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A Word from Wade
Dear Church Family,
This Sunday night we will have the pleasure of having our quarterly Agape Dinner. This is a time where we all come together for fellowship and community, sharing a meal together (as well as the Lord’s Supper), and hearing what God is doing in our midst. On Sunday morning we will introduce to you our speaker for that night, Rev. Willie Tiller. His testimony and encouragement from the Word will be a blessing to you.
Doug and Peggy and our hostess staff will provide a GREAT meal Sunday night. NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Just show up around 5:45 pm with a salad OR dessert and enter the multi-purpose facility (gym), and at 6:00 pm we’ll have prayer and eat a wonderful supper together. Rev. Tiller will speak for about 20 minutes, and then we’ll observe the Lord’s Supper and have a brief business meeting.
Childcare IS available.
Our Tuesday Morning Men’s Group is a ton of fun. At 7:00 am in the church conference room, men of all ages and from all walks of life sit around tables and discuss a chapter from the Word of God. This Tuesday, January 23, 2018, we will be discussing I Kings 6. All are invited, and leave when you must! The group usually dismisses before 7:55 am.
The Wednesday night study is off to a fantastic start! Every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm we’ll meet in the HUB for a look at the Offerings and Festivals of the Old Testament and see how they picture the Lord Jesus Christ. Hope you can make it this Wednesday night!
Last week in my article I focused on one aspect of our worship ministry you can be a part of - our orchestra. Today I would like to focus on our choir. We have a wonderful group of worship leaders that meet every Wednesday evening at 6:30 in the Worship Center to prepare to lead our 9:00 am service each Sunday. I’d love for you to come and join us! We begin our rehearsal with a run-through of the coming Sunday’s music with our orchestra and band in the Worship Center at 6:30. After this, we move to the choir room for a time of rehearsal for music for upcoming Sundays and special events.
If you have been a part of our choir ministry before, or if you are new to Emmanuel and are considering it, we’d love to have you come and check us out on a Wednesday night and see what we are all about. Our choir is a loving, caring family that will embrace you with open arms!
Forget About It!
We can either dwell on our past or forget about it. Have you set any New Years goals? Have you already failed? If so, forget about it. His mercies are new every day, so start again (Lamentations 3:23). We are in a new series for the youth called One Thing. In this series, we are discovering, from God’s Word, the different one things we should focus on this year.
“I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”
- Philippians 3:13
Our verse for this month says, “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Filling nets with fish until they’re overflowing? Walking on water? Feeding over 5000 people with five loaves and two fish? These deeds were no problem for Jesus. In fact, feeding that crowd was so easy for Jesus that there were even 12 baskets of leftovers! Let us remember this week that nothing is too hard for Jesus!
Emmanuel Enid Family,
Our Emmanuel Mission Team has made it safely to Niger! Please be in prayer for our group as they do ministry for the next 10 days. They will be working with hundreds of hurting people. We look forward to hearing the stories of how God is working through them these next several days! God is using our church to share the Gospel around the world!
DivorceCare begins on Monday, January 29 at 6:30 pm in Room A100. It is led by Kynna Smith and Phil Ester. The workbook cost is $15.
Sunday Night Life resumed on Sunday, January 14 at 6:00 pm.
Convergence, our Sunday Singles Community Group, meets in Room B304 at 10:00 am. Convergence is led by Derrick and Crystal Bentz.
The Women’s Ministry is being highlighted all month, and we have several new Bible Studies & classes starting next week!
"Women to Women" meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room continuing their study of Genesis. Wednesdays at 9:00 am in the HUB, I will lead a new 7-week study called “Discerning the Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer. Linda Phelps will lead this same study on Sunday nights at 5:30 in the Church Library. Lisa Shriner & Tammy Bickerstaff will lead “Quest” by Beth Moore on Mondays at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room. A New Griefshare class started Thursday, January 11th, at 6:00 pm in the Conference Room, led by Cindy Burnham Crain.
Please join us as we study and learn together!
It’s a new year. Be diligent in your personal growth. Don’t be afraid to step out and try something new. Growth only happens with intentionality. There is no accidental growth. Listen and watch for opportunities to get out of your comfort zone. GET comfortable being uncomfortable. There is no better time than today!
Senior Adult Ministry
Here at Emmanuel, we have many events for our seniors like occasional out-of-town bus trips, especially favoring dinner theaters. Every November there is an opportunity for a three-day charter bus trip to Branson, MO. The vast majority of senior activities at Emmanuel is found in the integration of seniors with church-wide OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH and CHRISTIAN SERVICE.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH
Our seniors currently participate among at least ten community groups available from which to choose. Senior men join the discussion at our Tuesday morning Men's Discipleship led by Wade Burleson and assisted by me. Our senior women are blessed with many ladies Bible studies during the week, attended by senior women and some led by senior ladies.
Senior life at Emmanuel is best observed in the ways seniors serve the cause of Christ. They are active in mentoring groups, choir, video production, as greeters, ushers, community group leaders and teachers, children’s workers, Women on Mission, mission trips, local prison ministry, discipleship of our local Department of Correction detainees, English as a Second Language, Gideons, and Deacons Service Committee, just to name some.
SALT (Senior Assisted Living Together)
We as a church do not want to forget our Emmanuel family members who have become homebound. It is only right for us able-bodied members of Emmanuel to remember those who have served in the past with our care. We have a list of homebound church family members whom volunteers in the church can love and encourage through face to face visits.
New Year's Resolutions
As we begin a new year, many people are making resolutions. Some may have physical or health goals, some have made professional goals, and some are working toward spiritual goals. These are all great things, but why do we always put off bettering ourselves until the 1st of the year? My challenge for you this year is this: whenever you see a need or desire to make a change, begin that process right then and there. Don't tell yourself it will make a good New Year's Resolution. Every day is an opportunity to better yourself!
Are you interested in getting involved in production here at Emmanuel? We are always looking for dedicated volunteers. If you want to get plugged in, we have open spots to run sound, lights, graphics, and cameras!
Emmanuel Christian School
The Bible in the Classroom
The foundational bedrock of a Christian education is the Word of God. At Emmanuel Christian School we are committed to providing a Bible-based education for our students.
One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was Dr. Benjamin Rush. An outspoken Christian, as well as a pioneer in the field medicine, Dr. Rush believed it was vitally important that children in this new nation be taught from the Holy Scripture. In regard to the effect of removing the Bible from the classroom Rush stated: "We would then neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican form of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible."
This year, your support has helped over 200 young boys and girls in receiving a Bible-based education. Emmanuel family, thank you for supporting the ministry that is ECS.
Emmanuel Enid Library
Our church library is full of Christian books: Christian fiction, books for Christian growth, biographies, Bible studies, books for women or men, devotionals, books on prayer, books for parenting and marriage, audiobooks (CD’s), and DVD’s. Books are added to our collection every month. The library is located across from the nursery in room A106.
Chosen for Greatness: How Adoption Changes the World by Paul J. Batura. The history of adoption is the history of the world itself. Chosen for Greatness profiles sixteen well-known adoptees – including Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Gerald Ford, and Faith Hill – who were given the opportunity to change history for the better when they were taken in by their new families. Through heart-warming true stories, Chosen for Greatness shows how adoption is part of God’s plan to ensure that every child enjoys the love of a mother and a father as His own Son did.
FICTION AUTHOR – Kim Vogel Sawyer
Author Kim Vogel Sawyer’s passion is writing stories about what happens when people place their lives in God’s hands. She enjoys teaching at writing conferences and is active in her church’s music ministry. Kim lives in Kansas with her husband. Kim’s book series include: Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Sommerfield Trilogy, Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy and many more.
Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:4-9 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do no be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…”