The Weekly Epistle 8/21/19

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”  Years ago, I was asked to lead a dedication service for a farmer in the church who owned his own produce farm.  I read these verses from Habakkuk 3.  It seemed rather odd that I would begin the time of dedication with words about a lack of production when committing this family farm business to the Lord.  But it spoke volumes of my confidence in this family’s trust in God.
 
Isn’t our entire walk with God about trust? Certainly, trusting God when life is going well requires little of us.  But what if we personalized those words from Habakkuk?  
  Though I feel all alone and I can find no satisfaction in the things of this world;
  though I find no comfort for my pain and struggle to make ends meet;
  though I face troubles in my job and family and my sense of security is threatened,
  yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  
 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, 
 he enables me to go on the heights.
 
Those words are similar to what Job embraced when he said, “He gives and takes away but may the name of the Lord be praised.” In what area of your life is there a need for a shift from doubt to confidence, from worry to worship, and a fresh cry for intimacy with Christ?  As we are learning from our study in the life of Moses, God is taking us somewhere. Whatever season and stage we are in, through it all God is faithful and moving to accomplish His work in us and in the world.
 
At first pass, it might have been challenging to see what God was doing in the neighborhood block party as very few people showed up.  But what a beautiful thing to see the church family serve together and get excited about meeting our neighbors.  A contact was made with one couple with hopes that we can build on that initial meeting. I am thankful for the many hands that went into that event and for the heart I saw for our community.  
 
Soon the gym floor will be ready for the Monday night basketball.  Also, the TREC ministry is looking to start up volleyball in the gym, as well, since a part of this renovation included the capability for a volleyball net.  People are needed for effective outreach through the gym ministry.  See Justin Whitman or Dave Provan if interested.
 
Don’t forget about the church picnic and baptism on September 8.  If you would like to be baptized, then attend the baptism class this Sunday @ 9:00 in room 102 or contact the church office.  Signups for community groups begins this Sunday, so get connected with others by attending one of our community groups that meets throughout the week.  On September 22, “A Faith that Works” Bible study on the book of James will begin on Sunday mornings @ 9:00.  This study is a continuation of a Sunday School ministry we have begun at EBC. The hope is for other Bible study electives to be offered in the future as this ministry grows.  
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Guest Speaker
Paul Mackey
Acts 1:1-8

Last Sunday’s Sermon

EBC Kids Step Up Sunday

This Sunday EBC Kids will be stepping up to their next class based on their grade for the coming school year. Any questions please contact Mary Whitman or the office.

Communion

We will be celebrating communion this Sunday during both services

Baptism Class

There will be a baptism class this Sunday August 25th (for those 13 and over). This class will take place during first service at 9:00 in room 102

Church Picnic

Our annual Church picnic and baptism will be held Sunday September 8th at Opechee Point. 

Business Budget Meeting

Our annual business budget meeting will be held Wednesday August 28th at 7pm. Join us at 6:30 pm for ice cream and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. Budget meeting will start promptly at 7pm.

OWLS

The OWLS will enjoy the Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum in Warner, NH, on Wednesday, August 28th.  The admission fee is $8.00 for seniors.  If you have an AAA or AARP membership, you can get a discount.  We will enjoy lunch at “The Local” restaurant in Warner after the tour.
We will not be going to lunch until about 1:30, so come prepared if you feel you need a snack before that.  I spoke to the restaurant and they could not handle a group our size before that since they are busy.
We will plan to meet at the church at 10:45 to travel together.
If you think you will go, let us know so we have an approximate number.
Jay and Bette Moreau 528-4458 or 759-3780
Norma Phillips 783-0211 or 848-7203

Community Groups

Beginning this Sunday, you can sign up for the fall community groups. We will also have two new groups that will be starting up this fall.
Community Groups will begin on September 8th returned. If you still have a bottle, please bring into the office or Sunday morning and you can leave it on the back ministry counter.

Save The Dates

Our next Welcome Luncheon for those who are new to EBC will be Sunday September 22nd after 2nd service in the Fellowship Hall. 
 
The next Adult Bible Study will begin September 22nd and will run for 12 weeks. This study will be on the book of James.

The Weekly Epistle 8/14/19

How long can you hold your arms in the air? How long before your arms get tired? Do you remember the biblical account in Moses’ life when his arms got tired?  We won’t be looking at that scene in our present sermon series, but it is a powerful story that speaks to where we live life.
 
In a battle against the Amalekites at the end of Exodus chapter 17, there is an interesting twist to the Israelites defeating their enemy.  Whenever Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.  As you can imagine, after a while of Moses holding up his hands, he got tired.  So, two guys come alongside of Moses and each grab one of his arms to hold it up.  In essence they are saying, “Moses, keep doing your part and we will help you.”  
 
The church is called to come alongside each other to help them stay the course.  Just when we might say, “I don’t know how much longer I can keep going,” others lift us up.  Just when we are too weary to parent, to stick it out in our marriage, to make it through another week, to live with this pain, to keep our arms up, the church family is nearby.  As we saw from Moses’ life this past week, there are times when in our weariness we need to share the load and find relief of some additional tasks.  There are also those times, as in Exodus 17, that we need people holding up our weary arms in support and love.  Either way, church, we need each other.  Going the distance requires the help of others.
 
We were made for community.  I hope you have others around you helping you keep your commitments, sharing the load, putting courage into you, and spurring you on to love and good deeds.  Community groups will be in full stride in a few weeks.  The name community groups is not accidental.  It is in smaller groups that meet regularly where community is experienced, where the one another admonitions of Scripture are lived out, and where we taste what being the church is all about.  Sign up begins this Sunday.  There are two new groups added to our existing groups.
 
Please be in prayer for the neighborhood block party happening this Saturday.  We just learned that there is a carnival taking place at Leavitt park around the same time.  Not sure what that means, but that while it was a surprise to us, our sovereign Lord was not surprised.  He’s got this!
 
Hope you are planning on attending the picnic and baptism on Sunday, September 8.  Baptism classes will be held the next two Sundays during the first service in room 102.  Check out the details below.
 
As you continue in your week remember Jesus’ invitation in Matthew 11.  “Come all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”  Remember Peter’s words in his first epistle, chapter 5- “Cast all your cares on Him because he cares for you.”  Praise God that He never sleeps or slumbers, but that His eyes are constantly on us…even when we sleep!  EBC, rest in Him!
 
Blessings, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Meeting God at the Mountain”
Exodus 19

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Neighborhood Block Party

We will be hosting a Neighborhood Block Party this Saturday August 17th from 4pm-7pm in the gym parking lot! Thank you to all who have already signed up to volunteer! Drop off times for food will be Friday and Saturday from 9am-12pm. Food can be left on the counter in the fellowship hall or placed in the fridge. Please label BLOCK PARTY.
Please keep this event in your prayers.

Financial Review Meeting

A Financial Review is an opportunity to learn, in more detail, our budget for the coming year in a discussion format. Join us Sunday August 18th at 9am in the Fellowship Hall. This meeting is open to all.

Business Budget Meeting

Our annual business budget meeting will be held Wednesday August 28th at 7pm. Join us at 6:30 pm for ice cream and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. Budget meeting will start promptly at 7pm.

Church Picnic

Our annual Church picnic and baptism will be held Sunday September 8th at Opechee Point. Baptism classes will be held on August 18th (for children under 13) and August 25th (for those 13 and over). Both classes will take place during first service at 9:00. In room 102

Community Groups

Beginning this Sunday, you can sign up for the fall community groups. We will also have two new groups that will be starting up this fall.
Community Groups will begin on September 8th returned. If you still have a bottle, please bring into the office or Sunday morning and you can leave it on the back ministry counter.

Save The Dates

Our next Welcome Luncheon for those who are new to EBC will be Sunday September 22nd after 2nd service in the Fellowship Hall. 
 
The next Adult Bible Study will begin September 22nd and will run for 12 weeks. This study will be on the book of James.