1-14-24 - Due to extreme temperatures in the region, the Eastview Church of Christ will be meeting today at 1:30 pm for Bible classes and 2:30 for worship service instead of our regular times. Our congregation-wide meeting will take place after the 2:30 worship. Pray for warmth and safety, and look to help others as well (Jas 2:16).
New Sermon Series
1-7-24 - This evening, the Eastview Church of Christ will begin a new sermon series on 'Effective Personal Evangelism'. We are very excited and hopeful for this 2024 series, given by brother Aric Russell. Of course, evangelism is a much broader idea than simply pulpit preaching. An evangelistic spirit is something that all Christians can, and should, demonstrate. This series will help provide some skills, strategies, and motivations for sharing the good news of Jesus with those around us. Join us for this journey of evangelism all year long!
10-1-23 - This week marks a new quarter for all our adult and children's Bible classes at the Eastview Church of Christ. Our small children's classes will be moving into "The Cross and the Empty Tomb", looking at Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Our adolescents' class continues in a series on "Overcoming Sin", looking at the unique challenges of that season of life. And our adult classes will be moving into a Sunday series entitled "Angels and Other Created Spiritual Beings". Meanwhile, the adult Wednesday class will begin six months in the book of Acts, looking at the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit through the early church. We want to welcome you, no matter your age, experience, or background, to join us in study at the Eastview Church of Christ.
7-9-23 - In two weeks, Raymond Pringle will join the Eastview Church of Christ to preach for both our am and pm worship service. Raymond is an evangelist who works in Krugersdorp, South Africa, and we have been able to financially support his work over the past two years. Please pray for his safe travels, and the perseverance of the church in Krugersdorp in his absence. And join us on Sun July 23 as Raymond shares with us the gospel work in South Africa!
4-23-23 - We have been updating our technical equipment at the Eastview Church of Christ. Our technical and audio-visual committee, including our deacons Troy Smith, JD Souder, and Jamie Richardson, as well as our minister Aric Russell, has been hard at work researching and practicing various techniques that will help provide high quality online for our audio library and streaming services, as well as our in-person services. We have new microphones to amplify and record our congregational singing, a new camera for clearer picture in our video, and updated sound equipment for crisper audio. Recorded audio is available at www.eastviewcoc.com/sermons, and our stream of classes and worship is at www.facebook.com/eastviewcoc. May the Lord be honored by our efforts (Ps 150:1-6)!
Spring Gospel Meeting
4-14-23 - In just two short weeks, Eastview Church of Christ will host a weekend gospel meeting! Aric Russell will be our speaker for Fri and Sat evenings, as well as the Sun services. We will also have a gospel singing event at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. We would love for you to take this opportunity to join us, as we study and strive to live out the gospel of Jesus!
New Shepherd and Minister Pages
2-26-23 - With the addition of Aric Russell as Eastview's primary minister, and the recent appointment of Brian Perry as part of Eastview's eldership, the church's website has been updated with new webpages for our shepherds, our deacons, and our minister. We are excited for this season of Spirit-filled peace, comfort, and growth (Acts 9:31) for our church family!
1-22-23 - Today's service time has been moved to 2 pm. We will hold a single worship service, but no Bible class. Again, please be safe in attempting to gather with your brothers and sisters today.
1-22-23 - Due to heavy snowfall overnight, our morning classes and morning worship service today will be cancelled. The shepherds will make a decision on evening services later today. If you wish to listen to prior messages, visit our library of prior sermons. In the meantime, we want to encourage everyone to continue to carefully monitor the weather and take care of one another (1 Thess 4:9).
1-1-23 - With the beginning of a new year, the Eastview Church of Christ has begun a new series of Bible classes for all ages. The toddler class continues its series through the Old Testament as the children of Israel enter exile. Our primary class is looking at the messages of the prophets in “Building Your Life for God". Our adolescents are studying holiness in “Living Pure Lives”.
And our adult classes begin new series as well. In the Sunday am class, we will be reflecting on Christian approaches to various modern issues in politics, science, gender and sexuality, and social issues. The Wednesday pm classes will proceed through the book of Exodus in Jan-Mar, and Leviticus & Numbers in April-June. We encourage you to join us for these accessible and powerful lessons!
12-25-22 - Due to dangerous temperatures and power outages, our evening worship services for today will be cancelled. We want to encourage everyone to be careful and take care of one another (1 Thess 4:9).
11-13-22 - Did you know that our sermons are available as a podcast? Listen to our sermons on the go by searching for "Eastview Church of Christ" in your favorite podcast provider! The audio is automatically uploaded every Sunday evening. There is no better way to start your week than spending time in God's word with his people (Rom 10:17).
Autumn Gospel Meeting
9-11-22 - In two weeks, we will be hosting an autumn gospel meeting with Gary Coles, entitled "Navigating the Landscapes of Life". Brother Gary worked with the Eastview congregation as full-time minister for nearly 20 years until 2018. This meeting will begin Sun with class at 9:30 am and worship at 10:30 am, followed by a song service at 2 pm and worship at 3 pm. The meeting will continue Mon-Wed at 7 pm each night. All are welcome as we open the Scriptures to learn together!
8-28-22 - The Eastview Church of Christ is excited to announce that Aric Russell will be our full-time preacher, beginning in December 2022. As he helps equip us for the work of ministry, let us all look forward to the work of the kingdom (Eph 4:11-13)!
Please continue to pray for our church family, and especially for our shepherds and the Russell family, during this time of transition (2 Thess 3:1).
7-10-22 - Our adult Bible classes will have new themes for the second half of the year. On Sunday mornings, we will be discussing the important Biblical theme of grace. We will be looking at God's character of grace in both Old and New Testaments, as well as grace in the story of Jesus, and how grace should be a virtue in the Christian life. This class series will continue through the end of the year, and will be on a rotating teacher schedule.
On Wednesday evenings, Troy Smith will be leading our discussions through the book of Genesis. This series had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and we are looking forward to continuing to explore God's relationships with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph!
In the fall, our Wednesday evening class will be led by Jeff Souder as we study "Managing our Blessings", a look at how Biblical principles can guide Christian stewardship.
6-12-22 - Beginning today, the Eastview Church of Christ will be streaming all adult Bible classes and worship services on the Eastview Facebook page. Videos will be posted live during worship for those who are unable to attend. Like, follow, and share the church Facebook page to receive notifications. With this change, we will no longer use Zoom for streaming services. We would love to see you in person, or see you virtually on our sites!
5-29-22 - Beginning in June 2022, we will make some changes to our remembrance of the Lord's supper. We have been utilizing individual pre-packaged communion wafers and cups during the most dangerous time of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we will transition back to passing a common plate (1 Cor 10:16-17). However, we will not return to passing a plate to take up the weekly collection; we will continue using a collection box instead.
Our COVID-19 page has been updated to reflect these changes. We continue with regular cleaning protocols, with hand sanitizer and masks available. Please continue to pray for the health of the church family at Eastview (3 John 2).
5-22-22 - The shepherds of the Eastview Church of Christ have opened up our preaching schedule to allow more opportunities for our members to preach. At Eastview, we are blessed to have many men with experience, skill, and wisdom in sharing the word of God (Neh 8:8). This will also allow the entire congregation to grow as we learn together in sharing messages from Scripture (Rom 15:14). We will also be periodically bringing in other preachers to benefit from a variety of voices.
To listen to recent messages, visit our sermon page.
3-27-22 - Our next Wed evening adult class will be a series on Resurrection. We will consider resurrection as the central storyline in Scripture: God's people are subjected to oppression and death, but God rescues them out the other side into blessing and life. This cycle is repeated through the stories of Joseph, Moses, David, and the prophets, into the death and resurrection of Jesus, and finally into the great Christian hope of the resurrection yet to come. For access to the written class material, click here.
JD and Bryan also completed a recent podcast series discussing resurrection as well; those episodes can be found here.
On-Site Services and Congregation Meeting
2-5-22 - Due to continued icy conditions in Salem, the Eastview Church of Christ will amend worship service times tomorrow, Sunday, 2-6-22. We will hold Bible classes for all ages at 1:30 pm, followed by worship service at 2:30 pm. Our class and worship services will be available on Zoom for those unable to attend in person. The deacons will be prepared to assist anyone with parking cars or getting in/out of vehicles. Be safe, pray for one another, and keep an eye out for those in need!
After this single afternoon service, Eastview will hold an additional congregational meeting. The elders continue to ask for prayers for wisdom.
1-14-22 - Due to increased infection rates in our community and in our church, the Eastview Church of Christ will be temporarily suspending in-person Sunday evening worship services. Instead we will resume our "Studies in Psalms" discussions via Zoom. Please reach out to email@example.com if you have not received the Zoom invitation and wish to participate.
Sunday morning Bible classes and worship, as well as Wednesday Bible classes, will continue in-person, while following our current COVID-19 protocols. Masking and social distancing are not mandatory, but are encouraged. The shepherds at Eastview ask for continued prayers for wisdom and grace in this difficult time.
UPDATE 1-19-22 - Tonight's Wednesday class will be conducted via Zoom rather than in-person as well. Further decisions regarding future Wednesdays will be made at a future time, in consideration of the church's well-being. Please continue to pray and care for one another.
1-9-22 - Last week, we began a Wednesday Bible class series entitled “Lessons from the Land”, compiled by the team at Appian Media. This series of lessons will consider episodes from the life of Jesus Christ, as well as the culture and geography of the Bible lands. When we understand the world in which Jesus lived and taught, we can better understand how to live as part of the kingdom in our current world. Join us every Wednesday evening this quarter at 7 pm for these studies!
11-28-21 - The Eastview Church of Christ has now set the schedule for adult Sunday Bible classes in 2022. We will continue to maintain a rotating teacher schedule, as it has given more teachers opportunity to share the gospel (2 Tim 2:2). And a variety or diversity of voices helps us all to grow together (Eph 4:16).
In Jan-June, we will be discussing Apologetics, making arguments for the exitence of God and the trustworthiness of the Scriptures. This will be a challenging series, but with study and reflection, it will help us to grow in wisdom and truth. We will be using "Apologetics in (almost) One Lesson" by Luke Murphey.
In July-Dec, we will be using some Bible class material arranged by one of our shepherds, Jeff Souder. We will consider God's character of grace, both in the Old and New Testaments, how the Lord's system of grace offers redemption in ways law does not, and how we can be people of grace in the image of our Lord Jesus. We welcome you to join us in studying the Scriptures together!
11-21-21 - The Eastview Church of Christ has a new Facebook page! This will be a place for posting sermons, articles, and encouragements; we are looking at streaming our services via Facebook as well. Please look at this site, and if you frequent Facebook, 'like' and 'share' it with others. We look forward to utilizing this new tool, accomplishing God’s purposes (Isa 55:11), and flourishing in God’s kingdom (Acts 1:8)!
10-10-21 - This month marks the start of a new quarter of Bible classes at Eastview. We are excited to continue to learn and grow together (Eph 4:15-16)!
In the Wednesday evening adult class, we will be looking at "Personal Evangelism". What does it mean to live in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ? We will not be looking at individual study "schemes", but rather how hearts and spirits shaped by the good news will draw others to God. Our young people's classes have been reconfigured as well, and we are currently offering a high school class. This class is entitled "Troubled Over Many Things", and will consider a Biblical perspective on many of the stressors and anxieties of life (Luke 10:41-42). Our young people continue to contribute so much to the church family at Eastview (1 Tim 4:12), and we want to continue fostering their growth!
Our shepherds are also making some detailed plans for our future classes and 2022 theme for the Eastview Church of Christ. The church website will be updated soon with these plans. Come study and learn together with us!