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Information and Events

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

 

WEEKLY LIFE ON MISSION PRAYER

Join Judy Churchwell Mondays at 5:15 p.m. in Room FLC-109 in a Life on Mission prayer time as we pray for our communities. We will meet weekly through May 23.

 

CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

The Worship Choir and Orchestra will not practice this Sunday afternoon, May 8. Our first Wednesday night rehearsal will start on May 11 after the Worship Service at 7:30 p.m.

 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

2016-2017 Scholarship Applications are now available in the church office at the Receptionist's Desk. Deadline for application submission is June 1. You can call 244-2975 for more information.

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS MEETING MAY 4

We will be suspending our normal Wednesday prayer meetings in the summer and meeting in Community Groups for 7 weeks. Here are the dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27; and August 3.

At this point, it is important to sign up for a Community Group. We have had a great response thus far - so please sign up now by calling the church office (244-2975). The information that you provide is critical for planning! Thank you for signing up early!

We will have an information meeting Wednesday, May 4 at 7:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary (following Prayer Meeting). Please make plans to attend! Pastor Aaron

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER MAY 5

Join us in the Student Center as we observe the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 5 in the Student Center from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.

 

CHURCH CONFERENCE MAY 11

Our Quarterly Church Conference will be held Wednesday night, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

 

id CLASS MAY 15

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, May 15 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.

 

GAIHN FAMILY HOSTING MAY 15-21

GAIHN family hosting returns to ERBC on Sunday, May 15 through May 21. Get involved with this vital ministry! Contact Fran Dill at 292-3019, Sylvia Axmann at 346-0955 or Jeff Heath at 288-0910 for more information.

 

LORD'S SUPPER MAY 25

We look forward to celebrating the Lord's Supper on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

 

REVIVAL WITH RICK CORAM MAY 29

Rick Coram, Fulltime Vocational Evangelist with Rick Coram Ministries, Inc., will be sharing in revival services with us Sunday morning, May 29 during the Sunday School and Worship Service hours. Be sure to pray for these services and invite friends!

 

OVERFLOW SERVICES

Men from each class are asked to help set up each week for the Overflow Services in the Student Center. These Sunday School Classes are asked to participate in these upcoming services:
MAY 8: Williams, Stroup/Rincon, Kendall, Sorrells/Swartzel Classes- Gary Mendelsohn, Speaker - Worship Leader James Tucker

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD CHALLENGE

We continue this Operation Christmas Child challenge for everyone: put together one shoebox per family every month! Go ahead and buy items for 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. Shoeboxes are available in the main hallway.

 

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 (LAST ONE IS MAY 25)

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!

 

WMU EVENTS

The WMU (Women's Missionary Union) monthly meeting and lunch will be held Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. in Room FLC-110. The Missionary Focus Group will meet Monday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Betty Carver's home.

 

TORCHBEARERS SENIOR ADULTS

Reservations are now closed for the Springmaid Beach Retreat South of Myrtle Beach October 3-7 (Monday-Friday). Activities and lunches are being planned for the free time with suggestions welcomed.

Senior Adult Recognition Sunday will be May 22. Seniors will be honored during the worship service and a luncheon following the service at no cost. The catered lunch will include the meal, background music, and fellowship around the table. Reservations are now being taken for the luncheon through Sunday, May 15. Sign-up sheet with further information is located in the main hallway. The background music will be provided by Rahab Rice, who will be playing her harp during the luncheon.

 

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

Looking for ways to serve in your community and beyond? Take a look at the announcements below and contact us by email.

Safety Team: Want to help our Safety Team on Sundays or Wednesdays? Contact us for more info and to be trained.

Summer Help Needed: Larry Wilch leads a worship service at Brookdale Nursing Home on Thursday nights. He needs help with teaching and leading music through the summer months. If interested, contact Larry by email or 864-420-8623.

The pray4everyhome.com program is a collaborative prayer effort of many believers to pray for every household - by name. Typically, out of 100 of your closest neighbors, 60 of them do not know Jesus as Savior. To pray for your neighbors by name visit pray4everyhome.com.

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

 

FAMILY MINISTRY INFORMATION

It is not too late to say verses or to try to finish your book. You have until Awards Night (this Wednesday, May 4) to finish! You can say verses to Pastor Travis if needed.

AWANA Awards Night is this Wednesday, May 4! We will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Please wear your AWANA shirts/vests and bring your family to celebrate your hard work this year!

Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface VBS 2016 will be held June 5 - June 8! You can now register online here at this link. If you would like to volunteer to help in VBS in any capacity, please contact Pastor Travis at 244-2975 or by email as soon as possible! Those who are not members of ERBC can serve as well. If you are over 18 years old and have never had a background check done through ERBC before, you must have one done before you serve! Ask Pastor Travis for details.

UPDATED NEEDS LIST: We need LOTS more pipe cleaners (any color), pool noodles (any color), and clear/white/light blue balloons! Give these items to Pastor Travis!

We will have a First Steps Class on Wednesday, May 18 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Room FLC-110. First Steps is for any child who has recently accepted Christ as Savior or who has been asking questions about salvation and baptism. At least one parent is required to attend with their child. You may register your child for First Steps by contacting Ginger Hall at 244-2975, ext. 111 or by email no later than Monday, May 16.

We continue this Operation Christmas Child challenge for everyone: put together one shoebox per family every month! Go ahead and buy items for 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. Shoeboxes are available in the main hallway.

Several of you have asked about deadlines to pay for the various camps this summer. In order to try to have everything finished and all money collected before school is out, I would like to ask that you have all camps paid for no later than Tuesday, May 31. Here is a list of all camps and money due:
Children's Camp (3rd – 5th grades) (Tuesday, June 28 - Friday, July 1)
Total cost is $100 per child
2nd Grade Camp (Friday, July 29 – Saturday, July 30)
Total cost is $25 per child
5th Grade Boot Camp (Sunday, July 31 – Monday, August 1)
Total cost is $60 per child

If you need an update on how much you have paid, you can contact Ginger Hall at 244-2975. If you need scholarship money for any of the camps, you can talk to Pastor Travis. Paperwork for all camps will be available by mid-May. If you do not have your child signed up for these camps, please try to do so by Wednesday, May 15!

The CEF Good News Spectacular is a free community event for all children ages 4-12 and their families will be held Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the TD Convention Center. Volunteers are needed! If you can help for any amount of time that day, please contact Pastor Travis.

Sunday Morning Preschool Volunteers needed!
During second hour there is a need for additional volunteers willing to rock, hold, and feed babies. Please contact Amy Sweeney at 380-5785 or by email if you would be willing to help.

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: 9:00 a.m. Sunday School in the Student Center; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary.

WEDNESDAY: The Hub continues in the Student Center at 6:30 p.m.

Welcome our new Student Ministry Associates to ERBC to serve alongside us in student ministry! Thank you for receiving Dillon Medlin, Olivia Owens and James Tucker in such a warm way.

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.

JULY 18-22, 2016: MISSION FUGE CAMP for High School Students ONLY (9th-12th grade) at Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SATURDAY, MAY 14: Middle School Fellowship (6th-8th grade) at the home of Josh and Catherine Wofford (119 Hillpine Drive, Simpsonville) from 5:30-8:00 p.m. for a time to eat, fellowship, and celebrate the end of the school year. Please bring $3 to cover dinner. RSVP to the Woffords by email. Everyone meet at the Woffords', but Pastor John will be driving a bus for students who do NOT have a ride to the Woffords'. We will leave from the church at 5:00 p.m. and return around 8:30 p.m.. Let us know ASAP to reserve a spot.

ERBC 2016 HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE GRADUATES:
FRIDAY, MAY 13: Pastor John would like to invite all ERBC graduates to a special dinner in your honor. Place to be announced.
SUNDAY, MAY 15: ERBC GRADUATE RECOGNITION SERVICE for High School and College Graduates at 10:30 a.m.

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

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end
He will stand on the earth.

Job 19:25

 

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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