Painkillers Teaching Series How do you deal with pain and the things we run to as we cope with pain

Painkillers: Isolation

Painkillers: Isolation

“What’s the point? If I get close to someone, they’re just going to hurt me. Again.”

It’s a phrase that’s been screamed or muttered or pondered silently countless times over the course of history by more souls than we will ever know. But history really isn’t relevant when you’re hurting, right here, right now.

The human body recoils reflexively from pain. Just as your hand instinctively jerks back from a hot stove, and your eyes shut tight to block a flying object, your psyche also responds to the potential for pain. It retracts instantly and furiously from whatever looks painful.

The trouble is, this life is (and will continue to be) painful by nature. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” [John 16:33b] We can’t avoid pain here, even if we totally shut ourselves off from everyone.

But what’s wrong with trying? Why isn’t it okay to just want to protect yourself from more pain?

There are actually several problems with isolation.

  1. When we are isolated, we can’t fulfill our purpose toward others.
  2. When we are isolated, we can’t receive good from others.
  3. When we are isolated, we’re not trusting God to protect us.
  4. When we are isolated, we become very self-centered and selfish, which is a sin.

Let’s look at these one at a time.

#1 — We can’t fulfill our purpose toward others when we are isolated.

There’s an old saying that goes, “No man is an island [unto himself].” It comes from a devotional poem by that name, written by John Donne, way back in 1624. The Apostle Paul said something similar in Romans 14:7, “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.”

What this poet and Paul meant is that none of us, no matter how hard we try, are truly separated from other people. For example, if you take a job or buy a home or park in a parking space, by nature that means someone else can’t fill that position. You have changed them even without ever seeing or speaking to them. Similarly, if you quit a job or leave a home or vacate a parking spot, you’ve opened a position for someone else, even without knowing them at all.

In this, and innumerable other ways, all people are interconnected and interdependent on each other — even if we do everything in our power to separate ourselves completely from others. It’s impossible to be a complete island, all alone and unaffected by anyone.

Just as no one is truly an island, everyone has someone they can help or support. Maybe it’s your children, or your crazy cat lady neighbor, or even an animal that’s lost and in need of comfort. If you are isolating yourself, you aren’t fulfilling whatever purpose God has for you here on earth. Galatians 6:2 admonishes us to, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Isolating yourself may mean that your ministry here on earth goes undone. Who is suffering while you keep to yourself?

#2 — We can’t receive good from others when we are isolated.

When you isolate yourself, you shut off the chances that anyone can do something good for you. “Wait,” you say. “I’ll gladly give up any good thing someone may or may not do for me in exchange for never being hurt again!”

But God won’t let us get by with that. We have both good and bad things about ourselves, and Jesus freely accepts us, faults and all. So, we must accept both the good and bad in others, as well. God never intended us to be alone. After He created Adam, He said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” [Genesis 2:18]

We usually think about this in the physical, but what we can’t see is the spiritual. Have you ever heard the safety tips from law enforcement officers and self-defense specialists? They always recommend, whenever possible, for women, children, and others who feel vulnerable, to travel in groups.

Just as our physical enemies don’t want to attack a group — because groups are stronger and more powerful — so does Satan shy away from a group of believers banded together. If he finds one alone, like the lone sheep easily overcome by the wolf, Satan and his demons feel freer to attack. When you bond together with other believers, you make yourself stronger and less of a target, for both physical and spiritual enemies!

Other people don’t just bring love and companionship and blessings into your life. They also bring a measure of both physical and spiritual protection. Even if they’re less than perfect, they sure beat standing alone against the armies of Satan!

#3 — We’re not trusting God when we are isolated.

Did you know that if you are saved, you don’t even belong to yourself anymore? You belong to Jesus. When you isolate yourself to protect yourself and your feelings, you’re actually telling Jesus, “Hey, I don’t trust you to take care of me.”

The opposite of trust is fear. As long as we have fear, such as the fear of being hurt that keeps us isolated, we cannot have trust and faith. The Bible says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” [I John 4:8]

Do you trust the Lord? Do you believe in His love enough to let His other children into your life? Rejecting other people isn’t just mistrust in Jesus. It is also a rejection of His other children that He loved and died for.

#4 — We become very selfish and self-centered when we are isolated.

Proverbs 18:1 states, “One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment.” Even if we didn’t have selfish feelings when we set about to separate ourselves from others, the very act of spending all that time alone causes us to shift into the center of our own personal universe. That’s self-centeredness, and it always leads to acts of selfishness.

It works like this: When you have family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and even acquaintances in your life, then you must spend at least part of your time doing for them, thinking about them, and interacting with them. When you’re isolated, all of that time is free, and your focus is always on you. What you want. What you need. How you feel. What you think.

Philippians 2:3-4 also warns us about this: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” This is scary in the natural! But when you are perfected in love and know that King Jesus is looking out for you, it becomes no problem at all. You take care of them; your Lord and Savior takes care of you.

If you find that you’re always worried, always troubled, always drowning in your problems … the best thing to do is step back and refocus your attention on others. You’ll find that the more time and effort you spend helping others with their problems, the fewer problems you seem to have of your own.

For example, if you spend an hour serving food to folks who are homeless, your drippy faucet in your 2-story, 3-bedroom home doesn’t seem like such a big deal. If you spend time volunteering at a nursing home, your slight crow’s feet or a touch of arthritis in your fingers won’t bother you at all. Spend some time at a children’s hospital and you’ll be grateful for your own kids, nieces, and nephews, even if they aren’t everything they could be. Helping other people with their problems has a mysterious way of causing our own not to look so bad.

In closing, Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us, “… let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Most Christians agree, that Day is breathtakingly close.

How can you encourage others if you’re in isolation? Step out of your comfort zone, and allow the healing power of Jesus to bind your wounds and protect you from harm. After all, that’s His job, not yours.

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Painkillers Video Devotions are coming at Eden Westside Baptist Church at www.EdenWestside.org/painkillers and on our YouTube Channel so please subscribe

Painkillers Video Devotions

Painkillers Video Devotions: Hey Eden Westside! My name is Stephanie Newton, and I am so blessed to be the leader of our small groups for adults (both LIFE Discovery and Disciple U). I get to spend my time caring for people and teaching others how to care for people. The role of the church is to lead people to a relationship with the Lord Jesus, and disciple them so that they can be transformed into someone who looks, acts, and speaks like Him. We have found that so many of us have tremendous hurts, and Eden Westside is called to be a church that facilitates restoration. Church, we are blessed to be entrusted with this awesome privilege. We work on the Lord’s behalf! To quote our Pastor, “WOW, we GET to do this together!”

Painkillers Video Devotions

That’s why I am so so so so excited about Pastor’s new sermon series “PAINKILLERS”. So many of us look for ways to numb or kill our pain. We have to take our pain to the One who can heal us. Each week, Pastor will be exploring a different way that we try to “kill” our pain. We want to keep his message in your mind and heart all week long, so our team has been preparing since May to this series. One part that I am so excited about is our VIDEO DEVOTIONAL SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For the first time ever, we are producing a 3 to 5 minute video devotional series, Monday through Friday, so that you can keep interacting with the sermon’s content ALL WEEK LONG! It is our team’s prayer that you will find healing, and that you will help someone else find healing as you engage in the topic for 5 additional days past Sunday.

We need your help to spread the word. Here’s what we would LOVE for you to do:

1. Log on to our website www.edenwestside.org/painkillers -or- our YouTube page (Eden Westside Baptist Church) on Monday, September 18th. Watch the video! (YouTubers: Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to keep those notifications coming each day.) There will be a new video each day, Monday through Friday through the sermon series.

2. We want you to share, share, share, these Video Devotionals and the sermon series on your social media. Look for links on the church’s Facebook page, the share button on YouTube, etc. Please post them to your feeds, and let all your followers and friends connect with us. You never know what kind of miracle God may make in someone’s life all because you shared.

3. We want you to PRAY. Pray for restoration. Pray that the sermon series sets many people free from the bondage of pain. Pray that the video devotional series encourages many people who might not walk into our church, to encounter the Lord today. Agree with our team in prayer that God is able and willing to do a miracle in the life of each person who comes in contact with the PAINKILLERS series. We are believing on Him for great things.

Painkillers Video Devotions

Our church family is such an encouragement to the Servant Team. You are so faithful to help in so many ways. Thank you for loving us and for loving others as you share what God is doing at the exciting Eden Westside…you know, it really is such an exciting place to be, because the Lord is always at work here!

Grace and Peace,
Stephanie

PAINKILLERS: real pain, real people, real Jesus

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Greeters Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church - one church with two campuses: Eden Campus in Pell City and Leeds River Campus. | 205.338.7711

The Greeters Ministry at Eden Westside

The Greeters Ministry at Eden Westside

Seven minutes.

Seven minutes seems insignificant. After all, what meaningful thing can you accomplish in just seven minutes?

Time-management gurus tell us that we can do lots of life-changing things in just seven minutes. You can fold and put away a load of laundry, clear the kitchen sink of dirty dishes, or even tidy a small half-bathroom in that length of time.

Productivity blogs tell us that we can actually make a significant contribution to our careers in just seven minutes. That’s enough time to shoot off a few important emails, have a constructive conversation with a colleague, or brainstorm in a personal journal.

Fitness instructors say we can get healthy in just seven minutes per day. Seven minutes of daily ab exercises helps tone the ole tummy, and a really fast runner can complete a whole mile in just seven minutes. The world record for the notoriously rigorous exercise called “burpees” is 161 burpees in seven minutes! Most people can’t do more than a few of those at a time without collapsing from exhaustion.

What can you do at Eden Westside in just seven minutes? Our greeters change lives, investing just seven minutes (or less) at a time.

Greeters Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church - one church with two campuses: Eden Campus in Pell City and Leeds River Campus. | 205.338.7711

Studies show that most people make a decision about whether or not to make a church their home within seven minutes of pulling into the parking lot. That means those decisions are sealed before they even hear a single sermon. If you’re depending on Pastor to bring in new members, he may never get the chance!

Greeters Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church - one church with two campuses: Eden Campus in Pell City and Leeds River Campus. | 205.338.7711

At Eden Westside, our greeters use that seven minutes to make a difference in the lives of the people who come to our church. Whether it’s the first time they’ve ever stepped onto the property of a house of worship, or have been in the faith for many years, greeters make them feel welcome, wanted, and worthwhile.

Our lead greeter at our Eden Campus, Terri Turner, recently realized just how important this little 7-minute ministry really is, "I'm a 'greeter' at my church, Eden Westside Baptist.

Lead greeter at our Eden Campus, Terri Turner, recently realized just how important this little 7-minute ministry really is, “I’m a ‘greeter’ at my church, Eden Westside Baptist. I stand outside at the top of our parking lot. I stand under a huge blue umbrella and welcome everyone. I’ve never questioned why, I just like doing it. Well today, I had a young friend visiting. He is 11. I was taking him to children’s church, but I had to greet first. After about 10 minutes he said, ‘I know why you’re out here. You’re just here to lift everyone’s spirits.’ Sweet boy! Yes, that is why I am a greeter.”

Greeters Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church - one church with two campuses: Eden Campus in Pell City and Leeds River Campus. | 205.338.7711

Our greeters don’t have to know lots of Bible verses by memory. They don’t have to have a degree in theology, or be able to list all the Apostles’ names, or even remember who wrote the book of Leviticus. What they do need is a heart for making people feel loved and welcome when they come to the house of God, whether that person is a saint of 30-plus years or a sinner in the depths of despair. They are all cherished and needed at Eden Westside Baptist Church.

What can you do in 7 minutes?

EWBC’s Greeters Ministry changes lives!

Greeters Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church - one church with two campuses: Eden Campus in Pell City and Leeds River Campus. | 205.338.7711

Our greeters help newcomers find out where to go (it’s a big campus!) and help them get their children settled into the right classes. They also shuttle members and guests to the building in our famous golf carts, as well as helping our senior adults cross the street safely from the senior’s parking lot across the street. Other greeters help by opening doors to our various buildings, by signing children in to our amazing children’s department, and by handing out bulletins as everyone arrives to services.

Greeters Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church - one church with two campuses:  Eden Campus in Pell City and Leeds River Campus. | 205.338.7711

To learn more about becoming a part of the Greeters’ ministry at either campus, please contact Denise Miller at 205.338.7711 or denisemiller@edenwestside.org.

Eden Westside Baptist Church is one church with two campuses:  Eden Campus and Leeds River Campus.

Families Count Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church in Pell City, Alabama: Every year, about 650,000 children are taken away from families who cannot

Family Counts Ministry

Families Count Ministry:  Every year, about 650,000 children around the country are taken away from families who cannot care for them and placed in foster care. Some cases are due to drug or alcohol addiction, others to domestic violence or abuse, and still more are due to parents struggling with severe poverty, who are unable to provide basic necessities like running water, power, garbage collection, food, and clothing.

Families Count Ministry

Unfortunately, Eden Westside Baptist Church can’t help all those kids, but we can and do offer help to some of these parents and children here in St Clair County. Through a program called “Families Count,” Eden Westside partners with local social workers to provide a weekly parenting class for families who find themselves in drug court, faced with losing their kids to foster care.  The ultimate goal for this program is simple:  to help parents reunite with their children to form successful, happy. well-functioning family units.

Families Count Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church in Pell City, Alabama: Every year, about 650,000 children are taken away from families who cannot

During this 6-week class, parents learn the basic skills of preserving their family units. Families Count is a faith-based, Christ-centric alternative to secular family restoration programs. In addition to these free classes, families are provided with dinner, free of charge, as well as safe, nurturing childcare during the time they’re in class.

Families Count Ministry

How can you help? Eden Westside is looking for Life Discovery classes or individuals willing to provide all or part of a meal to serve to these classes each week.

Additionally, our nursery and children’s departments need extra hands on deck during these class sessions to help with the extra children.

Finally, you can pray! Pray for Bro. Scotty and Christina Pinson as they teach, love, and nurture these parents. Pray for the Eden Westside workers caring for these children, that they would be able to show them the attention and affection they need during this difficult time for their family. Pray that these families find hope and grace in our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you can help with a dinner for our Families Count classes, please contact Bro. Scotty Pinson at 205.338.7711, ext. 229 or 205.369.7824.  To volunteer your efforts with child care, please contact Paulette Bowman at ext. 237 or LeighAnne Jones at ext. 242 and please continue to pray for this ministry!

Life Discovery Kids at Leeds River Campus

Full house and smiling faces for Life Discovery at our Eden Westside Leeds River Campus kids class with Mr. Warren and Mrs. Barbara.

Full house and smiling faces for Life Discovery at our Eden Westside Leeds River Campus kids class with Mr. Warren and Mrs. Barbara. _ 205.338.7711
These children are learning about the young rich man and how to lay up treasure in heaven.  Remember you can’t buy what Jesus gave to all of us, you just have to make the decision to take it.

If you have children in the greater Leeds area, we would love for you to bring them to Life Discovery at our River Campus.  LIFE is an acronym for Living in Fulfillment Every Day and Life Discovery is our version of Sunday School.  This is an awesome place for children to learn about Jesus and more about the Bible.  They will learn all of the favorite Bible stories and see how to apply it to their lives.  This is an integral part of developing their character as they grow and mature.

We are located on Highway 78 just past the Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds located at 1441 W. Riverview Road, Trussville, Alabama  35173.

Food Pantry Ministry at Eden Westside

Food Pantry Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church:  Most of us think nothing of opening a refrigerator full of milk, lunchmeats, cheese, fresh veggies, and a whole collection of condiments and drinks. Or peeking in the kitchen cabinets to find four different kinds of cereals, three types of crackers, and a hefty stash of various canned soups and vegetables.

Food Pantry Ministry at Eden Westside

But not everyone can. Many people in our very community have bare cupboards and empty refrigerator shelves. Even for those who qualify for government assistance programs, it can take weeks to receive benefits. Often, these benefits programs provide just a few dollars a month, not even enough to fill a grocery cart per month.

Food Pantry Ministry at Eden Westside Baptist Church: Most of us think nothing of opening a refrigerator full of milk, lunchmeats, cheese, fresh veggies,

That’s why Eden Westside Baptist Church operates a Food Pantry. In our Food Pantry, local families who find themselves in need can get a few essential grocery items to carry them through the tough times. Every year, Eden Westside provides a week’s worth of groceries to about 300 families in our community. That means kids won’t go to school hungry and parents go to work fully nourished and able to perform their duties.

Bring Food Items Each Week to Stock Shelves for Needy Families

Supplying the Food Pantry with quality foods is a never-ending task. The Food Pantry exists solely on the generosity of our church members, who donate money and/or food items to stock our pantry. Families who come aren’t just treated to filling meals; they are also invited to hear and accept the Gospel of Jesus, and are offered the chance to feed spiritually, as well as physically, by coming to our church services.

Food Pantry is Available Because of Your Partnership

The Eden Westside Baptist Church Food Pantry is open every week, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. We are continually in need of food and money donations, so please consider contributing. To donate monetarily, please mark your envelope “Food Pantry” before placing it in the offering plate. Bring any food donations to Building C, right next to the sanctuary at our Eden Campus or bring to your Life Discovery Class at our Leeds River Campus and Brother Scotty will take care of delivering it to the Food Pantry.

Could Food Pantry Be Your Place to Serve?

For questions, to donate, or to volunteer to help families who come to the Food Pantry, please contact the head of our Care Ministries, Scotty Pinson, at extension 229 or contact our church office at 205.338.7711.

UPWARD Basketball & Cheer Awards Celebration Video Highlights

2017 UPWARD Basketball & Cheer Awards Celebration

We had an awesome UPWARD Bastketball & Cheerleading season, tournament and awards celebration at Eden Westside Baptist Church in Pell City, Alabama.   Here are a few words from some of our 2017 UPWARD Basketball & Cheer Awards Celebration along with our special guest speaker, Willie Strickland at the conclusion of our season.

2017 UPWARD Basketball & Cheer Awards Celebration


To see photos taken from tournament and awards celebration with some of the teams and players, please check out the photo album on our Facebook Page at:  2017 UPWARD Basketball & Cheer Facebook Photo Album

Also, here is a slideshow with highlights of some of the games and teams from this UPWARD Basketball & Cheerleading season:

Thank you for allowing your child to participate in our UPWARD Basketball & Cheer season.  There’s still time to register for UPWARD Soccer so please submit your registration as soon as possible.

For more information about UPWARD Sports at Eden Westside, please contact Sherry Holloway, Recreation Director, at 205.338.7711 ext. 239 or visit our website at www.EdenWestside.org.

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to encourage, uplift, and show appreciation to these men and women, Eden Westside Baptist Church holds a monthly Breakfast for the Brave for police officers

Breakfast for the Brave

Breakfast for the Brave:  Even if you don’t regularly watch the news, it’s impossible to miss the fact that our police and other first responders are under fire these days. Whether it’s a targeted act against law enforcement or a random act of violence, our men and women in the police, sheriffs, fire departments and others on the frontlines face untold dangers during each and every shift.

to encourage, uplift, and show appreciation to these men and women, Eden Westside Baptist Church holds a monthly Breakfast for the Brave for police officers

In an effort to encourage, uplift, and show appreciation to these men and women, Eden Westside Baptist Church holds a monthly breakfast for these brave souls, called Breakfast for the Brave. We invite police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and other first responders in our communities.

to encourage, uplift, and show appreciation to these men and women, Eden Westside Baptist Church holds a monthly Breakfast for the Brave for police officersBreakfast for the Brave is held the 1st Thursday of each month at our Eden Campus for Pell City area first responders and each 3rd Thursday of the month at our River Campus for the Leeds area first responders.

At one recent breakfast, an officer stopped by to thank Eden Westside members who were blessed to be serving that morning. He said, “We usually dread these kinds of things, but we really love coming here! We fight over who gets this shift every month.”

to encourage, uplift, and show appreciation to these men and women, Eden Westside Baptist Church holds a monthly Breakfast for the Brave for police officers

If this outreach ministry sounds like something you’d like to contribute to, there are several ways to help. First, we need your prayers! Pray for the men and women out on the streets protecting us. Ask the Lord to guide and protect first responders in our community, as well as those around our nation. Don’t forget to pray for your fellow church members who are serving and ministering to those folks at each Breakfast for the Brave.

You can also donate money by writing “Breakfast for the Brave” on an envelope and placing it in the offering plate. Or, consider helping to prepare the food and/or serve it on the day of the breakfast.

Please talk to Scotty Pinson at extension 229 if you’re interested in contributing to this special ministry or contact our church office at 205.338.7711.

Kitchen Ministry: A Culinary Calling - Folks at Eden Westside hear Brother Jacky talk a lot about getting "plugged in." Church people are supposed to find

Kitchen Ministry: A Culinary Calling

Kitchen Ministry: A Culinary Calling – Folks at Eden Westside hear Brother Jacky talk a lot about getting “plugged in.” Church people are supposed to find a way to serve, but what can you do? Many church members think serving means you have to sing or play an instrument. Others believe it’s limited to teaching a class or volunteering in the nursery. But serving our Lord at EWBC can be as easy as handing someone a cheeseburger!

Kitchen Ministry: A Culinary Calling - Folks at Eden Westside hear Brother Jacky talk a lot about getting "plugged in." Church people are supposed to find

The Eden Westside Baptist Church Kitchen Ministry is made up of people just like you. We have families and jobs and yards to mow, and it just isn’t possible for us to participate in some of the ministries that involve too much time or a specific talent. You can volunteer when you can — and don’t have to worry about making an ongoing commitment or working too many hours per week.

Better yet, if you can bake a cake from a mix or boil veggies on the stove, you have all the culinary talent and skill needed to help in the kitchen! Are you the kind who manages to burn ready-made rolls? That’s okay too! We can use folks to help wash dishes, mop the floor, and serve the food.

The kitchen ministry is an active part of Eden Westside, working diligently at both the Eden and River Campuses. Our work includes serving our local first responders at Breakfast for the Brave. We also cook and serve the entire church body each Wednesday before Bible Study at our Eden Campus, and we regularly pamper our hardworking and dedicated church staff when they are unable to leave the campus for a healthy, affordable lunch. Throughout the year, we also prepare and serve a variety of fun church activities, including Lamplighters’ monthly luncheons for senior adults, Valentine’s Dinners, New Member dinners, Power Lunch and lots more!

Whether you’re willing to take out the trash a few times a month or want to volunteer your services manning the ovens and filling tea pitchers — we can use you!  Get in touch with Darlene Lindsey, our Kitchen Coordinator, or any of our kitchen ministry volunteers, including Mary and Kathy Grimes, Christy Dunaway or contact our church office at 205.338.7711.

Thursday Morning Prayer Time: We you to join us on Thursday mornings in 2017 for prayer at 8 AM in the Sanctuary for about 30 minutes at Eden Westside

Prayer Alert

We invite you to join us on THURSDAY ornings at 8AM in the Sanctuary at Eden Westside Baptist Church as we spread out in groups of two or three and ask God to move during our Sunday Services.

There are EXCITING things happening here at Eden Westside Baptist Church!  And we are believing God  for even MORE!

I invite you to join us on THURSDAY mornings at 8AM

in the Sanctuary at our Eden Campus as we spread out in groups of two or three and ask God to move during our Sunday Services.

God is at work at Eden Westside Baptist Church.

God bless you,

Bro. Jacky

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

New Member Dinner at Eden Westside Baptist Church is just one way that we celebrate new members. New members are a very important part of our ministry at

New Member Dinner at Eden Westside

New Member Dinner at Eden Westside Baptist Church is just one way that we celebrate new members.  New members are a very important part of our ministry at Eden Westside so this is just one way that we get an opportunity to extend our love.

Our new member dinners include our most recent group of folks who have decided to call Eden Westside Baptist Church their home and have completed the Eden Westside Membership Information Class (we call it MIC class).  Our Kitchen Ministry Team serves a delicious meal that we all enjoy together and new members get the opportunity to get acquainted with staff members known as our servant team and other leaders.  Brother Jacky shares more information about Eden Westside and the different ministries that make up our church and we get the opportunity to get to know our new members.

Here are photos from our most recent New Member Dinner”

Please look around and invite your family and friends to Eden Westside Baptist Church.  You can make a difference in their eternity!

Eden Westside Baptist Church invites you to join the excitement going on right here at both of our campuses. To God be the glory!

F.A.I.T.H. Riders

F.A.I.T.H. Riders:  Do you have a passion for a lost and hurting world? Does it break your heart that so many of your fellow riders don’t know Jesus? If you’re a Christian who also loves riding and motorcycles, F.A.I.T.H. Riders is for you!

F.A.I.T.H. Riders is not a riding club. We’re just some Christians who love to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with other riders — or anyone else who will listen!

F.A.I.T.H. Riders

The F.A.I.T.H. in F.A.I.T.H. Riders is actually an acronym. It stands for:

F  – Forgiveness (God’s forgiveness is necessary for our eternal life!)
A  – Available (That forgiveness is available to us all, but it isn’t automatic.)
I  – Impossible (It is impossible for us to have eternal life without Jesus.)
T  – Turn (We must turn away from our sins and toward Jesus.)
H – Heaven (Heaven is eternal life! But we can’t get that life here or in the next realm without Jesus!)

F.A.I.T.H. Riders operates by their motto Bible verse, 2 Peter 3:9, which says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

F.A.I.T.H. Riders

The best news (besides sharing Jesus!) is that you can participate in our ministries even if you don’t have a bike or ride one. F.A.I.T.H. Riders is looking for men and women just like you to join us in winning souls for Jesus Christ. This ministry is open to all people from every background, nationality, and denomination.

The Eden Westside Baptist chapter of F.A.I.T.H. Riders is looking for people just like you to help them share the Good News of Jesus with a lost and hurting world. Join us for:

●      Regular Bible Studies
●      Regular Bike Nights
●      Projects to Serve the Community
●      Bike Festivals
●      Mission Trips (ask about our upcoming trip to Daytona Bike Week!)
●      Bike Safety Courses

To find out more about the F.A.I.T.H Riders chapter at Eden Westside, contact our Director, Chad McCain, at 256-589-0840 or ask one of our other officers:

Juanita McCain   – Secretary
Eddie Wyatt        – Chaplain
Ray Calhoun       – Road Captain
Kay Calhoun       – Merchandise Coordinator

We look forward to serving our Lord and Savior with you!

6 Awesome Benefits of Attending Sunday School That You Never Even Knew Were a Thing

Have you decided that going to Sunday School or Life Discovery class is a big waste of time? Maybe you started skipping because you were constantly running late on Sunday mornings, or perhaps you started a new church and just never got connected with a class. Whatever your reasons, Sunday School isn’t just for the kiddos! There are lots of reasons why connecting with a small group or class can benefit your life in ways you haven’t even thought of. For example …

1. Develop a Sense of Belonging

Even the biggest churches seem smaller when you attend breakout sessions. If you’re longing for a little country church where “everybody knows your name,” Sunday School or Life Discovery class is just the thing for getting to know people one-on-one. People tend to listen and leave in “big church,” but small groups usually linger in classrooms and get to know one another personally. Before long, you’ll start recognizing familiar faces in the sanctuary, and those people will introduce you to other people … soon you’ll fit right in, even in the largest of churches!

2. Get to Know Your Community Better

Where’s the best place to get an affordable, stylish back-to-school haircut? Which local vets specialize in exotic pets? Who’s available to cut grass during the summertime, or babysit for your date nights? Sunday School is a great place to get to know people, places, events, and other local conveniences. There may not be a pediatric dentist in your class, but you can bet there will be at least one person in there who knows one!

3. You Can Ask Questions!

Sermons are one-way communication. In Sunday School class, you can ask questions. What are spiritual gifts? Why do we still follow some Old Testament laws but not others? What does the Bible say about discipline and immigration and economic policy? Sunday School and Life Discovery class is where you can ask those pressing questions and gain a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the Bible and what it means for our daily lives.

4. Join Others in Prayer for Specific Needs

Do you often leave church feeling like you still have needs that are unmet? In Sunday School, class members talk about their lives. They share their needs, goals, and worries with one another, and they take time to pray for the needs and concerns of individuals. If your heart is heavy about an illness, a wayward child, or another issue, Life Discovery class is the best place to get the prayer, support, encouragement, and guidance you need.

5. Get Different Perspectives on the Bible & Faith

Because Sunday School allows for open discussion and questions, you can gain perspective from a number of different people — all from different backgrounds and differing walks of life. You can even choose what group you fit best in. Some classes are made up of people who were once Atheists, or who love to ride motorcycles, or who have small children. Others are an interesting mix of different people with different perspectives on life and faith. You can learn so much by spending time in one of these small groups.

6. Socialize Your Kids in a Safe & Nurturing Environment

Are you in desperate need of some “adult time”? During Sunday School, you can place your kids with loving, nurturing caregivers, while you get some one-on-one with big people. Your kids will thrive there, learning fun Bible stories that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Kids learn how to sit still, pay attention to the teacher, ask questions in an orderly fashion, and even share books and toys — all the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

At Eden Westside Baptist Church, we have dozens of Life Discovery (Sunday School) classes to choose from, including a diverse mix of classes.   Whether you’re a young adult, married, single again, senior adult, have youth, children or preschool, it’s the best place to be!

Join us at Eden Westside Baptist. One church — two locations!

Eden Campus

223 Wolf Creek Road North
Pell City, AL 35125

Leeds River Campus

1441 W Riverview Drive,
Trussville AL 35173

For more information, please contact us at 205.338.7711.

Eden Westside Baptist Church will begin UPWARD SPORTS Soccer for K4 -12th grade with low cost tuition during early registration of $85 AND includes uniform

Register Now for UPWARD Soccer 2017

Register Now for UPWARD Soccer 2017:  Are you looking for a sports team where your child can have fun playing soccer in the greater Pell City area while learning wonderful character building traits such as respect, sportsmanship, cooperation, honesty, compassion and leadership?  Are you also looking for a sports organization with a team that your child is guaranteed the opportunity to play, you don’t have to be at the ballpark every night of the week AND participation doesn’t break the bank?  Then UPWARD SPORTS Soccer is definitely for your child.  Eden Westside Baptist Church will begin the next season of UPWARD Soccer with early registration for ages K4 through 12th grades from NOW until March 4, 2017 with a low cost tuition of $85 which includes the uniform.

Eden Westside Baptist Church will begin UPWARD SPORTS Soccer for K4 -12th grade with low cost tuition during early registration of $85 AND includes uniform

Kick off the season with us during EVALUATIONS and Team Placement on Tuesday, February 28th from 4:00-6:00 PM, Thursday, March 2nd from 4:00-6:00 PM and Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 AM until 12 Noon at the Eden/Pell City Campus.

Register Now for UPWARD Soccer 2017

Evaluations and Team Placement gives our coaches an idea of the skill level and abilities of your child so we may place them on the right team.

Practice will be one night during the week beginning March 7, 2017.  Games will be on Saturdays from April 8th through May 20, 2017.  There will be a season tournament & celebration with awards on May 20th.  Athletes will be OFF Spring Break and Easter Weekend.

Eden Westside Baptist Church will begin UPWARD SPORTS Soccer for K4 -12th grade with low cost tuition during early registration of $85 AND includes uniform

UPWARD SPORTS coaches lead athletes mentally, socially, physically and spiritually with all of the character building traits mentioned above so you will not want your child to miss participating with such an awesome organization.  We hope you will allow your child to play with Passion and Purpose with this season of UPWARD Soccer at Eden Westside to develop mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially.   Please contact Director of Recreation, Sherry Holloway, at 205.338.7711 Ext 239 or come by the church office to register at 223 Wolf Creek Road North.

Come join the Women of Eden Westside Baptist in Bible Study When: Tuesday Nights – 6:30pm Beginning January 10, 2017 Where: Cornerstone Café EWS Main Campus

Ladies Bible Study Will Now Meet in Fellowship Hall

Effective immediately, the Ladies Bible Study will meet in the Fellowship Hall at our Eden Campus on Tuesday evenings.  We had an awesome turnout this week and a great study.  More than 40 women attended.

If you would like to learn more about how the Bible stories connect, this is a great study and training for you.

For more information, please click on the link below or contact Becky Brooks at 205.369.3332.

http://www.edenwestside.org/events/ladies-bible-study/

Faith Riders Daytona Bike Week 2017

Faith Riders Daytone Bike Week 2017 – Have you ever wanted to go on a mission trip?

Do you feel the need to “Brag on Jesus”?

Do you enjoy telling others about how God has touched you?

Are you interested in helping to sponsor someone else
to go to Daytona?

Faith Riders Daytone Bike Week 2017

If you would like more information about going to Daytona with FAITH Riders – Eden Westside

Interest Meeting Sunday 01/08/2017 in Building “C” of our Eden Campus at Eden Westside Baptist Church immediately after 11:00 Service or contact Chad McCain or Ray Calhoun.

Eden Westside Baptist Church Faith Riders Daytona Bike Week March 14, 2017

PRAYER VIGIL for UPWARD SPORTS

PRAYER VIGIL for UPWARD SPORTS Basketball & Cheer
Eden Westside Baptist Church – Eden campus
November 13 – 4:00-5:00 pm in the GYM
Join us to pray for athletes, families, referees, and coaches.

PRAYER VIGIL for UPWARD SPORTS Basketball & Cheer at Eden Westside Baptist Church - Eden campus | November 13 - 4:00-5:00 pm in the GYM | 205.338.7711

For more information, please contact Sherry Holloway, Director of Recreation, at 205.338.7711 ext 239.

Breakfast for the Brave

Both campuses of Eden Westside Baptist Church, our Eden Campus and our Leeds River Campus serve Breakfast for the Brave each month to first responders in the greater Pell City and Leeds areas.  Our local police departments, fire departments, EMTs, city workers and other first responders enjoy a free breakfast each month for Eden Westside to show our appreciate to each of these people that keep our cities safe.

Both campuses of Eden Westside Baptist Church, our Eden Campus and our Leeds River Campus serve Breakfast for the Brave each month to first responders
Leeds River Campus Breakfast for the Brave October 2016

Our kitchen team and volunteers serve breakfast at the Eden Campus the first Thursday of each month while serving at the Leeds River Campus the third Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM.

Breakfast for the Brave

Our kitchen  team and volunteers arrive each month around 7:30 AM to cook lots of bacon and eggs, make coffee, set up tables, chairs, place settings and get ready to serve breakfast.

Our preschool and children prepare small gift items that are presented to our guests on a regular basis.  Some of our students work occasionally at the breakfast.

This is just one of the ministries of Eden Westside that reaches out into our communities and involves volunteers at all ages.  If you would like to be part of this wonderful missions ministry, please contact the church office at 205.338.7711.

#BreakfastForTheBrave     #MissionsMinistry    #EdenWestside

Mom’s Night Out – Organizing Your Chaos

Mom’s Night Out  — Organizing Your Chaos.  Live in the Leeds area and need a night out? Wish you could have some much-needed chit chat with grown ups?

Your prayers have been answered! Beginning Thursday, September 1, 2016, there will be a once-per-week mother’s night out at Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus in Leeds, Alabama. We’re conveniently located and easy to find, on Hwy 78 just past the Outlet Shops at Grand River.

Relax, enjoy some munchies and small talk, and learn valuable life skills.

The first Mom’s Night Out is a fun crafts session! Learn how to turn all those waste items around your home into beautiful, useful decorative objects. Our event is called “Upcycle – Reuse, Decorating on a Budget”.

This fun event begins at 6:30 p.m. and the $5 charge covers the cost of your crafts materials. We’ll be turning old picture frames into new works of art! Bring your own old picture frame or choose one from our vintage collection.

This special night will kick off our Mom’s Night Out events, which are every Thursday night through the month of September.

Upcycle - Reuse, Decorating on a Budget is our Kick-Off Night for our Moms Night Out "Organizing Your Chaos" events each Thursday at our Leeds River Campus

After our fabulous crafty kickoff, we’ll be diving into even more lessons, including how to get organized when you feel like you’re drowning, how to manage your time so that you don’t feel like you’re losing your mind, and how to get focused to make positive life changes. Learn, laugh, and nibble on some munchies with us each Thursday night in September.

In addition to lots of valuable life skills, you’ll have tons of fun, make plenty of new friends, and get a few desperately-needed moments to care for yourself for a change, while someone else gives your children the care and attention they need for a little while.

Just plug the address into Google Maps, and we’ll see you there!

Eden Westside Leeds River Campus
1441 W Riverview Dr, Trussville, AL 35173

Please click on the link to register for these exciting events Mom’s Night Out – Organizing Your Chaos.

See you there!

 

Register Now for Give Me That Mountain

Register Now for Give Me That Mountain Older Adult Retreat!  Moving music. Motivational messages. Munchies!

Eden Westside is excited to announce our annual Give Me That Mountain Older Adult Retreat for 2016. This year’s event is on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 2016. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and general assembly starts at 9 a.m.

Guest speakers include:

  • Elaine Wilburn, wife and mother of famed singing duo Wilburn & Wilburn, who is giving a special message to our ladies.
  • Paul Brasher, senior pastor of New Hope Baptist Church here in Pell City, who will be speaking to our gentlemen.
  • Dr. Mark Foley, President of the University of Mobile, who will deliver a message to our entire congregation following the morning worship service on Saturday and to our morning crowd on Sunday.
  • Dr. Garry Ragsdale, senior pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Alexandria, Alabama, who will deliver our message Saturday evening and Sunday evening.

Special musical guests include:

  • Wilburn & Wilburn will be ministering to us during our praise and worship sessions on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Jim Wilburn, minister of music and worship leader at Golden Springs Baptist Church in Anniston and the Golden Springs Baptist Church Legacy Singers will perform Saturday afternoon.
  • Eden Westside’s own Randy Beason & the Eden Westside praise & worship team will lead our worship session both Saturday and Sunday.

 

In addition to the uplifting speakers and music, we’ll enjoy:

  • A health fair. (Get your blood pressure checked, blood sugar checked, and much more!)
  • A special onsite sale by Lifeway Christian bookstore. (They always bring super great deals on tons of Christian books, CDs, and other merchandise!)
  • A hay ride to the top of Revelation Mountain to enjoy a special open air concert Saturday evening. (A concession stand is available!)

 

Breakfast, lunch and the entire day of fellowship and fun for only $5! That’s an even better deal than Netflix.

GiveMeThatMountain2016

Register now at edenwestside.org by clicking the link to Give Me That Mountain. While you’re there, check out some of our other exciting upcoming events!

 

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Corporate Partners

Jefferson State Community College

Gold Sponsor

The Village at Cook Springs

Silver Sponsor

Lakeside Hospice