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Christmas Holiday Season at EBC!

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Did you have a great Thanksgiving?  Ready or not here we go—go into the Christmas Holiday season that is at EBC!  In recent days, I have been sharing some exciting news about our future here together at EBC.  And as we continue to get closer to Christmas it’s getting even more exciting!

What’s been happening at EBC?

God richly blessed our Stewardship Sundays! Together as a church family we renewed our commitments so our faith, family, and future will be exciting and bright!

Our fall festival was a blast! We enjoyed lots of good food, fun, and sweet fellowship!  Thanks for all who helped!

Our Friend/Thanksgiving Sunday was a blessing!  We had some guests join us and we ended the day with our praise and pie fellowship!  It was a good time and delicious!  Let’s keep inviting and bringing our friends and family to Jesus and our church!

We delivered 5 generously filled Thanksgiving baskets to families in need.  Thank you to all who helped to fill those baskets!  God helped us express the love of Christ!

EBC Building Update

Our future is all about where we are going together and what we will become as we follow Jesus in the days ahead!  As we consider the future, and take steps towards our grand vision, we have been answering a very important question: what would God be pleased with us becoming in the next 5, 10, 15, or 20 years, as we pursue Him and His mission of helping more people become growing devoted disciples of Jesus?  What will be happening in the next year and next few months? What is happening next?

As I lead us to meet both current and future ministry needs here at EBC, we are taking specific steps to help us get there.  As I shared in a previous letter, one step was to hire an additional full time staff pastor.  Since being hired on November 7th, Jed Carnes, our Family Pastor, is doing very well!  Each day he is gaining a greater understanding of how things are functioning in our teen and children’s ministries and making improvements.  Jed is also assisting me with important administrative and ministry responsibilities.

I also shared that we would be building an education building to meet the needs of our ever-growing children’s ministry and adult ministry as well.  Right now, we have no additional, unused classrooms for our children or adult small group ministries (Sunday School or Wednesday).  A new building will help meet the current needs of our kids and adult ministries and will enable us to be ready for an exciting future of growth!

In recent days, I have assembled an EBC building team.  Along with me and the deacons, I asked Manny Giddens, Bobby Ray Crawford, and Ricky Moran to serve with me, and will of course rely on the EBC staff as well.  In addition, we have hired two experts to be on the building team: architect, Jason Canning, and Roger Chastain, who is our project manager.  Together with God guiding us we are creating our master site plan (a drawing showing how we can use the land God has given us the best way possible) and establishing building phases.  Over the next several weeks and months we will also be counting the cost, and creating a tentative building budget.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend this very important “no miss” service!! On February 12th, we will have our annual Vision Night Service!  On Vision Night 2017 I will be sharing very important details about our future and our building project.  You will see a picture of the building we will construct, and the cost.  You will also be able to join me in giving pledges above our tithes and offerings to fund our building project!

Our Holiday Schedule & Parties

The Auditorium Bible Class Christmas party will be on Saturday, December 10th, from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Ramondetta home.  Please bring a finger food to share.  Drinks and desserts will be provided.

The Resistance Teen Trip to St Augustine will be on Friday, December 10th.  They will be leaving the church at 4:30 p.m. for a fun time of food and fun!

Our Kids Christmas program will be on Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m.  Be sure to come and invite and bring your family and friends with you.  This is a great opportunity for others to hear the Gospel message!

On Wednesday, December 14th from 6:45-8:15 p.m. the AWANA children’s ministry will be having their Christmas Celebration.  They will also have the AWANA store open that night.  The celebration times will be with the individual leader/directors during their large group time.  There will be no game time this night due to the AWANA store. Toy Donations valued at $5-$10 are being collected and need to be dropped off no later than Sunday December 11th.

The Young At Heart Bible Class Christmas party will be on Friday, December 16th at the Moran’s house at 6:30 p.m.  Please bring finger foods to share!

We will have our cocoa and cookie fellowship on December 18th following the 6:00 p.m. service. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Drinks will be provided.

We will not have Wednesday night ministry on December 21st and the 28th. Please enjoy this time with your family.

Our Christmas Service will be on Sunday, December 25th at 10:30 a.m. We will have a unified service at 10:30 a.m. with no Sunday school, children’s church for grades 1st-6th, and no Sunday evening service. Let’s be sure to invite and bring our friends and family. There will be special Christmas music and a Gospel Christmas message!

The Young Adult Bible Class Holiday Party will be on December 30th at 5:00 p.m. at the Nowlen home.  If you are currently in this class or are an adult 40 years of age or younger plan to join us for this fun time!

Our New Year’s Service will be on Sunday, January 1st at 10:30 a.m. We will have a unified service at 10:30 a.m. with no Sunday school, children’s church for grades 1st-6th, and no Sunday evening service. Come and worship our great God and celebrate the New Year!

Christmas Offering

Christmas time is a great opportunity to express gratitude for who Jesus is and what He has done for us through His birth, life, death, and resurrection through our giving! One way to show that gratitude is by giving a Christmas offering! Last year we were able to upgrade our sound and media computer, to include a new monitor, and an up to date system and software!  Thank you to all who gave!

This year join me in giving a Christmas offering to help make needed improvements in our teen ministry building.  We will be replacing doors, and some of the carpet that has been damaged by weather over the years and will be purchasing some furniture and games for the teens.  You can also give towards helping our local nursing home, Wells, receive needed supplies like no skid hospital sox.  Or you can give a Christmas offering for our music ministry which will help purchase new wireless microphones.  This will enhance the overall worship experience! Just give your offering using the enclosed Christmas envelope or write “Christmas offering” on your giving envelope or check.  You can also give your offering on our website, ebclife.org.  Just click on the online giving tab.

There are great opportunities for us as we celebrate the Christmas season here at EBC!  When we decide to pray for our church family and events, be present at the services, and be faithful to do our part God will richly bless!

Praying you have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,

Pastor Mike

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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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God is doing amazing things at EBC!

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God has been doing some amazing things this fall especially during our Stewardship Sundays!   We have been planting and watering and God sure is giving an increase! That’s what stewardship is all about. By the way…have you gone all the way in your commitment to Jesus and your stewardship at EBC or your local church?

What’s been happening at EBC?

  • Our Fall Festival was Awesome: God has been growing our church in so many ways!  With 25 new families joining our church family this year and with our attendance growing to about a 130 average on Sundays we had to move the fall festival to the church.  And with all the help and effort to plan, set up, run it, and tear down it was a success!  What a fun time we all had.  And the food and fellowship was great as well. Thank you to all who helped make it great success!
  • God blessed our Commitment Sunday: Commitment Sunday is one of the most important and exciting days for our church family! This past Sunday we were challenged to go all the way in our stewardship by renewing our commitments to Christ and the church.  We also celebrated commitment by having baptisms on Sunday night.  Praise God 8 people were baptized! What a day God gave us!

What’s happening next?

  • Wed Adult Bible Study 10/28: Dr. Shoemaker will be our adult Bible teacher on October 28th at 7pm!  He will be teaching a practical lesson on “How to Build a Strong Financial House!” Going all the way as good stewards means managing the money God has entrusted to us the best way possible. Come and grow with us tonight! 
  • Joint Adult Sunday School 11/1: In preparation to launch our new Adult Sunday School Class on November 15th we will have joint Sunday school class on November 1st and 8th!   Come and find out why Sunday school is one of the most powerful vehicles for health and growth in your life and in the church. 
  • New Children’s Sunday School Class 11/1: God is growing our Sunday school ministry! This Sunday, November 1 we will begin our new Sunday school class just for three-year-olds. The teacher will be Libby Dunnam.
  • Friend Day is 11/15: Who do you know that needs Jesus, a church home, or both? Be a friend and bring a friend on Friend Day! 

Thank you for being an important part of EBC or your local church.

Blessings,

Pastor Mike

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WOW!  What an Easter God gave to EBC!  It was a great success!  Thank you for helping to make our Easter great!

Easter Recap:

  • We served Jesus together!

    Thank you welcome team, kids zone ministry (nursery, teachers, and helpers!) We had the most kids we’ve had in a long time!). Thank you sound and media team. What a great sound!  And the Easter music was a real blessing too! Thanks to bro Jeff and the praise team!

    Thank you church family for praying, inviting and bringing guests, being present, and giving your Easter offering! Easter wouldn’t have been a success without each and every one of you!

  • We had the highest attendance in over 5 years—232! We more than doubled!
  • We made guests feel welcome and invited them to return!

    We had several first time guests, who responded to our prayers, invitations, marketing campaign (post card mailers, posters, websites, email etc!)  Awesome!

    Don’t give up on those you have invited—there is always next week! Keep praying for and inviting your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers!

  • Our church family and others gave an Easter offering!  Over $1,000 so far for our sound and media projects. This is a good start.

    Thank you church for your generosity and your decision to help with the mission of our church, by giving an Easter offering above your regular tithes!  And if you have not given your Easter offering yet there is still time!  Just give your offering this coming Sunday or click the link below to give online!

    What’s Next?

  • “Overwhelmed” sermon series begins Sunday, April 12 at 11 a.m!

    Pray and be here and bring a friend as we discover how to move from being overwhelmed in life to being an overcomer in Christ!

  • Let’s pray about the next Discover EBC orientation class too on May 3!

    If you have been coming to EBC for a while and would like to take your next steps (join the church family) visit our website and click the banner to register online. You can also sign up on Sunday.

    Thank you for helping to make Easter great!  And thanks for praying, coming, inviting and bringing guests, serving, being flexible (Operation Move Up). And thank you for being generous by giving an Easter offering.

    God is doing great things at EBC!  He is helping our church family grow together in so any ways! Let’s keep it up!

    Expecting great things,

    Pastor Mike

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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

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EBC News Update!

Breaking news!

Friend Day is Tomorrow!  

Come and worship with us on Friend Day, October 6th, at 11 a.m.! Come back during the evening service at 6:00 p.m. for Junior Combs and Southern Joy’s homecoming sing! Evangelist James Croft will be speaking as well. You don’t want to miss all that’s happening on Friend Day!

Upcoming Events!

New Sunday Morning Series–Begins Tomorrow!

Pastor Mike starts a new sermon series called, “How to Enjoy the Ride of Life” on October 6th! Tomorrow’s sermon will help us know how to enjoy the ride of life when life is a roller coaster! Next Sunday, October 13th, pastor Mike will preach the 2nd sermon in this series: “How to enjoy the ride of life when your life falls apart! Come and see how you can enjoy life no matter what life brings!

New Adult Bible Study–Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m.!

Pastor Mike will start a new 5 week Bible study from the Old Testament book of Ruth called, “Clear and Present Redemption”, on Wednesday, October 9th at 7 p.m.! During this practical Bible study we will discover how God brought redemption to a few unlikely widows and how He has brought redemption to us today!

The Resistance teen ministry (grades 7-12) and the Kids Zone kid’s ministry (K4-6th grade) meet on Wednesday at 7:00 p. m. We have a loving nursery for children 0-3 years of age as well.

Children’s Christmas Program Kickoff Party—October 13th!

Parents and kids mark your calendars! On Sunday, October 13th at 6:00 p.m. there will be a Children’s Christmas program kickoff party and practice! Miss Kelly Alford will be helping our kids prepare for the program, which will be on Sunday, December 15th, at 6 pm. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend our Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. while the children practice for the Christmas program.

2013 Stewardship Sundays–Begin October 20th!

Our Stewardship Sundays will be October 20th, 27th, and November 3rd and 10th. Our theme is Be Faithful! Every Stewardship Sunday we will have a joint Sunday school class at 10 a.m. (teens and adults) Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Each Stewardship Sunday will give us an opportunity to discover what it means to be faithful stewards of God here at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Pastor Mike will be speaking for all services on October 20th and November 10th. Dr. Charles Shoemaker will be our guest speaker for all services on October 27th, and Dr. Ed Gibson will be our guest speaker for all services on November 3rd. Each stewardship Sunday is a “No Miss” Sunday! Mark your calendars, pray, and plan to attend each and every service!

Fall Festival–Oct 26th!

We will be having our fall festival on Saturday, October 26th at 5 p.m. at the Wilkerson’s home. There will be games, good food, and a hay ride! Please see Miss BJ Wilkerson to volunteer to help. Sign up to come and bring a food item at the back table!

2 Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” God is growing us at EBC!  We are growing upward in our relationship with God; inward in our relationship with one another; and outward in our reaching others with the Gospel! And that’s awesome! Hope to you see you here tomorrow for Friend Day!

Pastor Mike

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As we near the end of summer it’s great to know God is at work at EBC!  God blessed us with a good crowd on Sunday to include first time guests and returning guests as well!

Sunday Morning

We learned 2 ways to put the ax to anxiety.  First, pray thankfully!  Let’s remember to mix in gratitude in our prayers as we seek God to help us during anxious times.  Secondly, think properly!  Let’s allow the Scriptures and God’s Spirit to help strengthen our minds, helping us to think properly and put the ax to anxiety!

Sunday Evening

On Sunday evening we were challenged to “Grow Inward” by welcoming new Christians and new members into the church family!  It’s the responsibility of each member to take time to show the love of Christ to new folks in the church and help them take their next steps as they follow Christ and continue to worship with us.  We put the message into practice immediately following the service as a new family decided to join the EBC family!  We cheered and applauded their decision and gave them a warm welcome.  God is an awesome God!  Let’s keep it up!

We are taking steps together as we Grow Together as a church family!

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Mission’s Sunday Rewind!

God gave us a great first Missions Sunday!  Here’s a quick list of ways God blessed:

– God blessed us with a good spirit! There was excitement in the air!

– God blessed us with a good number!  We had over 100 in attendace—105 with the Baptist curve

– God blessed us with good music!  Thank you to all who blessed our hearts in song!

– God blessed us with good missionary updates!

It was great to have missionaries George Lewis (Brazil), the Greens (Taiwan), and the Huff’s (Togo Africa) with us and hear about their ministries!  We had a great time with them!

– God blessed us with good messages from Dr. Ed Gibson!

Our theme is grace for grace.  God truly used Bro Ed to paint the picture of the grace we received from Jesus Christ!  If we have received Jesus Christ as our Savior than we have received the grace of God.  Grace would be His unmerited favor and blessings like forgiveness of sins, eternal life in heaven, and His daily presence and power to live each day!  His grace is enough for salvation and for each and every day and trial we will ever face!

He also challenged us to respond to this grace we have received by making a public commitment to Christ, showing our gratitude for what He has done for us, surrendering our lives to Him to use for His glory, and giving faith promise Mission’s offerings.

God has given us the great opportunity to show our care and love for Jesus, His Gospel, and our missionaries by deciding to participate in faith promise missions!  I pray that you would join me in giving offerings to faith promise either each week, bi-weekly, or monthly so our missionaries can accomplish their work in their field!  Be sure to fill out your commitment card and turn it in during one of the services this Sunday.

God truly blessed our first Mission’s Sunday with Dr. Ed Gibson!  Praise the Lord!  God even blessed our Sunday giving!  Let’ spray for God to really bless and work next week too.  We will have our very own missionary Ralph Done with us from Manna worldwide!  He will be speaking in our joint Sunday school class at 10:00 am, and in the Sunday am and pm worship services!  Don’t miss out on what God wants to do in and through you, me, and our entire church family!

PS:  Thank you Bread Breakers for putting on a delicious dinner for our missionaries and church   family. It was a great time to connect with our missionaries and enjoy some great food!

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EBC Summer News!

We are coming to the end of a hot summer!  By God’s grace Emmanuel Baptist Church has been growing in spirit and in number.  That’s awesome!

What’s happening next at EBC? 

  • Men’s Connection—Aug. 18th

Men, if you enjoy good food and fellowship, plan to come to the next men’s prayer breakfast on Saturday, August 18th, at 8:00 a.m. right here at the church. This is a special time designed to help men grow closer to one another and to Christ. Hope to see you there.

  • VBS Sunday—August 19!

We are ending our kid’s summer event, VBS SpaceQuest, with a celebration!  This Sunday, August 19 at 11:00 a.m. we will worship Jesus our Savior and honor the kids who participated in the program during VBS.  Following the service we will have dinner on the grounds.  Everyone is welcome to join us for some great food and fellowship.  You can also volunteer to help with VBS clean-up. We will be putting our classrooms back to “normal” after the dinner.  We will have Sunday school at 10:00 a.m. and morning worship at 11:00 a.m.  There will be no evening service. Please join our kids and bring your family and friends to help celebrate!

  • Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser—August 25  

Be sure to support the Resistance during our Spaghetti fund raiser on Saturday, August 25!  The meal will be irresistible, including spaghetti, bread and dessert.  Tickets for a dinner are just $5 and will be available for pick-up from the church on Saturday, Aug 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m.  Please remember to bring your ticket(s) when you come.  The money raised will be used to fund our youth activity Disney’s Night of Joy.

  • Baptisms—August 26

Being baptized is a wonderful thing in a Christian’s life.  It’s an outward expression of an inward action!  We are having a baptism service on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. on August 26.  Come out and bring your friends and family to this great event! And, if you would like to be baptized there’s still time to prepare.  Just let me or a church worker know.

  • Promotion Sunday—August 26!  

It’s going to be exciting in the Kids Zone on Promotion Sunday!  On Sunday, August 26 our children in our Sunday school ministry will graduate to an older class according to their grade level.  We also have Bible classes for Adults and youth too!  Join the Resistance if you’re in 7-12th grade. We have a young adult Bible class if you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s and an auditorium Bible class for those 50 or older!  Being a part of a Sunday school class is a great way for you to grow in your relationship with God and with others in the church.  All classes begin at 10:00 a.m.

  • New Wednesday Recharge Series!

God continues to recharge our EBC family during our Wednesday night worship service at 7:00 p.m.! God blessed the recent “Can I get a Witness?” lesson series.  Our focus was learning how we can get more involved in evangelism.  I’m looking forward to seeing more guests come and placing their trust in Jesus as a result of each of us doing our part to invite them and share the Gospel!

Next Wednesday, August 22, Dr. Charles Shoemaker will begin a new three-week study!  We are always grateful to be able to have Dr. Shoemaker with us to teach us the Word!  Be sure to come and bring your family and friends!

EBC’s Wednesday Recharge has relevant ministries for all ages including adults, the Resistance for students in grades 7-12, the Kids Zone for kids in K4-6th grade, and a nursery for children 0-3 years of age. 

Things are getting pretty exciting at EBC!  What are you excited about at EBC or your home church?  Start the conversation by leaving your comments!