Advent Week Two: Peace

Today is the second Sunday of the season of Advent. As we shared last week, our word advent is based on an ancient Latin word which means the arrival of a notable person or thing. During this advent season we celebrate the emanate arrival of the most notable person to ever enter the world, Jesus Christ. Jesus is Immanuel, which means, God with us. In the person of Jesus God took on flesh and entered into the world so we could each know and experience relationship with him.

Jesus brought four gifts with him into the world. He brought with him hope, peace, joy, and love. We celebrate remember and celebrate these gifts with the lighting of each of these four candles. Last week we lit the candle of hope. Today we light the second candle as we celebrate the advent of Jesus’ peace.

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. —2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV Strong’s)

Advent Week One: Hope

Today is the first Sunday of the season of Advent. Our word advent is based on an ancient Latin word which means the arrival of a notable person or thing. As we gather over the next four Sundays we will celebrate the emanate arrival of the most notable person to ever enter the world, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the most notable because he is Immanuel, which means, God with us. In the person of Jesus God took on flesh and entered into the world so we could each know and experience relationship with him.

Although Jesus entered this world as a baby he did not come empty handed. He brought with him a hope, a peace, a joy and a love the world had never known. It is that hope, that peace, that joy, and that love that we celebrate with the lighting of each of these four candles. Today we light the first candle as we celebrate the advent of Jesus’ hope.

Discover Where You Fit

Network Workshop

It is important to understand your gifts and passions to find the ministry best fitted for you. So you will not just be gifted at what you are doing, but also, passionate about it. All believers are called to serve and are given spiritual gifts to bless the church. The upcoming Network Spiritual Gifts class will help you discover how you can best serve in the church. Network is a way for you to discover your spiritual gifts, personal style and passion for serving in the body of Christ. Then you compile it all to get the best ministry opportunities for you.

I went to Network last year. I have completed numerous spiritual gift inventories and Network is the very best spiritual gift inventory I have ever done. It is by far is the most comprehensive and accurate because in addition to filling out your own questionnaires regarding your gifts, it allows for input from others, and factors in your passions. This process of evaluation is key.

I have the spiritual gift of shepherding. You might think that as a shepherd I could come along any group of people to walk through life with them. However, it does not always work that way. When I was serving in children’s ministry, it was a lot of work for me. I burned out quickly. But working with teens in Momentum Student Ministries encourages and excites me. I am more effective and the impact is greater for Jesus.

Why the difference? While I love children, shepherding them is not as closely aligned with my passions. I have a deep love for theology and Bible study and teaching God’s principles to teens and women allows me to flow in the gifts and passions God has given me.

It is beneficial for everyone to go through Network whether you are now serving in a ministry or not. If you are already flourishing in a ministry, Network will provide affirmation you are in a role fitted to your gifts and passions. If you are not currently serving, Network will help you hone in on areas of ministry best suited to you.

Pastor Brian has brought many of EBC’s ministry leaders through this material. At the end of October, you’ll have the chance to take part in Network. Call or text me at (603) 892-2998 or email me at susan.lyle@gmail.com if you would like to hear about how Network has impacted me in ministry. If you have any questions, connect with me at the back counter after service over the next few weeks. Don’t put it off.

Susan is married to Pastor Daniel Lyle.

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New Elder | Jeff Savary

The section heading in the NIV puts it simply:

Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good

That’s what it reads at the top of Titus 1:5-9 where the Apostle Paul describes the kind of man qualified for the servant-leader role of “elder” in Jesus’ Church.

This is a description of Jeff Savary.

An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

On August 29, 2018, at an EBC church member business meeting, a motion to appoint Jeff Savary as elder was ratified by everyone in the room. All agreed that his character was and reputation both inside and outside the church are excellent and that the next portion of Jeff’s journey as a follower of Jesus is as an elder at EBC.

Jeff Savary Bio

Jeff came to Christ at a young age. Raised in a Christian home, he remembers always knowing what Christ offered and how to obtain it. When he was young, he asked Christ into his heart for the forgiveness of sin. From that point, it has been his heart’s desire to live his life for the Lord. Having known that grace from a young age has helped him extend that grace to those around him.

Jeff and his wife Carrie and their two daughters, Michaella (Mick) 14 and Madelyn (Maddy) 9, have been attending EBC for 2 ½ years. Since being at EBC, Jeff’s primary ministry has been leading a community group. He enjoys leading and will be continuing in the Fall. Prior to attending EBC, Jeff served as a Youth Group Leader, a Sunday School Teacher for both adults and children, a VBS Leader, and a Bible Study Teacher.

Please remember to pray for Jeff and Carrie as they gives their lives to this new role.