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Thanks to all Sunday School Classes that are involved in the Overflow Service rotation! Here is the schedule:
May 19: Compton & Hopper Classes
May Classes - 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.: Thursday, May 23; Monday, May 20; no class on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day) or Thursday, May 30. June classes - 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.: Monday, June 3 and 10; Thursday, June 6 and 13. No classes the remainder of June because of VBS and Mission Greenville at ERBC. Pilates will not meet during July and August, but we'll resume classes on Thursday, September 5. Contact Tracy Sorrells by email or at 864-420-3347 for more information.
The Torchbearers Senior Adult Ministry will highlight 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.
Second deposit for the Springmaid Senior Adult Retreat September 9-13 is $75 per person and due by mid-June. Please turn in to Pat Billings.
The Senior Adult Choir will be singing at The Woodlands on Thursday morning, May 23 at 10:30 a.m.
A Sportsman's Banquet will be held at ERBC on May 17. Hank Parker, fisherman and star of Hank Parker's Outdoor Magazine on NBC Sports Network, will be our guest speaker. Bluegrass music will be provided by NitroGrass, all you can eat Charlie's BBQ is included, and door prizes will be awarded!
The 4th Annual Beautiful Feet 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m. We have a NEW VENUE this year! The race will begin in the parking lot of ERBC and will follow the 5K course through Botany Woods subdivision. Please make sure to arrive at ERBC no later than 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 to get your packet before the race begins. The event will begin in the parking lot outside the chapel. All cars must enter the property via the front entrance off of Edwards Road.
We look forward to hosting Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network families in the Fellowship Hall starting May 26. Please contact Fran Dill at 292-3019, Sylvia Axmann at 294-9248, or Jeff Heath at 288-0910 to let them know how you can help. Thanks to all those who make this great ministry so effective!
We will observe the Lord's Supper on Sunday morning, May 26 in the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service.
Our regularly scheduled Quarterly Church Conference will be held Wednesday night, May 29 at 6:30 p.m in the Sanctuary.
The final rehearsal for Children's Choirs will be May 29.
The Women's Missionary Union Missionary Focus meeting will be on Monday May 27 at Pat Ward's home. You are welcome to call 834-8777 for details on how you can be involved.
ERBC scholarships are now available. These applications are available at the Receptionist's desk in the Main Office. Completed applications need to be turned into Nora Nix no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7. If you have any questions, please contact Nora at 244-2975, ext. 113 or by email.
JUNE 17-21: Mission Greenville (formerly known as World Changers) - We need volunteers to roof and side a home in the Greenville area. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Tish at 244-2975, ext. 128 by May 31 to sign up.
Please be in prayer for Jody Jennings and Anna Kellett in Uganda and Courtney Smith in the Dominican Republic serving on short term mission trips.
Be sure to check the Missions page often for trip information, prayer requests and updates!
The Lord has blessed Edwards Road Baptist Church for more than 50 years now, and we're going to celebrate His goodness to us on August 25! More details about the celebration will follow, and volunteers are needed in lots of capacities. If you can help out in any way or if you have pictures, videos or information from events in years past, please contact Billie Burns at 244-6724 or Barry Brown at 244-2975, ext. 112.
We are collecting items for Operation Christmas Child throughout the year. Here is a list of the items we will collect each month:
May: Matchbox cars, children's jewelry and hair accessories; June: Soap and washcloths; July: Toothbrushes and toothpaste; August: Pencils and pencil sharpeners, crayons or markers and paper; September: Coloring books; October: Candy
There are collection bins in the hallways of the church for you to place the items. We would like to be able to do an additional 50 to 100 boxes from our church this year! If you have any questions you can talk to Pastor Travis, Amy Sweeney or Lisa Spitzer.
WorldCrafts develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world, and their vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on Earth. You can shop WorldCrafts.org, call the number in the catalogs located in the main hallway, and you can mail the order form in the catalog as well. If you need any help with your transactions, you can call Sarah Allen at 244-0845.
ERBC is providing CDs of Pastor Aaron's sermons to deployed soldiers. Kim Weathers is sending these CDs out, so if anyone has a soldier they would like to send tapes to, please email Kim.
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.
Children's Choirs rehearse Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. K4 & K5 meet in Room B-113; 1st grade: B-202; 2nd and 3rd grades: B-204; and 4th and 5th grades: B-206.
Our delicious Wednesday Night Dinners continue at 5:00 p.m. every Wednesday, so please be sure to get your reservations with Debi Dowling at 244-2975 or by emailing her by each Monday! Volunteers are needed for preparation and cleanup each week. Volunteers are awarded a free Wednesday Night Dinner, and you can sign up to help at the Ministry Information Center in the main hallway.
Kairos Prison Ministry needs your help to bring the Gospel to those incarcerated in nearby prisons. Please contact Ed Chandler at 244-9153 for additional details on how you can help.
The Worship Choir and Orchestra have resumed Sunday afternoon practices at 4:45 p.m. in the Music Suite and Sanctuary. Praise Team practices begin at 4:00 p.m.
Be sure to check the Missions page often for trip information, prayer requests and updates!
We need more volunteers (students and adults - all ages) to help us on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights with Worship Ministry needs (see Pastor Clay's August newsletter article for more details). 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.
This year work hard to read your Bible at least 10 minutes a day, pray at least 10 minutes a day, and tell others and reach 10 people for Christ! The One Year Bible Online Plan can help you read through the Bible this year.
AWANA schedule for the remainder of this year:
May 19 – Last night of AWANA – Store and Party Night!
May 22 (Wednesday) – AWANA Awards Night at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Please read carefully for information on coming events!:
2nd Grader Camp: For: Any child who has finished 2nd grade by this summer.
Location: Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center in Newport, TN
Date: Wednesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 11
Cost: $25 per child total. Full payment due NO LATER THAN Sunday, May 26
5TH GRADE BOOT CAMP:
For: All current 5th graders
Location: Sleeping with the Sharks at Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN
Date: Sunday, August 11 – Monday, August 12
Cost: $50 per person covers 4 meals, all activities and transportation. $25 deposit due by Sunday, July 7.
For: Girls currently in 1st – 4th grades and their moms
Location: Look Up Lodge (close to Travelers Rest)
Date: Friday, August 16 – Saturday, August 17
Cost: $50 for mother and 1 daughter or $75 for mother and 2 daughters – covers 4 meals, all activities and lodging. $25 deposit due by Sunday, July 7.
To register for any of these activities you may contact Ginger Hall at 244-2975, ext. 121 or by email. To pay deposits you may put them in the black mailbox in the Family/Student Ministries office, put them in Ginger's or Pastor Travis' mailbox in the front office, or give them to Pastor Travis. BE SURE TO INDICATE ON YOUR CHECK WHAT THE DEPOSIT IS FOR AND THE NAMES OF THE PARTICIPANTS!
CHILDREN'S SUMMER ACTIVITIES PARENT MEETING:
If you and/or your child are participating in any of the following activities this summer - Children's Camp (June 11 – 14), 2nd Grader Camp (July 10 – 11), Camp McCall (August 1 – 3), 5th Grade Boot Camp (August 10 – 11), or Mother/Daughter Retreat (August 16 – 17) - then you need to come to a VERY IMPORTANT meeting on Wednesday, May 22 from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This is right before AWANA Awards Night, so many of you would be coming that night anyway. PLEASE BE ON TIME! We will be going over information and passing out paperwork for all of the camps! You need to come even if you have been to one of these activities before – THERE IS NEW INFORMATION FOR EVERY CAMP!
Thank you for your support and for giving to Operation Christmas Child! During the month of May you can bring in matchbox cars, children's jewelry and hair accessories. Place your donations in the collection bins in the hallways of the church. Remember that all items must fit in a shoebox!
VBS is just around the corner and we need your help! If you would like to volunteer to serve in VBS as a teacher, assistant, or craft worker, please contact Amy Sweeney at 244-2975, ext. 120 or by email as soon as possible! We also have signup sheets in the main hallway of the church.
Also we are in need of the following to be donated for use during VBS:
Children's plastic rocking horse (will NOT be returned)
Sheets – plain white, off-white, or light blue preferred but we will take any solid color sheets
(sheets will NOT be returned)
Cardboard paper towel tubes
Artificial greenery of any kind
Plastic drink holders – the kind that come around a 6-pack of drinks
Please keep in mind that NONE OF THESE ITEMS WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU! If you donate it to us, we will be using it and not returning it! Items may be brought to the church beginning today. There will be a collection area at the front office entrance and at the Preschool entrance. We also need to borrow a brown pop-up or tailgate style tent for our drama in VBS. You will get it back!
There will be a VBS volunteers meeting Wednesday, May 29 from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
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.
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 now 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 now check the new ERBC Singles page for more information, and join our Facebook group.
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with Him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
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 new 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.
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.
Greenville Literacy Association needs many volunteers to help other adults improve their reading, writing and math skills, prepare for the GED or learn to speak English. No prior teaching experience or second language skills are required. Greenville Literacy provides training. For more information, please call 467-3456 or visit www.greenvilleliteracy.org.
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