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When does the next season start?

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It’s fall. Officially, the season of fall began on September 22 this year. It’s nice that, in someone’s mind, those things have such specific and measurable start dates. But that’s not how we experience seasons, is it?

Usually we only realize that one season is over once the weather changes and we say, “I can’t believe summer’s gone already!”

That’s not just true of the seasons in the year, it’s true about seasons in life.

Life has seasons. The single season. The newlywed season. The young kids season (this one seems really long when you’re in it.) The school season. The teenager season. There are other types of seasons, too.

The divorced season. The unemployed season. The depressed season. The my-parents-are-sick season. The unexpected loss season.

Most of the time, we really only think about these things as seasons once they’re over. Because when you’re in them, any one of these seasons can feel like it’s going to last forever.

But the truth is … life is made of seasons. Whatever your life is like now, it’s not always going to be this way.

Things change. We change. The people around us change. In some ways, that’s encouraging (in difficult seasons). In other ways, it can be disheartening (“I don’t want my kids to grow up!”).

In Ecclesiastes 3, the writer says that God makes “everything beautiful in its time.” And the writer goes on to encourage us to “be joyful and do good as long as [we] live.”

One of the best things we can do through all the seasons of life … is to live with our eyes and hearts open to what’s happening now. Instead of being aware that a season has passed after it’s over, how can we be present and aware and alive and living with joy … right here, right now?

Whatever season you’re in, look for the beauty in it. Look for the joy in it. Be thankful. Because no matter what season you’re in right now … it won’t last forever.

in Youth

Updates from kids@ehills

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kids@ehills has some exciting updates that we’d like you to know about. This fall, we started The Gospel Project for Kids, a Christ-centered Bible study resource that looks at the big picture of God's story—the story of redemption through Jesus Christ. Each week, kids of all ages will follow a chronological timeline of Bible events, while learning how each story points to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We began with Prophets and Kings teaching kids of God’s love and faithfulness to His people through the lives of prophets like Elijah, Isaiah, Hosea, Jonah, Joel, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. God continues to pursue His people even as their continued disobedience leads to their captivity. Sessions reveal God’s plan to send a Rescuer, Jesus, to save His people from their sin, demonstrating God’s compassionate and merciful character. This chronological timeline starts with newborns and continues through High School so that families are able to share together! We love The Gospel Project because we believe the Gospel is for everyone! Yes, everyone!

Johnny Kluever, our Preteen Pastor, has some awesome invites for all 4th and 5th grade students set for the year! Mark your calendar now because they are amazing! Summit Events started September 12. Other dates are: October 24th, November 14th (service project!), and December 5th. Contact Johnny ( ) for any questions. These are some great activities that enable kids to bring lots of friends!

Awana@ehills launched with over 300 kids registered. AWANA is our Wednesday night program that helps kids understand and memorize the Bible. There’s still time to invite friends and get them registered! Email to register today! It’s not too late!

Camps were fantastic this past summer and we want to include even more kids next year! We have decided to convert our three camps into one giant uber-camp. Camp will take place June 26-30, 9am-4pm. Who will you invite? Registration will roll out on Easter Sunday of 2017 and we want the whole community to feel welcome! We are also excited for kids@ehills to go into neighborhood parks on Monday evenings during the 2017 summer so our communities can get a glimpse of engaging in God’s big story!

Watch for more details on all of these things in the future on the Eastern Hills app and the kids@ehills Facebook page so that you can be a part of reaching out to kids that are close to us … but far from God!

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