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Essexville Baptist Community Church Bringing People to Christ … Becoming People Like Christ … Being Christ to People February 2011

Volume 20, Issue 2


Inside this issue: Food for Faith is a community service for low income and homeless people in the Bay County area. Local churches prepare, serve, and clean up. Trinity Episcopal Church on Center Avenue opens their building, and coordinates the calendar. The ministry is currently feeding around 150 people every week. EBCC has committed to prepare and serve the meal this month, Sunday, February 13, 2011. We will need volunteers to donate items or funds to purchase items for the meal, as well as people to prepare the food, serve, and also to clean up afterwards. The meal is served from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. If you would like to provide for the meal or volunteer your time, please sign up on the poster in the Lounge, or contact the church office.















The Lighthouse Pastor Richard’s Ramblings I hope that you are digging into the Experiencing God study. About two-thirds of our Sunday morning attendance is participating in one form or another. Just glancing at numbers, I see around 36 adults in Sunday school, another 10 in small groups, and many more that are studying on their own. When you include the elementary and student Sunday school classes, there is about 70 people all studying the same thing together! Are you wondering what could happen because of this? Henry Blackaby says, “What a difference it would make if we obeyed Christ as the Head of the body! He could accomplish more in six months through a people yielded to Him than we could do in 60 years without Him.” I believe we are working with Him. I also believe we are deepening that relationship to a new level, and God will use us even more because of it. That will happen as we “know what God has on His agenda for your church, community, and nation at this time in history. Then you and your church can adjust your lives to God so He can move you into the mainstream of His activity before it is too late.” Blackaby says, “while you linger in your decision there are those who will go into eternity without hope.” That hope comes as we see people realize what a love relationship with God can be. I pray that we not only know that love personally, but that we are able to help others discover it for themselves. Paul writes in Philippians 3.12-14, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hol of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Blackaby reminds us, “We all have a choice how we respond to the love of God.” May you truly experience God and his love as we continue to study together.

A Big Thank You Pastor Richard and Jane would like to thank everyone for their generous gifts and cards during Christmas. It truly is a gift to be in ministry with you. We see your love and support in so many ways, and are grateful. We purchased a new grill with a portion of the gifts, since the our old one had rusted out in just four years! Each of our paid staff also received Christmas bonuses from the church as our appreciation for all of their hard work. Each of them were overwhelmed, and wish to express their thanks for the gift and encouragement. Page 2

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Student Ministries Activities Tubing Trip Rescheduled The Tubing Trip has been rescheduled. Grab your friends and go with us to Hanson Hills in Grayling on Saturday, February 5th for a day of downhill fun! This is a trip open to all Middle School and High School students. We will leave the church at 10:30 am and return around 5:00 pm. The cost will be $10 per person plus money for lunch/snacks. We will be tubing, but if you want to go skiing as well, you will need to pay your own rental fees. Registration Forms are due by Thursday, February 3rd. Use your previous form or check the website.

Youth Group February 1st and 15th Middle School and High School Students—come for a great time with friends and discover something new about God. Youth Group meets every other Tuesday at 6:00 pm—February 1 and February 15 this month! Bring your friends!

Plan Now For VBS! July 17 - 21 Mark you calendars now! You will want to schedule your vacation around this year’s VBS, PandaMania—where God is wild about you! Sunday, July 17—Thursday, July 21 will be the dates for this absolutely wild time for children 3 years old through fifth grade (finished this year). Each evening will begin at 6:00 pm, and end at 8:30 pm. Volunteers will be asked to arrive earlier to prep their areas. There is a planning meeting for primary area coordinators for Monday, February 7, at 6:30 pm. If you would like to coordinate an area this year, please talk to Karen Osterhout. Information and volunteer signups for all areas will begin in March.

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Ladies Night Out Tuesday, February 8 “Valentine’s Party” 6:00 pm This will be an evening of sharing your romantic story. You are asked to bring your wedding picture, plus a childhood photo of you and your spouse. We will have a night of fun matching the childhood photos with the wedding photos and listening to the romance stories. Contact Peg Brunner about the favorite valentine dessert you will be bringing. Be sure to mark the welcome card on Sunday if you plan on attending.

J.O.Y. Lunch & Pottery February 16 at 12:00 Noon On Wednesday, February 16, the J.O.Y. group will be headed to the Ward’s Studio on Water Street to paint a piece of pottery and enjoy a lunch. If there are more than 8 in the group, there will be a 25% discount. Come join in and use your creativity in creating a pottery piece. RSVP on the welcome card.

Adult Membership Class Are you wondering what it takes to be a member of EBCC? The first step is a membership class. Some of the topics covered in the class include: what does it mean to be a Christian, why is it important to be baptized, and what does it mean to be a member. You will also learn about what makes EBCC a family, who we are wanting to reach, what our mission statement is, and what we are seeking to become. This class is open to anyone interested in membership, as well as those who just want to know more about EBCC. Long-time members are encouraged to come as well. The next membership class will be on Saturday, February 26 beginning at 9:00 am and ending around 2:00 pm. Talk to Pastor Richard or mark you Welcome Card on Sundays if you are interested so that we can have enough materials prepared for everyone. Page 4

27 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

20 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

Food for Faith

13 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

6 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School



6:00 pm Council Mtg.



6:00 pm Youth Group 6:00 pm Directory Core Grp


6:00 pm Ladies Night Valentine’s Party

6:30 pm VBS Coordinators Mtg



6:00 pm Youth Group





24 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes 6:00 pm Worship Team 7:00 pm Choir

6:00 pm Adventure Club

6:00 pm Worship Team 7:00 pm Choir

17 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes

6:00 pm Worship Team 7:00 pm Choir

23 10:00 am Bible Study

6:00 pm Adventure Club

16 10:00 am Bible Study 12:00 Joy Group

6:00 pm Adventure Club

10 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes

6:00 pm Worship Team 7:00 pm Choir

6:00 pm Adventure Club

9 10:00 am Bible Study

3 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes


2 10:00 am Bible Study







26 9:00 am Membership Class



10:30 am Student Tubing Trip



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1—Scott & Michelle Wynne 26—Eugene & Lila Grocholski


3—Amanda Biggs 6—Denae Asel-Templin 6—Ed Keating 8—David Ferranti 8—Josephine Jay 9—David Gentle 9—John Keuvelaar 9—Tom Piggott 11—Sarah Wynne 12—Jennifer Cohen 12—Sherri LaForest 14—Jim Bonnell II 17—Danielle Kramer 18—Trisha Jones 18—Noreen Keating 19—Cody Walraven 19—Linda Willis 20—Kathy Hall 20—Elna Rushman 22—Glynn Silverthorn 24—Joel Buschlen 25—Traci Jones 26—Kelly Arambula


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Volunteer Schedules Children’s Ministries Junior Church


February 6 Amy Kulmacz

February 6 Kristie Smith Marge Ward

February 13 Vickie Roller February 20 Nancy Humphries February 27 Vickie Gentle

February 13 June Piggott Jeff Newingham February 20 Jeannine Bakus Natalynn Gentle February 27 Rose Smith Natasha Gentle

Door Greeters North Side Inside

Outside February 6

Mickey Ferranti

Dave Ferranti

February 13 Judy Asel

Gary Asel February 20

Marge Ward

Dave Ferranti

February 27 Mickey Ferranti

Dave Ferranti

Sound Booth February 6 Jesus Arambula Kelly Arambula

South Side Inside

Outside February 6

February 13 Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

Marion Wood

February 20 Jesus Arambula Kelly Arambula

Nancy Metzger

February 27 Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

Les Anderson

February 13 John Metzger

February 20 Charlene Mayotte

Dave Mayotte

February 27 Marion Wood

Les Anderson

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: soups, stews, canned meat and boxed potatoes. 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 Church Council had their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 24, with the newly elected members attending. The evening was spent in prayer and reflection for the direction God would lead Essexville Baptist in the coming year. There were three words that we believed God was wanting us to focus on—react, worship, and event. Informal discussion centered on those three thoughts. The way that we react to new ideas and to each other is a reflection on our church and our God. How we communicate with each other can enhance the way we interact. Worship is key if we truly have a love relationship with our God. It is possible that the Council may incorporate a time of worship in our meetings. The amount of time spent in worship and prayer as a congregation is another area that we talked about. There is an event in the life of EBCC coming up this fall. We will be celebrating 110 years. A special weekend is being planned for September 10 and 11. The individual boards did not meet at this meeting. Each board scheduled a separate time that they would meet to select their board representatives. The next scheduled meeting for the Council is Monday, February 21, at 6:00 pm.

Pray for Our Leadership How can you be involved in the future of EBCC? Pray! Pray regularly for the leadership of our church. Pastor Richard and the Church Council have a great responsibility leading us into the future. Pray for God’s guidance, blessing and protection for each leader. Also encourage them as you see the continued growth and influence in the community that EBCC is having.

Copies of Sermons Available Did you miss a Sunday and want to listen to a message? Is there a message that you would like to hear again? All of Pastor Richard’s sermons are available on the church website at Messages can be put on CD for pickup as well. Contact the church office if you would like a copy.

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