Another Pastoral Epistle 7/25/18

A week from Sunday, Larry and Lula Filbert will be visiting with us.  We have had the privilege for several years partnering with them as they serve with Pioneers.  To help you get reacquainted with them before they visit with us on 8/5, I have included an excerpt from their latest newsletter.

Pastor Brian

Hi everyone, 
July is our month to take some down time and we will be taking a vacation to visit our kids in Kentucky for a week.
 
Please pray for us in the weeks ahead as we ask God to continue to show us specific steps he wants us to take moving forward.  We believe he is calling us to dig in and keep going.  Pray that God will open a door for our message as we continue to seek to reach out in the Lancaster community, and pray that He will bless our efforts in ongoing training and coaching relationships with field workers.
 
We have also had to take a pay cut as our account has gone into the red for the first time in 33 years.  Please pray God will give us wisdom on how to address this financial issue.  
 
Other prayer needs and updates:
1. Training with new appointees:  We had a great time and a lot of good discussions together.  This workshop really helps them grapple with our western ministry paradigms. They are encouraged to wrestle with how we normally do ministry over against a more multiplicational ministry objective.  We also were affirmed by several Area Leaders that they have appreciated the fact that new missionaries are coming to the field with this training in hand and that it has really helped them to jump in much sooner than those that come without it.

2. Affinity Group Catalyst meetings:  The second set of meetings was a huge encouragement to us.  We heard reports of many movements happening in various parts of the world.  (More about this in our next Filbert Focus Update).  We were greatly encouraged to keep persevering and not give up!

3. Pioneers’ Church Planting Movement Think Tank:  The final meetings also went very well.  There was a lot of open, grace-filled discussion of vision and passion and process.  God answered your prayers in giving Larry boldness to speak into the discussion.  A general consensus was that our organization needs to do a better job at coaching field personnel, as it is critical to workers’ longevity, fruitfulness and pursuing best practices (rather than being frustrated).  It was left to individual fields to implement coaching systems for their personnel.

We are praising God for answering your prayers. Thank you again for partnering with us! 
 
L&L

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Avoiding Compromise, Affirming Christ”
Revelation 2:12-17

Last Sunday’s Sermon

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Guest Worship Leaders

Please welcome Nate and Julia Mailly who will be leading worship this Sunday.

No EBC Kids Available on Sunday, July 29th

Due to a shortage in volunteers, there will not be classes for grades Pre-K – 4th on Sunday, July 29th. Nursery will still be available during both services for 0-5 year olds. EBC Kids needs more teachers and helpers! Please email Mary Whitman or phone her (540-986-6626) if you are able to serve in this vital ministry once per month.

Office Closed

The office will be closed next week since Corianne will not be in the office.

OWLS

The OWLS will now be sailing aboard the Doris E next Wednesday August 1st. Please contact Norma, Jay or Bette with any questions.
Jay and Bette Moreau 582-4458 or 759-3780 
Norma Phillips 783-0211 or 848-7203

Love, INC.

Love INC is hosting a Community Awareness Fundraising Event this weekend at Rafferty Auto Sales, Rte 106 Belmont (former AutoServe). This is a 3 day event. Visit their website for more details. Bring food, pantry, or personal care item for a free hamburger or hot dog. Come out to support a great cause in our community!

Women’s Ministry Bible Study

Tuesday, July 31, “Kingdom Woman” led by Tracey Petrozzi.

Financial Review Meeting

A Financial Review is an opportunity to learn in more detail our budget for the coming year in a discussion format.
August 12th, 9:50-10:25 in Room 104

Baptism Class

Coming in August. Details to come!

Church Picnic

Save the Date!!! Sept. 9th
Details to come!

Another Pastoral Epistle 7/18/18

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  That verse from 1 Corinthians 10:31 reminds us that down to the most menial, routine task our objective is to bring honor to our Lord.  
 
I am sure you are familiar with the film Chariots of Fire.  It is based on the true story of two British runners competing in the 1924 Olympics. Eric Liddell is a devout Christian and one of the finest runners in the world. Eric’s sister, Jennie, wants him to leave competitive running to join the family on the mission field in China. Jennie feels Eric is putting running ahead of serving God, and she questions his commitment.
 
In one scene, Eric attempts to help his sister see his point of view. Eric announces with a smile, “I’ve decided I’m going back to China. The missionary service has accepted…”
Jennie interrupts him. “Oh, Eric, I’m so pleased.”
 
Eric continues, “But I’ve got a lot of running to do first. Jennie, you’ve got to understand. I believe that God made me for a purpose, for China. He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure. To give it up would be to hold him in contempt. You were right; it’s not just fun. To win is to honor him.”
 
Let’s not think in compartmentalized terms that certain activities are sacred and others secular.  Followers of Christ should view all that we do as good for something and good for someone. No matter where we go and no matter what we do we do it all for the glory of God.  Running off to a restaurant after worship is not to be any less spiritual than our time in worship. The Bible makes no such distinction between secular and sacred.  My way of serving the Lord in full-time work should not be seen as the primary way of serving and anything less than that is secondary. 
 
Church, wherever you are and whatever you do, be faithful.  Whether you are baking bread, or raising little ones, or listening to customers’ complaints, or drive for a living or work in an office or get up each morning to the same routine, be faithful.  “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” And Paul adds in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
 
I am so encouraged by your enthusiasm each Sunday as we worship.  My heart is refreshed by the many who are dedicated to the work of the Lord that goes out from this church.  Take that with you as you go to the bank, the store, the beach and whatever else is part of your day. 
 
Often if I drive to the office on route 11, I pass a man from our church (Richard) who is praying or singing, likely even preaching.  What catches my attention is his joyful enthusiasm in his daily routine of walking! And I can’t help but think of Jim Elliot’s words, “Wherever you are, be all there!”
 
Striving to be all there in all things,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Troubled but Triumphant”
Revelation 2:8-11

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

audio
video

OWLS

Join the OWLS as we cruise aboard the oldest floating post office, the “Doris E” on July 25th.The Sophie C is being refurbished. We will eat lunch as we cruise around the lake. We need to know if you prefer an egg or chicken salad sandwich. (We still have your previous sandwich choices, but if you want to change it please let us know). Bring your own drink or you can purchase one on the boat. We will depart EBC at 10am. 

We will also stop at the Kellerhaus after as they have $1.00 cones (1 scoop) on Wednesdays!

Please RSVP by July 23 
Jay and Bette Moreau 582-4458 or 759-3780 
Norma Phillips 783-0211 or 848-7203
Cost is $15.00 per person

Women’s Ministry Bible Study

NEW type of Bible Study series for the ladies of EBC! Every week will be a different topic and a different leader. There will be no books or study guides to purchase and you are free to join in based on your schedule and/or the topic at hand.   
Tuesday July 24th  “The Best Yes” led by Anna Yasharian.

Financial Review Meeting

A Financial Review is an opportunity to learn in more detail our budget for the coming year in a discussion format.
August 12th9:50-10:25 Room 104

ASPIRE

Thank you, church, for your donations to Aspire’s Baby Bottle Blessings fundraiser. EBC raised a total of $2,224.34 towards the fundraiser for a grand total of $11,636.78 and counting from other participating churches.  Praise the Lord!
Please bring back your baby bottle if you have not returned it yet.

EBC Kids

Please pray for EBC Kids! We are expanding this Fall and adding a new classroom for kids downstairs. We therefore need more helpers and teachers to serve once a month! Please pray for us as we grow and pray for more volunteers to join our team. Please email Mary Whitman or call her at 540-986-6626 if you are interested in serving in this growing ministry!

Baptism Class

Coming in August. Details to come!

Church Picnic

Save the Date!!! Sept. 9th
Details to come!