Friday, October 24, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 10-24-14

October 24, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

This morning I took the dog for a walk and as we passed a hay field with round bales spread throughout the field.  Isabelle began to turn her focus on one of the big bales.  She circled the bale several times.  Her nose was sniffing all around and in the air around the bale.  Finally she started trying to jump up on the hay bale to locate the smell.





I could not smell anything, and I could not see anything.  But they tell me a dogs sense of smell is a 100 times more sensitive that a humans sense of smell, so I will assume Isabelle was on the trail of something.

One day Charlie Brown asks Linus "What would you do if you felt that nobody liked you?"

Linus responds "Well Charlie Brown I guess I would take a real hard look at myself, ask if I am doing anything that turns people off, How can I improve myself? Do I need to change in some way? Yep that's my answer Charlie Brown."

Charlie Brown says, "I hate that answer."

What if we paraphrased Charlie Brown's question and, instead of putting it to Linus, we asked the Apostle Paul?

"Paul, I don't like myself as a Christian. Why?  Is it because I'm not maturing, not growing in grace?"

Paul might tell us to take "a real hard look" at ourselves:

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5 (ESV)

Not a mere examination, but an honest self-evaluation. Maybe we need God to help us in the examination.  The Holy Spirit will be far more sensitive to our spiritual condition that we can possibly be.

Are there areas where we need to be more like Jesus and less like the world?

Holy Spirit please help me do an honest examination of myself.  I want to pass the test of faith and live my life in such a way.


·         Fall Festival
On November 2nd we will have a Fall Festival here at the church from 4-6PM.  This is an event where we can invite people who do not attend church (like our OIKOS list) and give them a chance to come and meet people in our church family and have some fun.   

·         Did You Know?  Here at the church…
-We spend about $900 each month paying our loan.
-We spend about $800 each month for insurance.
-We spend over $1000 each month in utilities.
-We give 5.5% of everything we collect to missions.

·         Election Day
Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day.  I trust you will pray that we will elect good and godly leaders.  We have some voter guides on the information table in the entryway of the church.  Feel free to take them and prayerfully consider whom you should cast your vote.


·         Favorite Quotes
Giving is necessary for living! Our giving is evidence of the Spirit's presence in our lives. – Rev. Michael Slaughter

Is YOUR life worthy of imitation?" – Phil Meadows


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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 9-18-14

September 18, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I read this little devotion this week by author Randy Alcorn and I wanted to share it with you.  Also I have a number of items that I want to pass on some more information.   Here is the devotional by Randy Alcorn:

From beginning to end, Scripture repeatedly emphasizes God’s ownership of everything:
“To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it” (Deuteronomy10:14).

“The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants” (Leviticus 25:23).

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).

“Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me” (Job 41:11).

“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters” (Psalm 24:1-2).

“For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it” (Psalm 50:10-12).

“‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty” (Haggai 2:8).

          Search and you won’t find a single verse of Scripture that suggests that God has surrendered his ownership to us. God didn’t die and leave the earth—or anything in it—to me, you, or anyone else. And if we should think, Well, at least I own myself, God says, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians6:19-20).

          When I’ve taught from 1 Corinthians 6 in a college class, I have asked someone in the front row to lend me his pencil for a moment.  When he handed me the pencil, I immediately took it, broke it in half, threw it on the ground and crushed it under my foot.  The reaction of the students was shock and disbelief. What right did I have to break someone else’s pencil?  But then I explained that it’s really my pencil, which I planted with that person before the session. 
 Suddenly everything changed.  If it was my pencil, but only if it was mine, then I had the right to do with it as I pleased—which is precisely Paul’s point in his letter to the Corinthians.  The believers in Corinth were doing what they pleased.  And why not?  They thought their lives were their own.  But Paul says, “No, it’s not your life. You own nothing, not even yourself.  When you came to Christ you surrendered the title to your life.  You belong to God, not to yourself.  He is the only one who has the right to do what he wants with your life—your body, your sexual behavior, money, possessions, everything.”

          God doesn’t just own the universe.  He owns you and me.  We are twice his—first by creation, second by redemption.  Not only does God own everything, but he determines how much of his wealth he will entrust to us:
“Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deuteronomy8:18).

“The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up” (1 Samuel 2:7, NKJV).

“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things” (1 Chronicles 29:12).

          Stewardship is living in the light of these overriding truths.  It’s living with the awareness that we are managers, not owners; that we are caretakers of God’s assets, which he has entrusted to us for this brief season here on earth.  How we handle money and possessions demonstrates who we really believe is their true owner—God or us.


·         Back to Church Sunday & Potluck dinner following morning service
National Back to Church Sunday began as a movement to invite everyone in America back to church by empowering and motivating church members to invite their family and friends to come with them to a special service hosted by the local church. 

The movement was spurred on by a couple of statistics:
"82% of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited"
–Dr. Thom Rainer, The Unchurched Next Door

Yet only 2% of Christians EVER invite someone to church!

Here at Eastridge we have been encouraging people to pray for their OIKOS and to look for opportunities to be a witness.  This Sunday we would love to have several visitors come and join us for potluck dinner.

This Sunday you can be part of the 2% who actually invites someone to church.  Don’t forget to bring some food to share in the potluck.  If everyone brings a main dish and a side or dessert we should have plenty of food for several visitors.

·         Missionary Service
Next month we will have a missionary Russ Frazier and his wife Carla speaking here at Eastridge on Sunday evening October 5th.  Russ and Carla have served as missionaries in Africa and as pastors in the US and are preparing for a new assignment at Africa Nazarene University in Kenya where Russ will be working to train pastors at the University.

·         Royals Game Saturday
This Saturday, September 20, Pastor Josh is taking a group from Eastridge to attend a Royals game. 

·         See You At the Pole
Wednesday September 24th is the See You at the Pole Prayer Event.  All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. SEE YOU AT THE POLE is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation.

Pastor Josh will be attending the event at Wichita Southeast High School which begins at 7 am.  The theme verse this year is “Never stop praying, especially for others (EPHESIANS 6:18a CEV).  If you cannot attend the SYATP event please join us in praying for our students.

Wednesday evening Pastor Josh will take our youth to attend a city wide prayer event.

·         Church Cleaning/Work Day
Saturday, September 27 we will start cleaning the church and Fellowship Hall at 9am.  The trustees will have a list of jobs and projects that also need to be completed

·         Sunday School
While we are making a push to invite people to come back to church on the National Back to Church Sunday; we also don’t want to forget our Sunday school classes and small groups that study the Bible. 

Each Sunday morning at 9:45 we have Sunday school classes for all age groups, from birth to infinity.  We have three adult classes which meet on Sunday morning: Muriel Murray teaches from the Nazarene Church Quarterly Sunday School material and her class meets in the Fellowship Hall; Pastor Andy Shimko has just starting some new material based upon the book “Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness” and his class meets in the cry room off the sanctuary; Pastor Daniel Peña teaches a class in Spanish that has been studying John Wesley’s understanding of holiness and they meet in the church office.
 
·         MNU Football Game
On Saturday October 11th, MidAmerica Nazarene University is playing in the NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri at 3pm.  MNU will be playing Missouri Valley College Vikings.  If you are interested in attending the game contact Pastor Josh.

 I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!

Pastor Andy Heer


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 9-4-14

September 4, 2014


Dear Eastridge Family,

“What is a church?” I read an article that said many American think of the church like a cruise ship.  If you are like me you probably have many things that come to mind:
Some say it’s like a concert, a place to be entertained.
Some say it’s like a club, a place to feel a sense of belonging.
Some say it’s like a hospital, a place to get well.
Some say it’s like a school, a place to learn religious teachings.

In the sermon series I plan to preach starting this week I would like to remind us that the church is so much more than all of these things combined.  Take time to read 1 Peter 2:9-12 and Ephesians 2:11-22 before Sunday morning and come thinking about how you answer, “What is the Church?”

On September 21st we will celebrate “Back to Church Sunday.”  My hope is everyone will make an effort to pray for and invite at least one person to church on that Sunday.  This is a great time to invite your OIKOS list.

1 Peter 2:9b-12 (NLT) “…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
    now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
    now you have received God’s mercy.”
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

  • Beulah Peterson’s Funeral


Todd Peterson’s mother Beulah died this week and the services will be held next week.  The visitation will be Wednesday from 1-5PM at 2310 E. Lincoln.  The funeral service will be at Eastridge Church on Thursday at 2PM and the burial will be on Friday at Gardner Cemetery in Gardner Kansas.  Let’s continue to lift up Todd and his family during this time.

  •       Missionary Service


Tomorrow, September 5th, missionary Scott Dooley, who is the Nazarene Hospital administrator in Papua New Guinea, will be speaking at Wichita Trinity Church of the Nazarene at 7 PM.

Next month we will have a missionary Russ Frazier and his wife Carla speaking here at Eastridge on Sunday evening October 5th.  Russ and Carla have served as missionaries in Africa and as pastors in the US and are preparing for a new assignment at Africa Nazarene University in Kenya where Russ will be working to train pastors at the University.

  •     Royals Game


On Saturday, September 20, Pastor Josh is taking a group from Eastridge to attend a Royals game.  The cost is $26, which includes food, gas, parking and the ticket.  If you would like to go be sure to let Josh know.  The money needs to be turned in by September 13th.

  •     Boxtops and Campbell’s Soup Labels


Vera tells me that she is about to send off the Boxtops and Campbell Soup labels that we have collected.  If you would like to bring in what you have collected thus far that would be great.  Vera sends these to Sun Valley Indian School in Arizona.  This is a school the Nazarene Church supports to minister to the Native population here in the US.

When you purchase products that have the Campbell’s or Labels for Education logo on the back with the UPC code, or the Boxtops, the tiny labels are worth 10 cents each and can be found on many different products such as Kleenex, General Mills cereals, Hamburger Helper and much more. 

Some items we have acquired through the Campbell’s Labels program are: refrigerators, 15-passenger van, portable wireless PA system, sports equipment, Dell computers, a 7-passenger van – and much more.

  •     Sunday School


While we are making a push to invite people to come back to church on the National Back to Church Sunday; we also don’t want to forget our Sunday school classes and small groups that study the Bible.  This Sunday marks the start of a new quarter and some new lesson material.

On Sunday morning at 9:45 we have Sunday school classes for all age groups, from birth to infinity.  We have three adult classes which meet on Sunday morning: Muriel Murray teaches from the Nazarene Church Quarterly Sunday School material and her class meets in the Fellowship Hall; Pastor Andy Shimko is starting some new material based upon the book “Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness” and his class will meet in the cry room off the sanctuary; Pastor Daniel Peña teaches a class in Spanish that has been studying John Wesley’s understanding of holiness and they meet in the church office.
 
  •     Prayer Request


Clara Jo mentioned her sister-in-law Lois Murray was placed in hospice this week.

Josh's fiancé’s mother (Jill's mother, Sharon Crew) is having a double mastectomy on Friday and they would appreciate prayer for her surgery.

We need to continue to remember Lida during her time of mourning the loss of Albert as well as Cheryl Hunter and her family.


I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!



Pastor Andy Heer

Thursday, August 28, 2014

E-note From Pastor Andy 8-28-14

August 28, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I was rereading the little book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Life Together” while waiting on my oil to be changed in my van.  Bonhoeffer is about as good as you can get when it comes to understanding and articulating Christian community.  He has so many excellent quotes but let me share just a few with you:
"The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer." - I wonder how many of us would agree with this first statement.

“Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate.”

“If you scorn the fellowship of the brethren, you reject the call of Jesus Christ, and thus your solitude can only be hurtful to you.”

“‘Seek God, not happiness’—this is the fundamental rule of all meditation.  If you seek God alone, you will gain happiness: that is a promise."

“The first service one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them.  Just as love to god begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them…Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must contribute something when they are in the company of others, that this is the one service they have to render,  They forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking.”

We want Eastridge Church to be place where people can discover genuine Christian fellowship.  We want to be a church which strengthens families and marriages.  Another pastor I know likes to prescribe four things that must be regularly said or done to create healthy relationships in our families:
1. Express your love often,
2. Listen carefully devoting your full attention,
3. Say "I am sorry" and "I forgive you" regularly,
4. Express gratitude frequently.

Have you expressed your love for your family members yet this week?  Take a few moments before you head to bed tonight to drop them a note, a text, a Facebook message or give them a call saying, "I love you because…" Or maybe you simply need to thank them, or give them the gift of your full attention.

·         Larry Matthews Funeral
On Sunday morning Larry Matthews, Cheryl Hunter’s father died.  The funeral service being held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 29, at Eastridge Church and the church will provide a dinner for the family following the service.  We want to lift up the family in prayer during this time.

·         No Sunday Evening Service this week
Since this weekend is the Labor Day holiday several folks will be traveling out of town and getting together with family and friends we will not have our Sunday evening service and the youth group will not meet either this Sunday evening.

·         Church Matching MNU Scholarship Offering
If you were unable to participate in the MNU Church matching offering it is not too late.  You can still mark you envelope or check MNU and we will see that our two students Anna and Sarah will get the scholarship. Anna and Sarah plan to continue pursuing their degree in nursing.  We will miss the twins and their work in children’s church and with the youth department.  We are always looking for volunteers and maybe there is someone who may want to help fill their spots on the schedule.
MidAmerica Nazarene University  (MNU) offers a Church Matching Scholarship for each student.  For every dollar the local church gives to that student (up to $500 each) the school will match and apply towards their tuition. 

·         Church website
If you have not checked out the church website recently we have added a few new photos www.eastridgenazarene.org

I look forward to seeing you in Worship this Sunday morning.


Pastor Andy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

E-note From Pastor Andy 8-13-14

August 13, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

What is the first thing you do after waking up?  Be honest.  I’ll admit that I reach for my smartphone—mostly because it’s my alarm clock, but also to see if Vladimir Putin killed anyone overnight. (I like to check the headlines.)  It turns out I’m not alone.  79% of us reach for our phones within 15 minutes of waking, and 62% go for it immediately.  Among 18-24 year olds the numbers are even higher.

Occasionally I’ll wake to a genuinely important headline or valuable email from a friend, but usually my phone greets me with news stories or photos of my friends on Facebook that really are not very important.  For the most part the kind of stuff I see and read first on my phone I can just as easily live without.

As I start my normal day, I turn off the alarm, check my email while getting some water boiling for a cup of hot tea, and then when the tea is ready I make my way to “my chair” for a time of prayer and reading the Bible.  This is how I plan to start each day but if I’m not careful my phone can get me sidetracked.  I will read an email that I need to give an immediate reply and if I’m not careful I will find myself wrapped up in the busyness of starting the day without waiting to hear from God first.

Let me encourage you to make every effort to start your day with God instead of your phone.  It will take serious effort because the enemy loves to see us sidetracked in other things.  This will not be easy but it will be well worth the effort!

I want to say, “Thanks” to those of you who prayed for me this week as I officiated and preached my Uncle’s funeral on Monday.  My uncle Steve was not a perfect Christian but he did raise three kids who all served God and are active in their local churches.  His oldest son Steve Jr. died unexpectedly 8 years ago while working as an associate pastor.  His youngest son, my cousin Ryan, is pastoring a church in Missouri.  I remember when our church was robbed a couple years ago and my uncle Steve sent a check to help us replace the equipment that was stolen.  That is the kind of generous heart he had for God’s work.



·         Free Movie Night – God’s Not Dead
How far would you go to defend your belief in God? Find out college student Josh Wheaton’s answer to that question in God’s Not Dead at our free movie night this Sunday, August 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. God’s Not Dead (rated PG) weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.

We will have a time of fellowship with cookies in the Fellowship Hall following the movie.  If anyone would like to brings some cookies to share that would be great.  Please let one of the Stewards know: Faith Shimko, Carmen Vargas or Lucy Vargas.

·         James and Judy Boggs
Pastor James and Judy had a new grandbaby August 9th...a boy Ziggy Alexander Davies 8.5 lbs and 21 inches.  Heather and baby are good.  Congratulations Pastor Grandpa and Grandma Boggs!

·         Church Matching MNU Scholarship Offering
Anna, and Sarah will be going back to Olathe to attend our regional school we support as a church, MidAmerica Nazarene University.  Anna and Sarah plan to continue pursuing their degree in nursing.  We will miss the twins and their work in children’s church and with the youth department.  We are always looking for volunteers and maybe there is someone who may want to help fill their spots on the schedule.

MidAmerica Nazarene University  (MNU) offers a Church Matching Scholarship for each student.  For every dollar the local church gives to that student (up to $500 each) the school will match and apply towards their tuition.  We will receive a love offering on Sunday August 24th so if you would like to contribute towards this in the next couple of week you can simply mark your check or offering envelope “MNU or MNU matching.”

I look forward to seeing you in Worship this Sunday and don’t forget the movie night and to bring a friend.


Pastor Andy

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 6-27-14


June 27, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I am planning on preaching a sermon from Romans 10:9.  What does this mean to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart?  This is one of the earliest Christian confession of faith.  Long before the creeds were written we find this simple statement, “Jesus is Lord.”  Paul writes, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)  In 1 Corinthians 12:3 he writes, “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.”
What does this word, “Lord” mean?  In Greek it is kyrios or kurios and it describes someone who has authority over another – a ruler, a master, commander, or king.  Caesar claimed to be Lord of the Earth.  Christians called Jesus, “Lord of lords” – the highest authority, the King of kings.
But what does all of this mean in our daily lives for the disciples of Jesus?  We will try to offer an answer on Sunday.  Here are a couple of quotes I want to share:
"If we can define church without Jesus then we can do church without Jesus.  That is tragedy at best and treason at worst.” - Neil Cole

"We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.  We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results."  - R. A. Torrey

"You cannot have Jesus' rescue without accepting his rule." - Timothy Keller

“You can’t be what you don’t see.  We get discipleship, but how many of us have seen it last more than one generation?  Will we let people imitate our lives?  Do I have a life worth imitating?” – Jo Saxon
  
  • Youth Summer Camp Fundraising
The teens did a fine job with the fundraiser dinner last Sunday.  They are making good progress for getting the money needed for summer camp.  If you have any projects that you would like some help or if you would want to hire a teen to wash windows, mow your lawn see Ashley, Josh or Riley and they can get you set up.  Ben had the youth group come out to his house last week and do some yard work and he made a donation in return.
  • Bible Study
While Pastor Daniel and Gloria are away in Colombia their Bible studies are still meeting.   On Wednesday at Carmen’s house Lucy is leading the Bible study in Spanish.  If you are interested see Carmen or Lucy for more details.  We are continuing our study of Genesis at the fellowship hall each Wednesday evening at 6pm.  Stephanie is leading a women’s study on Sunday evening and Monday evening if anyone is interested see Stephanie.
  • District Assembly
The Kansas District Assembly is July 13-15 this year.  We will dismiss our Sunday evening service on July 13th so we can attend the opening assembly service at 7 PM.  This service we will honor Dr. Ed Nash our retiring District Superintendent.  On Tuesday the delegates to the assembly will elect a new District Superintendent.  I think this will be an important matter to bring to God in prayer.  Will you join me in seeking God’s direction for a new Superintendent?

Looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday! 

Pastor Andy


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 6-5-14

June 5, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

Last Sunday was Ascension Sunday, the time we remember the ascension of Jesus into heavenly realms, where He was taken on clouds of heaven into the presence of the Ancient of Days, where He was given universal power, authority, and dominion.  From that place, He rules on earth.  From that place He has given us a job to do, to make disciples.

This week we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the time we remember that the promise of Jesus was fulfilled. The Holy Spirit was poured out upon the people of God and thus introducing a new age in human history.  Jesus’ physical presence was now departed from the presence of the disciples and the Spirit of God, the third person of the Trinity, would now take a more preeminent role in the life of the New Israel, the Church.

Jesus has gone on high; He is exalted above all.  Pentecost tells us that though Jesus’ earthly ministry may be done, His public work continues through His chosen vessel, His Church.  This work is being done through the power of the Spirit. Pentecost is a mighty moment in history.  It shall never be repeated again, but the consequences of that day will unfold and will continue to unfold until the coming of our exalted King in the end of Human History.

Last week I read a sermon by David Platt entitled “The Gospel and the Rich.” He has a couple of paragraphs that I thought were worth sharing:

I want to be clear: using this word is not intended to distinguish radical Christianity from some other brand of Christianity. It’s intended to show that biblical Christianity–true, authentic Christianity–is inevitably radical Christianity.  For you and for anyone in this room to come to Jesus means to lay down your life and your possessions and your pursuits and your family and your future–your everything–to surrender to him. Jesus never calls a person to partial, casual discipleship … cultural discipleship. There’s one option: radical discipleship. It’s the surrender of everything you have and everything you are to Jesus. 

So to every Christian in this room, to every follower of Christ, you have surrendered the right to determine the direction of your life. You do not determine where you live. You do not determine how you live.  You do not determine how you spend your money. You have relinquished that right.  He determines all of these things. Your role, and my role, is not to consider what he says and then decide what we think about it. Your role, and my role, is to listen and obey. He’s Lord.


Darrel and Clara Jo Hinshaw
We have been invited by the children and grandchildren of Darrel and Clara Jo Hinshaw to attend a Drop-in reception which will celebrate their 50 years of marriage on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.  The reception will be at the Fellowship Hall from 2:00-4:00 pm.  No gifts are requested.

I learned today that Clara Jo’s brother Dale passed away this morning.  Let’s keep her family in our prayers

Promotion Sunday
Our Sunday school Superintendent Riley Carswell is planning to recognize and promote the students who will be promoted to a new class this week Sunday June 8th.

World Mission Broadcast (WMB)
World Mission Broadcast (WMB) began as the Nazarene Radio League in 1944 with the creation of the first international English radio ministry, Showers of Blessings, in 1945. Today, WMB produces 140 radio, television, and Internet broadcast ministries that include podcasts, texting, and chats in 37 distinct languages.  These ministries currently reach beyond borders and barriers into 72 countries around the world.  Every year more than 7,000 unique broadcasts are the conduit that lead people to a local church and into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  It costs WMB just $4 to produce and transmit a one-minute message of hope.

Through the Paglaum sa Kinabuhi (Hope of Life) radio program, Pastor Talon meets many people.  The program has numerous avid listeners, especially those who have met Pastor Talon.  The show often leads to speaking invitations, and Pastor Talon travels from village to village sharing the gospel.  

During one such trip, Pastor Talon met someone especially eager to hear the gospel.  The man immediately proposed to donate a portion of his land for a church building.  Residents of the mountain area now have a place to gather during the radio broadcast and for Sunday worship and fellowship.

Youth Car Wash and Dinner Fundraiser
The youth are working on raising money to cover as much of the camp expense as possible.  On Friday afternoon they will have a car wash at the church starting at 4:30 and will run a couple of hours.

On Sunday afternoon following the morning worship the Youth Group will have a Fundraiser Dinner.  The meal will feature BBQ pulled pork or Peruvian style pork and rice.  The youth group would like people to purchase advance tickets so they can have plenty of food available.  Prices are $10 per adult couple; $6 adult single; $4 ages 4-12; and kids three and under eat free.

Favorite Quotes of the Week
“When he wanted fully to explain what his forthcoming death was all about, he didn’t give them a theory. He didn’t even give them a set of scriptural texts. He gave them a meal” – N. T. Wright

I'm into Jesus. So I like his family too…the church (OK they're a little weird, but hey...) – Pete Greig

“We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”
― John Wesley


Your wife’s relationship with God will affect her relationship with you more than anything else. – Stormie Omartian