Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 29, 2015

Good Morning!  In just a few days we welcome the month of November with hearts filled with gratitude and thanks.  Many of you have collected loads of chocolates and candy and it may be time to go out and exercise those calories off.  I’ve been hearing awesome reports of Harvest Festivals and events throughout the district.  I do hope you, your family, and your church are experiencing great days of outreach as we work together to win people to the Lord.

ENCOURAGEMENTPraise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.  Praise the Lord, my soul; and forget not all His benefits… (Psalm 103:1-2)  How often do you spend time in praise?  I believe that most of us have no trouble with our times in petition.  My list of needs are quite huge.  Family… work… missions… decisions… health… guidance… you name it, I can come up with lots and lots of needs… but how about praise and thanks? 

And David stops everything and says… “It’s time to praise the Lord; and praise Him from the depths of my heart.”  But, more than anything, I’m grateful that David included that second verse in this psalm, “forget not all His benefits”.  Has the Lord been good to you?  He has to me.  Sometimes while I’m driving I have to turn off the music, or talk radio… or go without a CD and share my thoughts with Him.  And believe me… there are many hours in the week I’m on the road.  Here are just a few benefits I’m blessed with:

  • Jesus saves and sanctifies!
  • The Lord is with me every moment of the day.
  • I enjoy each and every church service I’m able to join in worship. 
  • The Los Angeles District has a rich heritage and an awesome future… so today we can strategically plan for tomorrow.  What a benefit!
  • My family is with me along the way.
  • I love the rest I get in my own home each night.  And there’s food in the fridge, water in the pipes, air in the ducts (both cold and hot)… and with the switch on the thermostat… I can change the temp anytime.  Those are great benefits!
  • A wonderful team to work alongside with… district staff, pastors, laymen, boards, committees… You are a blessing to me!
  • The bottom line… I praise the Lord today.  I will praise Him tomorrow.   

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our own missionary (retired), Mrs. Emily Ray, has just returned from a trip to Guatemala where many leaders from throughout Mesoamerica gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of NMI in Guatemala.  We thank the Lord for the many… many leaders who have come from this small country to bless the world.  I was privileged to be part of the Casa Robles Prayer Meeting on Thursday to hear Emily give this report. 

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  •  Santa Paula Nueva Vida Iglesia del Nazareno has granted their pastor a sabbatical, and today Pastor Ismael and Susanna Joaquin are visiting the Holy Land.  We pray for their protection and that they will receive rest and renewal in their journey.
  • Pastor Lizardo Amaya of Duarte Spanish Church informs us that they have recently constructed an “indoor” soccer field with lights and all.  A great outreach tool to the community.

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  • Last Saturday more than 30 Hispanic leaders from across our district met together for inspiration, teaching, and fellowship right here in the district office.  I enjoyed this special time with my brothers and sisters.

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  •  Pastor Peter Lundell has a great page up and running on the web for all of our students to follow.  Check it out: www.LADTC.org

I love you all and pray for the Lord’s greatest blessing of His great presence on your lives and ministry.  Have a wonderful weekend and a Super Sunday!

BTW… Is the District Christmas Dinner on your calendar?  Monday, December 7 @ 6:00 in Newhall.  Complimentary for lead pastors and spouses.  $15 per additional staff and leader.

Journeying along,

Greg Garman
Los Angeles District Superintendent
Church of the Nazarene
(661)645-1087

FOR YOUR INFORMATION…

PRIVACY FOR ALL:  May I encourage you to read through the letter written below that was directed to my attention!

We are contacting you to see if the Church of Nazarene would consider working with us in collecting signatures to stop co-ed bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in our public schools and government buildings. Please consider helping us protect our children’s privacy in public schools and from being vulnerable to predators. (Attached is a press release with more information and below is a letter we have sent out to churches who have helped us in the past.)

We need to gather 500,000 signatures by November 20, 2015 to have this initiative put on the 2016 ballot for next year. So time is of the essence!

Thank you for considering getting involved in this important petition drive to protect our children’s privacy. For more information about this petition drive, feel free to go to: www.privacyforall.com.  To have petitions sent to you, please contact me at (909) 251-0902.

Thank you so much,

Lisa Pascua
Calvary Chapel Chino Hills
Privacy For All Campaign Office
(909) 251-0902

Greg’s Few Thoughts – Friday, October 23, 2015

Good Morning!  As I was driving to the office the other morning, the radio host was interviewing Lea Thompson over the air.  For those of us old enough to remember… she is the actress who played the part of Marty McFly’s mom in the 1985 movie, BACK TO THE FUTURE.  I wasn’t listening too much to the interview but the interview got me thinking of 1985 once again… and their predictions of what life might be like in the future.  So… in the second movie… Marty was thrust into the future… the date:  October 21, 2015…  As I reflect on the DeLorean and its flux capacitor… I’ve noticed that they got a few things right… and some things wrong:

  • We don’t have any flying cars around… however, the guy who got mad at me on the freeway, sped around me and nearly flew past me.
  • We do have touch screen TVs and monitors.
  • We don’t have mini size pizzas that can be put in the microwave and instantaneously enlarged to GIANT SIZE.
  • We do have cell-phones to communicate with each other anywhere and everywhere.
  • We don’t have hover-boards available for anyone and everyone to move about just yet.
  • We do have Facetime… Skye… and other forms of seeing each other on computers, phones, and media devices.
  • The Cubs Almost made it to the World Series.  Almost.  Sorry, you Cubs fans.  They didn’t call it correctly

Back in 1985 many of us were thinking that 2015 was sooooo far away.  Leslie and I were married in 1985 and it was in that year we moved to the Los Angeles District.  Our world has changed… and changed big time.  Los Angeles has changed.  Our churches have changed.  We’ve changed.  Change is happening all around.  I love what Jesus said to His listeners while He was preaching The Sermon on the Mount.  Matthew records Jesus in 6:34… “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself… each day has enough trouble of its own.”  As I see life flying by… we often worry about tomorrow.  And other times we think that we have all the time in the world.  BACK TO THE FUTURE reminds me, as does the Bible throughout… Tomorrow is Here!  We need to take care of business today.  I’m so excited to see the many opportunities the Lord is laying at our feet today.  Let’s not wait for tomorrow… it’s already here.  But as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness… THEN all those things that we need to know about tomorrow will be added to us. 

DISTRICT NEWSAs I journey throughout the district, I am honored to experience what the Lord is doing among us.  There are so many great ministries happening all around:

  • L.A. First Church:  I was privileged to be with three congregations this past Sunday worshipping with the Koreans.  Pastor Sung Dae and Koom Soon Kim are doing an outstanding job in ministry.  Though I did not understand much of what was going on… the Spirit was present and I appreciated their love and encouragement.  I then worshipped and shared a little with the Filipinos where Pastor Manny and Hanzel Salva Cruz are providing an incredible ministry.  What a joy it was to be present for their worship gathering!  And finally I scooted over to the main sanctuary to celebrate in worship with our Spanish speaking church.  Pastor Juan and Lina Fajardo, along with their team, are doing a great job in challenging the church to reach their community for Christ.  I thank the Lord for the fine group that was brought into membership while I was there this Sunday. 

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CALENDARPlease observe a few items below:

  • The DCPI Church Growth Conference that was to be held next week has been postponed until a later date.  More than likely in February or March.  We will communicate the date to you very soon.
  • Do you have the District Christmas Dinner on your calendar?  Monday night, December 7 in Newhall at 6:00.  The dinner is free for Lead pastors and spouses.  The cost for staff is $15 per person.
  • Spanish Pastors’ Day at the District Office:  Saturday, October 24 from 9:00-12:00 noon. 
  • LADTC (L.A. District Training Center with Dr. Peter Lundell)
    • Pauline Epistles (BIB 3053) Nov. 13-14 & Dec. 4-5
    • Nazarene History and Polity  (PAS 2023) Jan. 8-9 & Feb. 5-6
    • Preaching (PAS 3043) Jan. 22-23 & Feb. 19-20
  • District Licenses/Ordination Application and accompanying paperwork due in the district November 30th

CHURCHES OPEN:  Hillside Community “English” (Rowland Heights), La Puente Spanish, L.A. 1st “English”, Newhall, Pasadena 1st.  These two churches will be open the beginning of November:  Ridgecrest and Valley View in Lancaster. 

DISTRICT LICENSE AND ORDINATION APPLICATION TIME:  All paperwork is due in the District Office November 30th.  Emails have gone out to the pastors and possible candidates.  You should also be able to access the paperwork on the LA District Training Center’s website: www.ladtc.org, under the Board of Ministry tab.

Once again, I want to express my thanks and appreciation to our entire pastoral team on the Los Angeles District.  You are loved and appreciated.  Your work and ministry is invaluable to us all.  Thank you… I love you all!

Greg Garman
Los Angeles District Superintendent
Church of the Nazarene