Message from your District Leadership!

Welcome to October in Southern California! It's great when the weather starts to turn a little cooler and the eucalyptus trees start to change color. Here are a few signs that you know So. Cal. fall is upon us:

  1. - You begin pulling the thinnest of sweaters out of your closet,  only to put it back on its hanger - "What do I think it is, Christmas?!"
  2. - Static electricity begins to return to fresh laundry.
  3. - The race begins - which will our children pick up more of: math concepts or cold viruses?
  4. - The hipsters begin to come out of hiding for their non-fat, soy pumpkin spice lattes. It's a magical time of year.

In the midst of our changing seasons and schedules, let us always remember our God, and the call of our God upon our lives, remains the same. May we be faithful through the Spirit to the ever-faithful One.

And, just as the house built upon sand in Matthew 7, may your fall be great.


Pastor and Spouse Retreat

A short list of reminders for this upcoming weekend (Oct. 2-4):

  1. The hotel is in the Carlsbad downtown area and within walking distance of the beach.
  2. Check in will start at 4:00 on Friday and dinner will be available at 5:30 both Friday and Saturday evening. 
  3. We will have 3 formal meeting times: 7:30 on Friday evening, 7:00 on Saturday evening, and 9:30 Sunday morning. The rest of the time is open for fun and fellowship.
  4. Our theme this year is "Monsters of Lore." Feel free to wear your best Yeti, Loch Ness Monster, or La Chupacabra costumes.*
  5. If you have not sent in your check, please do so ASAP.
  6. The website for the resort is : www.carlsbadinn.com 
  7. All services will be held in the Village Terrace meeting room. We will have access to this room throughout the weekend, so feel free to bring games/snacks to share and enjoy in the common space.

*District leadership can neither confirm nor deny the factuality of this year's theme as presented


"Tell the story" Workshop

The Riverside Arlington COTN will be hosting the “Tell The Story” Workshop on Saturday, October 17. This event is designed to help pastors, Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, children's/teen workers, and anyone interested in more effectively helping others discover and fall in love with the Bible. This one-day event will last from 8 AM to 2 PM and costs $12 per participant (this includes breakfast snacks and lunch)*. Our main speaker will be Dr. Woodie Stevens of Nazarene Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries (SDMI).

Registration deadline is Saturday, Oct. 10. Please email SDMI Chair Kevin O'Connor by that date if you plan to attend. We are encouraging every church to pay the way for all their teachers to attend.


pastor Runion and Mission Church

It is with deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of Norma Runion, wife of David Runion - Senior Pastor of Mission Church in San Diego. In the words of the Apostle Paul, Norma has fought the good fight, kept the faith, and finished her course. To God be the glory! A memorial service was held on Saturday, Sept. 26th, but please continue to keep Pastor Runion, his family, and the church body at Mission Church of the Nazarene in your prayers.

In moments like this, we recognize the wonder of God's love as we celebrate the life of a woman who has touched all of our hearts.


Teen Quizzing

The next District Teen Quizzing event is the 11th annual San Diego Invitational on October 24, 8:30 am at Mission Church of the Nazarene. This is a great event to attend if you are considering starting a quiz team. Our quizzing material will be over the Book of Galatians. 

For questions or more information, visit our web site or contact Jerry Goodwin.


Crisis Care Kits and school Pal-Paks

We have received word that one of our warehouses are almost out of Crisis Care Kits (CCKs) and School Pal-Paks (SPPs) All local NMI directors/presidents, please pass the word that both CCKs and SPPs are needed now.  Also, remember to send in the appropriate funds ($12 per box of CCKs; $10 per box of SPPs) for shipping costs during the distribution process. Instructions are on the NMI website and have remained the same since 2014.

Here are just some of the places who have received CCKs and SPPs in 2015:

  • Zambia—650 CCKs and 120 SPPs
  • Madagascar—700 CCKs and 240 SPPs
  • Ukraine—600 CCKs (for refugees from war-torn areas)
  • United States—420 CCKs and 120 SPPs (for veterans and families in need)
  • Moldova—400 CCKs and 240 SPPs (for people in long-term, extreme poverty)


Haiti Fundraising Night

Carlsbad Las Flores Church of the Nazarene would like to invite everyone to attend their evening of BBQ, music, and stories of transformation on Saturday, October 10th, from 5 - 7 PM - all to raise money for the work of True Shepherd Ministries in Haiti. There will be a suggested donation of $20 and the event will include dinner, dessert, raffle and prizes, music, and testimonies of what God has done and continues to do through True Shepherd Ministries in Haiti. For more information, please visit trueshepherd.com. Hope to see you there.


Women's Retreat

Please mark your calendars now for the Spring 2016 Women's Retreat on March 11-13, 2016. For best pricing, please have your early-bird registration in by November 30 ($50: non-refundable but transferrable).

Send one church check with early bird registrations to: Kim Smith [10489 Bellflower Ave., Cherry Valley, CA  92223 - (909) 915-4734; ordwoman4god@aol.com]

Below is the 2016 full pricing for rooming:

Early Bird Registration      /      Late Registration

Quad         $170 per person / $190 per person

Triple       $195 per person  / $215 per person

Double      $245 per person / $265 per person

Single       $385 per person / $405 per person

For full information, please visit the Women's Retreat website


Welcome new pastors and district leaders

  • Shepherd's House (San Jacinto): Rev. Tom Ritchie and wife Brenda
  • Spring Valley Hispanic: Dr. Marco Garcia
  • District New Plant Coordinator: Roger Bowman
  • District Communications Director: Rodney Kilgore


Dynamic Church PLanting International

Starting a new church is the single best method of evangelism. A new, culturally-specific or affinity-group church can make in-roads into a group that the sponsor church never could. Just as new believers bring new spirit and life to an existing congregation, new churches beathe new life into our denomination. Dynamic Church Planting International subscribes to the motto: "All kinds of churches for all kinds of poeple," and have arranged their resources accordingly.  This is your invitation to take part in an event that can reach new lives for the kingdom. On November 16-19 we will be hosting seminars on church planting at Mission Church of the Nazarene. The cost will be $35. Three tracks will be offered: CPE (Church Planting Essentials), CPC (Churches Planting Churches) and CT (Certified Trainer) - all in English and Spanish. More information will be provided on our district website as it becomes available.


Monthly Reporting

Pastors, please remember that the district needs your monthly church stats reported here. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as it allows your D. S. to minister more effectively throughout the district. Further, it brings him great joy to be thought of as "Big Brother."


Upcoming Events

  • Pastor and Spouse Retreat - October 2 - 4
  • Latino Pastor Training - November 7
  • District Advisory Board - November 12
  • DCPI SoCal District CPE - November 16-19
  • Encuentro 2 Latino Youth - January 15 - 18
  • District Ministerial Board - February 2
  • "Fresh Start" w/ Dr. Busic - February 13
  • District Ministerial Board - February 16
  • Women's Retreat - March 11 - 13
  • Prime Time Retreat - April 18 - 21
  • Children's Camp: "The Quest" - July 25 - 29
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