Volume 2, Issue 7 - October 2017
Every year Eastridge observes what we call Celebration Sunday. Normally it happens in August, but this year we celebrated on September 24.
For those of you who have never experienced a Celebration Sunday, we have a special service where we take a look at what God has done over the past 12 months. That evening, we have a picnic in which both campuses come together to enjoy each other's company and eat and swim. We also have baptisms at the picnic.
One of the highlights of the Celebration Sunday service is the "numbers video." Someone who isn't geared toward understanding or appreciating numbers may wonder, "Why numbers? What do they really represent?"
The numbers represent hope and life change. They stand for people who have been served and people who serve. They represent souls whose eternity has been altered in the best possible way. Most of all, they demonstrate the incredible things that God is doing in this community and all over the world.
Check out the "numbers video" below, and rejoice with us over what God is doing!
--Chris Queen, Director of Communications
Porter Ryan has literally grown up at Eastridge. His parents, Tim and Stephanie, have been Ministry Partners at Eastridge since 2001, and Porter has been here all his life.
Porter's involvement in the Boy Scouts of America has led him to the Eagle Scout level, the highest accomplishment in scouting. Eagle Scout candidates have to complete a project, and Porter's project consisted of a walking path between the Jackson Lake Campus building and Heard Mixon Elementary School.
The original idea for the project was a simple path, but Porter and Tim saw such an incredible response to the fundraising - both from Eastridge and throughout the community - that Porter was able to add pergolas and benches and even a fire pit along the path. It has become a special place for both the church and the school.
Porter estimated that between 70 and 80 volunteers helped lay out and build the walking path. Many of the volunteers hauled mulch one wheelbarrow load at a time.
"The thing about a project like this is that you can't just rent a Bobcat and take it into the woods, " said Tim. "And because the path is so tight, you have to do so much of it by hand."
When asked if he would do anything differently, Porter said, "I'm happy the way it is."
Porter said his goal was to lead a group of people to finish his project. There's paperwork involved, and once the documents are complete, he will receive his Eagle Scout award. The target date for the completion of his paperwork is December so that family from California can witness Porter receiving the honor.
The biggest challenges of the project have been coordinating the volunteers and handling the logistics of the project. Tim says he believes the project is bigger in scope and more complex than most Eagle Scout
When I asked Porter what he has learned the most about serving at Eastridge and in scouting, he gave a classic answer.
"It's a hassle, but it's worth it," he said. "It feels great to be able to something instead of just coming every Sunday and listening."
"It's a great little path," added Tim. "You really have to walk it to see how nice it is."
James & Amanda Huggins
Tim & Suzanne Zech
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If you're interested in publicly declaring your faith in Jesus through baptism, click here.
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