Another Pastoral Epistle 9/12/18

Dan and Michelle Dore Update

We are sending this update out to our EBC church family before we write our next general email newsletter. We are so thankful that you have been behind us for 33 years! Including:

  • Five years during Bible School, Missionary Training Institute, and the Language and Linguistics Institute, from 1985 to 1990.
  • 23 years as full-time missionaries to Guinea, West Africa, from 1990 to 2013.
  • Five years as itinerant missionaries to Guinea, Ghana, and Liberia, 2013 to 2018.

Your prayers, encouragement, and financial support have carried us through many adventures of faith! And now we are on a new adventure. Due to pressing family issues involving our aging parents, we are reducing the number of trips to Africa to perhaps only one per year. This has brought us to instruct the EBC office to close our account. We do not feel right about continuing to receive financial support when our travel schedule will be reduced to less than the three trips per year we had originally proposed. The EBC GloTeam has graciously decided to continue our support until the end of the year, to help us out during this transition time. Our other supporting churches and individuals have been notified, and they will be phasing out their financial support as well. As of January 1, our account will be closed.

Ongoing prayer support, however, is still greatly appreciated. We will continue to send out regular newsletters, to keep before you the needs and projects for the churches/ministries in West Africa, as well as news of our children who are serving the Lord around the world. You often ask how things are going in Guinea, or about one or the other of our children, and we do appreciate your love and concern. 
Please pray for us as we will continue to serve God as He leads no matter where we find ourselves on this earth!  
If you have any questions, please email us, call us, or just chat with us at church on Sunday. (Dan will be speaking at other churches for the next two Sundays, September 9 and 16; then the 23rdwe will be in Michigan to receive Michael and Nancy Dore at the airport. So we will not be at EBC again until Sunday, September 30!)

These verses have been a blessing during these uncertain times, as we walk with Him, by faith:

John 13:7“Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.'”

Isaiah 42:16“I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them, and smooth out the road ahead of them. I will indeed do these things, I will not forsake them.”

Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way unto the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

Your Co-Laborers In New Hampshire and West Africa,
Dan and Michelle Dore

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Proverbs 3:1-6
Pastor Dan Lyle

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Discovery Class

This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church. The first class started last week, but you can still join. Meets at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Groups

We were never meant to do life alone. That’s why the vision for our season kickoff of Community Groups is to have every person who calls EBC home join a group! We have several groups launching this fall in all different locations, times, and days of the week. Sign up at the kiosks in the back of the church on Sunday. Members from each group will be in the back by the kiosk. If you are not part of a group already, please sign up!

Help Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help transport Ella Eshelman to and from church on Sunday mornings. Bill Wixson has offered to organize a schedule and is looking for 5 volunteers. Please contact Bill at buildings@ebclaconia.com or 524-8580 if you are able to help. We also have a young lady who is new to Laconia and is looking to attend EBC. She needs transportation to and from church on Sunday mornings. She lives on South Main St. If you are able to offer assistance, please contact the office.

EBC Kids Step Up Sunday

This Sunday September 16thKids will graduate or “Step Up” to the appropriate classrooms for the new school year. Classrooms are: Nursery (Birth – 3 years)
  • Pre K – Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade and 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade – 5th Grade

Office Hours

The office will be closed next week on Monday and Tuesday. 
Hours will be Wednesday – Friday 9am-2pm

Momentum

MSM will be hosting a Fire Pit and S’mores on Friday 9/21 at The Lyle’s home from 7pm-9pm. Any questions contact Susan at susan.lyle@gmail.com

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join your fellow OWLS on Wednesday September 26thas they ride aboard the Lincoln Hobo Train. Meet at EBC at 9:30am for an 11am train departure. Lunch will be aboard the train. 
Cost is $15 per person
Please RSVP to Norma Phillips 848-7203 
Jay and Bette Moreau 528-4458 or 759-3780

Simply Beautiful Conference

This is a one day conference for girls, their mothers, and their spiritual mentors. 
October 20thfrom 9am – 4pm. 14 Hunter Rd. Uxbridge, MA 01569 
Purchase tickets at: http://Berea.org/simplybeautiful/
See Susan Lyle for more details.

Another Pastoral Epistle 9/5/18

It was thirty-five years ago (August 27) that I stood in front of a room full of people and unreservedly said, “I do” to the woman who had swept me off my feet.  There were many guests in that room, but as corny as it may sound, it was as if it was only Donna and me. I learned later that there were unseen guests at that altar that day.  The unseen guests of “expectations.”  
 
In my premarital counseling, I ask couples to write out 15-20 expectations of their marriage.  Anything from, “I expect my spouse to be faithful,” to “I expect my spouse to go out on dates with me.”  At first pass, the couple figures it will be difficult to arrive at 20 expectations. But soon discover that they had expectations they hadn’t even thought of until then.  We all have expectations- for our marriage, our friendships, how we should be treated by others, people who wait on us at the restaurant, and yes, the church. 
 
A visitor to the church has expectations.  When we arrive on Sunday mornings for worship we hope for certain things to happen (or not happen).  Think about this, on a given Sunday there may be 200 expectations for what will take place before, during, and after worship.  
 “I expect the coffee to be hot.”
 “I expect to sit in my familiar seat.”
 “I expect the worship set to include some of my favorite songs.”
 “I expect the pastor’s sermon to be done in 30 minutes” (dream on).  
 
What are we to do with expectations?  There is some biblical counsel to help us.  In Philippians 2 we are told to consider others better than ourselves.  We can manage our expectations by remembering it isn’t all about us. Romans 8 speaks of how in this life we groan as we wait eagerly for our glorification.  We are to lower our expectations in this life and raise our expectations for the next. Over and over in Scripture we are called back to contentment and joy. The problem isn’t in having expectations, it is in what we do with them when they aren’t met.  And what helps to keep our expectations in check is to live confidently that our Sovereign God is in complete control. 
 
For our hope in Christ transcends all present circumstances; all unmet expectations.  As Leslie Newbigin put it, “I am neither an optimist nor a pessimist. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!”
 
We will rejoice this Sunday for those who have been changed by the Risen Christ not only in our worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but also those 5 individuals who will be baptized! Join us at Opechee point following worship.  Bring your own lunch, lawn chairs and games. Baptism will begin at 2:00. 
 
There is a lot going on this month and next and we don’t want you to miss out.  Check out the announcements in the epistle, bulletin, and EBC Facebook page, as we continue to strive for better communication.  And we do “expect” you to do your part in following along. 
 
Serving Him who exceeds all our expectations,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“The Church that Nauseates God”
Revelation 3:14-22

New sermon series coming

“In the Shadow of Hope”
Revelation 4-12

Last Sunday’s Sermon

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ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday Sept. 8th@ 0800 in the Fellowship Hall. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. So please join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve.

Discovery Class

Starts THIS Sunday, September 9th.  Meets at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall and will meet for 4 weeks. This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church.

» Learn More

Church Picnic

THIS Sunday, September 9that Opechee Point after the 2ndservice. 
Bring some chairs, a picnic for your family and outdoor games to share! 
Baptism will take begin at 2:00 pm.


The following people will be baptized this Sunday during the picnic:
Eleck Lyle, Triaunna Dyer, Kaleena Dyer, Grace Hoehn, and Michelle Thorin.

Please pray for them and rejoice with them as they take this next step.

» Learn More

Community Groups

Community Groups will begin week of September 23rd. Signups start this Sunday.

» Learn More

Help Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help transport Ella Eshelman to and from church on Sunday mornings. Bill Wixson has offered to organize a schedule and is looking for 5 volunteers. Please contact Bill at buildings@ebclaconia.com or 524-8580 if you are able to help.
 
We also have a young lady who is new to Laconia and is looking to attend EBC. She needs transportation to and from church on Sunday mornings. She lives on South Main St. If you are able to offer assistance, please contact the office.

EBC Kids Step Up Sunday

Sunday September 16th. Kids will graduate or “Step Up” into the appropriate classroom for the new school year.

Another Pastoral Epistle 8/29/18

Why?  Why? Many of the questions of a preschooler begin with that one word, why.  “Toothpaste is for brushing your teeth, not for eating,” and the little one asks, “Why?”  A parent says, “It is time to go to sleep,” and the response is, “Why?” All through the day, it is the same thing; “Why does a cat have fur?”  “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do I have to share?” And on and on it goes to the point you start singing the Billy Joel song, “Don’t ask me why.”  
 
I know that it can be exasperating to hear the why question, and at times it can even be an act of defiance, but their curiosity about the world around them is refreshing.  To a child, mystery and wonder are all part of their make-up as they grow and develop. I can’t help but ask, “Have we lost our capacity for wonder?” Scripture says, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”  Are we still astonished by its beauty? We can sing, “Amazinggrace, how sweet the sound,” but are we still amazed by His grace?  Are we still stunned by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that He has taken up His residence in us?  
 
A book that I pick up and read certain sections of repeatedly is one written by Mark Buchanan called, “Your God is too Safe.”  The sub-title of that book is, “Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You Can’t Control.” Might there be a connection between wonder and control?  Do we secretly wish for a God that is safe and predictable? Do we prefer to reduce the Christian journey to formulas, seven-steps, and some kind of how-to manual?  The life-changing movement of God cannot be controlled and even predicted. That is why it leaves us breathless and wonder-struck! Church, let’s not lose the wonder of God, but continue to be amazed at what he is doing and wants to do in His church!  
 
We have a chance at the picnic and baptism on September 9 to witness several people publicly profess the name of Christ.  Are you part of a community group?  If not, I urge you to sign-up for a group in the weeks to come as they officially start up again on September 23.  Why community groups? Because the leadership of this church believes that the best way to carry out the “one-another” admonitions of Scripture is through smaller groups than our gathering time on Sunday mornings.  We believe that it is through smaller groups that relationships are established, and community is truly experienced. 
 
Soon you will be hearing about the Network workshop.  Consider attending this workshop.  Why? It is our desire as elders to move the right people into the right places of service.  Our growth as disciples of Christ is dependent upon being equipped for service and serving in the right place of ministry.  Is it time for you to discover your spiritual gift, personal style, and passion for serving? 
 
In the months to come, you will be asked to participate in the raising of funds as we enter into phase two of our capital campaign.  Phase one was back several years when EBC relocated to this facility.  Many of you have commented how the hand of God was evident in providing what was needed to get into this building.  Now we ask, “What’s next?” What is next for greater impact on our community? What is next in growing disciples at EBC?  What is next in strengthening our families? What is next in upgrading and enhancing our facility to facilitate growing deeper and having greater impact?  Your prayers are needed as we take our next steps!
 
Speaking of prayer, don’t forget prayer builders meets this Sunday from 10:05-10:25 in the room behind stage.  
 
Members, hope to see you tonight at the business meeting at 7:00.  We will meet in the fellowship hall. 
 
Blessings to you,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Opportunity knocks… on an open door” Revelation 3:7-13

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Office Hours

The office will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, in honor of Labor Day

Business Meeting
Tonight @ 7pm

Vote on budget, prospective elder, and “What’s Next” for EBC’s vision and campus. 

We will be meeting downstairs in the Fellowship Hall

Prayer Builders

Sunday 9/2 10:05 am – 10:25 am 
Meets in the room behind the stage.

Momentum

Will not be meeting next Tuesday 9/4

Discovery Class

Meeting in the Fellowship Hall
This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church.

Church Picnic

Will be held on Sunday, September 9th at Opechee Point after the 2nd service.

Bring some chairs, a picnic for your family and outdoor games to share!

Baptism will take place between 2-2:30pm weather permitting.

EBC Kids Step Up Sunday

Sunday September 16th. Kids will graduate or “Step Up” into the appropriate classroom for the new school year.

Another Pastoral Epistle 8/22/18

An old Arab proverb says, “If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is usually the one that got hit.” Ok!  I am not suggesting anyone throws a rock at an animal.  What I am suggesting is that when truth touches a nerve it elicits strong emotions.  Isn’t it true that the ones who complain the loudest about something said, might be the people that statement is true about?  That is accurate not only when a statement is made to a group of people, but also when it comes to personal confrontation.  
 
For example, when my wife confronts me on something, I seem to react more strongly the closer it hits home.  It is a dead giveaway.  I can’t help but think of Nathan the prophet sent to speak truth to King David on his sin.  Remember? David was struck by Nathan’s story of the man who had everything who took from the man who had nothing.  This touched a nerve in David and he reacted strongly.  If you haven’t read it recently, check out 2 Samuel 12:1-7.  
 
I love seeing God using His Word in your lives! Many of you each week will comment on how the sermon touched a nerve.  It has been said that a preacher’s job is two-fold: Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable!  I, too, am being disturbed.  
 
Church, we need to keep growing and keep moving out of those places of comfort. We need to keep asking, “What’s next?” as a church, as families, and as individuals.  You will be hearing soon about the need to upgrade our facilities to better serve our mission.  This campus that God has given us is His tool for moving people through the process of discipleship to the place of being fully committed followers of Christ.  A fully committed follower of Christ is one who actively participates in the life of the church and intentionally lives out and shares their faith to those who need the transforming power of the gospel. So, what’s next in having a place that best facilitates that mission?  More to come…
 
Looking ahead to what’s next in the coming month or so, let me highlight some things.  Don’t forget the church picnic on September 9.  The baptism will be around 2.  A discovery class is being offered on Sunday mornings at 8:30 beginning September 9 in the fellowship hall.  This four-week class is for all those who want to learn more about EBC and who are considering membership.  Speaking of membership, don’t forget, members, that there is a business meeting on Wednesday, August 29 @ 7:00 PM.  
 
Also, further down the road, Network Spiritual Gifts workshop will be offered a second time.  This workshop is broken into two days of 3 hours each.  You must attend both days.  Mark down Saturday, October 27 and November 3 (9:00-noon). There will also be an alternative date for day one on Thursday night (6:00-9:00) for those who can’t make the first Saturday.  Sign up with more details to come!
 
Pay attention as there are many happenings right around the corner- EBC kids step-up Sunday, starting up of community groups, men and women’s studies, momentum events, and so on.  
 
In all our activities and as life seems to pick up speed come September, remember to seek the Lord for what’s next in your life to grow internally.  Be ready to move toward completeness in your faith, taking the next step to becoming a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ.  Yes!  It just might involve disturbing the comfortable a bit.  
 
Blessings,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Guest Speaker

Tom Jackson will be preaching this Sunday. Tom and his wife Lois are missionaries with TEAM and serve in Zimbabwe. Please welcome them as Tom delivers the message. 

Last Sunday’s Sermon

audio
video

Office Hours

The office will be closed on Monday 8/27

Women’s Ministry Bible Study

Tuesday August 28th “Me, Myself and Lies” led by Cindy Treamer

Momentum @ The Weirs

All students entering 5th to 12th grade are invited to meet up at Weirs Beach on Tuesday 8/28, from 7-9pm. Drop off and pick up at the parking lot with the gazebo. Bring money for food and games.

Baptism Class

August 26th for ages 12 and older
Meets in Room 104 9:50am-10:20am

Business Meeting

Wednesday, August 29th at 7pm 
Vote on budget, prospective elder, and “What’s Next” for EBC’s vision and campus.

OWLS

The Millyard Museum in Manchester will be the destination for the OWLS on Wednesday, August 29th.  Meet and leave the church at 9:45 to travel to Manchester.The Museum tells the story of Manchester and the people who lived and worked there starting with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls.
Admission will be $5.00.  
Following the tour, lunch will be at the Puritan Back Room Restaurant.

Discovery Class

Sundays @ 8:30am for 4 weeks starting September 9th meeting in the Fellowship Hall. This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church.

Church Picnic

Will be held on Sunday, September 9that Opechee Point after the 2ndservice. Bring some chairs, a picnic for your family and outdoor games to share! 

Baptism will take place between 2-2:30pm weather permitting.

EBC Kids Step Up Sunday

Sunday, September 16th. Kids will graduate or “Step Up” into the appropriate classroom for the new school year.

Another Pastoral Epistle 8/15/18

Who doesn’t love this guy? K.C. Nowack has been a bright spot in the worship ministry for the better part of a decade. Many of you have watched him grow from a shy little boy to a confident young man. God has blessed him with musical gifts that he shares with us week in and week out. Most recently, we have seen K.C. challenging and stretching himself as a worship leader. He’s been helping me plan worship services, leading songs, and even whole services. I couldn’t be more proud of him.

Next Monday morning K.C. will be boarding a plane bound for Atlanta, Georgia, where he will start the next leg of his journey with 10,000 Father’s Worship School. As many of you know, K.C. started this journey in January with his first trip down to Atlanta. Over the past eight months he has been focused on developing the godly character that is critical in being an effective worship leader. In track two, his focus will expand from character to competency. Over the next eight months he will focus on developing his musical and leadership skills.

For a more thorough overview of the worship school, please watch the following video with worship leader and founder, Aaron Keyes. Click here for video.

Please join me over the next week by coming alongside K.C. with prayerful support. As you pray for him would you also consider helping with his tuition by making a financial gift? K.C. was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for track two! With the scholarship and the deposit he put down, he is left with a balance of $1,000. He has arranged a payment plan with 10,000 Fathers, but let’s face it, he’s a poor college student who could use all the help he can get! K.C. is one of the most faithful and dedicated volunteers at EBC. Anything we give him will pale in comparison to what he has given us.

Just one more thing, building into K.C. by sending him to worship school is just one part of our overall vision to see the worship ministry become a platform for discipleship. Please take a few moments to learn more about this initiative by watching the following video, Our Vision for Discipleship. Click here for video.

Looking forward to worshiping with you this weekend,
Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Christ’s Autopsy of a Dead Church”
Revelation 3:1-6

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

audio
video

Women’s Ministry Bible Study

Tuesday August 21st: “When God Doesn’t Fix It”, led by Cindy Treamer

Momentum

MSM will meet at the Lyle’s on Tuesday August 21st from 7-9pm for games and a fire pit.  Please bring drinks, snacks and s’mores ingredients.

Baptism Class

August 19thfor those under 12
August 26thfor ages 12 and older
Meets in Room 104 9:50am-10:20am

Save the Date

Business Meeting WednesdayAugust 29that 7pm
Vote on budget, prospective elder, and “What’s Next” for EBC’s vision and campus.

On Goal Soccer Camp – June 26-30, 2018

Still looking for a summer camp for your kids? There are discounts and financial assistance available for On Goal Soccer Camp, hosted by EBC! Are you interested in donating a camp scholarship for a child to attend? Can you work as a volunteer? Call the office for details!

OWLS

The Millyard Museum in Manchester will be the destination for the OWLS on Wednesday, August 29th.  Meet and leave the church at 9:45 to travel to Manchester.The Museum tells the story of Manchester and the people who lived and worked there starting with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls. Admission will be $5.00.  Following the tour, lunch will be at the Puritan Back Room Restaurant.

Discovery Class

Sundays @ 8:30am for 4 weeks starting September 9thMeeting in the Fellowship Hall
This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church.

Church Picnic

Will be held on Sunday, September 9that Opechee Point after the 2ndservice. 
Bring some chairs, a picnic for your family and outdoor games to share! 
Baptism will take place between 2-2:30pm weather permitting.