May 2, 2019
I wanted to share with you the results of the election from Sunday, but first let me say thanks to everyone who accepted the nomination and allowed their name to be on the ballot. This was the first time in several years where we had more people willing to serve than we would elect. Leadership is a big commitment and responsibility and there seems to be a shortage in most churches today.
Most pastors I speak with agree we have a leadership crisis in our churches. Too many pastors import business principles into the local church, without much regard for what the Bible says about the requirements and responsibilities of church leadership. The Bible is clear, leaders in the local church must lead by example. This is our primary responsibility (Hebrews 13:7).
Thanks to everyone who is willing to lead by example with or without an elected title in our church.
Sunday we elected to the church board: Janeth Flores, Clara Jo Hinshaw, Angelica Lopez, Lupita Ordonez, Cristina Perez Rivera, Faith Shimko, Miguel Cruz, Nick Heer, Salomon Lopez, Norman Karns and Richard Vargas. Nelly Bertrand was reelected as our local missionary president. Our three delegates we elected to represent us at the District Assembly are Crystal Cruz, Miguel Cruz and Todd Hunter.
District Assembly July 14-16
Let me encourage you to mark your calendar for our Kansas District Assembly this year in Hutchinson. On Monday evening we will have a special ordination service for those ministers who have completed their education requirements, service requirements and have been acknowledged by the church as having a call from God to serve as a pastor. This year Pastor Eva Cruz will be ordained as an elder in the International Church of the Nazarene.
I will leave tomorrow for Olathe where Stephanie and I will attend Ashley’s graduation from MidAmerica Nazarene University on Saturday morning, with a degree in Elementary Education. All of you have participated in her education with your prayers and financial support through our giving to MidAmerica Nazarene University. Kobe Lovan will be graduating in this class as well.
This Sunday, May 5th after the worship service we will recognize our High School graduate Lydia Dages with a reception in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to give her a card of encouragement or a gift you are more than welcome to do so at this time. Lydia plans to attend Mid America Nazarene University in the fall so let’s pray for her and her future plans as she seeks God’s leading.
Pastor Eva and I are planning to have another membership class starting Sunday morning May 19th during the Sunday school hour. Please let us know if you are interested in taking this class.
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.