Central News for June 27, 2016

Central News for June 27, 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 had a special service with Teen Challenge providing songs and testimonies, so we don’t have an audio recording of the service.  We’ll be back this coming Sunday, July 3rd with the final message in the series, What We’re OK With.

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:
Philippians 3:1-4:1

Bible Memorization Challenge: Philippians 3:20 (ESV)…But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…

Pastor’s Note
Yesterday’s service with Teen Challenge was a true blessing for us.  We sometimes forget that Jesus is still in the process of redeeming, reconciling, and restoring.  The testimonies of the women, yesterday, about how Jesus has done just that in their lives was powerful.  We must never forget that this is the Jesus we serve.  He is still in the business of saving, and no one is beyond His reach.  Our task is to be praying for the people we come into contact with, and to be willing share the reason for the hope that is within us because of Jesus.

There are many things planned in the coming months that will provide us an opportunity to reach into our community.  In the process of planning these events one thing has become very clear.  We are probably going to be over-budget in spending in the Community Outreach category.  I have proposed more things than our budget can support, and the Advisory Board has agreed that we will put these on track, even though they aren’t in the budget.  Here’s my reasoning.  There are some categories that, if we bust the budget, it’s a worthwhile thing that we need to find a way to support.  Supporting missionaries, reaching into our community, and helping those in need are some of the categories that, if we break the budget, are worth it.  All of those categories have the potential to be things that have eternal consequences.  This isn’t a call for increased giving; however, it is a call for all of us to be faithful.  I believe that even if we exceed the budgeted spending in these categories that there will be sufficient savings in other categories, or increased giving as God blesses us, that we will not be put in distress over these things.  Remember our vision: Central Church will strive to be the neighborhood church that supports your family’s journey as you seek God’s will.  Our mission is straightforward, Central Church will seek to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed by teaching and living God’s truth.  As we seek to accomplish these things I believe God will provide the necessary resources.

4th-of-july-american-independence-day-flyer_fyY8suwuThis coming Sunday I will be finishing up our series, What We’re OK With, with the final message, Patriotism.  Keep me in your prayers as I prepare for this message!

I hope to see you in church soon!