The Weekly Epistle 10/16/19

Worship is invitational. 
 

“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.”
 
Psalm 100:1-2

 
When we are exhorted to worship we are invited to participate in the glory and goodness of God. We are invited in by his lovingkindness and faithfulness for us.

Moreover, we are invited into a collective experience. 
 

“We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”
 
Psalm 100:3
 
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.”
 
Psalm 100:4


While moments of private praise are good and sweet it is incumbent upon every Christian to enter the preverbal gates of God’s court. Why? Because we’re not just being invited into God’s presence, we’re being invited into the greater community of the saints. 

This weekend we have a special opportunity for you to enter into the greater community. 
 
Evangelical Baptist Church, Lakes Region Vineyard Church, and Real Life Church are sponsoring a community worship night at Evangelical Baptist Church on Sunday, October 20, from 6:00-8:00 PM. The joint worship team will kick off the night with a set of songs. We will break to pray for the churches of New England, then wrap up the night with another set of worship songs. Please join us! 50 Washington Street, Laconia.

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Avoiding Catastrophe

2 Timothy 2:14-19

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Community Night of Worship

Come out for an evening of worship with other local churches this Sunday October 20th at 6pm here at EBC. 

Unplanned, The Movie

Aspire Women’s Center invites you to attend a screening of the movie, Unplanned, on Friday, October 25th at Evangelical Baptist Church.  Unplanned is the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director complicit in thousands of abortions until, one day, she saw something that changed everything.
Admission is free – a freewill offering to benefit Aspire will be taken.

Celebration Sunday

Sunday November 3rd we will be having a Celebration in between services to praise the Lord for the updates we have made to our facility to date!
Our services will be at 9am and 11am. 

Trunk or Treat

We will be hosting our 4th annual Trunk or Treat!  
October 31st from 5pm-8pm, bring your kids by the gym parking lot for some extra fun!  This is a great way to get to know our church neighbors and them us.
We would like to have our parking lot full of decorated trunks for a safe place for kids to enjoy the evening. If you would like to participate and decorate your car trunk you can sign up this Sunday. There are also other ways you can help make this night special by donating cider, candy, or making a soup or chili for our participating families to have for dinner that night.  Other items needed are fire pits, lighting and portable generators. 
Signup this Sunday at the Ministry Counter and see Laura Hollenbeck with any questions.

Save the Date
EBC’s Christmas Extravaganza

Sunday December 15th we will be hosting a family friendly Christmas Extravaganza. More details to come.

Dominican Republic Info Session

For those interested in going on the next missions trip to the Dominican Republic, January 31-February 10, 2020, please join Justin Whitman after 2nd service on Sunday 10/27 in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Groups

We have a host home for a day time community group, but we still need a facilitator. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or contact the office

Adult Bible Study

Sunday mornings at 9am we are offering an adult bible study meeting in room 102. This study is on the book of James, “Faith that Works”.

The Weekly Epistle 10/9/19

Hi Church,
God is good…and this is where you say, “All the time.”  Whenever you hear someone say, “God is good,” you can’t help yourself but add, “All the time.”  We know that cleanliness is next to what?  “Godliness.”  We are to “let go and….let God.”  And “When God closes a door…he opens a window” (or opens another door).  God helps those who?  “Help themselves.”  In the nineties it was WWJD (“what would Jesus do?”), PUSH (pray until something happens) and FROG (fully rely on God) and on and on it goes.  Oh!  one more- “tweet others…as you want to be tweeted.”  That one brings a smile to my face.
 
My point?  Some are true, some are not.  And sometimes in our desire to simplify truth we can actually trivialize it.  I realize that God dedicated a whole book of the Bible to proverbs that gave us truisms of life put on the bottom shelf where we can easily reach them and apply them to our lives.  There is power in shrink wrapping complex truths into clear and memorable statements.  I do it all the time in communicating God’s word each Sunday.  I did it this past Sunday in saying, “If Jesus is worth serving, he is worth serving well.”  
 
There is a place for pithy statements that help us remember truth.  But one-liners aren’t always helpful.  Life can be hard sometimes and to hear my struggle boiled down to, “God will not give you more than you can handle,” isn’t very useful. To be precise it isn’t accurate either.  The truth is God will give me more than I can handle so that I will lean on Him.  It is all about what He can handle that gives me strength.  
 
The tongue has the power of life and death, Proverbs 18:21 tells us.  Ephesians 4:29 reminds us that beneficial words are spoken according to one’s needs and build up those who listen.  Speaking God’s Word to others is most beneficial when we have taken the time to listen to what it is that the person needs.  Speaking life words isn’t just a matter of truth; it’s an issue of love.  God’s Words are both true and loving.  And what an awesome privilege to speak the truth in love to others.  
 
Don’t forget to check out the announcements!  Let me highlight a few of them.  Our trunk or treat event is growing so more cars are needed.  Wouldn’t it be great to fill two parking lots with decorated cars this year?  Secondly, on November 3 during fellowship time, we will pause to celebrate the projects completed through the “What’s Next Campaign.”  Our second service will begin 15 minutes later than usual and go from 11:00-noon.  We will shoot to keep each worship service to one hour so that we can have a full 30 minutes between services to celebrate together over in the gym (10:15-10:45).  Hope you plan to attend our community night of Worship on October 20 at EBC.  It will be night of praise to our God who is blessed when we worship Him in unity and truth!  
 
See you Sunday.  And church, keep looking up!  Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Crashing Through the Quitting Points

2 Timothy 2:8-13

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Community Night of Worship

Come out for an evening of worship with other local churches on Sunday October 20th at 6pm here at EBC. 

Prayer Builders

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

Save the Date

Aspire Women’s Center invites you to attend a screening of the movie, Unplanned, on Friday, October 25th at Evangelical Baptist Church.  Unplanned is the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director complicit in thousands of abortions until, one day, she saw something that changed everything.
Admission is free – a freewill offering to benefit Aspire will be taken.

Celebration Sunday

Sunday November 3rd we will be having a Celebration in between services to praise the Lord for the updates we have made to our facility to date!
Our services will be at 9am and 11am. 

Trunk or Treat

We will be hosting our 4th annual Trunk or Treat!  
October 31st from 5pm-8pm, bring your kids by the gym parking lot for some extra fun!  This is a great way to get to know our church neighbors and them us.
We would like to have our parking lot full of decorated trunks for a safe place for kids to enjoy the evening. If you would like to participate and decorate your car trunk you can sign up this Sunday. There are also other ways you can help make this night special by donating cider, candy, or making a soup or chili for our participating families to have for dinner that night.  Other items needed are fire pits, lighting and portable generators. 
Signup this Sunday at the Ministry Counter and see Laura Hollenbeck with any questions.

Right People in the Right Place

Our next Spiritual Gifts Network workshop will be Saturday 11/2 and 11/9 from 9am -12pm. Sign up this Sunday at the Ministry Counter. These classes help you discover your spiritual gifts and get you plugged into the right ministry.

Community Groups

We have a host home for a day time community group, but we still need a facilitator. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or contact the office

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning October 6th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

Adult Bible Study

Sunday mornings at 9am we are offering an adult bible study meeting in room 102. This study is on the book of James, “Faith that Works”.

Monday Night Prayer

Monday nights we will have a Prayer time at the Gym from 7pm-7:30pm. This prayer time is focused on praying over the gym floor and the TREC ministry. 

The Weekly Epistle 10/2/19

Years ago I was visiting an elderly woman in Portland. She shared with me her most recent trip with her husband through the Kancamagus Highway during foliage season.  She said, “Pastor, it was beautiful. The colors were outstanding.” That isn’t surprising except for one reason. She was blind. She couldn’t see a thing.  
 
Cora Edwards was blind for most of her life. I learned a lot from Cora. Her faith could see things that I couldn’t see because of my sight.  How often do I place limits on what God can do and what He wants to do through me because of poor vision?  It was Hellen Keller who said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”  
 
Do you have a vision for your life?  Do you have a vision for your children?  For your marriage? For your ministry? I think of Jesus’ vision for the crowds.  Scripture tells us that “when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).  He was able to see beyond the obvious to what they needed- the true shepherd to lead them. When I see people what do I see? Their irritants? Their annoying habits? Are they obstacles to reaching my destination or opportunities for showing them the love of Jesus Christ?  
 
Our vision as a church is to make disciples.  More accurately, it is to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples and so on.  That continues to be part of the ministry plan for EBC going forward. This is one reason we are working through the book of Second Timothy on Sunday mornings around the theme of “Legacy: living a life that lasts.”  My heart is for you to be investing in people. If you want to learn more about mentoring, I would love to sit down with you to talk about what this can look like in your life and direct you to the right people for making this happen.  
 
Don’t forget to sign up for Network Spiritual Gift seminar that will be held at the church the first two Saturday mornings in November.  I will lead you through discovering your gift set, passion, and right fit for ministry at EBC. You need to get started on this ASAP, so stop by ministry counter and get your workbook this Sunday.
 
Most of what we need for the Pumpkin Fest booth is taken care of, though someone with a truck to transport items to the pumpkin fest on October 19 is still needed. Call the office or contact Donna Green if you can help.  If you signed up to bring candy please drop it off to the church by October 13, if possible. Any candy not used for the pumpkin fest will be used for Trunk or Treat. Speaking of Trunk or Treat, if you plan to decorate your trunk, provide candy, help with food, or assist in other ways, stop by the counter this Sunday or next.  
 
I continue to be excited for what God is doing here at EBC.  It is encouraging to see new people check us out each week and the many who are calling EBC their home.  Some of these folks are jumping right into a community group and looking to get involved in the church.  
 
I thank God for you!  My heart is refreshed by your support, desire to grow, and vision for reaching our community with the gospel. 

Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

A Soldier, An Athlete, A Farmer

2 Timothy 2:1-7

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Gym Floor Update

Praise the Lord!!! We just got word that the gym floor install will begin Monday morning!!! 

Prayer Builders

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

Monday Night Prayer

Monday nights we will have a Prayer time at the Gym from 7pm-7:30pm. This prayer time is focused on praying over the gym floor and the TREC ministry. 

Right People in the Right Place

Our next Spiritual Gifts Network workshop will be Saturday 11/2 and 11/9 from 9am -12pm. Sign up this Sunday at the Ministry Counter. These classes help you discover your spiritual gifts and get you plugged into the right ministry.

Jam Night with the Worship Team

Thursday 10/3 from 7pm-9pm. All musicians welcome!

OWLS

Wednesday, October 9th will find the OWLS traveling to The Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, NH, to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.  The cost is $15 per person. During the trip we should enjoy some of the beautiful foliage that God has created. Join us at the church at 10:45 for the trip.  If you anticipate going with us, please let us know by Sunday, the 6th
Bette and Jay Moreau  528-445 or 759-3780
Norma Phillips  848-7203 or 783-0211

Community Groups

We have a host home for a day time community group, but we still need a facilitator. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or contact the office

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning October 6th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

Adult Bible Study

Sunday mornings at 9am we are offering an adult bible study meeting in room 102. This study is on the book of James, “Faith that Works”.

The Weekly Epistle 9/25/19

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”  You have likely heard this said or found out the hard way that what you thought was this amazing deal ended up in disappointment.  
 
It reminds me of a 42-year old woman from South Bend, Indiana who was approached by a man who offered her a great deal on a brand new flat-screen TV.  For a mere $300 she could take this TV home with her on that same day.  She gave him the $300 and he moved the TV from his trunk to hers and she drove away with her TV set that was bubble wrapped, had Wal-Mart stickers on it, and even came with a remote control.  When she got home and unwrapped it, she discovered it was an oven door.  It was too good to be true!  
 
Those kind of scams and offers by advertisers leave us suspicious and skeptical about anything that seems too good to be true.  Is that an obstacle for some to receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ?  Does the gospel seem like it is too good to be true?  It is a free gift.  There isn’t anything you can do to earn your way into heaven.  It has been done for you through Jesus Christ.  Too good to be true?  
 
Consider Gods promises.  Does God advertise more than He can deliver?  Is the promise to never leave us nor forsake us, too good to be true?  Is the promise that nothing can ever separate us from His love too good to be true?  Is the promise that He has given us everything we need for life and godliness too good to be true?  Is the promise that these failing bodies of ours will be transformed into glorified bodies too good to be true?  His promises of faithfulness even when we are unfaithful, that He will not treat us as our sins deserve, that He will not forget the work we have done for Him, and that He can even use evil for good in our lives are all true.  And what He says He will do, He will do. 
 
Church, embrace His promises.  Write them on note cards and take them with you through the day.  Put them on your phone, think of them often, and pray them back to our Lord.  D.L. Moody put it this way, “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”
 
In the book of James, chapter 1, we are promised that if we ask God for wisdom, he will give it to us…generously!  The study in James began this past week.  If you missed it, you can jump in this Sunday at 9:00.  It meets in room 102.  
 
There has been an excellent response to help with the Pumpkin Fest.  One way you can still help would be to provide candy for us to hand out the church’s booth.  Any candy left over will go towards the Trunk or Treat held at the church on Halloween night (October 31).  I hope you are already thinking about how you can decorate your car for that night.  The number of people that have visited our trunk or treat has grown each year, so we need more and more cars to be added.  Sign-ups for this will be coming soon.  Also, if you have not gone through our network spiritual gifts training, I would encourage you to attend on November 2 & November 9 from 9:00-noon.  You need to sign up for this and get your book to get started on this incredible journey of discovering the right fit for you in the right place of ministry.
 
Serving our promise-keeping God, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Twin Loyalties
2 Timothy 1:13-18

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Gym Floor Update

The concrete floor that was poured over the summer at the gym has been taking a very long time to dry. The moisture levels need to be at a specific % before the new floor can be placed. The good news is the moisture levels are coming down! They are not quite where they need to be, but we have progress! Please continue to pray.

Monday Night Prayer

Monday nights we will have a Prayer time at the Gym from 7pm-7:30pm. This prayer time is focused on praying over the gym floor and the TREC ministry. 

Communion

We will be celebrating Communion this Sunday during both services.

Momentum 

Momentum will start back up on Tuesday October 1st.

Right People in the Right Place

Our next Spiritual Gifts Network workshop will be Saturday 11/2 and 11/9 from 9am -12pm. Sign up this Sunday at the Ministry Counter. These classes help you discover your spiritual gifts and get you plugged into the right ministry.

Jam Night with the Worship Team

Save the date! Next Thursday 10/3 from 7pm-9pm. All musicians welcome!

Community Groups

We have a host home for a day time community group, but we still need a facilitator. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or contact the office

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning October 6th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

Adult Bible Study

Sunday mornings at 9am we are offering an adult bible study meeting in room 102. This study is on the book of James, “Faith that Works”.

The Weekly Epistle 9/18/19

Imagine that you are in a meeting at church when a poorly dressed man walks in who appears to be lost.  Someone in your group asks, “Can I help you?”  The man staring at the floor replies softly, “I am in need of some money to pay some past-due bills.”
 
One of the group members immediately walks over to the man and says, “I am sorry to hear that and I am sure we can help you.”
 
Someone else brings over a pastry and offers the man some coffee, while a third person pulls out some cash from his wallet to hand the man. Another group member speaks to the man about a ministry the church offers to help with budgeting and finances. Someone else jumps in to share how much God loves him and cares about his life.  And there is another group member who is organizing a plan to meet this need.  He directs one person to make a phone call to the one in charge of the benevolent fund, asks someone else to go and get a brochure of the church and takes down the man’s name and contact information to make sure someone will follow-up with him. One member around the table has been quiet through all this as she thinks about what has taken place in this man’s life that has led to this man’s situation.  
 
These are spiritual gifts in action!  People with different gifts respond to the same event in different ways.  One response over another isn’t necessarily wrong; it is just different.  God has arranged the parts of the body, the church, just as he determined them to be.  And you are the body of Christ and members of it.  And as a part of the body of Christ, you have been given a gift to be used in the church in order for it to function properly.  Do you know your part?  Are you using your gift to strengthen the church?   
 
One of our values as a church is having the right people in the right place of ministry.  The Network Seminar helps believers discover their spiritual gift, their passion, and the personality style that best fits with serving at EBC. Network is a 6-hour seminar that will take place at the church on Saturday November 2 and November 9 from 9:00 to noon.  The greatest aspect to the seminar is the one hour coaching each participant receives at another time after the completion of the seminar.  I would strongly encourage you to attend this seminar (sign-ups begin this Sunday).  
 
Also, don’t forget about the Sunday School class on the book of James that begins this Sunday at 9:00 in room 102. Discovery class will run at the same time in the fellowship hall through the month of October.  I am also excited that as a church we will have a booth at the Laconia Pumpkin Fest on October 19.  We need people for set up and tear down and for face painting.  Also, we will be passing out bags of candy, so if you can supply some candy for that event that would be awesome.  Any candy left over will be used at the church’s trunk or treat.  Stop by at the ministry counter this Sunday if you can help in some way.
 
Check out the rest of the announcements below. There is a lot going on!  
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Waking Up On Purpose
2 Timothy 1:8-12

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Gym Floor Update

The concrete floor that was poured over the summer at the gym has been taking a very long time to dry. The moisture levels need to be at a specific % before the new floor can be placed. The good news is the moisture levels are coming down! They are not quite where they need to be, but we have progress! Please continue to pray.

Momentum September Break

Momentum will return in October. 
Have a great September!

Jam Night with the Worship Team

Save the date! Thursday 10/3 from 7pm-9pm. All musicians welcome!

We would like you to join the Hospitality Team!

Giving guests a warm and friendly greeting each Sunday is a vital part of the ministry here at EBC. We are currently looking for new members to join our growing hospitality team and we would love for you to join us. If you’re interested, please attend the info meeting during the first service in the fellowship hall on September 22.

Community Groups

We have a host home for a day time community group, but we still need a facilitator. If you are interested, please see Tim Whitman or contact the office.

Welcome Luncheon

Our next Welcome Luncheon for those who are new to EBC will be this Sunday September 22ndafter 2ndservice in the Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP to Corianne at corianne@ebclaconia.com or call the office 524-2277. Come and enjoy a delicious meal and mingle with members and other regular attenders. 

Adult Bible Study

The next Adult Bible Study will begin September 22nd and will run for 12 weeks. This study will be on the book of James, “Faith that Works.

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning October 6th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

Pumpkin Fest

We are looking for some volunteers to help at this years Pumpkin Fest on Saturday 10/19 from 12-5. We will be having a booth with face painting and handing out bags of candy with some info about Trunk or Treat. We need people to help set up and take down the tent as well as face painters. We are looking for 3 people to paint at a time in blocks of 2 ½ hour time slots. Donations of candy are also needed. Any extra candy will be used at Trunk or Treat. Sign up this Sunday, contact Donna Green or Corianne at the office.