Central News for June 8, 2015

Central News for June 8, 2015

Current Messages
We are continuing our look at God and His character and attributes, In His Own Words.  Yesterday we looked at the reality of God’s care for us.  He is our Shepherd, our provider, and the One who can and does care for us!

6/7 ~ Who Cares For You?

5/31 ~ A Merciful God

5/24 ~ A Faithful God

5/10 ~ God’s Love & A Mother’s Heart

5/3 ~ Holiness Confronted

4/26 ~ What Can He Do?

4/19 ~ Knowledge = Power

4/12 ~ Some Things Can Change…

Upcoming Events
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

Our annual Vacation Bible School is scheduled for August 3rd through the 7th.  If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s event, please contact Mathew or Krystal Williams or Amy Smith.

Missionary News
Stonebridge FWB Church in Troy, MO underwent a change in leadership in 2014.  Rev. Terry Burke took a position as an Associate Pastor in North Carolina; as a result, Rev. Mike Dankson was called to be the new pastor at Stonebridge.  Keep this church in your prayers as they continue to minister in the Troy area in 2015!

First Day FWB Church in Cabool (formerly 1st FWB Church of Cabool) underwent a restart in 2014, with a new pastor leading the charge.  They began the restart process with just 6 people, but by the end of 2014 were averaging 60 in attendance on Sunday mornings.  Their pastor is Rev. Randy Gaddis.

Clear Point Bible Fellowship in Osage Beach, MO is our third mission work in Missouri.  It began in 2013, and is currently averaging over 45 in attendance.  Rev. Darius Wentz is their pastor.

The Provow Family is still awaiting approval for their travel visas to Bulgaria.  It has been determined that the only thing they need is for one official to place one stamp on their passports…keep this in your prayers, as the Provow’s are waiting to begin their missionary life on this one bit of ink.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Psalm 94:1-23

Bible Memorization Challenge: Psalm 94:22 (ESV)…But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.

Pastor’s Note
Last week was busy, with our annual State Association convention taking up the first three days.  This week looks equally busy, as I am still trying to dig out from underneath the pile of work that went undone last week.  Isn’t that the way it works in your life?  You take a few days off from your regular schedule and everything seems to blow up!  The habits that you build into your life to make the “routine” things so easy to accomplish go out the window when you take a few days off from them.

Let me ask a question:  What habits have you developed in order to promote your spiritual feeding and growth?  You do know that your spiritual feeding and growth are primarily your own responsibility, right?  After all, you’re only in church once or twice a week for the pastor or Sunday school teacher to provide you some spiritual nourishment.  The rest of the week you’re kind of on your own.  Here’s the real problem, it only takes a few days off and you will get totally out of the routine.  Suddenly, you won’t be feeding your spiritual nature, you won’t be seeking spiritual growth, and you will begin to become stagnant in your spiritual walk.  A stagnant spiritual walk is simply one that isn’t progressing, isn’t advancing toward the goal.  The goal is that we are all supposed to be getting more and more Christ-like.  Stagnant Christians are a lot like stagnant water.  It is still water, but no one wants to drink it!  You’re still a Christian…

Let me challenge you to build some habits of spiritual feeding.  The first one is simple, read your Bible for at least five minutes, every day.  Ask God to instruct you in the meaning of what you read, and give you the strength to apply it to your life today.  If you don’t know where to start, then start with the Psalms or Proverbs, maybe include a chapter from one of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life.

Castle wall in Ghent

This next week we’ll be looking at how God is our refuge…it’s something we all need!

I hope to see you in church soon!