July 2014 - Eastwood Christian Church


July 2014 - Eastwood Christian Church
The Evangel
Eastwood Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Vol. 19, No. 7
July, 2014
Sunday School Celebration
August 10
9:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
Coffee and donuts for everyone
Come celebrate the start of a new school year, witness the
beginning of our new Children’s Workshop Rotation,
and head off to all classes by about 9:30.
“Shining our light by welcoming all people, building community, and serving God and neighbor.”
Jesus said to them: “They need not go
away; you give them something to eat.”
– Matthew 14:16
Thoughts from Jay
Greetings, my friends:
A friend recently sent me an article about immigration, the U.S.-Mexican border, and
reasons for building a border wall. The article states that in the last 15 years, 27 border walls
have been built around the world – almost of all of them by wealthy countries trying to keep
out immigrants from poorer countries. Throughout human history populations have always
migrated to areas where they could find food, but now this natural process is being inhibited
by border walls, as wealthy populations try to hold on to the advantages we have.
Immediately after reading the article, I picked up the lectionary texts and was struck by
Matthew 14:16: Jesus said to them: “They need not go away; you give them something to
Although Jesus wasn’t talking about immigration, his words provide a great contrast to the
idea of keeping people out and sending them away so we can protect our own resources.
The disciples were afraid they didn’t have enough food. They held what’s called a “theology
of scarcity” – the belief that there’s not enough and we have to protect our own wealth.
But Jesus held a “theology of abundance” – the belief that there is enough for all of us, if
only we share. Jesus was not an advocate for hoarding, for building bigger barns to store our
wealth, for keeping what we have when others have little. Jesus seemed to believe that our
salvation lies in sharing, that we are saved only in community, that we are all children of
God and our fortunes are inextricably bound together. I imagine Jesus might enjoy the
words of Robert Frost: “Something there is
that doesn’t love a wall.”
Peace & Blessings to you all,
Pastor Jay
Pastor Jay will be hosting a class for all who are new to
Eastwood and interested in learning more about ECC
and the Disciples tradition. Inquirer’s Class meets in
Pastor Jay’s off at 9:15 a.m. on August 17 & 24.
Here’s What’s Going On...
Baseball Field Trip
Bob Frech invites the ECC congregation to
one final game at Greer Stadium before it
closes following this season. August 8 at
7:05 vs. Round Rock. Fireworks after the
game. Tickets purchased in advance are
$10 – please place your order and give your
money to Christy Jo Harber ASAP, but no
later than the Wednesday night fellowship
dinner on August 6.
The Youth Group at Nashville’s
airport getting ready to fly to
Guatemala! On Thursday, July 24!
Mark Your Calendars…
July 30
August 3
August 3
August 6
August 8
August 8
August 10
August 10
August 17
August 17
Choir Practice Resumes, 7:00 pm
Eastwood Choir returns to Sunday
Movie Night on the Lawn
Fellowship Meal, 5:45 pm
Church-wide outing to Sounds Game
Youth Group Lock-in
Sunday School Kick-off, 9:15 am
School Kits Due ~ See Marie
Wiggins for more info
Inquirer’s Class begins with Pastor
Jay, 9:15 am
Covered Dish Lunch after worship ~
bring food to share!
Hello from Christy Jo!
If you’d like to send them a
message or keep up with their trip,
you can check out their blog:
I have really enjoyed getting to know many
of you this summer not only at church but
also at Leiper's Fork, Bethany Hills, the Harpeth River, and soon Guatemala! We have
BIG plans for youth this fall and I can't wait
for the fun to begin! August 3rd you will
not want to miss worship, it will be Allison's
last Sunday here and also a time where
those who went to Guatemala will share
about the trip. Other important dates you
want to keep on your calendar include:
August 8th the back to school bash from
5:30pm-8am, August 10th Sunday night
youth kick off, August 13th stockholder's
dinner. Hope the rest of your summer is full
of peace and happiness!
the Church
Mouse ...
Holy chaos! Imagine this scenario on a
recent day in July:
•A youth group is visiting from out of town,
sleeping in our building, eating in
Fellowship Hall
•Our youth are having a lock in on the same
•Science Camp is exploding things all over
the Fellowship Hall
•150 Africans have planned a big dinner and
worship service in Fellowship Hall
•It’s “Movie Night” – all ECC and the
neighborhood are invited to the front
•3 improv groups are rehearsing
•And ... there’s a community square dance
in, you guessed it, Fellowship Hall
•Oops, we forgot ... there’s a wedding
•And we’ve just been asked to host a
Holy chaos! What do we do?!?!
Well, even though all these events happened
in July, we haven’t had any major collisions
yet, thanks to the nimble calendar dancing
of Heidi Hoeft. Heidi is our Adminstrative
Assistant Magician, and she helps us host
many different groups without crashing into
each other.
You can make Heidi’s job easier, however,
by making sure to call/email
and reserve space at the
church before scheduling
This summer, the Old Testament readings
have told the story of the Israelite
“patriarchs.” Name the 3 male patriarchs,
and the women they married (known as
“matriarchs”). For extra credit, name the 3
maids with whom the patriarchs also
fathered children.
If you know the answer, send it via email
([email protected]) or voice mail (2272285 and press 1). Correct answers will have
their name printed in the next Evangel!
Last Evangel Trivia Contest Winners: Barry
Lumpkin, Grace Ellithorpe. Thanks for
playing Bible Trivia!
Last Month’s Answer: The Lord appeared
to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre in the
form of three men, telling Abraham that he
and Sarah were about to have a baby. Being that they were “past their prime,” Sarah
laughed at the idea.
August 1981
Mildred Myatt relocates her well respected Pre-Kindergarten program to
Eastwood from Lockland Christian
Congratulations to:
Stephanie, Taylor and Sydney Bates have
recently welcomed Benjamin Taylor Bates to the
family! He was born on July 14.
In Sympathy
We extend our deepest sympathies to Barry
Lumpkin upon the passing of his father on July 9.
David Brown
Sandy Burton
Melba Casey
Charity Eden
Ira Ellithorpe
Bart Francis
Sharon Frech
Ellen Graham
Taylor Hinton
The Hooper Family
Grant Houston
Peggy Jackson
Michelle Key
Anna Lombardo
Gene Lovelace
Leah Lucas
Georgetta Madole
Jamie Miller
Linda Miller
Joanna Stanfield Montgomery
Tom Pebworth
Monica Rutherford
Alicia Smith
Keeva Smotherman
Steve Stratton
Grant Vosburg
Evelyn Ware
Audrey Grace Williams
Tanya Wooten
Sue Worff
Ralph Young
Sherri Zerbe
Families with kids…
come on out on August 10 to start
our new Sunday School year with
us! We're beginning a new curriculum - a Workshop Rotation model that will be fun and hands-on and a
great way to learn some fantastic
Bible stories!
Age groups will be: Preschool/
Kindergarten (ages 3-5), Younger
Elementary (grades 1-2), Older Elementary (grades 3-5)
Look for an email from me soon that
will outline our new program even
Hope to see you there!
Eastwood Choir!
Please join us for our first Wednesday
night rehearsal on July 30, from 7:008:30 p.m.! Everyone is welcome! If
you're curious about joining but not
quite sure, feel free to try it out for a
while and see what you think. Besides
the blessing of singing in the service
every Sunday, our weekly rehearsals are
incredible times of fellowship and worship through music.
Plus...science is finding out (as if we
didn't already know!) that singing in a
group is really good for your mental
health, happiness, and overall wellbeing! So come out and get happy!
August 2014:
Roots in the Ruins: Hope in Trauma
I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am your God, and I
will be there to help you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Have you ever stepped into a threshold in time and space where, when you came out on the other side,
you knew something in you had changed forever? Author Lisa Schirch in her book “Ritual and Symbol
in Peace-Building” speaks of liminal space as the place of transformation, just after what "used to be"
and before "what is to come" it is holy land, where the Spirit of God gives us new perspectives and inspires us with vision.
The Roots in the Ruins: Hope in Trauma courses, supported by Global Ministries, are an invitation into
liminal space. Pastors, lay leaders, church and community members are invited to explore trauma healing and resilience development theory and practice in the context of Latin American and the Caribbean
churches. We step together into liminal space, forming a deep-sharing community, trusting each other
with our trauma stories, uplifting each other's dignity, and walking together towards reconnection with
God, ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Boris Cyrulnik says that a "resilience tutor" is someone who, like the stake attached temporarily to a
growing sapling, accompanies others for a time, shoring up confidence, promoting independence and
affirming self worth and capacity. The liminal space and the people who were there with us nourish our
resilience. Vitally important for healing is the way I behave as I share the learning space, teach with
humility and respect, and recognize that I, too, am a "wounded healer" dependent on the guidance and
grace of the Holy Spirit. What I model speaks louder than what I teach.
Elena Huegel, a member of Iglesia Cristiana Ebenezer, Los Fresnos, Texas, serves the Pentecostal Church of Chile (IPC). She is an environmental and Christian education specialist.
June’s Budget Report
Total Income
Total Expense
Bottom Line
June Actual June Budget YTD Actual YTD Budget Annual Budget
$18,394.67 $115,952.93 $110,626.98
April 2008
The Compassion Family will be serving.
August 3
Youth Group
August 10
Christy Overall
August 17
Ellie Preslar
August 24
August 31
Jared Witt
August 3
Christy Jo Harber
August 10
Saundra Horner
August 17
Teresa Pecinovsky
August 24
August 31
Bob Frech
August 3
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31
None—hear about youth
Teresa Madole
Margaret Nourse
Saundra Horner
Teresa Pecinovsky
August Birthdays
8/3: Gen 32:22-31 & Psalm 17:1-7,15; Is 55:1-5 & Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21; Rom 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21
8/10: Gen 37:1-4, 12-28 & Ps 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; 1 Kings 19:9-18 & Ps 85:8-13; Rom 10:5-15; Mt 14:22-33
8/17: Gen 45:1-15 & Psalm 133; Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 & Psalm 67; Rom 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28
8/24: Exodus 1:8-2:10 & Psalm 124; Isaiah 51:1-6 & Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20
8/31: Exodus 3:1-15 & Ps 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b; Jer 15:15-21 & Psalm 26:1-8; Rom 12:9-21; Mt 16:21-28
Teresa Madole
Natalya Rose
Sherry Perry
Beverly Stocks
Annalise Watkins
Juanita Taylor
Brittany Childs
Meagan Clark
Del Dorr
Jocelyn Hartley
James Owens
Stephanie Bates
Darcy Duncan
Teresa McDonald
Taylor Hinton
Bexley Billingslea
Sharon Frech
Earl Stocks
Allison Enari
Charles Hudson
Silas Mathes
August 2
August 2
August 3
August 3
August 5
August 6
August 7
August 7
August 8
August 10
August 14
August 17
August 20
August 21
August 22
August 24
August 25
August 26
August 28
August 30
August 31
Ellie & Brad Preslar
Lindsey & Lawson Soward
Jen & Michael Dominguez
Ashley & Chris Edwards
Emily & Michael Matassa
Alicia & Terry Riggans
Elizabeth & Andy Brown
Dawn & Jay Hartley
Ann & Adam Howard
Debbie & Casey Tytlandsvik
Jennifer & Steve Kummer
Dottie & James Owens
August 4
August 4
August 5
August 5
August 7
August 14
August 15
August 15
August 18
August 20
August 24
August 30
Jay R. Hartley
Julie Duemler
Allison Enari
Christy Jo Harber
Barry Lumpkin
Heidi Hoeft
Marcia Blair
Linda Armstreet
(Disciples of Christ)
(615) 227-2285 Fax: (615) 228-4901
e-mail: [email protected]
Sunday School-9:15 am Worship-10:30 am
Senior Minister
Director of Children’s Ministries/Music Director
Youth Minister
Youth Minister
Administrative Assistant
Nursery Attendant
Nursery Attendant
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July, 2014
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