Monthly Archives: May 2017

Few Thoughts 5-26-2017

 

ENCOURAGEMENT For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  (Ephesians 1:15-16)  It’s not just okay to give thanks… we should always be giving thanks.  Most of us learned that way back when we were little.  Just after Grandma would hand us a gift, we’d grab it, tear it open, and run off to play… mom would call us back, “Now what do you say?”  “Oh yeah, thank you!”

 So, today… I say thank you to so many people.  I’m so thankful for my wife and family.  Thank you Leslie, who stands by my side in so many things I do.  She puts up with a lot.  A whole lot.  And when she doesn’t get to see me as much as we’d like… I quite often take off for a run.  I’m thankful for our girls, whom I continue to pray for each and every day, that the Lord will keep them close to Him. 

 I thank the Lord for the office staff here at the District Center.  They give so much and really do care for the Los Angeles District.  I thank God for all of our pastors and staff… the many churches and congregations we have spread across the great Los Angeles District.  What a joy it is to come… join you in the worship experiences I get each and every weekend.  You are so faithful to carry out the mission of the church… making Christ-like Disciples in the nations. 

 I’m thankful for the privilege of worship we have in this land, as I think of the many people who have made sacrifices to grant us our freedoms in the USA.  To many of you families who have lost loved ones in the service, thank you for allowing them to have served.  We remember them on this Memorial Day Weekend. 

 Thank you, Pastor Karen Wood, for your faithful ministry to our district by providing leadership, hard work, and time to this Growing Together monthly newsletter.  We love you and we are most grateful to you for everything you do! 

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 DISTRICT MATTERS:  June is nearly here… and some of us are getting ready to head out to Indianapolis for the General Conventions and Assembly.  If you are going… I hope to see you somewhere in Indy.  In the meantime, we continue to get all things ready for our own District Assembly in July.  Thank you for your faithful work here on the district. 

  • Maranatha:  I had the opportunity to drop in on Pastor Felix and Elaine Lam who continue to do a wonderful job leading our church at Maranatha among our Cantonese speaking members.  Pastor Felix is also our Chinese languages coordinator for the district and does an exceptional job leading in this department.  We love you! 

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  • Temple City Immanuel:  This past Sunday I had the privilege of installing Pastor Jeff Lin, along with his wife Louise and their two children, as lead pastor of the T.C. church.  Allow me a moment to thank Pastor Charles and Lily Lin for their many years of faithfulness to the Lord and His church on our district as they pastored this church.  Great days are in store for T.C. as the Lord leads this great church.
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  • New Life Fellowship-Lancaster:  I was invited by Pastor Vern Alford to join them on Saturday for their giant Car Rally and Craft Fair.  My Word!  They had cars of all sorts and nearly every year.  It was incredible to see what guys can do with cars.  WOW!
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  • CONGRATULATIONS:  Pastor Albert Hung was recently elected to serve as the District Superintendent of the Northern California District Church of the Nazarene.  Pastor Albert and Christine Hung have been serving the Lord faithfully here on the L.A. District, pastoring the Monterey Park Church for many years now.  Many blessings on you and your family in the journey the Lord has ahead for you! 
  • Santa Monica: Please be in prayer for Pastor Scott Savage who will travel to Manchester this weekend for two weeks as he continues his journey for his doctoral program. Pray for his safe travel going and coming, and also for the time he’ll spend while away.

 SDMI CHAIR:  This just in from Pastor Kathy Cannon:

 Hello, everyone!

Los Angeles District’s children’s summer camp will be held at Granite Ridge from Sunday afternoon, July 23 to Friday morning, July 28.  The cost per camper is $250.00.  Each church that participates will also need to send one counselor per 8 children.  The cost for each counselor is simply the camps out-of-pocket expenses which are $125 per counselor.

The District’s SDMI committee has (3) full scholarships, (5) $100 scholarships and (4)  $25 scholarships  for campers this year – which will be randomly awarded on June 1.  All campers who are registered by that date are eligible to win.    If you would like to enter your campers in the scholarship drawing, please contact Kathy Cannon at Kathy@newnaz.org   There are a lot of new and innovative activities at Granite Ridge.  Great speakers, tons of fun, spiritual growth, and new friends.  This experience will have a lifelong impact on the children in your church.  Please do not hesitate to contact Kathy if you have any questions!

 NYI PRESIDENT:  And this just in from Pastor Aaron Caluza:

Pastors and Youth Workers,

I wanted to let you know we’re going to be sending emails through a new service. You may have just received one from us. If you’re not seeing it, check your Promotions or Spam folders and drag and drop into your main inbox. If you can’t find it, check out the following info it communicated.

 

NYI MID HIGH CAMP 2017

We’re very excited to be hosting a summer camp with our middle school students in mind! Mid High camp is for any student entering 6th, 7th, and 8th. We hope you’ll consider being part of a week filled with high energy games, team competitions, and an encounter with God as we seek him together. (Click photo above for Mid High Camp forms.)
WHEN:   July 30 – August 4
WHERE:  LA District’s own Granite Ridge Campground
WORSHIP:  PLNU students from the Los Angeles District
SPEAKERS:  Youth pastors from the Los Angeles District
COST:  $250

 

NYI SENIOR HIGH CAMP 2017

We’re really looking forward to hosting a camp dedicated specifically to our high school students. The Senior High Camp is for any student entering 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade and any student who just graduated high school. This is a great opportunity for your students to get an expanded view of our church and the Church. Join us this summer!!! (Click photo above for Senior High Camp forms.)

WHEN:  July 16 – 21
WHERE:  LA District’s own Granite Ridge Campground
WORSHIP:  PLNU summer travel worship team
SPEAKERS:  Alex Beaverson
COST:  $250

 

One last thing…LANYI Convention

We are hosting our annual LANYI Convention this year July 12-13. Join us for a service with NMI and SDMI Wednesday evening. Thursday morning we’ll have a youth service, speaker, breakout workshops, and conclude after lunch at 1p. We’ll be electing our leadership for the upcoming year and want you to be part of the process!


Aaron Caluza

Los Angeles District

NYI President

LosAngelesNYI@gmail.com

www.LosAngelesNYI.org

 

I pray that all is well with you, your family, and church.  These are great days to be in ministry.  Some of you have been asking about the time periods for District Assembly… I will be getting that information in detail to you, hopefully, by next week.  However… here is a brief glance at the 3 day event:

  • Wednesday Night, July 12 at 7:00PM  Missionary Service and kick off for the Conventions
  • Thursday, July 13, 8:30AM-3:00PM  NMI, SDMI, NYI Conventions
  • Thursday Afternoon, July 13, 3:00-4:00PM District Assembly Convenes (Board of Ministry Report)
  • Thursday, July 13, 7:00PM  Ordination Service
  • Friday, July 14, 8:30AM-4:30PM  District Assembly

 I love you and look forward to seeing you.

 Building Bridges,

Greg Garman

Los Angeles District Superintendent

Church of the Nazarene

Few Thoughts 5-18-2017

May Greetings! And once again, another gorgeous day in SoCal.  Schools are winding down… graduation ceremonies are taking place…. and summer is just about here!  May the Lord bless your every effort to shed the Gospel light in your area of the world.

I’ve been making a few extra trips around the district, and isn’t it a shame that just as soon as the rains slow down… the hills seem to quickly return to their brown colors?  That’s something I have noticed nearly everywhere I’ve traveled these recent weeks.  What was once wet and green is now turning dry and brown!  And we don’t need any fires this coming season.  Perhaps, this may be one more item we can be praying for.

ENCOURAGEMENTTwo are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)  There are several things that are true in life… and this is one.  We are all BETTER TOGETHER.  I find it absolutely fascinating that nature understands it.  The Bible has proclaimed it for thousands of years.  We all know it… but all too often we forget the truth in it… and we try to accomplish things off on our own.  

I’m really not a cyclist, but I do enjoy riding… and I especially love to watch races, either live or on TV.  This week, if you have been following the world of cycling, you know that the Amgen Tour (Tour of California) is going on.  It’s the equivalent to the Tour de France that takes place every summer.  The major difference is that the Amgen Tour is for one week… the Tour de France is a three-week race.  Of course, there are other differences, but I love watching these races.  For, in the Tour de France, there are multiple races within the race itself.  There’s the battle for the Stage Win.  Then there’s the best young rider (white jersey).  The sprint champion (green jersey).  The polka-dot jersey for the king of the mountain.  And the coveted yellow jersey for the overall leader and winner.  There is also the team competition and so much more.   

If you ever watch the races in each stage… you will find that some days are longer than others.  Some days are flat and long (120 miles or more).  Some days are extremely hilly.  Some days are short where there’s only an individual time trial or they might have the team time trial.  But… my favorite part of the racing happens early on in a long day where they take off together.  Inevitably, a group of riders will split from the pack and move out in front.  There could be 4 riders or 14.  Each of them, strategically working for a cause.  (Two are better than one)  One may go out early, to prepare to help his teammate, who is wearing the yellow jersey, when he comes along in the afternoon and in need of assistance.  There are many strategies taking place all at the same time. 

 But, you all have heard the word peloton.  The peloton is the main group of riders that keep together as a pack.  In cycling, there is an incredible force, much like a vacuum that sucks a rider in, where not as much energy is used to stay in the group.  With 3 miles to go in a race, it’s amazing to see the peloton gobble in those front riders after a 130-mile bike ride.  By simply watching the race on TV, one would think that a front rider, with a minute lead and less than 5 miles to go in the race, will hold off the peloton… but he can’t.  All too often, when that front rider peels away to ride by himself, he has no one to draft off of… so he works, he suffers, he pedals harder and harder… while those back in the peloton, keep drafting off of one another… each taking turns, leading for 30 seconds, and falling off to draft again… rotating among the 50 or more riders in the group.  (Better Together) 

I love to watch the birds fly in the V.  Who told them that drafting made it so much easier to fly?  And they learn so early in their lives, that two are better than one.  It’s amazing to watch the way leaf cutter ants will work together to remove a tree of all its leaves.  Have you seen how towering pine trees in the forest cluster together to stand firm when strong fierce winds and storms strike against them?  Their roots dig around rocks and boulders and entangle around each other to hold them up in great storms. 

 Do you have someone in your life you take turns drafting off of?  Who are you encouraging?  Who’s encouraging you?  Remember… we are much better together than we are apart. 

 DISTRICT MATTERS

  • Tujunga:  For Mother’s Day in the morning service I worshipped with our Tujunga Church where Pastor Gary Armstead is leading this congregation.  Thank you church body for the ministry taking place in Tujunga. 

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  • Luz a las Naciones – Tujunga Spanish:  I returned in the afternoon to worship with our newly begun Spanish speaking ministry in Tujunga.  They have not been there for quite a year just yet, but the Lord is blessing the efforts of Pastor Oto Flores and his team of leaders.  We enjoyed a great day in worship and fellowship. 

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  • District Finance Committee:  If you are ever wondering who are some of the members who lead our district… here is a photo of our Finance Committee.  Thank you all, for your service to the district this year.  You are a blessing to me!IMG_1322

CALENDAR ITEMS

  • May 20:  Dr. Stan Toler Seminar on Leadership in San Luis Obispo beginning at 9:00AM
  • May 26-28:  NYI Elev8 at PLNU with the entire Southwest Region
  • June 8-10:  PK Retreat… youth who are pastors’ kids are invited to the PLNU campus with other PKs from the region for inspiration and Christian formation.  Register at southwestnyi.org
  • June 20-30:  General Conventions and Assembly in Indianapolis
  • July 12-14: Los Angeles District Conventions and Assembly at PazNaz
  • July 16-21:  High School Camp at Granite Ridge
  • July 23-28:  Kids’ Camp at Granite Ridge.  Some scholarships are also available for Kids’ Camp.  Please contact kathy@newnaz.org for more information.
  • July 30-August 4:  Jr. High Camp at Granite Ridge
  • September 18-20:  Pastors’ and Spouse Retreat – Seacrest Hotel & Resort, Pismo Beach.  Register with Josh Johnson at Josh@NewNaz.org  Registration Deadline is August 1st.

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I love you and I hope to see you soon!

 Building Bridges,

Greg Garman

Los Angeles District Superintendent

Church of the Nazarene