Another Pastoral Epistle 12/5/18

Have you thought about how strange everything about the birth of Jesus was? Whatever people expected Jesus’ coming would look like, no one imagined it to look like it did.

Even though Old Testament prophecy predicted a virgin would conceive and bear a son, I am not sure they took that to mean that a virgin would miraculously become pregnant with God. Did anyone imagine that when the long-expected Messiah would be born it would be in some dingy cave used to house animals? Did anyone expect that the little town of Nazareth would be the place the Messiah would be raised up? Then there are the shepherds, some magi who were akin to astrologers. And who ever thought that “Immanuel” literally meant that God would become flesh and pitch his tent on planet earth?

Immanuel… let that sink in. The heart of the Christmas story can be summed up in three words, “God with us” (Immanuel). We will be taking a break from our sermon series in the book of Revelation to focus on God with us and the difference those three words make on our lives. There will be a Christmas Eve service on Monday, December 24 at 6:30 with a candlelight celebration concluding our time together. Hope you can make it!

What’s next? That is the question we are asking as we seek what God has for EBC in the new year. That question applies to all areas in the life of the church. In a very specific way it applies to changes, upgrades, and enhancements to our God-given facility. We will be unrolling more of the details around this in January. Tying into this, I am also excited about working through the book of Haggai in the month of January. For now, the call is to pray! Soon we will be asking you to make a commitment to prayer around the “What’s next” campaign.

What about our study in the book of Revelation? Hang on, we will be returning to it in February after the “Inspire, enlighten, encourage, enlist” conference on February 8-10. What is this conference all about? Stay tuned!

I wish you all could have heard the excitement in the room this past Sunday in the fellowship hall with the welcome luncheon. Between this welcome luncheon and the previous one two months ago, we had a total of 44 people (including children). God continues to bring to EBC a beautiful mix of young families, singles, empty nesters, middle age couples with kids, and people from all stages on their spiritual journey. He does arrange the parts, doesn’t He?

See you Sunday, if not sooner, and don’t forget, members, the business meeting on Thursday night in the fellowship hall at 7:00.

I know it is a bit cliché, but let’s not forget the reason for the season!

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“When People Look BIG and God Looks small
Isaiah 7:14; 8:1-10

Last Sunday’s Sermon

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),
  • EBC public and private Facebook pages.

*(If 1st service is cancelled, it will say Early Service on WMUR)

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday Dec. 8 @ 0800 in the Prayer Room behind the stage. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. So please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve. (Please note that this a personal ministry and not an EBC church ministry)

OWLS

OWLS will enjoy the One Voice Concert entitled “Heavenly Peace” on Sunday, December 16th at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium in Meredith. We will meet at EBC at 1:45 to travel to Meredith for the 3PM concert. Contact us with any questions.

Meal train for The Hardy Family

A meal train has been set up for Bethany and Alex Hardy as they welcome home their new baby boy. You can sign up at: mealtrain.com

Christmas Eve Service

Candlelight service 6:30pm – 7:30pm December 24th

Another Pastoral Epistle 11/28/18

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” as the song goes. Thanksgiving has passed and leftovers are finally finished. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. Vendors have set up their Christmas tree stands and stores have begun their decorating. Snow on the trees and the newest snowfall sets the scene for a white Christmas. Yes! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Or is it?

Maybe it is just me and it is one of those I am getting older moments, but I don’t seem to see as many nativity displays as “back in the day.” Some of the Christmas songs don’t mention the Savior’s birth at all. And there was already a Santa sighting. Ok! I don’t want to be that person who bemoans what is missing this Christmas season. I want to be that person who celebrates the gift of Immanuel: God with us! Christ came so that we might know what it is like to have God with us.

The heart of the Christmas story can be summed up in three words: God with us! After this Sunday, we will take a break from our sermon series in Revelation to rejoice in the truth of a God who is with us. Advent begins this Sunday. It is Christ’s arrival (advent) that is the starting place for the right look of Christmas. Be festive this Christmas season. Be intentional in your celebrations, family time, and getting together with others this season. And be filled with the hope, peace, joy, and love of His presence with you each and every day!

Since we want this season to be a time of celebration, we will keep the capital campaign low key over this season. However, we do want to emphasize the need for prayer for our “What’s next” team. We will keep that before you in preparation for the rolling out of God’s building plans for us and our study in the book of Haggai in January that answer what’s next for us at EBC. I am super excited about this time in the life of EBC as we align ourselves with what God is building here. If you missed the sermon the Sunday before Thanksgiving, it would be helpful for you to listen to it online. In that sermon, the foundation for the upcoming building campaign is laid as we looked at 2 Samuel 7.

Prayer builders will meet this Sunday at 10:20 in the room behind stage. Also, this Sunday is the Welcome Luncheon for all those who have started attending EBC within the last year or two. That might not be you, but perhaps there is someone you can invite or bring to this luncheon.

Church, you are doing an amazing job helping newcomers feel welcomed here. I hear time and time again from visitors that we are a friendly church. That is the kind of climate we want to keep developing. And as you have heard me say before, let’s not only be known for being friendly, but making friends.

Spreading the look of Christmas in all we do,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“A Woman and A Dragon Pt 2” Revelation 12:7-17

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Gym Building

The Gym Building is currently closed to everyone until Monday. 12/3. We had mold removal and the chemicals are not safe to breath in. Please contact Bill Wixson with any questions.

New Service Times

1st service 9am and 2nd service 10:45am.
Fellowship time in between 10:15-10:45.

Prayer Builders

Will meet this Sunday 12/2 from 10:20am-10:40am in the room behind the stage.

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, Email (weekly epistle list), and EBC public and private Facebook pages.

ATTN Network Coaches

Please return your packets to the office as soon as possible. Thanks!

EBC Kids Volunteer Training Brunch

All EBC Kids volunteers are encouraged to come for this time of refreshment and training. Saturday 12/1/18 from 9:30am-11:30am

Newcomers Luncheon

If you are new to EBC in the past two years, you are cordially invited to our upcoming welcome luncheon for new attenders on, Sunday, December 2nd. This will be a great opportunity to meet and connect with other newcomers and members of the EBC family. The luncheon will be held after the second service, 12pm. We hope to see you there. Please email the office (office@ebclaconia.com) to RSVP

Women’s Bible Study

“Unwrapping the Names of Jesus” will lead us through the 4 weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy and Love). The study offers five daily reflections that focus on that week’s name of Jesus. We will gain a greater sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus is. Tuesday 12/4 from 7pm – 9pm we will begin with week 1. You can still pick up your books at the Ministry Counter this Sunday. Books are $10.

ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday Dec. 8 @ 0800 in the Prayer Room behind the stage. Veterans, retirees, active duty military, men, women and all denominations are welcome. So please come join us in fellowship, prayer and discussion of our common bond of those who serve. (Please note that this a personal ministry and not an EBC church ministry)

OWLS

OWLS will enjoy the One Voice Concert entitled “Heavenly Peace” on Sunday, December 16th at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium in Meredith. We will meet at EBC at 1:45 to travel to Meredith for the 3PM concert. Contact us with any questions.
Bette and Jay Moreau lfd21jay@metrocast.net 528-4458 or 759-3780
Norma Phillips normaandwilbur@comcast.net 783-0211 or 848-7203

Business Meeting

December 6th@ 7pm

Christmas Eve Service

Candlelight service 6:30pm – 7:30pm December 24th

Save the Date

Missions Conference February 8-10, 2019