Greeting from Pastor Benson
Welcome to the East Sylva Baptist Church website. I believe that the world wide web is a vital tool in sharing our passion for the Gospel and compassion for people in our community and around the world. I encourage you to visit often to learn how God is working at East Sylva Baptist. Our faith grows and matures most effectively in relationships with other believers, so I invite you to explore our ministries on the web and then join us at East Sylva to engage in face-to-face fellowship and discipleship. As you do, I pray that God will reveal your next steps in your relationship with Him.
East Sylva has broadcast their services on Sylva’s local radio station WRGC since the 1970’s. The church began this ministry by broadcasting live each Sunday night service. The church currently records the Sunday morning worship service and WRGC plays it on the airwaves at 6:00 p.m. each Sunday evening.
The church offers opportunities for members to fellowship through various activities and sporting events. The church participates in basketball, volleyball, and softball leagues through the Jackson County Recreation and Parks Department.
Each Saturday before Homecoming Sunday in August the church holds its annual golf tournament which has become an event that is enjoyed by the young inexperienced golfers as well as the church golf pros.
Recently the church members completed construction on a church pavilion which is located behind the church fellowship hall. The facility was dedicated in October 2013 and hosted the church’s first corn hole tournament, which promises to become an annual event.
Softball team captures Jackson County Church League Red Division Championship.
G.R.O.W. Outreach (GROWING and REACHING OTHERS by WITNESSING) is one of the ways in which ESBC tries to reach out to church and community members. On the 1st Sunday night of each month at 6 pm we gather at the church, working together to attempt to reach our community for Christ.
There are a number of ways to become a part of G.R.O.W. Outreach: phone calls, visits, writing letters and cards and preparing care packages for college students and senior citizens.
If you would like to join our team and help us in furthering Jesus’ mission, please come by the church or contact us at 828-586-2853 for more details.
The ladies of WMU lead the congregation in many different ministry projects each year such as Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse, Heifer International, Jackson County Christmas Store, Jackson County Department on Aging, United Christian Ministry, Jackson County Pregnancy Counseling Center, School Teacher Supplies Collection, North Carolina Baptist Children’s Home, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Baptist Retirement Homes, and CBF Offering for Global Missions.
During the month of March our WMU will be emphasizing the good work that our NC Baptist Disaster Relief Team provides to people who have experienced tornadoes and other disasters in their communities. Members are asked to consider a donation to assist this important ministry. Special envelopes are available on the bulletin board in the hallway.
Amy Hoyle WMU Director
In an ongoing effort to reach out to our neighbors in need the members of East Sylva Baptist Church began producing a community garden in 2009. They lovingly prepare the soil, plant the seeds, and tend to the plants so that God will be glorified with a bountiful harvest of fresh vegetables! The produce from the garden is then donated to the Community Table, United Christian Ministries and the Council on Aging, as well as other individuals within the community of Jackson County. Plans are being made now for the 2015 garden and volunteers are needed. Sign up sheet is posted in the sanctuary lobby.
2015 Community Garden Update
Totals for ESBC Community Garden 2015:
Amounts given to United Christian Ministries:
Squash 404 lbs
Tomatoes 142 lbs
Okra 27 lbs
Corn 8 dozen ears
Amounts given to Council on Aging:
Squash 160 lbs
Tomatoes 97 lbs
Okra 74 lbs
Corn 24 dozen ears
Amounts given to East Sylva Folks:
Squash 8 lbs
Tomatoes 18 lbs
Okra 4 lbs
Corn 9 dozen ears
TOTALS FOR PRODUCE RAISED & DONATED:
Squash 572 lbs
Tomatoes 257 lbs
Okra 105 lbs
Corn 41 dozen ears
The deacons of ESBC serve in accordance with the meaning of the work and practice of the New Testament. The deacons serve with the pastor and staff in performing ministries such as: visiting and caring for the church members and other persons in the community; leading the church in achievement of its missions through a personal example of Christian living, education, and training; and offering encouragement toward unity within the fellowship of the church. Our deacons are people called to an ever-deepening quest for God and service to neighbor.