Well, we’ve completed our series of messages entitled Vital Signs; below are links to every message in the series, in case you missed a couple of them. This next week we’ll be speaking about thanksgiving.
Stand With Confidence
How to Stand When it Hurts
Serving With Compassion
Serving Without Prejudice
Speaking With Care
The Impossible Task
Submit With Contrition
The “Ness” Monster
Wanna Be Rich?
What’s Happening At Central Church
TruthSeekers and PrayerLife are meeting every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. TruthSeekers is designed for grades K-6. PrayerLife is for adults, we’re currently studying the Book of Daniel.
The Budget Committee will meet on Thursday, November 13th at 6:30 PM
The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 PM
We will not be having Wednesday evening services on November 26th
Our Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 7th at 12:15 PM
Central’s Christmas Cantata will happen on Sunday, December 14th at 11:00 AM
Central’s Annual Fellowship Meal is scheduled for Sunday, December 21st at 12:15 PM
GLOBALLY: Although Sunday, November 2nd was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, continue to pray for those persecuted for faith in Jesus Christ. Ask God to give strength, courage, wisdom, grace, endurance, and peace to His children who face violence, imprisonment, and death for accepting Christ as Savior.
JAPAN: Pray for Josh and Alicia Crowe and their three girls (Ruby, Ellie, and Josie) as they wind down their stateside ministry and begin the process of sorting and packing to return to Japan in mid-January. Pray for strength and wisdom each step of the process.
GLOBALLY: Many of our churches overseas participate in preparing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Pray God will use this effort to encourage and strengthen the local church as they share the gospel with children (and their parents) in other countries. As they distribute shoeboxes, pray Samaritan’s Purse personnel will have safety and opportunities to see Christ glorified in many countries around the world.
PARTNERS: Pray for those teaching English in restricted access countries. Ask God to foster relationships with those whose hearts are seeking Truth. Pray they will be successful teachers as well as a bright light in dark places.
BULGARIA: Josh and Lydia Provow completed the intercultural training in North Carolina and are back on the road, visiting churches. Lydia’s background check has still not come in; pray it will be processed soon. The family had hoped to depart for Bulgaria by the end of 2014, but this delay pushes them into a February 2015 departure. Pray God will superintend all the necessary details and the Provows will patiently await His timing. Pray for encouragement and stamina for the rest of the Bulgaria team (Awtreys, Postlewaites, Trifonovi) as they share the gospel in a dark, difficult place.
FRANCE: Jerry Gibbs’ heart catheterization on November 3rd revealed two blockages and stents were placed. Praise God for a successful surgery. Pray for Jerry and Barb as they settle in their new home.
Bible Reading Challenge: Colossians 3:1-17
Bible Memorization Challenge: Colossians 3:15 (ESV)…15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
I have never preached a series of messages that spanned so many weeks, as the series we just finished, Vital Signs. In fact, this is the first time I have ever preached through an entire book of the Bible on Sunday morning. I’ve usually reserved that type of thing for Wednesday evenings. I may have to rethink how I approach this, as staying in one book helped me to focus on the primary message of the book, while addressing the portions of Scripture each week. It was challenging to me, personally. It was certainly a challenge, spiritually, as well. I was forced to look at some of those “too familiar” passages with a more critical eye. I was forced to grow up during these past 13 weeks, which was the whole point of the series of messages!
This coming Sunday we’ll start a short series of messages concerning Thanksgiving. Come prepared this next Sunday as we are going to have some thanksgiving altars in the Sanctuary. You’re going to have a chance to write down some of the things that you’re thankful for in your life, and then post them on our prayer altars. I wonder how they’ll look in just two Sundays?
I know I am thankful for my church family. You provide me with such tremendous blessings. I pray that in the coming months, as we continue to strive to be the church that God wants us to be, you’ll be praying for myself and the Advisory Board. I believe that God has great plans for Central Church; pray that we’ll catch god’s vision, and that we’ll courageously move forward to pursue that vision.
I hope to see you in church, soon!