November 4, 2016

Ministry Of Mom’s

Tuesday, Nov 15 at 11am in the Great Room. Calling all moms! You are invited to the Ministry of Moms kick-off. We will gather in the Great room for a relaxing time of fellowship. Moms of all life stages are invited. There is no cost and children are welcome. Questions? Contact Bev Heindl, 937-533-9856.

The Story

Before Sunday, Nov 6, be sure to read Matt 27-28; Mark 16; Luke 24;  John 19-21 and/or Chapter 27 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Things to know this week…

  • Election Prayer Gathering: Mon, Nov 7 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Area
  • 2nd Saturday: Nov 12 at 8:30am-meet at the church. Everyone is invited to our last workday of the season.
  • Baptism: Sun, Nov 13 during the 10:45 service
  • A Night of Worship: Sun, Nov 20, 6-8pm for RockHouse youth 6th-12th grade
  • Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Contact Rita Daily, 456-2800 ext 211 if you would like to help with this annual event.

 

October 28, 2016

GreenHouse Kids Ministry Meeting

Sunday, Oct 30 following the 10:45 service in Rm 101. For all currently teaching, helping or doing sign-in. If you would like to know more about the ministry or have a desire to help with Greenhouse Kids, please join us. Lunch will be served. Childcare provided!

The Story

Before Sunday, October 30, be sure to read Matt 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23;  John 13-14; 16-19 and/or Chapter 25 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Things to know this week…

  • Child Protection Policy Training: Sun, Oct 30 at 9am in the Conference Room
  • Discover Your Place: Sunday’s Nov 6 & 13, 5:30-8pm in Rm 101
  • Election Prayer Gathering: Mon, Nov 7, 6:30pm in the Gathering Area
  • Baptism: Sun, Nov 13 during the 10:45 service
  • A Night of Worship: Sun, Nov 20, 6-8pm for RockHouse youth and parents

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October 21, 2016

Discover Your Place

In the past two sermons, we have shared together some very important questions that we must all answer: “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, “Where am I headed?”, and “What do I need?” In each stage of our lives, these questions could be answered a little differently.

‘Discover Your Place’ (DYP) is a two-week course that equips you and other to learn about the importance of serving and how God has uniquely designed each of us to serve with others as a part of His church. The goal of this class is to understand ourselves and others better as we serve.

Classes will be held Sunday, Nov 6 and Sunday, Nov 13 from 5:30-8pm in Rm 101.

Please email Conni or call 937-456-5507 by Sunday, Oct 30 to let her know that you would like to be a part of this class.

The Story

Before Sunday, October 23, be sure to read Matt 17; 21; Mark 8-12; Luke 9; 22;  John 7-8; 11-12 and/or Chapter 25 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Things to know this week…

  • OneLife Membership Course: If you are not a member of ECOB, we invite you to prayerfully consider taking the next step of becoming a covenant member. The 4-week OneLife course begins Sunday, October 30. Sunday, Oct 23 is the last day of registration. Email Conni or leave your name at the Info Center.
  • Child Protection Policy Training: Thu, Oct 27 at 7pm & Sun, Oct 30 at 9am in the Conference Room.
  • GreenHouse Kids Ministry Meeting: Sun, Oct 30 following the 10:45 service in Rm 101. For all currently teaching, helping or doing sign-in. If you would like to know more about the ministry or have a desire to help with Greenhouse Kids, please join us. Lunch will be served. Childcare provided!

October 14, 2016

OneLife Membership Class

Covenant membership is vital to the spiritual health of the church body. If you are not a member of ECOB, we would like to invite you to prayerfully consider taking the next step of becoming a member. OneLife membership course begins Sunday, Oct. 30. Simply email Conni at conni.deaton@eatoncob.org or call, 456-5507.  Please register by Friday, Oct. 21.

The Story

Before Sunday, October 16, be sure to read Matt 5-7; 9; 14; Mark 4-6; Luke 10; 15;  John 6 and/or Chapter 24 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Things to know this week…

  • Fall Council Meeting: Sunday, October 16 at 5pm in the Great room.
  • Sr. High Retreat: Oct 21-23. Cost if $55. To register by this Sunday, Oct 16 click here.
  • Child Protection Policy Training: Thu, Oct 27 at 7pm & Sun, Oct 30 at 9am in the Conference Room.
  • Join us for a time to pray for our country – Monday, Nov 7 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Area

October 7, 2016

Missions and Outreach Team Update

(This update was received from Bev at the end of August.)

From Bev Charles:

I can’t believe that August is almost over! Thank you so much for your prayers from my last update. I did make it back to Missionaries 009.jpgEurope on my 2nd try, which was leaving on August 30th and I arrived in Sibiu on the 31st. Thank you to many who responded to my update. I still want to touch base with you soon. I also appreciate your prayers for my time at Annual Conference. The Lord was faithful to give me strength and help during that very busy time. This was one of our best conferences.

I am happy to announce that as of August 4th I finished all my requirements and now am officially graduated! So, I finally have an MA in Ministry Care! Thanks for your prayers that helped me finish well. I don’t think it has sunk in yet that I will not have to study this fall.

I will be attending the Romanian Member Care Retreat for Romanian missionaries who serve cross-culturally. There will be 59 of us meeting together in the mountains near Brasov (Zarnesti). There are no afternoon activities, but we do have worship, teaching from the Bible, and discussion time in the mornings. There are other activities in the evening. I will work with another person to lead one of the discussion groups, which is a time of debriefing. We will meet 3 different times. There will be a separate program for the children. It is a blessing to be a part of this week, which the missionaries really appreciate and seem to need.

God bless you, Bev

The Story

Before Sunday, October 9, be sure to read Matthew 3-4; Mark 1-3; Luke 8; John 1- 4 and/or Chapter 23 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Upcoming…

  • Conversation with Elders – Sunday, Oct 9 at 6pm in the Gathering Area
  • Knights/Lady Knights High School and Jr. High Basketball Info Meeting – Monday, Oct 10, 7-8 pm, Great Room
  • Jr. and Sr. High Retreats – Jr. High Retreat is Oct 14-16 and the Sr. High Retreat is Oct 21-23. Cost if $55. To register click here.
  • Fall Council Meeting – Sunday, October 16 at 5pm in the Great room.
  • OneLife Membership Class – If you are not a member of ECOB, we invite you to prayerfully consider taking the next step of becoming a covenant member. The 4-week OneLife course begins Sunday, October 30. Simply email Conni at conni.deaton@eatoncob.org to register before October 25.

Etch Values: From the Etch Team, Part 5

This post concludes our series on the 5 values of Etch. If you’d like to view any of the past four, here they are:

LET GO of our own desires.
REIMAGINE the way we disciple.
REFLECT the image of Christ.
TOGETHER, experiencing God’s story of redemption.

PASS ON the truths of salvation to future generations.

Everyone passes on something, but what will it be? Will we Pass On a love for sports, cooking or gardening? Maybe we Pass On a positive attitude instead of a negative one. But most of all are we Passing On a heart for Christ and his word while ingraining truth into the lives of others?
This is one of the core values Etch is all about: Passing on the truths of Christ to future generations.
2 …I will utter hidden things, things from of old– 3 things we have heard and known, things our [fathers] have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. [Psalm 78:2b-4 NIV]
Folks, we have an awesome responsibility and privilege to Pass On truths that have been passed down to us onto others. I recently shared with a group how as a teen I had adults investing time in my life by sharing the love of Christ, teaching me morals and values as well coming alongside my parents and seeing my heart accept Christ at 15. I wonder where I would be if those individuals never came into my life! I am thankful they did!
As a young couple Angie and I had a great support system around us as we raised our family. People invested into the lives of our children showing them love and teaching them as they grew. As we grow older I can still see the impact people have had on my life as well as my families. People who have passed on the love of Christ and ingrained truth into the lives of our children. Now that the kids are grown it is still my prayer that God will continue to surround them with godly men and women to walk alongside them as the begin their own lives.
So at Etch our prayer is that we take these truths we have heard and known and share them with others, preparing hearts to stand in a lost and dying world. Passing on the love of Christ so future generations may come to know the truth of Christ and experience his love.
– Craig Swartz (Etch Ministry Team)

Etch Values: From the Etch Team, Part 4

TOGETHER experiencing God’s story of redemption.

Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts.
Psalm 145:4 MSG
Stories. We all have them. And the best ones? Those are the ones that have God written all over them. What has God done in your life? How has God revealed His character to you? Are there times when you were lost, scared, confused, or broken? How did God pull you through? What about the miracles, times of joy, and triumph?
God had a part in your story, and we want you to share it. Etch is about investing in each others’ lives. Being there to uplift one another in prayer. Sharing life experiences with others in effort to encourage them and bring them hope. Life is messy, imperfect, and a work in progress. Let’s discover God’s character and truths TOGETHER.
– Rachal Rogers (Etch Ministry Team)

September 30, 2016

One Another Groups

The One Another all-church study on the Life of Jesus starts this week! The study corresponds with “The Story” sermons and readings. Join us as we explore the life and ministry of Jesus. We will learn, discuss and apply Jesus’ life, work and teaching to our everyday lives.

We are offering a small group experience for everyone wanting to join this all-church event for the next 7 weeks. We begin Sunday night in Rm 101 at 6:30pm.

 

The Story

Before Sunday, October 2, be sure to read Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2; John 1 and/or Chapter 22 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Upcoming…

  • Birthright Fall Showcase – Saturday, Oct 1, 9 am-5 pm, in our Great Room. Quality Crafts and Specialty Vendors sponsored by Birthright of Eaton to raise awareness and funds. Entry Fee is one small baby item. There will be door prizes and a lunch stand!
  • OneLife Membership Class – If you are not a member of ECOB, we invite you to prayerfully consider taking the next step of becoming a covenant member. The 4-week OneLife course begins Sunday, October 30. Simply email Conni at conni.deaton@eatoncob.org to register before October 25.
  • Jr. and Sr. High Retreats – Jr. High Retreat is Oct 14-16 and the Sr. High Retreat is Oct 21-23. Cost if $55. To register click here.
  • Knights/Lady Knights High School and Jr. High Basketball Info Meeting – Monday, Oct 10, 7-8 pm, Room 101
  • Fall Council Meeting – Sunday, October 16 at 5pm in the Great room.

 

 

 

Etch Values: From the Etch Team, Part 3

REFLECT the image of Christ

Christ challenges us to be imitators of Him, so that we might REFLECT the glory of the Lord. Stop and think about that… Seriously, what does that even look like?

REFLECT is a verb meaning to cast back; to give back or show an image of.

So I ask myself, what is necessary for me to REFLECT Christ; to be an imitator of Him?

Knowledge… I can’t REFLECT something if I have no knowledge of that which I strive to REFLECT.

I love to study God’s word, to learn new things about His character and how He works. To see how He is so purposeful in all of scripture and how He actively works in the lives of His people to grow them and to bring about his purposes. God on many occasions has given me specific direction for life challenges through the reading and meditation of His word, but to be an imitator of Christ, meditating on His word is not enough.

I was recently reading a sermon by Charles Spurgeon on being an imitator of God. Spurgeon challenges us by saying, do not only meditate upon God and think that you have done enough, but go on to copy what you study.

Meditation is a happy, holy, profitable engagement, and it will instruct you, strengthen you, comfort you, inspire your heart and make your soul steadfast, but you may not stop at meditation. You must go on to imitation of the character of God.

Let your spiritual life not only bud and blossom in devout thought, but let it bring forth fruit in holy action.

Ephesians 5:1-2 says… watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with Him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us… Love like that. (The Message)

We must be disciplined in our study of scripture and our knowledge of God, but as Spurgeon said, we must not stop there. We must take that knowledge and REFLECT it back to a lost world through our everyday actions as we engage with friends and strangers throughout our days. The world is in desperate need of Christ and we must not be hoarders of our Savior.

It is our desire that ETCH brings you the opportunity to not only be the light to those you engage with as you participate in this new ministry, but that you GO out into your world… the harvest field that God has placed you in and that you REFLECT Him and all His glory and that you love not with caution, but extravagantly, just as Christ loves you.

– Betsy Crumbaker (Etch Ministry Team)

September 23, 2016

“Entrusted”

Ladies Fall Bible Study by Beth Moore

Final words can be compelling. In Paul’s last letter, he charged Timothy his beenttrusted-imageloved son in the faith, to not be ashamed to fulfill God’s call on his life. In this 6-session Bible study, Beth will challenge you to do the same, God has a plan for you. He has entrusted you with the gospel message and has gifted you to carry it to the furthest reaches of this planet.

Tuesday evenings Oct 4-Nov 8, 6-7:30 pm in the Great Room (no meal provided), Wednesday mornings Oct 5-Nov 9, 9:30-11 am, Room 101, and Saturday mornings Oct 8- Nov 12, 8:30 – 10 am in the Conference Room. $20 due by Sunday, Sep 25 for workbook and study costs. For more info or to register, go to the Info Center Sunday.

“Horizontal Jesus”

Men’s Fall Bible Study by Tony Evanshorizontal-jesus

Loving God is vertical love. Loving others is horizontal love. Jesus showed His disciple how these two loves are intertwined in practical ways. While our relationship with God is based on faith alone, He warns and encourages us to see that the way we treat people affects our experience of Him. In this six-session study, you’ll learn how to apply biblical principles drawn from several one-another passages in Scripture. In doing so, you’ll reap blessings in your vertical relationship with God.

Tuesday evenings Oct 4-Nov 8, 6:30-7:30 pm, in Room 101. $20 due by Sunday, Sep 25 for workbook and study costs. For more info or to register, go to the Info Center Sunday.

The Story

Before Sunday, October 2, be sure to read Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2; John 1 and/or Chapter 22 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

 Upcoming…

  • Meeting For Etch Meals – This Sunday, Sept 25, after the 10:45 am worship in Room 101 for anyone interested in helping in any way with the meals on Wednesday evenings for Etch.
  • Birthright Fall Showcase – Oct 1, 9 am-5 pm, in our Great Room. Quality Crafts and Specialty Vendors sponsored by Birthright of Eaton to raise awareness and funds. Entry Fee is one small baby item. This is an opportunity to begin Christmas shopping and book parties. There will be door prizes and a lunch stand!
  • Baby/Child Dedication – Sunday, October 2. If you would like to have a child dedicated, contact the office by Wednesday, Sept 28.
  • Starting Point…where your journey begins – Sunday, Oct 2. A place for new attenders to learn more about ECOB. Stop by the seating area by the Fireplace immediately following either service to ask questions about the church and receive a welcome packet.
  • Jr. and Sr. High Retreats – Jr. High Retreat is Oct 14-16 and the Sr. High Retreat is Oct 21-23. Cost if $55. To register click here.
  • One Another Groups – Now is an excellent time to join a One Another small group, in an all-church 7-week study on the life of Jesus beginning Oct 2. Small groups meet weekly or bi-weekly through the year, many in homes. We are also offering a short term small group especially for this study that will meet at the church Sundays at 6:30 pm for those who are curious but not ready for a full year. Come to the One Another kiosk by the fireplace to sign up for either group, or for more info.
  • Knights/Lady Knights High School and Jr. High Basketball – Monday, Oct 10, 7-8 pm, Room 101, information and sign-up meeting for boys and girls in grades 6-12 and their parents (to sign medical and permission forms). First practice is Monday, Oct 17. Contact Clif Martin, 937-456-5301. See the team website, ecobknights.com, for info and game schedules.
  • Etch – Wednesday Evenings…It’s our new/old way of doing ministry… TOGETHER! Etch is inter-generational. It’s a time for all ages to interact with one common purpose: Discipleship. We’ll begin with dinner, promptly at 6 pm. Meal costs are by donation. Click here for more information and to watch the video!
  • Once Around Shop – Volunteers are needed to help with the shop. They have a limited staff, and need your time and talents to provide assistance to families. To volunteer, contact Jenny McCarty, 937-456-6560, between 10 am and 4 pm Monday through Wednesday and on Friday.