Central News for November 12, 2013

Central News for November 12, 2013

  • Current Messages

Brother Joel McGill preached on Sunday, but unfortunately, his message failed to be recorded.  Check back next week as we begin our series of messages leading up to Thanksgiving!

  • Upcoming Events at Central Church

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM.

We will be decorating the church and sanctuary on Sunday, November 24th following the morning worship service.  A pizza lunch will be provided for all of the volunteers who stay to help decorate!

Our Wednesday evening services on November 27th will be cancelled for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Central’s Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 1st following the morning worship service.

Central’s Annual Fellowship meal will be help on Sunday, December 8th following the morning worship service.

Our adult and children’s Christmas programs will be held on Sunday, December 22nd during the morning worship service.

Our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held on Tuesday, December 24th at 7:00 PM.

We will not have services on Wednesday, December 25th.

  • Missionary News

MISSION FAMILY: Ask God to protect Alicia Crowe (Japan) and her child through the final days of pregnancy and delivery.  Pray for those experiencing pain and illness: Molly Barker (Uruguay, knee replacement), Mirial Gainer (Japan, back), Carlisle Hanna (India, constant pain), Steve Lytle (Panama, knee), Geneva Poole (Brazil, cancer), Madeleine Price (MK, France, adenoid surgery November 5), and those whose difficulties we don’t know.  Ask God to give each one comfort and strength for the day.  Pray for opportunities to share their faith with medical professionals.

THE HANNA PROJECT: Pray for Darren and Dana Portell as they seek God’s leading for their next step of faith.  The decision was made to discontinue Darren’s position (for financial reasons).  Ask God to give them clear direction, faith in His provision, and peace.

GLOBALLY: Keep missionaries in your prayers as you prepare for Christmas activities in your local church.  They, too, are presenting cantatas and other musical presentations, children’s plays, living Nativities, etc. to share the truth of the gospel with those who have never heard it.  Pray those invited to Christmas events will attend with open hearts and many will come to know the Christ-child as Savior during this Christmas season.

CREATIVE ACCESS: Last Sunday was the Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  Continue to pray for persecuted Christians throughout the month of November.  Pray for those around the world who are suffering physical, emotional, financial, and familial abuse due to their faith in Christ.  Ask God to give comfort, strength, and perseverance.

PARTNERSHIPS: Robert Bryan, missionary to France, departed on November 6th for Zimbabwe.  He will serve as a trainer in a Leadership Matters training course.  He returns November 24th.  Pray for safety, effective training, and eager learners.

URUGUAY: Praise God for the salvation of two people, Sunday evening, November 3rd, at the St. Teresa FWB Church in Rivera, Uruguay.  Ask God to continue to work in their lives, helping them to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Word.

MISSION FAMILY: Pray for missionaries and office staff traveling to state meetings, churches, and other events to have safety of travel.  Ask God to strengthen family relationships as they travel separately or together.  Pray for the ability to “represent well” the work God is doing through them and other Free Will Baptists worldwide, even though sometimes fatigued or ill.  Ask God to increase their strength, speak through them, and provide rest and encouragement.

Bible Challenges

Bible Reading Challenge: Psalm 9:1-20

Bible Memorization Challenge: Psalm 9:1–2 (ESV)…I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.  I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

 Pastor’s Note

Well, last week was a fun week!  The week prior, I realized that the hard drive in my office computer was beginning to fail.  Being a certified computer repair technician has its advantages, and I was able to replace the hard drive with little trouble.  I even managed to save and recover the vast majority of the work saved on the old drive.  Unfortunately, not everything was able to be saved.  I lost some things, some things I lost I probably don’t even realize yet that I have lost!  That’s the way it often is with lost things.  We never even realize that we have lost them until it is too late.  We need them, and they’re gone.

Even sadder, is when we realize that people can be lost.  Without a saving faith in Jesus Christ, I believe people are lost.  Oh, we interact with them every day, and so we never realize that they’re lost; until it is too late.  When we wish we had more time to tell them about Jesus…more time to tell them that God loves them just as they are, and wants them to know Him!  The reason I was able to save the majority of the work on that old hard drive was that I was prepared.  I backed up the files on that drive every week.  I didn’t wait until it was too late to begin.  The same attitude must overtake us in relation to dealing with people who are lost.  There is no time to waste!  If you know someone who is lost, then begin telling them today about God’s love for them, your own love for them, and how Jesus wants to make their life new.

I hope to see you in church, soon!

Pastor Alan Kinder

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