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Information and Events

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

 

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the event of icy or snowy weather, please check back here, on our Facebook page, on The City, or tune in to Channel 4 - WYFF for instructions concerning ERBC related events.

 

ONLINE GIVING THROUGH THE CITY

Remember that you can utilize The City for online giving even when we have inclement weather!

 

PRAY FOR THE CUBA MISSION TRIP

Please pray for Pastor Aaron Rayburn, Robby Compton and Jody Jennings as they go on the Cuba Mission Trip February 15-22.

 

WOMEN OF JOY 2016 TOUR EVENT

Last minute offer! The ERBC Women's Ministry offers the chance to attend The Women of Joy 2016 Tour Event at Myrtle Beach April 29-May 1. You can find more information at WomenofJoy.org, and you can contact Libby Riddle at 630-0531 for more information. The signup deadline is March 10!

 

GAIHN FAMILY HOSTING THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 14

Our Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) family hosting will be during the week of February 14. You can contact Fran Dill at 292-3019, Sylvia Axmann at 346-0955 or Jeff Heath at 288-0910 to help with this vital ministry.

 

WIDOWED WOMEN'S MINISTRY VALENTINE BANQUET

There will be a Widowed Women's Ministry Valentine's Luncheon Sunday, February 14 immediately following the morning worship service in the Family Life Center.

 

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE FEBRUARY 26

ERBC's Women's Ministry will host residents of Shepherd's Gate Friday, February 26 for a Party with a Purpose. We look forward to showing the love of Jesus to the women of Shepherd's Gate (home for homeless women), and they get to go shopping for FREE. For more information you can contact Jeanette Maxey at 864-349-6896 or by email.

 

id CLASS FEBRUARY 28

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, February 28 at 12:00 p.m. in the Library immediately following the worship service. Please contact Angela Yeargin at 244-2975 or by email for more information and to place your reservation.

 

KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY HELP NEEDED

A group of men from area churches, including ERBC, will deliver a short course in Christianity to inmates at Perry Prison on March 9-13. You can participate and help this ministry by signing up to pray, baking cookies and helping the Kitchen Team. Prayer signup sheets as well as what to pray for are in the main hallway along with instructions on baking cookies. Cookies need to be delivered here March 9 before 5:00 p.m. Contact Ed Chandler at 244-9153 or Walt Swindle at 244-6982 for more information.

 

grow DISCIPLESHIP 2016

grow Discipleship continues on Sundays at 5:00 p.m.:
AWANA - for Children of all ages.
EQUIP - for Students.
Every Man a Warrior - a study for men for wisdom on money, sex, work, hard times, and making your life count. Led by Kelly Crawford, Tim Cushman and Scott Sawyer in Rooms B-200, 201, 202 and 207. Matt Stone will lead a Wednesday night session in March.
The Armor of God - a women's study on how to be prepared for the battle of spiritual warfare. Led by Michelle Halbert, Peggy Murray, Kathy Oliver and Jerri Ward with this schedule:
Sunday (5:00 - 6:30 p.m.) - Led by Michelle Halbert in Rooms B-212/214
Wednesday (9:15 - 11:15 a.m.)* - Led by Peggy Murray in the Student Center
Wednesday (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.) - Led by Jerri Ward in Room A-106
Tuesday (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) - Led by Kathy Oliver at her home located on 117 Father Hugo Drive, Greer, 29650

Single & Parenting - help and hope for single parents. Led by Tom and Cindy Henderson in Room A-106.
Financial Peace University - guidance on controlling finances God's way. Led by Russell Padgett in the Library.
2 Corinthians - further study into Paul's letters to the Corinthians. Led by Gene Ward in the Music Suite.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD UPDATE

We are not going to collect items each month for Operation Christmas Child this year. Instead we have a challenge for everyone! Try to do one shoebox per family every month! Go ahead and buy 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.

 

OVERFLOW SERVICES CONTINUE

Overflow services in the Student Center continue, and men from each class are asked to help set up each week. These Sunday School classes are asked to participate in these upcoming Overflow Services:

February 14: Stroup-Rincon Ladies, Kendall Men's and Sorrells-Swartzel Classes; Pastor Travis Cross; Worship Leader Michael Knight

February 21: Heath/Martin and Howe Classes; Pastor John Freeman; Worship Leader Barry Brown

February 28: Lockhart/Maurer and Broughton Classes; Pastor Eric Wooten; Worship Leader Carroll Carver, Jr.

 

RENOVATION UPDATES

Thank you for your patience with ERBC renovations! The Family Life Center restrooms continue their updating, and the exterior Student Center step work will resume during better weather. The Sanctuary Balcony carpet project will not be finished until approximately March due to handrailing work.

 

WMU ACTIVITIES

The WMU (Women's Missionary Union)Missionary Focus Group will meet Monday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Liz Alewine's home.

 

NEW 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!

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS

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!

 

TORCHBEARERS SENIOR ADULTS

The February Lunch Meeting will be held Monday, February 15 at 12 noon in the Family Life Center. The catered lunch meeting at $5 per person to be paid at the door will include a devotional and program presented by the Jada Redmond Group, a group of six members.

Bus transportation will be available for the February lunch meeting. 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.

Reservations are now being taken for a day trip to Gibbs Gardens in northeast Georgia on Friday, March 25 with dutch lunch on the grounds. The gardens with over 20 million daffodils of more than 100 varieties offer the largest daffodil display in the nation. Cost is $15/person. Sign-up sheet with further information is located in the main hallway. Please submit payment to Pat Billings in the church office by February 29.

Time for the Senior Follies trip Saturday, March 19 at Anderson University has changed from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with meal/bus plans to be determined If the schedule change presents a problem, please contact Pat Billings in the church office.

 

YOUTH CHOIR PRACTICE

The Youth Choir continues on Sunday afternoons in Room B-206 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. with John and Cricket Allen.

 

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).

 

PILATES CLASSES

Pilates classes (for ladies only) meet on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:15-9:00 a.m. in Room FLC-110. Cost is $15/month, but if this is your first time to participate in Pilates at ERBC, then your first month is free! Checks are made payable to ERBC on the first class of the month. All ability levels are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. Contact Tracy Sorrells with questions by email or 864-420-3347.

 

MISSIONS AROUND THE GLOBE

If you are interested in doing outreach for new visitors, please contact Abi by email. We will no longer meet on Wednesday nights for visitations but will encourage meetings throughout the week.

SPRING SOCCER Spring Registration is open! Open to kids K4-8th grade. Tell your friends, family and neighbors! Deadline is February 24, and here is the online signup link.

Pastor Eric Wooten will share about his recent trip to Asia this Wednesday night, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. during the worship service. Please come hear and see what God is doing there.

Sunday, February 28 we want our basketball teams to sit together during the worship service, and then we will have a Celebration Lunch for players and their families. Please RSVP to Abi by email by February 24!

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

 

FAMILY MINISTRY INFORMATION

February 14 is a regular night at AWANA. Come prepared to say lots of sections! Every child will receive a Valentine treat at Club! It is also the last night to bring in your "Let It Snow" items for Eastside Crisis Center.

Our AWANA Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, March 5! Grand Prix car kits may be picked up Sunday night. We will have work time in the courtyard at 4:00 p.m.!

We are not going to collect items each month for Operation Christmas Child this year. Instead we have a challenge for everyone! Try to do one shoebox per family every month! Go ahead and buy 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.

Good News Club continues and meets every Tuesday at Lake Forest Elementary! Pray for LFE and for all those involved with the Good News Club!

Here are some dates for 2016:
Saturday, March 5 - AWANA Grand Prix (note time change!)
Saturday, March 26 - Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, June 5 - Wednesday, June 8 - VBS each evening.
Tuesday, June 28 - Friday, July 1 - Children's Camp
for all children currently in 3rd - 5th grades. Current 6th graders can also attend. Camp is at Carson Springs Conference Center in Newport, TN. Cost for camp is $100 per child.
Camp McCall - Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7. This is for all boys currently in 1st - 4th grades and their fathers. Cost is $150 per father and one son going or $200 per father and two sons going. Full payment is due no later than Sunday, February 14!
Fifth Grade Boot Camp - Sunday, July 31 - Monday, August 1. This is for all current fifth grade children. We will do Sleeping with the Sharks at Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN. Cost will be $60 per child.
Other dates/events that I am working on getting on the calendar:
2nd Grade Camp - One night trip for all children currently in 2nd grade to get them ready for "big" Children's Camp! Cost will be $25 per child.
Mother/Daughter Retreat - for all girls currently in 1st - 4th grades and their moms. May or may not be an overnight trip. Not sure yet of the cost for this event.

VBS 2016 will be held June 5 - June 8! Our theme is Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface. We need to start collecting some supplies NOW! Please consider donating the following:
Pipe cleaners - all colors; Pool noodles (old or new) all colors; Clear water bottle lids; Very small sea shells; Bendable straws - any size any color; Silver/gray pony beads (hair beads); Fish/ocean themed foam stickers; Clear, light blue or white balloons; Cardboard toilet paper rolls; Paper towel rolls
Any donated items may be given to Pastor Travis. Thank you!

Sunday Morning Preschool Volunteers needed!
We have a few workers who are temporarily leaving the Preschool rotation to go on maternity leave. If you would be willing to fill one of these openings, contact Amy Sweeney at 380-5785 or by email.

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: Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.; Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.; EQUIP Discipleship meets at 5:00 p.m. in the Student Center!

WEDNESDAY: We will look forward to being together for The Hub 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. The total cost is $235. Balance due from those who have already signed up by or before May 1.

JULY 18-22, 2016: MISSION FUGE CAMP for High School Students ONLY (9th-12th grade) at Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY. The total cost is $317. Balance due from those who have already signed up by or before May 1, 2016.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016: Guys Titus 2 Night for 6th-12th grade from 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Student Center for all who have already registered. Theme: Be An Example! - 1 Timothy 4:12. It will be a special night of instruction and encouragement. It will include a delicious meal, worship, Bible study, drawing for prizes, Bowling at Wade Hampton Lanes, snacks, our traditional Mt. Dew pop all at once, and basketball and dodgeball.

MARCH 11-13, 2016: DNOW. THEME: UNASHAMED - Romans 1:16. BAND: Life Wide Open. SPEAKER: Lee Clamp, Evangelism Director, SC Baptist Convention.

PARENTS: Thank you for participating in our study of Accelerate: Parenting Teenagers Toward Adulthood by Richard Ross, Professor of Student Ministry at Southwestern Seminary! We plan to meet once a month on Sundays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for five months. This way we can take our time reading through this helpful resource and absorb the material deeply.
Here is the schedule:
February 21: Cover chapters 3-4;
March 20: Cover chapters 5-6; April 10: Cover chapters 7-8;
May 1: Cover chapters 9-10

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.

 

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

Pray continually.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

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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