Pastor Matt’s Blog for June

The Lord is prompting new directions and initiatives in our midst. I can’t express how
thankful I am for your support of our church. Your involvement, prayers, finances, etc.
are the human means moving us forward (by divine help). Most of all, I’m grateful for
you – the family of Christ called ECC Springfield – for who you are, a unique and
special creation of the living God.

Good communication is so important right now. We’d like to keep you informed. The
ECC leadership team is calling on God for His provision. Please join us in our efforts.
Your prayers are absolutely vital.

One update for prayer is the music ministries direction team. The team consists of Sui Ling Hoang, Juan Montoya, Marie Fletcher, Donna Lareau, Bill Enos, Mike Warrren, John Buddington, and myself. Together we are dedicated to pave the way for a new Music Ministries Leader to come to our church. We are currently working on the job description for this position.

Since our church embraces a wider variety of musical traditions, the team is looking for a leader who lives in the realm of more contemporary worship but has a love and desire to work with choral ensembles and the other musical talent of ECC. If budget finances allow, the next step is to launch an official search team.

(Please pray for this – the leadership team wishes the church to know that, even with the payoff of the mortgage, giving to the operating budget has been lower than projected this year. At this point we would not be able to give the go-ahead to circulate a job description for this new staff position. Pray that God moves His church!)

Our young adult ministry called “Remnant” has a great new teaching leader in John DePalma. Also, Billy Enos has come on board to be a summer intern. The Remnant leaders see Billy using his musical gifts at the weekly gatherings beginning this month. May God give our young adults many and various inroads into the lives of college
students and career-minded twenty-somethings. I believe Remnant will bring the gospel powerfully to young adults. It will provide the right kind of support community for an emerging generation. Many of us are hoping for new connections, for an impact on local
campuses. Please pray that this happens!

Finally, the Lord is raising up members from our church body to go into full-time Christian service. Our own Kyle Wietsma plans to be on staff with Cru by August 1. Now that he’s completed his undergraduate work at UCONN, he hopes to work as an intern on that campus, being mentored by UCONN team leader Scott Thomson.
(Scott also grew up at ECC. What a cool development, seeing them both in campus ministry together.)

Kyle will be sharing his testimony with the congregation in worship on June 10. Then, at the Missions Banquet on June 23, Eliza Reinke will report on her YWAM mission to Barbados. This was just the first of many more evangelistic outreaches she hopes to do throughout the world.

As Kyle and Eliza reach out for financial assistance, may the Lord provide us with a spirit of generosity. May our prayers extend to the ends of the earth. It is exciting to be a part of ECC these days. We will keep you in the loop as we see God working in these and
other ministries. Be ready for his promptings in your life as well. Good things are happening.

Blessings,
Pastor Matt

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