ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
The Word Made Flesh: Where Heaven and Earth Converge
In John 1, "the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us". After that, he lived the most important life ever lived, taught us about the nature of "eternal" and "abundant" life, died the most important death, and rose from the dead. What does it all mean for us today? Join us for a sermon series on the Gospel of John as we find out together. 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/ed714f73700e9b4b9c71168da2a1605d088bf0f1.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
Winter Walking
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Wanting to get some steps in but it’s just too cold? ECC’s gym will be open from 8:30-11:00am, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for walking. All are welcome!
Fusion Youth Group
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Students in 5th through 12th grade are invited to join us on Sunday nights at Fusion! We meet with 3 other Lafayette south side churches for a combined youth group experience, and we rotate locations each month. In January, we’ll meet at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church (909 E 500 S, Lafayette) from 5:15-7:00pm on January 16 and 23.
https://ecclife.net/youth#fusion
Women's Connection Opportunities
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Join us at one or more of the options below!
• NETam/pm: Our women’s bible study, The NET (designed to create a place for women to be Nurtured in Community, Engaged in Scripture, and be Transformed through the power of Holy Spirit), will be restarting February 1 and 3 and meet weekly thru March 15 and 17. The NET will be doing a study of Jennifer Dukes Lee’s book Growing Slow. For more information and to register go to ecclife.net/women.
• Daily Audio Bible: Journey through the Bible in 2022, beginning January 1. Each day you will listen to scripture being read on a plan to hear the whole Bible in a year. This year, we invite you to choose the Traditional Daily Audio which includes an OT, NT, Psalm, and Proverb each day OR Daily Audio Bible’s Chronological plan. By doing this in community, we will develop and deepen friendships as we discover and share the truths God is revealing to us. Register here:https://ecclife.net/dab-journey.
• Sacred Grounds Coffee Date: Ladies, on January 20, we will be gathering at Sacred Grounds Reclaimed (724 Wabash Avenue) for a morning of conversation and connection with other women. Join anytime between 9:30-11:00am. We hope to see you there! RSVP is appreciated. Sign up below to let us know you plan to attend.https://ecclife.net/sacred-grounds-coffee-date
• Mugs and Muffins: Ladies, on January 29, bring a favorite mug to ECC's Great Room and enjoy a warm drink, muffins, and conversation with us! We will meet from 9:30- 11:00am. Sign up below so we know you are coming: https://ecclife.net/mugs-and-muffins
Young Life
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Youth 9th-12th grade, join us on February 7, 14, and 28, 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.
Winter Camp Fundraiser
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Join us for refreshments both before and after the worship service on Sunday, January 30! Our youth will be serving coffee and other treats. You will have an opportunity to give in person or online toward our Winter Camp scholarship fund on that day as well. No donation is required to enjoy the refreshments.
MOPS and MOMSNext
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If you’re a mom of any age child, we’d love to see you at MOPS this semester! We have moms of preschoolers who meet together (MOPS), and we have moms whose children are well past the preschool years who also meet together as a group (MOMSNext). We typically meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, with our next meeting on January 25, from 9:30-11:30. We have childcare available while we meet as well. Looking for a group a friends who understands and can relate? We’d love to welcome you to our group! Visit https://ecclife.net/women#mops for more information.
Men's Breakfast
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Men, join us for breakfast on Saturday, January 22, at 8:00am in the Life Center. Please sign up below to let us know you plan to attend.
https://ecclife.net/mens-breakfast
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 studying Matthew, chapters 14 through 28, for the next few months. https://ecclife.net/zoom
Men's Monthly Meal
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Men of ECC, join us for our monthly meal tomorrow, January 17, at 6:30pm at Teays River (3000 S 9th St) for good food and conversation.
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 studying the book of James. This group is currently meeting via Zoom. For an invite, please email Ken Ritchey (kritchey@tds.net). We'd love to see you there!
Congregational Meeting
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Our ECC Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 23, 2022, where we will elect new council members, catch up on financial updates, and learn about other good news that's happening in and through ECC. The council nominates Kelli Holland and Shirley Pence to three-year terms on Council (biography link below). We strongly encourage those who can to attend in person, although the meeting will be livestreamed as well. All members who vote will need to sign in and vote online, so everyone will need either a phone, tablet, or laptop to vote. If you need a device for voting, we have a limited number of devices available at the welcome counter. Childcare for children up through 5th grade will be provided.
https://ecclife.net/council-bios
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
Word Made Flesh: Where Heaven and Earth Converge
January 16, 2022
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Pastor Stacey Littlefield
Write your main take away from this week's sermon below:
A question to ponder.
What is zeal to you? When is it good? When is it bad? Can you think of examples?
A question to ponder.
Did anything from the message today surprise you? Was anything in the context surrounding the passage new to you? How does what you heard today compare to other sermons you may have heard about Jesus' actions in the temple?
A question to ponder.
Here's a dicey question: If Jesus were to "cleanse the temple" of the American Church, what tables would he turn over? What would he drive out from among us?
Bonus activity.
Read the account of Jesus "cleansing the temple" in the other three gospels and compare them with one another and with John's version. What do you notice? How are they different from one another?

Notice, especially, that only in John does Jesus refer to the temple as "My Father's house..." Why do you think that is?See Matthew 21.12-17; Mark 11.15-19; Luke 19.45-48)

The Temple

Click below to watch The Bible Project's video on the Temple. It is a great follow up to today's passage and will take you less than five minutes.

http://bibleproject.com/videos/temple

The Bible Project: The Gospel of John, Part 1

Click the link below to watch the Bible Project's teaching video on the Gospel of John. Part 2 can be found there, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-2e9mMf7E8
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.