The Weekly Epistle 1/15/20

Every human being is made according to God’s image.  Every person has that status.  Imago Dei (Image of God) was an important aspect to the Civil Rights Movement even if the leaders didn’t always communicate that as well as they could have.  It’s why Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, ‘There are no gradations in the image of God. Every man from a treble white to a bass black is significant on God’s keyboard, precisely because every man is made in the image of God’” (“The American Dream”).
 
Not only does this weekend mark the 25th anniversary of Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr’s, life and legacy, this weekend is also when churches mark as Sanctity of Life Sunday.  The two events have this in common- we proclaim that every human being, of every gender and every race and every social class — the healthy, the dying, the unborn, and the disabled — every person has been crowned with indisputable dignity from the hand of the Creator.
 
We live in a day and age where life is cheap.  People are seen as objects, people are used for others’ own advantage, and people are not cared for and cherished.  As I have written around this time in previous years, I reiterate;  
 
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.”
 
The message we are to proclaim is that while our humanity is tainted by sin, in Christ, our humanity can be restored by His grace.  As our worship song goes, “If there’s one thing we know, there’s no story You (God) can’t redeem.”  
 
We will hear of one man’s story of God’s redeeming work at the men’s breakfast on Saturday, January 25.  Men, be sure to sign up this Sunday if you haven’t already.  
 
The “Created for Connection” marriage conference that we will host is Friday night, April 3 and all day Saturday April 4.  There will be a key note speaker and workshops offered.  Cost will be $20 per couple and financial assistance is available for anyone who needs it.  Also, mark down “Prayer 30” on February 16 and “Fellowship of Prayer” on March 15.  More details to come!
 
Have a blessed week!  Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Too Few…Too Many

Genesis 37 – Exodus 1

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Read Through the Bible in a Year Plan

We have created a reading plan for you to read through the Bible in a year that goes along with our current sermon series, The Greatest Story from Cover to Cover. Pick up your copy this Sunday at the Ministry Counter.

OWLS

Do you have cabin fever from all the snowy and cold weather we have had over the past few weeks?  We think a trip to Johnson’s Steak and Seafood on Wednesday, January 22nd might help!  We will meet at the church at 11:30 to travel to New Durham.  All OWLS are welcome to come and enjoy a great time of fellowship and food.  If you feel you will be able to attend, let one of us know although we do not need an accurate number.  They are flexible, but we do like to give them an approximate number ahead of time. Should the weather be bad we will go on Wednesday the 29th
Jay and Bette – 528-4458 or 759-3780
Norma 848-7203 or 783-0211

Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast Saturday January 25th 7am-8:30am
Sign-up this Sunday at the Ministry Counter.

Prayer Events
Save The Dates

Prayer 30 February 16th
Fellowship of Prayer March 15th
More details to come.

Save The Date

“Created for Connections”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. More details to come.

EBC Kids

Please pray for the EBC Kids Ministry. Volunteers in nursery, teachers and helpers in all age groups are needed. For more information please contact Mary Whitman 540-986-6626 or mflain@libery.edu

Meal Train

A meal train has been set up for Jim and Donna Dube to help out with meal’s during this month while Jim and their daughter Christina undergo surgeries. You can sign up by clicking on this link: https://mealtrain.com/v9nwk6

Celebrate Recovery
5th Annual Fundraising Rally

Thursday January 23rd 6pm-7:30pm Pitman’s Freight Room Laconia.
$12 per person or $20 per couple. All proceeds go to Water’s Edge Church to support Celebrate Recovery. 
Meal. Music. Live Testimony. Recovery News.
Any questions contact Shaun Dutile
 shaun@watersedgecofc.com or 603-366-8727

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. 

The Weekly Epistle 1/8/20

A Sunday School teacher asked her class of third graders, “What is gray and has a long bushy tail?”  Class was silent.  “Ok,” the teacher went on, “It lives in trees and likes to eat nuts.”  Still nothing, so the teacher continued.  “It loves to jump from branch to branch and chatters and flips its tail when it is excited.”  Finally, one boy tentatively put up his hand.  The teacher breathed a sigh of relief and called on the little boy.  “Well,” said the boy, I know the answer is Jesus, but it sure sounds like a squirrel to me.”
 
It’s an old joke I know.  But for Christians the “right” answer seems to always be Jesus.  There was a billboard down south that had the words, “Jesus is the answer” written in big bold letters.  Somewhere along the way, someone came along and wrote these words under that statement, “But what are the questions.”
 
Do we know the questions people are asking?  And when they ask, do we know how to answer?  Peter in his first letter spoke of the importance of living in such a way that people ask us to give the reason for the hope that lies within us (I Peter 3:15).  How prepared are you to share how Jesus is the answer in your life?  What is He the answer to?
 
If asked what the Bible is all about, “Jesus” would be the correct answer.  We kicked off our series this past Sunday in tracing the storyline of the Bible.  Sixty-six books written by over forty people over a period of 2,000 years yet it all fits together to point to the Bible’s main subject of the salvation God offers through Jesus Christ.  We left off with humankind a mess!  Sin’s ripple effect on all people is in great need of an answer.  We will pick it up in Genesis, chapter 12 this Sunday.  Check out in the announcements the section of Scripture to be read for this Sunday.  I will also make available a reading chart for those of you who want to go deeper each week and to include other passages if you want to read through the Bible in a year.  
 
There are plenty of tools available online for reading the Bible through in a year if you wanted to research it.  One tool online is the blue letter bible reading program, chronological plan.  Also, I have used the “Daily Bible in chronological order, 365 daily readings” by Harvest house publishers.  The objective isn’t necessarily accomplishing reading the Bible cover to cover in one year as much as creating the discipline of getting into God’s Word daily.  Can it make a difference in our lives, the more time we spend in the Word of God?  Will it have an effect on my life?  Check out this two-minute video:  https://vimeo.com/380063273
 
Blessings to you, church, in this new year.  Let’s commit to reading and obeying His Word and see what happens in our church this year.  Let’s see what happens to our witness as we live and declare, and the Jesus is the Answer!
 
In His Grip, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

The Blessing People Need

Genesis 12-36

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Read Through the Bible in a Year Plan

We have created a reading plan for you to read through the Bible in a year that goes along with our current sermon series, The Greatest Story from Cover to Cover. These will be available on the Ministry Counter this Sunday.

Community Group Sign ups

We have created a reading plan for you to read through the Bible in a year that goes along with our current sermon series, The Greatest Story from Cover to Cover. These will be available on the Ministry Counter this Sunday.

OWLS

Do you have cabin fever from all the snowy and cold weather we have had over the past few weeks?  We think a trip to Johnson’s Steak and Seafood on Wednesday, January 22nd might help!  We will meet at the church at 11:30 to travel to New Durham.  All OWLS are welcome to come and enjoy a great time of fellowship and food.  If you feel you will be able to attend, let one of us know although we do not need an accurate number.  They are flexible, but we do like to give them an approximate number ahead of time. Should the weather be bad we will go on Wednesday the 29th
Jay and Bette – 528-4458 or 759-3780
Norma 848-7203 or 783-0211

Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast Saturday January 25th 7am-8:30am
Sign-up this Sunday at the Ministry Counter.

Save The Date

“Created for Connections”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. More details to come.

EBC Kids

Please pray for the EBC Kids Ministry. Volunteers in nursery, teachers and helpers in all age groups are needed. For more information please contact Mary Whitman 540-986-6626 or mflain@libery.edu

Meal Train

A meal train has been set up for Jim and Donna Dube to help out with meal’s during this month while Jim and their daughter Christina undergo surgeries. You can sign up by clicking on this link: https://mealtrain.com/v9nwk6

Celebrate Recovery
5th Annual Fundraising Rally

Thursday January 23rd 6pm-7:30pm Pitman’s Freight Room Laconia.
$12 per person or $20 per couple. All proceeds go to Water’s Edge Church to support Celebrate Recovery. 
Meal. Music. Live Testimony. Recovery News.
Any questions contact Shaun Dutile
 shaun@watersedgecofc.com or 603-366-8727

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.