Central News for July 4, 2016

Central News for July 4, 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
Yesterday we finished up the final message in our series, What We’re OK With.  If you missed any of these messages, click here in order to listen to them or download them.  Next week we’ll begin a new series, Living in Crisis Mode.

Upcoming Events
The Deacon Ministry Team will meet on Sunday, July 10th at 12:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall

Mark your calendars, Saturday, July 16th we will be hosting a Family Festival here at Central.  This is a community outreach event…we will need everyone’s help with this event!  Look for more details in the coming weeks as we plan and prepare for this event.

The National Association of Free Will Baptists will hold its annual meeting July 17-20, 2016 in Kansas City, MO ~ Click here for more information or to pre-register

Here’s a sample of the seminars being offered at the convention this year:

  • Revitalizing Your Church Through Word-Driven Ministry
  • Worldview, Ethics and Engaging the Culture
  • Teaching Foundational Apologetics to Students
  • Youth Ministry in an Age of Distraction
  • The Extra Hour: How to Make the Most Out of Children’s Church

These are just some of the seminars offered on Monday of the convention…there are dozens more on Tuesday and Wednesday!

The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, July 25th at 6:30 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.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Genesis 3:1-24

Bible Memorization Challenge: Genesis 1:27 (ESV)…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Pastor’s Note
Happy Independence Day!  240 years ago, what started as a collection of British colonies, declared something to the world.  They would, from that date forward, be considered a sovereign nation of free people, committed to governing themselves.  The nation was strongly founded on Christian beliefs, but was not designed as a strictly Christian nation in the fullest sense.  The country has evolved over the past 240 years, and is still evolving to this day.  I believe, most strongly, that the role of the church is not to fashion the government as we desire.  That’s not the mission that Christ gave to the church.  The mission He gave to us is to seek to bring others, whomever they are and wherever they are located, to a knowledge of the offer of salvation through faith in Christ.  To go among the people and declare the Good News, and to work to see them become disciples of Jesus, to welcome them into the community of believers, and see them and their family come to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection in their lives.  That is the mission of the church, and we should never forget that.

With half of the year gone, we are now approaching a truly BUSY time.  Our Family Festival is coming up.  The National Convention for our denomination is approaching, and it is being held right here in Kansas City.  Vacation Bible School is right around the corner, and following that we will be hosting a concert here at Central with a Christian band (they have a very progressive sound!).  We will be working at the upcoming GAP 5K, and feeding the high school football team.  All of these things will take place between now and the end of October.  Then we will begin to get ready for the upcoming Christmas season!  This may well be the busiest summer we have had here at Central in the past ten years…

Crisis text on paper holeMany people live their lives in crisis mode.  They move from one crisis to another, and as a result much of their lives is spent in the chaos that surrounds a crisis.  We were never meant to live in such a manner.  It is not good for us, from both a physical health perspective as well as a spiritual health perspective.  This next Sunday we will begin a new series of messages titled Living in Crisis Mode.  We will be looking at the various crises in our lives, and in the life of Jesus, and from this we will (hopefully) come up with some practical ideas for living.

I hope to see you in church soon!