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What we are doing about the Coronavirus…

Emmaus Family,
 
Over the past several days there have been increased concerns over the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and its impact on our community as well as our church body. Local officials have closed schools for the next two weeks and it seems our area will most likely be affected by this virus. The Elders of ECC want to be proactive and appropriately cautious as we enter this season. Acknowledging that we are not experts and that this is an unusual circumstance, we have been seeking wisdom and advice from others, including; first responders who are on the front lines, local church leaders, and other trusted sources. 
 
We are primarily reminded of the fact that, as Christians, we have no reason to fear! We know that God is sovereign over all things, including viruses. This event is not a surprise to Him and He will use this circumstance for His glory. We know that fear does not come from God and (2 Tim 1:7) that God has ordained all the days of our lives (Psalm 139:16).  Scripture repeatedly commands us not to fear, but to trust God in all circumstances. Conversely, we also need to use our God-given discretion and wisdom to avoid unnecessary risks, trusting that God will be with us in this circumstance, just as He is with us in everything else. We all trust God’s sovereignty, but that does not stop us from wearing seat-belts when we drive. 
 
We, as a church body, need to be mindful of what is going on in the broader community. The global trend shows that the advent of this virus into communities quickly overburdens hospitals and doctor’s offices with a quantity of patients they do not have the capacity to adequately treat. Although it may seem unnecessary at this time, prudence dictates that we all take appropriate steps to limit the spread of this virus, just as we do with familiar sicknesses like the flu or the common cold.
 
Additionally, we need to ensure we are properly caring for our local body.  We have several people in our congregation who fall into the high-risk category for the virus.  It is our Christian privilege to care for them by first limiting exposure opportunities at this juncture and, if necessary, providing practical care should they become exposed elsewhere.  Consequently, we find it prudent to temporarily modify our Sunday morning routine to exercise that primary care.
 
 As a result, here are the changes for this Sunday based on the recommendations from those respected experts. 
 
1.       We will have Sunday Worship as scheduled. If you have any symptoms, please stay at home but be sure to let us know so that we will know to check-in with you in the following days.  If you are healthy but feel safer staying at home please feel free to do so. We do encourage you to join our Facebook live feed and worship with your family at home. If you do come to the service, please be mindful to limit close interactions others and wash your hands with soap. 
2.      We request that you enter the church through the large doors at the rear of the sanctuary.  We will have someone at the door to open it for you to limit contact to common surfaces.  There will also be hand sanitizer available for use.
3.      All classes, including nursery, children’s ministry, and Sunday school, are cancelled. 
4.      We have cancelled youth group for this week. 
5.      Small gatherings (men’s and women’s bible studies etc.) will be held at the discretion of the leaders of those groups. 
 
The elders also want to be on the lookout for ways that we can boldly give aid to our community in this time, stepping out in faith to serve if this does become a significant event in Powhatan. Please be praying for ways that we as a church can care for those in this community who will be affected. We want to be an example of faith and not fear, and display a faith in God that will bring Him glory in this time when people are realizing how little control they have over their own lives. This is a time for the church to be the light on hill, so that all who are in darkness will see a people who are unshakable, and have full confidence in a sovereign God who controls the wind, the rain, and the Coronavirus! 
 
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Elders and Deacons

Over the past several years ECC has been going through a deep change in the polity (government) of our church. We have moved from a Board of Stewards model of leadership to the structure that is found in scripture. We have re-written the bylaws of our church to institute the offices of Elder and Deacon. These two offices are clearly established in the New Testament as the offices of church leadership.

The Elders of the church are men who serve the church as spiritual leaders. Instead of having one pastor, we now have four elders, who have the same responsibilities and commitment to the body of ECC. They are called to lead, feed, care for and protect the congregation of ECC. The men nominated and affirmed by vote on June 2, 2019 are  Lew Combs, Jon Lowery, Scott Sheridan, and Bryan Holt. We were ordained by the congregation as elders on September 8, 2019. Within the new by-laws, I am still the paid pastor who is equal in calling and function to the other elders, but I have been tasked with responsibilities and roles that compensation frees me to accomplish. My primary role is the main preaching for the Sunday worship service, along with other duties that take time and preparation.

The deacons of the church are men and women called to care for the practical needs of the church. Their duties are varied, from caring for the building and grounds to overseeing benevolence. These leaders were ordained as deacons on September 8, 2019. The deacons of ECC are: Page Allen, Arlene Booker, Phil Sparks, Bart Haddix, George Holt, Jason Habel, and Tom Verbeke. Aside from any duties relating to the day to day functioning of the church, they have also been assigned several families each to reach out to on an ongoing basis to pray for and see if there are any practical needs that those families have.

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This is an exciting time for our body as we are already beginning to benefit from the leadership and care of these leaders. However, the process to implement this new change is one that we are taking our time with. There are many aspects of the church that will be affected by this change, so we are taking our time and addressing things at a measured pace. We have been looking at ways to redistribute the leadership of various ministry teams in the church. We have tackled our education team and have already seen a number of people step up to help serve in the areas of children and women’s ministries.

There is much more on the horizon, and we are taking the long view as we approach changes and new ideas. Along this whole process, we have seen the hand of God drawing us towards this change as well as supplying qualified men and women to fill the roles of leadership in this body. Soli Deo Gloria!

Bryan

 

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Praise In The Park This Sunday!! Oct 13, 2019

Every year in the Fall, we take one Sunday and worship at Powhatan State Park. It is always a great time of worship, fellowship and food!

Join us at 10:30 at Shelter #1. Let the gate know you are with Emmaus and we will cover your parking fee. Lunch to follow the service.

 

4616 State Park Road

Powhatan Va 23139

 

 

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VBS 2018 is Almost Here!!

June 24-28 2018

Register HERE

Join us for our Vacation Bible School, where kids will have fun while learning from the Bible. This year we will be discovering Jesus from eternity past to eternity future.


VBS activities begin Promptly at 6pm, in the Sanctuary.  Please arrive 10-15mins early (coming into the Sanctuary doors) so we can get them checked in.  


Each night will conclude around 8:30pm, in the Sanctuary.  Please arrive around 8:25pm for pick-up.


Side Note:  For those of you who have joined us in the past–Welcome Back!  For those of you who are new–we are excited to have you!  We wanted to let you know that this year we will NOT be serving dinner at VBS.  The kids will enjoy a light snack during their game time.


Please let us know if you have any questions.  We are very excited and looking forward to an awesome week!!

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Parent’s Night Out

December 11, from 6-9PM Is our next Parent’s Night Out!!! Go out on a date, go Christmas shopping, or get together with some friends knowing your kids are being cared for in a fun and safe environment. Best of all, there is no charge!!

Please RSVP by Dec 9th.

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Community Fun and Worship

Come out this Saturday August 22 for an evening of fun and games, free food, and music, all to benefit Backpacks of Love. The fun begins at 5 and goes til 8pm.

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Christmas Schedule!!

There are a lot of things happening in addition to our regular schedule this Christmas Season at Emmaus. Please make plans to attend some of these as we celebrate God’s gift of salvation through Jesus!

Thursday December 11, 6PM: The annual spirit night and Christmas ornament exchange will be held at Italian Delight. Please come and enjoy Fellowship and share in the ornament exchange. Also, Italian Delight is donating 10% of the total checks that night back to the church. If you are interested, Please Call Margaret Gillis to make a reservation.

Saturday December 13, 8:30 AM Our Men will gather at at the County Seat for fellowship and a Christmas Devotional from pastor Bryan.

Saturday December 13, 4-7 PM: The Holt Family will host a Christmas Open House for all to come and share in. Please stop by for as much or little time as you can spare. We will have finger foods, and fellowship.

Sunday December 14, After the service we will have our annual Congregational meeting. This is a time to hear from the leaders in the church about the year behind us, and to hear about the vision for the new year ahead. We will celebrate what God has done on our body, and ask Him to pour out more of His blessings. The membership will vote on the upcoming year’s budget, and slate of leaders. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday December 24, 7PM: Our annual Christmas Eve Service. Please come as we celebrate together the mystery and joy that the birth of Christ brings to each of us. We will celebrate through song, prayer, and the Word. Please take the opportunity to invite family and friends to this special occasion.

As always, Check the calendar page on the website for any additions and changes.

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Shop With Scrip Fund Raiser

For a number of months now, we have been raising money to fund a wheelchair lift for our building. Currently if a person in a wheelchair comes to our facility and wants to go either up to the sanctuary, or down to the fellowship hall, they must go outside and around the building to do so.

As part of the effort to raise the estimated $52,000 to instal the lift, we are using a program that allows us to buy gift cards at a discounted rate and sell them at face value. This allows the church to have the difference, and allows us to raise money without selling, or buying things people don’t need. You simply use the cards on things you would normally buy, and the church makes money.

If you are interested in signing up, please see the instructions below:

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTERING FOR OUR “SHOP WITH SCRIP” FUNDRAISER

1. Go online to www.shopwithscrip.com  Select REGISTER

2. On the next screen, on the left-hand side, scroll down and click on JOIN A SCRIP PROGRAM

3. The next screen says ENROLL. In the box labeled ENROLLMENT CODE,
type in (all capital letters) CADE1D8D42L14

4. The next screen will say EMMAUS CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Fill out the username, password and address information fields, then click on REGISTER.

Then, you may begin shopping. Add items to your cart; when finished, click on CHECKOUT.

We’d like for everyone to use PRESTO PAY to make their payments. Click on the PRESTO PAY button to sign up on their site. This is a secure payment site similar to PAYPAL, but it used only for ShopWithScrip.

If you choose not to use PRESTO PAY, click on the CHECK option. Then, write a check for the total amount shown on your order made out to Emmaus Church ; fill out an order form (provided to you at church) that will include the check number, for the items you wish to order. Then, the church will assemble all the orders once a week, and mail them to SHOP WITH SCRIP. The orders will be filled and ovenighted back to the church, and they can be picked up the following Sunday.

The first order will take about a week and a half to process. After that, things will process faster, particularly if you use the PRESTO PAY option.

When you choose items, the amount rebated to the church will show on your screen.

If you have any questions, call or email George Holt: 804-338-8243, gmholt@juno.com