Groups

Bible Study 

The Bible Study Group is for those who want to further engage themselves in the word of the Lord. This is an open group that meets once a week, unless there is a conflict, to read about and discuss a suggested or pre-planned topic, although there are meetings in which the group engages in open discussion or chooses a new topic together. All ages from youth to elders are welcome to attend. Our lively group usually meets on Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Come on out and join us for fun and inspiration as we allow God’s word to speak to us!

Mask and social distancing is mandatory.  We are meeting in the Parsonage as well as on Zoom. Email Pastor Jeff (pastor@ebucc.com) if interested in meeting via Zoom.

We are currently studying the book of Micah.  Thursdays at 6PM in the Parish Hall. 

Our Lenten Bible Study will begin on February 18th at 6PM in the Parsonage.  Our study book will be “Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today” by Adam Hamilton.  Adam brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history.  His premise is, “What if the Ten Commandments were not just a set of ancient rules but also a guide to experiencing the good life today?”  Contact Pastor Jeff for a study book and if you want to join via zoom.   

 

Do you like to read? Would you like to discuss books with other folks? Do you have any good reads that you would like to suggest for an upcoming read of the month? Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a member of the church to join any of our groups.
 
We will be meeting in person at the Parsonage as well as livestream via Zoom for all of the discussion gatherings. Email Pastor Jeff (pastor@ebucc.com) if interested in joining us via Zoom.

 

The book selection for February is “Home Front” by Kristin Hannah. 

The group will meet to discuss the book on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6 p.m. in the parsonage.

Home Front: A Novel

In this powerhouse of a novel, Kristin Hannah explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war.

All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday lifechildren, careers, bills, choreseven as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then a deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider, she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his ownfor everything that matters to his family.

At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope.

 

The book selection for March is “Dark of the Moon” by John Stanford. 

Dark of the Moon (Virgil Flowers, #1)

Virgil Flowers — tall, lean, late thirties, three times divorced, hair way too long for a cop’s — had kicked around a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  In the small town of Bluestem, where everybody knows everybody, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames, its owner, a man named Judd, trapped inside. There is a lot of reason to hate him, Flowers discovers. And that wasn’t even the reason Flowers had come to Bluestem. Three weeks before, there’d been another murder — two, in fact, a doctor and his wife.  There hadn’t been a murder in Bluestem in years — and now, suddenly, three? Flowers knows two things: this wasn’t a coincidence, and this had to be personal.  

But just how personal is something even he doesn’t realize, and may not find out until too late. Because the next victim… may be himself.

 

The book selection for April is “The Day the World Came to Town” by Jim Defede.

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.  

Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.