The Weekly Epistle 7/3/19

Harmony!  A song sung in beautiful harmony is pleasant to the ears.  Harmony is defined as, “the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect.”  In other words, same song but with different parts by the ones singing.  Don’t you love listening to good harmony?  Don’t you enjoy music done in beautiful harmony?

That is what God wants the church to be.  It isn’t that we are all singing exactly the same thing, but we all have our part and somehow it all comes together.  My heart was blessed by the harmony of this church family around the On Goal soccer camp.  There were many parts that came together.  There was money needed to get certain campers to even attend On Goal. There were hosts homes and meals provided so that coaches were taken care of.  There was food donated, supplies delivered to the park, popsicles and water for hydration and many other details managed to make it all happen.

Then there was the picnic on Saturday!  Grills were picked up and dropped off, tables were set up, ice buckets filled, food prepared on the tables, grilling of hamburgers and hot dogs, people directing the whole operation and there was beautiful harmony!  All the various parts contributing to the same task.  There is something beautiful and irresistible about watching unity in action!  The Psalmist declared, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony” (Psalm 133:1).  

A loud thanks to all those who helped and prayed and gave to this event!  You can check out the video of the 103 kids and 15 coaches with the link here.

One follow-up to this outreach event is the church neighborhood block party on August 17.  This block party is for our neighbors here on Washington Street.  The local outreach team is working on the details. This block party is for the purpose of being neighborly and building relationships with the people in our backyard, so a limited number of people from the church are needed at the event on August 17.  If you would like to be of help either behind the scenes or to engage our neighbors at the block party then contact Donna Green.  

Other outreach events are scheduled for this fall so stay tuned. And our hope is that the gym roof and floor will be ready by this fall for community basketball and adding volleyball for the purposes of outreach as well.  

The annual church picnic is scheduled for Sunday, September 8, at Opechee Park.  Pick up some lunch and head over to the park anytime from noon to 3:00.  There will be a baptism at 2:00.  Bring lawn games and chairs.  If you would like to be baptized contact the office or Pastor Dan or me and plan on attending one of the baptism classes in August.  

Hope to see you Sunday.  I love Sunday mornings as the various parts of Christ’s body come together to sing, fellowship, serve, and grow in the Lord as each part does its work!  To the God of unity and harmony be all glory!  

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Outstretched Hands and Hard (not hardened) Hearts”
Exodus 6

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Thank You!

To all those who volunteered and donated to On Goal this year, Thank You! You made this week and the picnic a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without you!

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. 

Save The Date

Our annual Church picnic and baptism will be held Sunday September 8th at Opechee Point. Baptism classes will be held in August. Stay tuned for more details.

Greeters Needed

We are looking for more people to volunteer to be a greeter for both services. If you are interested in greeting Sunday mornings, please see Vinny Caruso or call him at 254-6877.

Community Groups

Praise the Lord for the growing interest in Community Groups. We are looking for someone to host and facilitate a day time community group, as well as more options for weeknight groups. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or email the office.
 
There will be an informational meeting during 1st service on 8/11 and 9/8 for those interested in hosting and facilitating Community Groups this fall.

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 would want to serve in this ministry. 540-986-6626

ELMM

ELMM (Military Ministry) will not be meeting during July and August

What’s Next Newsletter

 Pick up your copy today on the table by the Ministry Counter!

Church Directory

The new updated church directory will be printed and placed on the Ministry Counter this Sunday! Thank you for being so patient as we gathered the info.

Another Pastoral Epistle 6/26/19

Holy discontentment! Is that an oxymoron? We usually associate discontentment as something to be avoided; as something negative. Didn’t Paul speak of being content in any and every circumstance? It is true that we can be content with what we have because God will always give us whatever we need when we truly need it? Yet, as we live in a fallen world, we are aware of pain and the consequences of sin and sorrow, our hearts cry out, “This isn’t the way things ought to be.”

It was disturbing to see the picture of the debris of the motorcycles strewn on Route 2 in Randolph, NH. It is tough to read about legislation supporting the taking of the lives of the unborn. This isn’t the way things ought to be! Marriages break-up, children suffer, leaders let us down, shootings and violence and prejudice abound and the “things hoped for” have not yet come to pass. There is a holy discontentment.

It was a holy discontentment that led the late Mother Teresa to the homeless, diseased and destitute people in Calcutta. It was a holy discontentment that fueled Martin Luther King’s outrage of racial oppression in our country. It is often holy discontentment that spurs us to take some positive action toward a solution to the way things are.

In my own life I am thankful for where I am in Christ, yet know I am not what I should be as a husband, father, friend, pastor, and like Christ in attitude and conduct. As a leader, I am encouraged by the work God is doing in His church yet live with the tension of what could be at EBC and in this community. And as much as I might prefer status quo, a holy discontent compels me to ask, “How can things be better?” Someone jokingly said to me after hearing the sermon this past week, “Just for once could you give a sermon that doesn’t make me think?”

What I want for you (and for myself) is to find freedom from the bondage of the daily rut that leaves us the same to experiencing all that God has for us beyond status quo. As I have quoted before as to the essence of a pastor’s call, “Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Growth comes as we own our fear of moving forward into uncertainty and our discontent to remain safe in the present. As your pastor, I want to call you to better things. I call you to holy discontentment!

In reading through the Bible, I recently came to Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. The only thing that is predictable about under the sun living is that it is unpredictable. We cannot control outcomes nor can we be certain of what the future holds. If we wait for all the conditions to be right before we do anything, we will miss out in seeing the work of God. What will we miss by clinging to the status quo? Let’s keep spurring each other on to a life of adventure with the God who holds the future and has greater things for us at EBC!

Thankfully in His grip,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“When Things Go From Bad To Worse”
Exodus 5

Last Sunday’s Sermon

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.

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. 

Save The Date

Our annual Church picnic and baptism will be held Sunday September 8th at Opechee Point. Baptism classes will be held in August. Stay tuned for more details.

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.

Church Directory

The new updated church directory will be printed and placed on the Ministry Counter this Sunday! Thank you for being so patient as we gathered the info.

Another Pastoral Epistle 6/19/19

Leading people toward life’s greatest goal – knowing Jesus! That is the mission of the On-Goal ministry.  EBC has been hosting On-goal soccer camps for the last 5 years. For many of you, you are familiar with the program, but if you are like me as of 4 years ago, I never heard of it.  Let me share with you a snapshot of On Goal’s history and a little bit about the program. This information is taken from their website.

Through unique soccer programs focused on coaching excellence in a positive atmosphere, On- Goal has impacted thousands of lives and enabled churches around the world to reach their communities.
On Goal began in 1985 when Tom Fite partnered with his local church to run a soccer camp. That first camp was the start of several church/On Goal partnerships around the United States. In 1999, On Goal received 501(c)3 status and became a full-time ministry. On-Goal added the On-Goal Futsal program in 2002 and began developing the competitive club, Passion FC, in 2008.

The aim of the On-Goal soccer programs is to develop players who: 
play with PASSION
play with SKILL
play TOGETHER
play with HONOR
play with PURPOSE

That is our definition of the Total Player and what we encourage our players to pursue wholeheartedly.

The ultimate message of the Total Player is that we will never be complete without Jesus in the center of our life.  God is passionate for each of us and wants us to be passionate for Him.  He wants us to experience a meaningful life filled with love and everlasting joy.  He wants us to live life passionately, using our gifts and skills to serve Him, experiencing life togetherhonoring Him with our actions, and knowing His purpose for our lives.

On-Goal soccer camp begins this coming Tuesday and as of Sunday there were 96 kids registered.  That is amazing! That means that not only will 96 kids be exposed to the love and gospel of Christ, but so will several families in our community!  We will also be hosting as a follow-up to this outreach effort a neighborhood block party in August. Be in prayer for effective inroads into our EBC community.

This facility God has given us is being used for greater impact.  That is what our “What’s Next” campaign was all about. We want you to stay in the loop of what is happening with that campaign since launching it on May 1, so an update will be coming your way.  Stay tuned!

Leaders are in the process of preparing their budgets for the coming fiscal year that begins on September 1.  I ask you to pray for God to influence this process. Praise Yahweh God for His provisions this past year through your faithful giving to the ministry of EBC.

To the great I Am be all glory, honor, and praise!  
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Here Am I… Send Aaron”
Exodus 4

Last Sunday’s Sermon

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.

Momentum

 There will not be Momentum next Tuesday June 25th

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.

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 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.