ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
Deeper Water: Eyes on the Prize
We are glad you are with us today. Join us as we seek to go to deeper water with Jesus, discovering who God has made us to be and how we can be more and more conformed to God's image within us. 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/4d3cbe81f5a022bee3dcced620d0a63b4e1829b1.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
Men's Monthly Meal
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Men, join us for our monthly meal on October 18 at 6:30pm at Teays River (3000 S 9th St) for good food and conversation.
Congregational Meeting
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Please join us Sunday, October 24, after the worship service, for our congregational meeting. We will vote on new members and hear important ministry updates from council, pastors, and staff. Please watch for more details and mark your calendar to take part.
Miller Meal Volunteers
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We still need team members for our monthly Miller meal ministry. We need at least 10 people to help the meals go smoothly and we have about half of what we need. If you are interested in this opportunity at Miller, please sign up at ecclife.net/connect and Ronda will be in touch with you.
Announcement
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Part of the plan for Pastor Stacey's sabbatical, earlier this year, was that we hold a celebration dinner upon his and Kim's return. We wanted to let you know the date for that dinner and encourage you to make plans to join us. On Saturday evening, October 30, there will be a delicious meal and a brief presentation. This is a chance to celebrate what God has done and is doing through the sabbatical and for the Littlefields to say thank you to our congregation for allowing them this opportunity. And best of all, it's free! Watch for details in the eletter and on upcoming Sunday mornings, and for the opportunity to register. All ages are welcome.
Fusion - Youth Group
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Students in fifth grade through 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 Innovation Church the entire month of October. We have leaders from ECC who will be at the group tonight, and we’d love to see you there!
Candy Donation
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We'd love to send some love home with all the kids connected to ECC (in lieu of Trunk or Treat this year)! We'll be making up treat bags to share with our friends at the end of October. If you'd like to donate a bag of candy, please bring it to church by October 24. Sign up to donate candy here:https://ecclife.net/candy-donation. Thank you!
Women's Connection Opportunities
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Join us at one or more of the options below!

• NETam/pm: The NETam/pm started 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.
S'mores Night: Join us for some relaxing time in front of a fire roasting marshmallows on October 12 starting at 6:30pm. Sign up at ecclife.net/smores-night.
Scarecrow Walk: Join us as we walk the Trail of Scarecrows. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the trail. $8 entry fee per car or free with state park pass. Can car pool from church-leaving parking lot at 2:30. The church bus will be available.
Service Project: Come learn to make Plarn (Plastic yarn made from shopping bags, used to make sleeping mats and tote bags for the homeless) We will also be collecting new adult socks for Socktober. The goal for the Lafayette area is 10,000 pairs.
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!
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: Eyes on the Prize
October 10, 2021
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Stacey Littlefield
Write your main take away from this week's sermon below:
A question to ponder.
What "liminal" spaces can you name in your life? A reminder, "liminal" means "threshold", so what experiences have you had in which you felt in between things, a bit, as if you were waiting for something else to happen or appear?
A question to ponder.
Does Pascal's statement about liminality give you hope or cause you anxiety? Why?

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." ~ Blaise Pascal
A question to ponder.
There has been a lot of talk in the messages these past few weeks about suffering, hardships, and the like. How does that make you feel, personally? Is it encouraging to you to know that God can use suffering or does it concern you? In what way(s)?
A question to ponder.
There were three practical ideas on how we might "press on toward the goal" in following Christ. With which of the three (below) are you most familiar? Which challenges you the most?
A practice to engage:
Commit to praying this prayer* as God leads--one or two days a week, or every day through the week before Christmas. Once you have made the commitment, write your commitment to prayer in the "notes" section below.

Father, Creator of everything in heaven and on earth,
I pray that out of your glorious riches You may strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And I pray that we, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to You who are able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to your power that is at work within us, to You be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

*adapted from Ephesians 3:14-21

Hold Your Horses - Blaise Pascal

To read more about Blaise Pascal's work and conversion, and the piece of paper he kept in his coat lining for the rest of his life, follow the link below.

https://www.mathpages.com/home/kmath558/kmath558.htm

Faith as Allegiance

Click the link below to read Dr. Scot McKnight's review of Matthew Bates' book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone. This is the current, primary, scholarly work on how best to understand "belief" and "faith" in the New Testament. it's an excellent and thought-provoking review.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2017/03/06/faith-as-allegiance/
Prayer for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.