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VBS Is Coming! Roar!
Vacation Bible School is June 9-12, 2019, 5:30-8:45 p.m.
Ebenezer is planning some Wild Bible Adventures at Vacation Bible School this year, because Life is wild; God is good! We'll be singing, playing great games, doing fun projects at the Imagination Station--all while learning how knowing God can make life good--even when bad things are happening; because God is good!
Some of the friends you will meet at VBS include Mack the Rhino, Hopper--the Hoopoe Bird, Marge the Cape Buffalo, Zion the Lion, and Savanna Giraffe. Come and Roar! with us at the 2019 VBS! All ages are welcome. A light supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. The adult class begins at 6:30 p.m. VBS Commencement and cook out will be held on the last day, Wednesday June 12, at 6:00 p.m. More information will be available in the near future.
Note Burning Service - Report
We were treated to good worship music from the praise band and the adult choir during the dedication of the Christian Life Center, and the celebration for paying off the mortgage. An emotional Rev. Eric Lane, our former pastor who served during the time of the building progect from beginning to end, spoke during the service. The 70 people in attendance then walked outside to symbolically throw copies of the "note" onto a fire. Though it had been raining earlier, there was plenty of sunshine as we tossed the papers into the flames. Back in the Christian Life Center, we shared some wonderful food while fellowshiping with one another. It was a wonderful time of worship, praise, and thankfulness to our Lord, and to all those who helped make this moment possible.
We will have a Note Burning Service on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at 3:00 pm. to celebrate paying off the Christian Life Center mortgage. The service will be held in the Christian Life Center, though the note burning will be done outside. Special guests will include former pastor Rev. Eric Lane (the only person to confirm at this point). We invite every one who helped with the construction of the CLC, and who helped us pay off the loan through their gifts or by purchasing items during any of our multiple fundraisers for this building project.
We ask that our current members bring finger foods and sweets to share after the service.
Thank you to every person who contributed over the years to this project. We hope to see you at the service.
Satan thought he had triumphed over Jesus at the cross. But, Jesus triumphed by giving us a way to be reconciled with God. "For God so loved the world that, he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 Happy Easter!
Holy Week Services
We will begin Holy Week with the Palm Sunday Service on Sunday, April 14th at 9:00 a.m. On Maundy Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (April 18th), we will remember the first Communion Service as Jesus's deciples had their last supper with Jesus before his arrest and crucifixion. Then on Good Friday, April 19th, at 7:00 p.m., will offer up praise to our Lord who made the ultimate sacrifice on that wooden cross of shame and cruelty, so that we could be forgiven of our sins and be reconciled with our Lord and Creator. We will light candles to honor the Light of the world, Jesus, our Savior.
On Easter Sunday, April 21st, at 7:00 a.m., we will commemorate and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Christ. He has shown his power over sin and death, and will return one day to wipe away all our tears. Praise be the the Lord!
Breakfast will be served after the worship service. Sunday school classes will not meet.
It's Paid For!
For all those who did not attend church on Sunday, you missed the announcement that the Christian Life Center mortgage is paid in full! We are now DEBT FREE! Praise be to God and to every one of you who gave faithfully and worked so hard to make this day possible.
Because of this wonderful accomplishment, we have now closed the Building Fund. All leftover Building Fund monies will be put in a new account called "Capital Improvements." Later on, we will use this fund to do some improvements and remodeling of the church building and grounds; but, for now, we would prefer that you give your tithes and offerings to the General Fund. We had to cut back on some of our ministries in the last couple of years to keep up the CLC mortgage payments. Now, we can spend more money on our current ministries, especially for our children and youth, and maybe on new ministries and services.
We have set Sunday, May 5th, at 3:00 p.m. as the day for our "note burning" ceremony and celebration. We will provide more information about this event later.
Journeys with Jesus
From March 24th to April 7th, we will have speakers during the Sunday morning worship service that will share stories of their "Journeys with Jesus." Our first guest speakers on Sunday, March 24th at 9:00 a.m. will be Irene Austin and a representative from Safe Harbor, a women's and children's shelter. All of our guest speakers will be regular (lay) people, not clergy, who will share their personal experiences and their faith journey with Jesus. Pass the word. Everyone is invited.
Todd Harris will speak about his journey with Jesus and his battle with cancer on Sunday, March 31st. On Sunday, April 7th, Kim Ellis and Kirk Austin will tell us about their mission trip to Belize.
Website Updating In Process
We are making changes to our website. Some of the older pages still have the previous formatting, but will be updated as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience.
Biscuits Sales - Canceled for April
On Thursday, CANCELED , 6 a.m. -'til gone! ., Ebenezer's famous ham biscuits will be served up again, along with livermush, sausage, bologna, egg, and jelly ones, and gravy and biscuits. You can also stop by and eat-in. Please order early on Thursday or pre-order on Wednesday for deliveries. We deliver orders of 10 or more in the surrounding area, which includes Lenoir, Granite Falls, Hudson, and Hickory. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to get them while they're hot.
Prices vary from $1.50-2.50. Call: Ebenezer's church office at 396-2214 (Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.). Ebenezer's Rainbow Sunday School Class is now in charge of this fundraiser. Proceeds will go to the ART (Area Response Team) Fund, and the money will be used to help people in need in the area.
"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.