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Information and Events

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

 

CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

The Worship Choir and Orchestra continues Wednesday night rehearsals on Wednesdays after the Worship Service at 7:30 p.m. It's a great time to start in the Choir or the Orchestra at the beginning of the summer!

 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

2016-2017 Scholarship Applications are now available in the church office at the Receptionist's Desk. Deadline for application submission is June 1. You can call 244-2975 for more information. When submitting your application, please be sure to include all of the items listed on the last page.

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS START JUNE 15

We will be suspending our normal Wednesday prayer meetings in the summer and meeting in Community Groups for 7 weeks. Here are the dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27; and August 3.

Download the Community Groups list in PDF format here.

 

INTERNET/PHONE SERVICE CHANGE MAY 25

We are changing Internet and phone service providers Wednesday, May 25 starting at 10:00 a.m. We will not be able to accept phone calls or emails until the changeover has completed, and hopefully that will only take an hour or so.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS (LAST ONE IS MAY 25)

Sign up for Wednesday Night Dinners in Sunday School Classes, at the Ministry Information Center in the main hallway, call Debi Dowling at 864-244-2975 or email her by the Monday before each Wednesday dinner. Children under 6 FREE; Juniors 6-12 years $4.25; Children and Juniors eating from the Adult Menu pay Adult pricing. Adults $6.25; Family Maximum $17.50. Tuesday (late) reservations will have a $5 added charge; Wednesday reservations will not be accepted. Volunteers are needed, and you eat free when you volunteer!

 

LORD'S SUPPER MAY 25

We look forward to celebrating the Lord's Supper on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

 

REVIVAL WITH RICK CORAM MAY 29

Rick Coram, Fulltime Vocational Evangelist with Rick Coram Ministries, Inc., will be sharing in revival services with us Sunday morning, May 29 during the Sunday School and Worship Service hours. Be sure to pray for these services and invite friends!

 

SPORTS CAMP STARTS JUNE 9

Our Sports Day Camp will be held every Thursday beginning June 9 and will end with 3 days July 11-13 from 9:00 a.m.- Noon. The Camp is for all children that have completed K5-5th Grade. You can register here... and it's FREE!

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD CHALLENGE

We continue this Operation Christmas Child challenge for everyone: put together one shoebox per family every month! Go ahead and buy items for a shoebox for each month, and fill one up each month. Put $7 cash in each box so you do not have to write a check or pay for all of your boxes by one check at collection time! We will collect at our Christmas in July collection time and in November at our regular collection time. Shoeboxes are available in the main hallway.

 

ERBC SECURITY MEASURES

For the safety of our Weekday children and our Church Staff, our Receptionist will not be allowing anyone in the building that she does not recognize. She will speak to those outside the door by intercom before letting them into the building. We do not want to offend anyone, but we are implementing these measures to offset any possible dangerous scenarios. Thank you for your understanding!

 

GIVE ONLINE THROUGH THE CITY

In addition to interactions with friends and up to date information, did you know you can give online through The City? If you are not on The City, contact Pastor Eric at 244-2975, ext. 129 or by email.

 

CROCHET/KNITTING CLASS

The Crochet/Knitting Class (crochet taught by Jane Gregory and knitting taught by Janice Broughton) meets Wednesdays in the Library at the 4:30 p.m. time. Anyone interested in learning is welcome! For further information, call Pat Ward at 689-1267. If there is interest in a daytime class, you can also call Pat Ward or Jane Gregory (884-0579).

 

TORCHBEARERS SENIOR ADULTS

We have one room available for the Springmaid Beach Retreat south of Myrtle Beach on October 3-7 (Monday-Friday). Anyone desiring to take that room and join us should contact Pat Billings in the church office for additional information and pay the $50 deposit.

Bus transportation will be available for the monthly meetings. Please contact Pat Billings in the church office at 864-244-2975, ext. 125 one day prior to arrange transportation. Lack of transportation should not prevent you from attending.

 

MISSIONS AROUND THE GLOBE

Looking for ways to serve in your community and beyond? Take a look at the announcements below and contact us by email.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need volunteers to help with our SPORTS CAMP this summer. You don't have to know or love sports, but you do need to love kids! Dates are every Thursday, June 9-July 7 and July 11-13. Email Abi Elrod for more information.

Sports Camp Registration is up and running on our website for children who have completed K5-5th grade! Soccer, flag football, basketball, water sports and more! Oh, and it's FREE! Invite your friends! You can register here.

LOOKING AHEAD: December Mission Trip to Myanmar to work with the Dollywood Orphanage that we have been highlighting in our monthly newsletter. If you are interested in going email Abi. More details to come.

The pray4everyhome.com program is a collaborative prayer effort of many believers to pray for every household - by name. Typically, out of 100 of your closest neighbors, 60 of them do not know Jesus as Savior. To pray for your neighbors by name visit pray4everyhome.com.

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

 

FAMILY MINISTRY INFORMATION

All K4-5th grade children will attend the Lord's Supper service with their parents Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.

All children 5th grade and younger will have regular Sunday School Sunday, May 29. K5-5th grades will go to their regular Sunday School class during first hour and then to the worship service second hour.

Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface VBS 2016 will be held June 5 - June 8! You can now register online here at this link. VBS is for any child who will have turned 3 years old by May 31, 2016 through those currently in 5th grade.

Thank you for the overwhelming support of bringing in the supplies we have requested for VBS! We have all of the supplies we need now! Thanks again!

If you would like to serve in VBS, please contact Pastor Travis at 244-2975 or by email. If you are over 18 and have never had a background check done at ERBC, you must do so BEFORE VBS! Contact Pastor Travis!

There will be a very important meeting of all VBS workers at 5:45 p.m. in the Sanctuary Wednesday, May 25. We will meet and be finished in time for the Lord's Supper Service at 6:30 p.m.

We continue this Operation Christmas Child challenge for everyone: put together one shoebox per family every month! Go ahead and buy items for a shoebox for each month, and fill one up each month. Put $7 cash in each box so you do not have to write a check or pay for all of your boxes by one check at collection time! We will collect at our Christmas in July collection time and in November at our regular collection time. Shoeboxes are available in the main hallway.

Several of you have asked about deadlines to pay for the various camps this summer. In order to try to have everything finished and all money collected before school is out, I would like to ask that you have all camps paid for no later than Tuesday, May 31. Here is a list of all camps and money due:
Children's Camp (3rd – 5th grades) (Tuesday, June 28 - Friday, July 1)
Total cost is $100 per child
2nd Grade Camp (Friday, July 29 – Saturday, July 30)
Total cost is $25 per child
5th Grade Boot Camp (Sunday, July 31 – Monday, August 1)
Total cost is $60 per child

If you need an update on how much you have paid, you can contact Ginger Hall at 244-2975. If you need scholarship money for any of the camps, you can talk to Pastor Travs. Paperwork for all camps will be available by mid-May.

Sunday Morning Preschool Volunteers needed!
During second hour there is a need for additional volunteers willing to rock, hold, and feed babies. Please contact Amy Sweeney at 380-5785 or by email if you would be willing to help.

We have a potential need for more paid childcare workers. If you are interested please contact Lisa Spitzer or Pastor Travis.

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

SUNDAY'S EVENTS: 9:00 a.m. Sunday School in the Student Center; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary.

WEDNESDAY: The Hub continues in the Student Center at 6:30 p.m.

YOUTH CAMPS FOR SUMMER 2016:

JUNE 13-17, 2016: SUMMER SALT CAMP for Middle AND High School Students 6th-12th grade at White Oak Conference Center, Winnsboro, SC.

JULY 18-22, 2016: MISSION FUGE CAMP for High School Students ONLY (9th-12th grade) at Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY.

COMING EVENTS:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1: SPECIAL NIGHT AT THE HUB from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to kick off Summer Break. Let's celebrate with pizza, dodgeball, and basketball in the gym. Come join us!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22: POOL PARTY AT BOTANY WOODS COMMUNITY POOL from 6:00-9:00 p.m. across the street from ERBC. Girls, bring a dessert; boys, bring a side item (salad, fruit, baked beans, etc.) but no chips! The church will provide burgers, chips, drinks and everything else needed. Please RSVP with Ginger by or before June 19. Girls, please wear one piece swimsuits or a shirt and shorts. Thanks!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20: A DAY AT CAROWINDS! Ticket cost to our students is $25 each plus you will need money for food inside the park (estimate one meal and a snack). We will eat supper after we leave the park to save money, so count on one more meal. For parents of students who would like to attend, the cost is $33 each plus food money. We'll leave from the church building at 7:30 a.m. sharp! The park opens at 10:00 a.m. We'll leave the park at 7:30 p.m. and return home around 10:00 p.m. The deadline to sign up and pay is Sunday, July 17.

Sign up for events with the Student Ministry by emailing Ginger Hall or by calling 244-2975, Ext. 111.

 

LOST AND FOUND ITEMS

There are a number of items that are currently in our Lost and Found section on the credenza next to the Receptionist's Desk in the Main Office. There are clothes, Bibles, glasses, purses and more that need to be claimed.

 

NEARLY WED/NEWLY WED CLASS

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.

 

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!

 

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. 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 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.

 

MORE KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY INFO

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!

 

WOMEN'S MINISTRY ON FACEBOOK

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

 

GREENVILLE LITERACY HELP NEEDED

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.

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM WEEKLY INSPIRATION

Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.

Psalm 100:2

 

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.

 

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