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EBC Easter Flashback!

Hello EBC Family & Friends,

How was your Easter?  Can you believe that it is over and behind us?  That doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to celebrate what God did on Easter and what He plans to do in our lives in the future as we follow Him!

So what happened on Easter Sunday at EBC?

Our church family served with both unity of spirit and anticipation to see God work!   All of the prayer, sacrifice, and your sweet and hopeful spirit made Easter Sunday special!

God blessed us with guest families!  We are grateful for the new families God brought to our church on Easter.  They said they received the post card invite and wanted to come and see what we were all about! They did! I am glad that our invite efforts were successful.  Let’s pray that they return this week!

The Holy Spirit of God worked in and through both the 9 & 11 a.m. services!  The music and the message were both encouraging and challenging as we gave witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Both services went smooth as well.

The refreshments between the services for our ministry teams were delicious!  Our fellowship was uplifting as well! All those serving during the services received a needed boost.  Thank you to all who helped with the food and refreshments!

Our attendance was solid!  We had a total attendance of 290, with returning guests and new families as well!

Our Easter offering total: So far, we have received close to $1500 for our Easter offering!  Your offering will help to purchase a new projector and enhance our overall worship experience at EBC!  If you have not yet given your Easter offering you can give your offering this Sunday or online!  Click here to give.

A special thank you: Thank you for all those who decided to serve on a ministry team on Easter Sunday!  Our welcome team, with all our ushers, greeters, and parking lot workers, our music leaders and singers, nursery and children’s church workers all served Jesus and EBC well!  Thank you!

What’s happening next at EBC?

We are so grateful to God for how He worked in and through us on Easter Sunday!  We are looking ahead, however, to see where God is leading us and to what He desires to do in the future at EBC!

Wednesday Adult Bible Study at 7:00 p.m:  Tonight, Dr. Shoemaker finishes his study, Spiritual Warfare, with the practical lesson called, “A Strategy for Victory!”  Come and bring your kids as we have AWANA kids ministry at 6:45 p.m. and teen ministry at 7:00 p.m. and acquire the Biblical tools you need to win during spiritual warfare.

New Sunday Morning Sermon Series, “Purpose Driven Family”!  On Sunday, April 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. we begin a new sermon series at EBC!  We will see how the right purpose, built on a solid foundation of Jesus, His Word, and healthy relationships, will help our families live out God’s purposes and thrive!  This Sunday, Dr. Shoemaker launches this new series with the message called, “Managing conflict in marriage!”  Come and see how to deal with and resolve family conflict the Bible way!

There is so much to celebrate and be engaged in at EBC!  Click here to visit our website.  Hope to see you soon!

Pastor Mike

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Easter at EBC!

Happy Easter,

How is your spring going?  Praise the Lord we are experiencing outstanding weather!  Spring is a great season for God to bring spiritual renewal and fresh hope to our lives! Why is spring so significant?  During the spring season, we celebrate the greatest event in our Christian faith: the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Because Jesus lives we can face tomorrow with hope and spend forever in heaven with Him one day.

Easter Sunday is coming at EBC and it’s going to be exciting!  We are having two Sunday morning worship services on April 16th: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.!  (There will be no Sunday school or evening service on this day.)  You can visit our website here!

How can you help make Easter better than last year? Accept the Easter challenge and…

Decide to be present!  Be sure to worship at EBC this Easter.  You can have the family dinner at your house and invite and bring your family with you on Easter Sunday.

Pray for God to work!  Pray that your heart will be open to follow Jesus more than ever before and that God will use you to bless others on Easter.  Pray that guests will worship with us during both services: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.!  And pray specifically that God will bring those without Jesus and that they will respond to the Gospel message and be saved, baptized, and added to the EBC family!

Bring someone! Use our invite tools to invite and bring guests with you!  People are more open to come to church on Easter Sunday than any other time of the year.

Give an Easter offering.  We have the opportunity to give an Easter offering each year, above our tithes and regular giving, to help grow a specific ministry of the church. Our Easter offering will help purchase a new projector to enhance our media and music ministry!  Your Easter envelope is enclosed!

Special Instructions: Help make Easter great participating in Operation Move-up!  Help us provide the best seating for guests by keeping the back row of seats open and simply moving up one row.  Let’s be ready to help others find a seat if need be.  You can also park in the grass to help save the best spots for our guests.

Expect Great Things!  Expect God to work in your life and in the life of your family!  Maybe that family member or friend will come to church with you on Easter!  It’s possible!  You do your part and God will do His!  God can also use you to bless someone else on Easter Sunday!  Let’s extend a warm welcome to our guests, and church family, and purpose to share the love of Jesus and God will do something awesome!

Looking forward to seeing you and your family on Easter!

Pastor Mike

Breaking into the Future at EBC!

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Vision Night 2016 Update:

We are breaking into the future here at EBC! Our Vision Night service was this past Sunday night! It was monumental as we saw a picture of our preferred future as it can and must be!

Our vision is what our church is becoming.  It is what our church family will look like in the years to come as God blesses and directs us to fulfill His mission.  Our vision answers the question, how can we use all that we are and all that we have been given to help bring God the greatest glory and help more people become growing devoted disciples of Jesus in our church, community, country, and beyond?

On Vision Night we saw a snapshot of where God is leading us and what He wants us to become in the years ahead! And we were also challenged to help our vision become a reality.  Will you do your part?

Are you excited to help our vision become a reality at EBC? Let me know by leaving your comment or speaking with me in person!

Breaking into the future,

Pastor Mike

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We are ready to celebrate the seasons at EBC!

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As we head towards the most wonderful time of the year it’s clear to see God is with us!  Thank you for being faithful to Jesus and our church. God is working!

What’s been happening at EBC?

  • We had outstanding stewardship Sundays in October! We’re going all the way!
  • We had a really fun fall festival!
  • We had an awesome friend day with 175 in attendance! Thanks for inviting and bringing your friends and family to EBC. Don’t give up! Let’s keep it up!
  • Our ladies of Emmanuel had a great Christmas brunch!
  • We started a new adult Bible class this past Sunday! We have Sunday school classes for all ages at 10:00 a.m.
  • We had a delicious and wonderful Thanksgiving Sunday! The spirit and attendance were up. The praises were meaningful and the pie was delicious. God is good!

What’s happening next?

  • We will not have Wednesday night ministry this week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Dr. Charles Shoemaker will be our guest speaker this coming Sunday—11/29!
  • There will be a special kids Christmas program practice this Sunday following the morning service until 4:00 p.m.
  • We are having a Fifth Sunday fellowship at Firehouse Subs after the 6:00 p.m.

There are many ways to grow in your relationship with Jesus and with others here at EBC!  Let’s praise God for His awesome grace as we continue to worship and serve Him together.

With much gratitude,

Pastor Mike

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Fall @ EBC!

Running with the Ramondettas!

Well the Ramondetta household is hopping since the arrival of our twins Ella and Kate! That’s not abnormal.  As you know we have 2 other older daughters who have been keeping us hopping for over 10 years:) Our precious twins (now about 7 months old) are doing great! We thank God and our church family and friends for their love and prayers and meals that were provided as well.  Our older girls, Michaela and Sophia, are such a sweet help with the twins as well.  We are truly blessed.

As our personal family has grown so has our church family! It is amazing how God has increased our church in so many ways!  We have added 25 families to our church family so far this year.  The spirit is great and we are growing together as a church! But the year isn’t over yet.  God still is working and has great things in store for us as we follow Jesus together!

What’s been happening at EBC? 

The teens had a great trip to the Night of Joy on September 10th! Because of the hard work and your involvement in the teen yard sale fund raiser the teens were able to go to the Night of Joy event in Orlando! Thank you!

Our VBS Summer Event was Awesome! We went to Camp Kilimanjaro from July 19th – 23rd and God blessed in a great way! We ministered to over 70 kids and had over 50 workers and leaders come together and serve! Our church family grew together in a big way.  And we raised over $840 for missionaries Jim and Adie White to Togo Africa! Our church matched what the kids gave so the offering was $1680! Praise the Lord!

The ladies of EBC had a fun Pinterest Activity! On September 24th our  ladies came together for some great food, fellowship, a devotion, and some pinning fun! They shared their favorite pin and had crafts too! We are blessed with a great group of ladies at EBC!

We had an outstanding Discover EBC orientation Class on October 4th! We had our third class this year and welcomed seven more new families to EBC! (25 new families for the year) We are so thankful for how God is growing our church. Let’s be sure to keep welcoming our new families and help them get acquainted and find their place here at EBC! Learn more about this new member orientation class online at ebclife.org.

What’s happening next?

Stewardship Sundays in October! Our Stewardship Sundays will be during the entire month of October: the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. Our theme is “All the Way!” Each Sunday in October we will be inspired to be good and faithful stewards of God right here at EBC! And that means we are going ALL…THE…WAY! Jesus went all the way for us so we are to go all the way in our love, commitment and devotion for Him and for our church! We will have a joint Sunday school class at 10 a.m. (Adults and teens), Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services and a Wednesday adult Bible study at 7 p.m. Each Stewardship Sunday is a no miss Sunday! So mark your calendars, pray, and plan to attend each and every service.

Children’s Christmas Program Practice—Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. We are preparing now to have a great kids Christmas program which will be on Sunday, December 13th, at 6 p.m. There will be practice during the Sunday night service.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend our Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. while the children practice for the Christmas program.

Fall Festival—Oct 17th! We will be having our fall festival on Saturday, October 17th at 5 p.m. at the church.  There will be games, good food, and plenty of fun! Please sign up to bring food, help with set-up, and games at the back table at the church!  Come and help us set-up on Friday October 15th at 4:00 p.m.!

Baskets of Blessing—October 25th through November 15thHey EBC family and friends! Let me invite you to help fill our baskets of blessing.  This fall we will put Thanksgiving baskets together filled with non-perishable food items so we can bless other families with the love of Christ!  Just bring in your non-perishable food items and place them on the table in the fellowship hall.  November 15th will be the last Sunday to bring in your items.

Friend Day—November 15th! On November 15 at 11:00 a.m. we will have friend day—a day where everyone is encouraged to bring at least one person to church with them.  Who do you know that needs Jesus, a church home, or both? Be a friend and bring a friend!

Ladies Christmas Brunch! Ladies mark your calendars. You are invited to attend a Christmas brunch on Saturday, November 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the church.

Praise Service and Pie Fellowship—November 22ndWe will be having our Thanksgiving praise service on Sunday, November 22nd at 6 p.m.  Following the service we will also have a pie fellowship.  Come and bring your favorite pie to share as we praise our great God and enjoy some great pie!  There will be no midweek service on Wednesday, November 25th.

God has been working in and through our church in a great way this year so far!  As we follow Jesus in a truly devoted way and participate in the activities of the church He will continue to bless and we will grow together upward inward and outward! Don’t miss out on what God is doing here at EBC this fall!

Let’s go all the way for Jesus!

Pastor Mike

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Celebrate the Seasons with EBC!

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Are you enjoying the Christmas season yet? The Christmas season can overwhelm us and bring unusual amounts of stress in our lives. That’s why the EBC family desires to stay focused on Jesus our Savior and all He has done for us, especially during the holiday season. We have much to celebrate!

What’s been happening at EBC?

  •  We had a great Friend Day on November 16th!

We were blessed to have 117 in attendance!  Many of our friends and family worshipped with us for the first time, while others were returning guests. Let’s keep friending others and keep connecting them to Jesus and the church, during the holiday season.

  • We had an awesome Thanksgiving praise service and pie fellowship!

We had a great crowd of 80, the desserts were delicious, and the fellowship was meaningful. We had an awesome time—did you?

  • Thank you for bringing items for our Thanksgiving baskets of blessing!

Five beautiful baskets were put together and given to families in need. Thank you church for participating and thank you ladies for putting the baskets together! As we delivered the baskets God opened doors to meet new families and point others to Christ. Thank you for helping with the mission at EBC!

  • We had an awesome children’s Christmas program – 12/14!

I was thrilled to see our children’s Christmas program! It was awesome! Our kids sang out as they worshipped Jesus! I am thankful for all our children and our kids workers and leaders as well!

What’s happening next at EBC? 

  •  Special Christmas Wednesday Night Ministry at 7 p.m.

We will be watching part 2 of the movie, “The Christmas Experience” on December 17th, during our adult Bible study time. Come and see what really happened on Christmas and bring a friend! We will have a cocoa and cookie fellowship on the 17th as well. Just bring a plate of your favorite cookies to share. Milk and cocoa will be provided.

  •   Kids Zone Christmas party—December 17th at 7 p.m.

Our kids will enjoy pizza, games, and lots of fun!

  •  Resistance Teen Activities—December 19th & 21st

The teens will be going to St Augustine on December 19th. They will be leaving the church at 4 p.m. to ride the trolley, have dinner, and enjoy other fun activities. On December 21st the teens will be spreading holiday cheer, during our caroling activity.

  • Christmas service—December 21st at 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate Christmas with EBC during the morning service at 11:00 a.m. This is a great opportunity to bring family and friends! We will have Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m., but no evening service on the 21st or the 28th. Please enjoy this time with your family!

The auditorium Sunday school class will be having a Christmas party, following the morning service on the 21st as well.

  •  Christmas Eve service—December 24th at 6 p.m. 
  • Holiday Young Adult Party—December 27th at 5 p.m.

Join our young adult Bible class and celebrate the holiday season. Lots of holiday food and fellowship will be happening on December 27th.

  •  New Years Eve service—December 31st at 6 p.m.

Mark your calendars and plan on being part of the holiday activities and services as we celebrate the seasons at EBC!

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Fantastic Fall at EBC!

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WOW!  God is really working in and through us at EBC!

What’s been happening at EBC?

We had a great Friend Day on November 16th!  We were blessed to have 117 in attendance, with about 40 more people than usual—that’s great!  Many of those friends worshipped with us for the first time, while others were returning guests!  I thank God for all those at EBC, who invited their friends, made new friends, and for those who were blessed to bring their friends on Friend Day! It was great to see our church family engaged in our mission! Let’s keep friending others and keep connecting them to Jesus and the church! Sunday is coming!

What’s happening next at EBC? 

Celebrate the Holiday Season at EBC!  The holiday season can bring unwanted stress and over the top hustle and bustle, making it hard to celebrate the real reason for the season.  At EBC we want to stay focused on Jesus our Savior and all He has done for us.  We have much to be thankful for and celebrate.  So join me for each Sunday school hour (10 a.m.) and service (11 a.m. & 6 p.m.) and Wednesday night ministry (7 p.m.) and let’s celebrate the holiday seasons together.

Praise and Pie Fellowship—November 23rd! We will be having our Thanksgiving praise service this Sunday, November 23rd at 6 p.m. Following the service we will also have a pie fellowship. Come out and be a part as we praise our great God and enjoy some great pie! There will be no mid-week service on Wednesday, November 26th.

Baskets of Blessing—Now through November 23rd! We are putting Thanksgiving baskets together filled with non-perishable food items so we can be a blessing to other families! Just bring in your nonperishable items and place them on the table marked “Baskets of Blessing”, in the fellowship hall.

How have you been blessed recently at EBC?  Let us know by leaving your comment!

 

Fall Is Here! And it’s gonna be exciting!

Did you enjoy your summer? Ours went great with some unexpected earth shattering news that comes in twos. Emily (my sweet wife) is pregnant with identical twins! Here’s a pic of Emily’s first sonogram–many more to go!  Ramondetta twinsOh…my…Word! We are truly grateful to God–kids are a heritage and reward from the Lord! All is great so far–please pray:) We are also thankful for our sweet church family (Emmanuel Baptist Church)! Your warm support and love we received this past Sunday was much appreciated!

What’s Happening this Fall at EBC?

Jonah is… Running from God—Sundays at 11 a.m.

This past Sunday we started a new Sunday morning sermon series out the Old Testament book of Jonah called “Jonah is…running from God. As we ended Jonah chapter one, Jonah is in the belly of the great fish! This week we will dive into chapter two and see how we can run to God instead of running away from God!

5th Sunday Fellowship—August 31st

After our 6 p.m. evening service, on August 31st , we will have a time of food and fellowship at Firehouse Subs. This is a great way to connect with others, build relationships, and eat some great food.

Revelation Revealed—Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Be a part of our Wednesday night ministry at 7 p.m.! Dr. Charles Shoemaker will be leading our adult Bible study for the next 4 weeks with a great study from the book of Revelation!  The Resistance teen ministry (grades 7-12) and the Kids Zone kid’s ministry (K4-6th grade) also meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. We have a loving nursery for children 0-3 years of age as well.

Teen Orlando Trip—September 5th & 6th

Thank you to all those who contributed to the Resistance youth fund raiser. They will be going to Disney’s Night of Joy on September 5th and 6th. Please pray for safety and that God will work in each heart.

Grandparents Day—September 7th

Be sure to tell your grandparents how much you love and appreciate them and bring them to church on this special day! There will be no Sunday evening service. We invite you to spend this time with family.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast—September 13th

The Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be Saturday, September 13th at 8:30 a.m. at Hardees. We will meet for a time of fellowship and prayer.

Communion—September 21st

We will be remembering the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and His glorious resurrection during our communion service. Prepare your hearts and plan to attend, on September 21st at 6pm.

2014 Stewardship Sundays Begin October 5th

God richly blessed our Stewardship Sundays last year and I’m real excited about this year! Our Stewardship Sundays will be during the entire month of October: the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. Our theme will be “Giving My Best!” Each stewardship Sunday we will have a joint Sunday school class at 10 a.m. (teens and adults) and Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Each time we meet together we will be inspired to give our best to God right here at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

God has been so faithful to us throughout this year! We praise Him for working and look forward with great anticipation for what he will do during our fall season at EBC! The good news is that you can participate and help make it the best fall season ever. Join me in taking steps to a closer devotion to Jesus and commitment as a church family member here at EBC. Let’s be faithful to pray, attend the services, serve, tithe and give, love one another, and do our part to help our church grow together!

I am looking forward to what God will do in you and me this fall!

Are you excited about the fall season?  Has God been working in your heart and life at EBC?  Let me know by leaving a comment!

EBC News Update!

Are you ready for a new season?  We are getting close to entering the summer season and I know you are ready for a break.  Right?  All the hustle and bustle of the school year, and the relentless work schedule, and the changes in weather from moderate to hot, can bring us joy and challenge as well!

With all that new seasons bring, let’s praise God for what He has done and get involved with what will be happening next here at EBC!

We had a great Sunday!

God blessed our Sunday morning and evening services!  The music was a blessing and the message sure stirred our hearts to be blessed from Psalm 1!  So, will your life be blessed?

The graduation service was a blessing, too.  I believe they are ready to follow Jesus wherever He may lead them!  The fellowship, short message, and food was a hit.  Thank you to all the ladies who helped!

Can you help?

During the months of June and July we will be doing some recruiting of workers and teachers for our Children’s Church ministry.  Do you have a love for Jesus and for children?  Why not sign up to teach children’s church on Sunday mornings from 11:15-12:00 noon?  We are putting a monthly teacher’s rotation together now and will be having some brief training to explain all the details and what is expected.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in helping!

What About VBS?

Would you like to help with VBS this summer?  We are planning the details of vacation Bible school and would like your help.  We need a lady or 2 to organize and lead VBS this summer.  If you are interested in organizing and leading VBS or would like to serve in any way please contact the church office or Pastor Mike by June 18th.  We will be having a brief meeting coming up soon for all those who are interested in helping with VBS.

Volleyball Begins—June 10th

Volleyball season begins at 6:30 p.m. on June 10th! Games will be played Tuesdays and Fridays between 7 & 10 p.m. at the city volleyball courts.

Volleyball Kick Off Party—June 11th

We will have a combined service Wednesday night, June 11th at 7 p.m. There will be a short devotional, a pizza dinner, and volleyball. Please bring a drink and a dessert to share!

Keep praying, coming, worshipping, serving, tithing, and loving one another.  God will help us grow together if each one of us consistently does our part!

Have a wonderful week,

Pastor Mike

How have you been blessed recently at EBC?  Just leave a comment and share your experience!

Exciting Spring Schedule at EBC!

How about the awesome spring weather?  I hope you are having a great spring so far!  God is blessing EBC!  We had a great Sunday this past week.  We started a new sermon series called “Choose Joy” from the book of Philippians!  We saw how we can choose joy no matter our circumstances in chapter one. Don’t miss this Sunday as we see how we can choose joy from Philippians chapter two!

Here is what else is happening soon at EBC:

–        Spring Clean up: Saturday from 8 am – 12 noon

Plan to come and help make our church shine for Jesus—a place to call home.  Feel free to bring any supplies that you think can help us get stuff done.

–        Easter Services:  4/20 at 11 am & 6pm! (No Sunday school)

People are more open to come to church on Easter Sunday than any other time of the year.  So why not take the Easter Challenge!  Are you up for it?  Here is the three-part challenge for you and for me.

First of all pray! Please join me in praying for our Easter service.  Pray that God will prepare your heart and mine and that we will respond!

Secondly, invite and bring a guest.  Just use an invite card from our new sermon series “Choose joy.”  Tell them about our church and let them know they are personally invited.  Think about one person that you could invite and bring to our Easter Sunday service.  Write their name down.  Pray for them and then invite them to come.  Don’t except no for an answer!

Thirdly, give an Easter offering. We will be receiving an Easter offering, given above our tithes and regular giving, to help us finish the Kids zone play ground, and to help make needed enhancements to our sound and media ministry.

There are some exciting things to get involved with here at EBC!  As we get involved and do our part God will help our church family grow together upward, inward, and outward!

Excited about our Spring schedule?  Let me know which events you will be coming to by leaving a comment!