LENTEN STUDY 2019: We No Longer Crucify, We Classify!
A Thursday Night Potluck Dinner and Speaker Series
Thursdays, March 14—April 11, 6:30—8:00 pm
This Lent, we will gather each Thursday evening to meet with an array of speakers and share in a dinner we bring to share. Together, we will explore the way our world classifies, or labels. We may feel we are free of that, but this exploration may aid us all in our journey of understanding and faithful action. We will be meeting in the Community Life Center as this is a congregational and community call to grow. Invite others to be a part of this very special year and program! Child-care and rides will be available for those who don’t drive at night. Sign up on the bulletin insert!
March 21 Immigration Issues with Rev. Julie Peeples
Potluck Emphasis: Bring a soup to share and/or sandwiches to share. Sides welcome. It will be a soup and sandwich night. Sponsored by our Justice and Witness Committee.
March 28 Your Local Greens with Doug Calaway, CEO
Potluck Emphasis: This will be a VEGGIE potluck night, bring your favorite vegetarian dish, a salad addition to the wonderful lettuces we will have provided by Our Local Greens for a salad bar. Sponsored by our Green Church Committee.
April 4 Anti-Semitism with Rabbi Sandra Lawson
Potluck Emphasis: Spaghetti night, we will have pasta provided, so bring your favorite pasta sauce, salad, and/or bread (garlic is best!)
April 11 Redneck Muslim with Imam Shane Atkinson
Potluck emphasis: Hamburger and veggie burger night. We will provide hamburgers and veggie burgers and buns, please bring sides and toppings for burgers. Please no pork products out of respect for guest.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES COME TO CHURCH? We as a church try to prepare for when someone is in distress. Most people are very understanding. But, how do we recognize and how do we relate to one another in the face of mental health issues? It is important to acknowledge that it is real and present in every church. We are not doctors, but how can we prepare ourselves, in good faith, to handle issues of depression and bi-polar disorder, memory and anxiety disorders, as well as other possible issues? It is time to come together and explore what it means to understand these problems and to act in an informed way as we relate to others in our church. Mark Your Calendar – Sunday March 24 at 4:00 pm here at the Church for our First Gathering. We will host 2 retired Licensed Professional Counselors. One is Cindy Davis, who writes a local advice column for the Times-News called Cindy Suggests, in the Accent section of the Monday paper. She and Dianne Sanford, another seasoned professional, will present a program called “When Mental Health Issues Come to Church”. They will help us become more aware of what issues are more common, what they might look like, and the difference between being accepting and enabling, in an effort to help us grow as an inclusive congregation by using healthy practices in our relationships. They are quite interested in your feedback with regard to specific issues that are of interest to you. Simply email your suggestions to cindysuggests@gmail.com and share your ideas ahead of time. This will be an exciting afternoon. We need a great attendance. Plan now!

Join The Walking Group at ECC: Our LIFT exercise group is no longer meeting on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, however a few people are still walking at the church in the CLC. If you would be interested in walking, please come join us at 9 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. After the weather improves, we may move outside! Questions? See Sharon!

Farmers’ Market Hospitality Tent: If you would like to volunteer to sit at the Hospitality Table for the Farmers’ Market, please contact Rose Ann McLelland at roseannmclelland@bellsouth.net. The market runs every Thursday starting  April 11 through the end of October. The shift is from 3 to 6 pm. Its not hard. In fact, its very enjoyable! You get to sit, enjoy the fresh air, chat with a lot of folks, shop the market, etc. I will add you to the list of the other volunteers, hopefully having you work  2 or 3 times during the season. Thanks for your consideration.

Active Aging Dinner and Theater: The Active Aging Group is planning a “Dinner and Theater” evening on Friday, April 5. We will meet Valerio’s Restaurant in Downtown Burlington for dinner at 5:30. Then at 8:00 pm we will see “Rumors A Farce” by Neil Simon at the Paramount Theater. Tickets are $15.00 and must be purchased in advance. The deadline for reserving your ticket is Monday, March 18. You may reserve your ticket by filling out the insert in the bulletin. Remember you are asking the church to pay for your tickets in advance and agreeing to reimburse the church for those tickets. You may write checks to Elon Community Church and putting Active Aging on the memo line. If you have questions please contact Ted Henson, Jean Toms, Patty Welborn or Howard Welborn.

Chat and Chow will meet next at Red Bowl Asian Bistro in Alamance Crossing of Burlington at 5:30 pm on Friday, April 12. Please sign up on the insert if you plan to attend. If you sign up and find you cannot make it, please be sure to cancel your reservation. See Margaret McTaggart with any questions.

​Torch Deadline: This is just a friendly reminder that the deadline for the April issue of the Torch newsletter is on Tuesday, March 19. Please submit any articles and photos you may have by this date. Thank you for your cooperation!

​​Have you Noticed? The walls in the Community Life Center were recently painted and they look spectacular. To keep the room looking fresh, please remember that tape, command strips, or any type of adhesive is not allowed on the painted sheetrock walls. Also, gum and glitter are not permitted in the CLC. Thank you for your cooperation!

ONLINE GIVING IS AVAILABLE! Click or scan the QR Code on the top right of our website, eloncommunitychurch.org. Or look for the QR Code in the bulletin, Torch and other various church publications! From here you can use a credit card to fulfill pledge obligations or donate to various other funds.

​​​​​​​​​​Music Ministry Endowment Fund: Every week ECC is richly blessed with music as an important aspect of our worship. To augment the budgeted funds for these efforts your Music Committee has newly established a Music Ministry Endowment Fund. Your support of this fund may be to: General Needs, Guest Musicians, Choir Soloists, Music Camp, Hand Bell Maintenance, Organ Maintenance, Piano Maintenance, Other ___________. This Endowment Fund is an excellent channel for your expression of love at a time of memorial giving or to honor someone. It provides for beauty long after flowers will have faded. If your heart sings a melody after worship services may it inspire you to remember this newly created way for gift giving and sharing in the splendor of our music.

Organ and Vocal Recital CDs are on sale! You can purchase CDs from the church office during office hours. Proceeds will benefit Elon Community Church’s music Program.​

Good Shepherd Kitchen and Good Samaritan Fund

Every Sunday please bring canned foods which will be taken to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Also on the first Sunday of each month, donations may be made to our church's Good Samaritan Fund.