Another Pastoral Epistle 5/15/19

This Sunday is On Goal Sign Up Sunday! Our role as the host church is crucial to the success of camp. It is a whole church effort and there are so many different ways you can be involved without even touching a soccer ball (we’ll leave that to the professionals!). On Sunday, you will learn about 3 ways that you can participate:

1. Sign Up: Register for camp and help spread the word.
2. Volunteer: Help serve during the camp week.
3. Donate: Give towards the scholarship fund or donate food and supplies.
Come prepared to join the fun!

I know that you have heard requests for donations quite a bit over the last few months. You have been very generous as a church as those requests come your way. I want to thank you for that! It is obvious that many of those gifts are beyond your regular giving to the church and other ministries outside the church.

There is a passage in Philippians that is often quoted to speak of God’s finishing the work in us that He has begun- and that is indeed true! But it’s likely that “the work” Paul is speaking about is their work of giving. At the end of the book, Paul references their gifts sent through Epaphroditus- “When I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only” (4:15). He then goes on in verse 18 to say, “I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent.” With that in mind, now consider Paul’s words in 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he (God) who began a good work (work of giving) in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Paul is confident that the church in Philippi would continue to give as they have done. EBC, I, too have that same confidence with you!

The work of giving to On Goal scholarships and short-term missions and deacons’ fund and what’s next campaign and church budget will be carried on to completion. And as Paul affirms, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

God will indeed meet our needs as a church as we align ourselves with Him. I look forward to seeing what God is going to do in meeting our needs as we have embarked on this “What’s Next” campaign because I have a feeling it isn’t going to be exactly like we might picture it. We continue to lean not on our own understanding but lean in on the One who is working in our lives.

Praise God for the new people visiting each Sunday and the ones who are calling EBC their home! Continue to make these people feel welcomed here! Hope to see you Sunday!

With thanksgiving,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“One Final Tour: Our Eternal Home”
Revelation 21:9 – 22:5

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Communion

 We will be celebrating communion this Sunday during both services.

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.

Child Dedication

There will be three families dedicating their children this Sunday during second service

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.

On Goal Sign Up Sunday

This Sunday is On Goal Sign Up Sunday! 3 ways that you can participate:
1. Sign Up: Register for camp and help spread the word.
2. Volunteer: Help serve during the camp week.
3. Donate: Give towards the scholarship fund or donate food and supplies.
Come prepared to join the fun!

 

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.

OWLS

The OWLS will enjoy a trip to The Wright Museum in Wolfeboro on Wednesday,May 22nd. We will see what is new since we were there a number of years ago.  Following the visit, we will enjoy lunch at the Wolfeboro Inn. Meet at the church to carpool at 10:30am.  We will need an approximate number planning to attend so we can arrange lunch with the Inn.  Please let one of
us know if you plan to come.
Jay and Bette  528-4458  or lfd21jay@metrocast.net or 759-3780
Norma  848-7203  or normaandwilbur@comcast.net  or 783-021

Lakes Region Vineyard Church Food Pantry

The LR Vineyard Food Bank is in need of personal care and personal items for their food bank. We will be collecting items to help supply the need. 
Items can be placed in the box located by the Ministry Counter on Sunday May 12 and 19.
Toothpaste * Toothbrushes * Toilet paper * Shampoo * Conditioner * Bar soap 
Liquid Dish soap * Laundry soap * Deodorant * Feminine Hygiene Items
Wipes * Child diapers all sizes * Adult diapers all sizes * Socks all sizes

Mission Trip to Honduras

July 20, four people from EBC will be heading to Honduras on a short term missions trip (Becky Kneuer, Steve Forbes, Ethan Brown and Victoria Brown). They will join Rick Odess, an EBC supported missionary, as they assist with a church building project and minister to the people of Tocoa, Colon. Please pray for their ministry and for their safety. If you are interested in supporting themfinancially, please write “Missions Door” in the memo of your check and put in the offering plate by May 26, or reach out to a member of the Global Outreach Team.

Franklin Graham
Decision America

Franklin Graham (president of Samaritan’s Purse) is conducting a Decision Northeast tour and he will be speaking in Manchester, NH Thursday, May 23 @ 7:30pm in Gill Stadium. Please be in prayer for this entire tour which includes Franklin Graham speaking in six major cities in the Northeast in the last two weeks of May. Also, please seek the LORD about whether He would have you be attending one of the events (and invite family and friends!). We desperately need God to bring revival to our land — and particularly our state and the others in the Northeast. It is a very needy place and only God can change hearts and lives, and society as a whole. For more information, please visit:  https://northeast.billygraham.org/event/manchester/.

 

Another Pastoral Epistle 5/8/19

I recently spent some time with my family in NY City.  It really is a city that never sleeps. The streets are jammed with cars, taxi cabs, and more cars and taxi cabs moving from one lane to the next, honking their horns for the driver in front of them to move- after all, the light turned green a milli-second ago.  And the people! It never ceases to amaze me of the number of people walking from block to block. I see all this and wonder, “Where are they all going?” 
 
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).  That’s it! These are sheep without a shepherd (although I really don’t know their spiritual condition). But it is a good picture for me. Where are they all going?  The Lord continues to keep me around lost people in the community to see how lost they are. They are like sheep without a shepherd and having no real direction for their lives.  “Oh, Lord, keep me filled with compassion. May my heart continue to go out to them!” 
 
We gather to go!  That is what the 4-E model for our ministry here at EBC is all about.  A disciple of Jesus Christ is both a growing Christian and a going Christian.  Going may mean leaving where you are and evangelizing people of another culture, but it is simply being active and intentional in our evangelizing efforts as we go about our daily lives.  That awesome responsibility falls upon each one of us in the church. 
 
Pray for those from EBC who are physically going on a short-term missions’ trip in July.  Steve Forbes, Becky Kneuer, Ethan and Victoria Brown will be heading to Honduras on July 20to assist with a church building project, conduct a VBS program and show Christ’s love in tangible ways among the people of Tocoa, Colon.  If you would like to financially support this team, then write “Missions Door” in the memo of your check or with a note attached and put in the offering plate by the end of this month.  
 
Locally, there are two outreach efforts planned for this summer.  In mid-August, there will be a neighborhood block party at the church for this community.  More details to come as to how you can help but, praying for our church neighbors is a great place to start.  
 
On-Goal Soccer Camp is coming up in June.  Many people are working behind the scenes right now to make this happen.  Your help is needed. You will hear about your role in this in the weeks to come.  Scholarship requests keep coming in and we don’t want to turn anyone away because of finances.  Will you prayerfully consider giving to scholarships so that children and their families can be exposed to Christ’s love and the truth of salvation?  Mark gifts, “On-Goal.”
 
One last thing, in the hopes of better establishing and equipping His church in the Word of God, Sunday mornings is a prime time to offer Bible studies.  There is one class offered presently, “The Mystery of the Holy Spirit,” beginning this Sunday @ 9:00 in room 102 (downstairs of church). My desire is that this might be expanded to offer more than one class each Sunday, if God wills!  
 
Praise God for the moving of the Holy Spirit at EBC and may His transforming power turn hearts toward Him!  

Blessings,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Everything Made New”
Revelation 21:1-8

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.

Child Dedication

There will be three families dedicating their children this Sunday during second service

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.

Mission Trip to Honduras

July 20, four people from EBC will be heading to Honduras on a short term missions trip (Becky Kneuer, Steve Forbes, Ethan Brown and Victoria Brown). They will join Rick Odess, an EBC supported missionary, as they assist with a church building project and minister to the people of Tocoa, Colon. Please pray for their ministry and for their safety. If you are interested in supporting themfinancially, please write “Missions Door” in the memo of your check and put in the offering plate by May 26, or reach out to a member of the Global Outreach Team.

Lakes Region Vineyard Church Food Pantry

The LR Vineyard Food Bank is in need of personal care and personal items for their food bank. We will be collecting items to help supply the need. 
Items can be placed in the box located by the Ministry Counter on Sunday May 12 and 19.
Toothpaste * Toothbrushes * Toilet paper * Shampoo * Conditioner * Bar soap 
Liquid Dish soap * Laundry soap * Deodorant * Feminine Hygiene Items
Wipes * Child diapers all sizes * Adult diapers all sizes * Socks all sizes

On Goal Soccer Camp

Jun 25-29

Register today at www.ongoal.org

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

Register before May 26 for 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.

Franklin Graham
Decision America

Franklin Graham (president of Samaritan’s Purse) is conducting a Decision Northeast tour and he will be speaking in Manchester, NH Thursday, May 23 @ 7:30pm in Gill Stadium. Please be in prayer for this entire tour which includes Franklin Graham speaking in six major cities in the Northeast in the last two weeks of May. Also, please seek the LORD about whether He would have you be attending one of the events (and invite family and friends!). We desperately need God to bring revival to our land — and particularly our state and the others in the Northeast. It is a very needy place and only God can change hearts and lives, and society as a whole. For more information, please visit:  https://northeast.billygraham.org/event/manchester/.

 

Another Pastoral Epistle 5/1/19

As any long term EBC’er can testify, it has been a tremendous joy to build into K.C. Nowack and see and experience the fruits of our investment. From his AWANA leaders who helped him learn his first memory verses as a little boy to those who have financially supported his studies with 10,000 Fathers Worship School, each of us has had a role to play in his spiritual growth. Therefore, I am most excited to announce that the elders have offered K.C. a year long internship starting this month.

Over the next year, K.C. will continue the educational pursuit he began with 10,000 Fathers Worship School through intensive discipleship in a real world context. He will develop and refine his own philosophy of worship, explore the possibility of pursuing future vocational ministry, and continue the development of his character and competency as both a child of God and a worship leader.

Please be sure to congratulate him when you see him next. Also, I encourage you to commit K.C. in prayer over the next year. Pray that God would “do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” for K.C. in the next year.

Blessings,

Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

The Problem With Evil
Revelation 20

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders will be meeting this Sunday from 10:20-10:40 in the room behind the stage.

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

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.

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday May 11th @ 0800 in the Fellowship hall. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. So please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve.

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.

Mission Trip to Honduras

On July 20th, four people from EBC will be heading to Honduras on a short term missions trip (Becky Kneuer, Steve Forbes, Ethan Brown and Victoria Brown). They will join Rick Odess, an EBC supported missionary, as they assist with a church building project and minister to the people of Tocoa, Colon. Please pray for their ministry and for their safety. If you are interested in supporting themfinancially, please write “Missions Door” in the memo of your check and put in the offering plate by May 26th, or reach out to a member of the Global Outreach Team.

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.

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.