Service Updates

Saturday May 23, 2020 – Worshipping in person? Is that a thing?  Sure is! It’s coming soon at EBC! 

Weekly Flashback: what’s been happening around EBC?  

How was your week? Were you encouraged by the message this past Sunday or the lesson on Wednesday? We certainly want to go back to church!  Sunday we say 2 ways we can be ready: we won’t fear, and we won’t be foolish!

Did you catch our Wednesday Bible study: Revival Fire? Are you seeking to be revived in your walk with Jesus and in our church family? What part of the sermon or lesson touched your heart the most? You can catch the videos here on our Facebook page if you missed. Just click on the videos tab.

What’s happening next at EBC? 
 
Join our live-stream service at ebclife.org at 11:00 a.m.! You can sing along with our praise team and be encouraged and challenged by the message! Who will you invite to join you for the service? Just point them to our website or share the link via text. Be sure to get your Bibles, gather your family, and be ready to worship and engage online this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.! What neighbor have you been praying about getting to know and pointing them to Jesus and our Sunday online service? God continues to command His blessings here at EBC!  

Ways to watch our live-stream: You can watch at ebclife.org on any device that connects to the internet; computer, tablet, phone, or T.V. You can also watch on your T.V. by using a Firestick, Apple T.V. or Roku. Just download the BoxCast app, search for Emmanuel Baptist Church and watch. (It takes 10 seconds for the video/live-stream to come in clear.)

 
Are you ready to go back to church at Emmanuel Baptist Church—the actual church house? Be sure to pray over and be present on these 2 important dates!
 
(1) Re-gathering Wednesday: May 27, at 7:00 p.m.  
On Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. we will be having a joint worship and Bible study! (One service for everyone: adults, kids, and teens all will meet in the auditorium.) We will not have a Resistance Teen Zoom meeting or Unpack-A-Sack pickup.

(2) Reunion Sunday: May 31, at 11:00 a.m.  
On Sunday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. we will have a joint Sunday worship service in the auditorium. (One service for everyone: adults, kids, and teens all will meet in the auditorium.) There will not be a nursery or children’s church.
 
Be sure to read the church letter I mailed with very important details and guidelines to follow so we can have a great re-gathering at EBC!

How do I give my tithes and offerings at EBC? You can give online at ebclife.org. You can drop your tithes in our drop box inside the church, in front of the church office anytime, Monday through Thursday. Just call or text Miss Lesia or me beforehand. You can mail your tithes and offerings as well. 

Praises:  EBC family, how has God blessed you and your family this past week?  Leave a comment and share your praise!  Church, I praise God for your faithfulness to Jesus and our church family! Thank you!

I am looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday online and in person very soon!

Love and prayers to you and your family,

Pastor Mike 
 

Friday May 15th, 2020 – We will be worshipping together soon! Until then, let’s be prayerful and faithful as we see the day approaching! 

Weekly Flashback–what’s been happening around EBC?  
Did you take care of your mamma? Our Mother’s Day Drive-In service was fun, encouraging, and challenging! We were challenged to follow Mary’s example and listen to God’s Word and accept and follow God’s plan for our lives no matter how difficult!  When we do extreme blessing comes our way! 
Did you catch our Wednesday Bible study? We had a good sing a long and started a brand new Bible study called, Revival Fire! Are you seeking to be revived in your walk with Jesus and in our church family? What part of the sermon or lesson touched your heart the most?

You can catch the videos here on our Facebook page if you missed. Just click on the videos tab.

What’s happening next at EBC? 

Re-gathering Sunday Update: So, you want to go back to church? Don’t miss this Sunday’s live-stream service at 11:00 a.m. as I will be sharing more details about when we will regather!

Join our live-stream service at ebclife.org at 11:00 a.m.! You can sing along with our praise team and be encouraged and challenged by the message! Who will you invite to join you for the service? Just point them to our website or share the link via text. Be sure to get your Bibles, gather your family, and be ready to worship and engage online this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.! What neighbor have you been praying about getting to know and pointing them to Jesus and our Sunday online service? God continues to command His blessings here at EBC!  

  • Ways to watch our live-stream: You can watch at ebclife.org on any device that connects to the internet; computer, tablet, phone, or T.V. You can also watch on your T.V. by using a Firestick, Apple T.V. or Roku. Just download the BoxCast app, search for Emmanuel Baptist Church and watch. (It takes 10 seconds for the video/live-stream to come in clear.)

Hey Kid’s! Get your Unpack-A-Sack this Wednesday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.!  What is your favorite part of the Un-pack-A-Sack? Be sure to drive through (with your parent (s) and pick up your Unpack-A-Sack this Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It is filled with activities, goodies, and a Bible lesson that will connect you with God and His Word! Emily and the rest of her crew look forward to seeing you.

New Wednesday worship and Bible study: Revival Fire!  Come and gather your family and tune in for our Wednesday worship and Bible study online at ebclife.org at 7:00 p.m.! Sing along with the music and be encouraged as Pastor Mike teaches on this subject: Revival Fire! Let’s pray and seek the Lord to help “Catch our souls a fire!”
Gather and grow with your EBC family on Wednesday nights!

Wednesday Zoom Teen Gathering! Hey EBC Teens! Mr. Blane cannot wait to see you and gather with you again soon. This Wednesday he will be having a Zoom teen gathering online this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Tune in and connect online as Blane teaches a Bible lesson that applies to your life!

Praises:  EBC family, how has God blessed you and your family this past week?  Leave a comment and share your praise!  Church, your faithfulness to be patient, prayerful, and loving towards each other encourages my heart as your pastor! Thank you!

How do I give my tithes and offerings at EBC? You can give online at ebclife.org. You can drop your tithes in our drop box inside the church, in front of the church office anytime, Monday through Thursday. Just call or text Miss Lesia or me beforehand. You can mail your tithes and offerings as well. 
Thank you for being faithful to tithe and give, during this unusual time of crisis!  

Looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!
Love and prayers to you and your family,
Pastor Mike

Saturday May 9th, 2020- Social distancing can’t keep us away from hugging our mamma this Sunday, during our Drive-In service! 

Weekly Flashback:  

Have you been able to relieve the stress from your daily press?  We saw from Psalm 4 how David looked to God and led his people during stressful and pressuring times well!  What part of the sermon touched your heart the most and help you combat stress you are facing?  And, what neighbor have you been praying about getting to know and pointing them to Jesus and our Sunday online service? 

Wow! What a powerful and practical Bible study on the Holy Spirit of God these past 5 weeks!  What lesson did you find most helpful and why?  Are you letting the Holy Spirit lead and empower your life?  have you found your place of service in and through EBC?  Please leave a comment.  If you missed the lesson you can catch it on our Facebook page here.    

What’s happening next at EBC? Happy Mother’s Day!
 
Join us for our Drive-In service at 9:00 a.m.!  For all who are comfortable gathering, we will be having a Mother’s Day Drive-In service at 9:00 a.m. Our EBC welcome team will give you a program with important details and help you get parked. Be sure to stay inside your vehicle for safety and enjoy the worship service. You can also tune into radio station 95.5 to listen in your vehicle.
 
Join our live-stream service at ebclife.org at 11:00 a.m.! You can sing along with our praise team and be encouraged and challenged by the message! Who will you invite to join you for the service? Just point them to our website or share the link via text. Be sure to get your Bibles, gather your family, and be ready to worship and engage online this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.!

  • Ways to watch our live-stream: You can watch at ebclife.org on any device that connects to the internet; computer, tablet, phone, or T.V. You can also watch on your T.V. by using a Firestick, Apple T.V. or Roku. Just download the BoxCast app, search for Emmanuel Baptist Church and watch. (It takes 10 seconds for the video/live-stream to come in clear.)

Kid’s Unpack-A-Sack Wednesday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.!  What Our kids enjoyed a special Mother’s Day Un-Pack-A-Sack this past week!  What was your favorite part? Be sure drive through (with your parent (s) and pick up your Unpack-A-Sack this Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It is filled with activities, goodies, and Bible lesson that will connect you with God and His Word! Emily and the rest of her crew look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday worship and Bible study!  Come and gather your family and tune in for our Wednesday worship and Bible study online at ebclife.org at 7:00 p.m.! Sing along with the music and be encouraged as Pastor Mike teaches God’s Word! Gather and grow with your EBC family on Wednesday nights!

Wednesday Zoom Teen Gathering! Hey EBC Teens! Are you ready to connect and grow in Christ with other teens on-line? Mr. Blane will be having a Zoom teen gathering online this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Tune in and connect online as Blane teaches a Bible lesson that applies to your life!

Praises:  EBC family, how has God blessed you and your family this past week?  Leave a comment and share your praise!  Thank you church for being faithful to gather and worship online, connect with others in our church family, tithe and give offerings, and reach out to your neighbors, during this time!  God continues to command His blessings here at EBC!  
 
How do I give my tithes and offerings at EBC? You can give online at ebclife.org. And, we now have a drop box inside the church, in front of the church office! Just drop off your offering anytime, Monday through Thursday. Just call or text Miss Lesia or me beforehand. You can mail your tithes and offerings as well. Thank you for being faithful to tithe and give, during this unusual time of crisis!  

As we pray, gather our families, and open our Bibles we will be ready to worship our Savior Jesus Christ together this Sunday!

Love and prayers to you and your family,

Pastor Mike

Saturday May 2nd, 2020 – Our vision is clear–Re-gathering at the church house is on the horizon!

What’s been happening around EBC? 
Is Jesus only present in your life, prominent, or is He preeminent–#1?  Charlie ended his internship with us on Sunday with a passionate and powerful message to keep Jesus #1!  Let’s make Jesus the #1 relationship we build, the #1 Person we aim to serve and please with our lives, and the #1 Person we want others to know! What neighbor have you been praying about getting to know and pointing them to Jesus and our Sunday online service? 

The Holy Spirit of God enables us to serve God as a church family!  Dr. Shoemaker taught us the first part of a 2-week lesson on Spiritual Gifts!  When we are saved through faith in Jesus, we are given divine enablements for ministry—spiritual gifts! We saw this week what spiritual gifts are, and which ones are not active today and why.  It was a super helpful and powerful lesson!  What did you appreciate about it?  Please leave a comment.  If you missed the lesson you can catch it on our Facebook page here.    

What’s happening next at EBC? 

Sunday Live-Stream service at 11:00 a.m.! Join us at 11:00 a.m. at ebclife.org! You can sing along with our praise team and be encouraged and challenged by the message! Who will you invite to join you for the service? Just point them to our website or share the link via text. Be sure to get your Bibles, gather your family, and be ready to worship and engage online this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.!

  • Ways to watch our live-stream: You can watch at ebclife.org on any device that connects to the internet; computer, tablet, phone, or T.V. You can also watch on your T.V. by using a Firestick, Apple T.V. or Roku. Just download the BoxCast app, search for Emmanuel Baptist Church and watch. (It takes 10 seconds for the video/live-stream to come in clear.)

Kid’s Unpack-A-Sack Wednesday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.! What do you like about your Un-Pack-A-Sacks this past week? EBC kids, drive through (with your parent (s) and pick up your Unpack-A-Sack this Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It is filled with activities, goodies, and Bible lesson that will connect you with God and His Word! Emily and the rest of her crew look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday worship and Bible study!  Come and gather your family and tune in for our Wednesday worship and Bible study online at ebclife.org at 7:00 p.m.! Dr. Shoemaker continues the powerful study on the Holy Spirit of God, this Wednesday, with a lesson he has called, “Understanding Spiritual Gifts Part 2!” Gather and grow with your EBC family!

Wednesday Zoom Teen Gathering! Hey EBC Teens! Are you ready to connect and grow in Christ on-line?  Mr. Blane will be having a teen gathering using an online meeting app this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.! Tune in and connect online as Blane teaches a Bible lesson that applies to your life.  Be sure to look for the invite via text!

Special Praise:  EBC family, I just want to say that I appreciate your faithfulness to gather and worship online, tithe and give offerings, and connect with others during this time!  God truly is commanding His blessings here at EBC!  Thank you to all those who gave to the Easter offering to freshen up the interior of the church with paint and flooring and décor!  And, thank you for giving towards the love offering for Charlie!  He will go from here blessed and better ready for what God has for Him as he continues his training in preparation for full time ministry!

How do I give my tithes and offerings at EBC? You can give online at ebclife.org. And, we now have a drop box, in front of the church office! Just drop off your offering anytime, Monday through Thursday. Just call or text Miss Lesia or me beforehand. You can mail your tithes and offerings as well. Thank you for being faithful to tithe and give, during this unusual time crisis!  

As we pray, gather our families, and open our Bibles we will be ready to worship our Savior Jesus Christ together this Sunday!

Love and prayers to you and your family,
Pastor Mike

Saturday April 25th, 2020 – Social distancing can’t keep us from gathering…online:) We are drawing closer even while apart!

What’s been happening around EBC? 

We were challenged to go and tell during this day and time on Sunday!  What neighbor have you been praying about getting to know and pointing them to Jesus and our Sunday online service?

Dr. Shoemaker taught us a powerful lesson on the Fruits of the Spirit of God on Wednesday.  As we yield to and get filled up with Him and His word we get power to be who God wants us to be and do what He has called us to do! Are you living your life full of the Holy Spirit of God?  If you missed the lesson you can catch it on our Facebook page here.    

What’s happening next at EBC? 

Charlie Schaffer will be preaching, during our Sunday Live-Stream service at 11:00 a.m.! He has been a real help to me, Miss Emily, and has blessed our entire church family during his internship!  I cannot believe this is his last Sunday!

 

Join us at 11:00 a.m. at ebclife.orgYou can sing along with our praise team and be encouraged and challenged by the message! Who will you invite to join you for the service? Just point them to our website or share the link via text. Be sure to get your Bibles, gather your family, and be ready to worship and engage online this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.!

  • Ways to watch our live-streamYou can watch at ebclife.org/join-us-live on any device that connects to the internet; computer, tablet, phone, or T.V. You can also watch on your T.V. by using a Firestick, Apple T.V. or Roku. Just download the BoxCast app, search for Emmanuel Baptist Church and watch. (It takes 10 seconds for the video/live-stream to come in clear.)

Kid’s Unpack-A-Sack this Wednesday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.! Are you enjoying your Un-Pack-A-Sacks? EBC kids, be sure to drive through and pick up your Unpack-A-Sack this Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It is filled with activities, goodies, and  Bible lesson that will connect you with God and His Word! Emily and the rest of her crew look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday worship and Bible study!  Be sure to tune in for our Wednesday worship and Bible study online at ebclife.org at 7:00 p.m.! Dr. Shoemaker continues the powerful study on the Holy Spirit of God, this Wednesday, with a lesson he’s called, “Understanding Spiritual Gifts Part 1!” Be sure to tune in this Wednesday!

Wednesday Zoom Teen Gathering! Hey EBC Teens! Mr. Blane will be having a teen gathering using an online meeting app this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.! Tune in and connect online as Blane teaches a Bible lesson that applies to your life.  Be sure to look for the invite via text!

2 Special ways to Give!

  • We are receiving a special love offering for Charlie Schaffer–our intern!  He sure has been a blessing and help to me and Miss Emily and so many others these past several weeks.  He definitely blessed us musically, especially during this difficult time. Would you join me in giving a generous love offering to help encourage and empower him as he continues his internship other places and completes his college preparation to be a pastor in full time ministry?
  • 2020 Easter Offering! Each year we receive an Easter offering to help accomplish our mission and enhance our church grounds and ministries! Our 2020 Easter offering will go towards freshening up the inside of our church with fresh paint, new flooring, and decor! Let’s give generously towards the work of God at EBC! Just mark your offering “Easter.”

How do I give my tithes and offerings at EBC? You can give online at ebclife.org. And, we now have a drop box, in front of the church office! Just drop off your offering anytime, Monday through Thursday. Just call or text Miss Lesia or me beforehand. You can mail your tithes and offerings as well. Thank you for being faithful to tithe and give, during this unusual time crisis!  

Let’s pray, gather our families, and our Bibles and be ready to worship our Savior Jesus Christ together on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.!

Looking forward to worshiping with you,

Pastor Mike

Saturday April 18th, 2020 – Our Easter Sunday sure was different…but, it was really cool too! And, we’re excited about worshiping our risen Savior–Jesus Christ tomorrow! 

What’s did you like about Easter? 
Well, we had our first Drive-In service ever in EBC history!  Everything came together. Our set up team and welcome team did an outstanding job–thank you! The music blessed our hearts and the message pointed us to our risen Savior! What was one thing that you enjoyed about your Easter Sunday?

What’s happening next at EBC? 

Join our Sunday Live-Stream service at ebclife.org at 11:00 a.m.! We will be gathering for our worship service, on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. You can sing along with our praise team and be encouraged and challenged by the message! Who will you invite to join you for the service? Just point them to our website or share the link via text. Be sure to get your Bibles, gather your family, and be ready to worship and engage online this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.!
  • Ways to watch our live-streamYou can watch at ebclife.org on any device that connects to the internet; computer, tablet, phone, or T.V. You can also watch on your T.V. by using a Firestick, Apple T.V. or Roku. Just download the BoxCast app, search for Emmanuel Baptist Church and watch. (It takes 10 seconds for the video/live-stream to come in clear.)

Kid’s Unpack-A-Sack coming this Wednesday! EBC parents with kids, be sure to drive through and pick up your Unpack-A-Sack this Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Emily and the rest of her crew look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday worship and Bible study!  Be sure to tune in for our Wednesday worship and Bible study online at ebclife.org at 7:00 p.m.! Dr. Shoemaker will continue the powerful study on our companion, and comforter, the Holy Spirit of God, this Wednesday, with a lesson he’s called, “The Fruit of the Spirit!” Be sure to tune in this Wednesday!

Wednesday Resistance Teen Gathering! Hey EBC Teens! Mr. Blane will be having a teen gathering using an online meeting app this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.! Tune in and connect online as Blane teaches a Bible lesson that applies to your life.  Be sure to look for the invite via text!

2020 Easter Offering! Each year we receive an Easter offering to help accomplish our mission and enhance our church grounds and ministries! Our 2020 Easter offering will go towards freshening up the inside of our church with fresh paint, new flooring, and decor! Let’s give generously towards the work of God at EBC! Just mark your offering “Easter.”

  • We also will be receiving a special love offering for Charlie Schaffer–our intern!  He sure has been a blessing and help to me and Miss Emily and so many others these past several weeks.  He definitely blessed us musically, especially during this difficult time. Would you join me in giving a generous love offering to help encourage and empower him as he continues his internship other places and completes his college preparation to be a pastor in full time ministry? We have had a part in his preparation and experience of which we can feel proud of and thankful to the Lord! His last Sunday will be April 26.

How do I give my tithes and offerings at EBC? You can give online at ebclife.org. And, we now have a drop box, in front of the church office! Just drop off your offering anytime, Monday through Thursday. Just call or text Miss Lesia or me beforehand. You can mail your tithes and offerings as well. Thank you for being faithful to tithe and give, during this unusual time crisis!  

As we prepare for our online service tomorrow let’s pray, gather as the EBC family, and  decide to live out the message from God’s Word!  

Looking forward to worshiping with you,

Pastor Mike

Saturday April 11th, 2020 – Easter is here at EBC! Although everything has changed, we still serve a risen Savior–our Lord Jesus Christ! We hope and pray you will join us for our services and have a very Happy Easter!

What’s been happening around EBC?

Miss Emily and her children’s team put together an exciting and fun Easter Unpack-A-Sack for our kids this past Wednesday.  All of our families with kids came to the Unpack-A-Sack drive through at the church to get their sacks!  It was so good to see the smiling faces and have some time of connection.

We also enjoyed visiting our super saints yesterday!  We were able to spread Easter cheer to the older families in our church. It was good to see one another and connect (at a safe distance) and pray as well.

What’s happening next at EBC?

Join us for our Drive-In service at 9:00 a.m.  For all who are comfortable gathering, we will be having a Drive-In service at 9:00 a.m. Our EBC welcome team will give you a program with important details and help you get parked. Be sure to stay inside your vehicle for safety and enjoy the worship service. You can also tune into radio station 95.5 to listen in your vehicle.

Join our Easter live-stream service at ebclife.org at 11:00 a.m.! We will be gathering for our Easter worship service, on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. There will be encouraging Easter music from our praise team, and a Gospel message called, Life Re-imagined: Jesus changes everything for the better! Be sure to get your Bibles, gather your family, and be ready to worship and engage online this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.!

  • Ways to watch our live-stream: You can watch at ebclife.org on any device that connects to the internet; computer, tablet, phone, or T.V. You can also watch on your T.V. by using a Firestick, Apple T.V. or Roku. Just download the BoxCast app, search for Emmanuel Baptist Church and watch. (It takes 10 seconds for the video/live-stream to come in clear.)

Kid’s Unpack-A-Sack coming this Wednesday! Kid’s get excited,  Miss Emily, our Children’s Director, is preparing something special and fun for our kids this Wednesday! So, EBC parents with kids, be sure to drive through and pick up your Unpack-A-Sack this Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Emily and the rest of her crew look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday worship and Bible study!  Be sure to tune in for our Wednesday worship and Bible study online at ebclife.org at 7:00 p.m.!  Charlie will be leading music! Dr. Shoemaker will continue the powerful study on our companion, and comforter, the Holy Spirit of God, this Wednesday, with a lesson he’s called, “The Spirit Filled Life!” Be sure to tune in this Wednesday!

Wednesday Resistance Teen Gathering! Hey EBC Teens! Mr. Blane will be having a teen gathering using an online meeting app this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.! You will be able to connect online as Blane teaches a Bible lesson that applies to your life.  Be sure to look for the invite via text!

2020 Easter Offering! Each year we receive an Easter offering to help accomplish our mission and enhance our church grounds and ministries! Our 2020 Easter offering will go towards freshening up the inside of our church with fresh paint, new flooring, and decor! Let’s give generously towards the work of God at EBC! Just mark your offering “Easter.”

How do I give my tithes and offerings at EBC? You can give online at ebclife.org. And, we now have a drop box, in front of the church office! Just drop off your offering anytime, Monday through Thursday. Just call or text Miss Lesia or me beforehand. You can mail your tithes and offerings as well. Thank you for being faithful to tithe and give, during this unusual time crisis!

As we prepare to gather online tomorrow on Easter Sunday, let’s be ready to worship our risen Savior and unite as the EBC family and be the church God has called us to be in Macclenny and beyond!

Looking forward to worshiping with you on Easter Sunday,

Pastor Mike

Saturday April 4th, 2020 – How have you been doing? Things are kind of unusual out there.  And, I sure miss seeing you!  But, I am glad that God is at work within us as we plan and execute the ministry of Jesus Christ as the Emmanuel Baptist Church family!

What’s been happening around EBC?

Can you Unpack-A-Sack? We love our children here at EBC and I’m thankful for Miss Emily and others on our staff team who reached out to our kids with the Unpack-A-Sack drive through this past Wednesday! About fourteen EBC families with children picked up their Unpack-A-Sack filled with activities, treats, and a Bible lesson as well! Miss Emily and I enjoyed seeing and connecting with moms and kids!

What’s happening next at EBC?

Worship online at ebclife.org at 11:00 a.m.! We will be gathering for our worship service, on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Our praise team will be singing, and I will be preaching a message about, How to Abound in love and good works during a crisis! Be sure to get your Bibles, gather your family, and be ready to worship and engage online this Sunday at 11;00 a.m.!

Ways to watch: You can watch at ebclife.org on any device that connects to the internet; computer, tablet, phone, or T.V. You can also watch on your T.V. by using a Firestick, Apple T.V. or Roku. Just download the BoxCast app, search for Emmanuel Baptist Church and watch. (It takes 10 seconds for the video/livestream to come in clear.)

Kid’s Easter Unpack-A-Sack coming this Wednesday! Kid’s get excited, Easter is coming to EBC!  Miss Emily, our Children’s Director, is preparing something special and fun for our kids: the Easter Unpack-A-Sack! So, EBC parents with kids, be sure to drive through and pick up your Easter Unpack-A-Sack this Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Emily looks forward to seeing you!

Wednesday worship and Bible study!  Be sure to tune in for our Wednesday worship and Bible study online at ebclife.org at 7:00 p.m.!  Charlie will be leading music! Dr. Shoemaker will be teaching a new powerful and practical lesson study on our companion, and comforter, the Holy Spirit of God, beginning this Wednesday!

Wednesday Resistance Teen Gathering! Hey EBC Teens! Mr. Blane will be having a teen gathering using an online meeting app this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.! You will be able to connect online as Blane teaches a Bible lesson that applies to your life.  Be sure to look for the inivte via text!

I will give! EBC family, thank you for being faithful to tithe and give, during this unusual time crisis!  

How do I give my tithes and offerings at EBC? You can give online at ebclife.org. And, we now have a drop box, in front of the church office! Just drop off your offering anytime, Monday through Thursday.  Just call or text Miss Lesia or me beforehand. You can mail your tithes and offerings as well.

As we prepare to gather online tomorrow, let’s be ready to worship our Savior and unite as the EBC family and be the church God has called us to be in Macclenny and beyond!

Looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday,

Pastor Mike

Saturday, March 28th, 2020 – How’s your week been so far?  As we pray and live by faith, with the kids at home during this challenging time, God has been at work!

What’s been happening at EBC? 

The EBC family is reaching out to our community during this challenging time! This past week we delivered gifts of appreciation to four medical institutions in town: Macclenny nursing home, the Wells nursing home, the health department, and Fraziers emergency room! The leaders and workers were so very thankful and expressed appreciation for this act of love.

 

What’s happening next? 

Worship online at ebclife.org at 11:00 a.m.! We will be gathering for our worship service, on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Charlie will be leading the music with our praise team and I will be preaching a message about how to live in peace during life’s toughest problems!  Be sure to get your Bibles, gather your family, and be ready to worship and engage online.
Ways to watch: You can watch at ebclife.org on any device that connects to the internet; computer, tablet, phone, or T.V.  We were able to set up a Kindle tablet for one of our members who resides in a nursing home so she can watch! You can also watch on your T.V. by using a Firestick, Apple T.V. or Roku. Just download the BoxCast app, search for Emmanuel Baptist Church and watch. (It takes 10 seconds for the video/livestream to come in clear.)

Kid’s Unpack-A-Sack coming next week! Kid’s get excited!  Miss Emily, our Children’s Director, is preparing something special and fun for our kids: the Unpack-A-Sack! Beginning this Wednesday each family with children will have the opportunity to pick up an Unpack-A-Sack at church, filled with activities from Miss Emily. Just drive through and pick up your Unpack-A-Sack from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Emily looks forward to seeing you!

Wednesday worship and Bible study!  Be sure to tune in for our Wednesday worship and Bible study online at ebclife.org at 7:00 p.m.!  Charlie will be leading music and Dr. Shoemaker will be finishing up the powerful and practical study, America’s Cultural Crisis, with the final lesson. 

How do I give? EBC family, thank you for being faithful to tithe and give, during this time of difficulty and crisis!  Here’s this weeks giving report: General fund: $2421; Missions Fund: $310; total: $2731.

You can give online at ebclife.org. And, we now have a drop box, in front of the church office! Just drop off your offering anytime, Monday through Thursday.  Just call or text Miss Lesia or myself beforehand. You can also mail your tithes and offerings as well.

As we prepare to gather together online tomorrow, let’s continue praying for one another, and connecting with one another, through phone calls, texts, and e-mails. And let’s be available to bless someone who may be in need! 

Looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday,

Pastor Mike

Saturday, March 21st, 2020 – No Regular Services

Dear Emmanuel Baptist Church family,

Sadly, now the Coronavirus has been confirmed in Baker County.

After much prayer, agony, and deliberation, as your pastor and members of our leadership team, we believe it is best for Emmanuel Baptist Church to move to an online worship service.

We will not gather for regular services until further notice. But, we will be seeing lots of each other because we will begin having online Sunday morning services via Live Stream tomorrow at 11 AM!

Please pray and gather your family to worship through Live Stream on our website or Facebook page.

I’ll be sending more helpful information so we can stay connected and united as a church family during this very challenging and changing time.

As you pastor, please know that I love you and I am praying for you. Thank you for your prayers for me and my family as well!

I look forward to worshiping with you online tomorrow at 11 AM!

Pastor Mike

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 – Our Five-Point Plan for Ministry at EBC!

The coronavirus has caused us to reevaluate and reinvent how we will do ministry at EBC!  Our utmost concern is to be faithful to Jesus and our responsibilities to accomplish our mission and vision, while continuing to maintain a healthy and safe worship environment for all our church family! Here is our Five-Point plan for ministry at EBC!

1. OUR LOVING PASTORAL CARE:

  • As your pastor I want you to know that I love you and your safety and health is very important to me! As we follow Jesus we will be “The Church” during this difficult, scary, and unique time. We will stay in contact through e-mail, video, Facebook posts, texts, phone calls, and visits as needed or requested. And we will gather for worship on Sundays and Wednesdays as outline above until further notice!
  • Please know that I, and the EBC staff and leaders will be working hard and smart for Jesus and our church family.  I am available to meet you at the church office or in your home as requested. And remember, you have your church directory to use to stay in contact as well.  You can also call or text Miss Lesia if you have a prayer chain request.  It is an honor to lift your burdens and requests before the Lord!

   2. OUR SERVICE SCHEDULE:

  • Sunday Morning: We will be having one Sunday morning service at 11:00 a.m.We are making this service available online.We will still have nursery available and children’s church.Regarding children’s church for our older children (1st-6th grade), we are asking that you drop off and pick up children at the teen building. They will not gather and then be dismissed as usual from the auditorium.Drop off and pick up of the younger will remain the same.
  • Sunday Evening: We will be cancelling our Sunday evening services until further notice.
  • Wednesday Evening: We will continue to have our 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible study and beginning April 1 we will have our Wednesday teen gathering as well at 7:00 p.m. Awana will not begin until further notice. The Adult Bible study will also be available online through livestream on our website and our Facebook page.

   3. OUR FACILITY:

  • The building will undergo a complete cleaning and disinfecting process every week prior to the Sunday morning service as well as the Wednesday evening service.
  • We are spacing out the auditorium chairs and rows to provide more personal space.
  • We will not be passing the offering plates as usual; they will be available in the back of the auditorium.  Simply drop your offering in the plates on your way in or out or you can also mail them or give online.
  • Bulletins will be placed on the chairs in the auditorium to eliminate personal contact.

   4. OUR PEOPLE:

  • We are asking those in attendance to fellowship from afar.  No handshaking and hugging please—holy waves and smiles are acceptable.
  • We ask that if you have a preexisting health condition, or any cold or flu symptoms, or do not feel well, please remain at home and worship and watch our service online.
  • If you are elderly and do not feel comfortable gathering for worship, we completely understand.  Please stay home, hunker down and be safe. We do not want anyone to risk their health.  Should you need anything, please don’t hesitate to me, a deacon, a ministry leader, or our office.

Church office:  904-259-1676
Pastor Mike Ramondetta: 904-708-8812
Deacon Jeff Davis: 904-563-3031
Deacon Tim McKinnon: 904-753-1941
Children’s Director Emily Ramondetta: 904-708-8813
Youth Director Blane Finley: 904-566-4290

   5. OUR TITHES AND GIVING:

  • Let’s continue being faithful to tithe and give! Miss Lesia, our church secretary, is here Monday for offering drop off should you want to do that.  Because her Monday hours change, please text or call to be certain she will be available during the time you plan to arrive.  You can also mail your tithes and offerings (12286 N CR 23-A, Macclenny, 32063) or give online at ebclife.org: click on the give online menu.  As you understand, it is imperative that we meet all of our financial obligations, including our missionaries!

If you have any questions, please contact us. All services will be live-streamed through our website and Facebook page, so you can worship at home with your family if need be!

Obviously, we understand this is a fluid situation.  We will continue to monitor and make adjustments or changes as the need arises.

Remember, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7).  The days we are living can be the most exciting to follow Jesus faithfully, ministering to each other, and reaching out to a lost and dying world who needs Christ and the salvation He freely offers!

Let’s be the church,
Pastor Mike

Wednesday, March 17th, 2020 – Wednesday Ministry @ EBC!

God blessed our Sunday worship services at EBC! No matter what, we choose to trust God and do the most good!

What’s happening this Wednesday at EBC? Change is happening in our country, state, and county! Baker County schools are now on spring break. Here is a quote from our school superintendent, Sherrie Raulerson, “By declaration of Governor DeSantis and the Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, all Florida schools have been mandated to close for the next two weeks as a result of concerns relative to the COVID-19 virus. Baker County Public Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 – Friday, March 27, 2020. This will replace spring break, which was previously scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2020 – Friday, April 17, 2020. During this period of closure, all district buildings will be deep cleaned with anti-viral cleaning agents.
Due to the Baker county school directives and the spring break change for our kids and teens we will NOT be having teen or kids ministry this Wednesday, March 18, or next Wednesday, March 25.We WILL have an Adult Bible Study, on Wednesday, March 18 and March 25 at 7:00 p.m.  Dr. Shoemaker will continue his study called, America’s Cultural Crisis. Plan to join us!The coronavirus is causing us to reevaluate how we do ministry at EBC.  As your pastor I want you to know how very important it is that we continue ministering to our church family and community effectively.Within the next few days we will have a plan for the immediate future and the long term, if necessary, regarding our worship services and overall ministry of the church.  Please continue to pray with us as grow together in Christ, during this challenging and exciting time.Trusting God and doing good,Pastor Mike

 

 

Friday, March 14th, 2020 – Let’s live by faith not in fear!

Addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at EBC:

“Make sure you wash off your fellowship!”  Have you given that good advice to a family member after a church service? Well, now more than ever the good advice your mom shared (and still shares) has become a must. Although the corona virus seems to be keeping its distance from us here in Baker county, you can rest assured that EBC will take necessary precautions to help promote a healthy and safe worship environment as we gather on Sundays and Wednesdays!

What will we do to promote a healthy environment?

  • We will ensure that our public areas are sanitized by wiping down doorknobs and surfaces with necessary disinfectants.
  • We will stay informed about any updates of the virus and or directives given by our local leaders and will give updates as needed.
  • We ask all those who have cold or flu symptoms, as always, to stay home and watch the service online via live stream (website or Facebook).
  • We will be respectful of people’s private space by giving a wave not a handshake. (We will not have fellowship time during the service as well.)

Let me encourage you as the Apostle Paul did to Timothy, his friend and fellow preacher of the Gospel in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind!”

Let me encourage you, don’t live in fear, join me and be faithful to gather for worship and be in your place of service this Sunday and Wednesday.  Be ready to express the love of Christ to others around you in your EBC family.  And above all, just use good sound thinking and common sense as we come together!

And of course, let’s pray for God’s grace and mercy on our church, community, nation, and world as we live mindful that the COVID-19 exists and that our God is able to provide all we need to grow together in Him in the days ahead!

Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday,

Your pastor,
Mike Ramondetta