In the Beginning: Eden Is Heaven :: YouVersion Event
ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
In the Beginning: Eden Is Heaven
In Luke 24, right after his resurrection, Jesus meets two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They do not recognize Jesus and have not grasped what God has done in and through his suffering and death, to say nothing of his resurrection. Jesus then explains to them how all through Scripture, this has been God's plan. By doing so, Jesus has given us a new way to read Scripture--in light of his own life, death, and resurrection. Join us as we walk through the first 11 chapters of Genesis and ask how these passages point us to Christ. We worship together each Sunday morning at 10:30am on YouTube, on our Worship page (ecclife.net/worship), 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/34f921ac190f5b418baf36b24f60644f3f4959ec.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/commcard
How to Connect at ECC
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Click below to explore many opportunities get connected.
https://www.ecclife.net/connect
Congregational Meeting and Meal
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Our next congregational meeting is today at 1:00pm. The fellowship meal will start after the service. We have much to discuss, celebrate, and vote on, including new members, and next year's budget, so please plan to attend! We will have an online option on YouTube. All voting will be done electronically, so everyone will need a tablet, phone, or computer to vote, whether you are in-person or online.
Adult Christian Formation
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Sunday mornings at 9:00am in person in the Great Room. The Adult Sunday School Class will be studying Matthew, chapters 14 through 28, for the next few months.
Fusion
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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 Southside churches for a combined youth group experience, and we rotate locations each month. On May 15 and 22 we will meet at Lafayette Community Church from 5:15-7:00pm.

https://ecclife.net/youth#fusion
Summer XP - Save the Date!
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Registration is now open for Summer XP, our summer Bible experience for kids entering Kindergarten through 5th grade! Join us as we Make Waves and learn that when we put our trust in Jesus, His Spirit works through us to change the world around us. We will meet in the evenings at Miller Elementary School the week of June 6-10, with an online option available. Children and volunteers are invited to register online at https://ecclife.net/xp.
Greeters Needed
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We would love you to join our team in welcoming our congregation and visitors into the church on Sunday Mornings. Please sign up below if you have interest in serving.
https://ecclife.net/greeter
Graduating High School Seniors
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We will be honoring our graduating seniors in worship on Sunday, May 22. If you are a graduating senior or have a graduating senior in your house, please visit ecclife.net/graduates and fill out the form so that we can include you in our celebration.
Landscape Adoption
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Adopt a Landscape Spot: 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
Women's Connection Opportunities
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Join us at one or more of the options below!
• Women's Picnic: Ladies, join us on May 21 at 12:00pm for our Ladies' picnic at Columbian Park. Come hang out with us in the sunshine! We will have our picnic at the large yellow shelter closest to the playground. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Let us know below if you plan to attend. https://ecclife.net/picnic
• Celery Bog Walk: Ladies, join us on June 4 for a Walk at the Celery Bog! We will go enjoy all the flora and fauna together. You can either meet at ECC at 9:30am to ride the bus or meet at 10:00am at the Celery Bog to begin the walk. Sign up here: https://ecclife.net/walk
Men's Ministry
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Wednesday Morning Men's Fellowship: 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.(mailto:kritchey@tds.net) We'd love to see you there!
Wednesday Evening Men’s Group: Join Pastor Kurt at 6:30pm, on March 23, in Room 10 for an Inductive Bible Study of the Gospel of John. No preparation homework is required. Bring a bible or we will supply one.
• Men’s Monthly Meal: Men, join us for our monthly meal on May 16 at 6:30pm at Teays River (3000 S 9th St) for good food and conversation.
Global 6K
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Join us at ECC on May 21 at 9:00am as we walk or run 6k to raise money for clean water with World Vision. 6K is the average distance a person in the developing world must walk to find water, which is often contaminated. Each $50 registration fee covers the cost of clean water for one person. Register here: https://ecclife.net/6k

We need several volunteers to put on this event including people to help with the start, registration, snacks, and water and mostly to help give the walkers/runners direction out on the course and cheer them on. It is also possible to both volunteer and participate in the part or all of the 6K walk or run. If you are interested in being a volunteer for the Global 6K, serving in one of these ways, please let us know below.
https://ecclife.net/volunteer-for-the-global-6k
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
In the Beginning: Eden Is Heaven
May 15, 2022
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Pastor Stacey Littlefield
Write your main take away from this week's sermon below:
A question to ponder.
Why do you think there are two trees in the middle of the Garden of Eden? What do you think each tree is trying to teach us about what it means to be human beings in relationship to God?
A question to ponder.
During the message, the imagery of an embassy was used to describe how the Garden of Eden (and the Tabernacle) was a place where heaven and earth meet. What other images can you think of to get at that reality?
A question to ponder.
In what ways do you think ECC is currently living out this reality of being the Temple (the place where heaven and earth meet, where God and humanity dwell together)? In what ways could we learn to do this better or more fully?

A comparison of Eden's geography and the Tabernacle. (The Bible Poject)

The Sacred Priests of Eden

Follow the link below to watch a brief video from The Bible Project that reviews (and deepens) some of the information we covered in the message this morning about Eden and the Tabernacle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K60TAYja110

The Bible Project: Genesis 1-11

Before next Sunday, take time to view and consider the Bible Project's introductory video on Genesis 1-11.

https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/genesis-1-11/
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.