ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
O Come, O Come Emmanuel: A Future and a Hope
Welcome to the season of Advent, a word that means "arrival". Join us as we explore themes of exile and hope in the Hebrew Scriptures, and the promises delivered to us in the coming of Christ, when "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." (John 1.14) 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/1484ee6e5ddb47f08b015eff3adeb4437c736c30.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/commcard2
How to Connect at ECC
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Click below to explore many opportunities get connected.
https://www.ecclife.net/connect
Christmas Outreach
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On December 4 we will be hosting our Afterschool JAM Christmas party. Our goal is to have $5,000 donated towards this effort, some of that money is used for Christmas but a majority will go towards other outreach needs throughout the year. Please make checks payable to ECC with Christmas Outreach in the memo section or you can give online and designate Christmas Outreach in the pull down tab. We ask that you give towards this effort over and above your regular giving if possible.
https://ecclife.net/giving
In order for our event to run smoothly on December 4th we have several needs that you can help fill. We need several people to bake sugar cookies purchased by ECC and help with meal prep and activities on the 4th. Please sign up below to help. Please contact Ronda with any questions.
https://ecclife.net/outreach-party
Family Advent Gathering
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Everyone is invited to join us for a Family Advent Gathering on Sunday, December 5, following the Sunday worship service. We’ll have a pizza lunch, followed by a craft time where we make a unique Advent wreath that your family can take home and use. We’re planning this event with children and families in mind, but everyone is welcome to come and participate. Sign up online so that we have plenty of food and materials! https://ecclife.net/family-advent-gathering
Children’s Christmas Eve
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All children are invited to participate in our 6pm Christmas Eve service on December 24. Children have been singing 2 carols in their classes. We will sing those songs and recite a line as part of a Luke 2 reading during the worship service that night. On December 12 and December 19, we will practice for Christmas Eve in the Sanctuary, immediately following church and finishing by 12:15pm.
Poinsettias
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Today is the last day to order poinsettias to adorn our sanctuary with over the Christmas season! You may purchase one for yourself, in memory of a loved one, or as a gift! Poinsettias are $12.00 each and can be picked up after our Christmas Eve service and the Sunday after. Order by visiting https://ecclife.net/flowers or dropping your check off at the church.
Fusion Youth Group
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There is no Fusion meeting this Sunday.

We are looking for volunteers to bring food and serve food for youth Fusion meals in December, as ECC is hosting the combined youth gatherings in our Life Center. If you are able to make food, donate food, help prepare the meal, or clean up, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BAAA923A2FC1-fusion
Advent Text Prompts
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During the season of Advent, we offer daily text or email prompts to engage in. To participate, text @advent-ecc to 81010 or email ecc@ecclife.net if you would rather receive the Advent prompts via email. Each weekday, you will receive a prompt following the structure of the YIELD practice during the season of Advent.
Women's Connection Opportunities
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Join us at one or more of the options below!

• NETam/pm: New studies will begin in Spring 2022. Stay tuned for more information.

• Merry Little Christmas Party: Ladies, come join us on Friday, December 10, for some games, singing of carols, treats, an optional ugly sweater contest, and more festive fun! We'd love to hang out for some early Christmas fun before life gets busy! Sign up below to let us know if you will be joining us. https://ecclife.net/merry-little-christmas-party
Young Life
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Youth 9th-12th grade, join us on November 29 from 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 & connections. We will catch up with one another as we journey through this season of Covid, watch the Club video & take a few moments to process the Club Talk together. Masks will be required.
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
Indoor Christmas Decorating
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It's that time of year again to deck the halls of our church building! Join us November 29, at 6:30, for Christmas decorating starting here in the sanctuary! Please let Meghan know you are coming here: https://ecclife.net/indoor-christmas-decorating
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
O Come, O Come Emmanuel: A Future and a Hope
November 28, 2021
First Sunday of Advent
Pastor Stacey Littlefield
Write your main take away from this week's sermon below:
A question to ponder.
What forms of "exile" have you seen at work in the lives of others? What forms have you experienced personally?

What images of Exile might you see in film, television, or art?
A question to ponder.
What has been your personal experience with the season of Advent? Was it something you grew up with? Is it something entirely new to you? Or are you somewhere in-between? How might you more intentionally observe Advent in the coming weeks?
A question to ponder.
Read Daniel 1. Where do you see Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego falling in line with Jeremiah's instructions to the exiles in our passage from today (Jeremiah 29.4-14)? What do you think it tells us that each of these men had other names but are referred to by the names King Nebuchadnezzar's chief official gave them (Daniel 1.6-7)? Where do these men "fit in" and where do they choose not to conform? Why?
Quotable.
Respond to the quote from Ed Stetzer, below. Have you seen or do you know of people (maybe you?) who have fallen in line with what Ed refers to as "The Great Sort"? What should be our responses to these challenges as followers of Jesus? What should be our responses to one another when we disagree on these things? How would you rate your response toward others in these matters?

"I do predict the attendance numbers that we have seen in 2020 and still see in many cases in 2021 will return to normal in 2022. However, there’s one major caveat: the “Great Sort.” This Great Sort took place in 2021, not because of the pandemic, but because of social and cultural concerns.

"Huge numbers of people have moved from church to church for reasons only tangentially related to the pandemic. For example, some people left their church because the church wore masks. Others left their churches because the church did not wear masks. They sorted themselves into churches that followed their view of masking.

"Some people left churches because they heard the name George Floyd, others because they did not hear his name. Some people left churches because the Sunday after the U.S. presidential election the pastor prayed for former Vice President Joe Biden. Others left churches because the pastor didn’t pray for President Biden.

"This is heartbreaking on many levels, but certainly one of the more lamentable realities is that people left their church—churches they had been members at for years or even decades—over either minor disagreements or major political differences. I remember speaking to Andy Stanley on a podcast where he explained how some people whom he’d pastored for decades decided to change their entire view on him because he chose to keep North Point closed for worship gatherings through 2020."

- Ed Stetzer, "3 Trends Shaping the Post-Pandemic Church" (the full article is linked in the box below this one)

3 Trends Shaping the Post-Pandemic Church

Click the link below to read Ed Stetzer's article quoted in today's sermon and referenced in the quote above.

https://outreachmagazine.com/features/leadership/68856-3-trends-shaping-the-post-pandemic-church.html
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
First Sunday of Advent
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.