The Weekly Epistle 2/12/20

“Momentum Student Ministries exists to glorify God by helping teens thrive as authentic mature disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Some may read a statement like that and ask, “Can teenagers really thrive as disciples? Can they fully follow and devote themselves to the teachings and practices of another?” The answer is an unequivocal, yes. In fact, all teenagers are disciples. The question is, what and who are they are disciples of?

Teenagers are in a constant state of development; that is why the Bible exhorts us to train up a child in the way they should go (Proverbs 6:22). But what happens when we abdicate that responsibility?

If we fail to engage our teenagers in the truth of God’s Word, their iPhone will engage them in a world of lies.

If we fail to disciple the next generation, Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber will do it for us, and when they graduate and head off to college, their humanistic professor will take over from there. 

Teenagers are impressionable, and if we’re not intentional about making an impression upon them, then someone else will. This is why Momentum Student Ministries is committed to impressing upon them, “the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6), the knowledge that will light their way and lead them from the kingdom of this world into the Kingdom of Heaven.

But knowledge is just one part of the equation. As Pastor Brian showed us in his recent sermon series, Legacy: Living a Life that Lasts, knowledge of our faith must be transferred by the faithful example and guidance of those who have gone before. Kids don’t just need knowledge; they need someone to guide them in that knowledge, someone to disciple them. 

Back in November, I shared with you that that Momentum was going on a hiatus into the new year. I shared that over the past six years, we have had a great team of volunteers who have served the youth of EBC faithfully from week-to-week, but many of those leaders had moved into new seasons of life and ministry. 

Today I am excited to announce, Tyler Mansfield, Ethan and Victoria Brown, Scott, Cindy, and Dylan Treamer have all stepped up to be a part of the all-new Momentum Ministry Team. 

It is my hope and prayer that God will use each of them in significant ways to disciple the next generation. Please join me in that prayer. 

Momentum activities will be resuming soon. I will share an update on that next week.

Blessings, 

Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

A Bright Spot

Book of Judges & Ruth

Last Sunday’s Sermon

“Wisdom and the Will of God”
From the Book of Proverbs

Join us Sunday morning at 9am as we take a look at how life works from the perspective of wisdom.

Women’s Bible Study
“Open Your Bible”

The next women’s bible study will begin Saturday February 15th at 9am and will be run for 7 weeks. “Open Your Bible”, will quench a thirst you might not even know you have-one that can only be satisfied by God’s Word. 

Coffee & Connect

Women need genuine fellowship with other women on their journey. We wanted to offer an opportunity to connect women to women during a “Coffee & Connect” 
Join us the 3rd Thursday of each month at Wayfarer Coffee Roasters from 6pm-7:30pm 626 Main St Laconia. Come meet new friends and know that on your journey, you are not alone. 
February 20th will be our first Coffee & Connect.

Prayer 30 Prayer Event

Join us this Sunday February 16th from 12:15-12:45 for 30 minutes of prayer.

Discovery Class

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

EBC Kids

Serve once a month in the Nursery or as a teacher or teachers helper in Pre K- Grade 5! Contact the Church office or Mary Whitman for more information.

Save The Date

“Created for Connection”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. Signups begin February 23rd.

Cancellation Procedure for Sunday Mornings

In the event of bad weather that would potentially impact services, the following will be taken into consideration: the current weather in Laconia, timing of the weather event, and whether roads, walkways, parking areas will be cleared. A decision will be made by 7:30 am to cancel one or both of our services. Events in the afternoon or evening will be dealt with separately. EBC will notify of cancellation using the following:  WMUR TV, Church website news feed www.laconiachurch.com , Email (weekly epistle list), and EBC public and private Facebook pages. 

The Weekly Epistle 2/5/20

A blind pig that is fattened until the day of its slaughter thinks that its owner cares for him and gives good food to him. I am that pig. I was fooled into believing spirits would help me. I’ve been believing that by my good efforts I could somehow come to God. Now I see that Satan was fooling me and trying to destroy me. I was like a blind pig being fattened for the slaughter.”
 
This was a response from one of the ISKI people hearers of God’s Word.  The ISKI people is the adopted people group of EBC.  Here is an exciting update of what is happening among the ISKI people:
 
The Iski people in our outreach location are hearing for the first time the story from Creation to Christ. The Iski church here in the village of Oguru heard this themselves for the first time two years ago about five to six hours away. We are now in our third week of teaching and the numbers continue to remain steady around 280. There is even a group walking and boating two hours Monday to Friday to hear. I was able to spend the last couple of weeks with our Bible teachers down there giving some on-the-job training, support and discipleship. I can’t tell you how cool it is to be at this place as co-laborers with our dear friends, to teach with them and to share in the joys and struggles together with them.” 
 
Isn’t this encouraging?  I want to keep you informed of what God is doing among our adopted people, the ISKI’s.  I want to keep you in the loop of other events happening here at EBC.
 
I am looking forward to the “Created for Connection” Marriage Conference hosted by EBC on April 3-4.  There will be an outside speaker, opportunities for couple time, workshops to attend, and fellowship with other couples in the church.  Save the date and in a few weeks, you will be given more information and the opportunity to sign up.
 
Prayer 30 is on Sunday February 16 from 12:15-12:45. Church, we can only go forward on our knees.  So, whether or not you are comfortable praying aloud, your presence with your brothers and sisters in Christ in prayer, is vital to our fruitfulness as a church.  Plan to take 30 minutes on that Sunday to lock arms with others in prayer.  
 
The Sunday School Class, “Wisdom and the Will of God” began this past Sunday but you can jump in this week to learn from Proverbs on how wisdom matters to our daily lives.  This is a four-week study that meets each Sunday morning at 9:00 in room 102.
 
“Open Your Bible” is a women’s’ study that begins on February 15.  Pick up a copy of the book that goes along with that study this Sunday.  
 
Check out the rest of the announcements so that you stay informed.  Look forward to seeing you Sunday!  
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Two Week Journey That Took Over 40 Years

Numbers 13-14; Joshua 1-12

Last Sunday’s Sermon

OWLS Valentines Luncheon

All OWLS are invited to the Fellowship Hall at EBC to enjoy a Valentine Luncheon on Wednesday, February 12th.  Come and have a great time of fellowship and good food.  Lunch will be at 12PM.
Love originated with God and was His idea.  He calls all of us to love one another, so whether you are married or single plan to join us

“Wisdom and the Will of God”
From the Book of Proverbs

Join us Sunday morning at 9am as we take a look at how life works from the perspective of wisdom.

Women’s Bible Study
“Open Your Bible”

The next women’s bible study will begin Saturday February 15th at 9am and will be run for 7 weeks. “Open Your Bible”, will quench a thirst you might not even know you have-one that can only be satisfied by God’s Word. 

Coffee & Connect

Women need genuine fellowship with other women on their journey. We wanted to offer an opportunity to connect women to women during a “Coffee & Connect” 
Join us the 3rd Thursday of each month at Wayfarer Coffee Roasters from 6pm-7:30pm 626 Main St Laconia. Come meet new friends and know that on your journey, you are not alone. 
February 20th will be our first Coffee & Connect.

Prayer 30 Prayer Event

Join us on February 16th from 12:15-12:45 for 30 minutes of prayer.

Discovery Class

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

EBC Kids

Serve once a month in the Nursery or as a teacher or teachers helper in Pre K- Grade 5! Contact the Church office or Mary Whitman for more information.

Save The Date

“Created for Connection”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. Signups begin February 23rd.

Cancellation Procedure for Sunday Mornings

In the event of bad weather that would potentially impact services, the following will be taken into consideration: the current weather in Laconia, timing of the weather event, and whether roads, walkways, parking areas will be cleared. A decision will be made by 7:30 am to cancel one or both of our services. Events in the afternoon or evening will be dealt with separately. EBC will notify of cancellation using the following:  WMUR TV, Church website news feed www.laconiachurch.com , Email (weekly epistle list), and EBC public and private Facebook pages. 

The Weekly Epistle 1/29/20

Former quarterback John Brodie for the San Francisco 49ers was asked, “Why does a million-dollar player like you have to hold the ball for the kicker of field goals and extra points?”  
“Well,” Brodie replied, “If I didn’t the ball would fall over.”
 
You don’t get any more basic than that.  We must never forget the fundamental basics of the spiritual life. My first Sunday at EBC almost 5 years ago, I spoke on the basic need for us to remain in Christ.  The challenge at that time was to never forget the importance of regular communion with the Lord and the necessity of dependence on Him.  As Jesus said in John 15, “Apart from me you can do nothing.”  That need hasn’t changed.  
 
Our values at EBC are basic but essential.  There are five of them and they all are rooted in God’s Word, particularly Acts 2:42-47.  We value Scripture, one another, prayer, worship, and outreach.  These are our constants!  They are what drive us as a church.  While all five are to be behind all we do, there are times that a certain value is emphasized.  The commitment to Scripture is one that has been emphasized lately.  We are to be people of the book.  God’s Word is our livelihood.  
 
Many of you have picked up a copy of the Bible reading plan that goes along with our current sermon series on The Greatest Story from Cover to Cover.  It is not too late to get a copy.  They are located at ministry counter.
 
The next women’s Bible study is also about getting into God’s Word.  The study will be on Saturdays from 9:00-11:00 for seven weeks, beginning February 15th.  You can pick up a copy of the book that will tie into that study at the ministry counter.  Books are still available to purchase, or donated books are available and can be picked up Sunday.
 
There is a four-week Sunday School Class beginning this Sunday at 9:00 in room 102.  This study will be an overview of the book of Proverbs on “Wisdom and the will of God.”  Why does wisdom matter in our daily decisions?  How does the book of Proverbs help us to attain the wisdom needed to discern the will of God?  Come to this class and find out.
 
We value prayer as a church.  Prayer happens in many different settings and spontaneously as a situation calls for it at that moment.  Take a minute to check out the prayer and praise section of this epistle. 
 
But there is something beautifully unifying as we gather to pray corporately.  On February 16, I would urge you to join with others for “prayer 30.”  It is 30 minutes of praying for the church family and our community.  It will take place following the second service from 12:15-12:45. I hope you will attend.  Also, on Sunday, March 15 from 6:00-7:00 there is a “Fellowship of Prayer” as we gather for singing and fellowship together around prayer.  “Prayer Builders” meets the first Sunday of each month from 10:20-10:35 in the room behind the stage.  We meet this Sunday!
 
Don’t forget to save the date for the marriage conference here at EBC on April 3-4.  Sign up for the conference and workshops will take place the end of February.  
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

The Law: The Path to Life

Exodus 16-20

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Prayer Builders 

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

Giving Receipts

2019 Giving Receipts will be available on Sunday morning. Please see Norma Phillips or Brenda Cobis to get your receipt. Any remaining after Sunday will be mailed.

“Wisdom and the Will of God” From the Book of Proverbs

Beginning this Sunday, February 2nd at 9am as we take a look at how life works from the perspective of wisdom. This study will go for 4 weeks.

Women’s Bible Study “Open Your Bible”

The next women’s bible study will begin Saturday February 15th at 9am and will be run for 7 weeks. “Open Your Bible”, will quench a thirst you might not even know you have-one that can only be satisfied by God’s Word. 
 “She Reads Truth” is an additional book that will prepare you for the bible study. Books are still available to purchase or donated books are available and can be picked up Sunday at the Ministry Counter.

Prayer 30 Prayer Event

Join us on February 16th from 12:15-12:45 for 30 minutes of prayer.

Save The Date

“Created for Connection”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. More details to come.

Cancellation Procedure for Sunday Mornings

In the event of bad weather that would potentially impact services, the following will be taken into consideration: the current weather in Laconia, timing of the weather event, and whether roads, walkways, parking areas will be cleared. A decision will be made by 7:30 am to cancel one or both of our services. Events in the afternoon or evening will be dealt with separately. EBC will notify of cancellation using the following:  WMUR TV, Church website news feed www.laconiachurch.com , Email (weekly epistle list), and EBC public and private Facebook pages. 

The Weekly Epistle 1/22/20

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  The origin of this quote is unknown.  What I like about these words is that it speaks to the importance of discipleship and mentoring.  It addresses the need to assist others in a way that goes beyond meeting a physical need to helping others become self-sufficient. 

My desire for EBC is that we are a church that makes disciples.  But even beyond that, to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples- you get the point.  Our task is not to simply help people out of their predicament but equip them to discover God’s solution for themselves. 

I am encouraged by several in the church, men and women, who are mentoring others.  This is not something that is broadcasted publicly, but it is happening.  If you are interested in being mentored or mentoring someone else, you can talk with me or one of the elders or Anna or anyone in women’s ministry. 

You know the shoes that we are collecting for Haiti?  This is all about teaching others to fish.  Did you read the insert this past Sunday?  The goal is 5,000 pairs of shoes to help Haiti which has launched a training program teaching women to become entrepreneurs.  Help for Haiti will deliver your contributed shoes to women starting small business in northern Haiti. They sell the shoes and use the funds to launch small businesses of their own. Your used shoes make it possible for them to fund their new business and transform the lives of their families!  So, drop off your shoes in the box at the back of the church.

Men, don’t forget about the men’s breakfast this Saturday at 7:00.  The signup helped for planning, but there is still room for you if you didn’t sign up. 

“Created for Connection” is the theme of the marriage conference we will be hosting on April 3 & 4.  It will be $20 a couple, but financial assistance is available.  Don’t let the cost get in the way of your attending this event.

Mark your calendars for two prayer events coming up: Sunday, February 16 is “Prayer 30” from 12:15-12:45.  Also, “Fellowship of Prayer” is scheduled for Sunday, March 15. 

In two weeks, there will be a four-week study on “Wisdom and the Will of God.”  It will begin on 2/2 @ 9:00 on Sunday mornings.  Adjust your schedule to attend this Sunday School class on the book of Proverbs.

Look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!  Blessings, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

God’s Rescue Operation

Exodus 1-15

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Read Through the Bible in a Year Plan

We have created a reading plan for you to read through the Bible in a year that goes along with our current sermon series, The Greatest Story from Cover to Cover. Pick up your copy this Sunday at the Ministry Counter.

Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast Saturday January 25th 7am-8:30am. If you haven’t signed up and want to attend, contact the office.

Bill Wixson is in need of some help on Saturday morning after the Men’s Breakfast. If you are able to stay for 30-60 minutes and help unscrew some pews and move to the back of the balcony, please contact Bill Wixson at buildings@ebclaconia.com . Cordless drills with phillips head drill bit will be helpful.

“Wisdom and the Will of God” From the Book of Proverbs

Join us Sunday mornings beginning February 2nd at 9am as we take a look at how life works from the perspective of wisdom. This study will go for 4 weeks.

Women’s Bible Study “Open Your Bible”

The next women’s bible study will begin Saturday February 15th at 9am and will be run for 7 weeks. “Open Your Bible”, will quench a thirst you might not even know you have-one that can only be satisfied by God’s Word. 

This Sunday, the Women’s Ministry Team wants to challenge the women of EBC to read a book that will be used as an introduction to the Bible Study called, “She Reads Truth”. With the encouragement from the book, we will step off our book pages and into our own lives, seeking truth through the Bible Study.  Pick up your copy of “She Reads Truth”  for $12 and you can also sign up for the Bible Study.

Prayer Event

Prayer 30

Join us on February 16th from 12:15-12:45 for 30 minutes of prayer.

Save The Date

“Created for Connection”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. More details to come.

Cancellation Procedure for Sunday Mornings

In the event of bad weather that would potentially impact services, the following will be taken into consideration: the current weather in Laconia, timing of the weather event, and whether roads, walkways, parking areas will be cleared. A decision will be made by 7:30 am to cancel one or both of our services. Events in the afternoon or evening will be dealt with separately. EBC will notify of cancellation using the following:  WMUR TV, Church website news feed www.laconiachurch.com , Email (weekly epistle list), and EBC public and private Facebook pages. 

The Weekly Epistle 1/15/20

Every human being is made according to God’s image.  Every person has that status.  Imago Dei (Image of God) was an important aspect to the Civil Rights Movement even if the leaders didn’t always communicate that as well as they could have.  It’s why Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, ‘There are no gradations in the image of God. Every man from a treble white to a bass black is significant on God’s keyboard, precisely because every man is made in the image of God’” (“The American Dream”).
 
Not only does this weekend mark the 25th anniversary of Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr’s, life and legacy, this weekend is also when churches mark as Sanctity of Life Sunday.  The two events have this in common- we proclaim that every human being, of every gender and every race and every social class — the healthy, the dying, the unborn, and the disabled — every person has been crowned with indisputable dignity from the hand of the Creator.
 
We live in a day and age where life is cheap.  People are seen as objects, people are used for others’ own advantage, and people are not cared for and cherished.  As I have written around this time in previous years, I reiterate;  
 
Human life is a gift from God to be cherished from the time of conception until natural death. God is directly involved with human life at every age and affirms its value under all conditions. As followers of Christ, it is imperative for us to maintain this same high regard for life. We are to call society to embrace the value of human life and to affirm the dignity and worth of all. Society should guarantee the rights of the unborn child, the dignity of the elderly, and the care of the handicapped and where it does not, then it is our responsibility to foster a higher morality. We are to defend the defenseless and that includes the modern-day slavery of sex trafficking and to challenge the biases of our culture and the devaluing of life in all its forms.
 
In other words, all life is sacred for every single human being bears the image of God.  So we must be pro-life from the womb to the tomb.  As followers of Christ, we don’t have to choose between speaking into moral behaviors and promoting the gospel.  We can speak truthfully within the context of the redemptive power of the gospel.  And as Peter reminds us in speaking of the reason for our hope that we must, “do so with gentleness and respect.”
 
The message we are to proclaim is that while our humanity is tainted by sin, in Christ, our humanity can be restored by His grace.  As our worship song goes, “If there’s one thing we know, there’s no story You (God) can’t redeem.”  
 
We will hear of one man’s story of God’s redeeming work at the men’s breakfast on Saturday, January 25.  Men, be sure to sign up this Sunday if you haven’t already.  
 
The “Created for Connection” marriage conference that we will host is Friday night, April 3 and all day Saturday April 4.  There will be a key note speaker and workshops offered.  Cost will be $20 per couple and financial assistance is available for anyone who needs it.  Also, mark down “Prayer 30” on February 16 and “Fellowship of Prayer” on March 15.  More details to come!
 
Have a blessed week!  Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Too Few…Too Many

Genesis 37 – Exodus 1

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Read Through the Bible in a Year Plan

We have created a reading plan for you to read through the Bible in a year that goes along with our current sermon series, The Greatest Story from Cover to Cover. Pick up your copy this Sunday at the Ministry Counter.

OWLS

Do you have cabin fever from all the snowy and cold weather we have had over the past few weeks?  We think a trip to Johnson’s Steak and Seafood on Wednesday, January 22nd might help!  We will meet at the church at 11:30 to travel to New Durham.  All OWLS are welcome to come and enjoy a great time of fellowship and food.  If you feel you will be able to attend, let one of us know although we do not need an accurate number.  They are flexible, but we do like to give them an approximate number ahead of time. Should the weather be bad we will go on Wednesday the 29th
Jay and Bette – 528-4458 or 759-3780
Norma 848-7203 or 783-0211

Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast Saturday January 25th 7am-8:30am
Sign-up this Sunday at the Ministry Counter.

Prayer Events
Save The Dates

Prayer 30 February 16th
Fellowship of Prayer March 15th
More details to come.

Save The Date

“Created for Connections”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. More details to come.

EBC Kids

Please pray for the EBC Kids Ministry. Volunteers in nursery, teachers and helpers in all age groups are needed. For more information please contact Mary Whitman 540-986-6626 or mflain@libery.edu

Meal Train

A meal train has been set up for Jim and Donna Dube to help out with meal’s during this month while Jim and their daughter Christina undergo surgeries. You can sign up by clicking on this link: https://mealtrain.com/v9nwk6

Celebrate Recovery
5th Annual Fundraising Rally

Thursday January 23rd 6pm-7:30pm Pitman’s Freight Room Laconia.
$12 per person or $20 per couple. All proceeds go to Water’s Edge Church to support Celebrate Recovery. 
Meal. Music. Live Testimony. Recovery News.
Any questions contact Shaun Dutile
 shaun@watersedgecofc.com or 603-366-8727

Cancellation Procedure for Sunday Mornings

In the event of bad weather that would potentially impact services, the following will be taken into consideration: the current weather in Laconia, timing of the weather event, and whether roads, walkways, parking areas will be cleared. A decision will be made by 7:30 am to cancel one or both of our services. Events in the afternoon or evening will be dealt with separately. EBC will notify of cancellation using the following:  WMUR TV, Church website news feed www.laconiachurch.com , Email (weekly epistle list), and EBC public and private Facebook pages.