volume 31, number 10             October 2014

From our Lead Pastor

We have been fortunate to be part of a tremendous move of God on our St. Mark campus in Crestview! When we first partnered with St. Mark almost 6 years ago, few could have predicted that we would now be averaging over 600 a Sunday, with almost 250 children present every Sunday. We have now finished expanding the St. Mark sanctuary by 88 seats, doubling the size of the Children's building, enlarging the parking lot, creating another exit, and adding a new playground! All of this was possible because of your faithful giving to the Beyond Campaign!

Though this will certainly enable another season of growth, we will soon max out the limited land that we have. Therefore, we have already laid the ground work for another campus in the north end of Crestview, which is expecting another 3,700 people by 2017! The Bishop and District Superintendent have both encouraged us in this venture as there is an estimated 30,000+ in Crestview that have no church home... not counting the new people that are coming!

Recently our Charge Conference (that represents all campuses) voted unanimously to purchase a 10.9 acre tract of land on Old Bethel Road in north Crestview (across from Davidson Middle School). Authorization was given to purchase the property and to approve all costs related to developing plans and securing bids for the North Crestview Campus facility from our Beyond Campaign. This October marks the one year commitment we made for the $2.5 million Beyond Campaign to enlarge St. Mark and start the North Campus. Please check now and see if you are up to date on your giving as we are using these funds now. Of course, you are always able to extend into 2015 for the advantage of another tax year. St. Mark's commitment was for three years.

A Building Committee was also appointed. The members of the committee are: Al Niedbalski, Annie Mills, Jamie Avery, Page Caggiano, Jonathan Tallman, Ron Kay, Scott Walton, Tom Giovanini, and Tom Godbold. While we're still a long way from all the approvals of "breaking ground", this is a tremendous step toward making the vision of this campus a reality. We are extremely confident that it is God who has guided us to this incredible location and we're moving forward according to His time table.

We want to welcome Matt Hasty as our new Middle School minister! Matt, who grew up in our church, was an integral part of our AV team since volunteering in the 6th grade! He has recently graduated from UF after serving as a Student Minister while in college. We welcome Matt back to our church and into this position of Rurel Ausleyministry! Please take time to read his testimony in this newsletter!

The Women's Ministry is gearing up for its World Bazaar & Benefit on Saturday, October 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Life Center. There will be 4 sales venues, including the Fellowship Hall. Vendors are still welcome! Artisans will be exhibiting a wide variety of crafts from across the Southeast. The event also features a bake sale (showcasing a diverse assortment of desserts and goodies), on-site food court, and an expanded silent auction.

Rev. Rurel Ausley
Lead Pastor

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Upcoming Messages


We're not ok. Ever wonder why we can't get it together and why everything seems to be falling apart around us? Sin. We always hear that all sins are the same, and that's true, but from early on in the church there have been a few singled out as the cause of others. Join us for our new series, SEVEN, as we discover not only what the 7 Deadly Sins are, and how to identify them in our lives, but also how to let God overcome and redeem them.

Oct. 4-5 - Sin
Oct. 11-12 - Pride
Oct. 18-19 - Anger
Oct. 25-26 - Sloth
Nov. 1-2 - Greed
Nov. 8-9 - Lust
Nov. 15-16 - Gluttony
Nov. 22-23 - Envy

Miss a Message? Watch online!

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Article: Brice Early

St. Mark Campus Update

Rev. Brice Early, St. Mark Campus Pastor

Dear Church,

Brice EarlyWhat an exciting kick off to Fall we are having up at the St. Mark Campus! Just a few weeks ago we celebrated the Grand Opening of our Children's Center expansion, the remodel of our Café, the parking lot expansion, the new playground area, and the sanctuary expansion. This was a completion of phase 1 of our Beyond campaign and provided some much needed space to continue to Connect People to Christ. Not only did we open all of these new areas but we started our 4th worship service as well. We now have a Contemporary Café worship service that happens simultaneously with our 9:00 Traditional Worship Service. Due to all of this, there has been a continual increase in our worship attendance which is now over 20% higher than last year's average.

Our weekday childcare has increased dramatically this year as well. We have grown from 3 classes to 7 classes and have increased the number of children and families that we are reaching by over 100%!

The most exciting thing about this is the life change. We were able to help a young man who moved here and was living in his car because he could not find or afford a place to live. We helped him find some temporary lodging, fed him, showed him the love of Christ, and we are now helping him find some furniture for the apartment that he and wife, who is 5 months pregnant, are leasing. He is now playing in our praise band and their family is becoming fully connected in the life of the church.

Thank you so much for your prayers, encouragement, and giving so that our church can continue to expand the Kingdom and Connect People to Christ! I want to invite you to come up and worship with us and see what God is up to!

Excited about God's Growth,
Brice B. Early, St. Mark Campus Pastor

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Women's Ministries

Thank you...

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended and to those who helped make the Beth Moore Live simulcast a wonderful event! Almost 350 people attended with many women committing to Jesus for the 1st time and others re-committing their lives to follow Jesus Christ.

The many hours of planning and hard work that were put in became blessings to each person in attendance! Many people readily gave of themselves in order to serve God through this event and we are grateful, humbled and blessed ourselves to be part of this dynamic ministry and church.

Niceville UMC World Bazaar & Benefit

WBazaaromen's Ministry presents the Niceville UMC World Bazaar & Benefit

Saturday, October 25, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Niceville Campus.

Mark your calendar now to attend!

We have expanded into 4 sales venues, including the Fellowship Hall. We are still looking for vendors.

Calling all Bakers to bake cakes, pies, breads, 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.

Fantastic Silent Auction! Please consider blessing us with a donation of a new or gently used item. We are looking for items in new condition, i.e. jewelry, art, collectibles, gift certificates, gift baskets (Note: no clothes please). Items are tax-deductible.

Greeters and volunteers are also needed on the day of the event.

For more information go to nicevilleumc.org/women or call 865-4769.

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Time Away Prayer Retreat

Come experience "Peace in the Pines" and start the year off with a weekend of prayer and solitude at Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat near Eufaula, Alabama. Spend time worshipping God, seeking His direction as you wander the trails or reflect and meditate in the attractive Retreat House. Spiritual direction will be provided as well as times of fellowship and prayer. Linens are provided along with meals from Friday's supper to Sunday's noon dinner for $175. Lunch in Eufaula on the way up. Depart 8:00 a.m. from Parking Lot A on Friday, January 30 and return by 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feburary 1. Space is limited. Call Eva Huber for more information 678-3201 or email aehuber@cox.net.

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October Featured Events


Pumpkin Patch



Discover Class


"Aging with Hope & Faith: Celebrating Life" with Missy Buchanan


Operation Christmas Child Volunteer Training


World Bazaar and Benefit

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Student Ministries

Our new Middle School Minister

Hey! I'm Matt Hasty, and I am the new Middle School Minister here at Niceville United Methodist Church. I would like to tell you a little about my story and my vision for the middle school program here.

I was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina but quickly moved to different places since my dad was in the Air Force. At the age of four, we ended up here in Niceville, FL and started attending Niceville United Methodist Church. I accepted Christ at the age of five on the way to the grocery store with my mom and have been walking with Him ever since.

When I was in the 6th grade, I went through the confirmation class and at the end of the class I was encouraged to start serving. I started serving in the Audio Visual Department and absolutely loved it. The Lord transformed my life by being around the student ministry team on almost a daily basis during middle and high school. I learned what it meant to actually experience Jesus in my everyday life. I became a leader in the church as a volunteer and eventually as a part time audio visual intern throughout the year.

When I went off to college at the University of Florida I got involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and Anthem Church. Of course I wanted to serve in the Audio Visual Department for both of these organizations. However, God had different plans at Anthem and slowly pushed me into student ministry. As time went on I became more and more involved and found a passion for leading students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. I was asked to become the Student Ministries Director the summer before Junior year after a brief stint as Service Programming Director for Student Ministries. These experiences changed my life forever, and God started leading me into ministry Fall of my senior year.

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida in addition to a Business Administration minor from the Warrington College of Business. I have a passion for creating irresistible and engaging environments for churches and specifically student ministry. I believe as the church we are the most important mission in the world. Nothing better than our best is acceptable because people's lives and eternities are at stake. With this idea in mind, I love creating systems and environments to help the church better serve their communities and reach unchurched people.

I look forward to meeting everyone including the students and families. I am also incredibly humbled to be a part of leading these students into growing relationships with Jesus Christ.

Matt Hasty,
Middle School Minister

Upcoming Student Ministries Events:

PatchStudent Ministries Pumpkin Patch: Open everyday from 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 are used to help defray the cost of Student Ministry trips. We need volunteers! If you are interested, please contact Nadean Moreno at nmoreno@nicevilleumc.org or 678-4411 ext. 151. For more information, visit our webpage at:

Veterans Day Tributes: Show your love and appreciation for those who have and are serving our nation in the armed forces. Tributes will be published and inserted in the bulletin on November 8/9. Complete the Veterans Day Tribute envelope; include a donation to Student Ministries, and place the envelope in the offering plate on October 18 or 19. Final envelope submissions can be submitted to Student Ministry office by Monday, October 27. Envelopes will be available in the brochure racks Friday, October 17. Proceeds benefit Student Ministries.

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Music Ministries

Calling all singers!

Please consider singing in our Christmas Worship Concert!

Our Church is blessed to have great seasonal concerts at Christmas and during the Easter season. This year's Christmas Worship Concert "Sing the Glory" will be given Sunday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The core of the Choir in this Concert is the Chancel Choir of our Church that sings regularly for the 8:00 and 11:00 services. However, we have many that join this Concert Choir just for the Concert performance. So, if you are interested, please step up and be a part of this exciting program.

This music will appeal to our whole Church, both Contemporary and Traditional. Concert rehearsals will begin Wednesday, October 15 and run for 9 weeks. Rehearsals are 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Sanctuary Choir Loft.

Contact Larry Lord if you are interested in singing: llord@nicevilleumc.org or 678-4411 ext. 117.

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Fall Finder

Fall FinderThe Finder for the months of October through December is available at:
nicevilleumc.org/pdf/finder-current.pdf ... and also in brochure racks on campus.

Check out all the opportunities for each member of your family and get connected this fall!

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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, October 12, 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 August 2014.

Amanda Borland
Tim Borland
Gerald Campbell
Jill Campbell
Dorothy Cloud
Paul Cloud
Marc Cole
Patty Cole
Lisa Fleischman
Zach Fleischman

Mac Hubley
Vona Hubley
Brian Lowmiller
Holly Lowmiller
Sally Saville
Chuck Wallace
Joni Wallace




Welcome to our Church Family at Niceville UMC!

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The Counseling Center

"When your kid calls your bluff... You both could learn a lesson"

by Deanna Eddy, M.S.

Counseling Center As I am writing this, I am packing for a quick weekday trip to Orlando to attend a concert. I know, that is a long way to go to see a concert, and that was the first challenge my daughter faced when she asked if she could go many months ago. That's right, this is a concert in Orlando my daughter wants to see. But, when you challenge your daughter and she calls your bluff, you might as well try to teach a lesson, right? Well, that isn't exactly the whole truth, so let me explain... Several months ago we were asked about the possibility of this whole thing even happening.

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

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Active Adults 50 Plus Ministry

Missy BuchananEvents:

Aging with Hope and Faith: Celebrate LIFE! Join us for this special Active Adults 50 Plus event! Author, Missy Buchanan will be our keynote speaker. It will be a day you will not want to miss! October 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Missy Buchanan has appeared on Good Morning America and written several books. The day will also include awesome music, inspiring drama, varied workshops and a delicious lunch. Cost for this event is $10. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Contact Barbara Wilder, 678-4411 ext. 123, bwilder@nicevilleumc.org.

Flu Shot clinic: Wednesday, October 1, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in Room 700. Hosted by Walgreens. Flu shot: $25.99. A higher dose shot recommended for 65 and older: $51. Thimerosal-free flu shots will also be available. They will file with your insurance for you (a co-pay may be required) or you may file for reimbursement yourself.


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 a.m., returning about 2 p.m. Cost: $13 which includes admission and transportation.

Gulf Coast Zoo: On Thursday, November 6, enjoy the morning with the animals…maybe even feed a giraffe! We will have lunch at Johnny Houston's. Cost: $20.00 for admission, train ride through the free range area and transportation. Departing at 8 a.m., return at 3 p.m.

Callaway Gardens/La Grange Trip: Travel with us to see the Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights! We'll also tour Bellevue (an antebellum home), the National Infantry Museum (includes the IMAX film “Jerusalem”), and the Walker-Peters-Langdon house. We will stay overnight at the Wingate in LaGrange, GA. Departing 7 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, returning 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12. Cost: $201 includes admissions, travel (via motor coach), and hotel. Trip limited to 30 people! Sign-ups close November 17.

Barbara WilderContact Barbara Wilder for trip details and sign ups:

678-4411, ext. 123 or bwilder@nicevilleumc.org

The Active Adults 50 Plus monthly brochure (PDF) is also online.

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Youth Basketball Games

Registration starts September 29 for ages K through the 8th grade for our Youth Basketball League. Take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $70.00 before it increases to $85.00 after October 24. Practices will begin the week of December 8. Games will be played in January and February beginning January 9 &10. 5th-8th grade games will be on Friday evenings and ages K-4th grade will have games on Saturdays. Register and pay with cash or check at the Community Life Center or register online with credit card at nicevilleumc.org/recreation.

Fit Families

This class is taught by Kim Pekala and open to all parents and children. The class will have circuits that you and your child can do using your own body weight. The class is free of charge. Contact Cindy Schroeder at cschroeder@nicevilleumc.org or 678-4411 ext. 147 for more information.

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Prayerful Concerns

Recently Hospitalized:

Bob Apfel, Bill Board, Joseph Bowers, Sylvia Chandler, Connie Cross-LaFont, Kerry Davis, Lynn Deyerle, Debby Lee, Jill Lewis-Daggs, Holly Lowmiller, Dot Manning, Bob Mathers, Gary Miller, Linda Moore, Roberta Nolen, Linda Rice, Bobby Tyre, Carolyn Van Pelt, Karen Warrenfells, Susie Watson, Joe Weston, Lee Williams, and Sandy Wood.


Larry Bates, on the death of his father;
Isabel Carter, on the death of her uncle;
Allison Davis, on the death of her mother;
Audrea Feist, on the death of her father;
Betty Flowers, on the death of her husband;
Mike Flowers, on the death of his father;
Nancy Freshour, on the death of her mother;
Linda Rice, on the death of her husband;
Jamie Ruckel, on the death of his father;
Rhonda Storts, on the death of her father.

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Group Life

NEW Adult Group Life Course:

What Jesus Has To Say About Prayer. Learning to pray like Jesus did. Meets Tuesdays, 6–7:30 p.m., in Room 103 beginning October 21. Leader is Eva Huber at aehuber@cox.net.

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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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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. 10, Niceville United Methodist Church

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