REV DALE MARSH ORDAINED

We chose to use Good Friday as a time of teaching & reflection. We began with leading the kids in a time of worship, praising our Savior by singing & lifting their hands to the One Who paid it all. After that I shared that Christ took on the punishment that we deserve by using science. I took a penny, which represented us, them, everyone on planet earth and I laid it on a glass plate and poured colored water over it, representing our sin. I placed a candle in the middle of it and lit it, sharing that this represents Christ Who is the Light of the world. He came to show us the way to heaven. Then I took a mason jar and placed it over the candle representing what took place when Jesus suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sin. As I did this the kids could see the colored water (sin) being sucked up in the jar, and the flame being extinguished, signifying the full impact of what happened when Christ took on our sin.

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NazKidz EASTER

We chose to use Good Friday as a time of teaching & reflection. We began with leading the kids in a time of worship, praising our Savior by singing & lifting their hands to the One Who paid it all. After that I shared that Christ took on the punishment that we deserve by using science. I took a penny, which represented us, them, everyone on planet earth and I laid it on a glass plate and poured colored water over it, representing our sin. I placed a candle in the middle of it and lit it, sharing that this represents Christ Who is the Light of the world. He came to show us the way to heaven. Then I took a mason jar and placed it over the candle representing what took place when Jesus suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sin. As I did this the kids could see the colored water (sin) being sucked up in the jar, and the flame being extinguished, signifying the full impact of what happened when Christ took on our sin.

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WATCH THE LAMB

When I think about Easter, my mind almost immediately goes back to the song by Ray Boltz called “Watch the Lamb”. I remember one Easter I was able to sing it at Church, and the words and message has since been locked in my mind. I want to either remind you or let you read it for the first time, this great story about a father coming to Jerusalem with his two young boys to celebrate the Passover with them. On this particular Passover, something different happend. Read the unfolding story as this family discovers Jesus, “the Lamb of God”.

Walking on the road to Jerusalem, the time had come to sacrifice again. My two small sons, they walked beside me on the road. The reason that they came was to watch the lamb.

“Daddy, daddy, What will we see there, there’s so much that we don’t understand”, So I told them of Moses and Father Abraham, Then I said “dear children watch the lamb”. “There will be so many in Jerusalem today, We must be sure the lamb doesn’t run away”, And I told them of Moses and Father Abraham, Then I said “dear children watch the lamb”.

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GOD MOVED ON A HEART

Greetings, my name is Christi Johns and I am here to share with you a summary of the 2017 Upward season. God is faithful…..Amen! He is such a good Father and takes care of His children. This was my continuing theme this year as I walked through my first season of Upward basketball and cheer. The heart of this ministry is to see lives changed for the glory of Christ….kids, parents, and volunteers. I can share with you that hearts were changed towards Jesus! Praise the Lord!
This past Sunday, God continued to show me His faithfulness. I was praying specifically that morning and asking Him to give me a story that I could share with all of you to help sum up this Upward season. So I am excited to share this testimony with you now.
As I was serving this past Sunday morning in Children’s Ministries, God opened the door for me to start talking with this Mom. As we conversed, she shared that they had moved to Oroville a year ago and her son had enjoyed playing basketball in Upward this season. As we continued walking down the hallway, she told me that she was headed to the “Get Connected” lunch. I was excited to hear this and excited to have more time to talk with her during the lunch.

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FUN! FUN! FUN!

The second event on our yearly Cornerstone calendar took place on Friday, March 24th. Even though it was raining, over 100 brave and hungry folks attended our Cornerstone Spring Barbecue Lunch. In past years we held a Saint Patrick’s Day lunch, but we traded the corned beef and cabbage for burgers and hotdogs. Rick Hook, John Webber, and Bob Zollner brought their BBQ’s and cooked the meat under the front canopy in the midst of the rain, but people could smell the great aroma as soon they got out of their cars. David Mills prepared the condiments, and Susie Redfern decorated the tables with Spring centerpieces and flowers. There was a genuine buzz of anticipation as Cornerstone members were just happy to be sharing the event together.

Pastor Dennis and Pastor Kenn had just returned from their trip to Haiti, where we are in a Partnership

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AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE

One of the newest and youngest members of our Worship Team is Claire Ortiz. She came to us with no experience in sound technology but with a learner’s heart and mind.
She watched our team leader Sonny Lopez like a hawk, taking advantage of every opportunity to get her hands on that sound board. We have an active calendar at OroNaz, desiring to serve our community as best as we can with our facility. That requires on sight staffing for most events. While Claire is still a high school student, with the help of her family and other team members, she has volunteered to be at, and eventually run events all by herself. I am blessed by her dedication and dependability. She is forward thinking and extremely creative in her approach to the sound needs.

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SHARE THE GOOD NEWS

Last Friday evening, I was able to share the good news with parents and players at the Upward Sports Awards Night. I spent time sharing three separate, but related stories, praying that people would hear the good news and find the invitation to turn from their old ways, get up out of their chairs and follow Jesus.

The first story I shared was about The Games we play. From sports like basketball and baseball, through board games and video games, I told the story of getting our emotions wrapped up in the outcomes of these games that probably aren’t as important as the weight that we feel in them. As we grow older, a similar weight of importance is given to the game of being cool and accepted as an adolescent, which for me (and typically for others as well) led to a whole new game that I like to call “Don’t Get Caught.” This game included doing more and more things that were over the line of what I was comfortable with morally while staying close enough to the line that I could justify the gamble. The problem was that the line kept moving, and even though I was making compromises with the hope of gaining acceptance, my feeling of acceptance seemed to be leaking faster than I could fill it. Eventually I realized that winning the game of “Don’t Get Caught” meant that I was losing a different, much more important game, called Life.

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BROUGHT BY GOD

If you have not had a chance to meet Christi Johns yet, you should introduce yourself to her. She is our new Children’s Outreach Director. And she just finished the busiest season she will encounter in her job:
She survived Upward Basketball!
God almost always calls us out of our comfort zone and into an amazing adventure that is both uncomfortable and seemingly unattainable. Rarely has he left me in a place of comfort for an extended time. And every time I step out of what I think I should be doing to follow Him, I get a front row seat to seeing lives change, and Gods Kingdom grow.

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MARRIAGE TESTIMONY

We had been married over 19 years. Three kids, one Grand kid, a nice house, good jobs. We were doing well and because of that, I think, God was not a very big part of our life. Just too comfortable. Chris was devastated when I walked out of our home just months before our 20th anniversary in May of 2007. This couldn’t happen to us, we were not THOSE people… we would NEVER divorce. “He’ll be back by tomorrow,” She thought, “he just needs to cool off.” Days turned into months and months into years as we remained separated and eventually divorced in April of 2012.

While I was off doing my own thing, vowing never to return, Chris was holding on. She had some amazing friends who stood by her side, but she also had MANY who tried to counsel her into divorce.

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HE WILL PROTECT US

God used me to help comfort others as I helped them to evacuate on Sunday afternoon during the mandatory evacuation of Oroville. I received the evacuation notification on my phone. Soon after that, I received a panicked call from a mom stuck at work without a car. Her family was at home with no way out of the area. It’s strange how hearing someone else’s panic gets your own emotions stirred up. I jumped in my car and drove to pick up the family first. The young boy was frantic, shaking and in tears. God moved me to pray with him and comfort him that we were going to be ok. God knows where we are and what we need. He will protect us.

We then went to get the Mom who also was quite upset. Her emotional response started to panic the young boy again. I found that panic is very contagious. I prayed to myself for strength and wisdom to calm my passengers, as well as myself. I then began to pray out loud, reaching back and holding the hands of those with me.

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SHAPE TESTIMONIES

After attending the shapes class I felt extremely motivated and encouraged to get involved in the Ministries that I was best fit for. It really helped me distinguish where I could best serve in the body of Christ. It gave me a lot of insight into the different areas that were available to serve, not just in our church but in our community and in my family. Since I now am plugged into a few areas that I felt God was leading me towards, my spiritual growth and my relationship with God has blossomed and continues to produce fruit in my life, as well as the lives of others around me.

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AN OPEN LETTER TO GOD

Heavenly Father you knew before I was in my mother’s womb and I have known you before I took my first breath and I can never count the many blessings you have bestowed on me and my family.

I haven’t always been faithful and true to you and I have broke more than my fair share of your commandments yet you continued to walk with me and shower me with numerous blessings. You continued to let me know how much you love me.

Then, 2 years ago this March, you sent me to OroNaz, you wrapped your arms around and welcomed me home and to my amazement and disbelief most every member here has done the same. Since joining my new family here at OroNaz as you know my body, already very painful for at least 40 years, got worse. The more I did to be a part of my new family, the more my body was attacked, yet you have held me up, gave me strength, warmth, peace and love.

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RAISED INTO A LIGHT-FILLED WORLD

“That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.” Romans 6:3-5 Message

Check out the pictures of those who were baptized last Sunday. “The angels in heaven are rejoicing.” Take a minute to reflect on your baptism and give a praise offering to God for those who obediently followed our Lord’s example to be “buried with Christ, and walk in a newness of life.”

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ALL INN BANQUET

The Church is built on the service and dedication of the many people who volunteer to help lead and run the many ministries that happen each week. Without the commitment and responsibility that so many bring to their ministry, the work of the local church within the walls of the building as well as beyond the walls into the local community and around the world, would not be what we have and experience here. For all who are part of this great movement of God called OroNaz, for the countless hours of ministry that you do, we applaud you, and thank you.

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NOTHING IS WAISTED

Hi, my name is Brien Hatch. I grew up in an Irish-Catholic home and knew ABOUT God…that Jesus was “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”, but I did not know Jesus as MY Savior and Lord until I was sixteen years old.

It was during the summer of 1976 that my life would change drastically. Our country was celebrating 200 years as a nation. My older brother, Skip, went to Philadelphia to play his trombone in the John F. Kennedy High School Marching Band (as an alumni). My parents and grandparents decided to fly to Philadelphia to watch Skip play in the parades and join in on the Bicentennial Celebrations. My younger sisters, Ellen and Donna, were to stay with relatives in the Bay Area. I would be home alone to take care of the house and the many animals in my charge.

Dad owned a 1947 vintage 4 passenger airplane (Stinson Voyager, tail dragger) that he named “Bear Bit”…because the previous owner had it parked at the small airport in Dunsmuir, CA ,where a bear decided to chew on the tail section! They took off in late June, 1976, and made their first stop in Ogden, Utah to fuel up. Shortly after take-off, the control tower lost radio contact with my dad. They all died in the crash, but the plane wreckage was not located for about a month [due to the rocky, forested terrain] ‘until it was spotted by some hikers.

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CORNERSTONE NEW YEAR

Cornerstone Ministries launched into 2017 with our annual New Year’s Breakfast on Friday, January 13th. We were treated to a killer breakfast (literally if one ate too much) by David Mills, who serves as our volunteer Cornerstone meal’s chef. He has done this for a number of years now, and he uses his talent to make our gatherings extra special. The women from Second Step Ministries came and filled the role of servers with a smile. We really appreciate their ministry to us, and they help clean the kitchen as well.

“AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE” is Cornerstone Ministries’ theme for 2017. Sally Miller provided each guest with a beautifully designed tent card that had an inspirational quote on it highlighting this theme.

Our special speaker was Harold McCoy. Harold retired last June after 30+ years as a History teacher at Palermo School. He was enjoying this new season in his life when he was invited to return and teach the second semester. So, he has, because he still has a lot to offer. He is a very gifted communicator. Harold began his breakfast message to us by telling about the World Series in 1989 between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics at Candlestick Park. A 6.5 earthquake hit and not only disrupted and ended the game, but it left much of the area devastated.

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FIRST GIRLS NIGHT OUT

The minute you walked in the door you could sense that the first “Girls Night Out” was “of” the Lord. You know how it is when your spirit is certain that God’s Spirit is on the move and about to do something special.

The Fellowship Hall was warm and cozy…tables had been set up and decorated. There was an assortment of all sorts of homemade goodies for us to eat. Yahoo! at 6:15 we started wondering…Would anyone show up? Would the ladies that did show up enjoy themselves and be blessed? Would this experimental event be a flop, or a success?

Then all of a sudden, the women started trickling in and, low and behold, they were Smiling!

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CELEBRATE A SEASON TO PREPARE

The word ADVENT means “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.” For four weeks leading up to Christmas Day we celebrated the coming of the Messiah through song, lighting of candles, readings, messages and special events. Take some time to see great pictures looking back on the season of Advent 2016. Many great memories were created. As we move into the New Year, let’s keep what we experienced during Advent in our hearts, and like Mary, “treasure up all these things and ponder them in our heart.” Luke 2:19

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HAITI GUESTS BRING A GREETING

A week before Christmas we received a visit from two dear friends of OroNaz, Pastor Micael Augustin and Kesner Absolu from Haiti. As they visited with people, saw sights in Northern California, and spent time learning about us, we had a chance to get to know them even better. It was a fantastic trip.
They brought us a greeting on Sunday morning, December 18th during both the 9 and 11 am services. We in turn, through your generous giving to C3, we were able to give Pastor Micael a $1000 deputation check from Steve Sabastian, our own Nazarene Missions International President. Pastor Micael plans to use the funds for seating in his sanctuary. Pastor Micael not only pastors a church in Mare Sustin, Haiti, but he is also the District Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene in the LaGonave District of Haiti, where he has 42 active churches.

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An Invitation to Join the Family

When Julia and Merl O’Brien were trying to decide whether to attend a membership class they talked to a few others that were active in the church. The O’Brien’s heard some say that they had been coming for years and had not gotten around to becoming members, that there was little advantage to membership other than voting in elections but then others who were long time members. It came down to their feeling that they wanted to take some ownership in OroNaz. The O’Brien’s had been looking for the right church for awhile before being led to OroNaz. The O’Brien’s said, “now that we found it; just like we are ‘ALL IN’ following Jesus, we wanted to be ‘ALL IN’ as members of the church.”

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