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What's Happening at Eastridge - Week of December 14th

by Dr. Casey Lewis on December 14, 2020

End of Year Giving

Thank you for your faithful giving to Eastridge Baptist Church throughout the year. Your giving supports gospel ministry both locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

As the year ends, would you consider making an end of the year gift above and beyond your normal tithes and offerings? Your gift is tax deductible, and it insures we are able to continue as a light to the community in which Jesus has planted us.

Proposed Budget Vote

The proposed budget vote with take place on Sunday December 20th by ballot. Please pick a ballot up when you enter the sanctuary, fill it out, and place in the designated ballot box after service. This will be a quick “yes” or “no” vote with no discussion.

You can also vote early online at eastridgebc.com/2021-budget/ or by snail mail or by calling the church office. 

  • If you are unable to vote online, you can call or write the church with your vote of “yes” or “no” for the budget. 
  • We will accept calls or mail-in votes until December 19th. 

Wednesday Night Activities

Due to COVID-19 cases in the church and a 14 day quarantine period, we will take a break from Wednesday night activities this coming Wednesday (Dec 16th). This week would have concluded our Wednesday night activities for the remainder of the year. We will plan to resume Wednesday night activities after the first of the year. Enjoy time with your family this Holiday Season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior and ring in the New Year.

Sunday Service Resumes this Week

Lord willing, we will resume in-person Sunday Service on December 20th. 

We, however, will continue to monitor the uptick in COVID-19 cases and seek guidance from local and state authorities. We will notify you if there is a change to our plans, but for now, we look forward to seeing you Sunday. 

Candlelight Service

If all goes as planned this week, we will gather at 6pm for a special candlelight service. Plan to join us with your family.

Mark Your Calendars

Important dates to keep in mind for the next few months:

  • December 20th — Candlelight Evening Service @ 6pm
  • December 23rd — No Wednesday night services
  • December 27th — Service only no Sunday School
  • December 30th — No Wednesday night services

Scriptural Encouragement

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Rom 13:1)

Among all the things we have experienced in 2020, we can add a season of political turmoil. A season that doesn’t want to end. Come January though changes will happen. Some of you may be glad for those changes while others will disagree.

Whether we agree or disagree, we are to heed the instruction found in God’s Word. We are to be subject to the governing authorities. Whether they represent our political party or not, we can be subject to them because every authority has been instituted by God. Paul even goes so far as to call them God’s servants for our good and the avenger who carries out God’s wrath (Rom 13:4). 

Given some authorities bent towards immorality it is hard to believe they are put in place by God, considered His servants, and are to carry out His wrath. But God’s Word reveals that is their position. It is how the sovereign Lord uses them. Since they are appointed and used by God, we are to respect their position. We are to pray for them. Where we can, in good conscience, we are to follow their direction and the laws of the land. To be sure, God is our first ruler. Where His law would be transgressed, we are to resist, but by and large we are to respect and honor our rulers.

While we may believe that to be a radical request, Paul, the author of Romans, is writing these words while living under Roman rule. Rule that was ruthless and, at times, antithetical to and persecutor of Christianity. As Christians in the USA we experience much more freedom than those in Roman society. While many would like to erode those freedoms, we are still to trust the Lord, His wisdom, and His Word. We are to be subject to the ruling authorities for they have been instituted by God. 

Office Hours

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the church office will temporarily close. Pastor Ryan and Pastor Casey work at the church throughout the week. If you need to drop something by and see one of their cars, feel free to stop by and ring the bell. 

Pati will be available by phone or email. The church line will forward to her cellphone so feel free to call the church as you have been and Pati will answer. 

We hope to get back to our scheduled hours soon.

Questions?

If you have questions about our ministries, church, or want to chat, don’t hesitate to reach out to our pastor.

Do you have a need?

If you are in need of anything, please don’t hesitate to call the church office, our Pastor, or one of our Deacons.

Pastor Casey

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