elton is shooting for Tuesday @ 3:00. If you're available to help Elton in the coming week, please give him a call or shoot him an email so he knows how to prepare.
The Russell Family Adds A New Member to the Family!
Ryan and Alesha arrived home yesterday (5/14) with the newest member of the family, Hana. We look forward to hearing about their journey!
Maxwell Named New Sunnyside Superintendent
After a superintendent search process that began in January, the Sunnyside School District Board of Directors has offered the position of Superintendent to current Sunnyside High School Principal Ryan Maxwell, pending successful contract negotiations.
Ryan will officially begin his tenure as superintendent on July 1, 2022.
Let's include Ryan in our prayers as he prepares to embark on a new leadership experience. Let's pray that Ryan's relationship with Christ will be evident in all aspects of his work in the Sunnyside School District! Well done Ryan!
What habits do you have, outside of Sunday morning worship, that allow you to invest in your spiritual development?
If you have resources to help men invest in their spiritual development, shoot us an email: email@example.com. Examples: Bible studies, books, podcasts, sermons, devotionals, etc.
Resources to aid you in your spiritual development:
Cary Kresse has a number of studies by multiple well known theologians covering all aspects needed to grow one's Faith in Jesus Christ. Some are in the Men’s Ministry cabinet RM 116, the rest are in Cary's personal collection at home. Cary says, "They touch all aspects of SPRIF and I encourage they be encountered with the attitude expressed in Jody Carnes song 'Nothing Else'". Check it out by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/DLBvCTV23qw If you are interested in exploring the Men's Ministry library or check out Cary's resources, you can email Cary directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where Do We Go From Here?
Starting Wednesday, May 11, Cary Kresse will be facilitating a study with Dr. David Jeremiah. In this study, Dr. Jeremiah sits down with Sheila Walsh to discusses ten phenomena happening in our world today that can be directly tied through biblical prophecy to events that transpire during the Last Days. If you're interested, contact Cary Kresse email@example.com.
**The GVNAZ podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Amazon, Google Play, and Podbean.
My Bible Tracker App
Keep track of your Bible reading progress by using this app together with your favorite Bible. This visual progress representation will fuel your motivation and make sure you never forget where you left off.
Here are some cool features to this app:
- Mark the chapters you have read
- Easily see which chapters and books are completed
- Partially read books are highlighted to encourage you to continue reading
- Create multiple Bible Trackers for different purposes
- Customize your Trackers with names and colors
- A percentage will show you how much of the Bible you have read
- The Stats page will show you information about number of chapters and books read
- Unlock achievements as you go
- No annoying notifications
- There are no timed plans where you fall behind, which lets you progress at your own pace
- As useful for those who need years to complete the reading, as for those who read every day
The My Bible Tracker app is available on Apple and Android platforms.
If you're looking for a way to tackle your Bible reading, you might like the S.O.A.P journal technique. SOAP is a simple method for reading and applying God's word to our lives.
SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer and involves four simple steps:
- Scripture – Read a short Bible passage out loud and/or write it out.
- Observation – What do you notice about the verses? What do you think the main message is? What verses, words or ideas jump out to you?
- Application – Ask God how he wants you to apply the verse to your own life.
- Prayer – Pray for yourself and/or for others.
The method is suitable for individual and group use. This is my go-to devotional method. I'd be willing to help someone get started if they needed help. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have resources or know of events that men can join to improve their physical health and well-being, shoot us an email: email@example.com. Examples: hikes, camping trips, fishing, running, weight lifting, walking, etc.
Resources to help you in your physical development:
Resources to help you in your Relational development:
Young Adult Ministries
What: Young Adult Ministry
Who: Young adults 18+ (single, married, w/ kids, all YA welcome)
When: Tuesdays this Spring + Summer activities
We want to hear from you! Follow us on insta (@gvnazYAM) and take our survey or contact Josh Parrill firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have resources to help men keep their mind sharp, shoot us an email: email@example.com. Examples: classes, books, podcasts, projects, hobbies, etc.
Yakima Valley Community College Gold Card
As a senior citizen, 60 years of age or older, and a Washington State resident, you are encouraged to take advantage of the Gold Card Program at Yakima Valley College (YVC). A Gold Card allows you to attend state supported classes at a reduced cost. The Gold Card also allows for attendance at ball games and some other college presentations without charge. To qualify for a Gold Card waiver, you must be at least 60 years of age prior to the quarter you are planning to attend.
Gold Card holders are invited to attend designated day or evening state funded classes in which established class size is not exceeded and permission is granted by the instructor. Gold Card holders may enroll on the third day of the quarter or when the class has met at least once, whichever is later. One or two classes may be taken on a space-available basis for $5 plus fees.
Fees include any applicable lab fees, plus a $4.50 per credit combined service fee, a $4.50 per credit technology fee, and a $4.50 per credit ELearning fee. The Gold Card holder is responsible for buying any required class supplies or materials. Gold Card holders do not receive college credit and do not have to be take tests. A grade of “N” (audit) is posted on your transcript. A Gold Card is not valid for “community service” classes or seminars.
A Gold Card may be obtained at the Registration & Records Office located in the Deccio Higher Education Building (#8) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A written request listing first name, last name, address, phone number, date of birth, and photo ID may also be forwarded to:
Yakima Valley College
Information Office: Attention Gold Card
PO Box 22250
Yakima, WA 98907-2520
Note: Gold Card holders are subject to the same parking regulations as all students. OUr brother, George Montanaro has used this resource and is willing the help anybody navigate the enrollment process. email@example.com
What habits do you have that helps you steward the money God puts in your hands?
If you have resources for men to being better stewards of the money God puts in their hands, shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Examples: Classes, strategies, budget tools, contact information, etc.
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Here's what we need from you:
- Clear your calendars for May 5, 6, and 7 of 2023 and encourage your friends to do the same.
- Pick one area of the SPRIF formula to work on. In what ways will you work to build your competence in your spiritual life, your physical life, your relationships, your intellect, or your finance?
- Start to build your Circle of 5. Who are the 5 men in your life that will help you and hold you accountable? Call them. Text them. Invite them for coffee. Start the conversation.
- Send us any pray requests, celebrations, and updates regarding your respective groups. You can't do this alone! Prayer requests and updates can be sent to email@example.com.
- If you know of other men or churches that would like to be a part of this community, let us know and we will add their contact information to our mailing list. Email contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Man Camp Flashback
Man Camp 2016
Grandview Church of the Nazarene is a place where people can meet Jesus, engage in life-giving community, and everyone is welcome. We believe in creating a space where people can have authentic encounters with Christ, discover their gifts and use them for God's glory.