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Essexville Baptist Community Church Bringing People to Christ … Becoming People Like Christ … Being Christ to People February 2013

Volume 22, Issue 2


Winter Study Series


The Winter Study Series begins on Sunday, February 3rd. This six-week Spiritual Emphasis Series will help you answer the question “What on Earth Am I Here For?” What on Earth Am I Here For? is an updated and expanded version of the best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. The Sunday morning messages, Sunday school classes, and small groups will all be on the same page! If you are interested in hosting a small group, please talk to Pastor Richard. The signup sheets to join a group are in the Lounge. Books and study guides are available for you to purchase at special pricing much lower than retail. The Study Guide is $8.00, the hardcover Expanded Purpose Driven Life book is $13.00, and we have a few large print copies of the book for $16.00. Series Dates February 3 February 10 February 17 February 24 March 3 March 10 March 17 March 24

Choosing Your Future Learning to Live Wisely The Call is For You Called to Be Loved (Our Worship is Our Response) Called to Belong (Our Fellowship) Called to Become (Our Discipleship) Called to Bless (Our Service Out of Your SHAPE) Called to Be Sent (Our Mission)

Group Choices All Three Adult Sunday School Classes, and the Youth Class Wednesday Bible Study—Wednesdays at 10:00 am Pastor Richard and Jane Kinnamon—Sundays at 6:00 pm Mark and Debby Jonas—Tuesdays at 7:00 pm


Inside this issue: PASTOR’S RAMBLINGS














The Lighthouse Pastor Richard’s Ramblings We have so many ways to communicate today. There is naturally the telephone. There is also the cellphone, and email, texting, facebook, even Skype or facetime. When I was young, I can remember only having the phone that hung on the wall in the kitchen. I can even remember when our number went from four to seven digits! Next to the phone in the kitchen, my dad hung an old wooden phone with the crank on the side to call the operator. It didn't make calls—he put a radio inside of it. When we think about being called, we usually think of either the telephone or one of the newer ways to communicate. People dial your number, and call you. There is another way we are called as well. Ephesians 1.18 in the New Living Translation says, I pray that

your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

Have you ever thought that God has called you? I am not saying that he picked up the phone and called you. I don't even mean the way we use that term to talk about someone being called into full-time ministry. God has called everyone. Some answer, and some don't. For those of us that do answer, Paul has a prayer for us—that we will understand the hope that is ours through Christ Jesus. The best way to understand how to live out that hope is to know the purpose that God has called you. Romans 8:28 is the primary verse for the Winter Study Series. It says, We know that in

all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. You get to experience the good things that God desires to have happen

for His glory when you not only know, but are willing to live out the purposes that He has called you to. I am very excited for us to go through the What On Earth Am I Here For Winter Study Series. As we go through this together, my prayer is like Paul’s. I pray that your heart will be flooded with an understanding of the hope that God has called you to.

Communion Sunday Is Food Pantry Sunday The first Sunday of each month is Communion Sunday. Bring in specific food items to help stock the food pantry. This month we are looking for the following items: Soups, Chili or Stews, Peanut Butter, and Hot Chocolate mix. Paper products and toothpaste are always welcome. Items can be left in the designated containers at each entrance of Church. Page 2

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Student Ministries Super Bowl Party The Youth Group will be having a Super Bowl party on Sunday, February 3, beginning at 6:00 pm. It will be at the Kinnamon’s home. Bring some snacks and pop to share.

Youth Group February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013 Youth Group meets every Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Bring your friends for a great time with games and Bible Study. We are looking at “Characters” in the Old Testament.

Special Activities February 5th On Tuesday Night, February 5th, the girls are invited to participate in the Ladies Night Out with the special guest for self defense training. The boys will meet at Alert Lanes for an evening of bowling. Cost is $2 per game and $2 for shoes.

Adventure Club Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm For 4 years old thru 5th grade Adventure Club resumes on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. There are fun lessons taught through music, games, crafts, and snacks. Children learn about our great God through the celebrations in Scripture and history.

Ladies Bible Study 6:00 Wednesdays Same Time as Adventure Club All women are welcome! Come join us as we discover the women of the Bible through the study, Real Women, Real Faith. We are also doing projects to help create traditions and memories in our familes as we strive to create God-centered homes. Throw in some good coffee, treats and a few "crafty" surprises and you won't want to miss this special time!

Men’s Group Meets February 9 & 23 Come join the men’s group that meets for Bible study, prayer, and accountability. We are beginning a new study using Not A Fan, by Kyle Idleman. The group meets on the second and fourth Saturdays for an 8:00 am breakfast at Krzysiak House Restaurant . Page 3

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Food for Faith Sunday, February 10 EBCC has committed to the Food for Faith project again this year. We will prepare and serve the meal Sunday, February 10. 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. Food for Faith is a community service for low income and homeless people. Trinity Episcopal Church on Center Avenue opens their building, and coordinates the calendar. The sign-up poster is in the Lounge.

Ladies of all Ages Event February 5, 6:00 PM Self-Defense Techniques for Women Basic self-defense techniques apply to women of all ages. It’s age-appropriate for everyone from teens to seniors. Michigan State retired police officer, Monte Oswald will be here Tuesday, February 5, at 6:00 pm. Oswald has used his training to developed the Eye Fight Back Self-Defense program; and now teaches the techniques to different groups. Desserts and beverages will be available after the program. A free will donation will be received at the door. Come join us, bring your mother, daughter, sister, aunt and learn “Eye Fight Back”. Please mark the welcome card at the Sunday worship service if you plan on attending. You may also call the church office, 989.892.9892.

Give Blood Friday, February 8 Be somebody who saves lives in honor of Dwane Bassett. Give blood on Friday, February 8 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm at Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City. To schedule an appointment, call 1.866.642-5663 or log onto $10 Meijer gift card for everyone who attempts to donate!

JOY Lunch February 20, 2013 The JOY Group is open to anyone that feels young enough to join us! This month lunch will be at Cracker Barrel on Wilder Road. We will meet there at noon on Wednesday, February 20. Please mark your welcome card if you plan on attending.

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6:00 pm Youth Group

6:00 pm Council Meeting

24 10:00 am Worship 11:00 Special Bus. Mtg. 11:30 S. School

19 9:00 am Relaxers Bowling


17 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School


6:00 pm W. Team

6:00 pm Adv. Club 6:00 pm Mom’s Grp.

6:00 pm Youth Group

6:00 pm W. Team


6:00 pm W. Team


27 10:00 am B. Study

20 10:00 am B. Study 12:00 JOY Group to Cracker Barrel 6:00 pm Adv. Club 6:00 pm Mom’s Grp.

6:00 pm Adv. Club 6:00 pm Mom’s Grp

13 10:00 am B. Study

6:00 pm W. Team



26 9:00 am Relaxers Bowling

6:00 pm Youth Group

12 9:00 am Relaxers Bowling


6:00 pm Adv. Club 6:00 pm Mom’s Grp.

6:00 pm Ladies Night Out 6:00 pm Youth Group

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

6 10:00 am B. Study


5 9:00 am Relaxers Bowling




3 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School 6:00 pm Youth Super Bowl Party







23 8:00 am Men’s Group


9 8:00 am Men’s Group



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1—Scott & Michelle Wynne 14—John & Jennifer Dawson 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 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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Peg Brunner Jerry Brunner

Sue Weber-Pobanz Aaron Newberg

Nancy Metzger John Metzger

Marion Wood John Metzger

Mary Jane Sharpe Don Buschlen

Marge ward Dave Ferranti

Debbie Jonas Mark Jonas

Dorothy Newingham Les Anderson

February 10

February 17

February 24

North Side Greeters

February 3

South Side Greeters

Rose Smith Marge Ward

Amy Kulmacz

Vickie Gentle

Nancy Humpries

Debbie Ryan Natalynn Gentle

June Piggott Natasha Gentle

Vickie Roller

Jeannine Bakus Jeff Newingham


Junior Church

Kelly Arambula Andrew Kinnamon

Shirley Reid Emily VanSnepson

Kelly Arambula Jesus Arambula

Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

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Church Council Highlights The regular scheduled meeting of the Church Council was on Monday, January 21, with nineteen members present. Don gave an update on the scheduling for appointments to speak with Dr. Landis. More time will be made available if anyone else has a desire to speak with him. When Dr. Landis is finished gathering information, he will prepare a written report and also have a report to give in person to the council. Don Buschlen and Pastor will look at the church calendar and select a date for the special meeting to discuss moving money to complete the window project. The Trustees have been asked to have a presentation prepared. Each board met and selected their board officers. Christian Ed: Jane Kinnamon, Chair; John Dawson, Secretary; Vickie Roller Nominating. The Sunday school superintendent has stepped down, and the board will not fill this position at this time. VBS dates are set for July 14 - 18. Sheila Reid and Shirley Reid will be directors. There will be no Sunday school on Easter, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. The Last day for this season will be May 19. Missions: Sheila Reid, Chair; Michele VanSnepson, Secretary, Shirley Reid, Nominating. We will be doing Hope Totes again this year. Items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes will be collected every other month. Deacons: Peg Brunner, Chair & Secretary; Mark Jonas, Treasurer; Les Anderson, Ushers & Constitution Review. Trustees: Mike Osterhout, Chair; Jerry Brunner, Secretary; Joe Ryan, Memorial Committee; Jim Roller, Nominating. There was some discussion about the special business meeting. Board chairs will be receiving a monthly budget report. The next regular meeting of the Council will be on Monday, February 18 at 6:00 pm.

Special Business Meeting Called For Sunday, February 24 A motion was made and passed at the Annual Business Meeting to call a Special Business Meeting to discuss the possibility of moving the savings fund for Van Outlay to the Window Fund. This would bring the Window Fund very close to having enough funds to complete the second phase of the project. The two entryways are yet to be completed at a total cost of $30,000. There is currently $11,000 in the fund. There is $16,500 in the Van Outlay. The Special Business Meeting will be on Sunday, February 24, following the Worship Service. Sunday school will still meet following the meeting.

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Saturday, March 16 2:30 pm at the Saginaw Temple Theater Three of Christian music’s most loved, awarded, recorded and recognized names are coming together in an intimate evening of powerful music that is unequalled on the stage today. Jane has gathered a group from EBCC that will be participating in the 200 voice festival choir that will be singing in the concert. Ticket Prices are $28.00 each. We will place a group order by February 18. Please see Jane Kinnamon to pay for your tickets.

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