Another Pastoral Epistle 1/9/19

My printer at home was giving me trouble this past week, so I did what I have seen work in the past. I unplugged it and plugged it back in again. Back a few years ago, when I was having a problem with my cordless phone answering system, I called the technician for help and he asked, “Did you try unplugging it.” So I did. It worked! I have had to do that with my wireless internet, my TV and other electronic devices. All they needed was a reset!

A good friend of mine sent me a book last month and the name of it was “Reset.” It is a book about resetting our lives to a more sustainable pace. Is my friend trying to tell me something? I think he mentioned that it is for preventative purposes. I am only a few pages into the book, so I don’t know what I think of the book, but I love the title. Couldn’t we benefit from a reset? As we are trying to do many good things, some readjustment and recalibration might be what we need. Living counter-culturally requires hitting the reset time and time again. Where might you need a reset?

My desire for you is that you are living a grace-paced life with your joy intact to the finish. If life has become wearisome, joyless, anxious, and fast-paced, I would call you to do a reality check. A reset might be needed. Reset by talking less and listening more. Reset by relearning how to remain in Jesus. Don’t wait until you crash. Hit the reset button on your life and enjoy this journey with Christ and the people in your life!

I say all this knowing we are entering a new season as a church in asking what’s next? This campaign is not meant to be added to what we are doing but pushing us forward to what God is building here at EBC. My prayer is that the “What’s Next Campaign” is a cheerful, positive, grace-filled experience for us as a church and not some joyless chore we grumble through to its completion.

That is why joining our hearts together for prayer around this endeavor is critical. I urge you to attend the prayer event on Sunday night January 27 @ 6:00. It will be a night of true fellowship as we share together in worship and prayer!

I would invite you to attend “Portraits of Jesus” Bible Study beginning Sunday January 20 at 9:00 in the fellowship hall. There are many perceptions today of who Jesus is. The gospels give many fascinating portraits of Jesus as teacher, Savior, servant, Christ, healer. Jim Hayes, Matt Anderson, Adam Hayes, and I will be taking turns looking through these and other portraits of Jesus. It is an 8-week study, but each week stands-alone. So even if you can’t make it to all 8 weeks, you should consider dropping by as you can.

You can’t do it all, but I trust that you’re looking to form deeper relationships with others at EBC this year and growing closer to our Savior. Community groups are a great place to become and belong. Sign up this Sunday!

Speaking of Sunday, I look forward to worshiping with you!

Joyfully serving Him,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Past and Present”
Haggai 2:1-9

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Sunday Morning Bible Study Portraits of Jesus

An 8 week Bible study beginning Sunday Jan. 20th at 9am. This Bible Study will be taught by a team of teachers: Pastor Brian, Matt Anderson, Jim Hayes and Adam Hayes. Exploring and encountering the truth of Jesus and its relevance to today’s world.  Great class for those who are exploring the truth of Jesus or for those who want to know more deeply the One in whose face we see God!

Community Group Sign-ups

A place to belong. A place to become. Join a Community Group today to be more connected with others at EBC. Stop at the kiosk in the back after service on Sunday to sign up.

OWLS

The OWLS will be headed to Johnson’s Seafood Restaurant this month. They will meet at the Church at 11am on Wednesday January 23rd. If the weather is bad that day they will move it to the following week January 30th. Please RSVP by Monday January 21st so they can give the restaurant an approximate number. Praying for sunny skies!

Jay and Bette 528-4458 or 759-3780 or lfd21jay@metrocast.net
Norma 783-0211 or 848-7203 or normaandwilbur@comcast.net

2019 Giving Envelopes

Sign up sheet will be available at the Ministry Counter this Sunday if you are interested in beginning to use or continue to use giving envelopes. Envelopes will be available for pick up on Dec 30th.

What’s Next for EBC

Coming in January

New Sermon Series

We are continuing to take a break from our study in Revelation to take a look at the book of Haggai for the month of January to tie into our What’s Next Campaign.

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)
  • EBC public and private Facebook pages

Another Pastoral Epistle 1/2/19

Happy New Year!

I came across this poem which I found to be very appropriate to this time of year when resolutions are made.

I spent a fortune on a trampoline,
A stationary bike
And a rowing machine;

Complete with gadgets
To read my pulse,
And gadgets to prove
My progress results,

And others to show
The miles I have charted,
But they left off the gadget
To get me started.

Know the feeling? Companies and corporations pay considerable money for consultants to come in and fire up their personnel. They continue to look for ways to get their employees motivated. A little motivation can go a long way. What motivates you? As a follower of Christ, what should motivate you?

We will look at motivation as we come to stewardship month. What is stewardship month? It is to follow the logic of our existence and to whom we owe it. The God who owns it all and is the Creator of all has given us the awesome yet sobering privilege of caring for that which He has given us. That includes our money and possessions, but not only our money and possessions. He has given us abilities, time, spiritual gifts, experiences, people under our care, all to be used for Him. We are stewards and care takers of all that he has given us.

While I know that you are disappointed we are continuing our break from our study in Revelation, I hope you can share the excitement with me in looking at the Old Testament book of Haggai. This is a great book that ties into stewardship month. But in a different way than you may think. It speaks to motivation. It challenges our priorities. It calls us to step up for it is time to give God first place, rather than what is left over. It answers, “what’s next” for the people of God.

You will be hearing more about our “what’s next campaign.” You will be hearing about buildings, expansion, facility upgrades, but it is all connected to our vision as a church. What is next for EBC in growing deeper and having greater impact? What’s next for the church to grow and for each of us to grow in our relationship with Christ, in our spiritual disciplines, closer to each other, and grow in our efforts to reach the lost for Christ? Those questions are the reason for addressing facility needs. Our facility facilitates our goals, objectives, and resolutions.

As we turn the page to 2019, let’s get started on what we believe God wants of us. More than that, let’s stay with it to completion. Not sure who said it, but it has stuck with me: “The greatness of a person is determined not by what it takes to get him going, but by what it takes to stop him.”

Staying the course,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“It is time to consider our ways”
Haggai 1:1-15

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders will be meeting this Sunday from 10:20-10:40 in the room behind the stage.

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday January 12th@ 0800. In the fellowship Hall. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. Please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve.

Communion

We will be celebrating communion this Sunday.

2019 Giving Envelopes

Sign up sheet will be available at the Ministry Counter this Sunday if you are interested in beginning to use or continue to use giving envelopes. Envelopes will be available for pick up on Dec 30th.

What’s Next for EBC

Coming in January

New Sermon Series

We are continuing to take a break from our study in Revelation to take a look at the book of Haggai for the month of January to tie into our What’s Next Campaign.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Portraits of Jesus

Exploring and encountering the truth of Jesus and its relevance to today’s world. Great class for those who are exploring the truth of Jesus or for those who want to know more deeply the One in whose face we see God!

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)
  • EBC public and private Facebook pages

Dan Dore Mission Report [audio]

Dan Dore Mission Report
“Looking unto Jesus”
Hebrews 12:1-3

Mission Report

Dan and Michelle Dore have been missionaries to West Africa since 1990. They were sent to the mission field through New Tribes Missions (now Ethnos 360) by the congregation at Evangelical Baptist Church.

Below is a slide show Dan shared as he spoke at EBC Sunday, December 30, 2018. Slides begin with a progression of the Dore family as their young children grew up on the mission field and, eventually, went to the mission field with their families.

You’ll also see a recent West African church building project progress through various stages.

You’ll enjoy the narrative Dan gives during the slide show  and you’ll be challenged by the thought provoking message he gives as we’re challenged to look to Jesus in all situations whether difficult or blessed.