Wednesday Night Ministry is called Etch

“Ingraining the truth of Christ in the lives of his followers.”


That is the purpose of Etch. It’s our new/old way of doing ministry… TOGETHER! Etch is intergenerational. It’s a time for all ages to interact with one common purpose: Discipleship. Together, we’ll share stories of how God interacts with us in our everyday lives and pass on his truths to all generations.

When you arrive on Wednesday evening, there will be a meal to kick off the evening and tables for us to meet and enjoy a few moments in the week together. You will see families, friends, children, adults, and all in between. You’ll witness the body of Christ investing in each other’s lives.

The evening will be focused on experiencing discipleship. Through drama, video, music, conversation, and so much more our aim is to put the gospel in the hands of Christ’s followers and allow them to pass it on to those around them.

August 19, 2016

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Greenhouse Kids Worship

Begins this coming Sunday, August 21! Have your kids ages 4 years through 5th grade ready to register at 10:30 am in the Children’s Ministry Hallway. Join us for the “Gospel Project” –  seeing how Jesus plays a role in every aspect of the Bible.

The Story

Before Sunday, August 21, be sure to read 2 Kings 21;23-25; 2 Chronicles 33; 36; Jeremiah 1-2; 4-5; 13; 21 Lamentations 1-3; 5; Ezekiel 1-2; 6-7; 36-37 and/or Chapter 17 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

 Upcoming…

  • Etch (Launching September 7th) – There will be a Q&A time for anyone following both services this Sunday, August 21. Etch…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. Together, we’ll share stories of how God interacts with us in our everyday lives and pass on his truths to all generations. Click here for more information and to watch the video!
  • Financial Peace University (FPU) – FPU teaches God’s ways of handling money. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely and give generously. This class will follow the FPU Flex Format. A video will be watched on your own each week, and you’ll come together for community and discussion. Mondays, Sept 26 through Nov 21, 6:30-7:30 pm in Room 101. Cost is $93 if you register online by Sept 14 atwww.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1024127. Register by Sept 14 so we can order materials. Contact Matt and Shauna Deaton
  • Thank You to Church Family – We want to thank all who attended the picnic, regardless of the weather. Approximately 250-275 enjoyed good food, fellowship and some fun with games and activities. A BIG THANK YOU to approximately sixty people who over the last two weeks and the day of the picnic pitched in to help set-up, serve, run games, clean up and more. We really appreciate everyone’s help to make this a great time in the life of the church!…Dean & Judy Weller.

GreenHouse Kids Worship Starts This Sunday (Aug. 21)!

For those of you who weren’t aware, GreenHouse Kids Worship kicks off this coming Sunday (August 21). So make sure to have your children ready to register at 10:30am!

If you’re curious what your children will be learning, check out this video:

August 11, 2016

 

Starting tomorrow!…Weekend Under…

Rain or Shine!…Come out August 12-14 for a weekend under the Stars, under the Sun, and under the Tent! And be sure to bring your chair!

Friday, 7 pm, Concert by “A Side ofweekend under - concert LOOPSTaylors” under the tent. Featuring rich vocal harmonies, the Americana/folk/bluegrass band has a unique style which covers a wide range of music from the past fifty years and beyond, including songs by Johnny Cash, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan, in addition to southern gospel hymns. You won’t want to miss them under the tent!

weekend under - movie LOOPSFriday – come early for the concession stand and stay for a Movie under the stars when the sun goes down! We’ll be showing “Moms’ Night Out.” So bring your friends to the concert and the movie, and enjoy free popcorn and/or purchase hot and cold concessions!

 

weekend under - picnic LOOPSSaturday 4 pm picnic: No tickets or food/game sign-ups needed this year. Just come and enjoy!

  • 4:00pm Gather for a Picnic under the tent! Bring your lawn chairs, canopies and blankets.
  • 4:30 pm Dinner and desserts.
  • FOOD: Bring a well-filled picnic basket of casseroles, side dishes and desserts. Shredded chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks provided.
  • GAMES: Relay Races, Corn Hole, 3/Ball, Chicago Softball, Slip-N-Slide, Sprinklers under the sun! Bring your one-piece swim wear and towels.
  • CAMP FIRE with S’mores under the stars!

Sunday, 10 am,weekend under - worship LOOPS One Service under the tent – outdoor worship together! Come at 9 am for coffee and donuts!

 

The Story

Before Sunday, August 21, be sure to read 2 Kings 21;23-25; 2 Chronicles 33; 36; Jeremiah 1-2; 4-5; 13; 21 Lamentations 1-3; 5; Ezekiel 1-2; 6-7; 36-37 and/or Chapter 17 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Upcoming…

  • Etch (Launching September 7th) – 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. Together, we’ll share stories of how God interacts with us in our everyday lives and pass on his truths to all generations. Click here for more information and to watch the video! There will be a Q&A time for anyone following both services on August 21.
  • Rockhouse Lunch – Sunday, August 14, in Room 101 following the 10 am service!
  • Senior Adult Banquet – Saturday, August 20, 5:30 pm in the Gathering Area for those who have registered.
  • Greenhouse Kids Worship – Begins Sunday, August 21, 10:45 am in the Children’s Ministry Hallway for ages 4 years through 5th grade.
  • 2nd Saturday – will be on the 3rd Saturday, August 20, because of the picnic this weekend. This is a great opportunity to help others. For more information, contact Steve Simmons or Keith Reese , ssimmons2030@embarqmail.com
  • Financial Peace University (FPU) – We all need a plan for our money. FPU teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely and give generously. This class will follow the FPU Flex Format (video will be watched on your own each week, and you’ll come together for community and discussion). Mondays, Sept 26 through Nov 21, 6:30-7:30 pm in Room 101. Cost is $93 if you register online by Sept 14 at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1024127. Register by Sept 14 so we can order materials. Contact Matt and Shauna Deaton

August 5, 2016

Coming Next Week!…Weekend Under…

Come out August 12-14 for a weekend under the Stars, under the Sun, and under the Tent!

Friday, 7 pm, Concert by “A Side ofweekend under - concert LOOPS
Taylors” under the tent. Featuring rich vocal harmonies, the Americana/folk/bluegrass band, A Side of Taylors, is fronted by lead singer and teen son Mason, who’s quite adept on the mandolin, and is backed by father Chris, who plays guitar and banjo, among other instruments, as well as the rest of the Taylor clan. With their unique style, they cover a wide range of music from the past fifty years and beyond, including songs by Johnny Cash, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan, in addition to southern gospel hymns. You won’t want to miss them under the tent.

weekend under - movie LOOPSFriday – come early for the concession stand and stay for a Movie under the stars when the sun goes down! Bring your friends to the concert and the movie, and enjoy free popcorn!

weekend under - picnic LOOPSSaturday 4 pm picnic: No tickets or food/game sign-ups needed this year.Just come and enjoy!

  • 4:00pm Gather for a Picnic under the tent! Bring your lawn chairs, canopies and blankets.
  • 4:30 pm Dinner and desserts.
  • FOOD: Bring a well-filled picnic basket of casseroles, side dishes and desserts. Shredded chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks provided.
  • GAMES: Relay Races, Corn Hole, 3/Ball, Chicago Softball, Slip-N-Slide, Sprinklers under the sun! Bring your one-piece swim wear and towels.
  • CAMP FIRE with S’mores under the stars!

Sunday, 10 am,weekend under - worship LOOPS One Service under the tent – outdoor worship together! Come at 9 am for coffee and donuts!

 

The Story

Before Sunday be sure to read 2 Kings 17-19; Isaiah 3; 6; 13-14; 49; 53 and/or Chapter 16 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Upcoming…

  • Child Protection Policy Training/Re-certification – Sunday, August 7, 9 am in Room 6. You do not need to pre-register, but plan to attend one of these sessions if you have received a letter, or you are working with children, youth, security or medical teams and have not had the training. Contact Lois Simmons at 456-6068 (lois.simmons8890@gmail.com) or Diana Oburn at 456-9512 (mothermedic@hotmail.com).
  • Rockhouse Jr/Sr High Cookout – August 10, 5-8 pm at the Denlingers’. Students, bring a 2-liter and a bag of chips per family.
  • Ice Cream Social Fundraiser – Saturday, August 6, 4-7 pm at Happy Corner Church of the Brethren, 7037 Union Rd., Clayton, OH. Sponsored by Brethren Disaster Ministries. Come enjoy homemade ice cream and a full menu, and help fund the wonderful work of Brethren Disaster Ministries. Pies needed – contact Nancy Muncy, 937-478-1893.  Share  A Meal – Buy a ticket to go to a special meal. 100% of the cost of each ticket goes toward replacing BDM’s old van. See Dick and Pat Via in the Gathering Area Sunday. Also available at the Ice Cream Social.
  • Senior Adult Banquet – Saturday, August 20, Catered meal at 5:30 pm in the Gathering Area. Entertainment by “Spittin’ Image” from Greenville, back by request. Come enjoy an evening of fun! If you are 70 or over, contact the office, 456-5507, with your reservations even if you did not receive an invitation. We would like to have all Senior Adults attend!

Practicing Your Serve

Throughout Jesus’ 3+ years of ministry on earth he spoke of the need to be a servant.  He hit this directly when he spoke of his role in saying, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” (Mark 10:45)  Growing in Christ means that we continually seek to improve our serve.  It is the mark of a disciple of Christ and of His church.

ECOB has always been a church full of servants in Guest Ministries, Property Team, Music and Worship, Children and Youth, and many other areas.  serve picAs we move closer to the launch of our new Wednesday night ministry and pieces are coming together I’d like to talk a bit about how you can be a part of serving on those nights.  When the church gathers we have opportunities to serve one another in multiple ways and Wednesday night will be no different.  From helping with the meal, to assisting with tech, to cleanup and everything in between, we encourage you to find a place to serve as we come together and learn more about being Jesus’ disciples.  In all of the necessary roles God gives us opportunities to build relationships and connect with others as we exercise our gifts and talents.

Attached is a link to a form that we would like you to identify ways you would like to serve on Wednesday night. This doesn’t mean you will be in that role every week, but gives us an opportunity to begin placing people in much needed roles to make those nights a great gathering with one another.

Just click on the following link and fill out the form and someone will be contacting you with more specifics.  Don’t wait!  It’s time to practice your serve!

Opportunities To Serve Form

Pastor Dan

July 29, 2016

Weekend Under

Come out August 12-14 for a weekend under the Stars, under the Sun, and under the Tent!

Friday, 7 pm, Concert by “A Side ofweekend under - concert LOOPS
Taylors” under the tent. Featuring rich vocal harmonies, the Americana/folk/bluegrass band, A Side of Taylors, is fronted by lead singer and teen son Mason, who’s quite adept on the mandolin, and is backed by father Chris, who plays guitar and banjo, among other instruments, as well as the rest of the Taylor clan. With their unique style, they cover a wide range of music from the past fifty years and beyond, including songs by Johnny Cash, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan, in addition to southern gospel hymns. You won’t want to miss them under the tent.

weekend under - movie LOOPSFriday – come early for the concession stand and stay for a Movie under the stars when the sun goes down! Bring your friends to the concert and the movie, and enjoy free popcorn!

weekend under - picnic LOOPSSaturday 4 pm picnic: No tickets or food/game sign-ups needed this year. Just come and enjoy!

  • 4:00pm Gather for a Picnic under the tent! Bring your lawn chairs, canopies and blankets.
  • 4:30 pm Dinner and desserts.
  • FOOD: Bring a well-filled picnic basket of casseroles, side dishes and desserts. Shredded chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks provided.
  • GAMES: Relay Races, Corn Hole, 3/Ball, Chicago Softball, Slip-N-Slide, Sprinklers under the sun! Bring your one-piece swim wear and towels.
  • CAMP FIRE with S’mores under the stars!

Sunday, 10 am,weekend under - worship LOOPS One Service under the tent – outdoor worship together! Come at 9 am for coffee and donuts!

 

 

The Story

The Story

Before Sunday be sure to read 1 Kings 17-19; Isaiah 3; 6; Hosea 4-5; 8-9; 14; Amos 1; 3-5; 9 and/or Chapter 15 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Upcoming…

  • Conversation With The Elders – Sunday, July 31, 6 pm in the Gathering Area. Your Board of Elders invites you to join them for a conversation. These conversations allow Elders to update you on developments at ECOB and give you a chance to ask questions. Topics will include: Financial Update, Parking Lot, Storage Facility and Lexington Road Listing. Please plan to join us!
  • Greenhouse Kids Worship Meeting – Sunday, August 7, 9 am, Room 5, hear about our hopes and dreams for Kids Worship and how you can be involved! Open to all ages. Childcare available.
  • Child Protection Policy Training/Re-certification – Wednesday, August 3, 7 pm in the Conference Room and Sunday, August 7, 9 am in Room 3. You do not need to pre-register, but plan to attend one of these sessions if you have received a letter, or you are working with children, youth, security or medical teams and have not had the training. Contact Lois Simmons at 456-6068 (wljjsimmons@earthlink.net) or Diana Oburn at 456-9512 (mothermedic@hotmail.com).
  • Rockhouse Jr/Sr High Cookout – August 10, 5-8 pm at the Denlingers’. Students, bring a 2-liter and a bag of chips per family.
  • Just Friends – August 3, 11:30 am, at Buckeye Jake’s, 13 E. Dayton St., West Alexandria. Meet at 11 am to carpool from Kmart parking lot across from Bob Evans. “Just Friends” is our Widow and Widower’s group, but everyone is welcome!
  • Ice Cream Social Fundraiser – Saturday, August 6, 4-7 pm at Happy Corner Church of the Brethren, 7037 Union Rd., Clayton, OH. Sponsored by Brethren Disaster Ministries. Come enjoy homemade ice cream and a full menu, and help fund the wonderful work of Brethren Disaster Ministries. Pies needed – contact Nancy Muncy, 937-478-1893.  Share  A Meal – Buy a ticket to go to a special meal. 100% of the cost of each ticket goes toward replacing BDM’s old van. See Dick and Pat Via in the Gathering Area Sunday. Also available at the Ice Cream Social.
  • Senior Adult Banquet – Saturday, August 20, Catered meal at 5:30 pm in the Gathering Area. Entertainment by “Spittin’ Image” from Greenville, back by request. Come enjoy an evening of fun! If you are 70 or over, contact the office, 456-5507, with your reservations even if you did not receive an invitation. We would like to have all Senior Adults attend!
  • BDM/CRM Golf Scramble – August 13, 8 am, at Beechwood Golf Course in Arcanum. Register by August 4. Information and registration form is available at the Info Center.

Wednesday Night Ministry: Let Go

Another video update. This video kicks off the first of five videos on the 5 Values of the new Wednesday Night Ministry. Keep checking back for more updates! Plus, if you have any questions and need some answers, please contact us via commenting below, through email, calling the office, etc.

Also, if you’d like to stay updated on the latest events and happenings at ECOB. Get out your phone and text the word ECOB to the number 40650.

The Story

The Story

Before Sunday be sure to read 1 Kings 12-16 and/or Chapter 14 of The Story. To see all reading assignments click here. To hear previous sermons in the series, click here.

Upcoming…

  • Weekend Under… – Come out August 12-14 for a weekend under the stars, under the sun, and under the tent.
    • Friday 7 pm concert:  A Side of Taylors. Concessions and a movie when the sun goes down. Bring your friends and family!
    • Saturday 4 pm picnic: eat at 4:30 pm, stay for games and water games and a campfire with S’mores later! Bring a well-filled picnic basket of casseroles, side dishes and desserts.More details in the bulletin Sunday.
    • One Service on Sunday at 10 am under the tent – outdoor worship together! Come at 9 am for coffee and donuts!
  • Rockhouse Lunch – This Sunday, July 24, following the 10:45 am service in Room 101.
  • Conversation With The Elders – Sunday, July 31, 6 pm in the Gathering Area. Your Board of Elders invites you to join them for a conversation. These conversations allow Elders to update you on developments at ECOB and give you a chance to ask questions. Topics will include: Financial Update, Parking Lot, Storage Facility and Lexington Road Listing. Please plan to join us!
  • Greenhouse Kids Worship Meeting – NEW DATE– Sunday, August 7, 9 am, Room 5, hear about our hopes and dreams for Kids Worship and how you can be involved! Open to all ages. Childcare available.
  • Child Protection Policy Training/Recertification – Wednesday, August 3, 7 pm in the Conference Room and Sunday, August 7, 9am in Room 3. You do not need to pre-register, but plan to attend one of these sessions if you have received a letter, or you are working with children, youth, security or medical teams and have not had the training. Contact Lois Simmons at 456-6068 (wljjsimmons@earthlink.net) or Diana Oburn at 456-9512 (mothermedic@hotmail.com).

All Together Now

One of the marks of the church is our unity in Jesus Christ.  Although there are many things that could divide us, it is the power of Christ that has the ability to overcome all of those barriers to unite us.  The apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth appeals in the name of Christ to a church divided.  He says, 10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, t in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”   A little later he reminds them of why we should be unified when he says, 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. He reminds them that it is a part of our identity in Christ.

 

I bring these verses today, not because I feel we are a church divided, but because I don’t want us to become a church divided.  Unfortunately it is too easy to become divided in this world.  Often our divisions consist of misunderstandings and assumptions that cause great damage to the body of Christ and negatively impact our ability to carry out our mission. That should not be true of our church or any church.  While we will not always agree, but we should remain united as we focus on Jesus Christ.

 

Here are a few practical ways for us to remain united in Christ:

  1. Make worship a priority in your schedules.
  • We can sometimes lose touch with one another when we haven’t spent time together in worship…time to focus on Christ.
  1. Reach out to someone from this body that you haven’t seen in a while.
  • Look around and see who is missing and send them a note, give them a call or go pay them a visit and tell them they are missed. We all play an important part in this body and we need encouragement along the way.
  1. Attend a different Sunday morning worship gathering.
  • While we may have a “favorite” worship style, it is good to step out of our normal place and connect with others. You never know how you can be a blessing to others by reaching out and introducing yourself and getting to know them.  Don’t assume they are connected.
  1. Connect in a “One Another Small Group”
  • In a larger church, like ECOB, small groups are the way to build intentional, healthy relationships with a few others. These relationships bring greater growth and accountability and make our larger gatherings more meaningful.  Stop by the One Another Group kiosk to find a group.

 

Each of these practical steps and many more can create lines of communication and connection to help us be united in Christ.  These connections decrease the potential for disengagement and disillusion in the church.  When we are engaged in the body there is greater unity because we are experiencing what it means to be the body of Christ.  Everyone wants to be a part of something greater than themselves.  There is nothing greater than the life of Christ’s body furthering the Kingdom of God.

 

I look forward to hearing your stories of how you took a step of faith and were agents of unity in the life of ECOB.

 

Praying with you and for you,

Pastor Dan