Wednesday, April 2, 2014

E-Note From Pastor Andy 4-2-14

April 2, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I was reading this morning from Thomas a Kempis these words that I want to share with you:

          There will always be many who love Christ's heavenly kingdom, but few who will bear his cross.  Jesus has many who desire consolation, but few who care for adversity.  He finds many to share his table, but few who will join him in fasting.  Many are eager to be happy with him; few wish to suffer anything for him.  Many will follow him as far as the breaking of bread, but few will remain to drink from his passion.  Many are awed by his miracles; few accept the shame of his cross.
          Many find the command, "Deny thyself, take up your cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24) too hard.  But it will be much harder to hear the final word: "Depart from me you who are cursed, into the everlasting fire" (Matthew 25:41).

We should never be surprised that following Jesus will be costly.  We should expect sacrifice if we really are following Jesus.  Let us continue to be a narrow road people, following Jesus wherever He leads us and whatever He ask us to do.

Funeral Dorothy Hunter
Dorothy was Todd’s grandmother and Ben’s mother.  Her funeral will be Friday at 7PM at the church.  The church is providing a dinner for the family before the service if you would like to help please contact Carmen or Pastor Gloria.

Board Meeting
Sunday afternoon at 4:30 we will have our monthly board meeting in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday evening Missionary Movie “The Calling”
This Sunday evening we will be watching a movie entitled, “The Calling.”  This film is based on the writings of Esther Carson Winans, this video features her and her husband Roger Winans, who were the pioneer Nazarene missionaries to the Aguaruna Indians in Peru.  It was filmed on the Peruvian coast and in the Amazon jungle where the story took place.

Church Election
On Palm Sunday April 13th we will have our annual church elections for our church leadership.  Please make this a matter of prayer.

Easter Service
The service times will be the same this year as they were last year.  We will start our day with a Breakfast at 9:15 AM – 9:45AM.  Followed by our Easter Service at 10:00 AM.  After the morning worship celebration we will have the  EASTER EGG HUNT.

Easter Egg Hunt
We will be taking some donations for the Easter Egg Hunt, either small wrapped candy or money.  There is more information and sign-up sheets for different ways you can help at the church.

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.

Membership Class
If you are interested in becoming a member of Eastridge Church please contact Pastor Andy.

Quotes of the week
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 look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,

Pastor Andy

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