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Click here for a monthly Google Calendar of all of our upcoming events!

 

CELEBRATE THE EMPTY TOMB!

Celebrate Easter with us! Easter Sunday, April 20 we'll have 2 identical services: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. At 9:00 a.m. we'll have Easter Breakfast for everyone in the Family Life Center. We'll have no evening activities.

 

NO DINNER, CHILDREN'S CHOIRS, EQUIP OR EVANGELISM APRIL 16

There will be no Wednesday Night Dinner, Children's Choirs, EQUIP for Students or twentyfourseven Outreach Evangelism on Wednesday night, April 16 due to Spring Break. Our Worship Service will meet at its 6:30 p.m. time in the Sanctuary.

 

RON GEYER EGYPT PRESENTATION APRIL 23

Ron Geyer will give a presentation of his recent mission trip to Egypt on Wednesday night, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

 

id CLASS APRIL 27

The id Class event is an informal and relaxed time for prospective members to learn about the doctrine, stewardship and membership expectations of ERBC. The lunch meeting will be held Sunday, April 27 at 12:00 noon in the Library. Please contact Angela Yeargin at 244-2975, ext. 141 or by email for reservations. Childcare reservations deadline is Sunday, April 20.

 

DEACONS' MEETING APRIL 27

This month's Deacons' Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. in FLC-111.

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE APRIL 30

We'll have a special service of prayer on Wednesday night, April 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary to commemorate National Day of Prayer.

 

WMU MINISTRY

The Women's Missionary Union (WMU)Missionary Focus Group will meet April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Betty Carver's home. All are welcome!

Our mission project for April is Ministry Kits, used by the Baptist Association in their ministries to families in Greenville. Each kit should contain 1 toothbrush, 1 toothpaste, 1 washcloth, 1 bath towel, 1 bar of soap (4.5 oz. size), and 1 comb. Place these items in a 2 gallon ziplock bag. These ziplock bags will be available in the Foyer for anyone who participates.

 

TORCHBEARERS SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY

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.

Members are reminded that we are still taking reservations for the Senior Adult Retreat and National Quartet Convention in September at Pigeon Forge, TN. Interested persons should contact Pat Billings immediately at 244-2975, ext. 125.

April's monthly meeting will be held on Monday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The meeting will include a covered dish meal with entrée provided, a devotional, program, and fellowship around the table. Soul Revival is a Gospel band formed to spread the message of Jesus Christ. The group takes "oldies but goodies" from the '50s, '60s, and '70s and they write new uplifting lyrics to the songs. Most of the melodies they play would be considered Beach, Rhythm and Blues, Disco or '50s Rock and Roll.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS - NO DINNER APRIL 16

Our delicious Wednesday Night Dinners continue in the Family Life Center April 23 from 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. Pricing: Children 2-3 years, $2; Juniors 4-12 years, $3.50; Adults, $5.50; and the Family maximum is only $14.50. Sign up in your Sunday School classes, at the Ministry Information Center, or contact Debi Dowling at 244-2975 or by email by each Monday before the dinners begin. Please note that Tuesday (late) reservations will have a $5 added charge; Wednesday reservations will not be accepted.

We still need volunteers 13 years of age and up to help with serving and cleanup. Those who volunteer receive a free dinner! Sign up in the main hallway.

 

KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY MAY 15-18

KAIROS Prison Ministry needs your help and participation as they deliver a short course in Christianity to inmates at Perry Prison on May 15-18. Please use the prayer signup sheets at the Ministry Information table in the main hallway and pray for this ministry diligently. We also ask that you bake cookies - we need 6,000 dozen for this event, and the cookie goal for ERBC is 500 dozen. Instructions on baking and where to take them are on the Ministry Information Table. Kairos needs you! Please contact Ed Chandler at 244-9153 for additional details or questions. You can also contact Lynette Chandler at 630-5820 to help the Kitchen Team.

 

MISSIONS AROUND THE GLOBE

July 27 through August 2:Sign up at the Sunday Night L.I.F.E. Class information table in the main hallway to indicate your interest in ministry to the people of Tetlin, Alaska. We will be conducting VBS and Sports Ministries as well as general teaching and ladies' ministry.

The twentyfourseven Outreach Evangelism Training continues April 23 during the 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night hour in the Music Suite.

Dr. Victor Benavides did a tremendous job with his initial 2 weeks of 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.

 

FAMILY MINISTRY INFORMATION

Any AWANA children who need to say verses can do so on Sundays, Wednesdays, or after school with Pastor Travis. Parents need to contact him to set up a time for the children to say their verses.

AWANA schedule for the rest of this year:
April 20: No Club - off for Easter; April 27: Regular Club; May 4: Last night of AWANA - Store Night & Party Night!; May 7 (Wednesday): AWANA Awards Night!; May 11: No Club - Mother's Day

Thank you for a fantastic year of Good News Club! Our GNC Worker Appreciation Meal will be held on Sunday, May 18 in the Family Life Center immediately following the morning worship service. Make your reservation no later than Monday, May 12 by contacting Ginger Hall at 244-2975, ext. 111 or by email. All ERBC Greeters are also invited!

We will be collecting different items each month throughout 2014 for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! Thank you for your support!
Here is the schedule of items we will collect in 2014:
April – Soap & wash cloths
May – Small toys
June/July – No collections
August – School supplies
September/October – Items as needed

VBS will be held Monday, June 9 - Thursday, June 12. We will have a Block Party Kick-off Event on June 9. VBS will be held 6:00-8:30 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday. Contact Pastor Travis, Amy Sweeney, or Lisa Spitzer if you would like to help.

We need donations of the following: large and medium Pringles chips cans, instant pudding/Jell-O/small boxes, silver/gray and black duct tape, and egg cartons (any size or style). There are containers at the church entrances for you to place these items.

Don't forget! There is a $50 non-refundable deposit due no later than Sunday, April 27 for Children's Camp! Children's Camp is for all children currently in 3rd - 5th grades! Children's Camp will be at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center in Newport, TN from Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27.

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.

 

STUDENT MINISTRIES

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SUNDAY'S EVENTS: Regularly scheduled Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.; Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. NO EQUIP service April 20 due to Easter Sunday.

APRIL 14-18 is Greenville County School's Spring Break. We will not have service at The HUB on Wednesday, April 16. Enjoy your Spring Break!

SATURDAY, APRIL 19: Casting Crowns concert with Laura Story and Colt Dixon Saturday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for those who have already signed up and paid. Please meet us at the Arena, but for students who do not have a parent going and need a ride, please let Pastor John know ASAP. We'll transport you!

SUNDAY, APRIL 27: Special EQUIP service from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center on the topic HONEST DISCUSSION ON BIBLICAL DATING/COURTSHIP. Our guest speakers will be Rhett and Allyson Hancock and Tim and Tracy Sorrells. The discussion will cover stuff like definition of courtship, Western culture vs. biblical models, appropriate age, maturity, date vs. dating, standards, being equally yoked, and guarding your heart emotionally to name a few. Parents of students are HIGHLY encouraged to attend. There will also be an open mic for questions. We'll serve FREE smoothies to all students at the end of the service.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30: Our Student Ministry will join the adults in the Sanctuary for a Special Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 4: Collide Worship Service at Brushy Creek Baptist Church from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Many local churches in the area will come together for worship. It's open to all Middle School, High School, and College students alike. Make plans to attend!

ERBC 2014 HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE GRADUATES! Friday, May 16 Pastor John would like to invite all the graduates to a special dinner in your honor. Please RSVP to Ginger by Wednesday, April 30.

ERBC RECOGNITION SERVICE SUNDAY, MAY 18 AT 10:30 a.m.: If you are a graduating high school senior or college graduate, please let Ginger know you want to participate in this service. Please submit 6 pictures (no more, no less) to the Student Ministry Office by April 30. One picture should be a baby picture and another of your Senior year. Send excellent images of 300 dpi or higher on a CD, USB drive or provide the original photo. Do not send photocopies or email images.

JUNE 16-20: Summer Salt Camp for Middle School Students 6th-8th Grade at White Oak Conference Center, Winnsboro, SC. For those who have signed up, your balance of $150 is due by or before May 4.

JUNE 23-27: Mission Fuge Camp for High School Students 9-12th Grade at Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC. For those who have signed up, your balance of $225 is due by or before May 4.

 

HELP NEEDED IN THE LIBRARY

Librarian Wylene Tanner would like for anyone that is able to help in the Library to contact her by email as soon as possible.

 

WOMEN'S MINISTRY

The Women's Ministry reaches out on the second Friday of each month to go to Shepherd's Gate and minister to the ladies (and their children) that are currently housed there. Sunday School classes are scheduled as follows: March, Heath/Martin Class; April, Henderson/Rincon Class; and May, Robby Compton's Class. Anyone is welcome to join in on this great new mission opportunity. For more information about getting involved, please contact Valerie Robertson by email or call 419-7438.

 

LEAGUE ACADEMY MORNING BIBLE STUDY

Calling all League Academy students! Join your friends for Bible study and prayer time at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday mornings at the Ables' home, 214 Stone Lake Drive, 29609. Students will gather for breakfast treats and prayer before walking together to school. For more information, contact Pastor Travis or Sonya Ables at 244-9259.

 

NEARLY WED/NEWLY WED CLASS

A new Sunday school class has started at ERBC for engaged and newly married couples. 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.

 

FIT FOR HIM UPDATES

Fit for Him Pilates class schedules continue on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. in Room FLC-110.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

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!

 

MEDICAL TEAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.

 

BE A PART OF THE WORSHIP MINISTRY!

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

 

ESSENTIAL FRIENDSHIPS MENTORING MINISTRY

For ladies interested in mentoring or having a mentor: please contact Kathy Oliver at 968-0580 or by emailor 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

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.

 

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.

 

WOMEN'S MINISTRY ON FACEBOOK

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

 

WEEKDAY REGISTRATION

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

 

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUP FOR MEN OF ALL AGES

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!

 

SINGLEMINDED 30+ BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUPS

The SingleMinded 30+ Bible Fellowship Group ladies now 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 now check the new ERBC Singles page for more information, and join our Facebook group.

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM WEEKLY INSPIRATION

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

 

PRAY FOR HOW YOU CAN BE INVOLVED WITH THE DEVENGER HOUSE

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 - 2 YEAR OLDS, K3 - K5

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 HEART GALLERY

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.

 


SARCOMA SUPPORT GROUP

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 RECRUITS FOSTER PARENTS

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.

 

VOLUNTEER FOR GREENVILLE LITERACY

Greenville Literacy Association needs many volunteers to help other adults improve their reading, writing and math skills, prepare for the GED or learn to speak English. No prior teaching experience or second language skills are required. Greenville Literacy provides training. For more information, please call 467-3456 or visit www.greenvilleliteracy.org

 

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