Good morning,

 Thank you to everyone who was able to stay for our Congregational Meeting on Sunday.  It is always good to be able to reflect back on all that God has done in the previous year and also anticipate what He might do in 2019.

 There was one thing that I didn’t emphasize on Sunday that I should have made clear.  Some of the action steps in our vision will need additional discussion and communication with you by myself and/or the ministry council.  There are some action steps that I’ve just moved ahead with, such as starting a visitation ministry and having a prayer vigil.  Other action steps, however, will be presented to you before we do them.  Sometimes that will be to get input from the congregation, and other times it will be simply a case of being transparent and clear as to what the church leadership is up to.

 So, you won’t come to church one Sunday to find any unexpected holes in the walls or find out one week that we are launching a second service the next week!  I just wanted to reassure everyone about that.  Change, while often necessary, is often difficult.  Change that seems chaotic or isn’t communicated is especially tough to handle for many of us.

 Here at Ebenezer Church we are committed to doing whatever it takes to help lead people to Christ and then to a deeper relationship with Him.  But we are also committed to do everything well, and that includes communication within the church family.


Here’s what’s happening:

1.      2/6 – Ministry Council Meeting

2.     Palm Sunday Cantata – Yes, it is already time to start thinking about choir practice!  Joanne Swords-Wand will be leading our cantata this spring.  Rehearsals will begin on Monday, 2/18 from 7 – 8pm and continue each Monday night leading up to Palm Sunday.

3.      E.C. Church News -  Reich’s E.C. Church in Marietta is planning a bus trip for the first weekend in May to Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown in Virginia.  They are looking for others to join them to fill out the bus.  If you are interested the information is posted on the bulletin board, or let me know and I can forward it to you by email.

 This Sunday we will jumping back in to our sermon series on The Twelve.  This week we will be looking at the life of Bartholomew, or as he is known in the Gospel of John, Nathanael.  I invite you to read John 1:43-51 in preparation for our study time.