Another Pastoral Epistle 8/29/18

Why?  Why? Many of the questions of a preschooler begin with that one word, why.  “Toothpaste is for brushing your teeth, not for eating,” and the little one asks, “Why?”  A parent says, “It is time to go to sleep,” and the response is, “Why?” All through the day, it is the same thing; “Why does a cat have fur?”  “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do I have to share?” And on and on it goes to the point you start singing the Billy Joel song, “Don’t ask me why.”  
 
I know that it can be exasperating to hear the why question, and at times it can even be an act of defiance, but their curiosity about the world around them is refreshing.  To a child, mystery and wonder are all part of their make-up as they grow and develop. I can’t help but ask, “Have we lost our capacity for wonder?” Scripture says, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”  Are we still astonished by its beauty? We can sing, “Amazinggrace, how sweet the sound,” but are we still amazed by His grace?  Are we still stunned by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that He has taken up His residence in us?  
 
A book that I pick up and read certain sections of repeatedly is one written by Mark Buchanan called, “Your God is too Safe.”  The sub-title of that book is, “Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You Can’t Control.” Might there be a connection between wonder and control?  Do we secretly wish for a God that is safe and predictable? Do we prefer to reduce the Christian journey to formulas, seven-steps, and some kind of how-to manual?  The life-changing movement of God cannot be controlled and even predicted. That is why it leaves us breathless and wonder-struck! Church, let’s not lose the wonder of God, but continue to be amazed at what he is doing and wants to do in His church!  
 
We have a chance at the picnic and baptism on September 9 to witness several people publicly profess the name of Christ.  Are you part of a community group?  If not, I urge you to sign-up for a group in the weeks to come as they officially start up again on September 23.  Why community groups? Because the leadership of this church believes that the best way to carry out the “one-another” admonitions of Scripture is through smaller groups than our gathering time on Sunday mornings.  We believe that it is through smaller groups that relationships are established, and community is truly experienced. 
 
Soon you will be hearing about the Network workshop.  Consider attending this workshop.  Why? It is our desire as elders to move the right people into the right places of service.  Our growth as disciples of Christ is dependent upon being equipped for service and serving in the right place of ministry.  Is it time for you to discover your spiritual gift, personal style, and passion for serving? 
 
In the months to come, you will be asked to participate in the raising of funds as we enter into phase two of our capital campaign.  Phase one was back several years when EBC relocated to this facility.  Many of you have commented how the hand of God was evident in providing what was needed to get into this building.  Now we ask, “What’s next?” What is next for greater impact on our community? What is next in growing disciples at EBC?  What is next in strengthening our families? What is next in upgrading and enhancing our facility to facilitate growing deeper and having greater impact?  Your prayers are needed as we take our next steps!
 
Speaking of prayer, don’t forget prayer builders meets this Sunday from 10:05-10:25 in the room behind stage.  
 
Members, hope to see you tonight at the business meeting at 7:00.  We will meet in the fellowship hall. 
 
Blessings to you,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Opportunity knocks… on an open door” Revelation 3:7-13

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Office Hours

The office will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, in honor of Labor Day

Business Meeting
Tonight @ 7pm

Vote on budget, prospective elder, and “What’s Next” for EBC’s vision and campus. 

We will be meeting downstairs in the Fellowship Hall

Prayer Builders

Sunday 9/2 10:05 am – 10:25 am 
Meets in the room behind the stage.

Momentum

Will not be meeting next Tuesday 9/4

Discovery Class

Meeting in the Fellowship Hall
This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church.

Church Picnic

Will be held on Sunday, September 9th at Opechee Point after the 2nd service.

Bring some chairs, a picnic for your family and outdoor games to share!

Baptism will take place between 2-2:30pm weather permitting.

EBC Kids Step Up Sunday

Sunday September 16th. Kids will graduate or “Step Up” into the appropriate classroom for the new school year.

Another Pastoral Epistle 8/22/18

An old Arab proverb says, “If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is usually the one that got hit.” Ok!  I am not suggesting anyone throws a rock at an animal.  What I am suggesting is that when truth touches a nerve it elicits strong emotions.  Isn’t it true that the ones who complain the loudest about something said, might be the people that statement is true about?  That is accurate not only when a statement is made to a group of people, but also when it comes to personal confrontation.  
 
For example, when my wife confronts me on something, I seem to react more strongly the closer it hits home.  It is a dead giveaway.  I can’t help but think of Nathan the prophet sent to speak truth to King David on his sin.  Remember? David was struck by Nathan’s story of the man who had everything who took from the man who had nothing.  This touched a nerve in David and he reacted strongly.  If you haven’t read it recently, check out 2 Samuel 12:1-7.  
 
I love seeing God using His Word in your lives! Many of you each week will comment on how the sermon touched a nerve.  It has been said that a preacher’s job is two-fold: Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable!  I, too, am being disturbed.  
 
Church, we need to keep growing and keep moving out of those places of comfort. We need to keep asking, “What’s next?” as a church, as families, and as individuals.  You will be hearing soon about the need to upgrade our facilities to better serve our mission.  This campus that God has given us is His tool for moving people through the process of discipleship to the place of being fully committed followers of Christ.  A fully committed follower of Christ is one who actively participates in the life of the church and intentionally lives out and shares their faith to those who need the transforming power of the gospel. So, what’s next in having a place that best facilitates that mission?  More to come…
 
Looking ahead to what’s next in the coming month or so, let me highlight some things.  Don’t forget the church picnic on September 9.  The baptism will be around 2.  A discovery class is being offered on Sunday mornings at 8:30 beginning September 9 in the fellowship hall.  This four-week class is for all those who want to learn more about EBC and who are considering membership.  Speaking of membership, don’t forget, members, that there is a business meeting on Wednesday, August 29 @ 7:00 PM.  
 
Also, further down the road, Network Spiritual Gifts workshop will be offered a second time.  This workshop is broken into two days of 3 hours each.  You must attend both days.  Mark down Saturday, October 27 and November 3 (9:00-noon). There will also be an alternative date for day one on Thursday night (6:00-9:00) for those who can’t make the first Saturday.  Sign up with more details to come!
 
Pay attention as there are many happenings right around the corner- EBC kids step-up Sunday, starting up of community groups, men and women’s studies, momentum events, and so on.  
 
In all our activities and as life seems to pick up speed come September, remember to seek the Lord for what’s next in your life to grow internally.  Be ready to move toward completeness in your faith, taking the next step to becoming a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ.  Yes!  It just might involve disturbing the comfortable a bit.  
 
Blessings,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Guest Speaker

Tom Jackson will be preaching this Sunday. Tom and his wife Lois are missionaries with TEAM and serve in Zimbabwe. Please welcome them as Tom delivers the message. 

Last Sunday’s Sermon

audio
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Office Hours

The office will be closed on Monday 8/27

Women’s Ministry Bible Study

Tuesday August 28th “Me, Myself and Lies” led by Cindy Treamer

Momentum @ The Weirs

All students entering 5th to 12th grade are invited to meet up at Weirs Beach on Tuesday 8/28, from 7-9pm. Drop off and pick up at the parking lot with the gazebo. Bring money for food and games.

Baptism Class

August 26th for ages 12 and older
Meets in Room 104 9:50am-10:20am

Business Meeting

Wednesday, August 29th at 7pm 
Vote on budget, prospective elder, and “What’s Next” for EBC’s vision and campus.

OWLS

The Millyard Museum in Manchester will be the destination for the OWLS on Wednesday, August 29th.  Meet and leave the church at 9:45 to travel to Manchester.The Museum tells the story of Manchester and the people who lived and worked there starting with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls.
Admission will be $5.00.  
Following the tour, lunch will be at the Puritan Back Room Restaurant.

Discovery Class

Sundays @ 8:30am for 4 weeks starting September 9th meeting in the Fellowship Hall. This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church.

Church Picnic

Will be held on Sunday, September 9that Opechee Point after the 2ndservice. Bring some chairs, a picnic for your family and outdoor games to share! 

Baptism will take place between 2-2:30pm weather permitting.

EBC Kids Step Up Sunday

Sunday, September 16th. Kids will graduate or “Step Up” into the appropriate classroom for the new school year.

Another Pastoral Epistle 8/15/18

Who doesn’t love this guy? K.C. Nowack has been a bright spot in the worship ministry for the better part of a decade. Many of you have watched him grow from a shy little boy to a confident young man. God has blessed him with musical gifts that he shares with us week in and week out. Most recently, we have seen K.C. challenging and stretching himself as a worship leader. He’s been helping me plan worship services, leading songs, and even whole services. I couldn’t be more proud of him.

Next Monday morning K.C. will be boarding a plane bound for Atlanta, Georgia, where he will start the next leg of his journey with 10,000 Father’s Worship School. As many of you know, K.C. started this journey in January with his first trip down to Atlanta. Over the past eight months he has been focused on developing the godly character that is critical in being an effective worship leader. In track two, his focus will expand from character to competency. Over the next eight months he will focus on developing his musical and leadership skills.

For a more thorough overview of the worship school, please watch the following video with worship leader and founder, Aaron Keyes. Click here for video.

Please join me over the next week by coming alongside K.C. with prayerful support. As you pray for him would you also consider helping with his tuition by making a financial gift? K.C. was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for track two! With the scholarship and the deposit he put down, he is left with a balance of $1,000. He has arranged a payment plan with 10,000 Fathers, but let’s face it, he’s a poor college student who could use all the help he can get! K.C. is one of the most faithful and dedicated volunteers at EBC. Anything we give him will pale in comparison to what he has given us.

Just one more thing, building into K.C. by sending him to worship school is just one part of our overall vision to see the worship ministry become a platform for discipleship. Please take a few moments to learn more about this initiative by watching the following video, Our Vision for Discipleship. Click here for video.

Looking forward to worshiping with you this weekend,
Pastor Dan

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Christ’s Autopsy of a Dead Church”
Revelation 3:1-6

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

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Women’s Ministry Bible Study

Tuesday August 21st: “When God Doesn’t Fix It”, led by Cindy Treamer

Momentum

MSM will meet at the Lyle’s on Tuesday August 21st from 7-9pm for games and a fire pit.  Please bring drinks, snacks and s’mores ingredients.

Baptism Class

August 19thfor those under 12
August 26thfor ages 12 and older
Meets in Room 104 9:50am-10:20am

Save the Date

Business Meeting WednesdayAugust 29that 7pm
Vote on budget, prospective elder, and “What’s Next” for EBC’s vision and campus.

On Goal Soccer Camp – June 26-30, 2018

Still looking for a summer camp for your kids? There are discounts and financial assistance available for On Goal Soccer Camp, hosted by EBC! Are you interested in donating a camp scholarship for a child to attend? Can you work as a volunteer? Call the office for details!

OWLS

The Millyard Museum in Manchester will be the destination for the OWLS on Wednesday, August 29th.  Meet and leave the church at 9:45 to travel to Manchester.The Museum tells the story of Manchester and the people who lived and worked there starting with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls. Admission will be $5.00.  Following the tour, lunch will be at the Puritan Back Room Restaurant.

Discovery Class

Sundays @ 8:30am for 4 weeks starting September 9thMeeting in the Fellowship Hall
This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church.

Church Picnic

Will be held on Sunday, September 9that Opechee Point after the 2ndservice. 
Bring some chairs, a picnic for your family and outdoor games to share! 
Baptism will take place between 2-2:30pm weather permitting.

Another Pastoral Epistle 8/7/18

“Sunshine without rain makes a desert.”  That Arab proverb reminds us that all living things can’t live on sunshine alone.  We all understand the need for rain.  Without rain, drought conditions make it ripe for the latest wildfires burning across California.  Please pray for the thousands affected by this deadly blaze.  
 
Without rain, things dry up.  Sunshine without rain makes a desert.  That is true for our spiritual lives.  Without storms our souls are at risk of drying up.  I am reminded of the prophet Jeremiah.  All was not well for him.  There is an entire book written about his experience with storms. Have you read through the Old Testament book of Lamentations lately?  Why read a book of laments?  That would be just too depressing.  In Lamentations we find these statements;
   
   “All the people groan”
   “My groans are many”
   “My heart is faint.”
   “See, how distressed I am”
   “My eyes overflow with tears.”  
   “I am tormented within”
   “My eyes fail from weeping”
 
Why would anyone look to this book for edification? I admit, it isn’t as fun to read as say the book of Ruth or the book of Esther, but it is rich in its usefulness to our lives.  The Bible meets us where we live life.  It has room for every element of human experience including overwhelming human sorrow. Do you know sorrow?  
 
Lamentations does not offer quick and easy solutions to the suffering we are experiencing.  It will not give you cheap cures.  But it can show you how a loving and gracious God can work through even the most painful moments in your life.  It is in the book of Lamentations that we find those familiar words, “His mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.”  
 
Be honest, when are you most likely to speak of God’s faithfulness?  Under what conditions do we sing with enthusiasm, “Great is thy faithfulness”? For Jeremiah, it was when he was at the lowest of lows.  These words came after, “I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.” It is on the heels of these words, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”  (Check out Lamentations 3:1-20).  
 
When the storms come into our lives; when the rain falls, “call this to mind,” Jeremiah says in verse 21, “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.”  He then puts his finger on why he can praise God in the storms- verse 24, “I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”
 
So when the rain of life comes remember that the Lord is your portion and without the rain your soul would dry up.   God is faithful to speak to you in the storm. Great is God’s faithfulness! Always!
 
Sufficient in Him,
Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“When to be intolerant of tolerance”
Revelation 2:18-29

Link to View Last Sunday’s Sermon

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ELMM

The next meeting of the Military Ministry (ELMM) will be Saturday Aug. 11 @ 0800 in the Fellowship hall. 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.

Financial Review Meeting

A Financial Review is an opportunity to learn in more detail our budget for the coming year in a discussion format. Budgets are still available on the back Ministry Counter. 
August 12th9:50-10:25 Room 104

Communion

We will be sharing communion together this Sunday. Please consider donating to EBC’s deacon’s fund. This fund helps those in need in our congregation as well as in our community.

Women’s Ministry Bible Study

Tuesday August 14th “Armor of God” led by Anna Yasharian

Baptism Class

August 19thfor those under 12
August 26thfor ages 12 and older
Meets in Room 104 9:50am-10:20am

Discovery Class

Sundays @ 8:30am for 4 weeks starting September 9thMeeting in the Fellowship Hall
This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church.

Church Picnic

Will be held on Sunday, September 9that Opechee Point after the 2ndservice. 
Bring some chairs, a picnic for your family and outdoor games to share! 
Baptism will take place between 2-2:30pm weather permitting.

Another Pastoral Epistle 7/25/18

A week from Sunday, Larry and Lula Filbert will be visiting with us.  We have had the privilege for several years partnering with them as they serve with Pioneers.  To help you get reacquainted with them before they visit with us on 8/5, I have included an excerpt from their latest newsletter.

Pastor Brian

Hi everyone, 
July is our month to take some down time and we will be taking a vacation to visit our kids in Kentucky for a week.
 
Please pray for us in the weeks ahead as we ask God to continue to show us specific steps he wants us to take moving forward.  We believe he is calling us to dig in and keep going.  Pray that God will open a door for our message as we continue to seek to reach out in the Lancaster community, and pray that He will bless our efforts in ongoing training and coaching relationships with field workers.
 
We have also had to take a pay cut as our account has gone into the red for the first time in 33 years.  Please pray God will give us wisdom on how to address this financial issue.  
 
Other prayer needs and updates:
1. Training with new appointees:  We had a great time and a lot of good discussions together.  This workshop really helps them grapple with our western ministry paradigms. They are encouraged to wrestle with how we normally do ministry over against a more multiplicational ministry objective.  We also were affirmed by several Area Leaders that they have appreciated the fact that new missionaries are coming to the field with this training in hand and that it has really helped them to jump in much sooner than those that come without it.

2. Affinity Group Catalyst meetings:  The second set of meetings was a huge encouragement to us.  We heard reports of many movements happening in various parts of the world.  (More about this in our next Filbert Focus Update).  We were greatly encouraged to keep persevering and not give up!

3. Pioneers’ Church Planting Movement Think Tank:  The final meetings also went very well.  There was a lot of open, grace-filled discussion of vision and passion and process.  God answered your prayers in giving Larry boldness to speak into the discussion.  A general consensus was that our organization needs to do a better job at coaching field personnel, as it is critical to workers’ longevity, fruitfulness and pursuing best practices (rather than being frustrated).  It was left to individual fields to implement coaching systems for their personnel.

We are praising God for answering your prayers. Thank you again for partnering with us! 
 
L&L

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

“Avoiding Compromise, Affirming Christ”
Revelation 2:12-17

Last Sunday’s Sermon

audio
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Guest Worship Leaders

Please welcome Nate and Julia Mailly who will be leading worship this Sunday.

No EBC Kids Available on Sunday, July 29th

Due to a shortage in volunteers, there will not be classes for grades Pre-K – 4th on Sunday, July 29th. Nursery will still be available during both services for 0-5 year olds. EBC Kids needs more teachers and helpers! Please email Mary Whitman or phone her (540-986-6626) if you are able to serve in this vital ministry once per month.

Office Closed

The office will be closed next week since Corianne will not be in the office.

OWLS

The OWLS will now be sailing aboard the Doris E next Wednesday August 1st. Please contact Norma, Jay or Bette with any questions.
Jay and Bette Moreau 582-4458 or 759-3780 
Norma Phillips 783-0211 or 848-7203

Love, INC.

Love INC is hosting a Community Awareness Fundraising Event this weekend at Rafferty Auto Sales, Rte 106 Belmont (former AutoServe). This is a 3 day event. Visit their website for more details. Bring food, pantry, or personal care item for a free hamburger or hot dog. Come out to support a great cause in our community!

Women’s Ministry Bible Study

Tuesday, July 31, “Kingdom Woman” led by Tracey Petrozzi.

Financial Review Meeting

A Financial Review is an opportunity to learn in more detail our budget for the coming year in a discussion format.
August 12th, 9:50-10:25 in Room 104

Baptism Class

Coming in August. Details to come!

Church Picnic

Save the Date!!! Sept. 9th
Details to come!