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Friday, November 21, 2014

E-note From Pastor Andy 11-21-14

November 21, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I know many of you have probably seen this before but in light of our recent election and apparent direction of our nation I thought it would be good for us to be reminded of our Christian foundation.

This is the text of George Washington's October 3, 1789 national Thanksgiving Proclamation; as printed in The Providence Gazette and Country Journal, on October 17, 1789.

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
G. Washington.

  • 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.”

On Sunday we will have envelopes in the bulletins where you can place your Thanksgiving offering or if you want to mark your check Thanksgiving Offering.

  •  Children’s Christmas Program and Practice

Tomorrow the children will be having a practice at the church from noon until 2 pm.  We will be serving pizza and making a piñata and working on the program.  The program is scheduled for Sunday morning December 14th.  After the morning service and program we will have our Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner in the Fellowship Hall.

  • Did You Know

Our monthly church mortgage is payment is about $900 each month and we owe a little more than $100,000

  • Favorite quotes of the week

A man prayed and at first he thought prayer lies in talking.  But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized prayer is listening."  —Søren Kierkegaard

"If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire.  If you want joy, peace, eternal life, you must get close to what has them."  - C. S. Lewis

"If our faith costs nothing, it contributes nothing." - E. Stanley Jones

I’m looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday

Pastor Andy

Friday, November 7, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 11-7-14

November 7, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I want to share a devotional thought from Randy Alcorn this week:

Life consists largely of selection—choosing one alternative over another.  Those things we choose are our priorities.

Deciding “I’ll read the Bible and pray when I can find the time” is like saying “I’ll give to God’s work when I can find the money.”  There are an infinite number of things on which both time and money can be spent.  Without a careful plan and self-discipline, expenditures always rise to meet income.  Living beyond your means of time—trying to spend time that you don’t have—is courting disaster.

Time in God’s Word doesn’t just happen.  You must make it happen.  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).  How do you renew your mind?  I like to start my days listening to Scripture audio, which I play on my smartphone or iPod.  If you can’t seem to carve out time to sit down, you can listen as you fix breakfast, pack lunch, load the dishwater, clean the fridge, you name it.  When you’re doing something mindless, fill your mind with Scripture.  

The hardest lesson we learned in our first twenty years of marriage was this: life is full of good, worthwhile, and meaningful programs, activities, organizations, causes, and ministry opportunities—the vast majority of which we cannot and should not be involved with!

It is not sufficient that something be good or important.  It must be the best and most important for me, and God must show me that.  Why?  For the same reason that if I have a hundred dollars to spend on groceries this month, I should buy meat and milk and fruit and vegetables, not donuts and chips

We sometimes mistake Christian busyness for true spirituality, failing to realize that over-commitment is no more honoring to God than under-commitment.  In our relentless pursuit of spiritual success, we drag ourselves through a dizzy, busy, barren life.  Our unspoken motto seems to be “Weariness is next to godliness.”

Consider making it a policy never to say “yes” to anything until you’ve thought and prayed about it for one week.  Even if someone needs an answer today, tell them you’ll call them back no sooner than a few hours.  Don’t impulsively say “Yes” or you will feel—and be—out of control.  Of course, there’s also the woman or man who says “No” to everything and needs to learn to say “Yes.”  Be sure you say “Yes” enough to get your exercise, and “no” enough to get your rest.  Steward your life so that when it’s something you sense God’s prompting to do, you will have said no often enough to give you room to say yes to those relatively few things God wants you to do.

  • Peruvian Consulate

Today and tomorrow we are hosting the Peruvian Consulate in our church office so they can provide services to Peruvians living in the Wichita area.  This is just one way we can help serve our community. 

  • Fall Festival Photos

Last Sunday we had a good turnout for our Fall Festival in spite of the terrible wind.  I certainly do appreciate everyone who came as well as those who put in many hours behind the scenes to make the event a success.  Some of you have seen some of the photos I have posted on Facebook on the “Eastridge Nazarene Church” page.  I am saving my favorites to show Sunday morning.

  • Youth Group Service Project

Each fall our youth group has taken a day or evening to rake leaves for some of our congregation family who can use the help.  If you would like to have some help or know someone who needs the help please contact Pastor Josh @ 316-832-8316

  • Children’s Christmas Program

The children have already begun working on the Christmas program entitled “Christmas Around the World.”  The performance date is December 14th in the morning worship service.  Hopefully we will not have snow like last year J.  They will need some help again with costumes and props if you would like to help please see Stephanie Heer.

  • Church Board Meeting

Sunday afternoon at 4:30 we will have our monthly board meeting.

  • Quotes of the Week

There is nothing that makes us love a person as much as praying for them. - William Law

Prayer is not a monologue, but a dialogue.  God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part.                                                                                     – Andrew Murray

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies.  Yet distance makes no difference.  He is praying for me.
                                                                         —Robert Murray M’Cheyne

  • Sermon

How do you Evaluate Your Life? How do you know if you are successful or not?  What is the measure of success in God’s eyes?  This Sunday we will explore these questions in my sermon.

I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday
Pastor Andy