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The Kingdom Takes Shape: The Prime Directive
The Kingdom of God took root in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God began to take shape in the world, as well. The book of Acts is a story of action, faith, courage, and boldness in uncertain times. Then, it was persecution that deployed the Church; today, it is a virus. Tomorrow, it may be something else. How might the Kingdom take shape in our world, as it did then? Join us Sundays at 10:30am (ecclife.net/stream or facebook.com/ecclife) as we rediscover the passion and power of the early Church and what they have to teach us in our uncertain and anxious times today.
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  • 3600 S 9th St, Lafayette, IN 47909, USA
    Sunday 10:10 AM

Downloadable Bulletin

Please check out our virtual bulletin.

https://www.ecclife.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27288883/5.24.20_bulletin.pdf

Communication Card

Please visit the Communication Card to mark that you attended our online service. If you need prayer, care from a Stephen Minister, added to the E-letter mailing list, or other concerns, visit the Communication Card link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BAAA923A2FC1-20200524

ECC Survey on Returning to Public Worship

By mid-week we hope to finalize our plans for resuming public worship gatherings at ECC, and we will let you know as soon as we do. Before that, we'd love to hear from you on your plans for returning to worship at ECC. Click the link below to take a very brief survey. Thank you!

https://s.surveyplanet.com/gp-Hl_iMR
The Kingdom Takes Shape: The Prime Directive
May 24, 2020
The Sunday after Ascension Day
Stacey Littlefield, Lead Pastor
Write this week's good news statement below.

Praying for Our Neighbors

Dear Friends, Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life." The Lord planted our church--and each of you--where we are to help our neighbors discover the light of life. So, we're asking everyone who calls ECC home to consider becoming a "light" to their neighbors and living intentional pray-care-share lifestyles. This fits so well our annual B.L.E.S.S. initiative, too. As a reminder, BLESS stands for Begin with prayer. Listen with care. Eat together. Serve in love. Share your story.Becoming a "light" in your neighborhood is free and confidential. You'll receive a map and list of your closest neighbors, along with emails at the frequency of your choice to pray for your next five neighbors that day. When you get a chance, walk or drive by those homes as you pray for them. To learn more about this opportunity visit the following link and watch the 2 minute video by Stephen Kendrick. When you are ready to get started, click the sign up button on the bottom of the page.Pastor Stacey Littlefield

https://blesseveryhome.com/light/?cust=10736
Questions to ponder.
What has been the hardest challenge for you, personally, during this pandemic season?

What opportunities for growth, if any, have you discovered during this time?
Questions to ponder.
In your own words, what is the Prime Directive of the Early Church in the book of Acts? In your own words, what is the Prime Directive for ECC? Or your life, personally?
Questions to ponder.
Who might feel "excluded" from the kingdom of God in today's world? Why do you think they feel this way? What is the "good news" to them?
Questions to ponder.
What is your experience of the Holy Spirit? What were you taught about the Holy Spirit, if you grew up in the faith? How do you sense the Spirit speaks to you today?
Quotables.
Read the passage below from Chris Green, as he reflects on the evangelism done by the Samaritan woman at the well after her encounter with Jesus in John 4 ("Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 'Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?' They came out of the town and made their way toward him.").

How do Green's thoughts inform your own experience or expectations about what it means to be an evangelist? Where do his words challenge your thinking or what you've always believed? How might they create in you the possibility of sharing your experience of Jesus with someone who does not yet know him?

"She was tactful--overjoyed, but neither overeager nor pushy. With her testimony, she gently created the same space of possibility for her neighbors that Christ had created for her. John says that many believed on him because of her witness, although they make it clear to her, 'It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves...' (4:41-42a). And, astonishingly, they come to understand him in a way she had not even suggested. He is not only Israel's Messiah but the Savior of the world (4:42b).

"We have much to learn from her witness. Not least that our task is not to convince our neighbors to believe in Jesus, much less to accept our beliefs and way of life as their own. We need to remember that our calling is nothing more or less than to bear witness to what God has done in our lives in ways true to his character--his humility, his gentleness, his mercy, his patience, his compassion.

"In evangelization, the how and the what are inseparable and mutually determined. The kindness of God leads to repentance, Scripture says. So it is only as we kindly bear witness to God's kindness that we can help others find the way to repentance. We are at most only midwives: we do not create life in others; we merely come alongside them to help them give birth to the Christ the Spirit has formed in them." (Surprised by God, p.78)
For children.
Can you think of a time when you felt left out? How did that feel? Did anyone try to make you feel better? Can you think of a time when you made someone feel welcome?
Prayer for the Sunday after Ascension Day
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The Book of Acts, Part 1

Follow the link below to view part 1 of The Bible Project video on the Book of Acts. Part 2 of the overview is below.

https://youtu.be/CGbNw855ksw

The Book of Acts, Part 2

Follow the link below to view part 2 of the Bible Project video on the Book of Acts. Part 1 is above.

https://youtu.be/Z-17KxpjL0Q

Opportunities for Women

Women, we need to be connected to God and each other more than ever. Social distancing doesn't have to equal social isolation... the ways we connect just need to look differently right now. NETam and NETpm, First Fridays, and Mugs & Muffins are meeting on Zoom. Register now for the Women of Joy conference in Indianapolis coming late summer for discounted rate. Check out our ECC's Women's page for dates and details!

https://www.ecclife.net/women.html

Connection Groups

For the month of May, we will be offering Connection Groups: small -group style, virtual gatherings to connect with God, His word, and each other. Each meeting we will re-visit Sunday's scripture passage to continue learning and growing together, followed by a time to simply be in community together and tell stories of where we see God at work. We would love to have you join us on Sundays, 3:00pm (May 31) or Thursdays, 7:00pm (May 28). Links to Connection Groups can be found at ecclife.net/zoom. 

https://www.ecclife.net/zoom.html

Summer XP 2020

Summer XP is just around the corner, and we’re re-designing our week so that we can share Jesus’ love with kids…online! From June 1-4 (Monday-Thursday), we’ll combine paper mailings, video elements, and secure online technology so that children entering grades K-5 can have both a large group and small group experience. We’re also exploring how we can continue to offer drive-thru meals as part of the program. We will still need a loving and dedicated crew of volunteers to invest in our children and families during this week, and we invite all of you to look for unique ways that you can be involved in serving. Volunteer and child registration can be found online at ecclife.net/xp.  

https://www.ecclife.net/xp.html

How to Connect at ECC

Click below to explore many opportunities get connected even--or especially--in this time of "social distancing".

https://www.ecclife.net/connect.html