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

 

AWANA AND SUPERSTARS HELP NEEDED

If you are interested in serving in Superstars (K5 - 5th Grade Sunday School) or AWANA for the 2015 - 2016 year, please contact Pastor Travis as soon as possible at 244-2975, ext. 121 or by email! Currently we have a need for a couple of assistant teacher positions. For AWANA we need 2 - 3 men to serve in T & T with 4th grade boys as well as people to serve with the Sparks group (K5 - 2nd) and the Cubbies group (3 - 4 year olds). Please pray about serving!

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES

Operation Christmas Child Collection containers can be found at the front door and Preschool door entrances of the church. We are collecting School Supplies such as notebook paper, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, notepads, rulers, and solar calculators. Please bring in as many items as you can!

 

LORD'S SUPPER AUGUST 2

We look forward to celebrating the observance of the Lord's Supper Sunday morning, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. during the morning worship service.

 

CHURCH CONFERENCE AUGUST 5

Our next Quarterly Church Conference will be held Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AVAILABLE

Revised copies of our ERBC Financial Policies and Procedures are now available in the main hallway. These policies will be presented at our next Quarterly Church Conference on Wednesday, August 5.

 

WMU EVENTS

The WMU (Women's Missionary Union) Monthly Meeting and Lunch will be held Tuesday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. in Room FLC-110. The Missionary Focus Group meeting will be held Monday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Sarah Allen's home.

 

TORCHBEARERS SENIOR ADULTS MEETING AUGUST 17

The August Torchbearers Senior Adults monthly meeting will be held Monday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The monthly meeting will include a devotional, entertainment, covered dish meal, and fellowship around the table. The entertainment will be provided by talented upstate family bluegrass band Rabon Creek.

If transportation is a problem for any reason, contact Pat Billings in the church office at 864-244-2975, ext. 125 or Jake Gressette at 864-288-1916 to arrange transportation. Lack of transportation should not prevent you from attending.

 

ICE CREAM FELLOWSHIP AUGUST 23

We're having an Ice Cream Fellowship Sunday night, August 23 in the Family Life Center at 6:00 p.m. Bring homemade or store-bought ice cream, a scoop and friends to enjoy this time together!

 

GIVE ONLINE THROUGH THE CITY

Did you know you can give online through The City? Now when you go on vacation you won't miss being able to give! 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 5:15 p.m. time. Anyone interested in learning is welcome! For further information, call Pat Ward at 834-8777. If there is interest in a daytime class, you can also call Pat Ward or Jane Gregory (884-0579).

 

LIFETOUCH® PICTURES

We just received the proofs and are currently proofing the LifeTouch® directory printouts. We will keep you posted about when we receive the final printed directories. Those who had pictures made will receive one directory.

There are still a couple of sets of pictures in the main hallway, so if you have not picked yours up, please check the desk and sign your name when you pick them up.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 23: Promotion Day

September 9: Children's Choirs Resume

September 13: AWANA, EQUIP and Sunday Night L.I.F.E. Resume

September 15: Good News Club Resumes

September 27: Friend Day

October 31: Churchwide Harvest Celebration at the Church Property

November 18: Thanks Meal

November 22: Thanksgiving Mini-Musical during Morning Worship

December 13: Morning Worship Christmas Musical

December 24: Christmas Eve Service

 

READ THE BIBLE THROUGH IN 2015

Pastor Aaron is looking forward to taking us through reading the Bible in 2015, and he will emphasize passages weekly during the Wednesday night Prayer Time. You can find the book Reader's Guide to the Bible: Chronological Reading Plan at local LifeWay stores. Passages this week: Isaiah 59-63; Isaiah 64-66; 2 Kings 21, 2 Chronicles 33; Nahum 1-3; Zephaniah 1-3; 2 Kings 22-23, 2 Chronicles 34-35.

 

WEDNESDAY WORSHIP CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA PRACTICES

The Worship Choir and Orchestra practices are held on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Suite and Sanctuary. 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!

 

MISSIONS AROUND THE GLOBE

Please be praying for the Tetlin, Alaska Mission Team ministering through August 8: Keith Brown, Steve Bridges, Carroll Carver, Rebekah Cockrell, Kelly Crawford, Catherine Dursee, Emily Jennings, Matt Lawrence, Jack Linder, Mary Linder, Durham Martin, John Partin, Eric Wooten, and Sam Ybarra.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: On August 29, Jim Williams will be leading a group to Columbia to help with a prison event called Returning Hearts Celebration. This event is for prisoners and their children. We need you to come and help with the kids. There will be a required training on Sunday, August 16 after church until 2:00 p.m. with lunch included. RSVP required to Abi Elrod by August 12.

We plan to go out visiting on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. during the summer - Life on Mission outside the walls!

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.

 

FAMILY MINISTRY INFORMATION

Please be in prayer for our 5th Grade Boot Camp (Sleeping with the Sharks) August 2 and 3! We have around 18 kids and 6 chaperones attending! Thank you for praying for us!

K4 – 5th grade children: there will be Wednesday night activities this week.

Promotion Sunday for Sunday School will be on August 23! All Preschool and children will remain in their current class until Sunday, August 16. They will go into their new classes on Sunday, August 23.

If you are interested in serving in Superstars (K5 - 5th Grade Sunday School) or AWANA for the 2015 - 2016 year, please contact Pastor Travis as soon as possible at 244-2975, ext. 121 or by email!
Currently we have a need for a couple of assistant teacher positions. For AWANA we need 2 - 3 men to serve in T & T with 4th grade boys as well as people to serve with the Sparks group (K5 - 2nd) and the Cubbies group (3 - 4 year olds). Please pray about serving!

We are collecting items for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again throughout this year! We would like for kids to bring in items such as small toys, school supplies, toiletry items, and stuffed animals for OCC for the rest of the AWANA year as well. Collection containers can be found at the front door and Preschool door entrances of the church. We are now collectingSchool Supplies such as notebook paper, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, notepads, rulers, and solar calculators. Please bring in as many items as you can!

Preschool Workers are needed (for the upcoming Sunday School year - to begin August 23):
Volunteers are also needed to serve as substitutes and monthly workers during the 2nd hour time slot

If you are not currently serving in an area of ministry on Sunday morning, please prayerfully consider helping in the Preschool area. You can contact Amy Sweeney by email or at 380-5785.

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; 10:30 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary.

WEDNESDAY: The HUB continues Wednesday in the Student Center at 6:30 p.m. with praise and worship with The Road Band, challenging messages from God's Word, and fellowship time with one another. Snacks and drinks are provided!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22: A Day at Carowinds! Those who previously signed up will leave from the church building at 7:30 a.m. Please eat breakfast before you arrive. The park opens at 10:00 a.m. We'll leave the park at 7:30 p.m. and return home between 9:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. You will need money for food inside the park (one meal and a snack estimation). We will eat supper after we leave the park to save money, so plan for one more meal.

I'm in need of 2 Sunday School teachers for the new year in Student Ministry starting August 23, 2015 thru mid-August 2016. I need a 7th Grade Guys Co-Teacher (Justin Boyd helps teach this class), and an 8th grade Guys Co-Teacher (Josh Wofford helps teach this class). We must have people who are:
1) Saved and born again – hello!
2) Actively growing in their relationship with Christ and it's evident.
3) Active members of ERBC and Sunday School for at least one year.
4) Called to work with students.
5) Biblically sound in doctrine.
6) Willing to be a team player.

If you meet these qualifications and are seriously interested in teaching students, then please contact me to schedule an interview and to discuss our expectations. It is a privilege to serve the kingdom of God by serving the next generation!
Thanks, Pastor John

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.

 

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!

 

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. Grady Brown 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 Grady Brown.

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

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may
see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Matthew 5:16

 

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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