WORDS FROM THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
GREETINGS: Thank the Lord for the refreshing rain this past weekend. We’re still far from the end of the drought in California; however, this has been beneficial. It adds snow to the mountains which will help us as we move into the next season of time.
Judi & I were privileged to participate in the 17th anniversary celebration of Walnut Blessing Church this past Sunday with Pastors Peter and Kim Lundell. We appreciate their faithfulness over the years!
CHURCH STATISTICAL YEAR END: We’re about to enter the last month of the 2014-2015 church statistical year. As we continue into Lent and move up to Easter, my prayer for this season is for a fresh awareness of all that God has done for us through Christ as described in Ephesians 2:2-7 "And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus."
PASTOR BOB HISLAR - CAMARILLO: This past Sunday, Pastor Bob & DeAnn Hislar, after 26 faithful years of ministry to the Camarillo community, concluded their ministry. They will be relocating to Lewiston, Idaho to be near family. Pastor Bob will be recognized at the district assembly in June. Please pray for them as they and the congregation go through this transition.
DISTRICT PASTORS’ DAY: Make sure your calendar shows March 3, 2015 as District Pastors’ Day at Newhall Church of the Nazarene from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Special presenter for the day is Ted Baehr, founder of MovieGuide.com. He has a unique view of the Hollywood film industry and is able to provide us moral and spiritual guidelines in our evaluation of the various film media to which we’re exposed. This will be an important day.
CHURCH PLANTING WORKSHOP: March 9-13, 2015, our district will host a church planting workshop to be held at our Temple City facility. There will be a three tracks of training: “Church Planting Essentials,” “Churches Planting Churches,” and “Certified Trainers.” The material is prepared by Dynamic Church Planting International. Dr. Bill Wiesman, Director of New Church Development for the USA/Canada Region will be assisting with this training. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will lead the right district pastoral teams to attend these training sessions.
We are accepting reservations at the district office. Please contact Shay and let her know if you’re attending the Church Planting Essentials track or the Churches Planting Churches Track. Registration is $10. Food and lodging will be your own responsibility.
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 @ 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 21st-23rd
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
Cornerstone Nazarene, Santa Maria
DISTRICT CENTER: The east half of the second floor is still vacant. Continue praying for this issue.
ENCOURAGEMENT: Let’s celebrate Who Jesus is according to Colossians 1:15-20 - “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” NIV.
Have a great week!
Jerry L. Ferguson