WELCOME TO ONE NATION
“EXPRESS” THE GLORIOUS CHURCH
3rd April 2016
APPOINTMENT OF ELDERS & DEACONS
“A mature church is full of saints, with elders and deacons, in apostolic partnership for the advance of the gospel” Steven Van Rhyn, Phil1:17
We Are in the City of Mumbai to
EXALT… EXPRESS… EXTEND…
If you are here for the very first time we are pleased that you joined us this morning.
This morning is a defining moment in the history of One Nation Church as we follow Jesus and his word. In the bible New Testament gives us the template for us to help participate in building Church, which Jesus is so committed to build. We just want to obey Jesus and therefor we as a Church will be appointing Eldership Team this morning. It’s a great Joy to witness together what God is doing.
What our day looks like .
09:45 Welcome (Franco & Michael)
09:50 Worship (Rajiv & the team)
10:30 One Nation Journey (Franco)
10:45 Honoring Fathers & Mothers of One Nation
10:55 Video by Friends
11:05 David Fernandes Word of Encouragement
11:10 Gary Welsh shares the word
11:40 Laying Hands on Deacons
11:55 Laying Hands on Elders
12:25 Word of Thanks
12:30 Meeting Concludes with Lunch
A special note from Franco Lonappan
A warm welcome to all of you.
Today is a day of celebration to us here at One Nation Church & we want to thank each and every member who has journeyed with us over the years. We feel doubly honored that our friends could come and be with us this morning. It’s wonderful to see Michael Quadros & Pankaj Bhagwane being set aside as elders today. It is an answer to prayer and a step of faith for the Kingdom of God to advance here in India.
Michael has been part of One Nation since it’s inception 18 years ago & he along with Patricia have served faithfully and have been a pillar of strength to the church and me. Pankaj and Tressa are fairly new to us however in this short time with us they have become good friends and won the hearts of many and have served with much love and grace.
This morning we are venturing out to lay hands on two deacons who are sons in the Household. We have seen Errol and Rajiv grow and become significant men in their own rights and it gives me much joy to see them being set aside as Deacons. Errol has blessed the Church with his gift of preaching & Leadership, while Rajiv has played a significant role in leading worship and getting young people trained in Music & Singing
We are so grateful for these men and their wives and pray that God will bless them richly, anoint them with authority and protect them from the snares of the enemy.
Sweethin & myself are grateful to everyone for your love and prayers for them and for the church. We want to continually walk humbly before God with gratitude in our hearts for keeping us strong and giving us grace to serve Him for his glory.
A special welcome to Gary & Nicky (Pastor & Elder of Urban Voice Church, Cape Town) & our surprise guest Steve Oliver from Dubai& our friends who have come to be with us from the nations, different churches on this occasion and represent the wider families of churches.
We as a church rejoice in what God is doing today and we hope you will continue to pray for us and join us in reaching the nations with the gospel.
Lots of love,
A word from some of our church members
“Thank God for the way He has taken care and preserved us over the years. Despite the ups & downs & disappointments He has given us new and glorious calling to fulfill Isaiah 61. As we have embraced the not so fortunate ones, they have become powerful witnesses of the Gospel to their neighbours and friends, who are now part of One Nation Church. Thanks to Steve Oliver who envisioned Tree of Life Church to become One New Man in Christ ignoring nationality, caste, financial statue and opposition. Thank to Franco who pastored us all these years and his wife Sweethin who stood by him and Michael & Patricia who nurtured the Hindi speaking congregation, the worship team and above all The Almighty God whose grace and favor has sustained us. Surely the prophetic words spoken over our church from Gen 49:22-25 had and will be our portion.”
“We are blessed to be a part of One Nation Mumbai since long. This is the day that the Lord has made for Michael & Pankaj to become elders and we are glad in it. May God bless them abundantly” Florence & Victor Naka
“It’s been a great joy being part of One Nation Church for the past 18 years. The journey has been a very prophetic one. “The world needs more elders”, says PJ Smyth. I was looking for the plurality in the church. So I was thrilled when Dubai Church set aside 10 elders. So it’s with great joy to see One Nation setting aside 2 elders but also setting aside two deacons. This is history in the making. Praise be to God!
Pat & Margaret Magee
“The Word says the church needs elders, after much prayer we have seen God answering us. Thank God for Michael & Pankaj. These elders have also been our Life Group Leader’s, it’s such a joy to see God leading them. Thank God for One Nation and we have been here right from the beginning and we want to see One Nation grow stronger and stronger.”
Claude, Daphne & Deanne D’Mello
“Ever since our family has known Michael & Pankaj they have been a blessing to us and many others. They have all the qualities that an elder needs to have like it is mentioned in Gal 5:22-23; but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forebarence, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. We feel so blessed to have Michael & Pankaj as an elder in the church, may God bless them.
Thomas & Linette Durado
“I am really excited about what is happening in our midst. We are going to have 3 elders in One Nation. God is going to bless us with great growth. This is an answer to prayer and God fulfilling the prophetic promise to us.”
A word from our Deacons
Our Prayer of seeing elders set aside has been answered!!!!
This is a great step ahead for us as a Church and a Family. The journey began a while back but the adventure has just begun and I feel we are going to see some amazing things happen over the next few years. That being said I am humbled and overwhelmed that Franco, the leadership and the Church have given me the honor and privilege to serve them in this capacity.
Friends, Lets do great things together!!!!!!
I met with Jesus in One Nation Church 15yrs back. Since then it’s been all about learning and growing with this loving family. I consider it a great joy to worship along with the Church & bring delight to the heart of God. It’s an honor to serve this family with my gift & there is nothing more that I can ask for.
I thank God for the leadership team of One Nation Church. They work really hard & give their best in serving the Church & the purposes of God. I’m really excited for the next season that God is leading us into. Having more elders has always been Franco’s heart. This step of obedience will surely release the fullness of God’s blessings.
The Elder’s Journey with One Nation
Michael & Patricia
We thank God for giving us One Nation family. We Michael and Patricia along with our children are serving the Lord for last 19 years. It has been a great journey with the Lord and with one another under Franco’s eldership. God has wonderful promises for all of us as One Nation church.
It’s going to be a great joy to serve with Franco and Pankaj along with other leaders. We are looking forward to serve the church family with much more passion and love and excitement for God for the wonderful season that God is bringing us into along with every member of the church. God bless.
On 3rd April 2015, Tressa and myself weres ent off from our home church Gateway Dubai to come join One Nation Mumbai. We count it a big privilege to be part of a great leadership team and to serve His church along with Franco & Michael & their families. Errol & Rajiv have been outstanding in supporting church leadership and serving the team. Our One Nation family has been so warm and welcoming to us & we are humbled to serve this family. We are excited to see the kingdom of God extend in Mumbai, into all Maharashtra and the unreached people groups all across India. Greater things are still to come, greater things are still to be done in this City.
Franco & Sweethin
We have been walking with the Lord for the last 3 decades and I have been an Elder at One Nation Church for the last 18 years. Sweethin and myself have enjoyed serving this family of God and consider it a great privilege. We are grateful to God for the team of men and women who stand alongside us to serve the church. It’s been a prayer and a desire of ours to see more deacons & elders raised up and it’s a great joy to see Michael & Pankaj being set aside as Elders in One Nation Church. We believe it will bring great strength to the church and we can’t wait to see what God will do through us as a church in the coming days.