Real Poverty - Anna Edgar’s Story
Real Poverty - Anna Edgar’s Story by Erin Stringer

My story begins when I was five and my father left.  My parents were separated for a few years before the divorce, but our financial poverty began when he walked out.  Taking my brother with him, my mother was left with four girls to raise alone.  Although my mother worked incredibly hard…

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Welcome Poole Family
Welcome Poole Family by Erin Stringer

We are excited to announce the recent hiring of a new Associate Pastor of Children’s Ministries.  Kevin Poole comes to us from Fowlerville United Brethren in Michigan.  Pastor Kevin was the Children’s Pastor at Fowlerville for the past five years.  Before accepting the call to serve there,…

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Famous Wise Sayings (Mom Style)
Famous Wise Sayings (Mom Style) by Christy Cabe

In keeping with with our monthly theme of "Living Realistically In A Pinterest World," Christy Cabe, (ECC church member and blogger at, shares some amendments to famous wise sayings. Here's to "keeping it real!"  ------------------------ I have great and…

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Helping Your Teenager Grieve
Helping Your Teenager Grieve by Brian Kramer

I’ve had the privilege of walking alongside many teenagers as they have struggled with their losses. It’s not something that I look forward to at all, or even consider myself particularly good at, but I have learned some things that I’d like to pass on, with the hope of equipping many of…

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You Follow Me
You Follow Me by Marilyn Miller

Yup. It happened to me just like it has probably happened to you!  I've fallen victim to social media comparison! Many  of us can relate. We follow others on social media and consider their lives based on their posts and then, either consciously or unconsciously, compare it to our own…

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What You Don’t Know Changes Everything
What You Don’t Know Changes Everything by Natalie Trout

She was so perfect. When I was in high school, there was a girl at a rival school who lived the perfect life. She was beautiful, smart, athletic, and she never, ever did anything wrong. Guys loved her innocent charm, but it made me sick. It made me sick for a few reasons. For one, I…

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Making Outreach a Priority by Natalie Trout by Camilla Sauder

When I moved to Fort Wayne in 2008, I was excited to find an apartment downtown.  I thought downtown living would be fun.  My apartment had a great view of the city, and I was only a few blocks away from The Rescue Mission.  I was pumped about volunteering there and how convenient it…

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Worship Attitudes: Eagerly Expectant by Sam Ward

Have you ever waited expectantly for news from the doctor?  How about an adoption agency?  That's where I am right now, waiting constantly for the phone to ring.  When it does, I jump. "Hello?"  But instead of the doctor or the adoption agency, it's a business call.  "Oh, hi," I…

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Even Before I Ask by Marilyn Miller

If I told you my story, it would include multiple challenges my family has faced throughout a 14 year period of time. We often found ourselves in deep waters and sometimes numbed by pain and blinded by grief. One child was diagnosed with a disability and underwent two complicated…

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Tyler Merritt is coming to ECC! by Erin Stringer

Tyler Merritt, from The Gospel Project, will be joining us to share the Crucifixion and Resurrection Story Easter weekend [Saturday at 5:00, Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30]. This will be an incredible experience for our ECC children. Tyler’s voice has shared God's Word to our kids for the past…

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