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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 the picture the Lord Jesus Christ. Hope you can make it this Wednesday night!
With the new year starting, our worship ministry has launched into a new season of ministry and music. One aspect of our ministry that I wanted to focus on in my article today is our orchestra. After an extended break from playing weekly in services, our orchestra resumed rehearsal at the end of last August and began leading in worship in our Bridge service in mid-September. We have been blessed already this year to be able to add a couple of new musicians to our orchestra and are looking to add even more.
Jackson Anderson, director of bands at Garber Public Schools, directs our orchestra in rehearsal each Wednesday evening at 5:45 pm in the choir room. At 6:30 pm they join our Bridge band, praise team, and the Praisingers for a run through of the music for the coming Sunday in the Worship Center. If you are an instrumentalist, we’d love to meet you! Come join us on a Wednesday evening soon, or feel free to catch me in the hallway on a Sunday morning if you have any questions.
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
This week, we take a look at the story of Jesus walking on the water. It’s hard to imagine what the disciples must have felt that day on the water, but what they witnessed was a true miracle. In the midst of the storm, Jesus WALKED across the water to them in the middle of the sea. He calmed the storm and reminded them that He can do what is impossible.
What impossible thing are you facing right now? Is there something in your world that seems like an insurmountable obstacle? Let’s remember where our trust is affirmed, in 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 A106. It is led by Kynna Smith and Phil Ester. The workbook cost is $15.
Sunday Night Life resumes on Sunday, January 14 at 6:00 pm. We will meet at 121 S. Coolidge on that night. Please bring your favorite dish.
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. This Wednesday 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 starting on January 14th at 5:30 in the Church Library. Lisa Shriner & Tammy Bickerstaff will lead “Quest” by Beth Moore on Mondays at 6:30 pm starting January 15th 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
Partners in the Great Commission
The church of Jesus Christ is the primary instrument God has designated to carry out the Great Commission. Unfortunately, many congregations have come to believe CHURCH can be narrowly defined as the activities that take place on Sunday and again on Wednesday night.
At Emmanuel Enid, ministry and church are not defined in such a narrow way. At Emmanuel, ECS is viewed as a logical extension of the church ministry that happens on Sunday. As such, this partnership between church and school has the effect of strengthening the body of Christ at Emmanuel and throughout the city.
Finally, this ministry provides a tremendous opportunity for children to see the different gifts and personalities, within the Body of Christ, functioning harmoniously together.
Thank you for supporting the vision that is Emmanuel Christian School.
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.
It is a new year with new beginnings. Looking for a devotional book or a read through the Bible book. Checkout from a wide selection of books with authors such as Kay Arthur, Oswald Chambers, James Dobson, Elisabeth Elliot, Beth Moore, John Piper, Charles H. Spurgeon, or Charles Swindoll.
FICTION – Robin Lee Hatcher
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is the author of over 70 novels and novellas. Robin’s books include Where the Heart Lives, Women of Faith, Kings Meadow and many more.
Favorite Verse(s): Ephesians 2:10: For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. AND Psalm 103:1-5. Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.