June 9, 2017

2nd Saturday

June 10 – Meet at ECOB parking lot at 8:30am

2nd Saturday Ministry is designed to provide all of us a means to use our gifts, skills and interests to demonstrate Christ’s love in tangible ways to others right here in Preble County. We provide an on-site supervisor, materials, and tools for each project.  Join us as we continue to impact our community by being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Harken Concert

Tuesday, June 13 at 7pm, Great Room

The band will be playing two to three sets of songs they’ll be performing at about ten concerts in front of various crowds. To find out more about the trip, check out our website: www.eatoncob.org/serve/poland.

RockHouse Kickball Cookout Kickoff

Wednesday, June 14, 5-8pm @ ECOB

Free event for students coming into 6th grade through the graduated class of 2017. To register and for more information, please visit eatoncob.org/connect/students or the RockHouse Youth Kiosk.

GreenHouse Kids Worship…

will continue through the summer. Starting June 11, kids will attend their upcoming school grade class.

Sunday is the last day to register for …

  • The Ellis Guthrie Memorial Golf Scramble – Sat., June 17 @Beechwood Golf Course
  • Ladies Summer Bible Study: Wed., June 21-August 2 @ 10 am or 6:30 pm in Rm 6



Proposed Name Change

Yesterday, we conducted a membership vote for the purpose of deciding “Should the Eaton Church of the Brethren name be changed and the name change process be continued?”  The vote was either a “yes, the name of the church should be changed and the name change process continued” or “no, the name of the church should not be changed and the name change process should not be continued.”  For each vote that comes before the congregation it is required for the elders to determine the percentages necessary for the vote.  This particular vote required a “Regular Quorum” of attendance, which is 10% of the overall membership required to be present in order to be able to conduct a vote.  Once quorum is reached this particular vote required an “Overwhelming Majority” (75%) of the then present quorum for the vote to pass.

The results of the membership vote yesterday were 119 votes (73%) “yes” and 44 votes (27%) “no”.  Therefore, the proposal did not pass and the name of the church will not be changed and the name change process will be discontinued.

As we reflect on the results of this vote it’s important for us to acknowledge that some are disappointed and some are pleased.  Both emotions are important and how we walk and care for one another in this season is even more important.  We must remember that regardless of the results, we are still called to be unified as a part of the body of Christ and carry out our mission to be and make disciples.

You see, it’s in these moments that we truly must live out what we believe.  We must trust God, His timing, and His purposes.  This is not a time to be consumed by the “what if’s” or even the “I told you so’s.”  It is not a time to position ourselves against those who voted differently than we did. It is a time for us to come together more than ever and live into our mission as a church.  It is a time for us to stand unified as the body of Christ.  It is the time for us to reflect on what we’ve learned during this season and move forward with more confidence than ever in our God, to accomplish His will through us!

I want to thank our name change team of Audrey Burton, Casey Woddell, Conni Deaton, Doyle Brower, and Jeff Wassom.  These individuals have worked hard over the last six months and gave many hours to help us as a church understand our culture better.  Thank you team!  It was a joy serving with you.

As your Sr. Pastor, I ask that each of us continue to pray for focus on our specific role in the collective role of our church family.  As believers, each of us have been gifted to serve generously in the name of Christ.  Pray for any and every opportunity to serve and share the Gospel, take a step of faith in a new way to trust God, and finally, allow the Holy Spirit to have His way as your counselor and guide!

Looking forward to sharing life together and sharing Christ with those who don’t know Him.

Pastor Dan



June 2, 2017

Called Council Meeting

Sunday, June 4 after each service to vote on the question “Should the Eaton Church of the Brethren name be changed and the name change process be continued”? Yes or no. The meeting is open to the entire congregation. Church members are eligible to vote.


Family Camp 2017: August 11-13

Family Camp is…

  • 2 Nights in a Cabin: Join us for a 2-night, 3-day retreat at Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton, OH
  • Adventures for All Ages: Activities include swimming, canoeing, archery, zip lining, inflatable pillow and more!
  • Fun with a Purpose: Bond together as a family unit and connect with other families from E.C.O.B.
  • Registration begins June 4
  • For more info contact Betsy Crumbaker, ecrumba@gmail.com or 937-902-4195.
  • Cost:  Adults (Ages 18+) – $50; Children (Ages 7-17) – $28; Children (Ages 0-6) – Free


GreenHouse Kids Worship

We will continue through the summer. Starting June 11, kids will attend their upcoming school grade class.

May 26, 2017

Celebrating Child Dedication

Kevin and Kim Towe dedicated their son, Jaxon to the Lord on May 14.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Carla Clark, Sharon Cobb, Joellen Driggs and Amanda Harpold shared Lessons through Motherhood


Things to know this week…

  • Watch for the Impact Eaton slideshow before each service on Sunday, May 28
  • The church office will be closed on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)


Mark your

  • Ellis Guthrie Memorial Golf Scramble: Saturday, June 17
  • Women’s Summer Bible Study: Wednesday’s starting June 21
  • Men’s Golf Retreat: July 28-30
  • Family Camp: August 11-13
  • Senior Adult Banquet: August 19
  • Weekend Under: September 9-10

RockHouse Summer Events

As school is coming quickly to an end, it’s time to begin looking forward to what we have happening within RockHouse Student Ministries over the summer. Though we may not have a weekly gathering, we still have many opportunities to spend together over the next few months.

RockHouse Texting

Stay updatedIf you are a parent of a pre-teen/teen who wants to stay up to date on what’s happening in RockHouse, then text the word, “ROCKHOUSE” to the number 40650 and you will receive text updates regularly on events, deadlines, and cancellations.

5th & 6th Fancy Dinner
(June 7th, 6-7:30pm)

Fancy Dinner Landscape
For current 5th & 6th Grades and their parents and siblings.

This is a dinner for incoming 6th and 7th graders and their family members (parents and siblings) joining RockHouse Student Ministries. The evening consists of dressing up, fine dining, fun, and interactions with some older youth who have experienced this transition before. This event is free of cost, but we ask that you please RSVP by registering so we can have a good idea of who is attending.

Kickball Cookout Kickoff
(June 14th, 5-8pm)

For 6th Grade-Newly Graduated

This is our 3rd Annual Kickball Cookout Kickoff! If you’re just beginning in RockHouse Student Ministries or have graduated or anyone in between, then you are invited to this evening of food, fun, and KICKBALL! There may also be opportunities for basketball, 4-Square, and Ultimate Frisbee. If you’re not into sports, then come and hangout with friends and eat some tasty food. This event is free of cost, but we ask that you please register here so we can get an idea of who all will be attending.

Youth Family Nights
(Check eatoncob.org for more specific times)

Youth Family NightThis summer we’re trying something new! Four (4) evenings this summer we will be having a time when youth and their families gather together for food, activities and learning. Some places will have a more relaxed and hang-out feel. One will be a pool party. And others may have structured games and activities. There’s something for everyone! We will also be going over a video series called Dug Down Deep, about the foundation upon which we build our lives. The cost of this event is free for all, and we will be asking for registrations as each event approaches.
The dates are as follows:

Wednesday, June 28th (TBD)
Sunday, July 9th (The Crumbakers’)
Wednesday, July 26th (The Brubakers’)
Sunday, August 6th (The Denlingers’)

Guys’ and Girls’ Night Out

Returning for their second year, these nights were great nights of encouragement, fun, relaxing and food. This year look for a few changes and a few things remaining. One major change is we added an hour of time together, and have enlisted the help of Men’s and Women’s Ministries. The cost of this event is $10 per person, and registration will begin shortly for these events.

Dates: Guys’ Night Out (June 30th) /// Girls’ Night Out (July 28th)

Family Camp 2017
(August 11-13)

Family Camp is…

  • 2 Nights in a Cabin: Join us for a 2-night, 3-day retreat at Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton, OH
  • Adventures for All Ages: Activities include swimming, canoeing, archery, zip lining, inflatable pillow and more!
  • Fun with a Purpose: Bond together as a family unit and connect with other families from E.C.O.B.
  • Registration begins June 11


Poland Mission Trip Update

We are slightly less than four weeks away from lift off. Here’s a tune and some prayer requests.

We recorded a song at a rehearsal a couple weeks ago, as one of the venues wanted to hear us ahead of time. Can’t blame them for not wanting to book a band they’ve never heard. Here’s the tune if you’d like to hear it.

Speaking of which, we’d like to invite you to our “dress rehearsal” on Tuesday, June 13 at 7 pm. We’ll be playing all the songs we’re planning to play in Poland.

Here are a few things you can be praying about.

  1. Teams currently serving in Poland. Richard Dietrich is currently in Poland, leading teams of musicians at various concerts and festivals. Pray that God’s Word will permeate the hearts of those who watch and listen. Pray for opportunities for musicians to share personally with those attending.
  2. Pray for Harken, the band ECOB is sending. We have about five remaining rehearsals. We concluded learning new songs at last night’s rehearsal. Now it’s time to polish the ones we’ve learned, some two dozen tunes, and memorize them. Pray for the health of the musicians. One of us went down for about a week, which causes us to fall behind a bit musically. Also pray for unity. We’re reaching the state of so much time spent together rehearsing that tensions start to rise. Pray that we’ll remained focused on the mission.
  3. Pray for technical details regarding audio and equipment. I’ve researched and learned a lot about programming keyboard sounds and guitar effects to run through my computer. It’s been a lot to work on, and will continue to be for the next few days when I program some more. Now, it would have been easier simply to take the big Kurzweil keyboard we usually use on Sunday mornings, but at 45+ pounds, it’s a beast, and it’d be an overweight piece of luggage to check (since the case itself is about 40 pounds), costing hundreds more than we want to spend on baggage. So we’re taking along a lighter weight keyboard that I call a dummy keyboard, since it has no sounds of its own. Those will be run through the computer. Sorry, if I’ve lost you already, but I find it quite fascinating. (My dad, if he were alive today, would be impressed at what computers have the ability to do in music.)

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support.


IMPACT Eaton 2017 – Open Hands of Generosity

Just a few pictures from our day of worship and serving. #Impact2017


“This is so much fun!”

“We should do this more often!”

“I love seeing the Church come together!”

“What a great day!”

These are only a small portion of what I heard as I traveled to some of the sites yesterday during IMPACT Eaton 2017.  I am so full of joy and gratefulness as I reflect on our time of worship and serving yesterday alongside one another.  It was a great day for God’s church and as many of you demonstrated open hands of generosity God was honored and glorified.

We took a great step forward as a church today, living out our faith in a tangible way in this community.

Thank you for being willing to try something a little different than a normal Sunday morning. Thank you for worshiping in both an inside space and throughout the community. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus.  Thank you for being generous!

To God be the glory!

Pastor Dan



May 19, 2017

ImpactGraphic2017 Don’t forget that we will gather at the Eaton Performing Arts Center across the street with the congregation of the Eaton First Church of God.  (No services will be held at our facility that morning.) We will gather for worship and then head out into the community for various spring clean-up projects.

  • A Special Offering will be taken during worship and will be given to the H.I.T. Foundation and Eaton Food Bank.  Please make checks out to ECOB.  There will be no regular offering during worship this Sunday. (Please note that regular offerings to the church budget can be dropped off at the church office any time during the week or brought the following week to worship.)
  • Schedule
    • 8:15-9:00 – Coffee, Juice & Donuts
    • 9:00-9:30 – Worship
    • 9:30-9:45 – Dismissal
    • 9:45-10:00 – Travel to project sites
    • 9:45-10:15 – Prayer Service for those not going to project sites.
    • 10:00-12:00 — Serve our community.
  • Dress
    • Wear your purple “IMPACT 2017” T-shirt and appropriate pants and shoes to work in.
      • Stop by the t-shirt table Sunday at the Performing Arts Center if you haven’t received your t-shirt.
    • Bring a pair of work gloves.

Celebrating Baptism

Gale McKinney, Aaron Clark and Jacob Clark were baptized on May 7


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Things to know this week…

  • Sunday, May 21 @ 7:30 pm: Parent’s Meeting for RockHouse Youth Summer Events in the Gathering Area

May 12, 2017


Mother’s Day Bake Sale:

  • Between Services and after Contemporary Service
  • Youth Fundraiser for their July 15-21 trip to Kansas City

Blood Drive: Thursday, May 18 from 1-7pm at ECOB

Receive the limited edition “Military Appreciation Month Blood Donor” t-shirt when you register. This blood drive is dedicated to Diana Dillow. Register at givingblood.org or 800-388-GIVE.

Impact Eaton: Sunday, May 21 from 8:15am – Noon

  • 8:15 am: Coffee/donuts
  • 9:00 am: Worship
  • 9:30 am: Orientation
  • 9:45 am – 10:15 am: Prayer service (for those physically unable to go to projects)
  • 10:00 am – Noon: Service projects

For those who preregistered, pick-up your Impact Eaton t-shirts Sunday, May 14 at the kiosk in the Gathering Area.

There will be no worship service at the church. We will be worshiping at 9 am at the Performing Arts Center across the street.

Assignments will be given on Sunday morning the 21st

Participants will be responsible for transportation to each site (carpooling is encouraged)

Each site will be staffed with a project manager and a host to lead volunteers



May 5, 2017

Harkin Concert – Tonight at 7pm

Come enjoy some tunes the band is preparing for the trip to Poland and join us for some time of worship and prayer!