Another Pastoral Epistle 5/29/19

Can you guess the company behind the mission statement?

“To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.” 
“To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” 
“To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”  
“We save people money so they can live better.” 
“To be earth’s most customer-centric company where people can find and discover anything they want to buy online.” 
We are dedicated to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and company spirit.  
To make transportation as reliable as running water, everywhere, for everyone.  
To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  
To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.  
To mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ. 

How did you do?  (Starbucks, Facebook, Google, Walmart, Amazon, Southwest Airlines, Uber, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Love INC).

What is EBC’s mission?  We exist to make disciples.  There is no attempt to be creative or profound or unique with this mission statement.  It is rather basic and simple.  It is easy to remember, yet difficult to carry out.  Stating it is one thing, living it out as a church is another matter entirely.  What has been on my heart since arriving here as your pastor in 2015 is for EBC to become a disciple-making church.

We exist to make disciples.  That begs the question, “What does a disciple look like?”
A disciple is a growingChristian who is in the process of knowing Christ better and becoming like Him by being engaged in the life of the church, established in meaningful relationships with others, and equipped to do the work of the ministry.  A disciple is also a going Christian by actively evangelizing others.  This is done by remaining in Christ which will produce fruitfulness for the glory of God.

As your pastor, I desire this mission be lived out as a church.  So, as I prayerfully develop a ministry plan, that really is a continuation of what I set out for us as a church back in 2015, pray with me and for me that God’s will be done in us and through us at EBC.  There are some essentials we must strengthen in order to truly be about making disciples.  You will be hearing more on this in the months to come.  I am excited for what is next for us.

Don’t forget about the workday this Saturday beginning at 9:00.  I know that there are many other things happening on this same day, so even if you could put in a couple of hours, that would help!

Blessings to you,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Through It All”
Exodus 1:1-2:10

Last Sunday’s Sermon

New Sermon Series

Coming this summer
“Through It All”
Beginning June 2, our sermon series will travel with Moses to see how God is with us through all the seasons of life.

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.

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

Church Work Day

Saturday June 1st we will have a Church work day and beautification day. Please join us as we work together to maintain the beautiful campus the Lord has given to us. A Project List and Sign-Up Sheet will be available at the back of the church on Sunday, May 19th.

Women’s Ministry Facebook Page

On June 1st, the Women’s Ministry is launching a Facebook Page to announce upcoming events and Bible Studies, as well as, share Intentional Living articles. For women who prefer to receive this information by email, please contact the office to provide your name and email address.

On Goal Soccer Camp

June 25th-29th Register today at www.ongoal.org
K-1st 9am-Noon $145 / 2nd-9th 9am-3pm $165
Family discounts and Laconia resident discounts are also available. Visit www.laconiachurch.com/ongoal to volunteer or donate to the scholarship fund.

Caruso Vow Renewal

Vinny and Irene Caruso are celebrating 30 years of marriage and will be renewing their vows on Saturday June 8that 1pm at EBC. All are welcome. Coffee and cake will follow the ceremony.

Another Pastoral Epistle 5/22/19

Christians are “memorial people.” The entire Bible is a memorial. Israel’s feast days were memorials. Each Lord’s supper is a memorial. Our weekly gathering on Sundays is a memorial to Christ’s resurrection. Our faith depends upon remembering.

As we move forward as a church, we continually look back to remember our Lord Jesus Christ and the good news of God’s grace that has rescued us from God’s wrath being poured out on us. We mustn’t ever forget what the Lord has done. We are to even remember our church history of our early church fathers, events like the great awakening, and successes and failures within the evangelical church in our lifetime. It is usually right here that the verse in Philippians is quoted- “One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Anything that would paralyze us in our pursuit of God should be forgotten, but anything that can push us forward in our faith and deepen our walk with Christ should be remembered.

Church, remember God’s past grace! Remember what you have been saved from. Remember the lessons learned in the trials of life. Remember when you have tasted the goodness of God. Remember the greatest sacrifice of all when Jesus willingly took on our sin that we might have the righteousness of Christ.

And I would add, as we go into this weekend when we enjoy cookouts or a restful day off or a sense of accomplishment for the yard work we get done, remember the extraordinary sacrifice of men and women who laid down their lives for our freedom and survival as a nation.

I want to remind you of a few things on the church’s calendar. There is workday here at the church on June 1. A task list is available at the back of the worship center. Stop by and check it out.

There has been a good response to On-goal Sunday and would ask that you stop by at the table this Sunday to see how you can help with this outreach ministry. There are still plenty of ways you can be involved.

I remind you that the “What’s Next” campaign has started out strong with over $88,000 coming in!! There are two major projects being tackled presently. One is the HVAC system being installed within the next month and the completion of the new gym floor. The “hold-up” with the floor has been addressing the aged roof. The hope is that the gym will be ready to use again this fall for its outreach ministries and full use for Momentum ministry. Keep praying!

I would ask for your prayers for the upcoming budget as it lines up with our ministry plans for the coming fiscal year. A ministry plan is being developed, so pray for God’s direction and wisdom for what is next for EBC as we look to our future. You will hear more on this at another time. And pray for your church family as several are going through hard times, changes, remembering past losses, interpersonal struggles, and so on. If you aren’t sure how to pray, pray Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-10; 4:3-6 or many other beautiful prayers in Scripture.

You are in my prayers! Remember our Jesus Christ!
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Last Words of Jesus”
Revelation 22:6-21

Last Sunday’s Sermon

New Sermon Series

Coming this summer
“Through It All”
Beginning June 2, our sermon series will travel with Moses to see how God is with us through all the seasons of life.

Mystery of the Holy Spirit Bible Study

Many wonder, “I have Jesus, why do I need the Holy Spirit?”
Beginning May 12 at 9am, this class will not only study the Holy Spirit, but look at the difference He makes in our lives.

On Goal Sign Up Sunday

This Sunday is On Goal Sign Up Sunday! 3 ways that you can participate:
1. Sign Up: Register for camp and help spread the word.
2. Volunteer: Help serve during the camp week.
3. Donate: Give towards the scholarship fund or donate food and supplies.
Come prepared to join the fun!

 

Church Work Day

Saturday June 1st we will have a Church work day and beautification day. Please join us as we work together to maintain the beautiful campus the Lord has given to us. A Project List and Sign-Up Sheet will be available at the back of the church on Sunday, May 19th.

Lakes Region Vineyard Church Food Pantry

The LR Vineyard Food Bank is in need of personal care and personal items for their food bank. We will be collecting items to help supply the need. 
Items can be placed in the box located by the Ministry Counter on Sunday May 12 and 19.
Toothpaste * Toothbrushes * Toilet paper * Shampoo * Conditioner * Bar soap 
Liquid Dish soap * Laundry soap * Deodorant * Feminine Hygiene Items
Wipes * Child diapers all sizes * Adult diapers all sizes * Socks all sizes

Women’s Ministry Social Media Site

On June 1st, the Women’s Ministry will be launching a Face Book page to announce upcoming events and Bible Studies, as well as, share Intentional Living articles. For women who prefer to receive this information by email, please contact the office to provide your name and email address.

Mission Trip to Honduras

July 20, four people from EBC will be heading to Honduras on a short term missions trip (Becky Kneuer, Steve Forbes, Ethan Brown and Victoria Brown). They will join Rick Odess, an EBC supported missionary, as they assist with a church building project and minister to the people of Tocoa, Colon. Please pray for their ministry and for their safety. If you are interested in supporting themfinancially, please write “Missions Door” in the memo of your check and put in the offering plate by May 26, or reach out to a member of the Global Outreach Team.

Franklin Graham
Decision America

Franklin Graham (president of Samaritan’s Purse) is conducting a Decision Northeast tour and he will be speaking in Manchester, NH Thursday, May 23 @ 7:30pm in Gill Stadium. Please be in prayer for this entire tour which includes Franklin Graham speaking in six major cities in the Northeast in the last two weeks of May. Also, please seek the LORD about whether He would have you be attending one of the events (and invite family and friends!). We desperately need God to bring revival to our land — and particularly our state and the others in the Northeast. It is a very needy place and only God can change hearts and lives, and society as a whole. For more information, please visit:  https://northeast.billygraham.org/event/manchester/.

 

Another Pastoral Epistle 5/15/19

This Sunday is On Goal Sign Up Sunday! Our role as the host church is crucial to the success of camp. It is a whole church effort and there are so many different ways you can be involved without even touching a soccer ball (we’ll leave that to the professionals!). On Sunday, you will learn about 3 ways that you can participate:

1. Sign Up: Register for camp and help spread the word.
2. Volunteer: Help serve during the camp week.
3. Donate: Give towards the scholarship fund or donate food and supplies.
Come prepared to join the fun!

I know that you have heard requests for donations quite a bit over the last few months. You have been very generous as a church as those requests come your way. I want to thank you for that! It is obvious that many of those gifts are beyond your regular giving to the church and other ministries outside the church.

There is a passage in Philippians that is often quoted to speak of God’s finishing the work in us that He has begun- and that is indeed true! But it’s likely that “the work” Paul is speaking about is their work of giving. At the end of the book, Paul references their gifts sent through Epaphroditus- “When I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only” (4:15). He then goes on in verse 18 to say, “I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent.” With that in mind, now consider Paul’s words in 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he (God) who began a good work (work of giving) in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Paul is confident that the church in Philippi would continue to give as they have done. EBC, I, too have that same confidence with you!

The work of giving to On Goal scholarships and short-term missions and deacons’ fund and what’s next campaign and church budget will be carried on to completion. And as Paul affirms, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

God will indeed meet our needs as a church as we align ourselves with Him. I look forward to seeing what God is going to do in meeting our needs as we have embarked on this “What’s Next” campaign because I have a feeling it isn’t going to be exactly like we might picture it. We continue to lean not on our own understanding but lean in on the One who is working in our lives.

Praise God for the new people visiting each Sunday and the ones who are calling EBC their home! Continue to make these people feel welcomed here! Hope to see you Sunday!

With thanksgiving,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“One Final Tour: Our Eternal Home”
Revelation 21:9 – 22:5

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Communion

 We will be celebrating communion this Sunday during both services.

New Sermon Series

Coming this summer
“Through It All”
Beginning June 2, our sermon series will travel with Moses to see how God is with us through all the seasons of life.

Child Dedication

There will be three families dedicating their children this Sunday during second service

Mystery of the Holy Spirit Bible Study

Many wonder, “I have Jesus, why do I need the Holy Spirit?”
Beginning May 12 at 9am, this class will not only study the Holy Spirit, but look at the difference He makes in our lives.

On Goal Sign Up Sunday

This Sunday is On Goal Sign Up Sunday! 3 ways that you can participate:
1. Sign Up: Register for camp and help spread the word.
2. Volunteer: Help serve during the camp week.
3. Donate: Give towards the scholarship fund or donate food and supplies.
Come prepared to join the fun!

 

Church Work Day

Saturday June 1st we will have a Church work day and beautification day. Please join us as we work together to maintain the beautiful campus the Lord has given to us. A Project List and Sign-Up Sheet will be available at the back of the church on Sunday, May 19th.

OWLS

The OWLS will enjoy a trip to The Wright Museum in Wolfeboro on Wednesday,May 22nd. We will see what is new since we were there a number of years ago.  Following the visit, we will enjoy lunch at the Wolfeboro Inn. Meet at the church to carpool at 10:30am.  We will need an approximate number planning to attend so we can arrange lunch with the Inn.  Please let one of
us know if you plan to come.
Jay and Bette  528-4458  or lfd21jay@metrocast.net or 759-3780
Norma  848-7203  or normaandwilbur@comcast.net  or 783-021

Lakes Region Vineyard Church Food Pantry

The LR Vineyard Food Bank is in need of personal care and personal items for their food bank. We will be collecting items to help supply the need. 
Items can be placed in the box located by the Ministry Counter on Sunday May 12 and 19.
Toothpaste * Toothbrushes * Toilet paper * Shampoo * Conditioner * Bar soap 
Liquid Dish soap * Laundry soap * Deodorant * Feminine Hygiene Items
Wipes * Child diapers all sizes * Adult diapers all sizes * Socks all sizes

Mission Trip to Honduras

July 20, four people from EBC will be heading to Honduras on a short term missions trip (Becky Kneuer, Steve Forbes, Ethan Brown and Victoria Brown). They will join Rick Odess, an EBC supported missionary, as they assist with a church building project and minister to the people of Tocoa, Colon. Please pray for their ministry and for their safety. If you are interested in supporting themfinancially, please write “Missions Door” in the memo of your check and put in the offering plate by May 26, or reach out to a member of the Global Outreach Team.

Franklin Graham
Decision America

Franklin Graham (president of Samaritan’s Purse) is conducting a Decision Northeast tour and he will be speaking in Manchester, NH Thursday, May 23 @ 7:30pm in Gill Stadium. Please be in prayer for this entire tour which includes Franklin Graham speaking in six major cities in the Northeast in the last two weeks of May. Also, please seek the LORD about whether He would have you be attending one of the events (and invite family and friends!). We desperately need God to bring revival to our land — and particularly our state and the others in the Northeast. It is a very needy place and only God can change hearts and lives, and society as a whole. For more information, please visit:  https://northeast.billygraham.org/event/manchester/.