Friday, May 26, 2017

Enote From Pastor Andy 5-26-17

May 26, 2017

Dear Eastridge Family,

I invite you to join me in praying for the Coptic Christians of Egypt.  As you may already know by now, a bus of Christians travelling to a church were attacked and at least 28 had been killed. This is the latest in a series of attacks against the minority Christian population in Egypt. 10% of the 90 million citizens of Egypt are Christians.  As Christians Jesus told us that persecution would come but we have also been instructed to pray for those impacted by persecution.  We have seen two large attacks in Egypt and in England this week but persecution of Christians continues on throughout the world even when it does not make the headlines.

Pastor Andy


Promotion Sunday
Our Sunday school Superintendent Stephanie Heer is planning to recognize and promote the students who will be promoted to a new class on Sunday June 4th.

Youth fundraiser this Sunday
The youth are working to finish their fundraising efforts for Senior High camp.  They are close to meeting their needs for this camp which begins June 2nd and ends the 5th.   On Sunday they will be auctioning off desserts in the fellowship hall following the morning worship service.  They will also be making corn on the cob for a free will offering.  All the proceeds will be used to cover the cost of summer camps and other youth related activities.  Since we don’t have money budgeted to the youth department we ask the congregation to help by giving to these fundraisers or direct giving (see teen box in the church entryway).  Eastridge has been extremely generous to our children and youth and I know God will bless our generosity. 

Summer Intern Welcome - May 31st
On Wednesday, May31st at 6:30PM we will have a service at the church and a time to welcome our summer intern Kobe Lovan who will be working with our youth this summer.  Wednesday will be his birthday so we want to surprise him and help him celebrate his birthday as well as give him a warm welcome to Wichita.  Kobe is a ministry student at MNU and served in the traveling group “Puentes” with our very own Olga Vargas.  Kobe will be staying at Ben and Elain Hunter’s home this summer.

Wichita Mission Area Celebration - June 4th
Wichita Mission Area Celebration is next Sunday, June 4 at 6:00pm at Wichita First Church.  This will be a time of fellowship, worship, and celebrating what God has done, and is doing, in our area of ministry. We will hear 3 minute reports from each church and church plant in the Wichita area.  Pastor Eva has been involved in the planning of this meeting and is working on translating some of the service.

Missionary Visit - June 11th
On Sunday, June 11th we will be hosting missionaries Todd and Connie Aebischer who will be sharing during the service.  The Aebischer’s currently serve in the Philippines.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what God is doing around the world.

World Mission Broadcast (WMB)
WMB takes the gospel to the world through radio, television, and Internet programs.  On the air since 1951, (WMB) reaches even the most remote parts of the world, with words of hope and holiness... and lives are changed.  The cost to support one minute of WMB airtime is $4.00; just $4.00 to air one minute of the gospel somewhere in the world.

Favorite Quotes of the Week
"I have never seen a happy self-centered person.  They do as they like and then they don't like what they do." - E. Stanley Jones

God is looking for people through whom he can do the impossible.  What a pity that we plan only the things we can do by ourselves. - A. W. Tozer

"If we were destined to stay depraved all through the ages because of original sin, Christ would never have come to us." -Dostoevsky

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