Volume 22, Number 21

October 13, 2013


Fall Missions Yard Sale & Pancake Breakfast October 12, 2013 6 AM - Noon Pancake breakfast served until 9:00 AM.

Come worship with us this Sunday as we share in the Lord’s Supper
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Sunday, October 27 at 5-6:30 PM FREE HOTDOGS & TREATS Wear a fun costume and join us for a fun evening! If you would like to provide a TRUNK in this event please call April Mullins (420-6309). Just Ordinance of the decorate your trunk with a theme and have about 500 treats to give out. Lord’s Supper

Trunk or Treat

A Look Inside... Bonus Teaching Hour Loving Care Ministry Page 2 Page 3

A Letter from Arnold Fuller Page 3

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Think with me a moment about Eastmont Baptist Church. We are not here by chance, but by God’s own choosing. He formed this congregation into the unique blended fellowship that we are. No other church compares with us. We are one of a kind. God also planned the exact place and time that we should serve here. Long before any of us were born, He had planned our life together to make a difference in the lives of many. What a marvelous privilege we have. We can go forward with the knowledge that our steps are being directed by Him. Our Lord will never take us where the grace of God will not protect us. His heart is stirred by our passionate worship of Him each Sunday. Our acts of service, however small or large, bring a smile to His face. He is overjoyed by the sacrifices we gladly offer. He loves us. We are not loved because we are valuable, we are valuable because He loves us. We are His body, His building, and His bride. His Son died for us, His spirit indwells us, His power protects us. It is in His church that most of us first heard the gospel and were saved. In His church we have been loved and encouraged. Like a beacon, the church calls us all to life’s highest and best. In fact, almost everything good that has happened to me in life, has been in some way related to the church. So on some Sunday morning when you are tempted to stay in a comfortable bed, or when your doubts are stronger than your faith, remind yourself how important the church is to you and our world. It is the one place where you are blessed just for showing up. It is the one place we join our others and have our hope renewed. I’ll see you Sunday at His place,

RA SOAPBOX DERBY Saturday, October 19 at 10 AM for boys in Grades 1-6 Dexter Ave. (in front of State Capitol) If you would like to participate in this fun event see an RA leader or contact Miss Ginger (420-6306) for a registration form. Each boy will get a ride down Dexter Ave. in one of our 7 soapbox cars. RA Racer T-shirts are available for $5! Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the race. GAs will provide sausage biscuits and hot chocolate for a donation! RA CAMPOUT Friday, October 11 for Boys in Grades 1-6 Must be accompanied by an adult. Call Heath Corwin (657-3521) for more information! RA FOOD DRIVE REPORT RAs would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s food drive…You helped provide 213 bags of food and over $800 to feed hungry families! RAs delivered the food to Forest Park Ministry Center last Wed. They received a first-hand look at how this ministry operates and serves our community. RA BASKETBALL Boys in grades 1-6 are invited to sign up if they would like to play basketball. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 16. PARENTS Mission Classes on Wednesday evenings open at 6:20 PM….Please do not drop off your children any earlier as this is valuable preparation time for our teachers. Pick-up time is 7:15. Thank you very much for your help with this. BONUS TEACHING HOUR If you would like to help once a month teaching preschoolers during the 8:10 or 10:30 worship hours please call Miss Ginger (420-6306). All parents of preschoolers take a turn as well as many other volunteers. We would like to THANK the nearly 100 people who help to make this ministry happen each Sunday for our preschoolers and their families! COMING in DECEMBER!! Christmas Festival Saturday, December 7, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Forever Young October 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM Covered dish meal Special Guest - Cletus Lovejoy Sr. Adult Conference in Sevierville, TN Rooms & Tickets still available Call Cheryl for more information.
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Dear Eastmont Family, Mission Trips 2014 June 9-14 - Jr. High with World Changers in Tuscaloosa June 28 - July 5 - Sr. High to Hoboken, NJ Envelope Blessings Fund-raiser There are still a few envelopes available. Envelopes are located in the connecting hallway. You can return your envelopes in 3 ways; through your offering, in Sunday School or $75 in the church office. We greatly appreciate your loving support of the Student Ministry missions.
The time has come for me to announce my retirement. For the past 36 years, Eastmont has allowed Judy and me to minister with you. We have cried together, laughed together, and worshipped our Lord together. Judy and I have watched our children grow up at Eastmont, and now they have children of their own. We are so thankful for our children and grandchildren, and we appreciate your Christian influence in their lives. Ten years before coming to Eastmont, God introduced me to Judy. Knowing my life’s direction, He graciously provided me the perfect ministry partner. Judy has been my compass and dearest blessing as we have worked and served together. When we came to Montgomery in 1977, Eastmont truly got a “two-for-one special”; God knew that I could not do this job without Judy by my side. Her support and encouragement have been an abiding source of strength and joy throughout my ministry. A special thank-you goes to Fred Conway, Hazel Marshall, and Margaret Sasser ~ along with Marguerite Cox and Don Jones ~ who were members of the committee who asked me to come to Eastmont. I will be forever grateful for the confidence they had in me, as they extended the invitation to serve the Lord and His people here. Jayne Love has been by my side since 1978. I could not have asked God for a better, more efficient pianist. A minister friend gave me this advice before entering the ministry ~ “Surround yourself with the very best.” Jayne has been that for me. Her guidance and support have been a tremendous asset to me. Gayla Reaves has been with me for nearly 16 years. Her understanding, graciousness, and talent have been a continual blessing. My health has remained good over the years, but it is time to pass the baton to someone else. One thing has not changed over the past 36 years – Eastmont is blessed with much musical talent. That talent, along with your love for Jesus, will draw godly people to serve with you. Thank you for allowing me to listen to God’s voice and to lead under His direction. Words cannot express how much Eastmont has meant to us; it has truly been our life. Judy and I plan to remain in the Montgomery area, being obedient to God’s leading. I respectfully request that my last day be December 31, 2013. In His love and for His kingdom,

O.C.C. - Operation Christmas Child You may still do your own shoebox or get together with your class as in the past. Boxes will be out October 20 and Dedication Sunday is November 17. Any request for donations will be to fill the LEFTOVER/UNUSED boxes or to assist any group needing items. We regret any past confusion on this. If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda Huffman at 334-279-8198.

Eastmont’s Home bound “Loving Care Ministry” Come learn more about Eastmont’s (home bound) “Loving Care Ministry” on Thursday night, October 17th @ 6:30 p.m. in Room 129 (next to the old kitchen.) Robbie Barnes from Eastern Hills Baptist Church will share ideas from their successful program. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Julia Edwards @ 271-0723 (Julia.edwards@knology.net) or Lynda Coley @ 271-4662 (Lyndcacoley@hotmail.com) if you are currently visiting a home bound member on a regular basis or if you would like to become a part of this rewarding ministry. We need your help to reach all of the home bound members of Eastmont!

Arnold G. Fuller
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October 13, 2013
Sunday, October 13 8:10 AM Worship Service 9:20 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship Service 5:00 PM Discipleship Classes Monday, October 14 5:00 PM Outreach with Meal Tuesday, October 15 10:00 AM Forever Young 5:30 PM Aerobics Wednesday, October 16 5:15 PM Fellowship Meal 5:45 PM Acteens 6:15 PM Adult Choir 6:30 PM Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups October 16, 2013 Hamburger, French Fries, Baked Beans, Salad, Dessert & Drink October 23, 2013 Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Dessert, & Drink $5/Adult $2/Children (Max. $15/family) October 13, 2013 8:10 AM Cindy Pitts “Walk on Water” 10:30 AM Sanctuary Choir “God of the Ages” Amy Blake, soloist 10:30 AM Youth Praise Team

October 20, 2013 8:10 AM Mike Atcheson 10:30 AM Sanctuary Choir “God You Are Good” Courtney Corum, soloist 10:30 AM Janie Eads & Chris Owens “The Prayer”

September 29, 2013 Preschool.................. 72 Children....................62 Students.................... 88 Adults......................637 Total...................... 859

October 6, 2013 Preschool.................. 58 Children....................56 Students.................... 78 Adults......................589 Total...................... 781

October 13, 2013 Allen Deal Billy Dickey

October 20, 2013 Ralph Jefferson Eric Hill

Thursday, October 17 5:30 PM Aerobics September 29, 2013 _______________________ General Budget $20,178.59 Sunday, October 20 8:10 AM Worship Service Emergency Fund 9:20 AM Sunday School $2,096.25 10:30 AM Worship Service 5:00 PM Discipleship Classes Monday, October 21 5:00 PM Outreach with Meal Tuesday, October 22 5:30 PM Aerobics Wednesday, October 23 5:15 PM Fellowship Meal 5:45 PM Acteens 6:15 PM Adult Choir 6:30 PM Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Thursday, October 24 5:30 PM Aerobics

September 29, 2013 General Budget $44,684.82 Emergency Fund $3,480.25

October 13, 2013 Joe Torrillo 272-5439

October 20, 2013 Richard Law 593-1616

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