Thursday, March 19, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 3-19-15


March 19, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

          A couple of weeks ago I read a little devotional by pastor Greg Laurie, where he asks the question are you chasing sardines?  Pastor Laurie writes:

          Some years ago, three hundred whales were found marooned on a beach.  Scientists speculated that the whales had been chasing sardines and became trapped in shallow water when the tide went out.  Now, that’s an amazing thing.  By chasing little sardines, these gigantic creatures were ultimately led to their doom.

          Many people waste their lives chasing sardines, so to speak.  They major on the minors and have no clear focus or objective in mind.  But God tells us what should be the primary goal of every Christian.  If we can get our priorities straight in this area, everything else will come together.  In fact, if we can get these two principles operative in our lives, then all the commandments of God will become a natural outflow of our commitment to Him.  What are these principles?  One, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, NLT), and two, “Love your neighbor as yourself ” (verse 39, NLT).

          When Jesus spoke these words, He was identifying what should be the focus of every person.  Essentially, He was saying that love is the basis for all obedience.  If you really love God, then you will naturally want to do the things that please Him.

          It has been said that if you aim at nothing, you are bound to hit it. What is your highest priority in life?  What are your goals?  We all channel our energies and passions and thoughts toward something in life.  What is it for you?

          Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”— Matthew 22:37-39

          Questions for Reflection: Are any “sardines” in your life keeping you from following Matthew 22:37 and 39?  Is there something hindering you from loving the way God desires?  If so, what steps can you take to heed God’s command?  How are you doing on the B. E. L. L. habits?

Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Movie Night
Pastor Daniel and Gloria showing the movie “Fireproof” on Saturday evening at 5PM.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Easter Egg Hunt/Easter Breakfast
We are planning on having our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Easter Sunday, April 5th.  We will need small wrapped candy donations again and this year we are going to make the plastic eggs available for you to take home and fill the eggs with candy.  This will cut down our time stuffing eggs.  On Saturday March 28 at noon Stephanie will be serving lunch while we gather to stuff eggs with candy.

The Stewards are planning on having an Easter Breakfast before the morning service at 9:15-9:45.  There is a sign up sheet on the information table to let the Stewards know what food you can bring for the breakfast.

Easter is one of our big four outreach events to invite people to attend the services who do not have a church home.  I encourage you to pray about who you may invite to join you on Easter Sunday this year.

Prime Time Banquet
On April 24th 6PM at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene, The Burchfield Brothers will be in concert at the banquet.  The cost for the tickets is $13/per person. 

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.

Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4

Favorite Quotes of the Week
Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours.” – Oswald Chambers

“Our task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion.” – N. T. Wright

“Maturity cannot be hurried, programmed, or tinkered with. There are no steroids available for growing up in Christ more quickly. Impatient shortcuts land us in the dead ends of immaturity.” – Eugene Peterson


I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,

Pastor Andy

Thursday, March 5, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 3-5-15

March 5, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

This week Josh and I have been traveling to Hutchinson each day to attend meetings for pastors.  The meetings have been pretty intense and lasting all day with homework.  Needless to say I’m pretty tired but one of my homework assignments was to share a vision for our church.  Here is what I shared today

I have a dream...

To see the church, experience the healing of God’s transforming Grace to become one family, Jews and Gentiles under one Lord King Jesus.

I have a dream to see the church reflect the community where we live. 

I have a dream to see Sunday morning NOT remain the most segregated time in America.  Over 90% of American churches draw 90% of their people from one ethnic group and only about 8% of American churches can be called multi ethnic or multi-racial.

I have a dream like the apostle Paul who laid down one of the most brilliant lines in the history of mankind, which reveals God to grand social experiment called a church.   These lines reveal what God wants the church to be and therefore how the Christian life is to be understood.
There is neither Jew nor Gentile (ethnic),
Neither slave nor free (social or socio-economic class),
Nor is there a male or female (gender).
Why is there no ordering of life on the basis of ethnicity class or gender?
(Because) you are all one in Christ Jesus.  Galatians 3:28

I have a dream to see the "differents" gets connected, to see the “unlikes” form a fellowship and the formerly segregated become integrated.  They are to be one in Christ Jesus who holds the "differents" together.

There are different cultures, there are different socioeconomic classes, and there are different genders.  And there are different educations, incomes, kinds of work done, and preferences in music and art, worship style and sermon length.  And they are all together at the table, thrashing it out with one another.  That thrashing it out is what the church is about — and that is what the Christian life is all about: learning to love one another, by the power of God’s grace, so we can flourish as the people of God in this world.  

May our church be questionable, may our lives be questionable as we live out this new community dream (1 Peter 3:15).  Let’s be the church that God has called us to be!


Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Movie Night
Pastor Daniel and Gloria are having a movie night at the church where they are showing Courageous on March 7th at 5PM

Board Meeting
Sunday afternoon at 4:30 we will have our monthly board meeting.

Easter Egg Hunt/Easter Breakfast
We are planning on having our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Easter Sunday, April 5th.  We will need small wrapped candy donations again and this year we are going to make the plastic eggs available for you to take home and fill the eggs with candy.  This will cut down our time stuffing eggs.  On Saturday March 28 at noon Stephanie will be serving lunch while we gather to stuff eggs with candy.

The Stewards are planning on having an Easter Breakfast before the morning service at 9:15-9:45.  We will have more details in the next few weeks.
Easter is one of our big four outreach events to invite people to attend the services who do not have a church home.  I encourage you to pray about who you may invite to join you on Easter Sunday this year.

Prayer request
Diana Haworth had surgery yesterday where they discovered tumors on her liver baseball and golf ball size.  We need to continue to remember Diana and Pastor Will in prayer.

I received word this week from Larry Arnett, here is what he reported: Judy has water on the lungs with cancer present in the exterior lining; cancer showed 10- quarter size spots on the liver; numerous nodules on/across frontal and side portions of the abdominal cavity; and some spots on the right pelvic bone area.  The doctor was “shocked” at how fast this occurred. 

Prime Time Banquet
On April 24th 6PM at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene, The Burchfield Brothers will be in concert at the banquet.  The cost for the tickets is $13/per person. 

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.
Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4

Favorite Quotes of the Week
“Faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain. Imagine what it can do in your marriage.” – Tony Evans

“May today there be peace within.  May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”  - Teresa of Ávila


I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,


Pastor Andy

Friday, February 27, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-27-15

February 27, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

Sunday I shared a message where I issued a Discipleship Challenge with everyone.  I called it the B. E. L. L. challenge.  I first came across the formula given by Alan Hirsch in his book The Forgotten Ways, which impacted me greatly, which goes as:  Christology   Missiology   Ecclesiology.  Our God/Christ is the one who determines the mission (God’s Mission) which then determines or shapes the church.  It is to say “the church doesn’t have a mission, but the mission has a church.”  Our God is a missionary God.  The Church is God’s tool in fulfilling His mission in the world “to seek and to save that which is lost” (Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 2:4). 

Our churches need to be centered around God’s mission and the mission should shape everything we do.  At the same time we have been chosen as God’s ambassadors to the world to fulfill the mission.  Our lives should resemble our Christ.  As Christians the Living God resides within each of us through the Holy Spirit.  We reflect (or reflect poorly) the image and character of God to those around us.  If you are a follower of Christ, do people see Jesus when they look at you?


The B.E.L.L. Challenge:
BLESSING—The Hebrew for “blessing” (barak) means “to empower to strength”.  We seek God’s blessing and pass that blessing on to others.  *Bless 3 people this week (one person in our church, and one outside our church and the third person from either category).

EATING—Sharing food has always been central to a life of community.  We want to place worship and communion back where it began, as a provider’s delight in the middle of the shared table.  This is why the New Testament speaks about the need to practice hospitality.  *Eat with 3 people this week (1 person in our church, 1 person outside our church and a third person from either category).

LISTENING—We believe that God is capable of speaking to us.  We do not confine Him to any particular medium, but we try to be attentive to His voice, wherever and whenever it speaks.  *Take time to listen to God for 1 hour/week (listening, not talking).

LEARN—We desire to take on the image of God and to participate in His plan.  We seek out knowledge about God to help us to do this.  *Study Jesus’ life a little bit each week from the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).  From now until Easter you can read through the Gospels several times, learning from Jesus.  How did he live?  With whom did he interact?  What were his commands?  Then “go” live like Jesus did.

Let’s be the church that God has called us to be!

Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Movie Night
Pastor Daniel and Gloria are having a movie night at the church where they are showing Courageous on March 7th at 5PM

Easter Egg Hunt/Easter Breakfast
We are planning on having our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Easter Sunday.  We will need candy donations again and this year we are going to make the plastic eggs available for you to take home and fill the eggs with candy.  This will cut down our time stuffing eggs.

The Stewards are planning on having an Easter Breakfast before the morning service.  We will have more details in the next few weeks.

Easter is one of our big four outreach events to invite people to attend the services who do not have a church home.  I encourage you to pray about who you may invite to join you on Easter Sunday this year.

Gaither Vocal Band
Central Community Church is having the Gaither Vocal Band in concert on Friday, April 10, 2015.  The Church is located at 6100 W. Maple we have more information on the information desk in the church entryway.

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.
Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4

Favorite Quotes of the Week
"The purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines is the total transformation of a person." - Richard Foster

"I claim the holy right to disappoint men in order to avoid disappointing God." – A.W. Tozer

"God is more eager to forgive us than we are to be forgiven." - James Bryan Smith


I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,


Pastor Andy

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-21-15



February 21, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

Since I arrived in January 2011 to be the pastor here at Eastridge, I have been talking about discipleship.  I have been asking everyone the question, “Who are you discipling?”  I ask this question in response to the Great Commission that Jesus gave His disciples in Matthew 28:19-20…Go and Make Disciples.

My conviction is this: If we are genuine disciples of Jesus then we will be about the business of making disciples of Jesus.  The problem for many comes in this question: “How…How do you make a disciple?”  I think I am willing but I just don’t know how to do it.

The first step is to worship Jesus.  In the Matthew 28:17, the first thing the disciples of Jesus do when they see Him is to worship Him.  This is why we start the week off on Sunday morning by gathering together to worship.

The second step is once we have received His instructions (The Great Commission…Go and Make Disciples) we begin to go and pray about our “oikos.”  Who are the people in our “oikos” that God would like for us to bring before The Throne of Mercy in prayer?  We begin to pray for these people each day on our “oikos” list.  We pray that God would soften their hearts to receive the message of salvation and we pray that God would open doors for us to share the Good News with them.

The third step is to take some action to build a relationship with them.  I plan to talk specifics tomorrow morning and I want to challenge you to join me in putting into practice some habits from now until Easter. 

A few months ago we asked the question, “What is the Church?”  The answer I offered was this: The Church Is…The covenant community of God’s people, the Body of Christ, gathered by his invitation, hearing/applying his word, receiving his grace, scattered weekly to do his will.

Let’s be the church that God has called us to be!

Alabaster Offering
Alabaster offering will be received tomorrow morning on February 22nd.  Be sure to pick up an offering box if you have not already done so from the information table.

Valentines Banquet
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Valentines banquet a fun success!  The youth were able to raise over $300 from the banquet.  You may want to check out the photos that Ashley took on Sunday if you have not had a chance to do so on the Church Facebook page “Eastridge Nazarene Church”

Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Gaither Vocal Band
Central Community Church is having the Gaither Vocal Band in concert on Friday, April 10, 2015.  The Church is located at 6100 W. Maple we have more information on the information desk in the church entryway.

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.

Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4


Pastor Andy

Friday, February 13, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-13-15

February 13, 2015

Dear Eastridge Family,

Josh and I attended the M-15 Conference in Kansas City this week.  There were some excellent speakers and good information shared during the event.  Of course my favorite part was seeing some friends that I had not seen for several years.  I was able to see some pastors from Alaska; I had lunch with a good friend who pastors a church in Washington State on one day.  The next day I had lunch with another friend who pastors a church in North Dakota.  Before we left Kansas City we shared a meal with the twins and enjoyed spending some time with them.




We have a number of items that I want to make you aware of in this enote; however before I get into some of those items let me take a moment to talk about “Why You Are Here.”  Why did God create you and put you in the place you are?  There are many books out there designed to help people discover their purpose. About a year ago we did a study as a church on “The Purpose Driven Life.”  I love the way the author starts that book out with this line: “It’s not about you.  It is about God.”

You cannot discover the real reason God made you without having an authentic relationship with Christ.  In fact, you will never grasp the meaning of your life apart from an intimate relationship with Him.

You have been created by God and for God.  Therefore, a first step to discover what God wants you to do with your life is to understand that it’s not really your purpose you should be seeking; it’s God’s purpose for you. Anything less will leave you unfulfilled.
The first thing He wants to do is to reconcile the world to Himself through love (John 3:16).  Therefore, there is no way to find long-term fulfillment in something that is in opposition to—or even neutral to—that goal.  Entertaining, perhaps. Fulfilling, no.
Because His desire is for us to “make disciples,” then it’s logical that we will be more fulfilled when our lives support that effort—or another of God’s purposes.  This doesn’t mean that you have to be an evangelist.  However your natural skills and talents can be used—if even in an indirect way—to help accomplish God’s purposes in the world.

There are numerous ways God can use you right now, right where you are.  This is good news because everyone can experience fulfillment by leveraging their position in life to serve Him and help accomplish His purposes in the world.

Are you a teacher?  A banker?  A construction worker?  A web designer?  How can you use your current occupation to make disciples, love others, and demonstrate His grace?  When you begin to take even the smallest steps toward using your gifts and talents to fulfill His purposes in the world–if even in an indirect way–then you can know the fulfillment that comes from experiencing the real reason you are here.

Alabaster Offering
Alabaster offering will be received on February 22nd.  Be sure to pick up an offering box if you have not already done so from the information table.

Valentines Banquet
Money raised for this banquet will go towards the teens youth fund, and help them go on a mission trip this summer!

Blood Drive
On Saturday February 21st from 10:30am-2:30pm Westside Church of the Nazarene is having a blood drive in honor of their pastor’s wife who is battling leukemia.  If you are interested in donating blood you may contact Natalie Thomas at 469-4521 or cnthomas6@cox.net or David Young at 268-9057 for an appointment.  You will need your photo id when you give blood.

Gaither Vocal Band
Central Community Church is having the Gaither Vocal Band in concert on Friday, April 10, 2015.  The Church is located at 6100 W. Maple we have more information on the information desk in the church entryway.

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.
Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4.

Favorite Quotes of the Week
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. – C. S. Lewis

If you need something in addition to God to make you happy, that is your true King. – Timothy Keller

We can do more with 12 disciples than we can with 12,000 religious consumers. - Alan Hirsch

God creates out of nothing.  Wonderful you say.  Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners. - Soren Kierkegaard

To be too busy with God’s work to commune with God is the highway to backsliding. – E. M. Bounds


Thursday, January 22, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 1-22-15

January 22, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

We have made some good progress at both the apartment and the Fellowship Hall this week.  My parents came on Monday and started work immediately.  We have had several come in and join them as they have been working on painting and cleaning those two areas.  This morning we sprayed some texture on the walls at the fellowship Hall and tomorrow morning we hope to get it painted.  By tomorrow evening we will be ready to start cleaning up the mess in the fellowship hall.  What we do not finish will need to be done on Saturday.  We also have a number of smaller projects that need to be resolved as well.  If you would be interested in helping please contact one of our Trustees (Dan Henry, Todd Hunter or Norman Karns) or one of our Stewards (Carmen Angulo, Faith Shimko, or Lucila Vargas).

Ashley has a basketball tournament Friday afternoon in Hillsboro and will play again on Saturday so I plan to go and take my parent so they can watch Ashley play basketball.  I hope to finish the painting tomorrow by noon so I can clean up and go to the game.  So if you are able to help tomorrow afternoon or evening contact a trustee or a steward.

Check out the church Facebook “Eastridge Nazarene Church” page for photos of the work.

Wedding Shower
On Sunday afternoon at 4:30 there will be a shower for Josh and Jill Heer.  Men are also invited to attend this shower and it will be a chance to see the newly remodeled fellowship hall.

Snow Shoveling Volunteers Needed
If you would like to come out on a Sunday morning or Saturday to help shovel snow we have a sign-up list on the information table.  It seems to like to snow on Saturday evening quite often, but when it does we would like to have some volunteers help us shovel the walkways.

Valentine Banquet
The teens will have a Valentine Banquet on February 15th to raise money for a summer mission trip.  They will be selling tickets in the near future so let’s be prepared to support our youth group.

Guitarist David Smart
On Sunday morning February 1st we will have guitarist David Smart join us for a mini concert during the worship service.  David Smart was Josh Heer’s guitar instructor at MidAmerica Nazarene University.  We will give him a love offering at the end of our service.

See you Sunday!
Pastor Andy


Friday, January 16, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 1-16-15

January 16, 2015

Dear Eastridge Family,
          
Hebrews 11 is one of those passages that can reinvigorate my faith.  It’s such an encouragement to hear that people have lived lives of faith before me.  They’ve made it through this journey and by faith, had these great successes.  They conquered temptation, were spared from floods, and gave God their best.
          
But, somewhere in the middle, something happens; something we can’t overlook about faith.  People stop conquering giants and having children miraculously.  The author of Hebrews writes that some, “quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.  Women received back their dead by resurrection.”  He still has me at this point. I’m ready to take on the world.
          
My heart rejoices with each story of triumph, but he goes on, “Some were tortured refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.  Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword.  They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated…wandering about in deserts and mountains and in dens and caves of the earth.”
          
Did I miss something?  What happened to crossing through seas and closing the mouths of lions?  These two groups of people, ones who saw amazing miracles because of their faith and those who suffered for it, are grouped in the same passage, in the same verse even.  We cannot miss what this means or we’ll live a distorted life of faith.  In this life, faith doesn’t only produce miracles, it also produces suffering.  Jesus assured us of this (John 15:18-21).  Nearly all of the disciples were killed and John was exiled to a remote island.
          
Notice, these individuals who suffered for their faith are not cast into a corner and ignored.  They’re celebrated, like those we view as “champions” of faith.  Here’s what he says of these mistreated faithful heroes: “the world was not worthy” of them. He says the same of the Old Testament heroes who experienced some of God’s greatest miracles, “But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.  Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.”(11:16)
          
We must not be ashamed of suffering.  It may make us uncomfortable or even question Jesus.  That’s how Peter felt when he found himself struggling with the fate of his faith: death on a cross.  In John 21, after Jesus revealed this to him, Peter pointed to John, demanding that they receive fair lives of faith, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?  You must follow me.”
          
Jesus requires the same of us.  We must follow him, wherever he leads.  

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
“Thou shalt not kill….”—Exodus 20:13  Since the Supreme Court decision in 1974 that made abortion on demand legal in America, there have been more than 50,000,000 abortions.  This coming Sunday is “Sanctity of Human Life” Sunday.  We need to pray for repentance in our nation that we might be given the grace to eradicate the scourge from America.

Church Work Day
Instead of having one church work day we will have an entire week of work.  We have several jobs that need to be completed from painting to construction from plumbing to electrical.  If you can help out with any of these projects please see one of the trustees for more details.  Our three trustees are Dan Henry, Todd Hunter and Norman Karns.

Church Membership Class
If you would like to become an official member of the Church of the Nazarene here at Eastridge please contact Pastor Andy.  We will start a new membership class soon so don’t miss out.



Wedding Shower
The wedding shower for Mr. and Mrs. Josh Heer will be Sunday, January 25th, at 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall.  Men are included!

Favorite Quotes of the week
Joyless Christians are that way because they only have enough religion to make themselves miserable. - Leonard Sweet

The key to unity is not agreement; it’s humility. – Neil Cole

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
Pastor Andy