“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21). The Bible is not against making plans. It is wise to plan, but it is also wise to hold onto those plans loosely. The Book of James speaks to submitting our plans to the Lord’s will or its Latin equivalent, “Deo Volente.” It is believed that back in church history the Methodists were known to sign all their letters with initials, D.V. (Deo Volente)- If the Lord wills.
With that in mind, plans are in place for upgrading and addressing some needs within our church campus. As we have been learning in our study in Haggai, it is time to move to the second phase of our building plan as laid out back when we moved into this facility. It is time to ask what it is that the Lord has for us next. “What’s Next” campaign is being rolled out and there is a very important date I want you to put on your calendar. Friday night, April 5, there will be a “What’s Next Banquet. There will be a program for the kids as well. Watch for the details. For now, save the date.
I am appreciative of the prayer team that is formed around this campaign. You will be hearing of the many ways you can be praying for our church as we move forward to embracing what God is building here. I hope you will join with others for a night of fellowship around prayer. Sunday night, January 27 at 6:00 is an opportunity to worship and pray together as we ask God to continue to show us “What’s next” for EBC.
One answer to what’s next is to develop an even stronger teaching ministry here that addresses specific needs within our church family. Join us for a Bible study beginning on Sunday mornings at 9:00 (during first service). Portraits of Jesus is an eight-week study on the person of Jesus given to us by the New Testament. It will challenge the wrong perceptions of Jesus in our modern world. Jim Hayes, Matt Anderson, Adam Hayes and I will be sharing the teaching. It begins this Sunday, January 20 at 9:00 in the fellowship hall.
“Inspire. Enlighten. Encourage. Enlist.” Missions event on February 8-10. The weekend will kick-off with a prayer night on February 8. There will be a men’s breakfast and women’s brunch on that Saturday, February 9. And Sunday we will do things a little differently than usual. We will have one service at 9:30am and there will be several workshops to choose from and a Missions’ Fair. This is going to be an exciting weekend!
I trust that you are part of a community group. This is more and more necessary as our church grows. Relationships best happen in smaller groups, so sign up for a group if you aren’t part of one presently.
As you can see, a lot is going on at EBC. My prayer is that we continue to grow deeper with Christ and each other and to have a greater impact on our community! We build and invest now for what we cannot see. As the Psalmist declared, “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord” (Psalm 102:18).
See you soon,
Sermon Direction“Past and Present” Haggai 2:10-19
Last Sunday’s Sermon
Cancellation Procedure for Sunday Mornings
In the event of bad weather that would potentially impact services, the following will be taken into consideration: the current weather in Laconia, timing of the weather event, and whether roads, walkways, parking areas will be cleared. A decision will be made by 7:30 am to cancel one or both of our services. Events in the afternoon or evening will be dealt with separately. EBC will notify of cancellation using the following:
- WMUR TV*
- Church website news feed @ www.laconiachurch.com
- Email (weekly epistle list)
- EBC public and private Facebook pages
The OWLS will be headed to Johnson’s Seafood Restaurant this month. They will meet at the Church at 11am on Wednesday January 23rd. If the weather is bad that day they will move it to the following week January 30th. Please RSVP by Monday January 21st so they can give the restaurant an approximate number. Praying for sunny skies!
What’s Next NewsletterGet your copy of What’s Next News this Sunday. The Newsletter Vol. 1 will be available in the bulletins as well at the Welcome Counter.
Sunday Morning Bible Study Portraits of JesusAn 8 week Bible study beginning Sunday Jan. 20th at 9am. This Bible Study will be taught by a team of teachers: Pastor Brian, Matt Anderson, Jim Hayes and Adam Hayes. Exploring and encountering the truth of Jesus and its relevance to today’s world. Great class for those who are exploring the truth of Jesus or for those who want to know more deeply the One in whose face we see God!
Prayer Night 7pm-8pm
Men’s Breakfast 8am and Women’s Brunch 11:30am
Missions Conference One service at 9:30am
Community Group Sign-upsA place to belong. A place to become. Join a Community Group today to be more connected with others at EBC. Stop at the kiosk in the back after service on Sunday to sign up.
Save the Date
What’s Next Banquet
Friday April 5th
Stay tuned for more details