The Weekly Epistle 11/18/20

It has been brought to the attention of the leadership, that a person who had no symptoms at the time, attended a church service on November 8th (two Sundays ago) and subsequently became symptomatic and tested positive later that week.  While the CDC and the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) do not consider this an exposure, upon being notified and in an abundance of caution, we acted swiftly to ensure the correct public health procedures were followed.  That person and their family have been in quarantine since that time and will not attend services until it is appropriate under CDC guidelines (14 days since the last potential contact/exposure).  The leadership will continue to monitor this situation, as well as any others that we become aware of going forward and will respond accordingly based on CDC and DHHS guidelines and protocols. 
 
The church continues to follow proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures throughout the entire building between Sundays, consistent with public health guidelines.  We will continue to be diligent and are committed to take all necessary steps as dictated by current circumstances to help keep our church family healthy and safe. 
 
As a reminder, if you or anyone in your family are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever of 100.4⁰ F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, aches or changes in taste or smell, please do not attend services or any other church functions unless and until you have been tested (and then all applicable procedures followed) or until 7 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and 3 days have passed since the symptoms have disappeared.
 
Don’t forget about the ministry update meeting Thursday night (11/19) @ 7:00 in the sanctuary.  All are welcomed!  This is an opportunity for the leadership to share with members and non-members about the capital campaign, presentation of new members, exciting plans going forward, etc.  Hope to see you there.  We are requiring that masks be worn to and from your seats and there will be an area designated for those who choose to wear masks throughout the meeting.  If you can’t attend, here is the link to join us by way of Zoom: Please contact the office for the link


Church, I also remind you of what I have said previously.  If there was ever an urgent cry for unity and love it is in these days.  What we have in common by virtue of being in Christ is far greater than all our differences combined.  And there are differences.  There are strong feelings politically.  There are opinions on what we should be doing and not doing around this pandemic.  But don’t let them divide us!  The Evil One is trying to get an advantage over the church for whom Christ died!  As we will see this week in 1 John, people come first.  We are to show God’s love in tangible ways at EBC.  
 
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:3-6).
 
Serving you in the love of Christ, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

What’s Love Got to Do With It?
1 John 3:11-18

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Communion

We will be celebrating communion this Sunday. If you are worshipping with us at home, please have your elements ready to participate with us. 

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Collection dates for Operation Christmas Child boxes are Sunday Nov 15-23. You can bring in your boxes this Sunday to church or you can do curb side pick up at the gym. 
Collection times are:
Mon – Fri 4pm-6pm, Sat & Sun 1-pm-4pm, Mon 11am-5pm

Ministry Meeting

Our next ministry meeting will be Thursday November 19th at 7pm for the purpose of continual communication from our leadership. This meeting is for members and nonmembers. A Zoom link will also be available. Contact the office for the link

Hope Ornaments

The Local Missions Team will be handing out “Hope” ornaments beginning the first day of Advent, November 29th. These ornaments will have two scriptures attached to them and are to be used as a tool to share the Hope of Christ. Pick yours up at the Ministry Counter on November 29th.

Help Wanted

Help wanted – EBC paid position
Skilled building trades maintenance / custodial position
Looking for someone that has building trades skills to do building & ground maintenance on the EBC campus. Also will be doing some custodial duties. 5 to 10 hours a week. Hours are flexible. Please contact Bill Wixson – Facility Trustee; buildings@ebclaconia.com / 603-524-8580

2nd Service Masks Required

Just a reminder we are asking that if you attend 2nd service, please wear a mask when entering or leaving the building. You may remove the mask once seated.

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 11/11/20

Thank God for our freedom!  Thank God for those who have served our country and fought for freedom.  Veterans sacrificed.  All selflessly gave, but some gave their lives.  
 
Thank God for our ultimate freedom.  Thank God that we have been set free from the penalty and power of sin.  Christ sacrificed perfectly.  Christ was the essence of selflessness.  
 
What about freedom?  Freedom is not the right to do whatever we want, it is the power to do what we ought to do.  The truth is, to do whatever we want to do often leads to bondage rather than freedom.   Galatians 5:13 reminds us that we were called to freedom, but that we shouldn’t use our freedom as opportunity for the flesh but to serve one another in love.  Is that how you view freedom?  Are you using your freedom to love and serve others?
 
What does that look like?  Here are some questions for us to answer, especially in the times we live.  
  Can you disagree agreeably?  
  Can you give up a right for the sake of someone else?  
  In your exercise of your freedom does it cause someone else to stumble?
  In the exercise of your freedom is it hurtful to another believer?
  Is my attitude one of acceptance for another believer who believes differently than me on a gray issue?  
 
I would encourage you to read through Romans 14 very slowly!  Romans 14:13 has this to say, “Therefore let us stop passing judgement on one another.  Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s (or sister’s) way.”  Verse 19 says, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification.”  
 
Church, our issues today are not around eating meat or drinking or observing the Sabbath, as Paul references in Romans 14.  But the principles are the same.  Let me make it even more appropriate to our times.  Apply this to our political views.  Apply this to our feelings around wearing masks or not wearing masks.  Apply this to those who hold to different opinions of what we should or should not do during this pandemic.  I know it is not easy to keep our heads in it when we do not know what to believe and when society places their confidence in science.  
 
But I have not wavered in calling us to unity.  I speak to myself in urging you to display hope and peace when all around us people are on edge.  The task to reach lost souls with the good news of Christ and to commit to building up His church here at EBC remain to be our clear instructions given by our Lord!  And aren’t the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas central to our faith as we give thanks for all things?  And as we celebrate the One born to save us from our sins, who is with us and for us! 
 
With mixed emotions I need to inform you that the leadership has decided to cancel the Christmas Extravaganza this year.  There is some reluctance in this decision but believe that a large gathering in one space for that period of time is not looking at the best interests of the flock under our care.  Our witness also factored in our decision.  
 
Christmas, of course, isn’t cancelled.  So, look for ways to make 2020 Christmas celebration special this year!  
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Sinlessness: Fact or Fiction?
1 John 3:4-10

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Collection dates for Operation Christmas Child boxes are Sunday Nov 15-23. You can bring in your boxes this Sunday to church or you can do curb side pick up at the gym. 
Collection times are:
Mon – Fri 4pm-6pm, Sat & Sun 1-pm-4pm, Mon 11am-5pm

Ministry Meeting

Our next ministry meeting will be Thursday November 19th at 7pm for the purpose of continual communication from our leadership. This meeting is for members and nonmembers.

Hope Ornaments

The Local Missions Team will be handing out “Hope” ornaments beginning the first day of Advent, November 29th. These ornaments will have two scriptures attached to them and are to be used as a tool to share the Hope of Christ. Pick yours up at the Ministry Counter on November 29th.

Help Wanted

Help wanted – EBC paid position
Skilled building trades maintenance / custodial position
Looking for someone that has building trades skills to do building & ground maintenance on the EBC campus. Also will be doing some custodial duties. 5 to 10 hours a week. Hours are flexible. Please contact Bill Wixson – Facility Trustee; buildings@ebclaconia.com / 603-524-8580

2nd Service Masks Required

Just a reminder we are asking that if you attend 2nd service, please wear a mask when entering or leaving the building. You may remove the mask once seated.

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 11/4/20

Hi EBC Family,
What does not change after the Presidential race has been decided?  God being in control.  Jesus building His church.  The truth of God’s Word.  The activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  The mission of EBC.  People in the Lakes Region who need Jesus.  
 
Our call to bring the light into the darkness remains the same.  Is there any darker holiday than Halloween?  Yet 300 people stopped at 16 trunks this past Saturday.  Along with candy, tracts and other church information were given as well as a free family photo for those who stopped at the Downing’s photo booth.  A big thanks to all who decorated their trunks and provided candy and to Laura Hollenbeck and Bethany Miller in organizing the event.  
 
Reaching our community for Christ is not only about using our lips to proclaim His name, but also about using our hands to serve and give to others in the name of Christ.  
 
The local outreach team has been very active in expressing God’s kindness in tangible ways.  For example, 19 gift cards to staples were dropped at Elm Street School for teachers.  Gift cards were also given to Laconia Police Department on behalf of EBC to express our appreciation for their service.  These two examples are what our local outreach team calls, “blitz’s.” They are tangible expressions of kindness to people in our community done in Jesus’ name.  Be on the lookout for ways you can be involved in these acts of kindness to our community.  
 
In a few weeks, Christmas ornaments will be provided for you to give to a friend, neighbor, or family member.  Also, in the works is a cooperative effort with a food bank, Love INC, and area churches to pass out food to Laconia.  Stay tuned!  
 
How else can we reach out to our community? If you have suggestions to be considered by our local outreach team, contact the church office or Cheryl Hayes.  
 
I continue to be excited about what is happening at EBC.  Community groups are going strong.  EBC kids continues to minister to our kids with purpose and passion.  God’s Word is reaching many through in person services and livestream.  Projects are being completed through capital campaign funds.  And leaders of the various ministries are staying active in looking for ways for greater impact.  Please check out the ministry booths setup in the worship center and get involved!  The church needs you for greater effectiveness!
 
Plan on attending the ministry meeting on November 19.  This is an opportunity for you to hear from the leadership as to how we are moving forward in making disciples who make disciples for the glory of God!  
 
Remembering Him who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

A Highly Visible Calling
1 John 2:28-3:3

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Ministry Fair

JJoin us this Sunday for our Ministry Fair. The ministry fair is way for us to showcase our ministries here at EBC. Take time to look around and see the ways you can get involved at EBC. The tables will be up this Sunday and next Sunday after both services.

Trunk or Treat

A huge thank you to all who volunteered for our 5th annual Trunk or Treat Saturday. We had over 300 kinds come through our trunks! What a blessing! Please be praying for the tracts that were given out to touch hearts with The Truth. Every child and most adults were given a tract.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

It’s that time of year again! Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available beginning this Sunday. Stay tuned for more information on collection dates. Any questions contact Jay and Bette Moreau at lfd21jay@metrocast.net

EBC Kids

EBC Kids is now up and running during 1st service (9am). 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) Any questions contact the office or Victoria Mansfield.

Ministry Meeting 

Our next ministry meeting will be Thursday November 19th at 7pm for the purpose of continual communication from our leadership. This meeting is for members and nonmembers.

2nd Service Masks Required

Just a reminder we are asking that if you attend 2nd service, please wear a mask when entering or leaving the building. You may remove the mask once seated.

Coffee Time

If you would like to volunteer to serve once a month in this ministry, please contact Donna Dube @ dtd@metrocast.net

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 10/21/20

You know you’re getting old when…
 
A couple of years ago, my wife and I were eating breakfast at IHOP and noticed a section in the menu for 55 and over.  They were cheaper.  I ordered my breakfast from the 55 plus section and the young waitress took down my order.  I asked her if she wanted to see proof that I was over 55 and she said, “No, you’re good,” meaning she had enough proof she needed.  Ouch! 
 
You know you’re getting old when “you wake up to snap, crackle, and pop, and it’s not your breakfast cereal.”  Or, “When you have to put your birth year in and you have to keep scrolling backward.”  Or when you hurt yourself while sleeping.  Or when you refer to your knees as good and bad instead of left and right.  Ok, I could go on.
 
For some odd reason, my turning 60 bothered me more than any other birthday.  As I work through that on a personal level, I have been encouraged on many levels.  As my son-in-law put it, “You are about to be showered with love.”  And that I was!  From the family to my church family, my heart was greatly blessed.  Thank you!  You encouraged my heart!  Your kindness touched me in a meaningful way!  
 
There have been a couple of other insights that have renewed my soul.  Isaiah said, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he,” the Lord says.  “I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4).  Clearly, God will give grace for every need.  He will carry us throughout all ages and seasons of life.  
 
The longer we live, the more we can speak of the sustaining power of God’s grace.  Aging is the accumulation of sharing more stories of God’s faithfulness. 
 
I believe that sharing stories with each other will be an activity in heaven.  We might even reminisce of prayers answered, God’s work in our lives, and start to connect the dots of times when God intervened.  
 
Church, our citizenship is in heaven.  We do await a Savior who will transform our earthly bodies to glorious ones.  As D.A. Carson put it, “I’m not suffering from anything that a good resurrection can’t fix.”  Imagine a body with no aches and pains, no infections, no disease, no allergies, no fatigue every settling in, and a body not restricted by time or space.  Oh! That will be glory!
 
Keep your eyes on the bright future Christ has for you!  Be strengthened in hope!  Never lose heart!  To live is Christ!  Determine to finish well!
 
I thank God for you.  Blessings, Pastor Brian
 

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Stages and Strategy
1 John 2:12-17

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Trunk or Treat

We will be hosting our 5th annual Trunk or Treat on October 31st from 5pm-7pm. Sign up at the Ministry Counter this Sunday to host a trunk, donate candy or other items needed. Contact Bethany Miller or Laura Hollenbeck or the office with any questions.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

It’s that time of year again! Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available beginning this Sunday. Stay tuned for more information on collection dates. Any questions contact Jay and Bette Moreau at lfd21jay@metrocast.net

EBC Kids

EBC Kids is now up and running during 1st service (9am). 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) Any questions contact the office or Victoria Mansfield.

2nd Service Masks Required

Just a reminder we are asking that if you attend 2nd service, please wear a mask when entering or leaving the building. You may remove the mask once seated.

Coffee Time

If you would like to volunteer to serve once a month in this ministry, please contact Donna Dube @ dtd@metrocast.net

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 10/14/20

Why is it that people ignore warnings?  When fires ravage the forests and homes, there are those who ignore warnings to evacuate.  When hurricanes threaten to wipe out coastal properties, some people choose to ride it out rather than listen to officials warning them of impending danger. 

Even more tragic is not taking seriously the clear and timeless warnings in Scripture.  Here are a few for us to ponder.

  “Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8).

  “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1). 

  “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15). 

 

Frequently we find the words, “Be on guard,” and “do not be ignorant of,” and “watch out.”  These are warnings we dare not ignore.  What then should be our response?  Live in fear?  Find a demon under every rock?  Shrug our shoulders and look the other way?

Church, continue in the things you have learned.  Open God’s Word.  Don’t be surprised by deception.  Be discerning.  Pay attention.  Be good news to others.  Stay connected to your church family.  Cling to truth.  Live the truth. 

 

And above all things, remember our God is Sovereign.  At the end of the day His will is being done.  That doesn’t mean we aren’t to live responsibly in the world, but our trust is the good outcomes that come from a perfect God who does all things well.  In these challenging times, be awakened to the many opportunities we have to be part of the grand plan of Jesus’ commitment to building His church. 

Do you know where God wants you to serve?  Have you gone through the Network Spiritual Gifts workshop?  This is the tool EBC uses to place the right people in the right ministry.  Are you in the right ministry?  Do you want to discover and then serve in line with your gift set, personality, and passion?  Participate in the network workshop on Saturday November 7 & 14 from 9:00-noon.  Sign up by stopping at ministry counter or contacting the church office and pick up the materials you need to get started.

Our fifth annual “Trunk or Treat” will look a little different this year, but the potential for impact is still high.  Will you decorate your trunk this year?  Sign up or contact the office ASAP. 

I leave you with this reminder.  Jesus is building His church.  The gates of hell will not prevail against it.  We get to be part of that great purpose!  Carry on, EBC, carry on! 

Blessings, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Love or Hate
1 John 2:7-11

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Communion

We will be celebrating communion this Sunday. If you are worshipping with us at home, please have your elements ready to participate with us.

Right People in the Right Places

Our next Spiritual Gifts Network workshop will be Saturday 11/7 and 11/14 from 9am-12pm. These classes will help you discover your spiritual gifts and get you plugged into the right ministry. Sign up this Sunday at the Ministry Counter.

Trunk or Treat

We will be hosting our 5th annual Trunk or Treat on October 31st from 5pm-7pm. Sign up at the Ministry Counter this Sunday to host a trunk, donate candy or other items needed. Contact Bethany Miller or Laura Hollenbeck or the office with any questions.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

It’s that time of year again! Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available beginning this Sunday. Stay tuned for more information on collection dates. Any questions contact Jay and Bette Moreau at lfd21jay@metrocast.net

EBC Kids

EBC Kids is now up and running during 1st service (9am). 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) Any questions contact the office or Victoria Mansfield.

2nd Service Masks Required

Just a reminder we are asking that if you attend 2nd service, please wear a mask when entering or leaving the building. You may remove the mask once seated.

Coffee Time

If you would like to volunteer to serve once a month in this ministry, please contact Donna Dube @ dtd@metrocast.net

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