Another Pastoral Epistle 7/3/18

True Freedom! What is freedom? What does it really mean to be free? Some might say that freedom is the ability to pursue happiness with minimal constraints imposed by others. Some might answer that freedom is the right to do what we want to do.

July 4this the day we Americans set aside to celebrate the birth of our nation and the freedoms we enjoy. And we should. However, our greatest freedom is found in another citizenship. We belong to a far better country. In Hebrews “hall of faith” chapter it says of the people who walk by faith that “they were longing for a better country- a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:16). Earlier in that same chapter it is said of Abraham, “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Hebrews 13:14 says, “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.”

Our citizenship is in heaven! Being citizens of a better country frees us from trying to make this one the kingdom of heaven. Being citizens of heaven, we know that there is a greater freedom than to be free in the American sense. Jesus said, “If you remain in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). This is the freedom we are to promote. While there is a place for us to defend our constitutional rights, our primary focus is our kingdom mission; to bring as many Americans (and beyond) to the better, lasting country.

David Mathis, executive editor for Desiring God Ministries, writes, “Let’s be profoundly grateful for the freedom we have in this country to recruit for the true one, and let’s be unashamed to seize upon our fellow Americans’ desire for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and show them in whom such joy is truly found.”

Church, enjoy your Fourth of July celebrations with family, friends, food, and fireworks. Let it lift our hearts in praise for our Christ-bought freedom from the guilt of sin. Let our lives reflect that our greatest joy is in knowing Him who has set us free…we are free indeed!

Citizen of a better country,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Jesus has not given up on the church” Revelation 1:9-20

Links to Last Sunday’s Sermon

audio
video

Meal Train

Dave and Shannon Dyer have a meal train set up for them. Please consider helping them out during their time of need, as Dave is recovering from surgery. SIGN UP HERE!

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday July 14th @ 0800 in the Fellowship Hall. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. So please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve.

EBC KIDS

Please pray for EBC Kids! We are expanding this Fall and adding a new classroom for kids downstairs. We therefore need more helpers and teachers to serve once a month! Please pray for us as we grow and pray for more volunteers to join our team. Please email Mary Whitman at mflain@liberty.edu or call 540-986-6626 if you are interested in serving in this growing ministry!

Worship Service Live Stream

The Library will now serve as a “Cry Room” for parents with children who need to step out. You can now go watch the entire Worship Service live. Located downstairs next to the Fellowship Hall.

Church Picnic

Save the Date! Sept. 9th Details to come!

Another Pastoral Epistle 6/27/18

I don’t like to wait! Ok, I admit it. I said it aloud. Whether it is in traffic, standing in line, sitting in the doctor’s office, being on hold, or looking forward to something fun, I am terrible at waiting. I don’t do very well when it comes to waiting on God either. Ok, I admit that too! So when I come to passages that call me to “wait on the Lord” I know this will require a supernatural work.

Part of the problem in waiting is that I view it as inactivity. To me, it is just a waste of time. I need to be “doing” something. What if I thought of waiting as a process word? That in my waiting, God is working in my life. What if I took those moments of waiting and did more reflecting and pondering of the things of the Lord? And what if that waiting had to do with my slowing down a bit? It is in waiting that deepens my dependence on Him.

Another thought around waiting is that the biblical word has more to do with a confident expectation. That is why you might see the word hope in some translations in place of “wait.” For example, Isaiah 40, verse 31 says, “But those who wait on the Lord (or hope in the Lord) will renew their strength.” Renewal of strength is promised to those who wait on Him to provide it. When we admit we have no other help and are in need of Him to give us strength, we can be confident that God will give us the strength we need. Will we wait for it?

Pastor Dan and family are away for the month of July for some renewal. I want to share the elders’ perspective on this time off for Dan:

As many of you know, EBC recently voted to approve a sabbatical policy to honor and help protect the physical, emotional and spiritual health of our pastors. When the elders first discussed the concept with the pastors, it was our hope that Pastor Dan, having served here for 7 years, could benefit from the policy in 2018, because of some of the significant and unique personal, health and corporate challenges he has dealt with over the last several years. However, because the elders wanted to put a fair, well-thought out policy in place and have the members of the church approve it through a church vote, the timing did not work out for Pastor Dan.

Since Pastor Dan could greatly benefit from some physical rest at this time, we have encouraged him to take the month of July off as a long vacation, using his annual benefit of four weeks of vacation time to do so. This should not be seen as sabbatical time under the new policy, but as a long vacation time during which he can recover, recharge, and enjoy some much-needed family relaxation. Hoping this time would work, Dan has been arranging for others to fulfill his responsibilities at church during his time away.

We hope that you will join with the elders in praying for Dan, Susan and their children during this time and encouraging Dan both before and after his time away. Thank you.

Remember to pray for On-Goal Soccer Camp as it is up and running this week. Pray for a big and lasting impact on our community!

Speaking of prayer, it was suggested that we keep prayer builders in place over the summer! I totally agree. Prayer builders will meet this Sunday from 10:05-10:25 in room behind stage.

I can’t wait to see you all Sunday,

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Christ, the Victor”
Revelation 1:1-8

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

audio
video

Meal Train

Dave and Shannon Dyer have a meal train set up for them. Please consider helping them out during their time of need, as Dave is recovering from surgery. You can sign here.

Help Needed

Help is needed for a new family in our church on July 1st. Meet at the Bauman’s home 16 Shepard St Laconia at 1pm. They will be moving next door, so it will be a short move. Please contact Lisa if you are able to help.

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders is back on! We will be meeting the 1stSunday (this Sunday) of the month from 10:05-10:25 in the room behind the stage.

Worship Service Live Stream

The Library will now serve as a “Cry Room” where you can go to watch the entire Worship Service live. Located downstairs next to the Fellowship Hall.

Church Picnic

Save the Date!!! Sept. 9th Details to come!

SOULFEST August 2-4

Volunteers Needed Areas include security, retail, hospitality, stage crew, and many others. Benefits available for volunteers! To apply go to: thesoulfest.com/volunteer/

Momentum

Momentum will not be meeting starting next week 6/26 and will pick back up in August

Monday Prayer Group

1:30pm Prayer time will not be meeting for the summer and will resume in the fall.

Another Pastoral Epistle 6-20-18

There were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to do and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody would do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

We smile at that, yet we understand the truth it contains. Everybody is somebody in His church! You are not an accident in the body of Christ. Scripture is clear that everybody has been given grace in God’s family. Ephesians 4:7 says, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” You are uniquely graced with Christ’s gift. The grace given to you was exactly the right measure suited to God’s purposes for you and for the church.

This means that we should not compare ourselves with others. It means that every one of us is to be a minister to the body. Some are given the gift of intercessory prayer. Some are given the gift of teaching. Some have the gift of hospitality or mercy or helps or giving or encouragement or one of several other gits mentioned in Scripture. The point is every person is needed in the body of Christ! Every gift is to be used, not for personal fulfillment, but for the building up of EBC!

The amazing thing about the parts of the body of Christ is how much we need each other. Just like if I stub my toe, my hands and my legs, and my eyes all immediately join in the reaction, so it is in the body of Christ. We are part of each other. “If one part suffers,” Paul says, “every part suffers with it.” If you haven’t done it in a while, read the entire chapter of I Corinthians 12.

As you serve you grow, and the church is strengthened. In the fall, the Network Spiritual Gifts seminar will be offered again to help you not only discover your God-given, unique contribution to the church, but also to move you into meaningful service. Keep your eyes and ears open to the ways you can plug in and serve. Specifically, during On Goal week extra hands are needed at the beginning and end of each day for about 30 minutes to help with set up and take down. You just might be the “Anybody” we need!

And to the many who serve in our church, I want to thank you! Whether it is behind the scenes or more visible, your faithfulness to the work here is appreciated. And remember, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” (Hebrews 6:10).

Blessings to you, church. And remember, “Be strong & courageous!

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Failing At Success!” Jonah 4

New Sermon Series

Seven Lessons For Seven Churches A Study in Revelation 1-3

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

video

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!

Help Needed

Help is needed for a new family in our church on July 1st. Meet at the Bauman’s home 16 Shepard St Laconia at 1pm. They will be moving next door, so it will be a short move. Please contact Lisa if you are able to help.

Help Needed

Help is needed for a new family in our church on July 1st. Meet at the Bauman’s home 16 Shepard St Laconia at 1pm. They will be moving next door, so it will be a short move. Please contact Lisa if you are able to help.

Help Needed

Volunteers are needed at the beginning and ending of each day to help with set up and take down for about 30 minutes Thursday – Friday. 8am meet at the church 3pm meet at Leavitt Park Email Karen: ongoal@ebclaconia.com Volunteers are still needed for set up and take down for the On Goal picnic Saturday June 30th

SOULFEST August 2-4

Volunteers Needed Areas include security, retail, hospitality, stage crew, and many others. Benefits available for volunteers! To apply go to: thesoulfest.com/volunteer/

Momentum

Momentum will not be meeting starting next week 6/26 and will pick back up in August

Monday Prayer Group

1:30pm Prayer time will not be meeting for the summer and will resume in the fall.

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders will not be meeting for the months of July and August.

Another Pastoral Epistle 6-13-18

As I mentioned in last week’s epistle, I have been giving a fair amount of developmental thought to our worship ministry over the past year, considering both our values as well as our practices. I have developed a brief two-part video series to help communicate the vision I believe God has placed in the heart of our body for our ministry in worship.

Last week, I shared Part One: Our Ministry Identity. In this video I shared the mission and values that unite us in worship here at EBC. You can view part one by clicking here.

This week, I am sharing Part Two: Our Vision For Discipleship. In this video I will share our vision to create a culture of discipleship in the worship ministry. We want to see everyone who attends our Sunday morning worship service encounter Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him through worship. We also want to see God raise up worshipers who are gifted to lead worship, equipped to do it with theological soundness, and a conviction to grow in both their personal character and competency. In this video I explain the rational and strategy for this new and exciting direction.

Blessings,

Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Jonah 3 “A Five-Word Sermon That Changed a Whole City”

New Office Hours:

Mon-Thu 9am-2pm

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

audio video

Aspire Baby Bottle Blessing Fundraiser

Please remember to bring back your baby bottles this Sunday

GLO Team Meeting

Thursday 6/14 in Room 102

Pie for Dad’s

We will be honoring Dad’s this Sunday with some pie! Come early to fellowship and grab a piece of pie.

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join the OWLS as they cruise aboard the oldest floating post office, the “Sophie C”. Lunch will be provided. The cost will be $15.00 per person. They will be leaving from the church at 10 AM, Wednesday, June 20th. Please RSVP by Monday, June 18th, if you plan to attend. Jay and Bette Moreau 528-4458 or 759-3780 Norma Phillips 783-0211 or 848-7203

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!

EBC Communion Team

The Communion Team is seeking another person or two to help set up for communion and clean up afterwards, on a once-every-2-months rotation. If you have a desire to serve in this way, please contact Mary Collins, at mehornercollins@gmail.com, or 393-5080.

SOULFEST August 2-4

Volunteers Needed Areas include security, retail, hospitality, stage crew, and many others. Benefits available for volunteers! To apply go to: thesoulfest.com/volunteer/

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders will not be meeting for the months of July and August.

Another Pastoral Epistle 6-6-18

It has been more than seven years since I worshiped with you for the first time. I still remember my initial impression, “Wow, they really like to sing!”, I thought to myself. That impression left an indelible mark on my heart and I consider myself privileged to sing along with you each week.

I have been giving a fair amount of developmental thought to our worship ministry over the past year, considering both our values as well as our practices. I have developed a brief two-part video series to help communicate the vision I believe God has placed in the heart of our body for our ministry in worship.

This week I am sharing with you, Part One: Our Ministry Identity. In this video I share the mission and values that unite us in worship here at EBC. Now, if you’re anything like me, words like vision, mission, and values may make you cringe a little. That’s because those phrases are often presented as pie in the sky ideas that sound great, but are not rooted in reality, or just fail to represent the intrinsic qualities of the group they are meant to define. However, I do not believe that to be the case in this instance. For sure, there is something of my DNA in this video, but as part of the family, I believe this is shared DNA and there is something of you in me.

Blessings,

Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Jonah 1:17-2:10 “A lesson from inside the fish”

 

New Office Hours:

The office will be open moving forward Mon-Thu 9am-2pm

 

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

Business Meeting

JUNE 10th

after second service

 

Prayer Builders

Prayer Builders will not be meeting for the months of July and August.

 

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join the OWLS as they cruise aboard the oldest floating post office, the “Sophie C”.  Lunch will be provided. The cost will be $15.00 per person. They will be leaving from the church at 10 AM, Wednesday, June 20th.  Please RSVP by Monday, June 18th, if you plan to attend.

Jay and Bette Moreau  528-4458 or 759-3780

Norma Phillips 783-0211 or 848-7203

HELP WANTED
Are you looking to serve?
The building and grounds team is looking for people to help maintain our facility!

Needed:
Light Janitorial
– one to two hours a week

General building maintenance– flexible; on call as needed
-light electrical
-light plumbing
-painting
-sheet rock repair
– light carpentry
-other miscellaneous needs

Grounds maintenance– flexible; weekly and monthly
-lawn mowing & trimming
-general yard work, brush removal
-basic landscaping

Event set up and take down
– as needed for various events as they are scheduled

If any of this sounds like something you can help with then contact Bill Wixson at
buildings@ebclaconia.com or 603-524-8580. 

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!

EBC Communion Team

The Communion Team is seeking another person or two to help set up for communion and clean up afterwards, on a once-every-2-months rotation. If you have a desire to serve in this way, please contact Mary Collins, at mehornercollins@gmail.com, or 393-5080.   

 

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday, June 9 @ 0800 in the Fellowship hall. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. Please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve.