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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 small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and small stuffed animals. Please bring in as many items as you can!

 

WMU EVENTS

The WMU (Women's Missionary Union) Monthly Meeting and Lunch will be held Tuesday, September 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Room FLC-110. We look forward to having a missionary speaker at the meeting. The Missionary Focus Group meeting will be held Monday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Pat Ward's home.

 

PILATES RESUMES SEPTEMBER 10

Pilates classes (for ladies only) meet on Monday and Thursday mornings starting September 10 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.

 

AWANA, EQUIP AND SUNDAY NIGHT L.I.F.E. RESUME SEPTEMBER 13

Sunday, September 13 marks the day we resume AWANA for children, EQUIP for students, and Sunday Night L.I.F.E. for adults at 5:00 p.m. Adults can sign up for in-depth classes in the main hallway, and more information on these classes can be found in Pastor Gene's August newsletter article. Sign up soon so we can order materials ahead of time!

 

WOMEN'S MINISTRY GROUP SIGNUPS

Ladies, be sure to sign up for Women's Ministry Groups! See the bulletin inserts for more information on each group, and we will learn more about each group and meet the Coordinators Sunday, September 13 from 9:45-10:25 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Sign ups will continue throughout the year. Sign up for ONE group only.
For any questions contact: Jill Rayburn 704-5200, Lauren Brown 238-5574, Karen Bennett 525-7732, or Sonya Ables 244-9259
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PIEDMONT WOMEN'S CENTER COUNSELING

If you have ever considered supporting the ministry of Piedmont Women's Center by becoming a counselor, there is an opportunity for you to take part in the training sessions which will be held in September. Training will take place here at ERBC over a two week period starting September 15. If you are interested, please register by September 8 by calling Michelle Reeves at 233-3823.

 

EVANGELISM TRAINING WITH STEVE DEAL SEPTEMBER 19

On September 19 we will host Steve Deal as he leads us in The Good Soil Basic Seminar. This Evangelism Training equips you to share God's story of redemption chronologically so that people will clearly understand, sincerely embrace, and firmly hold on to the Gospel. A registration fee of $25 includes lunch and materials. Please register here or on The City by September 15. Questions? Email Abi Elrod.

 

FRIEND DAY SEPTEMBER 27

FRIEND DAY is quickly approaching. Sunday, September 27 will be a day when you can invite your neighbors and friends who are far from Jesus or don't have a regular church family. Please stop by the Life on Mission table in the main hallway to request a print out of the 100 closest neighbors to your house so that you can be praying for them by name.

 

SUNDAY NIGHT SAFETY TEAM

I could really use 2-3 more men to rotate during the Sunday evening activities time slot (5:00-6:30 p.m.). We currently have 3 men, and one will be teaching a Sunday evening class, so that's making it more challenging. Working the Safety Team is not difficult, and I can train you in about 15 minutes. Please consider helping keep ERBC safe on a rotating basis. Contact me directly and I'll set up a short training meeting. Pastor Gene - email; 244-2975, ext. 122.

 

TORCHBEARERS SENIOR ADULT EVENTS

Join us for a fall foliage excursion from Bryson City, NC through the Nantahala Gorge on the Great Smoky Mountain Train on Monday, October 12. Trip will include free time and dutch lunch in Dillsboro, NC at the Jarrett House (meal, beverage, gratuity, and tax - approx. $18), 4½ hour train ride in climate controlled coach with large windows, dutch fast food stop on return trip home, and church bus transportation. Church buses will leave ERBC at 8:30 a.m. and return at 10:00 p.m. Cost is $35 per person. For those who made previous reservations, confirm your reservation and submit payment to Pat Billings in the church office by September 13.

The Carol Sing and meal at The Cove in the Billy Graham Training Center and a possible trip to Christmas at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC in December are in the planning stages with details to follow.

The Senior Adult Choir resumes weekly practices on Thursday morning, September 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the Music Suite. If you haven't sung with us, come enjoy the time to praise the Lord in song together! Then join us at 11:00 a.m. for the Senior Adult Handbell Choir practice held in Room B-210.

 

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 their new 4:30 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 are currently proofing the LifeTouch® directory printouts and will keep you posted about when we receive the final printed directories. Those who had pictures made will receive one directory.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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:Ezekiel 17-20; Ezekiel 21-24; Ezekiel 25-28; Ezekiel 29-32; Ezekiel 33-36; Ezekiel 37-40.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS CONTINUE

Wednesday Night Dinners continue! Sign up 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. PLEASE NOTE that you need to renew your permanent reservations! Children 2-3 years, $2; Juniors 4-12 years $3.50; Children and Juniors eating from the Adult Menu pay Adult pricing. Adults $5.50; Family Maximum $14.50. 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!

 

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.

On September 19 we will host Steve Deal as he leads us in The Good Soil Basic Seminar. This Evangelism Training equips you to share God's story of redemption chronologically so that people will clearly understand, sincerely embrace, and firmly hold on to the Gospel. A registration fee of $25 includes lunch and materials. Please register here or on The City by September 15. Questions? Email Abi Elrod.

FRIEND DAY is quickly approaching. Sunday, September 27 will be a day when you can invite your neighbors and friends who are far from Jesus or don't have a regular church family. To request a print out of the 100 closest neighbors to your house so that you can be praying for them by name and invite them on that day, please register by visiting www.pray4everyhome.com. If you do not have computer access, please stop by the Life on Mission table to sign up.

Interested in playing basketball? All ages, boys and girls, men and women!
Monday Divisions (Men and High School Boys) - begin November 16
Saturday Divisions (Children/Youth) - begin December 5
Registration is $50
Registration Deadline is October 25
Please complete and return the Liability Release form attached to online registration. This is a requirement to play. See more information at this link or on The City.

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 will have alternative activities for all K5 – 5th grade children during the worship service September 6 due to the topic of the sermon series. Parents may bring their children to the Superstars area (Fellowship Hall) downstairs before the worship service or may leave them down there after Sunday School. Parents will pick up their children after the worship service either in the Family Life Center or at the playground. If you would like to help with these activities, please contact Pastor Travis as soon as possible at 244-2975, ext. 121 or by email. All children are welcome in the Sanctuary on September 13!

Children's Choirs will resume on Wednesday, September 9.

Our next First Steps Class will be on Wednesday, September 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. This is a class for children who have recently accepted Christ as Savior or who are asking questions about salvation. At least one parent is required to attend the class with their child. You may register your child for the class by contacting Ginger Hall at 244-2975, ext. 111 or by email.

Our next Family Dedication Service will be on Sunday, October 25 during the morning worship service. You must attend our Family Dedication Class in order to participate in the service. The class will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. You may register for the class and the service by contacting Ginger Hall at 244-2975, ext. 111 or by email.

Plan now to join us for our Fall Family Fest coming on Saturday, October 31! We will begin collecting candy for this event very soon, so watch for more info!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped stuff treat bags for Lake Forest Elementary School last Sunday! What a blessing to have so many people stay and work on the bags! They were delivered on Monday, and everyone at Lake Forest was excited to see them! Thank you!

Our Good News Club starts up on Tuesday, September 15! If you would like to serve, please contact Pastor Travis as soon as possible! All GNC volunteers: remember to go by Lake Forest Elementary School starting tomorrow, August 31, to have your background check done! Take your drivers' license in to the front office. Please take care of this BEFORE the first day of Club!

AWANA for 2 year olds – 5th grade children will begin on Sunday, September 13! We will start at 4:30 p.m. that day in the Family Life Center with a meeting for all parents and children. We will then start registration. Watch for more details as the date gets closer!

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to serve in AWANA and Superstars this year! Praise the Lord - we have all of our volunteers!

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 collecting small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and small stuffed animals. Please bring in as many items as you can!

Preschool Workers needed!
* New Walkers Class - Several new families have been bringing their little ones to the Preschool Department, so an additional Walkers class is needed during the 10:30 a.m. hour. This means there is also a need for adults willing to staff this class!
If you are not currently serving on Sunday mornings, please consider helping to meet these needs by volunteering. You can contact Amy Sweeney at 380-5785 or by email.

If you are a student at League Academy, you and your friends are invited to a Bible study and prayer time on Tuesday mornings starting September 15 at 7:15 a.m. at the home of Sonya and Rudy Ables, 214 Stone Lake Drive. Students walk together to school, weather permitting. Other arrangements are made for inclement weather. For more information, call the Ables at 244-9259 or 430-2915, email them, or contact Pastor Travis at 244-2975, ext. 121 or email him.

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!

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 $230. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due by or before October 11, 2015. Our goal is 70 students! Balance due by or before May 1, 2016.

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. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due by or before January 17, 2016. We have 25 spots available for students. Balance due by or before May 1, 2016.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: EQUIP service starts back from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Make plans to come and invite a friend!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: S.N.A.C (Sunday Night After Church) after EQUIP service at Jason's Deli near Haywood Mall. Come join us for a meal and fellowship!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20: Titus 2 Night for Girls 6th-12th grade from 6:00-9:30 p.m. in the Student Center. It will be a special night of instruction and encouragement. The evening will include dinner, worship, fun and practical how-to exhibits, a gift bag, hot chocolate and dessert, and a special message from Emily Jennings. Mark your calendars now! Cost is $10 per person. Tickets available starting in October.

JANUARY 14-15, 2016: SKI TRIP, Sugar Mountain Resort, NC. We'll leave at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and return home by 10:00 p.m. on Friday. The cost is $98 for skiing and lodging plus meals. You will have till December 6 to pay, BUT I need a FIRM "YES, I want to go" by Wednesday, September 16. For more info please contact Student Ministry Office.

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

 

LEAGUE ACADEMY PRAYER GROUP

If you are a student at League Academy, you and your friends are invited to a Bible study and prayer time on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 a.m. at the home of Sonya and Rudy Ables, 214 Stone Lake Drive. Students walk together to school, weather permitting. Other arrangements are made for inclement weather. For more information, call the Ables at 244-9259 or 430-2915, email them, or contact Pastor Travis at 244-2975, ext. 121 or email him.

 

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

The earth is filled with Your love, Lord; teach me Your decrees.

Psalm 119:64

 

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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