ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
The Kingdom Takes Shape: Famous Last Words
The book of Acts is a story of action, faith, courage, and boldness in uncertain times. 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.
Locations & Times
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  • 3600 S 9th St, Lafayette, IN 47909, USA
    Sunday 10:10 AM
Pre-register for August 9 Service
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Please pre-register so we know how many attenders to expect on Sunday.
https://bit.ly/ECCAug09
Downloadable Bulletin
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https://www.ecclife.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27288883/8.2.20_bulletin.pdf
Communication Card
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Let us know you attended today's service! You can also sign up for newsletters or prayer.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BAAA923A2FC1-20200802
Unity Sunday Outside Worship Survey
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We would love to know how you feel about an outdoor, socially distanced, Unity Sunday Service. Please follow this link to participate in a 2 question survey. https://bit.ly/Outdoor_Survey
Leave a Word of Blessing for Carol Smith
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This morning we say goodbye to Carol Smith as our Youth Director, and we pray for a blessed and prosperous new phase of ministry for her. Please take a moment to comment on a Kudoboard we have created for her. Leave a word of encouragement, share gratitude for what she and her ministry have meant to you, and wish her well. The Kudoboard will be open for comment until next Sunday, August 9, at 8:00pm. Please follow the link below.
https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/3FbwqWwl
How to Connect at ECC
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Click below to explore many opportunities get connected even--or especially--in this time of social distancing.
https://www.ecclife.net/connect.html
Adult Christian Formation
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Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom. The Adult Sunday School class is
following a video series called Soul Keeping. This series, by John Ortberg, will cover the subject of the “inner life”. https://www.ecclife.net/zoom.html
Wednesday Morning Men's Fellowship
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Men, please join us each week at 6:30am. We will be continuing a video study on race relations in the men's group using Tony Evans series Oneness Embraced. For an invite, please email Bill Oakes (oakes@purdue.edu). We'd love to see you there!
First Fridays
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Ladies, we invite you to join us for First Fridays, this Friday, August 7, at 9:00am! In order to honor individual preferences and needs, we have two options: Patti VanAlstine’s patio and Zoom. Details and the zoom link at ecclife.net/women.
Junior Council
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If you are a junior or senior in high school, we are talking specifically to you right now! With a ton of activities being cancelled or postponed, we want to give you a chance to be a part of the leadership of our church by joining "Junior Council!" Do you need recommendations and more activities to put on your college applications? Do you want to grow in your leadership skills? Do you want to find out how big decisions are made here and put in your suggestions? Do you want to make long-lasting relationships with our council members and make a difference by serving our church? Then join us for this next school year and get a ton of leadership experience and training that is sure to look great for any future roles you'd have! Applications are due by August 9th! Apply today!
https://www.ecclife.net/junior_council.html
Third Grade Bibles
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As we move closer to the start of a new school year, we will be presenting all of our 3rd grade students with a Bible of their very own. We would like to connect with each of our 3rd grade students personally, so Pastor Stacey and Kristin are planning to travel to your houses and present Bibles to each 3rd grade student outside your home. We’ll record videos of these presentations and share them with our congregation in worship on Sunday, August 16. If you have a 3rd grade student, and we haven’t yet contacted you, please sign up through the Bible app so that we can schedule a time to bring your child a Bible.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BAAA923A2FC1-third
Landscape Day
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Join us, Saturday August 15, for a Landscape Work Day. We will be trimming the ground cover and pulling weeds. Bring string trimmers if you have them, other tools, and gloves. Otherwise, we will provide tools. Please let Pastor Kurt know if you can attend at kkincanon@ecclife.net.
Miller "Car"nival
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It’s hard to believe that it’s August already and that schools will be starting over the next few weeks! This year looks a little different but ECC is still committed to partnering with Miller School to encourage students and their families. We are taking donations to help with school related expenses for families whether that be shoes, supplies, clothing, masks or similar items. Please make your check payable to ECC with Miller School in the memo portion.

On Tuesday, August 18, we are helping sponsor a “Car”nival at Miller from 5:30 to 6:30 to welcome all the students back whether they are doing e-learning or attending classes at the school. Families will drive through a predetermined route at the school and we will have entertainment for them as they remain in their vehicles. We are still working on exactly what that will look like but we know we will need volunteers to help with food prep and meal distribution and to help with some games the families will engage in while remaining in their car. We will be following all health guidelines to keep everyone safe. If you are available to help in any way please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054baaa923a2fc1-miller4
Connection Challenge
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For a while now, we have been extending "challenges" to our kids that have
helped them connect to the message and to each other. Today we offer a challenge for all of us! We encourage you to think of at least 2 people from ECC (not in the same family!) that you haven't connected with lately and give them a call! Check in on them, tell them you miss seeing them, and see how they are doing. We look forward to hearing how these connections encourage you!
Welcome Videos
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Welcome Videos: Here at ECC, we very much enjoyed seeing your “Good Morning, ECC” videos during this time of social distancing. We would like to see more smiling faces in new welcome videos for upcoming services. Send new videos to ecc@ecclife.net.
Giving Online
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You can give your offerings here. You can also give to special areas by commenting in the memo line. https://bit.ly/ECCGiving
The Kingdom Takes Shape: Famous Last Words
August 2, 2020
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Stacey Littlefield, Lead Pastor
Write this week's Good News Statement below:
Question to ponder:
What people have been the most inspirational examples in your life? What about them inspired you? What impact did their lives and examples have on you?
Questions to ponder:
What people in your life have played a role similar to that of the Holy Spirit? Who has come alongside you in difficult times? How have they encouraged or empowered you?
Question to ponder:
Have you ever felt compelled or bound to do something? What was it and what compelled you? What was the result of your action (if you took any) or your inaction (if you did not)?
Question to ponder:
The Holy Spirit is sometimes referred to with metaphors (a dove, flames of fire, new wine). Each of these tell us something about the person and work of the Spirit. What metaphors do you think could be useful in helping us better understand the presence of the Spirit all around us or the work of the Spirit as our "helper" or "advocate"?
Quotables:
Consider these words, again, from mountain climber, Alex Hannold. What parallels do you see between Alex's words and the life of a disciple? Where does Alex's way of life "go too far" for you personally? Where do you feel stretched by Alex's example?

“I want to climb in the best places in the world, and that’s my focus. So I’m willing to give up having stability, having a shower, having whatever in order to climb the way that I want…. I am probably more intentional with the way I live my life than virtually anybody. I have made clear choices about what I find value in, what risks I am willing to take. I am doing exactly what I love to do. It’s very easy for someone sitting on the couch at home to condemn it as crazy and stupid. But I can justify all my choices--can you say the same about your life?” - Alex Hannold
Practices to engage.
Re-read Paul's farewell speech in Acts 20.18-35 prayerfully, out loud, several times. What words stay with you? Write them down and commit to prayerfully ask God to show you what they might mean for you, and to give you the faith and boldness to follow through on whatever response you sense God is asking of you.

From last week:
1. Take time each day, perhaps more than once a day, to prayerfully declare these truths over you life and household. Memorize them or write them down somewhere for easy access: I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights. I live in the strong and unshakeable kingdom of God. The kingdom is not in trouble, and neither am I.

2. Pray each day for the rest of 2020 for all those involved in seeking healing an hope in the three challenges mentioned in the sermon: the pandemic, civil unrest over racism, and the presidential election year.

Just for Fun: Alex Hannold

Click the link below to watch the trailer for the film, Free Solo, the awarding winning story of Alex Hannold's historic climb up El Capitan. Then consider what ways Alex's commitment, training, passion, vision, and determination might speak to your faith in Christ. Where do you find the comparison daunting? Where do you find the comparison encouraging? In what ways does the comparison not work?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urRVZ4SW7WU
Prayer for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.