[November 6, 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" booth 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 Membership Installation
We will have a membership installation ceremony on Sunday, November 13, during Sunday Worship for both our new members and current members who have committed to continue as members of EPC.

EPC Congregational Meeting
We will hold our quarterly Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 13, at 11:30 AM right after service.  Please plan to attend as is our privilege and duty as members.  Non-members are free and encouraged to attend and hear about church updates and plans but will not be able to vote on church matters.

EPC Monthly Prayer Meeting
We are rescheduling our Monthly Prayer Meetings due to scheduling difficulties and the upcoming holiday season.  We will gather on the SECOND Saturday of the month, Nov 12, at 5 PM.  

Opportunities to serve the local San Jose community as we lead up to Thanksgiving
(Please see more details on our homepage)
Partnering w/ KM for the “Columbus Park Homeless Outreach” program.  They are looking for donation items {i.e. sleeping bags, tarp (6x8), made care package (socks, toilet paper, snacks etc} or you can make an offering for food and outreach support.  
You can drop off items/donations in the lobby by KM Sanctuary (10/30, 11/6, 13, 20).  
You can also join the KM team as they go and worship with the community on Thanksgiving day (Nov 24).  Please contact Team Leader Si-heon at “408-726-3411” for more info.
EM is supporting the “West Valley Community Services” in a “food drive”.  Please see the list on the homepage of our website (epcministry.org) and bring the food items to the EM Lobby on the following Sundays: 10/30, 11/6, 13, 20.

EPC Mask Policy Update
Masks will no longer be required, but will be recommended for in-person attendance.  Please continue to be careful and mindful of others as we enter into flu season.

Opportunity to Serve the Youth Group and the Youth Winter Retreat
The EPC Education department is looking for servants to lead small groups for the Youth Group, especially at their 12 PM service.  Please prayerfully consider if you would be able to pour into the younger generation and speak with Youth Pastor James Oh for more information (jamesoh@epcsj.org).

The Youth Group will be going on their Winter Retreat December 27-30.  The theme is "Kingdom Crusher" and the retreat will be held at the "Koinonia Retreat Center".  You can find more information and sign-up to serve at this link HERE.

EPC College Ministry
The College group meets on Sundays at 12:30 PM in the EM Sanctuary.  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 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.

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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