EBC Live Stream 3/22/20

Here’s the link for this week’s live stream:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD8q42jzmFc

If the above link doesn’t work for one reason or another, then please visit this link to the churches youtube channel, where you can all videos including are archive: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWrlIOJRALM8D24BmJDTwYA 

You can download a copy of this week’s worship guide (lyrics and scriptures) by clicking on this link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qVq3R5QznuzxVq-hnSPxGiKMUTfDISmI/view

 
 
 

The Weekly Epistle 3/18/20

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
 Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
 
Dear EBC Family, 
 
We often seek peace and joy and fail to find them. We often fail to find them because we are often searching in the wrong place. We cry out to Jesus, saying, “Lord, why won’t you give me peace? Why won’t you give me joy?” And his silent response asks with clairvoyant conviction, “Why won’t you seek me?”
 
COVID-19 is disrupting our lives. If I have learned anything in my 33-year journey of faith, it is this, Jesus uses disruptions to draw us towards what matters most, Himself. By disruption, Jesus removes the distractions and says, “Follow Me.” Please don’t waist this pandemic. Please don’t suppress fear and anxiety simply by binge-watching Netflix. Please don’t hunker down just to endure this trial. Jesus has already proclaimed, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15)
 
Turn to Jesus at this time. With him, you will find the peace and joy you seek.
 
Here are a few updates concerning the body life of EBC during this time…

ALL ON AND OFF CAMPUS ACTIVITIES ARE ON HIATUS
There will be no onsite services or activities hosted at or by EBC for at least the next two weeks, including all services, activities, and community groups.
 
REMOTE WORSHIP
Sunday morning services will be posted online every Sunday by 10:45 AM and will include both the ministry of music and the Word. 
 
WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD
A Bible teaching from Pastor Brian will be posted online each Wednesday evening. 
 
DAILY REFLECTIONS
Starting next week, we will distribute a weekly prayer guide with daily meditations to support you in your journey of faith.
 
VIRTUAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
Plans are underway to continue Community Groups via Zoom, an online video conferencing system. Zoom is similar to FaceTime or Google Hangouts. Stay tuned for more information.
 
ONLINE AND MAIIL-IN GIVING
You can continue to give online at laconiachurch.com, or you can mail checks to 50 Washington Street, Laconia, NH 03246. If you have any questions about remote giving, please contact the office at office@ebclaconia.com
 
 
OFFICE HOURS
The office will remain active at this time, but all employees will be working primarily from home. Please contact Corianne via email (corianne@ebclaconia.com) or mobile (603-731-8083) if you need assistance from the office.
 
MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
The marriage conference has been postponed. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t work on your marriage during this time. We will be rescheduling for a later date to be determined. Paul Trip has several excellent online resources available. Check him out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pdtripp) and his webpage, paultripp.com.
 
PRAYER
Please continue to share prayer requests online with the private EBC Facebook Group (shorturl.at/aglMR) or via email at office@ebclaconia.com.
 
That’s all we have for you now. Please be patient as we adjust to this new way of doing church. We will continue to be in contact.

Please continue to pray for Pastor Brian and Donna as they are traveling for a funeral. 

Grace & Peace, 
 
Pastor Dan

 

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Less Than a Perfect King

2 Samuel 1-12

Last Sunday’s Sermon

OnGoal

Save the date for this year’s OnGoal Soccer Camp! 
June 23-27

The Weekly Epistle 3/11/20

The greatness of prayer is simply an extension of the greatness of God in our lives!  Tim Keller puts it this way, “Prayer is so great that wherever you look in the Bible, it is there.  Why?  Everywhere God is, prayer is.  Since God is everywhere and infinitely great, prayer must be all-pervasive in our lives.”
 
Prayer is what set Israel aside from all other nations.  Moses says in Deuteronomy 4:7, “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”  When we pray, we are treating God as God.  When we pray, we set ourselves apart from all those who do not know God.  So, church, we must pray!
 
Fellowship of prayer is this Sunday night from 6:00-7:00 in the worship center.  One of our values as a church is that we are devoted to prayer.  Prayer was a common practice when the early church gathered, according to Acts 2:42; 11:5; 12:5, 12.  
 
Church, let’s gather this Sunday night to pray for our ministries, church leadership and family, our community, what’s next campaign, and our ministry plan going forward.  
 
Marriage conference sign-up continues for two more weeks, so register this Sunday.  Created for Connection conference will provide you with practical application for a healthier marriage.  If there is a couple outside the church you would like to invite to this conference, then feel free to do so.  
 
Momentum is back on Sunday, March 29 from 5-7.  There is also open gym for Teen basketball every Friday night in March from 7-9.  And coming in May there will be a momentum Sunday study on Sunday mornings.  Momentum is for grades 5-12.  
 
I am loving our study through the entire Bible.  Someone asked me, “Once you finish this series on The Greatest Story from Cover to Cover, then what’s left for you to preach on?”  Trust me, there is plenty of material in God’s Word to keep me going for a long time! For example, in the summer, I will be preaching on the guide to joyful living from the book of Philippians.  No matter what we face in life, we can choose joy!  Stay tuned!
 
Please note that if you are trying to listen to the sermon online you can click on the link below for the latest sermon as well as previous sermons. Or by going to http://laconiachurch.com/category/audio/
 
Don’t forget, this Sunday night from 6-7.  As Hudson Taylor put it, “Brother, if you are to win…we must go forward on our knees.”
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Less Than a Perfect King

2 Samuel 1-12

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Created for Connection

EBC is hosting a marriage conference for the EBC family. This will be a two-day event, Friday night and all-day Saturday, April 3-4. Friday 7pm-9pm and Saturday 8:30am -4pm. 
There will be 3 workshops to choose from that will be taught by three of our very own counselors and Pastor. Signup this Sunday. Check out the bulletin for your brochure.

OWLS

“World Famous” Singers are going to entertain the OWLS on Saturday March 14th (snow date March 21st) at EBC at 1:30pm. Our very own Rob and Patsy Tacker will be sharing their singing talents with us. The Tacker’s have sung at many different venues, but several of us heard them at Patrick’s Pub last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. We are in for a special treat. Come prepared to enjoy dessert, tap your feet and relax with Rob and Patsy.

Fellowship of Prayer

Join us Sunday March 15th at 6pm as we come together for a time of worship and prayer.

EBC Security

If you are interested in serving on the EBC Security Team, please see Scott Estes or email him at sse59@metrocast.net

Good Friday Service

Friday April 10th 7pm

Coffee & Connect

Women need genuine fellowship with other women on their journey. 
Join us Thursday March 19th at Wayfarer Coffee Roasters from 6pm-7:00pm 626 Main St Laconia. Come meet new friends and know that on your journey, you are not alone. 

Women’s Night of Worship

Thursday March 19th Wayfarer Coffee Roasters 7:30pm-9pm Doors open at 7pm. Come out for a night or worship, prayer, and fellowship with women from our local churches. Let’s come together and minister to each other as we all gather in His name!

Ministry Fair

The next Ministry Fair will be Sunday 3/22 and 3/29. You will have opportunities to learn more about the ministries here at EBC and sign up to volunteer and get involved! There will be an insert in the bulletin this Sunday with ways you can volunteer.

OnGoal

Save the date for this year’s OnGoal Soccer Camp! 
June 23-27

The Weekly Epistle 3/4/20

A relationship left to itself will drift.  That is true of friendships, family relationships, and marriages.  If there is no intentionality and attention given to a relationship it will eventually drift from closeness.  Created for Connection Conference is for all couples who want to keep from drifting or to reconnect with their spouse.  I look forward to what I will learn about ensuring a lifetime of loving connection with my wife. I am super excited about the marriage conference at EBC on April 3-4 with main speaker Ken Munger who is passionate about sharing some practical, faith-based principles for creating stronger and more secure marital relationships.  
 
Ken Munger will guide couples through honest conversations with each other.  There will be plenty of “couple time,” throughout the conference where it will just be you and your spouse to talk through the material being taught.  There are workshops to choose from as well.  Fill out your registration form and bring it with you this Sunday.  
 
This Saturday there will be a fun activity for all those from pre-k through grade 5.  Black out Night is from 6-8:30 PM at the church.  A couple of volunteers are still needed for that evening.  If you can help, then please contact Bethany Miller of Laura Hollenbeck (or call church office).  
 
Church, I trust that you will set aside Sunday, March 15 from 6-7 for a night of singing and fellowship together around prayer.  The Fellowship of Prayer is an opportunity to grow us as a family and align our hearts with the purposes of God. We can only go forward on our knees. 
 
A four-week Discovery Class begins this Sunday at 9:00 in the fellowship hall.  This is a great class to let you in on our mission, values, and strategy for ministry here.  It also includes an overview of what we believe as a church.  If you want to attend or know someone you can encourage to attend, no sign-up is needed.  Just show up this Sunday at 9:00 (don’t forget to spring ahead). 
 
I leave you with this invitation from Jesus to keep from drifting from Him: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).  The call is simple: we must slow down to maintain union and communion with Him. The carrying out of it however, is never easy, but necessary! 
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

By Appearance or By Heart

1 Samuel 16-31

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Black Out Night

Saturday March 7th from 6pm-8:30 pm at EBC we will be hosting a Black Out Night! Kids ages preschool – grade 5 are welcome to come for a fun night of glow in the dark dinner, games, crafts and more! Wear your white or fluorescent colors!

Daylight Savings

This Sunday we will spring ahead one hour.
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead so you don’t miss out on all we have going on at EBC!

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning this Sunday, March 8th at 9am Fellowship Hall. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

OWLS

“World Famous” Singers are going to entertain the OWLS on Saturday March 14th (snow date March 21st) at EBC at 1:30pm. Our very own Rob and Patsy Tacker will be sharing their singing talents with us. The Tacker’s have sung at many different venues, but several of us heard them at Patrick’s Pub last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. We are in for a special treat. Come prepared to enjoy dessert, tap your feet and relax with Rob and Patsy.

Fellowship of Prayer

Our next prayer event will be Sunday March 15th at 6pm. Join us as we come together for a time of worship and prayer.

Created for Connection

EBC is hosting a marriage conference for the EBC family. This will be a two-day event, Friday night and all-day Saturday, April 3-4. Friday 7pm-9pm and Saturday 8:30am -4pm. 
There will be 4 workshops to choose from that will be taught by four of our very own counselors and Pastor. Signup this Sunday. Check out the bulletin for your brochure.

EBC Security

If you are interested in serving on the EBC Security Team, please see Scott Estes or email him at sse59@metrocast.net

Women’s Night of Worship

Thursday March 19th Wayfarer Coffee Roasters 7:30pm-9pm Doors open at 7pm. Come out for a night or worship, prayer, and fellowship with women from our local churches. Let’s come together and minister to each other as we all gather in His name!

Ministry Fair

The next Ministry Fair will be Sunday 3/22 and 3/29. You will have opportunities to learn more about the ministries here at EBC and sign up to volunteer and get involved!

OnGoal

Save the date for this year’s OnGoal Soccer Camp! 
June 23-27