Family Fest 2017

Thanks so much to all who came out and volunteered for the Walnut Hills Family Fest. Sure, it was hot, but it was a great day to unite with other churches and serve our community. You can see some snapshots of the day by clicking/swiping on the slideshow below.

Leadership Update

In June, David Wheatley resigned from his position as lead minister from Echo Church due to a pending relocation. David's wife, Amanda, completed her medical studies and searched for employment in her field. After a few months of applying for positions in the greater Cincinnati area to no avail, she expanded her search outside the area; she immediately received offers. They moved to Franklin, Indiana and David secured a position as a minister at a church there.

 While our heart breaks at their departure, we bless them as they leave. As always, we are a church dedicated to sending out kingdom workers for service.

We continue a search for a new teaching pastor. The elders, Larry Budde and Steve Carr, are overseeing the selection process and have organized a search committee, with Eric McDonald, Susan Israel, and Evan Konc as members. We will keep you updated on our progress.

New Series: Jesus B.C.

Jesus BC

We live in a world where nothing stays the same: fashion, laws, technology, gas prices, Cincinnati weather; even Skyline admitted to changing their crackers this year! The Greek philosopher Heraclitus understood this, as he famously said, "The only thing that is constant is change."

But there is at least one thing that Heraclitus didn't take into account: God.

Our Creator is the same today as He was the day He spoke the universe into being. God won't grow old. He doesn't tire. He's never bored. And He doesn't break His promises.

God will forever be God.

Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ was the incarnation of God. When we see the Son crucified, we see God's full character on display. So what did God look like before He became man?

Join us for this six week series as we look at the way God's timeless character shows up all over the Old Testament.

New Series: Beautiful Mind, A Study of Philippians

“What's the key to happiness?”  That question has spawned debate for centuries. Some say it's about appreciating the little things. Others suggest it's about following your passion. Still others point to Graeter's raspberry chocolate chip.  Truthfully, there are a lot of things that can bring us happiness. And there are just as many things that can take it away.  So maybe it's time we start asking a better question. Maybe we're setting the bar too low with "happiness" when God wants us to find something better: joy. From a Roman prison cell, the apostle Paul wrote a message to believers in a diverse European city. "Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus," he said. If it's joy we're after, we need to align our minds with the One who created it. Come join us for this four-week exploration of a beautiful mind.

What's the key to happiness?” 

That question has spawned debate for centuries. Some say it's about appreciating the little things. Others suggest it's about following your passion. Still others point to Graeter's raspberry chocolate chip. 

Truthfully, there are a lot of things that can bring us happiness. And there are just as many things that can take it away. 

So maybe it's time we start asking a better question. Maybe we're setting the bar too low with "happiness" when God wants us to find something better: joy.

From a Roman prison cell, the apostle Paul wrote a message to believers in a diverse European city. "Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus," he said. If it's joy we're after, we need to align our minds with the One who created it. Come join us for this four-week exploration of a beautiful mind.

New Series: Dwell

Series Introduction by David Wheatley

God is always with us. This truth permeates the entire breadth of Scripture. So are we living our lives in light of this reality?

In our walk with Christ, we can all recall some clear breakthrough moments when God’s presence felt undeniable. During a baptism, at that healing night, or those times the worship really moved us. But it’s not just those signature moments when God shows up. The Bible tells us His presence never leaves us. Yes, even in the predictable rhythm of our day to day lives, God is there, and His Spirit is moving.

As a Church, we believe God longs for us to commune with Him not just on Sundays, but in the still of the morning, during the commute, when we’re stuck in meetings, as we converse with our co-workers, and every single moment in between. In all the common scenarios of what some call “the grind”, we’ve become far too secular. To some extent, we’re numb.

Dwell is our wake up call.

What would it look like if we sought God’s presence in the midst of the mundane? How would our lives change if God took residence in the forefront of our hearts and minds? In this four-week series, we’ll look at the way God appears in unexpected people, places, and postures.

Starting off the year in The Word

Our church's name is linked to the power of words in our lives. God spoke the world into creation and our role as his followers is to reverberate those words to the world. That's why we're starting this new year as a church exploring the power of the Scriptures and words to transform our lives. 

Over the next six weeks, we'll use our Sunday morning gatherings to explore some important words for our church. At the same time, we'll look inward to determine what words we need to pursue in our own lives. During this study, our biweekly small groups will provide time for us to discuss these concepts together.

If you've been looking to get more connected with our community, this is the perfect time. We have three midweek groups with which you can connect. And we deliberately separate the men and the ladies to ensure we can facilitate some deeper conversations. 
 
When do our groups meet?
Women's [Hyde Park]: Every other Thursday at 7pm
Women's [East Walnut Hills]: Every other Wednesday at 7pm
Men's [Hyde Park]: Every other Wednesday at 7pm

For exact locations, you can attend the Sunday gathering, or email us at info@echochurch.org

Welcome David Wheatley

We're excited to announce that David Wheatley has answered the call to become our church’s new Lead Minister beginning January 8th. David, a Louisville native, met his wife, Amanda, while they were students at the University of Kentucky. Upon graduation they relocated to Cincinnati, where David completed a Masters Degree at Xavier University. He is currently pursuing a second Masters degree at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. The Wheatleys welcomed their first child into the world, a daughter named Reed, this past November. David will serve bi-vocationally, as he will continue to work in his role as a training specialist at Sibcy Cline Realty.

The church has been without an official Lead Minister for four years. Steve Carr, who planted Echo and served as its first minister, has filled most of the duties of the position in his role as a teaching elder. Moving forward, he will continue to shepherd Echo as one of our elders. 

When summarizing his feelings about this opportunity and the church, David said, "Echo is a place that quickly felt like home to us, and I couldn't be more excited to serve here. This church is a close-knit group of people from all over Cincinnati joining together to worship God, build into each other, and bring hope to the world around us. At Echo, we believe God is calling our community to new and challenging places, and together we're answering that call as we continue moving toward our mission: to echo His voice to the ends of the earth."

Our Summer Study

We keep at it all year long, and this summer is no exception. During the warmer months, we're going to examine 1&2 Kings. These Old Testament books are an overview of the monarchies of Israel and Judah and contain stories that would fit nicely in an HBO series.