Thursday, August 28, 2014

E-note From Pastor Andy 8-28-14

August 28, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I was rereading the little book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Life Together” while waiting on my oil to be changed in my van.  Bonhoeffer is about as good as you can get when it comes to understanding and articulating Christian community.  He has so many excellent quotes but let me share just a few with you:
"The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer." - I wonder how many of us would agree with this first statement.

“Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate.”

“If you scorn the fellowship of the brethren, you reject the call of Jesus Christ, and thus your solitude can only be hurtful to you.”

“‘Seek God, not happiness’—this is the fundamental rule of all meditation.  If you seek God alone, you will gain happiness: that is a promise."

“The first service one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them.  Just as love to god begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them…Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must contribute something when they are in the company of others, that this is the one service they have to render,  They forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking.”

We want Eastridge Church to be place where people can discover genuine Christian fellowship.  We want to be a church which strengthens families and marriages.  Another pastor I know likes to prescribe four things that must be regularly said or done to create healthy relationships in our families:
1. Express your love often,
2. Listen carefully devoting your full attention,
3. Say "I am sorry" and "I forgive you" regularly,
4. Express gratitude frequently.

Have you expressed your love for your family members yet this week?  Take a few moments before you head to bed tonight to drop them a note, a text, a Facebook message or give them a call saying, "I love you because…" Or maybe you simply need to thank them, or give them the gift of your full attention.

·         Larry Matthews Funeral
On Sunday morning Larry Matthews, Cheryl Hunter’s father died.  The funeral service being held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 29, at Eastridge Church and the church will provide a dinner for the family following the service.  We want to lift up the family in prayer during this time.

·         No Sunday Evening Service this week
Since this weekend is the Labor Day holiday several folks will be traveling out of town and getting together with family and friends we will not have our Sunday evening service and the youth group will not meet either this Sunday evening.

·         Church Matching MNU Scholarship Offering
If you were unable to participate in the MNU Church matching offering it is not too late.  You can still mark you envelope or check MNU and we will see that our two students Anna and Sarah will get the scholarship. Anna and Sarah plan to continue pursuing their degree in nursing.  We will miss the twins and their work in children’s church and with the youth department.  We are always looking for volunteers and maybe there is someone who may want to help fill their spots on the schedule.
MidAmerica Nazarene University  (MNU) offers a Church Matching Scholarship for each student.  For every dollar the local church gives to that student (up to $500 each) the school will match and apply towards their tuition. 

·         Church website
If you have not checked out the church website recently we have added a few new photos www.eastridgenazarene.org

I look forward to seeing you in Worship this Sunday morning.


Pastor Andy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

E-note From Pastor Andy 8-13-14

August 13, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

What is the first thing you do after waking up?  Be honest.  I’ll admit that I reach for my smartphone—mostly because it’s my alarm clock, but also to see if Vladimir Putin killed anyone overnight. (I like to check the headlines.)  It turns out I’m not alone.  79% of us reach for our phones within 15 minutes of waking, and 62% go for it immediately.  Among 18-24 year olds the numbers are even higher.

Occasionally I’ll wake to a genuinely important headline or valuable email from a friend, but usually my phone greets me with news stories or photos of my friends on Facebook that really are not very important.  For the most part the kind of stuff I see and read first on my phone I can just as easily live without.

As I start my normal day, I turn off the alarm, check my email while getting some water boiling for a cup of hot tea, and then when the tea is ready I make my way to “my chair” for a time of prayer and reading the Bible.  This is how I plan to start each day but if I’m not careful my phone can get me sidetracked.  I will read an email that I need to give an immediate reply and if I’m not careful I will find myself wrapped up in the busyness of starting the day without waiting to hear from God first.

Let me encourage you to make every effort to start your day with God instead of your phone.  It will take serious effort because the enemy loves to see us sidetracked in other things.  This will not be easy but it will be well worth the effort!

I want to say, “Thanks” to those of you who prayed for me this week as I officiated and preached my Uncle’s funeral on Monday.  My uncle Steve was not a perfect Christian but he did raise three kids who all served God and are active in their local churches.  His oldest son Steve Jr. died unexpectedly 8 years ago while working as an associate pastor.  His youngest son, my cousin Ryan, is pastoring a church in Missouri.  I remember when our church was robbed a couple years ago and my uncle Steve sent a check to help us replace the equipment that was stolen.  That is the kind of generous heart he had for God’s work.



·         Free Movie Night – God’s Not Dead
How far would you go to defend your belief in God? Find out college student Josh Wheaton’s answer to that question in God’s Not Dead at our free movie night this Sunday, August 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. God’s Not Dead (rated PG) weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.

We will have a time of fellowship with cookies in the Fellowship Hall following the movie.  If anyone would like to brings some cookies to share that would be great.  Please let one of the Stewards know: Faith Shimko, Carmen Vargas or Lucy Vargas.

·         James and Judy Boggs
Pastor James and Judy had a new grandbaby August 9th...a boy Ziggy Alexander Davies 8.5 lbs and 21 inches.  Heather and baby are good.  Congratulations Pastor Grandpa and Grandma Boggs!

·         Church Matching MNU Scholarship Offering
Anna, and Sarah will be going back to Olathe to attend our regional school we support as a church, MidAmerica Nazarene University.  Anna and Sarah plan to continue pursuing their degree in nursing.  We will miss the twins and their work in children’s church and with the youth department.  We are always looking for volunteers and maybe there is someone who may want to help fill their spots on the schedule.

MidAmerica Nazarene University  (MNU) offers a Church Matching Scholarship for each student.  For every dollar the local church gives to that student (up to $500 each) the school will match and apply towards their tuition.  We will receive a love offering on Sunday August 24th so if you would like to contribute towards this in the next couple of week you can simply mark your check or offering envelope “MNU or MNU matching.”

I look forward to seeing you in Worship this Sunday and don’t forget the movie night and to bring a friend.


Pastor Andy