Friday, December 20, 2019

Enote From Pastor Andy 12-19-19


December 19, 2019

Dear Eastridge Family,

The Great Missionary Hudson Taylor wrote, “All of God’s giants of the faith have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them.”  When we think about Christmas we should think of the coming of Jesus, God with us, Emmanuel. 

God chose not to leave us alone in our sin and darkness.  God has come to rescue us from our slavery to sin.  God has come to bring salvation.  God has come to give us life.
God does not come to take us out of the world.  Instead God wants us to be a light for others.  God wants us to share the Good News with a lost and hurting world.  This is a task too big if it were left up to us alone to complete.  God does not leave us alone.  He has promised to go with us as we share this Good News with others.

 Joshua 1:9 (NIV) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) “…Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Communion
This Sunday we will celebrate communion together as a family.  This is always a special time to remember the blessings of Jesus joining humanity to be with us…Emmanuel…God with us.

Pinata
Following the worship service, the children will celebrate with a pinata.



Wednesday Prayer Service
We will not have our Wednesday evening prayer service for the next two weeks.  Our prayer service will resume on January 8th at 7pm

Thanks
I want to say thanks from the pastoral staff for the Christmas gift last Sunday.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness and count it a privilege to serve you.

Native American Christian Academy
Here is a link if you would like to Download the Native American Christian Academy Christmas 2019 Newsletter Here.  You can also support Native American Christian Academy when you shop on Amazon!  Follow this link to log into AmazonSmile so that a percentage of your purchase will be donated to NACA. 

Sunday School and Sunday Worship Time Change
On January 12th there will be a change in our Sunday morning service times.  We are going to have Sunday school and the Sunday worship service trade time slots.
Fellowship: 9:15-9:45am
Morning Worship 10:00am
Sunday School: Following the morning worship service
We have Sunday school classes for all ages including an adult class that is taught in Spanish


Favorite Quotes of the Week
Consumerism is the new word for materialism which was the new word for covetousness which was the new word for 'the lust of the eyes' 1 John 2:16
-      Frank Viola

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will--All I have and call my own.
Whatever I have or hold, you have given me.
I return it all to you and surrender it wholly to be governed by your will.
Give me only your love and your grace
and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.
-St. Ignatius, from the end of the Spiritual Exercises

Too often as Christians we profess allegiance to Jesus but celebrate his birth with orgy of materialism. – Mike Slaughter

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