Central News for August 8, 2016

Central News for August 8, 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

Upcoming EventsOn Friday, August 19th, we will host a benefit concert here at Central Church with the band, Blank Pages

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 focused on Dale and Sandra Bishop, missionaries to Japan since 1974.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
John 19:17-37

Bible Memorization Challenge: John 19:30 (ESV)…When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Pastor’s Note
Since our community outreach, Celebrate Grandview, on July 16th, we have seen the following:

  • Our largest Vacation Bible School attendance in recent memory
    • Several parents have made statements about a desire to come and visit our services ~ pray for them to follow through on their statements
  • New visitors each week, with several others still having “promised” to come and visit us
  • Even more opportunities to reach into our community

These have been exciting weeks!  It is as if the Lord has opened the windows of heaven and has poured out upon us His blessings.  With these opportunities to minister come something else, a need for workers.  I am aware of the fact that we have limited resources in the personnel department, however, I feel strongly that we can and should engage these events as powerfully as we are able to do.  I am confident that the people of Central will support these events as they are able to do so.  For those who aren’t able to support these events physically, please pray for the events and the workers.

We have added more new members here at Central this year than in many past years; three new members this year have joined with us.  Welcome to Don and Sandy Kessinger, our latest new members!  Prior to that Brenda Freeny joined our fellowship.  We have had a couple of baptisms, and hopefully have a couple more to come before the end of the year.  These are exciting days, indeed!

You’ll notice in the Upcoming Events section that we have two upcoming services with missionaries.  Many of our missionaries are on stateside assignment to raise funds for their ministries.  Our International Missions department has been struggling, financially, for the past several years.  This directly impacts our missionaries.  They have to spend more time raising funds and less time actually on the field working.  I spoke with Bro. Clint Morgan, the director of International Missions in July, and promised him that Central would always be open for any of our missionaries to come and present their ministry and seek support.  I intend to fulfill that promise, which means we may see missionaries quite often.  I urge you to pray about adopting a missionary and begin to support them in prayers and finances.  As a church, we give to the Co-Op plan, and therefore some of that money goes to support all missionaries; however, there is something to be said about supporting a specific missionary or two in addition to your regular giving.  This is what Sharon and I do, it is also what our church does (the McGills are part of our church budget, in addition to supporting the Co-Op plan).  You can also support missionaries by supporting the Missouri Show-Me Plan, a cooperative giving program that supports missionaries that have ties to Missouri.  I encourage you to prayerfully consider how you can support our missionaries!

crosses silhouette with the sunset as backgroundThis coming Sunday we will be looking at a specific event in the life of Jesus.  It was a point in time that has changed the world, forever.  We will be looking at His crucifixion, and how that has impacted the world, at large, as well as those who have placed their faith in Him.  I won’t be focusing on the physical event, itself, I will be focusing on the spiritual side of the event.  Pray for me as I prepare for this week’s service.  Pray also for the five new families we are seeking.

I hope to see you in church soon!