Friday, February 27, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-27-15

February 27, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

Sunday I shared a message where I issued a Discipleship Challenge with everyone.  I called it the B. E. L. L. challenge.  I first came across the formula given by Alan Hirsch in his book The Forgotten Ways, which impacted me greatly, which goes as:  Christology   Missiology   Ecclesiology.  Our God/Christ is the one who determines the mission (God’s Mission) which then determines or shapes the church.  It is to say “the church doesn’t have a mission, but the mission has a church.”  Our God is a missionary God.  The Church is God’s tool in fulfilling His mission in the world “to seek and to save that which is lost” (Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 2:4). 

Our churches need to be centered around God’s mission and the mission should shape everything we do.  At the same time we have been chosen as God’s ambassadors to the world to fulfill the mission.  Our lives should resemble our Christ.  As Christians the Living God resides within each of us through the Holy Spirit.  We reflect (or reflect poorly) the image and character of God to those around us.  If you are a follower of Christ, do people see Jesus when they look at you?


The B.E.L.L. Challenge:
BLESSING—The Hebrew for “blessing” (barak) means “to empower to strength”.  We seek God’s blessing and pass that blessing on to others.  *Bless 3 people this week (one person in our church, and one outside our church and the third person from either category).

EATING—Sharing food has always been central to a life of community.  We want to place worship and communion back where it began, as a provider’s delight in the middle of the shared table.  This is why the New Testament speaks about the need to practice hospitality.  *Eat with 3 people this week (1 person in our church, 1 person outside our church and a third person from either category).

LISTENING—We believe that God is capable of speaking to us.  We do not confine Him to any particular medium, but we try to be attentive to His voice, wherever and whenever it speaks.  *Take time to listen to God for 1 hour/week (listening, not talking).

LEARN—We desire to take on the image of God and to participate in His plan.  We seek out knowledge about God to help us to do this.  *Study Jesus’ life a little bit each week from the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).  From now until Easter you can read through the Gospels several times, learning from Jesus.  How did he live?  With whom did he interact?  What were his commands?  Then “go” live like Jesus did.

Let’s be the church that God has called us to be!

Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Movie Night
Pastor Daniel and Gloria are having a movie night at the church where they are showing Courageous on March 7th at 5PM

Easter Egg Hunt/Easter Breakfast
We are planning on having our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Easter Sunday.  We will need candy donations again and this year we are going to make the plastic eggs available for you to take home and fill the eggs with candy.  This will cut down our time stuffing eggs.

The Stewards are planning on having an Easter Breakfast before the morning service.  We will have more details in the next few weeks.

Easter is one of our big four outreach events to invite people to attend the services who do not have a church home.  I encourage you to pray about who you may invite to join you on Easter Sunday this year.

Gaither Vocal Band
Central Community Church is having the Gaither Vocal Band in concert on Friday, April 10, 2015.  The Church is located at 6100 W. Maple we have more information on the information desk in the church entryway.

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.
Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4

Favorite Quotes of the Week
"The purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines is the total transformation of a person." - Richard Foster

"I claim the holy right to disappoint men in order to avoid disappointing God." – A.W. Tozer

"God is more eager to forgive us than we are to be forgiven." - James Bryan Smith


I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,


Pastor Andy

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-21-15



February 21, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

Since I arrived in January 2011 to be the pastor here at Eastridge, I have been talking about discipleship.  I have been asking everyone the question, “Who are you discipling?”  I ask this question in response to the Great Commission that Jesus gave His disciples in Matthew 28:19-20…Go and Make Disciples.

My conviction is this: If we are genuine disciples of Jesus then we will be about the business of making disciples of Jesus.  The problem for many comes in this question: “How…How do you make a disciple?”  I think I am willing but I just don’t know how to do it.

The first step is to worship Jesus.  In the Matthew 28:17, the first thing the disciples of Jesus do when they see Him is to worship Him.  This is why we start the week off on Sunday morning by gathering together to worship.

The second step is once we have received His instructions (The Great Commission…Go and Make Disciples) we begin to go and pray about our “oikos.”  Who are the people in our “oikos” that God would like for us to bring before The Throne of Mercy in prayer?  We begin to pray for these people each day on our “oikos” list.  We pray that God would soften their hearts to receive the message of salvation and we pray that God would open doors for us to share the Good News with them.

The third step is to take some action to build a relationship with them.  I plan to talk specifics tomorrow morning and I want to challenge you to join me in putting into practice some habits from now until Easter. 

A few months ago we asked the question, “What is the Church?”  The answer I offered was this: The Church Is…The covenant community of God’s people, the Body of Christ, gathered by his invitation, hearing/applying his word, receiving his grace, scattered weekly to do his will.

Let’s be the church that God has called us to be!

Alabaster Offering
Alabaster offering will be received tomorrow morning on February 22nd.  Be sure to pick up an offering box if you have not already done so from the information table.

Valentines Banquet
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Valentines banquet a fun success!  The youth were able to raise over $300 from the banquet.  You may want to check out the photos that Ashley took on Sunday if you have not had a chance to do so on the Church Facebook page “Eastridge Nazarene Church”

Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Gaither Vocal Band
Central Community Church is having the Gaither Vocal Band in concert on Friday, April 10, 2015.  The Church is located at 6100 W. Maple we have more information on the information desk in the church entryway.

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.

Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4


Pastor Andy

Friday, February 13, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 2-13-15

February 13, 2015

Dear Eastridge Family,

Josh and I attended the M-15 Conference in Kansas City this week.  There were some excellent speakers and good information shared during the event.  Of course my favorite part was seeing some friends that I had not seen for several years.  I was able to see some pastors from Alaska; I had lunch with a good friend who pastors a church in Washington State on one day.  The next day I had lunch with another friend who pastors a church in North Dakota.  Before we left Kansas City we shared a meal with the twins and enjoyed spending some time with them.




We have a number of items that I want to make you aware of in this enote; however before I get into some of those items let me take a moment to talk about “Why You Are Here.”  Why did God create you and put you in the place you are?  There are many books out there designed to help people discover their purpose. About a year ago we did a study as a church on “The Purpose Driven Life.”  I love the way the author starts that book out with this line: “It’s not about you.  It is about God.”

You cannot discover the real reason God made you without having an authentic relationship with Christ.  In fact, you will never grasp the meaning of your life apart from an intimate relationship with Him.

You have been created by God and for God.  Therefore, a first step to discover what God wants you to do with your life is to understand that it’s not really your purpose you should be seeking; it’s God’s purpose for you. Anything less will leave you unfulfilled.
The first thing He wants to do is to reconcile the world to Himself through love (John 3:16).  Therefore, there is no way to find long-term fulfillment in something that is in opposition to—or even neutral to—that goal.  Entertaining, perhaps. Fulfilling, no.
Because His desire is for us to “make disciples,” then it’s logical that we will be more fulfilled when our lives support that effort—or another of God’s purposes.  This doesn’t mean that you have to be an evangelist.  However your natural skills and talents can be used—if even in an indirect way—to help accomplish God’s purposes in the world.

There are numerous ways God can use you right now, right where you are.  This is good news because everyone can experience fulfillment by leveraging their position in life to serve Him and help accomplish His purposes in the world.

Are you a teacher?  A banker?  A construction worker?  A web designer?  How can you use your current occupation to make disciples, love others, and demonstrate His grace?  When you begin to take even the smallest steps toward using your gifts and talents to fulfill His purposes in the world–if even in an indirect way–then you can know the fulfillment that comes from experiencing the real reason you are here.

Alabaster Offering
Alabaster offering will be received on February 22nd.  Be sure to pick up an offering box if you have not already done so from the information table.

Valentines Banquet
Money raised for this banquet will go towards the teens youth fund, and help them go on a mission trip this summer!

Blood Drive
On Saturday February 21st from 10:30am-2:30pm Westside Church of the Nazarene is having a blood drive in honor of their pastor’s wife who is battling leukemia.  If you are interested in donating blood you may contact Natalie Thomas at 469-4521 or cnthomas6@cox.net or David Young at 268-9057 for an appointment.  You will need your photo id when you give blood.

Gaither Vocal Band
Central Community Church is having the Gaither Vocal Band in concert on Friday, April 10, 2015.  The Church is located at 6100 W. Maple we have more information on the information desk in the church entryway.

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.
Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4.

Favorite Quotes of the Week
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. – C. S. Lewis

If you need something in addition to God to make you happy, that is your true King. – Timothy Keller

We can do more with 12 disciples than we can with 12,000 religious consumers. - Alan Hirsch

God creates out of nothing.  Wonderful you say.  Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners. - Soren Kierkegaard

To be too busy with God’s work to commune with God is the highway to backsliding. – E. M. Bounds