Labor Day Parade!!!

The Evangelism Committee is sponsoring a table at the Labor Day parade in Powhatan next Monday, September 1. Please make plans to arrive by 10 to help set up. We will be giving out water bottles, and will have a drawing for a few gift cards as well.

Come and interact with our neighbors, make some new friends and share the Love of Christ with everyone who is there.

 

Privileged…. By Julie Newton

       Privileged: having the rare opportunity to do something that brings particular pleasure.  I could not think of another word to describe what my job at ECC has meant to me than that one.  It may be an odd word for many to understand.  But it is one that I am reminded of every single week as I step into the classroom to teach the children, the future of our society, the tweens at ECC.

Oddly enough, I never wanted any children.  It was never in “my” plan; I was never super comfortable around kids.  I would play with my cousins, babysit for friends and neighbors, but never felt a connection to have my own child one day. Many, many years ago, I worked within a Library system and I was asked to take over a job dealing with kids, in the programming field.  I have to say that I was very out of sorts and felt like I was never going to be content in my job again!!  But the opportunity was too good to pass up and I figured I would learn something.

Well, low and behold, I learned that God had other plans for my life.  God began to direct me into this new career path that I had never considered or had passion for.  It made me want a child of my own, my whole world turned upside down.  Once I did have a child, my sweet daughter (who is now 9), there was nothing else that I desired out of my life. I truly believed God was done with His plans for me.  My every available moment was spent with her.  Once she reached the age of 1, I decided to stop working to focus on my family.  That was another one of God’s plans for us, one that we never saw coming!!  We often wondered why He was taking us down that path.  As my daughter grew, we decided that we would home school her, now that was never in “my” plans!!!  (Five years later, I love every minute of being a home school mom)!

At the same time I got offered this amazing job at ECC as the Children’s Ministry Leader.  I have to be honest; I was a little out of my comfort zone.  Yes, by now I had worked with kids for 6 years, loved the job I had at the Library, I loved helping with VBS and such at church.  But could I really teach kids about the Bible, when there was so much that I needed to learn myself?  I doubted, but God kept pointing me in the direction to take the job and to just trust in Him.  I did and now years later, I cannot tell you all how this job makes me feel!  Each week that I teach, I am inspired by their generation.  I can see that they are a group of believers. A group that is not afraid to defend their faith to their peers.

It is amazing to me that God has placed me into this profession, He trusted in me to handle this job and He keeps me on my toes.  I love when I see the kids’ faces and something just “clicks”, they “got it!” I often whisper to myself.  What a feeling!!

I have learned many things through the classes that I teach.  I have seen some of the kids grow up into these wonderful God loving and God fearing, teen ages.  Lessons that I was able to teach them, they have been able to go out and teach others. I get goose bumps thinking about all of the “clicks” I have seen on their faces, when they finally understand God’s purpose for them and for their life.  What an incredible feeling!!! I look forward to many more years of teaching God’s Word to the future of ECC.   We have a strong generation of believers coming out of ECC and I could not be more proud of them all!

After sitting and reflecting on my past…where I was 15 years ago and where I am now.  I am so thankful to God and all of those who had the faith in me to fulfill His plans for my life, those who kept encouraging, and those who never gave up!  I am very blessed and privileged.

If you find my journey inspiring and want to get out of your “comfort zone.”  Consider teaching a class at ECC, we have several age ranges that are available to teach.  Until you do it, you cannot imagine what you are missing.

 Proverbs 22:6 ESV     Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Julie Newton