[July 10, 2022] EPC Sunday Announcements

Welcome Newcomers to EPC!
If you are new to EPC, welcome and God’s peace to you!  We are so glad that you were able to find and join us.  We hope that the worship is both encouraging and convicting to you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We would love to connect with you.  Please join us in the Lobby after service at the "Welcome Team" desk where we'd like to exchange some information and offer you a small welcoming gift.  We look forward to getting to know you and walking after God’s joy in the Gospel together.

EPC Congregational Meeting
We will be gathering for a Congregational Meeting on July 17, 2022 at 1130 AM.  If you are a member, it is your privilege and duty to attend to participate in the life of the church.  If you are not a member of EPC EM, you are still welcome and encouraged to attend to hear what is happening in the life of the church but will not be able to vote.  The agenda of the meeting will include ministry updates (EPC Missionary Partnership, New Pastor Hire etc), the presentation and vote to affirm potential new deacon candidates etc.  We look forward to gathering together as the body of Christ.

EPC College Ministry
Amandy Nwana will officially start serving as the "Pastor of College Ministry" in the month of July.  The College group will begin to meet on Sundays at 12:30 PM in the EM Sanctuary on July 10.  Please keep Pastor Amandy and the College in prayer and support as they begin this new chapter of discipleship and raising faithful men and women in the Gospel.  

EPC Baptism
We will be having baptism and profession of faith on Sunday, July 17.  

EPC Short-Term Missionary Support
Cherrina Yoon will be going to Japan for a year starting in September in order to serve as a short-term missionary.  Cherri and others will be hosting a fundraiser "Coffee Shop" in the EM Lobby before and after Sunday service starting July 10 through the end of the month.  Payments can be made via cash or Venmo so please come out and support her as she raises funds for the Gospel effort in Japan.  

"EPC Missionary Support Application" Process
We have received more applications for Missionary Support in our inaugural effort to support those in the mission field.  The Mission Team is prayerfully going through the process of seeing whom we are able to partner with to support in sharing the Gospel and going to the nations in obedience to Christ.  Please keep the Mission Team in prayer as we discern in all wisdom and humility.  We will be announcing our missionaries once the process is completed in late June.  

EPC Monthly Prayer Meeting
Our monthly prayer meeting will be on Saturday, July 30.  Please join us at 5 PM in the EM Sanctuary for a time of worship, prayer and fellowship.  

New Pastoral Hire for EPC EM
Please keep EPC EM and its leadership in prayer as we humbly seek a new pastor to join the staff.  We will be sharing information as we go through the process.  

EPC Morning Prayer
We have reserved the EM Sanctuary every Wednesday from 6 AM to 8 AM to provide a space for those who would like to come to church to pray and reflect.  We encourage you to use this space and time to grow in the discipline of prayer and starting the day in intimate dependence on God.

EPC Face Mask and Digital Check-In Policy
Due to improving COVID conditions and guidance from Santa Clara County:
Masks will not be required but will still be highly recommended.
Digital Check-ins will no longer be required.
Please continue to be thoughtful and careful in caring for ourselves and one another.

Supporting those suffering in the Crisis in Ukraine
EPC has sent $25,000 in March through "Global Giving" and $25,000 in May to "Direct Relief" to aid and assist those who are suffering and have experienced loss due to the crisis in Ukraine as a part of our larger commitment to give $75,000 to various organizations doing relief work.  In the Gospel, God has called us to not only be aware of suffering and brokenness, but to intercede in faithful prayer and to practically be generous as we are able in order to be a presence of love and mercy.  

We encourage you to join us in prayer and awareness of the suffering in the midst of war in Ukraine and if you are able, to give of your resources to help ease the pain and hurt in Ukraine. We have provided a guide on the home page of our website to help us with practical ways to pray, educate and send practical support through agencies and organizations that have a track-record of bringing help to those in need around the world with transparent financial policies.  
We pray for God to reveal His peace and sovereignty over all creation, especially to those suffering and in need all over the world.  And we pray that we would be faithful in not only praying, but in seeking to obediently be the hands and feet of the Gospel to others.  

Offering & Tithe Reminder
If you are mailing in checks as your offering and tithe to God's church, please be sure to write in the "Memo" section of the check, "EPC EM", so that we can be sure to receive your support and to correctly update your personal tax information.  
If you are giving online, please remember to write your name in the "Comment" section on PayPal.  
Thank you for obeying and supporting the body of Christ with your resources.

EPC Church Lunch & Refreshments
EPC KM will be serving lunch in the cafeteria and the EM Welcoming Team will serve coffee and refreshments.  Enjoy!

EPC In-Person & Livestream Sunday Worship
If you are joining us via "live-stream" and experience any issues, please email us at "emoffice@epcsj.org" to let us know as we grow in this new process. The "live-stream" link on our website will be updated every Sunday morning.

If you are with us in-person today and would like to give or tithe here at church, there is an offering box near between the Sanctuary and the EM Lobby where you can drop off your offering envelopes.  Otherwise, you can continue to give God your offerings online on our website under “Give”.

EPC EM App
The EPC App is live on our website for both iOS and Android.  Please go and download it for easy access to notifications for church events and announcements, sermons and content, ways to give, and more.  For those joining us “in-person” for Sunday Worship, you can now also register your attendance in the EPC EM App!  A big thank you to our “Media Team” who worked so hard to make this happen!

EPC Sunday Sermon Reflection Questions
We will be posting the "Sermon Reflection Questions" on the website under "Announcements" to better give access to the various life groups that meet.

EPC Pastoral Care and Prayer Support
If you are in need of pastoral care or would like to request prayer support from the pastors of EPC, please don’t hesitate to go to our website (epcministry.org) and click on “Pastoral Care and Prayer Requests'' under the “Connect” button.  You can keep it confidential if you wish to do so but we would love to serve you by walking with you in fellowship and prayer.
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