Volume 22, Number 6
March 17, 2013
I have received some very thoughtful gifts over the years. Encouraging notes are some of the best. The single greatest gift you can give someone is an introduction to the God who gave His Son for us. Doing that face to face can be difficult, especially if you only know them casually. So here is a suggestion. Invite them to our Easter musical/drama. You know it is one of the best programs anywhere. Your guests will really enjoy it. In addition they will hear and see the story of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Your invitation is even more effective if you offer to meet them here. I don’t think God put that unchurched person in your life just to be their acquaintance or friend. God has an eternal goal in mind. In recent weeks I’ve been asked to speak at several funerals. I always consider it an honor. In my preparation I came across a humorous and provoking quote by Mark Twain. “Let us endeavor to live, that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry.” Charles Robinson and Doris Bush are two such lives that we already miss. Our prayers continue for their familes. I’ve never been a part of anything of significance that didn’t include a great team. I have always viewed this church as my teammates. Simply stated, we need one another to win. Most of you understand this. That is why you continue to serve, sacrifice, pray, give and go. I benefited from saints who are now in heaven. Without their lifelong dedication, I would not have been saved at Capitol Heights Baptist Church. My children and now my grandchildren are blessed because people they never knew worked, prayed and gave at Eastmont Baptist. Our giving and faithfulness of today will enable an unborn generation to carry the gospel long after we can’t. It is a wise person who plants a tree under whose shade they will never sit. John Chancellor was settling into retirement at the age of 67. For over forty-three years he was in broadcast journalism. I remember him from NBC Nightly News. He said there was not a cloud in the sky at retirement. Life looked wonderful. Then came stomach cancer. First he was angry at God and himself. He made peace with both. Shortly before his death he said “If you want to make God laugh tell him your plans.” Life is a gift, not an entitlement. More than ever I’m glad God’s sovereign plans have allowed me to be your pastor. I’ll see you Sunday,
EASTER Sunday, March 31 Bring fresh flowers to put on our Easter Cross as we celebrate Christ’s amazing love for us! We will release butterflies by the cross during Sunday School. TeamKID There will be no TeamKID on March 24 or March 31 due to special Easter activities! But we’ll be back Sunday, April 7!! RA CONGRESS Pray for RAs who will be attending the annual RA Congress this weekend SAY YES to VBS!! April 7 and April 14 there will be a form in Sunday’s bulletin where you can volunteer to help with this year’s VBS which is June 17-21!! Be a part of one of our church’s largest outreach events of the year!! CHURCH BIBLE DRILL Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. Pray for our students and leaders as they prepare for this drill. GAs and RAs Wednesdays – 6:30PM During the month of March we are learning about missions in Chicago, IL. Boys and girls in Grades 1-6 are invited to join the fun as we learn how missionaries use baseball and hotdogs to share Christ! SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION If you missed the March 13 registration deadline you can still get in your camp registration forms a.s.a.p!!
6th Annual Open Car Show April 6, 2013; 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon Please contact Billy Dickey to pre-register or for more information. Informational Missions Meeting Please make plans to attend Sunday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m. in room 110. We will discuss our local, state & international mission opportunities for the remainder of 2013 & 2014.
Focus on Sunday nights at 5:00 in the Timeout Room Timeout on Wednesday nights The youth worship service begins at 6:30 p.m. Prayer time begins at 6:15 p.m. Communion Service - March 27 During TimeOut at 6:30 p.m. Secret Church - March 29th “Heaven, Hell & the End of the World” Simulcast starts at 6 p.m. - midnight at Capitol Heights Baptist Church Alabama vs. Auburn Baseball Game March 30, in Auburn leave at 1:00 p.m. & return by 8:00 p.m. 2013 Dinner/Auction for Student Missions will be April 20. Tickets will be on sale starting March 24 for $10. This includes a delicious dinner and exciting auction. Six Flags Trip - May 28
Forever Young Tuesday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. Covered Dish Lunch Program - Dozier School Choir Senior Adult Singing Thursday, March 21, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Sr. Adults will be coming from churches all around to have an old-fashioned hymn sing led by Frank Jones. Cost is $5 and includes a box lunch. See Bro. Ed or call the church office for reservations. Sr. Adult Celebration Conference October 28-31, 2013 Cost: $345/person We will start taking reservations at 9 a.m. on Monday March 18. The program will be led by Dr. David Jeremiah & Charles Billingsley.
Yard Sale Help & Fellowship March 15 at 6:00 p.m. We will help sort and organize items for the yard sale coming up this Saturday. We will go out for a fellowship meal afterwards. Singles Spring Events Calendar more details available in Sunday School Saturday, April 13 Fort Toulouse Hike & Scavenger Hunt Sunday, April 21 Singles Fellowship Meal & Mission Project Saturday, April 27 Movie Night @ Eastmont w/ popcorn Friday, May 10 Biscuits Baseball Game w/ Fireworks Saturday, May 18 Kayak Trip in Milton, FL
WRAP UP YOUR OFFERING RAs will be in the hallway Sunday, March 17, with decorated 25cent coin wrappers for you to use for your Annie Armstrong Easter Offering! Please take one and bring it back Easter with your mission offering! A thank you card was received in the church office from Karen and Casey Bush. Sympathy to… • Kent Johnson & family in the loss of his father, Curtis Henson Johnson, on 2/25/13. • Kathy Pressley & family in the loss of her mother, Nolie Stone Wood, on 2/2/13. • Mike Klepac and Katrina Meyers & families in the loss of their father, James Klepac, on 3/6/13. • John McNeill & family in the loss of his mother, Ruth McNeill, on 3/7/13. • Janice Pearson & family in the loss of her aunt, Evelyn Baker, on 3/8/13. • Courtney Corum & family in the loss of her grandmother, Merle, Nichols, on 3/9/13. • Dale Nazary & family in the loss of his grandmother.
March 17, 2013
Sunday, March 17
8:10 a.m. Worship Service 9:20 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 5:00 p.m. Discipleship Classes
Wednesday Night Meal
March 20, 2013 Hamburger, French Fries, Corn on the Cob, Salad, Dessert & Drink March 27, 2013 Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Dessert, Drink
$5.00 Adult $2.00 Children (Max. $15.00 per family)
Sunday’s Music - March 17, 2013 Special Music Mike Atcheson Sunday’s Music - March 24, 2013 8:10 Special Music Rick Jones 10:30 Sanctuary Choir Passion Play “The Borrowed Tomb”
Monday, March 18
5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Outreach w/ meal Forever Young Aerobics
Tuesday, March 19
Wednesday, March 20
Fellowship Meal Acteens Adult Choir Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Aerobics Passion Play
Building Lock-Up Sunday School Totals February 17, 2013 Preschool...64 Children...69 Students...84 Adults…557 Total...774 February 24, 2013 Preschool...64 Children...69 Students...87 Adults…601 Total...821 March 17, 2013 Rick Jones Garrett Payton March 24, 2013 David Seay Zack Godwin
Thursday, March 21
5:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Bus Ministry March 17, 2013 Joe Torrillo 272-5439 March 24, 2013 Wallace Jones 567-6093
Saturday, March 23 ___________________
Weekly Giving March 3, 2013 General Budget $50,556.96 Building Fund $6,814.00
February 24, 2013 General Budget $24,094.77 Sunday, March 24 8:10 a.m. Worship Service Building Fund 9:20 a.m. Sunday School $2,785.50 10:30 a.m. Passion Play
5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Passion Play Outreach w/ meal Aerobics Fellowship Meal Acteens Adult Choir Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Aerobics
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Monday, March 25 Tuesday, March 26 Wednesday, March 27
February 17, 2013 General Budget $37,956.35 Building Fund $2,951.00 Annie Armstrong $5,720.49
Thursday, March 14
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