ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
The Kingdom Takes Shape: The Eucharistic Life
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 16 Service
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Please pre-register so we know how many attenders to expect on Sunday.
https://bit.ly/ECCAug16
Downloadable Bulletin
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https://www.ecclife.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27288883/8.9.20_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/30E054BAAA923A2FC1-20200809
Unity Sunday
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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://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=meACDQ9sYEaG042x0IztUR78OJl5khVIryR8dj6cC3hUQ1EyOFE1VDdVNVFIRDVCWU1CMllOTFNFQS4u
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!
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 TODAY!
https://www.ecclife.net/junior_council.html
Youth Ministry Listening Session
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ECC invites all parents, students, and interested congregants to a listening session regarding the direction and ministry of our youth programs on Wednesday, August 12th from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. A few questions we will discuss are: What do you value most in the youth programming experience? What would you like to keep doing, stop doing, or start doing? How can we best support you during this transition and pandemic environment? Visit https://www.ecclife.net/zoom.html to participate in the session on Wednesday.
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 22, 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!
Miller Backpack Program
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This school year we will once again be packing 100 bags of food for Miller families that need a little extra help. This will take place after the school day is over. We need volunteers from 4-6 PM on Thursdays. We will pack at Miller School using all needed precautions to keep everyone healthy. Please sign up below or email Ronda at rooms@ecclife.net with any questions you may have.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BAAA923A2FC1-20202021
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.
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Class
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ECC’s Mission Commission is pleased to announce that ECC is part of a multi-church
partnership that is bringing this renowned and life-changing class back to the Greater Lafayette area this fall. This is a powerful opportunity to immerse yourself in God's work around the world by hearing each week from expert speakers brought in from all over the region. Check out all the information at http://perspectives.org/lafayette including how you can qualify for a rebate for successfully completing the course.
MOPs Open House
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We will have an Open House for our 2020-2021 registration on August 18th 9:30-11:00 a.m. outside by the church entrance under the portico. More information is available at:
https://www.ecclife.net/mopsmomsnext---mothers-of-preschoolers.html
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: The Eucharistic Life
August 9, 2020
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
Stacey Littlefield, Lead Pastor
Write this week's Good News Statement below:
Question to ponder:
How would you rate your own personal level of anxiety on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest level of anxiety)? What are the causes of your current, personal anxiety?
Questions to ponder:
Read the following verses in Acts 27 and consider the word in each verse (listed below) that relates to the theme of salvation. What do each of these uses of the word suggest as metaphors for our spiritual journey and salvation?

20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.”

34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.”

43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land.

44 The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.
Question to ponder: Below are the six times in Acts 27 where Paul interacts in a positive way with the crew, centurion, or the soldiers. What parallels can you find in how Paul deals with his "enemies" and how we might interact with those who oppose us today?
27.3

27.9-10

27.21-36

27.30-32

27.33-38

27.42-44
Question to ponder:
Where has someone been the grace and peace of God in your life? How did they play this part in your? Where else have you seen people live out God's grace and peace for the sake of others?
A practice to engage.
Write the names below of people among whom you think God has sent you to be his grace and peace? Commit to praying for new ways to be God's grace and peace to them this week.
Prayer for Forgiveness and a Kingdom Life
God, this day, I desire your forgiveness and mercy; I need your grace and peace to reign in my life and relationships. I confess my sin and selfishness to you. I confess that I cannot do this on my own, and I ask that you grant me your grace and peace, and that you teach me how to live as you lived. I choose daily to surrender myself to you, though I know I will not do so perfectly. I choose daily to rely on your grace to forgive me, to heal me, and to transform me. In Christ’ name, Amen.

The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I might not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Questions to ponder.
Read 1 Corinthians 9.19-23. In what ways do you see Paul's words here as informing how we see him live his life in Acts 27? How might Paul's words here inform your life and way in the world--especially as we consider the anxious and divided times in which we live?
Prayer for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.