ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
One Thing: There and Back Again
Good morning! In Psalm 27.4, King David states that there is one thing he asks of the Lord, and then he uses three phrases to name that one thing: "to DWELL in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to GAZE upon the beauty of the Lord, and to SEEK him in his temple." We invite you to join us each week at 10:30am in person (3600 S. 9th Street), on YouTube (@ECCofLafayette), or on our website ( as we look at the ways scripture teaches us to dwell with God, to gaze upon God's beauty, and to seek him in his temple.
Locations & Times
  • Evangelical Covenant Church
    3600 S 9th St, Lafayette, IN 47909, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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Adult Christian Formation
Sunday mornings at 9:00am in person in the Great Room. The Adult Sunday School Class is doing a study of 1 and 2 Peter.
Men's Ministry
Wednesday Morning Men's Fellowship: Men, please join us each week at 6:30am. The ECC Wednesday Morning Men’s group has started a new study using the book Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey. This group is currently meeting via Zoom. For an invite, please email Ken Ritchey. ( We'd love to see you there!

• Wednesday Evening Group: Pastor Kurt’s weekly study, currently studying the Gospel of Matthew, meets at 6:30pm on Wednesdays in Room 10. We hope you can join us.

• Men’s Monthly Meal: Men of ECC, join us for our monthly meal tomorrow, March 20 at 6:30pm at Teays River (3000 S 9th St) for good food and conversation.
Women's Ministry
Ladies Dinner Out: We will be gathering for dinner at Trish's Redbird Cafe (696 Walnut St, Dayton) on March 21 at 6:00pm. We will have dinner and an evening of conversation and connection with other women. The only cost is what you pay for your own dinner. We hope to see you there! RSVP is appreciated. Sign up here to let us know you plan to attend:

Bravely Baby Shower: Join us on April 22 at 2:00pm for a baby shower to support Bravely Women’s Health and its clients. If you would like to lend aid but cannot attend you can make donations straight to Bravely. You can find a list of needs and RSVP here:
Youth Ministry
• High School Night: Join us every Wednesday night at 6:30pm in the Life Center. The night will include snacks, games, spiritual formation, and community building with Pastor Chuck. If you would like to help with these H.S. Nights, please email Pastor Chuck:

• Fusion: 6th-12th graders, join us this Sunday evening from 5:15pm - 7:00pm for a combined youth group. Join us at ECC this month and invite a friend.

• Young Life: Youth 9th-12th grade, join Young Life on March 20 for roller skating at Great United Skates (135 S. Earl Ave).
Newcomers’ Lunch
Are you new to ECC? Are you looking for a way to get connected? If you said yes to either or both of these questions, we invite you to our Newcomers’ Lunch following the 10:30am service today.
Easter Flowers
Each Easter, we decorate our sanctuary with flowers. For $12, you can purchase flowers in honor or in memory of someone special, or for yourself to take home after the Easter service. The order form will be open until April 2. You can order flowers at
Holy Week Observances:
• Maundy Thursday: On April 6, we will offer a come and go communion. Come in anytime from 12:00-1:00pm or 5:00-6:30pm, spend time in prayer, take communion, and leave when you’re ready.

• Good Friday: On April 7, a service will be held both in-person and online at 7:00pm. We will have nursery care for birth through age three.

• Easter: On April 9, we will hold two services. We will have an in-person worship service at 9:00am (nursery birth-3yr available) and an in-person and online worship service at 10:30am (nursery care and classes for ages birth through kindergarten available).

• Community Café: This year, we’re trying something new: On Easter Sunday our high school students will be hosting a free Community Café before and in between the worship services in the Life Center. We hope you’ll plan to attend! More details to come.

We look forward to celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with you this Easter!
Cross Cultural Ministry Workshop
International Student Ministries from Purdue University invite you to the Cross Cultural Ministry Workshop on March 25 from 9am-12pm at Faith West Community Center. Come learn about how you can be a part of sharing Jesus with all the nations. Register at
Summer XP
Calling all heroes! We need you to join us for Summer XP, our kids summer Bible experience, June 5-9! Join us at Miller Elementary each evening as we answer the call to serve God, bring peace, and build each other up. Every hero has a role to play, so we hope to see you there! (More details soon)
If you have not yet signed up for a LifeGroup (our small groups ministry), but might be interested in the future, please let us know by signing up on the link below. We will keep you updated when groups are open and new groups are being formed. We plan to do this two or three times a year. Sign up at
Spiritual Growth
• Daily Audio Bible: There is still time to join a Daily Audio Bible group. In about 20-30 minutes per day, you will hear the entire Bible in a year! We are making this journey together, listening to God’s word independently yet encouraging each other and sharing the truths God reveals to us for the first time or in new and exciting ways. Want to make this journey in community? Sign up to join a men's or women's group. Visit the Daily Audio Bible page find out more and sign up for a group.

• 30-Day Gospel Reading Plan: One of the best ways to get to know God is by getting to know Jesus. One of the best ways to get to know Jesus is by regularly reading the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We are encouraging each of us to be intentional about how we engage with God through scripture in 2023 and to move toward having a regular rhythm of engaging with God and his word. We have a guide available at here ( (There are multiple options so each of us can choose a plan that works for us to be in God’s word.)
Winter Walking
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!
Giving Online
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Prayer Items
One Thing: There and Back Again
March 19, 2023
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Pastor Stacey Littlefield
A Question to Ponder.
Can you think of a time in your life when you moved from a season of ORIENTATION to DISORIENTATION? What about a time when you moved from DISORIENTATION to REORIENTATION? If so, what was that like? What did you learn about God or yourself?
A Question to Ponder.
In your own words, how would you define each of the seasons of the life of faith as developed by Walter Brueggemann?

A Question to Ponder.
In your own words, what does it mean to "seek God's face", practically speaking? How do we do this?
BONUS Question.
Where did the title of the sermon come from?
How does it relate to today's message?

There's a $5 gift card from Starbucks for the first person to email or text me with the answer. You must answer both questions to win the gift card!

Trevor Hudson, "Meeting Christ in Our Tears"

Follow the link below to hear a talk (less than 25 minutes long) by South African author, Trevor Hudson, on what it means to "pray our pain" to "give words to it and bring it to Christ."
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.