Another Pastoral Epistle 5/15/19

This Sunday is On Goal Sign Up Sunday! Our role as the host church is crucial to the success of camp. It is a whole church effort and there are so many different ways you can be involved without even touching a soccer ball (we’ll leave that to the professionals!). On Sunday, you will learn about 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!

I know that you have heard requests for donations quite a bit over the last few months. You have been very generous as a church as those requests come your way. I want to thank you for that! It is obvious that many of those gifts are beyond your regular giving to the church and other ministries outside the church.

There is a passage in Philippians that is often quoted to speak of God’s finishing the work in us that He has begun- and that is indeed true! But it’s likely that “the work” Paul is speaking about is their work of giving. At the end of the book, Paul references their gifts sent through Epaphroditus- “When I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only” (4:15). He then goes on in verse 18 to say, “I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent.” With that in mind, now consider Paul’s words in 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he (God) who began a good work (work of giving) in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Paul is confident that the church in Philippi would continue to give as they have done. EBC, I, too have that same confidence with you!

The work of giving to On Goal scholarships and short-term missions and deacons’ fund and what’s next campaign and church budget will be carried on to completion. And as Paul affirms, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

God will indeed meet our needs as a church as we align ourselves with Him. I look forward to seeing what God is going to do in meeting our needs as we have embarked on this “What’s Next” campaign because I have a feeling it isn’t going to be exactly like we might picture it. We continue to lean not on our own understanding but lean in on the One who is working in our lives.

Praise God for the new people visiting each Sunday and the ones who are calling EBC their home! Continue to make these people feel welcomed here! Hope to see you Sunday!

With thanksgiving,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“One Final Tour: Our Eternal Home”
Revelation 21:9 – 22:5

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Communion

 We will be celebrating communion this Sunday during both services.

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.

Child Dedication

There will be three families dedicating their children this Sunday during second service

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.

OWLS

The OWLS will enjoy a trip to The Wright Museum in Wolfeboro on Wednesday,May 22nd. We will see what is new since we were there a number of years ago.  Following the visit, we will enjoy lunch at the Wolfeboro Inn. Meet at the church to carpool at 10:30am.  We will need an approximate number planning to attend so we can arrange lunch with the Inn.  Please let one of
us know if you plan to come.
Jay and Bette  528-4458  or lfd21jay@metrocast.net or 759-3780
Norma  848-7203  or normaandwilbur@comcast.net  or 783-021

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

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/.

 

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