August 10, 2018
Dear Eastridge Family,
What do you think is the primary reason for health and longevity? It may be a surprise, but it’s not genetics, exercise, or eating healthy food. Instead, studies from the scientific field of psychoneuroimmunology reveal that for the average person, it’s their thought life.
Wow! No wonder the Bible has so much to say about what we think.
Proverbs 23:7 says, “So a man thinketh, so he is.”
Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely. . . think about such things.”
Romans 12:2 says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” and
2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “Take every thought captive.”
An article in Collective Evolution reported that the oldest documented person was a French woman named Jeanne Calment who lived 122 years and 164 days. According to French researcher Jean-Marie Robine, “She never did anything special to stay in good health.” In fact, she started smoking cigarettes when she was 21, drank port wine regularly, and ate a couple pounds of chocolate sweets a week until she was 119. She credited her longevity to laughing a lot and not getting stressed out. She said, “If you can’t do anything about it, don’t worry about it.”
Why didn’t smoking for all those years lead her to an early grave? I would say that generally speaking, it’s because thoughts are more important than lifestyle.
Worry and stress and hard on our bodies. This is not how God created us to live. Instead of worry and stress, God wants us to trust and obey. God wants us to enjoy His presence in our life no matter the circumstances.
If you learn to take thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ, you can live with purpose in every life area because your thoughts determine your destination.
We have many things going on in the life of our church and I want to point out a couple of those items:
· This Sunday, Pastor Eva and I will begin baptism classes during the Sunday school hour starting at 9:45 and we will meet in the room off the entryway of the sanctuary. The class will be available in both English and Spanish to prepare us for a baptism service on August 26th.
· This Sunday we will have out MNU Church matching offering for our two students Ashley Heer and Olga Vargas. The University will match the offering we send each student up to $500, so we want to take advantage of this opportunity to bless our students. Ashley will be starting her senior year at MNU where she is finishing a degree in Elementary Education. Olga will begin her junior year where she is studying for a Nursing degree.
· Each year Eastridge makes an attempt to have 4 big evangelistic outreach events (Easter, Summer, Fall and Christmas). This year our summer outreach event will be Saturday, August 18 from 11 am to 3 pm. The activity is titled: Children just want to have fun. We will have food, music, Bible stories, popcorn, games, Snow Cones, inflatable games, cotton candy, and crafts. And all this will be FREE!
The evangelistic outreach requires the help of our entire church family. Even though we are targeting children and young families we need the help of the entire church. First of all, we need everyone to Pray…pray for this event…pray for good weather…pray for unchurched people to come…pray for opportunities to show God’s love to our neighborhood. Secondly, we need you to Invite …invite your family, friends, and neighbors. Finally, we need your help…help out at the event by writing your name on the list of volunteer workers and bring food. The sign-up sheets are on a small table at the entrance of the sanctuary.
This is a great opportunity to serve and reach out with love to our community here in Wichita. The Kansas District Nazarene Church has a trailer with the equipment we will use during this event. The Kansas District has made outreach events a priority for our churches so let’s take advantage of the resources we have been provided. If you have more questions, contact Susie Alvarado, Anna Heer or Claudia Spechtenhauser.
· Muriel Murray’s memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, September 8 at 10:30 am. It will be held at Broadway Mortuary at 1147 S. Broadway, the corner of Lincoln and Broadway. Pastor Gloria will be officiating the service. If anyone would like to give to a memorial fund, they can go to www.nazpng.org. This is a link to the hospital in Kudjip, PNG, where Muriel served as a Nazarene missionary.
You can read her obituary at the following link www.cozinememorial.com (click on her photo).
· Tomorrow at 3pm we will have a greeter’s workshop for anyone interested in serving as a greeter or for anyone who would like a refresher course. We will meet in the sanctuary.
· FYI – As many of you know, Lucy Vargas has been working with a local Nazarene church in Jaen, Peru while she provides care for her mother. The church is Jaen is taking the gospel to a neighboring village. God has been blessing their efforts so we collected an offering to help with this ministry and to purchase Bibles. This week we sent $530 to help with the outreach work in Peru. Thank you Eastridge Church!