Central News for December 7, 2015

Central News for December 7, 2015

Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed by teaching and living God’s truth.

Current Messages
In our second week of Advent, we look at the humanity of Jesus Christ, and His declaration to be the Bread of Life.

December 6th ~ Son of Man…Bread of Life

Upcoming Events
On Sunday, December 13th, our adult Christmas Cantata will be presented during the morning worship service

Central’s Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 13th following the morning worship service; ministry reports are due by Sunday, December 6th

On Sunday, December 20th, our children’s Christmas program will be presented during the morning worship time

Our normal Wednesday evening services for December 23rd are canceled

Central will celebrate a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Thursday, December 24th at 6:00 PM

Missionary News
For the latest information on our Free Will Baptist missionaries, check this link.

For the latest information about Joel and Naomi McGill, check this link.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Luke 1:1-35

Bible Memorization Challenge: Luke 2:10 (ESV)…And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

Pastor’s Note
Yesterday I was called a Scrooge; I have to admit, I probably earned it.  You see, Christmas is not my favorite holiday of the year.  It is a man-contrived holiday.  Nothing in Scripture even suggests that we should have a holiday that celebrates Jesus’ birth.  Besides that, December is most likely NOT the time of year that Jesus was born.  The early church never celebrated the birth of Jesus.  Christmas has become such a huge commercial event that most people have totally lost the meaning of celebrating the birth of Jesus.  For all of those reasons, Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday.

Merry Christmas on a red backgroundI have to be honest, though, my Christmas memories as a child are mostly fond memories.  Family gathered together, meals and goodies, gifts and Christmas music from the radio or record player; all of those are good memories.  There was only one year that I can remember being “disappointed” with my presents (you can see what I missed in my office…).  For all of those reasons I enjoy Christmas.  When I add into the mix the idea of celebrating the birth of Jesus, His miraculous advent among humanity, it is a good holiday.  So, while I may occasionally give out a “Bah, humbug” attitude, I don’t really mean it.  I like Christmas, it just isn’t my most favorite holiday.

So, don’t get carried away with presents and the commercial aspect of this holiday.  Build better memories about family, worshiping a Savior, and telling others about Jesus.  Those are much better memories than presents.  Besides, your kids will forget most of their presents (I only remember 3-4 from my ENTIRE childhood), they won’t forget the other things…

I hope to see you in church soon!