Thursday, February 23, 2017

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-23-17 (Spanish)

Febrero 22, 2017

En nuestra cultura Americana individualista, los cristianos seguido creen que la escritura es una carta de amor privada dirigida ellos de parte de Dios. Nada puede estar más lejos de la verdad. La escritura no fue escrita para usted o para mi sino para ellos y nosotros. Salmos no es una colección privada de oraciones e himnos que los judíos podrían usar para sus devocionales personales; era el himnario de Israel. Todos los libros de la biblia fueron escritos para los miembros de la comunidad, la iglesia.

Porque la biblia está escrita para grupos de personas, la iglesia; el uso principal es público no personal. Yo se que no es de esta manera que los cristianos promedio o la iglesia promedio piensa aquí en America. Aun cuando leemos la biblia personalmente, que de paso yo le recomiendo que lo haga, se espera de nosotros que lo hagamos con otros cristianos para poder revisar que nuestra interpretación este correcta y protegernos contra la herejía.

Mateo 18:20 (NVI) "Porque donde dos o tres se reúnen en mi nombre, allí estoy yo en medio de ellos". Jesús uso este pasaje en el contexto de disciplina pero en realidad era una cita de enseñanza judía describiendo la lectura y el estudio de la escritura. Cuando dos o más se juntan para estudios del Tora (biblia). La oración es una parte natural en el estudio de la biblia, pero el enfoque en si es aprender del Tora. Cuando "las palabras pasen entre medio de ellos" la misma presencia de Dios esta allí. Su audiencia del siglo primero conocía muy bien lo que el quería decir.

Este domingo mientras arrancamos con esta campaña que abarca a toda la iglesia para leer el Nuevo Testamento, mi oración es que la gloria de Dios nos visite y nos hable en una manera fresca durante los siguientes 40 días. Yo oro para que esto sea una gran oportunidad para que invites a tus "Oikos" a que se unan a ti en la lectura y reuniones para aprender de la palabra de Dios. Que sea Dios usando esta campaña para Su gloria.

Pastor Andy


·         Averie tiene un añito
Todos están invitados a celebrar el 1er cumpleaños de Averie en el Salón social esta sábado, Febrero 25 a las 2pm. Siéntase libre de venir por un pedazo de pastel y una sonrisa de Averie.

·         Pintura y Alfombra nueva en el sótano y los salones en las oficinas
Richard y Dalia Vargas pintaron los pasillos del sótano de la iglesia y ayudaron para que la alfombra nueva fuera instalada la semana pasada. Gracias Dalia por tu trabajo de mantener el área de escuela dominical luciendo bien.  


·         El arranque de la campana y una comida
El domingo febrero 26 estaremos teniendo un almuerzo seguido del servicio de adoración. Estamos pidiendo que todos traigan un plato fuerte junto con una guarnición o postre para compartir con su familia y algún invitado que tenga.
Si todavía no tiene la copia de la biblia que estaremos leyendo juntos asegúrese de hacerlo este domingo. La llave para permitir que Dios trabaje es reunirse en un grupo para discutir juntos lo que leemos cada semana. Tenemos muchos grupos que se reúnen durante la semana y también habrán dos grupos discutiendo la lectura los domingos.  
·         Domingo a las 9:45am – Muriel Murray y el Pastor Andy Shimko dirigen clases de escuela dominical por separado.
·         Lunes 7pm- grupo en español dirigido por Claudia Romero
·         Martes 7pm  - Jóvenes adultos dirigido por Dalia Vargas
·         Miércoles 7pm – grupo en español se reúnen en casa de Carmen Angulo
·         Jueves 6pm – Todd Hunter dirige un grupo en casa de Rosy García
·         Viernes 7pm – grupo de jóvenes dirigido por Tim Bertrand

·         Alabastro  
El domingo febrero 26 estaremos recogiendo nuestra ofrenda de alabastro. Esta ofrenda provee fondos para propiedades y edificios alrededor del mundo. Mientras nosotros entendamos que la iglesia esta compuesta por el pueblo de Dios, los edificios son levantados con el propósito de ministrar ayuda y proveer una sensación de permanencia, funcionalmente mejorar los esfuerzos del ministerio, y transmitir una actitud que la Iglesia del Nazareno intenta de “echar raíces”. Los fondos de alabastro ayudan a proveer para muchos proyectos de trabajo y testimonio, y la totalidad de ofrendas de alabastro va para la compra de terreno y construcción de iglesias, escuelas, clínicas medicas, y casas para misioneros y trabajadores nacionales.

·         Frases Favoritas de la Semana
 “ Jesús no vino para hacer a la gente mala Buena sino a hacer que la gente muerta vivir!” – Ravi Zacharias

“Cada uno piensa que el perdón es una idea linda hasta que ellos tienen que perdonar algo”. – C.S. Lewis

“El objetivo de la reunión de oración es abrir la puerta del cielo y hacer descender la gloria”. – P.F. Bresee


“La biblia es un libro que nos lee a nosotros mientras la leemos. Es una especie de libro raro que requiere una especie de lectura rara”. – Eugene Peterson

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

E-Note From Pastor Andy

February 22, 2017


In our individualistic American culture, Christians often believe that Scripture is a private love letter directly from God to them.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Scripture was not written to you or me but to them and us.  Psalms is not a collection of private prayers and hymns that the Jews could use in their own personal devotions; it was Israel’s hymnbook.  The books of the Bible were all written to and for the members of a community, the church.

Because the Bible is written to groups of people, the church; its primary use is public not personal.  I know this is not the way the average Christian or the average Church seems to think here in America.  Even when you read the Bible personally, which I would encourage you to do, we are expected to submit to other Christians to we can check our interpretation for accuracy and guard against heresy. 

Matthew 18:20 (NIV) “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  Jesus uses this passage in the context of Church discipline but it is actually a quote from Jewish teaching describing the reading and the study of the Scripture.  When two or more gather together for Torah (Bible) study.   Prayer is a natural part of Bible study, but the focus is on actual Torah learning.  When “the words pass between them” the very presence of God is there.  His first century audience would have known very well what he meant.

As we kick off this church-wide campaign to read through the New Testament on Sunday, my prayer is that the glory of God would join us and speak to us in a fresh new way during the next 40 days.  I pray this would be a great opportunity for you to invite your “Oikos” to join you in reading and meeting to discuss God’s Word.  May God use this campaign for His glory.

Pastor Andy


·         Averie is 1 Year Old
Everyone is invited to celebrate Averie’s 1st Birthday at the Fellowship Hall this Saturday, February 25th at 2PM. Feel free to stop by and enjoy a piece of birthday cake and get a smile from Averie.

·         New Paint and Carpet in Basement and Office Classroom
Richard and Dalia Vargas painted the church basement hallway and help get the new carpet installed last week.  Thanks Dalia for your work keeping our Sunday school area looking good.

·         Kick-Off Campaign and Church Dinner
On Sunday February 26th we will have a church dinner following the morning worship service.  We are asking everyone to bring a main dish along with a side or dessert to share with your family and any guest we may have.
If you have not picked up a copy of the Bible we are reading together be sure and get on Sunday.  The key to allowing God to work is to also join a group to discuss together what we read each week.  We have several groups that meet during the week as well as two groups that will be discussing the reading on Sunday.
  • Sunday at 9:45am - Muriel Murray and Pastor Andy Shimko lead separate Sunday school class
  • Monday 7pm – Spanish group led by Claudia Romero
  • Tuesday 7pm - Young Adult led by Dalia Vargas
  • Wednesday 7pm - Spanish group meeting at Carmen Angulo’s home
  • Thursday 6pm – Todd Hunter leads a group at Rosy Garcia’s home
  • Friday 7 pm - Youth group led by Tim Bertrand


·         Alabaster
On Sunday February 26th we will receive our Alabaster Offering.  This offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world.  While we understand the church consists of the people of God, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots."  Alabaster funds help provide for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire Alabaster Offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

·         Favorite Quotes of the Week
“Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good but to make dead people live!” - Ravi Zacharias

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

"The aim of the prayer meeting is to get heaven open and the glory down." - P.F. Bresee


“The Bible is a book that reads us even as we read it.  It's an uncommon sort of book that requires an uncommon sort of read.” - Eugene Peterson

Thursday, January 19, 2017

E-Note From Pastor Eva 1-19-17

January 19, 2017


Dear Eastridge Family,

It seems like was yesterday that we were ending 2016 and celebrating the first day of 2017, but nevertheless, the truth is that we are eleven days away from the finish January.  Perfect time to make a pause and reflect on the resolutions that we had made for the New Year.  Even though I don’t know your resolutions, my hope is that after the advice that I gave you on January first, you had made the resolution of taking care of your spiritual and physical health.  Why?  Because, we learned that is God’s will that we take care of our body, since we are temple of the Holy Spirit.  Also, He made us body, soul and spirit.

Today, I need to share that when the scripture says that we are “temple of the Holy Spirit”, the word temple in Hebrew is “bayith” that means “house”.  This will help us to understand better that God in His incomparable love had chosen us to be His house where His Holy Spirit permanently and forever lives in us.  Praise our Lord for this undeserved privileged!   And, since the Holy Spirit lives within me, this means that I am carrier and ambassador of God here on Earth, in my family, job, school, neighbor and everywhere.   Here the responsibility of being diligent administrators of our body, soul and spirit.  Beside, this is an indispensable key to reach each person that is on our OIKOS’s list.  Because to invest, inform and invite in our OIKOS, is essential to have discipline in our spiritual exercises- pray, fast, study the bible, listening to God- at the same time that we take care of our physical health- eat healthy, drink a lot of water, and exercise at least three days a week-.

While the statistics shown that the New Year’s resolution disappeared by the end of January, due to lack of interest, lack of courage or lack of effort.  However, in the name of Jesus our Savior, I remind you that as children of God, the scripture says that “I can do all things in Jesus Christ” (Phil, 4:13).  Therefore, keep going, don’t stop, lets join our hands together with God’s hand by faith in Christ striving and persisting on the spiritual and physical discipline that leads us to holiness and accomplish the Great Commission of Christ.

Pastor Eva


Missionaries This Sunday
Sunday morning we will have as our special guest two Nazarene missionaries Danilo and Emily Aguilar who are serving in Sao Miguel, Azores as the Senior pastors of the Ponta Delgada Church of the Nazarene.  Emily was born in Guatemala where her parents served as Nazarene missionaries.  Danilo and Emily will be sharing with us in Spanish.



Church Dinner
On Sunday following the worship service with our missionaries we will have a church dinner.  Our missionary president Todd Hunter suggested we have an international dinner with international food since we will have our missionaries with us Sunday.  We are asking everyone to bring a main dish along with a side or dessert to share with your family and any guest we may have.

Membership Class
It is not too late to join the class.  If you are interested in becoming a member of Eastridge Church of the Nazarene or if you would just like to learn more about our church and see what we believe.  Pastor Eva is teaching the class in Spanish and Todd Hunter is helping with English.

District Superintendent will be speaking on February 5th

On Sunday morning February 5th our District Superintendent Jim Bond will be preaching in our worship service.  Later that afternoon he will be conducting a pastoral review with the church board.  This is a time where the church board will review and evaluate the pastor and determine if a change of pastor is recommended.

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 piñata 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


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