April 7, 2017

Holy Week

Love Feast & Communion: Thursday, April, 13 at 6:30pm  Join us for our annual love feast, communion and feet washing service, along the lines of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. Childcare provided.

Good Friday Worship Gathering: Friday, April 14 at 6:30pm  Reflective worship focused on the crucifixion.

Holy Saturday Vigil: Saturday, April 15 at 6:30pm  Gathering for meditative Scripture and prayer.

Easter Worship Celebrations: Sunday, April 16 at 8:45 am & 10:45am  The pinnacle of the Lenten season, when we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death!

Mission Team Headed to Poland

Processed with MOLDIVA half dozen musicians who regularly serve in the worship band at Eaton Church of the Brethren will head to Poland in late June to share the gospel in both musical form and through conversational interaction.

We will play roughly nine concerts in six days. The band, recently christened Harken (which means “to listen”), will play at outdoor festivals, clubs, a dignitary’s garden, a couple churches, at least one school (probably two), and, amazingly, a palace before the President of Poland and other notables. We’ll serve, as Paul says, those in “both the civilized world and the rest of the world … the educated and uneducated alike,” sharing with them the truth about sin and grace, death and rescue.

How You Can Get Involved

poland 2Here’s what’s needed and how you can, though you stay, serve those who are going:

  • Pray for the people of Poland, for receptive minds to the Good News—that God would work even now to till the soil of their hearts, for he already knows who will be in each audience.
  • Pray for the band of servant musicians, as we select and strenuously rehearse over the next couple months a few dozen songs that will promote the message of Christ.
  • Follow us on LifeShare and Facebook leading up to and during the trip.
  • Attend an initial concert on Friday, April 28, featuring songs Harken is working on, in addition to a time of worship and prayer. Additionally, attend a dress rehearsal (of sorts) concert sometime in mid-June before we head across the pond.
  • Give financially for the team to meet its support goals:
    • the first $7,800 by April 15,
    • the additional $7,800 by May 30.

These are daunting amounts that caused us to briefly reconsider our participation this year, since we were late in getting onboard (early February!), but we are confident God is calling us to the field and are assured he’ll provide the means of getting us there and back.

How You Can Give

  • Mail or place a check in an offering envelope, noting “Poland” on the “other” line.
  • Give with debit/credit card on our
 website, selecting “Poland”
in the TO field.

All donations are tax deductible.

6th Annual Woodbury Fishing Tournament & Meal: Saturday, May 6 @ Hueston Woods Marina

  • No fishing license required
  • Fish anytime; Tournament ends 4pm
  • Meal served between 5 & 5:30pm
  • Cost $10 (Children 12 & under free)
  • Sign-up by April 30
  • Contact: John Redick, 937-750-1800

Mission Team Headed to Poland

The Apostle Paul was compelled by God to share the gospel (or Good News), saying, “How terrible for me (or “Woe to me!”) if I didn’t preach the Good News!” Indeed, he gave his life to tell everyone about the wonderful things God has done for them in Jesus Christ. God radically used Paul and many other disciples in their time.

But what about our time? Today? Sharing the Good News isn’t reserved only for apostles and evangelists but for every follower of Jesus. We all are to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Although nestled in rural Ohio, we, as a family of faith, have the opportunity to impact eastern Europe with the gospel. A unique turn of events has led to doors being thrown wide open for the message of Jesus’ reconciling love to reach those who are spiritually starving in Poland, people who barely existed under the oppression of communism, to say nothing of Nazi occupation.
The light of the gospel is penetrating the deep recesses of darkness.

Read on for more on the circumstances, then the need, and finally how you can get involved.

The Incredible Story

Watch the video or read the story below.

The Need

The people of Poland are hungry for the gospel. The doors of ministry opportunity are wide open and the people are yearning to hear about having a relationship with Jesus. On their faces is the look of despair and emptiness. The older men and women still show the effects of communist rule in their countenance. Their sons and daughters remember those days well and try to fill their emptiness with tangible things. And the youth of Poland are being influenced heavily by Western society. The harvest is ripe in Poland. What workers will come?

What the Team Will Do

Processed with MOLDIVA half dozen musicians who regularly serve in the worship band at Eaton Church of the Brethren will head to Poland in late June to share the gospel in both musical form and through conversational interaction.

We will play roughly nine concerts in six days. The band, recently christened Harken (which means “to listen”), will play at outdoor festivals, clubs, a dignitary’s garden, a couple churches, at least one school (probably two), and, amazingly, a palace before the President of Poland and other notables. We’ll serve, as Paul says, those in “both the civilized world and the rest of the world … the educated and uneducated alike,” sharing with them the truth about sin and grace, death and rescue.

The band is working on songs written by Christian artists, such as Sara Groves, David Crowder, Johnnyswim and Colony House, as well as music with crossover appeal by “secular” artists like Coldplay, U2, Sting and The Fray. The lyrics speak about spiritual pursuit, such as, “I’ve been searching for something taken out of my soul”—the restlessness we all feel until we find rest in God. The message will be both subtle and overt: “If you’re trying to fill the same old holes inside, there’s a better life.”

We will have an interpreter on stage for the moments between songs when we’ll share about a particular song or brief personal story of God’s faithfulness. Otherwise, many people, and nearly all the younger people, understand English. As such, they’re quite eager to speak with Americans. We’ll chat with common folk at town festivals, teenagers in schools, and the brass at a Presidential ball—and everyone in between. Their ears are wide open to hear the gospel.

How You Can Get Involved

poland 2Here’s what’s needed and how you can, though you stay, serve those who are going:

  • Pray for the people of Poland, for receptive minds to the Good News—that God would work even now to till the soil of their hearts, for he already knows who will be in each audience.
  • Pray for the band of servant musicians, as we select and strenuously rehearse over the next couple months a few dozen songs that will promote the message of Christ.
  • Follow us on LifeShare and Facebook leading up to and during the trip.
  • Attend an initial concert on Friday, April 28, featuring songs Harken is working on, in addition to a time of worship and prayer. Additionally, attend a dress rehearsal (of sorts) concert sometime in mid-June before we head across the pond.
  • Give financially for the team to meet its support goals:
    • the first $7,800 by April 15,
    • the additional $7,800 by May 30.

These are daunting amounts that caused us to briefly reconsider our participation this year, since we were late in getting onboard (early February!), but we are confident God is calling us to the field and are assured he’ll provide the means of getting us there and back.

HOW YOU CAN GIVE

  • Mail or place a check in the offering plate, noting “Poland” in the memo.
  • Give with debit/credit card on our
 website, selecting “Poland”
in the TO field.

All donations are tax deductible.

Be a Sender

Quoting the prophet Joel, Paul says that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Then he proceeds in his letter in a logical manner:

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

We need you to send us, the messengers on behalf of ECOB—and more significantly, as ambassadors of Christ, taking the message of reconciliation with God to a spiritually starving people.

The Story (written)

Over ten years ago, Richard Dietrich, a youth missions pastor in Arizona, was in Poland for a short mission trip and decided to surprise his wife with a gift by investigating her Polish family tree. Upon walking into the city hall in Żary, Poland, Richard’s query was met with a shocking discovery to both Richard and the city officials: Unknown to Richard, his wife is the direct descendant of the royal von Promnitz family, who were thought to have been scattered and extinguished centuries before. Upon this discovery the city engineer of Żary apologized to Richard, saying, “I’m sorry, sir, but we just sold your palace a few months ago.”

poland 3“Palace? I’m just here to get a copy of our family tree!” Richard said in disbelief.

The engineer replied, “Sir, Poland is a country of laws, and you are of the royal family von Promnitz. Whatever has your family’s name on it belongs to you.”

The von Promnitz family ruled the country of Silesia from the 1300’s until the 1700’s, in which time they established many of the towns and villages still in existence today, in addition to many estates, cathedrals, businesses, and schools throughout Poland. Recognizing God’s providence, the Promnitz family has chosen not to seek fame or riches from this strange revelation. They instead

telemannThe Polish government was thrilled to welcome Richard and his family—now heirs of a sort—back to Poland. Richard, now a Count and knighted this past year, was invited to bring music to Poland, as the von Promnitz family had done in the 1700’s by employing Georg Philipp Telemann as chapel master and court musician for the court of Count Erdmann II of Promnitz. For the past ten years Richard has led mission trips throughout Poland featuring Christian musicians who play to tens of thousands of people throughout the summer months. And because the Promnitz name is on many of the Catholic cathedrals, Protestant churches, and schools in the region, Richard has access to preach the gospel without compromise in these facilities.

March 31, 2017

Celebrating The Art of Marriage:

The Art of Marriage 2The Art of MarriageThanks to all those who helped make this such a great event!

Celebrating Baptism:

 

Preble County Town Hall: Heroin & Other Drugs

Thursday, April 6,  7-9pm at Eaton Middle School Performing Arts Center

Town Hall will include:

  • Preble County Drug Task Force
  • County & City Stats from PC Sheriff’s Office
  • Local Police
  • Individuals celebrating recovery
  • Community resources and local treatment agencies
  • Free! Everyone welcome
  • Sponsored by Preble County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership

 

Holy Week

Love Feast & Communion: Thursday, April, 13 at 6:30pm  Join us for our annual love feast, communion and feet washing service, along the lines of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.

Good Friday Worship Gathering: Friday, April 14 at 6:30pm  Reflective worship focused on the crucifixion.

Holy Saturday Vigil: Saturday, April 15 at 6:30pm  Gathering for meditative Scripture and prayer.

Easter Worship Celebrations: Sunday, April 16 at 8:45 am & 10:45am  The pinnacle of the Lenten season, when we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death!

Things to know…

  • Sunday, April 2 is the last day to order lilies
  • Sunday, April 2: Safety Meeting at 6pm in Rm 101
  • Wednesday, April 5 at 6pm: Etch

March 24, 2017

The Art of Marriage

Please pray for the couples attending this weekends seminar. Pray that God would bring about healing and restoration in their marriages, that the joy of walking together in Christ would be restored, that their families would become the light in the darkness God intends them to be.

6th Annual Woodbury Fishing Tournament & Meal

Saturday, May 6 @ Hueston Woods Marina

  • No fishing license required
  • Fish anytime; Tournament ends 4pm
  • Meal served between 5 & 5:30pm
  • Cost $10 (Children 12 & under free)
  • Sign-up by April 30
  • Contact: John Redick, 937-750-1800

 

Worship: Lent

March 17, 2017

Update from Bittersweet Ministries

Thank you so much for your donation of $2,000.00 to help with the Haitian Refugee Program located at the Day Care Center in Tijuana Mexico.  Currently there are 78 men, women and infants waiting to be sent to Miami Florida.

The Haitians have begun a Sunday evening service along with a Thursday evening Bible study.  Six Haitians have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and baptisms will be held during the month of February.

For the word of God says in Matthew Ch 25:35-40, “I assure you, when you did it to the least of one of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me!”

God Bless You, Gilbert Romero, Jr  Director, Bittersweet Ministries

Things to know…

  • Baptism – Sunday, Mar 26: Call the office, 456-5507 if you’d like to take this next step of faith.
  • Blood Drive – Thursday, Mar 23

Name Change Survey

Good afternoon,

Here is the Congregational Survey link that we talked about in our Name Change Informational Meetings: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSXTK5C

Please fill out one survey per individual and submit your response by March 26.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and suggestions about our proposed church name change.

March 9, 2017

Baptism: Sunday, March 26

Have you invited Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior, but have not yet experienced the blessing of baptism? Contact the church office, 456-5507 or one of the Pastors no later than Wednesday, March 22.

Spring Forward!

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night!

Name Change Informational Meetings

A time to learn and ask questions about the church name change process and selection.

  • March 12 after 2nd service, Great Rm
  • Monday March 13 from 6 pm – 7 pm, Gathering Area

Things to know…

  • The Art of Marriage: Sun, March 12 is the last day to register
  • Discover Your Place: Sun, March 12 is the last day to register
  • Etch – Wed, March 15 @ 6pm

Mark Your Calendar…

  • 6th Annual Woodbury Memorial Fishing Tournament: May 6
  • Men’s Fishing Retreat: May 18-21
  • Family Camp: Aug 11-13

 

March 3, 2017

Name Change Informational Meetings

A time to learn and ask questions about the church name change process and selection.

  • March 12 after 2nd service, Great Rm
  • Monday March 13 from 6 pm – 7 pm, Gathering Area

OneLife Membership Class

Covenant membership is vital to the spiritual health of the body as we carry out our mission together. If you are not a member of ECOB, we would like to invite you to prayerfully consider taking the next step of becoming a covenant member. The 4-week OneLife course begins Sun, March 12, 5:30-8pm. Email Conni at conni.deaton@eatoncob.org to register before Wed, March 8.

Discover Your Place

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

  • Part 1: Sun, Mar 19, 5:30-8pm
  • Part 2: Sun, Mar 26, 5:30-8pm in Rm 101.
  • Please email Conni,conni.deaton@eatoncob.org by Sun, March 12.

Parent/Student Info Meeting for 2017 Mission Trip: Sun, Mar 5, 12-1pm, Rm 101

  • Kansas City, MO: July 15-21
  • For students currently grades 6-12
  • Registration and event information can be found at eatoncob.org/connect/students or visit the RockHouse Youth Kiosk

Senior High Spring Retreat

  • Camp Lebanon
  • March 31- April 2
  • Cost: $60
  • Register now