Cornerstone Ice Cream Social

It was a night to remember! Over a hundred people from the Cornerstone Group gathered last Sunday night to kick off the summer with an ice cream social. The ice cream was scooped, and the cookies and cakes and brownies were served. It was a sugar free for all. And – we all partook with no remorse!

Pastor Ed challenged everyone to…

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Co-op Blessings

We just wrapped up our third year of our OroNaz Children’s Center Co Op. I interviewed 4 parents to find out what their experiences have been, and this is what they had to say about their involvement in the Co Op:

What are the top three reasons you guys joined the Co Op?
A co-op was something I always had on my heart. I even tried to start my own when my oldest was a pre-schooler. But babies. When Shane shared her vision I was excited to help and be a part of it. We needed community and honestly, I needed a break.

Reason 1: So the kids could play with other kids on a regular basis. Reason 2…

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It’s All About the Gaps

I will start from the middle and then back up to the beginning of a typical Sunday. Coming off the stage after the first service time of worship gives the team a chance to decompress, regroup, debrief, and pray. It’s in the praying, you know, before and after a service that the real work is done. You see, this amazing group of volunteers get to church by 7:15-7:30, when most of our congregation is turning on the coffee pot for…

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Hope at Mt. Hope

Last month Women Alive hosted over 50 ladies for a time of worship, teaching, and quiet time with God at the absolutely beautiful Mount Hope. We enjoyed delicious food, SO much laughter, and basked in the exquisite mountain serenity as we dove deeper in love with Jesus. God showed up and blew us away!
This year we did something a little different and planned our own retreat led by Vicky Price from start to finish leaning solely on what God laid on our hearts as a planning committee. Our theme was “Taste & See that the Lord is Good” based on Psalm 34 and boy did we taste some sweet fellowship!

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GOD IS AMAZING

It’s amazing what can happen when we ask God what we should do. He does things we could not imagine on our own. This Parents Night Out, Kids Play Date Fundraiser is one of those things that we didn’t see coming.

God gave me this verse: Romans 12:11-13 MSG, “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”

We have young families in our church who are in need of a break. Childcare is expensive, trusting anyone to care for their children is hard. So, offering this to provide an opportunity for a break, a date, a nap, that’s A WIN!

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You Have Left An Awesome Legacy

A Really Busy Place For A Quiet Wednesday Morning

If you drove past OroNaz this past Wednesday morning, you would have been wondering what was going on? The parking lot was full; School Buses were coming and going all morning. Kids and their parents were everywhere. It was a busy place for the middle of the week, which is normally pretty quiet.

The OroNaz facility hosted two nearby schools that we adopted. This was the sixth year of the Naz hosted Helen Wilcox and Golden Hills Christmas Presentations. As we opened our doors and welcomed our neighbors in, the place was full and buzzing with anticipation.

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NAZARENE MISSIONS FAST FACTS

A Really Busy Place For A Quiet Wednesday Morning

If you drove past OroNaz this past Wednesday morning, you would have been wondering what was going on? The parking lot was full; School Buses were coming and going all morning. Kids and their parents were everywhere. It was a busy place for the middle of the week, which is normally pretty quiet.

The OroNaz facility hosted two nearby schools that we adopted. This was the sixth year of the Naz hosted Helen Wilcox and Golden Hills Christmas Presentations. As we opened our doors and welcomed our neighbors in, the place was full and buzzing with anticipation.

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Local Schools Welcomed

A Really Busy Place For A Quiet Wednesday Morning

If you drove past OroNaz this past Wednesday morning, you would have been wondering what was going on? The parking lot was full; School Buses were coming and going all morning. Kids and their parents were everywhere. It was a busy place for the middle of the week, which is normally pretty quiet.

The OroNaz facility hosted two nearby schools that we adopted. This was the sixth year of the Naz hosted Helen Wilcox and Golden Hills Christmas Presentations. As we opened our doors and welcomed our neighbors in, the place was full and buzzing with anticipation.

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Christmas Caroling

About 30 people turned out to sing fun Christmas Carols to residents of Prestige Assistance Living and Olive Ridge Mobile Home Park. It was fun for everyone, those singing and those receiving the caroling. Each group made a stop out in Palermo to visit Christine Lamb, one group went across the street and sang for the Fire Fighters. Too much fun. About an hour and a half later everyone returned to the Church for some really good Tortilla Soup, hot cider, and Christmas goodies. Thanks to Pastor Dennis and his helpful crew for the great food.

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TREE LIGHTING SERVICE

Lots of kids in adorable animal costumes were rolled into the sanctuary to be moved into a very special pin in front of the stage last Sunday night. We started by singing some great Christmas songs, and it quickly went into the manager scene with Mary and Joseph, a host of angles, of course those adorable little animals, and a lot of singing children. It was a great way to kick off the Advent season. Click here to see just a few of the great pictures from the event.

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CONGREGATIONAL MEETING & VOTE

We have the opportunity to triple our current property to allow us ample space for the future. If you are a member make sure and be with us as we present the details of this proposal on Sunday, December 10, 2017 during both morning services., followed by a vote. Feel free to talk to any member of the Church Leadership Team (CLT).

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AXIOM/JOURNEY THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving, a time in which we gather to be thankful. For most of us, we can raddle off a half dozen things in no time at all; God, family, friends, pets, work, home, health. See, not so hard at all, i didn’t even mention my wife and kids by name; which i very well could, for each one is such an amazing blessing that i am incredibly thankful. However, there are many young people in Oroville that cannot so quickly name as much. For them, Thanksgiving is just another day on a calendar to remind them of what they don’t have at home.

The ministry of Axiom along with Journey seeks to change that for as many as possible within our community. This past Tuesday we celebrated our Annual Axiom Journey Thanksgiving, and it was awesome! Countless volunteer hours, food prep, servers, loving hearts and open ears filled the room that night. Each story unique, every life being cherished, every soul being poured into was a sight to behold. It was an evening filled with laughter, smiles, singing and food, lots and lots of food.

One story is actually a look back at an Axiom student from days gone by so impacted that he stopped in to give a report.

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CORNERSTONE GATHERED

Cornerstone gathered for our annual Thanksgiving dinner last week. Our theme was “An Attitude of Gratitude”. We had 160 people come for a tremendous meal and listened to two great testimonies of God’s Amazing Grace of Provision through Steven Clark who was able to get a kidney transplant with the help of Gary Telly who felt called by God to donate his.We also heard about God’s Amazing Protection during the recent fires this past year from Merl O’Brien. We learned that living in “An Attitude of Gratitude” really makes a difference for us and others. We have so much to be thankful for!

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The Light Shone Bright at Harvest Festival 2017

In looking back at the Harvest Festival this year, I am blessed beyond words by the teamwork that took place this year by our Pastoral Staff.

When I first saw the need for the church to step up and offer an alternative to young families on Halloween, it was when we had small children, and there was nothing good that came out of exposing our three and four year old children to the horror that was present at every function offered on Halloween. And it didn’t seem fair to hole up in our home, when it was so clear to me that Christians are not called to hide from the darkness, but to bring light to it, the Light of Christ.

And I didn’t want our kids to grow up thinking it wasn’t fun to be a Christian, when it’s so far from the truth. Jesus is irresistible!

So, creating an environment that welcomed young families to bring their littles to the church on Halloween became part of our mission in Children’s Ministries, and it has looked different over the years.

But depositing Light on a very dark night, has always been the goal.

This church has always opened its doors on Halloween, long before our family arrived in 2001. But something different happened this year.

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Wall Fire Update

Back in early July the Wall Fire broke out, although it only lasted a week, it created a lot of unrest and concern for Oroville residents. Once the fire was extinguished many started moving back onto their property. Some found amazing things, fire that burned up to their eves, but didn’t touch their house, other found fire that had burnt all around their house, but others found nothing left when they went home. 41 residence were destroyed, some have been able to start to rebuild, but almost three months later some are still waiting for clearance to get on their land. One of the big hurdles has been cleaning up the hazardous waste. A second hurdle was getting power poles replaced that burned up. Several weeks ago Gridley Electric donated three poles for fire victims. So now the need was to get the power poles to the property. A local business in town, “Shifflet Bros.” a trucking company, was approached to pick up the poles and take them to the properties. They agreed to help, and that same day the poles were dropped on each persons property.

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All Church Picnic 2017

A lot of people showed up last Sunday afternoon at the Forebay to just visit, connect, eat some good food, and play some games. Despite high winds, everyone had a great time and the Men’s Ministry did a fantastic job of setting up, hosting and cooking. Thanks Men for providing an opportunity for the OroNaz family to just hang out and connect with each other.

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Celebrating 25 Years of Ministry Together

As we celebrated 25 years of our recovery ministry with a BBQ and Chili Cook-off many memories came flooding back about how God has used our recovery ministry in our city. In attendance were many who had been with us over the years and many who were with us for the first time ever.

The Chili Cook-off was won by Tri County Treatment followed close on their heels by the first runner up, The Hope Center. We had more contestants from the local Recovery community then ever before and look forward to celebrating the close of National Recovery Month in this way for years to come.

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The Glorious End of Cathy’s Journey

This is Ron writing again. One final post. My dearest partner of 48 years has been called home to glory. She left us about 6:50 PM on Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, 2017. Her hospital bed here at her beloved Stonehaven was surrounded by dear friends and family. It was truly a moment of deep joy juxtaposed with excruciating sadness. All of our children were able to be with her. At one never-to-be-forgotten moment on Saturday evening, we all gathered around her and sang some of her favorite songs to her and watched her respond with a tear.

Her final decline was very rapid. She was able to be out getting gorgeous at the hair dresser last Tuesday, and a week later she drew her last breath. We employed Hospice, and they were wonderful. Scores of friends stopped in to spend an hour or five sharing in the sweet sorrow of the round-the-clock vigil.

As I wrote in the last post, Cathy was living out the verse she had chosen as her life verse at age 16. She lived it out to the very last drop of her earthly life: “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10).

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Help In The Fiery Furnace

This is Ron writing. It has become increasingly painful for Cathy to use her hands to type. So, she asked me to bring all your dear friends and family up to speed on her situation. She is humbled, blessed, and touched deeply by the great multitude of people who follow these posts and pray diligently and fervently for her. Thank you for your incredible love and care for my precious partner of 48 years.

When Cathy first received Jesus into her life at age 15, she decided to adopt a “life verse” that would sum up her heart’s longings as a follower of Christ. The Lord led her to Phil. 3:10, and it became the passion that energized her spiritual pursuits: “That I may know Him (Jesus), and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” In the early decades of her life she never wavered from an abiding hunger to know Jesus in an increasingly intimate relationship. She also fervently pursued the ways that His resurrection power could be manifested in and then through her. I have been an eye witness to her remarkable story. God has granted her desire in amazing depth and abundance. As her husband, through the years I have often felt dwarfed both by the intimacy she has been allowed to cultivate with Jesus, and the way God has poured resurrection power into her hands. You who love and care for Cathy are the legacy of her pursuit of Jesus and His power.

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Journey Youth Ministry Launches

Journey started up this last Tuesday for the new school year. We meet on Tuesday’s from 6-8 at the church in the Cafe. This years Fall theme is “Come and See” based on John 1:39 where Jesus responds to John the Baptists disciples question of “…where are you staying?” with “come and see.” Jesus invites us to come and see, to come and know Him more. It’s one thing to know of Him, to be told about Him but it is another thing altogether to know Him by walking with Him.

This past Tuesday we had 50 teens show up for our first meeting of the year and i couldn’t be more encouraged. They came hungry…

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