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Thursday, July 11, 2013

E-note from Pastor Andy 7-11-13

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dear Eastridge Family,

I have a couple of important items that I want to remind you about today.  I also have a little note I wanted to share from an older pastor friend from North Carolina.  Here is his note “Walmart Christians” with a question by Rev. Jack Jarrett:

 I was sitting on a bench at the entrance to Walmart yesterday, waiting for my son to arrive, so we could check out the Samsung Galaxy 4 smart phone.  I also wanted to purchase a new perfume for my wife that I had heard about. It’s called Essence of Walmart.  It makes you smell like you’ve been shopping at Walmart! I kept noticing the seemingly unending customer traffic. I asked myself, “Why do so many people shop at Walmart?”  The answer came in a flash: Because Walmart is “the saving place.”

Many Christians—dare I call them Walmart Christians?—view the church as “the saving place.”  And it is, but not in the way that I mean.  A Walmart Christian comes to church and shops the various departments.  They check out the choir aisle.  If they like it, they will stay; if they don’t, they will go elsewhere.  Some Walmart Christians shop the preacher aisle.  If they find him too fat or too thin, too old or too young, too conservative or too liberal, too Biblical or too modern, too short or too tall, too long winded or not long enough, out the door they go.  Other Walmart Christians shop for a Sunday School, or a big church, or a small church, or one in the middle.  If they can’t find what they’re looking for, they leave their shopping cart in the middle of the aisle and hightail it down the road to K-Mart, err, sorry, another church.

There is one aisle that Walmart Christians never shop.  It’s the one called “serve.”  They approach with the attitude that the church serves them and not the other way around.  They forget that it is the triune God who decides HOW we serve the church: 4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.—I Cor. 12:4-7 (ESV) The part we play is to choose to obey and use our Spiritual gifts for “the common good.”

Christians are NOT consumers.  We are givers, NOT takers.  To paraphrase President Kennedy: “Ask not what your church can do for you; ask what you can do for your church.” When we understand that church is not a place but a people, then we can readily see how we should serve “the common good.”

YOU ARE not a Walmart Christian, are you?
  • Saturday morning prayer service
Each Saturday morning Pastor Daniel is leading our prayer service at 9:00am everyone is welcome to join us for prayer.

  • Sunday Afternoon Picnic
We will have a picnic following the morning worship service.  The Stewards ask that we bring salads, fruit, chips or side dish to share.  The church will proved the meat and drinks, also bring any games you would like to play.

  • No evening service this week and next
With the picnic and District Assembly the next two weeks we will not have our evening service.

  • District Assembly
District Assembly begins Sunday evening 7 PM July 21st, so we will not have evening service to enable everyone to attend.  Dr. Jerry Porter will be our presiding general superintendent again this year. He’ll be preaching on Monday night and Tuesday evening in the ordination service. 

  • Sunday worship service
This Sunday I plan to share a message from 1 Samuel 3 on hearing God’s voice.  You may want to read 1 Samuel 1-3 to get the background on for the message.

I look forward to worshipping with you and eating together at the picnic on Sunday!

Pastor Andy

"We will never have time for prayer - we must make time." Richard Foster

'The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?' Nicky Gumble

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