Central News for August 29, 2016

Central News for August 29, 2016

Our vision is simple: Central Church will strive to be the neighborhood church that supports your family’s journey as you seek God’s will.

Recent Messages
We’re continuing to look at the idea of Living in Crisis Mode.  Whether we realize it or not, that’s where most of us spend the majority of our time.  In reality, we ought to be spending nearly all of our time there…

The Universal Crisis

Another Failure

A Turning Point

Challenges

Confirmations

Who Are We?

True Faith—Tested Faith

A Crisis Resolved

Upcoming Events

  • On Monday, August 29th, the Advisory Board will be meeting from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
  • On Wednesday, September 7th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, our TruthSeekers youth program will kick-off for 2016!
  • On Wednesday afternoon, September 14th, Central will host the Grandview High School football team for a meal. Contact Gary Breshears to volunteer!
  • On Sunday, October 9th we will host a special evening service (6:00 PM) with Creation Ministries International
  • On Saturday, October 22nd, Central will be providing water/fruit for the Fill the GAP 5K
  • On Sunday, November 6th we will host a special service with Joel & Lydie Teague, missionaries to France
  • On Sunday evening, November 6th, the Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptists will host its annual Missions Rally at the beacon FWB Church in Raymore

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

For the latest news and prayer requests about our missionaries, Joel and Naomi McGill, click here.

Our missionary spotlight this week is on Doug & Miriam Bishop, missionaries to Japan since 2012.  Read about their ministry here.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Bible Memorization Challenge: 2 Corinthians 5:19 (ESV)…that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Pastor’s Note
I have to admit; I often wonder if anyone is really reading this newsletter.  I say that because when I missed sending one out last week I didn’t get a single complaint about it not being available.  I have chalked it up to this—I was too busy with other things to get to the newsletter, and you all were too busy with other things to notice!  I realize that most of you DO read the newsletter, and in the future I hope to be able to not miss a week when I get busy.

As I have previously pointed out, the late summer/early fall season for Central is, this year, an extremely busy time for us.  We have tremendous opportunities to be involved in outreach, and I hope you will take advantage of one or more of them!  Remember, we have set a goal of reaching five new families this year.  We have four months left to reach those families, and it will take all of us to make this a reality.

Button showing the definition of missionOver the past 2-3 years, the Advisory Board and I have come up with new mission and vision statements.  For the first year or so the mission statement was front and center on all of our correspondence and was also featured on the newsletter heading and every Sunday on our welcoming slides.  Last year we changed and started using our vision statement in all of those places.  Here’s the quiz for you—without scrolling up to the top of the newsletter, can you recite the vision statement?  For extra credit, can you recite the mission statement?  Now, you may think that those things aren’t terribly important or meaningful; on a certain level I would tend to agree with you if that is your opinion.  However, these statements are being used by myself, along with the Advisory Board, to analyze our ministry efforts.Puzzle piece with the word 'vision' embossed on it  The mission and vision statements are what we are using to define how and what we should be doing as a church community.  If you don’t know what those statements entail, you might be caught off-guard when we propose making changes to how we do things, or even what we are doing as a church.  By the way, you can find both statements here.  I encourage you to read those statements, and then begin thinking of how you are involved in making those statements a reality here at Central.

Our current sermon series, Living in Crisis Mode, will be coming to an end in the next week or two.  Please keep me in your prayers as I am working on the next series of messages for the Fall.

I hope to see you in church soon!