Central News for December 11, 2017

Central News for December 11, 2017

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

Advent 2017

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • December 14th ~ Advisory Board Meeting
  • December 17th ~ Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 17th ~ Church Caroling at Redwood of Raymore at 6:30 PM
  • December 24th ~ Community Worship Service at 11:00 AM
  • December 24th ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:00 PM

Missionary News
For the latest news and prayer requests about our international Free Will Baptist missionaries, click here.

Missionary Spotlight: Nathan & Linda Snow

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Galatians 5:1-26

Bible Memory Challenge: Galatians 5:22–23 (ESV)—22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Pastor’s Note
Can you believe that Christmas is only two weeks away? Where has this month (year) gone? If you’re like me, it seems as if time flies away and it is easy to find yourself looking around wondering what happened. This has been a busy year, and I praise the Lord for the strength He has provided that has allowed us to serve Him.

Next week we will have our Children’s Christmas Program. It is always a treat to watch our children as they share the story of Jesus’ birth—which is the true reason for the season! Please be bold and invite your friends and family members to come and be a part of our service.

The Advisory Board will be meeting this coming Thursday, with the intent of spending the majority of our time discussing church security. I am not an expert, but I know this, security is always going to have a cost. It isn’t always a monetary cost, there is also the possibility of greater inconvenience and the need for more volunteers. I think that is why many smaller churches don’t take the necessary steps to enhance their security, they feel like they can’t afford the additional cost. My feeling, and the feeling of the Advisory Board and Deacons is that we can’t afford not to support the cost. Our goal is to do everything we can do to stop anything before it happens, and to be ready to do what we can do to stop something if it does happen. Please keep us in your prayers as we struggle with these issues.

Advent wreath with candlesAdvent, for this week, focuses on joy. What is it that brings joy into your life? As a Christian, we are meant to experience joy at all times. Scripture is clear that the Lord intends us to be a people who experiences joy and expresses joy. One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy. So, if we know Christ as Lord and Savior, we know the Spirit. If we know the Spirit, then we have access to the fruits of the Spirit. It is more a matter of accepting these fruits and allowing them to permeate our spirits, so that we express these to the world. If we aren’t experiencing joy, we have a fruit problem. Something is spoiling the fruit…

Here’s the challenge for the rest of this week—do whatever you need to do to stop letting anything spoil the fruit of the Spirit, and be joyful! It is the best way for you to be the church!

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