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.

Another Pastoral Epistle 5/22/19

Christians are “memorial people.” The entire Bible is a memorial. Israel’s feast days were memorials. Each Lord’s supper is a memorial. Our weekly gathering on Sundays is a memorial to Christ’s resurrection. Our faith depends upon remembering.

As we move forward as a church, we continually look back to remember our Lord Jesus Christ and the good news of God’s grace that has rescued us from God’s wrath being poured out on us. We mustn’t ever forget what the Lord has done. We are to even remember our church history of our early church fathers, events like the great awakening, and successes and failures within the evangelical church in our lifetime. It is usually right here that the verse in Philippians is quoted- “One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Anything that would paralyze us in our pursuit of God should be forgotten, but anything that can push us forward in our faith and deepen our walk with Christ should be remembered.

Church, remember God’s past grace! Remember what you have been saved from. Remember the lessons learned in the trials of life. Remember when you have tasted the goodness of God. Remember the greatest sacrifice of all when Jesus willingly took on our sin that we might have the righteousness of Christ.

And I would add, as we go into this weekend when we enjoy cookouts or a restful day off or a sense of accomplishment for the yard work we get done, remember the extraordinary sacrifice of men and women who laid down their lives for our freedom and survival as a nation.

I want to remind you of a few things on the church’s calendar. There is workday here at the church on June 1. A task list is available at the back of the worship center. Stop by and check it out.

There has been a good response to On-goal Sunday and would ask that you stop by at the table this Sunday to see how you can help with this outreach ministry. There are still plenty of ways you can be involved.

I remind you that the “What’s Next” campaign has started out strong with over $88,000 coming in!! There are two major projects being tackled presently. One is the HVAC system being installed within the next month and the completion of the new gym floor. The “hold-up” with the floor has been addressing the aged roof. The hope is that the gym will be ready to use again this fall for its outreach ministries and full use for Momentum ministry. Keep praying!

I would ask for your prayers for the upcoming budget as it lines up with our ministry plans for the coming fiscal year. A ministry plan is being developed, so pray for God’s direction and wisdom for what is next for EBC as we look to our future. You will hear more on this at another time. And pray for your church family as several are going through hard times, changes, remembering past losses, interpersonal struggles, and so on. If you aren’t sure how to pray, pray Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-10; 4:3-6 or many other beautiful prayers in Scripture.

You are in my prayers! Remember our Jesus Christ!
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Last Words of Jesus”
Revelation 22:6-21

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

Many wonder, “I have Jesus, why do I need the Holy Spirit?”
Beginning May 12 at 9am, this class will not only study the Holy Spirit, but look at the difference He makes in our lives.

On Goal Sign Up Sunday

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

 

Church Work Day

Saturday June 1st we will have a Church work day and beautification day. Please join us as we work together to maintain the beautiful campus the Lord has given to us. A Project List and Sign-Up Sheet will be available at the back of the church on Sunday, May 19th.

Lakes Region Vineyard Church Food Pantry

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

Women’s Ministry Social Media Site

On June 1st, the Women’s Ministry will be launching a Face Book 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.

Mission Trip to Honduras

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

Franklin Graham
Decision America

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