Nazarenes in the News

Bourbonnais, Illinois

Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of online news articles featuring Nazarene churches or church members. 

Bill Burtchet and Dan Hill recently removed the time capsule that was put in the El Dorado First Church building’s cornerstone in 1954. (The Butler County Times-Gazette photo)

Crash victim's husband forgives man who caused her death

Bourbonnais, Illinois

(Chicago Tribune, 3 October) The husband of a woman killed in a 2014 car crash offered not only a glimpse into her service-filled life, but also forgiveness to the man who caused her death.

During the sentencing hearing for Joseph Barrera Jr., Lane Fosnaugh delivered a moving message in tribute to his late wife, Janelle Fosnaugh, 52, as he described her years growing up with missionary parents in South Africa and her own lifetime of service as a missionary to impoverished places like Papua New Guinea, Haiti and the Philippines while raising their three daughters.

"She loved to love people. Her love and concern was palpable," Fosnaugh said.

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After Hurricane Harvey, a family throws away their past, piece by moldy piece

Port Arthur, Texas

(Los Angeles Times, 18 September) The past piled up on the side of the road, stuffed into black trash bags stacked on top of soggy furniture and moldy mattresses.

There was the still-crisp blue blazer and dress — with matching purse — that Corinth Williams got her grandmother for her birthday in July. Mold had crept into the sleeves. There was the dog figurine with puppies attached to its back. When Williams was a child, she used to play with it and break off each of the small dogs. Her grandmother, Evelyne Bowie, repaired it more times than she could remember.

There would be no fixing it this time.

There was mold everywhere in Bowie’s house, which meant most everything had to go. Williams, 28, carefully considered the familiar items from her childhood memories of visiting Bowie and the things her grandmother cherished. That fruit centerpiece that graced the dinner table? Gone. The plant her grandmother got the day Williams was born — its stringy limbs now stripped of leaves and yellowed from disease?

For the rest of the story about Maxine Williams, pastor of Grace Church of the Nazarene, click here.


Kansas church to celebrate 100 years

El Dorado, Kansas

(The Butler County Times-Gazette5 October) The First Church of the Nazarene in El Dorado invites the public to join them as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of their church. The celebration will be held Sunday, Oct. 15 – starting with worship at 11 a.m. and a meal with fellowship following.

The First Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene was organized in El Dorado in 1917. For some time, they worshiped in a building called “The Tabernacle” located on North Star Street. In 1919, the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene changed its name to the Church of the Nazarene. Eventually, they left the North Star location and worshiped in the building on West First Street between Washington and Taylor Streets.

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Texas church celebrates century of faith

Belton, Texas

(Temple Daily Telegram, 29 September) The congregation of the Belton Nazarene Church will be celebrating a century of ministry during worship 10 a.m. Sunday.

The church was born out of a holiness movement that came to Bell County in July 1914. Revivals were conducted in various communities around the area, such as Bell Plains, Hackberry, Summers Mill, Reids Lake, Armstrong and Salado.

The first church, called the Sulphur Springs Nazarene Church, was organized during the summer of 1917 after a two-week revival in Armstrong, a community located on Salado Creek about seven miles south of Belton. The first church services were conducted in the community schoolhouse.

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Illinois church reflects on 100 years

Bloomington, Illinois

(The Pantagraph, 8 October) The First Church of Nazarene on Bloomington's east side is celebrating more than 100 years in the community with special ceremonies this weekend.

The church at 2207 N. Towanda Barnes Road will hold a centennial service at 10 a.m. Sunday (today) with a focus on its future ministry.

A service and reception on Saturday night featured former pastors and members and included reflection on the church's past.

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