Central News for September 1, 2017

Central News for September 1, 2017

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

Living Our Faith Series

Follow this link to our YouTube channel for our live streamed videos—Live Streamed Videos.

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting ~ Sunday, September 17th from 12:30-1:00 PM
  • Grandview Day of Prayer ~ Sunday, September 17th from 4:00-6:00 PM at The View
  • Football Team Dinner ~ Thursday, September 21st from 4:00-6:00 PM (See Gary Breshears to volunteer)
  • Church Fellowship Celebration ~ Sunday, September 24th following the Community Worship Service ~ Potluck!
  • Advisory Board Meeting ~ Thursday, September 28th from 6:30-8:30 PM

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

Missionary Spotlight: Rusty & Brenda Carney

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
John 15:1-17

Bible Memory Challenge: John 15:13–14 (ESV)—13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Pastor’s Note
It has been a while since I sent out a newsletter…perhaps I should shift from weekly to every other week, that way it isn’t quite so obvious to me when I do miss a week!

Just a reminder, if you are wondering what the Advisory Board is doing every month, you can check out the reports and minutes from the meetings at this link. You can also find the information from the previous Annual Business Meeting on that page.

In discussing our church health, one thing stuck out from our congregational surveys that we conducted. While we are a loving church, and even friendly, there is still some feeling that we are becoming disconnected from one another. The causes are probably numerous. However, the solution is simple. We need to determine to become engaged with one another. We have to work to break down the barriers that stand between us so that our fellowship will become what God desires it to be. Also, we need a better understanding of what fellowship means. I know we tend to equate it with food—but that isn’t truly what fellowship involves.

Fellowship is a combination of shared friendship, experiences and mission. Without these three aspects, our fellowship will be shallow. Without each of these three aspects, our fellowship will not be attractive to others. You may wonder why we need our fellowship to be attractive to other people. The reason is simple, it is partly by our fellowship with one another that those who don’t know Christ are drawn to Him. Jesus said that it would be our love for one another that would be the means for the world to determine that we were His disciples. That love is best expressed through the idea of fellowship.

Group of friends in the parkOver the next few weeks you will have opportunities to engage with others in the church. There will be times of challenge to you individually to seek out others and engage with them. The deacons have been challenged to bring together their family groups in order to encourage that engagement with one another. Finally, as a church, we will have a celebration meal at the end of the month, where I hope some of you will be willing to share how this month has impacted you and your family. This Sunday we will be focusing on friendship as one of the key elements of our fellowship.

In the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?

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