Friday, March 29, 2013

E-note from Pastor Andy March 28, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013



Dear Eastridge Family,

World War II Jewish holocaust survivor and author, Elie Wiesel once said, “The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.”  The enemy uses the business of life and the cares of this world to distract us from the task we have been given by Jesus.  Before Jesus ascended into heaven to take his place at the right hand of God the Father, he gave the disciples the Great Commission not as a suggestion but as a command.

How have you been faithful to that commission in the last couple of weeks?
Easter is a great time to demonstrate our love to Jesus and our love to our neighbor by inviting them to come and hear the Easter story and to worship the risen Jesus.  Have you invited someone to join you this Easter?  Have you talked to your family member who does not attend church about coming with you?  Have you invited the kids who live on your block to come out to our Easter Egg Hunt?

We may be rejected but they will at least know we love them enough to ask and invite.

We have door hangers and invite cards at the church in both English and Spanish for you to use this week.  Remember, as a church, we exist not for ourselves, but for those who are not here yet.  Let’s make sure that as many people as possible get an invitation and let’s remember to pray for them to respond.

·        Thanks to all who prayed on our Day of Prayer
Yesterday we had a Day of Prayer and I want to thank everyone who participated.  I am convinced that a Church can only be as powerful as its prayer life.

“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.” - Martin. Luther

·        Easter Preparations
Thank you to everyone who has donated money to purchase candy and toys for the Easter Egg Hunt.  We will be filling the eggs this Saturday at 2PM, and we could use lots of help.  If you are planning on bring items for the breakfast on Easter please bring them a few minutes early so we can get started with the breakfast by 9:15 AM.

·        Good Friday Service
Tomorrow our Good Friday Service will begin at 6pm.  We have a number of people who will share on each of the “Seven Sayings from the Cross.”  Come and spend time reflecting on the cost of our sin and the love of our God.
·        Easter Offering

The Easter Offering is for the World Evangelism Fund (WEF). Traditionally, WEF is collected through two large offerings each year “the Thanksgiving and Easter offerings.”  The Nazarene Church has always had a strong history of supporting missions through their generous giving through these offerings. 
Because He lives, we live and can live abundantly!  This abundant salvation that brings forgiveness of sins and the cleansing of hearts is the message the Church of the Nazarene proclaims around the world.  The life of Christ is now our life as He lives and reigns in the hearts of His people.

Having received His life, we now have the God-given responsibility and privilege of sharing this life with those who are dead in trespasses and sins.  The annual Easter Offering is vital to our shared mission of taking the life-giving gospel to those who are bound by sin and darkness.  The Easter Offering provides a wonderful opportunity for Nazarenes everywhere to lovingly and generously join hands and hearts to rescue the perishing, make Christlike disciples, develop churches, and care compassionately for the hurting and suffering in the name of Jesus, our risen Christ. 
·        Easter Sunday March 31st
We will start our day with a Continental Breakfast at 9:15 AM – 9:45AM.  Followed by our Easter Service at 10:00 AM.  We will have Children’s Church as normal followed by our EASTER EGG HUNT.

The reason we have scheduled these special activities like Easter Egg hunt and Breakfast is to create an opportunity for us to invite unchurch friends and family to expose them to God’s people or to give them a “nudge” towards Jesus.  These activities are not designed to give us something to do.  So even if you do not have children who will be participating in the Easter Egg Hunt you may consider staying around to meet new people and show the love of Jesus to them.  Your first choice may not include having breakfast at the church but if we look at it from the perspective as an opportunity; an opportunity to visit with guest visitors why not come?

·        Favorite Quotes of the Week
“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” ~ C.S. Lewis

"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."  -  G.K. Chesterton

“The difference between you and God is that God doesn't think He's you.” - Anne Lamot

I am looking forward to Celebrating the Risen Jesus with you on Sunday,

Pastor Andy

Friday, March 22, 2013

E-note from Pastor Andy 3-22-13


Friday, March 22, 2013

Dear Eastridge Family,

DID YOU GET THE INVITATION FOR EASTER?
An invitation is a powerful thing.  Can anyone else remember the rush of excitement you would get as a kid when you were invited to a birthday party?  To be completely honest, I get the same feelings today.  Like most people, I like to get invited to things, especially important things.

An invitation holds such emotional power because we were created to belong to a people. We were created in the image of a relational God as relational beings.

We have been invited to exchange our old life of sin for New Life in Christ.  But that is not the only invitation we receive as new creations in Christ.  Our Father invites us to be active members of the family business.  That business is to make disciples.
God does not save us so we can watch him continue the work of reconciling mankind—he invites us to join him.
Easter is the biggest event on our calendar as a church because it is the biggest event in history.  Why not invite someone to join you on Easter Sunday?

You have a few things going in your favor.  First, as I mentioned earlier, people like to be invited even if they don’t accept the invitation.  So don’t worry about rejection.  Second, many people still feel some obligation to go to church on Easter or Christmas: by giving them an invitation, you have eliminated the work for them of finding another place to go.

But here is our real motivation: Jesus is worthy, and he is worthy to be worshiped.  His victory over Satan, sin, and death is worth celebrating.  And our neighbors, image bearers of God, are worth the risk of awkward conversation to invite them to meet the Savior of world and their only hope.
So in the weeks leading up to Easter, we would like everyone to invite someone to join us. Invite a family, singleton, neighbor, co-worker, friend or family member who needs to hear the good news of Jesus.
We have door hangers and invite cards at the church in both English and Spanish for you to use this week.  Remember, as a church, we exist not for ourselves, but for those who are not here yet.  Let’s make sure that as many people as possible get an invitation and let’s remember to pray for them to respond.

Palm Sunday
This Sunday morning the Kansas District Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Ed Nash will be preaching the morning worship service.  Following the morning service he will meet with the church board to conduct Pastor Andy’s review and this may include a review of Pastor Andy’s conduct.

Day of Prayer
On Wednesday, March 27 from 8 AM to 8 PM, we will have a Day of Prayer focusing on our Easter services and our desire to Connect the Community to Christ.  If you would like to participate in this Day of Prayer we will have a signup sheet in the entryway of the church.  You can signup for a thirty-minute segment where you may come to the church to pray or if you are unable to come to the church you can of course pray elsewhere.  Once you finish your time of prayer you can call the next person on the list and pass the “baton” of prayer.  Please consider joining together in this effort to call out to God for an evangelistic harvest.  The Church can only be as powerful as its prayer life.
“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.” - Martin. Luther

Good Friday Service
Our Good Friday Service will begin at 6pm.  We have a number of people who will share on each of the “Seven Sayings and plans for Holy Week.

Easter Offering
The Easter Offering is for the World Evangelism Fund (WEF). Traditionally, WEF is collected through two large offerings each year “the Thanksgiving and Easter offerings.”  The Nazarene Church has always had a strong history of supporting missions through their generous giving through these offerings.
The law of harvest states that you may not reap when and where you sow—but you will always reap what you sow. As we prepare to give to this offering, remember it will come back to you (Luke 6:38) and the Lord…will bless you in everything Deuteronomy 15:10.

Easter Sunday March 31st
We will start our day with a Continental Breakfast at 9:15 AM – 9:45AM.  Followed by our Easter Service at 10:00 AM.  We will have Children’s Church as normal followed by our EASTER EGG HUNT.
We still have need for candy donations for the Easter Egg hunt as well as workers to help stuff the eggs on the Saturday before Easter at 2PM.  We also have s signup sheet for the breakfast in the entry way at the church.

The reason we have scheduled these special activities like Easter Egg hunt and Breakfast is to create an opportunity for us to invite unchurch friends and family to expose them to God’s people or to give them a “nudge” towards Jesus.  These activities are not designed to give us something to do.  So even if you do not have children who will be participating in the Easter Egg Hunt you may consider staying around to meet new people and show the love of Jesus to them.  Your first choice may not include having breakfast at the church but if we look at it from the perspective as an opportunity; an opportunity to visit with guest visitors why not come?

Easter donations
Thank you to those who have already donated money to purchase candy and toys for the Easter Egg Hunt.  It does take a lot of candy to fill all of the Easter Eggs so we will certainly accept more donations.  We have sign-up sheets in the entryway at the church for items for the breakfast or to help with some of the activities.  Also we will be filling the eggs on the Saturday before Easter at 2 PM.

Favorite Quotes of the Week
“We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.” - Ravi Zacharias

“One church prayer room has more power than every business board room, every royal throne room on earth.” – Pete Greig

He saw us, cast on the ground, perishing, tyrannized over by Death, and He had compassion on us. – Chrysostom

“If you want to be holy, be kind.” - Frederick Buechner

"When I understand that everything happening to me is to make me more Christlike, it resolves a great deal of anxiety." – A. W. Tozer

I am looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday,

Pastor Andy

Friday, March 15, 2013

Enote from Pastor Andy


Friday, March 15, 2013

Dear Eastridge Family,

This week we witnessed the Roman Catholic Church elect its new Pope.  I was interested to read about what the new Pope said in his first public Mass.  It was reported that, “Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church on Thursday to stick to its Gospel roots and shun modern temptations, warning that it would become just another charitable group if it forgot its true mission.”

He continued by saying, "We can walk all we want, we can build many things, but if we don't proclaim Jesus Christ, something is wrong.  We would become a compassionate NGO and not a Church which is the bride of Christ," he said, speaking in Italian without notes.
"When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord.  We are worldly," he told the massed ranks of cardinals clad in golden vestments.  "We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord," he added.

When I read these words I said, “Amen!”  We the church are more than some charitable organization we are the Bride of Christ.  We have been given a task to do, what no other government or charitable organization can do.  We have been commanded to make disciples of all nations.  Following Jesus means we will be about that task.  If we are not making disciples we are not following Jesus.  It is that simple.

The temptation is to say, “Right on!  The Roman Catholic Church needs to straighten up or the Nazarene Church needs to change its ways.  Eastridge church needs to do this or the church needs to do that.”  My questions is, if you are a follower of Jesus, what are you doing to obey the mission of Jesus?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pastor enote 3-8-13



Friday, March 8, 2013

Dear Eastridge Family,

This morning I arrived at the church to meet the police after we were visited by some thieves in the night.  It appears they broke one of the stained glass windows to gain entrance in the sanctuary when they took Todd and Nick’s guitars along with their amps and much of our sound equipment.  They also broke a window to gain entrance into the Fellowship Hall as well.  It appears about $6-7,000 worth of equipment was stolen.  We notified the insurance company and we are waiting on their response.
A big thanks goes out to Norman Karns and Pastor James for coming out to help clean up the mess and repairing the windows. 

Last Sunday I shared a message from Ephesians 6 reminding us we are all in a spiritual battle.  The Word of God is crucial for each of us to have and use in this battle.  My plan is to talk about the aspect of prayer on Sunday morning.  This passage is so clear that our battle is not against flesh and blood; rather the battle we fight is a spiritual one. 

As we approach this special time in the Christian year this event serves as a good reminded where our focus needs to be.  We cannot be distracted by the stuff of this world (Nick having an expensive guitar stolen that he worked for years saving up money to buy).  Instead let us remember Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

·         Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night before you go to bed.  Otherwise you may show up for worship on this Sunday wondering why everyone is leaving!

·         Baked Potato Fellowship
Sunday evening March 17th at 6PM we will meet at the Fellowship Hall for our evening service which will conclude with a Baked Potato fellowship.

·         Easter Offering
The Easter Offering is for the World Evangelism Fund (WEF). Traditionally, WEF is collected through two large offerings each year “the Thanksgiving and Easter offerings.”  The Nazarene Church has always had a strong history of supporting missions through their generous giving through these offerings. 
The law of harvest states that you may not reap when and where you sow—but you will always reap what you sow. As we prepare to give to this offering, remember it will come back to you (Luke 6:38) and the Lord…will bless you in everything Deuteronomy 15:10.

·         Easter Sunday March 31st
We will start our day with a Continental Breakfast at 9:15 AM – 9:45AM.  Followed by our Easter Service at 10:00 AM.  We will have Children’s Church as normal followed by our EASTER EGG HUNT.

We still have need for candy donations for the Easter Egg hunt as well as workers to help stuff the eggs on the Saturday before Easter at 2PM.  We also have s signup sheet for the breakfast in the entry way at the church.

·         Favorite Quotes of the Week
Ubi Christus,  Ibi ecclesia – (Where Christ is, there is the church) – Ignatius

Better to go to Heaven alone than to Hell in a herd. – Charles Spurgeon

We must allow the Word of God to correct us the same way we allow it to encourage us. – A.W. Tozer

I am looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,

Pastor Andy