Another Pastoral Epistle 3/20/19

Spring is coming! Actually, spring is here. On my calendar it is says, “March 20, first day of spring.” The only sign of spring is that the Red Sox begin their regular season next Thursday. But of course, that opening game isn’t in Boston. It is out west.

The “What’s Next Banquet” is coming! I hope you are starting to feel the importance of this time together and are getting excited about this celebration as a church for what God is doing and anticipating what is to come for us at EBC. This night is about inspiration, information, and an invitation to go home and pray how you’ll participate in this journey.

Join us a week prior to that for a time of prayer on Friday night, March 29, from 7:00-8:00 in the worship center. Let’s lock arms and pray expectantly for God to move in our church and community.

Another sign that spring is here is that we start promoting summer events. Again, a big event on the church’s calendar is our annual On Goal Soccer camp. This week-long day camp held at Leavitt park has been an effective way to connect with families both inside and outside of our church family. Many hands make this a success. The church does provide funds for the running of this camp, but additional money is needed for scholarships. There are families who can’t afford sending their kids to camp, so if you would like to help towards sponsoring kids for this week, then put that money in the offering plate by marking it “On Goal scholarship”. Soon you will be able to give to this online.

Coming this summer, the church will be hosting a neighborhood block party for our church neighbors. There will be ways you can help as we get closer, but for now, it can be a matter of prayer and anticipation for what’s next for us in reaching this area for Christ.

As we continue to seek what is next for us as a church, it requires some evaluation and reflection on our present ministries. Leaders of the various ministries are asking that question as it pertains to moving forward. For instance, our adult discipleship ministry is looking for fresh ways to impact the men and women of our church. We are looking to better establish and equip believers by offering a Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:00. These 4-8 week studies will involve a variety of teachers and topics and the hope is to grow this ministry so that more than one study can be offered simultaneously to appeal to various life stages and needs.

A four-week discovery class will begin in April. This is an opportunity for anyone wanting to learn more about EBC, but also for those considering membership.

As you can see, there is a lot coming up. Stay informed so that you don’t miss out on what’s happening at EBC. Our God is building up His people at EBC so that we move out to make a difference in the world. As I have said, “we gather to go.” Look forward to gathering with you this Sunday!

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“The Day Religion Collapses” Revelation 17

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Commitment to Pray Cards / 30 Days of Prayer Challenge

The 30 Days of Prayer Challenge will begin March 5th. If you haven’t signed up to receive the daily email or weekly printout of the prayer guide, please contact Corianne at the office. Corianne@ebclaconia.com or 524-2277
This Sunday will be the last week to sign up.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Portraits of Jesus
Jesus as Savior

Exploring and encountering the truth of Jesus and its relevance to today’s world. Great class for those who are exploring the truth of Jesus or for those who want to know more deeply the One in whose face we see God! Join us during 1stservice in Room 102* (please note location change)

Prayer and Worship Night

Join us Friday March 29th at 7pm for a time of prayer and worship.

Love INC Spaghetti Dinner

2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dance with Elvis Impersonator. March 30th from 5:30pm-8pm at St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall.
Purchase tickets at www.loveinclr.org or 366-1525
Adults $15 Children under 12 $10 Family $45
Come out for a fun night of fellowship and great food!

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Sign-ups begin this Sunday at the back of the sanctuary. The Banquet will be Friday April 5that Pheasant Ridge Country Club from 6pm-8pm. Dinner will be provided (no cost). Childcare will be for ages 0-12 at EBC and dinner and fun will be provided for the children. Teens ages 13 and up are welcome to attend the banquet. Come join us as we celebrate and kick off The What’s Next Capital Campaign! (No funds will be collected that evening. Commitments will be collected April 28th)

Looking Ahead

Good Friday Service April 19th

Discovery Class

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

On Goal Soccer Camp

6/24-6/29
We are now accepting donations for scholarships for this years On Goal soccer camp.

Another Pastoral Epistle 3/6/19

This is a reading from Tuesday’s 30 Day Prayer Challenge. Even if you have already read it, I encourage you to read it again and let it direct your prayers. Prayer is one of the more important things we are going to do around the Capital Campaign.

God and Prayer; a priority.
“You shall have no other gods before Me. Deuteronomy 5:7
“Here O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Each of us can get wrapped up in the busyness of life, becoming distracted and misplacing priorities. We typically go to prayer as a last resort, especially in times of crisis, not seeking God first. We try to do things on our own, relying on our own wisdom, ideas and strength. However, when we prioritize prayer, we are prioritizing God Himself. This means placing God above anything and everything we do. Before we “do” anything, seeking God first in prayer and in reading His Word is where we will find God. Prayer is all about relationship. A relationship with our Heavenly Father. It is in this relationship where we find God’s power, strength and comfort.

Pray daily for help in prioritizing and devoting yourself to prayer and in reading the Bible. Seek forgiveness in relying upon your own wisdom rather than seeking Him first. Invite Him to talk with you as you wish to talk with Him.

Pray that you would not be distracted from praying daily for God’s work and will for both you and your church family.

Pray that you will discern more clearly God’s calling in your life each day and how to reorder our priorities to fulfill that calling.

Our main event is the What’s Next Banquet. Join us Friday, April 5th, at Pheasant Ridge Country Club at 6pm. RSVP by 3/20 either signing up at the back of the Sanctuary this Sunday or online below.

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Seven Angels, Seven Plagues”
Revelation 15

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Daylight Savings

This Sunday we will be turning our clocks AHEAD ONE hour.

Communion

This Sunday we will be celebrating communion.

Commitment to Pray Cards / 30 Days of Prayer Challenge

The 30 Days of Prayer Challenge will begin March 5th. If you haven’t signed up to receive the daily email or weekly printout of the prayer guide, please contact Corianne at the office. Corianne@ebclaconia.com or 524-2277
This Sunday will be the last week to sign up.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Portraits of Jesus
Is There A Gardener?

Exploring and encountering the truth of Jesus and its relevance to today’s world. Great class for those who are exploring the truth of Jesus or for those who want to know more deeply the One in whose face we see God! Join us during 1stservice in Room 102* (please note location change)

OWLS

“Divine Encounters” is the Spring/Easter program being presented by One Voice on Saturday, March 16th at 3PM. We will meet at the church at 2PM to journey to Meredith. If you think you might go, just let us know so we have an idea of the interest.
Jay and Bette 759-3780 or 528-4458
Norma 848-7203 or 783-0211

Traveling with K.C.

K.C. Nowack arrived safely in Atlanta, GA for his third and final track with 10,000 Fathers Worship School! Please be praying for him as he drinks deep from the wellsprings of God’s Word and continues to grow in his faith. If you would like to help support K.C. with the cost of track three then please feel free to speak with Pastor Dan about how you can do that.

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Sign-ups begin this Sunday at the back of the sanctuary. The Banquet will be Friday April 5that Pheasant Ridge Country Club from 6pm-8pm. Dinner will be provided (no cost). Childcare will be for ages 0-12 at EBC and dinner and fun will be provided for the children. Teens ages 13 and up are welcome to attend the banquet. Come join us as we celebrate and kick off The What’s Next Capital Campaign! (No funds will be collected that evening. Commitments will be collected April 28th)

On Goal Soccer Camp

Coming soon!
Get ready to get involved!

Another Pastoral Epistle 2/27/19

Did you know that the administration building had many of its windows replaced? Did you know that in our gym building there will soon be a new floor with fresh painted basketball lines and capability for volleyball? Soon we will have an open house for you to celebrate the work being done on our facility.

Did you know that the church voted to take out a loan in order to replace an aging heating system with HVAC? Not only will we enjoy monthly savings on our heating bill and have a heating system in place that is new and efficient, but we will appreciate that air conditioning in the worship center this summer.

Those are only a few of the projects that need to be addressed as we embark on this “What’s Next Campaign.” As I shared in the “What’s Next News” volume 3 (available this Sunday) we are to care for this space that God has given to us. Giving to the upgrade of our buildings and campus is to enable us to better facilitate ministry. Be sure to read the next newsletter to stay informed. Also, several teams will be doing home visits this coming month, so if you would like to receive a personal visit, then contact Bill Miller or the church office.

Sign up for the “What’s Next Banquet” will begin this Sunday. There will be a table in the back of the sanctuary for you to reserve your spot at the banquet or you can register online at our EBC web page. We are anticipating an excellent turnout to this banquet on April 5, so don’t delay in signing up.

The “30 day prayer challenge” begins on March 5. Turn in your commitment to pray cards by this Sunday to receive daily prayer guide or weekly printout of the guide. The success of this campaign depends on the prayer of God’s people!

Speaking of prayer, the prayer builders will meet this coming Sunday between services (10:20-10:40) in the room behind the stage. Portraits of Jesus Bible Study is at 9:00 and meets downstairs in the fellowship hall. This week’s topic is on Jesus the bread of life.

Have you been feasting on Jesus? Have you planned a time of fasting between now and Resurrection Sunday (4/21)? How will you use breaking from physical food to pray and meditate on the Word of God? I have set a date on my personal calendar to break away from my normal routine of work for prayer, reflection, meditation, and care of my own soul.

God is building something here at EBC! The attendance this past Sunday on a snowy day blew me away! You want to be with God’s people! You long for corporate worship! You desire to know Him better. May that spill out of your life this week until we meet again this Sunday!

Keep hearing the song of the redeemed,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Revelation 14:8-20

Last Sunday’s Sermon

What’s Next Newsletter

Volume 3 of the What’s Next News will be coming out this Sunday!

Prayer Builders

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

Commitment to Pray Cards / 30 Days of Prayer Challenge

The 30 Days of Prayer Challenge will begin March 5th. If you haven’t signed up to receive the daily email or weekly printout of the prayer guide, please contact Corianne at the office. Corianne@ebclaconia.com or 524-2277
This Sunday will be the last week to sign up.

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Portraits of Jesus
Jesus is the Bread of Life

Exploring and encountering the truth of Jesus and its relevance to today’s world. Great class for those who are exploring the truth of Jesus or for those who want to know more deeply the One in whose face we see God! Join us during 1stservice in the Fellowship Hall.

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday March 9th @ 0800. In the fellowship Hall. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. Please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve.

Traveling with K.C.

K.C. Nowack arrived safely in Atlanta, GA for his third and final track with 10,000 Fathers Worship School! Please be praying for him as he drinks deep from the wellsprings of God’s Word and continues to grow in his faith. If you would like to help support K.C. with the cost of track three then please feel free to speak with Pastor Dan about how you can do that.

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Sign-ups begin this Sunday at the back of the sanctuary. The Banquet will be Friday April 5that Pheasant Ridge Country Club from 6pm-8pm. Dinner will be provided (no cost). Childcare will be for ages 0-12 at EBC and dinner and fun will be provided for the children. Teens ages 13 and up are welcome to attend the banquet. Come join us as we celebrate and kick off The What’s Next Capital Campaign! (No funds will be collected that evening. Commitments will be collected April 28th)

On Goal Soccer Camp

Coming soon!
Get ready to get involved!

Another Pastoral Epistle 2/13/19

I hope you are OK with my being proud as your pastor. I was proud of the work done by the Glo Team and other workers who put together a wonderful mission’s conference this past weekend. It was well done and I trust impactful for those who attended over the weekend and particularly this past Sunday. There was a great representation of both local and global outreach. As I said in my opening comments on Sunday, it was appropriate for us to break away from a typical Sunday to highlight one of our values as a church- outreach! It is not the only reason we exist as a church, but making disciples is our mission.

That is the “why” behind our “What’s Next Campaign.” So as to not get lost in buildings and funds, I remind you of what is driving us to do what we are doing in this campaign. It should have been obvious as we made our way through stewardship month in the book of Haggai that we are all being challenged on a corporate and personal level to replace our “not yet” mindset to “it is time.” In the upcoming “What’s Next” newsletter, I apply “it is time” filter through our 4-E ministry model as it relates to our capital campaign. “What’s Next News” will be available this Sunday. I hope you check it out.

This Sunday we will resume our sermon series on “Living in the Shadow of Hope,” from the book of Revelation. As we make our way from chapter 13 to chapter 22, the heartbeat of the book is to not live as if we don’t know how it will all end. These final 10 chapters carry a certain strangeness to them that stir our curiosities yet challenge us to live on purpose for we know the ending! Are you ready to dive back in?

Also, this Sunday the Bible study, “Portraits of Jesus” will meet at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall. This week’s study will focus on the characteristics of Jesus’ teaching and what sets Him apart from all other teachers.

Some final thoughts:

  • Consider how you might practice Biblical fasting between now and Resurrection Sunday (April 21). Fast from food in order to feast on God. Designate a period of time in which you will abstain from eating to focus on Jesus and His priorities. Skip a meal or two and let your hunger drive to hungering for His Word, meditating on Scripture, and communing with Him in prayer!
  • Revisit page 2 of your mission’s conference booklet. What is at least one way you will respond to the challenge from last Sunday?
  • Plan on attending the “What’s Next” banquet on Friday, April 5. There will be fun activities for the kids as well at the church while we all enjoy an evening at Pheasant Ridge Country Club.

Church, God is building something here at EBC! I urge you to continue to pray for our alignment with Him as we anticipate good and even unimaginable things from His hand in using us for greater impact in the region and beyond!

To His Glory,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“The Tale of Two Beasts”
Revelation 13

Last Sunday’s Sermon

What’s Next Newsletter

This Sunday, Volume 2 of the What’s Next News will be available. Get your copy!

Prayer Commitment Cards

Prayer is a huge part of the What’s Next Campaign. We are asking you all to commit to 30 days of prayer surrounding the What’s’ Next Campaign beginning in March. This Sunday we will have a Prayer Commitment Card in the bulletin for each of you to fill out. We are asking everyone to fill out this card, tear off the bottom portion and return that to the office or place in the offering plate. More details to come!

Sunday Morning Bible Study Portraits of Jesus

We will resume our study and look at Jesus as Teacher this Sunday February 17th during the 1st service. Join us in the Fellowship Hall at 9 am.

NEW Christian Singles Ministry

All Christian singles are welcome in your 20’s and 30’s. Meet at Wayfarer February 14th and 21st from 5pm-7pm. Sign up at the Ministry Counter this Sunday.

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Friday April 5th
Stay tuned for more details

Another Pastoral Epistle 2/6/19

Inspire.  Enlighten.  Encourage.  Enlist!
 
That is our theme for our Missions’ Conference this weekend.  We hope that everyone will join us as we are inspired and enlightened by the local and global missionaries that we support.   On Sunday morning, there will be a variety of workshops to choose from as several of our global and local missionaries will be speaking.  You will want to check out the mission’s fair set up in the fellowship hall. There will be something for the children as well. Don’t forget that Sunday morning will begin at 9:30 in the sanctuary with worship. 
 
This exciting weekend will kick-off with a prayer time on Friday night at 7:00 in the worship center.  A men’s breakfast will hear of the great things God is doing locally through the Love INC ministry. The breakfast begins at 8:00.  Women’s brunch will follow at 11:30 as the ladies will not only enjoy good food and fellowship but will hear from two of our missionaries.  Be in prayer that our hearts are stirred by this weekend and that even from this time God would raise up more workers for his harvest field in this region and beyond!
 
I want to keep in front of you the “what’s next campaign” in which we are being called as a church to ask God what’s next for EBC.  As we learned working through the book of Haggai it is time to commit to kingdom priorities and put to rest our “not yet” reasoning for not doing what God has called us to do.  Now, a part of that is related to our buildings and campus. It is time to address some facility needs to increase our efficiency and grow our effectiveness.  When God brought us to this campus, we knew there were projects left undone until a later time. That time has come. And as I have shared in the “what’s next” newsletter #1 it is all tied to our mission and objectives as a church.  I share more about that in newsletter #2. I hope you picked up a copy of newsletter #1. Newsletter #2 will be coming soon! 
 
I hope you have marked down Friday, April 5 on your calendar.  April 5 is our what’s next banquet. More will be shared on that night of what we are asking God to do financially through His people.  We will notbe asking for any money on that night.  We will be asking that you seek God on what He wants you to do as we move forward as a church.  
 
Portraits of Jesus study on Sunday mornings at 9:00 will not meet this Sunday but will pick it up again on Sunday, February 17. If you haven’t been able to make it yet, come to the study on February 17 as we will look at what it means that Jesus was called a “teacher” (over 30 times in the gospels).  
 
I am looking forward to returning to our sermon series on “Living in the Shadow of Hope.”  We will be resuming our study in Revelation on February 17 as we will look at the tale of two beasts in chapter 13.  
 
One last thought as I close.  Consider how you might practice Biblical fasting between now and Resurrection Sunday (April 21).  Fast from food in order to feast on God. Designate a period of time in which you will abstain from eating to focus on Jesus and His priorities.  Skip a meal or two and let your hunger drive to hungering for His Word, meditating on Scripture, and communing with Him in prayer! 
See you soon!  Remain in Him, church!  
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Coming next week we will resume our study in the book of Revelation.

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Missions Conference

February 8-10
Friday:
Prayer Night 7pm-8pm
Saturday:
Men’s Breakfast 8am and Women’s Brunch 11:30am
Sunday:
Missions Conference One service at 9:30am

Men’s Breakfast

February 9th at 8am
Join us as we hear from Ron DeDucca from Love, INC of the Lakes Region, as he shares how this wonderful ministry got started and continues to move forward in Living by Faith.
Prepare to be Inspired. Great time of fellowship and food.

Ladies Brunch

“THE PEW” Live February 9th11:30 am -1:30pm
In a “Pew“ Exclusive, Real Talk with Real Missionaries! Join us and be Inspired, Enlightened and Encouraged as we welcome Nancy Dore and Rochelle Dore. A great time of fellowship. Sign up at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday morning or with the church office. Also sign up to bring soup or sandwiches.

Sunday Morning Bible Study Portraits of Jesus

An 8 week Bible study beginning Sunday Jan. 20th at 9am. This Bible Study will be taught by a team of teachers: Pastor Brian, Matt Anderson, Jim Hayes and Adam Hayes. Exploring and encountering the truth of Jesus and its relevance to today’s world.  Great class for those who are exploring the truth of Jesus or for those who want to know more deeply the One in whose face we see God!

NEW Christian Singles Ministry

All Christian singles are welcome in your 20’s and 30’s. Meet at Wayfarer February 14th and 21st from 5pm-7pm. Sign up at the Ministry Counter this Sunday.

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday February 16th @ 0800. In the fellowship Hall. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. Please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve. (Please note this is a personal ministry and not an EBC church ministry)

Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet

Friday April 5th
Stay tuned for more details