Another Pastoral Epistle 2/13/19

I hope you are OK with my being proud as your pastor. I was proud of the work done by the Glo Team and other workers who put together a wonderful mission’s conference this past weekend. It was well done and I trust impactful for those who attended over the weekend and particularly this past Sunday. There was a great representation of both local and global outreach. As I said in my opening comments on Sunday, it was appropriate for us to break away from a typical Sunday to highlight one of our values as a church- outreach! It is not the only reason we exist as a church, but making disciples is our mission.

That is the “why” behind our “What’s Next Campaign.” So as to not get lost in buildings and funds, I remind you of what is driving us to do what we are doing in this campaign. It should have been obvious as we made our way through stewardship month in the book of Haggai that we are all being challenged on a corporate and personal level to replace our “not yet” mindset to “it is time.” In the upcoming “What’s Next” newsletter, I apply “it is time” filter through our 4-E ministry model as it relates to our capital campaign. “What’s Next News” will be available this Sunday. I hope you check it out.

This Sunday we will resume our sermon series on “Living in the Shadow of Hope,” from the book of Revelation. As we make our way from chapter 13 to chapter 22, the heartbeat of the book is to not live as if we don’t know how it will all end. These final 10 chapters carry a certain strangeness to them that stir our curiosities yet challenge us to live on purpose for we know the ending! Are you ready to dive back in?

Also, this Sunday the Bible study, “Portraits of Jesus” will meet at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall. This week’s study will focus on the characteristics of Jesus’ teaching and what sets Him apart from all other teachers.

Some final thoughts:

  • Consider how you might practice Biblical fasting between now and Resurrection Sunday (April 21). Fast from food in order to feast on God. Designate a period of time in which you will abstain from eating to focus on Jesus and His priorities. Skip a meal or two and let your hunger drive to hungering for His Word, meditating on Scripture, and communing with Him in prayer!
  • Revisit page 2 of your mission’s conference booklet. What is at least one way you will respond to the challenge from last Sunday?
  • Plan on attending the “What’s Next” banquet on Friday, April 5. There will be fun activities for the kids as well at the church while we all enjoy an evening at Pheasant Ridge Country Club.

Church, God is building something here at EBC! I urge you to continue to pray for our alignment with Him as we anticipate good and even unimaginable things from His hand in using us for greater impact in the region and beyond!

To His Glory,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“The Tale of Two Beasts”
Revelation 13

Last Sunday’s Sermon

What’s Next Newsletter

This Sunday, Volume 2 of the What’s Next News will be available. Get your copy!

Prayer Commitment Cards

Prayer is a huge part of the What’s Next Campaign. We are asking you all to commit to 30 days of prayer surrounding the What’s’ Next Campaign beginning in March. This Sunday we will have a Prayer Commitment Card in the bulletin for each of you to fill out. We are asking everyone to fill out this card, tear off the bottom portion and return that to the office or place in the offering plate. More details to come!

Sunday Morning Bible Study Portraits of Jesus

We will resume our study and look at Jesus as Teacher this Sunday February 17th during the 1st service. Join us in the Fellowship Hall at 9 am.

NEW Christian Singles Ministry

All Christian singles are welcome in your 20’s and 30’s. Meet at Wayfarer February 14th and 21st from 5pm-7pm. Sign up at the Ministry Counter this Sunday.

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Friday April 5th
Stay tuned for more details

Another Pastoral Epistle 2/6/19

Inspire.  Enlighten.  Encourage.  Enlist!
 
That is our theme for our Missions’ Conference this weekend.  We hope that everyone will join us as we are inspired and enlightened by the local and global missionaries that we support.   On Sunday morning, there will be a variety of workshops to choose from as several of our global and local missionaries will be speaking.  You will want to check out the mission’s fair set up in the fellowship hall. There will be something for the children as well. Don’t forget that Sunday morning will begin at 9:30 in the sanctuary with worship. 
 
This exciting weekend will kick-off with a prayer time on Friday night at 7:00 in the worship center.  A men’s breakfast will hear of the great things God is doing locally through the Love INC ministry. The breakfast begins at 8:00.  Women’s brunch will follow at 11:30 as the ladies will not only enjoy good food and fellowship but will hear from two of our missionaries.  Be in prayer that our hearts are stirred by this weekend and that even from this time God would raise up more workers for his harvest field in this region and beyond!
 
I want to keep in front of you the “what’s next campaign” in which we are being called as a church to ask God what’s next for EBC.  As we learned working through the book of Haggai it is time to commit to kingdom priorities and put to rest our “not yet” reasoning for not doing what God has called us to do.  Now, a part of that is related to our buildings and campus. It is time to address some facility needs to increase our efficiency and grow our effectiveness.  When God brought us to this campus, we knew there were projects left undone until a later time. That time has come. And as I have shared in the “what’s next” newsletter #1 it is all tied to our mission and objectives as a church.  I share more about that in newsletter #2. I hope you picked up a copy of newsletter #1. Newsletter #2 will be coming soon! 
 
I hope you have marked down Friday, April 5 on your calendar.  April 5 is our what’s next banquet. More will be shared on that night of what we are asking God to do financially through His people.  We will notbe asking for any money on that night.  We will be asking that you seek God on what He wants you to do as we move forward as a church.  
 
Portraits of Jesus study on Sunday mornings at 9:00 will not meet this Sunday but will pick it up again on Sunday, February 17. If you haven’t been able to make it yet, come to the study on February 17 as we will look at what it means that Jesus was called a “teacher” (over 30 times in the gospels).  
 
I am looking forward to returning to our sermon series on “Living in the Shadow of Hope.”  We will be resuming our study in Revelation on February 17 as we will look at the tale of two beasts in chapter 13.  
 
One last thought as I close.  Consider how you might practice Biblical fasting between now and Resurrection Sunday (April 21).  Fast from food in order to feast on God. Designate a period of time in which you will abstain from eating to focus on Jesus and His priorities.  Skip a meal or two and let your hunger drive to hungering for His Word, meditating on Scripture, and communing with Him in prayer! 
See you soon!  Remain in Him, church!  
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Coming next week we will resume our study in the book of Revelation.

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Missions Conference

February 8-10
Friday:
Prayer Night 7pm-8pm
Saturday:
Men’s Breakfast 8am and Women’s Brunch 11:30am
Sunday:
Missions Conference One service at 9:30am

Men’s Breakfast

February 9th at 8am
Join us as we hear from Ron DeDucca from Love, INC of the Lakes Region, as he shares how this wonderful ministry got started and continues to move forward in Living by Faith.
Prepare to be Inspired. Great time of fellowship and food.

Ladies Brunch

“THE PEW” Live February 9th11:30 am -1:30pm
In a “Pew“ Exclusive, Real Talk with Real Missionaries! Join us and be Inspired, Enlightened and Encouraged as we welcome Nancy Dore and Rochelle Dore. A great time of fellowship. Sign up at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday morning or with the church office. Also sign up to bring soup or sandwiches.

Sunday Morning Bible Study Portraits of Jesus

An 8 week Bible study beginning Sunday Jan. 20th at 9am. This Bible Study will be taught by a team of teachers: Pastor Brian, Matt Anderson, Jim Hayes and Adam Hayes. Exploring and encountering the truth of Jesus and its relevance to today’s world.  Great class for those who are exploring the truth of Jesus or for those who want to know more deeply the One in whose face we see God!

NEW Christian Singles Ministry

All Christian singles are welcome in your 20’s and 30’s. Meet at Wayfarer February 14th and 21st from 5pm-7pm. Sign up at the Ministry Counter this Sunday.

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday February 16th @ 0800. In the fellowship Hall. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. Please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve. (Please note this is a personal ministry and not an EBC church ministry)

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Friday April 5th
Stay tuned for more details

Another Pastoral Epistle 1/30/19

There is so much to share with you about what is going on in the church. I will get to that, but my heart grieves. I am saddened over the most recent law passed in the state of New York that loosens (understatement) the laws on abortion. The “Reproductive Healthcare Act,” allows abortions for any reason up to 24 weeks, and up to birth to protect a woman’s life or health as determined by a healthcare professional. The law also allows non-doctors to perform the procedure. And the celebration that followed sickened me!

As I was doing some reading on this controversial law and what others had to say about it, I came across this very thought-provoking question, “If it’s wrong to hurt people because of skin color or gender, why is it okay to hurt them because they are smaller, less developed, or in a different location?” Excellent question! The article also asked, “Do you believe that each and every human being has an equal right to life, or do only some have it based on something none of us share equally?” These are logical questions. But then again, common sense isn’t very common. (See article, “All we did was survive” by Scott Klusendorf).

In previous epistles on two occasions I have spoken about the sanctity of human life. Let me repeat myself. Human life is a gift from God to be cherished from the time of conception until natural death. God is directly involved with human life at every age and affirms its value under all conditions. As followers of Christ, it is imperative for us to maintain this same high regard for life. We are to call society to embrace the value of human life and to affirm the dignity and worth of all. Society should guarantee the rights of the unborn child, the dignity of the elderly, and the care of the handicapped and where it does not, then it is our responsibility to foster a higher morality. We are to defend the defenseless and that includes the modern-day slavery of sex trafficking and to challenge the biases of our culture and the devaluing of life in all its forms.

In other words, all life is sacred for every single human being bears the image of God. So, we must be pro-life from the womb to the tomb. As followers of Christ, we don’t have to choose between speaking into moral behaviors and promoting the gospel. We can speak truthfully within the context of the redemptive power of the gospel. And as Peter reminds us in speaking of the reason for our hope that we must, “do so with gentleness and respect.”

Ok, let me highlight some key events on the church’s calendar. Mission’s conference is right around the corner. On Friday night, February 8, at 7:00 we will gather again for prayer. This time our focus will be on praying for our missionaries, local outreach, and the mission’s conference. Men, you are invited to the men’s breakfast on Saturday at 8:00, followed by a brunch for women at 11:30. Sunday will look different, but should be very impactful as we hear from various speakers, fellowship together, and check out displays at the mission’s fair. It all begins at 9:30 in the worship center. There is something for the kiddos as well!

Portraits of Jesus got off to an excellent start with Adam Hayes teaching on the reasonableness of our faith. This Sunday I will teach on what Jesus said about suffering. Is God the source of our suffering? In what way is Jesus the healer? Come this Sunday at 9:00 in the fellowship hall to explore these and other questions.

I am so looking forward to our “What’s Next Banquet” on Friday, April 5. Set that date aside. There will be some fun activities that evening for the kids as well as the adults come together around good food to learn more about what’s next for EBC.

Prayer builders will meet this Sunday at 10:20 in the room behind stage. I am sure there is plenty more I have forgotten, so check out announcements below.

With thanks to the Giver of Life,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

This Week’s Sermon
Pastor Dan Lyle
Matthew 4:1-11

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders will be meeting this Sunday from 10:20-10:40 in the room behind the stage.

Sunday Morning Bible Study Portraits of Jesus

An 8 week Bible study beginning Sunday Jan. 20th at 9am. This Bible Study will be taught by a team of teachers: Pastor Brian, Matt Anderson, Jim Hayes and Adam Hayes. Exploring and encountering the truth of Jesus and its relevance to today’s world.  Great class for those who are exploring the truth of Jesus or for those who want to know more deeply the One in whose face we see God!

Missions Conference

February 8-10
Friday:
Prayer Night 7pm-8pm
Saturday:
Men’s Breakfast 8am and Women’s Brunch 11:30am
Sunday:
Missions Conference One service at 9:30am

Men’s Breakfast

February 9th at 8am
Join us as we hear from Ron DeDucca from Love, INC of the Lakes Region, as he shares how this wonderful ministry got started and continues to move forward in Living by Faith.
Prepare to be Inspired. Great time of fellowship and food.

Ladies Brunch

“THE PEW” Live February 9th11:30 am -1:30pm
In a “Pew“ Exclusive, Real Talk with Real Missionaries! Join us and be Inspired, Enlightened and Encouraged as we welcome Nancy Dore and Rochelle Dore. A great time of fellowship. Sign up at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday morning or with the church office. Also sign up to bring soup or sandwiches.

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday February 16th @ 0800. In the fellowship Hall. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. Please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve. (Please note this is a personal ministry and not an EBC church ministry)

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Friday April 5th
Stay tuned for more details