Looking Back, Looking Forward
Looking Back, Looking Forward by Dennis Miller

It was May of 1989 and just about all of the adults from ECC (about 60 of us) attended a Dream Retreat near Shipshewanna with the purpose of determining our direction as a church.  After a day of ideas, we came up with, “We Learn It to Live It”.  Overnight, someone in our group thought of…

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A Two-Act Marriage
A Two-Act Marriage by Christy Cabe

“Hey, we’d love to have you guys over for dinner!” Adam nodded to the stranger he’d met in the lobby an hour ago, and who now sat beside him. The service had just ended. Everything was unfamiliar to them, their families’ first Sunday at this church called Emmanuel Community. Adam plastered…

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Dear ECC Woman,
Dear ECC Woman, by Christy Cabe

Dear ECC woman, When I was ten years old, my dad took the position of head pastor (at that point in time, the only pastor!) of Emmanuel Community Church. We lived in Huntington, and so we began to build a house in the small town of Roanoke, a little closer to the church, yet still in the…

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Transforming Prayer Resources
Transforming Prayer Resources by Erin Stringer

If you attended any of our weekend opportunities to hear from Dr. Daniel Henderson, then you are probably feeling the fire to do something about your prayer life, whether individually or within your small group. Here are two great ways to review the content from this past weekend and begin…

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That Seriously Single Sister
That Seriously Single Sister by Camilla Sauder

How the church can reach never-wed women “How many?” the elder whispers as I sneak in late for service, as usual. I hold up one finger (again), and he ushers me to an open chair. I’m inevitably seated between the doting newlyweds and the families of five beautiful children. *Sigh* Always…

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Food for the Hungry Announcement
Food for the Hungry Announcement by Erin Stringer

2017 sees us celebrating seven years in partnership through FH with the people of El Porvenir, Torrencio, and Ameya.  We will now begin to wind down this relationship to say goodbye in 2018.  You may ask, “why”?  First, we have always planned to remove ourselves to prevent creating…

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What Falls Under Your Spiritual Category?
What Falls Under Your Spiritual Category? by Erin Stringer

It's a new year and with that comes resolutions and goal setting. When Pastor Denny challenged us to consider balance in four areas of our lives (mental, physical, spiritual and relational), I put pen to paper, began reflecting on the past year and decided on changes I'd like to make in the…

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The Long Road
The Long Road by Sam Ward

We are still sleep-deprived and happy after the birth of our son.  He was born two weeks ago so I've have had a small amount of time (mostly around 3 AM in the morning) to reflect on what God has been up to over the last two years. When we started this journey, we thought that we would…

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Take Them A Meal
Take Them A Meal by Marilyn Miller

The theme for Women's Ministry this year is "Hospitality." This month we are focusing on the act of taking a meal to someone in need as an example of love, service and, of course, hospitality. Throughout the years, there have been many times that my family has been blessed by people who…

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Thailand Team Update
Thailand Team Update by Guest Blogger

After 25+ hours of travel, the team arrived in Chiang Mai eager to get some rest so we could begin the week ahead.  The team awoke to a lovely break in the heat in Chiang Mai, a comfortable 85 with a slight breeze. We spent the morning taking a tour of the print shop operation. They were in…

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