Another Pastoral Epistle 6/12/19

“What is the most powerful word in the English language,” Stu Weber asks in his book, Tender Warrior. Some might answer, “Love” or “Hope,” or “Vision,” or “Sacrifice.”  The possibilities are endless.  Stu Weber says, “When it comes to power in a youngster’s world, I’ll put my money on “dad.”  Just the mention of dad sends strong emotions either positive or negative.  
 
For some, the father wound continues to affect them deeply.  For some, their image of God the Father is tainted and perhaps even contaminated by their personal experience they have with their father.  If that is the case for you, I would encourage you to invite Jesus into the wounds.  Get help if necessary.  There are resources available that can help you work through it as well, such as “Healing for the Father Wound” by H. Norman Wright.  
 
While being sensitive to those with difficult and painful backgrounds, I don’t want to shy away from the truth that God is a loving Father.  He adopted you into His family, not reluctantly, but lovingly.  In Christ, we are no longer fatherless.  I invite you to grow to know God as Father.  Even if your father wasn’t present, He is omnipresent. He is a Father of comfort and protection, not of abuse.  He loves to provide for you because He delights in you.  Our Father in heaven is not disgusted with you or forever angry with you.  
 
If you haven’t read the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15) in a while, I would encourage you to read it by looking at the father.  I believe he is the main character in the story.  What do we see of the father in that story?  He waits patiently for us!  He runs to accept and embrace us.  He loves us first.  He wants a relationship with us.  He values us, longs to be with us, and is eager to forgive!  
 
Dads, keep pouring into your children!  Give your life away to the Ultimate Father and the ones He has placed around you.  Boys become men by watching you.  Daughters learn about men by watching you.  You possess tremendous power to shape another life.  And grandpas, you have an incredible power as well!
 
Don’t forget that this Sunday between services, we will be serving a slice of pie to all dads, downstairs in fellowship hall. And ladies, there will likely be some for you as well.  
 
Praise God for the record-breaking number of kids registered for On-Goal Soccer Camp (95 kids as I write this).  Thank you for generously giving to the scholarship fund. $800 is still needed as of today.
 
Also, the baby bottles for Aspire should be returned this Sunday.  
 
Church, keeping looking at God first.  Keep embracing the truth of who He is.  He is the voice of truth!
 
His child,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“God’s Turf, God’s Timing, God’s Terms”
Exodus 3

Last Sunday’s Sermon

New Sermon Series

Coming this summer
“Through It All”
Beginning June 2, our sermon series will travel with Moses to see how God is with us through all the seasons of life.

Mystery of the Holy Spirit Bible Study

Join us Sunday mornings at 9am in Room 102. This class will not only study the Holy Spirit but look at the difference He makes in our lives.

Father’s Day Pies

Dad’s join us downstairs this Sunday in between services, as we honor you with a slice of pie.

Aspire Baby Bottle Fundraiser

This Sunday we will be collecting the Aspire Baby Bottles. Please bring in your baby bottles and leave them on the Ministry Counter at the back of the sanctuary.
Aspire provides life-affirming pregnancy support services for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.

On Goal Soccer Camp

June 25th-29th Register today at www.ongoal.org
K-1st 9am-Noon $145 / 2nd-9th 9am-3pm $165
Family discounts and Laconia resident discounts are also available. Visit www.laconiachurch.com/ongoal to volunteer or donate to the scholarship fund.

We are still in need of a few more host homes (See Donna Green) and more volunteers to help on Saturday during the family picnic. (See Paul Melnick) 
Contact the office with any questions.

EBC Kids

EBC Kids is recruiting more volunteers to serve as nursery workers, teachers and helpers in all classes. Please contact Mary Whitman with any questions or if you want to serve in this ministry. 540-986-6626

AV Sound Techs Needed

If you have an ear for sound or enjoy AV we need you! The worship team is in need of more volunteers to help on Sunday mornings with AV and sound. Please contact Nathaniel Jakubens or Pastor Dan with any questions.

OWLS

Franklin Pierce from New Hampshire was the 14th president of the United States.  On Wednesday, June 19th, the OWLS will tour his home in Concord.  We will meet at the church at 9:45 to travel to the Pierce Manse for a tour.  The cost for the tour is $6. If you think you will be able to go, please let one of us know.  We need to give them an approximate number by the 18th.

Following our tour we will enjoy lunch at Makris Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Loudon.

  • Jay and Bette Moreau   528-4458   or 759-3780
  • Norma   848-7203   or 783-0211

Church Directory

The updated Church Directory will be printed and distributed in the next few weeks. If you have not filled out a yellow directory form with your information and you want to be included in the directory, please contact Corianne at the office (corianne@ebclaconia.com) or fill out the yellow form (at the Ministry Counter) this Sunday and place it in the offering plate. 

 

Crazy Love Bible Study

The Women’s Ministry will be having a Women’s Bible Study beginning Tuesday July 9that 7pm at EBC in the Fellowship Hall. This Bible Study will run for 10 weeks. 

Another Pastoral Epistle 5/29/19

Can you guess the company behind the mission statement?

“To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.” 
“To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” 
“To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”  
“We save people money so they can live better.” 
“To be earth’s most customer-centric company where people can find and discover anything they want to buy online.” 
We are dedicated to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and company spirit.  
To make transportation as reliable as running water, everywhere, for everyone.  
To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  
To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.  
To mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ. 

How did you do?  (Starbucks, Facebook, Google, Walmart, Amazon, Southwest Airlines, Uber, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Love INC).

What is EBC’s mission?  We exist to make disciples.  There is no attempt to be creative or profound or unique with this mission statement.  It is rather basic and simple.  It is easy to remember, yet difficult to carry out.  Stating it is one thing, living it out as a church is another matter entirely.  What has been on my heart since arriving here as your pastor in 2015 is for EBC to become a disciple-making church.

We exist to make disciples.  That begs the question, “What does a disciple look like?”
A disciple is a growingChristian who is in the process of knowing Christ better and becoming like Him by being engaged in the life of the church, established in meaningful relationships with others, and equipped to do the work of the ministry.  A disciple is also a going Christian by actively evangelizing others.  This is done by remaining in Christ which will produce fruitfulness for the glory of God.

As your pastor, I desire this mission be lived out as a church.  So, as I prayerfully develop a ministry plan, that really is a continuation of what I set out for us as a church back in 2015, pray with me and for me that God’s will be done in us and through us at EBC.  There are some essentials we must strengthen in order to truly be about making disciples.  You will be hearing more on this in the months to come.  I am excited for what is next for us.

Don’t forget about the workday this Saturday beginning at 9:00.  I know that there are many other things happening on this same day, so even if you could put in a couple of hours, that would help!

Blessings to you,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Through It All”
Exodus 1:1-2:10

Last Sunday’s Sermon

New Sermon Series

Coming this summer
“Through It All”
Beginning June 2, our sermon series will travel with Moses to see how God is with us through all the seasons of life.

Mystery of the Holy Spirit Bible Study

Join us Sunday mornings at 9am in Room 102. This class will not only study the Holy Spirit but look at the difference He makes in our lives.

EBC Kids

EBC Kids is recruiting more volunteers to serve as nursery workers, teachers and helpers in all classes. Please contact Mary Whitman with any questions or if you want to serve in this ministry. 540-986-6626

Church Work Day

Saturday June 1st we will have a Church work day and beautification day. Please join us as we work together to maintain the beautiful campus the Lord has given to us. A Project List and Sign-Up Sheet will be available at the back of the church on Sunday, May 19th.

Women’s Ministry Facebook Page

On June 1st, the Women’s Ministry is launching a Facebook Page to announce upcoming events and Bible Studies, as well as, share Intentional Living articles. For women who prefer to receive this information by email, please contact the office to provide your name and email address.

On Goal Soccer Camp

June 25th-29th Register today at www.ongoal.org
K-1st 9am-Noon $145 / 2nd-9th 9am-3pm $165
Family discounts and Laconia resident discounts are also available. Visit www.laconiachurch.com/ongoal to volunteer or donate to the scholarship fund.

Caruso Vow Renewal

Vinny and Irene Caruso are celebrating 30 years of marriage and will be renewing their vows on Saturday June 8that 1pm at EBC. All are welcome. Coffee and cake will follow the ceremony.