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September 25, 2011
Ever seen a stagnant pond? They are often not very attractive or useful. Several from Eastmont just returned from Israel. One of the stops was the Dead Sea, which is the lowest place on Earth (see the picture at right of Art and Joseph floating in the Dead Sea). Fresh water enters from the Jordan River, but is unable to escape. Full sunshine then causes evaporation which leaves minerals and salts behind. Years of evaporation has produced such a high concentration of salt that nothing survives, thus its name Dead Sea. So what is our lesson from the Dead Sea? We are to be a river not a reservoir. Nothing pleases God more than a heart that yields to Him. He wants us as channels, not containers. God’s love and grace is to flow through us, not be held in us. Imagine how the disciples felt when Jesus took a boy’s lunch and fed thousands. It is a nobrainer to me. Dead Sea or Living Water? I would be the happiest minister in the world if every interaction I had with a non-believer yielded a genuine conversion. But it just isn’t so! On some occasions God uses me to start someone toward Christ. Other times I’m the middleman just moving them closer. Occasionally I get to harvest. Every witness and ministry helps. I keep on serving even when I see no result. Once again I am indebted to our “Care Caller Ministry.” These dedicated individuals phone every home of Eastmont and ask three questions. 1) “How are you doing?” 2) “Do you have any prayer needs?” 3) “Is there something I can relay to Brother Mike?” After the call they pray. It isn’t a perfect system, but it helps us stay in touch. Especially with those who have been out for a while. By the way the Northcutt home gets a call too. The last question is always a little awkward and funny for us. My heart is full and I love what I do, but my plate is also full. We are like a young couple who have six children then adopt four more. Since there is not enough time or energy to meet each child’s needs effectively, the family eventually erodes, unless help is found. You are my co-ministers of this large family. Without you praying, calling, encouraging and keeping in touch, this family will also erode. I depend on teachers, deacons, leaders, and every member to keep us close. You have done this for years and that’s why God has blessed us. Do you have a friend who is interested in Eastmont? The membership class this Sunday might help them decide. Perhaps you can offer to accompany them. I’ll see you Sunday,
RA BASKETBALL SIGN-UP Boys in Grades 1-6 should see an RA Leader if they would like to sign up to play basketball! RA FOOD DRIVE for Forest Park Ministry Center and World Hunger Sunday, September 30, RAs will put a grocery bag on the windshield of your car. Attached to this bag will be a list of needed food items and an offering envelope. You can purchase items from the list to place in the bag, set it beside your car the following Sunday, October 2, and RAs will pick it up. You may also use the envelope to give an offering for WORLD HUNGER. Every cent given will be used to purchase food for people who are hungry! WORLD HUNGER FACTS • $.96 will provide 8 meals for a homeless child in Uganda. • $1.05 will provide a 15 lb. food box for a needy family in Washington D.C. • $1.25 will provide a constant supply of fresh water for a family in West Africa. • $.43 will provide a hot meal to a needy child here in the U.S. We each can do a little. Working together, with God’s help, we can do a lot! R.A. SOAPBOX DERBY Saturday, October 15 10 a.m. on Dexter Avenue If you want a real treat, bring a lawn chair and join us downtown to watch our RAs participate in the state soapbox derby. Bring your camera and come join us for some great fellowship! Any boy in Grades 1-6 can participate. Contact Mark Hall (310-0115) for details. SAVE THESE DATES!!! Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 30 Christmas Festival – Saturday, December 3
Focus - Sunday at 5 -Youth workers studying the “Radical” book - Students in the TimeOut room TimeOut Wednesday nights at 6:30 - Checkpoint #3 - Moral Boundaries - September 21st - Checkpoint #4 - Healthy Families - October 4th The movie “Courageous” is coming to theaters this Friday. We encourage each Sunday school class to go together to see this movie next Sunday afternoon. Secret Church simulcast here November 4th Make plans to be here 6 p.m. - midnight. Cost - $5
Community Groups (K-Groups) Guys and Girls Community Groups We will be meeting at the Lukers’ home each Tuesday at 7 p.m. Leadership Study Community Groups We will be meeting at the Mohajerins’ home each Sunday at 5 p.m. Secret Church The Church at Brook Hills will be having Secret Church on November 4th. We will leave Eastmont at 2:30 p.m. and return around 2 a.m. that night. This is for the entire Eastmont family. Cost is free for students and $10 for adults. If you have been before and cannot go this time I urge you to tell someone who has not been about your experience. It is an intense night of Bible study and worship. Passion Conference 2012 Sign up with Cameron.
It’s Almost Here! Fall Missions Yard Sale October 15 - 6 a.m. - noon Pancake Breakfast - 7a.m. - 9 a.m. We will begin receiving quality donations after second service on October 9th. To schedule a pickup, please contact Billy Dickey, at 334-4206314. All proceeds benefit this years Guatemala Mission Team serving November 18-26, 2011. Dr. Rick Jones Music for Missions Concert Sunday, October 2, at 6:15 p.m. in the Worship Center A missions offering will be collected to help offset expenses for this year’s Guatemala Mission Trip in November. Thank you for supporting missions at Eastmont. 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.
Thank you cards were received in the church office from Laura & Michael Northcutt, the Dean family and Diane Blake. Please join us for a baby tea honoring Grace Telehany Santana this Sunday, September 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Registered at Target and Wal-Mart Life Chain 2011 Sunday, October 2, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of prolife individuals standing along the Atlanta Highway for one hour praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. New Sunday night Bible study 3:16 - THE NUMBERS OF HOPE 6 week DVD Bible study by Max Lucado Begins Sunday, October 2, at 5 p.m. in room 118. “If you know nothing of the Bible, start here. If you know everything in the Bible, return here. The heart of the human problem is the heart of the human, and God’s treatment is prescribed in John 3:16.” Bible study materials will be provided. Facilitated by Lynda Coley Sympathy to… • Becky Leary, Courtney Corum, Laura Northcutt & Lindsey Leary in the loss of Paul “Bubba” Dean on September 8. • Gene & Matt Darby in the loss of their wife and mother, Jan Darby, on September 9. • Merrill Cole in the loss of her husband, Tom Cole, on September 9. • Randy and Debra Holman in the loss of Tom & Wanda Hodnett, their aunt & uncle, who passed away on September 12 (Wanda) and September 13 (Tom). • The family and friends of Doris Conner who passed away on September 21.
Juan Santana (9/11/11) Statement of Faith Grace Santana (9/11/11) Transfer of Letter
Singles Luau Friday, September 30 Activities including a meal begin at 6:00 p.m. Cost: FREE Sign up in Sunday School. Please bring a dessert or favorite snack to share. Luau at Joe & Shay Torrillo’s (3851 Dalraida Pl.) If you get lost, call 272-5439. Prizes awarded for best dressed, etc.
September 25, 2011
Schedule of Events
Sunday, September 25
8:10 a.m. 9:20 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Worship Service Sunday School Worship Service Discipleship Outreach Aerobics
Monday, September 26 Tuesday, September 27 Wednesday, September 28
Wednesday Night Meal September 28, 2011 Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Crowder Peas, Salad, Dessert, & Drink October 5, 2011 Pork Chop, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Salad, Dessert, & Drink $5.00 Adult $2.00 Children (Max. $15.00 per family)
Sunday’s Music - September 25, 2011 “The Presence of the Lord” Sanctuary Choir - Jayne Burns Calvary Love - Sweet Assurance Sunday’s Music - October 2, 2011 “Unto the Lamb” Sanctuary Choir - Anita Helms “When Mercy Walked In” - Steve Ragsdale Building Lock-Up September 25, 2011 Dallas Vick Bobby Griggs September 18, 2011 Kent Harwell Kent Johnson
Fellowship Meal Sunday School Totals Acteens Mission Groups September 11, 2011 September 18, 2011 Prayer Meeting Preschool...70 Preschool...68 Adult Choir Children...88 Children...75 Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Students...96 Students...84
Thursday, September 29
5:30 p.m. Aerobics
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8:10 a.m. 9:20 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Worship Service Sunday School Worship Service Discipleship Outreach Forever Young Aerobics
Weekly Giving September 11, 2011 September 18, 2011 General Budget General Budget $28,036.44 $37,051.20 Building Fund Building Fund $5,515.98 $1,937.50 Eastmont is 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.
Monday, October 3 Tuesday, October 4
Wednesday, October 5
Fellowship Meal Acteens Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Adult Choir Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Aerobics
Thursday, October 6
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