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Friday, May 6, 2016

Enote From Pastor Andy 5-6-16

May 6, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

This weekend is Mother’s Day and will be a terrific weekend to bring your mom, or your kids, to worship!  Pastor Andy Shimko has something special planned for the mothers and I of course plan to bring my camera if any mother wants a photo with her children.  I also plan to share a message about a godly mother from 1 Samuel, Hannah, the mother of Samuel.

Last week I came across a statement from J.B. Chapman, General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, on what it took to have revivals (1945):
"If revival did not come readily, we called a fast, and sometimes these fasts lasted for three days on the stretch.   I remember one fast that ran three days, then a day off for eating, then another three days, then a day off for eating, and then another three days’ fast.   And I don’t need to tell you that the revival broke.  And that is why I think I have a faraway look in my eye when present-day Nazarenes try to tell me it used to be easy to have revivals, and that now “nothing seems to move the people.”   The simplicity of our approach was matched by the earnestness of our purpose, and we always got into the tunnel so far that it was closer to go on through than to turn and come back."

How bad do we want revival?  How desperate are we for a powerful move of God?  Have we been seeking God with all of our heart, interceding for our OIKOS?

Birth Week
This week we had a double blessing with the birth of Emily Faith Shimko on Tuesday to Nathan and Andrea Estefania Shimko.  Also early on Wednesday morning Ana Peña gave birth to Samantha.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Tomorrow morning at 7:30am we will meet for breakfast and prayer in the Fellowship Hall.  All the men are invited.

If you have not picked up your book be sure to do so on Sunday.  It is not too late to join a group for this important study of what it means to be a disciple and how to make disciples.
“Believing in Jesus and discipleship to Jesus are part of the same action.” — Richard Foster

Remember Clara Jo Hinshaw in prayer as she recovers from a broken knee cap.

I’m excited about worship this weekend and look forward to seeing you as we celebrate Mother’s Day and the important women in our lives!

Pastor Andy

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