Weekly News – September 23rd, 2012

Eastside Church Newsletter

Join us next week, September 30th, as we continue our series Practice Resurrection. Our head pastor Timothy Lloyd will explore Ephesians 6:1-9. If you’ve missed any of this series, you can catch up with our podcasts or sermon videos.

We’re starting a pre-service prayer time at 10:00am every Sunday before church. Katie Sack will lead these informal times of prayer for the church, its growth, and existence. Consider joining her for this time of prayer for the church and centering before worship.

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

A new Growth Group is starting on Oct 1st @ 6:30pm at the church. This group will be led by Tyler & Natalie Jackson & will specifically focus on art & expressing yourself artistically. All are welcome! No prior experience required, just the desire to learn & grow. Please contact the Jackson’s by Sept 28th so they know how many to expect.  Contact Tyler Jackson for more info – Tyler(at)eastsideatl.org

We have a new Women’s Bible Study that meets on Tuesdays from 10-11:15am at the church with childcare provided. They’re studying “Believing God” by Beth Moore. Join them on Tuesday or contact Roxanne Melendez at roxanniemarie(at)hotmail.com with questions.

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.

Inaugural Eastside Church Halloween Party Oct. 27th, 6:30-8:30pm – Who said Halloween Parties were just for kids? There will be food, live music, & a Halloween Costume Contest. Please bring your own beverages & get ready to have a “thriller” of a good time!

Inaugural Couple’s Garden – Nov. 3rd, 4pm-7:15pm – This is a relationship enrichment event that includes an interactive session with our guest speaker & couples are then encouraged to go out to dinner at a local restaurant. Childcare is provided & registration is required. Contact [email protected] or sign up at the info table.

We’ll be having another round of Covenant Membership classes in the near future. If you’ve been attending Oakhurst for awhile and would like to join our community through covenant membership, or if you have questions about it, email tim(at)eastsideatl.org or sign up at the info table.

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

Take our Justice Ministry Survey! This fall at Oakhurst we’d like to start focusing our energies outward to serve our community, city, & world. We need your help deciding where & when to serve. Take the survey here:

Central to being in community together is caring for each other during big life events. It might be that a baby is born or a relative passes away. To help with these 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.

Mark your calendars for the Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival, October 13th10am-7pm right in the heart of Oakhurst! Eastside Church will have an integral part of the event by having two booths and the Oakhurst Community Music Collective will be playing two sets on the artist stage (from 11:00am-1:00pm). We’ll need people to represent the church at our booth. If you’d like to take a shift, contact Brit Eyster. – brit.eyster(at)gmail.com or sign up at the info table.