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The Lighthouse

Essexville Baptist Community Church Your business tag line here. Volume 19, Issue 12

December 2010


Arranged by Larry F. Pugh

Saturday December 18, 7:00 pm


St. Luke’s UMC

Inside this issue:

Sunday, December 19, 3:00 pm Essexville Baptist Community Church

Come and enjoy one of the most renowned musical compositions of the season with your family and friends. The choirs of Essexville Baptist Community Church and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church will be offering two performances of Handel’s Messiah!














The Lighthouse Pastor Richard’s Ramblings Let me share a devotion with you from Chuck Swindoll as we begin the Advent season. The age-old yuletide season is about to slip in the door once again. Better not shout, better not pout, for the malls will be playing "Jingle Bells" several thousand times between now and December 25. If you're not careful, the crowds and commercialism will weigh you down like that fourth helping of stuffing at Thanksgiving dinner. And there's nothing worse than a jaded attitude that resists the true spirit of the season.

Advent Message Series Expressions of Joy December 5 Zachariah’s Song December 12 Mary’s Song December 19 Simeon’s Praise Christmas Eve The Angels December 26 Did You Get What You Wanted?

Although this has been a challenging year in numerous ways, we have a practical reason to look back over it with gratitude for God's protection and grace to each of us. This reflection sets in motion the ideal mental attitude to carry us through the weeks ahead. In other words, a sustained spirit of humble gratitude will make the period leading up to December 25 an integral part of the Christmas celebration rather than a dreadful marathon run toward the finish. We live in a world fraught with evil---one in which innocent people are gunned down as they go about their business, where world governments seem powerless to stop those whose intent is to control through fear. But we cannot afford to end the year in frustration. I---like you---have seen and experienced God's hand of protection and mercy, even in the toughest moments. During this holiday season, let's pledge not to let ingratitude become our creed or cynicism our stumbling block. As we consistently remind ourselves of God's provision in our lives and the lives of our loved ones, the holidays will become a special time of spiritual enrichment, personal renewal, and genuine gratitude. Sometimes, though, it can be a challenge to give God daily praise and look for His hand, even when we possess the knowledge of His love and faithfulness. If you find yourself in this situation, often the Psalms are a great source to get you back on track. Psalm 116 is an extraordinary expression of love---addressed to God! "How do I love Thee, God?" the psalmist seems to ask. In his answers, he sets forth several magnificent truths about God's goodness and deliverance. I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!" Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate. The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. (116:1-7) How do we love our God? We love Him by counting the many ways He has been good to us and, as the psalmist did, by sharing His goodness with others. What does God desire? Our humble thanks. Our heartfelt gratitude. He wants us to be hungry for life, to treasure every day He entrusts to us. When you have a quiet moment, read the entire psalm, expressing your own heart of gratitude to our loving Lord.

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Student Ministries Activities Tuesday, December 7 – Youth Group 6:00—8:00 pm Tuesday, December 21 – Movie Outing 6:00 pm Join us as we go to see Narnia—Voyage of the Dawn Treader We will pay for your ticket to the movie. You pay for any snacks that you want. Return to the hope and wonder of C.S. Lewis' beloved world - via the fantastic Narnian ship, the Dawn Treader. In this new installment of the blockbuster "The Chronicles of Narnia" motion picture franchise, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, their royal friend King Caspian, and a warrior mouse named Reepicheep, find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to the Dawn Treader. Their mission - on which rests the fate of Narnia itself takes the courageous voyagers to mysterious islands and a pool that turns anything it touches into gold, to fateful confrontations with magical creatures and sinister enemies, and to a reunion with their friend and protector, the "Great Lion" Aslan.

Christmas Program December 12, 6:00 pm Parents, relatives, friends and church members are invited to the Adventure Club Christmas Program Sunday, December 12, at 6:00 pm. The children will present a simple program and everyone will sing some Christmas carols, and, yes, there will be refreshments. Bring your Holiday spirit and celebrate the season through the eyes of a child.

(Richard’s Ramblings—continued) Let the wonder of the season wash over you again. God loves you and me with every bit of His heart, to the extent that He gave us the very best gift: life, wrapped up in the form of His Son. It's this life---the abundant life---that Jesus promised. This is the true spirit of the season. Let's be humbly grateful.

Adapted from Charles R. Swindoll, ―A Season for Humble Gratitude,‖ Insights (November/December 2002). Copyright © 2002, Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.

Have a very merry Christmas!

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The Lighthouse The Church-wide Adventure

Experiencing God Coming in January 2011

Plan Now To Participate! Be a part of the next church-wide adventure for EBCC beginning in January 2011. Pre-register now to help us order enough materials for everyone. Sunday School Classes, Small Groups, and Sunday Messages will all coordinate for the thirteen week adventure. Small Group choices and Sunday School Class options will be available before Christmas. Pre-orders for materials can be placed with the order form found in the Sunday bulletin or by contacting the church office.

Ladies Christmas Party The Ladies Christmas Party is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14th at 6:00 pm. This event will be a potluck salad supper with Jane leading us in singing Christmas carols afterwards. The evening will take place in the lounge. In lieu of the gift exchange, we will be sponsoring a family of 6 (2 adults & 4 children) for the Christmas holiday. We will be collecting monetary contributions for 6 gift cards and food items for a gift basket. This project is open to all Church ladies and friends. Come share the Holiday Spirit with the women of EBCC. Mark your welcome card if you plan on attending.

J.O.Y. Group Holiday Lunch Wednesday, December 8 The J.O.Y Group is headed to Frankenmuth to have a holiday lunch at the Bavarian Inn. Bring a $5.00—$7.00 gift for a gift exchange. After lunch spend time visiting the different shops. J.O.Y. stands for Just Older Youth, if you feel this is you, you are welcome! If you would like to join in, mark the Welcome Card at the Sunday worship service or call the church office 892.9892. That way we can be prepared with enough transportation. The church van will leave the parking lot at 11:00 am.

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10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School




19 Week 4 Advent 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

6:00 pm Ladies Night Out Christmas Party


6:00 pm Council Meeting at Kinnamon’s

6:00 pm Children’s Program


6:00 pm Youth Group


12 Week 3 Advent 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

6:00 pm Youth Group



3:00 pm “The Messiah” at EBCC



5 Week 2 Advent 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School



22 10:00 am Bible Study

6:00 pm Adventure Club

15 10:00 am Bible Study

6:00 pm Adventure Club


6:00 Worship Team 7:00 Choir


6:00 Worship Team 6:45 Choir

16 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes

6:00 Worship Team 6:45 Choir

9 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes

6:00 Worship Team 6:45 Choir

6:00 pm Adventure Club

8 10:00 am Bible Study 11:00 am J.O.Y Trip

2 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes


1 10:00 am Bible Study



7:00 pm Candlelight Service

6:00 pm Social







7:00 pm “The Messiah” at St. Lukes





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9—Gary & Judy Asel 23—Tim & Pat Wescott


1—Ted Schlosser 3—Dale Asel 6—Helen Meyer 7—Stephen Besson 8—Tim Wescott 9—Mallory Wynne 11—Marge Ward 13—Kerry Janca 13—Dorothy Kurchak 14—Matt Smith 20—Nikki Elek 21—Jean Mattice 24—Bryan Traxler 25—Michelle Besson 26—Sarah Arambula 26—Eugene Grocholski 27—Melissa Eigner 29—Conner Wieland 30—Sara Cojeen


The Lighthouse

Volunteer Schedules Children’s Ministries Junior Church


December 5 Vickie Gentle

December 5 June Piggott Natasha Gentle

December 12 Amy Kulmacz December 19 Vickie Roller December 26 Nancy Humphries

Sound Booth December 5 Jesus Arambula Kelly Arambula

December 12 Jeannine Bakus Marge Ward December 19 Kristie Smith Jeff Newingham December 26 Rose Smith Natalynn Gentle

Door Greeters North Side Inside

Outside December 5

Ann Silverthorn

December 12 Mary Ellen Bennett

Dave Ferranti

December 19 Rae Harfst

Dan Harfst

December 26 Dorothy Newingham

Jeff Newingham

South Side Inside

Outside December 5

December 12 Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

Marilyn Bullock

December 19 Jesus Arambula Kelly Arambula

Nancy Metzger

December 26 Shirley Reid Kelly Arambula

Glynn Silverthorn

Jeff Vella

December 12 John Metzger

December 19 Pam Reid

Bill Reid

December 26 Dorothy Kurchak

Dave Ferranti

Communion Sunday Is Food Pantry Sunday Every Communion Sunday bring in specific food items to help stock the food pantry. This month we are looking for the following items: canned ham, can yams, instant potatoes and pork & beans. Paper products are always welcome. Items can be left in the designated containers at each entrance of Church. Page 6

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Church Council Highlights The regularly scheduled meeting of the Leadership Council was on October 18, 2010. A draft of the 2011 budget was presented to the Council. The realization that we are using savings to balance the budget was discussed. The Council voted to support the proposed budget to be presented to the congregation at the Annual Business Meeting on Sunday evening, January 23rd, 2011. Trustees—Plastic will be put on some of the windows again this year. Deacons—Plants will be purchased for the homebound and those in the nursing homes. Interviews are being conducted for some new members. Plans are in place for the Hanging of the Greens on November 28. Christian Ed—The Chidren’s Christmas program will be on December 12. Small Groups, Sunday School Classes and the sermons will all coordinate for the whole church to go through the Experiencing God 12 week study. Missions—We are a drop off location for Operation Christmas Child, and have been receiving shoeboxes from other churches and individuals in the area. Jody VanSnepson will provide a trailer to transport the boxes to Mt. Pleasant. We put together 60 boxes from the items collected throughout the year, as well as 15 that members brought in. The next regular meeting of the Leadership Council will be a Christmas Dinner Party at the Kinnamon’s on Monday, December 13.

RETIRED MINISTERS and MISSIONARIES Offering During the month of December our congregation will receive the Retired Ministers and Missionaries offering (RMMO). The RMMO is an annual ABCUSA offering that provides (1) Thank You checks to over 3,000 retired ABC ministers and missionaries and their widowed spousesservice, and (2) emergency and other financial assistance based on need. You are invited to make a contribution by using the enclosed envelope. The envelope may be placed in the offering plate on Sunday mornings, or mail it to the church office. Please help us remember those who have served us as your gift makes a difference.

remember with LOVE give with GRATITUDE For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5

2011 Contribution Envelopes The Contribution envelopes for 2011 will be available for pick up beginning Sunday, December 12. They will be located on the table in the lounge. Also remember that for your contributions to show up on your 2010 giving statement it must be received by the church by December 31. Any contributions received after December 31 will be recorded for 2011. If you think you might need to catch up on your giving and would like to know what you have given to date, please call Jeanne in the office for a printout. Page 7

Essexville Baptist Community Church

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Christmas Eve Service Friday, December 24 Bring all of your Christmas guests

to a special Christmas Eve Service with carols, the choir, and a grand ending with the Hallelujah Chorus . Come early and enjoy the refreshments and fellowship.

6:00 pm - Holiday Punch and Cookies 7:00 pm - Service of Joy Childcare will be available for children 0-4 years old.

Non Profit US Postage Paid Essexville, MI Permit No. 19

December 2010  

Come and enjoy one of the most renowned musical compositions of the season with your family and friends. The choirs of Essexville Baptist Co...