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Saturday, December 6, 2014

E-Note From Pastor Andy 12-5-14

December 5, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

Am I just a fan of Jesus or a committed follower?  A couple years ago pastor Kyle Idleman wrote a book entitled “Not a Fan;” where he made a distinction between a Biblical Follower and Disciple of Jesus and simply being a non-committed fan of Jesus.

The call of Jesus of history is far more radical and all life-consuming than the institutionalized-domesticated version portrayed through the centuries of Christendom.   I mean what does it cost to be a follower of a man who said such things as, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even life itself—such a person cannot be my disciple.  And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple (Luke 14: 26-27).”

I find myself being very comfortable my lifestyle of a middleclass American.  We are pretty much able to do whatever we really want to do.  We are blessed with excellent health care, much more than adequate shelter, and I spend more than I should on food, clothes and stuff.  So what did Jesus mean when he said, “Those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (Luke 14:33)?

This past month I have been reflecting on the passage in Philippians 2 trying to prepare myself for Christmas.  In this Scripture Paul describes imitating Christ’s humility. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interest of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had.”

·         Church Board Meeting
Sunday afternoon we will have our monthly board meeting at 4:30 pm.

·         Children’s Christmas Program and Practice and Church dinner
Next Saturday morning at 10am the Children will have a Christmas Program rehearsal that will end at noon.  We need all the children to attend this important rehearsal so we are ready for the program on Sunday morning December 14th.  After the morning service and program we will have our Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner in the Fellowship Hall.

·         9 Days of Christmas
Pastor Daniel and Gloria are leading a 9 Days of Christmas beginning on December 16th and run through Christmas Eve. They will be meeting in different homes for a time of Bible reflection, carols, and prayer and Latin food.
Dec. 16 – Jesus and Carmelita
Dec. 17 – Carlos and Lucila
Dec. 18 – Fernando and Aurea
Dec. 19 – Carmen
Dec. 20 – Frank and Janeth
Dec. 21 – Alejandro and Angelica
Dec. 22 – Juan Carlos and Blanca
Dec. 23 – Daniel and Gloria
Dec. 24 - Church

·         Favorite quote of the week
"We pursue the thought of being thankful that we can be thankful for the worst that can happen." - E. Stanley Jones

I’m looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday

Pastor Andy

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