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Volume 21, Number 5

February 26, 2012

Eastmont 101 Student Edition for ALL youth This Sunday at 9:20 a.m. in the TimeOut Room

Hope. Find it Here. Reaching Across Alabama 2012 State Evangelism Conference February 27-28 at Eastmont Baptist Church Conference Speakers: Jeff Cook, Mac Brunson, Adam Dooley, Thomas Hammond, Frank Page, Phil Hoskins, Larry Wynn, Tony Evans Page 1

Ever play connect the dots when you were younger? For decades children have made pictures by this fun method. Even ancient Egyptians would look at stars and connect them to make images. Im convinced Eastmont has three dots to connect. Tie them together and they sum up our mission. So what are they? Connect to God; connect to others; connect to the world. It is really simple and simple works best for me. So if someone asks what Eastmont is all about, you can tell them We are about connecting. Here is even a more simple version of our mission: Love God, Love people, Serve the world. We have many wonderful people who have been at Eastmont a long time. I would like to think my sermons attracted them and kept them here. But study after study shows that people stick with churches where they have healthy friendships. That is why Sunday School is so important to us. Studying together, praying together, talking and laughing together is good for all of us. So even if there is someone who seldom or never attends your class, dont lose touch with them. A phone call, an encouraging card, or a brief visit makes a big difference. Bear Bryant coached at Alabama for twenty five years. He won six national titles and thirteen Southeastern Conference championships. Yet during his Alabama career, no Alabama players ever won the Heisman Trophy. Plenty of players were good enough to win it, but The Bear had a coaching philosophy that focused on the team rather than on individuals. This church is like that. We have a lot of dedicated, gifted servants, but it isnt about us. We are united with one goal: to serve our Lord Jesus. And that is why God continues to bless this church. Heres a great saying I plan to use: Be the soul provider for your children. Ill See you Sunday,

GA MISSION EXPLOSION This past Sat. the following GAs attended the state GA Mission Explosion held at FBC here in Montgomery: Ashlina Martinez, Emma Lavender, Kayla Hamrick, Megan Oliver, Bethany Huckabee and Elizabeth Hester (accompanied by GA leaders: Amy Lavender, Melinda Makowsky and Colleen Walton) These girls met missionaries, learned about local and national ministries, worshipped with other GAs around the state and learned about being a Christ-follower! RA CONGRESS March 16-17 Boys (grades 1-6) & Dads Camp Hobbs Boy Scout Camp (campout, missionaries, field events, pinewood derby, missions fair, crazy fun) Get your registration form from an RA leader or contact Brian Webber ( 5496100) Must register by Wednesday, February 29! RA CLASS RECOGNITION Wednesday, February 29 6:30PM Room 124 RA patch & awards presentation TeamKID (grades 1-6) Sunday 5PM February26 Courage to Follow Gods Commandments (lots of cool fun..dont miss it!) March 4 no TeamKID SUMMER CAMPS for BOYS Stoney Creek Christian Camp in Cullman, AL (archery, waterslides, hiking, zipline, missionaries, swimming, ball, buddy burner breakfast, real log cabins, and lots more) Grade 4-6 July 23-26 $150/boy Grade 1-6 & Dads July 26-28 $160/2 REGISTER NOW: non-refundable $50/person due Wed., March 14. (Remaining balance due June 6) Get forms at Childrens Welcome Center. SUMMER CAMPS for GIRLS WorldSong Retreat (Bible Study, Swimming, Worship, Crafts, Ropes Course, Hiking, and much more!) Grade3-6 July 16-20 $190/person ($90 Registration Fee due March 21) Mom & Me Mini Camp (grade 2-6 & moms) July 12-14 $90/person (Registration: $30/person due March 21)

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Missions Yard Sale Mark your calendar: March 31, 2012 6 a.m. - Noon - Pancake breakfast 7-9 a.m. Please ask your neighbors and coworkers for quality donations. You can begin dropping off items after the 2nd worship service on March 25th in the connecting hallway. If you need to schedule a pickup for large items, please contact Billy Dickey Summer Mission Trip If you are interested in going to Tuscaloosa July 27, 2012 and working with Habitat for Humanity. Tuscaloosa Building Houses, Building Hope (formerly our New Orleans Mission Trip) You must be 18 to work on the construction site. Please contact Billy Dickey to sign up. Limited housing available, need to know ASAP.

The Shelter of Gods Promises by Shelia Walsh Beginning Sunday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. in room 118 Facilitated by Melinda Makowsky In this 10-week DVD based Bible Study, Shelia will help us to search scripture for what God has promised us, what His promises mean, and a deeper understanding of His commitment to us through encounters with Him. 2 New Adult Discipleship classes beginning this Sunday at 5 p.m. Courageous Bible Study for Men Led by Eddie McClelland in the Fellowship Hall Soul Surfer for Women Led by Ashley Meldrum in the Fellowship Hall 25th Anniversary Celebration for Sherry Wallace, Eastmont Kindergarten Director Friday, March 16 (12:30-2:30PM) in Room 205 Mrs. Wallace has touched the lives of so many children and families through her leadership with our kindergarten. If you cannot come by, but would like to send a card, please send in c/o Ginger Andrew 4505 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36109 or drop in the basket located at the main Welcome Center. The family of Nannie Lou McDonald is baking up her Fabulous 90th Birthday Celebration Saturday, March 17, 2012 2-4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Your presence is requested. No gifts please. Thank you cards were received in the church office from Robin Dean and Zeno Stringfellow.

Community Groups Sundays at 5 p.m. at the church.

Singles St. Patricks Day Party Friday, March 16 in the Fellowship Hall Cost: $10/person Be Sure to wear green. There will be prizes for Best Dressed

Complete Conference Eastmont is blessed to be hosting the Acteens' conference "Complete" on March 9 & 10. Girls, grades 712, from across Alabama will be attending this conference. Eastmont volunteers are needed before the conference, as well as during the weekend. If you can help assemble packets, make coffee, greet guests, serve lunch, etc., please contact April in the church office or Marti Richardson at 277-4439. Thanks!

Sr. Adult Choir March 6, at 9 a.m.

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February 26, 2012

Schedule of Events
Sunday, February 26
8:10 a.m. 9:20 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Worship Service Sunday School Worship Service Discipleship

Monday, February 27
No Outreach

Wednesday, February 29
5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal Acteens Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Adult Choir Orchestra Practice Mens Small Groups

Wednesday Night Meal February 29, 2012 Homemade Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Salad, Dessert, Drink Leap Day Special 1/2 Price February 22, 2012 Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Black Eyed Peas, Bonus Vegetable: Turnip Greens, Salad, Dessert, Drink
$5.00 Adult $2.00 Children (Max. $15.00 per family)

Sundays Music - February 26, 2012 Sanctuary Choir Let the Veil Down Michelle Jones, Soloist Baby Dedication Jayne Burns & Courtney Corum Amazing Grace Offertory Kathy Eckermann Sundays Music - March 4, 2012 Sanctuary Choir Majesty and Glory Worship Team In Him

Building Lock-Up Sunday School Totals February 19, 2012 Preschool...72 Children...64 Students...90 Adults655 Total...881 February 26, 2012 Ralph Jefferson Eric Hill March 4, 2012 Russ Fox Jerry Gentle

February 12, 2012 Preschool...70 5:30 p.m. Aerobics Children...82 ___________________ Students...86 Adults620 Sunday, March 4 8:10 a.m. Worship Service Total...858
Thursday, March 1
9:20 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Sunday School Worship Service Tablescapes

Bus Ministry February 26, 2012 Larry Connell 857-2381 March 4, 2012 Mark Luker 271-2423

Weekly Giving February 19, 2012 General Budget Sympathy to $23,727.95 Hilda Glover and family in the loss of her nephew, Kelvin Branah. Building Fund Velma Wimpee and family in the loss of her $3,568.00 great nephew, Wesley Bohannon. Dallas and Sandra Vick in the loss of his sister-in-law, Jooly Meyer. Ruby Gunnels and family in the loss of her sister, Joyce Daniel Jean and Ralph Jefferson in the loss of her brother, Otis Davis. Kevin and Jan Rowe in the loss of his father, Clifford Rowe.

February 12, 2012 General Budget 5:00 p.m. Outreach $34,984.69 Tuesday, March 6 9:00 a.m. Sr. Adult Choir Building Fund 5:30 p.m. Aerobics $3,929.00
Monday, March 5 Wednesday, March 7
5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal Acteens Mission Groups Prayer Meeting Adult Choir Orchestra Practice Mens Small Groups Aerobics

Thursday, March 8
5:30 p.m.

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