Saturday, December 6, 2014

E-Note From Pastor Andy 12-5-14

December 5, 2014


Dear Eastridge Family,

Am I just a fan of Jesus or a committed follower?  A couple years ago pastor Kyle Idleman wrote a book entitled “Not a Fan;” where he made a distinction between a Biblical Follower and Disciple of Jesus and simply being a non-committed fan of Jesus.

The call of Jesus of history is far more radical and all life-consuming than the institutionalized-domesticated version portrayed through the centuries of Christendom.   I mean what does it cost to be a follower of a man who said such things as, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even life itself—such a person cannot be my disciple.  And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple (Luke 14: 26-27).”

I find myself being very comfortable my lifestyle of a middleclass American.  We are pretty much able to do whatever we really want to do.  We are blessed with excellent health care, much more than adequate shelter, and I spend more than I should on food, clothes and stuff.  So what did Jesus mean when he said, “Those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (Luke 14:33)?

This past month I have been reflecting on the passage in Philippians 2 trying to prepare myself for Christmas.  In this Scripture Paul describes imitating Christ’s humility. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interest of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had.”




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

·         Children’s Christmas Program and Practice and Church dinner
Next Saturday morning at 10am the Children will have a Christmas Program rehearsal that will end at noon.  We need all the children to attend this important rehearsal so we are ready for the program on Sunday morning December 14th.  After the morning service and program we will have our Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner in the Fellowship Hall.

·         9 Days of Christmas
Pastor Daniel and Gloria are leading a 9 Days of Christmas beginning on December 16th and run through Christmas Eve. They will be meeting in different homes for a time of Bible reflection, carols, and prayer and Latin food.
Dec. 16 – Jesus and Carmelita
Dec. 17 – Carlos and Lucila
Dec. 18 – Fernando and Aurea
Dec. 19 – Carmen
Dec. 20 – Frank and Janeth
Dec. 21 – Alejandro and Angelica
Dec. 22 – Juan Carlos and Blanca
Dec. 23 – Daniel and Gloria
Dec. 24 - Church

·         Favorite quote of the week
"We pursue the thought of being thankful that we can be thankful for the worst that can happen." - E. Stanley Jones

I’m looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday

Pastor Andy

Friday, November 21, 2014

E-note From Pastor Andy 11-21-14

November 21, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I know many of you have probably seen this before but in light of our recent election and apparent direction of our nation I thought it would be good for us to be reminded of our Christian foundation.



This is the text of George Washington's October 3, 1789 national Thanksgiving Proclamation; as printed in The Providence Gazette and Country Journal, on October 17, 1789.

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
G. Washington.

  • Thanksgiving Offering


The Church of the Nazarene's Thanksgiving Offering for the World Evangelism Fund has been a denominational tradition for more than 80 years.
As it did in its beginning, the offering continues to raise support and awareness for missionary causes through the World Evangelism Fund.  Created in 1923, the WEF (formerly called the General Fund) provides essential resources for the denomination's churches and missional outposts in more than 159 world areas, and allows individuals and organizations to continue our shared mission “To make Christlike disciples in the nations.”

On Sunday we will have envelopes in the bulletins where you can place your Thanksgiving offering or if you want to mark your check Thanksgiving Offering.

  •  Children’s Christmas Program and Practice


Tomorrow the children will be having a practice at the church from noon until 2 pm.  We will be serving pizza and making a piñata and working on the program.  The program is scheduled for Sunday morning December 14th.  After the morning service and program we will have our Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner in the Fellowship Hall.

  • Did You Know


Our monthly church mortgage is payment is about $900 each month and we owe a little more than $100,000

  • Favorite quotes of the week


A man prayed and at first he thought prayer lies in talking.  But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized prayer is listening."  —Søren Kierkegaard

"If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire.  If you want joy, peace, eternal life, you must get close to what has them."  - C. S. Lewis

"If our faith costs nothing, it contributes nothing." - E. Stanley Jones



I’m looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday



Pastor Andy

Friday, November 7, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 11-7-14

November 7, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I want to share a devotional thought from Randy Alcorn this week:

Life consists largely of selection—choosing one alternative over another.  Those things we choose are our priorities.

Deciding “I’ll read the Bible and pray when I can find the time” is like saying “I’ll give to God’s work when I can find the money.”  There are an infinite number of things on which both time and money can be spent.  Without a careful plan and self-discipline, expenditures always rise to meet income.  Living beyond your means of time—trying to spend time that you don’t have—is courting disaster.

Time in God’s Word doesn’t just happen.  You must make it happen.  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).  How do you renew your mind?  I like to start my days listening to Scripture audio, which I play on my smartphone or iPod.  If you can’t seem to carve out time to sit down, you can listen as you fix breakfast, pack lunch, load the dishwater, clean the fridge, you name it.  When you’re doing something mindless, fill your mind with Scripture.  

The hardest lesson we learned in our first twenty years of marriage was this: life is full of good, worthwhile, and meaningful programs, activities, organizations, causes, and ministry opportunities—the vast majority of which we cannot and should not be involved with!

It is not sufficient that something be good or important.  It must be the best and most important for me, and God must show me that.  Why?  For the same reason that if I have a hundred dollars to spend on groceries this month, I should buy meat and milk and fruit and vegetables, not donuts and chips

We sometimes mistake Christian busyness for true spirituality, failing to realize that over-commitment is no more honoring to God than under-commitment.  In our relentless pursuit of spiritual success, we drag ourselves through a dizzy, busy, barren life.  Our unspoken motto seems to be “Weariness is next to godliness.”

Consider making it a policy never to say “yes” to anything until you’ve thought and prayed about it for one week.  Even if someone needs an answer today, tell them you’ll call them back no sooner than a few hours.  Don’t impulsively say “Yes” or you will feel—and be—out of control.  Of course, there’s also the woman or man who says “No” to everything and needs to learn to say “Yes.”  Be sure you say “Yes” enough to get your exercise, and “no” enough to get your rest.  Steward your life so that when it’s something you sense God’s prompting to do, you will have said no often enough to give you room to say yes to those relatively few things God wants you to do.

  • Peruvian Consulate

Today and tomorrow we are hosting the Peruvian Consulate in our church office so they can provide services to Peruvians living in the Wichita area.  This is just one way we can help serve our community. 

  • Fall Festival Photos






Last Sunday we had a good turnout for our Fall Festival in spite of the terrible wind.  I certainly do appreciate everyone who came as well as those who put in many hours behind the scenes to make the event a success.  Some of you have seen some of the photos I have posted on Facebook on the “Eastridge Nazarene Church” page.  I am saving my favorites to show Sunday morning.

  • Youth Group Service Project

Each fall our youth group has taken a day or evening to rake leaves for some of our congregation family who can use the help.  If you would like to have some help or know someone who needs the help please contact Pastor Josh @ 316-832-8316

  • Children’s Christmas Program

The children have already begun working on the Christmas program entitled “Christmas Around the World.”  The performance date is December 14th in the morning worship service.  Hopefully we will not have snow like last year J.  They will need some help again with costumes and props if you would like to help please see Stephanie Heer.

  • Church Board Meeting

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

  • Quotes of the Week

There is nothing that makes us love a person as much as praying for them. - William Law

Prayer is not a monologue, but a dialogue.  God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part.                                                                                     – Andrew Murray

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies.  Yet distance makes no difference.  He is praying for me.
                                                                         —Robert Murray M’Cheyne

  • Sermon

How do you Evaluate Your Life? How do you know if you are successful or not?  What is the measure of success in God’s eyes?  This Sunday we will explore these questions in my sermon.

I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday
Pastor Andy


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 10-30-14

October 30, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

As a sports fan and as a Kansas City Royals baseball fan I have enjoyed the playoffs with the Royals doing so well.  As a kid I grew up listening to the Royals on the radio and going to games each year.  For the first twenty or so years the Royals were very successful.  The last 25 almost 30 years not so much.  It was fun to see the Royals playing like they should.

As a Christian we have a responsibility to live like Jesus.  One key element to being like Jesus is forgiving like Jesus.  I recently shared a message on forgiveness.  There is so much material that I did not share in that sermon I considered doing another sermon “Part 2.”  We shall see if that happens or not but in the meantime let me share an extended quote from Pastor Adam Hamilton.

He writes “More than any other world religion, Christianity teaches, preaches, veritably shouts forgiveness.  Yes, some of our preachers dwell too long on guilt… That is unfortunate, for a Christianity obsessed with guilt is no Christianity. Christianity is a faith whose central focus is not guilt, but grace, redemption, healing, forgiveness, and mercy.”

“The process of forgiveness begins with our awareness and understanding of sin, for if we are not aware of our sin, we go on living self-absorbed lives while hurting others.  So the purpose of preaching and learning about sin is to open the door to healing!”
“Doctors study medicine not so they can go around telling people they are sick, but so they can heal those who are sick, and healing can’t start until the patients are willing to admit they are sick.  Once patients are willing to admit this, there is the important task of the diagnosis which then makes possible the cure.” (Hamilton, Forgiveness, p. 17-18)

May this be our prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, teach me to forgive and show me how to forgive as you forgive me.”




  •                  Fall Back

Set Clocks back Saturday night before you go to bed and enjoy an extra hour of sleep before Sunday morning worship



·         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.  

Stephanie and others are planning on being at the church around 3:30pm to start setting up some stuff for Sunday’s Fall Festival.  If you would like to help set things us come on out to the church and see what you can do.

·         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.

 ·         Facebook
We are constantly trying our best to keep everyone informed on what is happening here at Eastridge.  I try to send out an “Enote” a few times a month, we have information to share in the Sunday bulletin each week, we have a webpage www.eastridgenazarene.org and now we have a Facebook page.  You can LIKE us on Facebook “Eastridge Nazarene Church” and the youth group has their own page “Eastridge Youth Group” and follow events and see photos all for the purpose of keeping you informed.


·         Favorite Quotes
“Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!” 

 Andrew Murray

We need a better demonstration of Christianity, not a new definition for it – Jarrid Wilson

“Rules for Self Discovery:
1. What we want most;
2. What we think about most;
3. How we use our money;
4. What we do with our leisure time;
5. The company we enjoy;
6. Who and what we admire;
7. What we laugh at.”

--A. W. Tozer



I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!

Pastor Andy


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