Volume 22, Number 23

November 24, 2013


Eastmont Welcomes the Kim Family

After a unanimous vote in both of our morning worship services, Gene Kim accepted Eastmont’s call to serve as our Minister of College and Missions. At this time we anticipate that they will arrive December 15.
Gene and Melissa Kim & Caleb

A hearty thank you is due to our College and Missions Minister Search Committee. They are: Brian Key, Marti Richardson, Ashley Henderson, Eric Hill, Mark and Cathy Luker, Billie Lewis and Jerry Short.
Week of Prayer for International Missions

December Event Calendar

December 1-8 Christmas Festival December 7, at 9:30 AM - Noon Orchestra Christmas Concert December 8, at 5:00 PM Church-wide Christmas Fellowship December 8, at 6:00 PM Club 3:16 Christmas Program December 15, at 3:00 & 5:00 PM Christmas Eve Vespers Service December 24, at 5:00 PM
From Your Pastor Page 2 A Look Inside... Christmas Festival Page 2

Preschool Club 3:16 Program - Page 3
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The Thanksgiving holiday brings to mind the things for which I am grateful. There are obvious and expected ones like family, faith and friends. But God also brought to mind some men from my childhood. As a child I remember going on three fishing trips. Since there was no dad in my life, I was pretty much on my own for those kind of outdoor men experiences. My cousin Billy took me to a pond, where oddly enough he often fished with my dad. For two hours he untangled my line, freed up hooks and endured endless chatter from a seven year old. Pat Locker was my deacon/neighbor. We camped out at the lake in the back of his pick-up with the Butlers. It rained almost all night. The wind blew our cover away. I drank my first cup of coffee. (Five spoons of sugar and it still tasted terrible.) My Uncle James lived in Florida. He took me flounder fishing when I was ten. It was dark and we walked through knee deep mud, cold salt water, with nothing but a flashlight and sharp stick. I was terrified, but tried not to show it. What terrible creatures lurked there? Three hours later I gladly returned to dry land. My cousin, my deacon, my uncle were there to catch fish, I was there for their company. Three men who took time to include a shy, insecure kid and make him feel wanted, important and a man. Two of those men are no longer living, but the significance of all their effort is etched in my heart with gratitude. So when you count your blessings this Thanksgiving include all the obvious ones, but perhaps there is someone, who if only for a short time helped you along the way, thank God for them. If possible write a note or tell them in person. Even better, pass that blessing on to someone else. Children spell love differently than adults. We spell it L-O-V-E. Children spell it T-I-M-E. I’ll see you Sunday.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Saturday, December 7, 9:30 AM - Noon A festival highlighting the true meaning of Christmas. Save the date!! *GAMES* *INFLATABLES* *PONIES* *TRAIN* *CRAFT* *BREAKFAST WITH THE ANGELS* *PRIZES* *BETHLEHEM VILLAGE* *MANGER MUSEUM* *MUSIC GOT TRINKETS and NIC-NACS? We need items that children would enjoy shopping for at our Christmas Festival Store. Please place these in the boxes located in the hallways. Thank you. BABY DEDICATION Sunday, December 1, during the 10:30 Service RA BASKETBALL (boys in Grades 1-6) Contact Heath Corwin if you would like to participate. Wednesday, November 27 There will be no Wednesday evening activities on this Wednesday right before Thanksgiving. INTERNATIONAL MISSION NIGHT Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 PM Preschoolers and Grades 1-6 Learn all about missions in Peru!! KEEPING CURRENT *2 out of 3 – Number of kids under age 2 who are “acquainted with “gadgets” such as smartphones and tablets. Experts worry that these high-tech toys may be hurting growing kids’ vision. (finance.boston.com) *Faith Conversations – “Talking with children makes a huge difference in their IQ and school performance later on. It can be equally important for faith development. So talk to children about God as you hold, diaper, play with and comfort them.” (My Fox)

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Operation Christmas Child A special thank you to everyone who donated a shoebox, volunteered your time, and especially for your prayers. House to House Ministry House to House will resume January 18, 2014. Please contact Travis Jordan at 334-391-3505 or Thomas Corum at 334-868-7176 if you are interested in helping with this ministry. 5th Annual MBA Toy Sale Please drop off your new toys for children 0-13 years old or gift cards to room 110 by Sunday, December 1st. Contact Caroline Boyd or Billy Dickey for more information.

Wednesdays in December Ladies, take a mid-week break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and just breathe. Thankfulness! Testimony, devotional & fellowship. We will meet at 6:30 PM in room 110. December 4 - Ashley Meldrum December 11 - Stephanie McClelland December 18 - Beth Gillem (also will include a special Christmas dessert fellowship)

Winter Retreat January 17-19, 2014 at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin Cost: $90/person Any students in grades 7-12 are welcome Registration forms are available now.

Preschool Club 3:16 Thanksgiving Program Sunday, November 24, 2013 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall You’re invited to be a part of this afternoon filled with excitement as our preschool children (3-5 yr. old) demonstrate the many ways they worship God through song, music & story time/crafts. Please have your child in their classroom by 3:30 PM. Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Week of Prayer for International Missions - December 1-8 Challenge Goal $30,000 Victory Goal $33,000 Hallelujah Goal $36,000
Jesus says in Matthew 22:37-39, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself ” (HCSB).

The Living Christmas Tree 2013 First Baptist Church Montgomery Group Nights: Saturday, December 14 at 7 PM (10 tickets left) Sunday, December 15 at 7 PM (1 ticket left) This is for discount tickets only. Tickets are $5 each. No transportation offered. Forever young December 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. We will have a prepared meal. Special guest - Scotty Goldman.

Forest Park Ministry Center During the month of December, we are collecting nonperishable food items for the Forest Park Ministry Center. Especially needed are canned meats and peanut butter. Please place your items in the ministry baskets located around the church. The church office will be closed from Thursday (11/21) at noon through Friday (11/22) due to remodeling. The office will reopen Monday at 8 AM.

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November 24, 2013
Sunday, November 24 8:10 AM Worship Service 9:20 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship Service 4:30 PM Discipleship Classes Monday, November 25 5:00 PM Outreach with Meal Tuesday, November 26 5:30 PM Aerobics Wednesday, November 27 No Wednesday Night Activities Thursday, November 28 Happy Thanksgiving _______________________ November 27, 2013 No Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal December 4, 2013 Fried Chicken, Rice & Gravy, Green Beans, Salad, Dessert, & Drink $5/Adult $2/Children (Max. $15/family) November 24, 2013 Mike & Lindsey Atcheson “When I Cry” 10:30 AM Sanctuary Choir “You Are God Alone”

December 1, 2013 8:10 AM Special Music Rick Jones “What Made the Baby Cry” 10:30 AM Sanctuary Choir “Little Baby Boy” Jayne Burns, soloist 10:30 AM Garrett Payton

Sunday, December 1 8:10 AM Worship Service 9:20 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship Service 5:00 PM Discipleship Classes November 10, 2013 November 17, 2013 November 24, 2013 December 1, 2013 General Budget General Budget Bobby Edmond Bob Franklin Tuesday, December 3 $32,542.37 $27,421.58 271-4083 514-6953 5:30 PM Aerobics Emergency Fund Emergency Fund Wednesday, December 4 $2,720.00 $3,534.75 9:00 AM Craft Class 5:15 PM Fellowship Meal 5:45 PM Acteens Office: (334) 277-6300 Fax: (334) 277-6322 Careline: (334) 277-6384 Website: eastmont.org 6:15 PM Adult Choir Kindergarten: (334) 244-9324 Prayer Room: (334) 277-8876 E-mail: ebc@eastmont.org 6:30 PM Mission Groups Facebook: facebook.com/eastmont Twitter: @eastmontbaptist Prayer Meeting Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Thursday, December 5 5:30 PM Aerobics

November 10, 2013 Preschool.................. 60 Children....................57 Students.................... 75 Adults......................613 Total...................... 805

November 17, 2013 Preschool.................. 74 Children....................67 Students.................... 80 Adults......................660 Total...................... 881

November 24, 2013 Rick Jones Garrett Payton

December 1, 2013 David Seay Zack Godwin

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