EAST HILLS CONNECTION WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
Think About It... From Pastor Josh Smith
The world is filled with worry right now.
 
People are worried about COVID-19, the fires, financial uncertainty, the upcoming election, and many other events going on in today’s world. I wonder, what have you been worried about most lately? Whatever you have been worried about, I can assure you this, God does not want you to be worried!
 
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells us why we should never worry. I want to share four reasons why you should never worry from Matthew 6:25-34. If you believe and live out these principles, you will be set free from the weight of worry that might be crushing you right now.
 
First, Have a Life’s Purpose
 
Matthew 6:25 says, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (emphasis added)
 
We often worry about worldly things such as food, money, clothing, and etc. Jesus tells us to not worry about the temporal things of this world, because our life is made for “more.” The primary purpose of your life is not about what you have but who you know. Colossians 1:16b says, “All things have been created through Him and for Him.” Your life’s purpose is to have personal relationship with God. When you remind yourself of your life’s purpose, it will allow you to put all of the temporal stuff in its proper place, which will drastically reduce worry in your life.
 
Second, Know Your Life’s Value
 
Matthew 6:26 says, “Look at the birds of the air; they do no sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (emphasis added)
 
When we worry, it is often because we feel as if we have to solve the problem all by ourselves. We can feel alone and as a result, feel fearful. When you realize that you are valued highly by the Creator of all things, you will realize that you are not alone in whatever you are worried about! God values you so much that He was willing to pay for your salvation with the blood of His one and only Son. Surely if Jesus was willing to die for you, He will be with you and will guide you through whatever you are worried about! (Romans 8:32)
 
Third, Use Your Time Wisely
 
Matthew 6:27 says, “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
 
Jesus asked a brilliant rhetorical question here so that we can reflect on the result of our worries. The obvious answer to His question is, “OF COURSE NOT!” Worry is always a waste of time! Worrying is like running on a treadmill. There is a lot of movement, but you do not go anywhere new, because you stay in the same place. When you realize worry is a waste of time because it only empties your current moment of all joy, you can then use your time more wisely by living out God’s will for your life in that moment, rather than worrying.
 
Fourthly, Jesus is Worth Trusting
 
Matthew 6:28-30 says, “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, you of little faith?”
 
At the end of verse 30, Jesus reveals to us the root of all our worries. The root of all worry is a lack of faith in God. When we lack faith in God, it is not because He has ceased being faithful, it is because our faith is lacking and is in need of being strengthened. Whatever you are worried about, you can know this. Jesus is worth trusting and you can come to Him with whatever you are worried about. You can trust that His plan will prevail in your life and that in the end, all things will work out for your good, no matter what happens. (Romans 8:28)
 
East Hills Community Church is at a pivotal time in its history. Maybe you have been worried about what the future might hold for the church. I would be lying to you if I said that I have not been worried about my future and what it might hold at times too. However, all of the weight of our worries ceases to crush us when we let the One who can carry any load bear our burdens for us. 
 
Let’s trust Jesus together during this time of transition!
 
 
I’d love to be your pastor!
Pastor Josh Smith
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This Sunday's Message
Pastor Josh Smith will be talking to us about ”Finding True Freedom.” We live in the land of the free and home of brave, however many people feel trapped in so many different ways. This Sunday, we will continue in the book of Galatians and study what God says in chapter 5, verses 1 through verse 15. Come to hear about what it means to have the true freedom that comes from Christ!
 
If you are not able to attend our public service, you can go to www.easthillscc.org on your smartphone or computer. On the first page of our website, choose one of the links to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and our own Truthcasting. We will have Pastor Josh’s message available to view on Monday! Also, the “Question and Answer” time from last Sunday is available for your viewing. Click here to view.
 
Also, if you are non-technical, you can simply call 510/210-9117 and hear the Sunday service on your phone.
Announcements
Congregational Meeting This Sunday! 

After the 10:30 AM service, we will have a short business meeting to consider a recommendation from the East Hills Board of Elders that we call Pastor Joshua D. Smith as our permanent Senior Pastor. Due to Covid-19, the Elders will accept your vote by mail or email. But they must be received by 11 AM on Sunday, October 11. Church members, you can mail your vote to 12000 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619 or send a email to pastor@easthillscc.org. But we encourage to you to vote in person on this Sunday!
10:30 A.M. is our new worship time! 

With Pistos (Greek for faithful) Korean Presbyterian Church now renting our facilities on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 6 PM., we need an earlier time to meet for worship. So, this Sunday and from now on, don’t forget to come a half-hour earlier!
Invite Your Friends and Family to East Hills! 

In these crazy times, people are more open to the Good News. Inviting them to listen to our online services is a non-threatening way to tell them about new life in Christ. You can forward an invitation from your Facebook or Instagram pages. Also, you can send them an email or text and direct them to www.easthillscc.org. where you can click on "Watch This Week's Sermon."
Our New Electrical Panel

Our new electrical panel is done, repairs made, and protective bollards replaced. But we found a few more things that needed to be done to prevent outages, sparks and fires. If you want to help our church with this project, designate your gift for “Electrical Panel.” 
Facelift Continues EHCC!

Right now, our painter is finishing the job on the front of our buildings. But we hope to start the second phase of our painting project soon. We are replacing three windows while we have the opportunity. If you want to help our church with this project, designate your gift for “Painting”.
Women's Bible Study

Held on Thursday nights with Evie Berg on Zoom. Right now, they are studying book of 1 Corinthians. Whether you are in Kentucky, Arizona, or right here on the East Bay, you can enjoy studying the Bible, with other women. Call June Peterson at (510) 604-4277 for more information. All women are invited to enjoy the fellowship and the fun of Bible study!
Support God's Work at EHCC

Grateful thanks for your stewardship, generosity and faithfulness. We continue to depend on your regular and sacrificial financial support of God’s work. We need to fully support our staff and pay our utilities and other bills. We have missionary support to send. We want to continue our “online” presence during this time and that requires money. Please intensify your financial support of East Hills during this time.

There are 4 ways to give:
Option 1: Mail checks to East Hills at 12000 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94519
Option 2: Text "Give" to 510-800-7175
Option 4: Set up online banking with your bank and list East Hills as a payee

Thank you and God bless!
Submit Your Prayer Requests on our Website
"Need Prayer"
As we weather this storm together, we are trying to keep the lines of communication open, especially for prayer. If you have a prayer need, please click the button and submit your prayer. We have a dedicated team who will pray for your request. Prayers can be marked "confidential" for Pastor Mark. If not marked, the information will go to the prayer team.
Corporate Prayer
Join with other East Hills people for prayer each night at 7 PM. This is not online or formal. Just find a quiet place in your home to pray. You can ask your spouse and/or your family members to join you in prayer too.
Please pray for seven specific things:

1. Pray for protection and for containment of the Coronavirus.
2. Pray for wisdom for our leaders as they deal with the virus.
3. Pray for God's protection and guidance for our medical professionals as they treat those affected.
4. Pray for those whose businesses, jobs, and incomes are affected.
5. Pray for those who are the most vulnerable to the attack of this virus.
6. Pray that God will use this time to bring our nation to repent, trust Christ, and bring spiritual change to our prodigal nation.
7. Pray for the ministry of East Hills with our online Sunday service, our devotionals on Facebook, our phone conversations, our witness in our neighborhoods, and with each other.
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In The Bible (Reading Plan)
Weekly Through the Bible Readings
Join us as we read through the Bible in 2020. Here are the readings for the next few weeks:

September 20-26                Isaiah 1-23; 2 Corinthians 10-13
September 27-Oct 3           Isaiah 24-45; Galatians, Ephesians
October 4-10                       Isaiah 46-66; Philippians, Colossians
October 11-17                      Jeremiah 1-26; 1 Thessalonians
October 18-24                      Jeremiah 27-52; 2 Thessalonians
October 25-31                      Lamentations; 1 Timothy
November 1-7                      Ezekiel 1-12; 2 Timothy
November 8-14                    Ezekiel 12-25; Titus; Philemon
November 15-21                 Ezekiel 26-36; Hebrews
November 22-28                 Ezekiel 37-28; James
November 29-Dec 5          Daniel; 1 Peter
December 6-12                 Hosea-Joel; 2 Peter
December 13-19               Amos-Jonah; 1-3 John; Jude
December 20-26               Micah-Zephaniah; Revelation 1-11
December 27-31               Haggai-Malachi; Revelation 12-22
We Need Your Help
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