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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

Greg’s Few Thoughts – Sunday, October 18, 2015

Good Morning!

And who doesn’t like to get away for a few days?  Last week we were gone on vacation to Hawaii… to the island of Kauai.  And the island is appropriately named:  The Garden Island… although it also could have been labeled “The Chicken Island”, for all of the chickens scattered throughout.  We made our dwelling on the north shore where the waves were crashing, and the waterfalls were active.  Snorkeling was a blast… as was hiking and paddle-boarding.  We rested… had fun… and enjoyed some great family time together.  Thanks for allowing us these few days away.

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The weekend started off incredibly busy before we headed off on vacation.  On the Thursday night before we left I had a board meeting with a church… drove home to pack for our vacation because the next morning (Friday)… very early, I was driving to Utah for the St. George Marathon.  I picked up my race packet at the expo… grabbed a bite to eat and headed for bed… only to wake up at 3:00 to make it in time for the bus to drive us to the starting line.  Ran the marathon… returned to the hotel to shower… jump in the car with a few friends to meet up with my car I had left in Barstow the day before.  This was done because the other guys were returning home in Santa Clarita, but I had to drive on to Ridgecrest for a board meeting that same Saturday night at 6:00.  The next morning was Sunday… Pastor Jim and Dolly Goss’ final Sunday at Ridgecrest.  What a special day I enjoyed worshipping with everyone there… and remembering Worldwide Communion with the church!  Immediately following the service I hopped in the car to drive back home in order to pick up the family and make our way to LAX to catch our 6:00PM flight to Hawaii.  Needless to say… we made it on time… and once I got through the TSA checkpoint I sat down with a cup of coffee and relaxed.

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.  – Jesus (Matthew 1:28-30).  What a great and incredible invitation given by Jesus to you and me!  This invitation is always open.  He’s calling.  He never says “I’ll take away your burden… or remove the yoke…”  He just says you will find rest because “My burden is light… My yoke is easy…”  I have found that sometimes the greatest healing for me comes when I am so tired I feel like doing nothing… Leslie will see that I am frustrated with something… and she will suggest “Greg, you need to go for a run!”  When I return home from a run… I am so much better.  Jesus does the same for us… as we come to Him with our burdens… our worries… our cares… He may not remove them… but He certainly comes along our side and helps us through.  His yoke is easier… His burden is lighter.  WHY?  Because HE is involved… PTL!

Prayer Need:  Continued prayer for Cady Kinzler (13 year old daughter to Pastor James and Kyla Kinzler in our Coast Community Church – Santa Barbara) was taken in for emergency surgery last Friday for a tumor on her brain.  She is resting well in the hospital awaiting results from pathology.  We continue to pray for Cady’s full and complete recovery.  For further updates and opportunities for you to express your prayers and love go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/cadykinzler

PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTHMy hope and prayer is that all of our churches are showing some kind of support and appreciation to our pastors this month.  Traditionally, October has been the month when the church takes a little extra time to show their encouragement.  Please know that I am so blessed to have on the L.A. District Team each pastor, spouse, and staff member by my side.  May the Lord bless you this month as you faithfully minister before the Lord and His people!

CALENDAR:  Please see below some important dates…

  • Spanish Church Planting Conference at Rosemead:  Saturday, October 17
  • 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-
    • 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.
  • District Pastors and Spouses Christmas Dinner:  Monday night, December 7 at 6:00 in Newhall

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.  We will miss Pastor Jim and Dolly Goss as they transition into retirement, and Pastor Gabe and Aiko Martin who will soon relocate to Rancho Cucamonga. 

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.

VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONISTHere at the district office we are looking for a few volunteer receptionists to come along our side and help us out with phones and “busy work”.  If you live in the area and you would love to give a few hours each week to the district… please let us know.  We would love to have another smiling face and welcoming voice working with us. 

May the Lord bless you today and this weekend!  I love you and am so glad to be part of this great district team.  Thank you, again, for remembering your district as you send in your allocations (budgets).  And keep praying for one more tenant to come and fill up our second floor. 

Greg Garman
Los Angeles District Superintendent
Church of the Nazarene