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- Deacon Ministry Team Meeting ~ April 22nd at 12:30 PM
- Advisory Board Meeting ~ April 24th at 6:30 PM
- Church Work Day ~ April 28th at 9:00 AM
- World Missions Offering ~ April 29th
- Senior Adult Retreat ~ May 14-16 at the Camden Hotel in Branson, MO
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Missionary Spotlight: Tim & Lydia Awtrey
Bible Reading Challenge: Ephesians 4:17-32
Bible Memory Challenge: Ephesians 4:17 (ESV)—17Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
For the second time this year we had snow falling during our worship service. Thankfully, this time we had no accumulation and the roads remained safe. I am always mindful of the predicted weather, and have always considered safety first when deciding upon whether to have services. Yesterday was a classic example of making decisions while relying upon a weather forecast that is never chiseled in stone! The last forecast I watched yesterday morning predicted nothing until around noon, and then it would start with rain. Obviously, that forecast was a little off.
Yesterday afternoon I was able to attend a celebration for another pastor here in Grandview who has been serving at his church for 20 years. I met him about 8-9 years ago and he has become a good friend. He has filled the pulpit here at Central during a “pulpit swap” we did one Sunday. Congratulations to Pastor Tom Worstell of Southview Christian Church for 20 years of faithful service!
There are a couple of things we are currently working on, and so as we move forward on these initiatives I would ask for some patience as we iron out the kinks. One of those is our live stream. We have upgraded our equipment (at a very reasonable cost), but that upgrade means that we have to pay even more attention to our microphones and sound board. It will take us some time to get everything adjusted and balanced, so for those who utilize our live stream when you are unable to attend Central, please be patient. It is a learning process for us; one that we are working on making as smooth as possible. Another initiative is dealing with our church security. We are making some physical changes to the building, with more to come. Our upcoming church work day, on Saturday, April 28th, will be used to address a few more of these security changes. Finally, and most importantly, the Advisory Board is still looking at our church health. Please keep us in your prayers as we pursue strategies that will help us become a healthy church, spiritually speaking. The Advisory Board will be meeting with a church health consultant (Bro. Stan Bunch, who has completed an intense training program on church health) for further assistance with this part of Central’s life.
I forgot to mention this (or get it into the bulletin), but our annual World Missions Offering is coming up on Sunday, April 29th. Please be in prayer about how you can give to support Free Will Baptist international missions.
The other day, while driving through at the local McDonald’s, I decided to pay for the order of the vehicle behind me in line. It’s something I do a few times a year. As I did, I decided that I needed to do more than just pay for their food order. I prayed for them. I didn’t know them, I didn’t stick around to speak to them, but I prayed for them. I believe our God is more than capable of using these tiny little things, especially when we bathe them in prayer, to further His kingdom. Perhaps that is something we all could do for the remainder of April. Seek out little things to do that show a little kindness, and bathe those actions in prayer. It’s a great way to be the church!