Weekly News – Jan. 20th, 2013

Eastside Church Newsletter

What’s Happening This Week

Join us next Sunday, January 27th at 11am as we continue our series, “The Upsidedown Kingdom: A journey though the teaching of Jesus.” Our Lead Pastor Timothy Lloyd will continue this series by working through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Don’t forget, if you’ve missed any sermons, you can catch up with our podcasts or sermon videos.

Pre-service prayer – 10am every Sunday before church we have an informal time of prayer in the prayer corner. This is a time when we intentionally pray for the church, its growth, and existence. Consider joining in this time of prayer for the church and centering before worship.

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 or know some who is, please take some food! If you have a surplus, please leave some for others!

Ways to Connect, Grow, & Serve Together

Congregational Vision Meeting, Feb. 10th at 6pm – this is a gathering for anyone who calls Eastside Church home to come & share about what the church means to you & how God is working through Oakhurst to transform your life. We’ll also have a time to look forward into the coming year about some important decisions in the life of the church.

Parent’s Night Out – Oakland Children’s Ministry will be hosting a Parent’s Night Out on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Enjoy dinner with your Valentine & leave the kids with us! We’ll be showing a family friendly movie, playing some games, & providing pizza & popcorn. Younger children are welcome–we’ll also provide basic childcare. If you plan for your children to attend, please RSVP to whitney@eastsideatl.org so we can get an idea of numbers. We want this to be a community event, so invite friends & neighbors! Volunteers are also needed–this will be a fun & easy way to serve our church & community. Email whitney@eastsideatl.org if you can help!

Team Members Needed– as the church grows, so does our need for people to step up to build and sustain vital ministries. There are lots of easy ways to get involved. We have opportunities on our Hospitality Team, with the Oakland Kids, Audio/Visual Team, and Band just to name a few. To get involved, contact Trent, Tim, Elisabeth, or Whitney after service, fill out a communication card and check “I’d like to serve at Oakhurst” or email any of us at {insertname}@eastsideatl.org

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 more intimately with each other at Oakhurst. If you’re interested in learning more about joining a Growth Group please contact Trent Lloyd – trent@eastsideatl.org. We’re also currently seeking to start a men’s growth group. If you’re interested in being part of this, please email Trent.

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.

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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 – questions@eastsideatl.org (we’ll post for you as a blog post), or by replying @eastsideumc on Twitter.