NNU will host several exciting events during the month of October to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Church of the Nazarene. Founded in 1908, the Church of the Nazarene has grown to serve more than 151 world areas with nearly 21,000 churches.
At 5 p.m. on October 5, NNU will join Nazarene churches across the world for a special centennial service. The event will feature Dr. Oliver Phillips, a combined choir directed by Gerald Van Order and music led by Rev. Scott Dunham. Dr. Phillips is the director of mission strategy for the Church of the Nazarene in United States and Canada. A special photo exhibition, “Northwest Nazarenes,” will be displayed in the Brandt Center lobby during the service to tell the visual story of regional churches organized prior to the inception of the Church of the Nazarene.
Church of the Nazarene Intermountain District Superintendent Dr. Stephen Borger said, “The Church of the Nazarene was born as a movement out of a world-wide revival in the late Ninetieth century greatly influenced by John Wesley’s teachings on holiness of heart and perfect love. Today, 100 years later, there are 31 local churches with an average Sunday attendance of 8,800 in the Treasure Valley alone. The centennial service will allow local members to fellowship together and celebrate the church’s rich history.”
On October 19 the Friesen Galleries will feature “Picturing Faith,” another exhibition including 48 black-and-white photographs depicting American religious life during the Depression. Both exhibitions will be on display until Nov. 8.
The Centennial Celebration for the Church of the Nazarene will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, in the Swayne Auditorium of the Brandt Fine Arts Center, located at 707 Fern St. in Nampa. The Friesen Galleries are located on the second floor of the Brandt Fine Arts Center. For more information, please contact the Church of the Nazarene Intermountain District Office at (208) 467-3714.