Preparing for Phase 3 of Reopening

Preparing for Phase 3 of Reopening 1

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

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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. […]

Staying Up to Date & Caring for One Another

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There were 14 of us Zooming together in our staff meeting this week. Technology has allowed us to do so much more during this pandemic than we could do otherwise. The ability to live stream our Sunday morning worship and for many LifeGroups to continue to study God’s Word together has truly been a blessing. […]

COVID-19 Update: April 6

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As of Saturday, April 4, our State is under a shelter-in-place order by Governor Kay Ivey. What has been seen by many as a suggestion now has become law. Simply put, everyone should STAY HOME with few exceptions. As a result of this order and to do our part to contain this COVID-19 virus, we […]

God is in Control

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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). As I write to you this is day five of the fifteen days that our president asked all Americans to observe a self-quarantine of sorts to attempt to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. Yesterday, after 24 hours of a persistent […]

Great and Mighty Things

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I don’t know about you, but I sense that God is about to do great and mighty things here at Eastmont. It’s not to say that He hasn’t done great things in the past here, for He has, nor that He is not doing them in the present, for I know He is, but I […]

Reclaiming Our Young People

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Various studies conclude that 80% or more of young people today leave the church for college, job training, and all levels of higher education are not returning to church. Answers to why we are losing a whole generation from our churches are many and varied, but the number one reason I believe for this exodus […]

The Encourager

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Today as I write this article I am reminded of the name of our newsletter, “the Encourager.” When I came to Eastmont thirty years ago we called it “the Informant” (Arnold Fuller stills calls it that). When I think of that name, it just says to me, ‘information,’ but Encour- ager speaks to being encouraged. […]

Get to Know Interim Pastor, Jeff McFarland

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Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your holidays were spent with family and friends. Even though the Christmas season is hectic and sometimes frustrating it is and will always be my most favorite time of the year. Even though I couldn’t see you, I enjoyed spending Christmas […]