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Christmas Eve at Eagle Pointe

EPC - Christmas Eve - Web.jpgCan you believe it? Christmas Eve is only 6 days away! I am SO looking forward to the Christmas Eve Celebrations we have planned for you and the 20 friends you’ll bring with you this year. We have 2 amazing, unplugged, candlelight, Christmas Eve services (3:00 & 5:00PM) planned for you & all the people you bring with you! The music, message, videos, candlelight singing, & more! Trust me – you don’t want to miss out!!!

So, here are four specific things that you can do to help us prepare to celebrate Christmas Eve at Eagle Pointe:

1. Invite, Invite, Invite & Fire Up Your Social Media!
It’s always amazed me that although we know many of our friends are LOOKING for a church to attend on Christmas Eve, 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 Christmas Eve they very often will come, and even if they cannot, they’ll appreciate the fact that you thought of them. Remember: Christmas Eve & Easter are the 2 times a year when more people are willing to “give church a try” than any other. Use that! Take advantage of that! Get BOLD in inviting!

Call your friends & invite them! Go to mine or our Eagle Pointe Facebook pages or my instagram & share about our services on your social media. We will be sending out an e-mail invitation that you can easily send to all of your friends. Step out of your comfort zone and really make an effort to bring as many people as you possibly can this Christmas Eve. Offer to pick them up and drive them here. Let’s do OUR part & then step back & watch as God does His part!

2. Come to worship AND SERVE this Christmas Eve! 
If your friends are meeting you here rather than riding with you, make plans to worship in either the 3:00 or 5:00pm services and then serve during another service. We will need lots of help in the children’s ministry and host team – if you are able to help out please contact Lisa Skelly(children’s) or Tim Roman (host team) a.s.a.p.

3. 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. 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 Christmas Eve! (Actually, that is the case every Sunday as well!)

Studies show that most visitors to a church will make up their mind within the first eight minutes as to whether they are ever coming back again. Let’s do absolutely everything we can to get them to come back again.

4. PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!

Join us in praying that after we do our part – that God shows up in a HUGE way & does what only He can do! Pray for your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, & our community! Take a few seconds and ask God if there is anyone else that you need to invite… and if He places someone in your heart and mind then don’t just pray for them… GO GET THEM!!! Also, Pray that our lives will be changed this Christmas & that the lives & eternities of 100′s of people will be changed this Christmas Eve.

5. Personally celebrate the Good (GREAT) News of Christmas starting today. 
Matthew 1:23 says, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and they will call Him Emmanuel which means God with us.” God is with me & God is with YOU – THAT’S what Christmas is ALL about! Start praising God and celebrating today and every day the GREAT news of Jesus!

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday & on Thursday for Christmas Eve!

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Put Your Faith Into Action this Thanksgiving!

EPC - Faith In Action - Give the Bird - logoOur next Faith In Action Day is coming up this Saturday Nov. 21st. 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.

Make plane to join us for  a morning of serving – doing Christmas decorating & baking at a Children’s home, doing Christmas decorating inside & outside our church, & putting together and delivering complete Thanksgiving meals for 180 struggling families, single moms, etc in our area with our #GiveCobb&PauldingTheBird.

In, addition to YOU joining us for Faith in Action – 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!

I hope you are already signed up for a Faith in Action project. If not, please view the “project info sheets” below and contact the project coordinator right away & let them know you will be helping so they can plan accordingly. 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. (***If you have already signed up & have not heard from a Project Coordinator  – we may have a bad email address for you. 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 – Thanksgiving

Christmas Prep & decorating @ Eagle Pointe – FIA – Location Info – Eagle Pointe – Thanksgiving

Give Cobb & Paulding the Bird – FIA – Location Info – Give the Bird

***FYI: We will not be offering childcare during Faith in Action. You are welcome to bring young kids to the Children’s Home & to the Preparing Turkey Meals.

I look forward to seeing all of you at Faith In Action Day – it is going to be an amazing day of God working in so many lives!


Winter Survival Kits for the Homeless

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Every month we have an amazing crew of Eagle Pointe’rs who go out & serve meals to the homeless in our area. Now that we are heading into the winter months we want to help our homeless friends survive the bitter cold. Fortunately, most of us will never know what it is like to sleep in the freezing cold with virtually nothing to keep us warm.

Help us put together 100 Winter Survival Kits for the Homeless. While we still need some adult jackets – here is what we need a BUNCH of… Gloves, hats, scarves, ponchos, handwarmers, tissue packs, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, chapstick, zip lock bags, AA & AAA batteries, candles, thermal underwear, soap & shampoo.

Donations can be dropped off at Eagle Pointe church before Fri. Dec. 4th – 5100 Old Stilesboro Road, Acworth.http://EaglePointe.org

We will distribute these items out at our Homeless Feeding on Sat. Dec. 6th. Please help us round up these supplies to help our homeless friends survive the cold winter. Get your friends & co-workers involved.

On the morning of Sat. Dec. 5th we will meet to organize & pack all of the supplies into tote bags. Then that afternoon, while we are serving meals, we will be distributing the Winter Survival Kits. If you are interested in helping on Dec. 5, or any other time we are serving meals, please contact Scott Nations.


Give Cobb & Paulding the Bird

EPC - Give Cobb & Paulding the BirdThanksgiving 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 the month of November & as part of our Faith In Action Day on Nov. 21st – we are going to provide complete Thanksgiving Meals for 200 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. Donations to purchase Turkeys or side items/desserts can be made online CLICK HERE & select “Give the Bird”.

NOTE #1: If you or your company would like to partner with us & be a sponsor in this effort, here is a flyer with more info – EPC – Give the Bird – Sponsor Flyer

NOTE #2: If you would like to know more about this effort & what side items/desserts you can help us round up, here is a flyer with more info – EPC – Give the Bird – Supplies Needed

NOTE #3: If you could benefit, or you know a family, who could benefit from recieving a Thanksgiving meal, here is a flyer with more info – EPC – Give the Bird – Request Flyer


Churches/Christians – Just say “Yes” to Halloween!!!

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Many of us have grown up hearing a very wide-range of views relating to Halloween – especially from Christians & Churches. Please take a minute & read this post & watch the videos below to see how we view & “use” Halloween, in some very fun ways, to reach people for Jesus.

Being that we have so many people coming to Eagle Pointe from all different church backgrounds & no church backgrounds – I get asked quite often around this time of year – “What is your’s & the church’s view of Halloween?”  This question comes up a lot especially since our church does a huge pumpkin patch, as well as, student ministry costume party & an event for families in our community called “Trick-or-Treat Street”. I always love this question because I never know what that person’s view is or how they will respond to my view.

So, here is my attempt at conveying mine/our view of this…

1) Yes – Halloween started out thousands of years ago as a Celtic celebration steeped in witchcraft – but that certainly is not what 99% of people equate it with today. For most, it is an excuse to dress up, be silly, & have fun.

2) Did you know? Christmas started as a Nordic winter solstice celebration steeped in witchcraft as well – but we Christians “hijacked” it and used it to celebrate the birth of Christ. (which most scholars believe was actually around April)

3) I propose we (Christians) hijack Halloween!

4) Many of you know that I am ALL about reaching people who are disconnected from God & helping change the way they think about church – so with that in mind…

5) There is no other day of the year that almost every one of my neighbors are coming to my front door!!! (think about it)  SO – I’m camping out on my front porch with a huge bowl of candy, thermos of coffee for the adults, & invite cards to my church!!! Let the hijacking begin!

6) As for our “Trick-or-Treat Street” – What a great opportunity to reach out to the families in our community, give them a great, fun, & safe family experience (they’re going trick-or-treating anyways), & let them know about what God is doing here at Eagle Pointe. We have theme rooms set up, about 40 characters for kids & families to get their pictures taken with, & giving out A BUNCH of candy to the kids, & invites to church. We had a few hundred families come through Trick-or-Treat Street last year. Let the hijacking begin!

7) For me – Halloween is a great excuse for me to go pillage & plunder my neighborhood for candy with my kids!

I hope to see you & your family at our Trick-or-Treat Street event this Saturday Oct. 24 from 4 – 8PM. Oh yeah – 1 more thing – Trick or Treat? (Again, please take a minute & read this post & watch the videos below to see how we view & “use” Halloween, in some very fun ways, to reach people for Jesus.)


Faith In Action Day – What You Need to Know

EPC - Faith In Action - PosterThis Saturday June 27th we’re 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 bunch of people working at a Children’s Home near red top mountain, doing a mini-home improvement makeover for a Widow in our area, working at a Women’s Shelter in Marietta.

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 Day – 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 & please contact the project coordinator for the location you would like to serve at RIGHT AWAY – so we know how many people we have to work with & how many projects we can tackle.

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

Home of a Widow – FIA – Location Info – Widow’s Home

Women’s Shelter – FIA – Location Info – Women’s Shelter

I look forward to seeing all of you at Faith In Action Day – 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.


Haiti Mission Trip & How You Can Help…

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We will have a mission team heading back to Haiti June 14 – 21. We will run a free clinic for the week seeing 400+ families a day. We will also be providing medical care at 2 orphanages. 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 & thenPLEASE help us round up these supplies & donationsWe need supplies dropped off at Eagle Pointe by Sunday June 7th – 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.
  • $3,000 – building materials for homes (purchased in Haiti)
  • $600 – local laborers to assist w/ construction projects

General Items:

  • 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)
  • Tooth brushes
  • Tooth paste
  • 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%
  • Neosporin/polysporin
  • 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…