Another Pastoral Epistle 6-20-18

There were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to do and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody would do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

We smile at that, yet we understand the truth it contains. Everybody is somebody in His church! You are not an accident in the body of Christ. Scripture is clear that everybody has been given grace in God’s family. Ephesians 4:7 says, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” You are uniquely graced with Christ’s gift. The grace given to you was exactly the right measure suited to God’s purposes for you and for the church.

This means that we should not compare ourselves with others. It means that every one of us is to be a minister to the body. Some are given the gift of intercessory prayer. Some are given the gift of teaching. Some have the gift of hospitality or mercy or helps or giving or encouragement or one of several other gits mentioned in Scripture. The point is every person is needed in the body of Christ! Every gift is to be used, not for personal fulfillment, but for the building up of EBC!

The amazing thing about the parts of the body of Christ is how much we need each other. Just like if I stub my toe, my hands and my legs, and my eyes all immediately join in the reaction, so it is in the body of Christ. We are part of each other. “If one part suffers,” Paul says, “every part suffers with it.” If you haven’t done it in a while, read the entire chapter of I Corinthians 12.

As you serve you grow, and the church is strengthened. In the fall, the Network Spiritual Gifts seminar will be offered again to help you not only discover your God-given, unique contribution to the church, but also to move you into meaningful service. Keep your eyes and ears open to the ways you can plug in and serve. Specifically, during On Goal week extra hands are needed at the beginning and end of each day for about 30 minutes to help with set up and take down. You just might be the “Anybody” we need!

And to the many who serve in our church, I want to thank you! Whether it is behind the scenes or more visible, your faithfulness to the work here is appreciated. And remember, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” (Hebrews 6:10).

Blessings to you, church. And remember, “Be strong & courageous!

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Failing At Success!” Jonah 4

New Sermon Series

Seven Lessons For Seven Churches A Study in Revelation 1-3

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

video

On Goal Soccer Camp – June 26-30, 2018

Still looking for a summer camp for your kids? There are discounts and financial assistance available for On Goal Soccer Camp, hosted by EBC! Are you interested in donating a camp scholarship for a child to attend? Can you work as a volunteer? Call the office for details!

Help Needed

Help is needed for a new family in our church on July 1st. Meet at the Bauman’s home 16 Shepard St Laconia at 1pm. They will be moving next door, so it will be a short move. Please contact Lisa if you are able to help.

Help Needed

Help is needed for a new family in our church on July 1st. Meet at the Bauman’s home 16 Shepard St Laconia at 1pm. They will be moving next door, so it will be a short move. Please contact Lisa if you are able to help.

Help Needed

Volunteers are needed at the beginning and ending of each day to help with set up and take down for about 30 minutes Thursday – Friday. 8am meet at the church 3pm meet at Leavitt Park Email Karen: ongoal@ebclaconia.com Volunteers are still needed for set up and take down for the On Goal picnic Saturday June 30th

SOULFEST August 2-4

Volunteers Needed Areas include security, retail, hospitality, stage crew, and many others. Benefits available for volunteers! To apply go to: thesoulfest.com/volunteer/

Momentum

Momentum will not be meeting starting next week 6/26 and will pick back up in August

Monday Prayer Group

1:30pm Prayer time will not be meeting for the summer and will resume in the fall.

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders will not be meeting for the months of July and August.

Another Pastoral Epistle 6-13-18

As I mentioned in last week’s epistle, I have been giving a fair amount of developmental thought to our worship ministry over the past year, considering both our values as well as our practices. I have developed a brief two-part video series to help communicate the vision I believe God has placed in the heart of our body for our ministry in worship.

Last week, I shared Part One: Our Ministry Identity. In this video I shared the mission and values that unite us in worship here at EBC. You can view part one by clicking here.

This week, I am sharing Part Two: Our Vision For Discipleship. In this video I will share our vision to create a culture of discipleship in the worship ministry. We want to see everyone who attends our Sunday morning worship service encounter Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him through worship. We also want to see God raise up worshipers who are gifted to lead worship, equipped to do it with theological soundness, and a conviction to grow in both their personal character and competency. In this video I explain the rational and strategy for this new and exciting direction.

Blessings,

Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Jonah 3 “A Five-Word Sermon That Changed a Whole City”

New Office Hours:

Mon-Thu 9am-2pm

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

audio video

Aspire Baby Bottle Blessing Fundraiser

Please remember to bring back your baby bottles this Sunday

GLO Team Meeting

Thursday 6/14 in Room 102

Pie for Dad’s

We will be honoring Dad’s this Sunday with some pie! Come early to fellowship and grab a piece of pie.

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join the OWLS as they cruise aboard the oldest floating post office, the “Sophie C”. Lunch will be provided. The cost will be $15.00 per person. They will be leaving from the church at 10 AM, Wednesday, June 20th. Please RSVP by Monday, June 18th, if you plan to attend. Jay and Bette Moreau 528-4458 or 759-3780 Norma Phillips 783-0211 or 848-7203

On Goal Soccer Camp – June 26-30, 2018

Still looking for a summer camp for your kids? There are discounts and financial assistance available for On Goal Soccer Camp, hosted by EBC! Are you interested in donating a camp scholarship for a child to attend? Can you work as a volunteer? Call the office for details!

EBC Communion Team

The Communion Team is seeking another person or two to help set up for communion and clean up afterwards, on a once-every-2-months rotation. If you have a desire to serve in this way, please contact Mary Collins, at mehornercollins@gmail.com, or 393-5080.

SOULFEST August 2-4

Volunteers Needed Areas include security, retail, hospitality, stage crew, and many others. Benefits available for volunteers! To apply go to: thesoulfest.com/volunteer/

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders will not be meeting for the months of July and August.