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Student Pastor John Freeman - Student Ministry: Have You Heard the News?

Last summer we took 77 students and 11 chaperones to Summer Salt Camp. It was the largest number of students I've ever taken to camp in my 20 years of full time ministry. ALL glory to God! Well, if you know me, I am a "Just One More" kind of man, and I always challenge our students to reach out to invite more students for everything we do. So I set a goal of 85 students for 2018 Summer Salt Camp, and the deadline was October 1. Well, I am thrilled to announce, by the favor of God, we have 90, yes, 90, registered students 6th through 12th Grade going to Summer Salt Camp 2018. Can I get a witness?! This does not include 12 chaperones as well. Lord willing, we will take 102 people from ERBC to Camp next summer. ALL praise to Jesus!

Girls Mentoring Ministry

Please pray! We have 15 of our Junior and Senior High Girls who have committed their time over the next five months to mentor more than 20 of our Middle School Girls in 6th-8th grades. Our High School Girls have committed to invest in the next generation. Amen! AND our Middle School Girls have a desire to learn and grow in their faith. Amen!

Our older girls will partner with our younger girls to study the Bible and encourage them in their relationship with Jesus Christ. The girls will work through a resource called Worthy Vessel by Amy Byrd. All the girls will meet once a month in a large group setting but will also meet bi-weekly in a small group with their mentor. Karla Partin and Cathie Joyce help lead/guide this wonderful ministry. Thank you, ladies, and thank you, girls for doing life together! Love you all!

I Have to Brag

I'm NOT being prideful or partial with what I am about to say, but it's a fact. ERBC has THE MOST Jesus-filled, servant-hearted, dedicated, hardest-working people serving the next generation that I have ever witnessed and had the privilege of serving alongside.

It's a fact. There is no "big I little you" mentality. It is the most humble service that I have ever witnessed. I see parents and student volunteers of all ages passionately and faithfully doing their part to bring glory to Jesus, and to bring Jesus to the next generation.

It's a fact. I have witnessed it time and time again during Sunday School, EQUIP on Sunday night, The Hub Student Service on Wednesday, extended Bible study times, fellowships, and special events. Our people do "whatever it takes" to bring the Name of Jesus to our Middle School, High School, and College Students. Our people are truly invested in the generation. Amen!

ERBC Student Ministry Volunteers: I honor you as Paul honored the people of Thessalonica. I echo his words in 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3,8: "We (I, Pastor John) give thanks to God always for you all (ERBC parents and student volunteers), making mention of you in our (my) prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father... For from you the Word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia (Greenville) and Achaia (South Carolina), but also in every place (the Nations). Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything."

It's a fact. ERBC is known for its "work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope" and "sounding forth the word of the Lord." I commend you for giving your ALL to make a GOSPEL influence to the next generation. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! :) Thank you!

Jesus Loves You!

I recently had a conversation with one of my students after EQUIP service on Sunday night. We talk regularly about our Bible study and how Jesus and His Word impacts his life. This is a great kid and loves the Lord very much, and God is doing a great work in his life. Unfortunately the enemy in his slightest of ways has been causing my student to doubt the love of God and the love of others in his life. As my student began to express his heavy heart he began to weep deeply - unlike I've seen in some time, and I couldn't help but weep myself as I stared into his eyes.

I felt very burdened for my student. He needed a verbal word of encouragement right then, so I gave him a Jesus hug for about 30 seconds and told him Jesus loves him... and so does his family as well as his church family. I told him I love him and how very proud I am of him. I believed my student was encouraged by the Lord. All he needed was to be reminded of that little big powerful phrase that we all so desperately need to hear everyday: Jesus loves you! I feel there are many people in the church today - children, students, and adults - that need reminding. If you haven't heard it today, Jesus loves you! (Romans 5:8)

Upcoming Events

Flag Football: Saturday, November 4
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - ERBC Soccer Fields on Hudson and Devenger Roads
Everyone meet at the soccer fields at 2:00 p.m. Note: weather permitting - raining = no, cold = yes! Let's have some fun and fellowship TOGETHER!

Student (6th - 12th Grade and Youth Leaders) Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 13
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Student Center
Our party will include a delicious meal - breakfast style: eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, etc., Christmas devotion, and gift exchange. Cost is $5 each which covers food and gift. Please RSVP with Ginger (244-2975, ext. 111 or by email) by December 10.

Girls Titus 2 Night: Friday, January 19
For 6th - 12th Grade Girls from 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. - Student Center
It will be a night of instruction and encouragement! The event includes a delicious meal, worship, Bible study, drawings for 3-5 big prizes, a 2-hour bowling outing at Wade Hampton Lanes, and we'll finish it off with snacks, volleyball, basketball and dodgeball in the Family Life Center. Cost is $10 each. Deadline to sign up and pay is Wednesday, January 10. This event is also open to the mothers of our girls as well at the same cost.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! Love In Christ, John, B.J., Avery, and Austin

Check out the Students page on the ERBC website! Contact Ginger Hall by email to sign up for our activities.


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