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A Personal Statement

Several years ago, I began the process of ordination in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, which, as you may recall, concluded last March as I was ordained as a Teaching Elder right here on ECC's chancel. When I began this journey, Rich told me, "We'll support you in this, but I know some other church is going to snatch you up." Well, it turns out that Rich has at least...

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Transitions

By now, you have learned of Isaac Gould’s (ECC’s Director of Youth and Family Ministries) new call to serve as Pastor of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Sartelle, MN. This means that ECC will not be losing one, but two of our valued staff members....

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Turn the spigot on!

God's grace is freely available to us, and we need it to live and grow as Christians. How do we KEEP it freely flowing?...

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On Blood-Red Moons

Human beings excel at discovering patterns. This is, of course, a manifestation of God-given intelligence. Trained chimpanzees may be able to string together all sorts of words using sign language, but they'll never progress in language acquisition far enough to make the mistake every English-speaking toddler does in saying something like, "Mommy goed to the store." No one...

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The Purpose of ECC, part 4: Serving the World

This is the fourth and final part of a brief statement approved by the ECC Session to help further clarify what we mean by the ECC Purpose Statement. Our purpose statement reminds us that our primary God given calling is to be faithful followers of Jesus....

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The Purpose of ECC, part 3: Loving One Another

Our purpose statement also provides a process for how we intend to grow and live as followers of Jesus. We follow Jesus faithfully by loving God, loving one another, and serving the world. Hence our purpose statement, what we are trying to accomplish, is also our process for getting there....

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The Purpose of ECC, part 2: Loving God

Here is the second part of a brief statement approved by the ECC Session to help further clarify what we mean by the ECC Purpose Statement. The purpose statement is designed to remind us what it is that God requires of us as followers of Jesus....

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The Purpose of ECC, part 1: Following Jesus

There is research that shows that the most effective churches doing ministry today are those that have a clear sense of purpose. With that in view, the Session has continued to think about what our church’s purpose statement means and how it can be used to bring clarity and focus to the ministries of ECC....

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Community Groups

Why Community Groups? What possible reason do we believe you should be involved in Community Groups? Here are three reasons that exist behind Community Groups at ECC....

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Why are all those kids in the worship service?

We have chosen to include our children in our regular worship services at ECC rather than having a separate children's church. Why is that? And how can we, as grown-up members of the congregation, support our families as they seek to train their children in worship?...

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