Nagaland Orphange Update

The Nagaland Outreach Children’s Ministry is one of several Christian ministries supported by ERCC.  Below is the January update sent from our friend and NOCM director, Elilo Patton:


Dear Family and Friends,

I wish you all a Happy New Year! I trust that all of you had a blessed Christmas, spent with family and loved ones. We all love Christmas here because it is a season filled with praise for what our Savior has done so perfectly! We had a wonderful time with family and church family. The children did a wonderful job of presenting a Christmas play at church on the 25th.
Presents from the ladies’ group at
Red Brush Christian Church
Refreshment after Christmas service
During the months of November and December we have been very busy. We have been focusing on witnessing to the Hindus, Muslims and nominal Christians that live near us. During Christmas time three of them were saved and baptized. Praise God!

The staff is encouraged as we watch the orphanage children put into practice what they have been learning at the orphanage. When most of the children came to the orphanage the 2nd week of January 2011, they didn’t know anything about prayer, song, or the Bible, but now they have learned so much about God and can speak and write in English. Many people have said they were encouraged also to see God through these kids. It is a great blessing to be involved with and be a part of these children’s’ lives and observe how they walk closer to the Lord every day. It is also a big challenge for all the staff but God is faithful and in the midst of us!

The children all passed their final exam! They all received a good grade and some of them received the highest rank in their class. What a blessing! Please continue to keep them in your prayer. We are also praying about bringing in some more orphans this year. Many people request us to take in children. We are praying that whoever the Lord wants to be here will come. So far we are expecting 3 girls to come. I will keep you updated on their arrival. Keep us in your prayers for vision and discernment.
During Kids festival our kids’ got first place
in "Talent Hunt"
They did choreography and Bible recitation!
Kids are enjoying eating outside
since the kitchen is being remodeled
Praying for all the supporters!
Thank you so much for supporting us and praying for us faithfully throughout the years. You are making a huge difference in the lives of these beautiful orphan children in Nagaland India. Thank you all for your ministry that allows us to do God’s ministry here in India!

We also want to thank our Board of Directors for their gracious support and allowing us to remodel and extend out the kitchen and build a living room. Lastly, but not least, I want to thank my spiritual Mom and forwarding agent, Lynn Skonnord, for your selfless help, extensively working so hard for this ministry voluntarily. I have no words to express that without you I don’t know what I would do. May the good Lord continue to bless each and every one of you and your family!

Thank you

Because of Him,

Elilo Patton Ezung

Nagaland Outreach Children’s Ministry

Potluck Luncheon – January 7th


“Good News Productions” is a Christian Outreach Program that has been  supported by our church.  Our missions team leader, Jenny Deptuch, has arranged for one of their representatives, Matt Brock, to update us on their mission during the January 7th Sunday morning service.

After church, he will join us in the fellowship hall for a Church-Wide potluck  luncheon.  The food theme for this first 2018 potluck meal is “Italian” (but we’ll eat whatever shows up :-)

You can signup for the potluck luncheon on the clipboard in the foyer or reply to this email.

Please plan to join us Sunday, January 7th for this event that is  sure to be an informative and inspirational!

Secret Sister Luncheon – Jan 13th

secret_sisters-150x103A 2017 Secret Sister Luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, January 13th, at 11:30 am at the Alamo Cafe (I-10 and Wurzbach).

Bring one final gift to this luncheon for your “Secret Sis” and find out who was sneaky all year!

This is also the time to sign-up to be a Secret Sister for 2018.  Forms will be at luncheon and are also available in the foyer.  See Pat Thompson if you have questions.

Christmas Shoe Boxes – November 19th (a.m.)

shoeboxpicERCC is participating in “Operation Christmas Child” which is sponsored by the international relief fund Samaritan’s Purse.
To make the local dropoff date, we need your shoe boxes, wrapped and filled with toys dropped off in the ERCC foyer by:

 Sunday Morning, November 19th

You can use a regular shoe box, a plastic box, or one of the free plastic or printed boxes we have available for you in the foyer.  If you have any questions, contact Wendy Gideon (email her HERE).  Merry Christmas!

How to Pack a Shoebox

  1. Shoeboxpre-printed-shoebox

    Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.

  2. Boy or Girl

    Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.

  3. Fill With Gifts

    Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions).

  4. Include $9 Donation Per Box

    Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $9 for each gift you prepare. You can give online to discover the destination of your box! Or, you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation. Note: “Follow Your Box” is only available through online giving.

  5. Pray

    Ask God to use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.

  6. Drop Off

    Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to ERCC not-later-than Sunday Morning, November 19th.


Gift Suggestions


  • Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
  • Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

1 Hour Delay on October 29th!

On Sunday, October 29th, our morning classes and worship services will start 1 hour later than normal. 

 10:00 am:  Bible Study (Sunday School)
 11:00 am:  Worship Service

NOTE:  This is a one time change for October 29th ONLY!

Harlandale Christian Church is celebrating their 75th anniversary that Sunday.  The Walton family has a long history of service in that congregation and has invited Phillip to preach for them. We will be “Simulcast” broadcasting his sermon in the ERCC auditorium while he is preaching in Harlandale Christian Church using our big screen projection system, so we’ll be joining their celebration virtually!

To accommodate Harlandale’s schedule for this special event, we need to start our service an hour later than normal.

Please come on October 29th for this special event, but come 1 hour later than normal!

 October 29th Schedule at ERCC:
10:00 am:  Bible Study (Sunday School)

11:00 am:  Worship Service