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Saturday, July 9, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 7-9-16

July 9, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

E. Stanley Jones once wrote, "My trained ear shall hear His voice and my disciplined will shall act upon it."  As a pastor this is one of the most common questions I get from people, “How can I hear from God?”  Tomorrow I plan to start a sermon series on how to hear God’s voice.

One of our Discipleship habits (BELL) is listening to God.  I will look at John 10 tomorrow and discover truths from God's Word on hearing from God. 

District Assembly
          Kansas District Assembly will be held July 10-12, 2016 at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene.  The opening service is Sunday evening at 7PM.  On Monday morning we will have the missionary convention and Tuesday will be our church assembly with pastor’s reports from across the Kansas district.

MNU Matching Scholarship
                On Sunday July 17th we will receive our MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) Church Matching Scholarship offering.  MNU will match dollar for dollar of what we collect up to $500 per student.  This year we have four students Annalise Heer, Ashley Heer, Sarah Heer and Olga Vargas. 
                The Nazarene Church has a long history of supporting higher education.  We believe it is important to raise up Christian leaders in every vocation like teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers as well as pastors and missionaries.  This is why each church partners with a regional university or college to offer support for this mission.

Missionary Speaker Dave and Kim Hane - Sunday morning July 31
          Dave and Kim Hane are missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene and serve in Singapore in the Asia-Pacific regional office.  Dave and Kim were first appointed as missionaries in 1991 and were assigned to the regional office, then located in Manila, Philippines.  In 2006, they moved with the regional office team to the current location in Singapore.

          Dave serves as the Regional Personnel coordinator and JESUS Film coordinator. He is also coordinator of AsiaServe, a program designed to place more English speaking Nazarene school teachers and administrators in strategic countries on the region.

In addition to being a full-time mom, Kim assists in regional office duties as needed.   Dave and Kim are also involved in ministry to international students studying in Singapore and serve as pastor coordinators for a church plant.

          The Hanes have two children.  Jonathan will be starting his senior year at Southern Nazarene University in August 2016, and Joy will be entering 9th grade in Singapore.

Youth Group Work and Witness from Olathe
                Josh Heer is bringing some of his youth group from the Living Hope Church of the Nazarene where he serves in Olathe.  They will arrive on August 5th and stay until August 7th.  They plan to help with a Saturday outreach for children similar to the Peanut Butter and Jelly Kids Club we have done in the past.  They will be canvassing the neighborhood in preparation for the event.
                We have opportunities for everyone to help.  We need places for the kids to stay while here in Wichita, some supplies and we need helpers for the event.  There are sign-up sheets in the entryway of the church.  Also if you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt the cost will be $10 and we need the money before we can place the order.

Box tops
          We have a box in the entryway to collect box tops and Campbell soup labels.  If you have been collecting them please bring them to the church and we will send them off to Sun Valley Indian School to help purchase equipment, including a van.  (Please make sure you bring the whole Campbell’s label, the UPC code is needed).

I look forward to worshipping with you tomorrow!
Andy Heer

Favorite Quotes of the week

  • The special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. - G. K. Chesterton
  • “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community…Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from Life Together
  • "Nothing belongs to me—I have been entrusted with much." - E. Stanley Jones
  • "When did we start believing that God calls us to safe places and easy things?" - Mark Batterson
  • "What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace." - John Wesley

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