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The Church Offices will be closed Monday, September 1 to celebrate Labor Day.



There will be a Called Business Meeting on Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary to nominate and vote on 2 new Staff Development Team Members.



We look forward to ALL IN 110 Sunday, September 7 when our goal are 100% roll attendance and 10% tithes! Guitarist Rodrigo Rodriguez will be our special musical guest.



Worship Choir and Orchestra rehearsals shift to Sunday, September 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Senior Adult Choir rehearsals resume Thursday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Music Suite. Praise Team rehearsals resume Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. September is a great time to join the different aspects of our Worship Ministry at ERBC as a new church year gets underway!



You can now sign up in the main hallway for Sunday Night L.I.F.E. classes that begin September 7. See Pastor Gene Ownbey's August newsletter article for more information on each class.



Children of the Day: 1st and 2nd Thessalonians by Beth Moore
Walk the shores of Thessalonica with this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Circumstances and conditions are not coincidental. God's timing is impeccable! Whether facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts, or fears, participants will receive encouragement for living the Christian life now and hope for when Christ returns.

ERBC Women's Ministry is offering this nine week Bible study at three different times weekly beginning the week of September 7. Sign up for your preferred Bible Study in the Ministry Information Center in the main hallway. Workbook cost is $16.

• Sunday Evening (5:00 - 6:30 p.m.) - led by Donna Medcalf
• Wednesday Morning (9:15 - 11:15 a.m.)* - led by Valerie Robertson
• Wednesday Evening (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.)
- led by Jerri Ward
*Childcare for the Wednesday morning Bible study is available upon reservation by emailing Lisa Spitzer.



Ladies, it's that time of year again... school has started back, football season is here, and it's time to SHORE up your CORE! Come join us this fall for Pilates classes at ERBC on Monday and Thursday mornings. Pilates is exercise that focuses on strengthening your core, improving balance and increasing flexibility. All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you're new to Pilates, the FIRST MONTH IS FREE!
WHEN: Monday and Thursday mornings beginning Monday, September 8 from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
COST: $15 per month - make out checks to ERBC and they are due on the first class of the month. First month is free for new participants.
Participants will need to bring an exercise mat. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.



The Women's Missionary Union (WMU) will have our monthly meeting Tuesday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. The Missionary Focus Group will meet at Pat Ward's house on Monday, September 22 at 10:30 a.m.



Beginning on Tuesday, September 9, join together for a time of Bible study and prayer on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 a.m. Students gather at the home of Sonya and Rudy Ables at 214 Stone Lake Drive, Greenville, 29609. Following prayer time you will walk together to League Academy. If you have any questions, please contact Sonya by email or by phone at 244-9259. You can also contact Pastor Travis Cross at 244-2975, ext. 121 or by email.



Our delicious Wednesday Night Dinners will resume Wednesday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Children 2-3 years $2; Juniors 4-12 years $3.50; Adults $5.50; Family Maximum $14.50. Sign up in Sunday School classes, at the Ministry Information Center, call Debi Dowling at 244-2975 or email her no later than Monday, September 8.



Friday, September 12 marks the time we will have visited Shepherd's Gate each month for our second year. Praise The Lord! Many thanks to all who have hosted an evening this year. Please contact Valerie Robertson by email or call 419-7438 with any questions or to find out more about this ministry.

Here below is a great testimony about Women's Ministry from Mandie Boyd!:
Recently, I got a group of friends together and joined the Shepherd's Gate ladies on a Friday evening. One of my friends shared a testimony of how the Lord built her faith through trials. We had an ice cream party and played a round (or 5!) of Catch Phrase. We walked in hoping to minister to these ladies. But, as serving will always do... they ministered to our hearts. The ladies commented so many times that they felt like human beings that night rather than a 'project.' It was only three of us friends. One of my friends said that was one of the best blessings she has ever experienced. That night, the Lord led two ladies back to Himself through us. Praise Him!



We look forward to celebrating the Lord's Supper Sunday morning, September 14 at 10:30 a.m.



The Missionary House on Hudson and Devenger Roads is looking great thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of many people! You can help give to furnish the house for missionaries that we look forward to housing, and more information can be found at the Ministry Information Center in the main hallway.



The Torchbearers Senior Adult Ministry highlights service, participation, fellowship, and trips/activities in 2013. The Ministry focuses on persons 55 years of age and older and encourages service outside the church, inside the church, and to the ministry itself as well as opportunities for participation in church events, fellowship, and travel.

If transportation is a problem for any reason, contact Pat Billings to arrange transportation. Lack of transportation should not prevent you from attending.

The September Monthly Meeting will be held on the third Monday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The meeting will include a covered dish meal with entrée and beverage provided, a devotional, program, and fellowship around the table. The program will be a presentation of Gospel and Inspirational music provided by Valisa Smith accompanied by her husband, Darren. Valisa's musical studies have rewarded her with awards and vocal opportunities throughout her career which include: 2013 1st Place Award in the Best Gospel Adult Vocalist Talent Competition hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones from BET; six-year veteran of singing the National Anthem for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL; Great American Gospel Fest Overall Winner, Myrtle Beach, SC; and a performance for the NAACP Banquet where Keynote Speaker President Barack Obama introduced her solo. ERBC seniors and their guests are invited to attend.



Continuing this Wednesday is the 15-week parenting course, Shepherding a Child's Heart. Biblical parenting is about leading our children to change and grow, and to do that we must address the heart. Otherwise we will attempt nothing more than manipulative behavior modification that results in our children responding to a new idol rather than our loving Lord. For those who have previously registered, the class begins at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Angie Ownbey is leading the course.



The twentyfourseven Outreach Evangelism Training continues on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. Please make plans to come and reach out to our community!

Our Fall Basketball league will start soon and we are looking for COACHES. If you are interested in coaching this year, please contact Abi Elrod by email or call the office at 244-2975. Receive one FREE registration fee when you coach!

Dr. Victor Benavides did a tremendous job with his initial 2 weeks of outreach training. The first week's video is available on YouTube as well as the second week's video.

Please pray for the Bodoloskys as they obey the Lord's call to missions. Find out more about their ministry or Google 10bodos.

Download a Missions Application to fill out in preparation for any trip you would like to make.



We continue collecting different items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! Thank you for your support!
Here is the schedule of items we will collect:
September/October – Items as needed

AWANA begins Sunday, September 7! We will have registration in the gym starting at 4:30 p.m. and Club will run from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.! Pizza and drinks will be served to all AWANA workers and children during Club. Please bring cash or check to buy materials for your child.

Our annual 1st Grade Bible Presentation will be held during the morning worship service on Sunday, September 14. All 1st graders will receive a new Bible at that time. If you do not receive an email about the presentation, please contact Pastor Travis.

Our next Family Dedication Service will be on Sunday, September 28.

If you are interested in serving in AWANA or Good News Club this fall, please contact Pastor Travis as soon as possible. You can reach him at 244-2975, ext. 121 or by email. Thank you!

All 2014 - 2015 Good News Club volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend a required meeting on Wednesday, August 27 in Room A-106 (next to the Library) from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Please make every effort to be there!If you would like to support Good News Club financially, here are several ways you can give that will not interfere with your tithe:
1. During the month of September most local Chick-fil-A restaurants will donate $1 to GNC for every gallon of iced tea and every 6-count chocolate chunk cookie purchased. Please be sure to thank the owners of these restaurants for their support!
2. If you are supporting United Way through your employment you can designate your pledge to Good News Club. Complete your donor designation form and in Section C be sure to fill in: CEF-Greenville/Piedmont District, P.O. Box 575, Taylors, SC, 29687.
3. You can change your search engine on your computer to Goodsearch, and for every search that you make with Goodsearch they will donate 1 cent to GNC. Go to www.goodsearch.com to set up an account. When it asks you to select a cause, be sure to designate Child Evangelism Fellowship – CEF Greenville Piedmont District as your cause. Those pennies add up, and you will surprised at how much and how quickly you can raise money at no cost to you!

Thank you to all of you who recently volunteered to help in the Nursery Suite! It will be a huge help to have substitutes we can call on when a need arises. Additionally, there continues to be a great need for volunteers willing to serve as substitutes on the Preschool Hall where our Ones through Fours classes meet, especially during the worship hour. Please consider making yourself available to fill in should one of our regular workers not be able to serve on their scheduled week. Please contact Amy Sweeney at 380-5785 or by email.

PICTURES: You may notice in the Worship Guide each week and occasionally in the newsletter we run pictures of our ERBC families who are part of Family Ministries. If you would like your family picture to be used in the rotation or if you would like to submit an updated picture, we would love to have it! Simply email it to Pastor Travis.



SUNDAY'S EVENTS: Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.; Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. EQUIP will not meet on Sunday nights until September 7.

WEDNESDAY: The HUB - 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. The HUB is our mid-week worship service for Middle and High School students. The service includes praise and worship led by The Road Band, a challenging message from God's Word, and fellowship time with one another. Snacks and drinks provided!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7: EQUIP, Sunday Night Discipleship, starts back from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. We start a new series from Bible Studies for Life. The theme for the first 6 weeks is Connected and for the second 6 weeks is Overcome. Make plans to come on Sunday nights and invite a friend!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Titus2Night for Girls 6th-12th grade from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Student Center. More info to come SOON!


JUNE 15-19, 2015: SUMMER SALT CAMP for Middle and High School Students (6th-12th grade) at White Oak Conference Center, Winnsboro, SC. The total cost is $230. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due by or before October 1, 2014. Our goal is 50! Balance due by or before May 3, 2015.

JULY 20-25, 2015: MISSION FUGE CAMP for High School Students (9th-12th grade) at Belmont University, Nashville, TN. The total cost is $348. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due by or before January 11, 2015. We have 25 spots available. Balance due by or before May 3, 2015.

JANUARY 2-4, 2015: PASSION CONFERENCE, a gathering of 18-25 year-olds (includes rising Seniors), in Atlanta, GA. We'll leave Friday, January 2 at 1:00 p.m. and return home Sunday, January 4 at 5:00 p.m.



If you, or someone you know, is engaged or has been married for less than two years, this class is for you! The curriculum is centered on the biblical foundations of marriage, and offers the opportunity for learning and fellowship with other couples in similar stages of life. Topics include the biblical roles of husbands, wives, and couples, as well as how to tackle issues like in-laws, finances, romance, and communication.

Make plans to be a part of this new class and invite other couples you know to join you. This new class is led by Tim and Tracy Sorrells and Ryan and Dana Swartzel Sundays at 9:00 a.m. sharp! For more information, contact Tracy Sorrells by email or at 864-420-3347 or Dana Swartzel by email or 864-420-2462.



Please remember to notify the church office at 864-244-2975 of any changes, new addresses, phone numbers, contact information, etc. Notifying us of these changes helps us keep our database current and keeps returned literature postage costs down. Thanks for your help!



The ERBC Medical Team works in conjunction with the Safety Team so our members can worship and serve in a safe environment that is well equipped with professionals who can assist in case of emergency. Each Sunday morning team consists of two doctors, one nurse and one dentist or dentist professional. Additions to the team could include paramedics, EMTs, or physician's assistants currently working in the medical field. The Medical Team of doctors and dentist will serve a two week rotation, and nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other members will serve one week rotations. Please contact Amanda Hopper at 590-4503 for more information on how you can serve.



We need more volunteers (students and adults - all ages) to help us on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights with Worship Ministry needs. Join the Media Team and enhance the worship for everyone! Contact Pat Billings at 244-2975, ext. 125 or by email for more information.



For ladies interested in mentoring or having a mentor: please contact Kathy Oliver at 968-0580 or by email or Sandy Cary at 288-3463 or by email for more information on how you can learn from the life experiences of a Godly woman.



KAIROS Prison Ministry is an ecumenical Christian ministry designed for use in state and federal men's and women's correctional institutions in the United States and throughout the world.

The purpose of KAIROS is to establish a strong Christian community among the residents of correctional institutions. This is done by the presentation of a 3-day short course in Christianity. It is presented by an interdenominational team of about 55 persons for a group of 42 residents. The chaplain carefully selects the inmates from the prison population. The ideal recruits are those residents who are presently the leaders in the institution. There, they become Christ's agents for change in their environment that ultimately can bring about change in the attitude and quality of life for the entire institution.

The primary goal of the KAIROS ministry is to teach those who attend the weekend to become part of a share and prayer group. This allows them to share their lives on deep spiritual level and pray for one-another.

The South Carolina KAIROS website gives much more information, and Ed Chandler will be glad to talk to you further about how you can be involved. Please contact Ed at (864) 244-9153. You can also see a recent Post and Courier article on how KAIROS makes such a difference in men's lives!


10-10-10: READ, PRAY AND TELL!

This year work hard to read your Bible at least 10 minutes a day, pray at least 10 minutes a day, and tell others and reach 10 people for Christ! The One Year Bible Online Plan can help you read through the Bible this year.



Be sure to Like the Women's Ministry on Facebook!



You can find out more about Weekday school year registration at the ERBC Preschool website.



A Bible Fellowship Group for men of all ages is available Sunday mornings in Room FLC-109 at 9:00 a.m. Mark Hopper is teaching and facilitating this class that reaches out to men of any age group who may be looking for a new venue. Come with ideas to share, and look forward to a group that will create new opportunities to encourage and help you grow spiritually!



The SingleMinded 30+ Bible Fellowship Group ladies have the opportunity to attend the Heath/Martin Women's class that meets in the Library at 9:00 a.m. The men are encouraged to attend the BFG (also at 9:00 a.m.) for men of all ages in Room FLC-109 with Mark Hopper.

You can check the ERBC Singles page for more information, and join our Facebook group.



You can help other adults improve their reading, writing, math or computer skills, or you can teach English as a second language to people from all over the world. No prior teaching experience is required. For more information, please call 467-3456 or visit www.greenvilleliteracy.org.



There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28



It is ERBC’s vision to provide a house – shelter – for families to transition into permanent housing. Several years ago God blessed ERBC with 60 acres on the corner of Devenger and Hudson Roads. Not only did He provide land for the future ministry expansion; He provided 3 existing houses on the same property. The Devenger House at 205 Devenger Road (near the ERBC soccer fields) has been under renovation for over a year. The goal is to allow local ministries (GAIHN) to use the Devenger House to transition families without a home into permanent housing. Thanks to many ERBC members who have donated their time, talent and treasure to prepare this house. Pray to see how God would use you!



Mom’s Day Out for babies through 2 year olds and K-3 through K-5 is open to the public. Please call 292-0194 for more information, and you can also visit our website.



The South Carolina Heart Gallery is a photo exhibit displayed in the main hallway that features adoptable children from the SC foster care system. Local photographers donate their time and services to photograph the waiting children. The Heart Gallery basically puts a face on the need by letting people see these children’s faces in the photos.  The goal is to raise awareness of the need for adoptive families and to hopefully find homes for these kids by letting their personalities shine through the pictures.



You're not alone! At our Sarcoma Support Group you'll find:

  • Help in forming a network
  • Face-to-face connections with others who know what you're going through
  • Hope and encouragement for your emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing while you fight for your physical wellness

The Sarcoma Support Group meets every fourth Monday in July, October and January at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. For more information you can contact Beth Lagrange by email or by phone at 864-254-0333, and you can access the Sarcoma Support Group webpage.



Miracle Hill Ministries is recruiting Christian foster parents to care for foster children of all ages on a full-time basis as well as respite basis. Any adult (single or married) who has a heart for working with needy children is welcome to apply. Miracle Hill works with DSS to place children from the Upstate in foster homes throughout the community. Background checks, training classes, paperwork and a home study are required. You may contact Brenda Mansel or Sharon Betts at 878-9987 to begin the licensing process or for additional information.


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