ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
The Kingdom Takes Shape: New Wine, New Wineskins
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/2/7/2/8/27288883/6.21.20_bulletin.pdf
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https://www.ecclife.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27288883/6.21.20_bulletin.pdf

Pre-register for June 28 Service

We will be having in-person worship on ECC's campus on Sunday June 21 at 10:30am. 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. If you want to attend next week, we will need you to pre-register below.

https://bit.ly/ECCJune28

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/30E054BAAA923A2FC1-20200621
The Kingdom Takes Shape: New Wine, New Wineskins
June 21, 2020
Third Sunday After Pentecost
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.
During this season of pandemic, what have you had to find a new way to do that you used to not even have to think about? How have you felt about this season? Tired? Challenged? Excited? Weary?
Questions to ponder.
What is one thing you've had to do in a different way during the pandemic that you've actually discovered you enjoyed? Why did you enjoy it?
Questions to ponder.
What other places in the book of Acts do we see and hear the Holy Spirit speak? How are those times similar to or different than what happens in Acts 13? What experiences have you personally had in hearing or sensing the leading of the Holy Spirit? What were the factors that led you to believe you had indeed heard from the Spirit?
Question to Ponder.
If you were at Antioch in Acts 11 when Barnabas and Saul stayed for one year teaching new followers of Jesus, what would you hope they would teach you? Knowing what you know now, what would you want to learn from Barnabas and Saul?
Quotables.
“Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share in the life of Christ. If we do, we shall then be sharing a life which was begotten, not made, which always existed and always will exist. Christ is the Son of God. If we share in this kind of life we also shall be sons of God. We shall love the Father as He does and the Holy Ghost will arise in us. He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has — by what I call "good infection." Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)



Questions to ponder.
How has God sent you into the world? Among whom have you been sent? Have you had any positive interactions with others around the topic of faith?
For children.
Think of a time when you worked together with others to build or make something or to play a game? Who told you how to do it? What did you do to help it happen? What did others do?

Fasting: A Practical Guide

Follow the link below for a good introduction to fasting as a spiritual discipline.

https://renovare.org/articles/fasting-a-practical-guide
Prayer for the Third Sunday after Pentecost
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever 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

Just Mercy Movie Discussion

Please join us for an online discussion of the movie "Just Mercy" on June 28 starting at 7:oo p.m. with our guest presenter and facilitator Dominique Gillard. The cost will be $10.00/participant. $5.00 will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative and $5.00 will be given to Dominique Gilliard for facilitating. The movie is free to watch on several platforms. Sign up on the Communication card to receive more information and a link to see how you can watch the movie. 

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eh4wnoenec60a804&llr=ke5zhinab

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