Worship: Ash Wednesday

Etch/Ash Wednesday

Etch is this coming Wednesday and it’s going to be a special one! This next Etch falls on the same day as Ash Wednesday. As many of you know, the past several years we’ve taken time to observe this day in the Church Year.

For more information on the Church Year be sure to check out Pastor Matt’s LifeShare video post a few days ago.

This year is no different in observing Ash Wednesday, except that it falls on the same night as Etch. Because of this, we’ve chosen to make Ash Wednesday the focus of Etch that evening. In the past, Ash Wednesday has been a “family-friendly” night where there is something for all ages to experience the heart of this day.

Not only does our observation of this day fall in line with Etch, but it also falls in line with our study on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. From Jesus’ comments on the attitudes of a disciple (The Beatitudes) to Jesus’ expression of his fulfillment of the Law and prophets, we see the desperate need for a Savior to do what we are unable to do. We were in need of one to come and remove the sin that separated us from God. We needed to be reconciled, and the ashes placed upon our heads on Ash Wednesday simply remind us of our sinfulness, our humanity, and our need to repent.

Pastor Matt will be posting another video in the next few days to give more background behind Lent and Ash Wednesday.

Here is what to expect whether you are a regular Etch attendee OR you have yet to attend Etch but have been to Ash Wednesday before:

  • There will be a meal, but it will be a simple meal of rice and beans. There will be no children’s option. The purpose behind this meal is to support those who begin to fast for Lent, and more importantly to remind us that food sustains this life, but it is Jesus, the Bread of Life, who sustains us for eternity.
  • An Experience. We will not be telling you about Ash Wednesday, we want you to experience it! We will be providing you with several ways to experience the heart behind Ash Wednesday.
  • There will be an opportunity for the imposition of ashes. More on this from Pastor Matt.

We encourage parents to use this night as an opportunity to teach your children about simplicity, sacrifice, sin, and repentance. We encourage you to put this night on your family’s calendar. It will be a great experience to join with your brothers and sisters in Christ as we launch into the season of Lent together.

February 24, 2017

The Art of Marriage

Marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a true art form. That’s why for more than 40 years, FamilyLife has been helping couples understand God’s plan for relationships. The Art of Marriage® weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.

In The Art of Marriage, over 40 ministry leaders provide biblically-centered teaching while couples who have struggled in marriage openly and honestly share their stories of pain, loss, forgiveness, and grace.

Whether your marriage resembles a Rembrandt or a toddler’s finger-paint masterpiece, you won’t want to miss The Art of Marriage. It’ll be a weekend that could reshape your relationship.

  • Friday, Mar. 24 (evening) and Saturday, Mar. 25 (morning and afternoon)
  • Cost: $45 for couple’s materials
  • Register by Sunday, Mar 12 at the kiosk or on our website

Gift certificates are available to purchase either for sponsoring a couple you personally know or sponsoring a couple(s) anonymously. Contact the office to purchase.

Day of Caring – Pancake Brunch

  • Sunday, February 26, 11:30am – 1pm at Eaton United Church of Christ
  • Adult Donation: $6; Senior Citizens and Children under 12:$4
  • 100% of all ticket sales goes to local Homeless Services
  • The Bistro at Eagle’s Point is sponsoring an extended menu!

Pastor’s Retreat

Our pastors will be away on their annual retreat this weekend. Please pray for them and their wives as they spend the weekend together seeking the Lord for the future direction of our church. Specifically, we invite you to pray for wisdom and discernment from God. We desire to be dependent on Him as leaders as we listen and talk about our identity and direction as a church. Thank you.

Things to know this week…

  • RockHouse Doer Groups Visitation: Sun, Feb 26 @6pm. Meet in the Gathering Area
  • Etch: Wed, Mar 1 @6pm

 

February 17, 2017

Elder’s Retreat

Please pray for our elders and Pastor Dan as they spend the day tomorrow together on a retreat to seek the Lord for the future of our church. Specifically, we invite you to pray for wisdom and discernment from God. We desire to be dependent on Him as leaders as we listen and talk about our identity and direction as a church. Thank you.

Men’s Ministry: Indy Boat, Sport & Travel Show – Saturday, Feb 25

7am – Breakfast @Carver’s in Richmond; 10am – Arrive at Indy Fair Grounds; Pre-sale tickets: $12; $14 at the door. Join us for fellowship and fun as we explore the acres of boats, RV’s, fishing tackle and hunting gear.

Things to know this week…

  • Men’s & Women’s Bible Study – Wed, Feb 22 @6pm; Dinner @5:45pm
  • RockHouse Youth Doer Groups – Sun, Feb 19 @6pm, Gathering Area

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Men’s Fishing Retreat – May 19-21
  • Ellis Guthrie Golf Scramble – June 17
  • Men’s Golf Retreat – July 28-30
  • Family Camp – Aug 11-13

February 10, 2017

THE ART OF MARRIAGE

Marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a true art form. That’s why for more than 40 years, FamilyLife has been helping couples understand God’s plan for relationships. The Art of Marriage® weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.

In The Art of Marriage, over 40 ministry leaders provide biblically-centered teaching while couples who have struggled in marriage openly and honestly share their stories of pain, loss, forgiveness, and grace. Whether your marriage resembles a Rembrandt or a toddler’s finger-paint masterpiece, you won’t want to miss The Art of Marriage. It’ll be a weekend that could reshape your relationship.

  • Friday, Mar. 24 (7-10pm) and Saturday, Mar. 25 (9am-4pm)
  • Cost: $45 for couple’s materials
  • Register by Sunday, Mar 12 at the kiosk or Here.
  • Late registration available but at an increased cost to cover express shipping

Gift certificates are available to purchase either for sponsoring a couple you personally know or sponsoring a couple(s) anonymously. Contact the office to purchase.

 

Birthright Training Information Meeting

Saturday Feb 11, 2017  9:30-10:30

Birthright House  212 East High Street, Eaton

Questions:  Sonja  416-1663

Have you considered being a Birthright volunteer, felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit or it just sounded like something you would want to do?  This meeting will be for the purpose of explaining what is required to volunteer at Birthright. We are a non-profit organization that provides for the mothers and their babies in our community.

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It’s not too late! Tickets available at the door.

February 3, 2017

Men’s Ministry: Indy Boat, Sport & Travel Show – Saturday, Feb 25

7am – Breakfast @Carver’s in Richmond; 10am – Arrive at Indy Fair Grounds; Pre-sale tickets: $12; $14 at the door

Join us for fellowship and fun as we explore the acres of boats, RV’s, fishing tackle and hunting gear.

Join the Battle – Because Porn Kills Love

Saturday, Mar 4, 8:30am – 1pm  at Athletes in Action Headquarters, Schindler Banquet Center 1183 Tyndale Lane, Xenia  $30 per person

Resources and information to help deal with pornography and sexual addiction and their devastating impact on the church and the home. Email Scott Stemple, sstemple@familylife.com

Things to know this week…

  • GriefShare begins Tue, Feb 7 @6:30pm
  • A Night in Little Italy tickets on sale at the Youth Info Desk

January 27, 2017

Mission and Outreach Update: Jesse Witt, Story Team Austin Stone

Signs of Faithfulness

As a filmmaker, I often try to measure success by how many “plays,” “likes,” “shares,” “views,” etc. that my stories get. However, what I’m learning is that God’s measure of success isn’t found in statistics and metrics, but in people’s lives.

Because of this, it’s essential to ask the question, “What is God doing through our work?” By God’s grace, I recently heard a testament of God’s faithfulness through a story that we told.

Last week, my team and I returned from a mission trip to Spain where we captured stories from missionaries serving all across the world. From the Middle East and Northern Africa to Central America and Southeast Asia, it was incredibly encouraging to hear stories of God’s faithfulness in their personal lives and ministries.

While there, a missionary couple approached me and thanked me for the work that our ministry (Story Team) is doing. Last year, we told the story of their ministry—a deaf community in a remote area of Honduras where they teach sign language and share the gospel.

I quickly turned the compliment back on them. For my team and I, it truly is an honor and privilege to get to share stories such as theirs. The wife went on to explain just why she wanted to thank and encourage me. They have been faithfully serving in Honduras for more than six years. Those first five years were incredibly difficult. They have seen fruit, but it has come at the cost of much personal suffering for them and other members of their team. While on furlough, they stopped by the church office to consult with our missions board about leaving the field.

Unbeknownst to them, we had coincidentally just finished a story that we had captured throughout their time on the field. While in the break room, we bumped into this couple and proudly showed them their story—a film called, “Signs of Love.

What I learned next is that God used that video that day to remind them why they had been called to the field and of all the good work that has been accomplished in Jesus’s name. Our film directly motivated them to stay on the field. It is has since served as an incredible resource for their ministry in both generating awareness for prayer and sustainable financial support.

She shared with me that not only had God used one of our stories to keep them on the field, but they had originally felt compelled to go to the Nations when they saw one of our first films almost eight years ago.

As I stood there listening to her tell this story, I wept. What an amazing testament of God’s providence and faithfulness. I hope that this serves as an encouragement in your own ministry and walk with Jesus. Beyond numbers and metrics, we serve a living God who is moving radically in the hearts of His elect.

Your brother in Christ,
Jesse

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

Things to know this week…

  • Sunday, Jan 29 is the last day to register for Men’s & Women’s Bible study
  • Sunday, Jan 29 @6pm – RockHouse Youth Doer Groups
  • Wed, Feb 1 @6pm: Etch
  • A Night in Little Italy tickets on sale at the Youth Info Desk

 

Storage Building Project

Thank you to the 25+ who came out last night and helped install the insulation!

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January 20, 2017

MOM’s Ministry

Tuesday, Jan 24, 11am in Rm 101 Calling all moms! Join us for relaxing time of fellowship. Moms of all life stages are invited. There is no cost and children are welcome. Questions: Bev Heindl, 533-9856.

Child Protection Policy Training/Re-certification

Thursday, Jan 26, 7pm and Sunday, Jan 29, 9am, in the Conference Rm. Anyone who works with children or youth at ECOB, must attend a CPP training every two years. Contact Lois Simmons, 456-6068 (lois.simmons8890@gmail.com) or Diana Oburn, 456-9512 (mothermedic@hotmail.com).

Things to know this week…

  • Sunday, Jan 22 @6pm – RockHouse Youth Doer Groups
  • Register now for Jr High Believe: Feb 17-18
  • A Night in Little Italy tickets on sale at the Youth Info Desk