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Porch Sale and Breakfast Biscuits

Look for bargains, and buy a good, quick, hot breakfast of sausage or livermush biscuits and coffee at Ebenezer on Saturday, June 25, 7:00 a.m. to Noon.

And if you have some used items or wares that you would like to sell, rent a table for $10 and sell them this weekend at Ebenezer. You keep the proceeds from your sales.

Table rental fees, and biscuit sales proceeds will go towards paying off the roof repair loan our church took out last year. We thank you for your support!

Youth Summer Program Schedule

Please note that there have been some changes from what was published in the June Newsletter. Check here first before making your plans. Youth who participage must have a permission form filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian.

  • June 30: Lakeside Park in Granite Falls, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a hike and cookout.
  • July 7: Work day at Ebenezer with lunch, 10-2:00 p.m.
  • July 14: Help at Finding Hope Ministries Thrift Shop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at 6017 HWY 16, Taylorsville with Pizza for lunch.
  • July 21: Sunrise on the Parkway. Breakfast at Cracker Barrell in Boone, and a trip to the Mast Store. Bring spending money. We have to leave from Ebenzer by 5:30 a.m.
  • July 28: Hickory Crawdads Baseball Game. $10 per for tickets. Leave Ebenezer by 6:30 p.m.

Robin's Nest Collection

Throughout June and July, we will be collecting toys, stuffed toys, coloring books, crayons, etc. for preschoolers and young children for the Robin's Nest Ministry that works with abused children in our area. Please place the new or in good condition items in the boxes in the old fellowship hall. Thank you for your generosity.

Pastor Alan Teaching Wednesdays

Pastor Alan is teaching from the New Testament books of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus during Wednesday evening's adult Bible study time, 7-8:00 p.m. We invite you to come and hear the Word of God expounded upon by our Pastor. You do not need to be a member of Ebenezer to attend.

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Quote to Ponder

“Humanism with its lack of any final case for values or law, always leads to chaos. It then naturally leads to some form of authoritarianism to control the chaos. Having produced the sickness, humanism gives more of the same kind of medicine for a cure.”
–Francis Schaeffer, The Works of Francis Schaeffer, Vol. 5. The Christian Manifesto, p. 430

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For Meditation

John Wesley:
Justification…is not the being made actually just and righteous. This is sanctification, which is indeed, in some degree, the immediate fruit of justification, but, nevertheless, is a distinct Gift of God, and a totally different nature. The one (justification) implies, what God does for us through His Son, the other (sanctification), what He works in us by His Spirit.

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Mini-Bible Lesson #36: Sin No More

References: John 7:53-8:11; NIV Application Commentary: John, pp. 237-251 by Gary M. Burge.

“Neither do I condemn,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” –John 8:11b

The story of the woman caught in adultery appears to be a late edition to the gospel of John, so most Bible scholars say that it should not be included in the Bible. Yet, this passage is filled with meaning, and emotion, spiritual truths, human hypocrisy and evil, manipulation, disregard for a person’s soul to accomplish a ‘political’ goal; and an awesome portrait of the forgiveness and mercy found in Christ Jesus—and the power of forgiveness to transform lives. No wonder this story is so loved within the Church.

Here we see venal men, who, to have legal evidence of the adultery of this woman, had to have set a trap for her. Their lack of concern for the woman is evident and disgusting. The fact that they did not also bring the man to Jesus shows that their main goal is not to remove sin from the community, but to trap Jesus; so that they can have him arrested or destroy his popularity and witness among the people. Their lack of concern for the woman also is made apparent by their bringing the woman to Jesus in the midst of a crowd; instead of approaching him more privately.

Notice that Jesus does not address the woman, but bends down to write in the dust of the street. Then, when he stands, he says “The person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Now, Jesus knew that no one in that crowd was sinless, but the law said that the witnesses and accusers to the crime were to be the first to cast stones. It looks like Jesus is letting these men have the time they needed to see into their own hearts and motivations. Were they as guilty as the woman of letting their sexual desires get out of hand? Did any of them help in the seduction of the woman? Is that why the adulteress man is not present?

As for the woman, it is safe to assume that she was terrified, because the law was explicit about adultery and its punishment. And when Jesus gave the men leave to stone her, she must have felt doomed.

After each man, walked away, Jesus finally addresses the woman respectively. No one else condemned her, and neither did Jesus. Does this mean that Jesus does not condemn sexual sin? Does he “wink” at it? No. It means Jesus has the power to forgive all sins. His one admonition after his forgiveness is “Go, and sin no more. (KJV, v. 11c)” Stop that sin. He gives us the power to do that. That is what sanctification is all about. But take warning:

“Christ’s forgiveness in each of our lives diminishes as we lose touch with the depth of our sinfulness. When we no longer see ourselves in the drama of the woman, when we feel we are free from accusation and judgment, we lose sight of God’s grace. Jesus is not simply committed to the requirements of the law, but to the care and transformation of the woman before him—and every person who likewise brings a debt of sin into the circle where he sits. This drama of Jesus and the woman gains power when I become that woman and reflect on the seriousness of my own jeopardy. Through this new vision, I gain a new glimpse of Jesus’ love and mercy. (p. 247)”

Sin is serious. Grace is free. Sanctification is an ongoing process. We are given the power to resist sin, but we must choose to resist. Are you choosing to resist and sin no more?

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Special Resources

In the slide show above (not seen in the mobile phone version of our website) there are pictures showing some current bulletin boards at Ebenezer put up by the Haas Family, Tasha, Emily, and Abby, and of our new Resource Room.

The picture below is our new Resource Room with books, dvds, videos, and a TV screen (not shown in photo). Individuals are encouraged to take resources home for Bible study or reading; and classes can use the room to show videos related to their studies. We would appreciate donations of books or dvds, especially for young children for this collection.

 

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Ongoing Collections - Updated

Robin's Nest Collection

We are asking our members and friends to donate books, coloring books, stuffed animals, crayons, color pencils, toys, etc. especially for younger children through June and July. These items will be given to the Robin's Nest Ministry that works with abused children in the area. Place the items in the marked boxes in the old fellowship hll area. We thank you for your generosity.

Teacher's Closet Collection

We are collecting some items for our local teachers by helping fill up the Teacher's Closet. This ministry provides items for teachers and their students that they cannot obtain through the regular budget.

They include the following: Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels, facial tissues, sharpies, dry board markers highlighters, black/blue/red ink pens. colored pencils, glue sticks, composition books and notebook paper (wide and college ruled), crayons, scissors (children's type), index cards, construction paper, pencil sharpeners, sheet protectors, file folders, large and small legal pads, white out, paper clips, staples, pencil pouches, markers, rulers, ring binders, card stock white/assorted, 3 ring note books, large and small pencil top erasers, and post it notes.

(NOTE: they have plenty of regular pencils at this time.)

South Caldwell Christian Ministries

We are collecting non-perishable food and clean used clothing in good condition that will be taken to South Caldwell Christian Ministries. You may leave the items at the church on Sundays or during normal office hours (8:30 to 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday).

We thank you for helping us to minister to the needs of our community.

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"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5: 16)

Our vision is to let our light shine into the dark world so that the world may come to know The Light, which is Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Contact Information: 828-396-2214 or ebenezerumc@yahoo.com;
4948 Burns Rd., Granite Falls NC 28630