Another Pastoral Epistle 11/7/18

On November 11, 1918, in a railway carriage in Compiengne Forest in France there was an agreement (armistice) between the Allies and Germany to end World War I where 116,516 American soldiers lost their lives. Major hostilities were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11thday of the 11thmonth. What the United States previously observed as Armistice Day was renamed Veteran’s Day in 1954. Veteran’s Day honors those who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces. I thank God for the service and sacrifice of over 20 million veterans in this country! It is a day we remember the scars that veterans have received in battle.

Do you have any scars? I am not talking about military battle wounds, but scars that remind you of something. One scar I have on my left arm reminds me of a box cutter that just missed one of my veins when I was stocking shelves working at a supermarket years ago. It still sends a shiver up my spine thinking about it. Scars remind us of something. It might be the birth of a child that reminds you of the gift of life. It might be a scar from a surgery that reminds you of the life you enjoy today. Any scars?

My mind goes to the Apostle Paul who said, “I bear in my body the mark of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:17). Paul had physical scars as a soldier for Jesus Christ. I don’t have any of those to show you. Many around the world do have scars because of their faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will visit this some more as we come to Revelation, chapter 11 this Sunday. Suffice it to say now, do others see the evidence of Christ in your life? Do you have “scars” as a soldier of Jesus Christ?

11/11 is not only Veteran’s Day it is the Sunday our service times change. Our first service will be at 9:00 and second service will be at 10:45. There are some practical reasons for making this change, but I do hope that the reduced time between the two services encourages more fellowship, not less. I cannot stress enough the importance of the time between two services to mingle and catch up with each other.

The change supports our mission. It ties into our purpose in adding the second service in the first place. Our adding of a second service was intended to fill the empty chairs so that more people could engage in the life of God’s people and the worship of our great God and to sit under the teaching of God’s Word. Praise God for the increase of an average of 40 people each week since adding the second service. Most of that growth has happened in the second service, so it is time to see how God grows the first service. May God add to the number of people being saved and to the number of people getting involved in the life of EBC.

Praise God for the 250 kids that walked through our trunk or treat last Wednesday. It was such a blessing to see the church family enjoying the time together and hearing the appreciation of our guests. Several adults expressed thanks. One neighbor stopped to share a prayer request with me. It was a great night!

Hope to see you this Sunday! Come early to check out the ministry displays around the worship center. Praise be to our Savior for His nail-scarred hands!

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“From Witness to Worship” Revelation 11

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Service Time Change

This Sunday, November 11th, we will have new service times.
1st service will begin at 9am and 2nd service will begin at 10:45am.
There will still be a fellowship time in between approx. 10:15-10:45.

Operation Christmas Child

You can still pick up your Operation Christmas Child boxes at the Ministry Counter in the back of the Sanctuary this Sunday.
Collection times for the packed boxes will be during the week of 11/12-11/18 Mon – Fri 4pm-6pm and Sat 1pm-4pm.

Ministry Fair

This Sunday 11/11 we will have our Ministry Fair. Stop by the Ministry Tables to see what ways you can get involved here at EBC.

Office Closed

The office will be closed Monday 11/12

New Community Group Starting

In an effort to meet the expanding desire of EBC’s members and regular attenders, we are pleased to announce another Community Group to be hosted in Gilford on Friday evenings at 7:00 PM at the Cobis’. Please contact Tim Whitman at tawhitman@liberty.edu or 540-986-6625 to be connected to this group or any other group!

New Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Ministry invites you to a 4 week Bible Study beginning Tuesday 11/27, 7pm-9pm.

“Unwrapping the Names of Jesus” will lead us through the 4 weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy and Love). The study offers five daily reflections that focus on that week’s name of Jesus. We will gain a greater sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus is.

Sign up at the Ministry Counter beginning this Sunday.

Love INC

Annual Christmas Wreath Fundraiser November 17th.
Order yours today! Call 366-1525.

The Team meeting to go over all the details about the Christmas Blessings Project will be tomorrow November 8th at the Lakes Region Vineyard Church from 6:30pm-8:30pm. If you are being called to volunteer in any way, would like to donate, or have any questions about this event please email: info@loveinclr.org or call the Love INC office at 603-366-1525.

Click HERE to see details on ways to volunteer.

Another Pastoral Epistle 10/31/18

I read that at a pastor’s conference there was a large sign at the front of the auditorium. It hung above the platform for all the pastors in attendance to read each time they entered the room and sat down. In big bold letters it read: “Relax everybody. For once you’re not in charge!” I guess pastors need to be reminded of that. But don’t we all? Isn’t the word to all of us- Relax! we’re not in charge?

In our study through Revelation a major theme that keeps rising to the top is that God is in charge. That’s not to say we don’t have responsibilities to fulfill or that we shouldn’t take charge in roles assigned to us or that we have a Que sera Sera-“whatever will be will be” attitude. But God is in control. The Creator is also the sustainer of all things. Isaiah was stunned at the power of God to create and name and sustain every star in the heavens (Isaiah 40:26).

Even secular scientists conclude that planet earth is “just right” to support life. It has been said this way, “Over the past thirty years or so, scientists have discovered that just about everything about the basic structure of the universe is balanced on a razor’s edge for life to exist.” In other words, there is a recognition by scientists that hundreds of finely-tuned features in the universe are all necessary for the universe to exist and for life to exist in the universe. Naturalists chalk it up to chance. But the most reasonable explanation was that all the just rightfeatures necessary to support life points to an intelligent designer, the Creator God!

The Creator and Sustainer of everything is not irrelevant. So exhale and relax, for the One who calls each star by name and keeps the universe going is the God who holds you. I need that reminder. God calls me to keep in balance living responsibly and trusting in His sovereign control. My confidence is that there are enough mercies to deal with every situation that comes my way. God is in charge of the mercies- they are new every morning. I can trust that tomorrow’s mercy will be sufficient for tomorrow’s troubles or tomorrow’s tasks or tomorrow’s curve balls. Relax! You are not in charge!

One way we express that confidence in God is through prayer. As a church, all we do must be bathed in prayer. Prayer builders is this Sunday from 10:05-10:25. Praise God for the faithful ones who meet each month to pray for EBC and our worship services. Would love to have you join us! With the service time change beginning on 11/11 (9:00 & 10:45), prayer builders will still meet the first Sunday of the month from 10:20-10:40.

Be sure to check out the displays around the worship center this Sunday of the ministries of EBC. This is an opportunity to increase your awareness of what is happening at the church and to see ways you can be involved in our vision for making disciples.

Our God is working in our church. Lives are being impacted through His people and His Word. Our dependence is on Him to grow and sustain us by His powerful hand!

Blessings to you,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Strong Angel, Strange Assignment” Revelation 10

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Daylight Savings Time Change

This Sunday we change the clocks BACK an hour.

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders will be meeting this Sunday from 10:05-10:25 in the room behind the stage.

Service Time Change

Beginning Sunday, November 11th, we will have new service times.
1st service will begin at 9am and 2nd service will begin at 10:45am.
There will still be a fellowship time in between approx. 10:15-10:45.

New Community Group Starting

In an effort to meet the expanding desire of EBC’s members and regular attenders, we are pleased to announce another Community Group to be hosted in Gilford on Friday evenings at 7:00 PM at the Cobis’. Please contact Tim Whitman at tawhitman@liberty.edu or 540-986-6625 to be connected to this group or any other group!

Operation Christmas Child

You can still pick up your Operation Christmas Child boxes at the Ministry Counter in the back of the Sanctuary this Sunday. Collection times for the packed boxes will be during the week of 11/12-11/18

OWLS

The next OWLS Event will be Packing Operation Christmas Child boxes. Join them November 7, that EBC Fellowship Hall at 1:30pm. Once the packing of boxes is completed they will enjoy fellowship and dessert. Please see Norma, Jay or Bette, with any questions.

Ministry Fair

This Sunday 11/4, and Next Sunday 11/11, we will be having our Ministry Fair. Stop by the Ministry Tables to see what ways you can get involved here at EBC.

Love, Inc. Christmas Blessings Project

The team meeting to go over all the details about this amazing opportunity to help others will be on November 8th at the Lakes Region Vineyard Church from 6:30 to 8:30pm. If you are being called to volunteer in any way, would like to donate, or have any questions about this event please email: info@loveinclr.org or call the Love, INC. office @ 603-366-1525.
Click HERE to see how you can volunteer.

Women’s Community Group

The Wednesday morning Women’s Community Group will not be meeting next week 11/6.