The Weekly Epistle 1/22/20

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  The origin of this quote is unknown.  What I like about these words is that it speaks to the importance of discipleship and mentoring.  It addresses the need to assist others in a way that goes beyond meeting a physical need to helping others become self-sufficient. 

My desire for EBC is that we are a church that makes disciples.  But even beyond that, to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples- you get the point.  Our task is not to simply help people out of their predicament but equip them to discover God’s solution for themselves. 

I am encouraged by several in the church, men and women, who are mentoring others.  This is not something that is broadcasted publicly, but it is happening.  If you are interested in being mentored or mentoring someone else, you can talk with me or one of the elders or Anna or anyone in women’s ministry. 

You know the shoes that we are collecting for Haiti?  This is all about teaching others to fish.  Did you read the insert this past Sunday?  The goal is 5,000 pairs of shoes to help Haiti which has launched a training program teaching women to become entrepreneurs.  Help for Haiti will deliver your contributed shoes to women starting small business in northern Haiti. They sell the shoes and use the funds to launch small businesses of their own. Your used shoes make it possible for them to fund their new business and transform the lives of their families!  So, drop off your shoes in the box at the back of the church.

Men, don’t forget about the men’s breakfast this Saturday at 7:00.  The signup helped for planning, but there is still room for you if you didn’t sign up. 

“Created for Connection” is the theme of the marriage conference we will be hosting on April 3 & 4.  It will be $20 a couple, but financial assistance is available.  Don’t let the cost get in the way of your attending this event.

Mark your calendars for two prayer events coming up: Sunday, February 16 is “Prayer 30” from 12:15-12:45.  Also, “Fellowship of Prayer” is scheduled for Sunday, March 15. 

In two weeks, there will be a four-week study on “Wisdom and the Will of God.”  It will begin on 2/2 @ 9:00 on Sunday mornings.  Adjust your schedule to attend this Sunday School class on the book of Proverbs.

Look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!  Blessings, Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

God’s Rescue Operation

Exodus 1-15

Last Sunday’s Sermon

Read Through the Bible in a Year Plan

We have created a reading plan for you to read through the Bible in a year that goes along with our current sermon series, The Greatest Story from Cover to Cover. Pick up your copy this Sunday at the Ministry Counter.

Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast Saturday January 25th 7am-8:30am. If you haven’t signed up and want to attend, contact the office.

Bill Wixson is in need of some help on Saturday morning after the Men’s Breakfast. If you are able to stay for 30-60 minutes and help unscrew some pews and move to the back of the balcony, please contact Bill Wixson at . Cordless drills with phillips head drill bit will be helpful.

“Wisdom and the Will of God” From the Book of Proverbs

Join us Sunday mornings beginning February 2nd at 9am as we take a look at how life works from the perspective of wisdom. This study will go for 4 weeks.

Women’s Bible Study “Open Your Bible”

The next women’s bible study will begin Saturday February 15th at 9am and will be run for 7 weeks. “Open Your Bible”, will quench a thirst you might not even know you have-one that can only be satisfied by God’s Word. 

This Sunday, the Women’s Ministry Team wants to challenge the women of EBC to read a book that will be used as an introduction to the Bible Study called, “She Reads Truth”. With the encouragement from the book, we will step off our book pages and into our own lives, seeking truth through the Bible Study.  Pick up your copy of “She Reads Truth”  for $12 and you can also sign up for the Bible Study.

Prayer Event

Prayer 30

Join us on February 16th from 12:15-12:45 for 30 minutes of prayer.

Save The Date

“Created for Connection”
Marriage Seminar at EBC for the EBC family. 
April 3-4. More details to come.

Cancellation Procedure for Sunday Mornings

In the event of bad weather that would potentially impact services, the following will be taken into consideration: the current weather in Laconia, timing of the weather event, and whether roads, walkways, parking areas will be cleared. A decision will be made by 7:30 am to cancel one or both of our services. Events in the afternoon or evening will be dealt with separately. EBC will notify of cancellation using the following:  WMUR TV, Church website news feed , Email (weekly epistle list), and EBC public and private Facebook pages.