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Friday, December 23, 2016

E-Note From Pastor Andy 12-23-16

December 23, 2016

Dear Eastridge Family,

In the famous story of Martha and Mary, Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to Him teach, while Martha was in the kitchen busy trying to serve.  Jesus said that Mary had the better part, but many of us are sympathetic with Martha.

It is a good thing to remember as we do our shopping, cleaning, cooking, wrapping presents and more.  In all of these things we need to ask God to make Mary and Martha into one woman.  In order to celebrate the right way, a lot must happen, and it doesn’t happen by itself.  Work is involved, and this work extends beyond the ordinary levels of our work. 

If we are to properly celebrate Christmas we must maintain a proper balance between laboring in the kitchen and sitting in the living room listening to Jesus.  When we get out of balance we will not find joy in the holidays but rather the holidays will become a burden and a stress.  At Christmas we have a privilege to celebrate with material stuff, but because it is material, we are often tempted to get distracted with material concerns.  Let’s pray that God would help us avoid that temptation and keep Christmas a highlight of celebration.

  • ·         Youth Meeting Tonight

Tonight our youth group is meeting at the church at 6:30pm.

  • ·         NCM – Child Sponsorship

Each month the Nazarene Church has a special emphasis for missions.  This month it is Nazarene Compassionate Ministry (NCM) and one great way to be involved is to sponsor a child for $30 per month.  As a sponsor you will be involved in helping a child receive an education and some medical attention.  There is more information on the website and our local missionary president Todd Hunter has some brochures with information on the information desk at the church.

  • Christmas Service

We will have a Christmas communion service on Sunday December 25th 10am at the church.  We will not have Sunday school that morning but this is always a good time to invite unchurched friends, family and neighbors (people on your OIKOS List).

I am looking forward to worshipping with you on Christmas Day,

Pastor Andy 

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