Don’t miss the new Power Minute video series that began Feb 1st. Pastor Mark will send you a daily email with a YouTube video called “Power Minute”. Videos will be sent Monday through Friday for 5 weeks. These are very short videos (aiming for 1 to 2 minutes) with a verse of Scripture and an insight from that verse. It is intended to encourage you each day to think on the things above and draw near to God.
If you wish to receive these videos, sign up by sending him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just say, “send me the videos.”
Sunday evening Bible Study on February 7th will be one hour earlier at 5:00 pm for this Sunday only. Join us for a new series on the Book of Galatians!
Our 9:00 am “Sunday School” classes have been cancelled for February. A decision about March classes will be made toward the end of February.
Jonathon Hastings went to be with the Lord on January 16th.
You are invited to a Memorial Service that will be held in honor of our dear brother in our auditorium on Sunday (January 31st) at 6:00 pm.
Dear ERCC Family and Friends,
As everyone should know by now, Phillip Walton will be retiring on December 27th after 32 years as the senior pastor of our church. The pandemic prevents us from having the BIG luncheon, dinner, or party we’d all like to have with Phillip and Jane before they leave. HOWEVER, we still have an opportunity to meet with them before they depart.
Drop by ERCC between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm on Sunday, December 27th for a Retirement Open House with Phillip and Jane in the fellowship hall. Follow the normal safety protocols we’ve become accustomed to, but the idea for this Open House in the fellowship hall is to provide time for people to come and go throughout the afternoon so the whole church isn’t there at the same time. This is your chance to personally express your appreciation and feelings for them as they begin their well deserved retirement life.
If you have a special gift, you’re welcome to bring it then. But if you’re considering a monetary gift…please know that they just learned their water well has gone dry and drilling a new well will cost almost $17,000! If you want to contribute toward paying that cost, a donation box will be available for those gifts as well (no pun intended).
If you have any questions, talk to Sylvia Rodriguez, Rose Kline, or Trudy Workman.
P.S. There will be Cake!
Join us at 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve (Thursday) for a Candlelight Service in the ERCC auditorium. It will end by 7:00 pm.
A candidate for the position of Senior Minister at ERCC will make a presentation of his personal and professional background, and answer questions from members, on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm. He will return on November 29th to provide the sermon that Sunday morning. After the service, a congregational meeting will be held to vote on offering him the position of ERCC Senior Minister. All members are encouraged to attend, but only members 18 years or older are permitted to vote.
Reminder: Pastor Phillip’s begins his retirement on Dec 27, 2020.
ERCC 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 lobby not later than:
Sunday Morning, November 22nd
You can use a regular shoe box, a plastic box, or one of the free red & green plastic boxes located in the church lobby. If you have any questions, contact Wendy Gideon (email her HERE).
How to Pack a Shoebox
Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.
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.
Fill With Gifts
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions).
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.
Ask God to use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.
Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to ERCC not-later-than Sunday Morning, November 22nd.
- 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.
If you have any questions, contact Wendy Gideon (email her HERE). Merry Christmas!