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 (as I write this on August 16, 2021) was my first day as Assistant Pastor here at Eastmont. Bro. Mike learned of me through Kelly’s sister […]

Assistant Pastor Announces Retirement

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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 in the fellowship hall from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm to celebrate their service. The first eight verses of Ecclesiastes tell us that there is […]

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 power of another: INDEPENDENCE.” That is a good definition of what we began celebrating Sunday evening, June 27th, with our Patriotic Celebration and continued through Sunday, […]

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. Bro. Frank will be writing beginning in the next Encourager as this space is for the senior pastor. He and his family are actually in […]

The Meaning of Labor Day

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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 a good one whether you traveled, cooked out, or stayed home and watched the Braves lose to the Marlins by a run in the 10th […]

Every Season Has a Purpose

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“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 the song, “Turn, Turn, Turn,’ that was released in 1965. The song was inspired by the writer, King Solomon, in Ecclesiastes chapter 3, specifically verses […]

Regathering Update

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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, we had over 200 total in worship. This was our first Sunday back for eleven of our LifeGroups including our college and youth. We had […]

Preparing for Phase 3 of Reopening

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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 to all the COVID-19 guidelines, I have come to the realization that the safest place I have been is in worship on Sundays at Eastmont. […]

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 though I have to do it periodically visiting hospitals. I miss a handshake or a hug or getting to visit our sick or those having […]

Regathering Updates and Encouragement

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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, these are more opportune times. Yes, we are in the midst of a pandemic with multiple reasons for all of us to be gravely concerned. […]