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

Volume 22, Issue 3

In the Spotlight YOUTH GROUP MARCH 5, 12, 19, 26 MEN’S GROUP MARCH 9, 23

Palm Sunday March 24 10:00 A . M . Worship The triumphal entry of the King of kings. The celebration of the Lord of lords. Last week of the Winter Study Series.

Maundy Thursday March 28


7:00 P . M . Service A somber service reflecting on the elements of the Lord’s Supper on the night of his betrayal.

Good Friday Community Service March 29 12:00 P . M . Service at St. Lukes Good Friday is a day of suffering and sacrifice, the day of crucifixion. We welcome you to come to a 45 minute service as St. Luke’s Methodist Church hosts EBCC.

Easter Sunday, March 31 9:00 A . M . Continental Refreshments 10:00 A . M . Worship Celebration The Lord has Risen! Hallelujah! Come celebrate the foundation of our faith the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Inside this issue: WINTER STUDY SERIES












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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! It is not too late to join a group! Series Dates March March March March

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Called Called Called Called

to to to to

Belong (Our Fellowship) Become (Our Discipleship) Bless (Our Service Out of Your SHAPE) Be Sent (Our Mission)

Adult Membership Class Saturday, April 20 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. The next membership class will be on Saturday, April 20 beginning at 9:00 am and ending around 2:00 pm. Talk to Pastor Richard or mark you Welcome Card if you are interested so that we can have enough materials prepared for everyone. Page 2

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Student Ministries Youth Group Movie Night Come to the Movie Night open to all Middle School and High School students. Bring your friends, some pop and snacks and head over to the VanSnepson’s for a youth group movie night on Friday, March 15. Show time begins at 6:00 pm. There will be pizza, but you also need to bring some snacks and drinks to share.

Youth Group Meets Every Tuesday Night! The Youth Group meets every Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00. come join the fun—group games and Bible adventures, and sometimes food!

Adventure Club Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm For 4 years old thru 5th grade Come have fun at Adventure Club! 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 March 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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Shoebox Items for March The Missions Board is beginning to collect items for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Every other month we will suggest a few items we will be collecting. For the month of March, please bring in washcloths and bar soap. Leave your items in the drop-box available.

Operation Hope Tote is Underway! The Missions Board is offering the project “Operation Hope Tote”. Each spring, the Rescue Mission is blessed to have many churches and individuals demonstrate their care for the homeless by providing Hope Totes for guests to the mission. These shopping bags contain the hygiene items a client will need while staying at the Mission. The “Hope Tote” drive runs now through Palm Sunday. You can find a list of items to fill your bag with in the back of the sanctuary. After you have filled the bag, return them to Church and we will deliver them to GSRM. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Brush & comb Shampoo & Conditioner Socks & shoelaces (All ages) Deodorant Shaving Cream Disposable Razors Sanitary Products Soap Toothbrush & Toothpaste Disposable Diapers Hand or Body Lotion Kleenex Lip Balm (*) Over the counter cold, allergy & pain meds (*) Ointments (*) Aspirin, Tylenol Mission residents cannot have mouthwash containing alcohol The (*) indicates medicines needed for minor ailments.

Wild Game Dinner Fundraiser The Second Annual Great Lakes Bay Youth For Christ Wild Game Dinner is Saturday, March 23 at the Saginaw Field and Stream Club. Come for an amazing dinner prepared by Dixie Dave Minar. There will also be raffles, door prizes and even a few auction items all to help raise fund to support YFC. Tickets: Individual Ticket $29, Couples $53, Table of 8 $211 COME EARLY FOR THE SPECIAL TRAP SHOOTING CONTEST! $10 per entry, highest score on 25 clays wins! Win even more prizes! Starts at 4:30. Contact Matt Coppess at YFC at 989.272.5098 to register.

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31 Easter Sunday 10:00 am Worship NO Sunday School


6:00 pm Youth Group

6:00 pm Council Meeting

24 Palm Sunday 10:00 am Worship 11:15 S. School

19 9:00 am Relaxers Bowling



7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service

27 10:00 am B. Study 6:00 pm Adv. Club 6:00 pm Mom’s Grp.

6:00 pm Youth Group

6:00 pm W. Team

6:00 pm Adv. Club 6:00 pm Mom’s Grp.

26 9:00 am Relaxers Bowling


6:00 pm W. Team


6:00 pm W. Team



20 10:00 am B. Study 12:00 JOY Group to

6:00 pm Adv. Club 6:00 pm Mom’s Grp

6:00 pm Youth Group

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

13 10:00 am B. Study

12 9:00 am Relaxers Bowling


6:00 pm Adv. Club 6:00 pm Mom’s Grp.

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


12 Noon Community Good Friday Service at St. Luke's



6:00 pm Youth Group Movie Night






23 8:00 am Men’s Group


9 8:00 am Men’s Group



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2—Richard & Jane Kinnamon 11—Gary & Virginia Gordon


1—Jean Asel 1—John Dawson, Jr. 5—Ashley Wynne 6—Karen Osterhout 8—Robyn Friday 9—Tammy Asel-Templin 13—Doris Evans 13—Amy Keuvelaar 13—Nathanael Gentle 16—Debbie Ryan 17—Pat Smith 18—David Franceschina 19—Michele VanSnepson 21—Crystal Culberson 22—Wyndham Gordon 22—Abby Bouckaert 23—Mark Burdick 24—Jonathan Asel 25—Mariah Walraven 26—Betty Musser 26—Vonda Schlosser 28—Natalynn Gentle


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Mickey Ferranti Dave Ferranti

Jennifer Dawson John Dawson

Dorothy Kurchak Austin Schmidt

Wilma Anderson Les Anderson

Mary Jane Sharpe Don Buschlen

March 3

March 10

March 17

March 24

March 31 EASTER

South Side Greeters

Peg Brunner Jerry Brunner

Debbie Ryan Joe Ryan

June Piggott Tom Piggott

Sue Ahler Tim Ahler

Leann Austin Mike Austin

North Side Greeters

Rose Smith Natalynn Gentle

June Piggott Marge Ward

Rose Smith Natasha Gentle

June Piggott Jeff Newingham

Debbie Ryan Natalynn Gentle


Vickie Roller

Amy Kulmacz

Vickie Gentle

Nancy Humphries

Vickie Roller

Junior Church

Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

Kelly Arambula Andrew Kinnamon

Shirley Reid Emily VanSnepson

Kelly Arambula Jesus Arambula

Kelly Arambula Benjamin Kinnamon

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Church Council Highlights The regular scheduled meeting of the Church Council was on Monday, February 18, with nineteen members present. Don Buschlen gave a presentation of the roles of the boards according to the constitution. Dr. Landis had a few more appointments before he could compile a report. Christian Ed: VBS materials have been ordered. Something special is being planned for the end of Sunday school. Plans are being made for the youth to attend Acquire the Fire in April. Missions: Food for Faith was on February 10th. We served 127 plates for food. Hope Totes will be collected through March 24. Washclothes and saop will be the items collected in March for the shoeboxes. Youth for Christ is having a wild game night fundraiser on March 23. Deacons: Discussed care for nursing home and shut-in members and plans for delivering newsletters to them. Trustees: Jerry and Mike will be painting the office. Decided on plans to reduce the phone and phone directory costs. The next regular meeting of the Council will be on Monday, March 18 at 6:00 pm.

JOY Potluck Lunch March 20 @ 12:00 Noon The JOY Group will be celebrating Green in Harfst Hall on Wednesday, March 20. Pastor Richard will cook Corned Beef & Cabbage and everyone else is to bring a dish to pass. We will watch a movie together after lunch. If you are planning to attend, please mark your welcome card or contact the church office. Let’s not forget to wear Green!

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 7

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Plan Now For VBS! July 14-18 Mark you calendars now! You will want to schedule your vacation around this year’s VBS, Kingdom Rock,

Where Kids Stand Strong for God

Sunday, July 14—Thursday, July 18 will be the dates for this royal 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. Information and volunteer signups for all areas will begin this Month. Watch for the special insert in the Sunday bulletins, or talk to Sheila or Shirley Reid.

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