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February 10, 2023 | Volume 9, Issue #6


FEB    12                Sermon Text: Luke 16:1-13
FEB    12                Superbowl Party at First EFC @ 3:30pm
FEB    12                No AWANA! 
FEB    17                Caregiver Group Meeting at Beth Kindstedt's Home from 12pm-4pm
FEB    26                Congregational Meeting
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Superbowl Sunday!
First EFC's official SUPERBOWL SUNDAY WATCH PARTY kicks off at 3:30pm on February 12th @ 1435 S. Pecos St. Please bring a snack to share. If 4 hours of people throwing balls and tackling each other doesn't appeal to you, we invite you to bring a board game! Church sweetheart Broc DuBois will be providing a halftime presentation you won't want to miss!
The Superbowl is a great place to connect others to the church. Please consider freely inviting anyone who might be interested in coming!

Contact Caleb Klima (575-621-6098) or Broc DuBois (575-639-8975) if you have any questions.
Recommended New Members
The Elders would like to recommend the following individuals for church membership.
1. Eldon Steelman
2. Phyllis Rogers
3. Joe Taylor
4. Rochelle Dozier 
5. Mark Bless
Please reach out to the Elders with any questions and/or concerns.
What's In A Name?
In act 2, scene 2, of Romeo & Juliet, Juliet laments over the fact that she is forbidden to fall in love with Romeo because he is a Montegue. She says, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet complains that Romeo’s name is meaningless in the same way that if the rose had any other name it would still be the same. So with Romeo; he would still be the same beautiful young man even if he had a different name. What someone or something is called or labeled is arbitrary compared to his or its intrinsic qualities.
On the other hand, a name has great significance. In Scripture we see that one’s name is an essential part of his identity. When God named people, it was always attached to their purpose. All of the patriarchs had significant names that reflected God’s favor and purpose. Jesus gave his disciples new names. When Saul was saved, Jesus gave him a new name as well. A new name is an expression of our redemption.
When I came to First EV Free Church, I was impressed at the work that had been done here to prepare the church and set it up for success. I was shocked at the very first interaction I had with the leadership during our first visit to Las Cruces when someone mentioned that the church is looking forward to changing its name. A name change is no small deal! It is exciting!
We have received several wonderful ideas for potential names for our church. In a certain sense, we have to understand we don’t just pick a name for ourselves. A new name is something that I believe God is preparing for us. God has a unique purpose for our congregation that is essential to the work he wants to accomplish through us in this time in history. I believe he has a name already picked out for us that he will reveal to us in due time.
The irony is that his revelation will come through the hard work of prayer and intentionally seeking God as he reveals to us the core values of our church and helps show us our identity. All of these will align together in harmony. 
Some of the desires that I am praying toward for our name and identity as a congregation is that we would be called by a name that is meaningful to our core calling and identity as believers; that our name would be a expression that challenges and inspires us toward faithfulness; that our name would be compelling to outsiders and generate curiosity to seek Christ with us; that we wouldn’t settle for what might seem to be the most obvious in a name.
We have a unique opportunity to rebrand and refocus the identity of our congregation to reach the next spiritual generation. People of all ages. Friends, family, coworkers. People of the highways and byways, the outsiders Jesus talked about in Luke 14. The dead-churched, de-churched, unchurched, unreached and uninspired. So many possibilities. So many opportunities. Will you pray earnestly with me and the leadership team for the name God has for us?
Hospitality Team

With the new year already underway I would like to update my list of available help on Hospitality team. I will have a sign up sheet after church this Sunday, February 12, for any who would be interested. It is not a huge commitment but one that helps make functions run smoothly. I will probably schedule a meeting in the next few weeks to coordinate and brainstorm on how we can be more efficient!

Thanks and looking forward to how God will use us in 2023.


Denise Oliver 

Student Recital

Hymns in History: On Saturday, February 25th at 7:00 pm, our church is hosting a concert which explores some of the fascinating history of hymns in the church.

Piano students of Lela York, including our own Calem and Rowan Flores and Isaiah Wong, will be performing the hymns in various groupings, incorporating other instruments and voices. Included in the program will be short narrations on the hymns.

Everyone is welcome to this free concert– Come and enjoy!

Any questions? Ask Josie Wong (575) 312-2531

Discipleship Small Groups
Like the Israelites of the Exodus, in our personal ‘deserts’ we “experience intimate dependence
on God’s love and provision in faithful obedience to his every word.”
“With All Your Heart” by Ray Vander Laan (six sessions)
Video and Small Groups WOMEN & MEN ARE INVITED!
(view the video altogether, then split into “gender-separated” groups
Meeting at FEFC—
Tuesday (Feb. 21) Evening at 6:30pm (6:15 for fellowship),
Wednesday (Feb. 22) Morning at 9:30am (9:15 for fellowship),
Thursday (Feb. 23) Afternoon at 3:30pm (3:15 for fellowship)
Tuesday (Feb. 21) Evening at 6:30pm (6:15 for fellowship)
Interested but not yet in a group?
See Mary Eiceman -
Or Pastor Jeremiah - 
Volunteers Needed
The Awana team greatly appreciates the volunteers who set up chairs last semester!  We need small groups of volunteers to fill eleven weeks for the spring semester now.  If you would like to volunteer a group or family to set up chairs one week, please contact Courtney Klima at 575-556-4393. We recommend groups of 3-4 people who can lift chairs with at least one person who is comfortable pushing the dolly with the stacks of chairs.
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