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


Click here for Map

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 9-21-16

September 21, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

It seems every day we have more news reports of racial strife and violence in America.  The politicians point fingers, ethnic groups point fingers, but it seems no one has any answers.  As Christians we know the problem is sin.  Washington D.C. has no solution for sin.  In fact you could argue most of their “solutions” only make matters worse.

I shared in a sermon a few months ago these sad statistics: Local churches in America are 10 times more segregated than the nearest local school.  Local churches in America are 20 times more segregated than the neighborhood where they meet.

I think this is a terrible testimony for the church.  We are supposed to reflect heaven to a lost and hurting world.  We have a glimpse of what heaven will look like in Revelation 7:9-10 “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Heaven is diverse…there is no black section of heaven…there is not English section in heaven…there is not a section for youth and no section for seniors…in heaven we are one worshipping together as one…with one voice…united.  This is what the church should reflect to a hurting world.

I read recently about a Black pastor who moved to Oklahoma City, to finish his schooling.  He had stopped to have his shoes shined and was talking to the black man named Slim who was shining his shoes about looking for a church. 

Slim responded, “I know of a good church you can join.”

This pastor asked, “Is it a black church or a white church?”

Slim responded, “Young man that is the stupidest question you can ever ask.  It’s not a black church, it’s not a white church, its God’s church.  It doesn’t matter what you look like.  That is what is wrong with the Church today.  So-called Christians are so worried about whether all the faces of the congregation match their own that they miss the part about making sure their hearts match up with the heart of Jesus.”

Thanks Slim for the reminder.
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Don’t Forget
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  Missionary tonight 7PM at Todas Las Naciones Church of the Nazarene located at 421 S Tyler Rd.
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Air Conditioner/Furnace will be installed on Monday at the church.  If you would like to give above your tithes to help offset the cost of this $5,000 purchase just mark your envelope “A/C” and we will put it towards that expense.

·       
  Church at the Park – On Sunday October 2nd we will be meeting at Linwood Park for our worship service, followed by some food, and a time of fellowship and games for all ages.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 7-9-16

July 9, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

E. Stanley Jones once wrote, "My trained ear shall hear His voice and my disciplined will shall act upon it."  As a pastor this is one of the most common questions I get from people, “How can I hear from God?”  Tomorrow I plan to start a sermon series on how to hear God’s voice.

One of our Discipleship habits (BELL) is listening to God.  I will look at John 10 tomorrow and discover truths from God's Word on hearing from God. 


District Assembly
          Kansas District Assembly will be held July 10-12, 2016 at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene.  The opening service is Sunday evening at 7PM.  On Monday morning we will have the missionary convention and Tuesday will be our church assembly with pastor’s reports from across the Kansas district.

MNU Matching Scholarship
                On Sunday July 17th we will receive our MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) Church Matching Scholarship offering.  MNU will match dollar for dollar of what we collect up to $500 per student.  This year we have four students Annalise Heer, Ashley Heer, Sarah Heer and Olga Vargas. 
                The Nazarene Church has a long history of supporting higher education.  We believe it is important to raise up Christian leaders in every vocation like teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers as well as pastors and missionaries.  This is why each church partners with a regional university or college to offer support for this mission.

Missionary Speaker Dave and Kim Hane - Sunday morning July 31
          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 senior year at Southern Nazarene University in August 2016, and Joy will be entering 9th grade in Singapore.

Youth Group Work and Witness from Olathe
                Josh Heer is bringing some of his youth group from the Living Hope Church of the Nazarene where he serves in Olathe.  They will arrive on August 5th and stay until August 7th.  They plan to help with a Saturday outreach for children similar to the Peanut Butter and Jelly Kids Club we have done in the past.  They will be canvassing the neighborhood in preparation for the event.
                We have opportunities for everyone to help.  We need places for the kids to stay while here in Wichita, some supplies and we need helpers for the event.  There are sign-up sheets in the entryway of the church.  Also if you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt the cost will be $10 and we need the money before we can place the order.

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).

I look forward to worshipping with you tomorrow!
Andy Heer

Favorite Quotes of the week




  • The special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. - G. K. Chesterton
  • “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community…Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from Life Together
  • "Nothing belongs to me—I have been entrusted with much." - E. Stanley Jones
  • "When did we start believing that God calls us to safe places and easy things?" - Mark Batterson
  • "What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace." - John Wesley

Friday, July 1, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 7-1-16

July 1, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

This weekend we will celebrate America’s Independence from the tyrannical King of England.  God has been good to America and we have been blessed as a nation.  This blessing did not come because we are better.  This blessing has come because we humbled ourselves before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  This blessing came because we have attempted to obey God’s Word not just as individuals but also as a nation.

You don’t need to be a prophet to recognize the need for a revival in America.  We have turned our back on God and His Word.  It is time for God’s people to humble themselves and repent.  It is time for God’s people to go in prayer and intercede for a lost and dying world.

In the movie The Patriot, Benjamin Martin's sister-in-law attempted to comfort him, defending his initial decision not to fight the British.  "You have done nothing for which to be ashamed," she said.

Martin's powerful and poignant response was, "I have done nothing. For that I am ashamed."

God forbid this would become the tragic epitaph of believers in America.  May we, like Martin, awaken to the cause and fight the spiritual battle that lies before us.




Men’s Prayer Breakfast
                    Saturday morning at 7:30am we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for a time of prayer, fellowship and food.  All men are invited to join us.  Todd Hunter is sharing the devotional this month and Enrique Vargas is bringing breakfast.

District Assembly
          Kansas District Assembly will be held July 10-12, 2016 at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene.  On Monday morning we will have the missionary convention and Tuesday will be our church assembly with pastor’s reports from across the Kansas district.

Missionary Speaker Dave and Kim Hane - Sunday morning July 31
          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 senior year at Southern Nazarene University in August 2016, and Joy will be entering 9th grade in Singapore.

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).



Andy Heer

Thursday, May 19, 2016

E-note From Pastor Andy 5-19-16

May 19, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

As many of you have heard by now, Lida Charters passed away this week at the nursing home in Lawrence, Kansas.  Lida was 91 years old.  The funeral service will be tomorrow morning at 10:30am here at the church.


Recently I was reading a sermon from Charles Spurgeon.  He was a British pastor in the second half of the 19th century.  I read once how he preached to a crowd of nearly 25,000 people in London on one occasion.  I wanted to share a few paragraphs form his sermon entitled, The Church's New Mission: Entertaining the Masses?

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years.  It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil.  It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments.  The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.
From speaking out as the Puritans did, the church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day.  Then she tolerated them in her borders.  Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.
My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church.  If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it?  "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)   That is clear enough,  So it would have been if He had added,  "and provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel." No such words, however, are to be found.  It did not seem to occur to him.
Then again, "He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers ... for the work of the ministry" (Eph. 4:11-12).  Where do entertainers come in? The Holy Spirit is silent concerning them.  Were the prophets persecuted because they amused the people or because they refused?  The concert has no martyr roll.
Again, providing amusement is in direct antagonism to the teaching and life of Christ and all his apostles. What was the attitude of the church to the world?  Ye are the salt" (Matt. 5:13), not the sugar candy---something the world will spit out not swallow.  He was in awful earnestness.
Had Christ introduced more of the bright and pleasant elements into his mission, he would have been more popular when they went back, because of the searching nature of His teaching.  I do not hear him say, "Run after these people, Peter, and tell them we will have a different style of service tomorrow, something short and attractive with little preaching.  We will have a pleasant evening for the people. Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it.  Be quick Peter, we must get the people somehow."  Jesus pitied sinners, sighed and wept over them, but never sought to amuse them.
In vain will the Epistles be searched to find any trace of this gospel of amusement!  Their message is, "Come out, keep out...!" Anything approaching fooling is conspicuous by its absence. They had boundless confidence in the gospel and employed no other weapon.
After Peter and John were locked up for preaching, the church had a prayer meeting but they did not pray, "Lord grant unto thy servants that by a wise and discriminating use of innocent recreation we may show these people how happy we are."
If they ceased not from preaching Christ, they had not time for arranging entertainments. Scattered by persecution, they went everywhere preaching the gospel.  They turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6).  That is the only difference!  Lord, clear the church of all the rot and rubbish the devil has imposed on her, and bring us back to the Bible.
Lastly, the mission of amusement fails to effect the end desired.  It works havoc among young converts.  Let the careless and scoffers, who thank God because the church met them halfway, speak and testify.  Let the heavy laden who found peace through the concert not keep silent!  Let the drunkard to whom the dramatic entertainment has been God's link in the chain of the conversion, stand up!  There are none to answer.  The mission of amusement produces no converts.  The need of the hour for today's ministry is believing scholarship joined with earnest spirituality, the one springing from the other as fruit from the root.  The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt, that it sets men on fire.

BOARD MEETING
Immediately following the morning worship service we will have a short meeting with the newly elected Church Board to get organized.
Our new board members include: Janeth Flores, Elaine Hunter, Dalia Vargas, Lucy Vargas, Nick Heer, Dan Henry, Norman Karns, Enrique Vargas, Todd Hunter, Stephanie Heer, and Estefania Peña

GRADUATION RECEPTION
We will have a graduation reception for our high school graduate Olga Vargas on Sunday May 29th after the worship service.

MNU OFFERING
We will be receiving a special church matching offering for our MNU students.  Olga Vargas is planning to attend MNU this fall and we want make sure to show our support.

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM SUNDAY SERMON
“If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.” – A. W. Tozer


Fulfill the purpose you were put here on earth for.  No more delays.  No more excuses.  Do it – Tony Evans

Friday, May 6, 2016

Enote From Pastor Andy 5-6-16

May 6, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

This weekend is Mother’s Day and will be a terrific weekend to bring your mom, or your kids, to worship!  Pastor Andy Shimko has something special planned for the mothers and I of course plan to bring my camera if any mother wants a photo with her children.  I also plan to share a message about a godly mother from 1 Samuel, Hannah, the mother of Samuel.

Last week I came across a statement from J.B. Chapman, General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, on what it took to have revivals (1945):
"If revival did not come readily, we called a fast, and sometimes these fasts lasted for three days on the stretch.   I remember one fast that ran three days, then a day off for eating, then another three days, then a day off for eating, and then another three days’ fast.   And I don’t need to tell you that the revival broke.  And that is why I think I have a faraway look in my eye when present-day Nazarenes try to tell me it used to be easy to have revivals, and that now “nothing seems to move the people.”   The simplicity of our approach was matched by the earnestness of our purpose, and we always got into the tunnel so far that it was closer to go on through than to turn and come back."

How bad do we want revival?  How desperate are we for a powerful move of God?  Have we been seeking God with all of our heart, interceding for our OIKOS?

Birth Week
This week we had a double blessing with the birth of Emily Faith Shimko on Tuesday to Nathan and Andrea Estefania Shimko.  Also early on Wednesday morning Ana Peña gave birth to Samantha.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Tomorrow morning at 7:30am we will meet for breakfast and prayer in the Fellowship Hall.  All the men are invited.

Multiply
If you have not picked up your book be sure to do so on Sunday.  It is not too late to join a group for this important study of what it means to be a disciple and how to make disciples.
“Believing in Jesus and discipleship to Jesus are part of the same action.” — Richard Foster

Prayer
Remember Clara Jo Hinshaw in prayer as she recovers from a broken knee cap.


I’m excited about worship this weekend and look forward to seeing you as we celebrate Mother’s Day and the important women in our lives!


Pastor Andy