A replica of a foam chapel currently sits in the back lot of Porterville, California's Iglesia del Nazareno. (Porterville Recorder photo)
Nazarenes in the News: April 13, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
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Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of online news articles featuring Nazarene churches or church members.    

Easter brings a test of faith for church displaced after tornado
St. Louis, Missouri

(Fox2Now, April 8) For the second Easter in a row, members of the Gateway Church of the Nazarene worshiped somewhere other than the building they call home.

The devastating Good Friday tornado ripped the roof off the church in 2011 and repairs are still about 2 months away.

"People have had to be flexible," explained Pastor Stan Hall. It's been a difficult year for worshipers not just because of the devastating tornado."

Their former pastor died from a heart attack a month before the twister hit Bridgeton.

"I think some people wondered, where's God," said Hall. 

He said as difficult as the year has been the congregation has stayed together.

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Area churches find various uses for social networks to connect with members
Erma, New Jersey

(Press of Atlantic City, April 9) Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene features a sound studio in its back room complete with a mixing board and microphones that lead to computers upstairs.

Officials with the Lower Township church record sermons each week and post them online as iTunes podcasts and on a religious site called Sermon.net.

“Our philosophy is the way to communicate now is not only through the newsletter but with instant communication,” the Rev. Charles Gates said. “We’re really stepping into a new age.”

The church also launched its own Facebook page, where it posts calendar items and reminders about weekly programs.

More area churches are using social networks to reach out to parishioners and help them stay in touch with the church and each other. From Constant Contact to YouTube to the photo-sharing site Picasa, churches are continuing their weekly conversation long after the closing hymns.

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Trevecca students get better prepared for urban classrooms
Nashville, Tennessee

(Tennessean, April 12) A new education program at Trevecca Nazarene University is better preparing new teachers for urban settings by trying to close the experience gap between urban and suburban schools.

The fifth-year residency program will send educators directly into high-poverty zones within Metro Nashville Public Schools. The teachers will be equipped with knowledge of the communities they will be teaching in to more effectively communicate to students.

“This semester we have studied urban students to better teach them,” said April Smith, one of five Trevecca students enrolled in the program’s first year. “We are getting better prepared for teaching in these areas. I really think this gives us a bit of an edge to help accelerate students’ achievements in these areas.”

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Mobile Styrofoam chapel on display
Porterville, California

(Porterville Recorder, April 11) What has a maximum capacity of 200 people, is used for public Christian worship, and is made of polystyrene?

It’s a church building unlike any other, made of stacked Styrofoam blocks and built to last at least 30 years.

The foam buildings are part of Extreme Peru, a project spearheaded by Extreme Nazarene Ministries, a faith-based organization with a mission of “seeking and deploying people into an extreme expansion of the Kingdom of God,” as stated on the organization’s website.

Extreme Peru is a four-year project that began in 2008. The goal of the project is to create 120 community-centric mission churches in six regions of Peru and of those 120 new church plants, select 30 to receive a foam church building.

A replica of a foam chapel currently sits in the back lot of Porterville’s Iglesia del Nazareno.

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MNU football players chosen for Chiefs' tryouts
Kansas City, Missouri

Three seniors from MidAmerica Nazarene University were chosen to participate in the Kansas City Chief's local Pro Day.

Throughout the day, the MNU students and 14 others went through medical and physical testing and drills, supervised by the Chiefs' coaching staff. Five of the many Kansas City area students selected from area universities for last year's pro day went on to sign with NFL teams.  

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Northwest Nazarene University professors' timely book getting notice
Nampa, Idaho

(Idaho Statesman, April 10) Darrin Grinder and Steve Shaw revel in two topics that are strictly off-limits at some family dinner tables: religion and politics.

The book by the two Northwest Nazarene University professors empowers the reader to negotiate the thicket of the faith of the founders, whether we should be called a Christian country, and the separation of church and state.

“One of the reasons I was so fascinated with the project was I would just like the presidents to speak for themselves,” Grinder says in a YouTube video produced by Russell Media of Boise, publisher of the 276-page, $22.99 book, available at bookstores and online.

Shaw says the 2012 election — with a Mormon likely to challenge a born-again Christian who some still call a Muslim — has heightened the focus on presidential religion to a level not seen since 1960, when the only non-Protestant president, Catholic John Kennedy, won.

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'Miles With A Mission' motorcycle group returns home  
Bethany, Oklahoma   

(News9.com, April 11) A Bethany motorcycle group on a charity ride spanning two continents is back home safe in Oklahoma.

Harley engines roared into Bethany Wednesday, with Southern Nazarene University alumni and friends cheering their "Miles with a Mission" buddies back home. The more than 10,000 thousand mile bike trip was bumpy to say the least.

"Well it's been a long time. We started last year and on the fourth day I had a very serious accident and nearly died," SNU alum Doug Eaton said.

For the rest of the story and video report, click here.

Ministry in Garden City reaches truckers
Garden City, Kansas

(The Topeka Capitol-Journal, April 9) A small ministry in western Kansas has been catering to truckers and travelers at a Garden City truck stop.

The Pit Stop Praise is located at a truck stop north of a junction on US-50 highway. The half-hour program on Friday evenings usually attracts up to about a dozen participants.

For the rest of the story, click here.

NNU student nurses invite men to walk a mile in a woman's shoes
Nampa, Idaho

(KIVI-TV, April 12) The Northwest Nazarene Student Nurses Association invites male participants to walk a mile wearing high heels for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in support of survivors of domestic violence.

The walk will begin Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on the Northwest Nazarene University Track if the weather is nice, and Johnson Sports Center if it is raining.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nampa Family Justice Center. Limited pairs of large size high heels will be provided. Women are also encouraged to join the walk in support.

In Idaho, 1,735 forcible sex offenses and 565 forcible rapes were reported in 2009 according to the Idaho State Police Crimes Against Persons Annual Report. In an attempt to bring the community together, local organization leaders have joined the national Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event since 2006 to encourage men to prevent and fight against sexual violence, provide a safe Idaho, and raise awareness of sexual assault and rape in the community.

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