Monthly Archives: January 2018

Few Thoughts 1-12-2018

Greetings on a very Bright and Sunny SoCal Day!

I know that many of you are remembering our brother and sisters in prayer who have been affected from the fires and floods these recent months.  Thank you and keep on praying!  I’ve been in contact with our pastors and churches where most of these problems have risen.  Thankfully, we have ministries in place to assist those who are in great need.

I’m amazed to see the damage one rainstorm can bring.  We have leaks here in our District Resource Center and Leslie and I also have a leak in our roof as well.  I’m sure you watched the news as cars and trucks were swept away from mudslides and then to see the devastation of mud even moving a house away and burying people alive.  As of this writing, there are still people who are missing in Montecito.  May these families who have lost loved ones find comfort and rest in the Lord!

ENCOURAGEMENT“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30) 

Many of us have read this passage dozens of times… studied it… and have even memorized these words (perhaps, mostly in the KJV)  But, I love these words of Jesus.  Each one of us can identify with times in our lives when we are worn out  and tired to the point of exhaustion.

There are times I can hardly wait to get home just to collapse on my favorite chair with a bowl of ice-cream and milk.  That’s right!  My favorite thing to do:  Get a couple of scoops of Extreme Moose Tracks (that’s chocolate with chocolate chunks and more chocolate) into my cup… then pour milk all over the scoops… sit down and ENJOY! 

And when we are to the point of weariness and heavy burdened… Jesus says three words, “Come to Me!”  I’ve learned in my journey with the Lord that He doesn’t say, “and I will TAKE AWAY your weariness and burdened soul.”   We need to remember that second verse in this passage, “Take My yoke upon you…”   When we come to Jesus… He gives us something.  And that’s a good thing.  Sure, when we come to Jesus He takes away our sin.  He removes our guilt… and He makes us clean.  But, in this passage He is speaking to those who are following Him.  Some may have been following Him for weeks… or months, while others may have only been with Him for a few moments. 

When we Come to Jesus in our times of exhaustion… we pick up His yoke, that is, we come alongside of Him and come under His yoke.  For when we do… the journey in pain, sorrow, weariness, and struggle is a whole lot easier than by ourselves.  As a boy, I remember watching many farmers work the fields with oxen “under the yoke” as they plowed their fields.  I noticed how much quicker the work was done with two oxen as compared to only one. 

Thank you, Jesus!  You are my Savior and my Friend.  Thank you for the times when I am weary and wiped out, and I can come to you and you’ll sit down with me and make my journey a whole lot easier.  It is then when I find great rest and comfort. 

(Photo below was taken by missionary and my Uncle Clyde Golliher many years ago)

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DISTRICT MATTERS:  We are preparing ourselves for some very busy days today and tomorrow as we hold Board of Ministry interviews for all District Licensed candidates.  And this is difficult for some of our members of the Board and licensees who are coming from the northern coastal part of the district with the closure of 101 in Montecito.  Please be in prayer for the many who will be on the roads. 

  • Arise Mission Korean:  Once again, Leslie and I were honored to be with our brothers and sisters at the Arise Mission Church.  It is always a joy to be with Pastor Jong and Hae Suk Lee, along with their great and encouraging church.  They continue to minister to new people joining them who are new arrivals, not just to the city, but to the country.  The newest attendee arrived only 2 weeks ago.  I thank the Lord for the ministry of this great church.  Once again… following every Sunday morning service, and after our meal together, they prepare lunches to take out to the streets to feed the poor.  The Lord blesses me each time I’m with them. 

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  • LA First Spanish:  From Friday night through Sunday January 19-21, La Primera is hosting a Holiness Campaign.  Friday at 7:00PM.  Saturday and Sunday at 6:00PM  Special evangelist is Rev. Leonel De Leon, Missionary to Mesoamerica.  Pastores… hermanos… todos son invitados a la Campaña de Santidad! 

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  • Every January our churches are challenged to receive a special offering for NTS (Nazarene Theological Seminary).  Pastors and leaders there is a link to a great and short promotional video you can use in one of your services.  http://www.nts.edu/seminarianoffering
  • Holiness Summit:  Attention all pastors and leaders… you are invited to participate in this great day of teaching provided by the SoCal District.  This upcoming February 17thRiverside Arlington Ave. Church of the Nazarene will be hosting a “Holiness Summit” specifically designed for pastoral staff* in the greater Southern California area, regardless of district. Beginning at 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM, we will hear from General Superintendent Emeritus J.K. Warrick and Dr. Roger Hahn, Professor of New Testament at Nazarene Theological Seminary on preaching holiness and the centrality of holiness in the New Testament, respectively. PLNU’s concert choir will also be joining us, providing times of music and worship. Mark your calendars and plan to be with us for this formative event.

 

LADTCLADTC Announces New Testament Gospels (BIB-2033)

January 19 – 20  (Fri.-Sat.)

February  16 – 17  (Fri.-Sat.)

Deadline for registration: Friday, January 5.

Please visit www.LADTC.org for all forms and information. There you will also find our annual academic calendar.
All LADTC courses are required for ordination, and they are all accredited by Nazarene Bible College for B.A. degrees.
Peter Lundell 
PeterLundell.com

 

Hello Youth and Children’s Pastors/Directors! 

If you’re looking for a weekend of fun and adventure….Please RSVP now to this FREE event for Youth and Children’s Pastors/Directors and Spouses!!  Event begins Friday, January 26th at 6:00 pm (dinner will be provided) and ends Saturday, January 27th at noon.  There will also be an “Escape Room Adventure” taking place on Friday night.  We need RSVPs immediately, so please don’t hesitate! 

Pastors – please make sure to pass this email along to your youth pastors and directors! 

For questions or more information, contact Kathy Cannon at kathy@westwoodumc.org or 818.807.2928

Inspire 2018

 

Many blessings on you!  I love and pray for you often… I hope to see you soon.

 

In prayer,

Greg A. Garman

Los Angeles District Superintendent

Church of the Nazarene

 

 

Few Thoughts 1-5-2018

Happy New Year 2018!

How many times have you made the mistake in this first week by writing “2017” on a check, or a form, or some other document?  As for me, it usually takes me a few weeks to get into the groove of writing in the correct year.  We ARE in 2018!  And THAT is hard to believe!  But, I trust you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas with family and friends… and that your New Year’s Celebration was just as good!  Leslie and I both enjoyed a very quiet New Year’s Day.

I posted some of these photos already on social media, but thought that I’d share them once again.  Last week I mentioned that I have a tradition of running up this mountain near Santa Clarita… which is high enough to overlook the San Fernando Valley and even see Downtown L.A. and the valley leading through San Gabriel.  The only problem this year was that the LA Basin was covered with a haze, fog, or leftover smoke from the fires.  I couldn’t tell.  The Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys were crystal clear.  We always like to see the jets fly overhead as they prepare to kick off the Rose Parade.  This year things weren’t quite so clear.  Yet… a wonderful 8-mile run up the mountain… and of course, that means coming back down again.  So with my headlamp on we left in the early dark morning hour.

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ENCOURAGEMENTYou are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5:14-16)  The other day Leslie and I decided to go through a LOT of stuff in the garage and the attic.  I remember years ago, just after we were first married, when Leslie and I were living in an apartment, and then in a one bedroom duplex… at the time, we had to park in the street.  I mentioned to Leslie, as I took a look around at all our neighbors, and said, “If we ever can afford a home with a garage, I don’t want us piling so much junk in the garage that we can’t park the car there.”  She agreed.  And would you believe it?  Here we are years later, having lived in 4 different houses after that statement, and we’ve been able to park both cars in the garage.  Even to this day…

 HOWEVER… we have accumulated, still, a lot of stuff.  And you know where it is?  Yep!  Up in the attic.  We just keep throwing it up there.  Box after box… and item after item.  So it was a few days ago, Leslie mentioned that we needed to go through the stuff, prepare for a yard sale, and get rid of a bunch of things.  We both climbed up in the attic.  Under the roof of the garage I had installed a small light with a pull chain.  And when we got up there, I turned the light on… but because of all the stuff piled high, we still could not see through the mess.  So I grabbed another clamp on lamp, plugged it in, and attached it as high as I could to shine directly on the spots where we were working.  If we moved to a different area in the attic… the lamp had to be unclamped and placed anew. 

This got me thinking.  Sometimes I feel like I’m really connected with the Lord.  I mean… He and I are on the same page and life is perfect.  So I go on my long run, come home, enjoy my family time with my wife… and when the girls are home… life is great.  And there’s nothing wrong with that… except, Jesus has called me to get my light shining so others can see Him through me.  This statement has got me thinking more as I enter 2018.  I have many friends who have yet to make a decision for Christ.  I am having to ask myself, “Greg, are they able to see the good deeds in your life?”  It’s my prayer that the Lord will use me much, much more to be His light… not under a bowl, but out in the open for others to see Jesus through me. 

 It’s amazing once Leslie and I went through the attic… sorting through the junk, tossing some things away and preparing other things for the yard sale… and once it was all organized again, the single light overhead was sufficient to brighten up the entire attic.  Any junk lying around your life that needs to be cleaned up? 

 

DISTRICT MATTERS

  • Every January our churches are challenged to receive a special offering for NTS (Nazarene Theological Seminary).  Pastors and leaders, here is a link to a great and short promotional video you can use in one of your services: http://www.nts.edu/seminarianoffering

 

  • El Morro:  To close out the old year, Leslie and I were privileged to be part of the worship services in El Morro this past weekend.  I would encourage you to join me in prayer as we continue the pastoral search for this wonderful church! 

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  • Holiness Summit:  Attention all pastors and leaders… you are invited to participate in this great day of teaching provided by the SoCal District.  This upcoming February 17thRiverside Arlington Ave. Church of the Nazarene will be hosting a “Holiness Summit” specifically designed for pastoral staff* in the greater Southern California area, regardless of district. Beginning at 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM, we will hear from General Superintendent Emeritus J.K. Warrick and Dr. Roger Hahn, Professor of New Testament at Nazarene Theological Seminary on preaching holiness and the centrality of holiness in the New Testament, respectively. PLNU’s concert choir will also be joining us, providing times of music and worship. Mark your calendars and plan to be with us for this formative event. 
  • Burbank Faith:  Pastor Joe Torosian has just completed and put to print a wonderful devotional booklet, Faith Views for Storm Riders.  Thank you, Pastor Joe, for this fine work.  I have been enjoying my devotional readings since the New Year began! 

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  •  LADTCLADTC Announces New Testament Gospels (BIB-2033)

                January 19 – 20  (Fri.-Sat.)  and  February  16 – 17  (Fri.-Sat.)

                Deadline for registration: Friday, January 5.

Please visit www.LADTC.org for all forms and information. There you will also find our annual academic calendar.
All LADTC courses are required for ordination, and they are all accredited by Nazarene Bible College for B.A. degrees.
Peter Lundell 
PeterLundell.com

  • MINISTERIAL INTERVIEWS:  We have more than 40 L.A. District Licensed Ministers to interview for new licenses and renewals this year.  I am simply reminding you that the interviews will take place over two days:  Friday and Saturday, January 12-13, right here at the District Office.  Shay Pierson is working on the schedule for interviews… so please be looking for an email giving you your time and date for the interview. 

 

  • MISSIONARIES ON DEPUTATION:  LANMI DEPUTATION: Picavea, Germán and Patti for March 3, 2018 – March 11, 2018

Missionaries, Patricia Pandolfo (12/4/1962) and Germán Picavea (10/31/1961), were born in Rosario, Argentina, where they met the Lord and both (individually) received the call to ministry.

http://app.nazarene.org/MissionaryProfiles/profile.jsp?profile=26698

CALENDAR AND OPEN DATES:

SATURDAY  3 SLO

SATURDAY 3 (5PM)Trinity Church – Roland Heights 

SUNDAY      4 (10 am) La Fuente Ministries – Pasadena 

SUNDAY      4 (4 pm) Luz a Las Naciones – Tujunga

MONDAY     5

TUESDAY    6

Wednesday  7 LA First Church 

THURSDAY 8

FRIDAY        9 San Fernando 

SATURDAY 10     Rosemead (Couple Conference) 

SUNDAY     11 (10:30am) Baldwin Park 

SUNDAY     11 (pm) 

*** please let me know if you would like to host them:  contact Pastor Josue (Josh) Tiguila Sr. at jtiguilasr@msn.com or 323-350-2734

 I love you all and I am so grateful for this great district!  May Jesus guide you and me together as we work to win this city for Christ!

Greg A. Garman

Los Angeles District Superintendent

Church of the Nazarene