Another Pastoral Epistle 4/24/19

Pastor Brian is enjoying a well deserved and much needed vacation this week. I encourage you to pray for the Greens this week, that their time of rest and refreshment may indeed prove to be restful and refreshing.

This Sunday our sermon will focus on Psalm 23. I would like you to try a simple meditative reading practice in preparation for our time together. Set aside 10-15 minuets of time to read through Psalm 23. Start with verse 1 and continue until a word or a phrase jumps out to grab your attention, then prayerfully meditate on that word or phrase. Ask the Lord questions like, “Why did you make this stand out to me?”, “What do you want me to know about you or myself from this?”, “How am I to respond to this?” It can be tempting to flit right past a single word or phrase in favor of reading the entire Psalm, but there is great value in slowing down to focus on something as simple as a single word. When I first tried this about 3 years ago, I got no further than, “I shall not want”, and that turned out to be a watershed moment in my life. By spending 10-15 minuets in Psalm 23 you will prime the pump of your heart to receive the living water God will provide for us in our time together.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

A Meditation on Psalm 23

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Commitment Cards

Commitment cards can be turned in via mail, the offering plate or by dropping them in the blue “Commitment Card” Box located on the Ministry Counter in the back of the Sanctuary.

We are asking for all commitment cards to be turned in by this Sunday, April 28.

We will be announcing our total commitment on Sunday, May 5th.

Mystery of the Holy Spirit Bible Study

Many wonder, “I have Jesus, why do I need the Holy Spirit?”
Beginning May 12 at 9am, this class will not only study the Holy Spirit, but look at the difference He makes in our lives.

Community Groups

EBC is growing! What that means is we need more opportunities for people to connect. We are in need of more community group leaders and hosts. Please contact Tim Whitman to find out how you can be a part of establishing meaningful relationships at EBC. Call at 540-986-6625 or email Tim at tawhitman@liberty.edu.

Newcomers Luncheon

If you are new to EBC we invite you to our upcoming welcome luncheon for newcomers, on Sunday, May 5, at 12 pm in the Fellowship Hall. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other newcomers and members of the EBC family. Please email the office (office@ebclaconia.com) to RSVP

Crazy Love Women’s Potluck Breakfast

Saturday May 4, 9am – 12:00pm. Come and be encouraged as we look at how we can be more intentional to prioritize our lives to show how crazy in love we are for Jesus. Bring a friend or two to join us. Sign up to bring a sweet or savory dish to share. Sign up at the back of the Sanctuary this Sunday.

Smith Retirement Party

Come and celebrate Brad and Hazel Smith’s retirement.
May 5, 4:30pm-6:30pm at First Baptist Church Belmont.
Bring a dish to share. RSVP to Ruth Malavet @ malavetruth@gmail.com

Baby Dedication

We will be having a baby dedication on Mother’s Day, May 12, with an alternate date of May 26, during both worship services. There will be a brief meeting on Sunday May 5thin between services with Pastor Brian in room 104. If you would like you child to be dedicated, please plan on attending this meeting.

On Goal Soccer Camp

Jun 25th-29th

Register today at www.ongoal.org

  • K-1st 9am-Noon $145
  • 2nd-9th 9am-9pm $165

Register before May 26thf or early registration discount, family discounts and Laconia resident discounts also available.

Visit www.laconiachurch.com/ongoal to volunteer or donate to the scholarship fund.

Meals Needed for On Goal Soccer Camp coaches

It looks as though Spring has finally arrived. The snow has melted, and the field at Leavitt Park will soon be ready. This year we have approximately 15 coaches traveling to Laconia. They combine their passion for soccer with their love for Jesus Christ in this amazing ministry.

As a church community we are asked to pray for, house and feed these young disciples.
We have two online meal train sign-ups available. One for lunch and one for dinner. If you are interested in signing up to provide a meal, please click this link.

Scroll down to the bottom and click “Volunteer” button and fill out the form. Betsy Weller, the On Goal Coaches Meals Coordinator, will follow up with you!

We will also have information and sign ups after both services on May 19.

Updated Directory Coming Soon

The office is working on rolling out an updated church directory. If you would like your information shared with our church family, please email Corianne at corianne@ebclaconia.comor fill out the directory forms that will be available in the bulletin beginning this Sunday. We encourage you all to fill out a form so we can ensure we have the most up to date info.

Another Pastoral Epistle 4/10/19

I came away from the “What’s Next Banquet” the other night and wondered why we don’t do that more often. I don’t mean we should spend that kind of money for a church banquet on a regular basis, but just having that kind of fun together as a church family. It was a night of interesting testimonies for what God has done and is doing with a reminder to look forward to what is next for us as a church. There was laughter around the tables as Rob Tacker led us through a fun quiz (and, “No” I have not been to jail).

I announced that we are well on our way to our goal of $750,000 with over $230,000 already committed through the “first fruits” cards submitted prior to the banquet. The invitation was to the rest of the church family to participate in this campaign by seeking God’s direction for giving to “What’s Next.” Those commitment cards can be placed in the offering plate in the weeks to come or in the box located in the back of the sanctuary. We hope to receive those commitments by 4/28 so we can announce the total committed on May 5th. There are packets with commitment cards on the ministry counter if you would like to pick one up. A home visit is still an option if you would prefer to talk with someone in person. We now wait in expectation of what God is going to do in growing us and providing for us as a church!

You can also give to the On-Goal Soccer Camp scholarship fund by placing those gifts in offering plate, marked, “On-Goal.” Your generosity helps children attend this week-long camp and have opportunity to see and hear of the love of Jesus.

His love is so amazing that He was willing to take on our punishment for our sin! On Good Friday, April 19, we will spend some time together as a church family to put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples on the night Jesus broke bread with them. It will be a time of remembering, sharing, singing, reading Scriptures, and reflecting on His great love for us! Hope to see you there.

Coming up in May, we will include in our time of worship baby dedications. Likely the two dates will be Mother’s Day (5/12) and May 26. On Sunday May 5, I will have a brief meeting between services with all those interested in dedicating their children.

Speaking of children, I want to give a shout out to all those who minister to our children on Sunday mornings. Whether it is preparing a lesson, helping in the classroom or caring for babies in the nursery, it not only provides a safe place where children can grow in the things of the Lord, but it frees up parents to listen to God’s Word with God’s people in worship. Thanks to all EBC kids’ workers and Mary Whitman’s leadership!

Church, I thank God for you! I count it a privilege to serve with you in the Lakes Region and look forward to growing deeper as a church and having a greater impact on our community and beyond!

To God be the Glory!
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Here Comes the King!”
Revelation 19:11-21

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Updated Directory Coming Soon

The office is working on rolling out an updated church directory. If you would like your information shared with our church family, please email Corianne at corianne@ebclaconia.comor fill out the directory forms that will be available in the bulletin beginning this Sunday. We encourage you all to fill out a form so we can ensure we have the most up to date info.

What’s Next

We had a wonderful evening this past Friday at the What’s Next banquet. For those of you who were unable to attend the banquet, we will have packets available at the Ministry Counter in the back of the sanctuary. You can also call the office and pick one up during the week. Any questions you have please call or email the office and we can get them answered for you.

Commitment Cards

Commitment cards can be turned in via mail, the offering plate or by dropping them in the blue “Commitment Card” Box located on the Ministry Counter in the back of the Sanctuary.
We are asking for all commitment cards to be turned in by April 28th.
We will be announcing our total commitment on Sunday, May 5th.

Discovery Class

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

Good Friday Service

Good Friday Service April 19th at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a night of remembrance and sharing together around communion in a casual, family style setting.

Baby Dedication

We will be having a baby dedication on Mother’s Day, May 12thwith an alternate date of May 26th, during both worship services. There will be a brief meeting on Sunday May 5thin between services with Pastor Brian in room 104. If you would like you child to be dedicated, please plan on attending this meeting.

Iron Sharpens Iron Conference

Saturday, May 4th Bedford NH
If you want to be part of the group meeting at the church and going down together, please sign up in the back of the sanctuary this Sunday.

On Goal Soccer Camp

Jun 25th-29th

Register today at www.ongoal.org

  • K-1st 9am-Noon $145
  • 2nd-9th 9am-9pm $165

Register before May 26thf or early registration discount, family discounts and Laconia resident discounts also available.

Visit www.laconiachurch.com/ongoal to volunteer or donate to the scholarship fund.

Connection Cards

Connection cards are a great way to communicate with the church body. If you have any prayer requests or praises that you would like to share with our church family, please fill out a connection card and place in the offering plate on Sunday mornings.