Emmanuel Baptist Church
December 20, 2022
Merry Christmas EBC Family!
I’m looking forward to worshipping with you this Saturday night at 6:00 for our Christmas Eve Service and then again on Sunday morning at 10:45. As believers in Christ, we can enjoy this week of the year more than others. Our Christmas experience is not dependent on time with family or gifts that we may receive.
As I’ve listened to Christmas music the past month, so much of it revolves around relationships - either with family or with a significant other. But while human relationships are a good gift from God, they are not what makes this week meaningful. This week is meaningful because God extended a relationship to us in the coming of Jesus! We have fellowship with the Almighty God as our Father! That is why this is a week full of “tidings of comfort and joy”. We have peace with God in Christ. That is what we celebrate this week!
Please join us Wednesday night at 6:00 this week for our special called business meeting. I know that church business is probably the last thing on your mind this week, but we have a sobering recommendation from our Deacons that we need to consider and vote on regarding Derrick Barker’s position as an EBC Deacon. This is not a decision they have come to lightly but the result of many hours of prayer and conversation.
I would encourage you to prepare for the meeting by praying for our church. Pray that the Holy Spirit would grant us insight and discernment. Pray that He would grant us clarity and compassion. Pray that He would help us guard our unity in Christ. Pray against the dissension and division that Satan would attempt to spread among us. This will be a hard conversation, but an important one. Please prepare your hearts and attend.
I’m grateful for Jesus and the Church Family He has given us,
Just a Reminder
All gifts given to the church in person, online or postmarked by December 31, 2022 are tax deductible for 2022.
December 20-22 8 am-5 pm
December 27 8 am-5 pm
December 28-30 8 am-3 pm
Church Office Closed
The church office will also be closed on January 2.
Wednesday Night Changes for December
Regularly scheduled Prayer Meeting and EBC Kids will not meet December 21.
Youth are having their annual Christmas party at Roger Howell's home December 21 at 7:00pm.
Caring and Sharing
Emmanuel, we could not make this happen without all of you. Thank you for your donations. This year we served 160 families, and 550 children!
For next years Caring and Sharing Program, Emmanuel will provide gifts for Boys 8-12 years old. We are expecting at least 95 boys in the age group.
December 25 at 10:45am
Cook Substitute for EBC Childcare
This can be a volunteer or paid position. Call the church office for details.
Special Called Business Meeting
December 21 at 6:00pm in the Worship Center
Healthy Patterns for Marriage
Join us for a marriage weekend on January 28 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. The cost for each couple is $20. Lunch will be provided. Sign-up on the bulletin board across from the Worship Center.
Last Week at a Glance
Sunday, December 18 2022
Last Sunday ......................................... $ 7,059.52
YTD Budget Needed ........................... $ 520,842.29
YTD Budget Received ......................... $ 499,516.30
This Month New Building
Receipts This month .......................... $ 9,275.00
Received This Week ........................... $ 400.00
Grow Groups: 115
Family Worship: 170
1/1 Bernard Boekman
12/25 Robert Walker
1/1 Steve Wichert
12/25 (Volunteer Needed)
1/1 (Volunteer Needed)
Deacon of the Week
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Grow Groups 9:30am
Family Worship 10:45am
Sunday Nights 6:00pm
Wednesday Night Activities
Church-Wide Meal 5:00pm
KIDS and Youth 6:00pm
Hymns and Prayer 6:00pm
Harbor - College 8:00pm