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Bulletin for Sunday, February 9, 2020

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Colossians 2:1-15

I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf, and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, that they might have the knowledge of the secret plan of God, namely Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive arguments. 5 For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.

6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

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Leader: The word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

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Summer Mission Trip 2020

This summer we are sending a team to spend a week with our global ministries partner, Lemonade International. For 2020, we are hoping to have several youth-and-parents as part of the team. Here is some basic information about the trip.

• August 2 – 8 in Guatemala City, Guatemala
• Total cost including airfare <$1500 (2018 trip cost $1250 plus spending money)
• Scholarships and financial help available
• Final day of trip spent in Antigua (tourist destination)

Interested? Talk to Pastor Curtis. He’d love to hear from you.

Camp Athens – coming this summer!

Many of our members have been feverishly working behind the scenes to plan and prepare for our most ambitious outreach, Camp Athens. It is a one-week day camp located at Athens Drive High School and utilizing the nearby recreation facilities. A primary goal for this camp is to effectively build deeper relationships between Ekklesia and the Athens community.

Camp is for children 8-13 (as well as a mini-camp program for younger children of volunteers). Learn more at our camp website, www.CampAthens.org and register online as a camper or volunteer.

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Family Hockey Night

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 21 at 7pm as the Carolina Hurricanes play host to the Ottawa Senators. Cost is $25 which includes the tickets and food for tailgating. Bring your own drinks, and be sure to carpool with a friend to save parking costs. Contact Bob at rpatterson@triad.rr.com or 336-307-5933 for more information.

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