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Can I make a confession? We lived in our house for months before I met a neighbor of ours just a couple doors down. We both pull into our driveways and go about our business. It’s not that I don’t care, the opportunity just didn’t present itself and I didn’t force it. The other day something sad happened now that I’ve met them, THEY’RE MOVING! I couldn’t believe it when I saw the truck pull up.

Our weeks and months fill up so quickly with the agenda items that are present and if we’re not careful the people that we live around in our neighborhoods and even the people we live around that go to Eastern Hills are complete strangers to us out of the routine that blocks us from knowing them.

As we’ve been praying about Reaching Out this year we believe so strongly that it begins with community—not just the one we know about but the one God has planned and prepared for us.  Beyond our family, our community and neighborhood are put in place without our knowledge or consent … God did it. God placed the people in your neighborhood and you might be the person He wants to use to love them and show them the grace Jesus has shown you.

This fall, we’re asking you to join a Reach Group to address this very need in our community. Reach Groups are groups of 20-30 people who call Eastern Hills home that will meet 5 times over 10 weeks. They will get to know each other and pray as well as prepare a simple neighborhood party to get to know those around them and find any needs that the group or people in it might be able to help with. That’s it, no huge sales pitches or preaching required ;). We think that God can use a simple step of us stretching just a little bit to accomplish something bigger.

We already have dozens of leaders lined up to host groups and we’d love for you to be a part of what we believe God will do this fall through Reach Groups at Eastern Hills.

If you wanna sign up right now you can check out: http://ehills.org/ministries/adult-ministries/reach-groups-signup/

If you have questions you can email Sarah Hall at

Grace and peace,

Phil

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REACH OUT- our Focus for this Year

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The Olympics are upon us and they are incredible to watch. One of the most staggering things about the Olympics is how many people watch them. Four billion (with a b!) watched the London games four years ago; that number is staggering when you consider there are seven billion people on the earth today. There is something so magical about everyone being given a gift like these two weeks provide: a common story of personal challenge, national pride, and unthinkable athletic feats.  

This summer we’ve been talking about the fact that our focus is on reaching out this ministry year. We believe that the Gospel is for Everyone and we’re talking some big steps to align our hearts with the heart of heaven for our community and world. More than 90% of our community doesn’t go to church and there aren’t many churches built to reach them—we would love to change that. We are taking some bold steps this year to be a church that reaches out to our community and provides hope for people that might be looking for it.

We would love for you to be a part of praying for and planning to be a part of what God is doing through Eastern Hills this year. Here are some ways you can do that:

  • Be a part of Vision Weekend on August 27/28. We’ll be rolling these ideas out bigger and asking God to give us courage as church to be the light He desires us to be in our community.
  • Join a Reach Group. At Vision Weekend we will be launching Reach Groups—groups of people from Eastern Hills just like you—who are getting to know each other and their neighborhoods this fall (you’ll hear more about these really soon!).
  • Pray that the cafe launches soon! We’re also working hard to build a cafe to launch this fall in our lobby. It is a total remodel thanks to some really talented people that call Eastern Hills home. Our hope is that it helps us create a welcoming environment for our weekends but we also want to reach out to the hundreds of families that drop kids off at EHCC Preschool and Kindergarten each day.

I can’t wait to see what God does through our pursuit of Him this fall and I’m really thankful for each and every person who calls Eastern Hills home, we wouldn’t be here without you and God wants to use you for the journey ahead of us.

Please pray for all the things we have diligently planned for and prayed about as we head into the fall. We want to be right in the center of God’s plan for this place to reach more people than ever before because the Gospel isn’t just for us, it’s for Everyone.

Grace and peace,

Phil

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