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

Volume 20, Issue 1

The Church-wide Adventure

Experiencing God Beginning January 9, 2011


Inside this issue:

Be a part of the next church-wide adventure for EBCC beginning January 9, 2011. Sunday School Classes, Small Groups, and Sunday Messages will all coordinate. Sunday Mornings Adult Group in the Lounge Adult Group in the Library Adult Group in the Kitchen Youth Group Class Children’s Group

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Sunday Evening Home Group at the Kinnamon’s

Don Buschlen Jim Roller Pastor Richard Shirley Reid Jane and the Wynnes Monday Evening Home Group at Dorothy Newingham’s















The Lighthouse Pastor Richard’s Ramblings I am very excited for the possibilities that 2011 holds for EBCC. In the past year we have seen many great things happen here, and the future is looking good, too! I believe that we can see the vision for 2011 fulfilled of growing by twenty people in our weekend worship service and leading eleven new believers to faith in Christ. These are actually easy numbers if we are committed to our mission—Bringing People to Christ, Becoming People Like Christ, and Being Christ to People. There are two words that are repeated in that mission: People and Christ. We are to be the bridge that connects the two, no matter what it takes. Each of us, whether member or regular attender, have a stake in the mission. One way of expressing, living out that stake, is to be committed to some principles that help us achieve our common goal. In my membership class I present a commitment or covenant for new members to consider. A covenant is an agreement or promise between two or more parties to perform certain actions. I like to begin each new year refreshing our minds with the mission and a common commitment to fulfill it.

Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with Essexville Baptist Community Church’s mission, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following: I WILL PROTECT THE UNITY OF MY CHURCH ...By acting in love toward other members ...By refusing to gossip ...By following the leaders Romans 15:19, Romans 15:5, Ephesians 4:29, Hebrews 13:17 I WILL SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MY CHURCH ...By praying for its growth ...By inviting the unchurched to attend ...By warmly welcoming those who visit 1 Thessalonians 1:2, Luke 14:23, Romans 15:7 I WILL SERVE THE MINISTRY OF MY CHURCH ...By discovering my gifts and talents ...By being equipped to serve by my pastors ...By developing a servant’s heart 1 Peter 4:10, Ephesians 4:11-12 I WILL SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF MY CHURCH ...By attending faithfully ...By living a godly life ...By giving regularly Hebrews 10:25, Philemon 1:27, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Leviticus 27:30 Sounds easy, doesn’t it! I am committed to the mission. Will you join me as we embark on a new year with great possibilities for God and his Kingdom?

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Student Ministries Activities Annual Tubing Trip Saturday, January 22 Grab your friends and go with us to Hanson Hills in Grayling on Saturday, January 22nd 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 9:00 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 Tuesday, January 18 at Youth Group. Watch for them to come in a special mailing to students or check the website.

Youth Group January 4th and 18th 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. January 4 and January 18 this month! Bring your friends!

Adventure Club Begins Again on Wednesday, January 5, 2010 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm For children 4 years old thru 5th grade Begin the new year of 2010 by coming to Adventure Club. We meet every Wednesday night. There are fun lessons taught through skits, music, games, crafts, and snacks. The evening begins with a story time presented through fun skits along with learning some great music. Children will then be divided into age-appropriate groups for games, crafts, snacks, and a small group time to talk about the lesson and share in prayer. Come join the fun and bring a friend.

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Food For Faith Sunday, February 13 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 next 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.

Removing of The Greens! Saturday, January 8, 9:00 AM Everyone is invited to come at 9:00 am and enjoy a continental breakfast on January 8, 2011. Following the breakfast we will be removing the Christmas decorations.

JOY Lunch and a Movie January 12, 2011 The JOY Group will meet at the church on Wednesday, January 12 at 12:00 noon. Bring your own sack lunch and stay after for a movie. Please mark your welcome card if you plan on attending.

Greeters Team Forming This is a chance to share your smile, love for people, and passion for EBCC! On Sunday morning, January 16, following the worship service, there will be a short meeting for anyone interested in being on the Greeters Team. We will share what you will be doing, and have a list of dates available to sign up for a rotating calendar.

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24 6:00 pm New Council Mtg.


9 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

16 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

23 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School 5 pm Potluck 6 pm Business Mtg.

30 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School


2 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School



6:00 pm Youth Group



6:00 pm Youth Group



27 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

20 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes

6:00 pm Worship Team 7:00 pm Choir

13 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes

6:00 pm Worship Team 7:00 pm Choir

6 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes


26 10:00 am Bible Study

6:00 pm Adventure Club

NO Bible Study


12 10:00 am Bible Study 12:00 Noon J.O.Y Lunch, Movie 6:00 pm Adventure Club

6:00 pm Adventure Club

5 10:00 am Bible Study








22 9:00 am Youth Tubing Trip


8 9:00 am Removing of The Greens



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7—John & Shirley Sermon


2—Cala Franceschina 2—Bill Reid 4—Ryan Nation 5—Andrew Kinnamon 6—Karen Kramer 22—Jaclyn Nation 22—Ann Silverthorn 24—Nathan Roller 26—Leslie Anderson 28—Heather Kramer 29—Madison Humphries


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Volunteer Schedules Children’s Ministries Junior Church


January 2 Vickie Gentle

January 2 June Piggott Natasha Gentle

January 9 Amy Kulmacz January 16 Vickie Roller January 23 Nancy Humphries January 30 Vickie Gentle

Sound Booth January 2 Shirley Reid Kelly Arambula

January 9 Kristie Smith Marge Ward January 16 Jeannine Bakus Jeff Newingham

Door Greeters North Side Inside

Outside January 2

Mickey Ferranti

January 9 Dorothy Newingham Mickey Ferranti

Dave Ferranti

January 23

January 23 Rose Smith Natalynn Gentle

Dorothy Newingham

January 30 Kelly Arambula Natasha Gentle

Nancy Metzger

Jeff Newingham

January 30 John Metzger

South Side Inside

Outside January 2

Nancy Metzger

January 16 Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

Marion Wood

January 30 Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

Jeff Newingham

January 16

January 9 Jesus Arambula Kelly Arambula

January 23 Jesus Arambula Kelly Arambula

Dave Ferranti

John Metzger

January 9 Dave Ferranti

January 16 Marion Wood

Jeff Vella

January 23 Marion Wood

Jeff Vella

January 30 Marilyn Bishop

Frank Bishop

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: Peanut butter, cereal, mac & cheese and can fruit. Paper products are always welcome. Items can be left in the designated containers at each entrance of Church. Page 6

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Doing Church in The Digital Age It is amazing how much is done through the internet today. Just a few short years ago, we could not fathom everyone owning a computer, let alone having a cell phone that does more than those early Tandy computers could dream of. Most new cell phones are mobile communication centers, with access to email, facebook, the internet, and even video conferencing. Many churches today are finding that just having a website is “so 2000!� There are many communication and cost effective avenues available to us today. Some of these new possibilities may be beneficial for Essexville Baptist. We are currently utilizing several methods of communication. We have had a website for several years, and continue to update the ways we use it with things like Google Calendar, sermon podcasting, and Student Ministries registration forms. Did you know that we also have a group page in facebook, and that Pastor Richard is on Twitter? There are some new possibilities that might become available. The newsletter is currently available on the website. With rising publishing and postage costs, it may be more effective to have an email notification when it is posted to the website, and just have a few copies for homebound and pickup at the church for those without internet. We could save five to seven hundred dollars a year if we tried this. Another possibility we may look at is to make online giving available. There have been many articles lately about the changes to the way we handle money. Few people carry cash or a checkbook today. Many churches have found that members give online even when they are not able to attend. These may become great benefits for EBCC after prayerful study and thorough testing. Watch for more information in the coming months, as we research the possibilities.

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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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Essexville Baptist Community Church

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Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner Mark your calendars, January 23, 2011 6:00 pm - Potluck Dinner 7:00 pm - Business Meeting Everyone is invited to come share a winter’s evening together with a great meal, fellowship, and a little business! The meal is a real potluck, what you bring we will eat! Bring your own table service too. Coffee, Tea and soft drinks will be provided. We will be approving the 2011 Budget and Slate of Board Members. Information will be shared on some of the great things coming in 2011.

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