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Friday, September 11, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 9-11-15

September 11, 2015

Dear Eastridge Family,

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the tragic events we simply call 9/11.  2,977 people died on that day as a result of the terrorist attack on America.  I’d invite you to pause now, if you haven’t already done so today, to pray for those whose lives were lost on 9/11, their families, for all those who lost their lives in the years since in the fight against Islamic terrorism and those who were injured in this fight.

Here are a few items I want to make sure you are aware.  I’m looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
Pastor Andy

Cleaning Day
Tomorrow, September 12th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. we will gather to clean the church and make preparations for our celebration dinner.  The more people who come out to help the quicker we can get the job finished.

Crazy Love
Sunday September 13th kick off our church wide study of God’s Love using Francis Chan’s bestselling book “Crazy Love.”  We will distribute books to those who have signed up for a copy.  The books cost about $8 each.  Some cannot afford to buy a book at this time but please don’t let this keep you from participating in this church wide study.  We can order books in Spanish or English. 

There will be a sign-up sheet for each of the small groups.  It looks like we will have groups meeting on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and maybe Friday.
Tonight I am hosting the small group leaders and host to discuss how we want to lead the groups.  I am thankful for each one who has agreed to lead or be a host for the small groups.

This will be a good study that you will not want to miss.

Here is a photo of Pastor James and Norman working on the church apartment.  

Kitchen/Fellowship Remodel Celebration
Sunday, September 13th after the morning worship service we will have an International Potluck Dinner to celebrate the completion of the renovation.  You will not want to miss out on the good food from people in the Eastridge Congregation.

Nursery Makeover
The education committee gave Jill Heer and Dalia Vargas the responsibility of doing a makeover in the nursery.  They have been working on this project and are getting close finishing it up.  They have talked about having a nursery shower to give the “new” nursery some fresh new toys and other items.  Watch for more details to come.

Alabaster Offering
What is Alabaster?  The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world.  While we understand the church consists of the people of God and not a building, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to “put down roots.” Alabaster funds help provide land for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire Alabaster Offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

We will be receiving this offering on Sunday, September 27th. You can get an alabaster box in the church lobby, or simply come prepared to give on that Sunday morning service. 

Favorite Quotes
“Teach me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”  -Chinese Proverb

"You are most like God when you are bringing people together in reconciliation." - E. Stanley Jones

"God never uses anyone greatly until He tests them deeply." – A.W. Tozer

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