The Weekly Epistle 9/23/20

“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”  Mark Twain once again has a way of touching on a nerve.  The habits of others are glaring.  Yet when it comes to my own habits, my vision is poor.  I can spot the annoying habits of others quite easily yet ignore my own.
 
Habits!  Just as there are repeated practices we wish to break, there are also good habits to be cultivated.  It has been said, “Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.”  
 
I heard recently that one of the challenges facing the church at this time is that people have gotten out of the habit of going to church.  This is why the book of Hebrews encourages us, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another” (Hebrews 10:25).  
 
I realize that for health reasons some are not able to attend in person and that it pains them not to be here on Sunday mornings.  I respect that!  But I would be amiss and do an injustice to you if I didn’t urge you to consider if the habit of being away is being formed in your life.  And I miss you!  I miss seeing you!  
 
As we begin our series on I John this Sunday on being real, we will touch on the critical aspect of fellowship.  We grow in community.  As John Piper puts it, “Sanctification is a community project.”  Community is a value here at EBC and that is why we speak of community groups, not small groups.  There is intentionality in the name.  It is in smaller groups that community is established, and it is in community we grow.  I hope you have signed up for a community group that begins this coming week.  It is not too late to sign up.  Stop by at the kiosk this Sunday or contact Tim Whitman at tawhitman@liberty.edu
 
Coffee time will begin again this Sunday between services upstairs in the worship center from 10:00-10:20. EBC kids will start up on October 4 during the first service only (when nursery is also offered).  After checking in your child at the kiosk, go immediately downstairs to room 102.  At this time, we will not dismiss the kids during the service, but they will attend EBC kids for the entire hour.  
 
Men, don’t forget about signing up for the breakfast which will be held outdoors at Andy Whitman’s house on October 3 @ 7:00am.  I remind you as well of the solemn assembly to take place this Saturday at Opechee from 2-4.  This event is part of the 10-day community wide prayer initiative that several Bible-believing churches have come together to sponsor.  Day seven prayer time will be held tomorrow night at 6:00 pm in the EBC gym parking lot.  
 
One last event to put on your radar is the Networking Spiritual Gifts seminar that will take place on two Saturday mornings in November (11/7 & 11/14).  Sign ups will begin next Sunday.  Networking is committed to putting the right people in the right places of service to the building of God’s Kingdom.  
 
Partnering with you in serving Him,

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Get Real
1 John 1:1-4

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Community Groups

Community Groups begin September 27th
Sign up this Sunday at the kiosk in the back of the sanctuary. 
Please contact Tim Whitman with any questions tawhitman@liberty.edu

Men’s Breakfast

The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday October 3rd at Andy Whitman’s house in his back yard. Sign up this Sunday at the back counter of the sanctuary. 

Discovery Class

This class is for those who wish to learn more about EBC. This class is required for those who wish to become members of EBC. The next Discovery Class series will begin Sunday 10/4 and will run for 4 weeks at 9am in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Wide Prayer Event

Several pastors in this area are leading 10 days of prayer for Awakening to take place in the Lakes Region and in our nation.  EBC will be hosting from 6:00-7:00 PM on Thursday 9/24. There will be other opportunities at other locations during these 10 days as well. Also, set a side 9/26 for a community wide prayer and worship event at Opechee Park from 2:00-5:00.

Coffee Time

We will begin serving coffee this Sunday 9/27 in between services. If you would like to volunteer to serve once a month in this ministry, please contact Donna Dube @ dtd@metrocast.net

EBC Kids

EBC Kids will resume during 1st service, 9am on Sunday 10/4. All kids will check in and then head downstairs where they will have their own time of worship and then go to their appropriate classes. (This does not include nursery) 

Giving

You can continue to give either online on our website www.laconiachurch.com and clicking on the green Give button or by mailing your checks to the office. 50 Washington St Laconia, NH 03246

Prayer and Praise

If you have any prayer requests or needs, please email Corianne at: corianne@ebclaconia.com 

The Weekly Epistle 9/16/20

Patience [ˈpāSHəns] NOUN     1. The capacity to accept or tolerate delay
 
If patience is a spiritual gift, then it is not one I possess. If I don’t keep myself in check, I am prone to gripe or take impetuous action when encountering inconvenient delays. 
 
Just this past weekend, I was growing impatient as I waited in one of life’s many waiting rooms. I expected to receive an answer on a matter on Sunday morning. The answer didn’t come. Then I expected to receive the answer by Sunday evening. Again, the answer didn’t come. Then I expected to receive the answer by Monday morning. And still, the answer didn’t come. 
 
Despite my naturally impatient disposition, I gave the matter over to the Lord and let it go. 
 
As I concluded my time of prayer, it occurred to me that waiting is a blessing. 
 
I don’t know why I never thought of it that way before, but it makes good sense. It gives God’s plan time to unfold. It gives time for our hearts to be formed. And if God is indeed good and concerned for our welfare well, the waiting should be equally good.
 
I asked the Lord to provide affirmation concerning my little epiphany. The next day, as I began to prepare for the upcoming worship service, I turned to Pastor Brian’s passage for his sermon and read these words. 
 
“The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
to the person who seeks Him.
It is good to wait quietly
for deliverance from the LORD.”
 
-Lamentations 3:25-26
 
How’s that for affirmation!
 
For sure, I do not possess the spiritual gift of patience. But the spiritual discipline of patience is available to me. The same discipline is available to you as well.
 
Are you currently stuck in one of life’s many waiting rooms? My guess is, God wants to bless you. The question is, are you willing to wait for the blessing? Waiting is hard. 
 
As Tom Petty sang,
 
“The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part”
 
Waiting is hard. Nevertheless, it is good. 
 
My God bless you in your waiting, 
 
Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Defining Moments
Lamentations 3:1-26

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Changes in our Sunday Morning Worship

Two important changes to our services
Nursery is provided during 1st service 9am, for children up to kindergarten. 
2nd service 10:45am we will require masks to and from your seats. We will reserve the back center section (next to the sound booth) for those who choose to wear a mask the whole time.
Any questions please contact Corianne at the office 524-2277 or corianne@ebclaconia.com

Community Groups

The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday October 3rd at Andy Whitman’s house in his back yard. Sign up this Sunday at the back counter of the sanctuary. 

Men’s Breakfast

The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday October 3rd at Andy Whitman’s house in his back yard. Sign ups will begin Sunday September 13th at the back counter of the sanctuary. 

Discovery Class

This class is for those who wish to learn more about EBC. This class is required for those who wish to become members of EBC. The next Discovery Class series will begin Sunday 10/4 and will run for 4 weeks at 9am in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Wide Prayer Event

Several pastors in this area are leading 10 days of prayer for Awakening to take place in the Lakes Region and in our nation.  EBC will be hosting two prayer events from 6:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday 9/22 and Thursday 9/24. There will be other opportunities at other locations during these 10 days as well. Also, set a side 9/26 for a church wide prayer and worship event at Opechee Park from 2:00-5:00.

New Sermon Series

“Being Real” a study in 1 John
Begins September 27th

EBC Kids

EBC Kids needs more volunteers. If you are interested in serving once a month as a nursery worker, as a teacher or helper, please contact Victoria Mansfield victoriayasharianmansfield@gmail.com or contact the office 524-2277 or 
office @ebclaconia.com

Giving

You can continue to give either online on our website www.laconiachurch.com and clicking on the green Give button or by mailing your checks to the office. 50 Washington St Laconia, NH 03246

Prayer and Praise

If you have any prayer requests or needs, please email Corianne at: corianne@ebclaconia.com