Connection Groups-Spring 2017

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Spring 2017 Menu

Below you will find our current menu of groups for the Spring semester of 2017. Groups begin the week of March 12. . You can register for a group by its menu number (1,2,3, etc.) and turning in a completed Connection Card during a Sunday service. The leader for the group you select will then contact you with information on the location, times and necessary study guides. If you cannot make it to a Sunday service but want to register for a group, send a quick email and let us know which group you are interested in. Be sure to include your contact information.

1. Young Adults GroupSacred Pathways by Gary Thomas:  Are you envious of the way that some people seem to walk closely with God? Discover the path God designed you to take–a path marked by growth and fulfillment, based on your unique temperament.

Sundays 7:00 to 8:30 PM   March 12 through May7
Jeremiah Reynolds
LocationJeremiah’s home
ChildcareChildren are welcome

Preparation time:  Less than 1 hour each week


  1. Walk with Me by Hal Perkins: Give yourself a road map to begin building your own practice of discipleship and tap into others for their mentoring practices.

Mondays 7:00 to 8:00 PM   March13 through May 8
LeaderAlex Oliver
LocationNoel Jennings Home
Childcare: Not provided

Preparation time:  More than 1 hour each week


  1. Women’s Group— Friends of Jesus by Karen Kingsberry: Explore six people in the life of Jesus and the depth of friendship that is in each relationship

 Mondays 7:00 to 8:30 PM   March 13 through May 1
LeaderShawna Reidenbach & Melissa Gawf
LocationShawna’s home
Childcare: not provided

Preparation time:  More than 1 hour each week


  1.  Couples’ GroupCherish: How to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great: For couples at any stage of marriage.

 Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:00 PM   March 15 through May 10
LeaderFred LaPlante
Childcare: Not provided

Preparation time: More than 1 hour each week


  1. Women’s Bible Study Group — Colossians: Study Paul’s encouragement and exhortations to the Colossians and apply his teachings to your life.

Thursdays 7:00 to 8:00 PM   March 16 through May11
LeaderVal Croninger
LocationCarolyn Elkins’ home
Childcare: Limited

Preparation time:  Less than 1 hour each week


  1. Learn to Live Life Out Loud: Learning to express to those in relational circles the changes God is making in our lives.

Thursdays  6:30 to 7:30 PM   March 16 through May 11

LeaderLori Mayta
LocationJohn Breau’s home
Childcare: Not provided

Preparation time:  none


  1. Young Men’s Leadership MentoringKingdom Man: Join us for breakfast and a chance to mentor or be mentored in being the best Christian men possible.

Saturdays 9:00 AM   March 18 through April 22

LeaderJason Malcom
LocationNew Vision Church
Childcare: Not provided

Preparation time:  none


Connection Group Fair

Interested in getting connected but not sure which group is right for you? Come check out our Connection Group Fair where you can; meet the leaders, ask questions, hear more about the subject, and more. Our connection group fair is Sunday, March 5th from 9:45-10:00 (before service) and for 20 minutes following service.

Rev. Casey McDorman accepts role as senior pastor

I am pleased to announce, that Rev. Casey McDorman has accepted our invitation, by today’s vote of the congregation, to be the pastor of New Vision Church of the Nazarene. The process of calling Pastor Casey as our next pastor has been a healthy and spiritual journey for all of us, however, it is not an end but a beginning, as God continues to clarify our mission and ministry through Pastor Casey’s leadership.

As we welcome, Pastor Casey, Jamie, Jason and Kylee, let’s bathe them in prayer and ask for God’s blessing to be poured out on them.

Fred LaPlante, Church Board Secretary
New Vision Church of the Nazarene

Behind the Scenes – Kids Message Series for February 2017

In Kid’s Church this month, the theme is, Behind the Scenes: Finding Love in Every Story. Here’s what the kids will be learning each week-


This week we will learn to love others because Jesus loves you. As kids lean about Jesus’ sacrificial love for us, I pray they will start to understand how they can show love sacrificially to the people in their lives. When we being to see our potential to love in light of Jesus’ love for us, we will understand that showing love, even when it is difficult, is worth all the effort.

This week we will learn to comfort others who are hurting. We meet people everyday who need comfort. We pray that as kids discover how Jesus showed love in comforting his disciples during the storm, they will start to become aware of ways they can show love and comfort to people in their lives. We can all learn to encourage people in our lives and show them how much God cares about their needs.

This week we will learn to give to others who are in need. As we start to see others the way God sees them, we will become more aware of their needs. We have opportunities everyday to help others meet their needs. This can be as simple as lending a pencil to a friend or offering to share apart of our lunch. It’s amazing how kids will start to show love to others when they become aware of the needs around them.

This week we will learn to love others because they matter to God. We won’t always get along with everyone we meet, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t deserving of God’s love. Through this story, we pray that kids will see that all people matter to God, and we should show His love to everyone we meet.

Meet and Greet with Rev. Casey and Jamie McDorman

The New Vision Church Board voted unanimously to call Reverend Casey McDorman as our new senior pastor. Casey accepted the nomination. The church had the pleasure of hearing from Reverend Casey and Jamie McDorman at an informal meet and greet on Thursday, January 19th. For those unable to attend, this is an audio recording of that meeting. It was exciting to hear both Casey and Jamie’s passion for the Lord.

Pastoral Candidate Announcement

In consultation with Dr. Jeren Rowell, our District Superintendent, the church board has voted unanimously to extend a call to Rev. Casey McDorman to be our next pastor, and as such, to place his name in nomination before the congregation, for election by the members of the church. This step was taken after seeking the direction of the Lord in prayer and fasting. The board has also held several interviews with the McDormans as well as interviews with other candidates.

Rev. McDorman has accepted the nomination of the board and has agreed to place his name before the church. This election, by ballot, will be open to all members of the New Vision Church of the Nazarene who are at least fifteen years of age. The vote will take place on Sunday morning February 5, 2017, during the morning worship service.

We will hold a congregational meeting this Thursday evening, January 19 at 7:00 pm in which Pastor McDorman and his wife, Jamie, will meet the church and will share with us their testimonies, his vision for ministry and his pastoral experiences. There will be a time of questions and answers between the McDormans and those in attendance.

We encourage all of our New Vision family to join us for this meeting and to continue in earnest prayer for the selection of our new pastor.

Fred LaPlante
Secretary of the Board
New Vision Church of the Nazarene

3rd & 4th Grade District Lock-In

Our district is having a great lock-in just for 3rd and 4th graders at the Westside Church of the Nazarene. The cost is $20 per student. We will be meeting at New Vision at 6:15 pm on Feb. 3rd and returning at 8:30 am on Feb. 4th. If you would like more information contact Pastor Catie at 816-266-3354.     Register Now