We are continuing our look at who God is, In His Own Words. Last Sunday, we looked at the wonderful truth that God is a merciful God!
5/31 ~ A Merciful God
5/24 ~ A Faithful God
5/3 ~ Holiness Confronted
4/26 ~ What Can He Do?
4/19 ~ Knowledge = Power
4/12 ~ Some Things Can Change…
The Deacon Team will meet on Sunday, June 14th following the morning service
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, June 22nd at 6:30 PM
Mark your calendar: We have tentatively scheduled an ordination service for Tim Smith, Gary Breshears, and Brett Daire for the 12th of July
Panama: Pray for Lázaro and Ariadna Riesgo as they evangelize and teach Bible in the village of Pocrí this week. The small community has no evangelical Christian congregation. Ask God to give the Riesgos good rapport with the villagers and to reveal Truth to those who hear it. Also, continue to pray for a good review at their visa interview on June 30.
Uruguay: Tammy Lancaster’s EEG confirmed she is having simple seizures (motor skills affected, but no cognitive issues). She has begun medication and will see a specialist. Ask God to continue to provide answers to all the medical issues and help them clear all medical hurdles, if it is His will for them to return to Uruguay the end of July. Pray for increased strength and energy for Tammy.
Creative Access: Praise God for questions! Pray workers in creative access situations will always be ready with an answer for their faith and questions about Jesus. Ask God to open doors for questions to be asked, give seekers confidence to ask, and give workers sensitivity to the Spirit’s leading.
Globally: Pray for encouragement, faithfulness, and perseverance for our pastors, evangelists, and leaders around the world. Ask God to strengthen their spirits, encourage them to seek Him, and fill their minds with His Word. Pray they will live holy lives, be able to share the Word clearly and boldly, and have wisdom as they counsel both Christians and unbelievers.
Panama: Pray for Steve and Judy Lytle as they return to Panama for a 10-day visit on Saturday, June 6th. Pray especially for Steve as he teaches a modular course for four hours each day, Monday through Friday. The Lytles will also minister in four churches during their stay. Ask God to give them strength and stamina.
Uruguay: Steve and Lori Torrison and their girls Melanie and Abby arrived safely in Uruguay—with all their luggage—on Monday, June 1st. Pray for easy adjustment to the Uruguayan culture and climate. Pray especially for Melanie and Abby.
E-TEAM: Ask God to superintend all the details of E-TEAM preparation. Eleven teams will deploy this year. This week pray especially for members of E-TEAM Haiti (Erica Brown, GA; Brenan Clyatt, FL; Stephanie Doggett, MO; Summer Elliot, Quebec, Canada; Rachel Hastings, OK; Bryan Houser, VA; Darby Madden, AL; Connor Phillips, TN; Mason Shuck, TN; Sarai Worley, MO; and team leaders Jeremy and D’Andra Robinson), E-TEAM Chicago (Samuel Bishop, VA; Shelby Burks, OK; Olivia Coop, TN; Laura Davis, TX; Karah Grooms, NC; Melaina Matthews, OK; Kaylee Camp, AL; Emma McIntosh, MO; Sergio Rojas, Panama; Reagan Sparks, KY; Jolee McClure, TN; Keren Delgado, AR; and team leaders Miriam and Adam James), and E-TEAM Kazakhstan (Samuel Kilgore, CA; Adra Brown, TN; Taylor Bush, OK; Daniel DeCresie, NC; Taylor Moore, NC; Morgan Riffey, TN; Emmanuel Anwan, TN; Brianna Coker, SC; and team leaders David and Angie Outlaw). Team leaders begin training June 9th. Pray for good team dynamics, hearts attuned to the Spirit, and servant attitudes.
CMP: Pray for cultural adjustment, flexibility, and servant hearts for the college students serving as overseas apprentices this summer: Courtney Findley of KS in Ecuador, Damaris Guzman of WV in Ecuador, John Hoffa of TN in Brazil, Emily Parrish of NC in Bulgaria, and Brittany Walker of FL in Spain. Ask God to stretch each OA and mold them to His image.
Bible Reading Challenge: Micah 7:1-20
Bible Memorization Challenge: Micah 7:14 (ESV)…Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old.
It has been a very busy week for me, which is why the newsletter is so late getting out. Let me explain:
Monday through Wednesday I was attending the 102nd Session of the Missouri State Association of Free Will Baptists annual convention in Springfield, MO. We left early Monday morning and didn’t get back until early Thursday morning. Unfortunately, I was sick on Thursday and didn’t make it into the office until today…so, here is the newsletter, finally!
First, here’s an update on the State Association convention. It was good. In fact, it was very good. We enjoyed solid, Biblical preaching with Spirit-led worship each evening. The meetings and business session were calm, and unified. We adopted a state budget of $750,000.00 for 2016. We approved the sale of 22 acres of land that the Association had owned for several years, which will hopefully bring in some additional revenue to fund some upcoming projects. We heard an encouraging report from our Executive Director, Rev. Stan Bunch, concerning the health of our Missouri churches, and the initiative of our State Association to assist those churches who are struggling to achieve spiritual health. We heard more encouraging news from our Missions Director, Rev. Frank Webster, concerning both our state works as well as those in North America and around the world. Youth ministries have seen an increase in participation, and the Youth Camp at Niangua continues to work to improve. While everything isn’t perfect and rosy, God is at work in a mighty way among Missouri Free Will Baptists.
What about us, here at Central Church? I have to admit, so far this year we have been blessed. It’s been good to see the Lord move in so many ways. Yet I am still convinced that there is more for us to see, more for us to do, than what we’ve seen and done so far. We must seek ways to impact our community with the message of Jesus Christ. We must use the resources that God has given us to accomplish the mission which we claim to embrace: Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed by teaching and living God’s truth. Each and every one of us ought to know this statement, and use it to develop our own personal strategy to see it accomplished. This means each one of us ought to be involved in some way in bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ, in seeing lives changed as we teach and live God’s truth. This is just the pastor’s mission statement, this is our mission statement as a group of believers calling themselves Central Church. May we truly seek, each one of us, to live out this mission statement.
I hope to see you in church soon!