Snapshot 17 march 2017

Dear friends

As some of you may know I have earnestly been praying for a deep move of God's presence among us here at Eastside. I have been praying for God to release our hearts to give all of us a desire to follow Him passionately. In my prayer and bible reading time this week the Holy Spirit highlighted this passage for me.

Ezekiel 36:24 – 28

“For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.”

Then later in the passage God says this:

37 – 38 “This is what the Sovereign lord says: I am ready to hear Israel’s prayers and to increase their numbers like a flock. They will be as numerous as the sacred flocks that fill Jerusalem’s streets at the time of her festivals. The ruined cities will be crowded with people once more, and everyone will know that I am the lord.”

What strikes me about this passage is God's initiative. God's initiative in forgiving and cleansing us from all of our sins and then giving us a heart to follow Him passionately.

The second striking claim in this passage is "I am ready to hear Israel's prayers and to increase their numbers like a flock"

God speaking saying "I am ready, I am listening tell me what you want me to do, ask me what you want to ask me."

Our desire for our church has always been for this to be a place where people can come, out of their complicated lives to receive grace, forgiveness for their sin, that is, and for them to experience God's life transforming power in their own lives. God is ready to hear our prayers to this end. Let’s ask God to use our church like this. Let’s ask Him to challenge people to serve, to get connected and to give of their time and money to make this happen.

For you personally: perhaps your life is complicated or you need forgiveness of sin. Why not ask God for forgiveness; ask Him to transform your life.


Young Adults Weekend Away

Sometimes one of the most spiritual things we can do is take time out to do life together, and this past weekend 17 of our "young and working" Eastsiders spent the weekend together at Monateng Safari Lodge camping. As with all camping trips, there were great camp-fire chats, too much meat (no such thing!), hours in the sun and deflated mattresses.

As we grow more intentional about the relationships we build as Eastsiders with each other, we will be having many more of these getaways - so watch this space!

Some group photos from the weekend

Membership Info Evenings

The best illustration I have heard describing the local church is an aircraft carrier with its people being described as the military aircraft.

Jesus, when establishing the church claimed “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Mat 16:18). This was not only a statement referring to the beginnings of the church but the reason for the church’s establishment which, as Jesus said, is to kick down the gates of hell and plunder the kingdom of darkness.

I think that is why I love the picture of the local church being an aircraft carrier. The purpose of an aircraft carrier is to equip, refuel and transport the aircraft into enemy territory, where they can be launched to take down the enemy.

Launched into enemy territory

Likewise Eastside Community Church has been established by Jesus to plunder the kingdom of darkness and bring transformation to our community. We have a very specific calling and so do the people who associate themselves with our church.

We would love to invite you to join us on 28 March and 4 April to discover more about the mission and purpose of our church and to find out how you, and the call God has on your life, can slot in.

Click here to RSVP, or feel free to contact the office on 012 998 2877 for more information.

Grade 1 - 5 Sleepover

Will your children be joining us for the annual Children's Church sleepover? If so, please RSVP to Robyn by Wednesday, 22 March for catering purposes. You can do this by clicking here or by texting her on 083 6777 677.

Sungarden Outing to Willow Feather Farm

Sungarden Nursery School learners went to Willow Feather Farm this week and learnt about a variety of farm animals. They collected eggs and some of the braver children even hand fed goats!

Collecting Eggs
Sticking together!
Teachers Juliet & Treasure have a moment of fun

Every learner received a tree as they left.

Hopefully all the parents will involve their children in some gardening this weekend.

Coming Next Week:

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