Weekly News – July 22nd, 2012

Eastside Church, Decatur, GA Newsletter

Join us next week as we continue our series, Practice Resurrection as Sara LaDew explores Ephesians 2:1-10.

Blessing of the Backpacks – July 29th @ 11am: We will be collecting backpacks and school supplies for children in our community to give a blessed start for the school year. We also invite all students or teachers, preschool to grad school and everyone in-between to bring their backpacks, school bags, messenger bags, etc. to celebrate a new start. We need: Backpacks with school supplies, specifically hand sanitizer, clorox wipes, and kleenex

Eastside Church Community Party celebrating our one year anniversary @ McKoy Park, August 12th from 4:30-8:30pm. We’ll be grilling out from 4:30-6:30 and then keeping the pool open an extra 2 hours from 6:30-830. Bring a side, drink, lawn games, & friends! – RSVP on Facebook or in Church Community Builder so we can get a rough count for food.

Special thanks to Greg Jones for hosting our kick-off to the Oakhurst Men’s Ministry. We’ll be planning more events in the next couple months. For more information and to get involved, contact Greg -or Trent Lloyd.

The Lloyd’s are taking some time off to rest and recover from the demanding first year of planting Eastside Church. It has been an amazing year and God has been extraordinarily good, but they’re taking the last 3 weeks of July to rest, recover, and renew. They will be back the first week of August energized and ready to hit the ground running. Trent Lloyd will cover as Assistant Pastor in Charge working full-time in their absence. Please direct any questions, issues or pastoral care needs to him at trent@eastsideatl.org.

As always, we 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.

Eastside Church Arts Ministry is helping to start a public library in Ghana this year! We are seeking to collect as many books as possible by this October. The books can be any genre (and for any age), as an entire village will have access to this library.

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

Small groups are the way we connect with each other at Oakhurst. Currently we have 5 groups that meet at various times and locations during the week. You can jump in at any time! Groups gather to fellowship, encourage each other, study scripture and pray for each other. Contact Elisabeth Lloyd if you’d like join. Currently one of the groups is studying the book, Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Them. It meets Tuesday nights at Deb Johnson’s home. Contact Deb if you’re interested in joining.