November 25, 2013
Dear Eastridge Family,
It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of our 40 Days of Purpose Campaign. We have been seeing some of the good things that God is doing in spite of the opposition from the enemy of our souls. Let me encourage you to stand strong and keep pressing forward as you seek God during this time.
The five purposes that we talked about during this campaign were practiced by the first Christians in Acts 2, explained by Paul in Ephesians 4, and modeled by Jesus in John 17, but they are summarized in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus.
These two statements sum up God’s five purposes for your life:
1. “Love God with all your heart”: You were planned for God’s pleasure, so your purpose is to love God through worship.
2. “Love your neighbor as yourself”: You were shaped for serving, so your purpose is to show love for others through ministry.
3. “Go and make disciples”: You were made for a mission, so your purpose is to share God’s message through evangelism.
4. “baptize them into …”: You were formed for God’s family, so your purpose is to identify with his church through fellowship.
5. “teach them to do all things …”: You were created to become like Christ, so your purpose is to grow to maturity through discipleship.
A great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will make you a great Christian. Remember it is not about me, rather it is about God and his purposes for his creation.
Let me remind you of a couple of important items:
- Sunday Celebration and Meal
You're invited to a party! Join us for the culmination of our 40 Days of Purpose campaign next Sunday. If you have experienced something you would like to share with the congregation please let Pastor Andy know so we can all celebrate together. That’s what it’s all about, being together, fellowshipping together, loving together, serving together. All of these things that we’ve done over the last 40 Days.
After the morning worship service we will share a Thanksgiving/Christmas/Celebration meal together. Everyone is asked to bring a main dish to share. If your last name starts with A-L we ask that you bring a side dish.
If your name starts with M-Z we ask that you bring a dessert.
- 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.”
As members of the Church of the Nazarene, we treasure the miracles God has provided for global evangelism in the past and anticipate what he will do in the future.
- Children’s Christmas Program
On Sunday morning December 22nd the Children of Eastridge will share a Christmas program as a part of our morning worship service.
- Christian Concert
On Friday, December 13th the group Mikeschair will be in concert at
of the Nazarene. You can purchase
tickets by going to hutchfirstnaz.org Hutchinson First Church
I trust you will have a great Thanksgiving Day and remember to obey 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I look forward to celebrating with you on Sunday