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The Kingdom Takes Shape: Depth Charge
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/2/7/2/8/27288883/5.31.20_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/30E054BAAA923A2FC1-20200531
The Kingdom Takes Shape: Depth Charge
May 31, 2020
Pentecost Sunday
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.
In the sermon, Pastor Stacey defined three words. See if you can recall his definitions in your own words:

Gospel -
Salvation -
Believes -
Questions to ponder.
One of the pictures of allegiance was of flag-bearers in front of an army, willingly marching at the frontlines, knowing it most likely meant certain death. Flag-bearers are committed to, believe in, put their confidence in the truth they are fighting for. What other illustrations of true allegiance can you think of?
Questions to ponder.
In what ways do you think we as followers of Jesus should still call ourselves "the Way"? What about our way of life should be different than the way of life of those who do not seek to follow Jesus?
Quotables. Respond to the quote below. What strikes you as new? What challenges your thinking on faith?
“Christ, by making himself nothing, by taking on the very nature of a slave, had plumbed the depths to which only the lowest, the poorest, the most persecuted and abused of mortals were confined. If Paul could not leave the sheer wonder of this alone, if he risked everything to proclaim it to strangers likely to find it disgusting, or lunatic, or both, then that was because he had been brought by his vision of the risen Jesus to gaze directly into what it meant for him and for all the world. That Christ… had become human, and suffered death on the ultimate instrument of torture, was precisely the measure of Paul’s understanding of God: that He was love. The world stood transformed as a result. Such was the gospel. Paul, in proclaiming it, offered himself as the surest measure of its truth. He was nothing, worse than nothing, a man who had persecuted Christ’s followers, foolish and despised; and yet he had been forgiven and saved. ‘I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.’

And if Paul, then why not everybody else?” (Dominion, pp. 87-88)
Quotables. In what ways is this Charles Haddon Spurgeon quote true? In what ways do you think it might not be true?
“The most useful members of a church are usually those who would be doing harm if they were not doing good.”
For children.
Can you think of a story, book, or movie when someone who was a bad person in the story later became a good person? Why did they become good? What made them want to change?

Unbelievable with Tom Holland and NT Wright

Follow the link below to watch a brief portion of a longer conversation between historian Tom Holland and New Testament scholar NT Wright on the importance of the Apostle Paul and his writings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIJ9gK47Ogw

Tom Holland - Why I Was Wrong About Christianity

Follow the link below to read the article by Tom Holland on his findings while researching and writing his book, DOMINION.

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/religion/2016/09/tom-holland-why-i-was-wrong-about-christianity

Why Do They Riot?

To read the article on rioting as an emotional response to racial trauma by Kyle Howard, follow the link below.

https://kylejhoward.com/blog/rioting-the-overflow-of-racial-trauma/?fbclid=IwAR3GPgxcjdz-F6V_sN-hhqV011zrbdqbzm4g69XLpCgDjAP2RBLJdlCgfGQ
Prayer for Pentecost Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, forever and ever. 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

Resuming In-person Worship at ECC

As Pastor Stacey stated in the Special Edition email sent out Thursday, our plan is to resume worship on ECC's campus on Sunday June 14 at 10:30am. This is assuming the state of Indiana is on target for Stage 4 of the governor's plan, set to begin that day. If something happens and we do not hit that target, we will postpone the service and let you know as soon as possible. There will be restrictions and important differences in that service. If you have not yet read the email Pastor Stacey sent out, please do so. You can also find the video and the text of the email on our home page at ecclife.net.

https://conta.cc/3dbIZgB

First Fridays for Women

Ladies, First Fridays, June 5, will have multiple options in order to honor individual preferences and needs and to provide healthy social distanced gathering. Registration IS required for this event to help us prepare to welcome each woman. Hope to see you there!Registration and details are in the link below.

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ke5zhinab&oeidk=a07eh49bckqcb8c8f2d&condition=SO_OVERRIDE

Connection Groups

Today is the last day for our small-group style, virtual gathering to connect with God, His word, and each other. During the meeting at 3:00pm, we will re-visit today’s scripture passage, 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!

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

Youth S’mores & Stories

Friday, June 12, 7:30-9:30, we will gather together outside for games, s'mores, and stories! We will be using social distancing guidelines for all that we do and ask for students to bring their own chair and water with them. We will provide s'mores in a food-safe way. In the event of rain, we will cancel. While we are not requiring RSVP, we would appreciate it!

https://www.facebook.com/events/274371833933935/

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