Information and Events
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CALLED CHURCH CONFERENCE DECEMBER 3
There will be a special Called Church Conference in December:
NEW WORSHIP ORCHESTRA PRACTICE TIME
The Worship Orchestra is shifting practices to a new night and time. Starting December 3 practices will be held on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. This time of year is a great time to start if you have musical talent and would like to use it for God's glory!
LIFE ON MISSION
LIFE on MISSION resumes Wednesday, December 3 at 6:15 p.m. Meet us in the Choir Suite to see how you can take the Gospel to your neighbors.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD UPDATES
ERBC has appreciated being a Collection Center for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again this year. Thanks to your generosity we collected 640 shoeboxes to ship around the world!
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS NEEDED!
ERBC is again participating as Salvation Army Bell Ringers at Walmart on Pelham Road. There are two time slots open that need to be filled. When signing up, please put a phone number where you can be reached in case there are any sort of changes. Pat Ward is coordinating this event again this year, and her number is also on the sign-up sheet for you to call if for some reason you are unable to fulfill your time.
We are taking orders for Christmas poinsettias, and they can be ordered through November 30 for only $10 per plant. Please specify if your poinsettia will be in memory or in honor of someone, and sign-up sheets will be in the Sunday School folders.
LIFE LINE SCREENING
We will host a Life Line Screening event on December 9 in the Fellowship Hall. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit http://www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
WORSHIP CHOIR PRESENTS JOY OF EVERY LONGING HEART DECEMBER 14
The Worship Choir is excited to present the musical Joy of Every Longing Heart on Sunday, December 14 during the Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
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.
The Torchbearers Annual Senior Adult Christmas Dinner will be held on Monday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. This is a catered meal with a cost of $7.50 per person. Please see Pat Billings to purchase a ticket BEFORE December 12. A program of Christmas music will be presented by the Greenville Textile Heritage Society Chorale. The Chorale is a diverse group of singers sharing a love of music and their textile heritage. Most of the group have either attended Parker High School or grew up in one of the textile mill villages. The program will be held in the Sanctuary due to the size of the Chorale.
The Christmas Cove Carol Sing will be on Tuesday, December 16 for those that previously signed up. Further details will be in the Sunday bulletins. The 2015 Senior Follies at Anderson University will be on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $18/person for reserved seats. Please sign up on the Senior Adults sign up sheet located at the information table in the church main hallway by December 7.
The Women's Missionary Union (WMU) Monthly Meeting and Lunch will be held Tuesday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. in Room FLC-110/111. We plan to have our Day of Prayer for International Missions during our time together. The Missionary Focus Group will not be meeting in December.
The search is over... a new bus has been selected! The Bus Team, with approval from Pastor Aaron, has selected a bus identical to our current bus, except it is a newer 2014 Ford Allstar/Starcraft. The cost for the bus is $54,071, of which we currently have $42,509.30. We need the rest of the money so we can pay for the bus plus any additional expenses. Please consider making a donation to our Bus Fund to purchase this bus as soon as possible. Thank you!
PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
On Friday, January 23, 2015 the Women's Ministry of ERBC is hosting a Party With A Purpose in honor of the women who reside temporarily at Shepherd's Gate. The event is designed to minister to the ladies by giving them an enjoyable evening out and sharing Christ's love with them.
We will have a coffee/dessert bar as well as several venues for ERBC women to minster using their unique gifts. Ladies, there are many ways to become involved. We need volunteers to help in the venues as well as hostesses, servers, and clean-up crew. We will also be collecting items to give as gifts. For more information contact Deborah Boitnott by email or by phone at 864-908-8768.
FIT FOR HIM PILATES
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!
CALLING ALL LEAGUE ACADEMY STUDENTS!
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.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS
Our delicious Wednesday Night Dinners continue on Wednesdays 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 the Monday before the Dinner.
We 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 that meets each second Friday of the month.
Save the Date! Connecting Women and Intentional Friendships is sponsoring a Mentoring Conference with Author, Speaker and Mentor Karen Alexander Doyel February 7, 2015 • 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 • More details coming soon!
MISSIONS AROUND THE GLOBE
LIFE on MISSION resumes Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. starting December 3. Meet us in the Choir Suite to see how you can take the Gospel to your neighbors.
There are 3 spots remaining for the Alaska Iditarod mission trip. If you are interested in joining this team please see Pastor Eric or email Abi Elrod.
The 2014/15 season of the Wade Hampton Basketball League is underway! Men Over 30, Under 30 and High School Boys play on Monday nights, and all other team games are held on Saturdays.
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
AWANA schedule through January:
Our AWANA mission project through December 7 is called Let It Snow! We are collecting "snow-colored" items for Eastside Crisis Center. Please send in donations of soap, rice, toilet paper, and any food items that are "snow-colored" (but please no eggs, bread, or other items that expire quickly) with your child and they will earn AWANA bucks for those donations!
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes ministry this year! At the time of this bulletin being printed we had collected 640 shoeboxes from ERBC! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to serve in the Relay Center as well!
PLEASE PRAY for all of the Good News Clubs and Lake Forest Elementary School!
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. HOT DOG FELLOWSHIP from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. The Student Ministry will provide the hotdogs, buns, chili, condiments, and soft drinks. Girls, please bring a bag of chips; and guys, bring a dessert. We'll worship together first in song and then eat/fellowship.
WEDNESDAY:The HUB at 6:30 p.m. - our mid-week worship service for Middle and High School students, including The Road Band praise and worship, challenging messages from God's Word, and fellowship time with one another. Snacks and drinks are provided!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17: MEXICAN FIESTA CHRISTMAS PARTY in the Student Center from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The part will include a variety of delicious Mexican food, a devotional about Christmas, and a "white elephant" gift exchange (gifts will be provided). Every student will receive a gift. Cost: $3 each. Please RSVP with Ginger by December 14.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015: GUYS' TITUS 2 NIGHT for our 6th -12th Graders at ERBC. It's going to be an ALL NIGHTER! The event will start at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:00 a.m. We're in the beginning of the planning stage, but the night will include lots of food, Bible study, worship, door prizes, games, and a little bit of sleep - ha ha! Mark your calendar now! The cost will be $5 each. Deadline to sign up and pay is February 11!
MARCH 13-15, 2015: SPRING DNOW. Students will spend Friday night through Sunday morning feasting on God's Presence, His Word, and enjoying the fellowship of God's people. It will consist of 5 main sessions together in the Sanctuary at ERBC. We'll divide students into small groups by grade and gender, and these small groups will stay together in local host homes both nights furnished by ERBC members. Our theme will be TOTALLY CONSUMED taken from Hebrews 12:29. Cost is $40 each, and registration ends January 28. My prayer to God is to move on the hearts of 125 students or more to attend this special weekend. Start praying now! Pastor John
YOUTH CAMPS FOR SUMMER 2015:
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. 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 22 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.
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.
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. 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.
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!
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 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.
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
Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
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.
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