Another Pastoral Epistle 9/19/18

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall” (Oscar Wilde). Many of you have recently commented on your loving the fall season. Although, I am not a big fan of the season right behind it, I too, have a liking to fall. Also, it is this season that my memories of my dad stand out. My dad loved the Red Sox and this is the time of year that baseball is at its best. No doubt I inherited my love for sports from my dad.

My mind also goes to my dad working on puzzles, especially in his later years. Still in our home today we often have a puzzle that we are working on set up in the living room. Believe it or not, there can be frustrating moments in putting together a puzzle. Like when the dog chewed one of the pieces. Or when we had to take down the unfinished puzzle because we needed the table it was set on. And those times when the piece almost fits, but obviously isn’t the right piece. You can try and force it to fit, but it just won’t fit. That piece wasn’t made to go in that slot. Oh! But how sweet it is to place the right piece in the right spot!

Have you wondered how you fit into God’s work? Have you thought about the right fit for you in serving here at EBC? You are an important piece to the puzzle- to the work of God through this church. You are not here by accident, God has brought you to EBC for a reason. The Bible says that God arranges the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. Check out 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.

A tool that we use at EBC to help you find your ministry fit is Network. This workshop is designed to help you discover your spiritual gifts, personal style, and passion for serving in the church. Network’s goal is to have the right people in the right places. Will you consider attending this workshop? Part one is on Saturday, October 27 from 9:00-noon or you can choose to attend on Thursday night, November 1, from 6:00-9:00. Part two will take place on Saturday, November 3, from 9:00-noon. You must attend both part one and part two and must sign up in advance to get your workbook and begin the necessary preparations. Sign-ups will be this Sunday and the following Sunday.

Why serve? Returning to the analogy of the puzzle, it helps to see the picture on the box in sorting and placement of the pieces. What is the bigger picture of service? Serving is part of our process of making disciples. It is being equipped to serve in the right place of ministry that develops you as a follower of Christ and contributes to the growth and health of the church. The church needs you to serve, not to fill positions, but because of the significant contribution you make to the overall health of the church.

Ephesians 2:10 says that believers are God’s workmanship. That is in the present tense. It is not “we we’re God’s workmanship” or “we might be God’s workmanship,” but we are His workmanship. God is continuously at work in our lives leading us to those good works He has prepared for us in advance to do. What has He prepared for you to do? Don’t be puzzled about where you best fit and where you can make a greater impact for the eternal kingdom, participate in the network workshop. See the bigger picture of growing His church and being more fulfilled in your walk with Jesus Christ!

One piece of the puzzle,

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

New Sermon Series

“In the Shadow of Hope”

Sermon Direction

“A Heavenly Perspective”
Revelation 4

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Communion

We will be sharing in Communion together this Sunday.

Communion

We will be sharing in Communion together this Sunday.

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 next week, in all different locations, times, and days of the week. If you still need to sign up please contact Tim Whitman: tawhitman@liberty.edu

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.

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join your fellow OWLS on Wednesday September 26th as 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

Right People in the Right Places

Network Workshop

  • Part 1: Option 1 Saturday 10/27 9am-12pm
    Option 2 Thursday 11/1 6pm-9pm
  • Part 2: Saturday 11/3 9am-12pm
    Must attend both parts. See Susan Lyle after church service at the back counter to sign up in advance and get your book.

 

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 next week, in all different locations, times, and days of the week. If you still need to sign up please contact Tim Whitman: tawhitman@liberty.edu

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.

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join your fellow OWLS on Wednesday September 26th as 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

Right People in the Right Places

Network Workshop

  • Part 1: Option 1 Saturday 10/27 9am-12pm
    Option 2 Thursday 11/1 6pm-9pm
  • Part 2: Saturday 11/3 9am-12pm
    Must attend both parts. See Susan Lyle after church service at the back counter to sign up in advance and get your book.

 

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