Volume 20, Number 17
May 8, 2011
It is with great delight and great concern that I write to you today. First, my delight. I am delighted with the increased attendance in Sunday school, the new members God has sent us, the dedicated teachers and workers, our faithful deacons, your financial generosity, and the wonderful Christ-like spirit that saturates Eastmont. God has blessed this church. I love you in the Lord, and I rejoice when I see you loving the Lord and living for Him. Now a concern of mine. I cannot understand how some believers fall away, turn from the Lord and His church and no longer live a committed life. Every Church in every denomination has those on their rolls who have ceased to attend. We are no different. Our attendance is better than most, but absences should be a concern to us all. As always, some absences are very understandable: health, family obligations, occasional travel. It is those absences caused by a more spiritual nature that trouble me the most. Just as I am concerned for those who have wandered away, I am equally concerned if a church does nothing to reclaim lost sheep. Churches usually respond in one of three ways: deplore them, ignore them, or restore them. Galatians 6:1 teaches to do the latter. I was shown a letter last year by one of our members where a church had dismissed his mother as a member of her church. The reason? Vague wording about a lack of attendance and support. She was 90+ and had been living in a nursing home. Each church is autonomous, but that family had a hard time understanding. By now, God may have brought someone to your mind whom you haven’t seen in a while. How should you respond? Here is my suggestion: Be Prayerful. We don’t need some insensitive spiritual Rambo demanding ‘shape up or ship out.’ That is not Christ’s way. If you can’t reach out in love and kindness, I rather you do nothing at all. Be Selective. All people are valuable, but those you know well are likely to be more appreciative and receptive. Try a call or card saying, “We haven’t spoken in awhile and I hope you are doing well.” Be Wise. We never want anyone to offend anyone else, so a call every night of the week may be overdoing it. But, on the other hand, once a year hardly shows real concern. Pray and let God guide you. Perhaps a monthly contact is the way to start. Be On Guard. We hurt when we hear one of those has fallen by the wayside. But remember, it can happen to you. It often begins with little things like getting away from Bible reading, forgetting to pray or not meeting with God’s people for worship and fellowship. During summer, this is even more likely to occur. If you see this happening to you even in one area, stop. Ask forgiveness. Rededicate yourself to God before Satan takes such a hold of you that you can’t easily return. God bless you as you live for Him. Never go back to life without Christ or His church. “Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised.” (Hebrews 10:23) God has a task for each of us to do and this includes looking out for one another.
TEAMKID May 8 – No TeamKID…spend time with your MOM!! May 15- “Treating All People Fairly” DOUBLE POINTS NIGHT!!! VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WORKER MEETING Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. in room 205 This is a very important meeting for all VBS workers. Please make every effort to attend! After our general meeting, we will break up into smaller meetings where you will get your curriculum and supplies and meet with your co-workers! VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL NEEDS! --old towels & washcloths --more workers (call 420-6306) VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL “SonSurf Beach Bash VBS” June 20-24 9 a.m. - noon 4 yr - Grade 6 GIRLS in ACTION (grades 1-6) Wednesdays – 6:30pm This month we are learning how the Pure Water, Pure Love project helps people in Brazil!! Girls, join us for exciting games and projects and maybe even a little taste of Brazil!! GOT a PLACE TO SERVE???? Consider joining preschool/children’s ministry in the coming year! We are presently recruiting teachers for Sunday School, GAs, RAs, Mission Friends and more for the 2011-12 church year beginning September 1! Call Ginger Andrew (420-6306) if you would like information about serving on this ministry team! We’ll train you and equip you to do the job….Invest in the future by teaching kids!! CHILDREN’S SUMMER CALENDARS Coming to your mailbox soon!!
Night of Worship at Taylor Road May 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Praise Team arrive at 6:30 p.m. No Focus - May 8 VBS - If you want to help with VBS this year, make sure you have a form filled out. Six Flags Trip is May 31 - We will leave at 6:00 a.m. and return at 11:00 p.m. Cost: $30/person and is due May 15. Bring money for lunch and dinner or you can bring you own lunch. Super Summer Alabama is July 11-15 Be sure to turn in your forms ASAP. This is a spiritual leadership camp for students at Samford University.
Finals - Many of our college students will be taking finals this month Be praying for them during this time and perhaps even give them a word of encouragement. Many final exams count for a majority of their final grade and this can mean the difference between an A and a C. Thursday Outreach Ixtapa @ 7 p.m. on May 19th Street Cafe @ 7 p.m. on May 26th Remember to invite a friend without a church home. Community Groups (K-Groups) Community groups will start back on Tuesday, May 24. More details in Sunday school and on Facebook! College Disciple Now Make plans to attend Disciple Now in Orange Beach, June 16-18 (Thursday-Saturday). We will be leaving from the church building at 8 a.m. on Thursday and returning on Saturday evening so we can worship with the rest of the church Sunday morning. Cost is $75, but there are scholarships available. Travel, meals, and the beach are included in the price! Kyle Redding - Pray for Kyle Redding over the next few months. He has been given the opportunity to serve with the Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando, FL, this summer. Their vision is that God's Word is accessible to all people in a language that speaks to their hearts. Kyle will be using his skills he learned while attending the University of Alabama to help further God's kingdom. He has been through a rigorous application process and is currently raising his own support in order to go. Kyle will leave in a few weeks and will return just in time to start the fall semester in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Please continue to pray for all affected by the storms and for volunteers as they minister in affected areas across the state. If you choose to give financially to help in the relief effort, 100% of your donation will go directly to help those affected by the storms. Please make your check payable to Eastmont Baptist Church for “Alabama Tornado Relief.” During the month of May, we will be collecting non-perishable items to distribute to the tornado stricken areas in Alabama in early June. Items needed: wash clothes, towels, shampoo, soap, D & AA batteries, inexpensive flashlights, snack foods (nothing that will melt), etc. Contact Billy Dickey for more information. New Orleans Mission Trip - July 10-16, 2011 If you are interested in light to medium construction projects, please contact Billy Dickey for more information. We will have an informational meeting May 15th, room 110 at 4:30 p.m. 4th & G.O. (Gospel Outreach) 4th Monday & G.O. is a special Outreach Ministry from March through October. Deacons, teachers, members, and church staff will make door-to-door visits and phone calls to church members, guests and prospects for a time of prayer and praise! Our next 4th & G.O. is scheduled for May 23. Meet in the Fellowship Hall between 4-7 p.m. There will be a light meal served.
Save Your Old Phone Books The Community of Hope is having a fundraiser and needs your old phone books to recycle. Put the books in the "Missions Baskets" around the church. Forest Park Ministry Center During the month of May, we will begin collecting non-perishable food items for the Forest Park Ministry Center. Especially needed are canned meats and peanut butter. Also needed are diapers (sizes 4 & 5) and bathroom tissue. MBA Baptist Golf Tournament Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Arrowhead Country Club Registration Deadline: May 11, 2011 Registration forms are available in the church office or online at www.mgmbaptist.org/golftournament. Proceeds benefit Community of Hope. Sympathy to… • Glenda & David Pinckard and family in the loss of their son, Tony. • Evelyn & J.D. Wambles and family in the loss of her sister-in-law, Paulette Hinkle. • Susan Morrison and family in the loss of her mother, Doris Stanley • Leigh Jones & Nicole Merritt in the loss of their grandfather, Joe Mulligan. Thank you cards were received in the church office from Carolyn Pate, Susan Morrison, Frances Traywick, Jimmy Bush, Thomas Bush and Ann Barnes. Eastmont is now on Facebook and Twitter. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, be sure to like us on facebook at facebook.com/eastmont or follow us on twitter @eastmontbaptist.
Patrick Duto (4/17/11) By Statement and Reinstatement Scott, Michelle and Alexandria Ragsdale (4/24/11) By Transfer of Letter
May 8, 2011
Schedule of Events
Sunday, May 8
8:10 a.m. Worship Service 9:20 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Happy Mother’s Day
Wednesday Night Meal
May 11, 2011 Pork Chops, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Salad, Dessert, & Drink May 18, 2011 Spaghetti, Bread, Salad, Dessert, & Drink $5.00 Adult $2.00 Children (Max. $15.00 per family)
Monday, May 9
5:00 p.m. Outreach Aerobics
Sunday’s Music - May 8, 2011 Sanctuary Choir “Go Forth” Jayne Burns, Soloist Special Music Zack Godwin “The Anchor Holds” Sunday’s Music - May 15, 2011 Sanctuary Choir “Jesus, we Crown you with Praise” Terri Bandy, soloist Worship Team “What a Friend”
Tuesday, May 10
5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11
Fellowship Meal Acteens Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Adult Choir Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Forever Fit Aerobics
Sunday School Totals
April 24, 2011
Preschool...87 Children...111 Students...106 Adults...807 Total...1,111
May 1, 2011
Preschool...70 Children...70 Students...95 Adults...668 Total...903
Thursday, May 12
10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
April 24, 2011 May 1, 2011
General Budget $51,637.36 Building Fund $5,402.00 Annie Armstrong $9,954.34 (to date) General Budget $29,848.46 Building Fund $2,371.00 Annie Armstrong $9,154.64 (to date)
___________________ Sunday, May 15
8:10 a.m. 9:20 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Worship Service Sunday School Worship Service Discipleship Outreach Aerobics Fellowship Meal Acteens Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Adult Choir Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Forever Fit Aerobics
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.” Psalm 28:7
Monday, May 16 Tuesday, May 17
5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 18
Thursday, May 19
10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Eastmont Baptist Church 4505 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, Alabama 36109
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