WORDS FROM THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
GREETINGS: We are quickly approaching the end of summer and priorities are changing in our scheduling. Students are starting back to school and “routines” are being re-established. This means new experiences and new opportunities. The Apostle Paul encourages us in Ephesians 5:15-20 “Be very careful, then, how you live –not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
May you sense the freshness of the Lord’s presence as you move forward!
DISTRICT LABOR DAY WEEKEND FAMILY CAMP: We are just a few days away from our annual Labor Day weekend family camp at Granite Ridge (formerly Emmanuel Heights) - August 29 - September 1. Our speaker, Dr. Mel Rich, will be sharing fresh insights from the Word of God and its applications in our lives. It will be a great weekend of inspiration, fellowship, and relaxation. You may get more information and register your attendance by calling 805-238-3582.
PASTOR’S AND SPOUSE RETREAT 2014: You may still make reservations 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
DISTRICT SPANISH PASTORS’ MEETING: (Change of Date) - Our regular Spanish Pastors’ Meeting is being moved from Saturday, September 20, to Saturday, November 1, 2014 when we’ll have our district insurance representative, Howard Wooton, presenting very important information to us concerning appropriate financial protection for our churches. I expect all Spanish pastors and leaders to attend.
DISTRICT MISSION DEPUTATION OPPORTUNITIES: Pastor Josue Tiguila is the district coordinator for visiting missionaries coming into our area. You may find out which missionaries and their schedules by contacting Pastor Josh at email@example.com or 323-350-2734. I encourage you to invite a missionary to share their ministry with your congregation.
DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT TRAVEL: The district superintendent and his wife will be in Williamsburg, Virginia September 2-8 for the USA/Canada gathering of district superintendents. They appreciate your prayers for safety and productivity.
ENCOURAGEMENT: Let’s hear afresh God’s invitation from Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” NIV
Have a great week!
Jerry L. Ferguson