volume 31, number 9             September 2014

From our Lead Pastor

This Fall is getting off to an exciting start!! Students are back in school, vacations are over, and our church is really moving forward with great things. Hopefully everyone is making an intentional effort to join a small group for spiritual growth and fellowship!! It is never too late to start. We encourage everyone to NOT go the Christian life alone, and to make sure that spiritual growth is the first priority in all of our lives. Now is the time to get involved on Tuesday/Wednesday night suppers and groups!

We have an exciting array of classes and small groups in which to belong. Here are some:

Alpha Course: What am I doing here? Explore what we hunger after – meaning, intimacy and relationship – in a very non-pressured, non-judgmental environment. Meets Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Marler Chapel beginning September 17. Contact Bobby and Lauren McElroy for questions at mcjr30@cox.net.

America's Christian Heritage: Discover the role the Bible and Christianity played in the beginning of our nation. Meets Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Room 800 beginning September 2. Contact Pete Peterson for more information at pete1980@cox.net.

Christian to the Core Taught by Rev. Rurel Ausley: Learning to transform your life and other's through the 8 core values for Christian living. Meets Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., in Room 800 beginning September 17. Contact Stephanie Case at scase@nicevilleumc.org with any questions.

Financial Peace University: Learn how to handle money God's way. Meets 6:00-7:30 p.m. on either Tuesdays in Room 700 beginning September 2, OR Wednesdays in Room 400 beginning September 3. Contact Kim Colpitts at kimcolpitts@live.com for questions.

His Text Bible Course: Studying the meaning and application of God's Word. Meets Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Room 400. Contact Tom McKnight for any questions at drtlm@msn.com.

Legacy Journey: Building on the foundation of Financial Peace University, take a deeper look at what the Bible says about wealth, managing resources and living a generous life. Meets Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Room 701 beginning September 8. Contact Kim Colpitts at kimcolpitts@live.com with any questions.

I pray that you take the opportunity to go and see our South Crestview campus now that all of the building projects are completed! We have enlarged the sanctuary, doubled the size of the Children's Building, enlarged the paved parking, remodeled the Fellowship Hall, and have had our Grand Opening. Brice Early and the entire staff there are doing an outstanding job of assimilating the growth and new people are coming to Christ all of the time. Please take some time to drive by and take a look!

Our plans for our North Crestview campus are in full swing too. Because of structural issues unknown to us at the signing of the lease, we have decided to move in a different Rurel Ausleydirection than leasing at the Northview Plaza. We are very excited about the possibility of purchasing land and having our own building. Please read Rev. Greg McKinnon's article in the newsletter that gives a much more detailed explanation.

Make sure you are present for our new September Message Series: The Expectation Gap starting September 6/7. We all live in a gap. The gap between what we expect and what we experience. It's often the start of our frustration, disappointment, and discouragement. But there's a solution…

Rev. Rurel Ausley
Lead Pastor

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Upcoming Messages

"Expectation Gap"

ReGroupWe all live in a gap. The gap between what we expect and what we experience. It's where our dreams die and passions fade. It's often the birthplace of our frustration, disappointment, and discouragement. But there's a solution. There is a way to reconcile this space between. In this series we learn about the Expectation Gap-- and the God who is able to bridge it all.

Sept. 6-7 - Everything I've Ever Done
Sept. 13-14 - The Greatest Source of My Frustration
Sept. 20-21 - Even Now Somehow
Sept. 27-28 - Seat of Honor

Miss a Message? Watch online!

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Article: Greg McKinnon

North Crestview Campus Update

Rev. Greg McKinnon, Executive Pastor

There are a lot of exciting things happening related to our North Crestview campus. The most exciting thing is that Rev. Jeff Burnett, the North Crestview Campus Pastor, is on board and moving forward. He is spending time on both of our campuses but is getting very involved at the St. Mark campus by helping Brice Early and Lisa Ausley, building relationships, and beginning the groundwork for forming a launch team of 150 to 200 people for the new campus.

The other exciting news has to do with the location of the North Crestview Campus. Our plans were to lease and renovate 16,500 square feet of the Northview Plaza, but the building ended up having major structural problems that rendered it unusable for our purposes. That led us to look at other possibilities.

As we explored other options, we found 10.9 acres of land directly across from Davidson Middle School on Old Bethel Road. The Expanded Leadership Team, Finance Committee, Board of Trustees and Administrative Board have all compared the cost of leasing and renovating the Northview Plaza location over a 15-year period to the cost of borrowing the additional money to buy the land and build the building over the same 15-year period and have recommended that we purchase the land and build a 20,000 square foot building.

There will be a called Charge Conference on September 14 to vote on whether to move forward with the land purchase. Please be praying for the members of the Charge Conference as they consider this exciting opportunity.

If you would like to be a part of the launch team for the North Crestview campus, email Jeff Burnett at jburnett@nicevilleumc.org and let him know.

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Women's Ministry

Women of the Word will resume Thursday, September 4.

The InheritanceWomen of the Word (WOW) starts September 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

The Fall Study will be Beth Moore's "Inheritance."

Women of the Word meets Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Enjoy social time, videos, small group time, testimonies, and worship. We welcome all women and childcare is provided for infant thru Pre-K.

Register at nicevilleumc.org/women


Beth Moore SimulcastBeth Moore Simulcast

Saturday, September 13

Don't forget to register for the Beth Moore Live Simulcast, in the Community Life Center.

The simulcast and lunch will be provided free. A love offering will be accepted.

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. The simulcast is from 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Plan to attend and bring a friend!

Register at nicevilleumc.org/women or call 678-4411 ext. 127.


Niceville UMC World Bazaar & Benefit

Saturday, October 25, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please consider helping in the following areas: Bakers needed to bake cakes, cookies and other treats for the World Bazaar Bake Sale. All items must be wrapped, labeled and in disposable containers. Please deliver all items to the Sanctuary gathering area Friday, October 24, from 1 to 7 p.m. Silent Auction items: Please consider blessing us with a donation of a new or gently used item for our silent auction. Items are tax deductibles. Greeters and volunteers also needed to help with the day of. Call 865-4769 or 678-4411 ext. 127.

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Group Life

Adult Group Life Courses beginning in September:

Alpha Course: What am I doing here? Explore what we hunger after – meaning, intimacy and relationship – in a very non-pressured, non-judgmental environment. Meets Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Marler Chapel beginning September 17. Contact Bobby and Lauren McElroy for questions at mcjr30@cox.net.

America's Christian Heritage: Discover the role the Bible and Christianity played in the beginning of our nation. Meets Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 800 beginning September 2. Contact Pete Peterson for more information at pete1980@cox.net.

Christian to the Core Taught by Rev. Rurel Ausley: Learning to transform your life and others through the 8 core values for Christian living. Meets Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., in Room 800 beginning September 17. Contact Stephanie Case at scase@nicevilleumc.org with any questions.

Financial Peace University: Learn how to handle money God's way. Meets 6:00-7:30 p.m. on either Tuesdays in Room 700 beginning September 2 OR Wednesdays in Room 400 beginning September 3. Contact Kim Colpitts at kimcolpitts@live.com for questions.

His Text Bible Course: Studying the meaning and application of God's Word. Meets Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Room 400. Contact Tom McKnight for any questions at drtlm@msn.com.

Legacy Journey: Building on the foundation of Financial Peace University, take a deeper look at what the Bible says about wealth, managing resources and living a generous life. Meets Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Room 701 beginning September 8. Contact Kim Colpitts at kimcolpitts@live.com with any questions.

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Student Ministries

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Sullivan and right now I am operating as the Student Ministries Associate. I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself so that you can get to know me. I was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina so I am clearly a southerner at heart! I recieved a BA in Music from the North Carolina School for the Arts and a Masters in Special Education from the University of Charleston. I've lived all over the US for the last 20 years as my husband Bob is a doctor in the US Air Force.

I spent most of my teenage and adult years wandering in the desert for lots of reasons. At the age of 22, I met God. This was the most important moment of my life! The power of the Holy Spirit truly changed me from the inside out. Being in relationship with Jesus wasn't about following a bunch of rules but was about the freedom to be who God had truly created me to be.

Shortly after I became a Christian, I met my husband Bob in a small group Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. I taught elementary school while Bob attended the Medical University of South Carolina and In 1997 God blessed us with our oldest daughter Anna Grace.

Several years later, I received a call to ministry in the Fall of 2000 shortly after our second daughter, Sarah Beth was born. I tried to ignore this call for 7 years because in the churches I attended, women were not ministers. God opened a door for me to attend Duke Divinity in 2007 as Bob completed his fellowship. Now, 7 years later, 1 more daughter named Kennedy, 3 cross country moves, and 3 seminaries, I hope I will be graduating this spring with an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary!

I am excited about serving the Lord by serving middle schoolers and their parents here at Niceville United Methodist. I believe Middle school is such an important time in the life of a student because it is an age of decision and accountability. I am thrilled to be leading the confirmation class focused on Middle School students that will meet beginning September the 7th at 9:30 and continue for eight weeks. I hope that if you have a Middle School student who has not been through confirmation, that you will encourage them to join Tyler Fuller and me as we take them through confirmation.

I look forward to meeting all y'all and just wanted to introduce myself and say how thankful I am for the opportunity to work with such a great and supportive staff and such amazing students! I am excited to see what God will do!

In Him who is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine,

Elizabeth

Upcoming Student Ministries Events:

Pumpkin Patch Youth Fundraiser: Open October 1–31, 7 days a week, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Every Saturday is family day - inflatable, petting zoo (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), face painting, etc. All proceeds benefit student ministry trips, programs, and missions.

Fall Confirmation Classes for 6-12 grade students starts on September 7 through October 26. Classes will meet every Sunday in the CLC Youth Theater (note room change) from 9:30-10:30 a.m. For more information check out the Student Ministries calendar at nicevilleumc.org/students/calendar.html.

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Emmaus Open House

Have you ever thought about going on an Emmaus Walk but had a lot of questions?

Open House
Sunday, October 5, at 12:30 p.m.
in the Friendship Hall.

Come find out what Emmaus is all about. Meet Emmaus members who have gone on the Emmaus Walk and get your questions answered. Open for all!

For more information please call Lew Wilder at 678-4411 ext. 129 or email at lwilder@nicevilleumc.org

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September Featured Events

1

Offices and Facilities closed for Labor Day Holiday

 

5-7

Rock the Universe

13

Beth Moore Simulcast

14

Discover Class

28

Night of Worship with Italy Team


 

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Children's Ministry

Children's Sunday Programming is stepping up to a new level beginning September 7th.

All 2nd-5th graders will have large group Kids Worship 2 opportunities in the Crosswalk Theater at both the 9:30 and 11:00 hours with new worship leaders, drama, activities, improved technology and more!

Attend 2 hours on Sunday? Classroom options are still available at 9:30 and 11:00 for 2nd-5th graders by registration.

Register your child on our website: nicevilleumc.org/children.

If you have questions stop by the children's building welcome desk for assistance or give us a call, 678-4411 ext. 187.

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Grief Recovery Support Group

Begins Thursday, September 18
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Room 403
For more information contact Susan Warren at susanw.warren@gmail.com

Grief Support

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Moved Lately?

Do You Have Changes – New Address, Phone Number?

We simplified it with our NEW online form!

Moved Lately? To browse to the form in the future -- go to nicevilleumc.org, at the top click on the Ministries tab, and then click on Icon titled Administration. On the left side of the page under Office select "Administrative Forms/Policies" and click on the form titled "Address Correction Form."

Enter your changes and hit the submit button – we'll make the necessary changes. Six clicks, it's that simple.

In the future you may want to use other automated forms like Volunteer Commitment Card, Vehicle Request Form and others.

Questions? Contact Gordon White at gwhite@nicevilleumc.org or call 678-4411 ext. 121.

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Celebrate Recovery

Women's Step Study:

Celebrate RecoveryThis is a group for women seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship with God. The 26 lesson series is based on the 12 steps and 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery and will meet 6-7:30 p.m. in room 701. It will be open to newcomers through mid November. Contact Stephanie Case at scase@nicevilleumc.org for more information.

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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, September 14, 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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Welcome New Members!

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

Kerry Davis
Kerry Davis

Linda Tierney
Linda Tierney

 

 

 

No photo available:

Miracle Sosias

 

Welcome to our Church Family at Niceville UMC!

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The Counseling Center

"Blessed Are Those With God-Shaped Brains"

by Edward Chandler

Counseling CenterDr. Timothy Jennings, a leading psychiatrist, wrote a book, The God-Shaped Brain. He says that our brains and our bodies do well when we have a healthy understanding of who God is. That means that unless we know God well we will never be all God intended us to be. But – hear this. Unless we really know ourselves we will never know who God is, and we cannot know ourselves unless and until we surrender our total self to Him!

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

 

 

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Active Adults 50 Plus Ministry

Young At Heart: Our program for Tuesday, September 9 will be Beth Tritschler, Faith Community Nurse for Niceville UMC, who will talk about new programs and health opportunities. Join us at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Cost for lunch: $6. Please sign Missy Buchananup or cancel for lunch by noon on Friday, September 5, 678-4411, or bwilder@nicevilleumc.org

Aging with Hope and Faith: Celebrate LIFE! Join us for this special Active Adults 50 Plus event and join the celebration! Author, Missy Buchanan will be our keynote speaker. It will be a day you will not want to miss, so put it on your calendar now! October 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Missy Buchanan has appeared on Good Morning America and written several books. Day also includes music, drama, and workshops! Cost for this event is $10 and includes lunch. Deadline to RSVP is Tues., October 7, 2014. Contact Barbara, 678-4411, bwilder@nicevilleumc.org.

Events:

Flu Shot Clinic: Flu shots will be available on 2 dates. Thimerosal-fee shots will also be available. Please sign up with Barbara so they may be prepared for you. 678-4411 ext. 123; bwilder@nicevilleumc.org

  • Tuesday, September 9
    10:00 -11:30 a.m., Friendship Hall
  • Monday, September 22
    5:00 - 6: 30 p.m., Rooms 402 | 403

"That's-Good-To-Know" Series:

  • Session 1: Monday, Sept 8, 6:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept 9, 1:15 p.m. Are you nearing the time you will be making medicare decisions? Do you have questions about your coverage? This is an opportunity to learn how it all works.
  • Session 2: Monday, Sept 15, 6:00 p.m. Connect with Medicare: Don't wait for a rainy day to know your home healthcare benefits.
  • Session 3: Monday, Sept 22, 6:00 p.m.
    Are you at risk of falling?

    All sessions will be in Room 400. There will be NO sales or appointment setting at these meetings and are only for providing you with valuable information. Please let Barbara Wilder know you are coming. 678-4411 ext. 123; bwilder@nicevilleumc.org.

Trips:

Corn Maze: Come with us to the Sweet Season Farm, on Saturday, October 4 to tackle the corn maze and enjoy a hayride! Then we will travel to Milton for lunch at David's Catfish. Departing at 8:00 a.m., returning about 2:00 p.m. Cost: $13 includes admission and transportation.

Cruise the British Isles: Sign ups have now begun for this 13-day cruise aboard the Royal Princess visiting Ireland, Scotland and Paris/Normandy. We depart Aug. 25 and return Sept. 6, 2015. Only a $100 deposit secures your spot if you book by September 24, and you'll receive a coupon book for onboard savings. Cruise prices start at $4730 and is all inclusive except for gratuities. Contact Barbara for itinerary and details: 678-4411, ext. 123; bwilder@nicevilleumc.org.

Casting Crowns Concert: Join us for the Casting Crowns Thrive Tour with Sidewalk Prophets and Mandesa. We will depart at 4:45 p.m. and travel by church bus to the Pensacola Bay Center for this concert on Thursday, November 13. Cost: $34 includes admission and transportation. Limited tickets available, so sign up soon!

Missions Opportunities:

Extreme Experience: You will be so blessed as you lend a hand to the adults attending the Extreme Vision Camp at Blue Lake. Join us Sun, Sept 28-Wed, Oct 1, at Blue Lake as a sighted guide for these vision impaired adults and enjoy numerous activities such as canoeing, crafts, archery and more! Cost is only $50!

Check out all of the Active Adults 50 Plus at: nicevilleumc.org/seniors/pdf/seniors-current.pdf

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

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Prayerful Concerns

Recently Hospitalized:

Heidi Allen, Rebekah Arrington, Eike Benzenhafer, Alice Bounds, Wanna Caverly, Sylvia Chandler, Kerry Davis, Thelma Gilliand, Eva Huber, Bob Mathers, Janie McGeorge, Grace Nuffer, Mike O'Brien, Austin Pettibone, Jasmine Porterfield, Lona Proctor, Linda Rice, Virginia Seago, Linda Somers, Norval Taylor, Mary Thorpe, Ashley Walker, Skip Weyrauch, Helen Witley, and Lea Williams.

Sympathies:

Richard Case on the death of his father; Marge Cowell on the death of her daughter-in-law; Sandi Craig on the death of her grandfather; Jaynee Kneeland on the death of her sister-in-law; Bob Mayhall on the death of his sister; Dave and Ed Strunk on the death of Dave's mother and Ed's wife.

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Stewardship Report

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Stewardship Report July 2014

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Please Pray for Your Niceville Campus Staff

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Staff

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

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Our Vision

Connecting People to Christ

Mark"To build a community where people can come as they are, meet Christ, grow in their faith, and find a place to serve."


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Connections Newsletter, Vol. 31, No. 9, Niceville United Methodist Church

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