Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Enote From Pastor Andy 9-20-17

September 20, 2017

Dear Eastridge Family,

Tonight, we will have our worship service at 7PM in the church sanctuary.  Claudia Romero will be sharing the message so don’t out of this time of worship and fellowship.

I look forward to being with you tonight!

Pastor Andy

Alabaster
Sunday morning during the worship service we will be receiving our Alabaster offering.  The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. It gives a sense of permanence, the attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots." Eighty percent of the money is used in world mission areas, and twenty percent goes to multicultural congregations in the United States and Canada. Alabaster funds help provide land for most Work & Witness projects. The entire offering goes toward the construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.



Baptism
We will celebrate a baptism service this Sunday September 24th.  Following the baptism service, we will have a potluck dinner. 

Membership Class
Pastor Eva is having another membership class starting October 1st, at 9:45 am during the Sunday school hour.  Please talk to her if you are interested in discovering what being a member of Eastridge Church of the Nazarene is all about.

Quotes
“Revival is a community saturated with God!” – Duncan Campbell

“A baptism of holiness, a demonstration of godly living is the crying need of our day.” – Duncan Campbell

It will not do for us to go to Heaven by ourselves. We must be on fire, friends for saving others. To be workers will draw heaven down and will draw others to heaven. Without a readiness to work, the Spirit of prayer will not come. – Evan Roberts

Instead of suggesting that we could escape the earth to go to heaven, Jesus’s good news was about heaven coming to earth. – N. T. Wright

In a book written by his son and daughter- in-law, they reveal that Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret was that he obediently walked closely with God in prayer.  Howard Taylor wrote of his father, “For forty years the sun never rose on China a single day that God didn’t find him on his knees.”

Saturday, September 16, 2017

E-Note From Pastor Andy

September 15, 2017


Dear Eastridge Family,

I wanted to let you know about a blessing the church has given me.  The church board voted at my last pastoral review with the District Superintendent to give me a “Sabbatical.”  Some of you may be wondering what is a “Sabbatical?”   The word “Sabbatical” has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage, and still another in many secular settings.

A sabbatical, in simple terms, simply means time off for rest and/or study.  The time can be a few days, a few weeks or, on rare occasions, a few months.  The church is giving me paid leave for six weeks for rest, spiritual rejuvenation and, to do some deeper study.  I have been making some plans to take a seminary class on the Book of Philippians (so you can expect I will probably preach through the letter when I return); attend a prayer retreat at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, with my accountability partners; spend some time visiting other churches; and spend some time with Stephanie.

Pastor Eva and the church board will be taking care of my responsibilities while I am away during the sabbatical.  I am certainly grateful for this opportunity and I want to say “Thanks” for this blessing.

Thom Rainer who was a pastor and serves as a church consultant wrote an article where he spelled out 5 Reasons your Pastor Should Take a Sabbatical.  Here are his five reasons:

1. A pastor has emotional highs and lows unlike most other vocations. In the course of a day, a pastor can deal with death, deep spiritual issues, great encouragement, petty criticisms, tragedies, illnesses, and celebrations of birth. The emotional roller coaster is draining. Your pastor needs a break—many times a break with no distractions.

2. A pastor is on 24-hour call. Most pastors don’t have an “off” switch. They go to sleep with the knowledge they could be awakened by a phone call at anytime of the day. Vacations are rarely uninterrupted. It can be an exhausting vocation, and a sabbatical can be a welcome time to slow down.

3.Pastors need time of uninterrupted study. It doesn’t usually happen in the study at church or home. There is always the crisis or need of the moment. Church members expect sermons that reflect much prayer and study. The pastor’s schedule often works against that ideal. The sabbatical can offer much needed, and uninterrupted, study time.

4. Pastors who have sabbaticals have longer tenure at churches. Though my information is anecdotal, I do see the trend. And while I cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship, I feel confident that pastors who have sabbaticals are much more likely to stay at a church because they are less likely to experience burnout.

5. Pastors who have sabbaticals view the time off as an affirmation from their churches. I have heard from many pastors who share with me a sentence like this one: “I know my church loves me because they give me a sabbatical.” Pastors need affirmation. Sabbaticals can accomplish that goal.

Baptism
We will celebrate a baptism service with several people being baptized after the Sunday morning worship service on September 24th.  Following the baptism service, we will have a potluck dinner.  If you would like to be baptized contact Pastor Andy or Pastor Eva.  There will be a class for all those interested in baptism this Sunday morning at 9:30am.

Membership Class

Pastor Eva is having another membership class starting October 1st, at 9:45 am during the Sunday school hour.  Please talk to her if you are interested in becoming a member of Eastridge Church of the Nazarene. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

E-Note 8-10-17 Spanish

August 10, 2017


Dear Eastridge Church Family,

En septiembre 15 de 1860, el gran frances acrobata Charles Blondin se mantuvo en una cuerda floja de 3 pulgadas de ancho sobre las masivas cataratas de Niagara gorge. Blondin acababa de hacer historia como la primera persona en cruzar las cataratas en una cuerda floja, y en este dia, se lanzaría nuevamente, flotando precariamente por encima del agua violenta que estaba debajo de el.
Mientras Blondin llegaba hasta el otro lado del gorge seguro, la multitud desconcertada se convirtió en un rugido ensordecedor de aclamaciones. Entonces, Blodin hablo.

“Creen que yo puedo cruzar las cataratas nuevamente? El pregunto.
La multitud aclamo, “Si!”

Blondin respondio, “Ustedes creen que puedo cruzar las cataratas cargando a un hombre en mi espalda?”

La multitud ya había visto a Blondin ejecutar muchos trucos peligrosos con la cuerda floja. Sabian que el podía llevar a un hombre en su espalda, y gritaron contestando, “Si!”

Despues Blondin pregunto, “Quien sera voluntario?” y la multitud quedo en silencio.

Blondin apunto a uno de los observadores cercanos y le pregunto, “Confiarias en mi?”

“Difícilmente! Yo no puedo arriesgar mi vida asi”

Entonces, Blondin se volvió a su gerente, Harry Colcord. “Harry, tu crees que yo te puedo cruzar cargándote a ti? Le pregunto.

“Si, Charles, yo sé que tú puedes,” le respondió Harry.

Harry Colcord se subio a la plataforma con Blondin y brinco hacia su espalda. Blondin, con su palo de equilibrio en su mano, despacio comenzó a cruzar las cataratas cargando a su amigo. Aunque algunas cuerdas se rompieron, los dos llegaron seguros al otro lado, y Charles Blondin cimento su lugar como el mas grande caminante de cuerda floja en la historia.

Y que de ti?

Dios no nos llama para que creamos desde las orillas. El requiere que demos ese paso de fe entre la multitud. ¿El nos pregunta, “Crees en mi?”
¿No estás seguro si eres cristiano? Tal vez tu eres como muchos en la multitud de ese día: tu crees en Jesús con tu mente, pero sabes que si el té señalara para preguntarte si confias que el té cargue. Tu retrocederias y dirias “Dificilmente! Yo no puedo arriesgar mi vida de esa manera!” talvez es tiempo que confies en El y te subas en el.

Confiarias en Jesus?




Retiro de Mujeres
Este viernes y sábado, témenos cerca de 15 mujeres que estarán asistiendo al retiro hispano de mujeres. Yo los animo a orar por este retiro. Oren que Dios use a la oradora para que predique a nuestras mujeres y oren para que su fe pueda ser fortalecida.

Reunion de Hombres
El hermano Salomon Lopez ha invitado a todos los hombres de Eastridge para tener un convivio en su casa 567 N Bristol Ct. Wichita, Ks 67206 a las 6PM el viernes 11. Es importante que los hombres se animen unos a otros y oren unos por otros para ser los hombres piadosos que Dios los ha llamado a ser. Proverbios 27:17 el hierro se afila con el hierro, y el hombre en el trato con el hombre.

Dia de Trabajo en la Iglesia
El sábado agosto 12 los ecónomos tendrán el día de trabajo en la iglesia donde cualquiera de la familia en cristo está invitado a venir ayudar. Estaremos empezando a trabajar a las 8:30am y terminaremos cuando el trabajo esté finalizado. Estaremos pintando, arreglando accesorios fijos, cortando y matando mala hierba, reemplazando puertas, limpieza general y muchas otras tareas. Ven y ayuda por el tiempo que se te sea posible y disfruta de la compañía de tus hermanos y hermanas en Cristo.

Ofrenda de MNU
La semana pasada estuvimos recojiendo una ofrenda especial para todos nuestros estudiantes de MNU (MidAmerica Nazarene University). Esta ofrenda fue usada para una beca igualatoria de la Universidad. MNU igualara hasta $500 por cada estudiante.

Si usted no pudo contribuir tengo buenas noticias…no es demasiado tarde! Todavía puede ofrendar para las becas de nuestros dos estudiantes. Si gusta marcar su regalo para que vaya directamente para un estudiante usted ciertamente puede hacerlo asi.

MNU fue fundado como los otros colegios y universidades Nazarenos regionales para ser un lugar donde los estudiantes pudieran ir para entrenarse como pastores y misioneros. La escuela también provee educación para otras profesiones como enseñanza y enfermería.

Cumbre de Liderazgo
Ahora y nuevamente manana estare atendiendo a la Cumbre Global de Liderazgo a traves de simulcast aqui en Wichita en el edificio Century II. Muchos lideres de calidad de la iglesia y del mundo de negocios han estado compartiendo. Tengo un par de mis dichos favoritos del dia de hoy aquí:

Si no sabes cómo trabaja cuando está trabajando, no sabrás como arreglarlo cuando se quiebre. – Andy Stanley

“Tu mayor contribución al mundo talvez no sea algo que tu hagas, pero sino alguien a quien tu levantes. – Andy Stanley

 “Puedes escoger valentía, o puedes escoger comodidad. No puedes escoger los dos.” – Brene Brown

 “Es en el quebrantamiento que a veces Podemos entender el verdadero significado de dirigir.” – Bryan Stevenson

 “El liderazgo verdadero no se mide como tratas al rico y poderoso, sino como tratas al pobre y vulnerable.” – Bryan Stevenson


El mundo está en espera de líderes que pongan a otros adelante de sus propios intereses.” – Bill Hybels

Thursday, August 10, 2017

E-Note From Pastor Andy 8-10-17

August 10, 2017


Dear Eastridge Church Family,

On September 15th, 1860, the great French acrobat Charles Blondin stood on a 3-inch thick tightrope stretched across the massive Niagra Falls gorge. Blondin had recently made history as the first person to cross the falls on a tightrope, and on this day, he inched across again, hovering precariously above the swirling, violent waters below.

As Blondin made his way safely across the gorge, the tense bewilderment of the crowd turned to a deafening roar of cheers. Then, Blondin spoke.

“Do you believe I can cross the falls again?” he asked.

The crowd cheered back, “Yes!”

Blondin responded, “Do you believe I could cross the falls carrying a man on my back?”

The crowd had seen Blondin perform many dangerous tightrope stunts. They knew he could carry a man on his back, and they roared back in reply, “Yes!”

Then Blondin asked, “Who will volunteer?” The crowd was silent.

Blondin pointed to an onlooker nearby and asked, “Will you trust me?”

“Hardly! I can’t risk my life like that!” the man replied.

Then, Blondin turned to his manager, Harry Colcord. “Harry, do you believe I can carry you across?” he asked.

“Yes, Charles, I know you can,” Harry replied.

“Then will you trust me to do it?” Charles asked.

Harry replied, “I will.”

Harry Colcord stepped onto the platform with Blondin and hopped onto his back. Blondin, with his balancing pole in hand, slowly began to carry his friend across the Falls. Though a few of the guy ropes snapped as they crossed, they both made it safely to the other side, and Charles Blondin cemented his place as the greatest tightrope walker in history.



So What About You?

God doesn’t call us to just believe from the sidelines. He requires that we step out in faith from the crowd. He’s asking, “Will you trust me?”

Are you unsure if you are a Christian? Maybe you are like many in the crowd that day: you believe in Jesus with your mind, but you know that if He pointed at you to ask if you’d trust him to carry you, you’d recoil and say “Hardly! I can’t risk my life like that!” Maybe it’s time for you to trust Him and climb on.

Will you trust Jesus?

Ladies Retreat
On Friday and Saturday, we have about 15 ladies who will be attending a Hispanic ladies retreat.  I encourage you to pray for this retreat.  Pray that God would use the speaker to speak to our ladies and pray that their faith may be strengthened.

Men’s Gathering
Salomon Lopez has invited all the men from Eastridge for a time of fellowship at his home 567 N. Bristol Ct., Wichita, KS 67206 at 6PM on Friday August 11th.  It is important that men encourage one another and pray for one another to be the godly men God has called us to be.  Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

Church Work Day
On Saturday August 12th the trustees will have a work day at the church where everyone our church family is invited to come and help.  We will be starting work at 8:30 am and we will end when the work is complete.  We will be painting, fixing fixtures, killing and trimming weeds, replacing doors, general cleaning and many other task.  Come out and help for as long as you are able while you enjoy your time working with fellow brothers and sisters.

MNU Offering
Last week we collected a special offering for all of our MNU (MidAmerica Nazarene University) students.  This offering was used as a church matching scholarship from the University.  MNU will match up to $500 for each student.
If you were not able to contribute I have good news…it is not too late!  You can still give towards our two students scholarship offering.  If you would like to mark your gift to go directly one student you are certainly able to do that as well.

MNU was founded like the other Nazarene regional colleges and universities to be a place where students could go for training as pastors and missionaries.  The schools also provide education for other professions like teaching and nursing. 

Leadership Summit
Today and again tomorrow I will be attending the Global Leadership Summit via a simulcast here in Wichita at the Century II building.  Lots of high quality leaders in both the church world and the business world have been sharing.  I have a few of my favorite quotes from day one here:

If you don’t know how it works when it is working, you won’t know how to fix it when it breaks. – Andy Stanley

"Your greatest contribution to the world may not be something you do, but someone you raise. – Andy Stanley

"You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort. You cannot choose both." – Brene Brown

"It is in brokenness sometimes that we understand what it truly means to lead." - Bryan Stevenson

"True leadership isn't measured by how you treat the rich and powerful, but how you treat the poor and vulnerable." – Bryan Stevenson


The world is waiting for leaders who put others ahead of their own self-interests." – Bill Hybels

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Enote Spanish Version

Agosto 3, 2017


Querida Familia de la Iglesia de Eastridge,


El verano pasado plante un par de girasoles y pude cosechar la mayoría de las semillas antes que las ardillas acabaran con ellas. Sin embargo, cuando estaba cosechando las semillas el otoño pasado el viento soplaba y algunas semillas se volaron fuera de mi patio. Esta primavera note que tenía un par de girasoles que salieron voluntariamente así es que las deje crecer. Un par de ellas lucían muy bien ya que recientemente empezaron a florecer. Esto me recuerda acerca del sembrar la semilla. Nuestro trabajo es el sembrar la semilla y regarla y dejar que Dios traiga el aumento. Si somos fieles al hacer nuestra parte Dios puede trabajar en nosotros y atreves de nosotros. Puede sorprenderte que Dios puede darte una cosecha inesperada.


1ra Corintios 3:6-9 (NVI) Yo sembre, Apolos rego, pero Dios ha dado el crecimiento. Asi que no cuenta ni el que siembra ni el que riega, sino solo Dios, quie es el que hace crecer. El que siembra y el que riega están al mismo nivel, aunque cada uno será recompensado según su propio trabajo. En efecto, nosotros somos colaboradores al servicio de Dios; y vosotros sois el campo de cultivo de Dios, sois el edificio de Dios.

 

Junta de la Directiva de la Iglesia
Our monthly meeting will be Sunday following the morning worship service.
Nuestra junta mensual será el domingo seguido del servicio de adoración.


Ministerio Juvenil

Este domingo nuestros jóvenes estarán dirigiendo el servicio de adoración del domingo en la mañana. El Pastor Kobe predicará y será su último domingo con nosotros concluyendo su interinato de verano. Kobe estará regresando a Iowa City, Iowa para ver a su familia. Antes de regresar a MNU para empezar su tercer año.


El pastor Kobe a sido una verdadera bendición para nosotros en Eastridge este verano. Quiero agradecer a Ben y Elaine Hunter por abrir su hogar para Kobe este verano. También quiero hacerles saber que no es muy tarde para mostrar su aprecio a Kobe y su ministerio aquí en Eastridge. Talvez lo pueden invitar a almorzar o llenar su tanque de gasolina o darle una tarjeta de regalo para decirle gracias. También les animo a orar por Kobe mientras el responde el llamado de Dios al ministerio.


Ofrenda de MNU

Cada año la iglesia de Eastridge ha recibido una ofrenda especial para todos nuestros estudiantes de MNU (MidAmerica Nazarene University). Esta ofrenda ha sido usada como una beca que la universidad iguala. MNU igualara hasta $500 por cada estudiante.

Nuestras dos estudiantes Ashley Heer y Olga Vargas no podrían costear ir a MNU sin el apoyo que Eastridge y otras becas proporcionadas por los miembros de la Iglesia del Nazareno. El año pasado fuimos testigos del milagro de Dios para que Olga pudiera ir a su primer año. Yo les ánimo a que oren para ver cómo pueden participar en el ministerio de MNU para nuestros estudiantes.

MNU fue fundada como los otros colegios y universidades Nazarenos para ser un lugar donde los estudiantes pueden ir para entrenamiento como pastores y misioneros. La escuela también provee educación para otras profesiones como maestros y enfermeras. Yo quiero animarlos a que empecemos a prepararnos como podemos ayudar a nuestros estudiantes financieramente y más importante a orar por los estudiantes.


Dia de Trabajo en la Iglesia


El sábado agosto 12 los ecónomos tendrán un día de trabajo en la iglesia donde toda la familia de la iglesia está invitada a venir ayudar. Estaremos comenzando a trabajar a las 8:30 am y terminaremos cuando el trabajo este terminado. Estaremos pintando, arreglando artículos fijos, quitando y matando hierba mala, reemplazando puertas, limpieza general y muchas otras tareas. Ven y ayuda por el tiempo que puedas mientras disfrutas tu tiempo trabajando con tus queridos hermanos y hermanas.

Enote From Pastor Andy 8-3-17

August 3, 2017

Dear Eastridge Church Family,

Last summer I planted a few sunflowers and I was able to harvest most of the seeds before the squirrels got to them.  However, when I was harvesting the seeds last fall the wind was blowing and a few seeds blew off the edge of my patio.  This spring I noticed that I had a few volunteer sunflowers come up so I just let them grow.  A couple of them look pretty good as they recently began to bloom.  

This reminded me about sowing seed.  Our job is to sow seed and water and let God bring the increase.  If we are faithful to do our part God can work in and through us.  You may be surprised that God would give you an unexpected harvest.

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (NIV) I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.  So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.  For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.




Church Board Meeting
Our monthly meeting will be Sunday following the morning worship service.

Youth Ministry
This Sunday our youth are planning to lead the Sunday morning worship service.  Pastor Kobe will be preaching and this will be his last Sunday with us as his summer internship concludes.  Kobe will be going back to see his family in Iowa City, Iowa before returning to MNU to begin his junior year. 

Pastor Kobe has been a real blessing for us at Eastridge this summer.  I want to thank Ben and Elaine Hunter for opening their home for Kobe to stay this summer.  I also want to let you know it is not too late to share your appreciate to Kobe and his ministry here at Eastridge.  Maybe you could invite him out for lunch or fill his car with gas or just give him a gift card to say thanks.  Let me also encourage you to pray for Kobe as he answers God’s call to ministry.

MNU Offering
Each year Eastridge Church has received a special offering for all of our MNU (MidAmerica Nazarene University) students.  This offering was used as a church matching scholarship from the University.  MNU will match up to $500 for each student.

Our two students Ashley Heer and Olga Vargas could not afford to attend MNU without the support of Eastridge and other scholarships from Nazarene Church members.  Last year we witnessed a miracle from God to help Olga attend her freshman year.  I encourage you to pray how you can participate in the ministry of MNU to our students.

MNU was founded like the other Nazarene regional colleges and universities to be a place where students could go for training as pastors and missionaries.  The schools also provide education for other professions like teaching and nursing.  I want to encourage you to begin preparing how you can help our students financially and more importantly to pray for the students.

Church Work Day
On Saturday August 12th the trustees will have a work day at the church where everyone our church family is invited to come and help.  We will be starting work at 8:30 am and we will end when the work is complete.  We will be painting, fixing fixtures, killing and trimming weeds, replacing doors, general cleaning and many other task.  Come out and help for as long as you are able while you enjoy your time working with fellow brothers and sisters.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

E-Note 7-21-17

July 20, 2017


Dear Eastridge Church Family,

Devotion: God of the little things.
At times, we can allow our attention and focus to be on the big events of life. These events include things such as: Birth, holidays, marriage, graduation, moving to a new city, getting a new job, and even death. The interesting thing about this is that “big events” usually only last about a day. So what about the other 364 days of the year?

It is necessary for us to learn to value and love the everyday ordinary parts in life. The people who accomplish this usually end up living a much more happy and fulfilling life.
Do we ever bring this “big event” mentality into the life of the church? I would say we do.

Too many Churches, pastors, leaders, and laity have diverted their attention to seeing God move in the flashing lights, loud worship music, and expressive preaching. I am not saying that these things are necessarily bad, many times they are what the church needs. What I am saying is that by making these “high-impact” aspects of the church our source for spirituality we limit God’s sovereignty over all things and parts of the church life and spirituality.

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah is met by a strong wind, a rumbling earthquake, and a raging fire but God was not in any of these things. Suddenly the narrative says that Elijah hears a soft whisper drawing him out onto the mountain.

Did you know that at times, God will use what we call “ordinary” to reveal himself to our lives?

Pastor Kobe







District Assembly Update:
This week Pastor Andy, Pastor Eva, Pastor Kobe, Sarah Marmol, and Emily Cruz jumped into a van and headed to Garden City for the 108th Kansas District Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene (the Hunter family were also present as delegates but thought they’d drive separately because they did not want to be squished in the van :). God spoke to everyone and the district was challenged by it’s leaders to invest in the next generation.  There is also a strong emphasis on Church planting across the district (who’s ready to church plant? Ben?).

  Youth Ministry:
-This Friday, youth from our congregation will come together from all parts of Wichita with one goal in mind: to lift up the name of Jesus. What an incredible thing! Pastor Kobe will preach over the life of the Spirit living in us. Powerful!
-Pastor Kobe continues strategic work with a student leadership team that he has been working with all summer. God is raising leaders!
-Edwin and Kobe continue to try to make plans to eventually finish painting the shed behind the church office, if you’d like to help let us know!
-July 31st-Aug 3rd: we will have 3 middle schoolers make a trip to Augusta and attend the district’s middle school camp!
-It’s not too late to sign up for a t-shirt to support the youth ministry! Talk to our NYI president, Sarah Marmol, this Sunday to get your order in!
-Youth are planning a youth sunday takeover in the next few weeks, we will keep you updated on which sunday that will be!

MNU Offering
Each year Eastridge Church has received a special offering for all of our MNU (MidAmerica Nazarene University) students.  This offering was used as a church matching scholarship from the University.  MNU will match up to $500 for each student.


MNU was founded like the other Nazarene regional colleges and universities to be a place where students could go for training as pastors and missionaries.  The schools also provide education for other professions like teaching and nursing.  I want to encourage you to begin preparing how you can help our students financially and more importantly to pray for the students.

Hispanic Women’s Retreat

The retreat this year will be held on August 11-12th and the deadline to register is July 31st.  Please see Pastor Eva for more information.