Central News for December 2, 2013

Central News for December 2, 2013

  • Current Messages

We started a new series yesterday for Advent…unfortunately we didn’t get the first message recorded…we’ll work hard to get that fixed as soon as possible.

  • Upcoming Events at Central Church

The adult choir is meeting every Sunday evening at 5:00 PM for rehearsals.

Central’s Annual Fellowship meal will be held on Sunday, December 8th following the morning worship service.  Everyone is encouraged to plan on staying for the meal, please bring a side dish and dessert to share!

Our adult and children’s Christmas programs will be held on Sunday, December 22nd during the morning worship service.

Our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held on Tuesday, December 24th at 7:00 PM.

We will not have services on Wednesday, December 25th.

  • Missionary News

Panama: Praise God for the three students who graduated November 30th from the Bible institute in Panama.  Pray for Stephanie Concepción, Efrain González, and Edwin Escudero as they begin implementing all they have learned.  Pray for the other students as they complete this school year.  Ask God to bring them all back for a new year of studies in 2014.

Spain: The Alpedrete Outreach Center held eighth anniversary open house on Sunday afternoon, December 1st.  Praise God for the eight years of community outreach.  Pray for the new contacts made and opportunities to share the gospel.

Japan: Praise God, Doug and Miriam Bishop met their funding goals and were able to leave on Thanksgiving Day to begin their two-year internship in Japan.  Pray for the trip with their two young children and their adjustment as they settle in Hokkaido.

Brazil: Praise God for the three students (Natanael, Leandro, and Hattus) graduating with a B.A. in Bible from the Campinas Bible college in December.  André will graduate with an A.A. in Bible.  Ask God to use these students to build His Kingdom in Brazil and beyond.

Cuba: Praise God for the 68 students (campus studies and distance learning) studying at our seminary in Cuba.  Thank Him for 7,000 Cuban FWB who meet in nearly 700 churches, mission churches, and house churches each week.  Pray for perseverance and grace.

Uruguay: Praise God for the salvation of Martin, a young man who recently accepted Christ and is in discipleship studies.

Brazil: Praise God for the church organized in Uberlândia last month.  Thank Him the Jaboticabal congregation has begun a new building.  Praise Him for the growth of the Church in Brazil.

Japan: Praise God for the opportunities English classes give to share the gospel.  In the last two weeks, Shannon Little has responded to questions about Christianity in three different classes.  Pray students will think about her answers and let Truth into their hearts.

France: Workers in southern France are thankful for doors that have opened to share Truth with English students and snack shop friends.  Pray for Truth to permeate their hearts and minds.

Bulgaria: Praise God for the new church plant in Varna, Bulgaria.  Begun this summer, several non-Christians are attending and hearing the Word of God explained.  Pray for Trif and Vanya Trifinov as they work to plant a church in this hard place.

Panama: Praise the Lord that the rental location of the Penonomé church plant is available for another year.  Pray for the growth of this small congregation.

France: Praise God for the 120-plus attendees at the Thanksgiving service and meal held at the Nantes church.  Ask God to use this outreach event to lead to changed hearts and lives.

Brazil: Thank the Lord for the three men—Daniel, Hattus, and José—in São Paulo, Brazil, who are preparing for ordination by the end of the year.  Pray they will be faithful servants of the Lord.

Côte d’Ivoire: Praise God for the spiritual and numerical growth of churches in Côte d’Ivoire.  More than 100 churches and mission works are sharing the gospel.

Japan: Praise God for the “drop-in” traffic at the Kamifukoka Church in Tokyo.  A young woman and her mother stopped in just last week to investigate.  Pray for these two ladies, other recent drop-ins, and Ken and Judy Bailey as they talk with these individuals.

Spain: Praise the Lord for a young man saved last week during a small group meeting in Villalba.  Thank Him for two families who attended a fall party at church due to relationships forged through missionary kids’ schooling.

Global Christmas: Praise God that more people are open to attend Christmas events sponsored by churches around the world.  Pray individuals will understand that the Christ-child came to be their Savior.  Events began past Sunday, December 1st.  Pray the Christmas carol service hosted by the international church this Sunday in Aix-en-Provence, France, will draw many unbelievers.

Brazil: Praise God for the vision FWB churches in Brazil have to reach the nations.  Praise Him for the Campinas-area churches’ support of a missionary sent from them to Turkey this year.  Thank Him for Ribeirão Preto churches’ ongoing support of workers they sent to assist the work in Uruguay.

Mission Family: Praise God for those who have served Him overseas in the past.  Ask God to grant joy, peace, daily strength, and grace as they cope with varying health challenges, decreased mobility, and ministry opportunities.  Especially remember those who are widowed, as they go through the holidays without their spouses.

  • Bible Challenges

Bible Reading Challenge: Colossians 3:14–15 (ESV)…14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.

Bible Memorization Challenge: Ephesians 4:1-32

  • Pastor’s Note

December is here, and with it the busiest time of year for many people, myself included.  Holiday gatherings, church business meeting, Christmas choir programs, volunteering to help others…you name it and I probably have a way to spend time!  It often happens, when we get busy, that we forget some important things.  We forget that in the midst of all that we are doing, God may just want us to slow down a little bit.  Remember the truly important things in this life, and no, Cyber Monday isn’t really all that important!

Remember that the Most High God loves you deeply, and His Son, Jesus, has made a way for you to enjoy sweet fellowship with Him both now and in eternity.  Remember, by grace you have been saved from your sins, through faith in Jesus Christ.  Remember, loving one another is far more important than any gift you might want to buy (or receive).  As we take this season to remember the birth of Jesus, let us not forget WHY His birth is so important.

I hope to see you in church, soon!