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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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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

How has God worked in your life recently at EBC or in your local church family?  Leave your comment below!

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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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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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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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EBC Vision Flashback!

Vision…what are you still seeing?

Earlier this year in February we had an important church meeting. It was a typical business meeting. It was fine. There were no issues or problems. No one made a protest or charged the pulpit. One thing that did happen is that our vision for the future was clearly shared. I reminded us that our vision is to see EBC become a church of ministry teams—one team per ministry.

It’s the same vision I have been casting, sharing, teaching, and preaching since February 2010.  I define a ministry team as a group of believers in Jesus who are like-minded, unified in purpose, mission, and vision and are advancing! As I reminded us of the vision I challenged each one of us to examine our own lives and walks with God and be willing to take the next step to help our vision be realized. Have you taken your next step? 

What is vision anyway?

Vision is an essential element of a person’s life, family, and it’s especially vital in a local church! Vision is a seeing word. Author Aubrey Malphur’s defines vision as: the clear and challenging picture of the future of our church as it can and must be. Vision is possible and vision is also urgent—it must be! In order for our church to not just survive but thrive in Christ we must have a vision. Proverbs says that without vision the people perish. I believe the opposite is also true: a church—group of believers in Christ WITH a vision can flourish! A church with a great commission Christ centered vision will flourish and become all that God wants them to be and do all that God wants them to do in their community and beyond! When we as an individual member-we who make up the church-get on board our vision becomes real!

Where does a vision come from?

Vision is the picture of the future of what our church will become! The pastor and people who are serious about knowing and fulfilling God’s will for them in their community and beyond is ready to receive a God sized vision! After much prayer and worship and even some fasting God revealed to me the vision. Now a vision is not just something exciting and needful for the church to accomplish. Vision is specific! God will show us specific things, whether they are goals or objectives that must be done so our church can accomplish its mission best. Now let me say that our mission is the same as what all Bible believing Christ following churches should be pursuing: help people become growing healthy disciples of Christ and fully engaged members of the church body. My responsibility as the pastor is to lead our church in fulfilling our mission! As cool and needful as a vision is there is no way that I can fulfill the vision and mission of our church alone.  That’s where each person at EBC comes in. Catch it! Communicate it! And help us fulfill it!

What is our vision?

Our vision is to improve the quality of ministry by building a church of ministry teams! That was it—team ministry! There is no I in team! The pastor cannot do it alone! Together we can do it! Philippians 1:27 says, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

On February 13th 2010 I casted the vision to our church! Our business meeting turned into a vision night service! God really worked, blessed, and I believed moved in our hearts. Since that day I have continued to cast that vision, reminding specifically our men, and then every member and attendee, leading them to pray and help fulfill and spread our vision. Have you prayed about your part in fulfilling the mission and vision of our church?

How is our vision becoming a reality?

Now it’s great to have received a vision from God and His Word! It is very exciting to cast that vision to the people. But there is nothing like it when God’s people start catching the vision and you actually see the vision becoming a reality in the church! Right now God is allowing our church to build some ministry teams. So far we are developing a:

  • Leadership team
  • Music and media team
  • Outreach team
  • Hospitality team
  • Youth team
  • Maintenance team (Men of Acts)
  • Kids Team
  • More to come!

Now these teams are still forming and developing. Each one still needs work and more team members! But God is putting them together! The good news is that God has just started building these ministry teams and you can join one!

How can I get involved?

I am glad for the members of Emmanuel Baptist church who have agreed to serve Jesus on a ministry team! The good news is that there is an opening for you to be on a ministry team too. Are you on a ministry team? What areas of interest and experience do you have? What are you passionate about?  How has God gifted you to help us fulfill our mission of making disciples of Christ at EBC? Just let me know you are interested in serving on a team and I’ll help you get plugged in. The future of EBC can be bright and filled with God’s hand of blessing. But for that to happen we need to ask God to open our hearts and take a step toward Him! Our vision will become a reality only if our church members and attendees catch the vision and get active and involved and become a part of the “team!”

Since your arrival at EBC how has God used you to help us fulfill our mission and vision? Do you understand what our mission and vision is?  Will you take your next step towards being an active disciple of Christ and member of EBC?  If you’re a member of another church how has God used you or your church to form ministry teams to fulfill the mission and vision of the church?

Start the conversation by leaving your comments!

 

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Go Team!

Our vision for EBC is to see our church become a church of ministry teams:  one team per ministry!  We can always function better, healthier, and accomplish more for Jesus when we all have the same mind and work together.  EBC saw this happen in a great way this past Sunday!  A quality Christ honoring worship service does not happen by mistake or by the efforts of one person. Our worship leader, fell sick suddenly on Saturday night.  Our lead sound and media people, and their backups were unavailable.  So I did what a good pastor does–I prayed!  With the regular worship team out and their backups unavailable God helped me put together a team.  I asked my wife Emily to run the media, Tim McKinnon to run the sound, and miss Hannah Wilkerson to play the piano and I led our worship.  God really blessed.  As we sought to worship Jesus in spirit and in truth everything came together well, Christ was glorified, and the church was edified!  I thank the Lord for willing members of EBC who are willing to step out and up to serve with me.  Thank you guys!  Go Team!

Together we can do it!

How has God used you at EBC or your home church to serve on a ministry team?  How do you feel about being a part of something great?  Start the conversation by leaving your comment!

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Vision Flashback!

 

Vision…what do we see?

Earlier this year in February we had an important meeting.  It was a typical business meeting.  It was fine.  There were no issues or problems.  No one made a protest or charged the pulpit.  One thing that did happen is that our vision for the future was clearly shared.  I reminded us that our vision is to see EBC become a church of ministry teams—one team per ministry.

I define a ministry team as a group of believers in Jesus who are like-minded, unified in purpose, mission, and vision and are advancing!   As I reminded us of the vision I challenged each one of us to examine our own lives and walks with God and be willing to take the next step!

Last post I shared step one!

Step 1: Unify in Purpose

Who is EBC about?  We are to be about Jesus and His great Gospel!  We are to be about making Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior glorious in all we say and do!  This means as we gather and worship and serve we communicate our love and appreciation for who Jesus is and what he has done for us.   And when that happens He is pleased and His presence is known! He appears! He manifests Himself to us in His power and glory!  Souls are saved and saints grow in Him!

Step 2: Be active in Mission!

What is EBC supposed to be doing? Paul told the church in Philippians 1:27 that as we gather to worship Jesus we are to Strive together for the faith of the Gospel! To strive together means that we work hard at the same time with one another to accomplish His work!  What’s that work?  The work of the ministry is the faith of the Gospel!  It’s everything that’s involved in helping more people know Jesus and make Him known!  It means that we with a like mind and single focus believe the Gospel, live the Gospel, and then share the Gospel with others.

We need to take an honest look and ask, “What are we doing to help more people hear the Gospel and come to Christ  in our community?”  God wants us to come together as a team and put forth hard effort to help more people know Jesus as their Savior and grow and mature in Him! 

Step 3: Get in the game!

As I preached the word and reminded us of our vision of striving together for the faith of the Gospel I left us with one final step!  I asked us this question, “What will be your next step to help us fulfill our purpose, mission, and vision?”  To all those who call EBC their church home, their faith family, the place where they worship Jesus, what is your next step?  Maybe it’s to attend the worship services more regularly, receive Jesus as Savior, get baptized, or maybe even become a member of our church family.  Whatever your next step is be sure to take that step in faith.  And why not let me know or a church leader know about your next step.  If you have any questions I would love to talk with you and pray with you about your next step!  As we grow closer to Jesus and His Word He will show us the “next steps” to take.

Ready to take your next step at EBC?  Why not leave a comment and share how God has led you or is leading you to take your next step.

 

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EBC’s Next Steps!

Vision…what do we see?

Well we gathered together–the saints of EBC that is this past Sunday night for our annual business meeting.  God blessed as we took a look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. I reminded us of the vision that was cast just a year ago: Improve the quality of ministry by building a church of ministry teams.  I also shared some key facts about our vision and answered a key question: has our vision become a reality?  The great news is that it’s happening!  Vision takes time and effort from everyone in order to become fully realized.  Although we still have a ways to go God and the faithful active and responsible members of EBC have helped put our vision into motion! So I say thank you! 

We took a look back at the 2011 highlights, noting the health and growth God has given to EBC this past year!  Specifically I shared with joy the ministry teams God has helped us put together:

–        Leadership team (Me & the deacons)

–        Youth Team (A.K.A. The Resistance)

–        Praise Team

–        Sound & Media team

–        Kids team

–        Maintenance team (A.K.A Men of Acts)

–        Hospitality Team (A.K.A Bread breakers)

–        Administration team

–        Outreach team

–        Usher & greeter team

I define a ministry team as a group of believers in Jesus who are unified in purpose, mission, and vision and are advancing! I shared with the church that each team is in the beginning stages. We have brought people together who have the desire and giftedness to help bless the church in a particular ministry as we seek to help more people know Jesus and make Him known! The good news is we are advancing! We are making progress! But now it’s time to take our teams to the next level and encourage them to take the next step!

Step 1: Unify in Purpose                                                                                                             

According to Romans 15:5-7 I reminded us of what the purpose is. What is the Purpose of the Church?  Why does this church exist? Our Purpose as a church is to Glorify God! That means we purpose to make Jesus glorious!  With a thankful and sincere heart, we express with our actions, attitudes, and words that we know Jesus and love Jesus and that He is #1!  We make Him look good, be the center of attention, be who we think about, talk about praise, worship, and serve!  A team or a church will not be healthy or effective if it is not unified in purpose.

When we unify in purpose as a called out body of Christ we will receive one another in the body the same way God the Father received us by Christ!  If God can receive us with the great gap between heaven and earth, sinner and perfection, with serious differences than we can and should accept one another in the church and be unified no matter our differences or backgrounds.

The best thing that happens when we unify in purpose is that we make Jesus glorious!  We show forth His praise and attributes. And when that happens He is pleased and His presence is known!  He appears!  He manifests Himself to us in His power and glory! We so need His presence and power as we seek to fulfill our vision.

More steps to come.  How is God leading you now to help EBC with this important “Next Step” (Unifying in purpose) so we can fulfill the vision He has revealed to us?

 

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