Another Pastoral Epistle 5-16-18

Why is it that when you buy a certain car you begin noticing how many of that same car are on the road?  I remember after buying a Toyota Camry back in 2007 how often I noticed Toyota Camrys everywhere.  And even more so silver Camrys like mine.  Is it because more people bought that same model around the time I did or is it because I started noticing it?  While it may be in part because of the car’s growing popularity, more likely it was because I had become more aware of them.

Have you become more aware of the words to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous”since it became our theme for 2018?  I have heard from some of you over the last few months that since landing on the theme of be strong and courageous it seems to be popping up everywhere.  How have those words been at work in your life? Have you had any opportunities to speak those words into other’s lives?  How has God used the bracelet with the words, “Be strong and courageous” in conversations with others?  I would love to hear how God has used those words in your life and know it would encourage our community at EBC.

On Sunday, June 3 there will be a potluck from noon to 2:00.  If you would like to submit a story or situation in which God has used those words in your life over the last several months, you can submit them to the office (anonymously if you would prefer) and I will share it with the church family during the potluck.  You may also place your testimonial in the box at the Ministry Counter on Sunday morning.

Praise God for the growing registrations for On-Goal Soccer Camp and that the dinners for the coaches have been filled.  We are still in need of lunches and helpers during the week as well as housing for the coaches.  Also, if you would like to help those kids who can’t afford to go to camp, place monies in the offering plate designated “On Goal Soccer Camp.”  Pray that many families in our community are impacted by this outreach ministry.

Work day is this Saturday from 8:00-noon.  If you can come for the full four hours or part of the time, there are plenty of projects needing our attention on the church grounds and buildings. Taking care of our property is one of those household responsibilities we have as a church family.  I hope to see you there.

Have you noticed the number of people God is adding to our church family?  I am encouraged and yet at times find myself unable to remember everyone’s names.  You may feel the same way.  Don’t be afraid to ask for people’s names a second, third, or fourth time.  It shows a real interest in getting to know them and welcome them to our church. Again, I want to nudge you to capitalize on the fellowship time in between services.  There is such a positive buzz when God’s people are together.

I am reminded of the charge in Hebrews to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”  We really can put courage into each other when we meet. Courage to act in love, obedience, and for the long haul.

Be strong & courageous to the end, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

 

 

Sermon Direction

Joshua Chapter 23

“Be Vigilant“

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

 Coming in June

New Sermon Series

“God’s Concern…Our Concern”

A study in Jonah

2018 Art Expo

This year’s theme is “The Master Creator.” We are displaying artistic works that creatively capture the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. These works of art will be on display in the sanctuary THIS Sunday, May 20th and Sunday, May 27th.

 

BE STRONG and COURAGEOUS

Do you have a story to tell regarding your journey with our Strong and Courageous theme?  Has your bracelet raised some questions from others?  Has God prompted change in your life through the sermon series? Share these moments via email or letter to the office or Pastor Brian.  You may also place your stories in the box on the Ministry Counter this week. We would like to share these at our upcoming potluck!

Worship Team Information Night

Are you interested in joining the Worship Team? Come to our informational meeting tomorrow Thursday, May 17th at 7:00-7:30 pm.  Musicians (electric guitar, drums, vocals) and Techs (audio, video) wanted! RSVP by emailing Pastor Dan at dan@ebclaconia.com.

POTLUCK

SAVE THE DATE: June 3rd after the 2nd service

Bring a dish to pass and meet us in the gym after the services. Please keep in mind that there are very few outlets to plug in crockpots, so consider insulating hot and cold foods by other means. See you there!

Change for Life: Baby Bottle Blessing Fundraiser

Baby bottles are still available for Aspire Women’s Center’s Baby Bottle Blessings fundraiser. Aspire provides life-affirming pregnancy support services, including pregnancy tests and ultrasounds for pregnancy confirmation, for women in our communities experiencing unplanned pregnancies.

EBC KIDS

During first service, Nursery will now be available for 0-5 year olds. During second service, Nursery will continue to be available for 0-3 year olds in addition to classes for grades Pre-K thru 4th.

SPRING Work Day this Saturday!

Saturday, May 19

8 am – 12 noon

In addition to the general outdoor campus being attended to, we are in need of volunteers to assist in repairing the following building concerns:

  • Hole in a wall fixed & fire extinguisher bracket rehung
  • Broken railing fixed
  • Light bulbs in gym hallway replaced

Please let Bill Wixson know if you are able to help out specifically with these needs!

Contact Bill at 524-8580.

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!

Men’s Fishing Trip

May 31 – June 2

Join us for the men’s annual fishing trip at Heath Caruso’s cabin in Pittsburgh, NH. The cost is $35.00. (License-free fishing allowed on Saturday) There will be target shooting as well. Those with four-wheelers are welcome.  Sign up at the Ministry Counter this week.

Another Pastoral Epistle 5-9-18

A pastor knows it’s a bad day when…

His personal parking space gets relocated to the Denny’s parking lot three blocks away.

The church votes to change his day off to Sunday.

He preaches the same sermon two weeks in a row and nobody notices.

He is assigned to nursery duty during the morning service.

The couple he married a year ago calls to ask about a warranty.

He is elected pastor emeritus and he is only 28.

The youth pastor urgently asks him about the church’s liability insurance.

That is all light and makes us smile, but having a bad day is no laughing matter.  I remember recently walking out to my car after an April storm and nearly falling on the ice, then scraping the ice off my car for the next 15 minutes without gloves (whose fault is that?).  Then when I had to stop at the end of my street, a block of snow from my roof crashed into my wipers, breaking one of my wiper blades.  I immediately returned home to fix my blade with frustration that it wasn’t even 7:00 AM and I was being beaten by the weather.  Yet when I consider what others go through on a daily basis, this hardly counts for a bad day.

This is on my mind because when we interact with people, say on a Sunday morning at the greeting time in our worship, we have no idea what might really be going on in their lives. Behind the polite, “doing fine” are stories.  For some, there has been a chain of bad days.

Others anticipate bad days ahead. What do people need? Encouragement!

I likely have shared this quote with you before.  “A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants but is miles ahead in results.”  That is not to say there isn’t a place for a little kick or a hard thing that needs to be said.  There are times when a confrontation puts courage into someone else to change or to do the right thing.

I know I speak of the need for encouragement a lot, but that is because we all need more of it.  We can feel so beat up during the week.  What we need more than anything else when we gather is encouragement.  It is as one person put it, “Encouragement is like oxygen to our souls.”

Know anyone who could use some encouragement right now? Could someone use a simple text that says, “I am thinking of you”?  How about a phone call?  An email? Or drop someone a note of appreciation. While there may not be enough time as we greet each other on Sundays to do the work of encouragement, those are contact points for follow up.  I want to urge you to capitalize on the fellowship time between services (9:45-10:30). Added incentive…this week between services there will be a slice of pie for the moms downstairs in fellowship hall.

I leave you with this encouragement. It ties into last week’s sermon on God being into the details as well as this year’s art show theme: “The Master Creator.”  As Alex Seeley said,

“God the creator of the universe, carefully designed you and put you together.  You were meticulously designed by a Master Tailor who had very specific intention in the details of your design”.

Be strong & courageous, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Joshua Chapter 22

“Be Passionate“

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8rZoWIVq0w

Change for Life: Baby Bottle Blessing Fundraiser

Baby bottles will be available for Aspire Women’s Center’s Baby Bottle Blessings fundraiser this week during our worship services. Aspire provides life-affirming pregnancy support services, including pregnancy tests and ultrasounds for pregnancy confirmation, for women in our communities experiencing unplanned pregnancies.

On Goal Soccer Camp – June 26-30, 2018
Still looking for a summer camp for your kids?

Check out the discounts available for On Goal Soccer Camp, hosted by EBC!
Laconia Resident Discount – $10 per player.
Family Registration Discount – $10 per family member (after the first).
Early Registration Discount – $10 before May 27th.
Financial assistance available – call 603-524-2277 or email ongoal@ebclaconia.com
Click here to register: http://www.ongoal.org/site/index.php/laconia-new-hampshire/

EBC KIDS

During first service, Nursery will now be available for 0-5 year olds. During second service, Nursery will continue to be available for 0-3 year olds in addition to classes for grades

Pre-K thru 4th.

Worship Team Information Night

Are you interested in joining the Worship Team? Come to our informational meeting Thursday, May 17th at 7:00-7:30 pm.  Musicians (electric guitar, drums, vocals) and Techs (audio, video) wanted! RSVP by emailing Pastor Dan at dan@ebclaconia.com.

OWLS

Do you remember the rotary dial phones and party lines?  OWLS will be taking a trip down memory lane when we visit the N.H. Telephone Museum in Warner, NH.  Wednesday, May 16th we will meet at the church at 9:30 to travel to our destination.  After touring the Museum, we will enjoy lunch at The Local in Warner.  Admission cost to the Museum is $6.  Looking forward to seeing you on this day.  If you anticipate you will join us, please let one of us know: Jay and Bette at lfd21jay@metrocast.net 759-3780 or Norma at normaandwilbur@comcast.net 848-7203

SPRING Work Day

Saturday, May 19

8 am – 12 noon

Many projects around the EBC campus need to be completed and we NEED YOU to help out!  There are both indoor and outdoor tasks for all abilities, so come on out and lend a hand.

Men’s Fishing Trip

May 31 – June 2

Join us for the men’s annual fishing trip at Heath Caruso’s cabin in Pittsburgh, NH. The cost is $35.00. (License-free fishing allowed on Saturday) There will be target shooting as well. Those with four-wheelers are welcome.  Sign up at the Ministry Counter this week.

2018 Art Expo

This year’s theme is “The Master Creator.” We are displaying artistic works that creatively capture the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. These works of art will be on display in the sanctuary Sunday, May 20th and Sunday May 27th.

Average Attendance for the Month of April

First Service: 68

Second Service: 190

Another Pastoral Epistle 5-2-18

A man was on an elevator with Billy Graham and recognized him and said, “You’re Billy Graham, aren’t you?”

“Yes,” Reverend Graham answered.

“Well.” The man said, “you are truly a great man.”

Mr. Graham immediately responded, “No, I’m not a great man.  I just have a great message.”

 

We do have a great message and serve a great God!  How amazing it is that God has chosen us to get this message out to others.  In Romans 10, Paul in quoting Isaiah, writes, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news?”  Have you experienced recently the beauty of sharing the good news?  Are you fervently and boldly praying for those who are sharing this great message with others? Specifically, here is how you can pray for our missionaries working with our adopted Iski people in Papua New Guinea.

Please pray:

–  that the Iski people will continue to grow as Christians, and that they will be able to overcome their beliefs in and their fears of sorcery and spells.

–  for the health of Seth and Rochelle Callahan, and of their boys Manny, Tucker and Griffin.

–  that the missionaries of the Iski people would continue to learn the spoken and written Iski language, which is a very difficult language to learn.

–  for Rochelle as she home-schools the boys.

Are you excited for EBC’s next Missions Conference?

We are planning our next conference for the Winter/Spring of 2019.  A Save the Date announcement will be coming in the next few months.  We are praying that the entire church family will be involved as our missionaries work to Inspire, Enlighten, Encourage and Enlist us to fulfill the Great Commission.

The Great Commission:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Matthew 28: 19-20

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Joshua Chapters 11-21

“Finding R & R“

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

On Goal Soccer Camp – June 26-30, 2018
Still looking for a summer camp for your kids?

Check out the discounts available for On Goal Soccer Camp, hosted by EBC!
Laconia Resident Discount – $10 per player.
Family Registration Discount – $10 per family member (after the first).
Early Registration Discount – $10 before May 27th.
Financial assistance available – call 603-524-2277 or email ongoal@ebclaconia.com
Click here to register: http://www.ongoal.org/site/index.php/laconia-new-hampshire/

EBC KIDS

During first service, Nursery will now be available for 0-5 year olds. During second service, Nursery will continue to be available for 0-3 year olds in addition to classes for grades

Pre-K thru 4th.

Worship Team Information Night

Are you interested in joining the Worship Team? Come to our informational meeting Thursday, May 17th at 7:00-7:30 pm.  Musicians (electric guitar, drums, vocals) and Techs (audio, video) wanted! RSVP by emailing Pastor Dan at dan@ebclaconia.com.

SPRING Work Day

Saturday, May 19

9 am – 12 noon

Many projects around the EBC campus need to be completed and we NEED YOU to help out!  There are both indoor and outdoor tasks for all abilities, so come on out and lend a hand.

Men’s Fishing Trip

May 31 – June 2

Join us for the men’s annual fishing trip at Heath Caruso’s cabin in Pittsburgh, NH. The cost is $35.00. (License-free fishing allowed on Saturday) There will be target shooting as well. Those with four-wheelers are welcome.

2018 Art Expo: Call for Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2018 Art Expo to be held May 20-27. This year’s theme is “The Master Creator.” We are seeking artistic works that creatively capture the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. Submissions can include but are not limited to, painting, photography, sculpture, and written works.  Deadline for submissions is SUNDAY, MAY 6th.

Finance Report

Budgeted Giving
Actual Giving

YTD                             $257,110                                 $255,641

Last Week $7,346                                     $5,490

Average Attendance for the Month of April

First Service: 68

Second Service: 190