I’m currently sitting in the fellowship hall of the church, which is temporarily my office, excitingly writing to you about some great things going on at EIC. There is much to update you on since our last newsletter in May!
The last time I wrote we were in the process of looking for a new Associate Pastor. This process has come to a close and we are awaiting the arrival of Justin and Rachel Hendricks to our church. We are very excited about the way God has been preparing this couple for ministry, and we have seen His hand in leading them to us. They will be leading our youth and young adult ministries, and we are excited about the potential of both of these ministries as God works through them.
In order to accomplish their arrival, we are changing the layout of our facilities a bit. In order to be good stewards of our resources, the offices are going to be moved to the main church building, The Godardes building, which formerly included the offices as well as the youth pastor studio, is being converted into full housing for their family. We believe this move enables us to save quite a bit of money in rent and will open many doors for us in the future.
Speaking of youth, we had another great year at Euroventure Summer Camp. Many of our them made commitments to live their lives for Christ in a more dedicated way, and one gave her life to Christ for the first time. The camp pastor challenged our youth, proclaiming that “you cannot graduate from the gospel,” emphasizing the role the gospel plays in our discipleship. The youth have responded in a powerful way, leading our church in worship on July 31st.
That service was also the last Sunday for our intern, Laura Fletcher Laura has been an invaluable part of our church this past year, and we were all sad to see her go. She raised support to come and work with our children and our youth programs, and our church is much better off because she has been here. She led our youth at camp and gave testimony at our youth service.
Our children’s ministry hosted its first “Children’s Fun Day” in June. We were blessed to have a volunteer team from Hannibal Lagrange University who helped us run this event. We had a nice turnout for this first time event, and we are looking forward to doing a second one in October.
We also had a volunteer team from Capstone Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama come to visit us in June. Tollie Meggs led our ladies group in a teaching day centered around the theme “Wanted: Worship,” in which we had approximately 25 women participate. It was an encouraging time for our ladies sitting under a gifted teacher. This team also helped us with some children’s activities and they spent time learning about ministry in Paris.
This past week we have welcomed to our church Nathan and Jennie Kimbrough from the IBC, who have been serving us in an advisory role. They have been helping us think through our online presence and marketing strategies as well as giving us constructive criticism about our worship services. This has been an enlightening time, as I have learned many things about subjects that I have not been trained in. Hopefully you will see some of the fruits of their contributions to our church as you follow us on social media and on our website.
As we move into September, we are thankful about the way God has blessed us in the past few months. There are many new doors that God is opening for us, and we know that powerful things can happen when we walk through the doors that the Lord opens. Read below for a few ways you can pray for us as we continue on God’s path for us.
Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers.
Because He lives,
Justin and Rachel Hendricks - whose arrival in France is imminent. Please pray that their visa situation will work out without extra problems, and that they will adjust well to our church and our community.
Music Ministry – A fantastic volunteer, Deji Ogunnubi, has been leading our music ministry for the past couple of years. He and his family are moving away from Paris this summer, so our music leadership is in transition. Please pray for Kristen deSouza and our music ministry volunteers as they guide the future of our music ministry.
Children’s ministry – we believe God has big things in store for our children’s ministry. In October we are planning our second children’s day, and one of the big tasks in preparing for this is getting the word out. Please pray for Jill Lewis and Julia Metzger as they plan this event.
Home Groups – We are trying to expand our home group ministry this fall and we have had a few families step forward to offer their homes. Please pray that these groups may be organized and that our church members may benefit from the prayer and Bible study time they offer.
Paris – Our church is strategically placed in an influential global city. Please pray that we would be a church that is on mission and seeking the peace of the city where God has placed us.