ECC Ministry Update – Take Heart

“I need a little peace and quiet.” I remember hearing my my mom say that from time to time when I was a kid. She probably said it more than I realized because I was too busy not being peaceful or quiet. As I’ve gotten older I’v learned that we all want that from time to time because it’s healthy for us. It’s healthy because it often requires us to slow and be still. The fast and furious lifestyle not only wearies the body, but also wearies the soul.

However, over the years I have realized that as good as quiet can be for our soul, it, in and of itself does not guarantee peace. Sometimes extended quiet fuels anxiety and worry because our hearts are not at peace. We are troubled, we are concerned, we are unsettled about something going on in our lives. Quiet without peace can be a place of captivity.

Jesus, just before he was led off to be beaten and crucified, spoke of the true peace which only comes from God. He says to the disciples, “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied.  “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:31–33

Jesus has overcome the world and when you and I believe in his person and his work, we will have peace. Even when quiet moments are few and far between, we live in peace when we live with the promise, assurance, and hope of Jesus Christ. We live this through a relationship with Him. His life, his death, and his resurrection made the way for us to be right with God. “Do you now believe?” If so, “take heart” because he will give you peace.

My prayer for each of us, is that in this time of disruption and uncertainty, we will have peace because Jesus is our Savior and our Lord. He never promised that trouble wouldn’t come (it won’t be quiet), but He did give us the hope that He has overcome and that He will be with us. He has the last word!

For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace… May you bear the fruit of peace today.

New Opportunities

Last night I had the joy of hosting our first Zoom “Table Talk”, with about 30 of you from ECC. It was a lot of fun and so encouraging as we talked about coping through this time of physical distancing and isolation. Stories were shared about how God was teaching each of us lessons of walking in faith at this time. It was a sweet time together!

Here are some other opportunities to connect this week:

Wednesday March 25 (7:00) – Prayer Gathering – Hosted by Pastor Dan and Miss Coleen. A time to pray for our church, our community, and our nation.                                        Click here to participate in Prayer Gathering

Thursday March 26, April 2 – (6:30-7:30) REFIT® – Hosted by Brandie Back. This class is focused toward women.         Click here to participate in REFIT

Friday, March 27 (6:00pm Launch) – “Family Scavenger Hunt” – Led by Miss Coleen. Details will be posted on Facebook. This will be a great activity for a few hours or over the weekend as you look for objects that connect to stories of the Bible.

Sunday, March 29 – Sunday Morning Worship – Access at eatoncommunitychurch.org

Take care of yourself and take care of one another!

Pastor Dan

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