From Your Assistant Pastor

From Your Assistant Pastor 1

If my math is correct (and my grades in that subject from first grade through college would attest that I could be wrong), then thirty-one years, seven months, and four days ago […]

Assistant Pastor Announces Retirement

Assistant Pastor Announces Retirement 2

Art Long joined the Eastmont staff in 1990. He and his wife, Kelly, have served Eastmont faithfully for more than 31 years. A reception will be held on August 29th […]

True Freedom


According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary the noun, freedom, is defined in one way as “the quality or state of being free: such as liberation from slavery or restraint or from the […]

Eastmont Update

Eastmont Update 3

This is most likely my last article to be written for the Encourager. It has been an honor to communicate with you, the Eastmont family, for the last 18 months. […]

The Meaning of Labor Day

The Meaning of Labor Day 4

As I write this article it is late afternoon on Monday, September 7—Labor Day. By the time you read this, the holiday will have passed and I hope you had […]

Every Season Has a Purpose

Every Season Has a Purpose 5

“To everything (turn, turn, turn), there is a season (turn, turn, turn) and a time to every purpose under heaven …” These lyrics, by the rock group the Byrds, begin […]

Regathering Update

Regathering Update 6

This past Sunday was our best attended since COVID-19. We had our largest attendance at both the 8:45 and 11:00 worship services. Counting our worship team, tech team, and staff, […]

Preparing for Phase 3 of Reopening

Preparing for Phase 3 of Reopening 7

An update on the 5 Phases of Reopening: Lately, I have been in Walmart, COSTCO, Publix, convenience stores, and several restaurants. Although every business I have been to has adhered […]

A Church Update

A Church Update 8

Updates at the church: If you are getting tired of COVID-19 please raise your hand (did you wash it first?). I don’t do well with mask-wearing. I never have, even […]

Regathering Updates and Encouragement

Regathering Updates and Encouragement 9

Some, if not most, would say that we are living in perilous times. Although I can’t deny that, I would rather think more optimistically and say that, for the church, […]