December 27, 2018
Dear Eastridge Family,
As we come to the end of 2018 and consider a fresh new year many people will consider what they would like to accomplish or what they would like to change in 2019. January is a popular time for people to sign-up for gym membership with plans to work out and to lose some weight. It is also a popular time for disciples of Jesus to make new commitments to read the Bible more or to pray more but like with the gym membership, good intentions are not enough to bring about the change we desire.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV) says, “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
We must train ourselves to be godly. Christians for centuries have recognized we need training to transformed like Jesus. We call this training spiritual disciplines. The goal of the spiritual disciplines is not the activity; the goal is transformation. The goal is Jesus.
Rhea Miller wrote in 1922:
I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;
I’d rather be true to His holy name
Than to be the king of a vast domain
And be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
My prayer is that you will join me in the spiritual exercises that will transform us to be like Jesus.
Year End Giving
This Sunday, December 30th will be the last Sunday for 2018. I want to thank you for your faithful support to the Eastridge Church and the mission of Jesus Christ. Our treasurer, Todd Hunter, will prepare 2018 giving records to be distributed by the end of January 2019. If you would like to make an additional contribution, we can receive the money on Sunday. Also, if you would like to make a contribution using one of our electronic methods that is certainly welcomed as well.
Electronic Giving Instructions
Option 1: EasyTithe App
1. Download the FREE EasyTithe app for iOS or Android.
2. In the app, search for “Eastridge Church of the Nazarene,” zip
3. Login or create a donor profile.
4. Tap the “+” icon and enter the donation amount.
5. Once new payment methods (e.g. credit / debit cards,
electronic checks, etc.) are added they can be found in the
drop down list.
6. Select the desired FUND and indicate whether a one-time
donation or set-up a recurring donation with the preferred
frequency (e.g. weekly, bi-weekly, monthly).
7. Tap “Give!”
Option 2: Give by TEXT (text 316-333-7077)
1. Text the amount you desire to give.
2. First-time donors will be prompted to visit a secure URL to
register and enter your credit / debit card info.
3. Donation will process and you will receive a confirmation text.
· Text “Funds” to receive a reply text of a list of possible
funds to choose from.
· Text the amount + fund name to donate to a specific fund
(e.g. $10 Building)
· If the fund name you text does not match the list of funds,
you will receive a reply text of possible funds.
· Text “reset” to remove saved card info.
Option 3: Donate through the Giving Portal
New Year’s Eve Prayer Vigil
Monday, December 31st: We will be having a vigil. We will start with a potluck dinner at 7:30pm to 9pm in the fellowship hall. We will have some family game time from 9pm to 10:30pm. We will finish the night with a time of worship and prayer from 10:30pm to 12am.
Children’s Workers Meeting
Sunday January 6th after the worship service we will have a meeting in the fellowship hall for anyone interested in working in the nursery, kinder or children’s church.
On Sunday January 6th we will receive pledges for 2019 Faith Promise. The Faith Promise money is used to support mission ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. The Church of the Nazarene has over 685 missionaries originating from 59 world areas (including 225 long-term volunteers). The Church of the Nazarene ministers in 162 world areas. For every dollar given to the World Evangelism Fund (WEF) .88¢ goes directly to the missionaries or their ministry work.
Favorite Quote of the Week
“Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that you are either trying to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus, and a totally silent tongue about him. Of course, I do not mean, by that, that those who use the pen for Christ are silent; they are not. And those who help others to use the tongue, or spread that which others have written, are doing their part well; but I mean this,—that man who says, ‘I believe in Jesus,’ but does not think enough of Jesus ever to tell another about him, by mouth, or pen, or tract, is an impostor.” - C. H. Spurgeon