Hey Church Family!
We are quickly approaching the one year mark in our two year journey called Cannonball. Each quarter we are sending out these updates to let you know where we are in relationship to our goals… and remember our goals are: First, to see 100% of those who call Eastside home jump in and be a part of what God is doing through His church; and second, to raise $3.3 million dollars for the mission and vision God has given us to be a difference maker in our community. 2018 was an amazing year for us as a church and we have a LOT to celebrate! We saw a stunning demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us as $3.2 million in commitments and expected gifts was announced! And additionally, we received a pledge of $1.3 million dollars from a source outside of the church toward debt reduction in the form of a 2 for 1 commitment! Here are a few more highlights:
- Over 1,800 people attended our Easter and Christmas Services with over 700 new first time visitors and guests in 2018;
- We contributed over $26,000 to ministries outside of Eastside;
- We celebrated 40 baptisms;
- Nearly 200 people have gotten involved in new Life Groups - and our Life Groups continue to grow and expand;
- Over 50 new families began contributing through regular giving to the Eastside vision and mission, and;
- As a result of overall giving through Cannonball, as well as the outside pledge, we saw our debt reduced by an incredible $878,250!!
Exciting things are happening at Eastside and I consider it a privilege to be a part of it with each of you!
Love and Blessings -
Hey Church Family!
It is so hard to believe how quickly this year is flying by! When we kicked off Cannonball this year we started with two goals: First, to see 100% of those who call Eastside home to jump in and be a part of what God is doing through His church and second, to raise $3.3 million dollars for the mission and vision God has given us to be a difference maker in our community. As I did last quarter, I just wanted to send you an update on where we are so far in our journey together..
So far in 2018 we have been able to pay down $512,250 in mortgage debt!! How amazing is that? As exciting as that is, in addition we have also been able to make our first investment in Psalm 82:3 towards the construction of the new orphanage in Liberia, Africa and in the next month will be making contributions to Milford Miami Ministry, The Christian Villages Benevolence Fund and help fund a church plant in one of the most unchurched areas in the United States! (There is a brief update on the reverse about that new church plant… and additionally, Brent Bramer our former Worship Pastor who is planting that church will be visiting our weekend services November 4th!)
In addition to all of that - so far in 2018 we have baptized 34 new believers who chose to make a commitment to Jesus Christ! These baptisms represent amazing stories of life change and are made possible by people like you with the faithfulness to share the gospel. Exciting things are happening at Eastside and I consider it a privilege to be a part of it along side each of you that are contributing to what God is doing!
Love and Blessings -
Fantastic News: For the first time since Eastside occupied our building in 2003 our mortgage obligation is under the $6M mark. God is good. This has come about in just the last two months as we have been able to contribute extra principal payments and receive the double match. This is so exciting.
Even more exciting is the anticipation we have to be able to support new ministries at Eastside, as well as local ministries at Milford Miami Ministry, Christian Villages and an international mission in Africa for orphans. We also need to establish a sinking fund for maintenance that will allow us to keep our building and grounds in excellent shape.
As the summer vacation season begins along with the many outside activities please keep your Cannonball support in mind. An easy way to do this is by setting up recurring automatic deductions. We have made this easy-just select the GIVE tab at eastsidechristian.com to get started. This can be changed or updated at any time. You can watch a video about how this works HERE.
It is not too late to begin participating in Cannonball. Let’s all strive to make big waves for Eastside, our community, our world and God’s Kingdom.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10