Another Pastoral Epistle 3/20/19

Spring is coming! Actually, spring is here. On my calendar it is says, “March 20, first day of spring.” The only sign of spring is that the Red Sox begin their regular season next Thursday. But of course, that opening game isn’t in Boston. It is out west.

The “What’s Next Banquet” is coming! I hope you are starting to feel the importance of this time together and are getting excited about this celebration as a church for what God is doing and anticipating what is to come for us at EBC. This night is about inspiration, information, and an invitation to go home and pray how you’ll participate in this journey.

Join us a week prior to that for a time of prayer on Friday night, March 29, from 7:00-8:00 in the worship center. Let’s lock arms and pray expectantly for God to move in our church and community.

Another sign that spring is here is that we start promoting summer events. Again, a big event on the church’s calendar is our annual On Goal Soccer camp. This week-long day camp held at Leavitt park has been an effective way to connect with families both inside and outside of our church family. Many hands make this a success. The church does provide funds for the running of this camp, but additional money is needed for scholarships. There are families who can’t afford sending their kids to camp, so if you would like to help towards sponsoring kids for this week, then put that money in the offering plate by marking it “On Goal scholarship”. Soon you will be able to give to this online.

Coming this summer, the church will be hosting a neighborhood block party for our church neighbors. There will be ways you can help as we get closer, but for now, it can be a matter of prayer and anticipation for what’s next for us in reaching this area for Christ.

As we continue to seek what is next for us as a church, it requires some evaluation and reflection on our present ministries. Leaders of the various ministries are asking that question as it pertains to moving forward. For instance, our adult discipleship ministry is looking for fresh ways to impact the men and women of our church. We are looking to better establish and equip believers by offering a Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:00. These 4-8 week studies will involve a variety of teachers and topics and the hope is to grow this ministry so that more than one study can be offered simultaneously to appeal to various life stages and needs.

A four-week discovery class will begin in April. This is an opportunity for anyone wanting to learn more about EBC, but also for those considering membership.

As you can see, there is a lot coming up. Stay informed so that you don’t miss out on what’s happening at EBC. Our God is building up His people at EBC so that we move out to make a difference in the world. As I have said, “we gather to go.” Look forward to gathering with you this Sunday!

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“The Day Religion Collapses” Revelation 17

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Commitment to Pray Cards / 30 Days of Prayer Challenge

The 30 Days of Prayer Challenge will begin March 5th. If you haven’t signed up to receive the daily email or weekly printout of the prayer guide, please contact Corianne at the office. Corianne@ebclaconia.com or 524-2277
This Sunday will be the last week to sign up.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Portraits of Jesus
Jesus as Savior

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! Join us during 1stservice in Room 102* (please note location change)

Prayer and Worship Night

Join us Friday March 29th at 7pm for a time of prayer and worship.

Love INC Spaghetti Dinner

2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dance with Elvis Impersonator. March 30th from 5:30pm-8pm at St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall.
Purchase tickets at www.loveinclr.org or 366-1525
Adults $15 Children under 12 $10 Family $45
Come out for a fun night of fellowship and great food!

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Sign-ups begin this Sunday at the back of the sanctuary. The Banquet will be Friday April 5that Pheasant Ridge Country Club from 6pm-8pm. Dinner will be provided (no cost). Childcare will be for ages 0-12 at EBC and dinner and fun will be provided for the children. Teens ages 13 and up are welcome to attend the banquet. Come join us as we celebrate and kick off The What’s Next Capital Campaign! (No funds will be collected that evening. Commitments will be collected April 28th)

Looking Ahead

Good Friday Service April 19th

Discovery Class

4/7 – 5/5
Join us Sunday mornings at 9 am. This is an opportunity for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

On Goal Soccer Camp

6/24-6/29
We are now accepting donations for scholarships for this years On Goal soccer camp.

Another Pastoral Epistle 3/6/19

This is a reading from Tuesday’s 30 Day Prayer Challenge. Even if you have already read it, I encourage you to read it again and let it direct your prayers. Prayer is one of the more important things we are going to do around the Capital Campaign.

God and Prayer; a priority.
“You shall have no other gods before Me. Deuteronomy 5:7
“Here O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Each of us can get wrapped up in the busyness of life, becoming distracted and misplacing priorities. We typically go to prayer as a last resort, especially in times of crisis, not seeking God first. We try to do things on our own, relying on our own wisdom, ideas and strength. However, when we prioritize prayer, we are prioritizing God Himself. This means placing God above anything and everything we do. Before we “do” anything, seeking God first in prayer and in reading His Word is where we will find God. Prayer is all about relationship. A relationship with our Heavenly Father. It is in this relationship where we find God’s power, strength and comfort.

Pray daily for help in prioritizing and devoting yourself to prayer and in reading the Bible. Seek forgiveness in relying upon your own wisdom rather than seeking Him first. Invite Him to talk with you as you wish to talk with Him.

Pray that you would not be distracted from praying daily for God’s work and will for both you and your church family.

Pray that you will discern more clearly God’s calling in your life each day and how to reorder our priorities to fulfill that calling.

Our main event is the What’s Next Banquet. Join us Friday, April 5th, at Pheasant Ridge Country Club at 6pm. RSVP by 3/20 either signing up at the back of the Sanctuary this Sunday or online below.

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Seven Angels, Seven Plagues”
Revelation 15

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Daylight Savings

This Sunday we will be turning our clocks AHEAD ONE hour.

Communion

This Sunday we will be celebrating communion.

Commitment to Pray Cards / 30 Days of Prayer Challenge

The 30 Days of Prayer Challenge will begin March 5th. If you haven’t signed up to receive the daily email or weekly printout of the prayer guide, please contact Corianne at the office. Corianne@ebclaconia.com or 524-2277
This Sunday will be the last week to sign up.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Portraits of Jesus
Is There A Gardener?

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! Join us during 1stservice in Room 102* (please note location change)

OWLS

“Divine Encounters” is the Spring/Easter program being presented by One Voice on Saturday, March 16th at 3PM. We will meet at the church at 2PM to journey to Meredith. If you think you might go, just let us know so we have an idea of the interest.
Jay and Bette 759-3780 or 528-4458
Norma 848-7203 or 783-0211

Traveling with K.C.

K.C. Nowack arrived safely in Atlanta, GA for his third and final track with 10,000 Fathers Worship School! Please be praying for him as he drinks deep from the wellsprings of God’s Word and continues to grow in his faith. If you would like to help support K.C. with the cost of track three then please feel free to speak with Pastor Dan about how you can do that.

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Sign-ups begin this Sunday at the back of the sanctuary. The Banquet will be Friday April 5that Pheasant Ridge Country Club from 6pm-8pm. Dinner will be provided (no cost). Childcare will be for ages 0-12 at EBC and dinner and fun will be provided for the children. Teens ages 13 and up are welcome to attend the banquet. Come join us as we celebrate and kick off The What’s Next Capital Campaign! (No funds will be collected that evening. Commitments will be collected April 28th)

On Goal Soccer Camp

Coming soon!
Get ready to get involved!