ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
Deeper Water: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
We are glad you are with us today. 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, then sends us out into the world. We hope you'll join us this week. We worship together each Sunday morning at 10:30am on Facebook, YouTube, or in person.
Locations & Times
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  • Evangelical Covenant Church
    3600 S 9th St, Lafayette, IN 47909, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Downloadable Bulletin
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https://ecclife.nucleus.church/download/545445ae15f0c34e5f670305cf68c7aadbaeaf37.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://ecclife.net/commcard1
How to Connect at ECC
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Click below to explore many opportunities get connected.
https://www.ecclife.net/connect
Fusion - Youth Group
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Our first Fusion gathering of the school year is tonight at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church! Students in middle school and high school are invited to participate in this collaborative youth group with 4 Lafayette south side churches. We meet on Sunday evenings from 5:15-7:00, where we eat dinner, play games, hear from a speaker, worship together, and have time in age-specific small groups. Each month a different church hosts, so we’ll be at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church the entire month of September. We have leaders from ECC who will be at the group tonight, and we’d love to see you there!
Children's Ministry Update
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Our nursery, preschool, and kindergarten classes remain open and will be open this fall. Children who would like to attend our nursery, preschool, and kindergarten classes should continue to check in at the west entrance. Our 1st through 5th grade students will begin in worship with their families, and then be invited to participate in a class in the Great Room about 20 minutes after the worship service has started. We will bring these students to the Great Room together as a group, and parents should plan to pick up in the Great Room. We strongly encourage masks for older students. Pre-registration is no longer necessary.
Infant Dedications/Baptisms
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We will be holding infant dedictations on September 19 and infant Baptisms on September 26. If you are interested in presenting your baby, please contact the church office.
Hospitality Ministry
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As we continue to welcome more and more of our congregation to in-person worship, we would like to reassemble our hospitality ministries. We need your help! Please let us know if you would like to join our team in welcoming our congregational members into our space. This ministry involves roles such as greeters, ushers, and coffee makers. It’s a small time commitment of one Sunday a month. We also are looking for coordinators for our funeral meal ministry and transportation ministry. You can visit ecclife.net/connect to let us know how you can help.
Cereal Donations
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Boy Scout Troop 310 is collecting cereal for Lafayette Transitional Housing. There are collection boxes in the Worship Center lobby and the Life Center. Donations of unopened/non-expired cereal can be placed in the collection boxes on Sunday or during regular office hours. Donations will be collected after September 12.
Miller School Volunteers
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We’re so excited that ECC volunteers are able to go back into Miller Elementary School this year! There are a variety of ways that we are able to help including in a classroom, the library, at lunch or recess, or several other areas. We also will be able to begin our monthly family dinners at Miller beginning September 14. We will need a team of at least 10 people to help the meals go smoothly.

If you are interested in volunteering at Miller, please sign up at https://ecclife.net/miller-volunteer-interest and Ronda will be in touch with you to discuss what might be the best fit might be for you!
Women's Connection Opportunities
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Join us at one or more of the below options!

• NETam/pm: The NETam/pm starts on September 7 and 9, but there is still time to join! They will be studying Galatians with the book Now That Faith Has Come, co-written by Beth and Melissa Moore. Visit ecclife.net/women#net to find out more!
• Women's Retreat: rooted is a weekend designed by women of ECC and Riverside to create space for you to step away from the normal rhythms of life and connect with God and other women. The retreat will be November 5-7 with options with and without lodging. Visit ecclife.net/womensretreat for the full details.
• Miniature golf: Ladies, join us on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 4pm for some friendly miniature golf competition at Hole in One Family Fun next to Meijer. Bring $8 to participate and register at ecclife.net/golf.
Adult Christian Formation
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Sunday mornings at 9:00am on Zoom and in person in the Great Room. The Adult Sunday School Class will be starting a study entitled "Flawed Families of the Bible." https://ecclife.net/zoom
Wednesday Morning Men's Fellowship
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Men, please join us each week at 6:30am. The ECC Wednesday Morning Men’s group is doing a study of Phillip Yancey’s book The Scandal of Forgiveness - Grace Put to the Test. This group is currently meeting via Zoom. For an invite, please email Ken Ritchey (kritchey@tds.net). We'd love to see you there!
Men's Monthly Meal
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Men, join us for our monthly meal on September 20 at 6:30pm at Teays River (3000 S 9th St) for good food and conversation.
Landscape Adoption
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If you enjoy making outdoor areas look beautiful, we would love your help. ECC has several landscaped areas that are maintained by ECC attenders. If you are interested in adopting one or more of these landscape areas, please email Pastor Kurt for more information.
kkincanon@ecclife.net
MOPs and MOMSNext
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MOPS/MOMSNext is a group for mothers of all ages that meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30-11:00am while our preschool aged and younger children enjoy their own group (MOPS Kids). Our 1st meeting will be held on September 14. Visit ecclife.net/women#mops to find out more!
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://ecclife.net/giving
Deeper Water: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
September 12, 2021
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Stacey Littlefield

Covenant World Relief for Haiti

If you want to give to help the people of Haiti suffering from the aftermath of the earthquake, please click the link below. Covenant World Relief is a partnership between the larger Evangelical Covenant Church and World Relief.

https://www.covchurchgiving.com/p-174-disaster-relief.aspx
Write your main take away from this week's sermon below:
A question to ponder.
What's the most delicious meal you have ever tasted or experienced? What made it so special? Did you eat it alone or were you with others?
A question to ponder.
In the passage (Revelation 3.14-22) Jesus is outside, but is knocking on the door, inviting us to invite him in to dine with us. Why do you think Jesus is outside in the passage? In what ways or areas of your life is Jesus sometimes left outside? In what way do you see Jesus standing "outside" of ECC's life? Take whatever you may see in that question and turn it into prayer for us.
A question to ponder.
If it is true that "Stable churches need incremental changes in programing and a monumental change of heart", what changes of heart do you need? What changes of heart do we need as a congregation? Again, take these things and pray about them before you do anything else with them.
A practice to engage:
If God has more to offer us in Christ than we are currently experiencing, write your own prayer asking God to give you a greater, deeper, richer experience of Christ's presence in your life. Use the space below.
Quotable.
Below is that CS Lewis quote I (Pastor Stacey) am so fond of. Read it through. Respond to it. What do you think Lewis means by, "when infinite joy is offered us"? How does this concept connect with your experience, if at all?

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. (CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses)
Quotable.
Read Robert Mulholland's quote below. How does what he says here fit with your own experience of transformation?

If, indeed, the work of God's formation in us is the process of conforming us to the image of Christ, obviously it's going to take place at the points where we are not yet conformed to that image. This means that one of the first dynamics of holistic spiritual formation will be confrontation. Through some channel—the Scripture, worship, a word of proclamation, the agency of a brother or sister in Christ, even the agency of an unbeliever—the Spirit of God may probe some area in which we are not conformed to the image of Christ. That probing will probably always be confrontational, and it will always be a challenge and a call to us in our brokenness to come out of the brokenness into wholeness in Christ. But it will also be a costly call, because that brokenness is who we are. (Invitation to a Journey, p.37)
A Question and a Prayer
Question: Do you want to experience all that God in Christ has to give you?

Prayer: God, in your mercy, wisdom, and timing, I ask for more of the abundant life you have for me.




The Prayer of Catherine of Siena
You, Eternal Trinity, You are like a deep sea within which, the more I seek You, the more I find, and the more I find, the more I seek. You satisfy my soul in a way that is almost insatiable, since Your unfathomable depth fills the soul in such a way that it always remains hungry and thirsty for You, Eternal Trinity.
Prayer for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.