Weekly News – Oct 14th, 2012

Eastside Church Newsletter

What’s Happening This Week

Join us next week, October 21st, as we continue our new series Faith Without Works Is Dead – James, First Century Christianity.  Our intern and Director of Justice Ministry, Katie Sack will continue exploring this ancient Christian text. If you’ve missed any of the Practice Resurrection series, you can catch up with our podcasts or sermon videos.

Pre-service prayer time – 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.

Fair trade chocoloate for sale in the lobby after service – The #1 slavery produced product in the world is the cocoa bean. To make a small step toward justice, we’re selling fair trade chocolate for Halloween candy over the next few weeks – $8 a bag.

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.

Ways to Connect & Grow Together

Inaugural Eastside Church Halloween Party Oct. 27th, 6:30-8:30pm – There will be food, live music, & a Halloween Costume Contest. Please BYOB & get ready to have a “thriller” of a good time! To help cover cost there’s a suggested donation of $5. Invite friends & RSVP on Facebook or by emailing Roxy Miller at send2roxymiller(at)yahoo.com.

Inaugural Couple’s Garden, Nov. 3rd, 4pm-7:15pm – This is a relationship enrichment event that includes an interactive session with our guest speaker Bobby Hulme-Lippert the Associate Pastor at Clairmont Presbyterian Church. Couples are then encouraged to go out to dinner in Decatur (Date night anyone?). The cost is $15. Childcare is provided but registration is required. Contact Elisabeth(at)eastsideatl.org to register or sign up at the info table.

We have a new Growth Group that meets on Monday nights @ 6:30pm at the church. This group will be led by Tyler & Natalie Jackson & will specifically focus on creativity & its connection with a life of worship. All are welcome! No prior experience required, just the desire to learn & grow. Please contact the Jackson’s so they know how many to expect.  Contact Tyler Jackson for more info – Tyler(at)eastsideatl.org

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 6 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.

Lady’s Night Out, Nov 9th from 7:30-9:30 @ Roxanne Melendez’s home – Open to all ladies at the church at friends. Bring an appetizer, dessert or beverage and RSVP with what you’re bringing to Roxanne at [email protected]

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

Fair trade chocoloate for sale in the lobby after service – The #1 slavery produced product in the world is the cocoa bean. To make a small step toward justice, we’re selling fair trade chocolate for Halloween candy over the next few weeks – $8 a bag.

Our Justice Ministry is up and running! – Starting next week we are collecting canned and non-perishable food items for our friends at Decatur Cooperative Ministries! Just bring your food items with you to church and we will be collecting them around the Communion Table. Flyers with suggestions are available at the information table. Also, keep your ears open for our Angel Tree Advent initiative. We’ll be working with Prison Fellowship to provide gifts for children who have an incarcerated parent.

Meal Ministry – When people experience big life events, the church community provides meals for the families. We’ve successfully provided many meals in the past but would like to update our email list so we can continue to sustain this growing ministry. Contact Brit Eyster if you’d like to bless the community in this way or to notify her that you’re still interested in helping with this ministry – brit.eyster(at)gmail.com

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.

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.

We have an overflowing lost & found box in the lobby. Check it after service if you might have lost something here!