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Essexville Baptist Community Church Bringing People to Christ … Becoming People Like Christ … Being Christ to People February 2012

Volume 21, Issue 2

Look! New Windows Can be a Reality!


Every time there is talk about upgrades to the church building, windows come up in the discussion. The aluminum frame, single pane windows do not provide adequate insulation in cold Michigan winters, and with ever increasing utility costs, the winter heating bills keep going up. Many of the latches are broken as well with no replacement parts available. New windows can be a reality! The Trustees have spent several months gathering information, and have listened to many suggestions and questions. In the coming weeks you will be hearing and receiving information about how you can be a part of this great upgrade and energy saving opportunity. You are encouraged to begin praying about how God would have you be involved.

JOY Group Visits Delta Planetarium Wednesday, February 22 The JOY Group is heading to the Delta Planetarium on Wednesday, February 22. We will leave from the church at 12 Noon for a 12:30 showing. Lunch will follow at the Rudy’s Red Lion. The cost for the Planetarium is $5 per person, and lunch is Dutch treat. Please mark your welcome Card on Sunday mornings or call the church office to sign up.












The Lighthouse Pastor Richard’s Ramblings I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for very generous Christmas gifts. In our current study in Philippians I have shared that Paul wrote the letter to the Church in Philippi to express his appreciation for their generosity. I think it is one of the reasons that he repeats over and over in the letter that they are such a joy to him. In chapter four, he writes, They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God (4.18). Your generous gifts are filled with that same kind of grace. And I pray that you may experience, as Paul expresses, my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus(4.19), because of your gifts. These gifts are usually how we afford Christmas gifts for our children, and this year was no different. Our television was going out, and though we do not watch regular programing, the kids do play a lot of Wii (Lego Star Wars is their obsession!) and watch movies. They now have a new TV! We also gave them their own spending money for a special trip to the Lego store at Water Tower Place Mall in Chicago. That became part of our holiday vacation time to visit my family in Illinois. We are filled with joy for much more than these types of gifts. Paul also writes in the letter to the Philippians about his greatest joy: because of your partnership in the gospel

form the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus(1.5-6). My prayer is that the partnership in the gospel will be the greatest joy that we will continue to share in the days ahead.

Calling all Choir Members Jane would like the choir to sing for special music in the Worship Service on Sunday, February, 19. There will be rehearsals on two Thursday evenings, February 9 and 16, at 7:00 pm. If you like to sing, here is your chance! Talk to Jane if you need to know more! Page 2

Jeannine Bakus Jon Bakus

Sue Ahler Tim Ahler

June Piggott Tom Piggott

Debbie Ryan Joe Ryan

Mickey Ferranti Dave Ferranti

Marilyn Bishop Frank Bishop

Nicole LeVasseur Dave LeVasseur

Noreen Keating Ed Keating

February 12

February 19

February 26

North Side Greeters

February 5

South Side Greeters

Rose Smith Natasha Gentle

June Piggott Debbie Ryan

Kristie Smith Natalynn Gentle

Jeannine Bakus Marge Ward


Kelly Arambula Jesus Arambula

Shirley Reid Emily VanSnepson Nancy Humphries

Vickie Gentle

Kelly Arambula Andrew Kinnamon

Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

Sound Booth

Vickie Roller

Amy Kulmacz

Junior Church

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26 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School


6:00 pm Council Mtg.


6:00 pm Youth Group

28 9:00 am Bowling Alert Lanes

21 9:00 am Bowling Alert Lanes

6:00 pm Youth Group

6:00 pm Ladies Grp. Grandpa Tony’s

19 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

14 9:00 am Bowling Alert Lanes


12 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

10 9:00 am Bowling Alert Lanes




5 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School


6:00 pm Adventure Club 6:00 pm Mom’s grp

29 10:00 Bible Study

6:00 pm Adventure Club 6:00 pm Mom’s grp

22 10:00 Bible Study 12:00 Noon J.O.Y

6:00 pm Adventure Club 6:00 pm Mom’s grp

15 10:00 am Bible Study

6:00 pm Adventure Club 6:00 pm Mom’s grp

6:00 pm Worship Team


6:00 pm Worship Team


6:00 pm Worship Team


6:00 pm Worship Team

6:00 pm Adventure Club

8 10:00 am Bible Study



1 10:00 am Bible Study







25 8:00 am Men’s group


11 8:00 am Men’s group

4 9:00 am Youth Tubing Trip


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


6—Denae Asel-Templin 6—Ed Keating 8—David Ferranti 8—Josephine Jay 8—Bethany Ryan 8—Justin Ryan 9—David Gentle 9—Johnny 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 26—Kelly Arambula


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Student Ministries Activities Tubing Trip Scheduled for Saturday, February 4, The Tubing Trip has been rescheduled. Grab your friends and go with us to Hanson Hills in Grayling on Saturday, February 4, 2012 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 $15 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 February 2 Use your previous form or check the website.

Youth Group February14, & 28, 2012 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

Men’s Group February 11 & 25 There is a new men’s group forming for Bible study, prayer, and accountability. You are welcome to come find out more at a breakfast on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. In February we will be meeting at at 8:00 am at Krysiak House Restaurant on Saturdays 11 and 25. We will be using the book, The Men’s Resolution, inspired by the movie, Courageous, as a study guide.

Mom’s Study Group Wednesdays February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Hey Moms! Have you started thinking about your 2012 new year’s resolution? Losing weight, getting organized, learning a new hobby? Here’s a thought, what about BECOMING THE MOM YOU WANT TO BE? Some of us grew up with terrific mothers and some of us grew up in dysfunctional families, whatever your experience was, now is the time to determine what kind of mom you want to be and the legacy you want to leave. On Wednesday evenings, moms of all ages meet weekly in the church library from 6-7:30 pm. We use the book titled “The mom I want to be” we’ll share, learn, laugh and discover what God’s word teaches about our special role of mothering. So bring your kids for Adventure Club and stay for your mommy group! Have a friend you think would be interested? Bring them along! If you have any questions, please see Nicole LeVasseur or call 989-895-4497. Page 5

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Ladies Are Invited To a Night Out Grampa Tony’s on February 13

The next Ladies Night Out will be Monday, February 13, meeting at 6:00 PM. We will treat ourselves to a Valentine dinner at Grandpa Tony’s on the West Side. We have a cozy room set aside and you may order what you like. We are looking for new stimulating ideas for future meetings and you may have just the answer. We'd like to keep these fun times going but need your input. Mark the welcome card at Sunday worship if you plan on attending or call Peg Brunner at 893-5247.

February 2012 Newsletter  

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