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The Power of Simplicity

The Power of Simplicity Simplicity. It’s a beautiful word, isn’t it? I really do believe that when many people approach us about doing a LifePlan, what they are really looking for is simplicity. They want a life that works. They want clear direction and purpose. They want a roadmap that helps them live for that which is most important. But…

Reflections on Core Values

I received this post from The Paterson Center. It was written by Laura Brasov. If you are a parent of a young children this will be worth your time to read. Reflections on Core Values Let me preface this story with a parenting philosophy that I completely share with my husband Adiel: we were GREAT…

Fa-la-la-la-la! Christmas Family Village

This Christmas you are invited to start a new family tradition at Eastside Community Church that will give you the Christmas experience of a life time… right here in Richmond. Start indoors with a creative worship experience and then be transported into our Christmas Family Village outside. Encounter carolers and interactive story cabins where cast…

Love Can Reach MORE People and Build a New Facility

This coming Sunday is “Commitment Sunday” at Eastside. Below is the response card that we are asking each “stakeholder” at Eastside to fill out. We have been asking you to pray a very simple prayer: “Lord, what do you want to do through me to accomplish your LOVE CAN vision at Eastside?”  The purposes of…

Poverty and Riches

Laurence was in charge of the finances of the church. He was also a deacon. There was a great revival taking place all around him. It was said that, ‘All of Rome were becoming Christians.’ As a result, persecution broke out under the Emperor Valerian in around the year 250 AD. Christians who owned property…

I Deserve It

How different would the world look if everyone got what they deserved? Would your salary be the same? What would our prisons look like? Would nice guys finish first or last? Or would things be a lot worse? This four-part sermon series takes a look at the things we actually deserve that God’s forgiveness spares…

Core Convictions About Discipleship

Discipleship is the “in” buzz word these days at church conferences. Here are my core convictions when it comes to discipleship. 1. Discipleship is the core mission of the church (Matthew 2818-20). 2. The best environment to make disciples is a small group. 3. Small group is NOT the end goal for a Christian. The…

What is Stratop and Who Is Tom Paterson?

Introduction StratOp is a 3-day, team-discovery process, that: Gives you perspective on all of the strategic, financial, and operational parts of your organization; Helps you know where you stand; Clarifies where you should go; and Gives you a customized plan on how to get there. The StratOp process is a powerful and proven process that…

All-IN Meeting

Join us on Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30pm for our ALL-IN MEETING. Everyone is invited. What All-In IS… When a Christ-Follower can say… I believe Jesus is the most important relationship in my life I understand All-In is an attitude of surrender.  I know All-In is the starting point, NOT the finish line. I believe…

Introducing eKids

Parents, Eastside has merged Sunshine Kids (ages birth through pre-K) and Kids Konnect (ages K- 5th grade) into one group called eKids. Brooke Taulbee is now the director of eKids. Please become friends with eKids on Facebook by clicking here. Brooke is available to answer any of your questions or to speak with you about serving in her department. Please…

No Regret Living

Regrets. We all have them. In Bronnie Ware’s book The Top Five Regrets of Dying, Ware discusses the many years she spent caring for people who are close to their own mortality. She questioned those who are dying about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently. She found five common themes in…

God Never Said That

We love offering little nuggets of advice, support, or sympathy. They come in handy when we want people to feel better. But what if the guidance you’re giving or receiving just isn’t true? What if God Never Said That? This four-week series tackles common myths about God, like “God wants you happy” or “God never gives…

Fear or Faith?

One evening an elder Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us.  One is Fear. It carries anxiety, concern, uncertainty, hesitancy, indecision and inaction. The other is Faith. It brings calm, conviction, confidence, enthusiasm, decisiveness, excitement and action.”…

Life Is A Great Adventure Or Is It?

I just recently re-read the story of David and Goliath. As I read this story, I stopped and asked myself if I possessed David’s perspective on life. Did I see every situation – no matter how seemingly insurmountable—as an opportunity for God to work? Sometimes the adventure is climbing a mountain with our best friends.…

God’s Purposes in Suffering

God’s Purposes in Suffering You will notice I said “God’s Purposes.” Our purpose would be to get out of the pain as quickly as possible, but God usually has a very different plan. He has the right to orchestrate our lives as he chooses, and we can trust that his plan is always good and…

Elizabeth Elliot Quote

“Leaders are measured by how they sacrifice, not by how much they gain. When the will of God cuts across the will of a person, somebody has to die. Leaders are meant to be losers—losers of ourselves and losers of our rights. The best way to find out whether you really have a servant’s heart…

Becoming the Real Thing

Every situation and every relationship is a test of servanthood or selfishness, a step forward or a step back.  Think of the people in your life right now. Think of the situations, the difficulties and the joys. Every person and every circumstance is ordained by God to help you strip away any selfishness in your…

Make Your Life Count!

Our human need to have a sense of meaning—a compelling purpose in life—is indeed a God-given need. The desire to contribute and do something great with our lives is a God-given desire. It is part of being created in His image. Do you want your life to count for something? Do you want to accomplish…

The Process of Change – Part 2

In my previous post, I listed the first six reasons why individuals resists change. In today’s post, we will look at six additional reasons as outlined in the workbook Discovering Your NorthStar. Refusing to Look at New Solutions. Too often, our creative thinking process is much too narrow. We need to get “out of the box” and…

The Process of Change – Part 1

We can choose some changes, but some are out of our control. For instance, we can choose whether to take a job in a different city, but we can’t keep our children from growing up and moving out of our houses. We can’t eliminate risks, but we can learn to manage them. Let’s take a look…

Dad Fest 2015

Friends, Father’s Day is gonna rock, June 21st! This is going to be the BIGGEST CELEBRATION of Dads in the county. I hope every dad and Eastside family will plan your weekend around it. I will be bringing a special message to encourage fathers. Outdoors we’ve got a FREE lunch, carnival games for the children, a…

The Role of Failure

We usually trust God as a last resort. We try everything else first, at least this has been my experience. God loves us so much that He will do anything to draw us into an intimate, trusting relationship with him. For most of us, failure is the factor that God has to use to get…

How To Leverage Your Church’s Annual Ministry Report

I got the idea to lead our church, Eastside Community Church, to do an annual ministry from Pastor Ron Edmondson of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. Here are my learnings from our first Annual Ministry Report: 1. It took longer than I anticipated to gather the information and to have our graphic designer design…

Have You Stopped Learning?

“Real power is in the hands of the learning, not the learned.” —Ira Blumenthal There are two kinds of people: dead and alive. The problem is that many of the dead ones are still driving! People who are alive:  are always growing and learning. They are committed to expanding their knowledge and character. are committed to excellence. They continually refine and…

A Collection of Quotes on Interpersonal Trust

Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication.  It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships. – Stephen Covey My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships.  – Jada Pinkett Smith If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships…

What Role Does Trust Play in Your Organization?

Answer the following questions and share the answers with your team.  Ask for feedback.  Analyze the responses where your answers are not fully aligned with your team members.  Work together to create a long-term plan to make trust a business imperative. SUCCESS: What role does trust play in ensuring the success of your organization? PERFORMANCE:…

“BE” Trustworthy: 20 Steps

Let’s face it, being a trustworthy leader and leading a trustworthy organization are not rocket science.  The biggest problem with trust is that it is not “regulated” and therefore, most leaders don’t think about it. Trust is taken for granted.  Imagine if CEO compensation was tied to an annual trust audit! The second biggest problem…

Trustworthiness in Action: Build it Using these 10 “T’s”

#1 Trustworthy leadership – Very simply, a culture of trust cannot exist with an untrustworthy leader. #2 Transformation – Productivity and execution begin when the CEO creates a set of values and goals that are shared, accepted and adopted by all stakeholders. #3 Tools – There are many trust tools CEOs can use to build…

Inappropriate Ways of Dealing With Stress

In my previous posts, I have addressed the issue of “Death By Inches” and some of the most common—and the most devastating—causes of death by inches. When we are under stress, we find some way to cope with our problems. Often, we aren’t even aware that we are slipping into a role in an attempt to block…

Causes of a Dead-end Life

In my previous post, Death By Inches, I proposed several statements that may indicate that your purpose is not clear and that you may need clarity for your life. In this post, I want to identify some of the most common—and the most devastating—causes of death by inches: a strained marriage which consumes our mental and emotional energies…

Death By Inches

No one ever intends for it to happen. When a person’s purpose is clear, he can withstand almost anything. When one’s purpose has been eroded by discouragement and creeping doubt, he is easily tossed by every wind. Our vision, hope, and purpose can erode for a number of reasons. Here are some signs that you…

New Sermon Series Starts Sunday

When we’re pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand? In this five-week series, learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured…

Breaking Barriers with Staff Team Members

As the pastor of a growing church, there are many different barriers that need to be broken in order to keep growing. These barriers include growth barriers (200,500,1,000, etc.) as well as organizational and structure barriers which require a senior leader to re-think in order to sustain growth. The one barrier most senior leaders put…

iTunes Podcast Now Available

Many of you have been asking for our sermons to be available on podcast. You can now visit iTunes to subscribe to our podcast: Eastside Community Church Podcast You can also watch sermons online at www.eastside-cc.com  

New Sermon Series: I’m a Big Hypocrite

I’M A BIG HYPOCRITE Learning to match what we do with what we say. We’ve all been there before, caught between the intention of our words and the reality of our actions. It’s not a place we ever intend to go. But the fact is, weíve all done it at some point. We’ve become what…

Do You Need a LifePlan?

You may need a LifePlan if any of the following statements describes you and your current situation. “I’m stuck, in a rut.” “I have no life. I’m burned out–exhausted.” “No one really values or appreciates me. My boss doesn’t have a clue of all I’m capable of.” “I don’t feel especially needed– not at work,…

New Sermon Series: The Counselor

In this four-week series, Pastor Virgil takes a different approach to how we look at Jesus. Rather than being the one with all the answers, Jesus is sometimes the one who asks us questions–questions that force us to decide what we really believe.  In The Counselor, Jesus asks “Why are you so afraid,” “Do you believe I…

Spring Forward 2015

Meet Our New High School / College Pastor

Please join me in welcoming our new High School/College Pastor, Mark Winkler. Mark comes to Eastside from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is married to wife, Deb, and they have an 18 month old son, Shane. Mark has been in full time ministry for 13 years. Mark’s primary objective is to reach students and their families…

Benham Brothers Coming To Eastside

Here is a perfect opportunity for you to invite someone who is far from God. Take a relational risk and text, call, or extend a personal invitation to your friends, family, peers, and neighbors. You will be glad that you did. Here is a link to the Benham Brothers Website: Click Here  

Love Song, A New Sermon Series

God knew what He was doing when He created love and sex. In fact, He wrote the book on it. You’ll be amazed at what God had in mind when He wrote the ultimate “Love Song.” This five-week series based on Song of Solomon covers how to prepare for marriage as a single, how to…

Small Things, Big Difference Sermon Series

Too often, we make huge plans and major resolutions, and we get burned out when we can’t keep them. Join Pastor Virgil has he teaches us to make small, manageable, incremental changes that really add up. When we guard our words, make our thoughts obedient to Christ, and cultivate new actions, we can see long…

Happy New Year

Merry Christmas

Dear Friends, For the next two days our church will present three identical Christmas Services: Tuesday, December 23rd at 6:00pm and Wednesday, December 24th at 4:00pm and 6:00pm. We will have children activities for birth thru 3 year olds at each service. From the Grant family to your family, please receive our Holiday Blessing.  After…

This Weekend

Dear Eastside family, It’s a crazy, hectic, busy season with lots of parties, shopping, and Christmas programs, so I’ll attempt to make this quick. Which of course is challenging for a preacher! Remember the old joke: What does it mean when a preacher says “In conclusion…?” Not much! This weekend. I will continue with our Come…

Here Is A New Christmas Tradition Idea

Friends, Why not start a new Christmas tradition this Christmas? The Christmas Season is a wonderful opportunity to make special moments and memories with your family and friends. And we can use these times to honor Christ. He IS the reason for it all, taking His first breath that day and being the giver of…

Sunday Is Coming

Friends, Join us this Sunday as we will observe 6 baptisms, powerful time of worship, and an inspiring message from Luke 15:11-32. If you cannot make it to worship on Sunday mornings – REMEMBER – you can catch worship on Sunday evenings at 6:33pm. You have 3 opportunities to worship the Lord this weekend. I…

Make Plans Now To Attend: Christmas Eve Services

Eastside will have three identical Christmas Eve Worship Services this year. We will be offering children activities at all three services for birth thru 3 years of age. Start a new family tradition this year by making Christmas Eve Worship Services at Eastside as part of your family’s Christmas tradition.

Children’s Christmas Play

Hey Eastsiders, I would like to encourage you to attend this year’s children’s Christmas play. We have an outstanding cast and theme. This will be a great event for the entire family. I love you, Eastside. Pastor Virgil      

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Offering

Hey Eastsiders, This Sunday we are going to take up a special love offering to be used in our community. We are calling it our “Thanksgiving Offering.” Our church-wide goal is $10,000.00. Please feel free to give online at www.eastside-cc.com or bring your love offering on Sunday. Expecting Great Things, Pastor Virgil    

It’s Friday

Hey Eastsiders, It’s Friday, which means Sunday is coming. I would like to encourage you to be in attendance this Sunday as we continue our sermon series entitled, “Being Rich In What Matters Most.” This weekend I will be discussing the “Deceitfulness of Riches.” We are going to be discussing the false promises of riches.…

Thank You

Hey Eastsiders, I never say “Thank you” enough. I want you to know that I am very grateful and very thankful for each person at Eastside. You are the best group of people in the world. You sacrifice so much for this community. I am speechless when it comes to the sacrifices you make on…

5 Things You Need To Know

Hey Eastsiders, Here are 5 things you need to know for this coming week. Please mark your calendars… 1. Sunday, November 23rd during all worship services, Eastside will be receiving a special Thanksgiving Offering. Our church-wide goal is $10,000.00. All the monies will be used locally in our community. 2. Baptism is scheduled for December…

New Sermon Series Starts Sunday

A bigger house, nicer car, better vacations: wanting more isn’t always bad, but are we looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places? “Being Rich” outlines exactly how rich most people are and how God wants us to respond to his blessings. This four-week series puts a fresh perspective on what being ‘rich’ really means…

FREE WAFFLES This Sunday

Join us this Sunday, November 2nd for FREE WAFFLES. Go ahead and enjoy the time change. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep. We will fix you breakfast. Times breakfast is served will be from 9:00am to 11:00am; 6:00pm to 6:33pm.

You Are Invited: 2014 Fall Festival

Eastside is hosting a free fall festival on Oct. 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. We will have free food, games, prizes, and truck or treating. We are in need of people that can provide candy and decorate their trunk for this event. We also need pots of chili and finger desserts. If you are willing to help…

Paint Eastside Pink

Eastside will be painted PINK on Sunday, October 26th. We are encouraging everyone to wear pink. If you are a breast cancer survivor then we would like to honor you on this day. Contact Vivian Wallace at 582-5600 (call/text) to let her know you will be in attendance. Wear your pink and show your support. 

My Next Spiritual Step: Moving

As many of you know by now, Rose and I have decided to sell the home we are currently living in. Once we sell our current home, we are going to build a new home. Many of you are wondering why. It’s not because we are building a bigger home. In fact, we are building…

A New Discipleship Tool

One of the new tools that I have come across for discipleship is called a LifePlan™. What is a LifePlan™? The LifePlan™experience is a one-on-one, two day intensive process, designed by Tom Paterson. LifePlanning is a proven, spiritually and behaviorally sound process intended to help you discover your unique design, clarify your life mission, and…

Eastside’ Play Book

In Matthew 16, Jesus tells Peter, “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it” (v. 18). When I compare this statement with the church in America as a whole, I am left with the same problem as Jim Putman. Either Jesus is a liar because the…

Eastside’s Statement of Faith

I often get asked from first time guests this question, “What are your beliefs?” ABOUT GOD God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These are co-equal and are one God (Gen 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt 28:19;…

Eastside’s Vision, Mission, and Values

In this series of blog entries I am reminding myself, our leaders, and others who we are. VISION is a picture of the preferred future that produces passion in people. Eastside’s vision…disciples making disciples. We envision a day where disciples are impacting the lostness of our community by impacting the 70,000 people who are unchurched…

New Sermon Series Starts Sunday

Friends love you at your worst and can help you at your best, but many of us don’t realize the importance of whom we surround ourselves with. The friends you have help determine the quality and the direction of your life. Where are your friendships leading you?

The Importance of Alignment

The Importance of Alignment This past month I was reminded again of the importance of alignment. Eastside was in the process of calling a new staff member. Our final candidate was awesome. He was brilliant. He had experience. He had the personality fit for the position. As the interview process unfolded several red flags emerged…

Upcoming Event on Sunday, September 28, 2014

Friends, Here is a great opportunity for you to invite your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to attend church. I will be interviewing Darrin Horn on this date. Darrin is originally from Lexington. He led the Western Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team to the Sweet 16 Tournament in 2008. He was South Carolina Men’s Basketball Coach…

Which Worship Service Will You Be Attending?

Friends, I would like to bring some clarifications to our third worship service which we have titled 633! This worship service is for EVERYONE! However, the worship service is primarily design for YOUNGER ADULTS! If you cannot attend Sunday AM Worship Services, you can still attend the evening 633 service. We NOW have children activities for…

Potential New HS/College Pastor Update

      You will have the opportunity to meet our potential new high school/college pastor and his family this weekend. See details below. If you will be attending the tailgating event before the EKU game then please make sure that you bring your chairs, a dish to share, and your own drinks. We will…

This IS LEGIT!

Hey Eastside, It’s August, and that means finishing up vacations and beach days and getting the kids ready to go back to school. This is the time of year I get fired up as I look at the Fall ahead of us and think of all the incredible opportunities that God is putting before us…

This Sunday At Eastside

Join us this Sunday for either the 9:30am or 11:00am worship service as I will be introducing two new potential elders at Eastside. I really believe that you are going to be happy to hear who they are. I will also be preaching on biblical leadership and why it is important for the local church.…

Prayers Needed

Dear Friends, Would you join with me in praying for the lostness in our community? There are over 70,000 people in Madison County who are not involved in a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ. I am asking God to reveal to us how to interpret the present time which we are living in (Luke 12:56)…

A Little About Eastside Community Church

Eastside Community Church believes in the power of relationships and we strive to make every environment we have a relational one.  We are driven to foster relationships with the 70,000 people in Madison county that don’t participate in life-giving, Christ-centered relationships like the ones that can happen at Eastside.  These relationships usually start at our…

What Would Jesus Say To… (NEW SERMON SERIES)

Conversations That Can Change Your Life If Jesus were to call Kim Kardashian, Lebron James, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Jones, and Katy Perry to have a one-on-one conversation, what would He say to them?  Jesus’ love encompasses the famous and fortunate, bold and beautiful, eccentric and outspoken, and the shocking and scandalous. Share this with your…

Third Weekend Worship Service Coming Soon!

Dear Friends, Eastside is launching our third weekend worship service on Sunday, August 17, 2014 and it will be geared toward “younger” adults. WHY? Our third weekend worship service, called 633, is going to reach more people in Madison County for Jesus. Currently 83% of the people in Madison County do not attend church. We…

Join Our Team Today

Dear Friends, I would like to invite you, your business partner, your executive pastor, mission pastor, or whomever you would like to bring with you to a VISION trip to Prince of Peace Home for Girls in Guatemala City, Guatemala. POP currently has 60 girls in the Home with the desire to grow to 100…

Digging Into Being A Disciple

Here are some questions to consider as a leadership team about making disciples and being a disciple-making church: 1. In the space below write the vision statement of your church (what is winning for us?): 2. Read the following scriptures and answer the question that follows: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to…

Andy Stanley on Creating a Culture of Expecting Guests

Creating a Culture of Expecting Guests Andy Stanley refers to what he calls irresistible environments. They are unapologetic in their appeal of being attractional.  You have to evaluate every single environment. He says that if he could heal people like Jesus did then he would not have to be attractional because he could draw a…

You Are Invited

Join us this Sunday evening for a special time of prayer as we lift up our community and the lost in prayer to God. Everyone is invited.

New Sermon Series: BOLD

We have a choice. We can play it safe or we can seize the life God has in mind for us. What’s it going to be? Come explore what can happen when we become Bold. July 13 – Amazing Boldness July 20 – Bold Prayers July 27 – Bold Speaking August 3 – Bold Obedience

How To Seek Reconciliation

How to Seek Reconciliation Possibly the single most damaging obstacle to the work of God and the peace of his children is an unforgiving spirit.  This attitude prevents reconciliation.  Many faithful Christians have carried this burden for years.  Now is the time to be free of it.  This may be the most important step in…

Happy 4th of July!

Don’t forget that Eastside is having Waffles and Worship on Sunday. FREE Waffles will be served from 9:00am to 11:00am for everyone in attendance. I hope you will make plans to attend.  

My Prayer of Surrender

Lord, you are the reason for life. The only reason for my existence is to live my life for You. You have called me to to take care of your children. Lord, I surrender my life, my dreams, my hopes, and my future to You. I want to pursue you with my entire being. Because…

Principles of Team Building

Organizations that are efficient and effective understand and leverage the value of teams. Team building takes a lot of work and leadership energy, but the impact can be astronomical on an organization. What are some important principles of team building? There are many, but here are a few principles I have picked up over the…

A Simple Way To Evaluate Your Team

Teams that consistently achieve exceptional results possess six essential attributes: Common Purpose Clear Roles Accepted Leadership Effective Processes Solid Relationships Excellent Communications I have a very simple online survey to help your team measure itself against these characteristics ($30.00 per person). I have used this survey with my own team as well as other teams…

Eastside’s Heartbeat

Here are some thoughts I have been  pondering as Eastside is about to launch our third worship service on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 6:33pm. Eastside Community Church loves to introduce people to Jesus and help them to have a lifelong relationship with Him. We believe in the power of relationships and we strive to…

Six Characteristics Of A High Performing Team

For most of us, positive team experiences are rare. I am fortunate enough to serve on a team that consistently achieves exceptional results. A key first step to more predictable and enhanced team performance is understanding the common characteristics of teams that consistently achieve exceptional results. The best book I have read on this subject…

10 Ways To Renew Your Mind As A Christian

How to Renew Your Mind: 1. Sing songs of praise. (Ephesians 5:19-20) 2. Memorize applicable scriptures (Psalms1:2-3) 3. Pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17) 4. Bring every thought under Christ Central (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) 5. Set your mind on things above. (Colossians 3:2; Philippians 4:8) 6. Demolish Satan’s strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 2 Corinthia ns 11:3) 7.…

Leadership Insights From Necessary Endings By Dr. Henry Cloud

I just finished reading Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud. I have found this book to be one of the best books I have read this year. I mean it has been MONEY for me and for my journey as a spiritual leader. The are several reasons why this book was MONEY for me: 1.…

Learnings From Facilitating My First StratOp Session

I just completed my initial StratOp Plan within a month of being certified as a facilitator with the Paterson Center. The Center encouraged all facilitators-in-training to conduct their first StratOp as soon as possible.A local business man who is a member of the church I pastor took a risk and allowed me to facilitate my…

High School/College Pastor Position

Friends, Eastside Community Church is currently looking to fill a High School/College Pastor Position. Here is the initial Assessment , which has been created by Eastside’s Elders to inform potential candidates about this position. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this position, please forward your resume or have them forward their resume…

Monday Morning Update On Changes At Eastside

Here is what I shared last night with our church family at our Ministry Celebration. We celebrated the fact that since September 2013: 57 new members 29 of these new members came through baptisms 7 new small groups have launched Averaging: 364 adults in worship 280 adults in small group 214 volunteers 106 fully surrendered…

What To Do If You Have Any Of These Questions?

What To Do If You Have Any Of These Questions?  Need a facilitator for a day or a half-day of team-building? Need a facilitator for an upcoming retreat? Need clarity/perspective on the organization which you lead or own? Need to hire a personal coach to help you to work through some leadership issues? Need help…

Random Monday Morning Thoughts

Here are some random thoughts that I have been thinking about lately…. 1. Life is hard. God is good! 2. Getting to clarity for a local church takes a lot of hard work and persevering. 3. Every pastor needs a coach. I am thankful for the coaches I have in my life. 4. Not getting…

How Does A Disciple Reach Spiritual Maturity?

God’s goal for a disciple is to reach full maturity and to be like Christ (Ephesians 4:14). How does a disciple get to this point? What is the process? What are the habits needed? A couple observations about spiritual maturity: It’s a choice. It’s not automatic. It’s not instant. It’s not dependent on attending church…

Thinking Wavelength: A Way of Organizing the World

        Living the Life You Were Meant to Live excerpt from Tom Paterson Each of us is born with a built-in thinking wavelength—a way of organizing the world, tolerating change, and juggling variables.  No one way of thinking is right or better.  Thinking wavelengths seem to be distributed at random throughout our…

Does Your Church Own ‘The Entire Enchilada?’

What do I mean by the statement, “Does your church own ‘The Entire Enchilada?’” I am making reference to the spiritual maturation process for those you are ministering to as a body of believers. I grew up as a Southern Baptist. Southern Baptist historically has ‘owned’ only one part of the spiritual maturation process, conversion.…

Top 10 Quotes From The One-Life Solution Book by Dr. Henry Cloud

I just finished reading the book “The One-Life Solution Book: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success” by Dr. Henry Cloud. I absolutely loved this book for three reasons. First, it has helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the roles of boundaries in one’s success. Second, the book has given me…

How To Manage Your Staff Team

I am not a manager. I am a leader. Part of leading an organization requires managing your staff team. With the help of a good friend, Bruce Smith, I have been able to minimize the amount of time I invest in managing staff, while at the same time maximizing our results. Here is how we do…

Does Your Organization Have A Strategic Direction?

For the past two years, Eastside has provided me with a “strategy” coach in order to develop a strategic direction for the church. Why? I am spiritual leader who never developed the competency of being a strategic planner. What are the results from investing in a strategic plan for Eastside? We have grown from 360…

It’s Time To Party

I would like to invite you to attend our Ministry Celebration on Sunday, June 8th at 5:00pm. Our Ministry Celebration will be in the sanctuary, last one hour, and will be a time of celebrating what God has done in and through the life and ministry of Eastside. We will have a time of worship,…

Winning The Mind Wars

As disciples of Jesus, our minds are under constant attack from the enemy. Why? Our enemy, Satan, wants to capture our minds and take us away from the Truth, Jesus, and His Word. Every disciple of Christ is under this attack. There is a very deliberate war being waged, but unfortunately, many Christians don’t take…

20 Quotes From Drucker & Me by Bob Buford

I just finished reading the newly released book by Bob Buford, “Drucker & Me: What a Texas Entrepreneur Learned from the Father of Modern Management.” I really enjoyed this particular book for two reasons. First, I was able to learn more about Peter Drucker and Bob Buford. I have been exposed to these two men over…

Fully Surrender – A Novel Concept

Is it possible for a Christ-follower to be fully surrendered? Can this spiritual level ever be reached? If it can be reached then what is the prerequisite? The real question to ask yourself is this: Are you willing to live on the divine level? This is what it means to live a fully surrendered life,…

Sermon Illustrations from “Free At Last” By Dr. Tony Evans

In May I am beginning a new sermon series titled, “Winning the Mind Wars.” I am going to be preaching on the spiritual warfare that takes place in the mind of believers and unbelievers. In preparation for this sermon series I recently read “Free at Last: Experiencing True Freedom Through Your Identity In Christ.” Here…

Seven Values of Mission Trips

Since August 2010 I have been on 13 different mission trips to Prince of Peace Home for Girls in Guatemala where I also serve on the board of directors. Over approximately 4 years of leading mission teams I have come to recognize the value of international mission trips. Here are 7 values of engaging in…

Shake It Off And Step UP

SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.  ROMANS 12:21 THE PARABLE IS TOLD OF an old dog that fell into a farmer’s well. After assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the dog but decided that neither the dog nor the well were worth the…

20 Quotes on Establishing Biblical Boundaries From The Book Boundaries

I have just finished reading Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend‘s classic book Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. Boundaries define us. They define what is me and what is not me. A boundary shows me where I end and someone else begins, leading me to…

Easter 2014 Reflections

Easter 2014 was a beautiful Sunday. According to all the posts I viewed on Facebook, Easter was a huge day in the life of many individuals, families, and churches. Here are a few of my reflections from Easter 2014: 1. Easter is still very much a family weekend. Yesterday I witnessed so many family pictures…

What Is Your Summer Reading List?

What is your Summer reading list? What books are you reading or do you plan to read to help you grow as a leader? I have discovered reading with the intention of learning is a way for me to be the “best” me. With this new insight about myself, I have added reading into my daily schedule. Here are…

LifePlan Experience

I recently spent two days working through my LifePlan Process with a facilitator.  I spent the first day gaining perspective on my life, then I spent the second day putting together a plan for the next twenty years of ministry. I found this process to be very beneficial and very helpful for me as a…

6 Questions To Ask Before Showing Up This Easter

Here are six practical questions I’d like to ask you before showing up on Sunday at Eastside: 1. Are you making plans to bring someone to our “Easter Egg Drop” held at Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday, April 19th?  We will be a major sponsor of this event. A helicopter will be dropping eggs from the…

5 Kinds of Authority (You Can Possess)

Neil Cole is one of my favorite authors. I love his book Organic Church. Here is one of my learnings from Organic Church (or from Organic Leadership) that deals with different types of authorities which a leader can possess. This list can be found on pages 177-179  in his book. 5 Kinds of Authority  Positional Authority –…

Eastside’s Spring Catalog of Upcoming Events

Welcome to Spring! Spring brings new opportunities and new beginnings. Eastside Community has some wonderful opportunities for you to begin afresh and anew. Take a few minutes and flip through our catalog which contains all of our upcoming events through July! If you prefer to download the PDF version, feel free to do so. View the…

The Four Domains of Servant Leadership

The Four Domains of Servant Leadership Who is the greatest leader in the history of the world? Who would you choose? Why did you choose this person? For me, the greatest leader in the history of the world is Jesus. Most leaders today do not think of Jesus as being the greatest leader of all time because…

What Is Your Greatest Leadership Challenge?

Leaders are in high demand because of problems. Leaders by nature are designed to solve problems within an organization. Most problems within any organization revolve around people problems. I have served as a senior pastor for 23 years now and I have discovered that as a leader I am always in one of three arenas: I am…

The Volunteer Dilemma

Most churches have an on-going dilemma with volunteers. Volunteers are essential to the life of any ministry. At Eastside we have 213 volunteers with a need for at least 63 more volunteers. How does a church recruit, motivate, and leverage volunteers to accomplish the vision and mission of a local church? Eastside has worked through…

Seven Habits Of A Highly Effective Church Staff

Seven Habits Of A Highly Effective Church Staff A good friend of mine, Bruce Smith, has taken Dr. Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and has added his own twist to them for staff members of local churches. He refers to them as “Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Church Staff.” Here they…

How Effective Is Your Leadership Team

I have discovered that most leadership teams struggle with team effectiveness. I have personally lead teams that were not effective as well as teams that have been very effective. In this post I would like to put forth some questions for team leaders and team members to ponder: How does your team evaluate its effectiveness?…

Your Leadership Structure Matters

Developing a strategy or a process to move people spiritually will force a local church to “re-think” every aspect of church life in order to serve their spiritual process of growing fully surrendered disciples. We have found this to be true at Eastside Community Church. Developing a clear process has forced us to “re-think” everything…

What Is Your Spiritual Process For Making Disciples?

Will Mancini is correct in stating, “Don’t focus on growing a church through programs, focus on growing it’s people with a process.” At Eastside Community Church we have found this to be absolutely true. Since April 2012, Eastside has gone from 360 in attendance to 570. I contribute our success to a variety of factors but…

BUZZ EVENTS

What is a “Buzz” event? A “Buzz” event is an event sponsored by a church to build relationships with those who are starting their spiritual journey or who have drifted on their journey. A “Buzz” event can take place during a Sunday morning worship time or at some other time during the week.  In short,…

How To Evaluate Your Church’s Effectiveness At Hosting Events

Churches are KNOWN for hosting events. Churches can host one event after another with great ease.  Although churches are known for hosting events they are also known for not evaluating their effectiveness of hosting events. How does a church evaluate the effectiveness of an event? What is a simple process for the leadership of a…

How To Be Intentional This Easter

Easter is only a few weeks away. How is your church going to be intentional leading up to Easter? Here is how we are going to be intentional… Launching a new sermon series on Easter, “I Am Jesus.” We will be sending out digital invites to everyone the week of Easter. In addition, we will…

The Power Of Digital Invites

Dear Friends, In the past, Eastside started intentionally promoting our various BUZZ Events and Sermon Series through the use of printed postcards. We would get 1,000 postcards printed and delivered for around $60.00. Here is an example of the postcards we printed: After investing time and much resources into producing various postcards; we have decided…

FREE Breakfast on Sunday!

Dear Friends, Don’t forget to SPRING forward an hour on Saturday night before you go to bed. Sleep in as late as possible then head out to Eastside. We will be serving up a FREE pancake breakfast with fruit, coffee, juice, etc. We will serve breakfast from 9:00am to 11:00am. I look forward to seeing…

What If God Is Not Who You Think He Is?

Friends, I am really excited about our Church-Wide Spiritual Emphasis this Spring, When Love Speaks! It all begins Sunday, March 2, 2014. This church-wide emphasis’ will focus on the seven last words Jesus spoke from the cross. Although we have read them many times before, we may not thoroughly understand the profound benefits and guidance that…

Support Orphans This Easter

Dear Friends, Eastside is excited to participate in “Scrap the SUIT and Forget The FROCK” for Easter 2014!  Here is how it works: Instead of wearing suits and fancy little dresses on Easter, we are encouraging everyone to wear something on Easter Sunday (April 20th) that actually serves a PURPOSE…A T-shirt that will help support orphans! So…

5 Things You Need To Know

Dear Friends, Here are 5 things You Need To Know: 1. A Fully Surrendered Meeting is scheduled for this Sunday. I will have a short 15 minute meeting in the sanctuary down front. Chose one of the meetings to attend. If you have not stepped across the line to be fully surrendered and are interested…

God IS Moving At Eastside!

Dear Friends, Praise Reports…. Eastside is knocking on the door of 600 in weekly attendance! We are currently averaging 570! Six children received Christ as their personal Savior on Sunday. One of them is getting baptized this Sunday. Only God! In the last 2 weeks we have had 12 new members join Eastside. We have…

Need A Night Out Away From The Kiddos?

Eastside is hosting a “Date in a Box” night on Friday, Feb. 28th. This is an opportunity for you to go out and have an evening with your spouse/significant other while we provide FREE childcare and dinner for your children from 6-9:30pm. You will be asked to complete a short registration form when you drop…

From This Day Forward Sermon Series

Are you single? Married? In a relationship? Thinking about getting in a relationship? Join us Sunday, February 2 at 9:30am or 11:00am for the start of a new sermon series on relationships.

New Year – New Sermon Series

Dear Friends, What is God’s will for your life in 2014? How do you know if what you are thinking is from God, from Satan, or from you? Come and join us for this 4 week sermon series on The GHOST!

How To Pray For Your Family in 2014

Dear E-News Friends, I know that I need to pray more than I do for my family and friends. Do you need to pray more for your loved ones? Get your Bible or your Bible App out and read John 17. As you read John 17 there are 7 specific things that Jesus prayed for…

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas From Eastside Community Church Staff

Join Us For Worship on Christmas Eve

Dear Friends, Join us this Christmas Eve as I will be speaking on The Purpose of Christmas! Each service will be 45 minutes in length.

2014 Budget

Dear Eastsiders, 2013 has proven to be a great year for Eastside in so many ways. Financially the church has done okay but not as well as we should have. Moving into 2014, the decision has been made to keep the same budget for the upcoming year, $510,000.00. 2014 Budget Breakdown:  20.9% → Missions &…

What’s Coming Up At Eastside?

Hey Everybody, If you’ve been shopping, you know the season of brotherly shove is in full gear. We are on the Christmas countdown and there are only 15 more days till Christmas. Yikes! Here’s 5 things I want you to know: 1. Don’t miss the message this weekend. I will be talking on the subject that…

New Sermon Series Coming

It’s Time For Christmas will look at sharing the Good News, embracing God’s peace and capturing the most important moments at Christmas. December 8th – Time To Share The Good News December 15th – Time to Let Go of Worry (Baby Dedication Services) December 22nd – It’s Time to Capture the Moment! (Baptism Services) Christmas…

Our Church Is Participating In Cyber Monday!

Hey…it’s Pastor Virgil. Happy Cyber Monday! Today, people will buy a lot of stuff online. That isn’t bad but it isn’t lasting. Our church vision is disciples making disciples. Our goal is to reach one person at a time who do not know Jesus and that IS lasting! While you are shopping online today, why…

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Special Guest Speaker

Eastsiders, Please make plans to attend. This is the first time we have ever invited the Executive Director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention to speak at Eastside. Paul is friend of mine. We attended college and seminary together. This will be worth your time! Come out and show your support.  We are pleased to announce…

I’m Thankful For The Fleas! What Are You Thankful For?

Happy Thanksgiving! This coming Sunday, November 24, we will join together as family of faith to celebrate and give “THANKS” to God for HIS greatness and HIS goodness. Join us either at 9:30am or 11:00am as we give “THANKS” to God! We are going to even give thanks to God for the fleas. Enjoy this…

Are You Ready For Sunday?

    NEXT PRAYER: “God, what do you want to do through me NEXT to accomplish your vision at Eastside?” Together as a body of believers we have been praying this simple prayer. Eastside will culminate a six month spiritual journey called NEXT this Sunday morning when families hand in their “response cards” as to what…

Join Us For A Night Of Worship

Join us for an evening of worship and prayer for NEXT! We are all praying the prayer, “God, what do you want to do through me NEXT to accomplish your vision for Eastside?” Please come out and join us. This is NOT a fully surrendered meeting. It’s for the ENTIRE Body of Christ!

What’s NEXT?

Friends, You have heard me talk a lot about the spiritual journey we are on called NEXT! What’s NEXT? NEXT is a spiritual journey that the leadership of the church felt led by God to lead Eastside through. The intention of this spiritual journey is to encourage everyone to pray a simple prayer. We call…

Here’s Your Chance

Here’s your chance to attend and to bring someone with you that needs to start their spiritual journey or to take their next spiritual step. Here are the details:  

In-Reach or Out-Reach?

In a previous post (click here), I gave you our church’s process to make fully surrendered disciples (FSD): R + W + CP = FSD. At Eastside, our objective is to create fully surrendered disciples who can make fully surrendered disciples. Let’s look at the first component of the process, “R” or Reach. In order…

Great Weekend!

Greetings E-news Friends, This past weekend marked another milestone in Eastside’s journey, our Be The Church Weekend was epic. I would like to thank everyone who prayed, planned, and participated in the weekend. We made a huge impact on the lives we encountered. Thank you. Thank you This Sunday, October 20th we kick off our…

Fully Surrendered Disciple Model

Eastside is committed to making Fully Surrendered Disciples who can in turn make Fully Surrendered Disciples (FSD). There is a very simple process, which we are utilizing to help us fulfill our vision: R + W + CP = FSD. I will provide an overview of the process then in following posts I will share…

Give Now

Dear Friends, We embrace irrational generosity at Eastside Community Church. We know it changes lives — ours and the people we’re reaching. At Eastside, taking action on your generosity is simple.   Give quickly and simply Set up scheduled gifts Securely save your credit card or bank info Easily track and adjust your giving If…

Sign Up Today: Be The Church Weekend

Be The Church Weekend is quickly approaching, October 12-13, 2013. Currently we have over 20 projects to choose from. Our goal is to leverage the time, talents, and treasures of Eastside to impact our community with the LOVE OF CHRIST! We will CANCEL worship on Sunday morning the 13th of October so teams from Eastside…

NEXT

  Stay tune for what is NEXT at Eastside Community Church. It all begins on Sunday, October 20th at 9:30am and 11:00am. 

Is Your Church Adding or Multiplying?

Why Discipleship? Someone has said, “that the church is losing ground today because we’re adding people to the kingdom of God while the population of the world is multiplying. I know this is true for the community, which I live in. We are a church of 550 believing that God is calling us to be…

Typical Meeting Disrupters

Everyone attends meetings. There is a love/hate relationship with meetngs. Almost everyone experiences people who disrupts the meeting which they are in. Who are these people who disrupts meetings? How do you deal with them? Here is a list that you could print and work through with your team members. Let them come up with…

How Does A Church Create Fully Surrendered Disciples?

What is the purpose of the church? In other words, why does a church exist? It depends on whom you ask. Some sections of Christianity would make the purpose of the church about orphan care. Orphan care is not the purpose of a local church. Other sections of Christianity would argue for clean water for…

Be The Church Weekend Details

   The Church Has Left The Building! Join the entire Eastside family for “Faith in Action Month” beginning Sunday, September 15th.  During this month the focus will be on biblical relationships, service ministry, and Christ’s heart for those in need through special small groups and worship services. Our pastor, Virgil Grant, will be teaching a…

Upcoming Mission Opportunities

Upcoming Mission Opportunities: Eastside is looking for those with a heart for the “Great Commission”, Jesus said, “Go” and make Disciples of all nations….” MEXICO TRIP: Team members are needed for a mission trip to Mexico October 1-8. The trip will consist of a medical clinic in conjunction with a VBS, for 2 days in…

FREE Tool for Disciple-Makers: DiscipleShapes

I recently had the privilege of meeting Mike Breen at Exponential 2013 in Orlando, Florida. After listening to two of his breakout sessions, I was convicted of the power of a system he developed called Life Shapes. Life Shapes are basic symbols that a disciple-maker can draw, and at the same time explain an important…

Friend Day 2013

Dear Friends, We all have people in our lives that we desire to see in a relationship with Jesus.  If you are a Fully Surrendered Disciple then these people are on your Impact Card and you pray for them daily. Even if you haven’t taken the step to being fully surrendered, you still have these…

THE ART OF ALIGNMENT

  THE ART OF ALIGNMENT In the final post of this series, we are going to explore the issue of alignment. This attribute is very critical to the overall success of a disciple-maker or a local church in making disciples. Most of the differences or divisions in a local church emerge from one of these…

REPRODUCIBLE DISCIPLESHIP PROCESS

REPRODUCIBLE DISCIPLESHIP PROCESS Today we continue to look at the topic, relational discipleship. In this post, we are going to explore a very often-overlooked component of making disciples – making the entire experience reproducible. The methods and the message of Jesus was a highly reproducible process. The early disciples were able to emulate Jesus’ methods. There…

BIBLICAL FOUNDATION IS NON-NEGOTIABLE IN RELATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP

BIBLICAL FOUNDATION IS NON-NEGOTIABLE IN RELATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP We are continuing our blog entries on the five attributes of relational discipleship. So far we have explored the biblical basis of relational discipleship, intentional leadership, and relational environments . In this post, we will look at the foundational role Scripture plays in making disciples. The key to…

RELATIONAL ENVIRONMENT IS…

  RELATIONAL ENVIRONMENT IS… Here are the five attributes of relational discipleship, according to Jim Putman of Real Life Ministries: Intentional Leader + Relational Environment + Reproducible Process + Biblical Foundation + Alignment = Relational Discipleship In this blog entry we will explore the attributes of a relational environment. A relational environment consists of… A small group…

INTENTIONAL LEADERSHIP IN RELATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP

INTENTIONAL LEADERSHIP IN RELATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP According to Jim Putman of Real Life Ministries, the equation for relational discipleship is… Intentional Leader + Relational Environment + Reproducible Process + Biblical Foundation + Alignment = Relational Discipleship In this entry we are going to explore the attributes of an intentional leader. (See first post in this series…

GOD’S PLAN – RELATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP

GOD’S PLAN – RELATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP This is a six part series on “relational discipleship.” This first entry will attempt to make a biblical argument for relational discipleship as part of God’s plan for reconciling a lost world to Himself through Christ Jesus and making mature disciples. Leaders in the church often talk about making disciples,…

Negative Thinking Doesn’t Have To Define Your Ministry

NEGATIVE THINKING DOESN’T HAVE TO DEFINE YOUR MINISTRY This is the final post in this series. We have explored the deadly sin of pastors, learned helplessness (see post), where the brain telling you that one’s circumstances are so great that nothing can be done to reverse the situation. Once learned helplessness goes unchecked, it morphs…

Is Your Perspective Being Distorted By Negative Thinking?

IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE BEING DISTORTED BY NEGATIVE THINKING? Previously, I have covered the topic of learned helplessness (click here), which can be a deadly sin for pastors. Learned helplessness is your brain informing you that your circumstances are too challenging for you to reverse; a mindset that preaches to you that your circumstances cannot change.…

Negative Thinking Style

NEGATIVE THINKING STYLE   Many pastors in American suffer from the deadly sin of learned helplessness (see previous post). If learned helplessness is not held in check, it will continue to grow until it becomes negatively pronounced in one’s thinking style. According to the research of Martin Seligman, one’s thinking style can morph into three…

The Pastor’s Deadly Sin

The Pastor’s Deadly Sin Most pastors begin their spiritual journey when they receive the “call” to follow God in full-time ministry. At this point, they are positive and optimistic about the future. They are ready to explore new ideas, launch new ministries, and lead a local church to reach their community for Christ. Shortly after…

10 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED IN 2013

Here are 10 things I have learned so far in 2013: 1. Each day, each week, and each month seems to go by faster and faster. I guess this comes with getting older. I am currently 47 years of age. 2. Ministry is not easy. Ministry is messy. 3. Being on mission with Jesus will…

Wow! How to Create Amazing Guest Experiences

  Wow! How to Create Amazing Guest Experiences Peter Drucker once said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If I understand the statement correctly, culture has a greater impact on the life of an organization than strategy does. So if that assertion is true, what type of culture is your church creating, and how are your first-time guests…

What Life Cycle Is Your Ministry In?

Bill Hybels at the 2011 Leadership Summit gave a great opening talk about 5 questions that each leader needs to ask and answer. One of the questions he asked was, “Are you naming, facing, and resolving the problems that exit in your church or organization?” The way Willow Creek had and was answering this particular question…

The Power of God

Over the past year Eastside has been on a wonderful journey of spiritual and numerical growth. What has been the impetus for this growth? There are many variables to consider, for example: great volunteers, clarity of vision and mission, wonderful staff team, awesome members of the church who gets it, experienced coaches working with the staff…

Remodel, Here We Come!

Eastsiders, On Sunday I announced that the leadership of the church has been working for the last 3-6 months figuring out our space issues at Eastside. Remember we have gone from an average attendance of 350 to an average attendance of 531 in one year. We now have a simple game plan. With game plan…

5 Reasons Why Our Family Sponsors A Child In Guatemala

(This is Rubi. There are currently 65 girls at Prince of Peace; 16 girls who have no sponsors) I was reading another blog today that sparked me to write this post. Click here to read that post.  Several years ago, I went on my first international mission trip to Guatemala. I spent the week at…

Why Every Pastor Should Invest In A Coach

Over the past year, Eastside Community Church has benefitted from two experienced coaches. After being on this journey, and living through the impact of coaching, it has become increasingly clear to me that every pastor should invest in a coach. Why? Here are some compelling reasons: 1. Every leader has “blind spots” which need to…

What Has Happened To The Southern Baptist Convention?

This past week the convention which I am associated with, Southern Baptist, released its annual report and the numbers were not encouraging at all. To read the report – click here. Let me say on the front end of this conversation that I am not here to point blame or to blame any particular entity…

When Does Worship Begin At Your Church?

When does worship begin? There are a lot of thoughts on when worship starts at a weekend worship gathering. For many, worship starts the moment the band strikes up. For others, worship starts when people walks through the front doors; while others would lobby that worship begins in your quite time with God. I agree…

“Turn It Up!”

Vacation Bible School is about two weeks away. The dates are June 9th-13th from 6-8:30pm. We are very excited to be hosting VBS on Eastside’s campus this year. The theme is “Turn it Up!” There are four things that we are inviting you to do: 1. Pray for all the students and volunteers. 2. Preregister…

Give It A TRY! It’s GREAT!

Give Electronically Dear Church Family, I know that many of you will be attending family reunions, going on vacation, and planning mini-weekend escapes. Everyone needs to get away and relax. This Summer would be a great time for you to take advantage of our safe and secure online giving system. Online Giving lets you go…

Welcome New Members

Here is a list of new members since January 1, 2013 thru today. If I have left your name off please email me, Nicole Chaney, at church@nulleastside-cc.com. I will be glad to add your name to our list. Twenty-five new members with 15 being baptisms. If you are interested in taking Eastside’s New Membership Class,…

Making Room

You pull into your favorite restaurant with your family of 4, there are people standing outside, you push through the crowded lobby to find a hostess. After learning that there is a 30 minute wait, you realize there is no place for your family to sit or stand for the next half hour. At this…

Are You Coming?

Dear Friends, I would like to personally invite you to our very SPECIAL Night of Power and Praise this Sunday, May 19th, at 6:00 pm. I am anticipating God to show up and show off in a mighty fashion. I am going to be sharing some pretty exciting news for sure that evening. You will not…

What Is Relational Discipleship?

What is Relational Discipleship? Here is a very simple definition of relational discipleship –  a close personal relationship out of which a person gets relational help to follow Jesus with his head, heart, and hands. To really understand the meaning of the term – relational discipleship – then one must look to the method and message…

Why Discipleship?

Dear Friends, It seems like everyone in the “church world” has a proposed solution to the revitalization of the American Church. Some believe an attractional worship service is the answer. Others advocate for a house church model while others are propagating the missional church. Which model is correct? Which model is correct for your context?…

Welcome!

What is Disciple-Making Leadership?  Disciple-Making Leadership is helping the local church to have clarity on what is the core function of the church, making disciples (Matt 28:18-20). Disciple-Making Leadership is based on the method of Jesus Christ.  Jesus discipled twelve ordinary men (A.K.A. his disciples or the apostles) and changed the world, how? He led…

Mother’s Day 2013

Dear Friends, I was reading a blog a couple weeks ago and found this statement which shows the value of you praying for your friends and for making a personal invitation to each one of them. Don’t forget to invite your friends to Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013 to hear Dennis Swanberg. Here is the…

Steps to Implementing a Discipleship Culture

Friends, Over the last month, I have been asked a half of dozen times what are the steps to implementing a discipleship program in a local church. Discipleship is not a program rather it is a lifestyle. Discipleship is not a “silver bullet” rather it is getting back to the message and methods of Jesus…

Exponential 2013 Notes

Dear Friends, Greg Gillum and I had the opportunity to spend 4 days in Orlando, FL at the Exponential Conference this past week. You can learn more about this conference by visiting www.exponential.org. While there, Greg and I was able to spend a lot of time with our friends from Real Life Ministries in Post Falls,…

Welcome Charles Judd & Family

Eastside Community Church would like to welcome Charles Judd as her newest staff member. Charles will serve as our part-time Creative Media & Worship Planning Director. Here is a little information about Charles and his family: Charles is originally from McKee, Kentucky, but has been a resident of Berea for many years. He has been married…

Staff Member’s Responsibilities

What are the responsibilities of Eastside’s staff team members? What type of staff member’s do we have at Eastside…Individual Stars? Silo Builders? Team Members? Team Leaders? Quarterbacks? Or do they serve at the discretion of the senior leader? At Eastside, I have outlined four primary functions or responsibilities of each staff team member. Why did…

Parenthood Series Promo Video

Dear Friends, It’s me again. One last email encouraging you to be at worship on Sunday and to bring someone with you. It will be awesome. We will be looking at The Parent’s Priority. See you at either 9:30 am or 11:00 am. Parenthood Series Promo from Eastside Community Church on Vimeo.

Parents, Sports and Church

(Dr. White) Dear Parents, As we prepare to launch our new sermon series on Sunday called Parenthood. I would like to encourage you to read this article from Dr. James Emery White who is a pastor in North Carolina. I have posted his articles before on my blog. Sunday we will be discussing “The Parent’s…

Interim Preschool Director

Please welcome Nancy Morgan as Eastside’s interim Preschool Director. Nancy was born and raised here in Richmond. She has been a member at Eastside since she was 11 years old! Nancy has been married to Adam for 10 years. They are blessed with two amazing children, Gavin and Reagan!  Nancy started on Tuesday, April 9th.  

New Sermon Series: Parenthood

  Join Pastor Virgil as he launches a brand new sermon series on all things parental on Sunday, April 14th.  This would be a great opportunity to invite your friends, family members, or co-workers. Here is brief description of the sermons with the titles. If you have kids or are even thinking about having them,…

It’s Not Too Late

Dear Eastsiders, It’s not too late to invite people you love and care about. You say, “Well why do they need an invitation?” Honestly, a lot of people just don’t know that they’re welcome. Let’s remind them Eastside is a place for everyone. By the way, make sure you are early for worship on Sunday.…

Are You Ready for Easter?

Dear Eastsiders: We are only a couple days away from Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Are you ready? If not, here are a couple ways to get ready. 1. Pray. Pray. Pray. Then pray some more. Pray for the following: Pastor Virgil as finishes up the message for Sunday; volunteers who will be serving; all…

Receiving Applications For Preschool Director

Dear Friends, Eastside is very proud of our preschool SonShine Kids Department, and the work that Brittany Phelps has done to keep our preschool ministry focused on God and one that honors God.  With Brittany’s departure, however, comes the need for us to hire a part-time director.  If anyone is interested in finding out more…

FREE Lunch For The Family

  Dear Friends, On Saturday, March 23rd from 11am-1pm, Eastside will be hosting a Spring Fling. This will be a fun, family day with games, inflatables, egg hunt, and lunch. Her is the best deal – everything is FREE. There will also be some free gifts given out throughout the event. Please invite friends, neighbors, and family…

A New Bible Study Starting

Dear Friends, Are you connected? Are you looking to “test-drive” a small group with NO long-term commitment? If so, then join Pastor Virgil as he launches a new six week DVD Bible Study by Matt Chandler called The Explicit Gospel. The study will begin on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm in Room #111. Please pick up your…

Are You Fully Surrendered?

Dear Friends, What is the purpose of the local church? There are a lot of different perspectives and  opinions floating around these days. But from my seat, the local church exists to disciple/shepherd/challenge members to move toward being Fully Surrendered (aka full devotion, disciple maker, conformed to the image of Christ, Christ-Centered, making disciples, etc).…

What’s On Your Weekend List?

Dear Friends, This blog entry is taken from the Time Management Nija by Craig Jarrow. His posts on his blog are awesome.  You can sign up to receive his posts on a weekly basis by click on the link above. What’s On Your Weekend List?  Do you have a weekend list? Or do you kick back…

New Bible Study Opportunity & Spring Forward

Dear E-News Friends, Beginning Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 6:15pm in Room #114 there will be a new 6 week DVD Driven Bible Study opportunity called Answers In Genesis. This study will be lead by Chris Hager. Cost is FREE! Here is a brief description of the class from Chris Hager: Each of us have…

I Need Your Help

Eastside Church Family… As you know, I am very committed to leading Eastside in fulfilling our vision of Disciples Making Disciples. Lately I have been thinking about how effective we are in making disciples. Are we making progress toward fulfilling our vision? How can we measure the spirituality and spiritual growth of our church? As…

INTEGRITY IN MINISTRY: NO HIDDEN SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET

Dear Friends, This past week, I learned of another friend in the ministry who had a moral failure. He was caught in a “sting” by undercover detectives trying to solicit sex from a minor. He tendered his resignation immediately. The church which he was on staff, his wife and children are now left with trying…

Forget The FROCK Movement

Dear Friends, I read a blog entry http://notesfromthefoxfamily.blogspot.com/2013 that really spoke to my heart. The reason it spoke to my heart is because it challenged me to rethink what I was going to wear on Easter Sunday. The Fox Family apparently has started an effort called “Forget The FROCK!” Here is blurb from The Fox…

What Is Your Self-Worth Based On?

Dear E-News Friends, This is from my devotion today – The Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee (page 67) Consider this: Who do you talk to the most? Yourself, of course. What do you talk to yourself about the most? Yourself, of course. What is the main topic of the conversation you are having…

ARE YOU READY?

Dear Friends, Only God! Only God! Is all I can say. God is at work in so many ways in the hearts of the people at Eastside. I would like to remind you that we are only 8 weeks away from Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday is March 31, 2013. Eastside is making it easy for…

Eastside’s Financial Analysis

Dear Church Family and Friends, Eastside’s Leadership Team (elders, staff, and business administration) had a financial analysis conducted by Church Solutions Group last month.  From this analysis we learned a lot about what God is doing in and through our local church and our members.  Here are some of the surprises: Big Take Away:  Something…

New Sermon Series: Identity Theft

Start the New Year off with our New Sermon Series: Identity Theft. Within this message lies the truth. Actually, it’s the truth about lies. The lies we tell ourselves and the damage they do if we don’t take hold. There’s nothing little or white about them – lies keep us from finding our true identity:…

Nominate an Elder

Dear Family, Eastside Elder’s are opening the process up for the church family to nominate names to serve as elders. The names nominated has to be men. ONLY men can serve as elders at Eastside Community Church. If you are interesting in nominating someone to serve in this position then click on the following link…

Words to Live By in 2013

THE LION CHASER’S MANIFESTO This is a post from Mark Batterson. Mark is the pastor at National Community Church in D.C. and a best selling author. The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto that is adapted from In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. This is a great reminder for how we each should live…

The State of Discipleship in America

Dear Friends, Recently I received a “white paper” on The State of Discipleship in America. Honestly I do not know who sent me the “white paper.” However, I am going to give the credit to Bobby Harrington, Lead Pastor at Harpeth Community Church in Franklin, TN. Here is a quick summary and key findings of…

What Is Your Plan For 2013?

Dear Friends, Jesus’ public ministry (His last 3 1/2 years) was devoted to investing in 12 men intentionally. These 12 men goes on to turn the world upside down after Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. So, here is the question that you and I have to answer in 2013, “What is your plan for making…

A Christmas Reminder

Dear Friends, Max Lucado tells the story of a king who traveled incognito to a nearby village. He had heard of the misfortune of five orphans, and he wanted to adopt them. When the orphans heard the king was coming, they began to work hard to impress him when he arrived-all but one little orphan.…

A Quick Update

Dear Friends, Here are a couple quick updates: Thank you for all the prayers for my dad. He is at home and is doing well. Please keep the prayers coming our way. 1. This Sunday (Dec 16th) we are finishing up the sermon series – Christmas is For-Giving. This weekend we will look at forgiving…

2012 Financial & Membership Updates

Dear Friends, A GPS assists in helping you to know where you are located plus it helps to navigate you toward your desire destination. In the Kingdom of God that is what numbers are. Numbers are only a tool to help one to define where they are and where they are headed. The following numbers…

Christmas at Eastside 2012

Dear E-News Family and Friends, Here is list of all the Christmas happenings at Eastside. Children’s Christmas Play, Sunday, December 9th- 6:00PM Join us on Sunday, December 9th at 6:00 PM for the annual children’s Christmas play. This year’s production, In a Galilee Far, Far Away will have you laughing as the crew of the…

Christmas Sermon Series

Christmas is always thought of as the best time of the year. Unfortunately, as we go through life we often experience family and relational pain, and Christmas can go from being the highlight of the year to the most difficult. In this 3 part study, we learn how to forgive others, how to ask for…

Happy Thanksgiving

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His faithful love endures forever!” – Psalm 107:1 A GRATEFUL HEART God is good. God is love. God, characterized by faithful love, whose grace and mercy overflows to us in His Son Jesus Christ, is good. The Lord, who guides our lives throughout the year, who…

Thoughts About Discipleship

Eastside’s Vision is Disciples Making Disciples.  Eastside’s Mission is creating biblical disciples in relational environments. Thoughts: 1. How have you made disciples this past week? 2. How are you discipling your children, spouse, family members? 3. As a disciple of Jesus, how is He calling you to fully surrender to Him? 4. Three parts to…

Meet Eastside’s New Admin Assistant

Meet Eastside’s new administrative assistant, Nicole Chaney. Nicole is originally from Falmouth, KY, but now reside here in Richmond.  She graduated from EKU. Nicole is married to Dave and a 21 month old son named Elijah, who is the apple of her eye.  She has had a relationship with Christ since age 13, and have continued to…

Welcome Eastside’s New Preschool Director

Hi! My name is Brittany Phelps. I am originally from Bardstown, Kentucky and moved to Richmond to attend school at Eastern Kentucky University in 2008. While in college, I gave my life to Jesus after a friend shared the gospel with me. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in…

The GOSPEL

Dear Friends, Most small groups are finishing up our church-wide campaign, NOT A FAN, this week. The feedback from small group members have been very affirming as it relates to this study. Most are saying this is the most powerful study we have done as a church. The feedback in short has been overwhelmingly positive.…

Prayers for our World

Dear Friends, This post comes Bob Buford. You can learn more about Bob by visiting his website at http://activeenergy.net. I hope you enjoy these prayers as much as I did. PS Don’t forget that Sunday we are painting Eastside pink plus we will be finishing up the sermon series, Not A Fan. Prayers of Three…

3 Important Announcements

Dear Friends, 1. Eastside is accepting resumes for the full-time position, administrative assistant. Our current administrative assistant is moving to Louisville, KY. Please email Pastor Greg at ggillum@nulleastside-cc.com to receive the ministry description, to submit your resume or with additional questions. 2. Eastside is also accepting resumes for the part-time position, preschool director. Please email…

Politics and Religion by Gene Appel

I received this blog entry from Gene Appel who is the Senior Pastor of Eastside Community Church in  Fullerton, California. You can follow Gene on Twitter @geneappel Dear Eastside family: I’m often asked, “How should followers of Jesus approach an election?” We’re in the home stretch of campaign 2012. In less than 4 and a…

Update from Pastor Virgil

Dear E-News Friends, I am really excited about this Sunday as we continue the sermon series, Not A Fan. We will observe communion Sunday as well. I hope that you will make it a priority to be in attendance Sunday either at 9:30 am or 11:00 am. Thanks to Pastor Greg for doing a wonderful…

Not A Fan Details

Dear Friends, Here are the details as it relates to our FALL church-wide campaign: Movie Night is Wednesday 9/12 at 6:15pm – please use this opportunity to INVITE the UNCONNECTED to come and join your small group. There will be FREE popcorn. To join one of our new small groups launching this FALL please contact…

Taking Personal Responsibility for YOUR Spiritual Walk

  Friends, Below is an e-article I received from Dr. James Emery White (whose photography is to the left) and from his blog – Church and Culture. I hope that you will take time to read this post. If we each one made this SHIFT then we would be well on our way of making disciples…

The New Normal

The New Normal which I am referring to is NOT the new sitcom which NBC is airing on Tuesday, September 11th. The New Normal for NBC are homosexual families rearing children. The NEW NORMAL which I am referring to is the “way” which we do church.  What I am about to share will probably be…

Thank You, Thank You

Friends, This past weekend was a HUGE SUCCESS due to your faithfulness and generosity. Here is a brief recap: Tracks for Packs 5K Run/Walk – 342 participants ran the race with over 400 participants registered. We will have final dollar amounts later but I think we are going to clear over $15,000.00 to feed hungry…

Disciple-Making Questions

Here are Eastside’s answers. How would your church answer these questions? Q-1: What’s the purpose of the local church? Make disciples – See Matthew 28:18-20 and 2 Corinthians 5:17ff. Q-2: What is a disciple? Matthew 4:19 – A disciple is someone who knows and follows Jesus; being changed by Jesus; and is on mission with…

Challenges of Relational Discipleship

Friends, As I have previously mentioned in a recent post that relational discipleship is a wonderful concept that Jesus models for his followers but is very hard to actually put into practice. As Eastside Community Church continues down this journey of “intentional relational discipleship” path there are always new learnings that are emerging. Here are…

Are YOU Ready?

Dear E-News Friends, Are YOU ready for Friend Day this Sunday?  There are 3 things that needs to take place in order for Sunday to be the HUGE day which we are anticipating: God’s Part, Our Part, and Your part. Your Part: 1. Be in attendance on Sunday. Make it a priority. 2. Invite someone…

Master Plan of Evangelism Principles

The staff team at Eastside is studying a book by Dr. Robert Coleman titled, The Master Plan of Evangelism. Dr. Coleman will be conducting a special seminar at Eastside on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 9:00 am to NOON on this particular book. The other day I was on YouTube and found a series of videos…

Discipleship Questions

Dear E-News Friends, MAKING DISCIPLES is what the church is called to do. It is a command from Jesus Himself – see Matthew 28:18-20. As a spiritual leader, I am convinced that MAKING DISCIPLES is the proper offensive (think West Coast Offense or Spread Offense) for the local church to utlizes. This core conviction has lead…

Mark Your Calendars

Dear Eastsiders: Take a few moments right now and mark your calendars for the following: Saturday, August 25th – Tracks for Packs 5K Fun Run/Walk Event. Click here for more details. Sunday, August 26th – Friend Day at Eastside. You are encourage to bring a friend and stay after church for a FREE Lunch. Click here…

Fall Kick-Off

Dear Eastsiders, I have been encouraging each person at Eastside to develop an IMPACT LIST of people which they desire to see in a relationship with Jesus, but who have maybe drifted from Jesus or who have never received Jesus as their personal Savior. Once you have created your IMPACT LIST, then I have asked for…

The Necessity of Clarity

Dear Friends, My goal at the beginning of 2012 was for every attender at Eastside to be able to repeat our VISION. Can you repeat Eastside’s vision? Our vision is Disciples Making Disciples. Repeat the vision again to yourself. Now repeat the vision out loud. I now have a desire for each Eastside attender to not…

Your Help Is Needed

Dear Friends, Tracks for Packs 5K Run/Walk coming up Saturday, August 25. All proceeds goes to the Madison Backpack Ministry. Please register on or by August 10th for best rates and to ensure you get a dri-fit t-shirt. Please feel free to stop by Eastside to register or to register online please click here.  You…

A Little Bragging…

Dear Eastsiders: The Bible is full of admonitions to refrain from boasting about yourself, but I think you would agree that a little bragging about other people might be within the lines of Scriptural acceptability. I spent the last week with 22 other people in Guatemala City at Prince of Peace Home for Girls serving…

Francis Drake’s Prayer

The following prayer is what I would label as a “disciple’s” prayer for himself and for those he is seeking to disciple. “A Disciple’s Prayer” Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we dreamed too little, Because we sailed too close to the shore.…

Three Relationships in the Discipleship Process

Lately, I have been posting a few blog posts about discipleship due to the fact that Eastside’s vision is – Disciples Making Disciples. We make biblical disciples in intentional relationships (1 on 1, inner 3, small group of 12). There is no way that discipleship can take place a part from relationships. There are three…

Welcome Eastside’s New Children’s Director

Eastside would like to introduce Clerrinda Queen as our new children’s director. Clerrinda will begin her new position on July 30, 2012. Here is Clerrinda’s bio: Clerrinda Queen is from Olive Hill, KY. She graduated from Kentucky Christian University in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a major in Biblical Studies.…

Reproducing Disciples

Friends, Discipleship is all about multiplication and reproducing. In fact, a disciple is someone who disciples another who then in turn disciples another person and the process continues until the entire world is reach for Jesus. There are a wide variety of strategies on the market today to accomplish this process. The most practical model…

Relational Discipleship

Dear Friends, A couple years ago the Lord allowed Eastside to intersect with Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Since then Eastside has been on a quest to make “relational discipleship” at the heart of who we are and what we do. I would like to share several of my observations regarding “relational discipleship”…

Four Pitfalls to Avoid as a Disciple Maker

Dear Friends, Eastside’s vision is disciples making disciples. Simple. Strategic. Memorable. The real question becomes how do you make disciples? If you are committed to reproducing yourself then how do you go about accomplishing this biblical mandate? Is there a pre-determine set curriculum that one is suppose to use? Is there a school which one…

Touching Base

Dear Eastsiders: I hope your Summer is off to a wonderful start. Here are a couple quick updates: 1. Dancing Your Shoes Off Event will be part of worship service on Sunday, July 8th. Our goal is to collect 200 new pairs of shoes for Sunrise Children’s Home. Even if you are not going to…

More Changes at Eastside with Staff Team

Dear Friends, A couple days ago Eastside announced that Brooke Taulbee resigned as Preschool Director to focus on her family.  With Brooke’s departure this created a vacancy on our staff team. We are still searching for a part-time preschool director. We also announced that Billy Edwards will be transitioning from part-time to full-time Youth Minister.…

Come and Join Us

  Dear Friends, This month Eastside’s New Members Class will be offered two different ways. There will be a one day class on Sunday June 10 with lunch starting at 12:30pm and Ignite to follow in room 118 from 1pm-4pm. Children activities will be available during this time. We will need an RSVP for lunch…

Stay Connected This SUMMER

Dear Friends, Eastside is always trying to stay relevant by searching for new ways to keep you informed of what is going on. Here are several ways for us to stay connected this Summer. Please take a few minutes to sign up for these features so you will be in the KNOW! 1. Click here…

Second Worship Details

Dear Friends, As many of you know we have been discussing for sometime the need to go too a second worship service. We discussed many scenarios and options as it related to adding a second worship service. In the end, the staff agreed that the best option for Eastside at this time would be to…

Thank You For My Freedom

Friends, Let’s all remember what MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND is about… a time to honor and remember those soldiers who paid the costliest price with their lives for the ideals and blessings we freely enjoy. Memorial Day is a day unlike any other. Since 1868 Americans have come together in communities, towns and villages, to place…

Staffing Update at Eastside Community

Church Family, As you know, Brooke Taulbee has recently completed a chapter in the life of Eastside, stepping away from the Preschool Department to focus on her family, after three+ wonderful years leading and serving our young families. Click here to read her resignation letter. And so with that change, Eastside is now in need…

Found People Find People

Dear E-News Friends, On Sunday, the Eastside Church Family turned in 12 names of lost people who needed praying for. I was praying for each one of these individuals by name and recording their names in my prayer notebook when I received the following email from Perry Noble who is the pastor of  NewSpring Church. I…

Opportunities to Feed Children in Madison County

Dear Friends, I want to let you know of two upcoming events that are designed to provide support for the Backpack Ministry of Madison County through God’s Outreach Food Pantry. For this past school year (2011-2012) over 630 children received a backpack filled with food on Friday evenings to help through the weekend. Most of…

Do You Like To Dance?

Dear Friends, Eastside is very excited to announce that on Sunday, July 8, 2012 during our Sunday Worship Service we are going to dance. Yes, you heard me correctly. We are going to dance. But here is the caveat, we are going to dance for missions. Here are more details: Event:  “Dancing Your Shoes Off.”…

Are you Different?

Dear Friends, Are you different or normal? I will launch a new sermon series this Sunday, May 20th titled, “Different to Make a Difference.” What’s really different about those who make up the church? Could you pick them out of a crowd? If we are saved to be “Different” so we can “Make a Difference.” What…

Staff Update

Dear Friends, Things are changing around Eastside Community each day. We are experiencing a lot of new babies being born, new families making Eastside their home and old friends coming back to Eastside. Changes are also happening with our staff team. Below you will find a resignation letter from Brooke Taulbee. Brooke has been a…

For Your Information

Dear Friends, Here is an update on some important need-to-know-items: 1. By God’s grace, He has provided Eastside with enough donations to purchase a new digital sound board. Our goal is to have this ordered and installed by the 1st of June. This was a purchase we would have made during the sanctuary makeover but…

Special Announcement from Pastor VG

Dear Friends, It occurred to me this past week that I have not shared with you how much I love each one of you and how much you mean to our family. I have been so busy traveling and speaking that I have not taken the time to say those three words that are so…

Twenty-Two Questions to Ask A Leader

Dear Friends, Seems like everyone is interested in leadership these days. One of the best ways to learn from other leaders is to ask them intentional questions. Here are 22 questions to ask those who are in leadership: 1. How long have you considered yourself a leader? 2. As a young person, who was a leader…

Coach John Wooden’s favorite maxims Part 2

Dear Friends, Yesterday I posted John Wooden’s Favorite Maxims from his book, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Learnings On and Off the Court. You can review part one by clicking here. Here is the rest of John Wooden’s Favorite Maxims. Again, let me know which one spoke to you. Which one do you like…

Coach John Wooden’s favorite maxims Part 1

Dear Friends, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Learnings On and Off the Court is a book which I read sometime ago. At the end of this wonderful book, John Wooden summarizes for the reader his favorite maxims. So here is part one of this favorite maxims. Which one maxim is your favorite? Which one spoke…

Great Books, Illustrating Disciples Making Disciples

Friends, Over the last several weeks, I have read several books that illustrates the power of discipleship and disciple-making. I would highly recommend any of these books. They would make a great gift for that someone special. Better yet, purchase any of the following books, read the book, sign you name in the front of…

Financial Update: Jan – March 2012

Dear Eastside Family, Here is an update as it relates to Eastside’s Finances. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving. Eastside is truly making a difference around the world due to your generosity. Total Giving: $154,664.4 Undesignated Giving: $128, 883.31 Designated Giving: $25,781.10 Missions Giving: $34,687.35 Fixed Expenses: $52,000.16 Ministry Expenses: $10,631.94 Salaries: $49,681.43 Balance…

Ignite

Friends, Eastside’s New Members Class will start this Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30 in room 111. Ignite is a three-week class for any new members or those seeking more information about Eastisde. This class will review the essentials of salvation, our statement of faith, our structure, and our strategy as a church. Pastor Virgil will…

Join Us at 6:39 pm

    Dear Friends, Quick reminder to join us at 6:39 pm on Friday, March 23, 2012 for our SPECIAL TIME of prayer for America. I hope to see you there. Praying for the harvest and the harvesters, Pastor Virgil

Welcome New Members

Friends, Would you join me in welcoming our newest members to Eastside: 1. Hunter Jackson – baptism 2. Brandon Tudor – baptism 3. Ben Tudor – baptism 4. Jason (baptism) and Christina Vaughn (statement of faith)- Brady and Kiley 5. Nicholas (statement of faith) and Andrea Beach (statement of faith) – Logan, Evan, and Zachary…

Easter Sunday Details, April 8th

Friends, Easter Sunday is quickly approaching us, April 8th. Easter 2012 is going to be the BIGGEST Easter Weekend we have ever experience as a church. I would like to ask you to help Eastside prepare for Easter Sunday by doing the following… 1. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. And pray some more. 2. Invite your…

Sacred Assembly

It’s a challenge Eastside Community Church is issuing to men, women, teens, and even children. It’s a simple expression of a heart prepared for God’s work—and it illustrates something critical about the revival we are praying and pleading for God to send. It involves a simple piece of chalk. This piece of chalk represents a…

Pastor Virgil Is In Chicago & Spring Forward

Friends, Please pray for me as I am in an all day meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Chicago. I am meeting with Church Solutions Group (CSG) to discuss potential next steps for us as a congregation as we explore the future  (i.e. when to add parking, when to add a second service, etc). CSG…

Disaster Relief Update

Dear Friends, Here are some reflections from the team that delivered the supplies from Madison County yesterday. On Sunday, 12 members from Eastside were able to help people affected by Friday’s tornado in Meniffee and Morgan Counties. We began in Meniffe County at the Meniffee County School, where we unloaded all the items donated from…

Celebrating – A New Discipline

Friends, Vivian Wallace (a staff member at Eastside) has been begging us for years to become more celebartory as a church. After many years, we have finally embraced her vision. Here is our plan…. Bishop Desmond Tutu once stated: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put…

What Is A Disciple?

Dear Friends, Eastside’s vision is….Disciples Making Disciples! That’s it. Period. If “making disciples” is our target or goal then the questions becomes what is our definition of a disciple? In other words, if we are going to be a disciple-making church we must agree on what a disciple is. Wouldn’t you agree? A common definition…

Onecry.com

Dear Friends, Click on the following link: ONECRY Watch the video; click on the Onecry Declaration Link and sign the declaration.  This website is dedicated to REVIVAL! Remember is you want to receive short daily text messages regarding revival then please text REVIVAL to 859-661-5373. Don’t forget our Sacred Assembly on Friday, March 23, 2012…

7:14 Project

Project 7:14 One of the great things about Eastside Community Church is that we are not bound by tradition. We intentionally live on the cutting edge, and the one area where this is most true is in the area of technology. Eastside Community is seeking to leverage technology to penetrate the lostness of our world…

Prayer Thoughts

Dear E-News Friends, I received this post from @markbatterson who is the pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC. I love this post so I am sharing it with you. I really believe that it illustrates what we are trying to do here at Eastside. If you would like to receive our upcoming short…

Prayers Needed

Dear E-News Friends, I need your prayers. God is stirring in my heart many different thoughts, dreams, concerns, and visions for the future of Eastside. I am going to share a couple of these visions with you now. I am going to ask you to join with me in praying for these specific items. In…

Here’s Your Chance….

Thinking about joining Eastside? Then make sure you attend our new member’s class – Ignite on Sunday, February 19th in room #118 from 1pm – 5pm. This is for any new members or those seeking more information about Eastside should attend. This class will review salvation, our statement of faith, our structure, and our strategy as a church.…

I AM EXCITED

Dear E-News Friends, I am completely juiced, pumped, excited, thrilled about this coming Sunday’s worship gathering. I am encouraging everyone to do the following: 1. Come early. Seating and parking has been at a premium as of lately plus you will not want to miss one minute of the service on Sunday. 2. Park as…

It’s Time To Rebuild

Dear E-News Friends, One of my favorite stories is about a personal hero of mine, Thomas Alva Edison. He invented the incandescent light bulb and the automobile battery, and he pioneered the film industry. It’s not just his creative intelligence I admire but also his tenacious spirit. Toward the autumn years of his life, he…

A Franciscan Prayer

“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless every single one of you with anger at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people so that you may work for justice and freedom and peace. May God bless…

Introducing Route 66

Eastside Family… This past Sunday morning marked a new class start for The Institute of Spiritual Growth… Route 66 kicked off the new year with a general overview of the Bible, and each week will now focus on a new book. Led by Dan Robertson and a host of other teachers, this study will give…

Elder’s Nomination

Dear E-News Family, Eastside Elder’s are opening the process up for the church family to nominate names to serve as elders. The names nominated has to be men. ONLY men can serve as elders at Eastside Community Church. If you are interesting in nominating someone to serve in this position then click on the following…

Staff Position Needed at Prince of Peace Home for Girls

Dear E-News Friends: I serve on the board directors for an all girls home in Guatemala City, Guatemala  called Prince of Peace Home for Girls. Prince of Peace is looking for a couple to come on staff to be assistant directors of independent living. Here is the job description for the position: Prince of Peace JD-director Ind Living…

Bible Storytelling 101

Dear E-News Friends, Greetings! I hope you are anticipating Sunday’s worship gathering at Eastside Community like I am. I am so excited about our launch of a new sermon series called Christianity Illustrated. We have put a lot of prayer and work into this sermon series. You will be very impress when you see the…

New Sermon Series Coming

Dear E-News Friends, Join us on Sunday, January 8, 2012 as we start an exciting new sermon series, Christianity Illustrated, exploring 12 of Jesus’ parables. When Jesus wanted to drive home a point about God, his kingdom, and how life worked in the kingdom, he often did it by telling a story, a parable. Jesus…

Mini-Post

Dear E-News Family, For those of you who wait until the very end of the year to honor God with your giving, you have until midnight tomorrow night (12/31) to make it count for 2011. Please go to www.eastside-cc.com and click on the red GIVE NOW button to convey your gift. I will be providing…

New Year Kick-Off

Dear E-News Friends, Join Eastside Community Church as we kick off the New Year with a BANG! Who doesn’t love a fresh start? New Year’s Day, the first of the month, or the dawn of a new day…how do we use first like these to get our hearts and our priorities in line with God?…

Quick Holiday Update

Dear E-News Friends, Christmas is over. The New Year is quickly approaching. Here are a couple agenda times to pass on to your small group group members and friends…. 1. Resignation letter from Larry Taulbee: “After prayer and careful consideration I have decided to resign the position of Elder at Eastside Community Church. It has been…

Merry Christmas

Dear E-News Family: Merry Christmas from the staff at Eastside Community Church. Front row: Carla Perry, children’s director Second row: Richard Noel, custodian; Vivian Wallace, special events coordinator; Brooke Taulbee, preschool director, Kristie Ashcraft, secretary; Greg Gillum, associate pastor Back row: Virgil Grant, senior pastor; Mike Eckler, worship leader

Quick Updates

Dear E-News Friends, Here are a couple very quick updates: 1. Prayer Requests: Cecil Wright’s father, Clifford, passed away Sunday evening. Click here to view Clifford’s obituary and to send your condolences to the family (you will have to scroll down to find Clifford’s obituary). Charles Dean had a heart cath on Monday morning. He…

Give The Gift of Food This Christmas Season

Dear E-News Friends, This past Sunday morning, Eastside collected enough funds to help God’s Outreach Food Pantry of Madison County to purchase 61.24 holiday food baskets for the needy this year or $1,531.00. Their theme for this year’s food drive is “Give the Gift of Food” this Christmas. God’s Outreach Food Pantry of Madison County…

Introducing New Members & Interim Youth Leader

Dear E-News Friends, Three quick announcements 1. Joe Castillo will be performing Sunday at Eastside. Don’t miss it. It’s going to be AWESOME! Here is the link to some of Joe’s performances – click here. 2. Eastside would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new members: Josh and Janet Thacker Bob Puckett…

Don’t Miss Out

Dear E-News Friends, Join Eastside Community Church on Sunday, December 11th at 10:50 am as we welcome Joe Castillo International Sand Artist. He uses a technique called SandStory to tell elaborate stories. What exactly is “SandStory®”? SandStory consists of art images created by Joe Castillo as he draws in sand with his hands on a light table. The performance is scored…

Eastside Children’s Christmas Musical

Dear E-News Friends, I know it is not Thanksgiving yet but I would like for you to go ahead and mark your calendar for this year’s children’s musical at Eastside. You will find this play to be very rewarding. BTW, in case you are wondering, you have 33 days, 6 hours, 41 minutes, and 40…

An Attitude of Gratitude

Dear E-News Friends, When I think of the phrase, “An Attitude of Gratitude” my mind immediately goes to the story in the Bible where Jesus cleanses ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19) and only one comes back to give praise to God for healing him. I often find myself like the 9 lepers who were cleanesed but…

What is a Disciple?

Dear E-News Friends, How are you doing with memorizing Eastside’s Vision Statement? Do you remember it? It is only three words…Disciples Making Disciples. Eastside’s Vision Statement begs the question, “What is a disciple?” The mandate to make disciples is given to us in Matthew 28:18-20 by Jesus. Jesus defines for us what a disciple is in…

Eastside’s Vision

Dear E-News Family, Eastside’s vision statement has only three words. Over the next year, our goal is for everyone to be able to repeat our vision when asked. Disciples Making Disciples!  Start memorizing our vision statement NOW! We want to be known as a disciple making church. Urgent Prayer Requests: Pray for Chris Clark’s grandmother,…

Veterans’ Day 2011

Dear E-News Friends, I am dedicating this e-news to how I received my birth name, Virgil Ray Grant Here is a little history of my family. My father is the youngest of thirteen children. He was the last one to get married out of his family.  My parents were married in 1965. One of the…

The Power of Alignment

Dear E-News Friends, Near the end of his great ministry in London, England, the late Charles Spurgeon reportedly said, “I knew God could save the world without me, but when I found out I could help I praised His name for it.” Each of us can say the same thing, God has given us an…

All I Can Say is “WOW!”

Dear E-News Friends, Sunday’s worship was overwhelming to say the least. God’s presence was so real and powerful. As we left on Sunday many of you shook your head and said to me, “All I can say is ‘WOW.’” I would agree with you – WOW! I love it when God shows up and shows…

Fall Back, Mission Trip & Giving

Dear E-News Friends, Very quickly, three items which I need to communicate with you. 1. Please don’t forget this Saturday we FALL BACK ONE HOUR. That’s right, you get an extra hour of sleep. I expect with the extra hour of sleep everyone will be ready to worship the Lord on Sunday. 2. Eastside’s first mission…

Don’t Forget….

Dear E-News Friends, I hope you are having a wonderful day and a fantastic week. Here are a couple need-to-know-items for this week: 1. New Members – would you please welcome Pete and Carolyn Nooteboom to our family. Pete and Carolyn, welcome to Eastside. I am glad to have you part of the family. 2.…

IGNITE Coming Soon

Pastor Virgil will begin a new 4 week sermon series titled “Ignite” on Sunday, October 30, 2011. This sermon series is designed to clearly explain who and what our church is. You’ll learn about our beliefs on salvation, our various statements such as vision, mission, core values, and of faith. In addition, you will learn…

Welcome Mike Eckler and Jared Hall

Dear E-News Friends, Eastside would like to welcome Mike, Sherri, and Kristen Eckler to Eastside. Mike is Eastside’s new worship leader. We are very excited to have the Ecklers at Eastside. You can send a Mike a note of congratulations at meckler@nulleastside-cc.com. Here is a little bit about the Ecklers. After finally surrendering to Christ…

Vision Sunday

Dear E-News Friends, This Sunday I will be sharing Eastside’s Vision for 2012. The message is titled, “The We, We Want To Be.”  This message will be be challenging, informative, and inspiring. In addition, we will also observe communion. In preparation for worship and the message on Sunday please read chapters 13 and 14 of…

Quick Update

Dear Friends, I hope you are having a wonderful week. This week is tremendously busy for me. I would ask that you pray for me as the Lord brings me to your mind. Here are a couple updates: Join us in sponsoring a girl from Prince of Peace Home for Girls for Christmas. A suggested…

Friday Morning Update

Dear E-News Friends, I have been in Guatemala City working all week at Prince of Peace Girls Home. In fact as you read this, I will be making preparations to fly back to the States. While in Guatemala, I have had the opportunity to go with some of the girls from POP to the U.S.…

Don’t Worry About Inviting Me

Dear E-News Friends, This post is from James Emery White’s Blog: Church & Culture. Enjoy. Don’t worry about inviting me to church this weekend. Really. I’ve been thinking about it. I know we’re friends, and you go to church, but I know talking about your faith makes you uncomfortable. At least, that’s the sense I…

Baptism, Praise Reports, & Prayer Requests

Dear E-News Friends, Last week was an AWESOME week for me. I was able to attend a two-day conference in Post Falls, Idaho at Real Life Ministries. I learned so much and what I learned complimented what we are doing at Eastside. We had a great kick-off to our new church wide spiritual growth campaign…

New Staff Positions

Dear E-News Friends, Here are a couple quick updates: 1. Thank you for donating $1,000.00 dollars at our Mission Meal yesterday. These funds will help Maria in her pursuit of a college education.  Thanks to the Tuesday Night Men’s Small Group for putting these meals on. 2. This Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 10:50 am Dwight Ashley will be…

BIG WEEK THIS WEEK

Dear E-News Friends, This is a BIG WEEK in the life and ministry of our church family. 1. Noah’s Ark Consignment Sale is going on Thursday-Saturday at Noon. This is a very important ministry in the life of our church. They touched the lives of a lot of families. In addition, they raised about $6,000.00…

What Is Your Logo?

Dear E-News Friends, Everyone is looking for just the right logo. Companies spend millions of dollars to find a little icon that will communicate what they offer in a memorable and compelling way. Nike’s logo is a little checkmark-looking symbol we call a swoosh; their brand is success. Apple’s logos is, well, an apple; their brand…

One More Story About God’s Amazing Grace

A story is told about Fiorello LaGuardia, who, when he was mayor of New York City during the worst days of the Great Depression and all of World War II, was called “the Little Flower” by adoring New Yorkers because he was only five foot four and always wore a carnation in his lapel. He…

A Story of God’s Amazing Grace

Here is a wonderful story that illustrates God’s grace…. Several years ago in a large city in the far West, rumors spread that a certain Catholic woman was having visions of Jesus. The reports reached the archbishop. He decided to check her out. There is always a fine line between the authentic mystic and the…

Grace, God’s Grace

Dear E-News Friends, The book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning is worth reading. Here are some of his thoughts about grace and how we don’t really understand God’s grace. I will be the first to admit that I struggle with grace. The institutional church has become a wounder of the healers rather than a…

My Prayer – Knowing Christ

My Prayer for us, Eastside Community, is the prayer that Paul prayed in Philippians 3:10, “That I may know HIM and the power of HIS resurrection….”  My prayer is for us to have a personal, intimate relationship with Christ. I love the words of Brennan Manning related to this subject matter, “We must never allow…

Fall Spiritual Growth Campaign Coming Soon

The Me I Want To Be Sermon Series & Spiritual Growth Campaign We all have “stuff” in our lives that tends to “define” us. We are apathetic, greedy, stuck on ourselves, stressed out… you name it… and that is the “me” that we all too often “settle for”. BUT what is the “me” that God…

Prayers Are Needed

Dear E-News Friends, Eastside needs your prayers. We are going into an intense time of outreach and growth. We will be launching a new spiritual growth campaign titled, The Me I Want To Be, which will begin Sunday, September 11, 2011. We are seeking to connect as many people as we can to a small…

Opportunities to Serve

Dear E-news Friends, Here are a couple announcements which you may be interested in knowing: 1. Mission Trips to Guatemala Opportunities – There are two opportunities for anyone who would like to go too Prince of Peace this fall. Here are the dates: September 10-16th  – Contact person Chris Hager at cgchager@nullgmail.com; October 8th-15th –…

God’s Generosity and Faithfulness

Dear Friends, A couple example of God’s faithfulness and generosity: Eastside’s Playground is now completed. This state-of-the-art playground is paid in full. We purchased $6,000.00 worth of materials (playground items, chain linked fence, drainage tile/ditch, and mulch). I would like to express a huge THANK YOU to our Tuesday Night Men’s Small Group who provided…

It’s Been a Loooong Time

Dear E-News Friends, Hola! It is has been a long time since I have communicated with you on a personal level. I am going to jump right into the issues. 1. Thank you for your prayers. The Guatemala and Thailand Teams both arrived home safely from their trips. This Sunday we will be showing a…

New Sermon Series: Jonah

Dear E-News Friends, God works miracles through those who obey, though often times our nature rebels against Him. Regardless of which path we choose-obedience or rebellion- God is the God of second chances. Few stories illustrate this principle more clearly than the story of Jonah. Join us as we delve into the story of one…

Some Random Thoughts

Dear E-News Friends, Here are some random thoughts that I am having…. 1. I am really PUMPED, JUICED, BLOWN AWAY to hear about what God is doing in and among our youth group as they are at youth camp this week. I have heard from several different sources that God is at work BIG TIME.…

New Sermon Series: FEARLESS & Communion

Dear E-News Friends, Battles are inevitable but victory is not. We often find ourselves fighting enemies that are stronger than we are. So how do you stand FEARLESS when there’s so much at stake? Be inspired by accounts from God’s Word about average people who became champions and overcame insurmountable odds. Do you have what…

A Couple Reminders

Dear E-News Friends, This week has been extremely busy. I am so sorry for not getting this out sooner. But here we go… 1. This Saturday at 6:30 pm at The Home Store & More we will be having a princess party to make different items to take to Guatemala for our July trip. PoPpartysupplies.…

English Standard Version

Dear Friends, On Sunday, June 12, 2011, Eastside Elders introduced the concept that as a church family we will be switching to a different version of the Bible on January 1, 2012. The new version will be the English Standard Version (ESV). There are several reasons for this switch: 1. Currently Eastside uses the New…

Marriage Articles & Resources

Dear E-news Friends, I have come across a lot of great and helpful articles and resources that deals with the issue of marriage. I have listed these here for you for your convenience. All you have to do is to click on the links and read the articles. I hope you find these helpful. They…

FREE Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class

Dear Church Family, Eastside will be offering FREE Financial Peace Classes starting June 22nd. The materials are available for free thanks to a partnership with Kentucky River Foothills. Click here to NEW Registration Sheet for Eastside June 22 – August 24th ’11 or click FP with FP Half page insert – Eastside Community – save…

Please Pray

Dear Friends, I am asking you to pray for the following 7 items: 1. Meals on Wheels – Opportunity to Serve June Schedule Date:              June 20 thru June 24 (M-F) Time:             10:30am to 11:30am Call Small Group Coach and Leader Laura Johnston (859.200.1858) to volunteer to take one of the days!  This is a great…

Update on Staff Changes

    Dear Friends, I love doing life with the staff team at Eastside. Eastside is very blessed to have the staff team we do. Our staff is AWESOME. There is no other to describe it. As we are doing life together we get to witness the activity of God in each other’s lives. That is…

Play Golf to Feed the Hungry

Eastside’s 13th Annual Golf Scramble: All proceeds to benefit God’s Outreach Food Pantry of Madison County & Feed My Starving Children Date: Tuesday, June 14th Lunch: Eastside Community Church at 11:30am to 12:30pm Time: Shotgun start at 1:00pm Where: Gibson Bay Golf Course – 2011 golf Scramble Brochure to download or view our 2011 golf brochure Cost: $65.00…

Update Eastside’s Mission Efforts

Dear Friends, Eastside Community is deeply committed to spreading the GOOD NEWS through our mission efforts. We have a host of mission events going on this Summer. Here are a few of them. You will also find our mission giving for the year (Jan 1- May 23) included as well. Let’s keep the GREAT COMMISSION…

What Are You Doing To Protect Your Marriage?

Dear Friends, I cannot express to you how PUMPED, how JUICED, how EXCITED, how THRILLED I am about our upcoming sermon series on marriage:  Once Upon On A Marriage. This 4 week sermon series begins on Sunday, June 5th at 10:50 am. The question for you is this, “What are you doing to protect your…

New Sermon Series: Once Upon a Marriage

Dear E-News Friends, There’s nothing quite like a juicy love story…the romance, the intrigue, and maybe a little scandal. We’re digging in to some of the greatest biblical marriages to see what we can learn. Travel back in time with us for Once Upon a Marriage. It all starts Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 10:50…

Connecting Church and Community

Dear Friends, Part of our vision at Eastside is to influence the world (think i3 here). The way you influence the world is to be in close proximity to the world. What good is salt if salt does not have any contact with anything (Matthew 5:13). Eastside Community is committed to connecting the church with…

Ministry Updates

Dear Friends, Thank you for all the prayers, text messages, and emails asking about how I am feeling. I am still struggling with the sickness (coughing, headache, and congestion). Your prayers are still needed. Please keep on lifting me up to the Lord. Two quick announcements: 1. Anyone interested in serving in the worship ministry…

Welcome New Members

Dear Friends, Would you welcome our newest: Tim Adams – Tim is very involved with the Tuesday Night Men’s Group and their various mission projects. He is also currently taking MasterLife. Eric and Amanda Hager are very active at Eastside. Both are involved in Eastside’s Small Group Ministry. In fact, Amanda will be starting a…

Graduating Seniors & Other Announcements

Dear E-News Family: This Sunday, May 15th, Eastside will be recognizing our graduating seniors from high school and college. Here are the following names we have identified so far. If you or someone you know is graduating this semester please contact Billy Edwards ASAP at edwards52@nullatt.com or at 582-2455. Thanks. College Graduates: Kenneth Justin Grant…

Big Changes & Opportunities Are On The Way!

Eastside Family, Big changes and big opportunities for the worship team are on the way! I have been leading the worship team at Eastside for 4 years now, and it’s been an incredible time.  Some of the best times, some of the hardest lessons, and some of the best friends and band mates I have…

NEW Ministry Position Opening

Dear E-News Friends, Are you looking to be challenged? Is God calling you to be on mission with Him? Here may be your invitation to join Him at work. I am currently praying for God to provide the right person to help me on an on-going basis with some very important details of the ministry…

WE ARE VOTING THIS SUNDAY

Dear E-News Friends, A couple of weeks ago Eastside was suppose to vote on the following motion: (Click here to see the previous article). However, I got all worked up with the sermon on idolatry and forget to do the vote. So this Sunday we will vote before I get all worked up with the…

Easter Weekend Update

Dear E-News Friends, Here is a very quick update from the weekend: Thanks to all the volunteers who made the weekend possible. You GUYS absolutely ROCK! Baptized 2 people: Susan Carithers and Kevin Woods. Welcome as Eastside’s newest members. Total Attendance: 539 A lot of people interested in small groups and church membership. Two Announcements:…

New Sermon Series: Finding Your PLACE

Dear Church Family, Sunday, May 1, 2011 we will launch a new church wide campaign entitled, “Finding Your PLACE.” This 5 week church wide campaign will help us to see that God created each of us for a purpose and for a ministry. Finding your PLACE will help you discover your unique purpose and how…

Open Letter From Pastor Virgil

Hello Eastside….I have a couple things to share with you. #1 — This is EASTER WEEK! To quote Perry Noble, “The TOMB IS EMPTY! It is a reminder that WE WIN because HE WON!  We’re not fighting FOR victory…we’re fighting FROM victory!”  Let’s CELEBRATE who HE is all week long and ANTICIPATE what He is…

Why I Love Easter

Dear E-News Friends, I love Easter because this specific celebration is all about Jesus. As we go embark on “Holy Week” let our prayer be “we would like to see Jesus” ( see Jn 12:21). Easter forces us to answer the question found in Matthew 22:24 (look up). We all must answer this question. What…

Easter 2011

Dear Friends, Easter is almost upon us. Eastside will have 2 identical worship gatherings on Easter Sunday, April 24th at 9:00 am and 10:50 am. I would like to encourage you to be engaged this next week on several levels: 1. Pray for those… who will be attending. who will be receiving invitations to attend.…

Welcome New Members…

Dear E-News Family, The Noah’s Ark Consignment Sale is well under way. If you get a chance then stop by and either shop or volunteer. Let’s give a BIG EASTSIDE WELCOME to the following new members: Hillary Beach Kayleigh Bell Alex Zabolski Todd Lucas Don’t forget that this Sunday we will have a church-wide vote…

The Latest and The Greatest

Dear E-News Friends: I hope you are having an awesome week. I hope you are being sensitive to God’s Spirit at work in your life. It has been a very busy week for me so far. I have been playing catch up from the week before which I was on vacation. Here are some things…

Friday Morning Reminders

Dear Friends, I am really pumped about this weekend. It is going to be an AWESOME weekend on 3 levels: 1. Sunday’s message is going to be so painfully practical that you will walk away saying, “I can do that.” 2. We will baptize a youth and a child. It’s going to be a good…

Don’t Forget….

Dear Friends, Here is the picture of what I have been witnessing all week in Florida. Baptism Services are scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. If you are interested in getting baptized then please contact me at vgrant@nulleastside-cc.com Waffle Breakfast this Sunday (April 10th) from 9:00am to 10:30am or Brunch immediately following church. Tickets are $5.00…

Legal & Financial Recommendations

Dear Eastside Community, Over the past 6 months there has been a very intentional effort on Eastside’s leadership to evaluate our current legal and financial systems at Eastside. We feel like it is very important to maintain on-going integrity in all arenas of the church life. We have spent a lot of time and energy…

Save These Dates

Join us on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the RESURRECTION of our Savior, Jesus.    

God Is At Work All Around Us

Dear Friends, God is at work all around us. Thank you for your prayers this week. I have been able to get some items done this week. I can’t wait for the upcoming weeks for you to see the various elements we have planned for worship. I have most certainly felt your prayers and love…

Prayers Are Needed

Dear Friends, The other day I read a post from Bob Burford (click here to read the post) which he describes how he organizes his days around 6 words: FREE Days, FOCUS Days, and BUFFER Days. Here is how Bob describes each day from his blog…. ” A Focus Day is primetime for work. For an…

Don’t Miss It…

Dear Friends, I would like to draw your attention to a couple upcoming items: Rose and I are going to host a special event in our home for our small group called Secret Church. The date is Friday, April 22, 2011 from 7pm to 1:00am (EST).  We would like to encourage you to consider hosting…

Start Inviting People, NOW!

Dear Friends, The Lord has being dealing with me lately about LOST PEOPLE! People who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. I have been asking myself the following questions: Who am I cultivating a relationship with that is lost and does not know Jesus as their Savior? Who am I inviting to…

Have You Already Forgotten?

Dear E-News Family, I want to remind everyone that this Saturday night before you go to bed you will need to SPRING forward one hour. In other words we will lose an hour of sleep on Saturday night. Please don’t forget. Got Baptism? We will have baptism on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 10:50 am.…

Marriage Resources

Dear Friends, I have been having a lot of discussions about the issue of marriage over the last 2 months. A good friend of mine asked me and Eastside to promote an upcoming marriage weekend in October that will be in Louisville, KY. Here is the link to that weekend with some additional information this…

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Dear Friends, Thank you for all your prayers and support over the last 3 weeks. The “Transformation” at Eastside Community is absolutely amazing. Here is a before and after shots of the “Transformation:”   Here is a really cool post that features the “Transformation” that took place at Eastside Community by Dave Miller: http://www.csgblog.com/2011/03/transformation-eastside-community.html BTW, we…

Meet Kristie Ashcraft

Meet Kristie Ashcraft Eastside’s New Administrative Assistant. Kristie starts Monday, March 14, 2011. Open Letter from Kristie: First, I want to say how excited I am to be joining the Eastside Community Team.  I am looking forward to being a part of a ministry that is developing God’s kingdom.  I was born in Ocala, Florida…

Sanctuary Update Schedule

Dear Friends, I cannot express to you the excitement I am feeling as it relates to the completion of our Sanctuary Makeover. I cannot wait to see the smile that will be on God’s face when this project is completed. Here are the activities going on this week: 1. The guys from Church Solutions Group…

You Are Invited to Attend WOW Sunday

You Are Invited to Attend WOW Sunday on March 6, 2011 as we celebrate God’s NEW Sanctuary. I am looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, March 6, 2011. Love and Prayers, Pastor VG

Can You Smell It?

Dear Friends, Can you smell it? We are getting closer and closer to getting the makeover completed. I hope to see you Sunday at Madison Central High School as we will have worship at 10:50 am. Below are some pictures. Repairing where the old stage use to be.   over 30 boxes that are waiting to…

Prince of Peace Distribution E-News List

Dear Friend, This is a test message. My tech guy imported a list of names and email addresses into my blog and created a new distribution list for Prince of Peace. I received this list from Chris Hager. For those of you who don’t know me, I am Virgil Grant. I currently serve on the…

Help, Help, Help…

Dear Friends, The floor is stained (see the photo). We are ready now to start building our new stage. Our goal is to have the stage built, painted, and completed by Sunday, February 27, 2011. Your help is greatly needed starting next week with the sanctuary makeover. Here are our needs: Monday, February 28th in the…

Update/Schedule/Progress on Sanctuary Makeover

Dear Friends, Here is the latest and greatest as it relates to the “SANCTUARY MAKEOVER“: Concrete Update: 1. Grinding of sanctuary concrete floor is NOW completed as of this email — with plenty of extra dust 🙂 2. Saturday/Tomorrow the concrete stain will be applied 3. Sunday the sealant for the concrete will be applied –…

Progress on Sanctuary Makeover

Dear E-New Friends, Week #1 of our sanctuary makeover is well under way. Please be in prayer for this endeavor. Here is an update: Old stage is completely gone Half of the carpet on the floor has been removed. The process for removing the carpet is very tedious and is taking much longer then expected.…

CAN WE DO IT?

Dear Friends, Sunday was another AWESOME day! We baptized Rylee Clark plus we had Alvin and Leslie Pasley to join Eastside as well. We had 380 in attendance. We have been hovering around 370-390 for the last several weeks. Here is my question, “Can we break 400 in attendance? Can we do it?” I think…

DiD yOU KnOW

Dear E-NeWS FrIENds: Did you know that the Sanctuary Makeover is quickly approaching? Here are some cool stuff… 1. Eastside has received the plans to begin construction. 2. Next week Eastside will be meeting with the Project Manager for the makeover. 3. Sanctuary Makeover will begin on Sunday, February 13th and be completed by March…

Go Ahead…I Double Dare You

Dear E-News Friends, I double dare you to invite someone to attend church with you this Sunday. Don’t be afraid of rejection or being turned down by your friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member. In a recent survey by George Barna, 85% of unchurched people said they would love to attend church if someone invited…

“Be in the Know” Read This Blog Entry

Dear E-News Friends, There are several important items that I need to share with you: 1. Sherrie Green should have Tithing Statements available for pick up this Sunday morning at Eastside. Stop by the Volunteer Central Kiosk to pick up your statement. 2. This Sunday, January 30th immediately following our morning worship gathering there will…

Midweek Report from Pastor VG

Dear Friends, This week has been crazy. I am sure it has been crazy for you as well. It sounds like it might get even crazier if we get the snow they are forecasting for our area. I will not keep you long but here is a brief report from the home front: 1. We…

2010 Financial Report

Dear Eastside Family, Here is a report of our 2010 giving. I believe you will find this report reflects the generosity of the people at Eastside. Your FAITHFULNESS in the arena of financial giving continues to allow us to impact the lives of others. Thank you for making a DIFFERENCE! Regular tithes and offerings: $395,044.15…

Sanctuary Makeover: Update

Dear E-News Friends, The sanctuary makeover is a GO! The project will take 3 weeks to finish. Before I share with you the timelines of the project, first allow me to share three important issues with you: Pray, pray, and pray some more. God has some AWESOME things in store for us. We will be…

New Sermon Series: Intimacy with God

Dear E-New Friends, Our Heavenly Father desires to have an intimate relationship with us; a relationship in which we can be fully known with no fear of rejection. God’s intimacy with man was destroyed when sin, sorrow, and death entered the world. God has been striving to reconcile the relationship ever since. Eastside Community Church…

WOW! UNBELIEVABLE START TO NEW SERMON SERIES & FASTING

Dear E-New Friends, I cannot tell you the joy and the excitement that I am feeling about the start of our new journey with fasting and our new sermon series, Practical Atheist. Here are some of the feedback I have received about our fasting endeavor: (by the way if you haven’t started the journey or…

2011 An Opportunity for Positive Change

Dear E-News Family, Remember the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Well, the truth is, just because “it” is working (whatever “it” is) does not mean “it” cannot be improved upon. I know that I have experienced many wonderful things in 2010. I have also experienced a lot of changes in my…

End of Year Items

Dear E-News Friends, The New Year is almost here. The old year is almost gone. In preparation for this transition here are few things you need to know from Eastside Community Church: 1. End of the Year Contributions will need to be received by no later than 5:00 pm in person on Thursday, December 30,…

2011 Budget for Eastside Community Church

Dear E-News Family, Eastside’s 2011 Budget has been developed, fine-tuned, and approved by our Business Administration Team (BAT). The BAT has put many hours into the budget process (Bobby Jones, Regina Douglas, Allen Grant, Jr., Brent Ray, Bill Bradley, and Donnie Proffitt). They started the end of September and just approved the final version last…

Christmas Eve Worship Times

Dear E-News Family, Praise the Lord for a GREAT time of Worship and Praise yesterday at Eastside Community. Hagen Brinegar received Christ as his personal Savior. Come join us at one of our two identical Christmas Eve Worship Gatherings and experience a time of testimonies, a free gift to all in attendance, praise and worship,…

Quick Friday Afternoon Update

Dear E-News Family, Just a couple quick items I would like to highlight for you before you take off for the weekend: 1. Eastside Community Church collected $768.00 at the local Kroger on Saturday, December 11, 2010 as we rung the bells for The Salvation Army. Thanks to everyone who volunteered for this all-day project.…

Practical Atheist Sermon Series

Dear E-News Family, I will be starting a new 4 week sermon series on Sunday, January 9, 2011 called Practical Atheist. This sermon series is being adapted from Life Church. Here is a brief description of the sermon series: You say you believe in God. Do you really? Do you live your life as if…

One Thing Sermon Coming January 2, 2011

Dear Family and Friends, When we’re setting goals for the new year, it’s tempting to tackle everything we want to change about our lives. But how often does that really work? Instead, what if we focused on less to accomplish more? Join us as we explore the power of One Thing. Start the New Year…

Worship this Weekend

Dear E-News Family, Worship this weekend is going to be totally off the charts! God has something planned for this Sunday. Allow me to remind you of a couple important things which are going to be taking place on Sunday: 1. High Attendance Sunday – invite people who are far from God to attend worship…

Name & Contact Change Information

Dear E-News Family, Just a quick reminder that Eastside Baptist Church will be officially Eastside Community Church starting the week of Christmas. If you are in attendance in one of our two Christmas Eve Worship Gatherings you may receive a free gift with our new Eastside Community Church Logo. I am just saying.  In fact,…

High Attendance Day

Dear E-News Family, As Christmas is quickly approaching, I want to encourage you to make “room” for Jesus in your busy schedules. I know we plan to keep Christ in CHRISTmas but it takes more than good intentions. It takes commitment and tenacity. I would like to ask you to mark the following dates on…

TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE

Dear E-News Family: Christmas is the season to give. I would like to update you on some of the giving that Eastside has been doing lately during this season of giving…. 1. Amy Collins is on her way back from Guatemala. She and a few other people from Central Kentucky went to Guatemala to Christmas…

Thanksgiving Week Update

Dear Family and Friends, I hope you will take a few minutes and give thanks to the Lord for His GOODNESS this week. In preparation for Thanksgiving Day, allow me to remind you are 5 important things: 1. Here are some GRATITUDE quotes I received in an email today… From the Talmud: He who gives…

It’s Party Time

Dear Friends, Let’s have a party this Sunday as we CELEBRATE the goodness of God. We have a very, very, very special worship gathering planned for Sunday. You will not want to miss worship on Sunday. Please be early.  Here is a glimpse of what will be taking place: REJOICING as to what God has…

The Bible vs Your Cell Phone

Dear E-News Family, The response to our current TEXT Sermon Series has been overwhelming. The comments from yesterday’s message was over-the-top. Thank you for all your kind remarks. If you missed the message then if should be up on our website around Noon to tomorrow at www.eastside-baptist.com and you can click here to download the…

Monday Morning Thoughts

Dear E-News Family, Here are a couple thoughts and reflections: 1. WOW! What a great start to our “Text” Message Sermon Series. A lot of positive feedback from yesterday’s message and worship time. Just in case you missed yesterday, here are a couple things you need to know. We will handout a “Weekly Memory Verse”…

You Are Invited

Dear Family and Friends, On Sunday, November 21st at 10:50 am join Eastside Baptist Church as we complete our 3 week sermon series: text_ and as we celebrate our efforts in reaching our $100,000.oo goal in 6 months. It is not too late to give or to make a commitment to give. Click here to…

Your Help is Needed

Hello!! We are compiling a cookbook to raise funds for several key ministries at Eastside.   It is our goal to raise enough funds so that anyone who has a desire to attend the 2011 Women of Faith Conference will be able to do so, as well as, contribute a percentage of the earnings from…

Wisdom for the Holidays

Dear Friends, I would like to share  3 things with you very quickly: 1. Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Harvest Festival on Saturday evening at Eastside. We had a great turn out and we raised $241.00 for Prince of Peace. Praise the Lord. 2. This Saturday we fall back and get 1…

A Prayer for the New Month

The Blessing of Discomfort This is a prayer I received via Michael Hyatt’s Blog. I thought it was worth passing on to you.  It is a benediction from Franciscan. I hope this is a prayer you can pray for yourself. Warning: this is completely counter-cultural to the feel-good, prosperity spirituality that is so popular today. May God…

Harvest Celebration on Saturday

Everyone is invite to our alternative Halloween/Trick or Treat event on this Saturday. Below is the schedule of events. All activities will take place at Eastside Baptist Church. For more information please contact either Brooke Taulbee at btaulbee@nulleastside-baptist.com or Carla Perry at cperry@nulleastside-baptist.com I hope to see you there. Who knows….You may win the opportunity…

Brief Update

Dear Friends, Here are a couple important announcements: 1. Feed My Starving Children – We exceeded our goal of packing 200,000 meals by 880 meals. Way to go, Eastside. Thanks to Vivian Wallace for coordinating this year’s event, to Chris/Wendee Clark for allowing us to use their facilities, and to the 600 plus volunteers who…

FMSC & Layout of Sanctuary Makeover

Dear Friends, The Feed My Starving Children packing event is this weekend. We are very excited to be part of such a great mission outreach. Please be in prayer for everyone involved. We still need a few more volunteers for the Sunday 8-10pm shift and the Monday 9-11am shift. If you are available, please contact…

Sanctuary Makeover Update

Dear Friends, Last Thursday Eastside’s Elders, Business Administration Team, and some of the worship team received the following proposal from the group Church Solutions. I think you will find the following images very insightful. At this time, we are praying about what our next steps should be in pursuing this. The proposal from Church Solutions…

Financial Update

Dear Eastside Family, I would like to give you a quick update on your FAITHFULNESS in the arena of financial giving through the first 9 month of 2010.  Your faithfulness in this arena amazes me. But imagine with me what Eastside could do for the Lord if everyone tithe? Just a thought. Thank you for…

Harvest Celebration

Dear Friends, Please make plans to attend this year’s Harvest Celebration at Eastside Baptist Church. We will have a Trunk-n-Treat for the children, chili and grill cheese sandwiches, and Harvest Celebration Booths (games) in the worship center. This is event is opened to everyone in the community. We need assistance with the following items: 1.…

Top 5 Need-To-Know-Items

Dear Church Family, Here are the Top 5 Need-To-Know-Items for the week. I have been extremely busy this week preparing a new sermon series for November. I think you are going to like what we have prepared for November. More about that later. Here you go, the top 5: 1. Mission Luncheon Update: Tuesday Night…

Eastside Community New Logos

Dear Friends, We are 9 months into this journey of changing Eastside’s name and logo. The only reason for the name change is to REACH MORE PEOPLE FOR JESUS! As a church we will stay with our Baptist ROOTS and stay closely connected to the Southern Baptist Convention. In addition to a new name and…

Mission Opportunities/Updates

Dear Friends, Missions…Going….Proclaiming/Declaring God’s Glory is at the heart of everything we do here at Eastside. I would like to remind you of several opportunities that are coming up quickly: 1. Mission Luncheon – this Sunday at 12:15 pm at Eastside. Menu: Beef Brisket, hot dogs, corn, green beans, salad, biscuits, dessert, and drinks. 100%…

Mission Opportunities Available

Dear Friends, It’s that time of year again when we gear up to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children Organization. This year Eastside is teaming up with FMSC to pack 200,000 meals. Here is a video clip from YouTube that explains in details the event and the need: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l3U1piid5U Here is the pertinent information:…

Monday Morning Update

Dear Friends, “WOW! AWESOME! GREAT! I’M PUMPED UP!” Are the catch words I’m hearing back from small group leaders and small group members with yesterday’s launch of Life’s Healing Choices Spiritual Growth Campaign. In my 20 years as pastor at Eastside, I have never seen so many people at Eastside juiced about what God is…

Eastside’s New Name

Dear Friends, I couple HUGE, I mean HUGE announcements: First, Life’s Healing Choices launch is this Sunday morning at 10:50 am. I am begging you not to miss this launch. Some really hip hop things will be taking place: Inspirational worship led by our AWESOME Praise & Worship Team Word of God will be preached…

God is AWESOME!

Dear Friends, God is really AWESOME! Anticipation is really at an all time high here at Eastside with Sunday’s launch of Life’s Healing Choices Spiritual Campaign. All the prayers, planning, fasting, and hard work is really paying off in the sense that God is moving in a mighty way. Here are some of what God…

Prayer Concerns (Please Read)

Dear Friends: I want to thank you for all the prayers you have offered up on my behalf over the last month as I was traveling almost every other day around the country. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would like to encourage you to continue to pray for me and our…

WOW! HOLY COW!

Dear Friends, HOLY COW! WOW! PUMPED! JUICED! CRAZY! Are some of the words that comes to my mind as I am praying for our upcoming launch of Life’s Healing Choices! Here are some reasons why I am pumped, juiced…. Eastside’s new Small Group Pastor, Greg Gillum and his family. Everyone at Eastside has really been…

Hello, Again!

Dear Friends, I am sorry that I have not posted anything lately. I have been traveling, teaching, and conducting workshops around our state and country. I have one more workshop this Friday and Saturday in Western Kentucky then I will be off the road for a month. Praise the Lord. I do have a couple…

Coming Soon: Hope for the Hurting

Dear Friends & Family, We live in difficult and uncertain times. Many people in our community and in our church are feeling hopeless and defeated as they face job losses, financial pressure, and an array of physical and emotional hurts, hang-ups, and habits. The good news is this that by God’s grace you can find…

Top Ten Need to Know Items

Here are 10 things you need to know: 1. God loves you – unconditionally. 2. Baptism is scheduled for this Sunday. If you would like to be baptized this Sunday then please contact me. 3. We need 10 more volunteers to help us tonight from 5pm to 7pm with the block party at Daniel Boone…

New Staff Member Announcement

Dear Eastside Family & Friends, Today was absolutely AWESOME! I would like to thank everyone for coming out today for our Homecoming Activities. Your presence and contribution was greatly appreciated. I would like to extend a special thank you to Vivian Wallace and her team of volunteers who coordinated the entire event. Thank you, Vivian.…

Homecoming 2010

Dear Friends, Things are going GREAT/AWESOME here in Guatemala. It has been an unbelievable week for the 15 of us. Thank you for your prayers, words of encouragement, e-mails, and Facebook messages. All of these words of encouragements have been needed and they have felt. I would like to ask each one of you to…

Don’t Forget to Vote

Dear Family and Friends, Voting for Eastside’s name change ends on Friday, July 31st at Midnight. Please go to Eastside’s Website to vote NOW!! BTW, Eastside Community Church is leading by 45 votes at the present over Eastpoint Community Church. Point of Clarification: By changing the name of our church does not mean we are…

God Is At Work

Dear Friends: The Word of God says in John 5: 17, (Jesus speaking) “My Father is always at His work….” In other words, God is on mission to accomplish world redemption. God will use Christians and churches that are open to His promptings. God is at  work in many different ways in and through the…

Feed My Starving Children Update

Dear Friends, Eastside is excited to announce the dates and times for the Feed My Starving Children packing event. The dates are Oct. 15th -18th. The location will be the same as last year at The Home Store & More on Berea Road in Richmond. For your convenience, you can now register by visiting our…

Homecoming 2010 Details

Dear Family & Friends, Sunday, August 8, 2010 is going to be a historic day for Eastside. We are going to celebrate 27 years of ministry in this community. We are inviting all former members, staff members, charter members, and original members back for a day of celebration. Here are the activities surrounding this celebration:…

Tithes & Offerings Report (Jan – June)

Dear Eastside Family, I would like to give you a quick update on your FAITHFULNESS in the arena of financial giving.  Your faithfulness in this arena has allowed us to continue to shine as a bright light in a dark and gloomy world. Thank you for your on-going giving to the ministries of Eastside. Here…

Have You Told God That?

Dear Prayer Partners, Jesus clearly believed that prayer was very important. Jesus prayed about a lot of different situations which He faced. For example: (from John Ortberg’s book The Me I Want to Be) Jesus prayed when His life was crowded and draining (Luke 5:15-16) Jesus prayed when He faced important choices (Luke 6:12) Jesus…

Catching Up

Hey Everyone, I hope you had a GREAT 4th of July Weekend. I know that I did. I have a very busy week this week. Therefore, I will be quick and straight to the point… 1. Please be in prayer for Eastside’s Youth Group. There are 21 youth & adults in Ridgecrest, NC at mission…

Whazzup???

Here are a few need to know items: 1. Please be in prayer for the following: Upward Basketball & Cheerleading Camps going on this week. We have a total of 50 children involved in this wonderful ministry. We will be sharing the gospel with them on Wednesday. Please be in prayer for this tender moment.…

Mission $$$ Updates

Dear Friends, I have only one word for the last several weeks, “WOW! UNBELIEVABLE! AWSOME!” Okay, I used more than one word to describe the last several weeks. As great as the last several weeks has been the next several weeks are going to be even better. Here is a highlight of the last several…

A Heavy Heart

Dear Friends, God is stirring my heart. He has given me a holy discontentment. He is absolutely wearing me out at the present. Here is the reason why He is wearing me out: People in our community are struggling with all kinds of major issues like abandonment, sexual abuse, physical abuse, workaholism,  drugs, alcoholism, control issues,…

Faith Promise Giving Update

Dear Friends, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Your generosity is unbelievable. Here is the latest: Total Families: 64 Our Goal: 100 families Total Amount Pledged: $77,204.62 Our Goal: $100,000.00 Amount Received: $28,442.54 We only need $22,795.38 more in commitments to meet our goal of $100,000.00. If you have not made a commitment then it’s…

How to Know God is at Work

Dear Friends, In a couple weeks Eastside will embark upon our Neighborhood Impact emphasis. The dates are Saturday, June 26th – July 3rd, 2010. This is our attempt at doing good deeds in our community. We are asking each small group to take on a community project or to join an existing project. In fact,…

Eastside’s Transformational Path of Growth

Dear Friends, Eastside Baptist has been evolving or morphing over the last 4 or 5 years. Allow me to explain. Early on, our existence as a church was the ATTRACTIONAL Model. The Attractional Model of doing church is concerned with getting the community in the church building. The church building is were all the “action”…

Faith Promise Giving UPDATE!!!

Dear Family & Friends, Yesterday was an awesome day at EASTSIDE!  We had a lot of families to make Faith Promise Giving Commitments. We had a generous initial offering yesterday as well. I am not for sure the exact totals since we are waiting on several more commitment cards to come in. Plus I am…

See You Sunday

Dear Friends, I am completely PUMP about this Sunday’s Worship. Here is what you will find… TOTALLY AWESOME worship… GREAT breakfast and brunch served by the youth (all proceeds to support the youth group; tixs are $5 each)… UNBELIEVABLE fellowship… GOOD preaching… GLORY of GOD manifested among us…. See you Sunday, Pastor Virgil

Special Request

Dear Friends, I have been spending most of this morning in prayer about this coming Sunday (Faith Promise Commitment Day). During my prayer time, God revealed a couple things to me that I feel that I need to share with you. Here we go… Be still and listen for and to the voice of God…

A Couple of Reminders

Dear Eastside Family, Here are a couple quick reminders: 1. Voting has started for our NEW name. You can vote one time per computer at www.eastside-baptist.com/survey 2. This coming Sunday is HIGH ATTENDANCE SUNDAY! Several activities will be going this Sunday: Youth will be sponsoring a breakfast from 9:30 am to 10:30 am then a…

Hope for the Hurting

Here is my latest video announcement: If you cannot view the above then click here. Have a great day! Pastor VG

A Couple Reminders

Hey Friends, Here are a couple reminders about some upcoming activities going on at Eastside: 1. Voting begins June 1st…more details forthcoming. 2. Upward Basketball & Cheeleading Summer Camps Registrations are going on NOW. Click here to learn more. 3. Eastside’s 12th Annual Golf Scramble is coming Wednesday, June 16th. Click here for more details.…

Monday Morning Thoughts

Dear Eastside Baptist Family, Here is the deal….On Sunday, June 6th will be “All In” Sunday.  Several important events will be taking place on this Sunday: 1. We are going for HIGH ATTENDANCE SUNDAY.  Start inviting your friends and mark your calendars. 2. Faith Promise Giving Commitment Sunday –  This will be the Sunday that you turn in your Faith…

Something New (Video Announcements)

  I am trying something new this week…instead of writing in my blog…I am going to video tape my thoughts so you can watch the announcements versus reading the announcements. Let me know what you think. If you can not preview the above then click here Here is the Faith Promise Giving Brochure that explains…

Sunday is Coming

Dear Eastside Family & Friends, I cannot fully express my excitement about worship this Sunday. It’s going to be AWESOME BABY! I hope that you do plan to attend. Bring your mother with you to church then take her out to eat at her favorite restaurant. Here is what on tap for Sunday… Wonderful Praise &…

HodgePodge of Topics

Dear Friends, I need to put the spotlight on several important agenda items for you: 1. This Saturday, May 8th, Eastside’s Guatemala Mission Team is having 2 huge fundraisers. We need yard sale items and for people to attend the Waffle Breakfast with all the trimmings. Waffle Breakfast at Eastside –  Click here for more…

Mission Giving Update

Dear Eastside Family, I would like to give you a quick update on your FAITHFULNESS in the arena of financial giving.  Your faithfulness in this arena has allowed us to continue to shine as a bright light in a dark and gloomy world. Thank you for your on-going giving to the ministries of Eastside. Here…

Week & Weekend Reflections

Dear Church Family & Friends, WOW! The rain is unbelievable. We have a lot of Eastsiders who are battling the rain and water in their basements and home. We need to lift them up in prayer. Let’s pray for one another and be the church! Couple random thoughts: I am going to be in town…

Quick Update

Dear Church Family, I just wanted to give you a quick heads up about Sunday. It’s going to be AWESOME BABY! Don’t miss it. If you miss worship on Sunday then you will miss a HUGH BLESSING! We are going to have baptism, great time of worship, and a great message on TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS. …

What Is Eastside’s Uniqueness?

Dear Family & Friends, If Eastside is going to continue her quest to re-clarify our vision (to have crystal clear clarity as we move into a new decade) then we must continue to look to the past as much as the future. The primary strength of Eastside has always been our ability to embrace the “eternal…

Granite Etching vs. Sand Writing

Dear Family & Friends, One of the hardest thing for people to grasp and to understand is the difference between “never change” and “must change.”  This is not a new issue facing Christians. Jesus had this same issue with the religious leaders of His day. He came along and messed with items that “must change” but…

What Are Your Suggestions?

Dear Friends. Two quick agenda items: 1. THANK YOU – I would like to thank everyone for a great weekend.  Eastside’s volunteers are second to none. Eastside’s Praise Team and Tech Team knocked it out of the park. Eastside’s members sacrificed and made room for new people by attending the 9:00 am worship gathering. We…

HOPE!

Dear Family & Friends, I hope you are preparing for a wonderful Easter Weekend! It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend.   I won’t keep you long, but I wanted to alert you one last time to the opportunity we have this weekend to invite family members, neighbors or colleagues to hear a message on HOPE!…

Ministry at Full Speed

Dear Church Family & Friends, Sorry that I have been missing in action this week. It has been an extremely busy week of ministry. Here is just a little of what I have been involved in this: Meetings in preparation for Neighborhood Impact which is scheduled for the end of June. More information forthcoming. Staff Development Day…

I’m Moving the Focus of My Website & Blog

Dear Family & Friends, I am in the process of doing an overhaul on my blog & website. All the previous entries which I have made can be now found at www.eastside-baptist.com. This is the reason you received all the old & multiple email blasts this past week. I am sorry for that glich with…

Gratitude Expressed

Dear Family & Friends: I couple shout outs to some people who are doing a wonderful job… 1. I am really proud of Bill & Barb Bradley with the job they did serving as the chairman of the Little League International Congress which was held over the weekend in Lexington. Over 1,400 people attended this…

Food for Thought

Dear Friends & Family, I’m really pumped about what God is doing in our midst at Eastside. He is an AWESOME and GREAT GOD. Our God is able. He is sufficient. He is more than sufficient. The problem we have with God is that we keep reducing HIM to a poor, puny God who has…

Thank YOU!

Dear Family & Friends, Rose and I cannot find the words to express our gratitude for the 20th year anniversary celebration that you gave in our honor. The love, kindness, and generosity was felt by not only Rose and me but by our children as well. From the bottom of our hearts we say, “Thank you. Thank you.…

Priority #3

Dear Church Family and Friends, Earlier this week, I started the process of sharing the 3 main priorities of Eastside as outlined by our Elders. If you haven’t read about priority #1 or priority #2 then please visit my blog at www.virgilgrant.com. In this post, I would like to share with you priority #3 which deals with administrative…

Priority #2

For the last several months the elders at Eastside has requested your prayers as we seek the Lord’s face as to what the church’s priorities should be for the upcoming days. After much prayer and thought we are ready to go public with the priorities. Thank you for all your prayers. Your prayers are still…

Priorities

Over the last few months the elders at Eastside has been requesting your prayers as it relates to the future direction of the church. At this time, the elders are ready to announce our 3 main emphasizes for 2010. I will share these priorities one at a time. Today is  our first priority. Later this…

Quick Update

Dear Friends & Family, It has been a busy week. I am sorry for not having the time or taking the time to write to you. For the sake of time, I will get right to the point. Here are some important to-know items: 1. Congratulations to Madison Central High School JV and Varsity Cheerleaders…

Staffing Questions

Dear Church Family & Friends, Dan Robertson, Eastside’s Youth Minister, has resign from his position effective February 28, 2010. Click here to read his resignation letter, which was sent out earlier this week. Many of you have been asking the question, “What is next?”  Here is the initial process as outlined by Eastside’s Elders: 1. Pray,pray, then pray some…

Hodgepodge of Information & Reminders

Dear Family & Friends, On Sunday, I challenged the church family from Isaiah 58:5-11. If you were not in attendance then I would encourage to take a moment and read these verses. These verses talk about how Christians are to feed the hungry and care for the poor. If we do what these verses instruct us…

For Your Information

Dear Family & Friends, I have several things I need to communicate to the church family. Here we go: 1. Welcome the following NEW MEMBERS: Cassie Eye (baptism), Kelli Cole (letter), Laura & Jeremiah Davis (letter). Welcome aboard! We are so glad to have you at Eastside. 2. Haiti Relief Fund Update – given to…

International Mission Trip to Guatemala

International Mission Trip to Guatemala An 8 day mission trip is scheduled for July 31st – August 7th to Prince of Peace Home for Girls in Guatemala. This trip is available for men, women, and children 8 years of age and older.  There is a need for men and women with a background in construction to assist with…

Monday Night Thoughts

Dear Friends, Thank you for your prayers this weekend. I felt the presence of God as I served in Wisconsin over the weekend.  I facilitated 3 workshops and preached once. It was a very busy weekend but God moved in a special way all weekend. Thank you for allowing me to serve others and to share Eastside’s…

New Sermon Series & Other Random Thoughts

Pastor Virgil will start a new sermon series on January 31, 2010: Ruth: A Love Story January 31: The Mystery of Mercy February 7: The Ministry of Mercy February 21: The Risk of Love February 28: The Story of Redemption Haiti Relief Money Donated to Date: $3,059.25 + $1,000.00 from our mission fund = $4,059.25. Praise The…

Weekend Reflections

What an awesome worship gathering we had yesterday. 350 people in attendance. WOW! I don’t know about you but DANG the SPIRIT OF GOD was everywhere. What a way to conclude our three week sermon series: RESOLVE! I want to thank everyone who gave to the relief efforts in Haiti. Given to Date: $3,059.25. Way to go, Eastside. I will be…

Midweek Thoughts

Dear Friends, I’m totally amazed at how God is at work in the world. Daily I have conversations with individuals who are being obedient and following the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Bill Hybels has a saying that goes like this, “There is nothing like the local church when the local church is being the…

Weekend Reflections

Dear Friends, Amazing energy. Packed service. I feel like there is an intangible excitement about what God is doing @ Eastside right now. Hard to put my finger on it, but I love it. I feel like our worship this year has been so life-giving. That’s always the case when our focused is God and His glory.  Friday night’s…

The Need for Clarity

Over the last month, I have been thinking, praying, and contemplating the word — CLARITY! Clarity is being used by many differnt people. There is even a Clarity Evangelist named Will Mancini. I personally love this word. I appreciate Will Mancini for bringing this word to the forefront of our minds. I think it’s what’s…

2009 Financial Re-Cap

Dear Friends, Two Thousand and Nine has been a very unusual year in many ways with the turbulent economy, to unprecedented changes in our country, world, and galaxy. None of these events has hindered the work or the mission of the Lord. The Lord’s work is not dependent on the political flavor of the year…

Questions for the New Year

Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Publisher, published a blog entry entitled “Seven Questions to Ask About Last Year“.  I think his seven questions are very powerful. I would like to encourage each person to take a few minutes and spend some time reflecting and answering the following questions before you rush into the New Year. I would…

Reflections from 2009

Dear Friends, I want to take this opportunity to do 2 things: First, I hope that you and your family have a wonderful, prosperous, and happy New Year. I pray that you will grow closer to God in 2010. I pray for you to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). I pray…

New Opportunities in 2010

Friends, Eastside is launching many different small group Bible studies in January 2010. Click here to learn more about the various studies that are being offered. There is a small group for everyone. Click here to have your common questions about small group Bible studies answered. I hope to see you on Sunday as we…

What One Change Do You Need to Make in 2010?

Dear Friends, As we approach a new year, and think about the changes we want to make in our lives, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Most of us feel like we need to make lots of changes, but I would challenge you to focus on one change. One small change, repeated day in and day…

Going Deeper in 2010

“Going Deeper” is going to be our focus for 2010. Eastside seeks to go deeper as we fulfill our mission from God which is to LOVE GOD (worship), LOVE EACH OTHER (small groups), & LOVE OTHERS (serve or bless others)! Eastside seeks to go deeper in corporate and personal worship. Starting in 2010 we are…

New Sermon Series & Prayer Requests

Eastside will begin a new sermon series on Sunday, January 3, 2010. As we begin the New Year I want to challenge us to “Resolve” to make worship a priority, relationships a priority, prayer priority, and following the promptings of the Holy Spirit a priority. Here are some updates on those we have been praying for:…

Random Thoughts & Reflections From the Last Week

Dear Church Family: Here are some of my thoughts from the last week: Eastside has never experienced such grief and pain then we experienced last week with the passing of Baby Ty Lucas. I have been Eastside’s pastor for the last 20 years and I have never personally experienced anything like I experienced last week. Continue to…

Eastside Baptist: A Generous Church

Dear Friends, There are a lot of different internet articles being written about creating a generous church culture. For example, Pastor Steve Furtick is doing a 4 part blog series on creating a culture of generosity. Click here to view part 1 and part of this series. Another quick example of internet articles dealing with…

Christmas Thoughts

Dear Eastside Friends, I know your Christmas Season schedule is much like mine – BUSY, CRAZY, HECTIC, and OUT-OF-CONTROL. I would like to challenge you to keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas this year. Here are a couple suggestions on how to keep CHRIST at the fore front of everything you do: 1. Make it priority to be…

Reading the Bible Through in 2010

Eastside believes that the Word of God is infallible and holds eternal truth for mankind. We believe that the Word of God should guide your steps as a Christian. Christians should have a tremendous value for the Word. Click on the link below to take a personal survey to see the value you place on…

Weekend Reflections & Highlights

Dear Friends, Yesterday was an AWESOME day for Eastside. We experienced the following… 1. 380 people in WORSHIP ATTENDANCE. DANG that is a lot of people. Unbelieveable. Way to go, Eastside. 2. Baptized 2 people. Welcome, Jolynn Fleeman and Kevin Spivey to the fellowship. 3.  Affirmed two new elders at Eastside. Click here to learn more about who…

Meet Eastside’s Elders

This Sunday, November 15th Eastside will be affirming two additional elders, Chris Clark and Larry Taulbee. They join Eastside’s current elders, Kevin Wallace and Pastor Virgil. Here is some basic information regarding each elder. Pastor Virgil began his full-time ministry in 1990 as Senior Pastor of Eastside Baptist Church, Richmond, Kentucky.  He has been involved with…

Feed My Starving Children GOAL: $5,000.00

                  Eastside has over 300 of these Mini M& M’s Containers out. Each container holds $14.00 of quarters. Eastside is asking for everyone to bring their Mini M&M containers back to church filled with quarters on Sunday, December 13th. Eastside’s Goal: 30,000 meals or $5,000.00 All the proceeds…

One Question I’m Asking Myself

Here is the one question that I am asking myself these days. It’s the question I shared with you on Sunday. Here it’s: If we are going to reach people in our community that no one else is reaching, then we will have to do things that no one else is doing. What is it…

Drink Coffee Do Good

                  On Sunday, November 15th Eastside will host a Ministry Fair on behalf of Land Of A Thousand Hills Coffee.  You will have an opportunity to taste their coffee and to purchase some to take home. By purchasing this coffee you are supporting coffee farmers in Rwanda. Click…

40 Days of Love & Compassion Week Wrap Up

WOW! What an awesome God we serve. God truly manifested Himself over the last several weeks at Eastside. All I can say is, “ONLY GOD!” Here are some concluding thoughts/comments/observations as we conclude our special emphasis: 1. I cannot say enough about what took place in the hearts of the people during the last 40…

Compassion Week – Day 5 Encouragement

Dear Enews Friends, This is a very special day for friends of Eastside who are completing a 5 day food and water challenge.  It will be a huge relief to be able to have a normal dinner tonight, won’t it?  For me the toughest part was only drinking tap water.  The boredom of tap water started…

Compassion Week – Day 4 Encouragement

Dear Friend, “Lord, to those who hunger, give bread. And to those who have bread, give the hunger for justice.” Latin American Prayer As you start a new day on a hungry stomach, what is the hunger that God is stirring in your soul? What are you really hungry for as you near the end…

Compassion Week – Day 3 Encouragement

Dear Partial Fast Friends, We are at the halfway point, and if you’re anything like me, the lack of food and the monotony of meals are probably getting to you. If it is any consolation, I haven’t talked to anyone who has had an easy time with this challenge. If you are tempted to quit…

Compassion Week – Day 2 Encouragement

Hello Hungry Friends! Congratulations on making it through Day 1!  I, like many of you, found it to be a very challenging day. Guess what? I haven’t had caffeine for 48 hours now and I AM STILL ALIVE! Although I didn’t have much to eat yesterday…what I eat was more than most children will eat…

Compassion Week – Day 1 Encouragement

Dear Friends, Thank you for having an incredible heart to stretch yourself and connect with the poor through Eastside’s 5 Day Challenge. Or maybe you haven’t committed yourself to the 5 Day Partial Fast and are wondering what you will give up? Maybe you are like my one friend who is fasting from “cussing.” Or…

Compassion Week Reminders

  Can you believe that it is finally here – Compassion Week! We have prayed, planned, and talked about this week for the last several months. Here is what you need to know: If you have signed up to volunteer for Eastside’s Compassion Project please arrive 15 minutes early for registration/check-in. Each adult over the age of…

Weekly Update

Dear Church Family, 1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for a great start to 40 Days of Love. We had 188 Adults in Small Group Bible Study this past week and 318 in Worship. God is doing some really awesome things. Continue to be obedient and faithful to what God tells you to do.…

Update on 40 Days of Love

Dear Friends, Eastside is officially half way through our spiritual emphasis called 40 Days of Love. God is doing some great things with and through 40 Days of Love. Relationships are being restored; friendships renewed; and God receiving all the glory. Here are some of the wonderful things taking place: 1. The $17,000.00 needed for…

“ALL IN” on High Attendance Sunday

Dear Church Family, “All In” is a very popular saying since The World Series of Poker Tournament (Texas Hold’em) has been aired on ESPN over the last several years. “All In” means that a player is betting every chip in their possession based on their current hand. I am asking Eastside Baptist Church Family to go “All…

Small Group Ministry News

As Eastside continues to strive to be a church of small groups rather than a church with small groups, we are continuing to look for ways to make this ministry even more effective. Are you involved in a small group? If not, I would encourage you to join one today. Here is Eastside’s Small Group…

Attendance & Financial Figures – Past Year

Dear Friends, Each year Eastside praticipates in annual church profile which we turn into the Southern Baptist Convention. This profile is affectionally referred to as the “ACP.” The ACP calendar year is September 1 thru August 31st of each year. Here are the numbers from September 1, 2008 thru August 31, 2009: Total Members: 600…

Simplified Missional Living

I have been encouraging people at Eastside for the last several years to living missional, to live on mission with God, to be obedient to whatever it is that God is telling you to do. I found this article and I thought it summarized what I have been saying in simple terms. The article is Simplified…

Weekend Reflections

Dear Friends, I am really pumped about what is coming our way as a church… Next Monday morning (October 19, 2009) is the start of our Compassion Week. Three things will be taking place this week: Eastside will be packing meals for Feed My Starving Children at the Home Store and More on 25 south across…

Compassion Week: Partial Fast Instructions

Partial Fast Challenge for Compassion Week (Oct 19-23, 2009): For most Americans, nourishment is easy. We go to the grocery store, head to a restaurant, or drive past a window where prepared food is handed to us in a matter of seconds. We turn on a faucet, and clean water flows instantly into our homes.…