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October is Clergy Appreciation Month

October is national Clergy Appreciation Month, a time set aside to recognize the contributions and service of pastors, priests, reverends, ministers, and other clergy members.

Origins and Importance

The call to honor church leaders’ contributions can be traced back to St. Paul. In establishing the first Christian churches, St. Paul advised the congregation to give “double honor” to the elders of the church who managed the affairs of the church well, “especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17).

St. Paul further urged Christian communities to acknowledge those “who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you,” holding these spiritual leaders “in the highest regard in love because of their work” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).

In 1994, the American Christian organization Focus on the Family began promoting Clergy Appreciation Month as a national month of observance, to encourage the faithful to outwardly show their appreciation for religious leaders on a national level.

On a daily basis, clergy members prepare weekly messages and teaching, manage the maintenance, financial, and administrative obligations of their church, and, most importantly, nurture the spiritual well-being of their congregants. Aside from these daily duties, clergy members participate in the lives of their church-goers and their community: funerals, prayer and visitation of the sick, ministering to the imprisoned and abandoned, marriages, baptisms, Holy First Communions, and requests for special blessings.

Ways to Celebrate

  • Hand-written cards or letters.
  • Involve all age groups of the congregation.
  • Volunteer for church roles or tasks.
  • Help out your pastoral family (mowing, cooking a meal, babysit, car maintenance, house cleaning, etc.)
  • Meaningful gifts. Aim for what suits your pastor and family, be that gift baskets, special items, gift cards, money trees, books, or time away.
  • Have the pastoral family in your home or take them out to dinner.
  • Organize a celebratory appreciation event.
  • Words of encouragement and meaningful conversation.
  • Show up - participation in the life of your local church means a lot.
  • Don't forget to include pastor spouses and children. While they may not serve directly in the pastoral role, they are an important part of your pastor's ministry.
  • Grow in grace, and share with your pastor how you are growing. Seeing the flock make progress in the journey of faith is a blessing to any pastor's heart.
  • Pray for your pastor and family. Pray regularly. Pray publicly. Let pastors know you are praying for them.

A general internet search for "Clergy Appreciation Month" will also provide ideas for ways to demonstrate appreciation to your pastor and family.

Check out these articles to learn more...


Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Collection Sunday at Fly is November 14

Watch this promo video.

Boxes and brochures available at church. Fly Nazarene will cover the $9 processing donation for boxes collected at our church. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so through regular offerings on any Sunday. This contribution covers shipping expenses and the ministry supplies used by OCC to share the gospel with shoebox recipients.

Participate in a variety of ways...

  • Pray! Pray for the children who will receive these gift boxes. Pray for the volunteers and staff of Samaritan’s Purse as they carry out this ministry. Pray for hearts to be open to receiving the gospel and the best gift of all, Jesus Christ.
  • Pack a shoebox: Use one of the shoeboxes available at church or a shoebox of your own and pack with gifts for a child. Drop off your completed box(es) at Fly. Details on how to pack a shoebox can be found in the printed brochure or at this link.
  • Include a letter or photo to personalize your box: Preprinted letter forms are available at church for kids to share about themselves and include with their box.
  • Follow Your Box: pay the $9 processing donation electronically to track the journey of your box to its destination. Click here for details.
  • Build a Shoebox Online: select toys and other fun items you’d like to include from Samaritan’s Purse collection of options. They pack the box and send it on its way for a suggested donation of $25. Learn more here.

Click here for how to pack a shoebox.

What to pack, and what not to pack.

Learn more about Operation Christmas Child Shoebox ministry.


District NYI Momentum

Momentum IS COMING!!!!!

  • $65 for participants registered by Oct 31
  • $80 for participants registered by Nov 14
  • $95 after Nov 14
  • $25 for spectators

All attendees including walk-ups must register online.

Register online

Youth interested in participating should contact Bro. Mike for more details.


Stay Connected with MidSouth District

Would you like to receive the weekly email blast from Dist. Superintendent Dr. Dwight Gunter, as well as the bi-monthly MidSouth District Newsletter and periodic updates?

Submit your information here.


Pray for Global Missions

Remember our missionaries throughout the year in prayer. Many are often facing troubled times in the places in which they serve. They seek to be peacemakers and agents of transformation. They need our support through intercession.

The Prayer Mobilization Line (PML) is a weekly publication focusing on the prayer needs and praise reports for the global ministries of the Church of the Nazarene and our missionaries.

Visit this link to subscribe; printable versions of current and archived issues of PML also available at this link.


Upcoming on the calendar...

Santa Fe Community Thanksgiving Service (Fly to host) - November 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Christmas Baskets Compassionate Ministry - December 5

Fly Christmas Program - December 12 at 5:30 p.m.


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10/24/2021 11:00 AM   Worship 
10/24/2021 5:30 PM   Youth Night 
Faith, fellowship, food, fun for grades 6-12.
10/27/2021 6:00 PM   Wednesday Discipleship 
Meal offered at 6:00. Discipleship at 7:00 for age groups: 1) preschool and elementary (age 2 yrs - 5th grade); 2) youth (6th-12th); and 3) adult
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Meal offered at 6:00. Discipleship at 7:00 for age groups: 1) preschool and elementary (age 2 yrs - 5th grade); 2) youth (6th-12th); and 3) adult
11/7/2021 11:00 AM   Worship 
11/7/2021 12:00 PM   First Sunday Potluck Lunch 
You are invited to stay for lunch and enjoy food and fellowship with the Fly Church family.  Bring your favorite dish or desert -- or just bring yourself.
11/7/2021 5:30 PM   Youth Night 
Faith, fellowship, food, fun for grades 6-12.
11/10/2021 6:00 PM   Wednesday Discipleship 
Meal offered at 6:00. Discipleship at 7:00 for age groups: 1) preschool and elementary (age 2 yrs - 5th grade); 2) youth (6th-12th); and 3) adult
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