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What do we want to be known for in our city and community? This is something we’ve been thinking a lot about. We are excited to tell you about something that is coming up, something that is going to be awesome for Eastern Hills and for our community. It’s called #foraurora and it’s going to happen the week of June 4-9, 2018. This will be an all church service and giving opportunity. We will work with partner ministries, other local ministries, and ministries whose impact is felt all around the world.

We would love to have 100% participation from our church. If you can’t serve, you can give, if you can’t give, you can serve. We’ll have family friendly activities that everyone can participate in. We’ll have something every night of the week, we’ll have prayer walks each day. We want our presence as a church to be felt in Aurora.

So why #foraurora? So often people think of churches and what they are against. They have rules against this and rules against that, and often they are known by what they are against.

Here at Eastern Hills we want to be known by what we are for and we are #foraurora. We want our community to be better because of Eastern Hills. We want people to know that we are #foraurora. Why the hashtag? We want it to get out on social media, we want people to see and know what we are doing, we want to inspire others to be #foraurora in their own lives.

We are so excited for this amazing week we are planning, if you would like to serve in a leadership role that week please contact Kendal Hommes and mark your calendars because this is a week you aren’t going to want to miss.

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It's about the Invitation

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So we’ve had a pretty incredible stretch of reach out events and possibilities this fall. Many of you threw Halloween parties in your neighborhoods. We had over 600 volunteers (many of whom don’t go to Eastern Hills) pack and deliver over 1200 meals for Mountains of Mercy. We are ice skating at Southlands this week, and even having Santa land in a helicopter for our Santa Fly-In event on Sunday afternoon. All of these events are awesome, they have impacted people around us, and they are a ton of fun. However, you know what makes them Reach Out events? It’s when we invite our friends and neighbors to experience them with us.

So here’s the question, are you inviting people? Are you meeting your neighbors, are you reaching out, or are you just hoping people show up?

This Christmas season is a great time for Reaching Out. Check out your weekend program over the next few weeks for ways that you can reach out in your neighborhood. It’s so fun to bake Christmas cookies and you can avoid the calories by giving them to your neighbors. Make up  some plates and bring them to your neighbors. Shovel their driveway, bring them a meal, go caroling, hang up some lights on their house if they don’t have any. (That last one might be going too far) Then invite them, invite them to Christmas Eve. Yes, it’s a risk, it might change your relationship, but it also might change their lives. People are more likely to go to church at Christmas than any other time of the year, so why not get out there and invite someone. Give them the opportunity to see that life with Jesus is better.