The Ephesian Ephesus Baptist Church (919) 489-4483 Calendar of Events in the Church… Every Sunday 9:45 am Sunday School 11:00 am Worship June 1 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Worship Rev. Virginia Taylor June 2 6:30 pm Pastor Search Committee June 3 9:00am Breakfast Bob Evans June 4 No Services June 8 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Worship Dr. Ron Cumbie June 11 5:30 pm Church Council 6:30 pm Church Conference June 15 Father”s Day 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Worship Dr. Harry Byrd June 18 No Services June 22 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Worship June 23 4:00pm IFC Kitchen June 25 No Services June 30 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Worship Father’s Day June 15, 2014 June 2014 Volume 6, Issue 6 From Ephesus Baptist Church Dr. John Saunders, Director of Missions for the Yates Baptist Association. Dr. Saunders’ sermon on May 18 was titled, “Gospel Partners”, from Philippians I:3-7, & 18. Summary: The Yates Baptist Association (YBA) recognizes that it has an identity problem. “Who are we and what are we trying to do?” He goes on to say that YBA, of which Ephesus is a member, are the people around us, not the staff or the building. We are gospel partners of the Association, which was created by area Baptist churches in 1948. Dr. Saunders put forward the idea that we are God’s partners. We get the word “participation” from the Greek word “fellowship”. The church should be made up of partners, not members. The deeper meaning of partnership is to participate in “the success of the business”. Dr. Saunders asks, “How can we help churches to accomplish partnership?” The YBA membership has diverse languages, cultures, economic backgrounds, and worship styles. Mission partners include a Nepali church in Durham; campus missions; Senior Adult Health Fairs; prison ministry; Lanai, Hawaii mission; and a medical clinic in Guatemala. Differences don’t matter. Dr. Saunders quotes:”What does matter? Just that in every way, whether out of false motives or true, Christ is proclaimed.” (Philippians I:18). We have in common a relationship with Jesus Christ because of the grace of God that binds us together, grace given to us because of Jesus. We are partners because of the cooperative work in missions and ministry. The population in our area is 400,000 and 75% do not attend a church. The Vision for YBA is, “A kingdom focused on partnership so we can transform people’s lives.” We need to discover the physical needs of people in a changing world. This would help the church to reach out to the 75%. We need to re-think who we are and determine priorities to see the direction we should take and identify areas that need to hear the gospel. Ephesus Baptist Church, Con’t Emerson & Dorcas Byrd and family sang to the congregation on Mother’s Day. 3 New shades in Sanctuary Beautiful Flowers for a Beautiful Mother’s Day The wonderful smell of roses Through the test of time, Ephesus Baptist Church still stands. Food Pantry June is our last month for supplying the Associational Food Pantry. Please bring in non-perishable items like peanut butter, rice and beans and leave in the marked box in the hallway. Thank you for helping feed those in need in our community. Financial Status 2014 Contributions Regular Budget Rent Memorials F. Bassett Offering Mothers’ Day TOTAL to Date 2014 + non-cash $833.81 $27,047.54 $9,125.00 $100.00 $900.00 $20.00 $37,192.54 HAPPY June BIRTHDAY! Mabel King 18th Madison Williams 22nd Faye Bassett Offering For Associational Missions Our Goal: $500.00 We Exceeded Our Goal! $900.00 Operation Christmas Child We need your Shoe Boxes! Our Goal: $500.00 Our Vision: To send 100 Boxes Ephesus Baptist Church has been very generous in donating to the Shoebox Project in past years. This year, Priscilla Dennison has been able to purchase items in bulk to save money. A donation fund has been set up (Christmas Child Mailing Fund) for the shipping cost which is $7.00 per box. We will be promoting the Shoebox Fund during the summer months and will begin packing the boxes in August. We need lightly scented soap (such as Dial) and Aim or Colgate toothpaste. 5 7% Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio . "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.” My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short – enjoy it. 4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself. 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. 8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it. 9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. 12. It's OK to let your children see you cry. 13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it. 7 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks. 16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways. 18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. 19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 22. Over prepare, then go with the flow. 23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?' 27. Always choose life. 28. Forgive 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 33. Believe in miracles. 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. 35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young. 37. Your children get only one childhood. 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back. 41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need 42. The best is yet to come... 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 44. Yield. 45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift." Taken From the Internet Please Pray for the Pastor Search Team “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” Philippians 2:1-2 NIV Dear Lord, Your servant Paul wrote eloquently. As we read his words all these centuries later as we gather in fellowship and worship we know we are united in Christ. We ask You to bless the Pastor Search Team with oneness in spirit and purpose and may they feel comfort in Your love, Amen 9 Ephesus Baptist Church 2025 Ephesus Church Road Chapel Hill, NC 27517-2354 Phone 919-489-4483 Fax 919-408-3430 E-mail [email protected] [email protected] Cheryl Eller, Secretary A growing, historical community. We’re on the Web! See us at: www.ephesusbaptistchurch.org EPHESUS BAPTIST CHURCH 2025 EPHESUS CHURCH ROAD CHAPEL HILL, NC 27517-2354 Notes from the office… Newsletter The deadline for the July issue will be June 25. We would love your input! Please send or drop off articles and photos by then. If you’d like to receive the newsletter via email, please send me an email at: [email protected] Printer Cartridge Recycling Bring in your used printer cartridges and you’ll not only be helping the environment, you’ll be earning money for Ephesus! We receive $2 for every cartridge recycled at Staples. Thanks! -Cheryl About Our Church We celebrate more than a century of ministering to proclaim Jesus Christ to all people. We believe that the Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is to be interpreted under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We seek to demonstrate our faith in our daily lives. We are partners with Yates Baptist Association, the NC Baptist State Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. All are welcome!
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