Some Advent Thoughts...

Most of you are aware of the shooting that took place this past Wednesday at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Our prayers are with those who have lost loved ones, with those who are working in law enforcement, with the victims and perpetrators - that God may bring about healing, reconciliation, and justice. We especially stand with our San Bernardino Valley churches who will bear the brunt of the impact of these horrible events as they look to respond faithfully and obediently to God's direction in this time of chaos.

It is fitting that we look to the season of Advent to give us words for our grief. The prophet Habakkuk mirrors our sorrow in Habakkuk 1:

2 How long, O Lord, will I call for help, and You will not hear? I cry out to You, "Violence!" Yet You do not save.

3 Why do you make me see iniquity, and cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, destruction and violence are before me; strife exists and contention arises.

4 Therefore the law is ignored and justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice comes out perverted.

However, the Lord responds to Habakkuk's plea and extends the promise that God will bring justice to the wicked, that His holy name will be rightly revered. And, in expectation, Habakkuk offers these beautiful words of submission:

"Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet will I exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation."

Though the blossoms of peace are not to be found and the fruit of righteousness seems to fail, though people are cut off from life, may we exult in the Lord, the God of our salvation, knowing that Christ still calls us to spread the news of his first coming and prepare the world for His second coming.

May God grant a contemplative, transformative Advent season and a blessed, restorative Christmas holiday,

Your District Administration Team

 

Are you in the ordination process?

This February, the district will be having its annual licensing and ordination interviews at our Murrieta Gateway Church. Meetings for district license renewals will be held on February 2, while new licensee and ordination interviews will be held on February 16 - please mark your calendars accordingly. For an appointment contact Steve Rodeheaver at steverodeheaver@pointloma.edu. Record of completed courses must be submitted in December to Wink Davis at wink.davis@gracept.org.

All ordination candidates must have completed their ministerial studies. They also must have completed three (3) consecutive years of assigned ministry and currently be serving in an assigned role.

 

Monthly Reporting

Pastors, please remember that the district needs your monthly church stats reported here.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as it allows your D. S. to minister more effectively throughout the district.  Further, it allows Rev. Taylor to no longer use the term "ballpark figure." He despises all games of sport, especially those using a ball ...in a park.

 

A New pastor on the District

We welcome Jeff Mosley as new head pastor of Phelan New Life COTN. He and his wife Tawnya have lived in Wrightwood, CA where Jeff has worked as a police officer since 2000. They have four kids (Matthew, Alexis, Madison, & Abbey) and two grandkids (Caiden & Peyton).

 

SDMI Fresh start

Saturday, February 13th at The Bridge Church of Bloomington, CA will host SDMI's "Fresh Start" conference with General Superintendent David Busic.  The cost will be $12.00 per person (Includes lunch).  We are asking every church to pay the way for their teachers, directors, staff, and pastors as an investment in equipping them to be more faithful, committed, innovative servants in the Kingdom. Sign-ups will begin online after December 15.

 

Dynamic Church Planting International

Our DCPI conference has been rescheduled for February 29th - March 3rd. The church planting seminar will be hosted at Mission Church of the Nazarene.  The cost will be $35.  Three tracks will be offered: CPE (Church Planting Essentials), CPC (Churches Planting Churches) and CT (Certified Trainer).  You can start your registration on our district website.

Starting a new church is the single best method of evangelism. A new, culturally-specific or affinity-group church can make in-roads into a group that the sponsor church never could.  Just as new believers bring new spirit and life to an existing congregation, new churches breathe new life into our denomination.  Dynamic Church Planting International subscribes to the motto: "All kinds of churches for all kinds of people," and have arranged their resources accordingly.

 

Women's Retreat

Please mark your calendars now for the Spring 2016 Women's Retreat on March 11-13, 2016.  Woe to all who have allowed early-bird registration to pass; there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth. But, you can still register for the retreat.

Send one church check to: Kim Smith [10489 Bellflower Ave., Cherry Valley, CA  92223 - (909) 915-4734; ordwoman4god@aol.com.

Registration

Quad         $190 per person

Triple        $215 per person

Double      $265 per person

Single       $405 per person

For full information, please visit the Women's Retreat website

 

Prime Time Retreat

Mark your calendars! On April 18 - 21, 2016 Murrieta Hot Springs Resort will be hosting "The Gathering" Prime Time retreat. Our speaker will be Dr. Jim Bond, former General Superintendent and PLNU president. In addition, Brain Arner will be joining us in concert Monday evening. Additional information will continue to be made available on the Prime Time retreat district webpage. Or, if it's urgent, we'll send out an email with the tagline "pictures of the grandkids."

 

socal Roundup

Formerly known as "Caravan Roundup," the SoCal Roundup will be taking place May 20 - 22 at the  Indian Hills Camp in Jamul, CA. It'll be a weekend packed with outdoor activities for all ages as well as inspiring times of praise and worship. Camp areas are available for churches interested in making this weekend a youth or family camping trip. Prices range from $30 - $57 per person for tent or cabin/structure camping. For more information contact Janet Crow. And, remember - you don't need to have a Caravan program to participate!

 

fundingthemission.org Release

Good news! On January 11th, the old "Funding the Mission" site will be turned off and the new site will go live. You'll be able to log in and use the intuitive format and giving page. The ability to create, edit, and delete transactions will be at your fingertips. In many cases, you'll even be able to give to your district or school on the new site. Additionally, there will be a webinar for the new site on January 12. Please visit fundingthemission.org for more info.

 

Tecate Nazarene Seminary Building Project

The Southern California District is partnering with Lazarian World Homes to help build a new married student housing complex at the Tecate, Mexico Nazarene Seminary. While Lazarian Homes has already pledged $95,000 for the project, we are looking to fund the remaining $5,000 of the total $100,000 being spent towards a January 2016 completion date. We have made it extremely easy for any and all to give to the project. Simply visit either the facebook page or the district website link, click on the donate tab or the donate widget, and this will take you to our Razoo account site where you can enter your credit card/debit card info for a donation.

Any of the above links will also give more information on the work being done.

 

For those who made it all the way through the newsletter - a simple Christmas reminder:

 

 

 

 

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