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Holiday Season

Holiday Season

Making changes helped, but prayer is what got me through that dark period of my life.  I remember feeling at times I couldn’t survive the hurt.  I would get down on my knees and pray and cry out to God to get me through just one more day.  He did.

A Hike to Remember

A Hike to Remember

Story Teller: Abel Rodriguez

Abel Rodriguez felt compelled to be in a small group.

Abel had been attending Eastside for a few months at the invitation of his brother and sister-in-law.  He had initially resisted going to church but changed his mind when he realized that the choices he was making were taking him down the wrong path.

Abel decided to make Eastside his church home and attended a meeting to learn more about small groups, gatherings of people who meet weekly to make friends, follow Jesus, and make a difference.  Abel was chosen to lead a group, but the group members couldn’t make their schedules line up, so the group ended up folding.

Abel continued to attend church, but he still felt strongly about being in a small group.  He knew it would be easy to fly under the radar in a big church without ever developing the kind of friendships that truly impact our lives.

Abel learned that Eastside was going to start forming small groups based around people’s interests and passions.  Since he loves to hike, Abel decided to start a hiking group with Bernardo and Monica, the brother and sister-in-law who had invited him to Eastside.

Abel, Bernardo, and Monica now have 30 group members who meet on Saturday mornings at a local hiking trail.

One Saturday when they had just finished their hike and were having breakfast, Mark, a member of the group, saw a woman eating alone, so he struck up a conversation with her.  When the woman told Mark that she had been lonely, he invited her to join their group and to visit Eastside.  They prayed for her, and she went on her way.

The following week, the woman attended church.  She reached out to Abel, thanking him and his group for inviting her, telling them she could not wait to start hiking with her new-found friends.

If you’re interested in leading a little community of people who gather to make friends, follow Jesus, and make a difference, visit eastside.com/lead to learn more.  Not ready to lead a group just yet? We've got a group for you to join: eastside.com/groups

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)

Compassion

Compassion

What is it that breaks your heart?

Is it kids struggling to get the education they need to succeed in life?  Is it teen moms who are scared about what the future holds?  Perhaps it's the young men and women forced to sell their bodies for the profit of another or the elderly shut-ins whose families are no longer around?

What breaks your heart?

John Hasler's heart was broken by the men and women who slept outside or in temporary shelters because they had no place to call home.  And so John started leading a group called The Living Room.  The Living Room met on Wednesdays at 6 PM for dinner and a Bible study.

But this wasn't a once-a-week soup kitchen.  This was a place where those who had no home could come and find rest and respite and friendship.

And it wasn't limited to those who were homeless.  John sought to bring together those who had no home with those who did.  It was a place to foster relationships and understanding.

It was a place that brought people together to live out the Biblical principle that in Christ, race and gender and social status and economics are all secondary, that we are all one in Christ.

It was a place where people could learn to love those who were different than they themselves.

It was a place of hope and healing.

You can be like John.  You can bring together a group of like-minded people who want to make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting.  You don't have to be a pastor, a social worker, or a miracle worker.  All you need is compassion and a willingness to act.

Want to learn more?  Email Erica Sperrazzo at esperrazzo@eastside.com.

God’s Presence Last Christmas

God’s Presence Last Christmas

Finally brought me to my knees, I wanted desperately to come back to my former intimate relationship with God, but wasn’t sure how to return from my current distant condition. I had allowed that closeness I once felt to slip away. 

Show Me, God

Show Me, God

 “All these years of trying to understand religion! Reading, studying, questioning…… I didn’t need a religion, I needed a relationship.” 

Heart for the House - Joey's Story

Heart for the House - Joey's Story

God is doing some amazing things in and through this church. Watch this story about how a man named Joey found rescue and healing from Jesus in this home, a place we call Eastside. 

A Recipe for Faith

A Recipe for Faith

He has found that serving and getting involved in local compassion efforts at Eastside have helped turn a big church into a small church. Because of the community he’s built through serving, it’s rare for him to walk down a hallway without knowing someone.

lost and found

lost and found

Confident and wise beyond her years, 20-year-old Desiree has a singular focus. Her heart is fixed on the 27 million people, many just little girls, in bondage by the evils of the international human sex trade.

FINDING HEALING IN DEPRESSION

FINDING HEALING IN DEPRESSION

I felt I was never good enough for anything. I felt I wasn’t going anywhere with my life, and I did feel pathetic. That was the reality that I was living in.

GOD INCIDENTS

GOD INCIDENTS

For such a time as this, I was able to understand the purpose of my son’s suffering as I ministered to a young couple and I was able to see the bigger picture and have a 25-year-old question answered. 

LIVING FREE

LIVING FREE

After just five months in Washington, everything fell apart. God revealed the truth about my husband’s deception, and I realized what a foolish mistake I had made.