November 14, 2015
Dear Eastridge Family,
Last week I read the following sobering numbers: “If you were born between 1925 and 1945 there's a 60% chance you’re in a church today. If you were born between 1946 and 1964 there's a 40% chance you’re in a church today. If you were born between 1965 and 1983 there's a 20% chance you’re in a church today. If you're born after 1984 there is less than a 10% chance you're in a church today.” From Alan Roxburgh's book 'Joining God, Remaking the Church, Changing the World'
In our October church board meeting we set out some projections for the year 2020 (only 5 years away). The board agreed that we should aim for an increase of 30 new members; a worship average attendance of 150; an average attendance of 100 for SDMI (Sunday school and small groups) and plant two new churches.
I think we all realize that the only way that we can accomplish these projections is with the help of God. These are indeed “faith” projections. Now the question for us becomes, how can we achieve these faith projections? What do we need to “do” to accomplish these faith projections?
There's an old adage that says if we continue to do the same things that we have always done we will likely get the same results. Winston Churchill reportedly said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” My question is what do we need to do differently to achieve these faith projections? What changes do we need to make? What is our part of these faith projections?
· How are we going to see new people come to Eastridge and follow Jesus?
· How are we going to lead new people become followers of Jesus?
· How are we going to disciple these new followers of Jesus?
· Memorial for Wenceslao Campos
Tomorrow we will take a few minutes in our worship service to remember Lucy Vargas’ father who died last week in Peru. Let’s continue to lift up Lucy and her family in prayer.
Also on Thursday, Jerry Ketner, former Pastor in Dodge City, passed away so let’s keep the Ketner family in your prayers as well. The funeral will be held on Tuesday in Dodge City.
· 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.”
· Holiday Dinner
Sunday December 13th after the morning service we will have our all-church holiday potluck dinner. Everyone is invited to come and bring food to share with your church family.
· 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 look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.