Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Enote 1-7-20 Spanish


7 de enero del  2020
  ¡Querida familia de Eastridge!

Mientras el año empieza siempre es un buen tiempo para parar y reflexionar en lo que queremos lograr en el 2020. Como pastor yo trato de animar a las personas a considerar las metas para el año nuevo.  Tal vez usted quiere saldar alguna deuda…tal vez quiere comprar un carro diferente…tal vez usted quiere terminar un proyecto o encontrar un nuevo trabajo. Nada incorrecto con estas cosas siempre y cuando recordemos la correcta prioridad. Dios está más interesado en quien nos estamos convirtiendo. ¿Estamos convirtiéndonos más como Jesús? ¿Hemos visto crecimiento y transformación en nuestra vida en el año que paso?  ¿Qué pasos debemos tomar para convertirnos más como Jesús en el 2020?

El domingo empezamos una serie de sermones en los que consideraremos nuestros “signos vitales” espirituales tanto individual como corporativamente como iglesia. El domingo miramos una de las más grandes ayudas para ser transformados – La Escritura. Mientras leemos, estudiamos y memorizamos la Biblia en los grupos pequeños y en la Escuela Dominical estamos siendo transformados. Las Escrituras pueden ayudarnos a conocer a Jesús y Jesús es quien nos transforma.
En el pasaje de las Escrituras que consideramos el domingo, Hechos 2:42-47, miramos que la iglesia primitiva era devota o dedicada.  Ellos eran devotos a la enseñanza de los apóstoles, al compañerismo con otros creyentes, a la oración, a la adoración, a servir uno al otro y como resultado de este corazón de devoción (este amor por Jesús) las personas fueron salvas cada día.
Tuvimos un buen año mirando 7 personas bautizándose el año pasado. Yo agradezco a Dios por lo que ha hecho entre nosotros, pero yo espero mas en el 2020. Yo estoy orando que Eastridge continúe siendo transformada mas y mas como Jesús. Yo estoy orando que podamos mirar mas personas viniendo a Jesús porque encuentran una comunidad de creyentes que son devotos y con el amor de Jesús.

¡Que empiece conmigo!
Pastor Andy



Necesitamos Trabajadores
Esta semana hable con Susie acerca de mas trabajadores para el área de sala cuna y la iglesia de niños. Mi conversación con Susie me hizo pensar en una cita que recientemente leí de Bob Goff, “Yo pensaba que tenias que ser especial para que Dios te usara. ¡Ahora se que simplemente necesitas decir si!
Si le gustaría servir en el Cuerpo de Cristo con los niños, por favor habla con Susi, pastora Eva o conmigo. Si a usted le gustaría ayudar al Cuerpo de Cristo con el área de los recibidores dando la bienvenida, por favor habla con Cristina Rivera. Tenemos muchas maneras que usted puede servir a Jesús aquí en Eastridge.

Cambio de Hora
Este domingo nuestro servicio de adoración de la mañana y la hora de la Escuela Dominical cambiaran a diferente hora.  Aquí está el nuevo horario:
Compañerismo: 9:15-9:45 AM
Servicio de Adoración: 10:00 AM
Escuela Dominical: Seguida del servicio de adoración
La Iglesia de Eastridge del Nazareno tiene clases de Escuela Dominical para todas las edades incluyendo una clase de adultos en español.


Cita
 “Cuando Jesús fue tentado, la Escritura fluyo de sus labios.
Cuando Jesús fue desafiado, la Escritura fluyo de sus labios.
Cuando Jesús fue crucificado, la Escritura fluyo de sus labios.
Una de las maneras de vivir como Jesús es internalizar las Escrituras, para que cuando seamos cortados, se derrame.” – Pastor Villodas

Enote From Pastor Andy 1-7-20


January 7, 2020

Dear Eastridge Church Family,

As we begin a New Year it is always a good time to stop and reflect on what we want to accomplish in 2020.  As a pastor I try to encourage people to consider their goals for the new year.  Maybe you want to pay off some debt…maybe you want to buy a different car…maybe you want to finish a project or find a new job.  There is nothing wrong with those things so long as we remember the proper priority.  God is most concerned with who we are becoming.  Are we becoming more like Jesus?  Have we seen growth and transformation in our life this past year?  What should we do to take steps to become more like Jesus in 2020?

On Sunday we began a series of sermons that will consider our spiritual “vital signs” both individually as well as corporately as a church.  On Sunday we looked at one of the biggest helps to being transformed – Scripture.  As we read, study and memorize the Bible in small groups and in Sunday school we are transformed.  The Scriptures can help bring us to Jesus and Jesus is the one who brings transformation.

In the passage of Scripture we considered on Sunday, Acts 2:42-47, we see the early church was devoted.  They were devoted to the Apostles teaching, to close fellowship with other believers, to prayer, to worship, to serving one another and a result of this heart of devotion (this love for Jesus) was people were being saved every day. 

We had a good year seeing 7 people baptized last year.  I thank God for what He has done in our midst but I’m looking for more in 2020.  I am praying Eastridge continues to be transformed more and more like Jesus.  I am praying we can see more people come to Jesus because they find a community of believers who are devoted and in love with Jesus.

May it begin with me!
Pastor Andy



Workers Needed
I spoke with Susie this week about the need for more children’s workers in the nursery and in Kinderchurch.  My conversation with Susie made me think of a quote I read recently from Bob Goff, ‘I used to think you had to be special in order for God to use you. Now I know you simply need to say yes!’

If you would like to serve the Body of Christ by working with children please see Susie or Pastor Eva or myself.  If you would like to help serve the Body of Christ by being a greeter please talk to Cristina Rivera.  We have many way you can serve Jesus here at Eastridge.

Time Change
This Sunday our morning worship service and Sunday School hour will be switching to different time slots.  Here is the new schedule:
Fellowship:             9:15-9:45 AM
Morning Worship:  10:00 AM
Sunday School:      Following the morning service.
Eastridge Church of the Nazarene has Sunday School classes for all ages, including an adult class in Spanish.

Favorite Quote
"When Jesus was tempted, scripture flowed from his lips.
When Jesus was challenged, scripture flowed from his lips.
When Jesus was crucified, scripture flowed from his lips.
One of the ways to live like Jesus is to internalize scripture, so that when we are cut, it spills out." - Pastor Rich Villodas

Friday, December 20, 2019

Enote From Pastor Andy 12-19-19


December 19, 2019

Dear Eastridge Family,

The Great Missionary Hudson Taylor wrote, “All of God’s giants of the faith have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them.”  When we think about Christmas we should think of the coming of Jesus, God with us, Emmanuel. 

God chose not to leave us alone in our sin and darkness.  God has come to rescue us from our slavery to sin.  God has come to bring salvation.  God has come to give us life.
God does not come to take us out of the world.  Instead God wants us to be a light for others.  God wants us to share the Good News with a lost and hurting world.  This is a task too big if it were left up to us alone to complete.  God does not leave us alone.  He has promised to go with us as we share this Good News with others.

 Joshua 1:9 (NIV) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) “…Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Communion
This Sunday we will celebrate communion together as a family.  This is always a special time to remember the blessings of Jesus joining humanity to be with us…Emmanuel…God with us.

Pinata
Following the worship service, the children will celebrate with a pinata.



Wednesday Prayer Service
We will not have our Wednesday evening prayer service for the next two weeks.  Our prayer service will resume on January 8th at 7pm

Thanks
I want to say thanks from the pastoral staff for the Christmas gift last Sunday.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness and count it a privilege to serve you.

Native American Christian Academy
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Sunday School and Sunday Worship Time Change
On January 12th there will be a change in our Sunday morning service times.  We are going to have Sunday school and the Sunday worship service trade time slots.
Fellowship: 9:15-9:45am
Morning Worship 10:00am
Sunday School: Following the morning worship service
We have Sunday school classes for all ages including an adult class that is taught in Spanish


Favorite Quotes of the Week
Consumerism is the new word for materialism which was the new word for covetousness which was the new word for 'the lust of the eyes' 1 John 2:16
-      Frank Viola

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will--All I have and call my own.
Whatever I have or hold, you have given me.
I return it all to you and surrender it wholly to be governed by your will.
Give me only your love and your grace
and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.
-St. Ignatius, from the end of the Spiritual Exercises

Too often as Christians we profess allegiance to Jesus but celebrate his birth with orgy of materialism. – Mike Slaughter

Enote Pastor Andy - Spanish 12-19-19

19 de diciembre del 2019.
Querida familia de Eastirdge,
El Gran Misionero Hudson Taylor escribió, “Todos los gigantes de Dios en la fe han sido hombres débiles que hicieron grandes cosas para Dios porque ellos contaron con lo que Dios haría con ellos.” Cuando pensamos acerca de la Navidad deberíamos pensar de la venida de Jesús, Enmanuel, Dios con nosotros.
Dios escogió no dejarnos solos en nuestro pecado y oscuridad. Dios vino a rescatarnos de la esclavitud del pecado. Dios nos ha traído salvación. Dios ha venido a darnos vida.
Dios no vino a sacarnos del mundo. En cambio, Él quiere que nosotros seamos luz para otros. Dios quiere que compartamos las Buenas Nuevas con un mundo perdido y quebrantado. Esta seria una tarea muy grande si nos hubiera dejado solos para que la llevemos a cabo. Dios no nos deja solos. El ha prometido ir con nosotros mientras compartimos las Buenas Nuevas con otros.
Josué 1:9 (NVI) “Ya te lo he ordenada: ¡Se fuerte y valiente! ¡No tengas miedo ni te desanimes! Porque el Señor tu Dios te acompañara dondequiera que vayas”.
 Mateo 28:19-20 (NVI) “Por tanto, vayan y hagan discípulos de todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo, 20 enseñándoles a obedecer todo lo que les he mandado a ustedes. Y les aseguro que estaré con ustedes siempre, hasta el fin del mundo”

Comunion/ Santa Cena
Este domingo vamos a celebrar la santa cena juntos como familia. Este siempre es un tiempo especial para recordar la bendición de Jesús acompañando la humanidad para estar con nosotros…Enmanuel…Dios con nosotros.
También tendremos una piñata después del servicio. Le invitamos a que nos acompañe.


Servicio de oración los miércoles
Las siguientes dos semanas no tendremos servicio de oración. Nuestro servicio de oración reanudara en enero 8th a las 7 pm.
Gracias
Quiero agradecer en nombre del personal pastoral por el regalo de navidad que nos dieron el domingo pasado. Apreciamos mucho su consideración y es un privilegio servirles.

Native American Christian Academy /Academia Cristiana Nativa Americana
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Cambio de horario en la Escuela Dominical y el Servicio de Adoración.
El 12 de enero va a ver un cambio en los horarios de nuestra escuela dominical. Vamos a intercambiar los horarios de Escuela Dominical y el Servicio de Adoración.
Compañerismo: 9:15- 9:45 am
Servicio de la mañana 10:00 am
Escuela Dominical: Después del Servicio de Adoración. 
Tenemos clases dominicales para todas las edades, incluyendo la clase de adulto que se enseña en español. 

 Citas preferidas de la semana
Consumismo es la nueva palabra de materialismo la cual fue la nueva palabra para codicia la cual fue la nueva palabra para “la lujuria de los ojos” 1 Juan 2:16
·         Frank Viola

Toma, Señor, y recibe toda mi libertad, mi memoria, mi entendimiento, y mi entera voluntad—Todo lo que tengo y lo llamo mío.
Lo que sea que tengo o sujeto, Tu me lo has dado.
Te devuelvo todo y lo rindo completamente para que sea gobernado por Tu voluntad.
Dame solo tu gracia y amor
Y seré suficientemente rico y no te pediré nada más.
-San Ignacio, de el final de un Ejercicio Espiritual.


*Como cristianos con frecuencia profesamos lealtad a Jesús, pero celebramos su nacimiento con una orgia de materialismo– Mike Slaughter

Friday, October 11, 2019

Enote From Pastor Eva

Hello dear family of Eastridge!
This week I was meditating on the beautiful book of Ephesians and although I had already read it before, this time I experienced something different. Every word, every verse, every chapter has captivated me in a very special way. Today I am sharing a part of chapter 1 that has touched my heart:
Ephesians 1:3-8 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,”
Ephesian 1:11-14 “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of His glory.”
I have bolded the words that give praise to God and those that stated that we have been rescued, redeemed to praise the glory of God. Hallelujah! Paul refers three times that our purpose for which we were predestined, chosen and saved is to praise the glory of God. What a privilege that you and I by the grace, mercy and incomparable love of God have been chosen to praise Him!
Generally, every time we think of praise, we relate it to singing songs only. And of course, we praise God by singing praises, hymns or Psalms, but that is one of many ways we can praise Him. The Bible teaches us that He chose us before the creation of the world to be holy and spotless before Him… to praise His glory! When I decide to live in obedience and holiness, my life is a praise for His glory because I reflect His love and His compassion, therefore people believe in God. As a result, I accomplish God’s mission that he has entrusted me with: “go and make disciples...”
I invite you to meditate on the following questions: Am I living my life to praise God? Does everything I do daily with my family, in my work/business, in my school or college, praise God? If you don’t have an answer, I invite you to pray and read the Bible in a humble and sincere attitude before God and listen to Him teaching you how to live in a praise of Him.
I make Paul’s first sentences in chapter 3 of Ephesians verse 14 my prayer; “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I asked that, through the Spirit and with the power that comes from his glorious riches” : Help us to live with the sole purpose of living every second of our life praising God in everything we do with our life, gifts, family, money- everything we think, everything we say and everything we want. Amen!
With the love of Christ, pastor Eva!
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OPPORTUNITIES TO PRAISE GOD IN OUR COMMUNITY
*Fall Cleaning: Tomorrow Saturday October 12th from 9am to 12 pm. Come and enjoy the blessing of taking part in the privilege of cleaning the house of God.   We hope to see you!
*Financial Training: Yes, brother Todd is teaching free classes of how to manage the money you receive from God and how you can praise Him with the way you use it. The training consists of four classes on Saturdays at 7pm to 8:30pm at the fellowship hall. He started the first session last Saturday, but if you, like me, couldn’t attended, we have good news: Brother Todd is willing to make-up the session of the first class tomorrow at 6pm.
*Another way to praise God is by helping to bring cleaning items to clean the temple. You could also help by bringing paper plates, cups and cutlery, trash bags, toilet paper, etc. As we know our church’s finances are not in good condition, so we will greatly help if you can donate some things that are needed for the work of God’s work here at Eastridge. The stewards have worked on an inventory of cleaning and disposable items to know exactly what is needed at this time. This Sunday at the entrance of the church on a table will be some examples of some cleaning supplies and other needed materials to help us know exactly what to donate and there will be a sign-up sheet as well. In addition, next to the table will be a box where you can place your donation.  Thank you very much for your cheerful contribution! 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Enote 10-4-19 Spanish

4 de Octubre del 2019

Hace unos anios atras Stephanie y yo leimos un libro "Cautivo en Iran" Es un poderoso relato de dos Cristianos Iranis que fueron arrestados por compartir su Cristianidad con otros. Otro libro fue escrito recientemente del rapido crecimiento de la Cristianidad en Iran, se titula, "Demasiados para encarcelar". Hace una semana mire un reporte que decia que la Iglesia con un crecimiento mas rapido fue fundada en Iran y es liderada por mujeres. 

Esto me causo curiosidad y comenze a investigar. Dado que la propagacion de la Cristianidad en Iran es un movimiento clandestino es dificil de encontrar estadisticas definitivas. Recientemente se estreno un documental titulado "Ovejas dentro de Lobos" Pudieron entrevistar lideres de las iglesias y sus historias son poderosas.

Un creyente comento en el video que entiende los peligros de participar en este renacer de Iran, pero es un riesgo que se tiene que tomar. "Sabemos que si nos encuentran, lo primero que nos harian como mujeres es violarnos y despues nos golpearian hasta que nos maten. Este es un sacrificio que hemos hecho, queremos ofrecer nuestros cuerpos como sacrificios. Porque tengo ese pensamiento cuando me levanto, una vez que salga de esta puerta, no se si voy a volver"

No hay duda  de porque esa iglesia esta creciendo. Cuando los discipulos de Jesus tienen esa pasion de compartir las Buenas Nuevas no importa el costo, no es sopresa que Dios es bendicion. La iglesia no tiene edificios, propiedades o un liderazgo central, pero aun asi, sigue creciendo. El objetivo de este movimiento no es plantar iglesias, si no crecer en discipulado. 

Que gran contraste entre los discipulos de Jesus en Iran y los discipulos de Jesus en Wichita. Que Dios nos perdone, y que Dios nos ayude a semejarnos a Jesus y los Cristianos Iranis.

Pastor Andy





El Domingo pasado les comente un poco acerca de nuestra situacion financial como iglesia. La junta directiva y el equipo de liderazgo tiene que tomar decisiones dificiles. Este es el registro de las dadivas en las ultimas 9 semanas...El monto total necesario para alcanzar nuestro presupuesto para esas 9 semanas es de $33,300...el monto total recaudado fue de $27,406 lo cual nos deja con un deficit de $5,894. Porfavor oren por nuestros lideres mientras buscan la sabiduria de Dios y la direccion para nuestra iglesia.

Enote 10-4-19

October 4, 2019
A couple of years ago Stephanie and I read a book “Captive in Iran.”  It was a powerful account of two Iranian Christians who were arrested for sharing Christianity with others.  Another book recently was written describing the rapid growth of Christianity in Iran, it is entitled, “Too Many to Jail.”  Last week I saw a report saying the fastest growing church in the world is found in Iran and it is led mostly by women.
I was intrigued and began to do a little research.  Since the spread of Christianity in Iran is an underground movement it is hard to find definitive  statistics.  Recently a documentary was released entitled “Sheep Among Wolves.”  They were able to interview some of these church leaders and their stories were powerful.
One believer said in the video that they understand the danger of participating in the Iranian Awakening, but it is a risk they must take.  “We know that if they get us, the first thing they will do to us as a woman is rape us and then they will beat us and ultimately they will kill us.  This is the decision we have made that we want to offer our bodies as sacrifices.  Because I have this thought when I wake up, that when I leave, that door I might not come back."
It is no wonder the church is growing.  When the disciples of Jesus have this passion to share the Good News no matter the cost, it is not a surprise God is blessing.   The church is without buildings, property or central leadership, but still, it is steadily growing.  The movement's aim is not to plant churches, but to grow discipleship.
What a contrast between the Disciples of Jesus in Iran and the Disciples of Jesus in Wichita.  May God forgive us, and may God help us to become more like Jesus and these Iranian Christians.
Pastor Andy

I mentioned last Sunday a little about our financial situation as a church.  Our church board and leadership team has some difficult decisions to make.  Here is the giving record for the past 9 weeks…the total amount needed to meet budget for those 9 weeks is $33,300…the total amount we raised is $27,406 which leaves us with a shortfall of $5,894.  Please pray for our leaders as they seek God’s wisdom and direction for our church.