Coming Up at Ebenezer
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Finding Hope Ministries Update
Nathan Merrill has sent us a link to a video about what they are doing during the COVID-19 quarantine in Romania. He has also sent a written report and thank you for our continued prayers and support.
Drive-In Service, May 31st, 9 AM
We invite you to our third drive-in worship service on Sunday, May 31st at 9:00 a.m. Please park your car facing the front of the sanctuary, and roll down your windows to listen in while we worship and praise our God. One person used an umbrella to give her shade on the sunny side of the car. Some people have suggested bringing lawn chairs and sitting outside their vehicles. Go for it if you want to!
We had a good turnout for our first Drive-In Worship service on May 17th, and even more people on the 24th for the second service. Thanks for participating. Let us pray that we will be allowed to worship together in the church in the near future.
Happy Mother's Day
We hope that everyone who can will show their mothers their appreciation for them on Sunday in some way. No one of us would be here without a mother (and a father, but he has his own day). It used to be true that most of us interacted with our mothers more than with anyone else. But whether or not your mother was or is at home more than Dad, she is an important part of your growing up, and becoming an adult.
God designed women to be the ones who carry, nourish, and bring forth new human beings into this world. Our connection to our mothers is strong due to that intimacy experienced in our mother's womb. We give thanks to mothers everywhere who made the necessary sacrifices and endured the pain to carry us and bring us into this world. And, for most mothers, the caring does not stop at the birth, but continues to the day she dies or her children die. It is a non-stop, 24/7, job with joys unbounded, work unending, and daily sacrifice.
Thank you mothers everywhere for accepting your place in God's plan to continually repopulate the world. Proverbs 31 offers a description of the "capable wife." Hardly any woman can live up to the standards set in these passages, but it is a good place for every wife and mother to start looking for ideas on how to be a good wife and mother. But, above all else, remember:
"Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the LORD should be praised. Give her credit for all she does. She deserves the respect of everyone." AMEN! (Proverbs 31:30-31 GNT)
Bake Sale for Missions May 9th
We will have a parking lot bake sale on Saturday, May 9th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Come by and pick up a homemade dessert for this weekend. Proceeds will go toward our mission trip funds. Please observe social distancing guidelines while shopping.
Special Way to Continue to Give
Though our normal services have been suspended, we continue to have bills to pay. If you wish to give to our church, you can mail us a check (do not send cash by mail), or go online to the special page that has been set up by the Western North Carolina Conference for online giving. The Conference will pay the credit card processing fees, so your complete contribution will go directly to the church that you designate on the form at the bottom of the following page: https://www.wnccumc.org/online-donations-to-churches. Our church office remains open from 8:30-1:00 pm. if you prefer to drop off a cash contribution. We thank you for your continued support with your prayers and giving.
Finding Hope Ministries' Update
We have another update from Nathan Merrill for Finding Hope Ministries. Access the newsletter for February 2020 here.
We have received an update from Nathan Merrill's Finding Hope Ministies in Romania. They are doing a great deal of good through their children's homes. Please read their November 2019 newsletter and pray about how you can support their ministries.
On Thursday, NOT IN MAY, 6:00 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.