Another Pastoral Epistle 1/23/19

So much of my week is centered on Sunday, I was confused all day as to the day of the week. I missed seeing you this week and being together as a church family. Hopefully, the cancellation doesn’t mess with your awareness of and attendance to some great opportunities for growth and togetherness.

This Sunday during the 9:00 am worship service we are offering an exciting Bible study called “The Portraits of Jesus.” It is an 8-week class exploring the presentations of Christian beliefs about Jesus. This Sunday will address the question, “How is it that the Christian faith is reasonable?” Even if you cannot make all 8 weeks, I would urge you to sit in on the study when you can. Over the 8 weeks, you will be taught by Adam Hayes, Matt Anderson, Jim Hayes, and me. Coffee will be on!

Also, this Sunday night from 6 pm-7 pm we will fellowship together around prayer and singing. I cannot state strongly enough the need for us to be in prayer for what’s next as a church. Our desire is for His agenda to be done. So, set aside 60 minutes this Sunday night to be with your brothers and sisters as we seek the Lord together!

Don’t forget that the Missions’ Conference is right around the corner. “Inspire, Enlighten, Encourage, and Enlist” Missions event is February 8th-10th. The weekend will kick-off with a prayer night on February 8th. There will be a men’s breakfast and women’s brunch on that Saturday, February 9th. And Sunday we will do things a little differently than usual as there will be several workshops to choose from and a Missions’ Fair. I am looking forward to this weekend!

Do you have Friday night, April 5th marked on your calendar? That is the “What’s Next Banquet” for the entire church. There will be a kid’s program as well. It will be a fun and informative night as we unite our heart and minds around what God is building here at EBC. It is time to take some faith steps toward greater growth and impact. Let’s see what God is going to do through us as a church in this next season. We are in this together!

Church, again, I remind you of the words of the Psalmist who declared, “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet createdmay praise the Lord” (Psalm 102:18). Our investments are not only for what our eyes can see, but for generations to come.

To Him be the glory,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“From This Day Forward”
Haggai 2:10-23

Last Sunday’s Sermon

What’s Next Newsletter

Get your copy of What’s Next News this Sunday. The Newsletter Vol. 1 will be available in the bulletins as well at the Welcome Counter.

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!

Night of Prayer

Sunday Night, January 27, 2019, from 6-7pm at EBC.

Missions Conference

February 8-10
Friday:
Prayer Night 7pm-8pm
Saturday:
Men’s Breakfast 8am and Women’s Brunch 11:30am
Sunday:
Missions Conference One service at 9:30am

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.

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Friday April 5th
Stay tuned for more details

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 1/16/19

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).  The Bible is not against making plans. It is wise to plan, but it is also wise to hold onto those plans loosely.  The Book of James speaks to submitting our plans to the Lord’s will or its Latin equivalent, “Deo Volente.” It is believed that back in church history the Methodists were known to sign all their letters with initials, D.V. (Deo Volente)- If the Lord wills.

With that in mind, plans are in place for upgrading and addressing some needs within our church campus.  As we have been learning in our study in Haggai, it is time to move to the second phase of our building plan as laid out back when we moved into this facility.  It is time to ask what it is that the Lord has for us next. “What’s Next” campaign is being rolled out and there is a very important date I want you to put on your calendar.  Friday night, April 5, there will be a “What’s Next Banquet. There will be a program for the kids as well. Watch for the details. For now, save the date.

I am appreciative of the prayer team that is formed around this campaign.  You will be hearing of the many ways you can be praying for our church as we move forward to embracing what God is building here.  I hope you will join with others for a night of fellowship around prayer. Sunday night, January 27 at 6:00 is an opportunity to worship and pray together as we ask God to continue to show us “What’s next” for EBC.

One answer to what’s next is to develop an even stronger teaching ministry here that addresses specific needs within our church family.  Join us for a Bible study beginning on Sunday mornings at 9:00 (during first service). Portraits of Jesus is an eight-week study on the person of Jesus given to us by the New Testament.  It will challenge the wrong perceptions of Jesus in our modern world. Jim Hayes, Matt Anderson, Adam Hayes and I will be sharing the teaching. It begins this Sunday, January 20 at 9:00 in the fellowship hall.

“Inspire. Enlighten. Encourage. Enlist.” Missions event on February 8-10.  The weekend will kick-off with a prayer night on February 8. There will be a men’s breakfast and women’s brunch on that Saturday, February 9.  And Sunday we will do things a little differently than usual. We will have one service at 9:30am and there will be several workshops to choose from and a Missions’ Fair. This is going to be an exciting weekend!

I trust that you are part of a community group.  This is more and more necessary as our church grows.  Relationships best happen in smaller groups, so sign up for a group if you aren’t part of one presently.

As you can see, a lot is going on at EBC.  My prayer is that we continue to grow deeper with Christ and each other and to have a greater impact on our community!  We build and invest now for what we cannot see. As the Psalmist declared, “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord” (Psalm 102:18).

See you soon,
Pastor Brian
D.V.

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Past and Present” Haggai 2:10-19

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Cancellation Procedure for Sunday Mornings

CLICK HERE FOR WEATHER NEWS ABOUT WINTER STORM HARPER

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

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

What’s Next Newsletter

Get your copy of What’s Next News this Sunday. The Newsletter Vol. 1 will be available in the bulletins as well at the Welcome Counter.

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!

Missions Conference

February 8-10
Friday:
Prayer Night 7pm-8pm
Saturday:
Men’s Breakfast 8am and Women’s Brunch 11:30am
Sunday:
Missions Conference One service at 9:30am

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.

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Friday April 5th
Stay tuned for more details

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