LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS

Local Outreach

We desire to love our neighbors and make disciples who become worshipers maturing in Christ. Take a look at some of our Outreach Initiatives below.

Neighboring During the Holidays

How do we represent Jesus in our lives and neighborhoods?

Join us as we count down to Christmas as many of us read the book Unwrapping The Names of Jesus, which is our Advent devotional guide. You can then put some practice to what is being preached in reaching out to our neighbors under the direction of the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Alpha and Omega, and Immanuel! Answer questions for yourself like “Why did Jesus come?” or “Is Christmas unbelievable?” and pray over those in your neighborhood, workplace, or school and ask God how He would have you serve them this Christmas. Click below for more details, suggestions for Local Outreach based off of Colossians 3:16-17, and a copy of the The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Christmas Caroling!

Neighboring During the Holidays

Holiday Resource

Is Christmas Unbelievable?

Is Christmas Unbelievable? by Rebecca McLaughlin answers “Four Questions Everyone Should Ask About the World’s Most Famous Story.” This book was designed to be given to Atheists, Agnostics, or those who grew up with Christmas but don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God. We have copies available for you to give away this Christmas season. Stop by the Gospel Resources display in the long hallway.

The Art of Neighboring Introduction

What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors?

When Jesus was asked to reduce everything in the Bible into one command He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is why, as a church family, we’re responding to the COVID-19 crisis, not by panicking, but by serving our neighbors that are in need.

2 Corinthians 1:4 says, “God comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

Neighboring Resources 

Bless Every Home

Begin living a Pray-Care-Share lifestyle through this free online prayer tool which is free and confidential. BlessEveryHome.com/EastWhiteOak gives you the tools to become a Light for Christ in your neighborhood. Use your dashboard to review your individual prayer journey with each neighbor. You will even receive optional daily or weekly reminder emails with a prayer prompt and 5 neighbors to pray for as often as you want.

Prayer Resource

Be a Light for Christ in your journey to Making Disciples at East White Oak and begin praying for your neighbors today! Download and print this PDF Resource.

For the Lord has commanded us, “I have placed you as a Light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Acts 13:47

Watch this recorded panel discussion with Chris Cooper, the President of BlessEveryHome.com and Dave Runyon, co-author from the book The Art of Neighboring, to discuss the greatest challenges of our age of how the church will respond to crisis, while continuing to practice the command to care for and share the Gospel with others when that often involves our direct, physical ministry to one another and to our neighbors. Don’t forget to sign up for BlessEveryHome.com/EastWhiteOak !

The Importance of Knowing our Neighbors

The icestorm of 2021 reminded us that neighbors need one another. Chuck Blystone shares a story from Joplin, MO, and a lesson that he will never forget.

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Living Stone Communities

In 2006 East White Oak Bible Church began to develop a local outreach ministry—a difficult task for a rural church. Pastor Larry VanGundy, now the Senior Pastor at Living Stone Communities, had joined our staff to lead the effort. Initial endeavors were made in west Bloomington through one-time events (the Bloomington Block Bash) and Children’s clubs (Good News Club, Summer Fun Days, Irving Reading Program).

Our roots began to grow deeper in the area as we adopted Irving Elementary School and established The Hub — Living Stone Communities local outreach center. Through Irving LSC has established programs such as The Treehouse Bible Club, one-on-one tutoring, and support for the Irving Elementary staff. At The Hub they’ve hosted community game nights, movie nights, and classes such as Faith & Finances, Computer courses, Men’s Fraternity, and DivorceCare. A couple of families from East White Oak, including Pastor Larry, moved into the west-side.

Small Gospel Communities on the west side have gradually formed into a Sunday morning church gathering. Weekly services began in April 2018! Living Stone Communities are based on neighbors reaching out to neighbors with the love of Jesus.

We believe that the Lord is on the move in west Bloomington. By God’s grace we are excited to witness the Gospel transformation happening through the ministry of Living Stone Communities.

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