Monthly Archives: February 2008

off to a great stART!

Get it “a great stART’ and last night we had “stART?” Yeah, I’m tired…anyway, what a success! A great turnout. We really didn’t know what to expect, but God did his thing. I met a lot of great folks and there were many more that I didn’t get a chance to talk with. We were kind of trying something new with an art and music gathering/open house, but it seemed to be a great move to introduce ourselves to the community. It was a great lead in to this coming Sunday and our first service. We had almost 150 people come by last night. Cool stuff! This week we have the first of 3 mock services. We’ll be having church, but we will also be working through the details of making it all happen so there may be a few hiccups, but that’s the purpose of having these lead in services. The building looked amazing last night too. What a great location God has brought us into. So let’s get this thing going! We’ll see you at Ephesus Church this Sunday at 6pm where I’ll be talking about the vision of Ephesus in the city of Charlotte.

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A quick update

Well, stART is coming this Sunday. Ephesus is about to go public. I guess we’ll find out over the next couple of weeks how this thing is going to go. Wow what a journey. All I seem to think about lately is what I maybe haven’t done that I maybe should have. I use the maybe on purpose. Isn’t there always more we could do? But we have to ship the box at some point so here we go! I ran around today getting the last of our print materials, signs, lighting and video gear for this weekend. Again, right when I thought it wasn’t going to get done in time, it got done in time. God keeps taking care of business. Amazing really. We’ve still got a temporary web site, but the new and improved ephesuschurch.tv is in the works so keep an eye out. So this week we’re going public, next week our first service. Yeehaw! Here we go!

stART is almost here

It is here! This Sunday, Ephesus goes live! stART, an art and music gathering, is this Sunday from 7-10pm at our space at 219 S. Brevard St. I encourage and expect all of you to be there and bring anyone you know who might be interested in what is happening with Ephesus Church! Pop in for 5 minutes or stay for the whole 3 hours, it’s that type of event. If you haven’t yet seen the incredible building Ephesus will take place in, this is your chance to see what we’ve been blessed with. There will be some tremendous music including Adam Wilson and Mark Mathis and several local artists work will be on display. Light hors dourves will also be available. We are not doing a mass mailing or mass marketing campaign, we are truly relying on grassroots efforts to get the word out about Ephesus and stART. I’m asking that you help us with that.

Following stART, our first service will be next week at 6pm on Sunday March 2nd. Our first 3 services in March are “mock services” as we work out all the kinks in the flow of our service and facility, but they will also be public services. Again, I’m asking that you help us get the word out about this new church in Uptown Charlotte, Ephesus. At stART we will have full color flyers available promoting Ephesus and giving the essential details about our services. Be sure to pick up a handful to pass out to those you know who may be interested in Ephesus Church.

Then on Easter Sunday, March 23rd, Ephesus officially launches! Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. God continues to bless Ephesus and provide what we need right when we need. It is an exciting journey and I can only dream of what is ahead and be reminded of Ephesians 3.20, “God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

I’d also like to share the new logo for Ephesus Church, and the explanation from the designer as to its origins.

simple-black-logo.jpg

From the designer…I wanted to spend just a minute to give you a bit of background as to how I came about it. As I was reading through Ephesians, I came across one part in particular that really hit me that I felt may apply specifically to a new church plant in the absolute middle of Charlotte: Eph. 2:14-18 (message) “The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody. Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.”  I just felt like this represented what reconciliation was all about and that ephesus church would be the example of Christ bringing people together. So my thoughts were about portraying “bringing together”.

We’ll see you Sunday!!

Ben Eige

ben@ephesuschurch.tv

Countdown to Ephesus

Hello All!

We are getting very close to going public with Ephesus! Our first public event, stART (an art and music gathering) is happening next week February 24th from 7-10pm! Below you will see the flyer for the event. I want to encourage everyone to invite everyone they know who may have an interest in a new church in Uptown Charlotte to stART. We will have three live music artists and several local paint and photographic artists displaying work. Also, it’s an opportunity to see the phenomenal space we have been blessed with as our current home for Ephesus Church. Following stART on Feb. 24th, we will have our first service on March 2nd at 6pm. Our first 3 services/weeks are being referred to as “mock services.” The purpose of these mock services is to give us an opportunity to work through all the kinks of making Ephesus happen on a weekly basis, from connections to children and worship to video. These mock services are, however, open to everyone who would like to come, in fact the more folks we have at these services, the better we can prepare. Very soon we will have flyers inviting people to Ephesus. We are taking a very grassroots approach to promoting the church and we will need all of you to help us. When the flyers become available I will let you know, but in the meantime you can begin talking up Ephesus to anyone you know who you think may be interested, and you can invite them to stART! Then on Easter Sunday, March 23rd, Ephesus will officially launch!! For Casey and I this has been a nearly 4 year journey, and it’s wild that it is now coming to fruition! It would not be possible without the support, encouragement, resources and prayer that so many of you are providing. Thank you.

This Sunday, the launch team will be at our facility in Uptown at 219 S. Brevard St beginning at 4pm until about 8pm. We are working on our setup for sound, hospitality, and children’s areas. We’d love to have anyone who is interested stop by and help or just check things out. Adam, our worship leader, has also arranged for our full worship band to be there on Sunday for a true sound check. This past Sunday we set our sound system up for the first time and Adam played guitar and sang and it sounded phenomenal. I can’t wait to hear the full band!

I also want to encourage you to check out the web site (ephesuschurch.tv) where I have posted the latest video inviting folks to Ephesus. The video can also be found on Youtube at Ephesuschurchtv and of course at our Facebook page. We are also currently building a full custom web site for Ephesus Church. I want to thank the guys at Brown Cow Design for all the work they are putting into that!

I want to close with this excerpt from an email I received earlier this week. This is what it’s all about…

Just wanted to let you know a couple of encouraging things:

*I emailed a friend/co-worker a couple of weeks ago some info about the church. She currently goes to (another church)…Works in the Wachovia branch at….. She also owns a condo in one of the new complexes uptown…

Anyway…she called me friday night at work..(I was working late)  and said…..” I’ve been meaning to call you, I’m so excited about the church you told me about!” She checked out the website and already has about 6 others waiting to come with her as soon as it starts! She said she still loves (her church)….but the idea of having church so close and on a Sunday evening is awesome for her…and her friends!

Help us continue to get the word out!

Ben Eige

Ephesus Church-Uptown Charlotte

ben@ephesuschurch.tv