Volume 22, Number 22

October 27, 2013


Frank Edward “Ed” Bowman, Jr.
April 12, 1943 - October 17, 2013 Faithful servant, pastor, brother-in-Christ, friend... We miss you now, but will meet you in Glory!

From Your Pastor Page 2

A Look Inside... Trunk or Treat Page 2

1,001 Blessings Page 2
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Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 27 4:30 - 6:00 PM
(note time change)

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 decorate your trunk with a theme and have about 500 treats to give out.

Be a blessing to someone throughout the month of October. We plan to share blessings given/received on November 3rd in Sunday School “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4)

A grandfather had never flown. Eager to see his new granddaughter he called about flight times. “How long will it take to fly to London?” The operator was busy and said politely “Just a minute, please” The man hung up the phone astonished. ”Wow, that’s fast!” Our world has never been more busy and connected. Businesses are spending millions on satellites, cell phones, cameras that put us in touch. Yet I talk to people each week that tell me they are disconnected. Some are lonely by foolish choices, but mostly long for connection to others. They don’t want you to move in with them, but would enjoy a non-demanding but caring person in their life. Our fast moving lives have caused havoc on relationships. Yet the Bible is clear we were made for relationships. One of God’s first observations “It is not good for man to be alone.” Why is that so? Because we were created in the image of God. God is love. We are made to love. And to love, you got to have somebody to love. Encouraging relationships are the major component of our church Sunday School small groups. Sure, we teach the Bible and always will. But if that’s all we do, you might as well go online or watch a DVD. The real strength is in the relationship that you build. The loss of Ed Bowman is still being absorbed, but there is one principle I observed in all his ministry. He sought to bring people together for encouragement. In small Sunday School classes people studied and prayed together. In Food Service – people ate, talked laughed together. Senior Adults – They travelled together, sang together served together, they even played cards together (I pretended I didn’t see that one). The idea for the best program our church ever did came from Ed. He suggested “Better Together” as our fall Sunday School theme several years ago. Ed so believed in the importance of Christians being together, that he exhausted himself with effort after effort. He told me several times that he would rather “burn out than rust out. Well, he did better than either of those. He “served out” his life. In the Bible, God described our spiritual connection in several ways. We are like a building (Ephesians 2). We are a body (Romans 12). We are a family (1 Timothy 3:15) and there are others: a vine and a bride. Connection will continue to be a major focus at Eastmont. Your staff will make every effort to keep us connected as the Bible teaches. Why? Because we are better together. The “1001 Blessings” program was developed by Ed in order to connect us to others through blessings. Ed would not say he taught us anything sensational. He would humbly say I just encouraged you to do what the Bible said do: work together, walk together, worship together, witness together. By the way, Sunday, November 3, is our 1001 Blessings celebration in Sunday School. Ed expects you all to be there together in your Sunday School class.

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RA SOAPBOX DERBY 17 RAs entered 7 soapbox cars in this year’s Montgomery derby. We had a great crowd of supporters who weathered a rainy Saturday morning to cheer on our boys! GAs didn’t let a little rain dampen their spirit either as they provided biscuits, cookies, hot chocolate and drinks for a donation which they are giving to missions! RAs would like to thank their leaders for providing this fun activity! GIRLS in GRADES 1-6 GAs Wednesdays at 6:30 PM Join us this month for projects, games, food tasting and lots more as we learn how missionaries and believers share the story of Jesus in India, the 2nd most populated country in the world! GAs are MOVING FORWARD!!! COMING in DECEMBER!!

Tim & Michelle Thornell by Transfer of Letter Chris & Michelle Owens and Annabelle by Transfer of Letter

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. S.O.S. Ministry Thank you for your prayers, hours of volunteering at the Alabama National Fair. The Lord blessed our efforts! 174 salvations & 59 assurances!!! We give our Lord & Savior all the Glory. Fall Yard Sale Results Thank you so very much for your countless hours of helping sort, stack & display items in the long hallway & fellowship hall. We were blessed with great donations & buyers. Most of all thank you for praying & supporting missions at Eastmont. Together we raised $8,901.32

Christmas Festival

Saturday, December 7, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Fellowship & Service Project Saturday, November 16, at 5:00 PM We will be preparing care packages for homebound and hospitalized church members.

Forever Young November - will not meet due to run-off election. Eastmont is a polling place. Sorry for the inconvenience. Forever young will meet December 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Special guest - Scotty Goldman.

Winter Retreat January 17-19, 2014 at Children’s Harbor Cost: $90/person Registration forms are available now.

SCRAPBOOKING Friday, October 25, 5:30 - 10 PM in the Fellowship Hall Bring your scrapbook supplies, a potluck dish and your own drink! Let Marti Richardson know (277-4439) if you plan to attend.

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October 27, 2013
Sunday, October 27 8:10 AM Worship Service 9:20 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship Service 4:30 PM Trunk or Treat Monday, October 28 5:00 PM Outreach with Meal Tuesday, October 29 10:00 AM Forever Young 5:30 PM Aerobics Wednesday, October 30 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 31 5:30 PM Aerobics _______________________ Sunday, November 3 8:10 AM Worship Service 9:20 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship Service 5:00 PM Discipleship Classes Monday, November 4 5:00 PM Outreach with Meal Tuesday, November 5 5:30 PM Aerobics Wednesday, November 6 9:00 AM Craft Class 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, November 7 5:30 PM Aerobics
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October 30, 2013 Homemade Vegetable Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Salad, Dessert & Drink November 6, 2013 Hamburger Steak, Green Beans, Rice & Gravy Salad, Dessert, & Drink $5/Adult $2/Children (Max. $15/family)

October 27, 2013 8:10 AM Revelations Four “Step into the Water” 10:30 AM Sanctuary Choir “I Will Not Be Shaken” Donnie Walker & Teri Bandy, soloists 10:30 AM Eastmont Orchestra November 3, 2013 Special Music Garrett Payton 10:30 AM Sanctuary Choir “More Love to Thee” w/ Sweet Assurance

October 13, 2013 Preschool.................. 63 Children....................63 Students.................... 67 Adults......................587 Total...................... 780

October 20, 2013 Preschool.................. 59 Children....................63 Students.................... 76 Adults......................636 Total...................... 834

October 27, 2013 Russ Fox Jerry Gentle Ronnie & Kathy Kay

November 3, 2013 Randal Stevens Joe Clements

October 13, 2013 General Budget $24,503.36 Emergency Fund $2,684.00

October 20, 2013 General Budget $32,146.45 Emergency Fund $3,427.00

October 27, 2013 Wallace Jones 567-6093

November 3, 2013 Mike Wilkerson 239-8768

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