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ONE HOUR AHEAD NEXT SATURDAY (MARCH 8) WHEN YOU GO TO BED!!! IF YOU FORGET YOU WILL BE LATE TO CHURCH!
|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
WORDS FROM THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT:
GREETINGS: As we enter our last week of February, we are just five weeks from the end of the 2013-2014 statistical year for our district. We have begun preparing for our district assembly and other yearend activities. Know I’m praying for you as your begin planning for your nominating committees, annual church meetings, and elections for the 2014-2015 church year. I join with you in celebrating your victories!
PASTOR RON SALSBURY UPDATE: Please see the end of this “In Touch.”
PASTOR BOB HISLAR: On Sunday, February 16, during the morning worship service, Pastor Hislar fainted, falling against the Communion Table and hitting the floor hard, resulting in severe head injuries. He spent Sunday through Tuesday in ICU. He is currently home recovering. Both he and DeAnn appreciate your prayers. The doctors have no explanation as to what happened.
UKRAINE UNREST: The Church of the Nazarene's Global Mission Office reports all Nazarene missionaries in the area are safe.
Local Nazarene doctors and volunteers are working as part of the emergency medical response effort in neighboring hospitals, which are overcrowded and not sufficiently resourced.
Several nearby churches and hotels are now makeshift hospitals as doctors and volunteers work to help the victims.
The Nazarene Compassionate Ministries CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Field coordinator reports NCM staff and local churches, led by the Nazarene district superintendent, are working together to create an official emergency response plan.
In addition to prayer, the greatest need is for donations to provide medical supplies, blankets, clothing, and meals.
How to Help : Donate online now through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries by clicking here.
To send donations by mail, make checks payable to "General Treasurer" and send them to: Global Treasury Services, Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116
Be sure to put "Designation ID: 122185" in the Memo area.
FREEDOM SUNDAY: The first Sunday of Lent, March 9, 2014, is designated as “Freedom Sunday” to focus on the issue of modern slavery/Human trafficking. The goal are to raise awareness about the problem of modern slavery. Isaiah 58:6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke; to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”
For resources, information, and to register your church and/or organization, log onto http://holinessandunity.org/index.php/freedom.
DISTRICT PASTORS’ DAY: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, we will meet for our annual pastors’ day at our Newhall Church for worship, inspiration, information, fellowship and encouragement. I’m still arranging the program, but expect it to be beneficial for us all. I look forward to seeing you there.
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 30+ years as an itinerant preacher and evangelist.
PASTOR’S AND SPOUSE RETREAT 2014: On behalf of our planning committee we want to invite you to be a part of 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-Juvinate.
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
2013-2017 MANUAL TO TAKE EFFECT IN MARCH: The Board of General Superintendents declared March 15, 2014 as the effective date for the 2013-2017 Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.
1-800-877-0700 (toll-free order #); 1-800-849-9827 (toll-free fax order #)
email@example.com (email order address)
P.O. Box 419527, Kansas City, MO 64141-6527 (postal mailing address)
ENCOURAGEMENT: Let’s be reminded of the essence of our being in Psalm 18:28-32 “You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” NIV
Have a great week!
Jerry L. Ferguson
PASTOR RON SALSBURY UPDATE: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Good Morning Dear Ones!
This has been quite a week! God has truly shown Himself as the “Mighty One!” I want to thank you for your love, support and prayers!
As most of you know, Cathi and I went down to U.C.L.A. this week to harvest my stem cells for use early next month in a stem cell transplant for lymphoma. We asked you to pray to the “Lord of the Harvest” for a successful stem cell harvest.
On Monday, I had a series of tests. One of them is called a CD34 test to measure the stem cell count in my blood. Because of the possible effects from the radiation and chemo therapies from my prostate cancer treatment ten years ago, there was concern as to whether or not they could harvest my stem cells.
They were hoping for a number of around 20, and if it was below 10 they would have to wait and double my daily dose of steroids. My number was 143! I was brimming with stem cells!
So on Tuesday morning, we began the harvesting. I was lying in a bed with the blood going out of my right arm, into a machine, and back into my left arm. It took about 3 ½ hours. The plan was to come back the next day, and we would continue for up to a week to collect what was needed. We got a call late that afternoon, that they had actually collected enough in one day for about 5 people! We have all we need!
Yesterday, after a couple of final tests we had breakfast before heading home. When we got our order number, Cathi said, “Look! Look at the number!” It was 143! The exact number of my stem cell count! We laughed and said, “Isn’t God Good!” As we sat and had breakfast, we celebrated the fact that 10 years ago on Wednesday, February 12th, I was first diagnosed with prostate cancer. God has been so good and faithful to extend and bless my life in so many ways! He is a God of abundance! That special, little “143 order number” was just one more of many reminders!
So what’s next? At this point, the plan is to go down to U.C.L.A. on Tuesday, February 25th and be admitted the next day on the 26th. I will have a final P.E.T. Scan here locally sometime next week to confirm that I am still in “complete remission.” This is required to proceed, making sure my stem cells are clean and healthy.
Then, upon admittance on the 26th, that day I will begin six consecutive days of “high dose” chemo therapy which will completely destroy my bone marrow. After a “day of rest” on March 4th, I will receive the “transplant” (stem cell reinfusion) on March 5th, which they refer to as “Day 0.” Then beginning the next day (“Day 0+1”), I will begin a long period of “protective isolation” while my blood count is increasing and my healthy reinfused stem cells begin to rebuild my bone marrow. This will take several weeks.
Well beloved, that’s the plan. Thankfully, God is in charge! Keep praying, I’ll keep you posted!
10 years ago, this morning, God covered me with his presence like warm oil, and baptized me with hope and peace! He gave me Psalm 18 as an anchor. Let me leave you with the first two verses. Psalm 18:1-2 (NIV) “I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Amazingly Graced, Pastor Ron
|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