The Weekly Epistle 7/3/19

Harmony!  A song sung in beautiful harmony is pleasant to the ears.  Harmony is defined as, “the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect.”  In other words, same song but with different parts by the ones singing.  Don’t you love listening to good harmony?  Don’t you enjoy music done in beautiful harmony?

That is what God wants the church to be.  It isn’t that we are all singing exactly the same thing, but we all have our part and somehow it all comes together.  My heart was blessed by the harmony of this church family around the On Goal soccer camp.  There were many parts that came together.  There was money needed to get certain campers to even attend On Goal. There were hosts homes and meals provided so that coaches were taken care of.  There was food donated, supplies delivered to the park, popsicles and water for hydration and many other details managed to make it all happen.

Then there was the picnic on Saturday!  Grills were picked up and dropped off, tables were set up, ice buckets filled, food prepared on the tables, grilling of hamburgers and hot dogs, people directing the whole operation and there was beautiful harmony!  All the various parts contributing to the same task.  There is something beautiful and irresistible about watching unity in action!  The Psalmist declared, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony” (Psalm 133:1).  

A loud thanks to all those who helped and prayed and gave to this event!  You can check out the video of the 103 kids and 15 coaches with the link here.

One follow-up to this outreach event is the church neighborhood block party on August 17.  This block party is for our neighbors here on Washington Street.  The local outreach team is working on the details. This block party is for the purpose of being neighborly and building relationships with the people in our backyard, so a limited number of people from the church are needed at the event on August 17.  If you would like to be of help either behind the scenes or to engage our neighbors at the block party then contact Donna Green.  

Other outreach events are scheduled for this fall so stay tuned. And our hope is that the gym roof and floor will be ready by this fall for community basketball and adding volleyball for the purposes of outreach as well.  

The annual church picnic is scheduled for Sunday, September 8, at Opechee Park.  Pick up some lunch and head over to the park anytime from noon to 3:00.  There will be a baptism at 2:00.  Bring lawn games and chairs.  If you would like to be baptized contact the office or Pastor Dan or me and plan on attending one of the baptism classes in August.  

Hope to see you Sunday.  I love Sunday mornings as the various parts of Christ’s body come together to sing, fellowship, serve, and grow in the Lord as each part does its work!  To the God of unity and harmony be all glory!  

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Outstretched Hands and Hard (not hardened) Hearts”
Exodus 6

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Thank You!

To all those who volunteered and donated to On Goal this year, Thank You! You made this week and the picnic a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Crazy Love Bible Study

The Women’s Ministry will be having a Women’s Bible Study beginning Tuesday July 9that 7pm at EBC in the Fellowship Hall. This Bible Study will run for 10 weeks. 

Save The Date

Our annual Church picnic and baptism will be held Sunday September 8th at Opechee Point. Baptism classes will be held in August. Stay tuned for more details.

Greeters Needed

We are looking for more people to volunteer to be a greeter for both services. If you are interested in greeting Sunday mornings, please see Vinny Caruso or call him at 254-6877.

Community Groups

Praise the Lord for the growing interest in Community Groups. We are looking for someone to host and facilitate a day time community group, as well as more options for weeknight groups. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or email the office.
 
There will be an informational meeting during 1st service on 8/11 and 9/8 for those interested in hosting and facilitating Community Groups this fall.

EBC Kids

EBC Kids is recruiting more volunteers to serve as nursery workers, teachers and helpers in all classes. Please contact Mary Whitman with any questions or if you would want to serve in this ministry. 540-986-6626

ELMM

ELMM (Military Ministry) will not be meeting during July and August

What’s Next Newsletter

 Pick up your copy today on the table by the Ministry Counter!

Church Directory

The new updated church directory will be printed and placed on the Ministry Counter this Sunday! Thank you for being so patient as we gathered the info.

Another Pastoral Epistle 6/26/19

Holy discontentment! Is that an oxymoron? We usually associate discontentment as something to be avoided; as something negative. Didn’t Paul speak of being content in any and every circumstance? It is true that we can be content with what we have because God will always give us whatever we need when we truly need it? Yet, as we live in a fallen world, we are aware of pain and the consequences of sin and sorrow, our hearts cry out, “This isn’t the way things ought to be.”

It was disturbing to see the picture of the debris of the motorcycles strewn on Route 2 in Randolph, NH. It is tough to read about legislation supporting the taking of the lives of the unborn. This isn’t the way things ought to be! Marriages break-up, children suffer, leaders let us down, shootings and violence and prejudice abound and the “things hoped for” have not yet come to pass. There is a holy discontentment.

It was a holy discontentment that led the late Mother Teresa to the homeless, diseased and destitute people in Calcutta. It was a holy discontentment that fueled Martin Luther King’s outrage of racial oppression in our country. It is often holy discontentment that spurs us to take some positive action toward a solution to the way things are.

In my own life I am thankful for where I am in Christ, yet know I am not what I should be as a husband, father, friend, pastor, and like Christ in attitude and conduct. As a leader, I am encouraged by the work God is doing in His church yet live with the tension of what could be at EBC and in this community. And as much as I might prefer status quo, a holy discontent compels me to ask, “How can things be better?” Someone jokingly said to me after hearing the sermon this past week, “Just for once could you give a sermon that doesn’t make me think?”

What I want for you (and for myself) is to find freedom from the bondage of the daily rut that leaves us the same to experiencing all that God has for us beyond status quo. As I have quoted before as to the essence of a pastor’s call, “Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Growth comes as we own our fear of moving forward into uncertainty and our discontent to remain safe in the present. As your pastor, I want to call you to better things. I call you to holy discontentment!

In reading through the Bible, I recently came to Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. The only thing that is predictable about under the sun living is that it is unpredictable. We cannot control outcomes nor can we be certain of what the future holds. If we wait for all the conditions to be right before we do anything, we will miss out in seeing the work of God. What will we miss by clinging to the status quo? Let’s keep spurring each other on to a life of adventure with the God who holds the future and has greater things for us at EBC!

Thankfully in His grip,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“When Things Go From Bad To Worse”
Exodus 5

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Mystery of the Holy Spirit Bible Study

Join us Sunday mornings at 9am in Room 102. This class will not only study the Holy Spirit but look at the difference He makes in our lives.

Crazy Love Bible Study

The Women’s Ministry will be having a Women’s Bible Study beginning Tuesday July 9that 7pm at EBC in the Fellowship Hall. This Bible Study will run for 10 weeks. 

Save The Date

Our annual Church picnic and baptism will be held Sunday September 8th at Opechee Point. Baptism classes will be held in August. Stay tuned for more details.

EBC Kids

EBC Kids is recruiting more volunteers to serve as nursery workers, teachers and helpers in all classes. Please contact Mary Whitman with any questions or if you want to serve in this ministry. 540-986-6626

AV Sound Techs Needed

If you have an ear for sound or enjoy AV we need you! The worship team is in need of more volunteers to help on Sunday mornings with AV and sound. Please contact Nathaniel Jakubens or Pastor Dan with any questions.

Church Directory

The new updated church directory will be printed and placed on the Ministry Counter this Sunday! Thank you for being so patient as we gathered the info.