Volume 20, Number 14

April 3, 2011


I believe it was Vince Lombardi, Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers in the late 1950s to late 1960s, who said, “Winning isn’t everything, it is the only thing.” He might have also said,” If you are not a winner, you are a loser.” I didn’t Google it to see if he indeed said these things and if he didn’t, I will take credit for those words. It is true that if Hermitage and Eastmont attain their goals in Sunday School then we are both winners. In fact, I hope Hermitage has 1,000 and we have 1,800 in Bible Study (1,800 would be an all time high for us!) Remember, if we break our goal of 1,206, I and the other Auburn staff members have to wear Alabama garb, and Arnold, Steve and any other Bammers have to sing the Auburn Fight Song the next Sunday. If we want to break our goal, then YOU have to be present in Sunday school and YOU need to bring others with you (inactive members and guests). If our two churches meet or break our goals, we will all be winners. But, I really want to beat Hermitage! See You Sunday Coach Art Long
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BRING a TWIN to Sunday School! Sunday, April 3 Grades 1-6 We’re having a fun contest with Heritage Baptist kids to see who can have the most kids in Sunday School that day!! So be thinking of a friend to invite, dress alike, and bring them to Sunday School (or invite your whole baseball team to come)!!! Everyone who brings a friend gets a special prize!! It’s going to be really cool!! BEE in SUNDAY SCHOOL! Sunday, April 3 Preschoolers A special surprise for each preschooler present! MISSION OFFERING If you forgot to bring your Annie Armstrong Offering Sunday, you can still bring it to GAs or RAs. This offering will help our missionaries in North America tell people about Jesus. NO TEAMKID THIS SUNDAY…April 3! Instead, join us at Heritage Baptist Church for combined worship celebration! All preschoolers will be in the Heritage Child Development Center. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL “SonSurf Beach Bash VBS” Save these dates!! June 20-24 (9 a.m. - noon) Dude, it’s all about JESUS!! PARENT THOT “Children just don’t fit into a ‘to do’ list very well. It takes time to be an effective parent when children are small. It takes time to introduce them to good books. It takes time to fly kites and play ball and put together jigsaw puzzles…These are the building blocks of esteem, held together by the mortar of love..” The New Hide or Seek, page 83

Secret Church - April 22nd at Taylor Road. Cost: $5 Youth Worker Training April 10th after 2nd service Youth Mission Dinner/Auction April 16th at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and we are having a live auction. *We could use your help in procuring auction items. If you can help in any way, please contact April or Steve. We are providing lunch this Sunday to all families connected to the Student Ministry. We are in need of nice sectionals and sofas for the youth room. If you have any you would like to donate, please contact Steve. No Focus this Sunday the 3rd, we will be going to Heritage.

Secret Church The next Secret Church is scheduled for April 22nd. The college ministry will be going to Birmingham, and we will be selling tickets to students first. We do have a few extras for $10 for anyone wanting to travel with us. If you want to go but don't want to drive to Birmingham, the Auburn University-Montgomery BCM is sponsoring a simulcast that is open to the public. Get more details and buy tickets online at: www. secretchurchmontgomery.org. If you have been before, I urge you to tell someone about your experience. It is an intense night of bible study and worship led by Dr. David Platt, author of Radical. Graduate Recognition If you have graduated or will graduate with a higher education degree (Associates, Bachelors, Masters, etc.) between December 2010 and August 2011, we would love to include you in our graduate recognition service on May 1st. Please call the church office by April 8th to let us know that you’re interested. We will need some information and a picture. College Disciple Now Make plans to attend Disciple Now in Orange Beach June 16-18 (Thursday-Saturday). More details in the coming weeks.

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Stone Mountain Day Trip - April 9, 2011 6:00 a.m. - midnight Cost is $30 per person and includes all park activities including Sky Hike, Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, 4D Theater, Antebellum Plantation, Lasershow Spectacular and more. Remember to bring money for meals and expenses. Money is due in no later than Wednesday, April 6.

Attention Ladies! Our “Bless Your Soul” event on April 5 has been rescheduled. Please join us this Sunday evening, April 3, for a combined worship service with Heritage Baptist (1849 Perry Hill Rd.) at 5:00 p.m.

Hispanic Ministry Eastmont’s Hispanic Ministry will begin April 3, 2011. Please be in prayer for Juan and Grace Santana as they prepare to reach, teach, and share the Gospel in this new ministry. Recycling for Missions We are collecting empty inkjet cartridges (no laser or toner cartridges) and used cell phones (no accessories). Place these items in the ministry baskets located around the church. All proceeds go toward Eastmont Mission Trips. Thank you for recycling for missions.

Sandi Patty and Friends in Concert Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Special guests Larnelle Harris, Wayne Watson and Heather Payne Tickets: $22/General Admission VIP SOLD OUT Tickets are on sale in the music office, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thank you cards were received in the church office from Connie Tucker and Kristen Barringer & Trinity Varsity Girls Basketball team. Sympathy to… • Melinda Davis and family in the loss of her father, Troy Meads, on 3/8. • Kent Harwell and family in the loss of his mother, Ouida Harwell, on 3/10. • Peggy Meadows and family in the loss of her aunt, Lois Cleghorn, on 3/12. • The family of Justine Stratton who passed away on 3/12. • The family of Dot Rabren who passed away on 3/17. • Susan Dorsey and family in the loss of her aunt, Francis Haigler, on 3/21. • Gayle Knutson and Kevin Dickinson and families in the loss of her mother and his grandmother on 3/23. • Becky Russell and family in the loss of her grandmother on 3/24. • Lamar Dykes and family in the loss of his sister in Dothan.

Sr. Adult Orlando Trip $425 / person May 16-20 There are a few spots left; see Ed or Cheryl to sign up.

Imogene Benton 3/20/11 (correction) By Transfer of Letter Debra Howsmon 3/20/11 (correction) By Statement of Faith Joslyn Birch 3/27/11 By Transfer of Letter Grace Hunter 3/27/11 By Profession of Faith and Baptism

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April 3, 2011
This Week at Eastmont
Sunday, April 3
8:10 a.m. Worship Service 9:20 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 5:00 p.m. Worship at Heritage

Wednesday Night Meal
April 5, 2011 Roast Beef, Rice & Gravy, Green Beans, Salad, Dessert, & Drink $5.00 Adult $2.00 Children (Max. $15.00 per family)

Monday, April 4
5:00 p.m. Outreach Aerobics Fellowship Meal Acteens Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Adult Choir Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Forever Fit Aerobics

Tuesday, April 5
5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Sunday School Totals March 27, 2011
Preschool...73 Children...73 Students...84 Adults...697 Total...909

Sunday’s Music - April 3, 2011 Sanctuary Choir “I Bless Your Name” Beverly Fain, soloist Eastmont Orchestra “My Life is in You, Lord” Special Music Garrett Payton “Now My Lifesong Sings”

Wednesday, April 6

Weekly Giving
March 27, 2011 General Budget $28,081.05 Building Fund $3,516.00 Annie Armstrong $4,565.47 (to date)

Thursday, April 7
10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people”- Ephesians 1:18

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