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,