Monthly Archives: February 2018

Few Thoughts 2-23-2018

Good Morning!  So quickly we seem to be rolling through the month of February.  WOW!  This Sunday will be our final weekend for this month… and then March.  Where does the time go?  But, as you journey through this Lenten season and prepare for Palm Sunday… then Good Friday may our eyes be focused on the cross of our Lord Jesus, the place He bled and died to take away our sin.  That’s the way we’ll close out the month of March before we return on the first day of April to celebrate the greatest of all celebrations… Jesus, resurrected from the grave to live and reign forever.

Perhaps, you, like so many of us… we’ve been reading all sorts of “Billy Graham statements” these past few days.  Things he said many years ago… and some things spoken most recently.  However, I know you have already read this statement but, I believe it is worth repeating:  “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead.  Don’t you believe a word of it.  I shall be more alive than I am now.  I will have just changed my address.  I will have gone into the presence of God.”  – Billy Graham

Missionaries do lots of traveling… even MK’s traveled quite a bit.  Suitcases… luggage… flights… border crossings… passports and visas… all of which are needed when traveling internationally.  I remember hearing from my Uncle Clyde Golliher (Missionary to Peru for many years) once, when I was visiting him and Aunt Leona one day at Casa Robles, he said to me, “Greg, my passport is ready, I’m just waiting on my visa!”  It wasn’t long after those words spoken to me that the Lord presented him with his visa and he, too, joined many others in his eternal home with Jesus his Savior.

PRAISE THE LORD FOR HEAVEN!  Are you ready… right now… if this was your final day on earth?  I am!  

ENCOURAGEMENTTherefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of the reverence for God.  (II Corinthians 7:1)  Boy, this is a great verse… a very challenging verse!  In fact, to be very blunt, a convicting verse. In the previous chapter the Apostle Paul gave some warnings to the church, in areas such as idolatry, living in harmony with wickedness, and conforming to the ways of the world.  And as I read this verse, Paul clearly reminds us of some of the promises from God’s Word:

  • “I will live in them”
  • “And walk among them”
  • “I will be their God”
  • “And they will be My people”

 To belong to the Family of God is a beautiful thing.  And when the Lord comes to dwell within me and walk with me, I am called to give it all up for Him.  I know, many people are talking these days about the “things they are giving up for lent” but I am certain that what the Lord calls us to give up is much deeper than that.  Perhaps, this is just one more reason I believe in the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.  When I wake up daily to the words, “Search me, O God, and know my heart.  Test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there’s any wicked way in me and lead me in the everlasting way,” I am certain when I came to the point in my life saying, “Ok, Lord, I’m yours… I give you my EVERYTHING… to include, me, my stuff, my present status, my future (whatever that could mean) my will…” in that moment His living presence dwells in me… so I am to live in love, grace and truth.  It is my desire to NOT contaminate my body or spirit with the junk of the world.  And that, my friends, is sometimes hard to do.  Isn’t it?  Stuff on TV… jokes passed around by friends… influences all around us.  Let’s not forget Romans 12:1-2… “Don’t be conformed to the world…”  

Are you careful to live in His holiness today?  May Jesus help us walk in obedience to Him! 

DISTRICT MATTERS:  My prayer is that this weekend will be one of your greatest weekends leading up to Easter.  Have you been making plans to have a BIG DAY?  I hope so.  Even though all days are big days for us, but I trust that you are prepared to give your community the very best… for there will be many people coming to your churches in about 5 weeks.  Welcome them, give them the greatest reception they could possibly receive… and be Jesus to them!

  •  Holiness Summit:  There was a small group of us from the L.A. District who gathered along with the SoCal and Anaheim Districts for this special day last Saturday.  Dr. J.K Warrick and Dr. Roger Hahn did great jobs sharing with us the message of Holiness.  I especially want to thank D.S. Rev. Tom Taylor for opening the doors for us to come.  We are planning to have another Saturday event just like this one in 2019 as well.  BTW… PLNU’s Concert Choir came to share 30 minutes of music… and WOW!  Do you recognize any of the singers in the photos?  Some of them are from our district.

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  • March Madness with Missions:  Please take a look at the attached flyer… I hope to see you up in SLO!  The LA District NMI Council has put together a very special program for this day.  And if you want to see the same PLNU Concert Choir in action… they will be here at the mission’s event as well.  It’s going to be FANTASTIC!

March Madness

  •  Trinity:  Many of you are aware that Pastors Albert and Christine Hung have transitioned from Trinity to be the NorCal District Superintendents and I had the privilege of preaching in three services this past Sunday in two locations.  Remember, we did a merge nearly two years ago of both these campuses so that they could become one Church.  I am so grateful for the leadership of all staff and the church board during these transitioning days.  May the Lord continue His guiding hand as we move forward to find a new pastor!  
  • Rowland Heights Campus:  Leslie and I first made our way to the RH campus for the first service in Spanish.  Immediately following the Spanish speaking service we had the English Speaking service with these special people.  What a joy it was to see such a healthy group of folks!  

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  • Monterey Park Campus:  Before we could finish the second service at RH, we were rushed out of there, to drive over to the MP campus, where they were already in the middle of the service. Within 10 minutes of our arrival, I was preaching.  And again… what a joy to be with our wonderful church here in Trinity!  

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  • Board of Ministry:  On Thursday members of the BOM met to interview candidates for Ministerial Licenses, and once again, I am grateful for the time commitment that these men and women give for the kingdom of God and the Church of the Nazarene.  What a special… and very long day we had together!  On a side note… many of you are aware that Pastor Peter Lundell is in transition these days to join his wife, Kim Lundell, who is already serving as a Korean Pastor in Louisiana.  We are going to miss them, and especially Pastor Peter who has provided us with great and steady leadership to the LADTC and BOM.  Thus, we had to take a few moments in the day yesterday to honor him!  We love the Lundells!  

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  • Peru Work & Witness Trip:  We will be leading a group to the Amazon Jungle in Peru this summer to lead in a couple of Pastors and Leaders Conferences.  The dates are set for July 9-24.  The cost for everything is $2,200.  The plan will be to fly from LAX to Lima, then to the jungle city of Iquitos for 6 days where we will hold the first Pastors and Spouses’ Conference.  There will be plenty of work to be done on the buildings surrounding the District Center to keep everyone occupied.  We will then return to Lima by plane, catch another flight to Jaén before heading to the jungle mountains to visit some ruins called Kuelap.  We will then travel by road to Nuevo Horizonte where we’ll spend the next 5 days holding a Leadership Conference for the Aguarunas before returning to the states.  Those who are interested can make an extra trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu at the end.  Please let me know if you are interested in being part of this W&W Team.  

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  •  LADNYI: Upcoming events…

NYI Convention and Worship Night
June 9th 3pm-6pm

Location: Newhall Church of the Nazarene
Being that it is a Saturday night, overnight stays at the church will not be available. 
Contact: Moises Arreola, Vice President – mac6677@yahoo.com  or Josh Johnson Co-President – josh@newnaz.org

Schedule:
3:00pm-3:45pm – Welcome and Worship
      3:35pm – 4:30pm – Structured Games (Gym) and NYI Convention (Sanctuary)                    
      4:30-5:00pm- Pizza and Drinks
      5:00-6:00pm – Worship, Devotionals, Voting Results  

 

Elevate

 Registration for our annual Elev8 event in San Diego (over Memorial Day weekend) opens up on March 1st!  Once this event is full they will not accept any late registrations!  What IS Elev8 and how can you reserve a spot?? Keep reading:

Elev8 is held at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and it is taking place from May 25th – May 28th!  This retreat is for all students currently in 7th-12th grade!  Price is $125 per student. The event begins with registration on Friday morning (11am) and ends on Monday morning by 9am. Our District will be staying together in dorm rooms on the University campus.  We will also experience great times of worship and messages, playing/watching different sports competitions (basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, etc.) and talent competitions (preaching, singing, short film, battle of the bands, etc.), and much more!

  • Jr. High and High School Camp:

Strange Things

 

 

  • Children’s Summer Camp: If your church would like to participate in Children’s Camp this summer please contact Kathy Cannon at kathy@westwoodumc.org for details.  If your church has already scheduled your children to attend camp this summer, regardless of the location, and would like information on scholarships, please contact Kathy.

 May the Lord bless you today as you walk in holiness!  I love you and I hope to see you next week in SLO…

Greg A. Garman

Los Angeles District Superintendent

Church of the Nazarene

 

 

Few Thoughts 2-16-2018

Good Morning!  Leslie and I were away at a conference in Carlsbad along with the other District Superintendents of the USA/Canada where the Board of General Superintendents led us in these days for special meetings.  What a special time we enjoyed together!  We were encouraged… inspired… challenged… and commissioned to see greater things takes place through the power of the Holy Spirit working among us.  I am still of belief that these are the greatest days for the church to rise up and preach the truth of Jesus Christ and His Word!

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So… have you been watching any of the Olympics?  It’s a bit tough to stay on top of things with the games taking place clear across the other side of the world.  So what are your favorite winter sports to see in the Olympic Games?  I enjoy anything that is fast and has lots of turns… downhill skiing, bobsled, snowboarding, speed skating…

ENCOURAGEMENTNow it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.  He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.  (II Corinthians 1:21-22)  This passage of scripture has encouraged me over and over again.  The Apostle Paul has just finished communicating of some great hardship he has endured and great pressure he had suffered… and time and time again God delivered him.  I know that there IS great suffering today in many parts of the world.  Persecution towards Christian believers is huge.  There are many people suffering today all because they preach the Word of Jesus.  And I can’t even begin to grasp of their turmoil or suffering.  My prayer is with them and for them. 

Yet, even in our own places of work and ministry we encounter difficult situations.  Conflicts arise.  Issues that are tough to deal with come up… but I am so grateful that God is the One who does the anointing… He is the One bringing us to Himself and calling us His children… He puts His Spirit within us… and He will lead us through to victory. 

 Even on my wobbly legs, when I feel I can’t go on, as I commit my ways to Him trusting Him for clarity and direction, and I rise up from my place of kneeling on those wobbly legs, It is God who makes me stand firm in Christ!”  Praise His Name!!!  

DISTRICT MATTERS:  Here are a few things coming up real soon: 

  • Holiness Summit:  This Saturday, February 17th, Riverside 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.  I am looking forward to this special day and I hope to see you there!
  • District Assembly:  As communicated earlier… we will begin our convention and assembly worship, celebration and business on Wednesday night, June 13 and finish up on Friday afternoon, June 15.  The Ordination Service will be on Thursday night, June 14 at 7:00PM.  Leslie and I enjoyed some very special days with our JGS (Jurisdictional General Superintendent) and his family – wife: Sam; daughter: Tsakani; and son: Emmanuel.  We are excited to have Dr. Fili Chambo as our presiding General.  You are going to love and appreciate his leadership. 

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  • Prime Timers: .  Please mark your calendars for April 23-27, 2018.  Once again we will be at Murrieta Hot Springs.  Brochures have been mailed out to most of our churches and if you did not get one, please let us know here in the district office, and we will see to it that you receive one. 
  • March Madness with Missions:  Please take a look at the flyer… I hope to see you up in SLO! 

 March Madness

  • Peru Work & Witness Trip:  We will be leading a group to the Amazon Jungle in Peru this summer to lead in a couple of Pastors and Leaders Conferences.  The dates are set for July 9-24.  The cost for everything is $2,200.  The plan will be to fly from LAX to Lima, then to the jungle city of Iquitos for 6 days where we will hold the first Pastors and Spouses’ Conference.  There will be plenty of work to be done on the buildings surrounding the District Center to keep everyone occupied.  We will then return to Lima by plane, catch another flight to Jaén before heading to the jungle mountains to visit some ruins called Kuelap.  We will then travel by road to Nuevo Horizonte where we’ll spend the next 5 days holding a Leadership Conference for the Aguarunas before returning to the states.  Those who are interested can make an extra trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu at the end.  Please let me know if you are interested in being part of this W&W Team.  

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  • LADNYI: Upcoming events…

 NYI Convention and Worship Night
June 9th 3pm-6pm

 Location: Newhall Church of the Nazarene
Being that it is a Saturday night, overnight stays at the church will not be available. 
Contact: Moises Arreola, Vice President – mac6677@yahoo.com  or Josh Johnson Co-President – josh@newnaz.org

Schedule:
3:00pm-3:45pm – Welcome and Worship
      3:35pm – 4:30pm – Structured Games (Gym) and NYI Convention (Sanctuary)                    
      4:30-5:00pm- Pizza and Drinks
      5:00-6:00pm – Worship, Devotionals, Voting Results  

 

Elevate 

Registration for our annual Elev8 event in San Diego (over Memorial Day weekend) opens up on March 1st!  Once this event is full they will not accept any late registrations!  What IS Elev8 and how can you reserve a spot?? Keep reading:

Elev8 is held at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and it is taking place from May 25th – May 28th!  This retreat is for all students currently in 7th-12th grade!  Price is $125 per student. The event begins with registration on Friday morning (11am) and ends on Monday morning by 9am. Our District will be staying together in dorm rooms on the University campus.  We will also experience great times of worship and messages, playing/watching different sports competitions (basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, etc.) and talent competitions (preaching, singing, short film, battle of the bands, etc.), and much more!

Jr. High and High School Camp

Strange Things

 

May the Lord bless you this weekend!  I love you and I hope to connect with you sometime soon…  

 

Greg A. Garman

Los Angeles District Superintendent

Church of the Nazarene