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PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 29

We look forward to Sunday morning, March 29 as we celebrate Palm Sunday and prepare for Easter! There will be no evening activities. Worship Choir practice will be held at 5:00 p.m. instead of 4:00 p.m. on March 29 only.

 

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Plans for celebrating Easter Sunday, April 5:

8:30 a.m. Early Service
Selections from the Worship Choir Musical KINGDOM POWER GLORY
For Preschool Childcare please RSVP by April 2 to Amy Sweeney or Travis Cross.
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. SonRise Café - Breakfast and Fellowship in the Family Life Center
10:30 a.m. Second Service
Full Presentation of the Worship Choir Musical KINGDOM POWER GLORY

 

KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY EVENT

A group of men from area churches, including ERBC, will deliver a short course in Christianity to inmates at Perry Prison April 9-12. You can participate and help this ministry by 1) signing up to pray, 2) baking cookies, and/or 3) helping the Kitchen Team. We again need a total of 6,000 dozen cookies! The goal for ERBC is 500 dozen cookies. Signups, instructions on baking cookies and when to deliver them here, and items to pray for are in the Ministry Information Center in the main hallway. Contact Ed Chandler at 244-9153 or Walt Swindle at 244-6982 if you have any questions.

 

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY

We are currently involved in an exciting 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! We will resume studies on Sunday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m.

 

WOMEN'S MINISTRY

Jesus is our accessible King. He is not a faraway God, but an up-close Redeemer who kneels beside us. Join us as we dig into Hebrews with Lisa Harper in this 7-session study. Hebrews reminds us that Jesus reigns supreme, but He also draws near to us with compassion and empathy, and He loves to no end.

ERBC Women's Ministry is offering a seven (7) week Bible study by Lisa Harper, Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus, at four (4) different times weekly. Studies resume the week of April 12.

Sunday Evening led by Donna Medcalf (5:00 - 6:30 p.m.);
Tuesday Evening led by Amy Todd at the home of Jeanette Maxey, 397 Bright Road, Taylors (6:30 - 8:00 p.m.);
Wednesday Morning led by Libby Riddle (9:15 - 11:15 a.m.);
Wednesday Evening led by Sara Raunikar (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.)

There are several slots open for our monthly 2nd Friday evening at Shepherd's Gate during 2015. Please consider going with your Sunday School Class or small group. It is an investment of less than 2 hours of your time and talents.You will be blessed! Please contact Valerie Robertson by email or call 419-7438 with any questions or to find out more about this ministry.

 

WOMEN'S MISSIONARY UNION MINISTRY ACTIVITIES

The Women's Missionary Union (WMU)will have their monthly meeting and lunch on Tuesday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. in Room FLC-110/111. The Missionary Focus Group will meet Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Lois Turner's home. The Mission Project for April is health kits.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD COLLECTIONS

Attention ERBC! We are collecting items for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again throughout this year! Collection containers can be found at the front door and Preschool door entrances of the church. We are collecting small stuffed animals. Please bring in as many items as you can!

 

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.

 

ROMANS

If you are not a part of the Men's or Women's Bible Studies, you can join the Romans study free of charge. Gene Ward continues his informative teaching Sundays in the Music Suite.

 

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: Judges 2-5; Judges 6-9; Judges 10-13; Judges 14-18; Judges 19-21; Ruth 1-4.

 

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 next Senior Women's Saltshaker Lunch will be held on Friday, April 10 at 11:45 a.m. at the City Range Grill. Please sign up on the Senior Adult sign-up sheet located on the Ministry Information table in the main church hallway by April 8. For further information, contact Yvonne Eaves or Pat Billings in the church office.

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.

 

WORSHIP ORCHESTRA PRACTICE TIME

The Worship Orchestra practices are 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!

 

FIT FOR HIM PILATES

Ladies, come join us 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!
WHEN: Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
WHERE: FLC-110
COST: $15 per month - make out checks to ERBC and they are due on the first class of the month. First month is free for new participants.
Participants will need to bring an exercise mat. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.


MISSIONS AROUND THE GLOBE

ERBC Soccer

ERBC soccER games resume Saturday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. No practice this week due to Spring Break, but check with your coach to see about any makeup practices you may have. Please come support and cheer on the teams at the Hudson/Devenger Roads Fields. The weather forecast is shown below to give you an idea of what the weather might be coming up. We look forward to a great season!

Greenville, South Carolina, weather forecast

We are returning to Tetlin, AK August 1-8. If you are interested in participating in this trip, please meet with Pastor Eric in Room A-106 Sunday afternoon, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. Absolute deadline to sign up is April 19. Email Abi Elrod with questions.

ERBC will host the Rock Hill First Baptist Church Mission Team April 2 through April 5. Please be in prayer for this energetic group as they serve Greenville with construction and community projects.

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

We only have a few more weeks left in AWANA! Be sure to work hard in your books and finish strong!

AWANA Schedule: March 29: No Club due to Spring Break; April 5: No Club due to Easter; April 12: Missions Night; April 18: AWANA Grand Prix!; April 19: Crazy Hat Night!; April 26: Regular Club; May 3: Last night of AWANA! Party & Store Night!; May 10: AWANA Awards Night! This is a change of date from the original calendar!

We will not be working on AWANA Grand Prix cars until Sunday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the courtyard. Our test track and weigh station will also be available that afternoon. We're looking forward to Race Day April 18!

Attention ERBC! We are collecting items for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again throughout this year! Collection containers can be found at the front door and Preschool door entrances of the church. We are collecting small stuffed animals. Please bring in as many items as you can!

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, March 28 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. We are in need of volunteers to help with the following: hiding eggs, giving the devotions, leading groups to hidden egg areas, passing out prizes, etc. We need anyone 6th grade or older to volunteer! If you would like to help please contact Pastor Travis as soon as possible at 244-2975, ext. 121 or by email.

Thank you for praying for an incredible year at Good News Club at Lake Forest Elementary! Please pray for all the children and families as they finish out the school year. Praise the Lord for all of our volunteers this year!

UPCOMING 2015 EVENTS:

March 28: Easter Egg Hunt
April 18: AWANA Grand Prix
June 7 (Sunday) - 10 (Wednesday): VBS SHINE!
July 21 - 24: Children's Camp (3rd - 5th grades)
July 30 - August 1: Camp McCall (Boys 1st - 4th grades)
August 2 - 3: Fifth Grade Boot Camp

Children's Camp will be at Carson Springs in Tennessee on Tuesday, July 21 - Friday, July 24. Camp is for all children currently in 3rd - 5th grades. Cost is $100 per child. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due no later than Sunday, April 19! Checks may be made out to ERBC and given to Pastor Travis or to Ginger Hall.

We are collecting the following items for SHINE VBS: used CDs or DVDs, duct tape (colors and prints), marbles (real and round), stickers (foam and regular), Sharpie markers (black and colors), and aluminum foil. There are collection bins at the front entrance and the Preschool entrance of the church. Thank you!

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 Service in the Sanctuary; EQUIP will not meet until Sunday afternoon, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy time with your families!

WEDNESDAY: Join the Worship Service this week in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. The HUB continues next Wednesday in the Student Center at 6:30 p.m.

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. For those who registered: remember the balance is due by or before May 3, 2015.

JULY 20-25, 2015: MFUGE CAMP for High School Students (9th-12th grade) at Belmont University, Nashville, TN. The total cost is $348. For those who registered: remember the balance is due by or before May 3, 2015.

ERBC 2015 HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE GRADUATES!:
FRIDAY, MAY 15: Pastor John would like to invite all ERBC graduates to a special dinner in your honor. We will eat at California Dreaming! Please RSVP to Ginger by Sunday, May 3 - call 244-2975, ext. 111 or by email.
SUNDAY, MAY 17: ERBC RECOGNITION SERVICE for High School and College Graduates at 10:30 a.m. If you are a graduating high school senior, please let Ginger know you want to participate in this service. Please submit 4 pictures (no more, no less) to the Student Ministry Office by April 26. One picture should be a baby picture and another of your Senior year. Send excellent images of 300 dpi or higher on a CD, USB drive or provide the original photo. Do not send photocopies or email images. College Graduates: we will only need one picture and your major!

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

 

CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP 11TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC

The Child Evangelism Fellowship 11th Annual Golf Classic will be held April 28, June 2 and October 12 at 3 different courses in the area. See more information at their website or email Paula for more information. You can also find brochures in the main hallway.

 

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 beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

John 1:1-2

 

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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