Central News for February 26, 2018

Central News for February 26, 2018

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

Be Generous

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • Advisory Board Meeting ~ March 15th at 6:30 PM
  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting ~ March 18th at 12:30 PM
  • Maundy Thursday Service ~ March 29th at 7:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday ~ April 1st
    • Sunrise Service at 7:00 AM (Location TBA)
    • Easter Egg Hunt ~ 10:00 AM
    • Community Breakfast ~ 10:15 AM
    • Worship Service ~ 11:00 AM
  • Watoto Choir Presentation ~ Thursday, April 26th
    • We need to arrange for 7-8 host homes ~ see Pastor Alan to volunteer

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

Missionary Spotlight: Daniel & Katie Speer

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15

Bible Memory Challenge: 2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV)—7Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Pastor’s Note
As I am writing this, I am listening to the song Grace Wins, by Matthew West. After preaching about giving as an act of grace, yesterday, it is exciting to be reminded that grace wins. Grace is one of those words that seems to be making an impact in my life this year. It is by grace that my sins have been forgiven (remember, Jesus’ ministry was an act of grace). It is by grace (unmerited favor) that I move through this world, and have the strength for today. That grace from God is the love of God put into action. I am reminded, as I reminded the Advisory Board last week, that it is our love for one another that is the calling card of that grace that we have received. It is one of the things that makes Central what it is, our love for one another and for those we come into contact with. I am so thankful for Central’s love!

There is something to be said about the difference between a grey, overcast day and a bright, sunny day. I don’t think I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (a medical condition that results in depression during the fall/winter months), but I do prefer a day filled with sunshine! Most people can probably relate to that. A day filled with sunshine will almost always seem more cheerful. The same is true as we experience life as Christians; a day filled with Sonshine is always going to be a much better day than one that is overcast and filled with the clouds of doubt. We are called to be a people of faith, even when the day seems filled with hardships and challenges. As we maintain our faith in Jesus, we proclaim Sonshine wherever we go. So, a challenge for all of us this week is to be the source of Sonshine wherever we go and whatever we might face.

Just a reminder, I need to have several homes lined up as host home for the Watoto choir. So far, I only have one confirmed host home. If you are willing to be a host home for one evening, please let me know ASAP.

In the meantime, be the Sonshine in someone’s life today. Remember the act of grace that saved you, and be that in someone’s life. Keep on loving, and always remember that what you do, makes you the church. So—what are you doing to be the church?