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WORDS FROM THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT

GREETINGS: With all the activity of transition going on, it’s been awhile since I’ve issued an “In Touch.” Our Monrovia home has sold; Judi and Emily have moved to our new home in Arizona (Judi will be back for district assembly); I’m here until July 19.
District Assembly is this week, so you can imagine the business in our district office. This is an historic assembly for us in that a new district superintendent will be elected. I know you’ve been in prayer for this decision.
All meetings will be at Pasadena First Church, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Missions Convention begins Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM and continues through Thursday until 4:30 PM. District Assembly begins Thursday evening at 7:00 PM and continues through Friday evening at the conclusion of the Ordination Service. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
I will give my final report on Friday morning around 9:30 AM. It truly has been an honor serving this great district for the past sixteen years! Judi and I will be forever grateful for the love and support you have given us.
 
PASTOR RON SALSBURY UPDATE: Please see the end of this “In Touch.”

GLENDORA COMMUNITY CHURCH JOB OPENING: The Glendora Community Church is looking for an Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for a full-time Monday-Friday position. Inquiries can be made to Glendora Community Church, 645 N. Grand Ave., Glendora, CA 91741. Email:  annemarie@glendoracommunitychurch.org
 
EVANGELIST AVAILABLE: Evangelist Rev. Luther John Doctorian has just returned from five weeks of effective missionary journey to Indonesia and Singapore. He is now
available to preach and minister in the Churches in our Los Angeles District Churches. Any Pastor who wants Rev. Doctorian to minister in your Church this Summer through October can
contact him directly at his email address: doctorianent@earthlink.net or his call phone 626-379-1010.

CHILDREN’S CAMP – The Los Angeles District has been working with Forest Home Christian Camp in the San Bernardino Mountains to plan summer camps for our children this year.   Forest Home offers camps for grades 3 and 4 and for grades 5 and 6.  Each camp is tailored to the specific age group and offers our children a wonderful week experiencing Jesus through worship, nature, activities, and friendships.  PazNaz is attending June 21 – 26 and NewNaz is attending July 12 – 17th.  In addition, there are camps that run each week through the middle of August.  If your church is interesting in participating, please contact Pastor Kathy Cannon (661 259-5272 or Kathy@newnaz.org) as soon as possible to reserve spaces.  Partial financial help may be available as the cost of Forest Home is higher than last year. 
For churches unable to attend any of these camps, Granite Ridge will also be conducting two Kids Camps (see information below). For further information on these, contact Granite Ridge at 805-238-3582.

NYI SUMMER CAMP: The dates for this summer for both Jr. and Sr. High students are July 27-31, 2015.  It be taking place at Quaker Meadows.  The speaker will be Rex Baker.  Rex is the Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Worship at Connecting Point Church of the Nazarene in Denair, CA (near Modesto) on the Central Cal District.  The theme this year is "Keep It Old School" and the theme verse is 1 John 2:7.  Cost is $250 by registration deadline (July 9), leaders: $150 by deadline.  Look for more information coming from NYI.  If you have questions you can contact our District NYI president, Aaron at Aaron@sbnaz.com.
For churches unable to attend any of these camps, Granite Ridge will also be conducting a Jr. High and a Sr. High Camp (see information below). For further information on these, contact Granite Ridge at 805-238-3582.

GRANITE RIDGE CAMP: Here are the dates for the camps, speaker, and costs.
Junior High Camp (6th-thru-8th grade) - June 22-26
Speaker: Cory Nelson, San Luis Obispo
Special Guests: Nipomo Pastor Mark Valadez & Children’s author Jill Osborne.
Cost: $250.00
Children’s Camp (3rd-thru-5th grade) - July 6-10
Speaker: Cory Nelson, San Luis Obispo
Special Guests: Nipomo Pastor Mark Valadez & Children’s author Jill Osborne.
Cost: $250.00
Children’s Camp (3rd-thru-5th grade) - July 20-24
Speaker: Cory Nelson, San Luis Obispo
Cost: $250.00
High School Camp (9th-thru-12th grade) - July 27-31
Speaker: Cory Nelson, San Luis Obispo
Cost: $250.00
Granite Ridge also has open dates for the remainder of the year for church board, Sunday school class, or other types of retreats. Shay Stewart is our interim director of the camp and you may schedule your retreat by calling Granite Ridge at 805-238-3582.

GRANITE RIDGE CAMP LOVE OFFERING: I would encourage all our churches to take a love offering for Granite Ridge Camp as they move through their summer schedule and continue their business plan for the future. You may send the offering to the district office, designating that it is for “Granite Ridge Camp.”

2015 PASTOR AND SPOUSE RETREAT: Please mark your calendars for our 2015 Pastor and Spouse Retreat. We will have the schedule and more info on our website www.lanazretreat.org.
Location: Newly Remodeled SeaCrest Hotel, Pismo Beach
Cost: $380 (If you pay online there is an additional $12 fee.)
            $340 for a single
Dates: September 21-23, 2015
Speaker: Dr. David Busic
(Please mail all your payments to Santa Maria Cornerstone Church at
1026 E. Sierra Madre, Santa Maria CA, 934540
For more info: lanazretreat.org
Contact Person: Josh Johnson
Chair of Pastor & Spouse Committee
Senior Pastor 
Cornerstone Nazarene, Santa Maria
email: pastor@cornerstonesm.org

DISTRICT CENTER: The east half of the second floor is still vacant.  Continue praying for this issue.
 
ENCOURAGEMENT: Here is a powerful promise from Isaiah 41:10 “(God) said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” NIV.
 
                                                        Have a great week!
                                                        Jerry L. Ferguson
                                                        District Superintendent
 
PASTOR RON SALSBURY UPDATE: - June, 2015 - Warnings and Promises!
Proverbs 2:6-8 (NIV) 6 The LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
We all see the value of warnings. If a bridge on a road we were traveling was washed out, we would hope for a sign. If there was a fire in a building we were in, we would expect an alarm. God gives us “warnings” in his word to both protect us and bless us. The question is, do we read them, trust them, and obey them?
In November 2014, the Food and Drug Administration released its rule for calorie counts on chain restaurants. The final rule is pretty tough. It requires movie theaters, pizza chains, and grocery stores to include calorie counts on their products. Most Americans like this idea. We all know we need to eat healthier. Nearly 75 percent of Americans support menu labeling. After New York required labels in 2008, 84 percent of residents said they found the labels helpful, and 93 percent of people in a public health clinic sample saw menu labeling as important.
Unfortunately, there's one big problem with food labeling. It doesn’t work! It doesn't seem to change what we eat. Researchers reviewed 31 studies published between January 2007 and July 2013 that explored how calorie labeling influenced consumer choices at cafes and restaurants. One of the researchers concluded the results of this review: "The best designed studies show that calorie labels do not have the desired effect in reducing total calories ordered at the population level." People, in spite of the warnings, didn’t change! It’s one thing to have the information, it quite another thing to use the information! This is also true with regard to the Bible. God’s Word, however, does not just warn us of harm, it also promises us blessing.
David wrote in Psalm 119:30, 32 (NIV) 30 I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. 32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
And in Psalm 19:7, 11 (NIV) 
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
“Great reward.” That is the purpose of God’s “warnings!” Not to limit our life, but to fulfill and bless our life for the Glory of God! This doesn’t mean life will always be easy. Sometimes it’s very hard. But there are times when we make it much harder than it needs to be by not following God’s warnings and trusting his promises!
Many of us know Proverbs 3:5-6, and I love it in The Message paraphrase, 5 Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. 6 Listen for GOD's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.

This is so true! We need to be reminded … even warned! That the only way to “keep on track” is to trust in God! Like the recent, tragic train derailment in Philadelphia, our lives can all too easily end up in tragedy.

So beloved, I encourage you to read God’s Word, trust God’s Word, and obey God’s Word! Think of it as “life labeling!” I’m finding that even in the toughest of times, God can be trusted and obeyed. It’s totally worth it!

Trusting in God’s Promises and Enjoying his Peace,

Pastor Ron Salsbury


P.S. Health wise, I’m feeling great!! We’re praying, believing, watching and waiting. I’m going for another PET scan at the end of this month. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for your prayers! Faith, not Fear!!!