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id Class NOVEMBER 2

A special id Class event will be held Sunday, November 2 during Morning Worship. Prospective members of ERBC can learn about the doctrine, stewardship and membership expectations of our church.



A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped and everyone who participated in our Churchwide Fellowship last Sunday night! We had a FANTASTIC turn out and we had a lot of fun. Thank you to all of the volunteers who served in the kitchen, cooking, serving, and clean up! Thank you to everyone who brought chips and desserts!



Our Thanks Meal will be held Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. Turkey, dressing and gravy are provided, but we need to know how many are coming and what type of food you will be bringing. Those with last names beginning A-R, please bring a covered dish; S-Z, please bring a dessert.

Please be sure to fill out and turn in a bulletin insert with your reservation.



42% of the people that live around you claim to NOT be Evangelical and NOT interested. That is over 10,000 HOUSEHOLDS in a 1.5 mile radius of ERBC. God has invited you to JOIN His MISSION. What does that actually look like? What is your part in it? Find out by joining the everyday mission of God. LIFE on MISSION continues Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 pm. Meet us in the Choir Suite to see how you can take the Gospel to your neighbors.



ERBC will again participate as Salvation Army Bell Ringers at Walmart on Pelham Road beginning November 15. This is earlier than usual, so we need lots of folks to sign up for these time slots. We will have a total of 6 weeks which is a lot of slots to fill! When signing up, please put a phone number where you can be reached in case there are any sort of changes. Pat Ward is coordinating this event again this year, and her number is also on the sign-up sheet for you to call if for some reason you are unable to fulfill your time.



The 2015 Ministry Budget Plan brochure is now available in the vestibule. Please pick up a copy, and be present for questions and answers during the Church Conference on Wednesday, November 5. Voting without discussion will take place Sunday, November 9.



Remember to FALL BACK one hour next Saturday night before you go to bed. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ends November 2!



All Singles are invited to lunch at Grille 33 on Haywood Road immediately after the morning worship service on Sunday, November 2. The Singles Ministry will cover some appetizers and drinks. During lunch we will entertain ideas for the upcoming year for the Singles Ministry.



We will begin taking orders for Christmas poinsettias on November 2, and they can be ordered through November 30 for only $10 per plant. Please specify if your poinsettia will be in memory or in honor of someone, and sign-up sheets will be in the Sunday School folders.



Our Weekday Program is sponsoring a Food Drive for God's Pantry from November 3 through November 19. The biggest needs are protein and vegetables, but any non-perishable items are welcome. There will be containers in the Preschool area if you would like to participate. Let's join together to help hungry people that are living very close to our church.



GAIHN Family Hosting starts the week of November 9. Contact Fran Dill at 292-3019, Sylvia Axmann at 294-9248 or Jeff Heath at 288-0910 to help.



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 Lady Torchbearers Salt Shaker Lunch will be held at Stax Grill on Woods Crossing Road off of Haywood Road on Friday, November 14 at 11:45 a.m. Please sign up on the signup sheet located on the information desk in the main hallway by Monday, November 10. Contact Yvonne Eaves or Pat Billings for additional information.

The November monthly meeting will be held on the second Monday, November 10, rather than the customary third Monday, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The meeting will include a covered dish meal with entrée and beverage provided, a devotional, a program, and fellowship around the table. We are pleased to have Joyful Harps, 2 sisters who play Celtic harps, as our musical guests. If transportation is a problem for any reason, contact Pat Billings in the church office to arrange transportation. Lack of transportation should not prevent you from attending.



The Women's Missionary Union (WMU) Monthly Meeting and Lunch will be held Tuesday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. in Room FLC-110/111. The Missionary Focus Group will meet Monday, November 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Betty Carver's house.

We are collecting items for Prisoner Packets again this year. These packets may be the only Christmas present these prisoners receive, and they make quite an impact by simply showing the love of Jesus. Each packet should include the following items only:

One black non-retractable pen (no wire clip, and no blue pens); One 5.8 oz. or larger toothpaste; One adult individually wrapped toothbrush (factory sealed - no multi-packs); One 3.8 to 6 oz. bar of soap; One junior legal writing tablet, 5½" x 8" (no wirebound and no 9" x 12"); FIVE first-class stamp-embossed #10 envelopes (purchased at US Post Office); Two rolls of candy (Life Savers, Mentos, Breath-Savers type - factory sealed)

Gallon bags and a basket to put the finished bags in are on the table in the main hallway. Please turn these packets in no later than November 26.



We look forward to celebrating the Lord's Supper on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m.



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 $54,071, of which we currently have $38,351. We need $20,000 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!



Our annual trip to the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Charlotte, NC will be on Thursday, December 4. We will meet at the Church that morning at 8:00 a.m. and will return that afternoon around 5:00 p.m. There is a limited number of spots available for the trip and for the bus, and they will be given on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your spot please contact Pastor Travis at 244-2975, ext. 121.

ERBC will be a Collection Center for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again this year. We will be open the week of November 17 - 24! Watch for more details coming soon!

Collection bins are at the front door and the Preschool door of the church.



On Friday, January 23, 2015 the Women's Ministry of ERBC is hosting a Party With A Purpose in honor of the women who reside temporarily at Shepherd's Gate. The event is designed to minister to the ladies by giving them an enjoyable evening out and sharing Christ's love with them.

We will have a coffee/dessert bar as well as several venues for ERBC women to minster using their unique gifts. Ladies, there are many ways to become involved. We need volunteers to help in the venues as well as hostesses, servers, and clean-up crew. We will also be collecting items to give as gifts. For more information contact Deborah Boitnott by email or by phone at 864-908-8768.



Sunday Night L.I.F.E. classes continue each Sunday at 5:00 p.m., and you can see Pastor Gene Ownbey's August newsletter article for more information on each class.



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!
WHEN: Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
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.



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.



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.



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.



42% of the people that live around you claim to NOT be Evangelical and NOT interested. That is over 10,000 HOUSEHOLDS in a 1.5 mile radius of ERBC. God has invited you to JOIN His MISSION. What does that actually look like? What is your part in it? Find out by joining the everyday mission of God. LIFE on MISSION continues Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 pm. Meet us in the Choir Suite to see how you can take the Gospel to your neighbors.

The Wade Hampton Basketball League begins soon - more details to come.

It's time to start the 2014/15 season of the Wade Hampton Basketball League! Practices begin the week of November 4, and Coaches should be contacting players soon with details.

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.



In AWANA we will collect Operation Christmas Child items through Sunday, November 2 - it's the last night!

Sunday, November 9, we will be packing our shoeboxes with the Sparks and T & T! You will also receive information about our next mission project – collecting items for Eastside Crisis Center.

AWANA schedule through January:
November 2: Regular Club; November 9: Regular Club plus shoebox packing; November 16: Missions Night; November 23: Regular Club; November 30: Regular Club; December 7: Birthday Party for Jesus! Store Night! Wear a tacky Christmas sweater or hat!; December 14: No AWANA. You are invited to our Christmas Cantata!; December 21 and 28: No AWANA due to Christmas break; January 4: AWANA resumes with a special surprise!

PLEASE PRAY for all of the Good News Clubs and Lake Forest Elementary School!

Our annual trip to the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Charlotte, NC will be on Thursday, December 4. We will meet at the Church that morning at 8:00 a.m. and will return that afternoon around 5:00 p.m. There is a limited number of spots available for the trip and for the bus, and they will be given on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your spot please contact Pastor Travis at 244-2975, ext. 121.

ERBC will be a Collection Center for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again this year. We will be open the week of November 17 - 24! Volunteer sign up sheet is on the bulletin board next to the library. Sign up to serve!

Collection bins are at the front door and the Preschool door of the church. Collection bins are at the front door and the Preschool door of the church. Last year our church collected 640 shoeboxes. Let's commit to do even more than that this year!

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.

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, Sunday Night Discipleship, continues from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. We are studying a new series from Bible Studies for Life. The theme for the first 6 weeks is Connected and for the second 6 weeks is Overcome. Make plans to come on Sunday nights and invite a friend!

WEDNESDAY: The HUB - 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. The HUB is our mid-week worship service for Middle and High School students, including The Road Band praise and worship, challenging messages from God's Word, and fellowship time with one another. Snacks and drinks are provided!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21: The Road Student Ministry and the women of ERBC are joining together to present a special event for our girls 6th through 12th grade. Following the Titus 2 model, our women are planning a special night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. to teach and encourage the girls of our Youth Ministry. The evening will include great door prizes, special food, beautiful decorations, games, and how to exhibits. There will be special music led by Brittany Wilson and Bible teaching by Ruth McWhite, Director of Women's Ministry at North Greenville University. Girls, mark your calendars now! The cost is $5 per person thru November 2 and $8 thru November 16. Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7

MARCH 13-15, 2015: DNOW. It is with great excitement to officially announce that our spring Disciple Now weekend is in motion for our 6th - 12th grade students. DNOW is a very intensive discipleship weekend that includes tons of worship, Bible study, small group time, and deep growth in the Lord Jesus. It will also include lots of food, fun, and fellowship!

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, but we'll divide students into small groups by grade and gender. These small groups will stay together in local host homes both nights furnished by ERBC members... and we'll need lots of homes!

Our DNOW theme will be TOTALLY CONSUMED, taken from Hebrews 12:29. Cost is $40 each, and registration will begin October 26 and end 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


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 25 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.



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.



The organ is damaged and not operational at this time. We are investigating all our options as to what our course of action should be in regards to its use. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we go through this process. Pastor Clay



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!



The ERBC Medical Team works in conjunction with the Safety Team so our members can worship and serve in a safe environment that is well equipped with professionals who can assist in case of emergency. Each Sunday morning team consists of two doctors, one nurse and one dentist or dentist professional. Additions to the team could include paramedics, EMTs, or physician's assistants currently working in the medical field. The Medical Team of doctors and dentist will serve a two week rotation, and nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other members will serve one week rotations. Please contact Amanda Hopper at 590-4503 for more information on how you can serve.



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.



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 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!



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.



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!



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.



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.



Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12



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 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 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.



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 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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