Another Pastoral Epistle 9/12/18

Dan and Michelle Dore Update

We are sending this update out to our EBC church family before we write our next general email newsletter. We are so thankful that you have been behind us for 33 years! Including:

  • Five years during Bible School, Missionary Training Institute, and the Language and Linguistics Institute, from 1985 to 1990.
  • 23 years as full-time missionaries to Guinea, West Africa, from 1990 to 2013.
  • Five years as itinerant missionaries to Guinea, Ghana, and Liberia, 2013 to 2018.

Your prayers, encouragement, and financial support have carried us through many adventures of faith! And now we are on a new adventure. Due to pressing family issues involving our aging parents, we are reducing the number of trips to Africa to perhaps only one per year. This has brought us to instruct the EBC office to close our account. We do not feel right about continuing to receive financial support when our travel schedule will be reduced to less than the three trips per year we had originally proposed. The EBC GloTeam has graciously decided to continue our support until the end of the year, to help us out during this transition time. Our other supporting churches and individuals have been notified, and they will be phasing out their financial support as well. As of January 1, our account will be closed.

Ongoing prayer support, however, is still greatly appreciated. We will continue to send out regular newsletters, to keep before you the needs and projects for the churches/ministries in West Africa, as well as news of our children who are serving the Lord around the world. You often ask how things are going in Guinea, or about one or the other of our children, and we do appreciate your love and concern. 
Please pray for us as we will continue to serve God as He leads no matter where we find ourselves on this earth!  
If you have any questions, please email us, call us, or just chat with us at church on Sunday. (Dan will be speaking at other churches for the next two Sundays, September 9 and 16; then the 23rdwe will be in Michigan to receive Michael and Nancy Dore at the airport. So we will not be at EBC again until Sunday, September 30!)

These verses have been a blessing during these uncertain times, as we walk with Him, by faith:

John 13:7“Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.'”

Isaiah 42:16“I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them, and smooth out the road ahead of them. I will indeed do these things, I will not forsake them.”

Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way unto the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

Your Co-Laborers In New Hampshire and West Africa,
Dan and Michelle Dore

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Proverbs 3:1-6
Pastor Dan Lyle

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Discovery Class

This class is for those who desire to become members or anyone who would like to learn more about our church. The first class started last week, but you can still join. Meets at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Groups

We were never meant to do life alone. That’s why the vision for our season kickoff of Community Groups is to have every person who calls EBC home join a group! We have several groups launching this fall in all different locations, times, and days of the week. Sign up at the kiosks in the back of the church on Sunday. Members from each group will be in the back by the kiosk. If you are not part of a group already, please sign up!

Help Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help transport Ella Eshelman to and from church on Sunday mornings. Bill Wixson has offered to organize a schedule and is looking for 5 volunteers. Please contact Bill at or 524-8580 if you are able to help. We also have a young lady who is new to Laconia and is looking to attend EBC. She needs transportation to and from church on Sunday mornings. She lives on South Main St. If you are able to offer assistance, please contact the office.

EBC Kids Step Up Sunday

This Sunday September 16thKids will graduate or “Step Up” to the appropriate classrooms for the new school year. Classrooms are: Nursery (Birth – 3 years)
  • Pre K – Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade and 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade – 5th Grade

Office Hours

The office will be closed next week on Monday and Tuesday. 
Hours will be Wednesday – Friday 9am-2pm


MSM will be hosting a Fire Pit and S’mores on Friday 9/21 at The Lyle’s home from 7pm-9pm. Any questions contact Susan at

OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Seniors)

Join your fellow OWLS on Wednesday September 26thas they ride aboard the Lincoln Hobo Train. Meet at EBC at 9:30am for an 11am train departure. Lunch will be aboard the train. 
Cost is $15 per person
Please RSVP to Norma Phillips 848-7203 
Jay and Bette Moreau 528-4458 or 759-3780

Simply Beautiful Conference

This is a one day conference for girls, their mothers, and their spiritual mentors. 
October 20thfrom 9am – 4pm. 14 Hunter Rd. Uxbridge, MA 01569 
Purchase tickets at:
See Susan Lyle for more details.

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! 

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

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

Last Sunday’s Sermon


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.


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!