Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Enote From Pastor Andy 7-15-15

July 15, 2015


Dear Eastridge Family,

District Assembly concluded last night with the ordination service.  We had some good services and we will hear reports from our delegates Sunday evening.  I want to make sure to let you know about a few important events coming up soon.
  
Sunday cookout/Pie Auction
This Sunday the teens will be having a cookout and a pie auction following the service. This is an opportunity for the youth to serve the church body, along with thanking them for their support.  The donations received from the pie auction and cookout will go to the teens mission fund.  This is no ordinary trip, we know God is going to move and help prepare this generation to do kingdom work.  If you are interested in donating a pie or baked good please contact Pastor Josh at 316-832-8316 or joshheer@yahoo.com

Youth Garage Sale
On July 25th the youth group is having a garage sale to raise money for their mission trip.  If you are interested in making a donation please contact Pastor Josh.

Movie night
          Do You Believe?—the latest film from the makers of God's Not Dead.  Watch for details to be announced with date and time.  This movie is about a local pastor who is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher; he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in tangible ways that only God could orchestrate.

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

Kitchen remodel
We should have a new countertop for the Fellowship Hall near the end of the month.  If you would like to help cover the cost please mark your offering envelop or check “Kitchen” and we will make sure the money is directed to cover those expenses.


Pastor Andy

Saturday, July 4, 2015

E-note From Pastor Andy 7-4-15

July 4, 2015



Dear Eastridge Family,

I’m on my way to Florida but I wanted to leave you with a few thoughts and a couple reminders.  I recently read the following from Pastor Tony Evans on discipleship that I wanted to share:

Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a lot different than just going to church once or twice a week. To get excited because the preacher moved you and the choir inspired you is nice, but that’s not spiritual growth. To enjoy fellowship with your friends is a wonderful part of the Christian life, but it in and of itself is not discipleship.

The goal and the cornerstone of your activity, that which brings God the most glory, is for you to become a disciple. God’s goal is not salvation; that is just the introduction to God’s goal. His desire is that those who are saved become disciples.

It is not enough simply to say: “I’m on my way to heaven.” The issue is, are you becoming like the One who is taking you to heaven? That’s discipleship, and that’s what Christ wants from you.

Discipleship is that developmental process that progressively brings Christians from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity so that they are then able to reproduce the process with someone else. The singular, overarching goal of a disciple is to bring all of life under the lordship of Jesus Christ and then help someone else to do the same.

Notice that this brings discipleship around full circle. Disciples are to turn around and make other disciples. Ultimately, that’s how you fulfill the mandate of Matthew 28:18–20. Whether that be at home in your relationships, at work, in church, through mentoring or volunteering at the local public school, or in a variety of ways—your life ought to be about discipling others to become more like Jesus Christ. That is your highest calling and purpose.

Homosexual Marriage
          In light of the recent Supreme Court decision on marriage our General Superintendents released the following statement:

Societies across the globe are engaged in conversations to redefine marriage. Media debates, election-day balloting, and governmental court rulings have provided the platform for this redefinition. We believe a biblical view of marriage involves a monogamous, covenantal relationship between a man and a woman. Jesus said, “... At the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matthew 19:4-6 NIV).

Today the United States Supreme Court, in the 5-4 decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. We remind our people that while the civil law of yet another country has changed, divine truth has not changed. We will learn how this civil definition functions within the context of our constitutional and religious freedoms. Our commitment to the orthodox biblical Christian faith remains the same. We continue to call Nazarenes around the world to a life of holiness, characterized by holy love and expressed through the most rigorous and consistent lifestyle of sexual purity. We further call our people to a generosity and graciousness of spirit that extends kindness to those who do not share our belief. We pray that God will help us be examples of His truth in a world that needs to see God’s love demonstrated in word and deed more than ever.

Jerry D. Porter, J. K. Warrick, Eugénio R. Duarte, David W. Graves, David A. Busic, Gustavo A. Crocker - Board of General Superintendents, Church of the Nazarene

District Assembly
          Kansas District Assembly will be held July 12-14, 2015 at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene.  We will not have our evening service so all can attend Sunday evening service and hear our new District Superintendent Jim Bond.  On Monday morning we will have the missionary convention and Monday afternoon the SDMI convention.  Tuesday will be our church assembly with pastor’s reports from across the Kansas district.

Missionary Speaker Dave and Kim Hane - Sunday morning July 12
          Dave and Kim Hane are missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene and serve in Singapore in the Asia-Pacific regional office.  Dave and Kim were first appointed as missionaries in 1991 and were assigned to the regional office, then located in Manila, Philippines.  In 2006, they moved with the regional office team to the current location in Singapore. 



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

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

          The Hanes have two children.  Jonathan will be starting his junior year at Southern Nazarene University in August 2015, and Joy will be entering 8th grade in Singapore.

Movie night
          Do You Believe?—the latest film from the makers of God's Not Dead.  Watch for details to be announced with date and time.  This movie is about a local pastor who is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in tangible ways that only God could orchestrate.

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

Kitchen remodel
          This week measurements were taken to make our counter top.  I’m not sure at this point how much money that will cost but if you would like to contribute just mark your check or envelope Kitchen remodel.  Hopefully we will have things completed soon and we will be ready for a church dinner celebration.


Pastor Josh and Pastor Gloria will be preaching tomorrow so I will miss worshipping with you tomorrow.  I pray God’s presence will be evident to all who seek Him in worship tomorrow.


Andy Heer

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 18, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I recently read an account on prayer that I found very encouraging.  I wanted to share this account with you.  It comes from Dr. Helen Roseveare who was a missionary to the Congo.  She tells the following story that I wanted to share with you today:

“A mother at our mission station died after giving birth to a premature baby.  We tried to improvise an incubator to keep the infant alive, but the only hot water bottle we had was beyond repair.  So we asked the children to pray for the baby and for her sister.  One of the girls responded. ‘Dear God, please send a hot water bottle today.  Tomorrow will be too late because by then the baby will be dead. And dear Lord, send a doll for the sister so she won’t feel so lonely.’ That afternoon a large package arrived from England. The children watched eagerly as we opened it. Much to their surprise, under some clothing was a hot water bottle!  Immediately the girl who had prayed so earnestly started to dig deeper, exclaiming, ‘If God sent that, I’m sure He also sent a doll!’ And she was right!  The heavenly Father knew in advance of that child’s sincere requests, and 5 months earlier He had led a ladies’ group to include both of those specific articles.”

Here are some quotations about prayer I find enlightening:

C.S. Lewis - “The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”
John Bunyan - “He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.”

J. Sidlow Baxter - “…Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons—but they are helpless against our prayers.”

Martin Luther - “Pray as if everything depends on God, then work as if everything depends on you.”

Stuart Briscoe - “When our children were small and we were trying to teach them to pray, we had three kinds of prayer: ‘Please prayers,’ ‘Thank you prayers,’ and ‘Sorry prayers.’”

John Wesley - 'God does nothing but in answer to prayer; and even they who have been converted to God, without praying for it themselves (which is exceeding rare), were not without the prayers of others.  Every new victory which a soul gains is the effect of a new prayer.

E. M. Bounds - “Pray for ‘all men.’ We usually pray more for things than we do for men. Our prayers should be thrown across their pathway as they rush in their downward course to a lost eternity.” 

William Law - “There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as prayer for him.”
If you pray for someone long enough, your heart toward him will change.  You will gain vested interests in his welfare and will want God to work in his life, and bring blessing to him.  If it’s someone who hurt you, you pray for him.  If you find yourself resenting your father, mother, husband, wife, employer, or pastor, faithfully pray for them.  Over time, watch what happens.

Bake Sale and Car Wash
The youth group will try once again this Saturday from 11AM until 2PM to have a Bake Sale and Car Wash at the church.  The last several times they have planned a car wash it was rained out.  The purpose of these fund raisers is to help fund their mission trip to Ft. Worth, Texas.  The purpose of the mission trip is to help our youth experience serving others while growing their relationship with Christ.

Cabinets
The trustees are working on installing the new cabinets this weekend.  When that job is complete they will arrange to install new countertops.  Once we complete this project we will have a church dinner to celebrate.

Father’s Day
This Sunday is Father’s Day, a time to honor our fathers.  We will have a time to recognize our fathers and to pray God’s blessing on them.

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.  We will receive our WMB offering on June 28th.

No Sunday evening service
This Sunday we will not have our evening service.

Prayer for Muslims during Ramadan
I am asking you to join me and the Voice of the Martyrs to pray for Muslims around the world during Ramadan.  For the next 30 days, Muslims will be fasting and praying from dawn until sunset.  By God’s grace, some will begin a search that leads them away from the practice of Islamic rituals towards a relationship with the one true God.  As Muslims devote themselves to fast and pray, Christians will also be praying…for them.

There have been great reports of large numbers of Muslims converting to Christ in recent years.  Missionary David Garrison who has documented his findings about the Muslim phenomenon, says “There is a revival in the Muslim world.”  He believes between 2 and 7 million former Muslims have converted to Christianity in the past two decades.  His book, A Wind in the House of Islam, contains impressive research to back up his claim.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 6-11-15

June 11, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

Let me start off by saying THANKS!  I was blessed with a birthday card from the church on Sunday and yesterday I had a surprise at the Bible study.  We met and Ben and Elaine’s house where Ben cooked up BBQ ribs, homemade ice cream and other sides.  Clara Jo brought a birthday cake, Lucila brought in Pionono (Pastor Daniel called it Piosisi), Vera had brought some cookies and others brought food and fixings.  It was great fun to eat with my church family.  Thanks again!

Yesterday afternoon Ashley and I took a drive in her car and stopped to take some photos of a wheat field just south of town.  It is obvious that it won’t be long and we will see the harvest begin in these fields.  I was born in Kansas and have seen farmers and livestock and wheat fields all my life.  Yet, I never seem to get tired of them.  They are certainly Kansas.

One day Jesus was talking to his disciples and He told them the fields were ripe and ready for harvest.  The thing that is true about ripe harvest fields in Jesus’ day as well as in our day also; is that they will not harvest themselves…fields do not harvest themselves.  What the ripe fields needed in Jesus’ day is the same ingredient they need today…workers to bring in the harvest.

Jesus does not say the work will be easy.  Every farmer knows a good harvest requires lots of effort, sweat and short nights of sleep.  Jesus said if we are doing His work we can expect, trouble and persecution; but we can also expect Jesus to go with us.



John 4: 35-36 NLT) 35 You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. 36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!

Bake Sale and Car Wash
This Saturday from 11AM until 2PM the youth group is having a Bake Sale and Car Wash at the church.  The last several car wash that they have planned have been rained out.  The purpose of these fund raisers is to help fund their mission trip to Ft. Worth, Texas.  The purpose of the mission trip is to help our youth experience serving others while growing their relationship with Christ.  If the Car Wash is rained out they will try next Saturday.

Cabinets
Dan and Ron Henry delivered new kitchen cabinets for the Fellowship Hall kitchen on Monday.  The trustees are working on a plan to get them installed and countertops made and installed.  Once we complete this project we will have a church dinner to celebrate.

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.

SDMI Board Meeting
Sunday after the morning worship service the Sunday School Board or the Sunday School and Discipleship Ministry International board will meet in the Fellowship Hall

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 4-28-15

April 28, 2015

Dear Eastridge Family,

          It has been a while since I have sent out an enote.  I have lots of excuses like Pastor’s retreat, Easter, working on the Fellowship Hall, etc., but no one really cares to hear all the excuses so let me get to it. 

          Have you heard about the small boy who was attending a strict school and he was asked to write down in order the worst things that humans could do, and wrote: Number 1: murder; Number 2: running down the hall; Number 3: talking in class.  We all get things out of proportion, but we certainly don’t want to get God wrong.

          This is why we encourage every follower of Jesus to spend time each day reading/listening to the Bible, spend time each day in prayer (talking/listening) to God and start each week off gathering with other followers of Jesus in worship.  We want to know God and get Him right.

          Two Sunday’s ago I shared in my sermon that we need to be actively intentionally following Jesus.  This is the only way to answer Jesus’ call to “Come and follow me.”  If we are not following Jesus by being in a relationship with Jesus and with His other followers (the Bride of Jesus) the church; then maybe we are not really following Him after all.  If we are not about the work of Jesus, fishing for men (making disciples), maybe we are not really following Him.

          Last Sunday I shared in the sermon that the goal of following Jesus is growing a faith that overcomes fear of the future and any current circumstances.  Jesus wants us to have a faith that gives us peace in the middle of any problem or circumstance. 

          Do you remember the most frequent command in the Bible?  What instruction, what order, is given, again, and again, by God, by angels, by Jesus, by prophets and apostles?  It is not “Be good” or “Be holy for I am holy.”  It’s not, “Do not sin.”  The most frequent command in the Bible is “Do not be afraid.  Fear not.  Don’t be afraid.”

          Until we learn to live without fear you won’t find it easy to follow Jesus. Remember it's the resurrected Jesus who gives us the command don't be afraid.  Believing in this God means believing that it's going to be alright and disbelief is ultimately incompatible with fear.  As John says in his letter, perfect love casts out fear, 1 John 4:18.   And the resurrection is a revelation of perfect love God's perfect love for us his human creatures.

Election Results
Here are the results of our annual election:
Stewards: Janeth Flores, Faith Shimko, Lucila Vargas and Olga Vargas
Trustees: Nick Heer, Dan Henry, Norman Karns, and Enrique Vargas
Sunday School Superintendent: Stephanie Heer
NMI President: Todd Hunter
Delegates to District Assembly: Nick Heer, Ben Hunter and Elaine Hunter with alternates Peter Nolasco and Olga Vargas

Baby Shower for David and Ana Reyes
David and Ana Reyes are a couple that have recently started attending Eastridge Church of the Nazarene.  David has been playing guitar in the worship team, and both are a part of the young adult small group.  They are expecting a baby girl in mid-June.  This is their first child, and have quite a few things they need to welcome her home with.  Please join us, in celebrating this exciting time for David and Ana, while also getting to know them more.  We will have a Baby Shower, Sunday May 3, @ 4:30 in the fellowship hall.  They have expressed a need for; non-newborn clothes (3 months and up), diapers, and basic baby needs.






Fellowship Hall Kitchen
Two couples from the Pittsburg, Kansas Church of the Nazarene were here last week to lay the tile in the expanded kitchen.  Several volunteers have come out to help paint, install new lights, etc.  We still need to get new kitchen cabinets and counter tops installed.  If you would like to help us fund this work please mark your check or offering envelope “kitchen” and we will apply this to help cover the cost.

Car Wash
The youth group will have a car wash on Saturday May 9th to help raise money for their mission trip this summer.

Mother’s Day
We will have a guest band with us leading us in worship.  Tomas Ticum is the leader of this band and he attends MNU and has been part of the traveling music teams from the University.  His father is a Nazarene pastor here in Wichita Todas Las Naciones.  

Graduation Sunday
On Saturday at 10am Jill Heer will receive her diploma at MidAmerica Nazarene University graduation ceremony.  Also in the next few weeks we will have three other high school graduations for Ashley Heer, David Mares, and Luis Ochoa.  These three have been active in the Eastridge Youth group the past several years and we want to celebrate with them on Sunday evening May 17th in the fellowship hall with reception.

Help Needed
We need volunteer workers for the nursery and for children’s church also in our greeter ministry.  If you would like to help on occasion we have a sign-up sheet on the information table or you may speak with Faith Shimko or Stephanie Heer.

I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday,
Pastor Andy



“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.” – C. S. Lewis

Thursday, March 19, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 3-19-15


March 19, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

          A couple of weeks ago I read a little devotional by pastor Greg Laurie, where he asks the question are you chasing sardines?  Pastor Laurie writes:

          Some years ago, three hundred whales were found marooned on a beach.  Scientists speculated that the whales had been chasing sardines and became trapped in shallow water when the tide went out.  Now, that’s an amazing thing.  By chasing little sardines, these gigantic creatures were ultimately led to their doom.

          Many people waste their lives chasing sardines, so to speak.  They major on the minors and have no clear focus or objective in mind.  But God tells us what should be the primary goal of every Christian.  If we can get our priorities straight in this area, everything else will come together.  In fact, if we can get these two principles operative in our lives, then all the commandments of God will become a natural outflow of our commitment to Him.  What are these principles?  One, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, NLT), and two, “Love your neighbor as yourself ” (verse 39, NLT).

          When Jesus spoke these words, He was identifying what should be the focus of every person.  Essentially, He was saying that love is the basis for all obedience.  If you really love God, then you will naturally want to do the things that please Him.

          It has been said that if you aim at nothing, you are bound to hit it. What is your highest priority in life?  What are your goals?  We all channel our energies and passions and thoughts toward something in life.  What is it for you?

          Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”— Matthew 22:37-39

          Questions for Reflection: Are any “sardines” in your life keeping you from following Matthew 22:37 and 39?  Is there something hindering you from loving the way God desires?  If so, what steps can you take to heed God’s command?  How are you doing on the B. E. L. L. habits?

Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Movie Night
Pastor Daniel and Gloria showing the movie “Fireproof” on Saturday evening at 5PM.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Easter Egg Hunt/Easter Breakfast
We are planning on having our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Easter Sunday, April 5th.  We will need small wrapped candy donations again and this year we are going to make the plastic eggs available for you to take home and fill the eggs with candy.  This will cut down our time stuffing eggs.  On Saturday March 28 at noon Stephanie will be serving lunch while we gather to stuff eggs with candy.

The Stewards are planning on having an Easter Breakfast before the morning service at 9:15-9:45.  There is a sign up sheet on the information table to let the Stewards know what food you can bring for the breakfast.

Easter is one of our big four outreach events to invite people to attend the services who do not have a church home.  I encourage you to pray about who you may invite to join you on Easter Sunday this year.

Prime Time Banquet
On April 24th 6PM at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene, The Burchfield Brothers will be in concert at the banquet.  The cost for the tickets is $13/per person. 

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.

Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4

Favorite Quotes of the Week
Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours.” – Oswald Chambers

“Our task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion.” – N. T. Wright

“Maturity cannot be hurried, programmed, or tinkered with. There are no steroids available for growing up in Christ more quickly. Impatient shortcuts land us in the dead ends of immaturity.” – Eugene Peterson


I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,

Pastor Andy

Thursday, March 5, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 3-5-15

March 5, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

This week Josh and I have been traveling to Hutchinson each day to attend meetings for pastors.  The meetings have been pretty intense and lasting all day with homework.  Needless to say I’m pretty tired but one of my homework assignments was to share a vision for our church.  Here is what I shared today

I have a dream...

To see the church, experience the healing of God’s transforming Grace to become one family, Jews and Gentiles under one Lord King Jesus.

I have a dream to see the church reflect the community where we live. 

I have a dream to see Sunday morning NOT remain the most segregated time in America.  Over 90% of American churches draw 90% of their people from one ethnic group and only about 8% of American churches can be called multi ethnic or multi-racial.

I have a dream like the apostle Paul who laid down one of the most brilliant lines in the history of mankind, which reveals God to grand social experiment called a church.   These lines reveal what God wants the church to be and therefore how the Christian life is to be understood.
There is neither Jew nor Gentile (ethnic),
Neither slave nor free (social or socio-economic class),
Nor is there a male or female (gender).
Why is there no ordering of life on the basis of ethnicity class or gender?
(Because) you are all one in Christ Jesus.  Galatians 3:28

I have a dream to see the "differents" gets connected, to see the “unlikes” form a fellowship and the formerly segregated become integrated.  They are to be one in Christ Jesus who holds the "differents" together.

There are different cultures, there are different socioeconomic classes, and there are different genders.  And there are different educations, incomes, kinds of work done, and preferences in music and art, worship style and sermon length.  And they are all together at the table, thrashing it out with one another.  That thrashing it out is what the church is about — and that is what the Christian life is all about: learning to love one another, by the power of God’s grace, so we can flourish as the people of God in this world.  

May our church be questionable, may our lives be questionable as we live out this new community dream (1 Peter 3:15).  Let’s be the church that God has called us to be!


Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Movie Night
Pastor Daniel and Gloria are having a movie night at the church where they are showing Courageous on March 7th at 5PM

Board Meeting
Sunday afternoon at 4:30 we will have our monthly board meeting.

Easter Egg Hunt/Easter Breakfast
We are planning on having our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Easter Sunday, April 5th.  We will need small wrapped candy donations again and this year we are going to make the plastic eggs available for you to take home and fill the eggs with candy.  This will cut down our time stuffing eggs.  On Saturday March 28 at noon Stephanie will be serving lunch while we gather to stuff eggs with candy.

The Stewards are planning on having an Easter Breakfast before the morning service at 9:15-9:45.  We will have more details in the next few weeks.
Easter is one of our big four outreach events to invite people to attend the services who do not have a church home.  I encourage you to pray about who you may invite to join you on Easter Sunday this year.

Prayer request
Diana Haworth had surgery yesterday where they discovered tumors on her liver baseball and golf ball size.  We need to continue to remember Diana and Pastor Will in prayer.

I received word this week from Larry Arnett, here is what he reported: Judy has water on the lungs with cancer present in the exterior lining; cancer showed 10- quarter size spots on the liver; numerous nodules on/across frontal and side portions of the abdominal cavity; and some spots on the right pelvic bone area.  The doctor was “shocked” at how fast this occurred. 

Prime Time Banquet
On April 24th 6PM at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene, The Burchfield Brothers will be in concert at the banquet.  The cost for the tickets is $13/per person. 

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.
Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4

Favorite Quotes of the Week
“Faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain. Imagine what it can do in your marriage.” – Tony Evans

“May today there be peace within.  May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”  - Teresa of Ávila


I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,


Pastor Andy