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.
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!
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
VBS is almost HERE!!! Join us June 23-27 2019! We are going to Athens to learn about the Apostle Paul and how he was changed by the Gospel!!
The program starts at 6:30 every night!
Register Here: https://vbspro.events/p/events/emmaus2019
June 24-28 2018
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!!
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.
Join us this summer for Ocean Commotion!!!
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org