Central News for June 20, 2016

Central News for June 20, 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, being Father’s Day, meant we took a break from our series of messages on the sins that the church is OK with.  Instead, we focused on the challenges that God has placed before fathers.

A Father’s Challenge

Upcoming Events
The Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30 PM

We will be hosting a group from Teen Challenge on Sunday, June 26th in our morning worship service.  A special love offering, separate from our normal offering, will be collected for this ministry.  We will also be hosting a lunch for the team following the morning worship service.

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!

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.

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:
James 1:1-27

Bible Memorization Challenge: James 1:27 (ESV)…Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Pastor’s Note
Yesterday was a great day!  Father’s Day, to me, is all about actually being a father.  I don’t like to sit back and do nothing on Father’s Day.  After the morning service (which I thought was pretty good) I went home and grilled hamburgers for lunch.  I sat and watched the majority of the Royals’ game (listened to the win on the radio in my truck), and then went out and ran some necessary errands.  I came home and finished painting a downstairs guest room.  All in all, for me, a great day!  The hard part is remembering the challenge from yesterday’s message; being that pattern, that image of Christ, for my family and world to see.  I’m working on that…

tcusa-header-logoThis coming Sunday we will host a special service with some young ladies from Teen Challenge.  These ladies will remind us of the power of Christ to save and to redeem lives.  I’m looking forward to this service, and I’m praying for these ladies to as they share with us the difference Christ has made in their lives.  Please be prepared to share in a special love offering for Teen Challenge after the service.  Also, we will be hosting a meal for the ladies before they return to their home, so let Anna Breshears know if you can help with this meal.

I "heart" USA imageThe first Sunday in July we will return to our series, What We’re OK With, with the final message of the series.  I have to admit; I am approaching this message with a lot of emotion.  The topic for this last message is patriotism.  I have always considered myself a patriot, and I haven’t given much thought to how this could possibly be sinful.  I served my country for over twenty years in the U.S. Navy.  I fly the flag of our country outside my home on many occasions throughout the year.  I stand and salute when our flag comes onto a field, I sing our National Anthem, and I recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  I have even proudly, at times, displayed my favorite quote from John F. Kennedy, “I can imagine no more rewarding a career.  And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.’”  Preaching on a topic like this, on the day before we celebrate our independence, isn’t what I had originally planned for this series.  However, I believe that God had other plans.  Pray for me as I prepare this message.  For me, before I am a patriot within my country, I want to be a man who follows God and His word.

I hope to see you in church soon!