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Embrace Your Own Personal Story

There was a story playing in my head when I wrecked our car last year Our youngest was up from Sunday afternoon nap, and all the kids wanted to eat something. I wanted to be a good dad by feeding all with something healthy before I rushed out the door. (A good friend shouldn’t be late for a buddy’s ordination, and I wanted to be a good friend.) I hadn’t left enough time to get there. In my hurry, I overlooked…

Make Room for the Outsider

Going from Unsure to Belonging A few weeks ago, a little girl tentatively walked into the LAB. She held onto her mom, unsure she wanted to let her leave. In an effort to help her feel more comfortable, I introduced her to an older girl named Mady. By the end of the hour, I overheard that same shy little girl ask Mady if they could be friends. The response was an enthusiastic “Sure!” It was that easy. They had spent…

Impact the World for the Cause of Christ!

What is a celebrity? Gisele Bündchen is the wife of New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady. The Brazilian supermodel and the NFL superstar have been married for nine years and have two children. Gisele was asked by her son what a “celebrity” is. Apparently he heard the word used in a description of his parents. Gisele answered, “A celebrity is just someone whose job is very visible. It doesn’t mean their job is more important.” What a healthy answer! Many…

ARE YOU READY TO “SAY ‘YES?’”

Every person who calls Alsbury home should have a place of meaningful, productive ministry within the life of our church. Every person. Watching it First Hand This week I witnessed firsthand what God will do through fairly ordinary people who possess an extraordinary commitment to serve Christ with their gifts and abilities. Some were young. Others could be described as elderly. A few were male. Most were female. Some were relatively new to the church family. The rest have been…

Make It Personal

Our Vacation Bible Spectacular (VBS) begins this Sunday evening. VBS is one of a half-dozen events given absolute top priority in our church. For five days everything else is pushed to a back burner. Said another way, VBS is the one thing we do this coming week, and by doing so move a few steps forward in fulfillment of the Great Commission. Hundreds of Children will Need Hundreds of Adults Each year we host hundreds of children from throughout the…

What Is Your One Thing!

What is the purpose behind everything we do as a church family? Fulfillment of the “Great Commission!” Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”…

When Life Feels Like a Shipwreck

What do you think of when you hear the word “shipwreck?” You might think of an epic movie, or a campy TV show. When I get past the pop-culture references and really think about a shipwreck, tragedy, loss, and damage come to my mind. So why is our Vacation Bible Spectacular theme “Shipwrecked?” Our reality sometimes resembles a shipwreck. We experience tragedy, loss and damage on a frequent basis. It can be hard to remain hopeful in the midst of…

Moving Forward, Together

Our Number one job We are commissioned by Jesus to make disciples of all nations. Our primary task, or job number one, is to take the gospel into the entire world. What a daunting task! When we consider our assignment to reach the world we obviously feel overwhelmed. How could we possibly fulfill this monumental taskl? I think of the old adage: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. We reach people locally through the many…

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

article by Mason Beasley serve during the Collaboration. Here’s a list of all the opportunities: MORNINGS Serve in the mornings by coming up to the church and helping hand out the breakfast and join them for Bible Study. Clean the upstairs café once everyone is done so that they can leave to go do their work at Eastside on time. DAYS Be a driver – Transport the German team to and from their destinations as they serve Eastside City Church.…

Why should I get involved?

By now I hope you have heard, that our brothers and sisters in Christ from CityChurch Andernach in Germany are coming to serve with us in a few weeks.  I am sure many of you are processing what that means. Who are they?  What will they do?  Should I engage them and the activities? Trust me, I have been in your shoes. Another year rolls around When I arrived at Alsbury in 2009, it was on the heels of one…

The Germans are Coming!

When Sean and I first started attending Alsbury, we kept hearing a phrase that brought more questions than answers. THE GERMANS ARE COMING! What did this mean? Should we be concerned? Are they the good Germans? I thought we handled the German problem decades ago? What we discovered was a wonderful group of young adults led by a beautiful soul by the name of Mike Vlajnic. Their main objective or purpose was clear…love God and love others. It didn’t matter if they were doing…