Volume 21, Number 7

April 8, 2012


Gordon’s Tomb, Jerusalem Eastmont Israel Trip 2011

Youth Missions Dinner/Auction April 21 at 6:00 p.m.
In the Fellowship Hall Fundraiser for our summer mission trip. Tickets are $10 and include a delicious dinner and the chance to participate in a fun and exciting auction!
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Easter changes everything! It changes our view of the past. It changes our life in the present. It changes where we live in the future. I look forward to worshipping with you this Easter Sunday. Inviting someone to church may not seem all that important to you, but it made a huge difference in my life. They were studying missions about the Louisiana bayou and so some kids came to my house with boiled shrimp. I was eleven and had never eaten boiled shrimp. They were delicious, but what I remember the most was someone cared enough to invite me to church. The shrimp were great, but I needed the visit a whole lot more. Is there a better occasion than Easter to invite someone to church? The Easter mission offering we collect each year, goes to help start new churches in North America and Canada where few or no churches may exist. Last year we were able to give over $23K. Thanks in advance for being a generous missionary church. Almost any church can grow when there are new people moving into the community. Many of these people come looking for us. We gladly welcome them. The housing slump and lack of moving over the past ten years has almost brought “easy growth” to an end. Eastmont and others have declined in attendance as a result. Yet, when I walk neighborhoods I still meet people who don’t have a church home, and they are within a mile of Eastmont. We can’t make people attend church, but our Lord expects us to at least be neighborly and invite them. The sower knew some seeds would never grow, but he planted anyway because he knew some seeds would grow. It used to trouble me that our Lord Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb. Then I heard S.M. Lockeridge say: “Why should He buy one? He was only going to use it three days.” I’ll see you Sunday.

FLOWERS for EASTER CROSS Boys and girls, bring fresh flowers Easter morning to help decorate our Easter Cross as we celebrate God’s amazing love for us! We will also have a butterfly release symbolizing our freedom in Christ! Don’t forget your camera to take a family photo! VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL SONRise National Park June 18-22, 9am-noon Where all trails lead to Jesus! SAY YES to VBS!! If you would like to volunteer this week June 18-22 please call Ginger Andrew (420-6306)! CHURCH BIBLE DRILL Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30pm; Fellowship Hall Come cheer on our 2012 Bible Drill Team and watch the amazing skills they have learned in using their Bibles! There will be a reception following the drill! TeamKID April 8 (no TeamKID due to Easter) April 15 “Courage to Follow Jesus’ Example” Play “Color Sequence”, Hear a Bible story about the best leader ever, and enjoy a snack of trail mix! COMING SOON VBS Workers Meeting – April 29

Community Groups We will continue Community Groups on Sundays @ 5pm in the college room.

Forever Young April 10, at 10:00 a.m. Covered Dish Meal Program - Testimony by Randy Stiff

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Melissa A. Knighton (2/12/12) Transfer of Letter Chloe Jordan (3/25/12) Profession of Faith and Baptism

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Betty Mosley and family in the loss of her husband, Earl Mosley, on 3/30/12. Charlotte Evers and family in the loss of her mother, Margaret Hopkins, on 3/30/12.

Spring Missions Yard Sale Our most successful yard sale to date. Words can’t express my gratitude to our over 45 volunteers who helped throughout the week, gave countless hours of their time folding, hanging and sorting clothes, setting up tables in the fellowship hall, long connecting hallway, and picking up over 15 home requests. Your prayers, donations, time, & purchases from yard sale, and special contributions for missions together we raised $9,703.65. We give our Lord and Savior all the credit and praise for His blessings on our yard sale. Thank you from my heart to each of you. Bro. Billy Guatemala Mission Trip November 17-24, 2012 Informational Meeting, April 29 at 3:30 in room 110. with airfare and in country expenses on the rise, please prayerfully consider if you’re interested in going to Guatemala this fall. Team size may be limited, depending on area we serve. Cost per person: $1,500+ Contact Billy Dickey for additional information. Must have passport by May 20th. Summer Mission Trip Meeting May 20th at 4:00 p.m. in room 110. If you’re interested in going to Tuscaloosa, July 2-7, 2012, and working with Habitat for Humanity contact Billy Dickey. Limited housing available. You must be 18 or older to work on the construction site.

We are soliciting items for our Auction to support the Summer Mission Trip, June 2330. If you can help us in anyway please let us know. 2012 Dinner/Auction April 21, 2012; 6:30 p.m. Dinner Tickets: $10 Chicken & Pasta Alfredo Tickets are available from with Green beans, Roll, Mission Team Members Dessert & Beverage or in the church office. They will also be sold in What’s it all about? The Mission Team will be the long hallway, March 25 & April 1, 8, & 15 working with Renovation Ministries in the Auction Items Items will be available Anniston/Oxford Area. for both live and silent Activities include such auction. things as Backyard Bible • Gift Certificates Clubs in low income housing areas and • Date Night Packages community service • Alabama/Auburn Items projects. • Autographed Items Team members will have • Gift Baskets worship and Bible study • Paintings each night. • and much, much more! We are providing childcare by donation. Please sign up when purchasing tickets or call the church office. Upcoming Dates May 6 - Graduate Recognition Service July 9-13 - Super Summer Alabama July 20-22 - White Water Rafting Trip July 27-28 - Youth Evangelism Conference

First Place 4 Health New Session begins April 15 at 5:00 p.m. Weigh-ins begin at 4:30 p.m. SCRAPBOOKING FUN Friday, April 20, 5:30-10:30 p.m. in rooms 126 and 124 Bring your own fast food! Call Marti Richardson (277-4439) if you need supplies! 2012 Deacon Retreat June 22-23, 2012 at Shocco Springs Deacons and laymen of Eastmont desiring spiritual uplifting, singing, testimonies, preaching and fellowship with other men from Alabama should plan to attend. To make reservations or for more information, contact Dick Byers at 279-8335.
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April 8, 2012
Schedule of Events
Sunday, April 8
8:10 a.m. Worship Service 9:20 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service No P.M. Activities

Wednesday Night Meal
April 11, 2012 Hamburger Steak, Baked Potato, Peas, Bonus Vegetable: Turnip Greens, Salad, Dessert, Drink April 18, 2012 Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Salad, Dessert, Drink
$5.00 Adult $2.00 Children (Max. $15.00 per family)

Sunday’s Music - April 8, 2012 Sanctuary Choir “Without the Cross” Mike Atcheson, soloist Special Music “Not Guilty” Michelle Jones Sunday’s Music - April 15, 2012 Sanctuary Choir “Field of Souls” Mike Atcheson, soloist Special Music UpStares Special Music Handbells

Monday, April 9
5:00 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Outreach/Meal Fellowship Meal Acteens Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Adult Choir Orchestra Practice Men’s Small Groups Bible Drill

Wednesday, April 11

Sunday School Totals March 25, 2012 Preschool...60 Children...69 Students...69 Adults…620 Total...818 April 1, 2012 Preschool...73 Children...69 Students...79 Adults…687 Total...908

Building Lock-Up April 8, 2012 David Seay Zack Godwin April 15, 2012 Danny McDonald Gene McDonald James MeHornay

Thursday, April 12
5:30 p.m. Aerobics

___________________ Sunday, April 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 Aerobics

Weekly Giving March 25, 2012 General Budget $18,193.80 Building Fund $1,422.00 Annie Armstrong $3,536.32 (to Date) April 1, 2012 General Budget $53,725.05 Building Fund $6,995.49 Annie Armstrong $6,203.26 (to Date)

Bus Ministry April 8, 2012 Pete Nichols 430-1582 April 15, 2012 Richard Law 409-0146

Monday, April 16 Tuesday, April 17
5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18

Thursday, April 19
5:30 p.m.

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