Lanelle and I feel uniquely blessed to be with you during this transition period. You have been so gracious to us. Thank you!
Best Kept Church Secret In Montgomery
I have known of EHBC since 1969 when Lanelle and I first came to Montgomery. I have known all of your pastors except the first one.
Over these years, my impression of Eastern Hills has been very positive, but until I became the interim pastor I was not fully aware of the warmth, strength, and health of your church. You are a strong, healthy unified church. You are not fractured and divided like so many churches.
You have strength. Of our 3,300 Alabama Baptist churches more than half average fewer than 50 in attendance. Seventy-five percent average fewer than 100 in attendance. Ninety percent average fewer than 200. Ninety-five percent average fewer than 300. By average attendance you are around the ninety-seventh percentile, meaning that you average more than 97% of the 3,300 churches. By average attendance you are in the top 100 of our churches.
In giving you are far above the average. In Alabama, each attender by average gives $2,000.00 toward the church’s budget. Your giving is more like $3,000.00 per average attender.
See what I mean! And that’s just calculating numbers. If we would weigh your soul, measure your spirit you would rank even higher.
Let the whole city know about the good things you’ve got going here. Brag on your church. You are brag-on-able.
A Meal With A Ministry
Recently, Lanelle and I had lunch at the Gazebo Tea Room, 414 Perry Hill Road. We were greeted with a “blessing” as we approached the door. There was a devotional book on the table. When our meal was served, the waitress asked if she could say the blessing for us, which she did. When have you ever been in a restaurant when the waitress “returned thanks” for you? It was my first in a buncha hundreds of restaurants.
The Gazebo Tea Room is owned and run by Janice Nunnelly, a member of EHBC. She was directed by the Lord to start it as a ministry, and a ministry it is. We’re going back. The food was delicious and the ministry was too.
He Who Laffs Last
The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.
The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.
Did you notice that when you put the two words “the” and “IRS” together it spells “theirs?”
By Courtesy of James Sharpe:
“There will be a meeting of the Board immediately after the service,” the pastor announced.
After the close of service, the Church Board gathered, but there was a stranger in the group – a visitor no one had seen before.
“My friend,” said the pastor, “didn’t you understand that this is a meeting of the Board?”
“Yes,” said the visitor, “and after today’s sermon, I suppose I’m just as bored as anybody here.”
Be prayerful. Be faithful Be patient.