Monthly Archives: October 2016

September 15, 2016

Greetings!

Well… it’s another blue sky, picture perfect, absolutely gorgeous SoCal morning today!  Every now and then I glance outside to take a look at the Pasadena Hills behind me… and I love it!  I love seeing the traffic on the 210 moving along (and am so glad that I’m not in it at this moment).  You know… it sort of reminds me of the song written and recorded by Johnny Nash, “I Can See Clearly Now”, though, there is one huge difference… no rain for us to say “the rain is gone…”  Yet… the rain is gone.  And I’m told that it may be gone for quite some time ahead of us.  Well, just another prayer request.

There’s been a lot happening in our lives these recent weeks.  Leslie and I have been away for nearly 10 days now, and let me say… it is good to be back home.  Our dog, Bailey, was so excited to see us upon our entrance in the house.  She was absolutely, beside herself with joy.  I love it!

ENCOURAGEMENTArise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.  (Isaiah 60:1-2)  I count it a blessing to wake up each and every day… to rise early and see the sun climbing its way up and over the horizon.  For me, there are few things in life more beautiful than to watch the sunrise in the early hours of the day.  And I am most certain that as we begin our day seeking the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and for His direction in our lives for every step we take, we WILL see the darkness diminish and we WILL experience His holy presence even in the midst of storms.  

Earlier last week, Leslie and I were away at Lake Tahoe for meetings with other superintendents and leaders.  It was my first time visiting that region.  I had heard a lot about Lake Tahoe, and its beauty.  Stories of the lake and surrounding mountains… pictures of the pines and streams… and of course, Little Joe and Bonanza (after all, isn’t that what we all think of when someone says “Lake Tahoe”).  And then I learned that the Winter Olympic Games were held there in 1960 (the year of my birth).  I wasn’t even born until 6-7 months later.  Those Winter Games were a lonnngg time ago.   I also learned that only 33 countries participated in the Games and that all athletes slept and ate under one roof.  WOW! 

On the first morning in Tahoe, since we had the morning free, I decided to go out for a run.  You know… it’s early September… still sort of summer…  I kissed Leslie a quick “good-bye” after donning on my shorts, shirt and running shoes, and headed out the hotel door.  It was 6:20 AM!  As soon as I stepped outside, the COLD just grabbed me.  Oh my word!  I returned to grab my gloves, and put on a long sleeve shirt… and I was still freezing.  It wasn’t until after the run did I discover that the temps were 27 degrees.  No wonder! 

But, oh… the beauty.  The sun had yet to climb up over the hills.  And as I ran along the trail, the Truckee River was to my left and towering pine trees surrounded me… I took in the natural beauty of God’s handiwork.  As I meandered my way around, I thanked God of His sustaining grace, and guiding hand.  He is an ever present help in our time of need.  And as the darkness was swallowed up in the light of day, Jesus revealed Himself more and more.  

Meetings soon began, and immediately, God’s presence was among us.  I’m thankful to the Lord for the Church of the Nazarene.  I’m grateful for the leadership He provides for us.  I love the local churches.  And I am thankful for the Southwest Team we have on our region.  God is good… and He shines upon those who look to Him daily.  I am a blessed man! 

 DSLDPDSLDP1DSLDP2DISTRICT MATTERSThe Los Angeles District is diverse in so many ways.  Language… culture… geography… and more… and these are just a few things that make us so special.  I love the people that make up the L.A. District.  I am grateful for every local church.  

 Bishop:  Leslie and I spent the night with Eddie and Jen Davis, having enjoyed a wonderful evening with both families (Mark & Callie Dunn) in the church parsonage.  And what a joy it was to hang out… then worship with the Bishop Church on Sunday morning!  We thank the Lord for the work He is doing through these young couples under the leadership of Pastor Leslie Smith.     

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   Oxnard:  Earlier this week Mary Santin (Pastor Josh Santin’s wife) was taken to the hospital for a problem with diabetes… and an allergic reaction causing the kidneys to not function properly.  She was placed in CCU for a day or so, and has recently been discharged from the hospital.  I am certain that the Santins would appreciate your prayer support during these days.  As a result of this most recent journey, they were unable to attend the Pastor & Spouse retreat.

·         Pastors & Spouses’ Retreat:  Following the meetings held in Tahoe, we made our way westward and then south to Pismo Beach where the retreat was being held.  Our special speakers were Dr. Carla and Chuck Sunberg (NTS)…and what a fabulous job they both did sharing the Word with us, encouraging and challenging, all at the same time.  And let me say… it was good to be together.  We had more than 90 present for the retreat… times were filled with encouragement, fellowship and worship.  If you missed it this year… please try and make plans to join the team next year. 

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·         SDMI 2016 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:  The annual SDMI District Leadership Conference is open to all district superintendents, district SDMI chairs, district adult/children/youth directors, and district CLT directors. Spouses are also invited to attend. Click here for additional information about the DLC program, speakers, and registration. In addition to amazing and inspiring speakers and worship sessions, we are planning ministry area breakouts presented by experienced “workers in the field.”  Go online today to register at the early bird rate!  Let us know if you have questions: sdmi@nazarene.org. 

May the Lord bless you today and grant you a fabulous weekend as you join together with your local body for worship.  I love you and look forward to seeing you.  

Greg Garman 

Azusa Pacific University

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The APU Center for Vocational Ministry

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the Center for Vocational Ministry.

You’re Invited to Take Part in Our Two-Day Celebration

Rev. Chris Adams, Ph.D., executive director, cordially invites pastors, ministry leaders, and their spouses to the launch event and workshop for APU’s Center for Vocational Ministry, which exists to cultivate resilience in ministry leaders through formational resources.

Thursday, September 22: Launch Event
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Upper Turner Campus Center, APU East Campus

Keynote speakers Pete Scazzero, author of The Emotionally Healthy Leader (Zondervan, 2015), and his wife, Geri Scazzero, along with worship music from Tommy Walker and APU musicians.

Friday, September 23: Emotionally Healthy Leadership Workshop
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Christ’s Church of the Valley, San Dimas

Join us for an Emotionally Healthy Leadership Workshop with Pete and Geri Scazzero designed to equip pastors and church leaders in the first steps to bringing emotionally healthy spirituality to their churches.

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September 1, 2016

Greetings as we enter the month of September!

Four more months and we will welcome in the New Year!  Can you believe that?  Life is moving along quite rapidly… but the Lord is good… all the time, the Lord is good!

This weekend Leslie and I will be making our way up north… and our first stop will be in Bishop.  We are looking forward to spending the hour in worship with our wonderful church in this, most northern part of the L.A. District.  Following our stay in Bishop, we’ll travel further north until we reach Lake Tahoe where we will spend a few days together with all USA/Canada superintendents for a special conference.  We’ll also hang around there for a bit as we meet together with the Southwest Regional Team for fellowship and encouragement, before coming back down south to our beautiful coastland to have our District Pastors and Spouses’ Retreat in Pismo Beach.  So… life is a bit busy in the next 10 days.  We will miss these days around the District Resource Center… but I will look forward to the many connecting points and bridge building opportunities the Lord is allowing.  Thank you for your continued prayers!

ENCOURAGEMENT The company of prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us.  Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole, and let us build a place there for us to meet.”  And he said, “Go!”  Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”  “I will,” replied Elisha.  And he went with them. 

They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees.  As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water.  “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out.  “It was borrowed.”  The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?”  When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float.  “Lift it out,” he said.  Then the man reached out his hand and took it.  (II Kings 6:1-7)  Don’t you just love Bible Schools?  I do… and here we find one of the first Bible Schools mentioned in the Bible.  I like to call it B.S.L.B.C. (Below Sea Level Bible College) since this is the lowest point in the world.  I also like this story because the writer leaves out all of the details of Elisha having to go through the common steps in building a Bible College.

·         He doesn’t mention all of the fund-raising campaigns they made prior to seeking out and finding the right architect and getting the blueprints going.

·         There’s no mention of having to go through “plan-check” and seeing to it that all neighbors were informed of this project to be constructed near the Jordan.

·         Then… the permits required to cut down the trees.  Oh… and we must not forget the timing of when the trees can be cut down… there may be a specific bird getting ready to make its nesting place and must not be disturbed. 

·         The story is simply told, they’ve outgrown their place of meeting… and they know of a new place along the Jordan, where there are trees that can be used in construction… so “let’s go to work.”  

Why?  Because there is a need to learn… and learn, we must.  I’m not going to get into the story of the miracle… because, for me, that’s the side note.  The main thing is:  They want to learn.  They desire to study.  They want to be trained.  They are hungry for new teachings that will thrust them back into their communities to lead others to God.  It’s all about the kingdom of God.  And I am so glad that we have training institutions right here on our district.  We are blessed to see the places of training for new leaders developing in our front yards. 

·         Thank you Dr. Peter Lundell and your team at LADTC.  Pastoral Care & Counseling (PAS 3023) Sept.  16 – 17; Oct.  7 – 8.  “Please email pnlundell@aol.com if you are interested in taking the class and have not already contacted Dr. Lundell. Deadline for registration: Friday, September 2.  All LADTC courses are Nazarene Bible College accredited and are required for ordination.”  pnlundell@aol.com   

·         Thank you Dr. Ismael Joaquin and your team of leaders for our Seminario Nazareno here on the district.  Last Saturday I had the privilege of joining the faculty, leaders and students in the first meeting we held together at Baldwin Park for the Orientation.     

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Would you join me in prayer for these schools, as well as the many other places our ministers are receiving training?  There is such joy in seeing men and women becoming prepared for ministry.  Today, we need more and more leaders to help carry the torch as we win people to Christ here on the Los Angeles District. 

DISTRICT MATTERS:  Please be aware that the Lord is active and working in other places all across the district and world.  Sometimes all we can focus on is what we see.  I trust that these pictures and others, continue to help us know that there are ministries and events always taking place somewhere… Praise His Name!!!

·         INSPIRE Conference:  Churches… you will want to send your Youth Workers and Children’s Workers to the conference for encouragement… challenge… and re-tooling.  Here are the details:

1.  September 23 at 6 pm through September 24 at 1 pm.

2.  Monrovia Doubletree

3.  Free – each church gets 2 rooms.  Spouses are included.  FREE – only gas is required – room and food is FREE.  

4.  Opportunity to meet others who face the same challenges as they do, learn about special needs ministries and discipleship ideas, continuing education credit (which we all need).  

5.  FUN!

6.  Register by Monday September 12th with Kathy Cannon at kathy@westwoodumc.org 

·         L.A. North Church:  Last Sunday I was honored to worship with Pastor Carlos Carmona, and the wonderful church there at LA North.  What a special ministry they have together reaching the community for Jesus.  Muchas gracias Pastor Carmona, por su ministerio allí en LA North.  Además, gracias por alimentarme después del servicio.  Me gustó mucho la comida especial.  Pero más de todo, me gustó el amor de Dios en la iglesia y la presencia de Cristo Jesús. 

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 ·         NewNaz Korean:  Pastors Aaron and Marcia Song are doing a wonderful job leading our Korean Ministry in Newhall and on Saturdays, they have a “Korean School” where they teach the Korean language to those young students who want to learn. 

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·         NMI:  Thank you, Debra Hamrick, along with your Mission’s Council as you lead our district.  I enjoyed the “pop-in” visit I had with your council meeting.  May Jesus bless the efforts of our NMI on the LA District! 

NMIThank you, everyone, for your work across the district.  May the Lord strengthen you and fill you with His grace as you carry on.  These are tremendous days to be actively involved in ministry.  Let’s continue to build bridges into our communities for Christ!  I love you and I look forward to serving further with you. 

Building Bridges,
Greg Garman 

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·         Just another reminder… APU Center for Vocational Ministry: 

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The APU Center for Vocational Ministry

You’re Invited to Take Part in Our Two-Day Celebration

Rev. Chris Adams, Ph.D., executive director, cordially invites pastors, ministry leaders, and their spouses to the launch event and workshop for APU’s Center for Vocational Ministry, which exists to cultivate resilience in ministry leaders through formational resources.

Thursday, September 22: Launch Event
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Upper Turner Campus Center, APU East Campus

Keynote speakers Pete Scazzero, author of The Emotionally Healthy Leader (Zondervan, 2015), and his wife, Geri Scazzero, along with worship music from Tommy Walker and APU musicians.

Friday, September 23: Workshop
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Christ’s Church of the Valley, San Dimas

Join us for an Emotionally Healthy Leader Workshop with Pete Scazzero.

Register Now!

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