The Weekly Epistle 12/28/22

Hi Church,
As we turn the page on another year, we likely experienced highs and lows and everything in
between. I can’t help but think of Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 that there is a time
for everything. Solomon speaks of the totality of human experience. If we were the authors of
our existence, we might choose to eliminate half of the list (check out Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Yet
God uses all those experiences for our good and for His glory!
Before we embrace the new year, let’s linger in the Christmas season a bit longer. The
Christmas songs may still be ringing in your ears that one note or two and you know exactly the
song. But can you identify the title of the Christmas songs if described this way?
Expectation of arrival to populated area by mythical, masculine perennial gift-giver. (Answer:
Santa Claus is coming to town).
Ok, your turn: “Move hitherward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief.”
Or “Listen, the celestial messengers produce harmonious sounds.”
Or “Nocturnal timespan of unbroken quietness.”
How about this one: “Embellish the interior passageways.”
How do you think you are doing? “Twelve o’clock on a clement night witness its arrival.”
“The Christmas preceding all others.”
“Diminutive masculine master of skin-covered percussionistic cylinders.”
“Obese personification fabricated of compressed mounds of minute crystals.”
“In a distant location the existence of an improvised unity of newborn children’s slumber
“Proceed forth declaring upon a specific geological alpine formation.”
“Jovial yuletide desired for the second person singular or plural by us.”
Did you get them all? Answers are below at the end of the announcement section.
Don’t forget that this Sunday (1/1) there will be one service at 10:00. On January 8,
“Celebration Sunday” we will only have one service at 10:00 as well. We will return to our
two-service format on January 15 (9:00 & 10:45).
Also, on January 8, we will begin a new sermon series, “What in the world are we doing here?”
from the book of Isaiah.
Don’t forget to sign up for the conference, “The Gospel and the LGBT Questions” that will be
held here at the church on Saturday, January 14 from 9:00-noon.
Six-week Men’s study, “Essentials for Spiritual Growth” (understanding sanctification) begins on
Saturday, January 21 from 8:00- 9:00. Please sign up for that as well.
Hope you had a great Christmas and wish you the very best for this new year as we grow
together in Him. May the Lord continue to build up His people at Living Hope Lakeport!
To God be the glory.
               Pastor Brian

Looking Forward

Sermon Direction

Savoring Proverbs 3:5-6

Pastor Dan

Link to This Sunday Worship Service


Mark Your Calendars:

We will have one service at 10:00 AM next Sunday January 8th.

Celebration Sunday January 8th

Please join us after the 10:00 am service to celebrate as a church family our new name “Living Hope Lakeport” and joining the Evangelical Free Church of America.

New Sermon Series

“What in the world are we doing here?” sermon series in Isaiah beginning January 8th.

Trajectory Rec:

Trajectory Rec will be taking a break starting December 26th through January 23rd.

The Gospel and LGBT Questions” 

Conference led by Rachel Gilson from CRU on January 14. See insert. Childcare will be provided. Please sign up @ ministry counter.

Trajectory Rec:

Saturday January 21st from 8-9A.M. there will be a six-week Men’s study, led by Pastor Brian on the Please sign up at the ministry counter.

Living Hope Kids Sledding Party:

All are invited to go sledding at the Gilford Sledding Hill on January 28th from 1-3pm! Hot chocolate, cider, and snacks will be provided. Bring your own sled!   We will provide directions at a later date.

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.  Living Hope Lakeport will notify of cancellation using the following: WMUR TV*, Church website news feed, Email (weekly epistle list), and Living Hope Lakeport private and public Facebook pages. *(If 1st service is cancelled, it will say “No Early Services”, if both services cancelled, it will say “No Sunday Services” on WMUR) 

Reminder Deacon’s Fund

EBC has a “deacon’s fund” which is administered by the Elder’s.  This fund serves our church members as well as the community with financial needs.  You can donate to it by marking your envelope “Deacon’s fund” or give online choosing this fund as your option. Go to the website ( and click on “give” and proceed from there.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 524-2277 or email