Lakeview Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Making Christlike Disciples in Western North Carolina
Pastor Tim Pullin arrived at Lakeview on July 12, 2000 with his wife Karen and son John.
Pastor Tim is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in South Dakota and England, and a 1991 graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN with a B.A. in Religion. He has served in ministry full-time since January of 1991. "PT", as he is often called, loves to play, write and sing music (trumpet, keyboard, and guitar), he also loves sports of all types and is interested in science and technology as well as the fine arts.
Here is a greeting from Pastor Tim:
Greetings in the name of our victorious and soon-coming Lord and Savior Jesus Christ;
What a privilege it is to be leading in ministry as Lakeview celebrates her 60th year of continuous ministry in the Western North Carolina area! Serving as the pastor of Lakeview Church for the last 13 years has become one of my life's most challenging and most rewarding endeavors. The friendships and collegiality that have been built in that time are truly the "lifelong" type. In the time I have been here, we have been through some very good times and some very challenging times. We have said some sad farewells to some who have moved on to other locations, or other churches, and some to their Heavenly reward. And we have welcomed many new friends who have become integral parts of Lakeview and her multifaceted ministry.
If I was asked to summarize the basic character of Lakeviewers, I would have to say that their most noticeable quality is that of generosity. Whether it is by caring for people by taking them into one's home during a difficult time, or by sharing materially with those across town, across the state or around the world, Lakeviewers have truly "been there and done that". In truth, the ministry footprint of Lakeview is much larger than would be expected for a church her size.
· They have held a number of benefits for area residents in times of need.
· They participate in Operation Christmas Child, collecting over 20 boxes for children we will likely never meet this side of Heaven.
· They annually adopt an "angel" from the local Department of Social Services and provide a bountiful Christmas for a needy teenager.
· They regularly volunteer to ring bells for the local Salvation Army to help raise funds for those in need.
· They give food and funds generously to the support of one of our fellow district parsonage families.
· They give to the support of a Nazarene child on the other side of the world.
· They visit the sick and the imprisoned in our own community and carried on a correspondence ministry to inmates in prisons across the state of North Carolina.
· They give liberally to those who have come to her for help in a variety of situations.
· They have often offered support to members and friends experiencing times of personal and family loss.
· They strive annually to support the ministries of the International Church of the Nazarene at District (state) and General (worldwide) levels;
o Giving hundreds of dollars in “spare change” to help build churches, school, hospitals, clinics, parsonages and more
o Financially supporting over 700 missionaries in over 150 world areas (countries) on every populated continent on the Earth
o Assisting in practical relief efforts to fight hunger, provide safe drinking water, sponsor needy children, support micro-economics in developing countries, respond to man-made and natural disasters
o Supporting our regional Nazarene institution of higher learning, Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, our Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO and our Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO.
o Whether it is knitting hats for earthquake victims, or packing up baskets for the local battered women’s shelter, or offering practical assistance to needs that arise in the local church body, Lakeviewers, as you can see, are a very giving and generous group of Christians. We take to heart Christ’s commission to minister “unto the least of these, [His] brethren”, and thereby minister to Him.
Meanwhile Lakeviewers participated in traditional seasonal activities like Wednesday Night Coffee Houses, featuring hot beverages, finger foods and lively spiritual conversation. She also offers:
· an annual Easter Egg Hunt
· an annual Easter Choir Cantata featuring new and traditional favorites
· annual patriotic services at Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Veterans Day
· Vacation Bible School
· a delicious Thanksgiving Banquet;
· Decking the halls of our church for the Christmas Season
· a unit in the local Christmas Parade;
· "Christmas Around the World" as part of the annual Christmas party;
· and a meaningful Choir Christmas Cantata.
And that is just a snapshot of what life is like here at Lakeview. And while at times it stretches one's energy level to be involved in all of these efforts, it is always a joy because Lakeviewers are such a positive bunch of people.
That is not to say that Lakeviewers live charmed lives free of difficulty or personal issues. As pastor of Lakeview for nearly 13 years, I can assure you every family, if not every person deals or has dealt with significant life-issues from time to time and many do so on an on-going basis. But as we have become accustomed to affirming, we have found that "God is good - all the time." Jesus, Himself, promised us that "In this world, you will have trouble, but do not be afraid for I have overcome the world." And we have found time and again that His presence in our lives at such times is the difference-maker.
God alone knows what the future holds for Lakeview. But we believe that God who has made Himself known to us through His Word, through His Son, Jesus and through His Spirit also desires to make Himself known to our world through us. And one of the ways He does that is by taking care of us no matter what the situation may be. With our hands firmly clutching His, we walk boldly into the future in the strong assurance that He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him.
If you are looking for a place to call your church home, consider Lakeview. Many have done so to their soul's delight. If you are visiting or travelling through the area, stop by and worship our wonderful Creator and Savior with us during one of our worship or study times. You will be glad you did. I know that I am! I look forward to seeing you there.
In His love,