Hello Etchians (and those who just happen to receive Lifeshare)! Due to weather, we have made the decision to cancel Etch this evening. For most of us, this is quite disappointing because it was the last week of our four-week elective. But fear not! We have made some adjustments.
Ash Wednesday & Session 1 Electives
The original plan was to have an Etch Community night observing Ash Wednesday on next Wednesday (Feb. 14), like we’ve done in the past. ECOB’s Ash Wednesdays have always been family and kid friendly, while also offering elements of self examination and hope in the work of Jesus on the Cross.
This year, because of the circumstances, we’ve chosen to shorten the amount of time spent on Ash Wednesday so we can finalize our last week of electives in Session 1. There will be a dedicated time spent on Ash Wednesday (30-45 mintues), and the goal is to give the remaining time to our last week of electives.
If you’d like more information on Ash Wednesday, Pastor Matt did an excellent video explaining the heart behind the day, and why we as a church have chosen to observe it. Check it out below.
For those of you who wish to attend Ash Wednesday, but have not attended Etch or any of the electives offered this session, please still come! We want to you to experience Etch, and all it has to offer. You can even jump in on an elective to experience what they are like. We hope you take this opportunity to join us.
Session 2 Electives
As noted above, Session 1 of Etch Electives are finalizing, which means it’s time for us to begin prepping for Session 2. Again, each session of electives is four weeks, so if you are hoping to join a course, realize that it will be four weeks that you’re committing to.
Some electives span multiple sessions such as the case of Conquer Series men’s ministry is doing. They began in Session 1 and it will go through Session 3. Women’s Bible Study kicks off Session 2 and will go through part of Session 3. We’re also excited to offer a marriage course called The Art of Marriage that will begin in Session 2 and end in Session 3.
If you’ve registered for the Conquer Series, then you will not need to register for Session 2 of Etch.
Here are the Electives for Session 2
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: THE QUEST
An Excursion Toward Intimacy with God
By Beth Moore
Curiosity is hardwired in humanity. We have this innate need to question and seek after what we don’t know or understand. In this study, we will delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him—a God who desires to be found and known.
In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.
- Personal study segments with homework to complete between 6 weeks of group sessions
- Space for journaling and reflection during your personal journey
- Deepen your intimacy with God as you ask, discuss, and ponder questions of faith.
- Take comfort in remembering this world is only a temporary stay until we reach our heavenly home.
- Understand that questions are inherent and essential to growth.
- Embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.
THE ART OF MARRIAGE
Getting to the Heart of God’s Design for Marriage
This Bible study for adults helps participants blend their personalities and their life’s circumstances to create a divinely-inspired work of art — marriage. Every marriage is unique, expressed by the colorful personalities of each spouse and textured by the circumstances at play in their lives. Blending these to make marriage work is a divinely inspired art form — challenging to master but definitely worth the effort. Get ready to make a masterpiece of your marriage through this study.
A Spiritual Discipline
As ECOB enters into a time of intentional prayer (more on that in another Lifeshare article), this four-week course will walk through the importance of prayer in a Christian’s life. It will help introduce the many different modes of prayer as well as provide practical ways to implement prayer in your everyday life.
EATING THROUGH THE GOSPELS
Jesus and The Table
Did you ever notice how Jesus did much of his ministry around food? His first miracle was at a wedding feast and turning water into wine. He took 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed over 5,000 people. Did you ever notice the company he ate with? He ate with sinners and tax collectors (Mark 2:13-17), and with Pharisees as well (Luke 7:36-50). In this four week course, we’re going to look at the importance of the table in Jesus ministry, and find ways how we can use the table for ministry as well.
These are the electives for Session 2. Please register below, or by clicking here.