Thanksgiving is less than a month away! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Family. Friends. Food. Football – what’s not to love? It is a time a year where people quit all their griping, complaining, & selfishness & instead, take time to sit down to a good meal with family & friends & be thankful for how truly blessed we are.
Sadly, there are hundreds of people & families in Cobb & Paulding who will go without a Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Times are tough for a lot of people & this year we at Eagle Pointe are going to do all we can to make sure on Thanksgiving Day everyone sits down to a great meal.
We can sit around like most people and talk about what we are going to do – or we can take action and GIVE COBB & PAULDING THE BIRD!
Eagle Pointe is organizing this initiative for our area, but this is an event that EVERYBODY in our area needs to get behind.
In addition to collecting for our Winter Survival Kits for the Homeless during November & as part of our Faith In Action Day on Nov. 22 – we are going to provide Thanksgiving Meals for 50 – 100 struggling families. We’ve got 3 weeks to pull this off & in order to make this happen, some mountains need to be moved very quickly. Please talk with all of your friends, co-workers, boss, etc & help to round up sides & desserts, and/or donations to help purchase Turkeys. I’m still nailing down details, but please CLICK HERE for more info on this effort.
We will have a mission team heading back to Haiti July 20 – 27. We will run a free clinic for the week seeing 400+ families a day. We will also be providing medical care at 2 orphanages & tent cities that we work with. In addition, we will be doing some construction projects at a local church, as well as, building homes around the local community. And we need your help to pull this off!
Below is a list of supplies needed for our Haiti mission trip. As well, there is also a list of the money for projects we need to fund-raise between now & then. PLEASE help us round up these supplies & donations. We need supplies dropped off at Eagle Pointe by Sunday July 13th – so we can pack everything up & have it ready to go.
If you are unable to bring items to Eagle Pointe – again, donations of money are definitely needed (we will be buying a lot of needed supplies in Haiti – easier than carrying it all & supports the local economy). You can donate online HERE (be sure to select “Haiti”) or email me.
Money – fundraised:
- $2000 – medical supplies for free clinic we run while there.
- $3,500 – building materials for homes (purchased in Haiti)
- $600 – local laborers to assist w/ construction projects
- Tooth brushes
- Tooth paste
- Small toys, dolls, etc to giveaway to children (LOTS of small items are easier to pack in suitcases & can cover more kids – ‘happy meal size’ is ideal)
- Candy to giveaway to children (lg bags of smaller pieces)
- Multi-Vitamins (Children & Adult)
- Reading glasses (varying strengths)
- Large Suitcases (We need 16 of these)
Medical Items: (We need LOTS of these medical supplies) (Donations to help purchase these are greatly needed as well)
- Anti-fungal medicine (Lotrimin or other otc athletes foot meds)
- Permethrin 5%
- Benadryl (tabs & children’s liquid)
- Ibuprofen (adult and children’s liquid)
- Acetaminophen (adult and children’s liquid)
- 1 % hydrocortisone cream or other prescription steroid cream
- Antibiotics by prescription (Amoxicillin, Keflex, Bactrim, Ciprofloxacin, Augmentin, etc)
- Mebendazole by prescription
- Antibiotic eye drops – by prescription
- Visine and Visine allergy
- Albuterol inhaler by prescription
Please help us make a difference in the lives of so many struggling people & families in Haiti & show them the real, practical, & tangible love of Jesus!
BTW: If you are unfamiliar with our work in Haiti – here is a glimpse of just some of what all we do…
This Sunday June 8th we’re canceling all of our weekend worship services and sending our entire church out into our community to help and serve those in need. Basic premise – “Don’t just go to church – BE the church!“
I cannot wait for this day when we have a few hundred people working at a children’s home near red top mountain, doing mini-home improvement makeovers for single moms in our area, working at a Children’s Home, & doing some projects around our church.
We will mobilize a small army to head out into our community to serve in real, practical, & tangible ways. This is the model Jesus gave us – meet people’s physical needs & then the door is thrown wide open to begin meeting their spiritual needs. What a great way to demonstrate what Jesus is ALL about – by GOING, DOING, & BEING what Jesus has commanded us to.
In, addition to YOU joining us for Faith in Action Sunday – I hope that you will invite your friends, neighbors, & co-workers to come join you. Get them involved in helping others & making a difference in our community. A church doing this kind of thing does not compute for most people & blows them away. Who knows? Maybe this is the kind of thing that will resonate with those you know who are disconnected from God & His church. Maybe this will “change the way THEY think about church” & help them get connected. Give it a try!
Below is a list of our Faith in Action locations, as well as, a link you can click for a “project info sheet” for each location. These sheets explain the work being done, what you can bring, directions of where to go, etc. Please be sure to get the info for your location. (***After you have signed up – if you have not heard from a Project Coordinator – we may have read your email address wrong on the sign up sheet. Please email them a.s.a.p. Each project leaders email is listed on the info sheets below…
We ask that you arrive at your location no later than 8:45AM (you won’t hurt our feelings if you’re early). At 8:45AM each location will have a group meeting & prayer time before starting to work.
Flowering Branch Children’s Home - FIA – Location Info – Flowering Branch
Heroes 4 Heroes (Lunches for local Police & Firefighters) – FIA – Location Info – Heroes 4 Heroes
Working on Projects at Eagle Pointe - FIA – Location Info – Eagle Pointe
Also, below is a video to give you an idea of what will be doing this Sunday!
I look forward to seeing all of you at Faith In Action Sunday – it is going to be an amazing day of God working in so many lives!
BTW: We do this twice a year & the next one will be at Thanksgiving time.
I am SO looking forward to the Easter Celebrations we have planned for this Sunday! As we are working our tails off getting ready for you & the people you bring with you on this BIG day – here are some specific things that YOU can do as we prepare to celebrate Easter at Eagle Pointe:
1. Invite your friends!
It’s always amazed me that although we know many of our friends are LOOKING for a church to attend on Easter, we still feel nervous when inviting them. Maybe it’s the fact that we all feel a bit nervous when talking about things that are important to us. The truth is, when you invite a friend to join you for church on Easter they very often will come, and even if they cannot, they’ll appreciate the fact that you thought of them.
We have invite cards available at church for you to hand out. Check out my Facebook page & our Eagle Pointe Facebook page for videos, invites, etc that you can share. THANK YOU to so many of you who are helping blow-up Facebook by sharing invites & videos to “Easter at Eagle Pointe”! IT’S WORKING!!!
We will have Easter road signs everywhere in our community you can use as a discussion starter (“Hey, have you seen…). Also, I will be sending out an e-mail invitation that you can easily send to all of your friends. Our Eagle Pointe website also has information & the times of our Easter services.
Again, more people will attend church on Easter than any other day of the year. Studies show that 3 out of 4 people would attend an Easter church service if they were invited by someone they know. Let me encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and really make an effort to bring as many people as you possibly can this Easter. Don’t forget our “One Invite Changed My Life” Challenge. Offer to pick them up and drive them here. (In fact, carpooling will help with parking!!!) Don’t just invite – BRING them with you!
2. Come to worship and serve this Sunday!
If your friends are meeting you here rather than riding with you, make plans to worship in either the 9:00am or 12:00pm hour & then serve in another hour. We will need lots of help in the children’s ministry and host team – if you are able to help out please contact Tim Roman for Host team – Lisa Skelly for Elementary ministry or Baby/Preschool ministry A.S.A.P.
3. Help us free up seats & parking spaces.
Parking WILL be an issue this Easter weekend! Please help us by carpooling if at all possible (your family doesn’t need to arrive in 2 or 3 cars separately). Volunteers (especially those who will be here for 2 or 3 services) – please pack out our back gravel lots behind the church. People not being able to find a parking spot does not make for a very good 1st impression.
***AND – please attend our 9:00am or 12:00pm celebrations. Most visitors will come at 10:30am & we do not want them to have difficulty finding a seat or parking space.
4. Help out in any way that you can.
If you see ANYTHING that needs to be done – a piece of paper that needs to be picked up, a person who needs a question answered, a restroom that needs to be cleaned – I encourage you to “just do it.” One of the great things about Eagle Pointe is the way that we all pull together to meet whatever is needed.
Let’s make every effort to see that everyone has the best possible experience here at Eagle Pointe this Easter. Let’s see to it that not one person walks through our doors without being greeted by several people and introduced around. Let’s make everyone feel welcomed, loved, and appreciated. Hopefully, they will leave thinking, “That is the friendliest place I’ve ever been to. “Everyone is on the Host Team this Easter!” (Actually, that is the case every Sunday!)
***Remember: Studies show that most visitors to a church will make up their mind within the first 8 minutes as to whether they are ever coming back again. Let’s do absolutely everything we can to get them to come back again.
5. Personally celebrate the Good News of Easter starting today.
Just think of it: because of Easter our past is forgiven, our life is worth living and we have a future in heaven! Romans 3:22 says, “We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.” Start praising God & celebrating today & every day!
PS. DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP & COMMUNION SERVICE ON FRIDAY EVENING AT 7PM.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend!