Central News for November 25, 2013

Central News for November 25, 2013

  • Current Messages

Thanksgiving is meant to be a special holiday.  However, it will only be special as we realize that without God, the holiday is meaningless…

Real Thanksgiving

An Impossible Thanksgiving

 

  • Upcoming Events at Central Church

The adult choir is meeting every Sunday evening at 5:00 PM for rehearsals.

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.  Check out the Members tab on the church website for documents related to the upcoming meeting.

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

BRAZIL: Geneva Poole, 53-year veteran missionary to Brazil, rejoiced in her Savior’s presence on November 20th.  Visitation was held the same day with the funeral service following on November 21st at the Marincek FWB Church—the last of the four churches they planted in the Ribeirão Preto area.  Pray for Bobby, her husband of 53 years, and her sons Robert and John and their families as they mourn their loss.

FRANCE: Continue to pray for the St. Sebastien FWB Church as the leadership team and Pastor Gilles work together.  Pray God will give grace to all and they will be a beacon of His forgiveness and love to their community.

BULGARIA: Pray for Jonathan and Amy Postlewaite and Trif and Vanya Trifonovi as they work to plant churches in two different cities in Bulgaria.  Ask God to give them encouragement as they work to share the gospel.  Pray for Tim and Lydia Awtrey to be refreshed as their stateside assignment draws to a close and they prepare to return to Sophia to work with the Postlewaites.  Pray for Josh and Lydia Provow as they begin the fundraising process.  Ask God to guide and give strength to all four of these couples and to protect them and their children.

GLOBALLY: Ask God to bless the efforts of those preparing to present 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.

 

  • Bible Challenges

Bible Reading Challenge: Matthew 1:1-25

Bible Memorization Challenge: Matthew 1:22–23 (ESV)…22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

 

  • Pastor’s Note

It amazes me that we have major stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.  Let me say this as plainly as I possibly can; I don’t think anyone ought to step foot in those stores on Thanksgiving Day.  I don’t care how good the deals are, we as a people ought to boycott every store on Thanksgiving Day.  As a nation we are one of the most, if not the most, blessed nations that earth has ever seen.  I believe one of the reasons for these blessings is that we started as a nation that acknowledged the providence of God at every turn.  Even though some of the men who were principal participants in the formation of our nation were not strictly Christian, they still acknowledged God’s hand on our nation.  Part of acknowledging God’s providence is being thankful as a nation.  When the “deal” in the store is more important than taking a day to thank God for His blessings…we are in a heap of trouble.  I hope you’ll stay away from the stores this Thursday, and spend the day thanking God, instead of spending your money.

Over the past few weeks I have found more and more opportunity to have to live what I preach.  The Lord has reminded me again and again of the need to not just listen to the message (yes, I listen to my own messages) but allow the Holy Spirit to apply the truths to my life.  I have especially been challenged with dealing with my frustrations.  I guess that’s what happens when you let the Lord speak into your life.  He changes things, He is constantly working in our lives to improve us, to mold us, so that we would better reflect the image of His Son, Jesus.  Such work in our lives ought to be seen as another evidence of His saving grace in our lives.  Praise the Lord, He isn’t finished with me yet!

I hope to see you in church, soon!

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