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Fire Relief Fundraiser

Ephesus Family! We are excited to help promote this fundraiser to help a member of our community who experienced a heartbreaking house fire. Buy some warm Brunswick Stew and help someone in need. See information in the attached flyer.

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Pray and Go Kickoff

Good Afternoon Ephesus Family!


Are you excited about our Pray and Go Ministry Kick-Off tomorrow? I trust that you are. Many of you have signed up to go out to pray for our community and hang door hangers on throughout our community. On behalf of the Pray and Go Team, let me express our gratitude for your faithful support. Let me quickly explain how things will go tomorrow afternoon.


1.     Following our Worship Service, bring a bagged lunch to eat in the Fellowship Hall or around our campus and enjoy a time of fellowship, or go grab a quick lunch at home or at a restaurant and return to church by 1:00PM. 


2.     We will have a brief time of training and pairing up of teams. This will include receiving your maps and/or downloading the APP we will be using to track our coverage. If you would like to download the APP ahead of time simply go to your APP Store and search for the SWAPP APP which stands for Soul Winning APP. Please don’t create an account yet, we will walk you through that tomorrow afternoon. Don’t worry if you can’t use an APP, we will be providing printed copies of maps to each team tomorrow. 


3.     After we have everyone set up and ready to go, we will have a group prayer and be sent out into our community on mission for our Master. We are asking everyone to complete as many homes in their assigned map within a 45-50 minute block of time.


4.     When you are done, please make your way back to the Fellowship Hall for a time of debriefing and celebration. We hope that we will be wrapping things up around 3PM. It is exciting to think that with everyone’s support we can cover dozens of home with prayer tomorrow afternoon. 


5.     If you are not physically able to go out and walk to hang door hangers, please know that you can participate too. There are three ways that you can possibly contribute:


a.     You can gather with others at the church to spend the time praying for those who are going out and for the homes in our community that will be impacted tomorrow. 


b.     You can pair up in teams to simply drive around the community and cover the area and the others in prayer. 


c.     You can go out with a team and ride with them, praying along the way. 


I hope you will all be able to participate in this exercise of faith as we ask God to move in our community and throughout our church. Our Pray and Go Team is excited to put their hard work and hours of prayer into your hands and feet so that we can accomplish the Lord’s will together as His family!


I look forward to seeing you all in the morning! It is going to be a great day! 


Joyfully His, 


Pastor Wayne


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Last Call for Trunk or Treat Volunteers!

3rd Annual EBC Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 31st, 2021

5:30PM - 7:30PM


Join us for our 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat at Ephesus Baptist Church on October 31st, 2021. For the third year in a row, we are hosting our annual Trunk or Treat event seeking to be a blessing to our community. So be sure to join us! Wear your favorite costume decorate your Trunk and be prepared to pass out a lot of candy and a whole lot of love. 


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!


  • Please arrive between 4PM and 4:30PM to set your trunk up and help set up other activities.
  • We will begin the event at 5:30PM and run it until 7:30PM or until we are out of candy.
  • As was mentioned in my October 19th voice message and email, we are adding a special Cakewalk and Bake Good Sale to this year's event. This is a fundraiser to help support a local Spring Hope family trying to recover from a devastating house fire. 100% of the proceeds will go to help a family in need. 
  • If you've planned to bake up something good to donate to the WOM's fundraiser and haven't contacted us yet. Please contact Glen Tyson at 252-478-5498
  • If you've planned to participate in the trunk decorations, please be sure to contact Linda McLaurin by phone: 252-883-7897 to let us know what to expect! 


Celebrate Jesus, the Fall season, and Reformation day with us on October 31st!


Joyfully His, 

Pastor Wayne

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Stock the Pantry Wedding Shower

Good Evening Ephesus Family, 


Sue Staton would like to invite you all to join her in celebrating the upcoming wedding of Christina Rose Strickland to Aidan Sheehan by participating in a Drive-thru "Stock-the-Pantry" Wedding Shower on Saturday, October 23rd from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Along with your pantry stocking gifts, Sue would like to request that you bring your favorite Scripture Verse written out on an index card or sticky note with your name attached. If you have any questions, contact Sue Staton. God bless you all and have a great evening. 


Joyfully His, 


Pastor Wayne



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Urgent Need: Skinner House Fire

Greetings Ephesus Family and Spring Hope Community!


We all hope and pray that our lives will be full of joy and void of trouble. Sadly, we live in a fallen world where bad things can and will happen throughout our lives. None of us are immune to this truth. On Monday, September 27th, Scott and Connie Skinner witnessed this painful reality firsthand as their house caught fire. Thankfully, no one was injured and our skilled Spring Hope Fire Department responded quickly and eliminated the fire with minimal water damage. Unfortunately, the aftermath was a house that is heavily damaged by fire, heat, and especially smoke.


Now for most of us, we have homeowners insurance to kick in and help get us back on our feet during an event like this. Sadly, Scott and Connie had fallen on some difficult times financially and their insurance had lapsed. They are a caring, hard-working family who would do anything to help others, they are now in a difficult spot and need our help.


In the early days of the Christian Church, we read descriptions like Acts 2:44-45 (ESV),


"And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need."


The Church was known for taking care of their own. Scott and Connie are our own!


James, the step-brother of Jesus Christ, wrote in James 2:15-17 (ESV),


"If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled." without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.


"Pastor Wayne, what are you getting at?"


What I am saying, asking, pleading with you, is that we as the Church and community that Scott and Connie Skinner are a part of need to come along side of them and help them to get back on their feet. Their need is great.


Spiritually, they are hurting and in shock, therefore they need our prayers, our encouragement, our kind words and thoughts, cards, texts, and calls. They need to feel an overflowing sense of love and support from all of us during this time. Imagine how you would feel if you were in their shoes.


Financially, they are in great need. There are going to be storage costs, clean-up costs, and repair costs involved, not to mention replacement costs for furniture and household items. I am asking all of you to consider how you can donate and help support them during this extreme difficulty.


At Ephesus Baptist Church, we have established a fund that will be used to pay for their repair expenses and the remainder of any funds collected, 100%, will be given to them to use to get back on their feet. You can donate to this fund in one of three ways:


  1. Attend one of our worship services and place in our offering a check designated to "Love Offering - Skinner House Fire."
  2. Visit our church website at https://ebcspringhope.com/give and be sure to change the fund from "General Fund" to "Love Offering - Skinner House Fire." Our online giving platform is handled by FaithLife Giving and is safe and secure.
  3. You can mail us your check designated "Love Offering - Skinner House Fire" to


Ephesus Baptist Church

P.O. Box 489,

Spring Hope, NC 27882


Please consider how you can give financially to help the Skinner Family. Talk with your workplace, your church family, and / or other groups you are affiliated with and see if they would consider making a donation to help. Spread the word any way you can and help us care for the Skinner family.


Physically, you can help by providing the following:


  1. Labor - (Contact one of us - Contact information is below).
  2. Restaurant Gift Cards
  3. Grocery Store Gift Cards
  4. Gallons of Water
  5. Water Bottles
  6. Wet Wipes / Baby Wipes / Paper Towels
  7. Trash Bags
  8. Boxes or Plastic Storage Bins


Contact Information

  • Scott and Connie Skinner - 252.382.1478 - email: onnie1972@aol.com
  • Pastor Wayne Sullivan - 252.886.0634 - email: pastor.ephesusnc@gmail.com


As their pastor, I thank you in advance on behalf of the Skinner family and our church family, for all of your loving support in the days ahead. Please know that the greatest need is spiritual and financial. Please love on the Skinners and help them through this difficult season. There will be some work days scheduled in the future as well, so please keep an eye on our Facebook page. Please share this information with everyone you know. Together, as a community, we can help this family get back on their feet. Thank you again!


Joyfully His,


Pastor Wayne Sullivan



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EBC Celebration Service

Good Evening Ephesus Family, 


We had a beautiful Sunday morning to celebrate our Risen Christ today! It was really good to see many of your faces again. For those that were in attendance at our worship service today, you've already heard this announcement. But for the sake of those who could not make it, today we announced a special worship service coming up on Sunday, October 10th at 10am.


We are going to be having a Celebration Service, celebrating the rich history of Ephesus Baptist Church from 1880 until today, as well as looking forward to what God may do in the future. Sadly, we had to cancel our plans for Homecoming 2021 due to the pandemic. The Deacons and I wanted very badly to still do something, so we decided to replace Homecoming with a special celebration service this year. There will be no fellowship meal or guest speaker, rather we want to hear from you. 


Sunday, October 10th, will be a chance for you to share some of your special memories, or special memories that have been passed down to you from your parents or grandparents. The majority of the service will be an opportunity for you to share what God has done down through the years at Ephesus. If you have a special memory, story, or piece of history, then please contact one of our deacons or myself before October 5th at Noon so it can be included in our service planning. You can reach me by phone or text at 252.886.0634 or by email at

pastor.ephesusnc@gmail.com. You can find our deacons contact information in your directory.


Also, in lieu of our normal Homecoming Offering, we are asking you to consider donating to a special offering to help us repair our Church Steeple. It is in desperate need of repair before we have water problems in the future. In addition, the deacons would like to see us add a cross to the top of our steeple. We are asking you to help us raise a Goal of at least $3000.00 during this special service to help offset the repair costs. 


We know this doesn't fully replace Homecoming, but we hope it will help us to find reason to rejoice as we celebrate what God has done. Hopefully, by this time next year things will be different and we can gather for the biggest homecoming celebration in our church's history. Until then, let's get together on the Sunday, October 10th and Celebrate what God has done and may do in our future. God bless you all! 


Joyfully His, 

Pastor Wayne


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COVID UPDATE - September 17th, 2021

Good afternoon Ephesus family,


We are changing our course again due to the COVID Pandemic. Please take a few minutes to read the PDF which can be found at https://ebcspringhope.com/covid-19-updates. Or, view the images below.



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Important Prayer Update

Good Afternoon Ephesus Family, 


We are cancelling tonight's ZOOM Prayer Gathering, but we are not cancelling prayer. We would ask that you would take some time this evening for a dedicated time of prayer with your spouse and/or family concerning the following requests. 


Sue Staton and family (Grief)

Our Church family (Grief)

Dennis Staton's Celebration of Life Service

Diane Stallings (Health)

David Harper (Health)

Judy Murray's Son-in-Law (Safety for Brian and his crew in Louisiana helping to get power back on)

Ken & Jill Olson (Ken's Health)

August, the baby of Debbie Peace's friends Alex & Ky (COVID - on a ventilator)

Gordon & Betsy Bailes (Betsy's Health)

Our Deacon Body as they begin their service together (David Harper, Donn Liles, & Phil Peele)

Stephen's Aunt Diane (COVID)

Scott & Connie Skinner as they prepare for baptism on September 12th

Elizabeth Sullivan as she prepares for baptism (date & time TBD)

Bahia Baylari (COVID)

Samantha Gaskins (Missionary to India)

Abbie Dixon (COVID)

Dennis Staton's weekly requests for the past few months

Pray we (Ephesus) could see our discipleship movement spread within our church.

Pray we (Ephesus) would have a lot of support and success with our Pray and Go Ministry. 


There is much more that we can add to this list, but tonight I ask that you focus on this list and ask the Lord of Hosts to bring healing, peace, comfort, discipleship, and ministry success to all mentioned on this list. Please spend some time this evening in your prayer closet or with your family intimately approaching Jesus and petitioning Him on the behalf of each of these requests. 


Until Christ Returns,


Pastor Wayne

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Coronavirus Pandemic Update: 5/21/2021

Coronavirus Pandemic Update: 5/21/2021


Good Evening Ephesus Family, 


Due to the NC Mask and Social Distancing Mandates being lifted last week, we are going to modify our Pandemic Practices as follows:


1. We strongly encourage our members to consider continuing to wear their masks for everyone’s safety, but we aren’t going to require mask wearing once you are seated inside our sanctuary. We will continue to require you to wear a mask into our facilities and whenever you aren’t seated in your seat (vaccinated or not) out of respect for others, i.e., upon entering or leaving the building or going to the restroom. Temperature checks will be discontinued, but we do ask that you still use hand sanitizer upon entry and departure.


2. As far as seating is concerned, we will maintain the social distancing protocols that we have in place. In addition, we are going to split the sanctuary down the middle with one side being designated for mask wearers and one side being for those that wish to remove their mask. Upon entry to our sanctuary, the pews to your right (on the same side as the sight and sound booth) will be reserved for those who wish to remove their masks once seated. The left side and the overflow room will continue to be reserved for those that wish to continue wearing their masks. 


3. My visitation practice during the pandemic has been to visit only when absolutely necessary and requested. Beginning June 1st, I will resume my regular pastoral visitation practices with porch or indoor visits to our church family. If you are uncomfortable with a visit at this time, please contact me personally either by phone, text, or email and notify me of your desire to NOT receive pastoral visits at this time. 


4. We will be resuming Sunday School on June 13th from 9am - 9:45am. More information will be provided the first of June. 


We truly hope and pray that this will be a step toward moving into God’s new normal for our church family. These decisions were made in order to continue to keep our church family safe as COVID remains a threat that we must be vigilant against. Currently, only 41.8% of our state are vaccinated, and only 21.8% of our county are vaccinated. Vaccine safety and effectiveness are also still up for debate as testing continues. 


We also ask each of you to guard against a divisive spirit that would be concerned about whether someone else has received their vaccine or not. Getting the vaccine is a personal medical decision. Each of us must decide what is best for ourselves and our families. No one needs to feel shunned or pressured in any way over the vaccine. So let’s fight to maintain the unity of our church family at all costs. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at:

pastor.ephesusnc@gmail.com.


Joyfully His, 


Pastor Wayne

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Weekly Proverbs for Godly Living!

Pretentious Pride


Proverbs 11:2

2  When pride comes, then comes disgrace,

but with the humble is wisdom.


Proverbs 21:4

4  Haughty eyes and a proud heart,

the lamp of the wicked, are sin.


Proverbs 21:24

24  “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man

who acts with arrogant pride.


The Book of Proverbs contains some important teachings about pride. Sometimes it is difficult to recognize pride. In fact, it is a sin that we allow it to invade our lives; forgetting that God treats us justly. Instead, we begin to credit ourselves for what God has done. This disobedience is not pleasing to God. Excessive pride prevents the growth of other virtues including courage, patience, and charity.


We need to be obedient and follow His command to love Him above all things; then we can love our neighbors rather than tooting our own horns.


The Scriptures tell us that it is okay to encourage each other and take pride in all the good works of God and His creation. We should be proud to be a child of God! When we allow pride to consume us, it becomes sin. 


Let's ask ourselves if we are living a life that is pleasing to God or are we being blinded by pride? Seek God's will as you spend time in prayer and read the Holy Scriptures. Ask the Holy Spirit to move us so that we may remove that stagnant pride from our hearts and pursue God with great zeal for His glory! 


Meditate on this.


Today's Devotional was contributed by: Mrs. Sue Staton

(A member of Ephesus Baptist Church's Benevolence Team)


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 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016.

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