ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
Theirs is the Kingdom: Can You Keep A Secret
Welcome! We are glad you are with us today. There are three Touchstones by which we hope to measure and build our mission at ECC. They are WELCOME, TRANSFORMATION, and PRESENCE. This season we are diving into the Touchstone of TRANSFORMATION as we study together Jesus' primary message about life in the Kingdom of God, the Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament book of Matthew, chapters 5-7. We believe that Jesus not only forgives us and makes a way for us to know him, but he transforms us and renews the image of God within us. He makes us fit to be citizens of God's kingdom, gives us a model to imitate, and enables and empowers us to get from here to there. We hope you'll join us each Sunday morning at 10:30am on Facebook, YouTube, or in person.
Locations & Times
  • 3600 S 9th St, Lafayette, IN 47909, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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How to Connect at ECC
Click below to explore many opportunities get connected even--or especially--in this time of social distancing.
Kingdom Conversations
Join us every Sunday at 12:00pm on Zoom during this sermon series, Theirs is the Kingdom, for a time of conversation about the sermon series as well as conversation on the book The Good and Beautiful Life. Each week, Pastors and staff will host a 30-45 minute Zoom gathering to have Kingdom Conversations. We hope to see you there.
Lenten Texts
If you would like to receive brief, daily prayer and reflection prompts on your phone during the Season of Lent (8:00am each weekday), please text the word "@lentecc" to the number 81010 to sign up. If you would like the prompts emailed to you instead, please let the office know at
Adult Christian Formation
Sunday mornings at 9:00am on Zoom. The Adult Sunday School class is starting a review of the book A Good and Beautiful Life. The church will also be using the book in the upcoming sermon series. The book zeroes in on application of the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. This fits in very well with the study we just completed on the Gospel of Matthew.
Wednesday Morning Men's Fellowship
Men, please join us each week at 6:30am. The ECC Wednesday Morning Men’s group is involved in a study of Philippians. We will meet by Zoom until face to face group meetings are approved. For an invite, please email Bill Oakes ( We'd love to see you there!
Covenant Harbor Summer Camp
We’re inviting ECC students to sign up for Summer Camp! Students who will enter 2nd-4th grades in the fall of 2021 are invited to participate in an overnight camp from July 18-20. Students who will enter 4th-6th grades in the fall of 2021 are invited to participate in an overnight camp July 18-23. We plan to assist with transportation to and from camp, and Kristin Mueller will stay on camp grounds during this week as well. Learn more and register online at Scholarships are available – please contact Kristin for details.
Youth Gatherings
Middle school will be gathering today from 4:30-6:00pm in the Life Center and on Zoom. We will spend time having fun and focusing on God’s Word in our lives! Students should wear masks. Feel free to invite a friend and join us today!

High school will be meeting on March 7.
Young Life
Youth 9th-12th grade, join us on Monday nights, 7:30-8:30pm in the Life Center for Covid Connections. Covid Connections is a time to connect with your Young Life leaders & friends in a small group setting while social distancing for conversation and connections. We will catch up with one another as we journey through this season of Covid, watch the Club video, and take a few moments to process the Club Talk together. Masks will be required.
Women’s Ministry
Secret Sisters: Today is the last day to sign up for Secret Sisters! Secret Sisters is a ministry between you and another "sister" in our church family. Secret Sisters is about encouraging, supporting, and edifying one another in prayer as well as with personal notes, cards, and small gifts. (This pairing will be March-May, 2021.) More info and sign-up sheets available on the East Counter and online at
All women of ECC are invited - and encouraged - to participate!
AV Technology and Production Assistant Position
We are currently looking to hire a part-time Pro-duction & Technology Assistant to assist with our technology needs a couple hours throughout the week, on Thursday evenings, and Sunday mornings. This position will require around 10 hours a week and will involve great knowledge of all our Audio Visual programs and systems, troubleshooting abilities, and carrying out the vision for our worship services. Information packets can be found at the welcome counter or online at:
ECC Kids Open Gym
We have a gym, and you might have a child or two who needs a space to run around this winter! Your family is welcome to sign up for a 50 minute time slot to come and play on Thursdays and Saturdays in February. We will provide basic gym equipment (basketballs, dodge balls, kick balls), but you are welcome to bring your own as well. The building will only be re-sanitized at the end of the day, but we will have disinfecting wipes available. You are welcome to use the bathrooms and fill water bottles at the fountain while you are here. Please refrain from bringing any other food or drink.
Meal Ministry
Looking for a simple, occasional way to serve your church family? We would love to have you join the Meal Ministry team at ECC! When you take a family a meal, you are giving them much more than food. Meals, whether homemade or purchased, are a meaningful, tangible way to show support and care.

As needs arise, you will receive an email and be able to sign-up for a specific date based on the need and your availability. Thank you to those who faithfully serve in this ministry - and welcome to those who will join us! Sign up here:
Giving Online
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Theirs is the Kingdom: Can You Keep a Secret
February 28, 2021
Second Sunday of Lent
Kurt Kincanon, Administrative Pastor
Write your main take away from this week's sermon below:
Questions to ponder.
In ways have you struggled with seeking the praise of mankind? What steps can you put in place to catch yourself the next time you are tempted to do so?
Questions to ponder.
What religious activities might Jesus point out to the church as being areas where we are practicing our righteousness before others? What might he point out to ECC specifically?
Questions to ponder.
Have you wore busyness as a badge of honor? In what ways can you be more mindful of your body language around others? What could you change?


Click below learn more about the spiritual practice of examen.
Soul Training: Secret Service
How can you lift someone else's burden this week? Consider doing an act of service that is completely anonymous.

- Listen, really listen to someone
- Clean up a mess somewhere you didn't make
- Ask God to send you a person in need

As much as possible, try to keep it a secret. Keep it just between you and God. Also, unless God leads you otherwise, try to not make it about money but rather an act of service.

After you complete it, spend time in prayer with God reflecting on what He has to teach you through the secret service.

(from The Good and Beautiful Life, by James Bryan Smith, pp.151-152)
Prayer for the Second Sunday of Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.