Easter 2015

Running with the Ramondettas!

Are you glad it is spring?  The spring season brings fresh starts, new beginnings, growth, and new life!  God is growing the Ramondetta family and our church family too!  We are so blessed to welcome Ella Grace and Kate Marie Ramondetta to our family.  Our sweet twin daughters were born on March 1oth.

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Thank you so much church family for your loving prayers, concern, and acts of love!  The meals have been a great blessing and delicious too. Thank you!   We also have welcomed ten new families to EBC.  Praise the Lord!  As we get ready for Easter Sunday (April 5) it’s clear we are growing together as a church family!

What’s Been Happening at EBC lately?

  • Our EBC ladies put together an awesome baby shower, in January, for Miss Emily! We are so grateful for all who helped plan and for the love that was shown to us!
  • We had an outstanding Discover EBC orientation Class in January! We are blessed to welcome ten new families to EBC! We are so thankful for how God is growing our church.
  • God blessed the sermon series, “Jesus Loves Me” in February and March! Oh how He loves you and me!
  • The Resistance Teens had a delicious progressive dinner last week! Thanks to all families who helped make it great!
  • The nursery training went great this past Sunday! I am thankful for Miss Lesia McKinnon and all the ladies who serve in the nursery. What you do is vitally important and helps our church accomplish our mission!
  • Our Spring Revival, “Focus on the Family” was a great success! Each service the music was a blessing and the messages from Dr. Shoemaker, and Pastor Mike Grover stirred our hearts! The attendance was fantastic as well!  We averaged close to 100 in attendance in each service.  I’ve already heard testimonies of how God worked in hearts and families! I know God revived my heart how about yours?

 What’s Happening Next at EBC?

Celebrate Easter at EBC on April 5th!

Let’s get excited about celebrating one of the greatest events of all time: Easter. This is the day Jesus Christ our Lord arose from the grave! Because He lives we can face tomorrow with hope and spend forever in heaven one day. On Easter Sunday, all guests will receive a free gift! Kids will enjoy Easter candy and activities! There will also be inspiring music and a practical message just for you! You won’t want to miss this exciting day so come and be sure to bring a guest with you. (Invite ticket included) There will be no Sunday school on this day.

Easter Opportunities!

How can we have the best Easter ever at EBC? How can we celebrate Easter together?  Join me and pray for our Easter Sunday services (11 a.m. & 6 p.m.)!  Be present!  Pass out invite tickets!  Invite and bring guests with you. And, give an Easter offering!  God is growing and expanding our church in every way. Families are being changed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and joining our church family.  You can give an Easter offering above your tithes to help our church continue to grow healthy and be able to minister effectively to those God brings to our church!

You can also give an Easter offering for our nursery project.  We are going to wire the sound of our services into the nursery so our ladies can be blessed by the music and message as well.  You can also give an Easter offering so we can make needed changes to our sound and media ministry.  They need a tune up and some new equipment to help with growth needs and to make our Sunday services more effective and dynamic.  There are many ways to give your offering. You can give your offering online (ebclife.org), give during one of our services, or even mail in your offering if the need arises.

Things are getting real exciting at EBC!  Thank you for your faithfulness to be a growing disciple of Jesus and an engaged member! As each one of us decides to attend, worship, serve, invite, give, and celebrate we will continue to grow together as a church family and have a great Easter!

In Christ,

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!

EBC News Update!

EBC revival services this Sunday at 11 am & 6pm!!!

God has been working in our church family and preparing us for our revival services coming up this Sunday!  Are you ready?  Our revival services will be on Sunday, March 23 at 11am and 6pm, and Monday and Tuesday, March 24-25 at 7pm. Our guest speaker will be Evangelist James Croft!

Have you been preparing for revival?

When we experience revival we will be spiritually revitalized.  We will come alive with a greater desire for God. We will be more concerned with pleasing God and being led by the Spirit of God and the Word of God than anything else!

Revival is possible, but it starts with you and it starts with me! Revival is not a service and is not for our community and our country it’s for us right here at EBC!

How can I prepare for revival in my heart and life?

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

We need to be spiritually revitalized.  We need to awake out of spiritual sleep, with a greater desire for God, and a greater devotion to God!

I encourage you to get alone with God this week and pray—do some examination and some deep confessing and repenting of sin.  Welcome God to investigate your heart like David did and be ready to respond!

Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: 24And see if there be any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”

Looking forward to God moving this Sunday,

Pastor Mike

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EBC News Update!

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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

Out of Sight, but in the Mind!

It’s been said “Out of sight, out of mind!”  How true that is with so many things and even relationships we have.  We had a great Missions Conference last year.  We had a missions emphasis, and had supporting missionaries visit with us, and even connected with some of them via Skype. Awesome—right?  Sure, but what about last week and today?  Are we not just being faithful to give our missions offerings, but also praying for our missionaries as well?

Praying for our missionaries is one of the ways we can grow together outward!  Our desire is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with new families, see them receive Jesus as Savior, follow Him, and join themselves to our church family!  Our missionaries have the same goals in mind so let’s keep them in prayer.

Take a few minutes and click on this link and give it  a read.  It gives some good pointers of how to really pray for our missionaries, keeping them in our minds and hearts even though they may be out of sight!

What has helped you to keep our supporting missionaries in your hearts and minds?

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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!

How did God work in your life this weekend at EBC or your home church?     Join the conversation by leaving your comment!

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