Church Matters February 2013 Edition
East Glenville Community Church
As a boy growing up in Sunday School and Church, I heard a lot about tithing. I can still remember the first dollar I earned. The first thing I did was go to the corner drug store to get change so that I would have a dime for church. To the best of my memory, that was my first personal financial gift to the church. Even though Carol and I still practice the principle of tithing, I no longer believe in it as a particularly Christian principle. Jesus calls us to a higher standard. He requires our all. We are stewards, not owners. Each of us must prayerfully decide for ourselves how to work that out in our lives, and it isn’t always easy. If we are stewards and not owners, it means we are responsible to God for how we spend what He has entrusted to our care. That should help us determine the kind of house we buy, car we drive, and entertainment, leisure and hobbies we enjoy. Since we also have a responsibility to our families, it should help us determine how much of our inheritance to leave to our children, and how much to set aside for retirement so as not to be a burden on them and others. The problem is that we tend to be far more generous towards ourselves and our families than we are towards the Lord, and it’s His money. Like the rich ruler, most of us would go away sorrowful if the Lord told us to sell what we have and give it to the poor. Most of us would hesitate if there was no place to lay our head. Most of us would balk at the idea of going out in ministry without some money in our pockets, a suitcase and a few things we would consider necessities. I acknowledge that these are not general rules for us to obey, but aren’t there some general principles here? The most important principle is one of trust. Do we, and can we, really trust the Lord for our daily bread. We pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread,” but we would be scared to death if that was all we had. It’s hard to live from hand to mouth. I haven’t fully learned this principle myself, but I’ve discovered some places we can begin. First, remember you are a steward and not an owner. Second, pray about what you do with God’s resources. Third, live frugally. Fourth, give generously and wisely. Fifth, remember the poor. Sixth, trust God to supply all your needs. And whatever you do, “do it all for the glory of God.” Pastor Cliff
At the end of November the transition team met with the congregation to give a final summary of their work. The team met for about two hours each week, from the end of April through October. During that time, the goal was to complete “Five Transitional Tasks”. The five transitional tasks identify key issues that need to be addressed during the interim period. One of the most visible results of the transition team’s work was the revision of the EGCC Constitution and By-Laws. The Constitution and By-Laws were revised to make them clear and understandable, and to remove ambiguity. Throughout the process of completing the five transitional tasks, the team had many great discussions, and it was decided that we should put together recommendations that capture the most important findings and decisions. At the meeting in November, each member of the team gave a short summary of their experience, and the transition team recommendations were presented. The recommendations are intended to strengthen and help our church. If you were not able to attend the meeting, I would encourage you to get a copy of the recommendations from the church office. Our hope is that the transition team recommendations can be used as a guide for the future direction of EGCC as we work together to serve and glorify God in all that we do. “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:14-15. In His Love, Dave Brzozowski
“Holy Grounds,” A Family Night Café: Questions Answered! Who: East Glenville Community Church adults, teens, kids, families What: An evening of memorable performances; music and drama, snacks and fellowship Where: Our own Buchanan Hall When: Friday night March 1st, beginning at 7pm Why: It will be fun! Well…it’s also great when the family of God gets together to share their gifts AND celebrate the creativity of others. This has been a fun and popular event for our church, so you will want to sign up your act early! Be creative! Entertaining ideas could include a comedy routine, a piano solo, a dramatic reading, a vocal duet, skit, or family band! Beginning Sunday, January 27th, you will be able to sign up your act with Melisa Olson. The opportunity to sign up will continue for the following weeks, concluding on Sunday, February 24th. If you are interested in doing some baking for “Holy Grounds” please see Karen Feurer. Lots of goodies are very appreciated! We will once again be asking our teens to practice their serving skills by waiting on tables. This is a wonderful event to share with your entire family! We hope to see you there!
Crafts and books! Those of you who enjoy our book group and/or our craft group, take heart - news of the next get-togethers will be coming soon!
East Glenville Christian Preschool
Applications for the 2013-2014 school year will be available in January. We have classes for 3-year-olds and 4-yearolds. We will be offering an optional 4th day, enhanced class for four year olds, on Tuesday afternoons; which can be combined with either a morning or afternoon 4-year-old class. If you or anyone you know would like information about the preschool, please call the school at 399-6894 or Linda Wachtel at 399-4508. You can also email us at email@example.com
East Glenville Christian Preschool
Open House Classes for 3 & 4 year olds
Come see what we are all about! Tuesday, February 5th 6:00â€”8:00 pm Snow Date February 12th Teaching Christian Values through practical situations with the use of Bible Stories, Music, and Prayer Preparing for future learning by introducing basic concepts and social skills with a positive attitude for learning Giving children an opportunity to know God and His love, and the skills to interact with others in a positive way Located at the East Glenville Community Church 335 Saratoga Road (Route 50) For more information please call 399-6894 or 399-4508 email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.egcchurch.org
Communicant Class “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” I Corinthians 11:26 With the words “... do this in remembrance of me,” in Luke 22:19, Jesus instructed us to participate in communion. I Corinthians 11 warns us about how we approach His table. The Christian Education Board feels that it is important to include the Lord’s Supper in the spiritual training of our youth. The board is excited to announce a four week study of the Lord’s Supper led by Ron and Sherri Benner. This study is primarily intended for third and fourth grade students and will take the place of their normal Sunday school curriculum. Older students are also welcome. We ask that the students participate with a parent, if possible. The study will be during Sunday school starting March 3rd. We will work from the workbook “The Lord’s Supper… Let’s Get Ready.” There will be some homework. On April 7th, the congregation will recognize the participants during service and they will celebrate communion, as the Spirit guides them. Please sign-up in advance by February 24th. Contact Ron or Sherri Benner at 399 - 5868 or e-mail @ email@example.com.
Hide & Seek 3rd grade-5th grade students Friday February 8th, 2013 6:30-8pm in Buchanan Hall Games, Bible lesson, activity, snack! Come and bring a friendâ€Ś $1 donation per child requested Contact Susan Perregaux, 384-7296
Many thanks . . . My family and I would like to express our gratitude to our church family for all the love you showered upon us over the time of my father's death. The many prayers, cards, and other expressions of sympathy and support were so greatly appreciated. What a blessing it is to be a part of the family of God, and particularly this family at EGCC! Thank you and may the Lord bless you all. Lovingly,
F e b ru a ry 2 0 1 3 Sun
2 Menâ€™s Breakfast 9am
3 Generation Change 9 -10:10 am Ignite 6:30 p.m.
4 6:45pm Lose It For Life
Generation Change Care Groups
Generation Change 9 -10:10 am Ignite 6:30 p.m.
24 Ignite 6:30 pm
Care Group Meetings
Servant Leader Meeting 7pm
18 6:45pm Lose It For Life
6 6pm Wed Night Program
7 7pm Youth Basketball
Board Meetings 7 p.m.
Ignite 6:30 p.m.
Preschool Open House 6-8pm
6pm Wed Night Program
20 No Wed Night Program
7pm Youth Basketball
SPARK Hide & Seek 6:30-8pm
Church Matters Deadline
7pm Youth Basketball
27 6pm Wed Night Program
28 7pm Youth Basketball
Pastor Cliff will be out-of-town from January 30th to February 16th. If you are in need of Pastoral assistance please contact Pastor Phil Sears or a member of the Elder Board.
March 2013 1st 3rd 4th 6th 7th 10th 12th 13th 14th 15th
7pm - Family Café 6:30pm - Ignite 6:45pm - Lose It for Life 6pm - Wednesday Night Program 7pm - Youth Basketball Care Group Meetings 6:30pm - Ignite 7pm - Board Meeting 6pm - Wednesday Night Program 7pm - Youth Basketball Church Matters Deadline
The snow is here … UGH!! However, we are lucky enough to have plenty of shovels and a nice snow blower!! Now, all we need are bodies! Many of you may not realize this, but, there is actually NO ONE assigned to clear the snow from our walkways each time it snows all winter. We rely on the graciousness of our congregation to keep our walkways clear both during the week and on Sundays . There are times we even need help to shovel snow off the CE wing roof to avoid ice buildup and damage in the rooms. We realize there probably isn’t anyone who ACTUALLY WANTS to clear snow at another location beside their home; but it doesn’t reduce our need to have the job done WE NEED YOU!! If you are able, please prayerfully consider lending a hand. Please speak to Steve Levy about your availability. We appreciate any time you are able to give, again Many hands, make light the load.
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Sunday School: 9:00 am Rev. Cliff Christensen Worship Service: 10:30 am Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Phil Sears Location: 335 Saratoga Rd Assistant Pastor Glenville, NY 12302 Nathan Caldwell Youth Director Phone: 518-399-3151 Sandie Wanamaker 518-399-3105 Director of Worship Ministries Fax: 518-399-0302 firstname.lastname@example.org Email: Susan Perregaux email@example.com Director of Children’s Ministries Web: www.egcchurch.org Gina Vendetti Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Monday —Friday 9am—2 pm
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