I’ve never been short of new ideas. In fact, Mindy and I joke that about one out of three of my ideas might actually have some potential. So, I come up with lots of ideas in order to get to that third one faster!
- “Wouldn’t it be great if…”
- “What if we…”
- “Has anyone ever…”
- “Just imagine…”
These are some of the phrases you’ll hear around our house or in a staff meeting at church.
One time I had the great idea of designing the entire theme of our church around an “Under Construction” concept. Some of the highlights of this grand thought included giving a pair of gloves embroidered with an EFC logo to all church members. I thought we could follow that up by placing every family’s name on a hammer and hanging them up in the church as a demonstration of our common purpose to build together.
I know some of you are wondering why we haven’t implemented such an amazing idea already, but, apparently, some ideas don’t play out in the implementation phase as well as they do in the brainstorm phase. (Which basically means they don’t pass my wife’s décor standards.)
The point behind the hammer and gloves was to communicate the value of each individual to the vision and ministry of Emmanuel Fellowship. There is work to do around here — and your hands fit the gloves.
As we continue to grow as a congregation and reach out to our community with the message of the gospel, it is my sincere desire that every member of EFC discovers how their unique gifts connect them to the ministry of the Body of Christ. And, maybe someday, you’ll have a hammer with your name on it!
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. –1 Peter 4:8-10
Click here to listen to “SERVE,” Pastor Eric’s message from January 23th.
On the Radar
Emmanuel Fellowship will be in TWO SERVICES beginning February 6, 2011. Our Sunday morning worship times will be 9:00 and 11:00.
Membership Dessert tonight, January 24th, at 7 pm. If you are new to EFC or interested in joining, please make plans to come that evening. We will feed you some yummy things, share the vision of EFC, let you meet all of our staff and elders, and even give you a tour of the building! Childcare is provided.
Women’s Conference January 28-29! Our Ladies will taking a weekend road trip to Lubbock for a special time of refreshing at the New Horizons Women’s Retreat at Church on the Rock in Lubbock. The last day to sign up will be this Sunday, January 23rd, in the EFC foyer.
Revelation Bible Study has resumed Tuesdays, 12-1 pm. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion!
Join us for Prayer! Friday mornings from 8:00-9:30, we meet together in the Sweetwater Prayer Center. You are invited to connect with this amazing part of EFC church life.
Check out these resources to connect with our ministry to children and youth.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “Your Love Never Fails” by Jesus Culture
- “I’ve Found A Love” Jenn Johnson version
- “All I Need” by Rita Springer
- “How He Loves” Kim Walker version
Join us next Sunday for the “State of the Church Address” as we review 2010 and preview 2011. Pastor Eric will also preach the final message in the “You Fit” sermon series.
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