Another Pastoral Epistle
May 16, 2018
Hi EBC Family,
Why is it that when you buy a certain car you begin noticing how many of that same car are on the road? I remember after buying a Toyota Camry back in 2007 how often I noticed Toyota Camrys everywhere. And even more so silver Camrys like mine. Is it because more people bought that same model around the time I did or is it because I started noticing it? While it may be in part because of the car’s growing popularity, more likely it was because I had become more aware of them.
Have you become more aware of the words to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous”since it became our theme for 2018? I have heard from some of you over the last few months that since landing on the theme of be strong and courageous it seems to be popping up everywhere. How have those words been at work in your life? Have you had any opportunities to speak those words into other’s lives? How has God used the bracelet with the words, “Be strong and courageous” in conversations with others? I would love to hear how God has used those words in your life and know it would encourage our community at EBC.
On Sunday, June 3 there will be a potluck from noon to 2:00. If you would like to submit a story or situation in which God has used those words in your life over the last several months, you can submit them to the office (anonymously if you would prefer) and I will share it with the church family during the potluck. You may also place your testimonial in the box at the Ministry Counter on Sunday morning.
Praise God for the growing registrations for On-Goal Soccer Camp and that the dinners for the coaches have been filled. We are still in need of lunches and helpers during the week as well as housing for the coaches. Also, if you would like to help those kids who can’t afford to go to camp, place monies in the offering plate designated “On Goal Soccer Camp.” Pray that many families in our community are impacted by this outreach ministry.
Work day is this Saturday from 8:00-noon. If you can come for the full four hours or part of the time, there are plenty of projects needing our attention on the church grounds and buildings. Taking care of our property is one of those household responsibilities we have as a church family. I hope to see you there.
Have you noticed the number of people God is adding to our church family? I am encouraged and yet at times find myself unable to remember everyone’s names. You may feel the same way. Don’t be afraid to ask for people’s names a second, third, or fourth time. It shows a real interest in getting to know them and welcome them to our church. Again, I want to nudge you to capitalize on the fellowship time in between services. There is such a positive buzz when God’s people are together.
I am reminded of the charge in Hebrews to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” We really can put courage into each other when we meet. Courage to act in love, obedience, and for the long haul.
Be strong & courageous to the end, Pastor Brian
Joshua Chapter 23
Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon
Coming in June
New Sermon Series
“God’s Concern…Our Concern”
A study in Jonah
2018 Art Expo
This year’s theme is “The Master Creator.” We are displaying artistic works that creatively capture the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. These works of art will be on display in the sanctuary THIS Sunday, May 20th and Sunday, May 27th.
BE STRONG and COURAGEOUS
Do you have a story to tell regarding your journey with our Strong and Courageous theme? Has your bracelet raised some questions from others? Has God prompted change in your life through the sermon series? Share these moments via email or letter to the office or Pastor Brian. You may also place your stories in the box on the Ministry Counter this week. We would like to share these at our upcoming potluck!
Worship Team Information Night
Are you interested in joining the Worship Team? Come to our informational meeting tomorrow Thursday, May 17th at 7:00-7:30 pm. Musicians (electric guitar, drums, vocals) and Techs (audio, video) wanted! RSVP by emailing Pastor Dan at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE: June 3rd after the 2nd service
Bring a dish to pass and meet us in the gym after the services. Please keep in mind that there are very few outlets to plug in crockpots, so consider insulating hot and cold foods by other means. See you there!
Change for Life: Baby Bottle Blessing Fundraiser
Baby bottles are still available for Aspire Women’s Center’s Baby Bottle Blessings fundraiser. Aspire provides life-affirming pregnancy support services, including pregnancy tests and ultrasounds for pregnancy confirmation, for women in our communities experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
During first service, Nursery will now be available for 0-5 year olds. During second service, Nursery will continue to be available for 0-3 year olds in addition to classes for grades Pre-K thru 4th.
SPRING Work Day this Saturday!
Saturday, May 19
8 am – 12 noon
In addition to the general outdoor campus being attended to, we are in need of volunteers to assist in repairing the following building concerns:
- Hole in a wall fixed & fire extinguisher bracket rehung
- Broken railing fixed
- Light bulbs in gym hallway replaced
Please let Bill Wixson know if you are able to help out specifically with these needs!
Contact Bill at 524-8580.
On Goal Soccer Camp – June 26-30, 2018
Still looking for a summer camp for your kids?
There are discounts and financial assistance available for On Goal Soccer Camp, hosted by EBC! Are you interested in donating a camp scholarship for a child to attend? Can you work as a volunteer? Call the office for details!
Men’s Fishing Trip
May 31 – June 2
Join us for the men’s annual fishing trip at Heath Caruso’s cabin in Pittsburgh, NH. The cost is $35.00. (License-free fishing allowed on Saturday) There will be target shooting as well. Those with four-wheelers are welcome. Sign up at the Ministry Counter this week.