Volume 3, Issue 10 - November 2018
The Eastridge mission to create disciples who love God, love people, and reach the world has led two families and one individual within the Eastridge family to serve in the mission field. This Christmas Eve, we have an opportunity to bless these homegrown mission partners.
A special offering called The $12K of Christmas will take place during the Christmas Eve services at both campuses. The goal of this offering is to raise $12,000 to help these missionaries with specific needs.
Christian Johnston - SEND International, Poland: Christian is finishing up language school in Poland, and he is only 10% away from reaching his monthly support for the year.
Josh & Brittney Jones - Chi Alpha, Georgia Southern University: Josh & Brittney are only $300 a month away from reaching their monthly support for the year. They are also making repairs to the Chi Alpha House and attending a leadership development course.
Josh & Cindy DuBose - Campus Outreach, Peru: Josh will be participating in two trips to impoverished areas of Peru where people do not have access to healthcare. Cindy is purchasing supplies and toys for a local orphanage.
Please prayerfully consider giving to the $12K of Christmas this Christmas Eve, and always keep these and all our mission partners in your prayers.
Twice a year, Eastridge takes time out of Sunday morning services to allow parents to dedicate their babies and young children to the Lord. It's an opportunity for parents and the Eastridge family to affirm that they will partner together to raise these precious little ones in the Lord.
But what does Baby Dedication mean to the parents? Why is it so important for them to stand in front of everyone on a Sunday morning to pledge to raise their children a certain way? Some of the parents who dedicated their babies and children this fall weighed in.
Craig Petersheim is no stranger to Baby Dedication. He and his wife Lora, dedicated their fourth child, daughter Hazel, in October. Craig loves how the act of dedicating her represents the love of the church as a whole.
"For me dedicating a child is special for a few reasons," Craig said. "To start, I just enjoy having our family and in particular a new baby prayed over by the Church. I love making a profession to raise our kids in Christ, and I love the fact that the Church comes together to vow to work in the various areas to help my child's growth in the Lord. It's a beautiful symbol of the CHURCH, not Eastridge, but THE church kind of adopting a kid, and coming together to support that kid."
Jacob Hoke dedicated his daughter Jaminah this fall, and he knows that dedicating her benefits himself and his wife Brooke as much as it does Jaminah.
"It means everything to me. It means taking the steps to ensure my child has a relationship with God at a young age," Jacob said. "I feel it is nothing but good because it will help shape her mind, heart and spirit at a young age as to what being a Christian and living a Christian/Holy lifestyle is. Placing those values in her life and allowing her to see and learn how to live the way God wants us to is incredible. It allows me and my wife to grow spiritually and grow closer to God to make sure we are setting the right examples. It means making everyone better. I am happy she has an understanding of who Jesus is and that He loves her and why He is so special and important to us. How we can come to Him and He will be there to help and guide us. I am very happy and proud that we were able to dedicate her and have her be a part of this special event."
For Scott & Becky Whittle, who dedicated daughter Jordan in October, both believe that Baby Dedication is a pledge they make to raise her the way God wants them to.
"What it means to me is more of a dedication as parents that we are going to raise this child in a Godly manner," said Scott. "We are going to lead and raise this child to know and love God by being living examples. Not just through going to church on Sundays, but by living our lives everyday the way Jesus instructs us to live them. Live His word and live by example so this child grows up knowing God and following Jesus everyday of their life, not just hearing about it on Sunday mornings!"
"What it means to me is more of a dedication as parents that we are going to raise this child in a Godly manner," added Becky. "We are going to lead and raise this child to know and love God by being living examples. Not just through going to church on Sundays, but by living our lives everyday the way Jesus instructs us to live them. Live His word and live by example so this child grows up knowing God and following Jesus everyday of their life, not just hearing about it on Sunday mornings!"
Jeremy Kitchens, who dedicated his son Dylan this fall, believes that dedicating Dylan means a chance to raise him in a way that he wasn't raised as a boy.
"When I was a child my actions are followed where my parents and their habits. They were not godly people, and I followed in the ways of the world," Jeremy said. "What it means to me is I have to be an example and a role model for my child, and I have to lead by that example. For me to swear to have Dylan raised in a Godly manner then he has to see me act in a Godly manner. That's what it means to me. So it means more responsibility as a parent."
Beau and Kimberly Alexander dedicated their daughter Wrenna in October. Kimberly believed that dedicating her is the beginning of her engagement with the community of believers.
"We prayed and felt called to dedicate her in making a commitment not only to Wrenna but to ourselves and our church to raise her in the way of the Lord," said Kimberly. "We want her to be involved in a community than loves with no judgement and accepts with open arms. We want her to know that when life doesn’t go her way that it will work out because we serve a loving God who knows what is best for her. We want her to grow up worshiping and trusting in him. Lastly, we want to be examples for Wrenna as she becomes a little girl, a teenager and a young woman. We want her to know her value and that she is truly fearfully and wonderfully made."
Parents, if you're interested in dedicating your baby or young child, the next opportunity will come in March. Be on the lookout for more information as the date draws near.
Two Growth Groups at the Covington Campus recently went out of their way to share the love of Jesus to the community in unique ways.
One group packed bags with candy and shared the Gospel with kids on the Square on Halloween night:
Another group of ladies donated items to Refuge Pregnancy Center, one of Eastridge's local missions partners.
Is your Growth Group reaching out to show Jesus' love to the community in some way? Share it! Use the hashtag #WeLoveNewton on social media, or email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with an explanation of what the group did.
There’s still time left to give a year-end gift in 2018! Of course, there are five more Sundays left to give in person, but online and text giving are convenient options as well.
A gift to the REACH Campaign at year's end will help ECC's efforts to reach Newton County with the message of hope and life change through Jesus, as well as funding local and global missions efforts.
To give online visit eastridgefamily.org/give and follow the prompts.To give by text, simply text COV or JLC followed by the amount you want to give to 30131 (example: COV 50 or JLC 50). Use the code RBF for the REACH Campaign.Thanks as always for being so generous!
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