Another Pastoral Epistle 9/19/18

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall” (Oscar Wilde). Many of you have recently commented on your loving the fall season. Although, I am not a big fan of the season right behind it, I too, have a liking to fall. Also, it is this season that my memories of my dad stand out. My dad loved the Red Sox and this is the time of year that baseball is at its best. No doubt I inherited my love for sports from my dad.

My mind also goes to my dad working on puzzles, especially in his later years. Still in our home today we often have a puzzle that we are working on set up in the living room. Believe it or not, there can be frustrating moments in putting together a puzzle. Like when the dog chewed one of the pieces. Or when we had to take down the unfinished puzzle because we needed the table it was set on. And those times when the piece almost fits, but obviously isn’t the right piece. You can try and force it to fit, but it just won’t fit. That piece wasn’t made to go in that slot. Oh! But how sweet it is to place the right piece in the right spot!

Have you wondered how you fit into God’s work? Have you thought about the right fit for you in serving here at EBC? You are an important piece to the puzzle- to the work of God through this church. You are not here by accident, God has brought you to EBC for a reason. The Bible says that God arranges the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. Check out 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.

A tool that we use at EBC to help you find your ministry fit is Network. This workshop is designed to help you discover your spiritual gifts, personal style, and passion for serving in the church. Network’s goal is to have the right people in the right places. Will you consider attending this workshop? Part one is on Saturday, October 27 from 9:00-noon or you can choose to attend on Thursday night, November 1, from 6:00-9:00. Part two will take place on Saturday, November 3, from 9:00-noon. You must attend both part one and part two and must sign up in advance to get your workbook and begin the necessary preparations. Sign-ups will be this Sunday and the following Sunday.

Why serve? Returning to the analogy of the puzzle, it helps to see the picture on the box in sorting and placement of the pieces. What is the bigger picture of service? Serving is part of our process of making disciples. It is being equipped to serve in the right place of ministry that develops you as a follower of Christ and contributes to the growth and health of the church. The church needs you to serve, not to fill positions, but because of the significant contribution you make to the overall health of the church.

Ephesians 2:10 says that believers are God’s workmanship. That is in the present tense. It is not “we we’re God’s workmanship” or “we might be God’s workmanship,” but we are His workmanship. God is continuously at work in our lives leading us to those good works He has prepared for us in advance to do. What has He prepared for you to do? Don’t be puzzled about where you best fit and where you can make a greater impact for the eternal kingdom, participate in the network workshop. See the bigger picture of growing His church and being more fulfilled in your walk with Jesus Christ!

One piece of the puzzle,

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

New Sermon Series

“In the Shadow of Hope”

Sermon Direction

“A Heavenly Perspective”
Revelation 4

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Communion

We will be sharing in Communion together this Sunday.

Communion

We will be sharing in Communion together this Sunday.

Community Groups

We were never meant to do life alone. That’s why the vision for our season kickoff of Community Groups is to have every person who calls EBC home join a group! We have several groups launching next week, in all different locations, times, and days of the week. If you still need to sign up please contact Tim Whitman: tawhitman@liberty.edu

Help Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help transport Ella Eshelman to and from church on Sunday mornings. Bill Wixson has offered to organize a schedule and is looking for 5 volunteers. Please contact Bill at buildings@ebclaconia.com or 524-8580 if you are able to help.

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join your fellow OWLS on Wednesday September 26th as they ride aboard the Lincoln Hobo Train. Meet at EBC at 9:30am for an 11am train departure. Lunch will be aboard the train.
Cost is $15 per person
Please RSVP to Norma Phillips 848-7203
Jay and Bette Moreau 528-4458 or 759-3780

Right People in the Right Places

Network Workshop

  • Part 1: Option 1 Saturday 10/27 9am-12pm
    Option 2 Thursday 11/1 6pm-9pm
  • Part 2: Saturday 11/3 9am-12pm
    Must attend both parts. See Susan Lyle after church service at the back counter to sign up in advance and get your book.

 

Community Groups

We were never meant to do life alone. That’s why the vision for our season kickoff of Community Groups is to have every person who calls EBC home join a group! We have several groups launching next week, in all different locations, times, and days of the week. If you still need to sign up please contact Tim Whitman: tawhitman@liberty.edu

Help Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help transport Ella Eshelman to and from church on Sunday mornings. Bill Wixson has offered to organize a schedule and is looking for 5 volunteers. Please contact Bill at buildings@ebclaconia.com or 524-8580 if you are able to help.

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join your fellow OWLS on Wednesday September 26th as they ride aboard the Lincoln Hobo Train. Meet at EBC at 9:30am for an 11am train departure. Lunch will be aboard the train.
Cost is $15 per person
Please RSVP to Norma Phillips 848-7203
Jay and Bette Moreau 528-4458 or 759-3780

Right People in the Right Places

Network Workshop

  • Part 1: Option 1 Saturday 10/27 9am-12pm
    Option 2 Thursday 11/1 6pm-9pm
  • Part 2: Saturday 11/3 9am-12pm
    Must attend both parts. See Susan Lyle after church service at the back counter to sign up in advance and get your book.

 

Another Pastoral Epistle 9/12/18

Dan and Michelle Dore Update

We are sending this update out to our EBC church family before we write our next general email newsletter. We are so thankful that you have been behind us for 33 years! Including:

  • Five years during Bible School, Missionary Training Institute, and the Language and Linguistics Institute, from 1985 to 1990.
  • 23 years as full-time missionaries to Guinea, West Africa, from 1990 to 2013.
  • Five years as itinerant missionaries to Guinea, Ghana, and Liberia, 2013 to 2018.

Your prayers, encouragement, and financial support have carried us through many adventures of faith! And now we are on a new adventure. Due to pressing family issues involving our aging parents, we are reducing the number of trips to Africa to perhaps only one per year. This has brought us to instruct the EBC office to close our account. We do not feel right about continuing to receive financial support when our travel schedule will be reduced to less than the three trips per year we had originally proposed. The EBC GloTeam has graciously decided to continue our support until the end of the year, to help us out during this transition time. Our other supporting churches and individuals have been notified, and they will be phasing out their financial support as well. As of January 1, our account will be closed.

Ongoing prayer support, however, is still greatly appreciated. We will continue to send out regular newsletters, to keep before you the needs and projects for the churches/ministries in West Africa, as well as news of our children who are serving the Lord around the world. You often ask how things are going in Guinea, or about one or the other of our children, and we do appreciate your love and concern. 
Please pray for us as we will continue to serve God as He leads no matter where we find ourselves on this earth!  
If you have any questions, please email us, call us, or just chat with us at church on Sunday. (Dan will be speaking at other churches for the next two Sundays, September 9 and 16; then the 23rdwe will be in Michigan to receive Michael and Nancy Dore at the airport. So we will not be at EBC again until Sunday, September 30!)

These verses have been a blessing during these uncertain times, as we walk with Him, by faith:

John 13:7“Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.'”

Isaiah 42:16“I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them, and smooth out the road ahead of them. I will indeed do these things, I will not forsake them.”

Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way unto the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

Your Co-Laborers In New Hampshire and West Africa,
Dan and Michelle Dore

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Proverbs 3:1-6
Pastor Dan Lyle

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Discovery Class

This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church. The first class started last week, but you can still join. Meets at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Groups

We were never meant to do life alone. That’s why the vision for our season kickoff of Community Groups is to have every person who calls EBC home join a group! We have several groups launching this fall in all different locations, times, and days of the week. Sign up at the kiosks in the back of the church on Sunday. Members from each group will be in the back by the kiosk. If you are not part of a group already, please sign up!

Help Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help transport Ella Eshelman to and from church on Sunday mornings. Bill Wixson has offered to organize a schedule and is looking for 5 volunteers. Please contact Bill at buildings@ebclaconia.com or 524-8580 if you are able to help. We also have a young lady who is new to Laconia and is looking to attend EBC. She needs transportation to and from church on Sunday mornings. She lives on South Main St. If you are able to offer assistance, please contact the office.

EBC Kids Step Up Sunday

This Sunday September 16thKids will graduate or “Step Up” to the appropriate classrooms for the new school year. Classrooms are: Nursery (Birth – 3 years)
  • Pre K – Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade and 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade – 5th Grade

Office Hours

The office will be closed next week on Monday and Tuesday. 
Hours will be Wednesday – Friday 9am-2pm

Momentum

MSM will be hosting a Fire Pit and S’mores on Friday 9/21 at The Lyle’s home from 7pm-9pm. Any questions contact Susan at susan.lyle@gmail.com

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join your fellow OWLS on Wednesday September 26thas they ride aboard the Lincoln Hobo Train. Meet at EBC at 9:30am for an 11am train departure. Lunch will be aboard the train. 
Cost is $15 per person
Please RSVP to Norma Phillips 848-7203 
Jay and Bette Moreau 528-4458 or 759-3780

Simply Beautiful Conference

This is a one day conference for girls, their mothers, and their spiritual mentors. 
October 20thfrom 9am – 4pm. 14 Hunter Rd. Uxbridge, MA 01569 
Purchase tickets at: http://Berea.org/simplybeautiful/
See Susan Lyle for more details.

New Elder | Jeff Savary

The section heading in the NIV puts it simply:

Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good

That’s what it reads at the top of Titus 1:5-9 where the Apostle Paul describes the kind of man qualified for the servant-leader role of “elder” in Jesus’ Church.

This is a description of Jeff Savary.

An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

On August 29, 2018, at an EBC church member business meeting, a motion to appoint Jeff Savary as elder was ratified by everyone in the room. All agreed that his character was and reputation both inside and outside the church are excellent and that the next portion of Jeff’s journey as a follower of Jesus is as an elder at EBC.

Jeff Savary Bio

Jeff came to Christ at a young age. Raised in a Christian home, he remembers always knowing what Christ offered and how to obtain it. When he was young, he asked Christ into his heart for the forgiveness of sin. From that point, it has been his heart’s desire to live his life for the Lord. Having known that grace from a young age has helped him extend that grace to those around him.

Jeff and his wife Carrie and their two daughters, Michaella (Mick) 14 and Madelyn (Maddy) 9, have been attending EBC for 2 ½ years. Since being at EBC, Jeff’s primary ministry has been leading a community group. He enjoys leading and will be continuing in the Fall. Prior to attending EBC, Jeff served as a Youth Group Leader, a Sunday School Teacher for both adults and children, a VBS Leader, and a Bible Study Teacher.

Please remember to pray for Jeff and Carrie as they gives their lives to this new role.