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Few Thoughts 4-20-2018

Greetings Los Angeles District!  Before you know it, we’ll be back together at PazNaz for our District Assembly and Conventions.  It amazes me to see how fast time flies by!  I really don’t think time went by this fast when I was in school.  Something has happened.

Leslie and I were away for a couple of days last week (Thursday and Friday) in Dallas where American Airlines has their headquarters.  Aubree was graduating from Flight Attendant Academy and was getting her wings.  What a special day this was for us.  She is now stationed in Philadelphia and has officially started her new career.  So if you are ever flying on American Airlines… keep an eye open for Aubree… she could be on your flight… and make sure she doesn’t spill coffee all over you.

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ENCOURAGEMENTFour things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise; Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.  (Proverbs 30:24-25)  Twice in the Book of Proverbs the writer speaks on this small animal… the ant.  I love to observe and study ants.  They are the most amazing of all animals.   They are tough.  They are strong.  They are determined.  They are resilient.  They are cooperative in teamwork matters.  Ants are wild!  Ants are cool.  I read this the other day: “Ants are healthy because they have little antibodies.” 

There are stinging ants and edible ants… There are fire ants and just annoying ants… There are large ants and tiny ants.  There are flesh eating ants and leaf cutting ants.  You name it, there is nearly an ant for nearly anything you can find.  There are ants in dry climate conditions and in wet climates… Ants can be found in the most humble of homes, or they can be found in the greatest of palaces.  Ants are nearly everywhere. 

 In this writing the author points to the fact that even though they may be small in stature, they work hard and they work together… thus, making them wise.  Extremely wise!  As we take a look around the church… district… globe, how well are we doing in our workings together?  These are such great days to be in action for the Lord.  The church needs to step up and work together for the cause of Christ.  Let’s “ant up!”  

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 DISTRICT MATTERS

  • Pastor’s Reports:  Pastors and office assistants… please be sure to get your reports in ASAP!  The deadline to turn in your paperwork is April 30th!  District Assembly is just around the corner. 
  • District Conference “BOLDAGEOUS”:  Everything will take place at PazNaz June 13-15.  The NMI Convention begins on Wednesday night at 7:00PM with giant Mission’s Rally.  Special Speaker is District Superintendent Rev. Simone Pierre of Rwanda.  They will continue with their business on Thursday morning at 8:30.  The District Assembly will begin at 3:00PM Thursday afternoon with the opening business and reading of the Board of Ministry Report.  The Ordination Service will be at 7:00PM.  Assembly business will resume on Friday morning at 8:30.  We will conclude everything by 4:30PM on Friday. 
  • LADTC: Rev. Ramiro Juarez is our new Director for the Los Angeles District Training Center.  If you would like to know what is going on, please click:  https://ladtc.org/register/ and you will find out more of the happenings in ministry training.  Dr. Peter Lundell will be teaching his final class for us as he and Pastor Kim have relocated to Louisiana.  LADTC — 2nd Announcement: Systematic Theology 2  (THE-3033)

                May  11 – 12  (Fri.-Sat.)  and  June  1 – 2  (Fri.-Sat.)       

Deadline for Systematics 2 registration: Friday, April 27th!

  • Lancaster Valley View:  I was able to be part of the worship and ministry this past Sunday in our Lancaster Valley View Church where we have both and English and Spanish speaking ministry.  Thank you, Pastor Mike and Kami Whitten, along with your team of leaders as you continue working in ministry there in the Antelope Valley.  Great days are ahead as you wait upon the Lord.  I would also like to thank Pastor Moises and Ester Salazar for their recent arrival to assist us in the Spanish speaking department there in Valley View.  

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I am praying for you.  May we follow our Lord in every way, working together to win our city to Christ.  Jesus is Lord!

 In prayer,                               

Greg A. Garman

Los Angeles District Superintendent

Church of the Nazarene