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We didn't know anyone when my wife and I moved to Colorado 10 years ago. We didn't have any family or friends in the area so it was pretty daunting to start a new life here all alone. We knew we had to get connected and we knew we needed to find community. We quickly got involved in a community group here at Eastern Hills and it was such a needed blessing during that time. Not only did we have friends to hang out with, but we had people to talk about and experience phases of life together.

My wife, Summer, developed a serious form of HELLP syndrome when delivering our first child, Jack, 3 years ago and almost didn't make it through childbirth. Summer was in the hospital for a week and Jack was in the NICU for 10 days. I can't even begin to imagine what that time would have been like or felt like without our community of friends. People were constantly bringing us food, hanging out with Summer so I could be with Jack, and even just listening while we expressed our fears and frustrations.

Proverbs 17:17 says "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." We have seen this and felt this first hand.

So whether it's joining a community group or checking out a men's or women's group, find a place to get connected. Find a place to get community.

Looking to get involved in Community?

Try a Summer Dinner Group or contact Lisa Alvino, Groups Pastor at for more information.

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I'm an Eagle Scout

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It’s true, I’m an Eagle Scout. As a matter of fact, I’m an Eagle Scout with a medal of heroism and three eagle palms, now it seems totally logical but not when I was a kid.

When I was a kid I was in a family that was pretty dysfunctional at times and we had recently relocated to a new state so it was sort of an understanding that we kept a low profile and just started to figure out how to get through our new routines. I didn’t have any experience with Boy Scouts and it wouldn’t have been something that I would have even thought to ask because the answer would have been no.

The difference for me was a new friend of mine that I had met in our neighborhood named Mark. Mark hosted a Cub Scout den and they had a spot open up. He asked me if I wanted to be a part of it and without knowing a whole lot about it I agreed, and surprisingly, so did my parents!

I went on to form a whole new circle of relationships, eventually getting into Boy Scouts and climbing to the rank of Eagle Scout late in Junior High. God used Boy Scouts to grow me as a leader in a way I would have never seen coming...and it all started with an invitation.

Invitations are so powerful because they offer something new through a relationship - it shows the vote of confidence in us from someone else. You making the invitation to someone in your life is far more powerful than some stranger, or something they see online. God can use you to shape someone’s future and their willingness to dream for it.

This Easter is just a few weeks away and you have the chance to show someone their potential and celebrate the power of the resurrection in them. I would love to encourage you in two ways; first, invite people in your life to come to Easter and second plan on attending either the Saturday 7pm or the Sunday 7:30am services to help create space for the ones we think will be even more full.

You can help bring the hope of heaven to the hearts of earth this Easter.

Praying for those invitations,

Pastor Phil

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