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October Newsletter is now online!

Homecoming! October 9th

We are gearing up now for our annual Homecoming and $10,000 Sunday on Sunday, October 9th at 10:30 a.m. We invite all our current members and attendees, and past members and friends to join us for worship as we celebrate another year of service to the Lord in Dudley Shoals. Our guest preacher this year is Rev. Eric Lane, who served Ebenezer for a long time during the building of the Christian Life Center.

We encourage everyone to dig down deep and give as much as you can to help us reach the goal of $10,000 of contributions on this special Sunday. God will bless your generosity!

After worship, you can join us for a pot-luck lunch. Current members and friends are encouraged to bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. Ebenezer will provide drinks and plates, etc.

Please note that Sunday school classes will not meet on this day. See you soon!

Pastor Appreciation Month

October is Pastor Appreciation month. We encourage you to show your appreciation for Pastor Alan by sending him cards and letters during this month; and/or giving a donation to our General Fund or Capital Improvements (for roof loan payoff) in his honor.

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Quote to Ponder

“Jesus is called the Lamb of God. How can He be the Lamb of God and at the same time be the Good Shepherd? (John 1:29)…The fact that He became a Lamb emphasizes the humanity of Christ. The fact that He is the Good Shepherd emphasizes the deity of Christ. He alone was worthy and able to save us. No other human being could do this; He had to be God.” –J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible, Vol. IV, p. 431

 

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For Meditation

"Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me (John 12: 7-8 NIV)."

“Jesus says that the poor are always with us and that He will not always be with us. He is not contradicting His statement that He is with us always, that He will never leave us nor forsake us. What He is saying here is that we can always be of service to the poor—they are always with us—but that our service should not be a substitute for sitting at His feet. There comes a day when it is too late to absorb all He has for us…Do not substitute activity for sitting at His feet.” J. Vernon McGee, Through the Bible, Vol. IV, p. 443 in reference to John 12:4-8

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Mini-Bible Lesson #46: Whatever You Ask

References: John 11:17-27; Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8, pp. 642-645

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that, even now God will give you whatever you ask.” …Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him…

“God will give you whatever you ask (v. 22b).” “What did she mean by that? Probably she herself hardly knew. And yet her attitude was very natural, is often reproduced in other troubled, confused souls, who yet in this are wise indeed. For those who know Christ at all well come to give him a blind trust. They do not know what he will feel it right to do, nor what they themselves ought to ask from him; but they are entirely sure of his interest in them, and his compassion toward them, and his power to carry through what no one else could do for them. And they leave it at that, with quiet contented minds (I. B. p. 642).”

This attitude involves a deep and mindful trust in the Lord. It comes from experience, from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and from a faith forged in the fires of a fallen world. It is a belief that abounds with hope, comfort, and strength in a world where sorrow, suffering, and death often appear to be inevitable, relentless, and unavoidable. Yet, we who believe in Jesus know that our lives are not “mere ephemerids, and the mere passing creatures of day, seen for a moment and then forgotten, utterly and forever; that we loved and love in our dear dead has not ceased to be, but is as real as ever; and that one day we shall find our lost again (I. B. p. 643) …” “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day (v. 24).”

“I am the resurrection and the life (v. 25).” “Even in this present life Christ has been for untold multitudes ‘the resurrection and the life.’ Through him and in him dead souls can and do rise up out of the sleep of death, become alive, grow sensitive, active, purposeful, endowed with powers that they did not have before (I. B., p. 644).”

Lately, I’ve been thinking that I am finally getting a better grasp on living and living rightly; yet, I have so far to go to reach that goal of being like Jesus. Death seems to put a stop to that growth; yet, Jesus tells us it doesn’t. And there remains in Jesus that hope that “we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive the things he has prepared farther out, and farther on, for them who love him.” (See 1 Corinthians 2:9) Thank God!

Jesus ask, “Do you believe this?” Is your answer the same as Martha’s: “Yes, Lord, I believe…?”

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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 - 9/29

Finding Hope Ministries Special Need

We are collecting coat hangers for Finding Hope Ministries' Thrift Shop. Please place them on one of the benches in the old fellowship hall. Volunteers to help set up shelves and hang up and price clothing are needed. Contact the ministry to volunteer. (Phone number: 828-228-4140)

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 - Update 9/29

NOTE: We received a thank you note from SCCM this week thanking us for 49.5 pounds of food for their ministry. We continue to collect until the end of August. Thank you members and friends for your generous support.

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