The Weekly Epistle 3/11/20

The greatness of prayer is simply an extension of the greatness of God in our lives!  Tim Keller puts it this way, “Prayer is so great that wherever you look in the Bible, it is there.  Why?  Everywhere God is, prayer is.  Since God is everywhere and infinitely great, prayer must be all-pervasive in our lives.”
 
Prayer is what set Israel aside from all other nations.  Moses says in Deuteronomy 4:7, “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”  When we pray, we are treating God as God.  When we pray, we set ourselves apart from all those who do not know God.  So, church, we must pray!
 
Fellowship of prayer is this Sunday night from 6:00-7:00 in the worship center.  One of our values as a church is that we are devoted to prayer.  Prayer was a common practice when the early church gathered, according to Acts 2:42; 11:5; 12:5, 12.  
 
Church, let’s gather this Sunday night to pray for our ministries, church leadership and family, our community, what’s next campaign, and our ministry plan going forward.  
 
Marriage conference sign-up continues for two more weeks, so register this Sunday.  Created for Connection conference will provide you with practical application for a healthier marriage.  If there is a couple outside the church you would like to invite to this conference, then feel free to do so.  
 
Momentum is back on Sunday, March 29 from 5-7.  There is also open gym for Teen basketball every Friday night in March from 7-9.  And coming in May there will be a momentum Sunday study on Sunday mornings.  Momentum is for grades 5-12.  
 
I am loving our study through the entire Bible.  Someone asked me, “Once you finish this series on The Greatest Story from Cover to Cover, then what’s left for you to preach on?”  Trust me, there is plenty of material in God’s Word to keep me going for a long time! For example, in the summer, I will be preaching on the guide to joyful living from the book of Philippians.  No matter what we face in life, we can choose joy!  Stay tuned!
 
Please note that if you are trying to listen to the sermon online you can click on the link below for the latest sermon as well as previous sermons. Or by going to http://laconiachurch.com/category/audio/
 
Don’t forget, this Sunday night from 6-7.  As Hudson Taylor put it, “Brother, if you are to win…we must go forward on our knees.”
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Less Than a Perfect King

2 Samuel 1-12

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Created for Connection

EBC is hosting a marriage conference for the EBC family. This will be a two-day event, Friday night and all-day Saturday, April 3-4. Friday 7pm-9pm and Saturday 8:30am -4pm. 
There will be 3 workshops to choose from that will be taught by three of our very own counselors and Pastor. Signup this Sunday. Check out the bulletin for your brochure.

OWLS

“World Famous” Singers are going to entertain the OWLS on Saturday March 14th (snow date March 21st) at EBC at 1:30pm. Our very own Rob and Patsy Tacker will be sharing their singing talents with us. The Tacker’s have sung at many different venues, but several of us heard them at Patrick’s Pub last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. We are in for a special treat. Come prepared to enjoy dessert, tap your feet and relax with Rob and Patsy.

Fellowship of Prayer

Join us Sunday March 15th at 6pm as we come together for a time of worship and prayer.

EBC Security

If you are interested in serving on the EBC Security Team, please see Scott Estes or email him at sse59@metrocast.net

Good Friday Service

Friday April 10th 7pm

Coffee & Connect

Women need genuine fellowship with other women on their journey. 
Join us Thursday March 19th at Wayfarer Coffee Roasters from 6pm-7:00pm 626 Main St Laconia. Come meet new friends and know that on your journey, you are not alone. 

Women’s Night of Worship

Thursday March 19th Wayfarer Coffee Roasters 7:30pm-9pm Doors open at 7pm. Come out for a night or worship, prayer, and fellowship with women from our local churches. Let’s come together and minister to each other as we all gather in His name!

Ministry Fair

The next Ministry Fair will be Sunday 3/22 and 3/29. You will have opportunities to learn more about the ministries here at EBC and sign up to volunteer and get involved! There will be an insert in the bulletin this Sunday with ways you can volunteer.

OnGoal

Save the date for this year’s OnGoal Soccer Camp! 
June 23-27

The Weekly Epistle 3/4/20

A relationship left to itself will drift.  That is true of friendships, family relationships, and marriages.  If there is no intentionality and attention given to a relationship it will eventually drift from closeness.  Created for Connection Conference is for all couples who want to keep from drifting or to reconnect with their spouse.  I look forward to what I will learn about ensuring a lifetime of loving connection with my wife. I am super excited about the marriage conference at EBC on April 3-4 with main speaker Ken Munger who is passionate about sharing some practical, faith-based principles for creating stronger and more secure marital relationships.  
 
Ken Munger will guide couples through honest conversations with each other.  There will be plenty of “couple time,” throughout the conference where it will just be you and your spouse to talk through the material being taught.  There are workshops to choose from as well.  Fill out your registration form and bring it with you this Sunday.  
 
This Saturday there will be a fun activity for all those from pre-k through grade 5.  Black out Night is from 6-8:30 PM at the church.  A couple of volunteers are still needed for that evening.  If you can help, then please contact Bethany Miller of Laura Hollenbeck (or call church office).  
 
Church, I trust that you will set aside Sunday, March 15 from 6-7 for a night of singing and fellowship together around prayer.  The Fellowship of Prayer is an opportunity to grow us as a family and align our hearts with the purposes of God. We can only go forward on our knees. 
 
A four-week Discovery Class begins this Sunday at 9:00 in the fellowship hall.  This is a great class to let you in on our mission, values, and strategy for ministry here.  It also includes an overview of what we believe as a church.  If you want to attend or know someone you can encourage to attend, no sign-up is needed.  Just show up this Sunday at 9:00 (don’t forget to spring ahead). 
 
I leave you with this invitation from Jesus to keep from drifting from Him: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).  The call is simple: we must slow down to maintain union and communion with Him. The carrying out of it however, is never easy, but necessary! 
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

By Appearance or By Heart

1 Samuel 16-31

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Black Out Night

Saturday March 7th from 6pm-8:30 pm at EBC we will be hosting a Black Out Night! Kids ages preschool – grade 5 are welcome to come for a fun night of glow in the dark dinner, games, crafts and more! Wear your white or fluorescent colors!

Daylight Savings

This Sunday we will spring ahead one hour.
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead so you don’t miss out on all we have going on at EBC!

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning this Sunday, March 8th at 9am Fellowship Hall. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

OWLS

“World Famous” Singers are going to entertain the OWLS on Saturday March 14th (snow date March 21st) at EBC at 1:30pm. Our very own Rob and Patsy Tacker will be sharing their singing talents with us. The Tacker’s have sung at many different venues, but several of us heard them at Patrick’s Pub last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. We are in for a special treat. Come prepared to enjoy dessert, tap your feet and relax with Rob and Patsy.

Fellowship of Prayer

Our next prayer event will be Sunday March 15th at 6pm. Join us as we come together for a time of worship and prayer.

Created for Connection

EBC is hosting a marriage conference for the EBC family. This will be a two-day event, Friday night and all-day Saturday, April 3-4. Friday 7pm-9pm and Saturday 8:30am -4pm. 
There will be 4 workshops to choose from that will be taught by four of our very own counselors and Pastor. Signup this Sunday. Check out the bulletin for your brochure.

EBC Security

If you are interested in serving on the EBC Security Team, please see Scott Estes or email him at sse59@metrocast.net

Women’s Night of Worship

Thursday March 19th Wayfarer Coffee Roasters 7:30pm-9pm Doors open at 7pm. Come out for a night or worship, prayer, and fellowship with women from our local churches. Let’s come together and minister to each other as we all gather in His name!

Ministry Fair

The next Ministry Fair will be Sunday 3/22 and 3/29. You will have opportunities to learn more about the ministries here at EBC and sign up to volunteer and get involved!

OnGoal

Save the date for this year’s OnGoal Soccer Camp! 
June 23-27

The Weekly Epistle 2/26/20

“The Coronavirus is a plague sent by God,” Christian TV host Rick Wiles says.  He goes on, “God is about to purge a lot of sin off this planet via the Coronavirus and those who mock God will be punished.”  This statement and others like it trouble me.  Are we in the place to know God’s hand of judgment is behind this? 
 
A better posture than attach God’s judgment to it would be to pray for the people of China and others around the world infected by the virus.  God loves the people of China and desires that all people be brought into His family.  Is it appropriate to speak of God’s judgment in light of this epidemic?  Shouldn’t we speak of God’s mercy?  
 
When bad things happen in the world my mind goes to Romans 8 when it speaks of this world being subject to futility.  Romans 8 reminds us that the whole creation has been groaning since the time sin entered in the world in Genesis 3.  We live in a fallen world.  We groan for the new heaven and earth.  This isn’t heaven.  We aren’t home yet.
 
My mind also went to these words from our Savior’s lips, “Those eighteen who died when the tower of Siloam fell on them- do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will perish” (See Luke 13:1-9).  Jesus’ point is that we all deserve to die, not just those who perish in some calamity. 
 
Praise God that we can escape the wrath to come because God in His grace and mercy sent Jesus to take our place on the cross.  The greater disaster than those who die from the coronavirus or any other disaster from this fallen world, is those who perish without Christ.  We have news to share to all: Yes, this world is messed up, but Christ has conquered death and He will raise us up victorious!  Isn’t that the news we are to proclaim to the world?  God loves you and wants you to be in His family forever! 
 
With the heightened media attention on the coronavirus, we can find our own hearts filled with anxiety and paralyzed by fear.  Our peace is found in the work of our Savior who has secured our eternity.  Our peace is found in that nothing takes God off course in His plans and purposes. So, church, walk in peace that our God is in control.   
 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
 
Shalom, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Well Begun is Not Enough

1 Samuel 9-15

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Created for Connection

EBC is hosting a marriage conference for the EBC family. This will be a two-day event, Friday night and all-day Saturday, April 3-4. Friday 7pm-9pm and Saturday 8:30am -4pm. 
There will be 4 workshops to choose from that will be taught by four of our very own counselors and Pastor. Signup this Sunday. Check out the bulletin for your brochure.

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning March 8th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

Fellowship of Prayer

Our next prayer event will be Sunday March 15th at 6pm. Join us as we come together for a time of worship and prayer.

Black Out Night

Saturday March 7th from 6pm-8:30 pm at EBC we will be hosting a Black Out Night! Kids ages preschool – grade 5 are welcome to come for a fun night of glow in the dark dinner, games, crafts and more! Wear your white or fluorescent colors!

Love INC Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Love INC of the Lakes Region would like to invite everyone who has volunteered in any way over the last 3 years to a volunteer appreciation dinner. Let us, the board of directors, serve you a dinner to say thank you for all you have done to help Love INC serve others within our local communities. Join us Sunday March 1st from 3pm-5pm at EBC Fellowship Hall. 
Please RSVP by 2/27 to info@loveinclr.org or 366-1525

Ministry Fair

The next Ministry Fair will be Sunday 3/22 and 3/29. You will have opportunities to learn more about the ministries here at EBC and sign up to volunteer and get involved!

OWLS

“World Famous” Singers are going to entertain the OWLS on Saturday March 14th (snow date March 21st) at EBC at 1:30pm. Our very own Rob and Patsy Tacker will be sharing their singing talents with us. The Tacker’s have sung at many different venues, but several of us heard them at Patrick’s Pub last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. We are in for a special treat. Come prepared to enjoy dessert, tap your feet and relax with Rob and Patsy.

Women’s Night of Worship

Thursday March 19th Wayfarer Coffee Roasters 7:30pm-9pm Doors open at 7pm. Come out for a night or worship, prayer, and fellowship with women from our local churches. Let’s come together and minister to each other as we all gather in His name!

OnGoal

Save the date for this year’s OnGoal Soccer Camp! 
June 23-27

EBC Kids

Serve once a month in the Nursery or as a teacher or teachers helper in Pre K- Grade 5! Contact the Church office or Mary Whitman for more information.

Cancellation Procedure for Sunday Mornings

In the event of bad weather that would potentially impact services, the following will be taken into consideration: the current weather in Laconia, timing of the weather event, and whether roads, walkways, parking areas will be cleared. A decision will be made by 7:30 am to cancel one or both of our services. Events in the afternoon or evening will be dealt with separately. EBC will notify of cancellation using the following:  WMUR TV, Church website news feed www.laconiachurch.com , Email (weekly epistle list), and EBC public and private Facebook pages.