Friday, December 23, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 12-23-16

December 23, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,


In the famous story of Martha and Mary, Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to Him teach, while Martha was in the kitchen busy trying to serve.  Jesus said that Mary had the better part, but many of us are sympathetic with Martha.

It is a good thing to remember as we do our shopping, cleaning, cooking, wrapping presents and more.  In all of these things we need to ask God to make Mary and Martha into one woman.  In order to celebrate the right way, a lot must happen, and it doesn’t happen by itself.  Work is involved, and this work extends beyond the ordinary levels of our work. 

If we are to properly celebrate Christmas we must maintain a proper balance between laboring in the kitchen and sitting in the living room listening to Jesus.  When we get out of balance we will not find joy in the holidays but rather the holidays will become a burden and a stress.  At Christmas we have a privilege to celebrate with material stuff, but because it is material, we are often tempted to get distracted with material concerns.  Let’s pray that God would help us avoid that temptation and keep Christmas a highlight of celebration.





  • ·         Youth Meeting Tonight

Tonight our youth group is meeting at the church at 6:30pm.

  • ·         NCM – Child Sponsorship

Each month the Nazarene Church has a special emphasis for missions.  This month it is Nazarene Compassionate Ministry (NCM) http://www.ncm.org/ and one great way to be involved is to sponsor a child for $30 per month.  As a sponsor you will be involved in helping a child receive an education and some medical attention.  There is more information on the website and our local missionary president Todd Hunter has some brochures with information on the information desk at the church.

  • Christmas Service

We will have a Christmas communion service on Sunday December 25th 10am at the church.  We will not have Sunday school that morning but this is always a good time to invite unchurched friends, family and neighbors (people on your OIKOS List).


I am looking forward to worshipping with you on Christmas Day,


Pastor Andy 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 12-7-16

December 7, 2016


Dear Eastridge Family,

I asked the question Sunday, “Are you ready for Christmas?”  For most people the Christmas season is a time of celebration and joy.  Students get a break from school, many get some extra time off from work and many will have plans to get together with friends and family.

Unfortunately, the holiday season is also a reminder of the cruelty of life.  Tens of thousands of homeless Americans will spend Christmas alone.  Many impoverished children will have nothing to eat.  Divorce and domestic abuse mean that for some families, the season will be anything but jolly.  The truth is that while we wish everyone would have a very merry Christmas, a great many people will only suffer through the season.

Like most pastors, I try to remind my flock every year about the reason for the season, namely that Christmas is a time to remember that God came into the world as a human being so that He might become a Savior to all people.  But even these words ring hollow in the ears of those who can’t find enough to eat or fix a life in shambles. “Where’s the good news in a story about a man who died two thousand years ago?” they ask.

I want you to remember something this holiday season: The gospel should be good news to everybody.  You can’t talk to the poor and the hungry about the sweet-by-and-by while they’re suffering in the nasty here-and-now.  In Luke 4:18, Jesus declares, “He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed…”  He then proceeded to do the very things He proclaimed.  He healed the sick, restored sight to the blind and fed the hungry.  Before He talked to the people about how He was the Bread of Life, Jesus took the time to feed thousands of people with a few loaves and fishes.  Jesus’ gospel is both spiritual and tangible.  For the people who are hurting the most, the intensity of their present pain prevents them from hearing about the future hope.

Christians are called to spread that gospel, which means not only are we to tell the world the story of Jesus Christ, but we are to offer care for the needy and oppressed along the way.  We are to do our part in easing the burden of the oppressed in our communities.  As we are able, we should assist in restoring broken relationships, and feeding the hungry.  While we should declare the future hope of Christmas, we must also bring the present hope of the season to those who need it most.

Here are a few practical ways we can live the good news of Jesus and there are some activities planned that I want you to take note -

  • Work Day

This Saturday at 12 noon we will meet at the church to move some furniture.  If anyone has a truck that we could use to move some items to a new home please let us know.  We have a surplus of desk in our offices and if anyone would like to have one just contact me or Pastor Eva.  If no one wants the desk we will move them to the salvage yard.

  • NCM – Child Sponsorship

Each month the Nazarene Church has a special emphasis for missions.  This month it is Nazarene Compassionate Ministry (NCM) http://www.ncm.org/ and one great way to be involved is to sponsor a child for $30 per month.  As a sponsor you will be involved in helping a child receive an education and some medical attention.  There is more information on the website and our local missionary president Todd Hunter has some brochures with information on the information desk at the church.

  • Homeless Ministry Outreach

The young adult small group is meeting on Saturday December 17th at 10am in the Fellowship Hall to prepare some hot chocolate for the homeless living downtown.  They are also going to distribute socks and gloves as well.  Anyone is welcome to join them in this ministry outreach.  If you cannot go but would like to donate some socks or gloves we will have a box in the entryway of the church to collect those donations.

  • Children’s Workers Needed
We have an immediate need for a Sunday school teacher/worker in the nursery.  If you would like to help please see Stephanie Heer, Pastor Andy or Pastor Eva.
We need teachers/workers for our KinderChurch (ages 4, 5, and 6 years old).
We need teachers/workers for Children’s Church (ages 7-12 years old)



  • David Smart Concert
This Sunday morning we will have guitarist David Smart sharing with us a concert during our worship service.  David has been a teacher at Mid America Nazarene University and has taught guitar many students.



  • Children’s Christmas Program
Sunday morning December 18th our Children will be sharing with us the story of Jesus’ birth.  There will be a piƱata for the children following the church dinner.  We need candy donations (chocolate and hard candy) to be brought to the church by December 11th.  There is a box in the entryway for those donations.

  •  Holiday Dinner Celebration

On Sunday December 18th after the Children’s Christmas Program we will share a potluck meal at the Fellowship Hall, and everyone is welcome.  The church is providing the meat (Turkey and Ham) and we are asking everyone else to sign-up to bring side dishes.  There is a sign-up sheet in the entryway of the church.  This is a great time to invite your OIKOS, so bring some food to share and let’s celebrate!

  • Christmas Service
We will have a Christmas communion service on Sunday December 25th 10am at the church.  We will not have Sunday school that morning but this is always a good time to invite unchurched friends, family and neighbors (people on your OIKOS List).

  • Church Pictoral Directory
You may not be aware that our church has a directory of our church families with photos.  Recently we have seen several new families who want to make Eastridge their church home, so we want to add you to our directory.  I will have my camera at church the next couple of Sundays if you would like to have your photo added to the church directory just tell me or Pastor Eva.
I know I’m not a big fan of getting my photo taken but I think this may help us get to know one another.  It should also help new people get connected quicker as they put names to faces.

  •  Did you know?

We have a Sunday school class for all ages.  Our Sunday school classes begin at 9:45 am.  Recently we added a class for young adults which meet in the room in the back of the church sanctuary.  Currently they doing a study on how to read and study the Bible.


I am looking forward to celebrating with you this Christmas season,

Pastor Andy 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 11-23-16

November 23, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,


Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  Of course for those who follow Jesus every day is a “Thanksgiving Day.”  What does it mean to give thanks?
When the Bible says “in everything give thanks” we might be prone to question the injunction, in everything?  Not everything that happens to us is worth thanking God for, we might say.

There is no question that many things that happen are evil, difficult, and filled with turmoil, sorrow and tragedy.  In one sense, we are not to give thanks for everything, but rather in everything, or in the midst of every situation.
Giving thanks to God in the midst of difficult events that happen to us is only possible if we have the right perspective.  What do we deserve?  What does God guarantee us?  Is happiness an eternal right?  The answers to these questions help us focus on the right perspective.

If we deserve nothing due to the sinful condition of our nature, then anything we have brings gratitude.  If God guarantees, not happiness or good happenings as we might define it, but the assurance that He has allowed what happens in order to build our character, then our perspective changes.

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” Luke 17:15-17

Once Jesus healed ten lepers, but only one returned and gave Him thanks.  He replied, “were there not ten cleansed?”  The ingratitude may appear shocking, but it only reveals a similar culture here in America as well.

We live in ungrateful times.  Children no longer thank their parents for providing shelter, food and clothing.  Parents no longer thank employers for providing them a job.  Church members often fail to thank those that serve them with sacrifice and faithfulness.  Why?

We have perverted God’s provisions into entitlement guarantees.  Even preachers can begin to simply tell their listeners what they want to hear – that all that God has for them is health, wealth and happiness.  Anything less would be beneath our status as King’s kids!

But this perverts both God’s goodness and man’s need.  God is perfect, holy and righteous, owing us nothing.  If we don’t start here, our basis for giving thanks will be selfish and limited.

Giving thanks is thus our duty, and the first response we owe our Creator.  We ought to be thankful for each breath, for we have no guarantee of tomorrow.  We ought to be thankful for those who serve us, and thankful for every meal and the simple joys of life.



Black Friday Activities
Yard Clean Up
If you run out of money by noon on Friday or if you just would like to help rake up leaves, paint or maybe even decorate at the church we have good news for you!  Miguel Cruz and Tim Bertrand will be at the church about 12:30pm to help work on a couple of these projects.  Anyone who would like to join them is more than welcome to come out and help.

Youth Movie Night
Friday evening at 6:30pm at the church the youth group will be watching a movie together and having some snacks as well.  If any of our teenagers (7th grade through college) that would like to come out are more than welcome.  If you have any questions you may contact Tim Bertrand via phone or text.

Children’s Christmas Program
Each Sunday the Children will be practicing the songs for their presentation of the Christmas Program on Sunday morning December 18th.  All the children 6th grade and under are welcome to attend to prepare for the presentation.



Holiday Dinner

Following the morning worship service on Sunday December 18th we will share a meal together.  The church is providing the meat (Turkey and Ham) so we are asking you sign up to bring a side dish and desert or drinks.  The sign-up sheets are located in the entryway of the church.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 9-28-16

Church in the Park

North Linwood Park
Sunday October 2nd 10:30am


Don't Forget this Sunday we will be having "Church in the Park" starting at 10:30am we will have a worship service followed by food and games.  The church is providing the meat to grill so we are asking everyone to bring side dish, chips, desserts and drinks.  You may also want to bring your lawn chairs as we enjoy a time of worship together with fun and food.


Starting at: Eastridge Church of Nazarene
-Head south on S Woodlawn St toward E Lincoln St
-Turn right onto E Lincoln St for approximately 3miles
-Turn left onto S Hydraulic Ave .3 miles 
-Turn left onto Park St (Park along the side)
-Or Parking lot on South Kansas Street
Ending at: North Linwood Park


Click here for Map

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 9-21-16

September 21, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

It seems every day we have more news reports of racial strife and violence in America.  The politicians point fingers, ethnic groups point fingers, but it seems no one has any answers.  As Christians we know the problem is sin.  Washington D.C. has no solution for sin.  In fact you could argue most of their “solutions” only make matters worse.

I shared in a sermon a few months ago these sad statistics: Local churches in America are 10 times more segregated than the nearest local school.  Local churches in America are 20 times more segregated than the neighborhood where they meet.

I think this is a terrible testimony for the church.  We are supposed to reflect heaven to a lost and hurting world.  We have a glimpse of what heaven will look like in Revelation 7:9-10 “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Heaven is diverse…there is no black section of heaven…there is not English section in heaven…there is not a section for youth and no section for seniors…in heaven we are one worshipping together as one…with one voice…united.  This is what the church should reflect to a hurting world.

I read recently about a Black pastor who moved to Oklahoma City, to finish his schooling.  He had stopped to have his shoes shined and was talking to the black man named Slim who was shining his shoes about looking for a church. 

Slim responded, “I know of a good church you can join.”

This pastor asked, “Is it a black church or a white church?”

Slim responded, “Young man that is the stupidest question you can ever ask.  It’s not a black church, it’s not a white church, its God’s church.  It doesn’t matter what you look like.  That is what is wrong with the Church today.  So-called Christians are so worried about whether all the faces of the congregation match their own that they miss the part about making sure their hearts match up with the heart of Jesus.”

Thanks Slim for the reminder.
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Don’t Forget
·       
  Missionary tonight 7PM at Todas Las Naciones Church of the Nazarene located at 421 S Tyler Rd.
·        
Air Conditioner/Furnace will be installed on Monday at the church.  If you would like to give above your tithes to help offset the cost of this $5,000 purchase just mark your envelope “A/C” and we will put it towards that expense.

·       
  Church at the Park – On Sunday October 2nd we will be meeting at Linwood Park for our worship service, followed by some food, and a time of fellowship and games for all ages.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 7-9-16

July 9, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

E. Stanley Jones once wrote, "My trained ear shall hear His voice and my disciplined will shall act upon it."  As a pastor this is one of the most common questions I get from people, “How can I hear from God?”  Tomorrow I plan to start a sermon series on how to hear God’s voice.

One of our Discipleship habits (BELL) is listening to God.  I will look at John 10 tomorrow and discover truths from God's Word on hearing from God. 


District Assembly
          Kansas District Assembly will be held July 10-12, 2016 at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene.  The opening service is Sunday evening at 7PM.  On Monday morning we will have the missionary convention and Tuesday will be our church assembly with pastor’s reports from across the Kansas district.

MNU Matching Scholarship
                On Sunday July 17th we will receive our MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) Church Matching Scholarship offering.  MNU will match dollar for dollar of what we collect up to $500 per student.  This year we have four students Annalise Heer, Ashley Heer, Sarah Heer and Olga Vargas. 
                The Nazarene Church has a long history of supporting higher education.  We believe it is important to raise up Christian leaders in every vocation like teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers as well as pastors and missionaries.  This is why each church partners with a regional university or college to offer support for this mission.

Missionary Speaker Dave and Kim Hane - Sunday morning July 31
          Dave and Kim Hane are missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene and serve in Singapore in the Asia-Pacific regional office.  Dave and Kim were first appointed as missionaries in 1991 and were assigned to the regional office, then located in Manila, Philippines.  In 2006, they moved with the regional office team to the current location in Singapore.

          Dave serves as the Regional Personnel coordinator and JESUS Film coordinator. He is also coordinator of AsiaServe, a program designed to place more English speaking Nazarene school teachers and administrators in strategic countries on the region.

In addition to being a full-time mom, Kim assists in regional office duties as needed.   Dave and Kim are also involved in ministry to international students studying in Singapore and serve as pastor coordinators for a church plant.

          The Hanes have two children.  Jonathan will be starting his senior year at Southern Nazarene University in August 2016, and Joy will be entering 9th grade in Singapore.

Youth Group Work and Witness from Olathe
                Josh Heer is bringing some of his youth group from the Living Hope Church of the Nazarene where he serves in Olathe.  They will arrive on August 5th and stay until August 7th.  They plan to help with a Saturday outreach for children similar to the Peanut Butter and Jelly Kids Club we have done in the past.  They will be canvassing the neighborhood in preparation for the event.
                We have opportunities for everyone to help.  We need places for the kids to stay while here in Wichita, some supplies and we need helpers for the event.  There are sign-up sheets in the entryway of the church.  Also if you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt the cost will be $10 and we need the money before we can place the order.

Box tops
          We have a box in the entryway to collect box tops and Campbell soup labels.  If you have been collecting them please bring them to the church and we will send them off to Sun Valley Indian School to help purchase equipment, including a van.  (Please make sure you bring the whole Campbell’s label, the UPC code is needed).

I look forward to worshipping with you tomorrow!
Andy Heer

Favorite Quotes of the week




  • The special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. - G. K. Chesterton
  • “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community…Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from Life Together
  • "Nothing belongs to me—I have been entrusted with much." - E. Stanley Jones
  • "When did we start believing that God calls us to safe places and easy things?" - Mark Batterson
  • "What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace." - John Wesley

Friday, July 1, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 7-1-16

July 1, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

This weekend we will celebrate America’s Independence from the tyrannical King of England.  God has been good to America and we have been blessed as a nation.  This blessing did not come because we are better.  This blessing has come because we humbled ourselves before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  This blessing came because we have attempted to obey God’s Word not just as individuals but also as a nation.

You don’t need to be a prophet to recognize the need for a revival in America.  We have turned our back on God and His Word.  It is time for God’s people to humble themselves and repent.  It is time for God’s people to go in prayer and intercede for a lost and dying world.

In the movie The Patriot, Benjamin Martin's sister-in-law attempted to comfort him, defending his initial decision not to fight the British.  "You have done nothing for which to be ashamed," she said.

Martin's powerful and poignant response was, "I have done nothing. For that I am ashamed."

God forbid this would become the tragic epitaph of believers in America.  May we, like Martin, awaken to the cause and fight the spiritual battle that lies before us.




Men’s Prayer Breakfast
                    Saturday morning at 7:30am we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for a time of prayer, fellowship and food.  All men are invited to join us.  Todd Hunter is sharing the devotional this month and Enrique Vargas is bringing breakfast.

District Assembly
          Kansas District Assembly will be held July 10-12, 2016 at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene.  On Monday morning we will have the missionary convention and Tuesday will be our church assembly with pastor’s reports from across the Kansas district.

Missionary Speaker Dave and Kim Hane - Sunday morning July 31
          Dave and Kim Hane are missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene and serve in Singapore in the Asia-Pacific regional office.  Dave and Kim were first appointed as missionaries in 1991 and were assigned to the regional office, then located in Manila, Philippines.  In 2006, they moved with the regional office team to the current location in Singapore. 

          Dave serves as the Regional Personnel coordinator and JESUS Film coordinator. He is also coordinator of AsiaServe, a program designed to place more English speaking Nazarene school teachers and administrators in strategic countries on the region.

In addition to being a full-time mom, Kim assists in regional office duties as needed.   Dave and Kim are also involved in ministry to international students studying in Singapore and serve as pastor coordinators for a church plant.

          The Hanes have two children.  Jonathan will be starting his senior year at Southern Nazarene University in August 2016, and Joy will be entering 9th grade in Singapore.

Box tops
          We have a box in the entryway to collect box tops and Campbell soup labels.  If you have been collecting them please bring them to the church and we will send them off to Sun Valley Indian School to help purchase equipment, including a van.  (Please make sure you bring the whole Campbell’s label, the UPC code is needed).



Andy Heer