Many Yet One

As many of you know, the Church of the Nazarene's General Assembly began on June 21st and concluded a few days ago, June 30th. I was there over the middle weekend and have a few observations:

1. This has to be the worst week of the year, financially, for downtown Indianapolis Hooters.

2. Scott Daniel's forehead is a lot more imposing in person.

3. If every Nazarene were given a mobility scooter, the halls of General Assembly would be pure, L.A. rush-hour gridlock. It would also be purely amazing to see 95% of Nazarenes lose their sanctification over mobility scooter road rage.

4. There is no good answer to the question "are you staying out of trouble?" except, perhaps, "I have no choice," while showing them your GPS ankle monitor.

5. While many ministries were represented in the exhibition hall, no one, to my knowledge, has yet rented a space purely for personal promotion - an unfortunate oversight. (just imagine the booth: "Tom Taylor: the Man, the Myth, the Legend!") Also: a petting zoo would be a fantastic addition.

One rarely gets the chance to see and interact with this many Nazarenes in one place, but, as I stood and looked at the enormous gathering of my brothers and sisters from around the world; praying and singing in the any of the several evening worship times, walking by the hundreds in the convention center hallways, conversing and eating in any of the scores of restaurants around Indianapolis, I was reminded of the personal yet corporate nature of the Church. Paul spoke several times in his letters about the Church as body, designed and built up to be in mutual service to one another and to Christ as the head (Rom. 12: 4-8; 1 Cor. 12:12-31; Eph. 2:11-22). Outside of the body, we whither up and die. And yet, Jesus often spoke of the value of each person individually. Whether through the parable of the lost sheep or the parable of the ten coins, Jesus made it clear each one is of eternal value and worthy of God's full love and compassion.

And, thus, we find the reality of this dichotomy: that each one is of infinite worth, yet, we are only actualized in our gifting, potential, and purpose through service in the Body of Christ. God's love for each individual is boundless and whole. Yet, that love is made manifest, both in receiving and reciprocating, only in the context of the Body.

So today, as you go about your activities and routines, remember His Body. In all of its weaknesses and imperfections, it is the conduit of forgiveness, redemption, and revelation; and the object of the Love of the Father. And, it is being joined together piece by piece into a holy building with Christ as its cornerstone. Christ has sought us out, each one by one, not so that we can live a life of holiness apart from the messiness of the Body, but so that His holiness might be the mortar that holds us together in the midst of the messiness. And we look forward to the day when we as the first fruits of the new creation will experience the full redemption of all creation and the Body will be actualized as His bride, preserved blameless for His coming.

Your district administration

 

Church reporting

It appears quite a few of our pastors are opening the newsletter, scrolling down a few notches, and then moving on the latest baseball scores. At least, that's what we're telling ourselves to sleep at night. So, in order to escape the 5% reporting glass ceiling, we've moved the reporting notice to first thing after the devotional. Do our D.S. a solid - go ahead and click on the link below.

Click HERE to make your monthly church reports.

 

One Heart, Many Hands

The Vista COTN participated in the "One Heart Many Hands" the 2 weeks before General Assembly in Kansas City. The team remodeled a kitchen, a bathroom, and constructed a wheelchair ramp for a victim of a stroke. The owner had been confined to a care center for six months and returned to his home for the first time the day the team finished. It was a jubilant moment coupled with tears and the song, It is Well with My Soul. Thanks to Craig Gunter, crew leader and Rev. Matt Palm of Vista Nazarene. 

 

District Evangelism Training Event

Mount Carmel Church is inviting you to an Evangelism Training Event with Mark Bane on Saturday, August 5th from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm for only $5/person. This is a great option for evangelism training for your youth group, lay leaders, ministry leaders and pastoral staff. We will provide childcare and lunch. Please contact Jeremy Peugh at JPeugh@mcnazarene.com with questions. Please RSVP to Jeremy by Saturday, July 29th.

 

Minister's Getaway 2017

All Lead and Staff Pastors are invited to the Minister’s Getaway (Leadership Retreat) October 6-8.  This a time for a Family Reunion!  We will be at the SpringHill Suites in Oceanside. Don’t miss the Family Picnic on the Beach or the Bonfire with S’mores! The cost is $375/double occupancy or $300/single occupancy.  Registration is due September 1st.  For more information, check out the Leadership Retreat info and registration page or contact Wink Davis at wink.davis@gracept.org.  We are also looking for scholarships for Pastors who might not be able to afford to attend.  Contact Wink Davis if you can help!  Thanks!

 

Children's Ministry News

If you are involved in Children's Ministry at your local church and are not connected to your peers throughout Southern California, please like So Cal Naz Kids Connection and So Cal Naz Kids Camp on Facebook.  Use the site to send your updated email and contact information to Karisa May and I will seek your input, share your events, and  keep you abreast of all the latest district news.  For additional information or connection write to socalnazkids@gmail.com

Next up:  Children's Camp July 24-28, Alpine $295

 

SoCal District Compass Initiative

Pastors, are you a part of the COMPASS financial program? The COMPASS Initiative is a Nazarene initiative to address our U.S. ministers’ most pressing financial difficulties. The COMPASS Initiative utilizes a financial literacy, management, and well-being program to equip ministers in personal and church financial matters. Additionally, COMPASS has programs for the local church and a retreat to learn how to better manage financial matters dealing with the local church. For more information, visit COMPASS Initiative and stay tuned for SoCal district specific information.  

 

Youth Summer Camps

Youth summer camps are coming up and we have all the information available for those wishing to go. Check out the following links below for information and registration for both Junior and Senior High summer camps.

Mid High: July 24-28 at Pine Valley Bible Conference Center. There is still room left at the late registration price: $320. Click HERE for information and registration)

Sr. High: July 30-Aug 3 at Palomar Christian Conference Center. There is still room left at the late registration price: $320. Click HERE for information and registration)

 

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

 

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

 

A Plain Account: Wesleyan Resources

2 Nazarene pastors have recently begun to put together resources for a "Wesleyan-perspectived" commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary. If you are a pastor or a lay-person interested in following lectionary readings throughout the year, we recommend visiting aplainaccount.com for more information. Nazarene ministers and scholars from all over the globe are participating in this project. We would love to have you be a part of this work, supporting it in any way you can.

 

Kids Camp

This year's kids camp will take place on July 24-28 at Pine Valley Christian Conference Center. Space is limited but you can still register at the late registration price: $290. For more info and registration, visit socalnazkidscamp.com or email info@socalnazkidscamp.com and click

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