The Weekly Epistle 9/23/20

“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”  Mark Twain once again has a way of touching on a nerve.  The habits of others are glaring.  Yet when it comes to my own habits, my vision is poor.  I can spot the annoying habits of others quite easily yet ignore my own.
 
Habits!  Just as there are repeated practices we wish to break, there are also good habits to be cultivated.  It has been said, “Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.”  
 
I heard recently that one of the challenges facing the church at this time is that people have gotten out of the habit of going to church.  This is why the book of Hebrews encourages us, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another” (Hebrews 10:25).  
 
I realize that for health reasons some are not able to attend in person and that it pains them not to be here on Sunday mornings.  I respect that!  But I would be amiss and do an injustice to you if I didn’t urge you to consider if the habit of being away is being formed in your life.  And I miss you!  I miss seeing you!  
 
As we begin our series on I John this Sunday on being real, we will touch on the critical aspect of fellowship.  We grow in community.  As John Piper puts it, “Sanctification is a community project.”  Community is a value here at EBC and that is why we speak of community groups, not small groups.  There is intentionality in the name.  It is in smaller groups that community is established, and it is in community we grow.  I hope you have signed up for a community group that begins this coming week.  It is not too late to sign up.  Stop by at the kiosk this Sunday or contact Tim Whitman at tawhitman@liberty.edu
 
Coffee time will begin again this Sunday between services upstairs in the worship center from 10:00-10:20. EBC kids will start up on October 4 during the first service only (when nursery is also offered).  After checking in your child at the kiosk, go immediately downstairs to room 102.  At this time, we will not dismiss the kids during the service, but they will attend EBC kids for the entire hour.  
 
Men, don’t forget about signing up for the breakfast which will be held outdoors at Andy Whitman’s house on October 3 @ 7:00am.  I remind you as well of the solemn assembly to take place this Saturday at Opechee from 2-4.  This event is part of the 10-day community wide prayer initiative that several Bible-believing churches have come together to sponsor.  Day seven prayer time will be held tomorrow night at 6:00 pm in the EBC gym parking lot.  
 
One last event to put on your radar is the Networking Spiritual Gifts seminar that will take place on two Saturday mornings in November (11/7 & 11/14).  Sign ups will begin next Sunday.  Networking is committed to putting the right people in the right places of service to the building of God’s Kingdom.  
 
Partnering with you in serving Him,

Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Get Real
1 John 1:1-4

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Community Groups

Community Groups begin September 27th
Sign up this Sunday at the kiosk in the back of the sanctuary. 
Please contact Tim Whitman with any questions tawhitman@liberty.edu

Men’s Breakfast

The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday October 3rd at Andy Whitman’s house in his back yard. Sign up this Sunday at the back counter of the sanctuary. 

Discovery Class

This class is for those who wish to learn more about EBC. This class is required for those who wish to become members of EBC. The next Discovery Class series will begin Sunday 10/4 and will run for 4 weeks at 9am in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Wide Prayer Event

Several pastors in this area are leading 10 days of prayer for Awakening to take place in the Lakes Region and in our nation.  EBC will be hosting from 6:00-7:00 PM on Thursday 9/24. There will be other opportunities at other locations during these 10 days as well. Also, set a side 9/26 for a community wide prayer and worship event at Opechee Park from 2:00-5:00.

Coffee Time

We will begin serving coffee this Sunday 9/27 in between services. If you would like to volunteer to serve once a month in this ministry, please contact Donna Dube @ dtd@metrocast.net

EBC Kids

EBC Kids will resume during 1st service, 9am on Sunday 10/4. 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) 

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 9/16/20

Patience [ˈpāSHəns] NOUN     1. The capacity to accept or tolerate delay
 
If patience is a spiritual gift, then it is not one I possess. If I don’t keep myself in check, I am prone to gripe or take impetuous action when encountering inconvenient delays. 
 
Just this past weekend, I was growing impatient as I waited in one of life’s many waiting rooms. I expected to receive an answer on a matter on Sunday morning. The answer didn’t come. Then I expected to receive the answer by Sunday evening. Again, the answer didn’t come. Then I expected to receive the answer by Monday morning. And still, the answer didn’t come. 
 
Despite my naturally impatient disposition, I gave the matter over to the Lord and let it go. 
 
As I concluded my time of prayer, it occurred to me that waiting is a blessing. 
 
I don’t know why I never thought of it that way before, but it makes good sense. It gives God’s plan time to unfold. It gives time for our hearts to be formed. And if God is indeed good and concerned for our welfare well, the waiting should be equally good.
 
I asked the Lord to provide affirmation concerning my little epiphany. The next day, as I began to prepare for the upcoming worship service, I turned to Pastor Brian’s passage for his sermon and read these words. 
 
“The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
to the person who seeks Him.
It is good to wait quietly
for deliverance from the LORD.”
 
-Lamentations 3:25-26
 
How’s that for affirmation!
 
For sure, I do not possess the spiritual gift of patience. But the spiritual discipline of patience is available to me. The same discipline is available to you as well.
 
Are you currently stuck in one of life’s many waiting rooms? My guess is, God wants to bless you. The question is, are you willing to wait for the blessing? Waiting is hard. 
 
As Tom Petty sang,
 
“The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part”
 
Waiting is hard. Nevertheless, it is good. 
 
My God bless you in your waiting, 
 
Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Defining Moments
Lamentations 3:1-26

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Changes in our Sunday Morning Worship

Two important changes to our services
Nursery is provided during 1st service 9am, for children up to kindergarten. 
2nd service 10:45am we will require masks to and from your seats. We will reserve the back center section (next to the sound booth) for those who choose to wear a mask the whole time.
Any questions please contact Corianne at the office 524-2277 or corianne@ebclaconia.com

Community Groups

The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday October 3rd at Andy Whitman’s house in his back yard. Sign up this Sunday at the back counter of the sanctuary. 

Men’s Breakfast

The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday October 3rd at Andy Whitman’s house in his back yard. Sign ups will begin Sunday September 13th at the back counter of the sanctuary. 

Discovery Class

This class is for those who wish to learn more about EBC. This class is required for those who wish to become members of EBC. The next Discovery Class series will begin Sunday 10/4 and will run for 4 weeks at 9am in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Wide Prayer Event

Several pastors in this area are leading 10 days of prayer for Awakening to take place in the Lakes Region and in our nation.  EBC will be hosting two prayer events from 6:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday 9/22 and Thursday 9/24. There will be other opportunities at other locations during these 10 days as well. Also, set a side 9/26 for a church wide prayer and worship event at Opechee Park from 2:00-5:00.

New Sermon Series

“Being Real” a study in 1 John
Begins September 27th

EBC Kids

EBC Kids needs more volunteers. If you are interested in serving once a month as a nursery worker, as a teacher or helper, please contact Victoria Mansfield victoriayasharianmansfield@gmail.com or contact the office 524-2277 or 
office @ebclaconia.com

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 9/9/20

I saw an older man face plant as he stepped onto the sidewalk.  I turned around to make sure he was ok and realized that I just made an awkward situation for him even worse.  Awkward situations!  We all can relate.  Like the awkward silence on an elevator.  Or when you see someone you know later on in the same store after you already said, “Hi.”  Or when you say, “You too,” to the woman who wished you a “Happy Father’s Day.”  Or when you were the last one picked for teams in gym class.  Awkwardness!  
 
I have noticed awkward moments during this pandemic.  When I have been introduced to someone, it is awkward not to shake hands, but can only smile and nod.  For huggers, this is a time that really messes with you.  I heard someone say not too long ago that our common social greetings are gone for good.  I hope they are wrong!  There have been many studies over the years as to the importance of human touch.  
 
It has been said that “nothing eases suffering like human touch.”  Someone else put it, “The human touch is that little snippet of physical affection that brings a bit of comfort, support, and kindness.  It doesn’t take much from the one who gives it but can make a huge difference in the one who receives it.”  
 
This is why my heart goes out especially to those in nursing homes and other elderly care facilities.  Will you pause to pray for those people you know?  Perhaps you can drop them a note.
 
I urge you again to find ways to stay connected.  Community groups will begin later this month, so please sign up.  Also, I would encourage you, if at all possible, to join with your church family in person.  I know for some of you, that is still not an option and being with us through livestream does keep you connected on some level.  But I miss seeing you and you are on my mind a lot.
 
Last Sunday, we changed the second service to hopefully help some of you feel a little more comfortable attending in person.  Masks are to be worn to and from your seats and the two sections to the right as you enter the sanctuary are for those who choose to leave their masks on for the entirety of the service.  So, if you sit in either of those sections on the right, please leave your masks on even during the service.  
 
Also, nursery up to kindergarten age is provided during first service only.  We do hope that soon we will be offering EBC kids (likely during first) and coffee time between services from 10:00-10:30. Stay tuned for more details.  There are several other events happening so be sure to check out the announcements in this epistle.  
 
Blessings to you, church!  Keeping looking up for our God has never surrendered His control to anyone or anything!  Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

The Secret of Contentment

Philippians 4:10-23

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Changes in our Sunday Morning Worship

Two important changes to our services
Nursery is provided during 1st service 9am, for children up to kindergarten. 
2nd service 10:45am we will require masks to and from your seats. We will also offer a designated mask section for those who choose to wear a mask the whole time.
Any questions please contact Corianne at the office 524-2277 or corianne@ebclaconia.com

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.

Community Groups

The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday October 3rd at Andy Whitman’s house in his back yard. Sign up this Sunday at the back counter of the sanctuary. 

Men’s Breakfast

The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday October 3rd at Andy Whitman’s house in his back yard. Sign ups will begin Sunday September 13th at the back counter of the sanctuary. 

Discovery Class

This class is for those who wish to learn more about EBC. This class is required for those who wish to become members of EBC. The next Discovery Class series will begin Sunday 10/4 and will run for 4 weeks at 9am in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Wide Prayer Event

Several pastors in this area are leading 10 days of prayer for Awakening to take place in the Lakes Region and in our nation.  EBC will be hosting two prayer events from 6:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday 9/22 and Thursday 9/24. There will be other opportunities at other locations during these 10 days as well. Also, set a side 9/26 for a church wide prayer and worship event at Opechee Park from 2:00-5:00.

New Sermon Series

“Being Real” a study in 1 John
Begins September 27th

EBC Kids

EBC Kids needs more volunteers. If you are interested in serving once a month as a nursery worker, as a teacher or helper, please contact Victoria Mansfield victoriayasharianmansfield@gmail.com or contact the office 524-2277 or 
office @ebclaconia.com

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 9/2/20

God wants you to have peace.  He not only can give you peace, He is your peace.  
 
Frances Havergal lived her relatively short life filled with difficult challenges.  When she was eleven, her mother died.  Then her stepmother came between her and her father, causing deep hurt to her.  As a young adult, Frances became chronically ill.  Even to get up from her bed was painful.  During one of her periods of illness, she wrote these words:
  Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace.  Over all victorious, in its bright increase.  
  Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.  Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully
  blessed; finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
 
Isaiah the prophet wrote, “God will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on Him, because he trusts in Him” (Isaiah 26:3). 
 
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.  I do not give you as the world gives” (John 14:27).  
 
I remind you of the promise from this past Sunday.  God’s peace is better than the best we can come up with.  Church, it is well worth it to pursue God’s peace.  Are you resting in Him?  When worry strikes has that been a reminder to pray?
 
Speaking of prayer, this Sunday at 1:00 pm there is a community wide prayer gathering on the front lawn of Laconia High School.  This is sponsored by the pastors’ prayer group that meets at EBC each Tuesday from 12:00-12:30 to pray for this city and the Lakes Region.  All are welcomed!  Face masks will be required in compliance to state’s guidelines of more than 100 people.
 
Remember that this Sunday, we are changing things up a bit for second service in hopes that others in our church family can attend.  For second service only, masks will be required for all people to and from your seats.  You do not need to wear masks while seated.  But there will be a section designated for those who choose to wear masks even while seated.
 
Also, this Sunday, nursery will be provided up to kindergarten age for first service only.  Our hope also is to begin EBC kids’ program later in the month.  Stay tuned for details.  
 
Many have asked me about coffee time.  I am in conversation with the task team for reopening of churches and hope that soon we will be able to offer coffee again in between services.  
 
Church, don’t lose heart. Keep looking up.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
 
Blessings to you, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

A Change of Mind

Philippians 4:8-9

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Changes in our Sunday Morning Worship

Two important changes to our services, beginning this Sunday September 6th.  
Nursery will now be provided during 1st service 9am, for children up to kindergarten.
 
 2nd service 10:45am we will require masks to and from your seats. We will also offer a designated mask section for those who choose to wear a mask the whole time.
 
Any questions please contact Corianne at the office 524-2277 or corianne@ebclaconia.com

Community Prayer Event

Join together with fellow believers this Sunday at 1pm for a Community wide prayer event on the front lawn of Laconia High School.
 Any questions please contact Corianne at the office 524-2277 or corianne@ebclaconia.com

Men’s Breakfast

The next men’s breakfast will be Saturday October 3rd at Andy Whitman’s house in his back yard. Sign ups will begin Sunday September 13th at the back counter of the sanctuary. 

New Sermon Series

“Being Real” a study in 1 John
Begins September 27th

Community Groups

Begin September 27th

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 8/26/20

Family, friends, and a funeral.  That about sums up my time away over the last two weeks.  Quality time with my family and extended family and some fun with friends enjoying this beautiful area we live.
 
A man I consider a forever friend and have known for over 40 years went to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer.  I was privileged to lead his memorial service.  I shared from 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  Bob was a man who not only started well when I first met him 40 years ago, but more importantly he finished well.  
 
Not to sound morbid, but I am thankful that the funeral took place while on vacation, and at the end of my vacation. It reminded of what really matters, what is of greatest importance, and to give myself completely to finishing well. 
 
Finishing well!  It doesn’t happen by chance.  It comes through endurance, discipline, intentionality, and sacrifice.  Finishing well!  It is all about investments.  Investments made into people’s lives.  In these challenging times, look to make connections with people.  In one verse of the larger section we are looking at this Sunday, Paul says of the people in Philippi, “You whom I love and long for, my joy and my crown.”  The people Paul ministers to are viewed as a crown, a reward, for his investment in their lives.  That is finishing well!
 
So many of you aren’t able to attend services presently and I miss you.  And I know you miss being here with God’s people.  The hope is to open up the way for more of you to attend worship on Sundays.  Nursery will be added on September 6 (likely first service only).  Also, we want to experiment with designating second service with strict guidelines for mask wearing beginning also on September 6.  Remember that nothing is permanent, especially when it comes to navigating such unprecedented times.  
 
What is permanent is the need for prayer!  This Tuesday, September 1st from 7:00-7:30 in the gym parking lot, we will gather to pray.  As Philippians 4 also addresses, the antidote to worry is prayer.  When anxiety hits that is a reminder to pray.  Please carve out 30 minutes this Tuesday night to join with your church family outside to lock arms in prayer.  
 
Let me mention too that on Sunday, September 6 @ 1:00 the local pastors prayer group is leading a prayer time on the lawn of Laconia High School.  You are all urged to join us.  
 
Blessings to you, church, for you are indeed my joy and crown!  Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

The Principle of Peace

Philippians 4:1-7

 

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Annual Business Meeting

Our annual business meeting will be held tonight in the sanctuary at 7pm. We are requiring that all who attend the business meeting wear a mask to and from your seat and if you go upfront to speak. You may remove your mask while seated. We will also have a separate section for those who want to remain wearing masks. 

Opening Up the Way for More People to Attend

Two important changes to our services, beginning September 6th.  One change is, we will be offering nursery during 1stservice. 
Second change is during 2nd service we will require masks to and from your seats. We will also offer a designated mask section for those who choose to wear a mask the whole time. Again this is only for 2nd service.
 Any questions please contact Corianne at the office 524-2277 or corianne@ebclaconia.com

Fellowship of Prayer

The next Fellowship of Prayer event will be Tuesday September 1st at 7pm in the gym parking lot.

 

New Sermon Series

“Being Real” a study in 1 John
Begins September 27th

Community Groups

Begin September 27th

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