The Weekly Epistle 10/19/22

Hi Church Family,
It has been said, “Death is a wound to the living.”  As you likely know by now, my family and I felt that wound in watching my sister pass away after a two-month battle with cancer.  My sister wanted me to communicate to all those at her funeral that we should only have tears of joy for her as she was where she wanted to be- heaven.  
 
I do rejoice that my sister is in heaven.  I do rejoice that she is no longer suffering.  I do rejoice that her final years here on earth were a testimony to God’s grace and forgiveness.  
 
However, I still grieve.  I feel that at times in the Christian community we have not always grieved well.  Even in our funeral services, our focus can be on celebration, which is appropriate, yet minimizing the significance of the loss.  The Bible dignifies grief by presenting it as a God-given response to loss and suffering.
 
At my sister’s service, I shared some words from the book of Lamentations.  God saw fit to include an entire book of the Bible to a Lament.  Here is a part of what I shared.    
 
Lamentations plumbs the depths of our sorrows.  It addresses where we are to go with our grief and pain.  It speaks to where life is lived.  God gave us Lamentations because the Bible finds room for every element of human experience including overwhelming human sorrow.  God cares deeply about what you are going through right now.  That was true yesterday. And it is true again today.  It will be just as true tomorrow. 
 
Jeremiah works through this pain.  In the midst of his tears, we find an affirmation of faith.  Jeremiah says in 3:22-23- “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions (His mercies) never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
 
Jeremiah will anchor his soul in the truth that God’s love and compassions are unending.  You can bank on this.  Today’s mercies are for today’s troubles and tomorrow’s mercies are for tomorrow’s troubles. It is hard to trust Him in the darkness.  If you can cling to God and hold on to Him for that mercy, it will show itself sooner or later.  Work through your pain, not around it.  
 
Loss comes to us in various ways.  It isn’t only when we lose a loved one to death.  There is loss that comes through a break-up.  There is loss over a parent’s divorce.  Loss comes to us when we physically cannot do what we once could.  Moving from a house you lived in for years or your child leaving your home can feel like loss even if you are happy about the next stage.  We can feel the loss of a dream or a job or a pet or a miscarriage or a friendship or changes in society.
 
With every loss comes the potential for change, growth, new insights, understanding, and a deepening of our relationship with others and with God.  What I found true in my most recent loss is that it made me more alive to the present moment and to appreciate what I have.  
 
Church, I appreciate you.  I am thankful for your prayers, pouring out of love in tangible ways, checking in, and just caring!  
 
With love and appreciation, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

When Life Is Not Fair
 1 Peter 2:18-25

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Cindy Adkins’ Community Group

Cindy’s community group is looking for three more women to join them on Friday evenings at 6:00. For more information please the office.

Operation Christmas Child

It’s that time of year, the OCC Shoeboxes are here!!
You can pick up your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to fill at the back of the church. Collection week starts November 14th & ends November 21st. If you have questions, Dave & Betsy will be available to answer them.

Discovery Class  

A four-week discovery class will begin on October 23 at 9:00 AM held in the fellowship hall. This class is for those who want to learn more about who we are as a church.  If you desire to become a member of the church, then this class is required for membership.  

EBC Kids Volunteer Training Brunch

EBC Kids volunteer training and encouragement brunch will be held Saturday, November 5th, form 10 A.M.to 12 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up at the counter!

Welcome Luncheon

Sunday, November 13th there will be a Welcome Luncheon following the second service. If you have started attending church in the last two years, you are invited to attend.

Ushers and Greeters Needed

We are looking for some friendly faces to join the hospitality team as ushers and greeters. This is a great opportunity to serve the body and guests of our church. Please email Susan Lyle at susan.lyle@gmail.com for more information. 

Trunk or treat

Our outreach to the community is Monday, October 31st. We need your help to make this a success. How can you help? Well, Trunks to be decorated, candy to passed out along with set-up and clean-up. Please sign up at the ministry counter.

The Weekly Epistle 10/12/22

Church Family, 

As you may have heard, Pastor Brian’s sister passed away on Monday morning. He asked us to include the following request in this week’s epistle.
 
“My sister, Brenda, passed away this morning. We are so thankful that she is finally at peace and with the Lord. We no longer have to see her suffering. It was such a long but yet short two months.
 
Pray for the funeral service this Saturday as I lead and that it is a testimony to the Lord.
Thanks for all your support and prayers. Our family time has been precious and helpful through this time of grief.”
 
–Pastor Brian
 
Would you just take the next few moments to pause and pray for the Greens and their family? Let’s honor Pastor Brian’s request and uphold all of them now and in the days ahead.
 
Thank you and blessings, 
 
Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

A Penny is a Treasure
 Luke 15:1-2, 8-10

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Communion

We will celebrate communion this Sunday

Women’s Bible Study

Priscilla Shirer -Discerning the Voice of God.
Through 7 sessions, discover the root to clear and daily communication with God—humble obedience. 
Starting this week. We are offering this on two different days and times. Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am & Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:30 am at the church. 
Please sign up at the ministry counter.

Discovery Class  

A four-week discovery class will begin on October 23 at 9:00 AM held in the fellowship hall. This class is for those who want to learn more about who we are as a church.  If you desire to become a member of the church, then this class is required for membership.  

EBC Kids Volunteer Training Brunch

EBC Kids volunteer training and encouragement brunch will be held Saturday, November 5th, form 10 A.M.to 12 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up at the counter!

Welcome Luncheon

Sunday, November 13th there will be a Welcome Luncheon following the second service. If you have started attending church in the last two years, you are invited to attend.

Ushers and Greeters Needed

We are looking for some friendly faces to join the hospitality team as ushers and greeters. This is a great opportunity to serve the body and guests of our church. Please email Susan Lyle at susan.lyle@gmail.com for more information. 

Local Outreach 

Our Local outreach team is hosting a pizza and dodgeball night Saturday night,  10/15.  This is co-ed for ages 10-up.  This is an opportunity to bring a friend for a fun night and positive exposure to EBC. Further information to follow.

Trunk or treat

Our outreach to the community is Monday, October 31st. We need your help to make this a success. How can you help? Well, Trunks to be decorated, candy to passed out along with set-up and clean-up. Please sign up at the ministry counter.

New Administrative Assistant

There have been some changes in the administrator’s office. Norma Phillips has recently passed on the role of administrative assistant to Betsy Weller. If you have any general inquiries about church life and ministry, you can contact Betsy at office@ebclaconia.com.

The Weekly Epistle 10/5/22

Hi Church,
A farmer who raised chickens lost most of his chickens to the spring rains which flooded his land.  Every year the floods got worse and worse until eventually the desperate farmer went to the pastor for some advice.  “What am I to do?  I can’t keep raising chickens and losing them each spring.  My land is flooded from the rains.”
 
The pastor replied calmly, “raise ducks.”
 
Most of us don’t like change.  Yet the sooner we can embrace it the better we will be for it.  You see, change is inevitable; growth is optional.  
 
By now, you should be aware that we have changed our name to “Living Hope Lakeport.”  By an overwhelming majority, the church membership voted to accept the recommendation from the elders to join the Evangelical Free Church of America, adopt the revised Constitution and By-laws that reflect that affiliation, and approve the change to our church name.  On October 29 at the New England District conference, we will be officially welcomed into the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA).  
 
Questions have already been raised about some of the practical aspects to our name change.
    “Should I now write my checks payable to “Living Hope Lakeport”?  
    The answer is, “NO!”  You should continue to write checks out to EBC.  
 
    “How can I find our church’s website and livestream on YouTube?”
    You should continue to type in the same address as you have always done.
 
    “Is the church’s email address and staff’s email address still the same?”
    Yes, at this time, all the addresses remain to be @ebclaconia.com
 
There are several details to be worked out in the process of changing our name.  We hope by the first week in November, we can have official documents finalized and make all the necessary changes to begin the branding of our new name.  Please be patient as we change our signage, our logo, our webpage, and other matters related to our becoming “Living Hope Lakeport.”
 
I shared at our special business meeting from Isaiah 43:18-19.  God says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”  In other words, “Don’t let the memory of our past in any way hinder us to where God is now taking us.  God then says, “See, I am doing a new thing!’  
 
Our mission has not changed.  Our values have not changed.  Our commitments have not changed!  Yet this can be a new beginning; a new work, a fresh work, that God wants to do in us and through us as a church.  
 
Will you embrace this change?  Change is inevitable; growth is optional.  May the things to come, grow us and change us, to best reflect to the world around us. Our Living Hope!
 

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Silencing the Critics
I Peter 2:11-17

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

Women’s Bible Study

Priscilla Shirer -Discerning the Voice of God.
Through 7 sessions, discover the root to clear and daily communication with God—humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life.
Starting on October 12, Wednesday 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the church.
Starting October 15, Saturday, 9:00 – 10:30 am at the church. 
Be sure to sign up at the ministry counter. 

Discovery Class  

A four-week discovery class will begin on October 23 at 9:00 AM held in the fellowship hall. This class is for those who want to learn more about who we are as a church.  If you desire to become a member of the church, then this class is required for membership.  

EBC Kids Volunteer Training Brunch

EBC Kids volunteer training and encouragement brunch will be held Saturday, November 5th, form 10 A.M.to 12 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up at the counter!

Welcome Luncheon

Sunday, November 13th there will be a Welcome Luncheon following the second service. If you have started attending church in the last two years, you are invited to attend.

Ushers and Greeters Needed

We are looking for some friendly faces to join the hospitality team as ushers and greeters. This is a great opportunity to serve the body and guests of our church. Please email Susan Lyle at susan.lyle@gmail.com for more information. 

Local Outreach 

Our Local outreach team is hosting a pizza and dodgeball night on 10/15.  This is co-ed for ages 10-up.  This is an opportunity to bring a friend for a fun night and positive exposure to EBC. Further information to follow.

Trunk or treat

Our outreach to the community is Monday, October 31st. We need your help to make this a success. How can you help? Well, Trunks to be decorated, candy to passed out along with set-up and clean-up. Please sign up at the ministry counter.

New Administrative Assistant

There have been some changes in the administrator’s office. Norma Phillips has recently passed on the role of administrative assistant to Betsy Weller. If you have any general inquiries about church life and ministry, you can contact Betsy at office@ebclaconia.com.

The Weekly Epistle 9/28/22

Greetings Church Family, 
 
The culmination of our year-long initiative to join the Evangelical Free Church of America is tomorrow night! As I am sure you know by now, the elders have called a special business meeting for Thursday, September 29, 2022. At this meeting, the elders will present a threefold motion to join the EFCA, change our church’s name, and revise the constitution and bylaws accordingly. 
 
Over the past year, we published numerous articles in preparation for tomorrow night. I would like to draw your attention to five key articles.
 

  1. Five Benefits Of Joining The EFCA

 

  1. What Does Evangelical Free Church Actually Mean?

 

  1. Evangelical Free Church of America Statement of Faith

 

  1. Our Church Our Name (Ebook)

 

  1. The Together Initiative Motion

 
I am sure you reviewed all of these documents over the past year, nonetheless, I thought the refresher maybe helpful. If you’re hungry for more info visit the Together Initiative website by clicking here. You may also email me with any question you may have at office@ebclaconia.com
 
See you tomorrow night!
 
Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Our True Identity
I Peter 2:4-10

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

EBC Kids Volunteer Training Brunch

EBC Kids volunteer training and encouragement brunch will be held Saturday, November 5th, form 10 A.M.to 12 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up at the counter!

Discovery Class  

A four-week discovery class will begin on October 23 at 9:00 AM held in the fellowship hall. This class is for those who want to learn more about who we are as a church.  If you desire to become a member of the church, then this class is required for membership.  

Ushers and Greeters Needed

We are looking for some friendly faces to join the hospitality team as ushers and greeters. This is a great opportunity to serve the body and guests of our church. Please email Susan Lyle at susan.lyle@gmail.com for more information. 

Local Outreach 

Our Local outreach team is hosting a pizza and dodgeball night on 10/15.  This is co-ed for ages 10-up.  This is an opportunity to bring a friend for a fun night and positive exposure to EBC. Further information to follow.

Trunk or treat

Our outreach to the community is Monday, October 31st. We need your help to make this a success. How can you help? Well, Trunks to be decorated, candy to passed out along with set-up and clean-up. Please sign up at the ministry counter.

The Weekly Epistle 9/21/22

Church Family, 
The culmination of our year-long initiative to join the Evangelical Free Church of America is just around the corner! The elders have called a special business meeting for Thursday, September 29, 2022. They will present a threefold motion, including the following three items.

  • That “Living Hope Lakeport” be adopted as our new church name from this point forward, for this body that is currently known as Evangelical Baptist Church (“An Evangelical Free Church” will appear as subtext on some signage and printed communications).
  • That Living Hope Lakeport willingly affiliate with the association known as the Evangelical Free Church of America.”
  • Approve the church’s revised Constitution and By-Laws with a revision date of September 1, 2022, that includes such changes as the new church name, our affiliation with the Evangelical Free Church of America, the EFCA Statement of Faith and a number of grammatical, typographical and formatting revisions.”

Upon the passing of the motion, the leadership will initiate the logistical process for changing our name. We will be presented and accepted into membership with the EFCA at the district conference on October 28, 2022.
                       To learn more about The Together Initiative, click here
                       To learn more about the name change, click here.
I am so excited to enter this new season of life and ministry with you!
Blessings, 
Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

The Hope of Love
I Peter 1:22-2:3

Link to This Sunday Worship Service

 

EBC Kids Volunteer Training Brunch

EBC Kids volunteer training and encouragement brunch will be held Saturday, November 5th, form 10 A.M.to 12 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up at the counter!

Community Group Sign-Ups

Sign-ups for community groups will be available September 25th at the ministry counter. 

Special Business Meeting

There is a special business meeting scheduled for Thursday September 29 @ 7:00 to vote on joining the Evangelical Free Church, the name change, and the constitution and bylaws that reflect our becoming an Evangelical Free Church.

Revised Church Constitution

Pick up a copy of the revised church constitution and bylaws with changes that reflect our becoming an Evangelical Free Church.  They are available at the ministry counter.

Discovery Class  

A four-week discovery class will begin on October 23 at 9:00 AM held in the fellowship hall. This class is for those who want to learn more about who we are as a church.  If you desire to become a member of the church, then this class is required for membership.  

Ushers and Greeters Needed

We are looking for some friendly faces to join the hospitality team as ushers and greeters. This is a great opportunity to serve the body and guests of our church. Please email Susan Lyle at susan.lyle@gmail.com for more information. 

Local Outreach 

Our Local outreach team is hosting a pizza and dodgeball night on 10/15.  This is co-ed for ages 10-up.  This is an opportunity to bring a friend for a fun night and positive exposure to EBC. Further information to follow.

OWLS

Please join the OWLS on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. for a Good Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing, accompanied by Mary Collins and Rob Tacker, in Fellowship Hall.  If you are among those who cherish the “Golden Oldies,” you’ll enjoy this rousing round of song, followed by a dessert social.