Monday, May 10, 2010
I trust your Mother's Day was special. Mother's Day for our family was celebrated in Columbus, OH. Coleen and I have a tradition for my mom on Mother's Day. We get her a hanging basket for her front porch. Here's this year's edition:
But this year was extra special and "we" got her another present this year:
Alexander James Hemsworth is her first great grandchild. Cool!!
I didn't forget Coleen and first time mom, Capri, however...
I loved our new song, "Healing Is In Your Hands." Thanks Sue and Suzanna for sharing the solos with us.
We have only 2 more Wednesday rehearsals. NEW!! Starting time for rehearsal is 6:30pm.
Have an awesome week!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Alexander James Hemsworth was 5 minutes old when this pic was taken. My heart leaped when I saw it. What a wonderful creation and gift from the Lord!
Monday, April 19, 2010
The sun is shining...love it!
What a wonderful World Changers Day we had yesterday. Beginning with the Missions Ministry Fair and then our combined worship celebration highlighted a day of world mission awareness and our challenge to be involved in the kingdom beyond our walls and direct influence. A few shout outs:
To the Owego Naz Worship Choir... I told you how I get goosebumps when the Spirit takes hold of a song and yesterday, I had goosebumps. Fantastic job you all!! It is such a blessing to minister with you and you are being used to encourage and uplift God's people.
To Miss Cheryl and the Naz Kidz... The parade of nations was inspiring and everyone added so much to the world view of the service...Great job!!
To the Owego Naz Worship Band... Karen, Mark, Andy, Neil and Janet, you are a delight and a joy in my life. One of my greatest pleasures is playing and worshiping the Lord with you. Thank you for allowing the Lord to take your talents and use it to inspire His people...Woohoo!!
To the Owego Naz Tech Team... Ben, Breanna and Bob, you take our worship to higher heights with your control over the sound, lights, projection and video. While you are behind the scenes, you are a vital part of our team...Thanks!!
Finally, To Pastor Dennis... You inspire and are the glue that ties all the parts together. Your words are from God and everyone knows it. Your love for God's people overflows and spills out on all those around you...Thanks!!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Just some thoughts about the weekend...
Saturday's memorial service for Harry Espe was an amazing healing time as we gathered in the Lord's presence and lifted the family through supporting presence, words and praise to God. I think it was the first time I've ever had the band and sang "Blessed Be Your Name" at a funeral and it was so powerful!
Easter Sunday's traditional service was fantastic as we sang Easter hymns, shared scripture responsively and celebrated the resurrection. Thanks to Sherry on the organ; Sue on the piano; Sue, Kathy, Joy, and Linda in the praise team; Coleen at the sound booth; Breanna on projection and lighting; Don and Jean Schmidt greeting; Dick Stocum our head usher; Donna Striley coordinating our nursery; all our Welcome Center and Gathering Place workers... WOW! It's amazing how many people in our church are actively ministering for our first service.
Pastor Dennis showed us why Easter Sunday is his favorite Sunday...passionately delivering God's words of hope and new life!
Our discipleship classes involve many others ministering as teachers and helpers in our Sunday School. Our second service band and praise team meet during this time to rehearse. Thanks to Denise, Scott, Karen, Coleen and Anna in the praise team; Stephen, Phil and Neil in the band; Amy signing; Marie on sound; Breanna doing double duty on projection and lights; Bob on video; Ken Stuart our head usher; and our greeters, welcome center and Gathering Place workers, nursery and childrens workers!!!
How about our dramatic readers yesterday? Lisa Belokur made Mary come alive with her reading written by Janet Goodrich; Skip Hornick brought us face to face with the dilemma that Peter faced; Tim Lounsbury prepared the way as John. And then Gianna Quattrini cast a spell on everyone with her singing "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know." And then...
The Owego Naz Worship Choir! I love you guys! Thanks for your special spirit and yesterday you stepped it up. While many of our members were unable to join us, you delivered the Jesus story in a powerful and effective way yesterday and you thrilled my soul. One of my indicators that we are delivering what God wants is goosebumps. Yesterday, I had goosebumps. I experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit in your singing and in your faces. Well done!
WE ARE REHEARSING THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT. We have only 6 more Sunday's until our summer break. Lets finish the year strong. All of you are important!
Monday, March 22, 2010
What a weekend! I have been in many worship celebrations over the years, but last Friday night was the best I can remember. Choir, you lead the way with joy and enthusiasm that honored God and showed all our visitors that Jesus is Lord in your life. We worked hard and you delivered. Awesome!
Another descriptive word for the night would be "freedom." With our Special Olympian guests leading the way, the sanctuary was filled with uninhibited expressions of love and praise. The clapping during our singing was not totally rhythmic, but it didn't matter because it was authentic, honest and from the heart. The signing took on special meaning as Talking Hands shared "You Raise Me Up" with passion and commitment. Amy taught the choir to sign "Our God Saves" and I watched the Special Olympians watching her as she signed our worship songs. And what was more special than when a couple of them spontaneously came forward and signed "How Great Thou Art" with her.
Your generosity was also overwhelming! We were able to restock our Food Bank with your "admission tickets" and our offering for Special Olympics was $1100! The cookie reception after the concert was such a blessing and I could see the joy on everyone's faces.
Well done team! Our prayer was that we would be the aroma of Jesus to everyone who was at the concert...Amen!
And then came Sunday! There is nothing that thrills my heart more than seeing new believers baptized. We were able to share this special time with both services yesterday and it was memorable. Congratulations to the newly baptized!
So... what's ahead?
REHEARSAL THIS WEDNESDAY AT 6:15pm
Have an awesome week...if you want to!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Yep...a blessing yesterday as you shared "Revelation Song" with the congregation. It allowed our people to be in tune with Pastor Dennis and prepared them for the word from the Lord. Awesome!
Our plans for "A Night of Caring" are going well and we are on schedule with our preparations. Here's the schedule for the next 11 days:
Saturday, March 13 - 1-3PM Bonus rehearsal
We will start at
and work on our opening "Prepare Ye the Way" with the children
Then we will do a full run through
:30 PM - Band rehearsal
- Full dress rehearsal
- 6PM - Band and Praise Team sound check
Praise team for the concert will be
Denise, Scott, Jennifer, Coleen, Suzanna, Tiffany
:15PM - Choir sound check
Friday, March 19 - 7PM - "A Night of Caring!"
I have been meeting regularly with John and Gae Crosby, the directors of Special Olympics and I can't tell you how excited they are to see a church take and interest in them the way that we have. We will touch the lives of many unchurched people at the concert and I want to thank you now for all you have invested. Is there anyone you have forgotten to invite? Use all of the resources you have (email, facebook, text, phone, talking) to encourage your family and friends to attend this event!
I heard Joel Osteen last night talking about Mondays! Whether we have a bad Monday or a good Monday is not dependent on our circumstances, but our attitude. We get to choose. I choose happy and sunshine helps! Have an awesome day...if you want to!
Monday, March 1, 2010
It is a good Monday... even though I'm away from Coleen, I know she is with Capri and our soon coming grandson. There is comfort in knowing that those we love are sharing experiences together. Alexander James Hemsworth (arriving in 8 weeks) had a wonderful party last night with Capri's co-workers. The family shower is next weekend and I'm delighted that Co is able to share in these special times.
The cost, however, is she missed one of the best Sundays I can remember at Owego Naz. When God shows His love for us by correcting our lukewarm spirits, all we can do is fall on our face and repent and then seek Him more and more. I'm thankful that His message was received by so many yesterday. Now, our challenge on Monday is to seek Him more and more. Has my heart regained the passion? Yes :)
OWEGO NAZ WORSHIP CHOIR
6:30 - 8:30
Monday, February 22, 2010
Did you sense the joy yesterday as our kids shared their talents in both services. You know that our church is fulfilling the Lord's commission when we are loaded with children! Great job kids!! Speaking of kids, I found this video that is a great example of parents not realizing how much they will regret teaching their baby something new... http://video.yahoo.com/watch/6947489/18056395
We have an awesome 8 weeks ahead of us...
March 19 is our "A Night of Caring" concert:April 4 is Easter Sunday! We will sing "The Power of the Cross"
April 18 is our special Missions emphasis and Faith Promise. We will sing "A New Hallelujah" and "The Blessing"
Every Wednesday is important. Rehearsal at 6:15PM. Mark your calendar for Wed. March 17. This will be our full dress rehearsal.
As we prepare for what's ahead, be sure to enjoy the journey. Our rehearsal time is a wonderful opportunity to share together and have fun. The concerts and performances take care of themselves...enjoy the ride!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Woohoo!! Isn't it great to know the love of God in your life? I felt His presence so strong on Valentine's Day yesterday and it was an honor to lead His people in worship. Thanks Team!
Five (5)...yes, FIVE Wednesday's left before "A Night of Caring." Every week will be essential as we prepare for this special night of praise and sharing. Please make our choir rehearsals a priority in your weekly schedule. Your team members need you. WEDNESDAY @ 6:15PM!
A friend sent this video to me. Are you familiar with the poem "Pikes Peak?" No... enjoy!
Have an awesome week...if you want to!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Today is a good Monday for all you Saints fans and for those who don't care, but like a good story. Congrats to Big Ten grad Drew Brees... Super Bowl MVP.
What energy you all showed in second service yesterday! I love it when our worship is electrified by your enthusiasm and your clapping was truly worship leading. Awesome! I hope I tell you all enough how special each of you are to our church. Your presence in the choir and the band and our tech people making it all come together helps everyone worship the Lord and speaks volumes to the visitors who are with us every week. Great job!
We have started registration for the August 15 Brooklyn Tab trip. We are going to open the trip to worship team members and family first. We have 55 seats available and we will keep them open until Feb. 28. After that, friends and guests will be able to sign up. I am starting a waiting list for friends and guests so contact me if you want someone to be added. The cost will be $35 per person for the bus. You will be responsible for your own lunch. Dave Barton will be accepting your money when you register.
Have an awesome week everyone!
Monday, February 1, 2010
Do you see the smile on my face? If not you can check my facebook page :) It is a smile of joy and pride and thankfulness for your contribution to the first service yesterday. I KNOW it was difficult for some of you, but you did it...THANKS! You capped off a wonderful worship time and Anna was great on the solo. You clearly delivered the message:
Love with His hands
See with His eyes
Bind it around you
Let it never leave you
And the will know us by our love!
Ron Hutchcraft had a great thought this morning...
I'm holding a $20 bill in my hand. I don't get to do that too often, so this is a really special moment. If you were sitting here with me and I offered this $20 to you, would you take it? I think you would. Now you're going to have to use your imagination to picture what I'm about to do, but here goes. I am now crumpling that nice $20 bill and I am crushing it into a little wad. You still want this bill? If you were right here, would you still take it? It's all wadded up. OK, now I'm beating on this wadded up bill, and I am actually stomping on it with my foot. Now, if I still... (Boy, I get some exercise on this program. That's unusual.) Now, if I still offered to give you this $20, would you still take it? I mean, it's been beat up, it's crushed, stomped on? Well, of course you would.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Stepped On But Still Precious."
And that's the point, isn't it? No matter how abused and beat up that $20 is, it's still worth just as much, and so are you.
I'll tell you, there's someone listening today who's been treated like I just treated this currency. You feel beat up, mishandled, treated badly, you've been crushed, and you've been trampled on. And when someone's been treated like that, they begin to believe a lie that they're not worth much. If they were, why would anyone treat them like that? When you think you're worthless, you start making choices based on that; throwing yourself away, settling for junk, doing anything for a little love. But the truth is, you're just like my beat-up $20 bill. No matter how you've been treated, you are still just as valuable. You're still precious because no one on earth gave you your worth - God did. So no one on earth can take it away.
We've got to go to God's Book to get the real truth about your value. And when we do, we find three worth-givers that can't be taken from you. First, your worth is based on your being made in God's image. In Genesis 1:27, the Bible says, "God created man in His own image." God made you as a reflection of Himself, so don't tell me you're not worth much!
Secondly, your worth is based on your being God's one-of-a-kind masterpiece. In Psalm 139:13, David says to God, "You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful." When you believe you're not worth much, you are insulting the One who designed you. From the moment that egg and sperm came together to start your life, you have been God's unique creation. If you don't believe it, look at your fingerprints. There's no one else on earth like you.
But most importantly, you are infinitely valuable because God paid for you with the life of His Son! Our word for today from the Word of God, Galatians 2:20 says, "I live by faith in the , who loved me and gave Himself for me." I want to invite you to walk with me right now up a hill near Jerusalem called Skull Hill. At the top, imagine there's this blood-stained cross. That's where God's one and only Son thought you were so precious that He poured out His life for every wrong thing you have ever done. Why? Because that's the only way you could ever be forgiven of your sins; the only way you could ever have the love relationship with Him you were made for; the only way you could be with Him in heaven forever.
Have a great day!
Monday, January 25, 2010
I start this morning with some special thank yous to our tech team yesterday. We did a major overhaul of our sound system this past week (replaced all the worn out wiring) and we had to do a full resetting of our sound board. Most people cannot understand how difficult this task was. Our sound techs (Coleen, Andy and Marie) did a marvelous job of setting mics and dealing with new speaker settings and avoiding feedback during our worship celebrations. Outstanding sound for the services...great job! And a special thanks to Bob Rutan for resetting the video sound and our DVD was great! We are so fortunate to have such talented musicians and technicians. God is good.
We currently have 18 going to the Casting Crowns/Kutless concert on Feb. 23. I'm ordering tickets later this morning so if you want to go, contact me RIGHT NOW!!
Our Reach Out Owego concert on March 19th is shaping up. Rehearsals are Wednesday night at 6:15pm in the sanctuary and we have 8 weeks to go. I appreciate your efforts to make every rehearsal. It will be a special night of worship and community service. More details coming soon!
What will you do special this week to make a difference in the lives of those around you? A word of encouragement? How about telling someone what you admire about them? Maybe an act of generosity? Think about it.
Monday, January 18, 2010
I am still rejoicing in the ministry opportunities this last weekend provided. Thank you to all of you who helped us minister to the Kemp family. We had more than 1000 people come to the church on Saturday for the viewing and I witnessed my first ever fly over honoring a deceased fire fighter. Here's the video:
I want to give a special shout out to Bob Rutan who helped with the video production that allowed the overflow crowd at the funeral on Sunday to be a part of the service. Did you see the coverage on TV last night?
It was great having the Owego Naz Worship Choir back. Music for Easter and Spring 2010 is in. Rehearsal on Wednesday at 6:15PM.
Make today special for someone you come in contact with by offering an encouraging word or an expression of thanks for something they are doing!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Coleen and I (and Cagney) are home in NY after a couple of weeks with family in Columbus, OH... Englewood, FL... Wilson, NC... Washington, DC. We put more than 4000 miles on our car and spent 46 hours traveling... it was awesome! Many people think that driving that much would be painful, but it is actually fantastic alone time for us. But it is always nice to be home!
We were gone two Sundays and the first one was in Columbus, OH and we attended the Heritage Christian church where my daughter and her husband...and our coming grandson attend. This is a very large church and we worshiped well. Check them out at Heritage Christian church.
Our second Sunday was in Florida and we drove 2 and a half hours to visit with good friends at Metro West Nazarene in Orlando. Metro West is an International church with a strong Caribbean influence. Very energetic and spirit filled with clapping, flag waving, dancing in the aisles...like it use to be in the early Nazarene church :) They have a brand new building that is debt free after they sold their old property to developers for several million dollars. Check them out here... Metro West Nazarene.
I was able to spend some of my vacation time in Florida listening to music and I am so excited to introduce the Owego Naz Worship Choir to our new Easter music. Rehearsal starts back up this
It was great to be back home for worship yesterday. There is comfort as we gather together with friends and family and this is what the world is searching for. Invite your friends to come with you to church. They can develop friendships and meet Jesus...what could be better?