“SUNSHINE SUNDAY” OVERVIEW

As you watch, read, and listen to the news, I am sure you are aware that the coronavirus continues to dominate the headlines as our community, state, and nation navigates through this difficult time. While most areas of our lives continue to be impacted, we are grateful that many restrictions on churches have been lifted that give us the opportunity to prayerfully consider how we should meet and worship together. I personally feel every congregation should seek Christ’s will in this decision and follow His direction for their church. Therefore, each church will follow diverse guidelines and procedures unique to God’s leadership, their congregational needs, and their specific situation.

We have been praying and discussing at EBC where we feel Christ is leading us in regards to worship, Bible studies, and other activities on campus and in our facilities. With this in mind, we will continue with our current plan for the next several weeks. Specifically, this means:

• We will continue to hold a simple, outdoor worship service on Sunday mornings.
1. This Sunday, May 31, will begin at 11:00 am.
2. Beginning on June 7, we will start at 10:00 am to “beat the heat”.
3. Cancellations due to rain or other situations will be emailed and posted on Sunday by 9:00 am. In case of a cancellation, every one is encouraged to watch the “Shelter in Place Sunday” video for that day.
4. A basic overview of the service and what to expect is listed below under “Sunshine Sundays”.
5. Once again, we urge everyone to make decisions about attending that best protect your safety, especially those in the “high risk” demographic (those with at least one underlying condition, are older than 65, or both). No one will ever question your faithfulness for choosing to worship with us while protecting yourself at home.

• We will continue to provide a “Shelter in Place Sunday” video each week. The same sermon you watch on the video will be the same sermon presented at the “Sunshine Sunday” service. The “Shelter in Place Sunday” video will be posted this Sunday at 10:00 am, but beginning on June 7, it will be available at 9:00 am.

• All activities—including Wednesday nights activities, Bible studies, ministry meetings, fellowship gatherings—will continue to be postponed.

• “Today’s Focus” devotionals and other ministry opportunities will continue to be sent out and posted during the week. While we understand these devotionals and opportunities do not replace meeting, experiencing fellowship, and studying God’s Word together, we feel this helps support the overall safety of our congregation.

Understand that we are aware of the difficulty to continue to observe and adhere to these decisions and guidelines. Many of us are weary of being separated and long for “normalcy” to return. We are also aware that other organizations are implementing different procedures that allow for more activity and fellowship in their community. From our perspective, until a treatment or vaccine is in place to combat the coronavirus, social distancing and continuous hand washing are the best safeguards that will promote safety for those in our church and community. While we are thankful churches have been given the same opportunity to reopen as businesses and other organizations, we feel following this plan of action is the best decision for EBC at this time.

Thank you for your continued understanding, patience, and prayers as we continue to work through this together. Thank you for encouraging, loving, and taking care of one another. Continue to pray and seek our King this week. Please contact us if we can help you in any way. We love you, we are family, and know we walk together during this time as children of the King.

Pastor Brad

Suggested Quiet Time

Below is a link to a “Suggested Quiet Time” format. There is no formal or format for spending time with God; your focus, humility, and heart are the keys to allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you. However, this format may help you establish a time that allows you to focus on Him. Please contact Pastor Brad if you have any questions!

Link to Suggested Quiet Time

Join the “Face Mask Initiative”

The National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), a ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), is inviting individuals to get involved in the “Face Mask Task Initiative”. This ministry is a personal opportunity for people with a great skill set to create face masks for those who serve in a variety of service positions including healthcare professionals, nursing homes, and prison workers. While these masks are not FDA/OSHA approved, many may find them useful as they serve in our community.

 

Below are instructions that provides a design and description for constructing the mask. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry or have questions, please contact us at EBC.

 

Face Mask Task Initiative
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
This design and process is just one ministry suggestion from a group of women who went the extra mile and involved healthcare professionals in the process of the design and distribution. While these masks are not FDA/OSHA approved, we pray that there are those who find them helpful for their needs.

Organizational Information:
1. Remember these are not FDA/OSHA approved mask.
2. Make contact with “Areas of Ministry Focus” to determine need as well as best time and place of drop off when masks are completed.
3. If more than one seamstress is involved in sewing masks, make a plan for safely picking up completed masks from each home.

Areas of Ministry Focus:
• Hospitals
• Nursing Homes
• First Responders
• ER Waiting Rooms
• Ministry Sites
• High Risk Groups
o Elderly
o Autoimmune Disorder
o Pregnant
o Chemo Patients
• Day Care Workers
• Prison Workers

Supply List:
• Sandwich Bags
• Gallon Bags
• Fabric (Scraps, sheets, shirts, dresses, quilt tops, anything soft and breathable)
• Thread
• Ties (Ribbon, shoelaces, rickrack, bias tape, strong lace, elastic, strings you recycle from a hoodie or other casing, or anything you have on hand)
• Detergent for cleaning and disinfecting Mask
Adapted by permission of Susan Long

Instructions for Mask:
**Follow a pattern of choice, or below is a YouTube link and instructions to one we believe works the best by Kristen Payton.
YouTube Link: youtu.be/4Jybcfb5epU
1. Cut or rip 24”x8.5” piece of fabric.
2. Cut or rip (2) 2”x4” strips of fabric.
3. Cut (2) 36” pieces of ribbon.
4. Fold large piece in half with right sides touching, so that the 2 short raw edges match up.
5. Sew along the short ra edge with ¼” seam.
6. Lay flat so that seam sits in the middle and press the seam flat.
7. Flip right side out.
8. Lay flat so that seam is in the middle and press flat.
9. Fold on the seam in the middle to create a pocket. Then press.
10. Gather the raw edges to create pleats going downward from pocket opening.
11. Stitch in place.
12. Se right side of 2” piece to the back of the Mask at raw edge with ¼” seam.
13. Fold 2” piece up, fold in raw side edges, and tack in place.
14. Find the center point of 1 piece of ribbon.
15. Place ribbon on top of the piece that you just tacked.
16. Fold in raw edge of 2’ piece then fold over again to encase the ribbon and se along the edge.
17. Repeat for other side.

Important Parts of a Mask:
• String to tie around head (the ear wraps are painful, and have a tendency to pop off)
• A pocket to place a filter, such as coffee filter, kleenex, or gauze
• For hospital workers, pleats are an important option for a Mask design that shapes the nose. See the above.

Steps to Take:
Once you make your Masks:
1. Print and cut copies of Scripture and Disclaimer (you will need one for each bag)
2. Place copies of disclaimers in each sandwich bag
3. Wash and Dry Masks
a. Tie the strings together before putting them in the wash to prevent tangling
4. Clean and dry Mask should be placed in a sandwich bag and sealed (this cuts down on handling)
5. Pray over each mask and the person who will wear it.
6. Place 10 filled sandwich bags in a gallon bag and seal.
7. For pickups when more than one seamstress is involved, place filled gallon bags in a tub/box.
a. Place tub or outside front door, or weatherproof area for designated pick up person.
8. For delivery, spray box and each gallon bag with disinfecting spray before bringing inside the facility.
9. Please refrain from opening bags.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved.*
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved.*
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved.*
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved.*
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved*

The Great Easter Egging 2020

As you know, activities at EBC are currently postponed, but we wanted to bring the Easter Egg Hunt to many of our families. Over the last two weeks, our team (with parent approval) secretly hid eggs in the yards of 22 kids for their very own “social distancing” style egg hunt. The EBC Easter Bunnies also left individualized baskets for each child filled with goodies, crafts, snacks, and games. In their excitement, some of the kids extended the fun by doing an Easter Egg Hunt for their neighbors!
You will find a link below to a video showing some of the fun.

Video of “The Great Easter Egging 2020”

All EBC Activities Postponed until April 12

On March 16, we informed you that all activities at EBC would be postponed until March 29 due to local, state, and national recommendations and mandates concerning the spread of the coronavirus. Our response was intended to support ongoing efforts to prevent a dramatic outbreak that would overwhelm the U.S. health care system like we have seen in many other countries. This situation has continued to rapidly evolve. In the last several days, Governor Cooper issued a mandatory, statewide “stay-at-home” executive order for at least the next thirty days, and President Trump has continued the “Social Distancing Requirements” until the end of April. Once again, Romans 13:1-7 and Acts 5:27-29 provide a clear biblical framework for Christians to follow the government God places over them as long as it does not contradict His Word. With this in mind, EBC is continuing to suspend all activities through April 12. So many of you have expressed how much you miss the fellowship of worshiping and serving together, but you know these actions are necessary. In the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation, follow all guidelines issued, and keep you updated on any decisions.

 

So, where do we go from here? We need to continue to shine for Christ in our homes, jobs, and community (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:15–16). How do we do that? Let me make two suggestions. First, make the choice every day to embrace the truth that God is still on the throne, still in control, and still loves you more than you can imagine. Let’s make the choice to embrace the truth of His unlimited love, unwavering commitment, and unmatched power, glory and holiness. Allow the reigning, resurrected King to empower your heart with contentment and peace so that fear and worry will not overshadow our faith. Like little children, every day climb into God’s lap, feel His loving arms around you, and experience the security of His presence. Look exclusively to Him to provide the strength, provision, and protection you need every day, and you will naturally shine for Him no matter what you are experiencing.

 

Second, we know many around us who are understandably afraid and need encouragement during this difficult time. As we have discussed frequently, loving each other in the church and those in the community through practical, tangible ways declares we have been transformed by Christ; loving others is one way we shine for Him. Admittedly, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by people’s needs—to be paralyzed by the magnitude of the problems of those around us and wonder what we can do. We don’t need to wonder; we just need to ask our King how we can show His love to those in our home, neighborhood and community. God never asks us to create a plan and implement it on His behalf; He asks us to join Him in the work He is already doing all around us. Ask Him, do what He asks, and you will shine for Him as you encourage those around you.

 

As we continue as His church united through Him during this time, continue to pray, be encouraged by His presence, seek opportunities to shine for Him, and let us know if we can help you in any way. We love you, we are family, and know we walk together as children of the King.

All activities at EBC are postponed through March 29

We have continued to monitor the ever-changing situation regarding local, state, and national recommendations concerning the coronavirus. On Saturday, Governor Cooper issued an executive order banning any gathering of 100 people or more. On Sunday, the CDC recommended organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone any event that consists of 50 people or more. If those events must occur, they urged the organizers to adhere to strict guidelines. Today, President Trump provided recommendations that called for people to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people for the next fifteen days. All of these efforts are designed to prevent a dramatic outbreak of the coronavirus that would overwhelm the U.S. health care system like we have seen in other countries.

 

Romans 13:1-7 and Acts 5:27-29 provide the clear biblical framework that Christians are bound to obey the government God places over them as long as it does not contradict His Word. With this in mind, EBC is temporarily suspending all activities through March 29 (including Wednesday and Sunday services).

 

As believers, we encourage you to pray how you can bring hope in the midst of the fear and physical challenges many face and will continue to face in the weeks ahead. Jesus declared, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We can shine brightly for Christ during this dark time by reaching out to those in our church family and in our community. Ask God to reveal to you ways that you can show His love to others in practical, tangible ways. Does someone around you not have the money or the ability to go grocery shopping? Do they need help getting their trash can emptied or to the end of the driveway? Do they need help caring for their children while they work? Do they have prescriptions that need to be picked up? Do they need a roll of toilet paper (seriously … it’s a need)? Who can you call, text, or email that needs encouragement or prayer? Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in how you can show the love of Christ during this time.

 

Once again, all activities at EBC are postponed through March 29. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed of any decisions concerning Edgewood’s schedule. As we move forward, continue to pray, passionately seek God’s opportunities to shine for Him, and let us know if we can help you in any way. We love you, we are family, and we walk together as children of the King. Remember who He is, who you are in Him, and that better days are coming!

EBC Valentine’s Banquet

A big thank you to our Women’s Ministry for all the work that went into putting on a wonderful event! Thanks to everyone who attended last night! What a great time!

Men’s Ministry Serves Breakfast to EBC

Shouting a big thank you to the Men’s Ministry for preparing a delicious breakfast this morning! Thanks to everyone who came out for this great time of church fellowship!

EBC Volunteers at OCC

EBC volunteers traveled to Boone NC to the OCC warehouse to pack shoe boxes.  While working at OCC we got to hear testimonies from young adults that had been recipients of shoe boxes years ago and the impact that had on their lives.

Youth Zipline Trip

EBC Middle School and High School Sunday School classes visited Asheboro to go ziplining.  It was a brisk sunny afternoon, a great day to spend outside in the woods!!!