WORDS FROM THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT:
GREETINGS: As we begin the second week of CHRISTmas, we see the bright, sparkling displays of our culture. We welcomed last week in the beautifully decorated atmosphere of Newhall Church as they hosted our annual District Ministers and Mates CHRISTmas Dinner. We thank them for their warm hospitality!
As I write this in Arcadia, there is a cloudless sky and beautiful mountains. Farther east are the snow-filled mountains. A beautiful day!
In the midst of all the gaiety, none of us are immune to the challenges which everyday life brings. Take time to thank the Lord for His strength and blessings; and intercede for others.
May all your special presentations be effective in lifting up Jesus - the reason for the season.
FUND-RAISING CONCERTS FOR PHILIPPINES: One of our district ordained elders, Carmelita Bermeo, who is on special assignment to the Philippines, will be in Los Angeles between December 17 - January 12 to help raise funds to rebuild homes for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. She is here to make an appeal on behalf of the Nazarene Churches in the Philippines especially those located in Samar and Leyte.
There will be two fund-raising concerts she has helped organize in the L.A. area, one on December 21 in Citizen's Bank Arena in Ontario California, and the other on January 10, 2014 in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Please be in prayer for the success of these events and, if your church has not already done so, consider an offering for the Philippine people.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES: Nazarene ordained elder, Jeff Carr, Chief Operating Officer of the Special Olympics World Games, writes this: “In the summer of 2015, 7,000 athletes from 170 countries are coming to Los Angeles to compete in the Special Olympics World Games. In fact, athletes from around the world are already practicing their sports in the hope of being chosen to represent their country.
“And while it takes talent, courage and determination to compete at the Special Olympics World Games, it will also take the participation of all of us to make these Games truly memorable. I’m very committed to these Games and I’m hoping I can share that joy with you this season.”
Over 30,000 volunteers will be needed to support the athletes during their nine days of competition. Volunteering for a major humanitarian event such as the World Games is a life-changing experience. I encourage you to register for a volunteer position today.
“You can also help the Special Olympics World Games by supporting an athlete directly. Today is #GivingTuesday -- a day of giving time and support to worthy causes. I'm inviting you to join the Support an Athlete campaign. For every $2,500 raised, one Special Olympics athlete will be able to compete. It’s easy to help -- just visit my Support an Athlete page and make a donation of any amount. Or, better yet, join the fun and set up your own fundraising page here.”
DISTRICT 21-DAY FAST: It’s not too early to begin preparing for the District 21-Day Fast from January 5-25, 2014. This is not a requirement; however, it is an opportunity for you to give up something that perhaps hinders your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in your lives as well as set new priorities for increasing your sensitivity to His presence in your lives.
ENCOURAGEMENT: Hear God’s Words recorded in Isaiah 45:18-19 “For this is what the Lord says – He who created the heavens, He is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited –
He says: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’” NIV
Have a great week!
Jerry L. Ferguson
|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