volume 31, number 4              April 2014

From our Lead Pastor

On Easter Sunday, April 20, we will be having 7 worship services to Easter 2014accommodate the Easter crowds that we anticipate. We will begin with the Saturday Night Exchange at 6 p.m. There will be 3 services in the Community Life Center (8:02, 9:32 and 11:02) and 3 in the Sanctuary (8:00, 9:30, and 11:00) and our Saturday Night worship service at 6:00 p.m. To ensure adequate parking for all of the services there will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday.

We are adding an 8:02 a.m. Contemporary service this year and would appreciate everyone who would to come to this early service to lessen the crowding at the later services. Beginning at 7:45 a.m. nice breakfast finger foods will be available for this service in the Community Life Center, so we invite you to come early to eat and worship!

Easter is a great time for outreach. People do come on Easter who might not otherwise come to church. Please use this time of year to reach out and invite people to our church. We will be sending Easter Publicity Cards out to the entire community announcing all of our services! Please be inviting Two Crownspeople to all of our Holy Week and Easter services. If we all invited at least 2-3 people, that would be 4,000 to 6,000 personal invitations! Can you imagine the impact of our church inviting that many people to worship?

Our vision is to make it as easy as possible for guests to come. If you are a member in good health, please consider parking in the far away spots and leave the closest places for newcomers and guests.

Mark your calendar now for the Palm Sunday Concert "TWO CROWNS" that will be given Sunday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Niceville Campus Sanctuary. This year’s concert, entitled “Two Crowns” will appeal to both contemporary worshipers and traditional.

Good FridayOn Good Friday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, join us for a beautiful, moving, and somber night of worship. The service will include a mixture of styles in music and experiential worship elements all pointed towards remembering the love of God poured out for us on the cross. Childcare will be provided through 5th grade.

Please take a moment to read Rev. Brice Early’s article on the inside as he updates all that is going on at our St. Mark campus. Construction is in full stride as we seek to keep upwith the growth on that campus. Excitement is building at St. Mark over the starting of the North Crestview Campus and all that will do in reaching new people in Crestview!

Rev. Rurel AusleySee you Sunday,
Rev. Rurel Ausley
Lead Pastor

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Upcoming Messages

"The Journey" Message Series

The JourneyThe Bible is one book made up of 66 other books written over the course of roughly 1,600 years with somewhere around 40 contributing authors; and yet, the overarching story of the Bible is the same: there is a God who wants a relationship with His creation... with you and me! Every single story, every character, every book points to that one story line. The narrative of the Bible is really The Journey to a restored relationship with God. Come rediscover some old stories through a new perspective as we look forward to celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with our Easter series, The Journey.

March 22-23 - Journey from Death to Life
March 29-30 - Journey from Slavery to Freedom
April 5-6 - Journey from Victim to Victor
April 12-13 - Journey from Religion to Relationship
April 19-20 (Easter) - Journey from Darkness to Light

Miss a Message? Watch online!

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Pastoral Article

Rev. Brice Early, St. Mark Campus Pastor

St. Mark Campus News

Thank you for giving to connect more people for Jesus! God continues to amaze us at our St. Mark Campus each and every week. Since we finished our Beyond initiative, construction has been in full swing. We have moved into the expanded sanctuary and the pews are actually going in as I type this! It could not have happened too soon.

Since January we have seen a 20-30% growth with an average of about 615 and the additions are already full in our middle service. New people are joining the church almost weekly and most importantly, we are seeing people give their lives to Christ and follow Him in baptism. Thank you for giving to connect more people for Jesus!

Our children’s ministry is bursting at the seams and they are ready to fill the new addition when it is completed.

Our Student Ministry has moved to Sunday night when nothing else is meeting so they can have more space.

In January we started Celebrate Recovery on Thursday nights. That continues to grow and has had a high attendance of 60 adults.

There are people parking on the street ready to fill up the new parking lot as soon as it is done.

Small groups have been expanded from Wednesday nights to Tuesday morning, Thursday night, Sunday night, and a record number of home and community groups.

What great challenges to have as we strive to connect more people to Christ!

We are training up new leadership so that we can send them to the North Crestview Campus when it is opened in January, and...

We look forward to seeing a name chosen to unify our church to strategically share our vision and mission that God has tasked us with.

If you have not come up to worship with us and experience what God is doing in this part of our church, please come and join us for one of our 3 incredible worship experiences at 9:00 Traditional Worship & 10:15 & 11:30 Contemporary.

Thank you for giving to connect more people to Jesus!

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Good Friday Service

Good FridayFriday, April 18
6:30 p.m.

Join us for a beautiful, moving, and somber night of worship.

The service will include a mixture of styles in music and experiential worship elements all pointed towards remembering the love of God poured out for us on the cross. Childcare will be provided through 5th grade.

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Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend 2014

Saturday, April 19:

6:00 p.m. Contemporary, Community Life Center.
Childcare is provided for Pre-K and younger.

Sunday, April 20:

8:00 a.m. Traditional, Sanctuary
8:02 a.m. Contemporary, Community Life Center
Starting at 7:45 a.m., enjoy a special Easter continental breakfast with delicious finger foods for this service!
9:30 a.m. Contemporary, Sanctuary
9:32 a.m. Contemporary, Community Life Center
11:00 a.m. Traditional, Sanctuary
11:02 a.m. Contemporary, Community Life Center
Childcare is provided for Pre-K and younger at all services. Special Easter children’s programming for K-5th grade is provided at the 9:30/9:32 and 11:00/11:02 services only, and is the same both hours.

For information about the St. Mark Campus Easter Weekend schedule, visit:

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April Featured Events

April 2

Middle School Discover Class Baptism/Confirmation begins


April 6

Wesley Academy Children singing in Worship


Guatemala Mission Trip Informational Meeting

April 9

High School School Discover/Confirmation Class begins

April 12

After Exchange hang out

April 13

Discover Class


Palm Sunday Worship Concert

April 14-25

Wesley Childcare Summer/Fall Registration

April 17

Wesley Academy Easter Chapel

April 18

Good Friday Holiday OFFICES CLOSED


Community Life Center is Closed for Recreation


Celebrate Recovery dinner, program and small groups


Good Friday Service

April 19

Community Life Center is Closed for Recreation Activities


Easter Exchange Saturday Evening Worship

April 20

Easter Worship Services (see ad this page)

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Student Ministries

Upcoming Events

Middle School Wednesday night Confirmation starts on April 2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. It is a 7-week course that ends with kids getting the chance to become members of the church. The class is held in Room 305 in the Middle School area.

High School Wednesday night Confirmation starts on April 9 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. It is a 6-week course that ends with kids getting the chance to become members of the church. The class is held in Room 955 in the Community Life Center.

Students who have completed Confirmation and have chosen to be baptized will be baptized on Wednesday, May 28, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone, including parents and family are welcome to attend.

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Youth Indoor Soccer League

Soccer Ball Youth Indoor Soccer League for ages 4 through grade 4 is Registering NOW! $85 per player. Registration Deadline and player evaluations are Saturday, April 12, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Practices begin in May and games played in June/July. Register online at nicevilleumc.org/recreation or in person at the Community Life Center.

Adult Indoor Soccer League
Registration for ages 16 and up starts April 30! Early registration cost is $40 per player, Registration after May 16 increases to $50 a player. Registration Deadline is May 23. Games will be played on Friday evenings after 5 p.m. in the gymnasium. Games start at the end of May and run until July. Register online at nicevilleumc.org/recreation or in person at the Community Life Center.

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Palm Sunday Worship Concert

Two CrownsMark your calendar now for the
Palm Sunday Concert


that will be given
Sunday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m.
here in the Niceville Campus Sanctuary.

This year's concert, entitled "Two Crowns," will appeal to both contemporary and traditional worshipers.

2000 years ago, Jesus had to choose between two crowns; the crown of thorns and the crown of glory. He chose to be obedient to the Father, and took the crown of thorns, laying aside the crown of glory.

This concert will help everyone more fully understand what God has done for us. Join us as we enjoy beautiful and powerful music together. Jesus, we crown you with praise! Come with a friend from our Church and invite your neighbors from the community, as well.

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Women's Ministry

Join us Saturday, April 5, for an exciting global live simulcast with Bible teacher and best-selling author Priscilla Shirer!

Priscilla Shirer

"The Word, Closer to Home" will feature Shirer’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching.

The event includes music, worship, prayer time, fellowship with other women, and will challenge women to grow deeply in their faith.

Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. The simulcast kicks off at 8:45 a.m. in the Niceville Campus Sanctuary, and ends at 4:30 p.m. Lunch is provided and a love offering will be accepted.
Register online www.nicevilleumc.org/women/ To reserve a lunch, register by March 31.

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Vacation Bible School 2014

VBS generic logoVacation Bible School
is right around the corner…

June 16-20, 2014
9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Our volunteers give our VBS its WOW factor!

It’s time for you to begin letting us know where you would like to serve. There’s a place for EVERYBODY… classroom teams, greeters, bus ministry, decorating and more.



Sign up on our website and together let’s begin to imagine what God will do in VBS!


Registration for children age 4 through 5th grade begins May 4.

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Wesley Childcare

Wesley Childcare (Infants – 3 year olds)

Wesley ChildcareSummer and Fall 2014 registration begins
Monday, April 14
in the Children’s Building

Registration forms can be printed from our website at nicevilleumc.org/wesleycc/

Questions can be directed to
or 678-4411 ext. 187

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Find a Place to Serve

Find a place to serveInformation about finding "your place to serve" is on the way!

Our mission as a church is to create a community where people can come as they are, meet Christ, grow in their faith, and find a place to serve. We believe every person should be serving in at least one significant area of service utilizing their unique spiritual gifts. It takes the involvement of everyone to provide the excellent children’s, student, and outreach ministries we have and to provide engaging worship services, genuine hospitality and all the other ministries our church provides to help fulfill our mission.

The week of April 27 you will receive an email or letter outlining how you can be a part of fulfilling our vision by volunteering. Please read this information and prayerfully consider where God is leading you to serve. It is our goal that every member and active participant would find a place to serve in at least one significant area of ministry according to their spiritual gifting.

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Welcome New Members!

We joyfully welcome the following members to our church family, who joined in February 2014.

Sherman and Laurie Eller

Mark and Alysia Hanson



Daniel and Shari Harper

Karen Knight
Karen Knight


Lance and Julie Massey





No photo available:
Mike and Jen Feola



Welcome to our Church Family at Niceville UMC!

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VisionDiscover Class

New to our Church?

Want to know more about who we are and what we're all about?

Then we invite you to join us in the Community Life Center, Room 905-907,
on Sunday, April 13, at 9:15-10:45 a.m. for the next Discover Class. You will receive a brief overview of our mission, vision and values. Childcare is provided in the Children's Building.

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Active Adults 50 Plus Ministry

Young At Heart: Our program for Tuesday, April 8, is our own Mature Methodist Choir presenting a musical program titled, "Lord of All". Join us at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Cost for lunch: $6. Please sign up or cancel for lunch by the Friday noon, April 4.
Want to join groups reading or going to the movies together? The Book Club and the Movie Club are now meeting! Call for more information. We would be delighted to have you join us!

Mission Project: We need you if you have 2-3 hours to spare once a month. We are forming teams to serve at Children in Crisis. Our assignment is keeping their food pantry organized. It’s a great way to support the ministry to these children behind the scene. Can you help? Call Barbara for more information!


Don't miss the fun! Join us for a round of Goofy Golf and lunch at Joe & Eddie’s, Thursday, April 24. Departing at 11:30 a.m., return about 4:00 p.m. Cost: $7, plus lunch.

Inspirit Retreat: "Your story, God's Glory: Exploring Our Spiritual and Family History." Our theme will explore family genealogy, spiritual heritage, and our Methodist heritage.

Keynote speakers: Rev. Lisa Ausley and Dr. Jimmy Jeffcoat. Lectures, hands on activities, music and don’t forget the fun and fellowship! Held at beautiful Blue Lake on May 8-10. Cost: $125 all inclusive, meals, lodging, transportation, program. Sign up with Barbara, by April 24.

Contact Barbara Wilder for trip details and sign ups:
678-4411, ext. 123 or bwilder@nicevilleumc.org

Barbara WilderContact Barbara Wilder for trip details and sign ups: 678-4411, ext. 123 or bwilder@nicevilleumc.org

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From the Lil' White House

"Blended Families"

by Deanna Eddy

“Here’s the story of a man named Brady”... I think you know the rest. The show "The Brady Bunch" made blending families look so easy. Every episode of the sitcom included some problem that was solved by the end of the episode with the help of mom, dad, or a plate of Alice‘s chocolate chip cookies. The house remained spotless and the children were always groomed and dressed in groovy outfits. Each of the six children were respectful and seemed to really care for one another. Mike and Carol appeared to have it all figured out.

Read the full article at: nicevilleumc.org/counseling/blended.html

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Prayerful Concerns

Recently Hospitalized:

Eileen Arpke, Preston Bates, Ken Brook, Melissa Fister, Mary Halstead, Gary Hammond, Amanda Henning, Linda Hoskins, Kaye James, Mart Jernigan, Jean Mathers, Bette McKinnon; Roy Ripley, Helen Roberts, Yvonne Roper, Julie Staton, Sudy Suderman, and Karen Warrenfells.


To Gary Burger on the death of his father;

To Daryl Clark on the death of her father;

To Bev Holmes on the death of her father;

To Gloria Hovorka on the death of her sister;

To Julie Hurlburt on the death of her husband, Fred;

To Joni McCain on the death of her mother in November;

To Bill Peacock and the death of his brother;

To Patty Williams on the death of her mother.

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Please be sure to check the Flower Calendar on the bulletin board in the hallway near the front office for a Sunday to sign up to furnish flowers for our worship services in honor of or in remembrance of a loved one or for a special occasion.

Easter LiliesFor a donation of $15 you may place an Easter lily in the Sanctuary or Community Life Center. A special tribute will be printed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday.You may pick up the plant after the 11:00 hour service on Easter Sunday or you may leave it and it will be taken to a home-bound person, a nursing home resident or a hospital patient. To participate, fill out the envelope which will be included in the bulletin on March 30 or found in the Information Racks, include the $15 and return by April 6. (Note: This is not tax deductible.)

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Stewardship Report

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Please Pray for Your Niceville Campus Staff

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For a complete listing of all staff with email links, visit the Staff Contact List online.

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Connections Newsletter, Vol. 31, No. 4, Niceville United Methodist Church

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