2014 General Board Report from the Board of General Superintendents(BGS).   Delivered by Dr. David A. Busic on behalf of the BGS, Sunday evening, February 23, 2014 during the 91st General Board Session in Overland Park, Kansas.      English     Portugués    Español  


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WORDS FROM THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT:


GREETINGS: We’ve just concluded the first week our 2014-2015 statistical church year.    We’re also just less than two weeks away from Easter! The resurrection makes every day a celebration.  He Lives!  “You ask me how I know He lives?  He lives within my heart!”
            Judi and I are enjoying our sabbatical time away.  Until April 18 we will be in Ohio settling estate issues from my brother and traveling to West Virginia to see Judi’s brother.  Then we’re off to New England until April 23 when we leave for Europe.  Judi and I appreciate your prayers for travel safety and a time of refreshing.
            Upon our return we’ll move quickly into our 2014 District Assembly.  Please faithfully complete your reports and submit expeditiously to the district office.  Also please be in prayer for our Assembly gathering.
 
PASTOR RON SALSBURY UPDATE: Please see the end of this “In Touch.”
 
EMMANUEL HEIGHTS CAMP: The new web site is www.emmanuelheights.org and Director Adam Reed’s email address is adam@emmanuelheights.org.
            As we enter our 8th year of camp ownership and operation, we’ve done so without impacting our local church operations.  However, I would like to designate the month of May, annually, as Emmanuel Heights Camp Appreciation Month and ask that each local congregation receive an offering for the camp.  You may choose how you want to do it, but please send your contribution to the Los Angeles District Office, designated as Camp Offering.  This will help us greatly as we prepare for a busy camp season.
 
SANTA MONICA: We congratulate this congregation as their new pastoral family, Rev. Scott & Katie Savage, were installed this past Sunday.  Please be in prayer as they begin their new chapter in ministry in this mission field.
 
SAN FERNANDO: We congratulate this congregation in their vote for their new pastor, Adrian Velasco, who will be installed this next Sunday.  Also be in prayer for them as they move forward in their ministry.
 
TUJUNGA: Rev. Gary Armstead has been appointed as the pastor for this congregation.  Please pray for them as they develop momentum in this community.
 
GAMBELA SUDANESE BENEFIT CONCERT:
            When: Saturday, April 11, 2014 - 7pm to 9 pm
            Where: Xaris Church, 1417 W. Badillo St, West Covina, CA 91790
            What: To raise $5000 for 500 water bottles for the children, 500 Bibles for youth & adults, sound system, and projector.
            Ticket: $10. There will be a variety of musical performances, a silent auction, and refreshments.
            For further information, contact Pastor John Lee at johnwlee111@msn.com or 626-482-7043.
 
EL MORRO CHURCH is have a crusade “Reach the Beach” that is happening Thursday the  17- Saturday the19th of April.  Josh McDowell will be speaking to the Adults at 7pm and Les Christie speak to the youth at 5:30 those nights. During Josh’s time there will also be the Jubilee Gang ministering to the children.  They are expecting over 6000 people to attend and praying for 1000 people to come to Christ so that for the first time they can celebrate Easter (the 20th)as a believer. It is the largest thing they have ever attempted and God is already moving in a powerful way. Pray for God to release the people from the North, South, East and West. 
 
THREE DISTRICT PRIME TIME RETREAT: It’s not too late to register for the Three District Prime Time Retreat.  The dates are April 21-24, 2014 at Murrieta Hot Springs Resort.  The retreat begins Monday night with a musical concert by Jerry Nelson, known throughout the church and has recorded with the London and Israeli Symphony Orchestras.  The special speaker is Rev. Norman Moore, also known throughout the church for his 35+ years as an itinerant preacher and evangelist.
            For more information, you may contact Director, Rev. Steve Bray, at jstevebray@att.net.  You may register by contacting (714) 527-2002 or email: ptretreat@att.net.
 
SPANISH LADIES CAMP: CAMPAMENTO FEMENIL DEL DISTRITO LOS ANGELES.
FECHA:  MAYO 2-3-4 2014
LUGAR: FOREST HOME MILL CREEK CANYON CREEKSIDE 40,000 VALLEY OF THE FALLS DRIVE-FOREST FALLS CA 92339.
PRECIO:  160.00 (10% de descuento para las invitadas)
TEMA:  "MUJER EL NOVIO VIENE!  ESTAS LISTA?"
CONFERENCISTA: REV, LOIDA RUIZ DE MORALES.  (DISTRITO NAZARENO FROM SAN DIEGO CA)
EDAD:  DESDE LOS 10 ANOS...TENEMOS CONFERENCIAS EN INGLES PARA LAS TEENS
Contact: Amanda Hernandez: pedrohernandez1289@att.net
 
 
THE INTERFAITH FOSTER CARE SUMMIT: Please see the end of this “In Touch.”
 
LA CENTRAL CITY COMMUNITY Church of the Nazarene, and Pastor Tony Stallworth, continue to reflect the love of God in skid row Los Angeles, through a congregation of 200+, weekly bible studies, and the Wednesday night Karaoke Coffee Club Outreach. Central City Community Outreach is the non-profit organization that come alongside of the church, to assist in the fund raising for community based programs that benefit the church. This partnership has been going for 25 years. CCCO is looking for church partnerships who want to financially support this Compassionate Ministry Center, as well as possibly volunteer or visit the ministry. If interested in visiting or supporting the Central City ministry, please contact Scott Chamberlain (Chair of the CCCO Board) at sachamberlain@earthlink.net, and (626)590-2170.
 
PASTOR’S AND SPOUSE RETREAT 2014: Reservations are now being received for our Pastor's and Spouse Retreat September 15-17, 2014.
            Whether you are single or married you are invited for a two night, three day retreat at Miracle Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert.  Please visit http://www.miraclesprings.com/ for more info on Resort. Lots of fun! If you are a golfer bring your clubs! We know its budget season for the new year, please consider this retreat as a priority. We desire to bring unity through fellowship for our Pastors and Spouses here on the LA District. We hope it will be good for both the mind and the soul as we RE-Focus and RE-Juvenate. 
            Price: $350 per Couple - or $295 for a Single
            Make Checks out to LA District-Church of the Nazarene and send to the District Office by July 1st.  Register through www.lanazretreat.com 
 
ALTADENA CHURCH: is in need of a 15-passenger van. If you know of a van that is available for sale (or donation!) please call Helen Planks at 626-676-7930 or email helenplanks@att.net.
 
MONTROSE CHURCH of the Nazarene has developed a new 501c3 non-profit corporation, “Because You Matter, Inc.”, whose purpose is to offer dignity and hope to impact our community. BYM is expanding our community, youth and economic development programs in the La Crescenta Valley region, through collaborating with other non-profits. One exciting new program is the creation of the ACTS II Thrift Store, in collaboration with ACTS Partners, Inc, that will be opening in May. ACTS II Thrift Store will not only provide jobs for the underemployed, but also create a long-term income stream to sustain the additional community development programs. If you are interested in either volunteering or donating items to the ACTS II Thrift Store, or becoming a strategic partner in this social enterprise, please contact Scott Chamberlain at scott.chamberlain@montrosechurch.org, (626)590-2170, for more information.
 
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY HOTEL INFO: Hampton Inn has offered $119 for weekdays and $109 for weekend nights.  This is a link http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/reservations/index.jhtml?hotel=LAXACHX&corporateCode=0560007353 you may go through to make reservations if you wish, it includes the corporate account number you would need for this prices.
 
ENCOURAGEMENT: Let’s hear afresh the Word of the Lord in Matthew 17:1-5 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.  Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” NIV
                                                                                    Have a great week!
                                                                                    Jerry L. Ferguson
                                                                                    District Superintendent
 
PASTOR RON SALSBURY UPDATE: April 1, 2014 - “Songs in the Night”
            I love to sing.  I have been singing my whole life.  I love to sing and worship alone and especially with my New Life Church family.  Singing with you in worship is one of the things I’ve missed the most while I’ve been gone.
            During these past several weeks, I’ve discovered a different kind of song.  As most of you know, I’ve been fighting peripheral t-cell lymphoma and after six rounds of chemo therapy I was pronounced to be in “complete remission!”  Praise God!  Then, with much prayer and wise counsel, we decided to follow-up with a stem cell transplant at U.C.L.A.  It was very long and hard, but by God’s grace, with many faithful prayers and the 24/7 support of my beautiful and amazing wife Cathi, I’ve made it through!  Praise God!  My strength and my blood count numbers are coming back quickly!  I’ll be back soon!  They say I’ll feel normal in a few months.
            During some of my toughest times in the hospital, I found myself singing.  Many of the old songs I grew up with came back with amazing power because of the truth of the words.  The toughest times always seemed to be at night.  The nights got very long.  On one occasion, even though my precious Cathi was asleep on a couch beside me, I felt so weak and helpless.  I began to think of an old gospel song and began to sing it softly, “Some through the waters, some through the flood, Some through the fire, but all through the blood; Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long.”  I began to really understand that “night season.”  His presence was so thick and real.  He was “leading me through it!”
            I kept singing. “Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright, God leads His dear children along” I realized I’m used to singing in the happy times … the “sunshine” of the mountaintop! The song continues.  “Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night, God leads His dear children along.” Yes!  He was leading me through the darkest of night, and giving me a song in the “night season!”   “Some through the waters, some through the flood, Some through the fire, but all through the blood; Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long.”
I can’t say I’d want to go back to those long nights in the hospital, but I can say that in those moments, God gave me a “new song” and a deeper awareness of his faithfulness, hope and loving presence.  No matter what we face in life, God does lead his dear children along!  With him, we get through it! “Along” means we don’t get stuck!   I don’t know what season you may be in right now, but you can trust that he’s leading you through it!
            God gave me a great promise in the hospital out of Psalm 139:7-8, 12 (NIV) “7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
            God’s presence can light up any situation and give us a song to sing! … “In the night season and all the day long.”  May you be singing better and louder these days because you are filled with the joy and hope of his presence and the realization that he deserves your very best praise!  He loves to hear you praise him.  So, sing dear one, sing!
            Forever Grateful and Still Singing!  Pastor Ron Salsbury


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LA DISTRICT WORK AND WITNESS TRIP TO AFRICA
The Los Angeles District will be going on a Work & Witness trip in August of 2014 to Burundi and Rwanda, Africa.  A team is beginning to form.  CLICK HERE for the registration form and pass it on to those that may be interested in going.  The form should be filled out and sent to Rev. Ron Schmidt at the El Morro church (address below).  If you have further questions, please contact Rev. Schmidt.
 
El Morro Church of the Nazarene
ATTN:  Reverend Ron Schmidt
1480 Santa Ysabel Ave.
Los Osos, CA  93402
 
Phone:  (805) 528-0391
Fax:  (805) 528-8568
E-Mail:  pastorron@elmorro.org