'They save lives'
KokomoNaz walks for local pregnancy center
With sneakers on their feet and smiles on their faces, men, women and children gathered at KokomoNaz to support life.
The church hosted the “WALK” March 15-17 to raise money for the life-saving ministry of Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC). KokomoNaz collected more than $1,355 for the PRC operating budget, almost tripling the financial goal.
Carol Snyder is the director of the Kokomo and Frankfort PRCs and a member of the Nazarene Missions International (NMI) Council at KokomoNaz.
“We are thankful,” she said, “for the funding to increase our impact in the community and for the Kingdom.”
Financial support allows the PRC, located on church property, to offer all services free of charge. They include newly added sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and abortion pill reversal, services that can cost $100 to $1,000 per client, she said. This year, the Kokomo PRC has already served more than 250 women.
“I could go on for days about how much our services are benefitting women in our community,” Carol said. … “We have five women in our HOPE education program that were going to abort their babies but chose life. They are seeking ways to be good parents and grow a relationship with God.”
Vicky Gates, an administrative assistant at KokomoNaz and wife of Lead Pastor Tim Gates, organized the fundraiser. She wanted the church to participate “to support a very worthy, necessary, Biblically-based, community organization; to create awareness of the PRC in the KokomoNaz church community; and to engage our church members in the support of the PRC,” she said.
Fifty-two people walked, including a baby in a stroller, totaling almost 500 laps or nearly 100 miles.
“It was a blessing to see children up to those in their 80s walk laps around the church together,” Vicky said. “Several families came together to walk. Co-workers came and walked over their lunch hour.”
Vicky posted signs around the indoor course with Bible verses and prayer requests. Walkers prayed for their church family; their own families; the PRC’s staff and clients; children and teens at KokomoNaz; local elected officials; police officers and firefighters; those struggling with spiritual needs, financial needs, and loneliness; and church leadership and staff.
Carol appreciated her hard work.
“I thought the event was a huge success,” she said. “Every detail was planned extremely well.”
Sharon Medlen, a member of KokomoNaz, went to Facebook to encourage people to walk. She shared a picture of herself and her husband, Clarence, on the course. The caption read, “Go and walk for Living Alternatives. They save lives.”
In addition to walking, congregants supported the PRC by making pledges per miles walked or by giving a flat donation. Carol hopes to work with KokomoNaz on future PRC initiatives.
“I love that our church looks for new ways to minister to our community by partnering with outside organizations,” she said. … “I am so thankful for a church that is not afraid to speak the truth about life and life-styles that are against God and devastating to people's lives.”
- KokomoNaz and the YMCA welcome boys and girls ages 4-6 to join Cubs Soccer. Sign up now through April 29. Games will be Saturdays May 1 through June 12, at Foster Park in Kokomo. There will be no practices. Cost is $30 per player, which includes a jersey. Space is limited. For more info, go to kokomonaz.org/youth-sports or call Pastor Shane Guldi at 765-453-7078.
- GRAD CELEBRATIONS
Graduates will be recognized in both services on Sunday, May 23. A reception will be between services in the Commons. Also, for students only, the annual grad party will be at 6 p.m., during youth group, on Wednesday, May 26.
- NYI CON
Students in grades 7-12 are invited to this conference for worship, activities, time to connect, info booths on district ministries, breakout sessions, and more. Delegates will attend to district business and elections. NYI CON is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CT) Saturday, April 24, at Valparaiso Nazarene Church. Cost is $5 per student, which includes lunch. Students should meet in the Student Café at 8:30 a.m. (ET).
Looking for a place to belong? Enjoy community and Bible study at 6 p.m. every Wednesday, in the Chapel (use the Main Entrance).
- COLLEGE-AGE CLASS
If you are an unmarried guy or girl in your late teens/early 20s, join us from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday, in Room #316 (use the West Entrance).
- MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
All men are welcome to attend at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, in Room #301.
- MEN'S PRAYER BREAKFAST
Join other men for food, fellowship, a devotional, and prayer at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month, at Bob Evans in Kokomo. RSVPs are not needed. Each person pays for his meal.
- She Studies and Mindful Moms have already started for the spring semester. For more info, go to kokomonaz.org/womens-ministry.
- LUNCH WITH LIZ (For Ages 70+)
Join us Tuesday, April 27, for a program at 11 a.m. in the Chapel, followed by lunch in the Family Life Center. The program will feature live music with Sally Duke and Matt Gerhard. Donations will be accepted. Bring a book to swap at our book exchange. Sign up at Window #3 or call Liz Shell at 765-860-1874.
- GREENHOUSE OUTING
Young at Heart is taking a trip to the Garden Gate Greenhouse and having lunch at the Dutch Café in Peru. Sign up at Window #3. Those attending should meet to carpool at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the church.
- MISSIONS RUMMAGE SALE
The annual church rummage sale will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Use the Main Entrance. All proceeds will go to missions. Please donate clean items in good condition. Hangers are needed too. For drop-off times and locations, or to volunteer, please go to kokomonaz.org/rummage-sale.
- CRISIS CARE KITS
We are collecting items for disaster victims. For a list of needs, go to kokomonaz.org/outreach-missions. Please drop off items at Window #1 by May 30 or donate $12 labeled for “Crisis Care Kits”.
- VISITATION TEAM
Our team is able to visit seniors in some nursing homes and assisted living facilities, along with shut-ins at home, now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available. Praise the Lord!
- TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY
Thanks to those who volunteered for the Transportation Ministry. We still need drivers to take congregants to local medical appointments. If you are interested, please call Pastor Dianne Wagner at 765-437-1347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Celebration Choir is back! If you are interested in joining, please contact Pastor Sarah Chamberlain at 765-453-7078 or email@example.com. Practices are Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The patriotic musical will be June 25-27. Concert practices will start April 28.
- If you are interested in helping with camera, screens, lights, sound, live stream, etc., please contact Scott "Stix" Ayers, Media Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MEMBERSHIP CLASS
Want to know more about the church? Interested in membership? Plan to attend the “New to KokomoNaz” Class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in Room #302. To sign up, go to kokomonaz.org or call 765-453-7078.
The annual Chocolate Celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, at KokomoNaz. Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Caregivers, helping local seniors. There is no admission fee. Tickets are three for $10. Each ticket is redeemable for one treat. To volunteer, call Rebekah Gillum at 765-453-7611.