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Chick-fil-A is closing!

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Have you ever wanted Chick-fil-A on a Sunday? My guess is that unless you’re a vegetarian the answer is yes but you know you can’t ever have it on a Sunday, the business isn’t open anywhere that day of the week. But for the Chick-fil-A just a few blocks from us they will be closing at the end of this month to remodel for a couple months - it’s a big deal! People are genuinely concerned for how they’re going to survive without it. How frustrating will it be when you want that sweet tea, chicken sandwich and waffle fries to drive right by a Chick-Fil-A that you can’t get into?

Kidding aside, it’s an inconvenience but we’ll all make it through (and we’ll have Chick-fil-A at Movie Night on the 25th). What’s really tough though is that we have a problem this fall too. We have people that drive by on Sundays and there simply isn’t a spot for them to park and they keep going. As a matter of fact, with more than 90% of people around us not going to church we definitely DON’T want them to get the message that we don’t have room for them.

As a part of becoming an inviting family we believe in making room for people to be a part of our weekend gatherings and Sunday morning is prime time. We are going to continue to explore the best ways to fit people into our parking lot but we are not in a spot (yet) to add parking spaces. This is where I need your help - did you know that we have a Saturday night service?

Saturday night attendance is an incredible way to help us increase Sunday morning parking availability. I know that you have a routine and a schedule but if you can commit to coming on Saturday nights for September and October you will be literally letting people in on what God is doing at Eastern Hills and immediately helping us and you become an inviting family.

It’s one thing to be inconvenienced with chicken but it’s something so much greater to unintentionally turn people away from the hope and the help that might make the ultimate difference in their life and family this year.

Please pray and plan on helping us with this over the next couple months.

Grace and peace,

Phil

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When the Switch Flips

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I’m a slow learner...really. I always have been. My peers in school would grab a new concept quickly and it seemed like their ability to excel in school was second nature to them, while I was overwhelmed and confused. I spent hours getting C’s and they would spend a few minutes and get an A. There has been a benefit though...even though it takes me longer to learn something, once the switch flips it sticks. Whatever the subject was, whoever the character we were studying; I can remember concepts from Middle School like I’m still in the room when the switch flipped.

Maybe you aren’t a slow learner in school, maybe it all came really easy (I’m married to one of those!), but there are other areas in our lives where switches get flipped too. Easter creates a unique moment for lots of people who never come to church or who only come a couple times a year. For them it’s not about hearing some new argument or the best song they’ve ever sung, it’s about God flipping their switch. I can remember significant moments in my spiritual life where God has flipped a switch of understanding or experience that takes me to another level of understanding or depth in my walk with Him.

It can be easy to prioritize our own traditions on weekends like this one and forget that God is going to flip the switch for a lot of people and if we’re willing to flex just a little, that group can be even bigger. I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who are coming on Saturday night, serving at some point throughout the weekend or even parking in the overflow lot. Your commitment to our community is what allows us to reach more people and see God flip the switches of a lot of people and families over the next few days.

Let’s pray together that the thousands upon thousands God will bring can have the kind of connection to our community and the resurrection that empowers an echo for years to come.

Grace and peace,

Phil

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