A Few Words From Pastor Mark
A few years ago, a friend of mine told me about a woman in his church who was continually worried and stressed. Her husband was in the military so they moved to a new place every year or two. She was convinced that each new place was going to be worse than the last. She was certain that the schools in the next place would be bad for her kids. She was sure that the people would be cold and unfriendly. She expected that nothing would be right. Of course, for her, they weren't.
After a few years like this, her marriage was on the rocks. Her children avoided her and she had no friends. Her health began to fade too. Her doctor took a battery of tests but couldn't find a thing wrong with her. He said it might be psychological, possibly psychosomatic.
Finally, the woman went to my friend who is a pastor for help. He patiently listened to her sad tale of misery for about 10 minutes. Then he took out his Bible. He had her read Philippians 4:6-7, which says:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Then, the Pastor gave the woman his Bible and asked her to read the verses again. But she read them in a monotone without any feeling. The words of these wonderful Bible passage seemed to mean nothing to her.
So my pastor-friend read the words to the woman this time. This time, he audibly emphasized the words "with thanksgiving." Then he gave her this advice: "I want you to remember these words, 'with thanksgiving'. If you could learn to be thankful, your life will change!" He told her: "Thanksgiving is one of the keys to finding peace in your heart and life. An attitude of thankfulness will give you peace."
Then, he gave her this assignment: "For the next 30 days, I want you to count your blessings. When a problem comes, look for the good in it. When you are afraid, uncertain, angry, or cynical, I want you to look for the good things in your life and thank God for them. If something is not right, look for the blessing in it. Thank God continually for whatever comes your way. As you have to move to another place again, thank God for the opportunity to meet new people, to start again, and expect to see God work in the new place. Be thankful for everything!"
As the woman left the pastor's office, she reluctantly agreed to "try it." Several weeks went by and the pastor didn't hear from her. Then, one Sunday, he was shaking hands after a service and she went through his greeting line. He almost didn't recognize her because the change was so dramatic. Her face, her posture, her countenance, and even her style of dress were different. What was most changed was the woman's attitude. There was a new zest for life. She smiled and even laughed a few times. She had a joy that was contagious. God had changed her heart. Thanksgiving was the elixir that healed her soul.
Folks, consider the benefits of being thankful. Several studies show that thanksgiving is the way to good mental health. It will keep you positive, contented, and improve your physical health. You will be more realistic about your problems because thankfulness puts the bad in prospective and exalts the good.
More than the psychological benefits, are the spiritual benefits of gratitude. Having a relationship with God and Someone to thank will heighten the benefits of thanksgiving even more. In fact, thanksgiving improves your spiritual maturity. One of my favorite verses, Colossians 2:6-7 says:
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
I pray that your Thanksgiving holiday will be blessed of the Lord. I pray that God will be more real to you than ever before as you thank and praise Him.
See you for worship this Sunday at East Hills Church!  Bring a Bible, a smile, your friends and family. We'll be celebrating the Lord's Supper this Sunday. Remember, we have:  
9:15 AM - Adult Class - Bible study and discussion in the Fellowship Hall 
11:00 AM - Nursery - Children age 0 through grade 2
11:00 AM - Worship Service - Up-beat praise and Bible teaching
11:30 AM - Children's Church - Grade 3 through 6 
I love being your pastor!
Pastor Mark Platt
This Weeks Message
This Sunday, we will look at the humanity of Jesus in Hebrews 2:17-18. Our study is titled: "Human Just Like Us." One of the most fascinating parts of the Christmas story is that Almighty God came in human flesh in order to save the world. We will learn how Jesus' humanity affects our life and eternal destiny. Bring your out-of-town family and friends to church to worship with you. Share the Good News and enjoy it yourself!  
Special Music
Our soloist on Sunday is Tom Lucia. Tom will be performing a beloved gospel song entitled, "My Tribute (To God Be The Glory)". It is a favorite amung many that first appeared in 1972 by American gospel singer and songwriter Andre Crouch who wrote it. It is considered one of his most well-known songs.

"How can I say thanks
for the things You have done for me?
Things so undeserved
Yet You gave to prove Your love for me..."

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you to all who helped with our Souper Pie & Praise time! It is always special to fellowship together and enjoy each other's company. A very, very special "Thank you" to all the Deaconesses for putting on this wonderful event.

We Need Your Help
Writing a check for tithe?

Our bank has new standards and policies for turning in checks. Please make your check payable to East Hills Community Church, and not our abbreviated name (EHCC). Thank you.
Got Pictures?

Do you have pictures of East Hills Church? We are updating our web site and publishing some brochures. Please loan us your photographs or send us your digital pictures of EHCC. Give them to Pastor Mark on Sunday or email them to pastor@easthillscc.org

Join after church this Sunday as we decorate our church for the Christmas season. We are expecting guests and hoping to invite our friends, neighbors, and relatives to EHCC for Christmas. Stay after church for a great time, great fellowship, and some great pizza as we  "deck the halls with boughs of holly" and other things!
What's Next!
December 1 - Deck the Halls of EHCC (Pizza & Pie Provided)
December 8 - Baby Dedication

December 22 - Christmas Brunch

December 22 - Family Christmas Service
Current Series

Christmas is one of the most misunderstood holidays on the calendar. Lost among the tinsel and the toys, the real message of Christmas is often obscured. Christ's birth changed history and changed eternal destinies. This year at East Hills, Pastor Mark Platt will unpack how Christ's birth changes your life forever. Here are the message titles for this important series:
1. December 1
- Hebrews 2:17-18 - "Jesus: Human Just Like Us"
** Communion Sunday
2. December 8
- Luke 1:32 - "Jesus: Truly Great!"
  3. December 15
- Galatians 4:4-5 - "God's Christmas Plan"
4. December 22
- John 3:16 - "God's Christmas Gift"

In The Bible (Reading Plan)

Join us as we finish our reading through the Bible in 2019:
  • December 1-7                       Hosea-Joel; 2 Peter
  • December 8-14                     Amos-Jonah; 1-3 John; Jude
  • December 15-21                   Micah-Zephaniah; Revelation 1-11
  • December 22-31                   Haggai-Malachi; Revelation 12-22
Adult Bible Study

Gospel Foundations Volume 6
The Kingdom on Earth

Volume 6 of the Gospel Foundations Adult Series is "The Kingdom on Earth" Bible Study. It shows how the Gospel story ends with Jesus' return, all things being made new, all of the consequences of sin being dealt with, and us enjoying eternal, unhindered relationship with God as He intended. Come join Larry McKenzie as he takes us through this wonderul study. Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM.
Women's Bible Study

1st Corinthians

The Women's Bible study takes place at June's home. Evie Berg leads the study and is taking the ladies through the book of 1st Corinthians. Call June at (510) 604-4277 for more information.
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Sunday Morning
  • 9:15 AM - Adult Class

Bible study and discussion in the Fellowship Hall 

  • 11:00 AM - Worship Service

Up-beat praise and Bible teaching

  • 11:00 AM - Nursery

Children 0 through grade 2

  • 11:30 AM - Children's Church

Grade 3 through 6