Ecclesia Newsletter: February 27, 2019 ... Volume 2019 Issue 09

Have you heard? It turns out money can, in fact, buy happiness.

It’s true. Dr. Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School studied the science of happiness in an attempt to find out if the age-old saying, “Money Can’t buy Happiness,” was true or not. He did a series of studies in which he challenged people either to spend money on themselves or others. He interviewed participants before and after the experience to see how happy they were. To a person, the ones who spent money on themselves were no happier than they were before. The ones who spent money on others, though, were measurably happier. And the interesting thing is it didn’t matter how much they spent. Norton gave some participants $5 and some $20. In both cases, spending the money on others was more gratifying. To confirm his findings, Norton took his experiment global and determined that even in poverty stricken regions where $5 was a considerable amount of money, participants were more content after spending the money on others.

But this doesn’t make sense! I mean, who among us hasn’t dreamed of coming into a great sum of money? We think of buying that dream house, paying down our debt, and going on the vacation of a lifetime. But the science doesn’t lie. In study after study of lottery winners, they are less happy after winning the money than they were before . . .  unless they’ve purposely given it all away.

At Ecclesia, we do not pass the offering plate (pretty unique, huh?), but that doesn't mean we think giving is unimportant. The offering basket is always there at the back of the church to collect your gifts; now you can also give online on our website.

So want to be happier? Give. You'll be glad you did.

See you in church,

PS Lent starts a week from today. Rev. Steven Norris, former Ecclesia pastor, authored a great book on this significant church season. Click here to learn more about it.

The text for this week's message:
Luke 9:28-36
9:28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James,and went up on the mountain to pray. 9:29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 9:30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 9:31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 9:32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 9:33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" -- not knowing what he said. 9:34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 9:35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" 9:36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Mark your calendar for these

Lent & Easter activities.

We'll explain the whole thing later, but for now,
would you sort your aluminum and tin cans from your other recyclables?
Rinse out the cans, then save them for Ecclesia.
(Here's how to tell them apart: aluminum is not magnetic; tin and steel are.) 
STOP! You could be tossing FREE MONEY!
Each one of these Boxtops for Education labels is worth 10 cents to a teacher. Start clipping yours today and bring them to Ecclesia. We will donate them to Emma Elementary through Kim Dotson and Robin Parker, both educators at Emma.
Need a list of products that include Boxtops labels? Click here!

Saturday, March 23
Ecclesia BBQ Sale and Family Fun Day

We'll be doing some projects, playing some games, and making some crafts. We'll need every Ecclesia family member to help us make this day as special as we want it to be. Make plans today to be apart of the Ecclesia fun on March 23!

Community Engagement Opportunity

Homework dinner is a collaborative effort between local middle schools, United Way and Green Opportunities.

It is an opportunity for families with middle school age children to go to their school once a week for a free meal and tutoring. It supports kids who need extra help, but also families that need extra community support, because everyone in the family can eat for free. It builds relationships between parents and school employees as well as folks in the greater Asheville area that believe it takes a village to raise a healthy child. 
There are four middle schools that participate: Owen, Erwin, Enka, and Asheville Middle school, and each homework dinner takes place on a different night of the week. Interested?

Go to and sign up to be a tutor at the homework dinner. This is super easy to do because once you go to the website " Homework Dinners: Connecting Families to resources" is a banner at the bottom of the home page. Just click, "click here to learn more"  and then "click here to be a tutor" and there you go! 

Easy peasy. You can sign up for individual schools AND specific dates, so you're not locked in for the school season or anything, just whenever you have time to attend. 
COLLEGE STUDENTS love hearing from Ecclesia!

At Gardner-Webb University

Katie Bradley
(Kim Dotson's daughter)
Campus PO Box 5238
110 S. Main Street
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

At NC State University
Margaret Lawrimore
(Aileen's daughter)
2200 Hillsborough Street
21630 Watauga Residence Hall
Raleigh, NC 27607
At Wingate University

Jordan Pendley
(Cindy's nephew)
Campus Box 3658
Wingate, NC 28174

Meredith Waller
(Jordan's Girlfriend)
Campus Box 3640
Wingate, NC 28174

Andrew McKay
(Jordan's roommate)
Campus Box 4159
Wingate, NC 28174.
Keep up with Ecclesia's missionaries to Cuba, Stan Dotson and Kim Christman, by subscribing to their blog posts. Email Stan to subscribe: 
Rejoice always,
pray continually,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Katie Bradley (Kim Dotson's daughter): Traveling to Paris, France with Gardner-Webb University American Sign Language class; leaving March 7, 2019 for spring break trip.
Mason Freeman (Friend of Dana Moore): Please keep baby Mason in your prayers as he recovers from recent surgery.
Audrey Greene: (Anne's mother) Undergoing dialysis treatments.
Kena Grooms: Chemo this past Monday. Continue to fight cancer as she grieves her father's passing.
Ernest Hinson (Jay Lawrimore's uncle): Ernest, 87 years old, is hospitalized in Greenville, SC. He is now receiving only palliative care as interventions have been unsuccessful.
Joyce Lawrimore (Jay's mother): Ongoing medical needs. Struggling with being housebound while her brother is hospitalized in Greenville--too far for her to visit him.
Jonathan Lyda (friend of Ecclesia): Recovering from cancer surgery and beginning chemo treatments. Both he and wife Kristen appreciate your prayers.
Karen Stevens: Ongoing prayers appreciated. 
Janice Storey (friend of Ecclesia): After 8-day hospitalization, recovering at Laurels Greentree.
Stan and Kim: Ministry in Cuba
Family and friends of Lloyd White who passed away this week.
Family and friends of Ed Whitaker who passed away on February 27, 2019.
Sandra Dotson
Nina Moore 
Mary Whitaker 

Do you have a prayer concern or praise report you would like to share?
Email by Wednesday morning and she'll be sure to get it in the newsletter.
Click here for directions or enter 607 Fairview Road, Asheville, 28803 in your app. (The church is straight down the street from River Ridge, past Home Depot, Oakley School, Oakley Library, and Oakley Police Station; on the left.) Parking for Ecclesia is behind the church. We will have a sign indicating the Ecclesia entrance, but the red arrow gives you an idea!

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And there's nothing you can do about it!

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