EAST HILLS CONNECTION WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
A Few Words From Pastor Mark
Well, we are in the second week of the New Year. Many of you are part of our church-wide effort to read the Bible in 2020. I sure hope so! And if you are not, there is still time to start.
 
I imagine some of you are saying to yourself, "What did Platt get me into?" The unusual Hebrew names, Bible History, people, and Middle East geography can be confusing. Yup, I know. So, this week, I want to give you some practical helps for your devotional time with God. Here are some ways to make your devotion time meaningful:
 
First, have an agenda for your time with God. I like the S.O.A.P. acronym I learned from Wayne Cordeiro in his book, The Divine Mentor.
 
Scripture: Begin your devotional time by simply reading the Bible. Underline or highlight the sentences or verses that say something to you. Then go back and read the under-linings or highlights. Nehemiah 8:8 says: "They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read." That is how we have to read the Bible too!
 
Observation: As you read, jot down any thoughts that you have about the Scripture you just read. As you know from my Sunday messages, I like to play "Jeopardy" with the portion of Scripture I am studying by asking questions of the passage. It helps me focus on getting God's answers for my life. I often ask observation questions like: 1) Why did God put this in the Bible? 2) What does this passage mean? 3) What is the big idea of this passage? 4) What is God saying through these verses? Other observation ideas are: paraphrasing the passage by putting it into your own words or outlining the passage to catch the flow of the ideas from God.
 
Application: After you have read, ask yourself, what does God want you to do about the things you have learned in the passage? This is where you mediate or mull over the passage. I start this in my devotional time and do it throughout the day. As you meditate on this passage of Scripture, is there:
  1.   a sin I should keep away from?
  2.   a promise I can call my own?
  3.   a command for me to obey?
  4.   a blessing I can enjoy if I follow this?
  5.   a failure from which I can learn?
  6.   a victory for me to win?
  7.   a new thought about God, the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Satan, man?
  8.   a plan that God wants me to put to work in my life and service to Him?
  9.   a change God wants me to make in my life?
  10.   a truth God wants me to share with someone else?
Then, write down your answers as you go through your day. Hold yourself accountable to put these principles to work in your life. James (2:26) said "faith without works is dead." So put your faith to work by applying God's word to how you live!
 
Prayer: Talk to God in prayer to God for several minutes each day. Confess and repent of any sins that your time in the Bible brought to light while you were reading. Spend time in prayer thanking God. Also, spend some time in silence listening to God. If you are easily distracted, you might write your prayer in a journal.
 
Second, get a good study Bible. As you are reading, you will come across things that you don't understand. Having a handy footnote of explanation on the margin or at the bottom of the page will be helpful. A study Bible will have notes that explain the words to make things clearer and open up the concepts for you as you read.
 
My personal favorite study Bible is the Life Application Bible. It is available in several translations too. So, pick one that works for you. You probably got some money that somebody gave you for Christmas. Buy a good hardback study Bible to move you along in your understanding of God's Word. I buy mine from www.christianbooks.com
 
Third, learn to enjoy the Bible. Reading the Bible is an acquired taste. You have to develop it. But when you do, oh, what a pleasure! David wrote, "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalm 119:103).
 
How do you get to the point where you take pleasure in the Bible? Read the Bible every day. Carry it with you wherever you go so you can read it when you have spare moments throughout the day. Memorize the Bible. I have a stack of memory cards next to my bed, in the car, and in my briefcase. Quote the Bible in your conversations with people. Mull over the applications of the Bible and then put them into your values, marriage, relationships, work and into your entire life. Discuss the Bible with others. Join a Bible study. Take classes. Teach the Bible to others. Over time, God's word will become a delight and bring great joy to your life if you do these things.
 
And folks, the 66 books of the Bible are so captivating. The Bible has romantic love stories, wonderful poetry, gripping historical epics, mysteries, humor, tragedies, biographical profiles, and so many profound nuggets of wisdom. The Bible gives tremendous insight into the great philosophical questions of the ages. The Bible tells the beginning and the end of life itself. The Bible gives the solutions to every problem and dilemma you face. And most of all, the Bible is God's Word to us telling us of His love, His grace, His salvation, and His eternal promise of heaven.
 
After 50 years of reading the Bible every day, I have learned how God's Word will change you from the inside out and you allow God's word. God will change your heart and life and so much more.
 
Oh, one last thing. If you want a copy, download from the EHCC website at
http://www.easthillscc.org/files/133272313.pdf. Or, simply click this link. 
 
This Sunday, I will share the second installment of our series from the Seven Churches of Asia, "What Jesus Says to East Hills Church and to You." This Sunday, we will look at the church at Smyrna in Revelation 2:8-11 with a message titled: "Be Faithful!" If you are going through a hard time, this passage will encourage and challenge you. Our worship team will lead us in song and worship. It will be a great time together and with the Lord.
 
Come before the service, there will be lots of "meetin', greetin', and eatin' in the lobby and around the coffee and goodies in the lobby of "The Living Room."
  
So, see you for worship this Sunday at East Hills Church! Bring a Bible, a smile, your friends, family, neighbors, and work contacts. 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
 
11:25 AM - Children's Church - Grades 3 through 6

I love being your pastor!
Pastor Mark Platt
This Week's Message
This Sunday , Pastor Mark will share the second installment of our series from the Seven Churches of Asia, "What Jesus Says to East Hills Church and to You." This Sunday, we will look at the church at Smyrna in Revelation 2:8-11 with a message titled: "Be Faithful!" If you are going through a hard time, this passage will encourage and challenge you. Our worship team will lead us in song and worship. It will be a great time together and with the Lord.
Member News
Gene & Joyce Reignholds
We are saying "So long" to Gene and Joyce Reinhold as they move to Kentucky to be closer to family. Gene found the Lord through EHCC many years ago. Both Gene & Joyce have been active for many years at EHCC. Worship Team, Teaching, Greeting, Announcing, Ushering are among the most recent ministries they have been involved in. Since this will be their last Sunday with us, we would like to honor them by having a celebratory cake during our fellowship hour before Church this Sunday (10AM). Come early for a piece of cake and to say goodbye. Also, they will be going to lunch at the China Garden in Castro Valley. We have inquired if it would be alright if anyone just happened to swing by there on accident for lunch, they said they would love the company. Click here to see the menu, prices and directions to the China Garden.
We Need Your Help
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We need dozens and dozens of "positive" reviews of our church and ministries on our Facebook page. Would you take a few minutes to talk about the impact, fellowship, and spiritual benefits of East Hills? Your encouragement to others about EHCC on Facebook might bring them to our church and to faith in Christ!
 
 


We need additional volunteers in our Children's Ministry!

Positions Availiable:
Nursery Care Workers
Children's Ministry Teachers
Quarterly Curriculum Organizers

If you can help periodically in any of these areas click here to send us an email, speak to Anandi on Sunday, or give her a call at (925) 628-9187.

Thank you!
What's Next!
Our Pastoral Search will be beginning on February 1. We are looking for people who have computer skills who can be help our Elders find the pastor God has already chosen for EHCC. If you would like to be a "EHCC Searcher," send an email to pastor@easthillscc.com, or click here.  
Pastor Don Ott will be our guest speaker on February 9. Pastor Mark will be entertaining his uncle from Minnesota that week.  
Men's Bible Study Tuesday mornings at 6:30 AM  
Pastor Mark is leading a study on the 20 attributes of a man of God from 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. There is coffee, fruit and pastries. We'll get you on your way to work by 7:30 AM with encouragement, insight, and God's spirit. We meet in the Pastor's Office just off the EHCC Fellowship Hall.

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.
Join us for Sunday Adult Bible Study!
Sunday's @ 9:15 AM

Larry McKenzie is our leader. It is a discussion format of the previous Sunday's sermon. This study is designed to go deeper into the Bible passage that we studied last Sunday. Built into this study is the opportunity to consider more ways that the Bible passage can be applied to your spiritual growth.
Next Sermon Series

Pastor Mark's new sermon series is titled "What God Says to East Hills Church and to You." Imagine being at church and someone said: "Jesus wrote our church a letter and I want to read it to you right now!" Well, that actually happened!  In Revelation 2-3, the Apostle John brought a letter from Jesus to seven churches in Asia Minor. This is a very important series for EHCC as we begin our search for a new pastor. You will be helped in your Christian walk and encouraged to draw closer to the Lord. Here are the titles and texts for the next two months:
  
2. January 12 - Revelation 2:8-11 - Smyma - "Be Faithful!"

3. January 19 - Revelation 2:12-17 - Pergamum - "Be Resolute!"
 
4. January 26 -Revelation 2:18-29 - Thyatira - "Be Strong!"
 
5. February 2 - Revelation 3:1-6 - Sardis - "Be Real!"
    Communion
 
    February 9 - Pastor Don Ott will be our guest speaker
 
6. February 16 - Revelation 3:7-13 - Philadelphia - "Be Available!"
 
7. February 23 - Revelation 3:14-22 - Laodicea - "Be Passionate!"
In The Bible (Reading Plan)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weekly Through the Bible Readings
Join us as we read through the Bible in 2020:  

January 12-18         Genesis 26-50; Matthew 8-15
January 19-25          Exodus 1-14; Matthew 16-19
January 26-Feb 1     Exodus 15-27; Matthew 20-24
February 2-8              Exodus 28-40; Matthew 25-28
February 9-15            Leviticus 1-14; Mark 1-3
February 16-22          Leviticus 15-27; Mark 4-6
February 23-29          Numbers 1-17; Mark 7-9
 
 
Click to download a .PDF of our 2020 Reading Plan
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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 age 0 through Grade 2

  • 11:25 AM - Children's Church

Grades 3 through 6

 

 

 

 

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