The Weekly Epistle 10/16/19

Worship is invitational. 
 

“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.”
 
Psalm 100:1-2

 
When we are exhorted to worship we are invited to participate in the glory and goodness of God. We are invited in by his lovingkindness and faithfulness for us.

Moreover, we are invited into a collective experience. 
 

“We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”
 
Psalm 100:3
 
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.”
 
Psalm 100:4


While moments of private praise are good and sweet it is incumbent upon every Christian to enter the preverbal gates of God’s court. Why? Because we’re not just being invited into God’s presence, we’re being invited into the greater community of the saints. 

This weekend we have a special opportunity for you to enter into the greater community. 
 
Evangelical Baptist Church, Lakes Region Vineyard Church, and Real Life Church are sponsoring a community worship night at Evangelical Baptist Church on Sunday, October 20, from 6:00-8:00 PM. The joint worship team will kick off the night with a set of songs. We will break to pray for the churches of New England, then wrap up the night with another set of worship songs. Please join us! 50 Washington Street, Laconia.

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Avoiding Catastrophe

2 Timothy 2:14-19

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Community Night of Worship

Come out for an evening of worship with other local churches this Sunday October 20th at 6pm here at EBC. 

Unplanned, The Movie

Aspire Women’s Center invites you to attend a screening of the movie, Unplanned, on Friday, October 25th at Evangelical Baptist Church.  Unplanned is the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director complicit in thousands of abortions until, one day, she saw something that changed everything.
Admission is free – a freewill offering to benefit Aspire will be taken.

Celebration Sunday

Sunday November 3rd we will be having a Celebration in between services to praise the Lord for the updates we have made to our facility to date!
Our services will be at 9am and 11am. 

Trunk or Treat

We will be hosting our 4th annual Trunk or Treat!  
October 31st from 5pm-8pm, bring your kids by the gym parking lot for some extra fun!  This is a great way to get to know our church neighbors and them us.
We would like to have our parking lot full of decorated trunks for a safe place for kids to enjoy the evening. If you would like to participate and decorate your car trunk you can sign up this Sunday. There are also other ways you can help make this night special by donating cider, candy, or making a soup or chili for our participating families to have for dinner that night.  Other items needed are fire pits, lighting and portable generators. 
Signup this Sunday at the Ministry Counter and see Laura Hollenbeck with any questions.

Save the Date
EBC’s Christmas Extravaganza

Sunday December 15th we will be hosting a family friendly Christmas Extravaganza. More details to come.

Dominican Republic Info Session

For those interested in going on the next missions trip to the Dominican Republic, January 31-February 10, 2020, please join Justin Whitman after 2nd service on Sunday 10/27 in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Groups

We have a host home for a day time community group, but we still need a facilitator. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or contact the office

Adult Bible Study

Sunday mornings at 9am we are offering an adult bible study meeting in room 102. This study is on the book of James, “Faith that Works”.

The Weekly Epistle 10/9/19

Hi Church,
God is good…and this is where you say, “All the time.”  Whenever you hear someone say, “God is good,” you can’t help yourself but add, “All the time.”  We know that cleanliness is next to what?  “Godliness.”  We are to “let go and….let God.”  And “When God closes a door…he opens a window” (or opens another door).  God helps those who?  “Help themselves.”  In the nineties it was WWJD (“what would Jesus do?”), PUSH (pray until something happens) and FROG (fully rely on God) and on and on it goes.  Oh!  one more- “tweet others…as you want to be tweeted.”  That one brings a smile to my face.
 
My point?  Some are true, some are not.  And sometimes in our desire to simplify truth we can actually trivialize it.  I realize that God dedicated a whole book of the Bible to proverbs that gave us truisms of life put on the bottom shelf where we can easily reach them and apply them to our lives.  There is power in shrink wrapping complex truths into clear and memorable statements.  I do it all the time in communicating God’s word each Sunday.  I did it this past Sunday in saying, “If Jesus is worth serving, he is worth serving well.”  
 
There is a place for pithy statements that help us remember truth.  But one-liners aren’t always helpful.  Life can be hard sometimes and to hear my struggle boiled down to, “God will not give you more than you can handle,” isn’t very useful. To be precise it isn’t accurate either.  The truth is God will give me more than I can handle so that I will lean on Him.  It is all about what He can handle that gives me strength.  
 
The tongue has the power of life and death, Proverbs 18:21 tells us.  Ephesians 4:29 reminds us that beneficial words are spoken according to one’s needs and build up those who listen.  Speaking God’s Word to others is most beneficial when we have taken the time to listen to what it is that the person needs.  Speaking life words isn’t just a matter of truth; it’s an issue of love.  God’s Words are both true and loving.  And what an awesome privilege to speak the truth in love to others.  
 
Don’t forget to check out the announcements!  Let me highlight a few of them.  Our trunk or treat event is growing so more cars are needed.  Wouldn’t it be great to fill two parking lots with decorated cars this year?  Secondly, on November 3 during fellowship time, we will pause to celebrate the projects completed through the “What’s Next Campaign.”  Our second service will begin 15 minutes later than usual and go from 11:00-noon.  We will shoot to keep each worship service to one hour so that we can have a full 30 minutes between services to celebrate together over in the gym (10:15-10:45).  Hope you plan to attend our community night of Worship on October 20 at EBC.  It will be night of praise to our God who is blessed when we worship Him in unity and truth!  
 
See you Sunday.  And church, keep looking up!  Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Crashing Through the Quitting Points

2 Timothy 2:8-13

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Community Night of Worship

Come out for an evening of worship with other local churches on Sunday October 20th at 6pm here at EBC. 

Prayer Builders

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

Save the Date

Aspire Women’s Center invites you to attend a screening of the movie, Unplanned, on Friday, October 25th at Evangelical Baptist Church.  Unplanned is the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director complicit in thousands of abortions until, one day, she saw something that changed everything.
Admission is free – a freewill offering to benefit Aspire will be taken.

Celebration Sunday

Sunday November 3rd we will be having a Celebration in between services to praise the Lord for the updates we have made to our facility to date!
Our services will be at 9am and 11am. 

Trunk or Treat

We will be hosting our 4th annual Trunk or Treat!  
October 31st from 5pm-8pm, bring your kids by the gym parking lot for some extra fun!  This is a great way to get to know our church neighbors and them us.
We would like to have our parking lot full of decorated trunks for a safe place for kids to enjoy the evening. If you would like to participate and decorate your car trunk you can sign up this Sunday. There are also other ways you can help make this night special by donating cider, candy, or making a soup or chili for our participating families to have for dinner that night.  Other items needed are fire pits, lighting and portable generators. 
Signup this Sunday at the Ministry Counter and see Laura Hollenbeck with any questions.

Right People in the Right Place

Our next Spiritual Gifts Network workshop will be Saturday 11/2 and 11/9 from 9am -12pm. Sign up this Sunday at the Ministry Counter. These classes help you discover your spiritual gifts and get you plugged into the right ministry.

Community Groups

We have a host home for a day time community group, but we still need a facilitator. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or contact the office

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning October 6th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

Adult Bible Study

Sunday mornings at 9am we are offering an adult bible study meeting in room 102. This study is on the book of James, “Faith that Works”.

Monday Night Prayer

Monday nights we will have a Prayer time at the Gym from 7pm-7:30pm. This prayer time is focused on praying over the gym floor and the TREC ministry. 

The Weekly Epistle 10/2/19

Years ago I was visiting an elderly woman in Portland. She shared with me her most recent trip with her husband through the Kancamagus Highway during foliage season.  She said, “Pastor, it was beautiful. The colors were outstanding.” That isn’t surprising except for one reason. She was blind. She couldn’t see a thing.  
 
Cora Edwards was blind for most of her life. I learned a lot from Cora. Her faith could see things that I couldn’t see because of my sight.  How often do I place limits on what God can do and what He wants to do through me because of poor vision?  It was Hellen Keller who said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”  
 
Do you have a vision for your life?  Do you have a vision for your children?  For your marriage? For your ministry? I think of Jesus’ vision for the crowds.  Scripture tells us that “when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).  He was able to see beyond the obvious to what they needed- the true shepherd to lead them. When I see people what do I see? Their irritants? Their annoying habits? Are they obstacles to reaching my destination or opportunities for showing them the love of Jesus Christ?  
 
Our vision as a church is to make disciples.  More accurately, it is to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples and so on.  That continues to be part of the ministry plan for EBC going forward. This is one reason we are working through the book of Second Timothy on Sunday mornings around the theme of “Legacy: living a life that lasts.”  My heart is for you to be investing in people. If you want to learn more about mentoring, I would love to sit down with you to talk about what this can look like in your life and direct you to the right people for making this happen.  
 
Don’t forget to sign up for Network Spiritual Gift seminar that will be held at the church the first two Saturday mornings in November.  I will lead you through discovering your gift set, passion, and right fit for ministry at EBC. You need to get started on this ASAP, so stop by ministry counter and get your workbook this Sunday.
 
Most of what we need for the Pumpkin Fest booth is taken care of, though someone with a truck to transport items to the pumpkin fest on October 19 is still needed. Call the office or contact Donna Green if you can help.  If you signed up to bring candy please drop it off to the church by October 13, if possible. Any candy not used for the pumpkin fest will be used for Trunk or Treat. Speaking of Trunk or Treat, if you plan to decorate your trunk, provide candy, help with food, or assist in other ways, stop by the counter this Sunday or next.  
 
I continue to be excited for what God is doing here at EBC.  It is encouraging to see new people check us out each week and the many who are calling EBC their home.  Some of these folks are jumping right into a community group and looking to get involved in the church.  
 
I thank God for you!  My heart is refreshed by your support, desire to grow, and vision for reaching our community with the gospel. 

Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

A Soldier, An Athlete, A Farmer

2 Timothy 2:1-7

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Gym Floor Update

Praise the Lord!!! We just got word that the gym floor install will begin Monday morning!!! 

Prayer Builders

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

Monday Night Prayer

Monday nights we will have a Prayer time at the Gym from 7pm-7:30pm. This prayer time is focused on praying over the gym floor and the TREC ministry. 

Right People in the Right Place

Our next Spiritual Gifts Network workshop will be Saturday 11/2 and 11/9 from 9am -12pm. Sign up this Sunday at the Ministry Counter. These classes help you discover your spiritual gifts and get you plugged into the right ministry.

Jam Night with the Worship Team

Thursday 10/3 from 7pm-9pm. All musicians welcome!

OWLS

Wednesday, October 9th will find the OWLS traveling to The Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, NH, to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.  The cost is $15 per person. During the trip we should enjoy some of the beautiful foliage that God has created. Join us at the church at 10:45 for the trip.  If you anticipate going with us, please let us know by Sunday, the 6th
Bette and Jay Moreau  528-445 or 759-3780
Norma Phillips  848-7203 or 783-0211

Community Groups

We have a host home for a day time community group, but we still need a facilitator. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or contact the office

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning October 6th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

Adult Bible Study

Sunday mornings at 9am we are offering an adult bible study meeting in room 102. This study is on the book of James, “Faith that Works”.