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Newsletter for November 2020 


EAST MAIN STREET

CHRISTIAN CHURCH

NEWSLETTER
November, 2020
SENIOR PASTOR:
Roger Gardner

ASSOC. PASTOR
Raphael Starr

TREASURER:
Kandie Courtney

FINANCIAL SECRETARY:
Nancy Ritchie

WEDDING COORDINATOR:
Marcy Fry

ELDER EMERITIS:

Larry Reynolds

OFFICE ADM:
Cathy Cannon

MINISTER OF MAINTENANCE:
Art Hensley

"COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE"

Those words ae the beginning of an old hymn that we often sing together on Thanksgiving Sunday.

Because of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, many families will have to find other ways to share in Thanksgiving. We may also struggle to count our blessings in a year that has been marked by sickness, social injustice, and political turmoil. But through it all, God is faithful and continues to bless us with His love and grace.

Our church has had to make some major changes in the way we function, and we still have many people who are not with us in worship. But we ae grateful for the technology to do live-streaming and remain connected even in troubles times.

The challenges are many, but the blessings are even greater. May we continue to put our hope and trust in the Lord.

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LEADERSHIP PLANNING MEETING

On Saturday, November 14, our church leadership will gather from 9:00 a.m.-noon to discuss our vision for the future of the church.

Instead of just looking ahead to 2021, I am going to ask our leadership to think long term and develop a f-year plan. We will establish goals and bread each goal down into specific objectives that can be accomplished each year.

After lunch, we will have our November Board meeting. I hope all our elders, deacons, trustees, Ministry Teams and Board members will plan to join us for this important event.

God bless, Pastor Roger

DEATHS
SYMPATHY is expressed to the family of HOWARD BRUCE HOSIER who died September 24. ( Mr. Hosier is the father of Pam Bohlander), to the family of JEANETTE COFFIN, who died September 28. (Mrs. Coffin is the mother of Cindy Tyner and Melissa Alfrey.) , and to the families of LARRY CHRISS and LAURNELLE MILLER who died recently.
MEMORIALS
Donations have been made to the Soul Food fund in memory of JEANETTE COFFIN by Phyllis Jarrett and by Linda Ferris.
THANK YOU NOTE
Thank you to all who reached out with kind words of support at the passing of my beloved son-in-law, Derek Duncan. He was more like a son to me, 57 years old, serving the Lord as a pastor in the growing church he founded. He was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith and now is home with the Lord to suffer no more. As he often said, "It's all good!"
Gratefully, Linda Southern



PRAYER CONCERNS


CANCER: John Clark, Carrie Constantine, Alicia Copus, Paul Couch, Sue Gardner, Butch Groover, Dick Reynolds, Bill Waymire,
POOR HEALTH: Amy, Chris & family, Deral Ann Beckley, Joshua Carlin, :Butch/Karen Chumbley, Jerry/Sandy Harper, Bob Hensley, Howard Huffman, Lorie Marley, Darlene Moody, Becky Poor, Cathy Starr, Kim Stewart,
ARMED FORCES: Andrew Duncan, Darren Jarvis, Hector Mendez, Jr., Aaron Parkins, Koda Purvis, Joseph Seward, Lisa Shock
Help us to provide the best pastoral care possible when you or a member of your family are in the hospital or another health care facility. When you register, tell them that you are affiliated with East Main Street Christian Church and sign the release allowing the facility or the hospital chaplain to notify us. You may also call the church or notify the pastor in advance of going to the hospital.
EMSCC PRAYER CHAIN: Phone prayer requests to the church office (552-7171) Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Weekend requests may be left on the church answering machine. Prayer requests may also be added at our web site.
CHURCH LOGO STORE
We have a logo store on REDBUBBLE.COM featuring over 60 items. You can shop and support our church as it is a perpetual fundraiser. Just browse to https://bit.ly/emscclogo on any device. You can always find this on the "shop" link on your website, or on the front page of the app. Thank you for your support. Pastor Raph.
MISSION MINISTRY UPDATE
We are grateful for your generous support of both the Christian Campus House at Ball State University and the Harmony House Mission.

As we move into November, our mission emphasis sifts to a mission called "FAITH COMES BY HEARING".

Specifically, we will be receiving a special offering throughout the month to purchase Military Bible sticks for soldiers who are deployed in service to our country.

The Bible sticks are small MP3 players that have the New Testament and select books from the Old Testament programmed into them. Soldiers are able to listen to the Bible sticks even while engaged in other tasks and provide a safe way to have access to the Scriptures in those areas of the world where it is illegal to have a Bible.

Military chaplains receive thousands of requests or the Bible sticks each year and we are thankful to be ble to share in this ministry.
UPDATE IN PROGRESS
We are currently up-dating the Military Hall of Fame pictures of those presently serving in the military. If any person listed below is no longer serving, please notify the church office:
Joseph Seward, MIchael Ritchie, Chelsea Jadrick, Levi Painter, Michael Cole, Lisa Shock, Mitchell Herniak, Michael B.

ALONG THE WAY....

Dear Lord, as we continue through this day, help us look to Jesus, our Overcomer, and find strength in Him. We give You our worries and fears, and every struggle, and we ask You to transform our thinking as we focus on things that are excellent and praiseworthy, and thoughts that will honor and please You. We pray our minds and hearts will not be shaken by circumstances, but that we will lean hard into Your presence, peace, purpose, provision and power. Thank you for being our hope and strength today .Amen

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Newsletter for October 2020 


EAST MAIN STREET

CHRISTIAN CHURCH

NEWSLETTER
October, 2020
SENIOR PASTOR:
Roger Gardner

ASSOC. PASTOR
Raphael Starr

TREASURER:
Kandie Courtney

FINANCIAL SECRETARY:
Nancy Ritchie

WEDDING COORDINATOR:
Marcy Fry

ELDER EMERITIS:

Larry Reynolds

OFFICE ADM:
Cathy Cannon

MINISTER OF MAINTENANCE:
Art Hensley

168 YEARS OF SERVICE TO CHRIST

With all the hardships and uncertainty, it is good to hve a reason to celebrate. On Sunday, October 25th, our church will celebrate 168 years of service to Christ.

In 1852, a small group of believers came together in a barn west of Elwood with a vision of starting a Christian Church. The first meeting house was built on the banks of Duck Creek and served as a school for the community.

In 1899, the current sanctuary was built and since that time has undergone three expansion projects. But more important than the building is the people. Generations of faithful Christians have worshiped, studied God's word, enjoyed fellowship, and served our Lord together as part of this church family.

I hope you will join us to celebrate our heritage, express gratitude for our present, and look forward in faith to our future. We will have one combined worship that day at 10:30 a.m. followed by our annual congregational meeting and a fellowship dinner.

At the congregational meeting, we will ask you to approve the election of our church's leadership, the budget for 2021, and some changes to the church's Constitution.

Copies of all these things are availavble at Connection Central so you can review them in advance of the meeting. The primary change to the Constitution involves separating out various parts of it into Bylaws which are more flexible and can be more easily amended.

If you have any questions after reviewing the documents, please call the church office. I hope you will join us for Anniversary Sunday!

God bless, Pastor Roger



MEMORIAL FLOWERS
August 9, 2020 Memorial Flowers were in loving memory of our mother, ESTELLA WATSON by Betty Crull and Barbara Snipes.



PRAYER CONCERNS


CANCER: Tony Alexander, John Clark, Mike Connors, Carrie Constantine, Alicia Copus, Paul Couch, Sue Gardner, Butch Groover, Pam Moon, Dick Reynolds, Monica/Joseph Shaughnessy, Bill Waymire, Tom Wilson
POOR HEALTH: Amelia, David Anthony, Butch/Karen Chumbley, Jim Cole, Sandy Connors, Mary Fakes,Jerry/Sandy Harper, Bob Hensley, Howard Huffman, Kay Lacey, Amy Landis, Tom Lawler, Lorie Marley, Megan, Darlene Moody, Keeley Pavan, Rick Pavan, Becky Poor, Larry Reynolds, Kayleigh Sandman, Claudia Seward, Cathy Starr, Kim Stewart,
ARMED FORCES: Andrew Duncan, Darren Jarvis, Hector Mendez, Jr., Aaron Parkins, Koda Purvis, Joseph Seward, Lisa Shock
Help us to provide the best pastoral care possible when you or a member of your family are in the hospital or another health care facility. When you register, tell them that you are affiliated with East Main Street Christian Church and sign the release allowing the facility or the hospital chaplain to notify us. You may also call the church or notify the pastor in advance of going to the hospital.
EMSCC PRAYER CHAIN: Phone prayer requests to the church office (552-7171) Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Weekend requests may be left on the church answering machine. Prayer requests may also be added at our web site.
CHURCH LOGO STORE
We have a logo store on REDBUBBLE.COM featuring over 60 items. You can shop and support our church as it is a perpetual fundraiser. Just browse to https://bit.ly/emscclogo on any device. You can always find this on the "shop" link on ur website, or on the front page of the app. Thank you for your support. Pastor Raph.
MISSION MINISTRY UPDATE

During October, we will be focusing on two missions supported by the church.

The first one is the Christian Student Foundation at Ball State University. This ministry is a Christian outreach to the students at BSU. They have worship services on Sundays, weekly Bible studies, and seek to provide service and mission opportunities. They share the gospel with the students and help those who are believers in Christ to grow in theri faith during this critical time in their lives.

The second mission is Harmony House. Our church leases a building to this ministry located just south of our parking lot. Doug Perkins and his staff of volunrteers are available every day from 2:00-6:00 p.m. to serve the needs of the homeless and disadvantaged of our community. They provide meals, clothing, a place to take a shower and do laundry. Most importantly, they help people experience the love, grace, and compassion of God. Harmony House is a powerful and effective witness for our Lord Jesus Christ.
2021 SLATE OF OFFICERS

Treasurer: Kandie Courtney (2021)
Financial Secretary: Nancy Ritchie (2021)
Trustees: Kevin Antrim (2023)
Dan Marley (2023)
Elders: Sharon Crandall (2023)
Bill Bronson (2023)
Pam Phillips (2023)
At Large: Lucinda Gosnell (2023)
Trish Carmer (2023)

Church Board Officers:
Board Chairperson: Leanne Gilbert (2021)
Board Vice-Chairperson: Kevin Antrim (2021)
Board Secretary: Nancy Carpenter (2021)

2020 Nominating Committee: Leanne Gilbert, Ch, Nancy Carpenter, Stephanie Wooten, Claudia Seward, Marcie Hester, Darrell Bogard,
and Pastor Roger Gardner

IN THESE TIMES....

God of Heaven and earth - in these times of isolation apart from loved ones, distant from friends, away from neighbors, we thank You that there is nothing in all of creation, not even COVID, that is able to separate us from your love. Amen

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Newsletter for September 2020


EAST MAIN STREET

CHRISTIAN CHURCH

NEWSLETTER
September, 2020
SENIOR PASTOR
Roger Gardner

ASSOC.PASTOR
Raphael Starr

TREASURER
Kandie Courtney

FINANCIAL SECRETARY
Nancy Ritchie

WEDDING COORDINATOR
Marcy Fry

ELDER EMERITUS
Larry Reynolds

OFFICE ADM.
Cathy Cannon

MINISTER OF MAINTENANCE
Art Hensley

MOVING FORWARD IN FAITH
DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES

Last month I said that we are not just trying to survive during the coronavirus pandemic, but to thrive. These are uncertain times and people are still dealing with a great deal of anxiety and fear. But one thing we can learn from church history is that the body of Christ is often at its best when the world is in turmoil. Our faith serves as an anchor that ties us to the love and grace of our God. So, rather than fall back in the face of uncertainty, we plan to move forward in faith.
On Sunday, September 13th, we will resume our youth group gatherings. The youth have a new meeting space in the basement and will gather on Sunday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. along with regular special activities.
Our women's Bible study will resume on Tuesday evenings beginning September 22nd at 6:30 p.m.. They will be doing a great Bible study by Lisa-Jo Baker called, "We Saved You A Seat". If you previously signed up for this study last spring, you don't have to do anything. If not, please sign up at Connection Central or call the church office. Study guides can be purchased on Amazon for $12.99.
We are also planning a fall online Connect Group study on Thursday evenings beginning September 24th at 6:30 p.m. called "The Me I Want to Be". This will be an interactive Bible study that will allow people to participate in discussion in real time. There is a video by John Ortberg each week that can be online (available later) and a study guide can be purchased at CBD.com (Christian Book Distributors) for $7.49. I will also be preaching a special message series to accompany this study.
We are planning to move forward in these uncertain times, and we hope you will join us.
God bless. Pastor Roger
DEATH
SYMPATHY is expressed to the family of FRED TYNER,
who died July 29th.
(Mr. Tyner is the father of Tammie Gobble.)
MEMORIAL FLOWERS
August 9th Memorial Flowers were in loving memory of our Mother, ESTELLA WATSON, by Betty Crull and Barbara Snipes.



PRAYER CONCERNS


CANCER: Tony Alexander, John Clark, Mike Connors, Carrie Constantine, Alicia Copus, Paul Couch, Sue Gardner, Butch Groover, Dick Reynolds, Monica & Joseph Shaughnessy, Bill Waymire, Tom Wilson.
POOR HEALTH: David Anthony, Butch & Karen Chumbley, Jim Cole, Sandy Connors, Mary Fakes, Connie Gardner, Jerry/Sandy Harper, Bob Hensley, Catherine Hoban, Howard Huffman, Kay Lacey, Amy Landis, Ton Lawler, Joyce Leininger, Lorie Marley, Darlene Moody, Keeley Pavan, Rick Pavan, Becky Poor, Larry Reynolds, Kayleigh Sandman, Claudia Seward, Cathy Starr, Kim Stewart
ARMED FORCES: Andrew Duncan, Darren Jarvis, Hector Mendez, Jr., Aaron Parkins, Koda Purvis, Joseph Seward, Lisa Shock

EMSCC PRAYER CHAIN: Phone prayer requests to the church office (552-7171) Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Weekend requests may be left on the church answering machine.You can also submit prayer requests to our website.
MISSION MINISTRY UPDATE

On behalf of Garri George and the Youth Serving Christ ministry, we appreciate your generous support last month.
As we move into September, our mission focus shifts to TOOLS OF HOPE for Church World Service. This organization works to advance overall community development to people in need throughout the world. You are invited to give a gift of $5 or more, the price of a basic farm tool, to gain a share in the development work of CWF and our partners in more than 80 countries. (A Tools of Hope gift list is located at Connection Central in the main hall of the church.) To donate, please make your check out to EAST MAIN STREET CHRISTIAN CHURCH and bring or mail to the church office. Thank you for your support.
Many have asked and now its here! We have a logo store up on Redbubble.com. There are over 60 items available. You can shop there and support our church as it is a perpetual fundraiser. We'll add even more as things move along. Just browse to https://bit.ly/emscclogo on any device. You can always find this on the "shop" link on our website, or on the front page of the app.
Thank you for your support! Pastor Raph
LADIES BIBLE STUDY PLANNED
Ladies, please join us and bring a friend for a 7-week Bible study, "WE SAVED YOU A SEAT" by Lisa-Jo Baker. (Times and dates: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays: Sept 22, 29, Oct 13, 20, 27 and two Wednesdays, Oct 7 and Nov. 4)
Friendship can be hard, making and maintaining genuine friendship even harder. We saved you a seat at the table, so come and explore with us the friendships with the women God has placed in our lives. Books on Amazon for $12.99
If you enrolled this past Spring, you will be getting a call. If you want to enroll, please call Sharon Crandall at 552-5778.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UPDATE
You are invited to join us in studying God's word. The adult Sunday School class (Christian Followers, Christian Crusaders, and Seekers) is meeting in person with social distancing and wearing masks. We begin at 9:45 a.m. after coffee fellowship. On September 6th we begin the study "Love For One Another." Monthly topics include Struggles With Love, Inclusive Love, and Godly Love Among Believers. Scriptures are from Genesis, I Samuel, Luke, John, Acts, I Corinthians, James, and John. We study the scripture seeking God's guidance (our true teacher and guide). If you have any questions, call Leanne Gilbert 765-635-4031 or Lindley Comer 765-552-6850.


PRAYER FOR HELP

Hear us, O Lord.....We pray for Your love and compassion to abound as we walk through this challenging season. We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load of making decisions with widespread consequences. We pray for those who are suffering with sickness and all who are caring for the. We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable to not succumb to the risks of the virus. We pray for misinformation to be curbed, that fear may take no hold in hearts and minds. As we exercise the good sense that You in Your mercy provide, may we also approach each day in faith and peace, trusting in the truth of Your goodness towards us. Amen.

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Newsletter for August 2020


EAST MAIN STREET

CHRISTIAN CHURCH

NEWSLETTER
August, 2020



SENIOR PASTOR:
Roger Gardner

ASSOC. PASTOR
Raphael Starr

TREASURER:
Kandie Courtney

FINANCIAL SECRETARY
Nancy Ritchie

WEDDING COORDINATOR:
Marcy Fry

ELDER EMERITIS:

Larry Reynolds

OFFICE ADM:
Cathy Cannon

MINISTER OF MAINTENANCE:
Art Hensley

HOW TO THRIVE

DURING A PANDEMIC

For months now we have been told what to do to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. We are inundated with negative newscasts and dire predictions. As a result, people are living in fear and dread of the present and struggling to find hope for the future. But, as children of God, we are called to a higher way of living. Psalm 46:1-2 says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear."
Rather than merely survive this coronavirus, what if we make it our aim to thrive? What if we take advantage of a slower pace of life to reconnect more fully with those we love: to take up a new interest or activity that we always wanted to do; to accept the frailty of life in this world not as a cause for anxiety, but as a reason to place our lives more fully in the hands of God; to look for the positive side of negative circumstances and realize that every trouble carries with it the opportunity to grow in faith; to look past the inconveniences of social distancing and wearing a mask to the greater good of the community; to be more aware of opportunities to share our faith?
As a church, we are not just trying to get through this pandemic, we are developing new ways for the church to expand the effectiveness of our ministries. We are still fully committed to helping people grow higher in Christ through worship, deeper in faith through the study of God's word, and wider in love through mission and service.
This is a challenging time, but also an exciting time filled with potential. Let us go beyond surviving this pandemic. Let us thrive together as the people of God.

God bless, Pastor Roger




BIRTHS


CONGRATULATIONS:
  • to Brian and Kandie Courtney on the birth of their granddaughter, CLAIRE CAROLINE RUTHHART (7lbs,13 oz,21" lng maternal grandparents: Brian & Kandie Courtney) who was born July 8, 2020,,
  • to Darrell and Sue Bogard on the birth of their great-grandson, REMINGTON GREY REED TRACY (8lbs,6oz,20"lng) on July 8 and
  • to Blake and Kalie Courtney on the birth of their son, DREW PATRICK (7lbs,5oz, 20"lng) on July 23. (Maternal grandparents are Pat & Amy Creamer and paternal grandparents are Brian & Kandie Courtney.)



DEATH

SYMPATHY is expressed to the family of CRAIG LEININGER, who died July 2, 2020. ( Mr. Leininger is the cousin of Mary Fakes.)



PRAYER CONCERNS


CANCER: John Clark, Mike Connors, Carrie Constantine, Alicia Copus, Paul Couch, Sue Gardner, Butch Groover, Dick Reynolds, Monica & Joseph Shaughnessy, Bill Waymire, Tom Wilson.
POOR HEALTH: Butch & Karen Chumbley, Sandy Connors, Carrie Elder, Mary Fakes, Connie Gardner, Jerry/Sandy Harper, Bob Hensley, Howard Huffman, Kay Lacey, Amy Landis, Ton Lawler, Joyce Leininger, Lorie Marley, Darlene Moody, Keeley Pavan, Rick Pavan, Becky Poor, Larry Reynolds, Kayleigh Sandman, Claudia Seward, Charles Sowash, Cathy Starr, Kim Stewart
ARMED FORCES: Andrew Duncan, Darren Jarvis, Hector Mendez, Jr., Aaron Parkins, Koda Purvis, Joseph Seward, Lisa Shock
EMSCC PRAYER CHAIN: Phone prayer requests to the church office (552-7171) Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Weekend requests may be left on the church answering machine.
MISSION MINISTRY UPDATE

We enjoyed having Doug and Tammy White in worship with us on July 19. Doug shared the work they are doing with Wyclife Associates in the area of Bible translation. Thank you for your generous support of their ministry.

In August, our special mission offering will support the work that Pastor Garri George is doing with YOUTH SERVING CHRIST. They lead Bible clubs in several Madison County schools and minister to the kids at the Juvenile Detention center in Anderson. It is vitally important that we reach the youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Garri works with a dedicated staff of volunteers who are committed to showing kids the love and grace of God.
FALL GREAT BANQUETS CANCELLED
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Heartland Great Banquet has decided to cancel the fall Great Banquets. Those who were scheduled to serve on teamand any guests who have been registered will be moved to the next set of Great Banquets. Those dates are February 18-21 for men and February 25-28 for women.


PRAYER FOR HELP

Loving God, we come to You full of anxiety about what may happen in the coming days and weeks.

We beg that You shower us with the peace Jesus promised His disciples and make us into steady pillars for those around us. In this time of uncertainty and epidemic, wake us up to the reminder that we are not alone. Even as we are asked to keep our distance from others, help us find ways to reach out to those who need our support.

We pray especially for those whose incomes and livelihoods are threatened, and for those already isolated, lonely and scared.

Loving God, give them Your peace, and through our hands ensure they have what they need. Sustain, strengthen and protect all caregivers. Bless them as they offer compassionate care and show selfless courage in the face of risk. Amen.

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