The Weekly Epistle 2/19/20

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
 
Everything in the world has a natural bell curve. Seeds, for example, sprout, grow into trees, bear fruit, and die. Likewise, ministry strategies also follow a natural process of development. God plants a vision in the heart of a leader, the vision grows and flourishes and runs its course, before eventually coming to a natural conclusion. Six months ago, Momentum Student Ministries was on the tail end of such a curve. But as one of the most enduring pop ballads of the 90’s states, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
 
In last week’s epistle, I shared that Momentum has a new leadership team. In this week’s epistle, I would like to share our new ministry plan. Before I share the details, I would like to point out that this plan is experimental. We’re going to try some new things over the next four months. In June, we will assess how things went and develop a long-term plan accordingly.
 
Without further ado, here’s the plan…
 
MONTHLY MOMENTUM 
Momentum will return in March as a monthly program. We will retain the format of the weekly program, but with a renewed emphasis on preparation. We will seek to make the night fun and engaging. Special games and guest speakers are all in the works for this new exciting incarnation of our flagship ministry.
 
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
We will be holding three special events over the next four months to foster opportunities for outreach, growth, and fellowship amongst our teens. 
 
MOMENTUM SUNDAY STUDY
This spring, we’re going to run a pilot Sunday school program for teens called Momentum Sunday Study. We are putting together a special team of teachers and curriculum to help students grow deeper in their knowledge and relationship with Jesus.
 
MOMENTUM BASKETBALL OUTREACH 
This March, we’re going to run a pilot basketball outreach just for teens. The outreach will take place Friday nights from 7-9 for the entire month.
 
That’s the plan for the next four months. I am still working with the Ministry Team to nail down details like exact dates and times, but we will share more soon. Keep your ear to the ground!
 
I want to leave you with an invitation. 
 
Back in November, I asked EBC members at large to consider joining a special prayer team to pray for Momentum during this time of transition. Seven people signed up, and like Aaron and Hur holding up Moses’ arms in battle, they have faithfully been holding Momentum up in prayer. Would you consider joining that team and increasing the influence and power of prayer over our ministry? I send out an email with prayer updates once a week. Email me at dan@ebclaconia.com if you would like to join the team.
 
Blessings, 
Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

One Woman, One Prayer, One Son

1 Samuel 1-8

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Created for Connection

EBC is hosting a marriage conference for the EBC family. This will be a two-day event, Friday night and all-day Saturday, April 3-4.
There will be 4 workshops to choose from that will be taught by four of our very own counselors and Pastor. Signups begin this Sunday. Check out the bulletin for your brochure.

“Wisdom and the Will of God”
From the Book of Proverbs

This Sunday morning at 9am will be our final week as we look at how life works from the perspective of wisdom.

Coffee & Connect

Join your fellow ladies at Wayfarer Coffee Roasters tomorrow, February 20th from 6pm-7:30pm for a time of fellowship. 

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning March 8th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

Fellowship of Prayer

Our next prayer event will be Sunday March 15th at 6pm. Join us as we come together for a time of worship and prayer.

Love INC Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Love INC of the Lakes Region would like to invite everyone who has volunteered in any way over the last 3 years to a volunteer appreciation dinner. Let us, the board of directors, serve you a dinner to say thank you for all you have done to help Love INC serve others within our local communities. Join us Sunday March 1st from 3pm-5pm at EBC Fellowship Hall. 
Please RSVP by 2/27 to info@loveinclr.org or 366-1525

Ministry Fair

The next Ministry Fair will be Sunday 3/22 and 3/29. You will have opportunities to learn more about the ministries here at EBC and sign up to volunteer and get involved!

Women’s Night of Worship

Thursday March 19th Wayfarer Coffee Roasters 7:30pm-9pm Doors open at 7pm. Come out for a night or worship, prayer, and fellowship with women from our local churches. Let’s come together and minister to each other as we all gather in His name!

OnGoal

Save the date for this year’s OnGoal Soccer Camp! 
June 23-27

EBC Kids

Serve once a month in the Nursery or as a teacher or teachers helper in Pre K- Grade 5! Contact the Church office or Mary Whitman for more information.

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), and EBC public and private Facebook pages. 

The Weekly Epistle 2/12/20

“Momentum Student Ministries exists to glorify God by helping teens thrive as authentic mature disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Some may read a statement like that and ask, “Can teenagers really thrive as disciples? Can they fully follow and devote themselves to the teachings and practices of another?” The answer is an unequivocal, yes. In fact, all teenagers are disciples. The question is, what and who are they are disciples of?

Teenagers are in a constant state of development; that is why the Bible exhorts us to train up a child in the way they should go (Proverbs 6:22). But what happens when we abdicate that responsibility?

If we fail to engage our teenagers in the truth of God’s Word, their iPhone will engage them in a world of lies.

If we fail to disciple the next generation, Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber will do it for us, and when they graduate and head off to college, their humanistic professor will take over from there. 

Teenagers are impressionable, and if we’re not intentional about making an impression upon them, then someone else will. This is why Momentum Student Ministries is committed to impressing upon them, “the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6), the knowledge that will light their way and lead them from the kingdom of this world into the Kingdom of Heaven.

But knowledge is just one part of the equation. As Pastor Brian showed us in his recent sermon series, Legacy: Living a Life that Lasts, knowledge of our faith must be transferred by the faithful example and guidance of those who have gone before. Kids don’t just need knowledge; they need someone to guide them in that knowledge, someone to disciple them. 

Back in November, I shared with you that that Momentum was going on a hiatus into the new year. I shared that over the past six years, we have had a great team of volunteers who have served the youth of EBC faithfully from week-to-week, but many of those leaders had moved into new seasons of life and ministry. 

Today I am excited to announce, Tyler Mansfield, Ethan and Victoria Brown, Scott, Cindy, and Dylan Treamer have all stepped up to be a part of the all-new Momentum Ministry Team. 

It is my hope and prayer that God will use each of them in significant ways to disciple the next generation. Please join me in that prayer. 

Momentum activities will be resuming soon. I will share an update on that next week.

Blessings, 

Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

A Bright Spot

Book of Judges & Ruth

Last Sunday’s Sermon

“Wisdom and the Will of God”
From the Book of Proverbs

Join us Sunday morning at 9am as we take a look at how life works from the perspective of wisdom.

Women’s Bible Study
“Open Your Bible”

The next women’s bible study will begin Saturday February 15th at 9am and will be run for 7 weeks. “Open Your Bible”, will quench a thirst you might not even know you have-one that can only be satisfied by God’s Word. 

Coffee & Connect

Women need genuine fellowship with other women on their journey. We wanted to offer an opportunity to connect women to women during a “Coffee & Connect” 
Join us the 3rd Thursday of each month at Wayfarer Coffee Roasters from 6pm-7:30pm 626 Main St Laconia. Come meet new friends and know that on your journey, you are not alone. 
February 20th will be our first Coffee & Connect.

Prayer 30 Prayer Event

Join us this Sunday February 16th from 12:15-12:45 for 30 minutes of prayer.

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning March 8th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

EBC Kids

Serve once a month in the Nursery or as a teacher or teachers helper in Pre K- Grade 5! Contact the Church office or Mary Whitman for more information.

Save The Date

“Created for Connection”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. Signups begin February 23rd.

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), and EBC public and private Facebook pages. 

The Weekly Epistle 2/5/20

A blind pig that is fattened until the day of its slaughter thinks that its owner cares for him and gives good food to him. I am that pig. I was fooled into believing spirits would help me. I’ve been believing that by my good efforts I could somehow come to God. Now I see that Satan was fooling me and trying to destroy me. I was like a blind pig being fattened for the slaughter.”
 
This was a response from one of the ISKI people hearers of God’s Word.  The ISKI people is the adopted people group of EBC.  Here is an exciting update of what is happening among the ISKI people:
 
The Iski people in our outreach location are hearing for the first time the story from Creation to Christ. The Iski church here in the village of Oguru heard this themselves for the first time two years ago about five to six hours away. We are now in our third week of teaching and the numbers continue to remain steady around 280. There is even a group walking and boating two hours Monday to Friday to hear. I was able to spend the last couple of weeks with our Bible teachers down there giving some on-the-job training, support and discipleship. I can’t tell you how cool it is to be at this place as co-laborers with our dear friends, to teach with them and to share in the joys and struggles together with them.” 
 
Isn’t this encouraging?  I want to keep you informed of what God is doing among our adopted people, the ISKI’s.  I want to keep you in the loop of other events happening here at EBC.
 
I am looking forward to the “Created for Connection” Marriage Conference hosted by EBC on April 3-4.  There will be an outside speaker, opportunities for couple time, workshops to attend, and fellowship with other couples in the church.  Save the date and in a few weeks, you will be given more information and the opportunity to sign up.
 
Prayer 30 is on Sunday February 16 from 12:15-12:45. Church, we can only go forward on our knees.  So, whether or not you are comfortable praying aloud, your presence with your brothers and sisters in Christ in prayer, is vital to our fruitfulness as a church.  Plan to take 30 minutes on that Sunday to lock arms with others in prayer.  
 
The Sunday School Class, “Wisdom and the Will of God” began this past Sunday but you can jump in this week to learn from Proverbs on how wisdom matters to our daily lives.  This is a four-week study that meets each Sunday morning at 9:00 in room 102.
 
“Open Your Bible” is a women’s’ study that begins on February 15.  Pick up a copy of the book that goes along with that study this Sunday.  
 
Check out the rest of the announcements so that you stay informed.  Look forward to seeing you Sunday!  
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Two Week Journey That Took Over 40 Years

Numbers 13-14; Joshua 1-12

Last Sunday’s Sermon

OWLS Valentines Luncheon

All OWLS are invited to the Fellowship Hall at EBC to enjoy a Valentine Luncheon on Wednesday, February 12th.  Come and have a great time of fellowship and good food.  Lunch will be at 12PM.
Love originated with God and was His idea.  He calls all of us to love one another, so whether you are married or single plan to join us

“Wisdom and the Will of God”
From the Book of Proverbs

Join us Sunday morning at 9am as we take a look at how life works from the perspective of wisdom.

Women’s Bible Study
“Open Your Bible”

The next women’s bible study will begin Saturday February 15th at 9am and will be run for 7 weeks. “Open Your Bible”, will quench a thirst you might not even know you have-one that can only be satisfied by God’s Word. 

Coffee & Connect

Women need genuine fellowship with other women on their journey. We wanted to offer an opportunity to connect women to women during a “Coffee & Connect” 
Join us the 3rd Thursday of each month at Wayfarer Coffee Roasters from 6pm-7:30pm 626 Main St Laconia. Come meet new friends and know that on your journey, you are not alone. 
February 20th will be our first Coffee & Connect.

Prayer 30 Prayer Event

Join us on February 16th from 12:15-12:45 for 30 minutes of prayer.

Discovery Class

Join us for 4 weeks beginning March 8th on Sunday mornings at 9am. This class is for those looking for more information about our church and those considering membership.

EBC Kids

Serve once a month in the Nursery or as a teacher or teachers helper in Pre K- Grade 5! Contact the Church office or Mary Whitman for more information.

Save The Date

“Created for Connection”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. Signups begin February 23rd.

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), and EBC public and private Facebook pages.