--Life@Eaglebrook--------------------------__-October 31st, 2023


As Pastor Steve shared with us this past Sunday, both Mary and Martha had good reasons and intentions behind what they were doing. Mary wanted to listen and learn from Jesus, while Martha desired to serve Jesus. Both actions are admirable and have their place. And yet, Jesus points out that one activity is better than the other.


The danger of doing things for Jesus.


Wanting to serve Jesus is obviously a commendable thing. Who would ever argue against such a thing? However, it is all-too-easy to jump into “doing things” for Jesus, that we end up missing what Jesus is really after. Our modern-day churches are full of very busy people who are involved in all kinds of endless church activity, all in the name of Jesus. But in the midst of all of this busyness, our church communities often leaves behind the thing that really matters.


The higher value of being with Jesus.


Jesus does not want us to simply do things for Him… He is inviting us to do things with Him. And the task of joining Jesus in what he is doing in the word begins with us sitting at His feet and learning from Him. Before we can make a difference in this world, Jesus invites us to spend time with Him.


The many replacements for being with Jesus.


It is so easy to replace Jesus with countless other things.  And, I am not just referring to the distractions of this world, or the obvious sins that might derail us. No, the real danger is when our good intentions and our spiritual pursuits end up replacing Jesus. Rather than going to church to spend time with Jesus, we can easily go to church instead of spending time with Jesus. Rather than reading our Bible to spend time with Jesus, we can read our Bible instead of spending time with Jesus. Rather than singing worship songs to spend time with Jesus, we can easily sing worship songs instead of spending time with Jesus. Things that might seem to be spiritual and centered on Jesus can easily replace Jesus Himself. Just ask Martha.


And so, may spending time with Jesus be our real goal. May we clear away the clutter in our lives and do whatever we need to do to truly spend time with Jesus, even if that means laying down all the things that we are doing “for Jesus”, so that we can be “with Jesus.” Because, that is the better thing.


May we walk in the Image of God this week!


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Luke 10:38-41

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Small Groups!

Small Group Bible Studies are a wonderful way to connect at a deeper level with one another, as we dig into the Scriptures together, seeking to discover what it means to follow Jesus in our own place and time. Our desire at Eaglebrook Church is that everyone would be a part of a Small Group!

The Small Group Bible Studies available this season include:


Women's Bible Study

When: 5:30pm-7:15pm Tuesday Evenings

Where: Eaglebrook Church

Topic: "Trustworthy" by Lisa TerKeurst

For More Information: Jani Rowe


Mid-Week Small Group Bible Study

When: 7:00pm-8:30pm Wednesday Evenings

Where:  Eaglebrook Church (Church Library) 

Topic:  The Letter of Galatians (How To Live The Gospel... and How Not To!) 

For More Information: Arnie Boedecker 


If you would like more information about any of our Small Groups, or have any additional questions, you can email Arnie.

Christmas Shoe-box Packing Parties!

The "packing parties" for the Operation: Christmas Child Shoe-boxes are on:

Friday, November 10th from 3pm to 6pm

Saturday, November 11th from 9am to 5pm

This event is an "open house" where people can come and go as needed!

For more information, contact Jennifer Mead.

GriefShare: Surviving The Holidays Seminar

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. Holy Family Catholic Church will be hosting this non-denominational seminar before the holidays on Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until noon. This session will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 8950 County Highway J, Woodruff. Pre-registration is encouraged at least one week prior to the seminar date. The one-time cost is $5.00 to cover the cost of the Survival Guide that accompanies the seminar. Child care is not available.


The seminar features video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death and who offer practical suggestions and reassurance. These people share honestly on these issues:


·      Being prepared for surprising emotions that may hit over the holidays

·      What to do about traditions and other coming changes

·      How to handle holiday parties and invitations

·      How to survive potentially awkward moments with other people

·      Where to find comfort, strength, and hope in a seemingly hopeless time


Those who attend will receive a Survival Guide filled with practical tips, encouraging words, journaling ideas, and exercises for daily help through the holiday season.


Facial coverings and social distancing may be observed, as advised by local health authorities.



For more information and/or to register, call Holly Dionne (715-972-4010) or Diane Taggart (715-972-4012).

Next Elder Board Meeting

The next Elder Meeting is scheduled for:

Monday, November 20th at 6:30pm

If you have any issues or concerns that you would like the Elder Board to discuss at the next meeting, please talk to any of the Elders.

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Scripture of the Week

Matthew 7:22-23 (NIV) -- Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you.”

As we discussed on Sunday...

... listening at the feet of Jesus ... is a great place to be. And...

... serving Jesus... is a great place to be.

However, being anxious, and worried... is not a great place to be.

May we lay down our worry... lay down our anxiety. May we enjoy and rediscover the joy and the purpose of serving Jesus and doing things for Jesus and with Jesus.

And may we enjoy time in His presence... in times of worship, prayer, and even... as we serve.

Because at the end of the day... it's all about Him.

Have a blessed week, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday if you are in town.


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