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Essexville Baptist Community Church Your business tag line here. Volume 19, Issue 11

November 2010


Inside this issue:

You Are Invited To The Annual



Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner













Sunday, November 14 On Sunday, November 14, at 5:00 pm EBCC will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Invite your family and neighbors to join you. Just let us know on your welcome card how many people you will be bringing. You can also call the church office. Please bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish to pass and your own table service. If you bring a desert, please also bring a vegetable or other side dish to feed around 20 people. The turkeys will be provided by the Board of Deacons, as well as potatoes and drink.

The Lighthouse Pastor Richard’s Ramblings Last month I wrote about the Friend-o-matic idea—being friendly to people, and what that can do in a church. I received a devotion this week from Chuck Swindoll titled ―Cordiality.‖ Here is Chuck‘s thoughts after reading Proverbs 15. The heart of the term "cordial" is the word "heart." And the heart of "heart" is kardia, a Greek term that most often refers to the center of our inner life---the source or seat of all the forces and functions of our inner being. So when we are cordial, we are acting on something that comes from and affects the very center of life itself. Maybe that's why Webster defines "cordial" as "of or relating to the heart; vital, tending to revive, cheer or invigorate, heartfelt, gracious." Being cordial literally starts from the heart, as I see it. It begins with the deep-seated belief that the other person is important, genuinely significant, deserving of my undivided attention, my unrivaled interest, if only for a few seconds. Encouraged by such a belief, I am prompted to be sensitive to that person's feelings. If he is uneasy and selfconscious, cordiality alerts me to put him at ease. lf she is shy, cordiality provides a relief. If he is bored, cordiality stimulates and invigorates him. If she is sad, cordiality brings cheer. What a needed and necessary virtue it is! How do we project cordiality? Try these four basic ingredients: 1. A warm smile. A smile needs to become a natural part of your whole person, reflecting genuine friendliness. Nothing is more magnetic or attractive than your smile, and it will communicate volumes to the other person. 2. A solid handshake. Never underestimate the value of this cordial expression, my friend. The handshake is a rare remaining species in the family of touch, and it is threatened with extinction. 3. Direct eye contact. Accompanying every handshake and conversation, no matter how brief, ought to be an eyeball-to-eyeball encounter. The eyes reflect deep feelings enclosed in the secret chamber of your soul . . . feelings that have no other means of release. Eye contact allows others to read these feelings. Cordiality cannot be expressed indirectly. 4. A word of encouragement. Keep this fresh, free from clichés, and to the point. Call the person by name and use it as you talk. Be specific and natural, and deliberately refuse to flatter the person. Let your heart be freely felt as your words flow. "Oil and perfume make the heart glad, / So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend" (Prov. 27:9). Spread some sweetness . . . have a heart . . . convey cordiality!

How are you doing in the cordiality department? Try to be conscious of it this week, without being self-conscious. Excerpted from Day by Day with Charles Swindoll, Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. (Thomas Nelson Publishers).

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Student Ministries Activities Saturday, November 6th - Hope Rising Concert 5:30 pm—???

Meet at the church at 5:30 pm to go to the State Theater for the Hope Rising concert featuring NEWWORLDSON. Tickets are $6.00 each. Find registration forms on the church website at

Tuesday, November 9 – SM (youth group) 6:00—8:00 pm Twister Night—How does life get twisted?

Tuesday, November 23 – SM (youth group) 6:00—8:00 pm Un-Twisted

Hanging of the Greens Sunday, November 28 Bring the kids and come decorate the Church for Christmas 3:00 - 6:00 pm ‗Tis the season, and we want to be sure the church looks the part! There will be

something for everyone to do. Children (and anyone young at heart) will be able to make keepsake-decorations for a special tree for the Lounge. There will also be fresh cookies to decorate. Others are invited to decorate the sanctuary and the rest of the church. When we are all finished we will have some soup and cookies. Everyone is invited—young, old, members, and friends.

Choir Practices for The Messiah Join the Choir...“ The Messiah” is scheduled for Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19. Practices will be held on Thursday evenings in

November and December. Two extra practices will be held on Saturday, December 11 and Saturday, December 18. The times and locations will be given at a later date. They will be posted in the Sunday bulletins and the December Newsletter.

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EBCC Is a Collection Center

EBCC will be a collection center for churches and individuals in the Bay City area to drop off their boxes from November 15—21. Sign up on the poster in the Lounge for a time to welcome those who bring their boxes in. There is need also for money as well as items for the shoeboxes. The shipping cost for each box is $7.00. You may donate money by filling out an envelope found in the pews specifying ―Operation Christmas Child‖.

Collection Drop Off Dates:

Monday, Nov. 15 - 2:00—6:00 pm Tuesday, Nov. 16 - 2:00—6:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 17 - 5:00—8:00 pm Thursday, Nov. 18 - 5:00—8:00 pm Friday, Nov. 19 - 9:00 am—12:00 noon Saturday, Nov. 20 - 9:00 am—12:00 noon Sunday, Nov. 21 - 5:00—8:00 pm Monday, Nov. 22 - 9:00 am– 12:00 noon

Time to Order Poinsettias! Those who wish to help decorate the sanctuary for Christmas, may purchase white or red poinsettias in memory or honor of someone special. The cost is: $11.50 for a 6‖ pot (1 stem plant 4/5 blooms) or $17.50 for a 7‖ pot (2 stem plant 8/10 blooms) Use the special envelope which is available in the Sunday bulletins. All orders are due Sunday, November 21.

Baptism Coming November 14 A baptism is scheduled for Sunday, November 14 during the morning Worship Service. If you are interested in being baptized please speak to Pastor Richard. If you have a child that has made a decision to follow Christ and is ready to be baptized please mark your welcome card. We like to have children attend a class before being baptized. One will be scheduled when there is sufficient interest. Page 4


3:00 pm Hanging of Greens

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




21 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

28 Advent Begins

6:00 pm Council Meeting

5:00 pm Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner


6:00 pm Youth Group


14 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School

6:00 pm Youth Group




7:00 pm Community Service at EBCC




7 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am S. School


No Adventure Club

24 No Bible Study

6:00 pm Adventure Club

17 10:00 am Bible Study

6:00 pm Adventure Club

10 10:00 am Bible Study

3 10:00 am Bible Study


25 No Choir Practice

6:00 Worship Team 7:00 Choir

18 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes

6:00 Worship Team 7:00 Choir

11 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes

6:00 Worship Team 7:00 Choir

4 9:30 am Bowling Alert Lanes






2010 Friday




5:30 pm Student Ministry Concert



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6—Glynn & Ann Silverthorn 17—Dale & Jean Asel 26—John & Karen Kramer


2—Heather Burdick 6—Dan Harfst 11—Marian Schmidt 12—Brent Kitzman 15—Glenn Rushman 16—Rose Smith 18—Tyler Bader 19—Jim Roller 21—Beth LaBerge 22—Richard Kinnamon 25—Chris Buschlen 25—Gary Gordon


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Volunteer Schedules Children’s Ministries Junior Church


Novmeber 7 Vickie Gentle

November 7 Jeannine Bakus Natasha Gentle

November 14 Amy Kulmacz November 21 Vickie Roller November 28 Nancy Humphries

Sound Booth November 7 Jesus Arambula Kelly Arambula

November 14 Rose Smith Marge Ward November 21 Kristie Smith Jeff Newingham November 28 Kelly Arambula Natalynn Gentle

Door Greeters North Side Inside

Outside November 7

Marilyn Bishop

November 14 Mary Ellen Bennett

John Metzger

November 21 Chris Buschlen

Don Buschlen

November 28 Kathy Hall

Dave Ferranti

South Side Inside

Outside November 7

November 14 Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

Marilyn Bullock

November 21 Jesus Arambula Kelly Arambula

Peg Brunner

November 28 Shirley Reid Benjamin Kinnamon

Frank Bishop

Jeff Vella

November 14 Jerry Brunner

November 21 Dorothy Newingham

Jeff Newingham

November 28 Dorothy Kurchak

John Metzger

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: can pumpkin, pie crust, instant potatoes. Items can be left in the designated containers at each entrance of Church. Page 6

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Church Council Highlights The regularly scheduled meeting of the Leadership Council was on October 18, 2010. Time was spent in small groups praying for individuals and for the vision and mission of EBCC. Due to Wednesday evening programs, the Council voted to hold the Annual Business Meeting on Sunday evening, January 23, 2010. There are several holiday activities beginning in November. The Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck will be on Sunday, November 14, beginning at 5:00 pm. The Community Thanksgiving Service will be EBCC on November 21 at 7:00 pm. Hanging of the Greens will be on Sunday, November 28, from 3:00—6:00 pm. We are looking at a celebration weekend for the 110th anniversary of EBCC. The weekend of September 10 and 11, 2011 was selected. This would also be a great time to do a pictorial directory. The Cub Scouts will be using our building for their leadership meetings and pack meetings this school year. Pastor shared about the idea of hospitality, encouraging people to welcome new people and invite them to join you in any and everything at EBCC. On an even deeper level, you may consider visiting them, or inviting them to your home to form a relationship. Trustees—The parking lot has been repaired, sealed and striped. Dale Asel and Pat Smith have made updates to the electrical wiring. Some of the windows will have plastic put on them again this winter. Deacons—We currently have six people interested in being baptized on November 14. Plans have been made for the upcoming holiday activities. Christian Ed—Did not meet this month. Missions—Collecting any additional items for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. EBCC will be a drop-off site for the Bay City area this year. November 15—22 we will have volunteers here to accept shoeboxes from other churches and individuals in the Bay City area. We will then deliver the boxes to the Mt. Pleasant processing center. The missions committee will have a day that they will put together shoeboxes with the items that have been collected throughout the year. The next regular meeting of the Leadership Council will be on Monday, November 15..

Annual Reports Coming Due All boards, committees, and other groups are asked to be thinking about your annual reports. The reports are due at the December Council Meeting. Any and all reports turned in early is much appreciated. It takes time to put together and make copies of the full report. Page 7

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Community Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 21 Essexville Baptist Community Church will be hosting this year‘s Thanksgiving Community Service on

Sunday, November 21 at 7:00 pm. Fr. Patrick O‘Connor will be giving the message. A special offering of canned goods will be collected to help supply the food pantry. Our Choir will join the choirs from St. John‘s Catholic Church and St. Luke‘s Methodist Church for a community choir anthem. Choir rehearsal will begin an hour earlier at 6:00 pm.

November 2010  

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