Central News for February 1, 2017

Central News for February 1, 2017

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
Below are links to our most recent messages:

January 8th ~ What Is a Believer?

January 15th ~ A Believer Acts

January 22nd ~ What Is a Follower?

January 29th ~ What a Follower Does

Facebook page for live streaming.

Sermon archive for video and audio recordings of our sermons.

Upcoming Events

  • The Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptist’s annual business meeting will be held on Saturday, February 4th at 10:30 AM at the Belton FWB Church
  • The Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 PM

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 upon Donnie & Ruth McDonald, missionaries to Japan since 1984.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: John 6:22-71

Bible Memorization Challenge: John 6:68–69 (ESV)—68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life, 69and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

Pastor’s Note
In case you missed it, we have been live streaming our Sunday morning worship service on Facebook Live.  That means if you’re unable to be here you can still watch the service as long as you have access to the Internet and have a Facebook account.  If you haven’t yet, go to our Facebook page, like us, and then the next time we go live you will be informed!  We try to start the live stream between 11:15 and 11:20, depending on how the early part of the service goes.  All that is missed from the live stream is the opening Call to Praise, welcoming and announcements, and open greeting time.  I’m thinking about ways to include this into the live stream…stay tuned!

What if you don’t have a Facebook account?  How can you watch the video of our service?  Well, all you have to do is find the Sermon Archive page on our website, and the videos are embedded on our website!  So even if you miss the live stream, or don’t have a Facebook account, you will still be able to watch the service; it will be available shortly after we conclude the service.  At the latest, it will be posted by Monday morning, in most circumstances.

Now, you may be wondering why we’re doing this.  The short answer is, why not.  We already pay for the Internet service at the church.  There is no additional cost to the church for this service.  In the past two weeks alone, we have had somewhere over 800 views of these videos on Facebook.  In analyzing the traffic to the church website, we have more “clicks” on the sermon archive pages than ever before.  What this hopefully means is that the messages are being listened to—so we should be praying even more that the persons listening to the messages will be impacted by them!

Beginning in late February, Sharon and I will be meeting with the same community group who came together last year to put together Celebrate Grandview.  We’re going to be putting together the event for 2017; I expect it to be even bigger this year as we take more time to plan, promote, and prepare for the event.  Pray that we can continue to build a coalition of people within the Grandview community that will help us to build this event into something beyond ourselves.

If you received an email last week with a survey attached, I hope you have taken the time to fill that survey out and will be returning it to me soon!  We need your inputs as the Advisory Board and I seek the best path forward to help bring us to a state of solid spiritual health.

Please keep me in your prayers as I prepare for several major things in the weeks to come.  I have four special messages that I need to prepare before speaking for the Kansas Men’s Retreat sponsored by the Kansas State Association of Free Will Baptists in early March.  Alongside preparing for those messages, I have a Capstone Project to complete as a graduation requirement from Randall University.  Of course, I have all the regular preaching and teaching responsibilities here that I am responsible for.  In mid-late March my final class required for graduation will begin, and it will require me to write 5-6 additional sermons over an 8-week period, each one a different style; some of those styles are types that I have never used.  So, for the next 12-16 weeks I know I will be extremely busy, and I need your prayers!

A woman lifts her arms up in praiseI mentioned during this morning’s mid-week service that I have felt an increased sense of excitement and passion during our Sunday worship services lately.  Have you noticed it?  I can’t explain it, as we aren’t really doing anything differently; however, it has felt that way to me.  I do believe that the Lord is preparing us for what is to come.  I believe that the Lord is working among us, and we are beginning to see that take form.  Perhaps this is the year that we take the step to truly reach into our neighborhood and become the church that our neighbors and friends seek for support in their journey to find God’s will.  Pray that we will be ready, prepared by the Lord for good works, and willing to work for the accomplishment of His purposes!  As I was reminded yesterday during a meeting with several other pastors from across Missouri, we are already victorious in Christ!

I hope to see you in church soon!