The Silence of Love

Every once in a while, in my pastoral ministry, I have encountered a situation in which I have to stop talking and allow someone to experience the repercussions of their choices. This happened recently with a friend of mine. She was convinced of a hopeless work situation and refused to see any other point of view or solution. I saw a few viable options which would allow her to keep her job and maintain certain workplace relationships. However, in the end, I had to offer my opinion, pray, and then sit back and be quiet. Things didn't turn out well. In the end, the job was lost and relationships were tarnished because of a hopeless attitude and poor choices.

I've been reminded recently, both through this and situations in my own life, that silence on the part of another doesn't necessarily indicate an uncaring attitude, but that, in some situations and for some seasons, silence is the only way to properly love.

In scripture, we get the picture of a God who, in loving His people, occasionally has need to check their disobedience with silence. We see this prophesied in Amos 8:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
“When I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,
But rather for hearing the words of the Lord.
“People will stagger from sea to sea
And from the north even to the east;
They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord,
But they will not find it.

A "famine" of the words of the Lord - It would have been easy for Israel to have heard this and believed that God was doing this out of spite or with a chip on His shoulder. However, repeatedly throughout the Bible, we get the assertion that God withholds His voice because of His desire for His people to draw near to Him - because of His love, not His hate. Even in Amos, we see a God who, though intent on punishing, concludes by announcing restoration and redemption.

This February, if you are experiencing a period of silence from God, ask yourself why. Have you made choices which have pushed Him away? Have you held attitudes which have resisted His call? Have you challenged His leadership by refusing to submit a goal, plan, or dream to His authority? If so, God's silence is designed to bring you back into a healthy, submissive relationship with Him.

God's silence is always an indication of His love - His love which will not let you go. Rest in this truth and return to the God of Love.

Your District Administration

 

Preaching conference

All licensed and ordained ministers! The SoCal district invites you to join us February 18th for the "Preaching in the Shape of Scripture" conference with G.S. Dr. David Busic. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. The day-long conference runs from 9 AM to 4 PM (Registration and check-in at 8) at Riverside Arlington Ave. Church of the Nazarene. This will be a great time of encouragement, renewal, and inspiration. Click HERE to register for the conference.* (please RSVP as soon as possible so we know how many to plan for)

*see website for printable flier

 

Fresh Start and NYI Convention

We will be hosting "Fresh Start" 2017 and the annual NYI Convention on February 25th at The Bridge Church in Bloomington. Our theme this year is "Connecting the Dots" and will focus on seeing the connections between people and ministry. The Cost is $12 per person if paid before Feb. 14, and $15 per person if paid after Feb. 14. (we are asking each church to pay registration for their attending members). Please mark your calendars accordingly!

Our keynote speaker this year will be Rev. Scott Daniels, former lead pastor of Pasadena First Church and current Lead pastor at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene. We are excited about how God will use this time to energize His church and equip His leaders for service. Hope to see you there!

Registration can be found HERE (or by going to socalnaz.org under the events tab)

We will also be holding our annual NYI convention the same weekend. The cost is $8 for Friday night only $14 for both convention and Fresh Start. We’ll gather as a district family for an evening of worship, food, games, free PLNU swag, and some great leadership panels for mid and sr high, led by our leaders and students.

The next morning we’ll join Fresh Start, which will include topical seminars by some of our very own NYI leaders, designed for students. Contact District NYI President, AJ Wolf, at AJ@lasfloreschurch.com if you have any questions! We hope you'll plan to join us!

 

Funding the Mission Workshop: CANCELLED

Please note! the Funding the Mission workshop set for February 4th has been cancelled. Please mark your calendars accordingly. Thank you!

 

2017 Wiley Lectures

This year the PLNU Wiley Lecture speaker is Dr. Dan Boone, President and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Trevecca Nazarene University. We invite you to attend on Monday, February 27, 2017 where Dr. Boone will speak in student chapel and again in the 1:30 PM session listed below. (Dr. Boone will meet with you at lunch between sessions)

Lecture Series: “Charitable Discourse: Speaking Generously about the Things That Divide Us” (February 27 - March 1; all main lectures in Crill Performance Hall)

  • Lecture #1: “Being Odd and Feeling Normal:  When Christianity Makes You Stick Out as Different” (*Mon. Feb. 27, 2017 1:30-2:20pm)
  • Lecture #2: “Dating Rituals and the Future of Marriage” (*Tues. Feb. 28, 2017  9:30-10:20am)
  • Lecture #3: “Cyber Ethics: The Language of Blessing and Cursing” (*Tues. Feb. 28, 2017  1:30-2:20pm)
  • Lecture #4: “Civic Pluralism/Faithful Presence” (*Wed. Mar. 1, 2017  8:30-9:20am)

 

Kids Camp Workers Needed

So Cal District Kid’s Camp is seeking individuals for executive and staff positions for summer 2017:  Art director, Fun Time director, Head Nurse, Counselors. If you or someone you know of might be interested in filling these positions, please contact, Karisa May, Camp Director: scdchildrenscamp@gmail.com

 

Youth Worker Day

Because of ALL YOU DO...we would like to cordially invite you to join us for a celebration of the service of youth workers. Please join us March 17th, 2017 for a chapel service, interview and luncheon with Doug Fields as well as a time of fellowship with youth workers from throughout California.

Doug Fields is a communicator, author, and consultant. He is the Executive Director of HomeWord’s Center for Youth/Family at Azusa Pacific University, the co-founder of Downloadyouthministry.com, and the author of more than 50 books. More information about Doug is at: www.dougfield.com.

This event is for all those that volunteer in youth ministries or minister to youth in some capacity. This is a free event but the CPL needs an RSVP at HERE as soon as possible.

 

Three District Prime Time Retreat

Dr. Jim Diehl will be our speaker April 24-27 at the beautiful Murrieta Hot Springs Campus. Jim Diehl is a much loved and sought after speaker on college campus, layman’s retreats, cruises, and retreat settings. We are fortunate Jim can be with us in Murrieta.

The Murrieta Hot Springs is a beautiful garden-like campus where the college students take care of our every need. For four days and three nights our chef will provide outstanding meals and desserts, and we will have ample opportunity for worship, fellowship, and fun activities involving the pool, hot spring spas (choose your temperature), game nights in the coffee house, horse shoes, and much more. (see attached files - scan 0010 and 0011 - for more info)

We will celebrate in music Monday night with Rev. Scott Anderson leading and Leslie Garman at the Keyboard. There will be a special quartet you do not want to miss. Additionally, we will celebrate the 100th birthday of Rev. Joseph Penn.

 

Teen Bible Quizzing

Please note this year’s quizzing competition schedule

  • Feb 11, Luke 1-20, District Quiz @ Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene. Luke 1-20 (Starts at 9:00 AM)
  • Mar 18 (date estimate), Luke 1-24, Prescott Tournament @ Prescott AZ
  • Apr 8, Luke 1-24, District Finals @ Mission Church
  • May 26-29, Luke 1-24, Elev8 @ PLNU

For more information, contact District Teen Quiz Director, Jerry Goodwin (jerrygoodwin@wildblue.net).

 

Children's Quizzing Calendar: 2017

  • Invitational Quiz: March 11 @ TBD
  • District Quiz: April 8 @ Mission
  • Regional Quiz: May 2017 @PLNU (for those who qualify)
  • World Quiz: June 2017

For more information, contact Karisa May

 

Local Missionary Presidents

We are asking all local NMI presidents (Missionary presidents) to email Darla Bridges (SoCal District LINKS Secretary) at socallinks@outlook.com. She's needing a more complete list in order to get out appropriate information to all applicable parties. Additionally, pastors - please make sure that your local NMI president has access to this information and Darla's email

 

Youth In Mission

Youth in Mission has some exciting mission opportunities for young adults (18-25yrs) in 12 locations across the region for June-July 2017: 

 

What is YiM? An initiative of the USA/Canada Region Church of the Nazarene whose mission is to engage young adults in the mission of Christ through the community of the Church in the diversity of Culture. Learn more at: www.youthinmission.org 

 

Could you help get the word out locally? Especially to those young adults going to community or state colleges and universities. Maybe they are doing something else in life? (Nazarene school students are always welcome to apply) Let them know there is a mission option for them! 

 

Know anyone you’d like to recommend? E-mail yim@nazarene.org

 

 

 

Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat is almost here! Taking place March 17-19 at the S.D. Town and Country Resort, 2017 women's retreat will host Olivia Metcalf (chaplain @ NNU) as its key speaker.

For more info on registration, dates, times, or event particulars, please click HERE or go to socalnaz.org under Ministries (Adult). 

 

SoCal Round-Up

May 19-21, 2017 we will hold our annual SoCal Roundup at Indian Hills Camp in Jamal, CA. We rent the entire campground for the weekend and have a great time swimming, hiking, doing derby car races, zip-lining, obstacle course racing and engaging in wonderful times of praise and worship.  Contact Janet Crow now if your church is interested in doing "Family Camp" at this event.  A tour of the site can be arranged to help with your planning!  Janet's e-mail is janetloma@cox.net

 

Kids Camp

This year's kids camp will take place on July 24-28 at Pine Valley Christian Conference Center. Space is limited so plan and reserve early! $275 per child for the first 90 kids with early registration (postmarked by June 20th) - regular registration: $290, postmarked by July 10th (up to maximum capacity). For more info, email info@socalnazkidscamp.com. (see attached flier for more details)

 

General Assembly Update

General Assembly housing is now available to everyone. To register or reserve housing, click HERE, or visit ga2017.com. If you have any problems on the website while registering or reserving housing, please get in touch with Experient Housing Bureau Customer Service at 1-800-424-5249

 

Giving Summary

Attached, in spreadsheet form, is the giving summary for all the churches on the Southern California District. Feel free to peruse to see how your church is coming along.

 

Church reporting

We've updated our online monthly church reporting form to eliminate the financial sections.  Please click HERE to access the new form.

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