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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 9-4-14

September 4, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

“What is a church?” I read an article that said many American think of the church like a cruise ship.  If you are like me you probably have many things that come to mind:
Some say it’s like a concert, a place to be entertained.
Some say it’s like a club, a place to feel a sense of belonging.
Some say it’s like a hospital, a place to get well.
Some say it’s like a school, a place to learn religious teachings.

In the sermon series I plan to preach starting this week I would like to remind us that the church is so much more than all of these things combined.  Take time to read 1 Peter 2:9-12 and Ephesians 2:11-22 before Sunday morning and come thinking about how you answer, “What is the Church?”

On September 21st we will celebrate “Back to Church Sunday.”  My hope is everyone will make an effort to pray for and invite at least one person to church on that Sunday.  This is a great time to invite your OIKOS list.

1 Peter 2:9b-12 (NLT) “…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
    now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
    now you have received God’s mercy.”
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

  • Beulah Peterson’s Funeral

Todd Peterson’s mother Beulah died this week and the services will be held next week.  The visitation will be Wednesday from 1-5PM at 2310 E. Lincoln.  The funeral service will be at Eastridge Church on Thursday at 2PM and the burial will be on Friday at Gardner Cemetery in Gardner Kansas.  Let’s continue to lift up Todd and his family during this time.

  •       Missionary Service

Tomorrow, September 5th, missionary Scott Dooley, who is the Nazarene Hospital administrator in Papua New Guinea, will be speaking at Wichita Trinity Church of the Nazarene at 7 PM.

Next month we will have a missionary Russ Frazier and his wife Carla speaking here at Eastridge on Sunday evening October 5th.  Russ and Carla have served as missionaries in Africa and as pastors in the US and are preparing for a new assignment at Africa Nazarene University in Kenya where Russ will be working to train pastors at the University.

  •     Royals Game

On Saturday, September 20, Pastor Josh is taking a group from Eastridge to attend a Royals game.  The cost is $26, which includes food, gas, parking and the ticket.  If you would like to go be sure to let Josh know.  The money needs to be turned in by September 13th.

  •     Boxtops and Campbell’s Soup Labels

Vera tells me that she is about to send off the Boxtops and Campbell Soup labels that we have collected.  If you would like to bring in what you have collected thus far that would be great.  Vera sends these to Sun Valley Indian School in Arizona.  This is a school the Nazarene Church supports to minister to the Native population here in the US.

When you purchase products that have the Campbell’s or Labels for Education logo on the back with the UPC code, or the Boxtops, the tiny labels are worth 10 cents each and can be found on many different products such as Kleenex, General Mills cereals, Hamburger Helper and much more. 

Some items we have acquired through the Campbell’s Labels program are: refrigerators, 15-passenger van, portable wireless PA system, sports equipment, Dell computers, a 7-passenger van – and much more.

  •     Sunday School

While we are making a push to invite people to come back to church on the National Back to Church Sunday; we also don’t want to forget our Sunday school classes and small groups that study the Bible.  This Sunday marks the start of a new quarter and some new lesson material.

On Sunday morning at 9:45 we have Sunday school classes for all age groups, from birth to infinity.  We have three adult classes which meet on Sunday morning: Muriel Murray teaches from the Nazarene Church Quarterly Sunday School material and her class meets in the Fellowship Hall; Pastor Andy Shimko is starting some new material based upon the book “Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness” and his class will meet in the cry room off the sanctuary; Pastor Daniel Peña teaches a class in Spanish that has been studying John Wesley’s understanding of holiness and they meet in the church office.
  •     Prayer Request

Clara Jo mentioned her sister-in-law Lois Murray was placed in hospice this week.

Josh's fiancé’s mother (Jill's mother, Sharon Crew) is having a double mastectomy on Friday and they would appreciate prayer for her surgery.

We need to continue to remember Lida during her time of mourning the loss of Albert as well as Cheryl Hunter and her family.

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!

Pastor Andy Heer

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