Information and Events
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MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Register at the table in the main hallway for the Men's Bible Study Every Man a Warrior. This will be a great opportunity to walk through a challenging course together as men, the first since Men's Fraternity. Please register ASAP so Pastor Gene can begin putting groups of 6 men together. Pray about inviting another man from work or your neighborhood for this 9-week experience! Cost for materials is $16, and there will also be groups meeting on Wednesday evenings for those of you serving in EQUIP or AWANA on Sunday nights.
After the course we will spend the next 6 weeks walking through a DVD and book-driven study called Life On Mission. Pastor Aaron has said he wants us to be a "Life on Mission church." Let's make a strong move in that direction with the men of ERBC! The textbook and study guide will be $20. However, 100% of the royalties for the textbook go to supporting missionaries in North America through Send North America!
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
As we have received Christ Jesus, we are now called to walk in a manner worthy of Him. Strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in so great an inheritance. Today, because of Christ, you can live stronger. This Bible study will guide women into biblical truth through exposition and story, so they live confident, transformed, Christ-radiating lives marked by His strength.
ERBC Women's Ministry is offering this (7) seven week Bible study at four (4) different times weekly beginning the week of January 11. Sign up for your preferred Bible Study in the main hallway at the Ministry Information Center. Workbook cost is $13.
· Sunday Evening (5:00 - 6:30 p.m.) · Wednesday Morning (9:15 - 11:15 a.m.)*
*Childcare for the Wednesday morning Bible study is available upon reservation by emailing Lisa Spitzer.
I love you, O Lord, my Strength. Psalm 18:1
REVELATION PART 2/ROMANS
If you are not a part of the Men's or Women's Bible Studies, you can register at the table in the main hallway for the Revelation Part 2 and Romans studies free of charge. Gene Ward continues his informative teaching that also starts on January 4 at 5:00 p.m.
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 2015 Senior Follies at Anderson University will be on Thursday evening through Sunday matinee, March 19 - 21. 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 whether you prefer evening, late afternoon, or matinee and give the fee to Pat Billings in the church office by January 4.
If transportation to the monthly meeting or an event is a problem for any reason, contact Jake Gressette or Pat Billings in the church office to arrange transportation. Lack of transportation should not prevent you from attending.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS
Our delicious Wednesday Night Dinners continue on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center on January 7, 2015. 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.
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 reserve the book Reader's Guide to the Bible: Chronological Reading Plan with Pastor Aaron for only $10.
NEW WORSHIP ORCHESTRA PRACTICE TIME
The Worship Orchestra is shifting practices to a new night and time. 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 continues Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. Meet us in the Room A-106 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!
The Women's Missionary Union (WMU)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 $58,351, of which we currently have $44,525.30. 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
Party with a Purpose Accessories Drop-Off is NOW OPEN! There is a barrel at the front of the church just waiting for your donations to the women of Shepherd's Gate. Drop off jewelry, (working) watches, scarves, handbags and wallets anytime until January 18. Also... do you know of a boutique or jewelry store that might be interested in donating? Let Mandie Boyd know!
For those that don't know, Party with a Purpose is a night for us to love on the women of Shepherd's Gate (home for homeless women), and they get to go shopping for FREE. For more information or if you have questions, contact Mandie Boyd at 864-361-1142 or by email.
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.
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 continues Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. Meet us in Room A-106 to see how you can take the Gospel to your neighbors.
Are you interested in serving on a mission trip in 2015? Let us know! Email Abi Elrod for more information on these trips: Philippines: January 29 - February 7; Iditarod, Alaska: March 5 - 12; Tetlin, Alaska: Summer 2015
There will be no basketball games for the next 2 weeks. Please check with your coach for practice times.
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 is on Christmas break! Our next Club will be Sunday, January 4! If your child wants to say sections or work in their book over the break, please encourage them to do so! They can say sections to Pastor Travis on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings at church.
Thank you to all of the AWANA children who brought in items for our Let It Snow mission project!
Thank you for praying for our Good News Club at Lake Forest Elementary! Good News Club is on a break until Tuesday, January 13. Please continue to pray for the students, the school, and the volunteers while we are on break!
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes ministry this year! We collected 640 shoeboxes from ERBC! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to serve in the Relay Center as well!
Our VBS SHINE! at ERBC for 2015 will have a glittery and shiny theme. If you have silver or gold Christmas decorations you are not going to keep, please donate them to VBS! Also, if anyone happens to have a disco ball that they would donate, we would LOVE to have it!
There will be collection containers at the front door and the preschool door of the church, or you can contact Camille Guthrie by email about picking them up for repurpose and recycle! Thanks!
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.
WEEKDAY PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Kindergarten (ages 3, 4 and 5) and Mom's Day Out Registration (ages 5 months - age 2) for 2015-2016 (beginning in September)
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.; EQUIP will resume January 4, 2015.
NO ACTIVITIES Wednesday, December 25 or December 31. THE HUB will resume January 7, 2015!
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!
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
But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman,
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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