Central News for July 21, 2016

Central News for July 21, 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

Upcoming Events
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, July 25th at 6:30 PM

The Encourager’s Class Fellowship for July will be held on Friday, July 29th at 6:00 PM

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner—August 1st through the 5th!  See Amy Smith, Krystal Williams, or Mathew Williams for more details or to sign up as a volunteer

Here are a couple other events coming up to put on your calendar:

  • Friday, August 19th, benefit concert here at Central Church with the band, Blank Pages
  • Saturday, October 22nd, Central will be providing water/fruit for the Fill the GAP 5K

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.

Did you know that the deaf community in the United States comprises approximately 0.4 percent of the total population?  As a distinct group, with its own unique characteristics, it is also one of the least reached groups of people within our country with the gospel.  How do you communicate with someone who is deaf (quick tip: DON”T YELL)?  In the future I hope to have our Free Will Baptist missionaries, Tim & Amanda York, here at Central to speak to us about this very issue.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Matthew 3:1-17

Bible Memorization Challenge: Matthew 3:16–17 (ESV)…16And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Pastor’s Note
I know, I’m late getting the newsletter sent out.  With the National Association of Free Will Baptists meeting this week in Kansas City I have been a little overwhelmed, couple that with needing to return some of the items that we had from our Celebrate Grandview event, and that makes the newsletter late.  However, in this case, it is better late than never!

How do I describe Celebrate Grandview?  I was asked about the event by four different news crews (one from Baton Rouge, LA), dozens of people at our national convention, and several other pastors from around the area.  I will tell you what I told them.  This event was a God thing.  What I mean by that is, in my opinion, God intended for us to be involved in this.  He made it happen.  Oh, we worked; but all of the doors that had to open, in the correct order, were opened by God.  Now, let’s pray specifically that He would bless what we have done.

On Wednesday, July 27th, Gary Breshears will be smoking brisket for the Grandview C4 school district administrators as they work the enrollment process for incoming students.  Numerous area churches are partnering together for this event.  If you are able, could you bring desserts to the church by 3:00 PM on the 27th?  That’s all that Central is doing for this event.  Gary will handle the smokers for us, and we will deliver the brisket to the school district, along with some desserts.  The other churches in the area are providing the rest of the meal for the administrators.

I am encouraged by all that God has provided, in way of opportunities, for us to reach into the community.  To me this is a strong sign that God desires to use Central to reach people with the Good News.  It will be our responsibility to labor, pray, and take advantage of the opportunities.  We have been praying for years for more opportunities, and I believe our prayers are being answered.  So, let’s be bold in our prayers.  During the national convention’s final service last night, the preacher challenged us to be bold and specific.  The writer of Hebrews told us that we “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace…” (Hebrews 4:16, ESV).  That word, confidence, means boldness even in the face of intimidating circumstances.  God hears our prayers, so let’s pray with boldness and specificity.  Pray for at least five new families to be added into Central as a result of our outreach events in the coming months.  With that in mind, let’s begin preparing for these new families, acting in faith, believing that God will hear and answer our prayers!  Are you with me?

I hope to see you in church soon!