Thursday, March 29, 2018

Enote From Pastor Rick 3-28-18 - Spanish


Querida Familia de Eastridge,

La escritura nos da muchas razones porque Dios descendió del cielo para nacer como bebe, vivir en medio nuestro, morir, resucitar de entre los muertos y ascender de regreso al cielo. Uno de mis libros favoritos que me gusta leer durante esta temporada del año se titula, “La pasión de Jesucristo – cincuenta razones de porque vino a morir” por John Piper. En pequeño pero poderoso libro Piper hace una lista en base a las escrituras de cincuenta razones separadas de la vida de Cristo, su sufrimiento, muerte y resurrección, recordándonos de las muchas razones que tenemos para darle el honor, adoración y glorificar a Cristo.
Cuando preguntamos, ¿“porque Jesús sufrió y murió?” típicamente la mayoría de los cristianos responden, “para salvarnos,” “porque Él nos amó,” “para mostrar Su amor por nosotros,” o “para darnos vida eterna.” Estas respuestas son todas correctas y verdaderas. No obstante, hay muchas otras cosas maravillosamente significativas y santas que Cristo vino a cumplir en Su sufrimiento, muerte y resurrección. Aquí hay solamente algunas:
-          Para cancelar las demandas que la ley tenia contra nosotros (Col. 2:13)
-          Para agradar a su padre celestial (Isaías 53:10)
-          Para hacernos santos, sin mancha y perfectos (Hebreos 10:14 y Col. 1:22)
-          Para demostrar la justicia Dios y santidad (Romanos 3:25)
-          Para experimentar la ira de Dios hacia el pecado por nosotros (1 Juan 4:10)
-          Para aprender obediencia y ser perfectos (Hebreos 2:10 y 5:8)
-          Para dar fin al sacerdocio del Antiguo Testamento y convertirse en nuestro sumo sacerdote eterno (Hebreos 7:23-27)

Esta semana santa (y durante todo el año), pase tiempo leyendo los relatos de los evangelios del sufrimiento de Cristo, muerte y resurrección. Lea en las cartas de Pablo, 1ra de Pedro, 1ra de Juan y el libro de Hebreos de lo que Jesús hizo por nosotros, por el mismo y por el padre. Permita que el Espíritu Santo lo guie a adorar a Cristo para “las obras de Sus manos son verdad y juicio…”
“Dad al Señor la gloria debida a su nombre; adorad al Señor en la hermosura de la santidad.”

Pastor Rick
·       
  Servicio de viernes santo – este viernes, marzo 30 a las 6:00pm.
·         
Desayuno de Pascua, servicio de celebración de resurrección y búsqueda de huevos – la Pascua es este domingo 1ro de abril.
Tendremos un pequeño desayuno continental de 9:00am a 9:45am. Nuestro servicio de celebración de la resurrección empezara a las 10:00am seguido de la búsqueda de huevos para los niños.
·         Reunión de la mesa directiva – domingo 8 de abril, en el salón social.
·         Recaudacion de fondos para los jóvenes – venta de pupusas – sábado 4 de abril

Los jóvenes estarán vendiendo PUPUSAS para recaudar fondos para enviar a nuestros estudiantes al campamento este verano! Para ordenar sus pupusas, contacte a Crystal Marmol, Emily Cruz o al pastor Rick ANTES de abril 11.
·        
Conciento de Puentes – sábado 14 de abril, 6:00pm en Eastridge
La banda hispana de MidAmerica Nazarene University estará aquí para dar un concierto y en el servicio de adoración del domingo. Olga Vargas es parte del grupo. Venga adorar con nosotros y apoye a MNU y Olga.
·         
La serie de Alfa comienza – sábado 22 de abril
·         
Visitas pastorales
si todavía no ha tenido la oportunidad de que un pastor llegue a visitarlos para reunirse y orar con su familia, por favor regístrese para hacerles saber cual es el mejor momento para la “visita pastoral” las hojas de registro y la lista de las preguntas pastorales las encuentra en la mesa de información en la entrada.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Enote From Pastor Rick 3-28-18


Dear Eastridge Family,

Scripture gives us many reasons why God came down from heaven to be born as a baby, live among us, suffer, die, rise from the dead and ascend back to heaven. One of my favorite books to read at this time of year is titled, "The Passion of Jesus Christ - Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die" by John Piper.  In this short but powerful book Piper lists from Scripture fifty separate reasons for Christ's life, suffering, death and resurrection, reminding us of the many reasons we have to honor, worship and glorify Christ.

When asked, "Why did Jesus suffer and die?" most Christians will typically answer, "To save us," "Because He loved us," "To show His love for us," or "To give us eternal life."  These responses are all true and correct.  However, there are many other beautifully significant and holy things that Christ came to accomplish in His suffering, death and resurrection.  Here are just a few:
- To cancel the demands of the law against us (Col. 2:13)
- To please His Heavenly Father (Is. 53:10)
- To make us holy, blameless and perfect (Heb. 10:14 & Col. 1:22)
- To demonstrate God's justice and righteousness (Rom. 3:25)
- To experience God's wrath toward sin for us (1 Jn. 4:10)
- To learn obedience and be perfected (Heb. 2:10 & 5:8)
- To put an end to the Old Testament priesthood and became our eternal High Priest (Heb. 7:23-27)

This holy week (and all year long), spend time reading the gospel accounts of Christ's suffering, death and resurrection.  Read in the letters of Paul, Peter, 1 John and the book of Hebrews what Jesus accomplished for us, for Himself and for the Father.  Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to worship Christ for "The works of His hands are faithful and just..."
"Give to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness."

Pastor Rick


Good Friday Service - This Friday, March 30 at 6:00 pm.

Easter Breakfast, Resurrection Celebration Service and Egg Hunt - Easter is this Sunday, April 1.
There will be a small Continental Breakfast from 9:00 am to 9:45 am.  Our Resurrection Celebration Service will begin at 10:00 am followed by the children's Easter Egg Hunt.

·         Church Board Meeting - Sunday, April 8, in the Fellowship Hall.

·         Youth Fund Raiser - Papusas Sale - Saturday, April 14
The youth will be selling PAPUSAS to raise money to send our students to church camp this summer!!  To order your papusas, contact Crystal Marmol, Emily Cruz or pastor Rick BEFORE April 11.

·         Puentes Concert - Saturday, April 14, 6:00 pm at Eastridge
MidAmerica Nazarene University's Hispanic praise band will be here for a concert and Sunday morning worship.  Olga Vargas is part of this group.  Come worship with us & support MNU & Olga.

·         Alpha Series Begins - Saturday, April 22

·         Shepherding Visits

If you haven't had an opportunity to have one of the pastors come to your home to meet and pray with your family,  please sign-up to let them know when would be the best time for the “Shepherd Visit.”  Sign-ups sheets & a list of the shepherding questions are found on the information table in the entry way.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Reminder 3-23-18


March 23, 2018


Dear Eastridge Family,

I want to remind you of a couple of important activities.

·         Donations for Easter Egg Hunt
We are in serious need for more candy to be donated for the Easter Egg Hunt.  You can bring your donation for small wrapped candy or money on Saturday morning.  After the Saturday morning prayer meeting we will be stuffing the plastic eggs from 10:30am-2:30pm.  A lunch will be provided for the people who help.

·         Work day Saturday @ 10:30am
Saturday after the morning prayer meeting the trustees are having a work day and cleaning day to get prepared for Easter.  We need as many people to come out and help.



·         Good Friday Prayer
Pastor Eva will be at the church on Good Friday from 10am until the start of the service at 6 for anyone who would like to come and pray.

·         Good Friday Service
This year Pastor Rick will lead our Good Friday service.  The service will begin at 6PM.

·         Easter Breakfast, Worship Celebration Service and Egg Hunt
Easter Sunday is April 1st this year.  We will have a Continental Breakfast from 9am until 9:45am.  Our worship celebration service will begin at 10am followed by the kids Easter Egg Hunt.

·         Easter Offering for Missions
World Evangelism Fund Easter Offering April 1st. 


"If I do not witness, I will soon have nothing to witness to." - E. Stanley Jones

Friday, January 19, 2018

Enote From Pastor Andy 1-19-18

January 19, 2018

Dear Eastridge Family,

Last Sunday afternoon at our monthly church board meeting I shared some questions that I wanted to bring to each family in our church.  I’m calling these “Shepherding Questions.”  My plan is to ask each person/family to sign-up for a time where one or more of the pastors can visit you in your home and talk about these questions.

The purpose of these questions is not to make you feel bad for falling short in one area or another.  Rather the purpose is to encourage you and your family as you follow Jesus.  This will also provide an opportunity for the pastors to get to know you better and help us to pray more directly for you and your family.

The job of the pastor is to equip you and to guide you as we follow Jesus.  We know Jesus is the Great Shepherd and I am merely one of his under shepherds.  My desire is to be the best under shepherd for Jesus as possible.

Pastor Andy



Here are the questions:
Approved shepherding questions for 2018 shepherding visitation to include the following:
1.       Explain how you and your family use Bible study, prayer, and devotions regularly during the week: As a family?  As an individual?
2.       How would you describe your knowledge and understanding of the Bible? Are there particular areas of the Bible or subjects in which you would like to receive more teaching?
3.       (For husbands)
a.       How do you exercise your role as spiritual head of the household in leading your wife in spiritual matters?
b.       How do you exercise your role in teaching and leading your children?
3.       (For wives)
a.       How do you support your husband in his role as spiritual head of the household? 
b.       Are there any problems that you would like to mention?
c.       How do you exercise your role as a godly women of the Bible in your family as a wife and mother?
4.       How do you spend the Lord's Day?  Do you spend time preparing for it?
5.       Are you seeking to resolve any offense (that love does not cover) with any particular individual?
6.       How are you doing in your stewardship of the Lord gifts with your time and finances (tithing, offerings, debts,)?

Follow-up or Second visit
7.       How are you making disciples?
8.       Do you spend time in prayer for your church?
9.       What ministry role can you fulfill in welcoming visitors who attend the church?
10.     What type of small group/Sunday school class would you be challenged to be involved in?
11.      What talents or gifts do you feel you have been given so you can serve God- church, community?
12.     Are there ways that one of the pastors can assist your family in your spiritual life?  Are there any other matters you would like to discuss with a pastor?


Preguntas pastorales aprobadas para el 2018. Las visitas pastorales incluyen lo siguiente:

1.       Explique como usted y du familia hacen sus estudios de la Biblia, oración, y devocionales regularmente durante la semana: ¿Como familia?  ¿E individual?
2.       ¿Como describiría su conocimiento y entendimiento de la Biblia? ¿Hay algunas áreas o un algo en particular que le gustaría recibir más estudio?
3.       (para esposos)
a)       ¿Como ejercita usted su papel como cabeza espiritual de su casa guiando a su esposa en aspectos espirituales?
b)      ¿Como ejercita su papel en enseñanza y guianza a sus hijos?
3-      (para esposas)
a)       Como apoya a su esposo en su papel como cabeza espiritual de la casa>
b)      ¿Hay algún problema que le gustaría mencionar?
c)       ¿Como ejercita su papel como mujer de Dios de la Biblia en su familia como esposa y como madre?
4-      ¿Como usa el Dia de Dios? ¿Usted invierte tiempo preparándose para este día? 
5-      ¿Está procurando resolver cualquier ofensa (que el amor no cubre) con algún individuo en particular?
6-      ¿Como está haciendo en su mayordomía con los regalos que Dios le da- tiempo y finanzas (diezmo, ofrenda, deudas, etc.)?

SEGUNDA VISITA-SEGUIMIENTO-
7-      ¿Como usted está haciendo discípulos?
8-      ¿Usted invierte tiempo orando por su iglesia?
9-      ¿Qué papel en el ministerio usted puede hacer para recibir bien a los  visitantes que atienden a la iglesia?
10-     Qué tipo de pequeño grupo o clase/Escuela Dominical seria un reto para usted estar envuelto?
11-     ¿Qué talentos o dones usted siente que ha recibido para que le sirva a Dios, iglesia, y la comunidad?
12-     ¿Hay alguna manera que los pastores le podamos asistir a su familia en su vida espiritual? ¿Hay alguna otra situación que a usted le gustaría compartir con un pastor?


·         Sunday Evening Service
This Sunday evening, January 21st we will have a State of the Church message followed by a time of Q & A for the pastors.  You can ask any pastor any question.

·         Faith Promise
This Sunday morning, we will collect our Faith Promise commitment cards.  Faith Promise is giving by trusting in God’s covenants with us.  Faith promise commitments (not pledges) are given systematically for global mission, rather than merely twice a year.  Easter and Thanksgiving offerings are included in this giving plan.  For faith promise, people pray about the amount they should give for global mission (beyond their tithe). They give weekly, biweekly, monthly, or a one-time gift.

 Faith promise giving goals should be projected exclusively for mission purposes around the world, on the district, and through the local church.  Churches discover that they raise or exceed their mission goal through faith promise giving.

·         Women’s Fellowship
Saturday January 27th, at 10:30 am the women of the church are invited to gather for a brunch as they discuss plans for the women’s’ ministry.  There will be a sign-up sheet this Sunday for the brunch.

·         Haiti Mission Trip Ashley and Olga
On Sunday January 28th we will receive a special offering for Ashley Heer and Olga Vargas as they prepare to go to Haiti for a short-term mission trip over their spring break.




Friday, December 1, 2017

Enote From Pastor Andy 11-30-17- Spanish

 Noviembre 30, 2017

Querida Familia de Eastridge, 

Ha pasado mucho tiempo desde mi ultima enote. Quiero tomar este momento para agradecerles una vez mas por darme la oportunidad de tomarme un tiempo Sabatico. Tambien quisiera agradecer a la Pastora Eva y a todos los que ayudaron en la iglesia durante mi ausencia. 

Este es un tiempo ocupado para todos nostros, algunos tenemos fiestas, conciertas y juegos. Muchos nos ocupamos para hacer todo lo que tenemos que hacer antes de las fiestas navidenas. Quiero recordarles que tenemos que seguir el ejemplo de Jesus de dejar todo de lado y pasar tiempo con Dios nuestro Padre.

Aveces nuestra vida ocupada resulta de nuestra inseguirdad. Sabemos que las cosas no estan bien entre Dios y nosotros, asi que nos mantenemos ocuapdos para no examinarnos de una manera honesta. Lei un citatorio de Roberto Solomon quien dijo "Estamos incomodos en el silencio, porque el silencio nos fuerza a encontrarnos con Dios"

Estoy orando que en estas fiestas navidenas nos tomemos el tiempo regular para pasarlo con nuestro Padre celestial, y tambien los domingos que es el dia del Senor. Mi oracion continua para que la iglesia de Eastridge siga siendo una iglesia con pasion en cuanto a la oracion y tenga esa urgencia para lo que se ha perdido. Esto requiere que nos liberemos de todo lo que nos ocupa.

·      Coordinador de los Ministerios de Estudiantes

I want to ask you to lift up Rick and his family up in prayer as they make this transition to a new church family.  Pray that God will give him wisdom to help provide some leadership to our youth ministry.  Pray for their family health as they have been fighting some illness the past couple of weeks.

Quiero levantar en oracion a Rick y asu familia en esta transicion a esta nueva iglesia. Oremos que Dios le de la sabiduria para liderar al ministerio de jovenes. Oremos tambien por la saluda de su familia ya que han estado peleando algunas enfermedades estas ultimas semanas.

·    Reunion de Hombres
Manana en la tarde 6:30pm los hombres tendran su reunion en el Fellowship Hall. Todos los hombres estan invitados.

·        Dia de Trabajo
Este sabado despues del servicio de oracion a las 10am, vamos a tener un dia de trabajo en la iglesia. Todos estan invitados para arreglar nuestra facilidad para la temporada de Navidad.



·         Ofrenda Especial para el viaje misionero a Guatemala
El domingo 3 de Diciembre vamos a tener una ofrenda especial para el viaje misionero de Anna Heer a Guatemala. Ella va a estar recolectando curitas, Tylenol, Ibuprufeno, Ropa de ninos y peluches, etc.

·         Cena Navidena de la Iglesia Diciembre 17 
Despues del servicio vamos a tener una cena de la iglesia en el Fellowship Hall. Vamos a tener papeles para que se apunten y traigan comida para compartir.

·        Vigilia para el dia de Ano Nuevo

Se estan haciendo planes para tener un tiempo de companerismo en la iglesia para la tarde del Ano nuevo.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017

E-Note From Pastor Andy 11-30-17

November 30, 2017

Dear Eastridge Church Family,

It has been a while since I sent out my last enote.  I do want to take a moment to thank you once again for allowing me the opportunity to take a Sabbatical.  I also want to thank Pastor Eva and all of you who helped keep things functioning well here at the church in my absence.

This is a busy time of the year for all of us, for some we have nightly parties, concerts and ball games.  For others we are just busy trying to get everything accomplished before the holidays.  My reminder to you as well as to myself is to follow Jesus’ example of leaving the busy to spend time with God the Father.

Sometimes our busyness results from our insecurity.  We know things are not right between God and us, so we keep ourselves busy in order to avoid honest self-examination.  I read a quote from Robert Solomon who said, “We are uncomfortable with silence because silence forces us to face God.”

I pray this holiday season you will take regular time to spend with your heavenly Father each day as well as on the Lord’s Day each Sunday.  My prayer continues to be for Eastridge Church to be a church passionate about prayer and have a sense of urgency for the lost.  This will require us to break free from our busyness.

·         Student Ministries Coordinator
A couple weeks ago we welcomed Rick Dages to Eastridge as our Student Ministries Coordinator.  Rick has been the youth leader at the Newton Church of the Nazarene for 27 years.  He currently serves as the Kansas District NYI President.  I feel very fortunate that God has led Rick and his family to join us in our ministry here at Eastridge.

I want to ask you to lift up Rick and his family up in prayer as they make this transition to a new church family.  Pray that God will give him wisdom to help provide some leadership to our youth ministry.  Pray for their family health as they have been fighting some illness the past couple of weeks.

·         Men’s Meeting
Tomorrow evening at 6:30pm the men will be meeting at the Fellowship Hall.  All the men are invited.

·         Work Day
This Saturday after the 10am prayer service the trustees are having a work day at the church.  Everyone is invited to come and help get the facility ready to host guest during the Christmas season.



·         Special Offering for Guatemala Mission trip
On Sunday December 3rd we will have a special offering for Anna Heer’s mission trip to Guatemala.  She is also collecting items such as band aids, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, kids clothing, stuffed animals, etc.

·         Church Holiday Dinner Dec. 17th
Following the morning worship service we will have an all church holiday dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  We have sign-up sheets to bring food to share at the dinner.

·         New Year’s Eve Prayer Vigil

Plans are being made for a special time of fellowship and prayer here at the church on New Year’s Eve.  

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.”