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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Enote From Pastor Andy 9-20-17

September 20, 2017

Dear Eastridge Family,

Tonight, we will have our worship service at 7PM in the church sanctuary.  Claudia Romero will be sharing the message so don’t out of this time of worship and fellowship.

I look forward to being with you tonight!

Pastor Andy

Sunday morning during the worship service we will be receiving our Alabaster offering.  The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. It gives a sense of permanence, the attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots." Eighty percent of the money is used in world mission areas, and twenty percent goes to multicultural congregations in the United States and Canada. Alabaster funds help provide land for most Work & Witness projects. The entire offering goes toward the construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

We will celebrate a baptism service this Sunday September 24th.  Following the baptism service, we will have a potluck dinner. 

Membership Class
Pastor Eva is having another membership class starting October 1st, at 9:45 am during the Sunday school hour.  Please talk to her if you are interested in discovering what being a member of Eastridge Church of the Nazarene is all about.

“Revival is a community saturated with God!” – Duncan Campbell

“A baptism of holiness, a demonstration of godly living is the crying need of our day.” – Duncan Campbell

It will not do for us to go to Heaven by ourselves. We must be on fire, friends for saving others. To be workers will draw heaven down and will draw others to heaven. Without a readiness to work, the Spirit of prayer will not come. – Evan Roberts

Instead of suggesting that we could escape the earth to go to heaven, Jesus’s good news was about heaven coming to earth. – N. T. Wright

In a book written by his son and daughter- in-law, they reveal that Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret was that he obediently walked closely with God in prayer.  Howard Taylor wrote of his father, “For forty years the sun never rose on China a single day that God didn’t find him on his knees.”

Saturday, September 16, 2017

E-Note From Pastor Andy

September 15, 2017

Dear Eastridge Family,

I wanted to let you know about a blessing the church has given me.  The church board voted at my last pastoral review with the District Superintendent to give me a “Sabbatical.”  Some of you may be wondering what is a “Sabbatical?”   The word “Sabbatical” has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage, and still another in many secular settings.

A sabbatical, in simple terms, simply means time off for rest and/or study.  The time can be a few days, a few weeks or, on rare occasions, a few months.  The church is giving me paid leave for six weeks for rest, spiritual rejuvenation and, to do some deeper study.  I have been making some plans to take a seminary class on the Book of Philippians (so you can expect I will probably preach through the letter when I return); attend a prayer retreat at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, with my accountability partners; spend some time visiting other churches; and spend some time with Stephanie.

Pastor Eva and the church board will be taking care of my responsibilities while I am away during the sabbatical.  I am certainly grateful for this opportunity and I want to say “Thanks” for this blessing.

Thom Rainer who was a pastor and serves as a church consultant wrote an article where he spelled out 5 Reasons your Pastor Should Take a Sabbatical.  Here are his five reasons:

1. A pastor has emotional highs and lows unlike most other vocations. In the course of a day, a pastor can deal with death, deep spiritual issues, great encouragement, petty criticisms, tragedies, illnesses, and celebrations of birth. The emotional roller coaster is draining. Your pastor needs a break—many times a break with no distractions.

2. A pastor is on 24-hour call. Most pastors don’t have an “off” switch. They go to sleep with the knowledge they could be awakened by a phone call at anytime of the day. Vacations are rarely uninterrupted. It can be an exhausting vocation, and a sabbatical can be a welcome time to slow down.

3.Pastors need time of uninterrupted study. It doesn’t usually happen in the study at church or home. There is always the crisis or need of the moment. Church members expect sermons that reflect much prayer and study. The pastor’s schedule often works against that ideal. The sabbatical can offer much needed, and uninterrupted, study time.

4. Pastors who have sabbaticals have longer tenure at churches. Though my information is anecdotal, I do see the trend. And while I cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship, I feel confident that pastors who have sabbaticals are much more likely to stay at a church because they are less likely to experience burnout.

5. Pastors who have sabbaticals view the time off as an affirmation from their churches. I have heard from many pastors who share with me a sentence like this one: “I know my church loves me because they give me a sabbatical.” Pastors need affirmation. Sabbaticals can accomplish that goal.

We will celebrate a baptism service with several people being baptized after the Sunday morning worship service on September 24th.  Following the baptism service, we will have a potluck dinner.  If you would like to be baptized contact Pastor Andy or Pastor Eva.  There will be a class for all those interested in baptism this Sunday morning at 9:30am.

Membership Class

Pastor Eva is having another membership class starting October 1st, at 9:45 am during the Sunday school hour.  Please talk to her if you are interested in becoming a member of Eastridge Church of the Nazarene.