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This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. For nearly 80 years, churches of different faith groups have joined together to celebrate World Communion Sunday.  It is one of the best ideas Presbyterians ever had. The idea originated in the 1930s when a beloved pastor in Pittsburgh by the name of Hugh Thomson Kerr, who persuaded the denomination to designate one Sunday when American Christians would join brothers and sisters around the world at the Lord’s Table.  It was a time of economic turmoil, fear and the rise of militaristic fascism abroad. Since then, the tradition has lived on and has grown. Currently, this day is commemorated by 38 different Christian traditions. These various groups each celebrate the day in their own ways and through their own traditions; but even though they’re in different settings, everyone gathers together, at least figuratively, around the Lord’s Table.

Christian unity, specifically symbolized by the act of Communion, is the focal point of World Communion Sunday, providing us with a powerful reminder that we’re one in Christ despite our differences.  That message of unity has relevance for today and for our lives, and I hope you will make it a priority to join us.  The Scripture passage is Ephesians 4:1-16.

This Sunday, we will bring in Joe Getsi and Joe Ennis to present musical styles from around the world. You will hear music from China, Ireland, Africa, Argentina, and others! The choir will sing the beautiful anthem “African Psalm”. You don't want to miss it!
Click here to access our media file of past sermon and music audio files. 

If you missed Pastor John's sermon last Sunday, When Adult Children Become Caregivers, you can read an excerpt of it here.
World Communion Sunday Greeting 2019

Greetings from Guatemala to all of you at East Brentwood Presbyterian Church. Each year, Christian people of distant nationalities, diverse cultures, distinct languages and different denominations observe World Communion Sunday to celebrate our bonds as members of the Body of Christ. Although our oneness might seem abstract at times, it takes on a fuller, clearer meaning when we’re at the Lord’s table. On this day, Guatemalan Presbyterians in places like Cobán and Peten thank the Lord for covenant relationships with U.S Presbyterians in places like Brentwood, Tennessee. Bacilia and I, along with our children, are grateful that God has connected us to you, and that we’re able to help each other fulfill God’s call to serve the needy, seek justice, and be witnesses to Christ’s kingdom.

As missionaries in Guatemala, we pray on this special Sunday that God’s blessing and peace be with you, Philip and Bacilia Beisswenger and family
We need your help!
Join us Oct. 17 to volunteer at the 
Glenview Elementary Fall Festival!

The fall festival is EBPC's annual outreach project to run carnival style games for the children and families of Glenview during their major school fundraiser. This is such a wonderful tradition at EBPC and one that children and adults always find so rewarding. We hope you will consider volunteering!

We are in dire need of volunteers to run the games (thank you Paul for shuttling them to the school!). Please use the sign up genius link below to sign up to help! Older elementary and youth can run games in pairs.



n Exciting Time for Renewal for EBPC:

January through March 2020
You’ve heard the great news!  (Link for more info)  EBPC was one of 150 congregations from across the country that received a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment. The funding will support us for a Congregational Renewal Program during Pastor John’s upcoming sabbatical which we are calling “A Pilgrimage of Hope.” The program lies at the intersection of history, theology, past, and future - that of our own church and of John’s – with a goal of re-imagining how community ministry is done within the context that EBPC finds itself and the larger American context, leading to communal transformation.  We will ask the question “What is our value proposition within our Brentwood community?” and “Are we equipped as Christians to address the challenges of our current times?”

Lay leadership will have the opportunity to engage the congregation in an exploration of individual’s own pilgrimages and practices, providing spiritual discovery and collective insight regarding the role of our church.  We will discover answers through this time of seeking and pilgrimage. For John, he will return to South Africa where he studied in the late 80s. He will attend the International Dietrich Bonhoeffer Congress that continues to advance the work of the influential theologian. He will interview pastors and churches that have played important roles in the nation’s history over the last thirty years and he will walk a 200 mile trek to the southern tip of Africa.  The grant makes it possible for Kira and sons to join him for part of his two months in the country. Our respective pilgrimages will inform our own direction and the role we can play in Brentwood. The grant funds – combined with what we have been setting aside during the past 3 years – will allow us to not “miss a beat” in the running of the church and all of our programs, as well as allow us to bring in temporary pastoral leadership, guest pastors, special guests, and expand office support while John is away.

The goal for this time and when Pastor John returns is that we emerge stronger - together – with an energized and revitalized congregation, prepared to engage better practices of community building, equipped with an understanding of our purpose collectively to equip Christians to address the needs of this age.  After Pastor John returns just before Easter we will launch a visioning process asking the question “What is God’s plan for us in the next chapter?”  We will explore how we can deepen our own discipleship in Brentwood, defining our future and expanding our ministry as a beacon of hope in our community!

In our next Journey of Hope communication we will share ways you can become involved in this exciting time.

EBPC Children's Ministry Newsletter
Are you receiving our EBPC Children's Ministry Connection E-Newsletter? Contact Lindsey if you want to be added to the weekly email.
Want to learn more about EBPC's children's ministry? Contact Lindsey Hinds-Brown, Children's Ministry Director.
Adult Sunday School is this Sunday at 9 a.m.!
Beer & Hymns Event 
is Nov. 1!

Many plans are in the works for Friday, Nov. 1 when we host our 4th annual Beer & Hymns event in our Barn! We have had a great turnout the past years, and we hope you will join us again for this wonderful event. We'll start at 7:30 p.m. with snacks and drinks, then join together in beautiful song for 45 minutes followed by more fellowship time afterwards. We plan to wrap around 9 p.m. With November weather, good friends, tasty food and drinks, and praise can't go wrong! Mark your calendars now, line up your babysitters, and join us Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Red Cross Blood Drive

EBPC would like to host two blood drives in 2020.  We need two project coordinators to work with the Red Cross and be responsible for assisting as needed the day of the drive and two people to work shifts at the registration table.   We have a very tentative date of February 10, 2020 scheduled for the first drive.  Contact:  Deborah Robitaille if you are interested in working with this important ministry.
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to support Office & Operations Minstries at EBPC & EBCA including: Tiffan Gillespie, Lavona Russell, Sue Moore, Ruth Pennington, Cathy Gilbert and Nanette Bucek.  If there is a ministry you are interested in please contact Deborah Robitaille, John Hilley or Liz Beatty.
Another opportunity to support our partner organizations:
at the Breakfast Fundraiser for Luke 14:12!

Join us Oct. 23 at 8a for "Sharing Our Table," a Luke 14:12 Breakfast Fundraiser and Silent Auction. The event will be at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville. There are tons of items up for silent auction, and there is absolutely no cost to attend...just come to support Luke 14:12 and donate to this good cause! Register here for the breakfast.
One-time Youth Group volunteer/Chef: Our Youth Group sessions are starting on September 15th and we need your help with dinner! If you would like to volunteer your time and culinary skills, we would love it if you signed up to prepare a meal for one of our sessions this Fall. Please follow the link to sign up on our google doc. Thank you!  
Give online today!
Want to give online? Click "give now" at the bottom of the EBPC home page.  If you use online giving, EFT's or bank drafts for your offerings be sure to use the giving cards located in the friendship pads on Sunday to participate in the offering act of worship.  
REMINDER! We post lots of pictures, news items, links to the text of past sermons and musings on our Facebook page! Please check our page often and follow our activity as another way to keep up with all that is happening in our great community!
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9000 Concord Road
Brentwood TN 37027

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