|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: Sabbatical is over, District Assembly is past, Vacation is history, PALCON is on the horizon (next week!) and then Pastor and Spouse Retreat (Sept 15-17). I trust your summer activities have been as refreshing for you as mine have been for me. Now it’s time to get back to work and make this final year one of inspiring productivity!
PASTOR RON SALSBURY UPDATE: Please see the end of this “In Touch.”
DISTRICT KIDS CAMPS, YOUTH CAMPS & VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS: I praise the Lord for the positive reports I’m hearing from across the district concerning the Lord’s faithfulness in bringing people to saving faith. The Church of tomorrow is in good hands because Jesus is the Builder, the Sustainer, and the Victor!
PALCON: ReNew, Refresh, ReFocus, ReTool, ReIgnite -- Registrations are still being received for the PLNU Pastors and Leaders Conference (PALCON), July 28-31. This is a gathering designed for clergy, both assigned and unassigned, serving on the front lines of ministry. It is the vision of PALCON to participate in a fresh move of God upon the Church of the Nazarene in the United States and Canada. We minister in days with a unique opportunity to impact our world.
PALCON is a 3-day conference with a registration price of $179.00. The conference includes conference materials, all meals, breaks, and on-campus housing. For those who can attend only one day the registration is $99.00 and includes conference materials, all meals, breaks, but no overnight housing is included.
Keynote speakers are: David Busic, Henry Spaulding II, T. Scott Daniels, Ted Roberts, and Francis Chan.
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
VENTURA POWERHOUSE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: We congratulate this congregation as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary on Saturday & Sunday, August 2-3, 2014. Enjoy seeing old friends & making new ones, as we Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, & Inspire the Future. Join them if you can.
ENCOURAGEMENT: Receive afresh the Apostle Paul’s prayer for us all, from Ephesians 3:16-19: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge –that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” NIV
Have a great week!
Jerry L. Ferguson
PASTOR RON SALSBURY UPDATE: July, 2014 - “Change”
Change. There are few things in life that are as predictable as change. We all face changes in life – the weather, our age, our health, our finances, our circumstances, and in our relationships.
Change is a natural part of life. Thankfully, God does not change. As it says in James 1:17 (NIV) 17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Commitment, faithfulness and fidelity are basically a refusal to change. This means that even when we are not faithful, God is! God says in Malachi 3:6 (NIV) 6 "I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” God is committed to us, so he does not change.
Henry Lyle wrote in his great, 18th Century hymn, “Change and decay in all around I see; O thou who changest not, abide with me.” Thankfully, God’s faithfulness to us is an unchanging reality.
We should be thankful that God does not change, and can help us in our commitments to not change. Henry Ford was once asked about his “formula” for a long, successful marriage and said, “The same as I’ve used in the automobile business … stick with one model!”
But, some change is good, natural, even necessary. Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 (NIV) 3 "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” The disciples were concerned with position, opinion, status, and the wrong definition of “greatness.” Jesus would basically say that “greatness” is measured by “servanthood.” The disciples, to become great, needed to “change” and become like children and humble themselves to be willing to serve.
There are some changes in life that we must actively seek – our spiritual growth, our personal/professional development, and the continual “adjustments” required to maintain healthy and enduring relationships. There are other changes that just happen, and come in the natural course of living life together.
This has been a season of change in the life of our church. As I mentioned last month, we’ve recently lost several of our church members due to death, and dealing with those changes is difficult and causes us to grieve. Our staff has also undergone some changes, some of which are difficult as well. Over the last several years, we’ve had unusual stability and longevity in our staff. Recently, however, we’ve seen some changes, and we will miss those who have moved on.
But change can also be a fantastic opportunity! Change can result in growth, improvement, healing, new vision and new direction. Every change is pregnant with potential and opportunity!
A time of change is the time to fully trust in God! Now is the time to pray that God will guide and direct us. As you face changes in your life, and in your family, and as we face changes in our church family, let’s commit ourselves to a unified, prayerful pursuit of the new thing God wants to do in us and through us as a church. Good days are ahead! Christ is leading us and changing us!
Leading on My Knees, Pastor Ron Salsbury
|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