Central News for August 17, 2015

Central News for August 17, 2015

Current Messages
Reaching out to others isn’t something that comes easily to everyone.  However, it is something that every Christian is called to do.  This week, we looked at another prerequisite to reaching out, willingness.

August 16th ~ Reach Out: Like Philip (Willingness)

August 9th ~ Reach Out: Like Peter (Boldness)

August 2nd ~ Where Do We Start

July 12th ~  Be Ready

 Upcoming Events
Advisory Board Meeting on Monday, August 17th starting at 6:30 PM

The Encourager’s will host a class fellowship meal on Friday, August 21st at 6:00 PM

Sunday School Promotion will be held on Sunday, August 23rd

The Deacons will meet on Sunday, August 23rd following the morning worship service.

Missionary News
Brazil: Praise God for the salvation of seven people at the Nova América Church in Campinas, Brazil.  Pray for Pastor Paulo César and the discipleship of these new converts.

Mission Family: Pray for Jerry Pinkerton, retired missionary to Côte d’Ivoire, as he recovers from internal bleeding after a procedure on August 6th to remove a cancerous place from his esophagus.  Ask God to provide strength and healing.  Pray for his wife Carol’s health as she cares for him.

Panama: Praise God for the baptism of six people at the Bethania Church in Panama City, Panama.  Pray they will share their faith with others.

Mission Family: Pray for college-aged missionary kids as they prepare for college.  Our current college MKs are: Amy McDonald (Welch College, Junior), Carson Outlaw (Welch College, Junior), Tori Outlaw (Toccoa Falls, Freshman), Johanna Riggs (Belmont, Junior), Daniel Snow (Toccoa Falls, Senior), and Megan Snow (Toccoa Falls, Sophomore).

India: Continue to pray for Carlisle Hanna’s paperwork to be processed and his visa to be granted.  Also pray for the 86-year-old’s safety, as well as that of our pastors and Christians.  Pray for rain.  Many people still need to hear the gospel and are entering eternity without the message of salvation.

The Hanna Project: Pray for the team preparing to serve in Ecuador August 21st-29th.  Team members (Matt Deckard, TN; Steve Greenwood, TN; Curt Gwartney, MO; Travis Harrison, MO; Ryan Long, MO; Alicia Baumfalk, KS; Danelle Rush, OK; Chad Overman, AR; Jeffrey Thielemier, AR; and team leader Curt Holland, TN) will expand the cafeteria at Antioch Christian Academy, a rapidly growing dual language school in the jungles of Ecuador.  Pray all the last-minute preparations go smoothly.

Uruguay: Pray for Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster as they prepare to return to Uruguay on August 19th.  Ask God to smooth the way as they complete tasks and say goodbyes.  Pray Tammy will continue to grow stronger and will find periods of rest on the long journey.

Bulgaria: Pray for Josh and Lydia Provow as they study Bulgarian and interact with neighbors.  Ask God to communicate His love through them, even as they struggle with words.

Spain: Neil and Mandi Morgan appeared at the Spanish Consulate in Miami, Florida, on Monday, August 10th.  Praise God, all their paperwork was accepted.  The invitation letter from Spain did not arrive before the meeting, so their visas were not granted.  Pray this process will resolve quickly and their visas will be granted.

Regional Directors: Pray for Jeff and Susan Turnbough as they left Nashville, Tennessee on August 13th.  After a stopover in New York City, they departed for the Netherlands.  They will spend three weeks with the current president of International Training Alliance (ITA), Joop Strietman, preparing for Jeff’s transition to president of ITA.  Ask God to give Jeff and Susan wisdom, understanding, and insight in all discussions.  Continue to pray for Jeff’s health.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Acts 17:16-34

Bible Memorization Challenge: Acts 17:24 (ESV)…24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man…

Pastor’s Note
What a day we had yesterday!  First, I don’t know about anyone else, but I am enjoying this series on reaching out.  It is a challenge to me, personally, as an introvert to put into practice the things I am learning.  I hope this series has been beneficial to everyone.  We all need to take a serious look at how we reach out to others.

office-worker-businesswoman-discussion-woodcut-circle_GkPLA6ROThis coming Sunday we’re going to be looking at another aspect of reaching out.  Did you know that we can use reason to reach out to others.  That’s right, faith in Jesus Christ is reasonable, and can be defended and presented using reason.

Thirdly, the Grandview Day of Prayer was a tremendous success.  It is estimated that over 300 people (I heard varying numbers, one as high as 1,000) came out to worship together, pray together, and fellowship together.  What a privilege it was to be part of this event.  I know it was heavy on my mind all day before the event even kicked off.  I woke up at 4:00 AM and began praying for the event, and didn’t get back to sleep until after 6:00 AM.  With a 7:00 AM alarm going off…  Now, I know that perhaps the music wasn’t the same style that we’re used to using in worship.  Praise dancers are an entirely foreign concept to most of us.  Dramatic mime probably isn’t something that many of us have ever been exposed to before.  All of that being said, I still felt like I was worshiping God with so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  It may have been different, but a little different can be a very good thing every now and then.  I’m looking forward to the next one, although I think we’ll have to change locations as the outdoor shelter at The View was a little too small for the crowd!

Lastly, we are continuing to move forward with the process of seeking a Youth/Family Ministry pastor.  Numerous pledge cards have already come in, and we have a significant amount promised for salary, as well as volunteers for other areas that we may need to transition from paid positions to volunteer positions.  The Advisory Board and I will be working diligently to prepare a final proposal for the congregation so that we can move forward with this proposal.

I hope to see you in church soon!