To be good stewards of our resources, we are making a change this year in how we distribute ECOB’s Financial Giving Statements. If we have an email on record, giving statements will be emailed to those who have Offering Numbers. If we have no email on record, statement will be mailed. The Church Office does not keep a record of your giving unless you use the offering number assigned to you. Numbers are available through the office, 456-5507. Thank You!
On Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 5:30 pm, we will be installing insulation in the new storage building. Anyone who would like to help is welcome to come. Dinner will be provided. See Matt Deaton Sunday at the Kiosk in the Gathering Area to sign-up.
It has been long enough! It is time for us to get back together and find ways to combine life, family, and ministry and apply to the way we live our lives at home on a daily basis.
As the Etch Team reflected on last year, we saw some really great things happen at Etch! We saw the 5 values of Etch (Let Go, Reimagine, Reflect, Together, Pass On) all find their ways into the evenings. We saw families talking together (some that may not have time during the week to do so), and not just simply talking, but talking about God! We saw new friendships made that crossed generations. We saw laughter, learning, selflessness, creativity, and the list goes on.
While seeing the positives of the first series of Etch, we also recognized some aspects of Etch that are needing addressed as well. From the start of Etch, we’ve known that not everything was going to work perfectly. This is a new ministry model for us. It’s a new concept for us. We realize this, like any new ministry in the church, is a work-in-progress. We have much to work on, much to adapt, and the Etch Team is committed to seeing Etch attain the potential it was created for. I’m actually praying for it to exceed those expectations, because that’s just who God is! The Exceeder-of-Expectations.
With the recognition that Etch is a work-in-progress. Here are some changes you can expect to see in the upcoming series of Etches:
And these just scratch the surface. We always appreciate feedback (positive or negative). It helps us assess what will best work to see Etch as an effective ministry tool for each person who walks through the doors of ECOB.
Etch begins again this Wednesdays (Jan. 18) from 6-8pm. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
It’s time for the next season of Etch! Join us Wed, Jan 18 – a time for all ages to interact with one common purpose: Discipleship. We begin with dinner, promptly at 6pm. Meal costs are by donation. For more information, go to our website, www.eatoncob.org/connect/etch.
Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, Feb 11, 7:30 – 10am in the Gathering Area $5 Per person. Food, Fellowship and Guest Speaker, Dr. David Roadcup, Professor at Cincinnati Christian University. Men’s Ministry Team will share information about upcoming ministry events. Sign-up at the Kiosk.
Men’s Bible Study: Ephesians – Your Identity in Christ By Tony Merida. Wed evenings Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22, Apr 12, 26, from 6-7:30 pm (Meal provided for donation) in Rm 101. Registration and $20 due by Jan 29 for workbook/materials.
IF:Gathering Simulcast: Friday, Feb 3, 7-10pm and Saturday, Feb 4, 10am-6pm Hosted by ECOB at Community Christian School 500 Elks Road, Richmond. Disconnect, come as you are, and gather with women to experience the Spirit of God.$30 donation includes Friday snacks, Saturday continental breakfast & snacks and cost of simulcast. Register by Jan 22 at the Kiosk or the Church Office.
Ladies Bible Study: Finding I AM by Lysa TerKeurst. Wed evenings Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22 and April 12, 26 from 5:45 – 7:30 pm (Meal provided for donation) in the Great Room; Wed mornings Feb 8 – Mar 15 from 9:30 – 11 am in Rm 101. Registration form and $20 due by January 29 at the Kiosk or Church Office.
Because of your generous giving, 5000 pounds of food was donated to the Preble County Food Bank during the months of November and December! Thank you for showing the love of Jesus. Please continue to bring your filled bags!
This 6 week study will follow Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John.
Wed evenings Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22 and April 12, 26 from 5:45 – 7:30 pm (Meal provided for donation) in the Great Room; Wed mornings Feb 8 – Mar 15 from 9:30 – 11 am in Rm 101. Registration form and $20 due by January 29 at the Kiosk or Church Office.
Friday, Feb 3, 7-10pm and Saturday, Feb 4, 10am-6pm at Community Christian School 500 Elks Road, Richmond
Disconnect, come as you are,and gather with women to experience the Spirit of God.$30 donation includes Friday snacks, Saturday continental breakfast & snacks and cost of simulcast. Register by Jan 22 at the Kiosk or the Church Office.
James 1:22 ESV “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only…”
Doer Groups meet on Sunday evenings from 6-8pm and is for students in grades 6-12. There is a time of students worshiping and learning together, and also a time of small group breakouts. Then, each lesson series students are provided with the opportunity to DO the very words we’ve been learning.
Our approach to ministry is to give students the freedom to experience what we hear from the word of God. We hope to help each student develop an all-encompassing view of what it means to be a follower of Christ. There will be elements of fellowship, worship, prayer, service, study and challenge. We are helping develop DOERS of the WORD!
Join us Sunday, January 1 for one service at 11am.
Sermon Series Beginning January 8
In his first appearance, Jesus’ mission was to reconcile all people to God the Father. He accomplished this by dying sacrificially for our sins and resurrecting gloriously to give spiritual life to those who receive God’s free gift of grace. As a result, we are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to God’s kingdom, and so we must learn how to live as citizens of heaven.
Jesus taught primarily in parables that, to many, amounted to riddles, but in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spelled out quite clearly what living in his Kingdom looks like—both for his glory and our ultimate satisfaction.
Weather Closing Information: If services need to be cancelled, we will Text you, list it on Facebook and our website, http://www.eatoncob.org, and on Television Channel 7-WHIO.
Weather Cancellation Policy: If Eaton Community Schools close, dismiss early or cancel evening due to WEATHER, ALL ECOB sponsored CHILDREN and YOUTH activities for that day and evening are cancelled. All OTHER church-related meetings, small groups, rehearsals, etc. are ALSO considered cancelled UNLESS the leader of that event communicates directly to participants that it is still on. However, before attending any event, each should judge how traveling in the current weather conditions might affect their personal safety.
What a great evening of conversation, food and giving! For those of you who may be unaware of what a progressive dinner is, it’s an evening where each course (of a 4 course meal) is shared at a different home. We want to thank the Roths, Lockers, and Hamiltons for opening up your homes to us this season! You each had delicious food, and made our evening and our bellies full!
The season of Advent is a season of waiting, designed to help us become more aware of God’s actions—past, present, and future. In Advent we hear the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming as addressed to us—people who wait for the second coming of Christ. In Advent we heighten our anticipation for the ultimate fulfillment of Old Testament promises, when death will be swallowed up and every tear will be wiped away. In this way Advent highlights for us the larger story of God’s redemptive plan.*
One of the best ways to prepare for advent is by reading God’s Word.
Click for a PDF of the Advent Christmas Readings for the entire season
Click the following days for links to the readings (in Bible Gateway):
* Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook
We welcome Nicole Abrams, Jim & Therese Betar, Betty Butler and Steve & Debbie Shrader to the ECOB family.