The Small Things
on November 18th, 2022
The Small Things “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 NIV).“I really want this Daddy. I want this really bad.” My daughter, Emma, said through nervous tears as we drove home, the reflection of car lights on the wet road making it difficult to see that dark evening. I held Emma’s hand and replied, “I know you do honey…I know you do. How about we pra...
Praying for Rainbows
on November 11th, 2022
Operation Christmas Child BoxesI want to begin by thanking each of you who generously grabbed an Operation Christmas Child box to fill! I can only imagine the joyful faces of those precious children who will open your box and see all the thoughtful gifts you put in there. It’s a small box that makes a huge impact on a child’s heart! With that said, we want to get those boxes sent out so that your ...
Loving & Serving
on November 3rd, 2022
Don’t Forget to Fall BackIt’s that time of the year again! Before you go to bed Saturday evening, remember to set your clocks back an hour. I know. It’s not very fun, is it? The bad news: it will get darker earlier in the day. The good news: we gain an extra hour of sleep Saturday night so we can come to church refreshed and renewed! Yay! Now, word around the campfire is that many are pushing to p...
God of Miracles
on October 28th, 2022
God of Miracles “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”(Hebrews 13:8)“I can’t explain it. It’s gone.”“What do you mean it’s gone?”“It’s not there anymore. You’re cancer free!”With tears in his eyes and a bright smile on his face, Pastor Rick (pastor of One Church in Akron, NY) shared his testimony with the rest of us–a room full of pastors. The room burst out in applause for what ...
on October 20th, 2022
Surviving the Holidays (Pastor Kathryn) It’s crazy to think about, but the holiday season is right around the corner! Five weeks! For some, the holiday season is a time of excitement and joy. For others however, this season is met with apprehension and dread. There is a third option too; where some of us feel the tension between these two emotions. Excitement and dread at the same time....
A Reason to Celebrate
on October 6th, 2022
A Reason to Celebrate: Making Things RightAs the sun set on Tuesday evening this week, Jews all over the world began their celebration of Yom Kippur. For the next 25 hours they would commemorate what to them is the holiest of all their holidays. Yom Kippur is celebrated annually on the 10th of Tishri, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. On what is known as the Gregorian Calendar, it usually ...
Gifts of Grace
on September 29th, 2022
Gifts of Grace“I have a gift for you,” grandma said, leaning forward on the couch with a big smile on her face.“Really? For me?” Her five-year-old grandson inquired. He had just come home after his first day of kindergarten to this pleasant surprise.“Yes, for you, silly!” she responded. “But it’s right behind that door there,” pointing to the closet beside him. “If you want it, you just have to op...
Try it His Way
on September 22nd, 2022
Outdoor Service & PotluckThis coming Sunday we are taking our church outdoors!!! You heard that right. At 10am we are going to meet at the open pavilion at Perinton Park to worship our God and point the world to the wonderful love of Jesus! That is incredibly good news to share, isn’t it? The music will be rich and exciting and the message is being written with you and a friend in mind-especially ...
Guard your Heart
on September 15th, 2022
Amazing Blessings, Amazing Generosity! By Tim Holt (Eastside Treasurer)In the month of August, we sent out an urgent financial request. Even in spite of aggressive cost reduction efforts, our budget deficit was growing each month. By the end of July, our deficit had grown to about $20K! And even more alarming, our General Fund cash on-hand was only $2,100 - down from over $21K in January. Financia...
on September 8th, 2022
Fall Kickoff Sunday! Can you believe it? The first day of autumn is right around the corner, school buses are out and about again, and some trees are already changing into their autumnal attire. With this new season comes new wonderful opportunities at Eastside! We will be kicking off the fall season this coming Sunday with a new teaching series called “The Chosen” as we explore what it m...
on September 1st, 2022
New MerciesChange. I woke up today just as the sun was rising and went for my morning walk around our neighborhood. It’s the first day in September, and boy, did it feel like it. I checked the weather app on my phone and discovered the temperature was in the low 50’s! Soon, summer will end, kids will go back to school, leaves will change colors, and the air will be filled with the autumn scents of...
on August 25th, 2022
Burden Bearers “Turn it this way!” “Or what if we stand it up vertically? We’ll push and you guys pull.” “No, it’s not working. I think the way we were doing it was working better.” Back and forth we went, sweat pouring down each of our faces as we tried to force the king size mattress up the narrow staircase. Finally, we got it! Cheers and victorious grunts broke out with high fives and fist bump...