Volume 22, Number 7

March 31, 2013


Church-Wide Anniversary Fellowship April 7, at 6:15 p.m. Johnny Harris 10 years Gayla Reaves 15 years Ginger Andrew 20 years Cheryl Wells 25 years Jayne Love 35 years
An opportunity will be given to write appreciation cards or you may bring your own.
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Casual dress, but not casual worship. That is what I am telling those I invite to church at Eastmont. I’ve been going door to door in our church neighborhood and inviting people to be here at Eastmont. Here is what I’ve noticed, almost all the men I invite don’t own a suit. Those who do own one tell me, “I can’t wear it anymore, I think it shrunk.” So I tell them that most of our men don’t wear ties. We believe in casual dress, but not casual worship. I also mention there is sloppy casual and nice casual. The latter works best for most of Eastmont. By the way I counted four of those neighbors there at the Easter drama. Easter Sunday’s worship service will include wonderful songs of praise, baptism of four new converts, children’s message, a generous offering to God, prayer of confession and revival, and encouraging fellowship. My sermon will include the resurrection, but will mostly focus on our mission to the world around us. While all scripture is essential, this message is specifically needed. Satan has already put obstacles in my way to prevent me from preaching it, so I desire your interceding prayer. The scripture passage is Colossians 4:2-6. All people matter to God. That is why we do not exclude anyone from attending here. We just open our doors and whoever shows up is welcome. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. We welcome: the long hair, gray hair, and the no hair. The bifocals and the contacts, the tattoos, and wrinkles. The starting student and the retired learner. I delight in the diversity of it all. I remind you this is God’s church, not ours. Jesus said, “I will build my church.” It belongs to Him. Humanly speaking, he has left running it up to us. None of us is as smart as all of us. That is why we have deacons, ministry teams, and committees. No one person can do it all or should do it all. We honor God best when all share in the work. I work 50+ hours each week, but that is a drop in the bucket compared to what you do. I am not a dictator, nor micromanager. When you get great players on the team you let them use their talent. I pray earnestly for you and I ask God to direct me as your shepherd. My ministry is to lead, feed, guard and guide. More than ever I encourage you to stay the course of doing your ministry. The Haitians have a saying, “Piti, piti, zwazo fe nich li” - It means little by little the bird builds his nest. Parking will be tough on Easter, if your health permits, leave the parking spaces nearest the church for those who have difficulty walking long distances I’ll see you resurrection 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 at 9:40. Also, don’t forget to bring your Annie Armstrong Easter Offering to help missionaries in North America tell people about Jesus. GAs and RAs in April Wednesdays at 6:30PM boys and girls in grades 1-6 are invited to join us in April as we learn about missions at the TOP of the world in Nepal, home of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on earth! A scavenger hunt, a mini obstacle course and tasting vegetable pulao are just a few of the fun activities you will enjoy! TeamKID is back April 7! Grades 1-6 April 7 we will learn how to be a good leader and influence others to do the right thing! Join us for games, door prizes, snacks, music and more! 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 6:30PM In the Fellowship Hall Come see the amazing skills our children have learned with their Bibles! SUMMER CAMPS If you missed the deadline to register for camp it’s not too late…..Pick up a camp registration form at the Welcome Centers on the Children’s Halls and turn in your form and fee as soon as possible! GA MINISTRY PROJECT REPORT GAs in Grades 3-6 participated in a special ministry project at Project Hope this past Saturday. About 30 girls and parents helped sort through clothes, shoes and books, and also made ministry bags that can be used in the ministry there. This is real missions in ACTION! Way to go, girls!!

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Focus on Sunday nights in April at 5:00 in the Timeout Room Studying “Share Jesus Without Fear” Timeout on Wednesday nights The youth worship service begins at 6:30 p.m. Prayer time begins at 6:15 p.m. 2013 Dinner/Auction for Student Missions will be April 20. Tickets are on sale for $10. This includes a delicious dinner and exciting auction. Six Flags Trip - May 28 End of Summer Mission Trip - July 20-21 with Renovation Ministries

Senior Adult Choir Tuesday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m. Montgomery Singing Men Concert April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Eastmont Fellowship Hall A reunion concert of Montgomery Area Ministers of Music who sang in this group over the years.

6th Annual Open Car Show April 6, 2013; 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon Several car clubs are scheduled to display cars: Corvette Club, Model A Club, & the Mustang Club. There will be a 1977 Corvette for sale with the proceeds helping offset construction costs for Eastmont’s mission team to Romania. If you know anyone who has a car to show, please invite them to come out. If you would like to volunteer to help on Saturday from 8-noon, please call Billy Dickey at 277-6300. Informational Missions Meeting If you were unable to attend the missions meeting on March 24 and would like an update on Missions opportunities for the remainder of 2013 and projected opportunities for 2014, please see Billy Dickey. The Romania Mission Trip is full, but can add you to a standby list, must already have a passport.

Church Benevolence Committee Our church benevolence committee aids our own members when they have a financial need or emergency. We have had a number of requests for assistance over the past couple of years while designated offerings have declined. As of today, we have zero funds for this account. If you feel led to contribute, you may check other and write in Church Benevolence Ministry on your offering envelope. Thank you for prayerful consideration in aiding this ministry. SCRAPBOOKING NIGHT Friday, April 5 5:30-10:30PM In the Fellowship Hall Call Marti Richardson (277-4439) if you plan to come and bring a dish to share for potluck! Your Opinion Counts We are conducting an Eastmont Membership Survey and want your input and opinions. The survey is available on the web at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Eastmont2013 and paper versions located throughout the church. Please complete either the online or paper version by April 30th. Sympathy to… • Charles Broadway & family in the loss of his sister, Helen Taylor on 3/13. • Brenda Rambo & family in the loss of her aunt, Ruby Lee Keith, on 3/16. • Mary Nichols & family in the loss of her son, Willie Dan Shirah, on 3/16. • David Newcomb & family in the loss of his mother, Peggy Gunby, on 3/17. • Judy Atcheson, James Williams & family in the loss of their brother, John Williams, on 3/19. • Fay Donaldson & family in the loss of her brother, Randall Taylor.
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Spring Tablescapes Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Tickets are $5 each and table registration will be available in the connecting hallway between worship services. Come and experience the presence of God with the women of Eastmont.

March 31, 2013
Sunday, March 31
8:10 a.m. 9:20 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Worship Service Sunday School Worship Service Baptism Service Outreach w/ meal Sr. Adult Choir Aerobics Fellowship Meal Acteens Adult Choir Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Aerobics Car Show

Wednesday Night Meal
April 3, 2013 Roast Beef, Rice & Gravy, English Peas, Salad, Dessert & Drink April 10, 2013 Spaghetti, Salad, Ice Cream Bar, Drink
$5.00 Adult $2.00 Children (Max. $15.00 per family)

Sunday’s Music - March 31, 2013 Special Music “Something Happens” Pam Head, soloist Sunday’s Music - April 7, 2013 Special Music UpStares Sanctuary Choir “This is Your House”

Monday, April 1 Tuesday, April 2

Wednesday, April 3

Sunday School Totals March 17, 2013 Preschool...69 Children...66 Students...84 Adults…609 Total...828 March 24, 2013 Preschool...65 Children...49 Students...74 Adults…621 Total...809

Building Lock-Up March 31, 2013 Danny McDonald Gene McDonald Mike Atcheson April 7, 2013 Julian Prince Richard Cartwright

Thursday, April 4
5:30 p.m.

Bus Ministry March 31, 2013 Richard Law 593-1616 April 7, 2013 Wallace Jones 567-6093

Weekly Giving March 10, 2013 General Budget $27,045.40 Building Fund $1,827.00 March 17, 2013 General Budget $37,991.59 Building Fund $3,740.00

Saturday, April 6
8:00 a.m.

___________________ Sunday, April 7
8:10 a.m. Worship Service 9:20 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 5:00 p.m. Discipleship Classes

Monday, April 8
5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Outreach w/ meal Aerobics Fellowship Meal Acteens Adult Choir Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Aerobics

Tuesday, April 9 Wednesday, April 10

March 24, 2013 General Budget: $15,333.11 Building Fund: $2,997.00 Annie Armstrong: $9,924.68

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Thursday, April 11
5:30 p.m.

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