by Dennis Miller

School has started and September has arrived, and with that many individuals and families descended upon ECC this past Wednesday evening to participate in Midweek opportunities for children, youth, and adults. It was a busy and great night which began several months of learning and growing together! 
Wednesday night reminds us we have a great opportunity to invest in, and show Christ’s love to the many children coming into our building on Midweek and the weekend. We’re praying for additional adults who feel a call to join the team so that we can serve each age group and each time slot well. If you want to investigate that further, contact Shandra Hathaway.
Our ABLE volunteers come alongside individual children with special needs to help them be successful in the weekend services and Midweek programming. In this growing ministry to children and their families, we are needing additional volunteers both on Wednesday and on the weekend. For more information about the ABLE ministry, contact Jessica. 

We move to the seventh Beatitude. A word that keeps coming up these days is civility. Civility is defined as “polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior”. One of the ongoing laments is that we seem to be living in an increasingly uncivil word. People are often struggling to maintain polite, reasonable and respectful behavior. As a result, we’re seeing increasing conflict, hurt feelings, and fragmented relationships. 
We’re living in a world and a time that is very good at dividing people, but not very skilled or inclined at uniting people. This beatitude speaks directly to our life and times, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” We want to be skilled peacemakers!
Today’s beatitude tells us that when we bring people together, we resemble our Father in heaven

Pastor Gary


Matt. 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matt. 5:11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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