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2018 MINISTRY BUDGET AND MISSIONS BUDGET VOTE DECEMBER 17

2018 Ministry Budget and Missions Budget brochures are available in the main hallway. The Budget Vote will be held during both morning services Sunday, December 17.

 

THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 17

Sunday, December 17 continues our special weeks of First Worship Service Christmas music from the Worship Choir with THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS from the musical "GLORY DIVINE." Songs include"Mary Did You Know," "What Love Is This" and "Amazing Grace." We'll enjoy other special features during this service, and we hope you will participate with us!

 

RODRIGO RODRIGUEZ DECEMBER 20

Wednesday, December 20 we look forward to our Special Musical Guest Rodrigo Rodriguez at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. There are invitation cards in the Sanctuary and main hallway you can use to invite others to this special event.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS DECEMBER 24 AND 31

Sunday, December 24 we will have no Sunday School and will enjoy a Combined Worship Service starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Later that afternoon at 5:00 p.m. we will observe a Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, December 31 we will also have no Sunday School and will enjoy a Combined Worship Service starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. There will be no evening activities.

 

LAST DAY FOR CONTRIBUTION CREDIT DECEMBER 29

The last day for 2017 contribution credit in the church office is Friday, December 29 by 2:00 p.m. You may still give in the offering plate or by postmarked mail by 12/31/17.

 

GIVE TO BIRTHDAY FOR JESUS FROM THE GIDEONS

Birthday for Jesus is an opportunity for us to give to distribute Scripture in honor of our Lord's birth. There are donation envelopes and brochures from The Gideons International in the main hallway, and your giving will provide much needed Scripture around the world!

 

PLEASE FILL OUT BLUE SHEETS FOR RECURRING 2018 EVENTS

Please be sure to fill out new blue sheets for 2018 recurring events so we can have everything documented on the church calendar correctly. You can contact Judy Ellison at 244-2975, ext. 114 or by email.

 

NEW MORNING SCHEDULE STARTS JANUARY 7

We will begin a new morning schedule starting January 7, 2018. First Worship Services will begin at 9:00 a.m. Sunday School will begin at 10:15 a.m., and Second Worship Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. The Sunday evening schedule will not change.

 

AWANA, EQUIP AND GROW CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 7

AWANA for Children, EQUIP for Students and grow Discipleship Classes all begin Sunday, January 7 at 5:30 p.m. Signups for grow classes are available in the main hallway, and classes include:

Christ-Centered Parenting - led by Tim & Auburn McJunkin and Marvin & Donna Eidson. $10 and held in Room B-204.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University - led by Russell Padgett in Room A-106. $109 at this link: www.fpu.com/1055870

Jesus and the Sign of His Return (Matthew 24 and 25) - led by Gene Ward in the Music Suite. Free of charge.

Why Do You Believe That? Women's Study - $13.
• Sundays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. facilitated by Emily Jennings and Michelle Halbert in Room B-212/214
• Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. facilitated by Allyson Hancock and Hannah Ennis at the home of Kathy Oliver, 117 Father Hugo Drive, Greer, 29650
• Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. facilitated by Laurie McNair at the home of Linda Hester, 21 Kingsbury Way, Greenville, 29617
• Wednesdays 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. facilitated by Kathleen Wilch in the Library*
• Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. facilitated by Lisa Lockhart in Room A-106
* Childcare for the Wednesday morning Bible study is available upon reservation by emailing Kristina Joyner by December 31.

 

MERE CHRISTIANITY BEGINS JANUARY 10

Pastor Aaron will begin a new Systematic Theology class entitled Mere Christianity beginning Wednesday night, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. free of charge in the Family Life Center. Enjoy fellowship around the tables while strengthening your faith with solid Biblical doctrine.

 

BASKETBALL "GYM MANAGER" HELP NEEDED

Gym monitor needed for basketball games - see dates below. Must be 18 years old. If you would like to help out, contact Abi by email or call the church office at 244-2975.
January 6: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
February 17: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

CHRISTMAS MINISTRY GIVING

Instead of using poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary at Christmas, please consider giving to the Benevolence Fund this year in memory or in honor of someone. We will take donations through December 18 and will print the honorary bulletin insert on the Sunday before Christmas.

 

SIGN UP AS SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS

We need volunteers to ring the Salvation Army Bell at Walmart on Pelham Road. The dates are December 16 and 23. The time slots are 2 hours each, from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Please include a phone number where you can be reached on the sign up sheet located in the main hallway. These events are open to everyone in the church family to enjoy!

 

JUST WALK!

Join us as we JUST WALK together in 2018 to better health and fitness. Look for more information to come at the beginning of January about this opportunity to gain helpful tips, find accountability, discover a walking partner or two, and enjoy some group walks around Greenville! This program is for beginner and experienced walkers alike and will culminate with the Reedy River Run in downtown Greenville on April 21, 2018. For more information contact Tracy Sorrells (864-420-3347) or Holly Carver (864-630-8822). "Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects..." Colossians 1:10a

 

WOMEN'S MINISTRY PARTY WITH A PURPOSE

ERBC will host residents of Miracle Hill's Shepherd's Gate and The Renewal Program for Party with a Purpose Friday, January 26, 2018. The Party gives ALL ERBC ladies an opportunity to love like Jesus on some that may seem unloveable, yet still all are created by our Lord and are in need of a Savior. Party with a Purpose is a night of pampering and loving on these ladies with several opportunities to share the Gospel!

So how can you help?:
• Accessories Drop-Off is now open! There are bins in the main hallway just waiting for your donations. Drop off clean and barely used jewelry, (working) watches, scarves, handbags and wallets anytime until January 12, 2018.
• Do you know of a boutique or jewelry store (or friends) that might be interested in donating? Let us know!
• Would you be willing to bake a cake, cookies, brownies, fruit, or your favorite dessert? The evening will be filled with ERBC sweetness!
• 64 ladies will be our largest group hosted by PWP. We need a lot of volunteers. Mid-November we will have Committee signups in the main hallway. Please volunteer to love and pamper these ladies for Jesus.
• PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

Thank you, ERBC once again as we stretch our comfort zones in our local community. Contact Peggy Murray by email or 864-569-3662 for more information.

 

WMU ACTIVITIES

The Women's Missionary Union (WMU) will not have a Missionary Focus Group meeting in December.

 

PRAY FOR THE MASTER'S PLAN

The Discipleship, Worship, Prayer, Evangelism and Missions, Ministry, Communication, Stewardship and Community Discernment Groups will meet for the next several weeks to interact and to prepare a report of what they feel they have heard from God for ERBC. Please continue to pray and to search for The Master’s Plan during this exciting period in the life of our church!

 

TORCHBEARERS SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY

The December monthly meeting will be a dinner on Monday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center for those who have already paid. The Christmas meeting will include a devotional, program, and catered meal at $7.50/person. The program will be provided by the Upstate Senior Concert Band.

Please come this Friday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m. to Room FLC-110 to help pack and distribute Christmas fruit or a plant to our homebound members. We will pack the bags on Friday and take a few homebound names to distribute the fruit bags or plants over the next few days.

Sign-up sheets are located in the main church hallway with additional information. If a fee is required, please pay the fee prior to the activity to assure a place. Please pay fee to Pat Billings in the church office or deposit fee in church envelope with name, event, and amount into the secure mail slot beside Pastor's Office or into the collection plate. If transportation is a problem for any reason, contact Pat Billings in the church office at 864-244-2975, ext. 125 to arrange transportation.

 

WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS

We welcome our newest members John and Kelly Arledge by Letter.

 

GRAND MOMS

Grand Moms is a focused prayer group for mothers and grandmothers. We will pray for our children, our grandchildren, and ourselves as we minister in our families. We meet on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Library. For more information, contact Kathleen Wilch at 864-325-2695 or Sandy Dunagan at 864-616-6688.

 

MISSIONS AROUND THE GLOBE

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

Gym monitor needed for basketball games - see dates below. Must be 18 years old. If you would like to help out, contact Abi by email or call the church office at 244-2975.
January 6: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
February 17: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

PRESCHOOL NEEDS: We have four classes where workers are out due to maternity or medical leave. Please help us fill these openings!: Babies – 10:00 a.m. (2 adults needed); Babies – 11:15 a.m. (2 adults needed); Toddlers – 11:15 a.m. (1 adult needed); Walkers – 11:15 a.m. (1 adult needed). The commitment is once every four weeks. Please contact Amy Sweeney by email or 244-2975, ext. 120.

We are in desperate need of some new substitutes. We have been calling on the same group of individuals and they need a break! Please consider volunteering during the first worship service (8:45 a.m.), Sunday School (10:00 a.m.) or second worship service (11:15 a.m.). Contact Amy Sweeney to volunteer. We also need volunteers on December 24 at 10:30 a.m. to fill in for our regular workers who will be out of town.

Good News Club will not meet again until Tuesday, January 9.

AWANA Announcements: Thank you to everyone who helped make our AWANA Christmas Party and Store Night a HUGE success! We love our parent and student volunteers!

No AWANA on December 17, 24, or 31. AWANA resumes on January 7!

If you would be willing to serve as a sub for AWANA, please contact Pastor Travis.

Are you interested in becoming a mentor to a child at Lake Forest Elementary? If so, please contact Pastor Travis!

 

STUDENT MINISTRIES

SUNDAY: First Worship Service at 8:45 a.m.; Sunday School in the Student Center at 10:00 a.m.; Second Worship Service at 11:15 a.m.

THE HUB Student Service for Middle and High School students will return January 10 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Student Center.

The Transitions Class Christmas Party will be on Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Mike and Janelle Ward's home on 7 Harding Drive, 29609.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19: GIRLS' TITUS 2 NIGHT. A night of instruction and encouragement for Middle and High School girls from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Cost: $10 each. It will include a delicious meal, worship, Bible study, drawing for 3-5 big prizes, 2-hour bowling outing at Wade Hampton Lanes, and we'll finish it off with snacks, and volleyball, basketball and dodgeball. Deadline to sign up and pay is Wednesday, January 10! This event is also open to the mothers of our students if they wish to join us at the same cost.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16: GUYS' TITUS 2 NIGHT. A night of instruction and encouragement for Middle and High School guys from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Cost: $10 each. It will include a delicious meal, worship, Bible study, drawing for 3-5 big prizes, 2-hour bowling outing at Wade Hampton Lanes, and we'll finish it off with snacks, and basketball and dodgeball. Deadline to sign up and pay is Wednesday, February 7! This event is also open to the fathers of our students if they wish to join us at the same cost.

MARCH 2-4: DNOW for 6th-12th Grade Students. Disciple Now is an intense weekend that includes tons of worship, preaching, small groups, and deep growth in the Lord Jesus. It will also include lots of food, fun, and fellowship! Students will spend Friday night thru Sunday morning at church and in host homes feasting on God's Presence, His Word, and enjoying the fellowship of God's people. It will consist of 1 session on Friday night, 3 sessions on Saturday, and we will conclude our DNOW with Sunday School and worship together on Sunday. Cost: $45 each. Deadline to sign up and pay is Sunday, February 4!

Sign up for events with the Student Ministry by emailing Ginger Hall or by calling 244-2975, Ext. 111.

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM WEEKLY INSPIRATION

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."

Luke 2:10

 

WOMEN'S MINISTRY ON FACEBOOK

You can find out more information when you Like the Women's Ministry on Facebook!

 

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 Communications/IT Director Barry Brown at 244-2975, ext. 112 or by email.

 

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.

 

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 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!

 

PIEDMONT WOMEN'S CENTER ABORTION RECOVERY GROUPS

Have you lost a child through abortion? Abortion Recovery Assistance can help you find freedom from past abortion experiences. Let us help you move into your future unhindered by the past. Abortion Recovery Assistance provides a safe, confidential, loving, and supportive place for you to work through your personal heartache and grief.
Groups are forming now. Please contact Piedmont Women's Center at 864-244-1434 or visit www.piedmontwomenscenter.org/assessment to begin your healing journey.

 

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.

 

HELP THE HUNGRY AT HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK

Did you know the largest pantry in SC is right here in Greenville? We see an average of 200 families per day at Harvest Hope's pantry. We need volunteers to help prepare food and serve those in need. Positions and schedules flexible. Whether an individual, family, or group- we have a way for you to help! Please reach Tanya Yachaina at by email or 864-281-3995, Ext. 3113 to learn more, and visit their website for more information.

 


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.

 

 

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