Thank YOU!

March 2, 2010

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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. Thank you.”

I would like to encourage everyone to take a moment to visit Eastside’s new website at www.eastside-baptist.com. Scott Taulbee has been working very hard on this new site. I think you will find this new website very appealing.

Youth Ministry Update:The interim youth leadership team has made a couple important decisions at this point, they are: Bill Edwards will take the lead on Sunday Mornings. Billy is responsible for leading or securing various speakers for Sunday Mornings. Renee Grant is gathering some information for X-Fuge Camp. This is actually a hybrid between a camp and a mission trip. We hope to have more information available soon. Youth Connect is coming up Sunday, March 14 thru March 17th at First Baptist Church in Richmond. The youth leadership team plans on taking the youth to this event nightly. For more information please feel free to contact Donnie Proffitt, Billy Edwards, Renee Grant, or Amanda Agee. 

Dan and Kendra Robertson’s Celebration in Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm in Eastside’s Cafe. I hope to see you there.

Here is a quote from one of the books that I am reading. I think it express in so many ways what church is designed for. YOU and I are to BE the church. The quote comes from Dennis Swanberg’s book, The MANCode

“Far too many folks go to church for the wrong reasons: to get something from other members or to put an imaginary check mark on some self-imposed cosmos to-do list or to fulfill some family tradition or simply out of habit. But none of these reasons is good enough. Why, then, should you get yourself out of bed (or off the golf course) to worship God in HIS church? It’s simple: 

You should go to church to grow and to give. 

If your church allows you to continue growing in your faith–and if you’ve found a place where you can enthusiastically give of your talents, your treasure, and your time–you’re worshipping at the right place. . . .remember that if you have a problem with the church, the problem probably has as much (or more) to do with you than with the church you’re attending.

You won’t get much out of any church unless you’re willing to give something to that church….If you ever stop giving to the church, you’ll soon become disgruntled. Son the only way you’ll really be satisfied in a church is to be a contributing member of your church–there’s really no other way. And what happens if you become burned out on church? The answer is to become more involved, not less.” (pages 83-85)

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