The Long-view of God

Occasionally, I'll look back at my childhood and try  to calculate the value of all the junk (and, that's a charitable classification) that I begged my parents for - and, very often received. It usually ends in my lamenting how I could have been so short sighted in my youthful fiscal policy. Hundreds, nay thousands, of dollars were spent on carefully marketed, colorfully-packaged plastic non-sense which, had I possessed a little more patience, creativity, and a longer view of the situation, could've been substituted successfully by a couple sticks and some imagination, both of which were plentiful in my neighborhood. If only I'd waited for something worthwhile to spend the money on! At worst, it could have been put away in a piggy bank; even better, it could have been invested in Apple, Google, or Amazon and been multiplied several times over.

This trend hasn't changed a whole lot, however, in becoming an adult. I'm still horrible at being patient in spending money. The only difference is, my "carefully marketed, colorfully-packaged plastic non-sense" just has a higher price-tag and a more well-thought-out justification (though not necessarily any better). The justification comes with phrases like "investment," "standard of living," "within my means," "creature comfort," or "necessity of modern living" - all phrases my parent-begging 7-year-old self wishes he knew.

But, I'm not here to decry the evils of consumerism. For sure, it's a trap we all can fall into, and it has the potential to waste our valuable time and resources. However, the point is, consumerism, as well as several other temptations, are often just symptoms of a bigger issue: our inability to wait on God in seeing and trusting His long-view. Instead, we want our way. Right now. Whatever satisfies us in the moment.

The disciples, after the resurrection, faced a similar challenge to their thinking. They asked the question: “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” But, God had a bigger plan in mind. "He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

God's long-view included not only restoring Israel but, ultimately, all nations and even all creation. Further, He was choosing to work through the very bodies of His people to accomplish this. However, in order to do so, He was going to need to fill them with His spirit. The disciples could very well have gone out right after the resurrection, proclaiming the news that Jesus the Messiah had been raised from the dead. They could've jumped into the work of "ministry" and "evangelism," but God's plan was for them to wait: "wait for what the Father had promised," wait for the Holy Spirit, through which God would continue to transform the world.

So, as we near Pentecost (June 4th), what might God be asking you to take the long-view on? Has he promised something which hasn't come to fruition? Has He called you to a task not yet made available? Has He asked you to be obedient without giving you an end in sight? This May, don't settle for cheap, plastic, flashy, short-sighted gimmicks. Wait on God. Trust that He will operate in His time. And, engage this season of waiting in a way which prepares you thoroughly for where God is eventually leading, wherever that might be.

Your district administration

 

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

 

District Assembly Event Schedule

Sunday, June 4 - Please join us for the opening worship service, followed by a time of fellowship and light refreshments. Free childcare is available for 5th grade and younger. General Superintendent Eugenio Duarte will be presiding over assembly and preaching at both Sunday and Monday services.

  • 3-5 PM: Delegate registration & exhibit tables open in Brown foyer
  • 4:30-7:30 PM: Nursery open
  • 5-7 PM: Worship service in Brown Chapel & children's church for ages 5 through 5th grade in the children's building
  • 7-8:30 PM: refreshments in Friendship Plaza

Monday, June 5 - Our assembly meeting and ordination service take place in Brown Chapel. Free nursery care is available for children ages 0-4.

  • 7:30-8:30 AM: delegate registration in Brown foyer
  • 8 AM: nursery opens
  • 8:30 AM - 12PM: business session Brown chapel
  • 12-1 PM: lunch break
  • 1-4:30 PM: business session continues
  • 7 PM: ordination worship service in Brown chapel (ordination reception following service in Friendship plaza)

Tuesday, June 6 - **NEW** We are adding a free training session from 8:30AM-12PM for anyone interested. Pastor Scott Daniels will lead our time together. Free nursery care is available for children ages 0-4. 

 

Online District Assembly registration

By accessing the links below, you can reserve housing, meals, and nursery care for DA. Throughout the process, please be sure to thoroughly read all instructions  provided. This will usually clear up any confusion.

Housing and meal payments can be made online at the end of the registration process by either credit/debit card or church check.

For on-campus housing reservations, click HERE (http://socalnaz.org/forms/2017-district-assembly-housing-registration)

  • $20-per-night, per-person
  • Rooms can hold 1-4 people
  • Linens included

For meal reservations, click HERE(http://socalnaz.org/forms/2017-district-assembly-meal-tickets)

  • $10-per-person, per-meal
  • provided through PLNU cafeteria
  • Customized meal selection allows selection of only the meals you need
  • Meals must be purchased in advance

For childcare reservations, click HERE(http://socalnaz.org/forms/2017-district-assembly-childcare-registration)

  • All childcare takes place at First Church and all childcare workers are background checked and trained
  • Nursery care is for children ages 0-4
  • Suggested donation of $5-per-child/per-day (pay at door)

 

NMI Conference

The district NMI (Nazarene Missions International) conference will be held on June 3rd at Murrieta Gateway Church of the Nazarene. All are welcome to attend (not just delegates). Following is the link to register for childcare and meals. (http://gatewaynaz.org/socal-missions-convention-registration)

 

Seminar by the Sea at PLNU

Research shows that the number one factor associated with effective leadership is a high degree of personal self-awareness. This seminar will help ministry leaders identify and understand their unique God-given abilities and then how to leverage these capacities in building and empowering dynamic ministry teams.

We are inviting all pastors and licensed ministers to join us on May 22-26. Instruction will be primarily provided by Dr. Rebecca Laird of PLNU Theology Dept.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.pointloma.edu/event/seminar-sea-leadership-ministry or call 619-849-2410.

 

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. Cost is $300 if registered by June 26, 2017; $320 if registered after June 26, 2017. (Click HERE for information and registration)

Sr. High: July 30-Aug 3 at Palomar Christian Conference Center. Cost is $300 if registered by June 30, 2017; $320 if registered after June 30, 2017. (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

 

Children's Quizzing Calendar: 2017

  • 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

 

 

 

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 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)

 

Rwandan Choir Tour

Don't miss Nazarene Rwandan Choir which will be joining us at District Assembly (June 3rd and 4th)! Below are the current details of their trip. Please be in prayer for their ministry and how God might direct you to assist financially (Any donation given in a love offering will be used to help pay for the education of the choir members and the orphans at Ndengera foundation).

  • May 18thDepart from Rwanda
  • Weekend of May 20-21st: Chicago
  • Weekend of May 27-28th: Colorado Springs
  • Weekend of June 3-4th: San Diego
  • Weekend of June 10-11th: Los Angeles and El-Moro
  • Weekend of June 17-18th: Oregon And Washington
  • June 21-25th: General Assembly in Indianapolis
  • Weekend of July 1-2nd: Indianapolis
  • July 3rd: leave from Chicago Airport

Take a look at their promotional video and feel free to share it with your church family and friends.

 

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

 

Church reporting

You have one month left before District Assembly. D.S. Tom Taylor will be handing out $100 bills at district assembly to every church that gets their May reporting done by then. Also, would someone please alert Tom of this for me. Thanks

Click HERE to make your monthly church reports.

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