The Weekly Epistle 3/24/21

The power to grow in our relationship with Christ is wrapped up in one word.  It is at the heart of how we can live the way God wants us to live.  It is the way we can be changed to the image of Jesus Christ.  It is one word- a two letter word.  It is the word “IN.”  It is a favorite term in Paul’s letters to the church.  He uses the preposition “in” over 160 times to describe our union, identification, oneness, and personal relationship with Christ.  
 
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Co. 5:17).
“We are filled with the fruit of righteousness in Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:11).
“We have access to the Father in Christ” (Eph. 2:18).
God causes us to “Triumph in Christ Jesus,” (2 Co 2:14).
“He who remains IN ME,” Jesus says in John 15, “will bear fruit.”  
 
We can’t get any closer than in!  And because there is such a close relationship, He gives us all the resources we need to live our life each day for Him.  “We have been blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (EPH 1:3).  Because Christ is in us and we are in Him, we have the power to obey Him, witness for Him, serve Him in the church, love others, and grow more and more like Jesus.  
 
We share all that Christ does and has and is! We need to believe this to be true and live like it each day.  We are to conform all of life to our “in Christ” identity.  That means, we don’t have to yield ourselves to sin anymore because we are in Christ.  That means, we don’t live in defeat, but in victory.  That means, the voice of truth we listen to about who we are comes from our identity in Christ and not what others say about us.  
 
So, as you seek to live out God’s Word in your life, first take in the amazing reality of your union with Christ.  No matter what the world throws at you, you are in Christ and Christ is in you!  No matter what happens at your job, you are in Christ and Christ is in you.  No matter what your diagnosis is, no matter what people try to do to you, no matter what others say about you, no matter what turn of events mess with your dreams and plans, you are in Christ and Christ is in you.  When you are in Christ Jesus nothing can stand against you!  And Colossians 3:3 says, “Your life is hidden with Christ in God.”  You are secure!  
 
Below you can check out some other verses that speak of the breathtaking reality of our union with Christ.  
 
Prayer 30 tomorrow night (Thursday) @ 6:30 is open to everyone!  The business meeting will follow our prayer time at 7:00.  If you can’t make it in person, checkout the zoom link below.
 
We will be having an in-person Good Friday service at 7:00 on Friday, April 2.  We will have two Easter services at 9:00 and 10:45 with both services following the same mask guidelines (see below).  EBC kids will begin again on Easter Sunday for second service only.  Nursery for Easter Sunday will be offered in both services.
 
It is a beautiful time of year as we celebrate our new life in Jesus Christ and anticipate that day when all those who are united to Christ will rise to live again!  
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Caught in the Act
Daniel 6

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Sample verses that speak to our union in Christ

Romans 6:23
Romans 8:38-39
1 Corinthians 1:2
1 Corinthians 15:22
2 Corinthians 1:20
2 Corinthians 5:21
Galatians 3:26
Ephesians 1:4
Ephesians 1:7
Philippians 4:7
Philippians 4:19
2 Timothy 1:9

Business Meeting

Thursday March 25th 7pm
Prayer time at 6:30 pm

Business Meeting Zoom 

If you are unable to attend the business meeting in person and prefer to attend via zoom, use this link to participate: ZOOM LINK

Child Dedication

There will be a child dedication on Sunday, April 11. If you are interested, please mark your calendars to meet with Pastor Brian on Sunday March 28 between services (10:15-10:30)

Good Friday

Join us for our Good Friday service on Friday April 2nd at 7pm.

Easter Sunday Services

For Easter Sunday, the mask requirements will be the same for both 1st and 2nd services. Masks are required to be worn to and from your seats only. EBC Kids will take place during 2nd service only and nursery will be provided during both services.

Ushers for Easter Sunday

As you probably know, finding a good seat on Easter Sunday can be challenging. As such, we need extra hands on deck to help guests find seats and muscle around chairs as needed. If you would like to volunteer to first or second service or both, please email Pastor Dan at dan@ebclaconia.com

Save the Date

Q & A with Sam Huggard about the E Free affiliation. April 11th at 6pm
More details to come.

Upcoming Missions Trip

Are you interested in joining a short-term Mission trip?  EBC’s Global Outreach Team is joining with Rick Odess from Missions Door to send a group to El Salvador for church related projects.  This would be a 9 day trip in or around August.  If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to Mary Beth Letourneau (603-545-7329) or another member of the Global Outreach Team.

Prayer and Praise

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

The Weekly Epistle 3/17/21

“I’ll pray for you.”  Ever said that and forgot to pray?  Talk about feeling guilty.  And the only thing worse than that is when the person you said you would pray for says to you, “thanks for praying.”  What do you do with that one?
 
Years ago, I became very convicted about this well-intentioned but overused Christian cliché.  I desire that my “Yes” be yes and my “No” be no and that applies to my promise to pray for someone.  Here are some practical tips that may help you to keep your word when it comes to praying for others.  
 
If it is appropriate, pause to pray with that person right then.  This can even be done on the phone.  
 
As soon as possible after hearing that request, pray for that person, even if it is a brief word with God.  
 
Immediately, write down the prayer request.  On Sundays, when a prayer request is shared with me, it is helpful for me to write that request down on my bulletin.  I know some people who keep a notebook with them to write it down as soon as possible.  It also helps them to follow up with that person later.  
 
Instead of saying, “I will pray for you,” you might say, “as that comes to mind, I will pray.”  Then ask God to bring that person and their request to your mind.  You might be surprised how often you will be reminded during the week.  
 
If the person is fine with your sharing that request with others, then involve others in praying.  This not only serves to strengthen and bless others in their faith but helps keep you accountable.  
 
God has given us this wonderful means of grace, called prayer.  The more we pray, the more our faith is strengthened in the God who hears and answers our prayers.  And don’t think of prayer as an activity you do at a prescribed time, but an attitude of prayer in which you can do while you are driving, walking, jogging, exercising, cooking dinner, trying to fall asleep at night.  
 
There have been many nights when my inability to sleep has led me to pray for you.  Often, my mind will recall those I saw in church this past week, to lift them up in prayer.  Even if I might not have specific personal requests, I can pray Philippians 1:9-11 or Colossians 1:9-11 or for your marriage or for your children, or for your ministry, or for God to open up opportunities for you to share your faith. 
 
Speaking of prayer, there will be a “prayer 30” the night of the business meeting (March 25).  At 6:30 we will join for 30 minutes of prayer, all are invited to this time of prayer.  
 
If you are a member of the church, then the business meeting is an opportunity for you to hear more from the leadership about affiliating with the Evangelical Free Church.  There will be an update on the convent building project, financial report, and a recommendation from the elders to approve Gary Cobis as an elder. 
 
It has been such a blessing to see more and more of the EBC family on Sunday mornings. Until then, blessings to you!  Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

God and Graffiti
Daniel 5

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Communion

We will be celebrating communion this Sunday. If you are joining us from home, please have your elements ready.

Business Meeting

Our next business meeting will be Thursday March 25th at 7pm with a prayer time at 6:30pm. Please mark this on your calendar and come out for an update on EBC happenings.

Child Dedication

There will be a child dedication on Sunday, April 11. If you are interested, please mark your calendars to meet with Pastor Brian on Sunday March 28 between services (10:15-10:30)

Good Friday

Join us for our Good Friday service on Friday April 2nd at 7pm.

Easter Sunday Services

For Easter Sunday, the mask requirements will be the same for both 1st and 2nd services. Masks are required to be worn to and from your seats only. EBC Kids will take place during 2nd service only and nursery will be provided during both services.

Upcoming Missions Trip

Are you interested in joining a short-term Mission trip?  EBC’s Global Outreach Team is joining with Rick Odess from Missions Door to send a group to El Salvador for church related projects.  This would be a 9 day trip in or around August.  If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to Mary Beth Letourneau (603-545-7329) or another member of the Global Outreach Team.

Prayer and Praise

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

The Weekly Epistle 3/10/21

The elders will be recommending to the church membership, Gary Cobis to serve as elder. Gary has completed the 10 sessions for effective spiritual leadership, met with the elders, and meets the biblical qualifications for eldership. Here is a little of Gary’s story.

My name is Gary Cobis and I have been married to my wife Brenda for 28 years, we reside in Gilford. I have two sons, the oldest is Nathan and the youngest is Zachary. They both attend EBC and our Friday night small group and are currently are starting their careers in law enforcement. We are excited to have an addition to our family, Zachary’s fiancé Jade Pickowicz, they will be married in July.

I started my personal relationship with Jesus Christ in 1997 after many years of trying to manage my own life; substance abuse problems and a family history of alcoholism. I attended twelve step programs and personal/couples counseling. For ten years prior to my accepting Christ, I was sober and taking all I could from my support system at the time; knowing all the while, there had to be something more. Shortly after my father’s death, I had a lot more unanswered question. One day I was listening to a pastor on the radio talk about the attributes of God,” All love, All power, All knowledge etc.,” which I agreed with, then he added “Jesus was God, and is God.” These words would change my life and family forever; I knew God, but I didn’t know his name until then.  I realized that Christ died for the sins of the world, and this included me.

Living in Halifax, Massachusetts, our family attended a Congregational Church for a brief period of time then attended New Hope Chapel in Rockland. I began to teach and lead home bible studies, welcome to the family class (EBC calls it Discovery Class) and facilitated the men’s ministry.  We moved to Rochester, Massachusetts where we attended Church in the Pines. My roles consisted of deacon, board member, small group facilitator, and men’s bible study leader; in addition, my wife and I assisted in the start-up of Celebrate Recovery. I am thankful for my wife’s love, support and prayers throughout the years, and for that I will be forever grateful. After eight years we moved to Gilford, New Hampshire.

We started attending Grace Capital in Laconia. My roles there included elder, life group leader, and assistant youth group leader. I experienced many loving relationships in this church family, they were close in my heart, but my doctrinal differences prevented me and my family from continuing to attend. We started attending Evangelical Baptist Church in Laconia. My wife and I completed the Discovery Class and became members of EBC. We currently host a small group at our home on Friday nights and I lead the weekly study.

I see my role as an elder at EBC Laconia as it is written in God’s Word 1 Timothy 3 and Titus: Protecting the flock, staying spiritually alert, caring for practical needs of the church family, and teaching the Word of God. I look forward to working with Pastor Brian, Pastor Dan and the other elders in shepherding the church and assisting them in any way possible. Thank you for considering me in the role as elder.

In Christ,

Gary Cobis

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

The Mighty Have Fallen: One Man’s Story
Daniel 4

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Save the Date 
Business Meeting

Our next business meeting will be Thursday March 25th at 7pm with a prayer time at 6:30pm. Please mark this on your calendar and come out for an update on EBC happenings.

Child Dedication

There will be a child dedication on Sunday, April 11. If you are interested, please mark your calendars to meet with Pastor Brian on Sunday March 28 between services (10:15-10:30)

Easter Sunday Services

For Easter Sunday, the mask requirements will be the same for both 1st and 2nd services. Masks are required to be worn to and from your seats only. EBC Kids will take place during 2nd service only and nursery will be provided during both services.

Upcoming Missions Trip

Are you interested in joining a short-term Mission trip?  EBC’s Global Outreach Team is joining with Rick Odess from Missions Door to send a group to El Salvador for church related projects.  This would be a 9 day trip in or around August.  If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to Mary Beth Letourneau (603-545-7329) or another member of the Global Outreach Team.

Prayer and Praise

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