Holly’s Update

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The following is an update from Holly Stevenson, East Hill’s former Small Groups Pastor:

Many people have asked me, “Are you still attending East Hill?” Yes, I am! After my employment ended, I never left. I love the people and the worship! You can usually catch me at the Sunday 9:15 service. I am also part of the East Hill Listening Prayer Team and highly recommend that everyone take the opportunity to schedule a personal session!

I also get asked, “What are you doing now?” One very rewarding endeavor is that I have started a non-profit ministry called Go Hope. It provides alternative methods for health and healing for those seeking to be physically, emotionally and spiritually well. GO HOPE uses natural supplements, alternative medical treatments and faith-based processes to bring about healing of the mind, soul, body and spirit.

I was able to combine my understanding of healing and restoration from East Hill with my experience with natural products to create a holistic approach to helping others get to another level of health which they are able to maintain as they establish strong relationships and process inner healing. We provide one-on-one coaching support and partner with those who cannot afford the health remedies that will transform their lives.

God brought many pieces together in a short period of time to make this possible. I am amazed at His orchestration, provision and divine encounters with many people who helped me to pursue organizing and implementing the program.

Go Hope is currently helping three individuals on their health and healing journey. We provide a variety of supplements, nutrition, assessments, tools and treatments to assist them reach their own personalized goals. The ministry is funded by donations and I hope that we will be able to see the many more people get the extra boost that they need to have hope that their lives can change and they can make a difference! If you would like more information, you can contact me thru www.gohope.org.

Holly Stevenson

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Spanish Interpreting / Traduccio’n en Espanol!

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We are so excited that in the past few weeks, our Hispanic Outreach Team has begun broadcasting live, in-service translations from English to Spanish during the 11:15 a.m. Sunday service.

Estámos tan emocionados de que en las últimas semanas, nuestro Equipo de Alcanze Hispano ha dado inicio a las interpretaciones en vivo de nuestro servicio del día Domingo a las 11:15 a.m. del Ingles al Español.

If you or someone you know would be interested in hearing the service in Spanish, head over to the Information Center in the foyer to get our special headset that plays the live audio.

Si usted o alguién que conozca estaria interesado en escuchar el servicio en Español, dirijase al Centro de Informacion (kiosko) para obtener los audifonos que le permitirán escuchar la predica en vivo.

Here’s a look at one of our volunteer translators, Manuel, doing live translation a few weeks ago:

Miremos a unos de nuestros traductores voluntarios, Manuel interpretando en vivo hace unas semanas atras:

In-service Spanish translation! from East Hill Church Family on Vimeo.

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East Hill Stories: Stan Gathers Friends

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For the past 5 years, Stan Sellers has spent much of his time working in group homes and assisting people with disabilities and special needs. A year ago, he felt that God was calling him to do something more.

Stan Sellers

Stan started by approaching Pastor Jason with the idea of volunteering with special needs kids at Kid City. Shortly after, he continued to listen to God’s call, and spoke with Community Life Director Marcus Hathcock about starting a group for people with disabilities and special needs. After working out the details, Stan was finally able to answer the call God had for him.

With the help of many, the group was created and called “Friends of Easthill.” The group has come a long way, and they are currently in the process of building their leadership team.

“I’ve grown as a Christian because I am pursuing my God given passion to help people with disabilities get connected at East Hill,” Stan said. God called Stan to pursue a vision that He had, and Stan listened.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how God will grow this ministry, and help me in my leadership skills,” said Stan. “I encourage everyone to pursue their God given passions!”

Friends of East Hill meets every other Sunday at 6:30 in the Cry Room in the Main Auditorium. Call 503.661.4444 ext. 309 for additional information.

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God With Us

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This has been a horrible week, indeed.

There have been two high-profile shootings in our country in the last four days — one of which was in our immediate community, the other thousands of miles away taking the lives of innocent elementary school children.

The enormity of the loss is tremendous. The depth of the depravity at work in man is stunning. And now we’re left with tears, and with questions… some fearful, some angry, most completely confused.

Such sorrow in a time that’s supposed to be all about hope, life, love and family. Where do we go from here?

I read an Advent devotional this morning that really struck me:

Christmas has nothing to do with dancing elves, reindeer with red noses and snowmen who sing. Christmas is about an invasion! Christmas happens at the moment when heaven’s light invades the darkness of planet earth!

In that case, we need Christmas more than ever. We need Immanuel — “God with us” — to be exactly that. We need light in the darkness. We need an invasion. Come, Lord Jesus. Make Christmas among us. Bring Your hope, Your peace, Your reconciliation, Your destiny to this broken place.

May God be with us like never before. May He be with the families who have lost so much, and with the survivors that the enemy wouldn’t steal, kill and destroy anymore in their lives. My prayer isn’t that those affected would find God — it’s that God would find them. He is, after all, Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father.

Prince of Peace.

Let us not allow fear and/or anger to consume us, but instead let the Light of the World shine on our hearts, that we may reflect it to those hurting around us.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

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Give More (Randomly!)

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On a day when people wait for hours before participating in a 100-yard dash to nab a sale-priced HD-TV or Pillow Pet, East Hill’s tradition of Advent Conspiracy gives us something even more exciting than “doorbuster” prices: the ability to give PRESENCE over PRESENTS.

Here’s a fantastic idea about randomly blessing people during the month of December. Prayerfully consider how you can allow Christ’s love and His Christmas story to infiltrate this harried season.

Click here to read about the Random Acts of Christmas.

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Staff Turkey Bowl!

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While some are in the practice of playing football in a “turkey bowl” around Thanksgiving, the East Hill staff celebrates its thankfulness with a different kind of “turkey bowl” — we went bowling!

Thanks to Mt. Hood Lanes for being so accommodating!

 

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