Wednesday, February 3, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-3-16

February 3, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

What is a disciple?  At our SDMI convention last year we were give this definition: A disciple is a follower of Jesus who dwells with him as He transforms them into His own likeness, to be on mission with Him.

All who are called to salvation are called to discipleship.  No exceptions.  No excuses.  Robert Coleman asked the following question: “What is your excuse for not obeying your Lord’s command to make disciples?”

Pastor Bill Hull in his many writings on discipleship says repeatedly, “When it comes to conversion or salvation and discipleship, you can’t have one without the other.”  Too many in the churches are fully satisfied with less than fully devoted to Christ, and they bank on grace and goodness and unconditional love.  But the God of grace, the God of goodness, and that same God of unconditional love became incarnate in the One who called us to repent, to believe, to embrace the gospel, and to fall head over heels in love with the King of the kingdom, Jesus.

Discipleship is about conformity to Christ, as the apostle Paul once put it: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate   the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

Behind the apostle Paul’s words about being conformed into the image of Christ himself are Jesus’ words about mission-defining and life-determining discipleship.  I think of Mark 8:34: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

The transformation God wants is called discipleship; and God’s gift is the Spirit that empowers each of us to become more and more Christlike.

Are you a disciple of Jesus?  Is your life being transformed?  As a disciple of Jesus, who then are you discipling?

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
This Saturday morning at 7:30 am we will meet for prayer and a devotional then share breakfast together.  All the men are invited to join us for this powerful time of seeking God together.

Church Dinner
On Sunday February 14th we will have a church dinner following the morning worship service.  We are asking everyone to bring a main dish along with a side or dessert to share with your family and any guest we may have.

Nursery Shower
Our nursery has been repainted and new carpet has been installed.  We removed the broken toys and now it is time to get some new ones age appropriate for our nursery.  We need toys for children ages 0-3 years.  If you would like to donate toys or money for the purchase of new toys please contact Dalia Vargas or Jill Heer. 
On Sunday February 21st after the morning worship service we will allow our children to open the toys and have  a short time of fellowship and refreshments.

Favorite Quotes of the week
“The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.” - C. S. Lewis

"Do not mistake divine forbearance in regard to abortion for indifference. The days of Noah endured 120 years before judgment." - Francis Schaeffer

“Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” – C. S. Lewis

I look forward to being together for worship this Sunday.  I plan to continue the sermon series, “Life is too short…” by sharing a message on forgiveness and resentment.  Life is too short for bitterness and resentment.  We must learn the freedom of forgiveness.

Pastor Andy

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Sunday January 31st at 6 PM we will show the movie War Room both in Spanish and in English

DVD Blu-Ray

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Enote From Pastor Andy 1-2-2016

January 2, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

Happy New Year!  I love New Year’s Day as it marks a day of new beginnings and holds new possibilities and opportunities in our lives and in our church.  As we start a New Year let me encourage you to consider how you might grow in your faith.  As a pastor I am concerned that the Eastridge family is growing in our faith and walk with Jesus. 

Let me ask, “What are you doing to grow in your faith in 2016?”  The New Year is a great time to take a step forward in growing in your faith.  Have you considered some of the spiritual disciplines?  The spiritual disciplines are habits that we use to grow our faith.  Maybe you want to do a better job of reading the Bible this year, or you want to spend more time in prayer or maybe you want to disciple someone.  The New Year is a great time to start implementing those habits. 

Tomorrow is the day we have set aside to gather and worship Jesus together.  If you want to grow your faith this is the first place I would recommend each of us start.  Tomorrow I plan to share a message from Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

I want to ask a question tomorrow, if you had to summarize your life in just six words what would they be?  I think the Apostle Paul might use these words, “Forgetting what is behind pressing on.”  Join us tomorrow and we will consider what these words mean.

I am looking forward to seeing you all on the first Lord’s Day of 2016,
Pastor Andy

Saturday, November 14, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 11-14-15

November 14, 2015

Dear Eastridge Family,

Last week I read the following sobering numbers: “If you were born between 1925 and 1945 there's a 60% chance you’re in a church today.  If you were born between 1946 and 1964 there's a 40% chance you’re in a church today.  If you were born between 1965 and 1983 there's a 20% chance you’re in a church today.  If you're born after 1984 there is less than a 10% chance you're in a church today.”  From Alan Roxburgh's book 'Joining God, Remaking the Church, Changing the World'

In our October church board meeting we set out some projections for the year 2020 (only 5 years away).  The board agreed that we should aim for an increase of 30 new members; a worship average attendance of 150; an average attendance of 100 for SDMI (Sunday school and small groups) and plant two new churches.

I think we all realize that the only way that we can accomplish these projections is with the help of God.  These are indeed “faith” projections.  Now the question for us becomes, how can we achieve these faith projections?  What do we need to “do” to accomplish these faith projections? 

There's an old adage that says if we continue to do the same things that we have always done we will likely get the same results.  Winston Churchill reportedly said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” My question is what do we need to do differently to achieve these faith projections?  What changes do we need to make?  What is our part of these faith projections?

·         How are we going to see new people come to Eastridge and follow Jesus?
·         How are we going to lead new people become followers of Jesus?
·         How are we going to disciple these new followers of Jesus?

·         Memorial for Wenceslao Campos
Tomorrow we will take a few minutes in our worship service to remember Lucy Vargas’ father who died last week in Peru.  Let’s continue to lift up Lucy and her family in prayer.

Also on Thursday, Jerry Ketner, former Pastor in Dodge City, passed away so let’s keep the Ketner family in your prayers as well.  The funeral will be held on Tuesday in Dodge City. 

·         Thanksgiving Offering
The Church of the Nazarene's Thanksgiving Offering for the World Evangelism Fund has been a denominational tradition for more than 80 years.
As it did in its beginning, the offering continues to raise support and awareness for missionary causes through the World Evangelism Fund.  Created in 1923, the WEF (formerly called the General Fund) provides essential resources for the denomination's churches and missional outposts in more than 159 world areas, and allows individuals and organizations to continue our shared mission “To make Christlike disciples in the nations.”

·         Holiday Dinner
Sunday December 13th after the morning service we will have our all-church holiday potluck dinner.  Everyone is invited to come and bring food to share with your church family.

·         Favorite quotes of the week
A man prayed and at first he thought prayer lies in talking.  But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized prayer is listening."  —Søren Kierkegaard

"If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire.  If you want joy, peace, eternal life, you must get close to what has them."  - C. S. Lewis

"If our faith costs nothing, it contributes nothing." - E. Stanley Jones

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.

Pastor Andy

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 10-21-15

October 21, 2015

Tonight our regular Bible Study will be meeting at Vera Goodson’s home at our normal time of 6PM.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Fall Festival
This Saturday we are having our annual fall festival. It will be going on from 3-5 p.m. There will be games, candy, food, a cakewalk, prizes and even a chili cook off.  This is a great opportunity to bring friends, coworkers, or family members.  If you are interested in helping with the games or have any questions, you can call or text Pastor Josh at 316-832-8316.

There also will be a time to help set up for the fall festival on Friday at 6 p.m., at the church.  Pastor Josh and Jill will bring some Hot Chocolate to help us all get in the mood for fall.

Crazy Love
We have had a good response to our churchwide study of God’s love using the book, Crazy Love  by Francis Chan.  If you have not been able to attend one of the small groups let me encourage it is not too late to get started.

Prayer Request
Today I find myself with a heavy heart considering some news I have received this morning.  This morning Nazarene Pastor Tomas Ticum of Wichita Todas las Naciones died this morning.  Let’s lift up his wife Orquidia and their children up before the Throne of Mercy.

Pastor Will shared last week that Diana Haworth went on hospice care to help her with the pain she is experiencing.

I spoke with Larry Arnett today and he said the doctor informed he and Judy that her cancer is in her liver, abdominal wall, spine and hip and she only has a few months left to live.

Lida Charters remains in the hospital since they found her unresponsive last Thursday.
Last week Carmen Angulo was informed that she has a return of her cancer this time in her colon.

We have many needs to bring to God in prayer.  Let me close by sharing a thought from E. M. Bounds on prayer, “Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honours God and brings Him into active aid.” - E. M. Bounds

Pastor Andy

Friday, September 11, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 9-11-15

September 11, 2015

Dear Eastridge Family,

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the tragic events we simply call 9/11.  2,977 people died on that day as a result of the terrorist attack on America.  I’d invite you to pause now, if you haven’t already done so today, to pray for those whose lives were lost on 9/11, their families, for all those who lost their lives in the years since in the fight against Islamic terrorism and those who were injured in this fight.

Here are a few items I want to make sure you are aware.  I’m looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
Pastor Andy

Cleaning Day
Tomorrow, September 12th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. we will gather to clean the church and make preparations for our celebration dinner.  The more people who come out to help the quicker we can get the job finished.

Crazy Love
Sunday September 13th kick off our church wide study of God’s Love using Francis Chan’s bestselling book “Crazy Love.”  We will distribute books to those who have signed up for a copy.  The books cost about $8 each.  Some cannot afford to buy a book at this time but please don’t let this keep you from participating in this church wide study.  We can order books in Spanish or English. 

There will be a sign-up sheet for each of the small groups.  It looks like we will have groups meeting on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and maybe Friday.
Tonight I am hosting the small group leaders and host to discuss how we want to lead the groups.  I am thankful for each one who has agreed to lead or be a host for the small groups.

This will be a good study that you will not want to miss.

Here is a photo of Pastor James and Norman working on the church apartment.  

Kitchen/Fellowship Remodel Celebration
Sunday, September 13th after the morning worship service we will have an International Potluck Dinner to celebrate the completion of the renovation.  You will not want to miss out on the good food from people in the Eastridge Congregation.

Nursery Makeover
The education committee gave Jill Heer and Dalia Vargas the responsibility of doing a makeover in the nursery.  They have been working on this project and are getting close finishing it up.  They have talked about having a nursery shower to give the “new” nursery some fresh new toys and other items.  Watch for more details to come.

Alabaster Offering
What is Alabaster?  The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world.  While we understand the church consists of the people of God and not a building, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to “put down roots.” Alabaster funds help provide land for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire Alabaster Offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

We will be receiving this offering on Sunday, September 27th. You can get an alabaster box in the church lobby, or simply come prepared to give on that Sunday morning service. 

Favorite Quotes
“Teach me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”  -Chinese Proverb

"You are most like God when you are bringing people together in reconciliation." - E. Stanley Jones

"God never uses anyone greatly until He tests them deeply." – A.W. Tozer

Saturday, September 5, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 9-4-15

September 4, 2015

Dear Eastridge Family,

For the past several weeks we have had on the platform in the sanctuary a fishing boat.  Several have asked what it going on?  Why the boat?  The answer is pretty simple; the boat is a reminder for all of us that we are to be fishing for men, women, boys and girls.  We have been commanded to make disciples and be fishers of people.   

Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  Matthew 4:19.  Which begs the question, if you’re not fishing are you truly following?
Most people catch fish by going to where the fish are located.  If we are going to make disciples, and fish for people, we need to put nets in the water and bait some hooks and put them in the water.  No one complains I did not catch any fish today while they just sat on the couch.  That would be silly.  Yet many Jesus followers make no effort to fish for people or make disciples of Jesus and wonder why it is not happening.

There is no substitute for each Christian praying for people in their OIKOS and looking for opportunities to share Jesus with them.  However here at Eastridge Church we do try to create opportunities for you to share Jesus with your OIKOS.  Last month we showed a file entitled “Do You Believe?”  We had a several new visitors, both OIKOS and neighborhood visitors,  come out and watch the movie.

Starting this month we want to create another opportunity for you to invite your OIKOS to come and join us during this study of God’s love.  This church wide study on the love of God will use Francis Chan’s book “Crazy Love” during this study.  Take advantage of this opportunity to invite your OIKOS.

Wichita State University Campus Ministry
Pastor Josh and Eastridge Church is partnering with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship to do some ministry on the WSU campus.  Intervarsity is a ministry designed for college students on universities across America.  Next week Josh will be on the campus inviting students to follow Jesus.  Let’s be in prayer that God will open doors for Josh to find some leaders to minister to the students at WSU.

Crazy Love
Starting September 13th we will begin a church wide study of God’s Love using Francis Chan’s bestselling book “Crazy Love.”  We have sign-up sheet in the entryway of the church for anyone needing a book.  You may want to order a book for someone that you plan to invite.  The books cost about $7 each.  Some cannot afford to buy a book at this time but please don’t let this keep you from participating in this church wide study.  We can order books in Spanish or English.  Also we are looking for host homes to have a small group meet in your home.  If you would like to host a small group during this study please let Stephanie Heer know.

Cleaning Day
Next Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. we will gather to clean the church and make preparations for our celebration dinner.

Kitchen/Fellowship Remodel Celebration
On September 13th after the morning worship service we are planning an International Potluck Dinner to celebrate the completion of the renovation.  There is a sign-up sheet in the entryway of the church.   

Nursery Makeover
The education committee gave Jill Heer and Dalia Vargas the responsibility of doing a makeover in the nursery.  They have been working on this project and are getting close finishing it up.  They have talked about having a nursery shower to give the “new” nursery some fresh new toys and other items.  Watch for more details to come.

Favorite Quotes
“The love of God invades me, the peace of God pervades me, the will of God persuades me, and I am wholly His.” - E Stanley Jones

If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire.  If you want joy, peace, eternal life, you must get close to what has them.”  - C. S. Lewis

"If I die tomorrow, I’ll be with Jesus. If not, he’ll be with me." - Craig Ellis

I'm looking forward to worshiping with you Sunday
Pastor Andy