Central News for March 2, 2015

Central News for March 2, 2015

Current Messages
Obviously, we didn’t have a message yesterday. Sometimes we cancel services and then the weather doesn’t do what the forecasters are saying it’s going to do! That was the case yesterday…

Here are the links to all of the previous messages in our current series, Tablets & Their Apps.

2/22 ~ What, Me Murder?

2/15 ~ From God to Family

2/8 ~ Just Another Day?

2/1 ~ What’s In a Name?

1/18 ~ One Right Way

1/11 ~ The Most Important Thing

1/4 ~ Why Obey?

12/28 ~ Freedom That Matters

To listen to Central’s message podcast, please click here!

Calendar of Events
Ladies!  Enjoy a dinner and a movie on Saturday, March 7th at Beth Daire’s house.  5:00 PM until whenever you’re done…contact Beth for more details.

Deacons and deacon candidates will meet following the morning worship service on Sunday, March 8th

Central will host a baby shower for Naomi McGill on Sunday, March 15th following the morning worship service

The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, March 16th at 6:30 PM

Missionary News
The National Association of Cuban Free Will Baptists met February 23rd-March 1st. Cubans invited Steve Lytle to come speak. Regional Director Kenneth Eagleton was also present for the meetings. Ask God to bless this time, using the gathering to strengthen believers and reinforce their commitment to reaching the world with the gospel.

Panama: The Chame seminary held its 2015 opening service on Sunday, March 1st. Classes begin Tuesday, March 3rd, following orientation on Monday. Pray for students (seven new and at least four returning) to remain focused on their goals and adjust quickly to their new routines. Ask God to meet their financial and spiritual needs. Pray for effectiveness and grace for professors and administrators. Many of them are new to their roles.

Bible Institutes: Bible institutes train Free Will Baptist leaders and pastors in Panama, Brazil, India, Cuba, Russia, South Korea, Pakistan, and Côte d’Ivoire. Some students work full-time jobs, while juggling family and church responsibilities. Ask God to give them balance, perseverance, dedication, and concentration as they increase their understanding of the Bible and pursue their relationship with Him. Pray those teaching will communicate biblical truth clearly and accurately.

Spain: Representatives from our Free Will Baptist churches in Spain and missionaries gathered at the Centro Cristiano de la Sierra Church (formerly the Villalba church) for their annual meeting on Saturday, February 28th. Pray for God’s wisdom to dominate the planning and decisions made. Praise God for Jhon Fredy and Lannah Agreda and José Manuel and Carmen Parrón, the pastors and their wives of two of the churches. Ask God to meet their every need.

Japan: Praise God, Heath and Joni Hubbard graduated from language school on February 20th. Pray for them as they prepare to move to Tokyo and work with Ken and Judy Bailey. Ask God to work through all the details of the move, assist in their adjustment to Tokyo, and guide as they work with the Kamifukuoka church.

Stateside: As more winter weather sweeps through the country, pray for safety for missionaries and staff as they travel. Pray many people respond to the challenge to participate in the Great Commission through prayer, regular giving, and, perhaps, through going themselves.

France: Robert Bryan held a weekend leadership-training course this past weekend. Pray participants will be enthusiastic learners and will return to their ministries eager to implement the new skills and training.

Panama: Lázaro and Ariadna Riesgo await their visa approvals for the United States. Appointed as education specialists for the Mission last year, they need to move to the States to raise prayer and financial support and form a base of operations for working in Latin cultures. Ask God to facilitate their approval as He sees fit.

Bulgaria: Josh and Lydia Provow continue to wait to receive word their visas for Bulgaria have been issued. Pray this time of waiting will be productive. Praise Him for the Provows recognition that the delay is a reflection of His sovereignty and perfect timing. Ask God to facilitate the visa approvals in His time and way. Pray He will work in advance of their departure—preparing housing, a language tutor, and other needs.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Deuteronomy 5:1-21

Bible Memorization: Exodus 20:15 (ESV)…15“You shall not steal.”

Pastor’s Note
As noted above, we canceled services yesterday based upon the forecast of continued snow through the early morning hours…and then it didn’t snow on us! Oh well, I guess we all needed a break. While it is frustrating, I’d rather be safe than sorry. I hope you all enjoyed a quiet, restful day.

Catching Letters Spelling Trust As Symbol for Faith And Belief

We’ll rewind, and take yesterday’s message and put it into this coming week. Again, as a reminder, the message deals with an adult subject, adultery. It will be a very straight-forward discussion, so parents will need to exercise control concerning their children’s attendance in the service. We will have alternatives for those who do not want their children in the adult service.

I hope to see you in church, soon!

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