Emmanuel Baptist Church
November 28, 2023
Yesterday, we finished up our sermon series “What We Believe and Why We Believe It”. There’s one last week of homework which you can find in the newsletter below. I would encourage you to thumb through the rest of the Blue Book chapters to see what interests you - then study the topics you want to learn more about on your own. As always, if you have questions about what you read, I would be happy to have a discussion with you about it. We will start a short sermon series for the month of December about the theology behind some of the Christmas carols we sing. We’ll look at “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” this Sunday.
I wanted to give you an update from our Search Committee for a Next Generation Minister. We found a candidate that we were ready to extend a call to in November, but he declined at this time because of a crisis at his current church. As a group, we were disappointed in this news, but we trust that God will bring us the right man in His timing. As we regrouped, one of the things affecting that timing is EBC’s current giving pattern.
Our current giving is not sufficient for us to add a third full-time staff member. So the Finance and Search Committees both agreed it was wise to hold off on a full-time hire until our giving will support it. In the mean time, the plan is to consider any part-time applicants we may receive. The Search Committee is hopeful that in the New Year, EBC’s finances will allow us to resume the search for a full-time applicant. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to ask God to send us the right man at the right time.
One final note, we will have a business meeting directly after the morning worship service on Sunday, December 10 to vote on the Proposed 2024 Budget as well as 2024 Committee Members.
I am grateful to belong to the EBC Family,
Homework - Blue Book
Day 1 - pg. 85 - 86a
Day 2 - pg. 86b - 88a
Day 3 - pg. 88b - 89a
Day 4 - pg. 89b - 90a
Day 5 - pg. 90b - 92
Wednesday Night Meal
Chili, cornbread, salad, and brownies
Wednesday, Nov 29, 2023, 05:00 PM
Movie Night - The Blind
Christmas Bell Ringing - Volunteers Needed
Tuesday, December 5 from 4pm- 8pmThe Mission House needs your help! It's Bell Ringing time, and we need at least 2 people at each entrance to Wal-Mart for each time slot. Look for the sign up on the Welcome Desk.
Caring and Sharing
We are needing new unwrapped items for boys ages 8-12.
Some suggestions are: socks, cars, trucks, planes, outdoor toys, train, shirt, musical instruments, bean bag chair, soccer ball, football etc.
Please have all donations dropped off by December 3rd.
Please help us keep our Worship Center looking its best and only bring water inside. No other food or beverages. Thank you for understanding!
Christmas Lights in Elk City
Tuesday, November 28 meet in the west parking lot at 4:30pm
Transportation will be provided to Elk City for anyone interested in going to look at Christmas lights. We will stop at Freds for dinner before seeing the lights.
Sign up on the Welcome Desk
Do you feel called to work with children?
Our nursery/pre-school ministry is in need of paid workers. Please contact Sherry Gooch at
580-302-0073 for any questions.
Applications are outside the church office.
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
All worship and tech team members are invited to an appreciation dinner in the Fellowship Hall.
November 30 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Childcare will be available for children 5 and under.
Ladies Christmas Home Tour
Ladies you are invited to the Annual EBC Christmas home tour on December 4th. We will meet in the EBC atrium for snacks at 6pm. We will then caravan in the church vans to 3 different homes.
Ladies join us once a month for Coffee Talk!
7:00pm - 8:15pm upstairs in the youth lounge
Bring a drink and come refuel for the week ahead! This is a time to discuss topics of interest for women seeking to "walk out their faith" in their everyday life.
Last Week at a Glance
Sunday, November 26, 2023
Last Sunday ................................. $ 4,553.00
YTD Budget .......................................$ 502,706.36
YTD Budget Received ......................$ 393,854.18
This Month New Building
Receipts This Week .................$ 0.00
Received This Month ..................$ 9,056.00
Grow Groups: 111
Family Worship: 120
Sunday Servants This Week
Deacon of the Week