Eastside Update 7.8.2022

by Eastside Church on July 08, 2022

Community Care

The past few weeks, a few of our church members have experienced hurt, hardship, and struggles. These are the moments where the body of Christ is called to move in love and meets the needs of His bride. Here are the needs that we know to address: 

  • Elizabeth Kennis just returned home after breaking her leg and needs meals on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Jen Gillfillan needs meals as she cares for her mother who had a stroke and was her granddaughters caregiver
  • Louise Bass fell and fractured a vertebrae and in on limited movement.

Are you willing to help members of your church family? If so, please email  for more information.

If you or someone you know has a need that can be met by our Community Care Team, please email .

Spring Worship Night!

We had a wonderful time at our Spring Worship Night on Wednesday! Thank you to everyone who joined us for our night of praise and worship. For anyone who would like to watch the event online, it can be found on the church's YouTube channel, Eastside Administration.


VBS Volunteers and Families


Eastside VBS

July 18-22


More information coming soon!!!


Any women struggling with infertility, miscarriage, or infant loss are welcome at the next meeting of Kairos Eight25 on Monday, July 11 from 7:00-8:30 PM at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1677 Jamestown Rd. This Christ-centered support group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month and offers hope to women who are experiencing the loss and loneliness of infertility and miscarriage.

Contact Gwen Martin at 757-897-1661 if you would like more information. 

"But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance" (Romans 8:25).

Online Giving

Currently we have several donors who use Online giving, and it has been such a blessing through COVID to be able to contribute this way, but a little known fact is that the church pays a fee to the online processor (2-3%).

You can reduce the fee by changing your online gift from Credit Card to ACH (direct from your checking account). Just select the ACH option at the bottom. If you would like to reduce the fee altogether you can set up Bill Pay through your bank and they will issue a check for free and mail it for you as well. We are so appreciative of the convenience Online giving has provided and if you feel this is still the best option for you, please continue using this method. 

Payouts from IRA

Once you have reached 72 (previously 70 1/2) the IRS requires you to take an RMD (Required Minimum Distribution). Once you pull that amount out of your IRA you must pay taxes on that money. If you use the Qualified Charitable Distribution method you can give the full amount of the withdrawal to the church without paying the taxes.

Please talk to your financial advisor if you would like to use this method for taking your RMD.


From now through July, Eastside is accepting nominations for the Leadership Team. If you have someone you would like to nominate, you may drop their name into the offering box on Sunday morning or you can nominate them on our website here!

Second Saturday Healing Service

This Saturday, July 9, we will gather for healing prayer in the foyer from 9-10 AM. Please join us if you need physical, emotional, or spiritual healing, or if you feel led to pray for others.

Please note that this in-person prayer time replaces phone prayer on the second Saturday of each month.

August Announcements

Starting August 13th, we will begin a weekly Bible study. Join us Saturdays at 10 AM.

Also on August 21st we will be having our baptismal service! 

For more information regarding the Bible study or if you are interested in being baptized, please contact Pastor Doug Bunn a  .

Turning Point

Are you going through a challenging time in your life? Would you like to talk it through in a confidential setting? If so, Eastside’s Turning Point Ministry is here to give you an extra layer of emotional and spiritual support. To make an appointment, please email   or call Ashley Willis (M.A. Pastoral Counseling) at 757-784-5165.

Youth Group

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him" (Psalms 127:3). As our Youth continue to grow, let us pray for them. They are a gift from God and His love for is reflected through the love we have for them. 

We will not be having Youth Group tonight!

Here is an updated Youth Schedule for the next few weeks:

  • July 15th: Co-ed Youth Group (Eastside)
  • July 29th: Co-ed Youth Group (Off-site)

For more info regarding all things youth please contact our Youth Director Kris Samuel at 908-227-2421 or 

Friday Afternoons

Join us live on Fridays at 2 PM for songs of praise on Facebook and Instagram @eastsidechurchva.

Sunday Scenes  



We worship in person at 10 AM and our service streams live on our YouTube channel (Eastside Administration). 

Sunday Prayer

Please join us for prayer in the foyer at 9:30 on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Evenings

All young adults are invited to this group! We will be meeting this Sunday, July 10th at 6 PM at the Cox’s house, 5500 Scott’s Pond Dr. Bring your friends! Questions? Contact Gigi at

Volunteers Opportunities

Have you thought about serving children and families of the church? You are invited to join this vibrant ministry! Children’s ministry is offered during the 10 AM service and if you can serve, please click here. Sign up for shifts that suit your schedule! All volunteers will undergo a simple background check.

Eastside’s Cleaning Team provides a crucial and caring service to the church. Please contact team leader Sara Osborne at  to schedule a shift that works for you.

Community Care

Are you willing to help members of your church family? If so, please email   for more information.

Also, if you or someone you know has a need that can be met by our Community Care Team, please email  .

Groups and Classes

Interested in joining an Eastside group or class? If you see a day that works for you, please contact the leaders below to learn more about their groups. They look forward to talking with you!

“Coffee w/ Friends” every Wednesday mornings at 8:30 AM at Column-15 (everyone)                                                                          Doug Bunn at 757-871-0663

Sunday evenings, 6 PM (young adults)
Gigi at

First meeting of the month will gather at a church member's home. Our meetings are every other Tuesday, 1 PM (women's group)
For more information please contact Jinks at

Thursday evenings (via phone), 6:30 PM

Every other Wednesday, 6:30 PM
Patty at  or Ashley at


Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” (1 Chronicles 16:11). Eastside prays in community Monday-Saturday by teleconference.

Check our website for daily prayer sheets with responsive readings to enhance your prayer time.

Prayer Requests

Do you need prayer for something going on in your life? We have prayer team members who would love to pray for you and your situation. If you want us to pray privately and confidentially, we will do that. If you would like your prayer requests to be shared and prayed for by our open prayer groups, we can lift them up during our weekly prayer times.


Important Dates

We have switched to Google Calendar's in order to provide quick updates. However, we will still have a printable copy available. Questions regarding the calendar, please contact Kris Samuel at

Click here for the Eastside calendar.


As always, click here for everything you need to know for giving online, by text, or by mail.

Jan-June 2022

     Budgeted: $140,000
     Received: $135,747                                                                             

July 2022
     Budgeted: $26,000
     Received Month-to-Date: $4,625

Annual 2022
     Budgeted: $310,000

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Doug Bunn

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