Weekly News – Dec. 30th, 2012

Eastside Church Newsletter

What’s Happening This Week

Join us next Sunday, January 6th at 11am for Epiphany Sunday. Our lead Pastor Timothy Lloyd will consider what it means that God has been revealed in the person and work of Jesus. Don’t forget, if you’ve missed any sermons, you can catch up with our podcasts or sermon videos.

Consider an End of the Year Giftconsider making a donation to Eastside Church before the end of the year. It is only by the financial generosity of those who call Eastside Church home that we can not only exist but also begin to expand our ministries of service to our community, city and world.

New Nursery – Childcare for children under the age of one will now be located in the nursery room to the left of the sanctuary entrance. Nursing mothers are also invited to use this space as needed during the service. Toddlers (ages 1-2) will continue to use the nursery space in the children’s area. If you have any questions about where to take your child, look for Whitney on Sunday morning, January 6! A special thanks to all our new volunteers! Along with this, we need additional volunteers to staff this room on Sunday mornings. We encourage anyone who loves children, & especially those whose own children will be served by these nurseries, to consider volunteering one Sunday a month. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering.

Tearing down Christmas Décor – We can use extra help this Thursday night to tear down the Christmas décor. We’ll do this in conjunction with the Thursday night cleaning at 6:30pm. Please come out and help!

Give & Take Bucket – this is a sustained food drive at the church for those inside and outside our congregation. The goal is to have a place where anyone can take food & anyone can give. If you’re having a hard time with groceries one week, please take some food! If you have a surplus, please leave some for others!

Pre-service prayer – 10am every Sunday before church. Katie Sack leads these informal times of prayer for the church, its growth, and existence. Consider joining in this time of prayer for the church and centering before worship.

Ways to Connect & Grow Together

Save the Date! – Eastside Church’s Summer Camp 2013 will be held June 17-21, 2013. We will offer a half day and full day option, so mark your calendars and invite a friend! More details, including theme, volunteer opportunities, and registration, will follow soon!

Buy your coffee, chocolate, & tea at church! – As we endeavor to take small steps toward justice we’re selling fair trade products in the lobby after church from Equal Exchange. Buying here supports Oakhurst Chuch, the Co-op, & UMCOR! Stop by the info table to buy some today & get in the habit of buying your chocolate & coffee at church!

Growth groups (small groups) are the way we connect with each other at Oakhurst. If you are interested in learning more about or joining an Oakhurst Small Group please contact Elisabeth Lloyd at Elisabeth(at)eastsideatl.orgCurrently we have 7 groups that meet at various times and locations during the week. You can jump in at any time! Groups gather to fellowship, encourage one another, study scripture and pray for one another.

Join our online community at Eastside Church Community Builder. Create an account by signing up at www.eastsideatl.org in the upper right corner. This account allows you to give online, request to join a small group, view service opportunities & more.

Serving Together

We always need help on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 to clean the church in preparation for worship. There is a sign up sheet at the information table for those able to contribute. This is an easy way to serve as well as to get connected with others in the church.

Did the service prompt any thoughts or questions for you? We believe that transformation happens in community and we’d like to keep the conversation going whether it’s about the music, confession, the artwork, sermon, or anything else. You can engage in a conversation by commenting on the sermon blog post at ww.eastsideatl.org/sermons, by commenting on the sermon post on our Facebook page, via email – [email protected] (we’ll post for you as a blog post), or by replying @eastsideumc on Twitter.