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September BBQ Fundraiser Postponed

The planned barbecue fundraiser has been indefinitely postponed. We will let you know when it is rescheduled.

Mini-Bible Lesson 1: God Knows

Two of God’s attributes are that he is omnipresent and omniscient. These are big and ominous words, but what they mean is simple and profound.

God is present everywhere—omnipresent; or, as the Psalmist says in Psalm 139:7-8: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” There is nowhere to hide.

And God knows everything—he is omniscient. He knew me before I was born; he knows all about me. The Psalmist speaks of this, too. In Psalm 139:13 & 15 he says: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.” And is verses 1-2: O LORD you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”

To a believer in Jesus Christ who lives in the shadow of the cross and its grace, these attributes of God can be comforting. To the unbeliever (blaspheming the Holy Spirit) and the Christian who is not even trying to live according to God’s will or who is involved in unrepentant sinfulness (grieving the Holy Spirit), these qualities of God are ominous (scary). There is no where to run, and nowhere to hide; therefore, you need to make sure of your salvation in Jesus Christ—the one and only Savior.

Take the time to read all of Psalm 139 to get the full image of God’s awesome presence and knowledge. I will leave you with this quote to contemplate and meditate upon: “We must be faithful in little things because there are no little things; we must be faithful in God’s absence because God is never absent.”  (Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8, pp. 232-233)

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.

We thank the Haas girls for working to put up these delighful boards. Please take time to look at them when you come to church. The bulletin board shown below also provides you with Bible verse clips that you can take with you if you need encouragement or reassurance. The other picture 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.

Ongoing Collections - Updated

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.)

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.

"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