Summer means construction! That’s when we see the majority of construction projects begin…so let’s take some time this Summer to do a little construction on ourselves…
What’s Happening At Central Church
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, June 16th at 6:30 PM
Vacation Bible School is only a couple of weeks away! Are you ready for some Weird Animals? June 23rd through the 27th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
India: The heat in India continues in the triple-digits. Pray the monsoon season will make an early appearance, cooling temperatures. Pray for safety and wisdom for Brother Carlisle Hanna as he copes with the extreme heat. Brother Hanna requests prayer for “an early settlement of the many (court) cases that take up too much time and energy, (and) expense.” Several of these cases involve vandalism of church property or contested property rights. Ask God to intervene, giving judges a desire to settle cases fairly, honestly, and quickly. Pray, in all situations, Christians will demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit and present an excellent testimony.
Japan: Pray for the Tuesday afternoon Kayou Friends Café outreach of the Koinonia Church in Sapporo. Many children are attending and staff is needed to take advantage of the opportunity to use the outreach event to share the gospel with them in age-appropriate ways. Ask God to work in these young lives, as well as the lives of the adults who attend. Pray for more Japanese believers to adopt this outreach as a personal ministry and responsibility.
E-TEAM: Ask God to superintend all the last-minute details of E-TEAM preparations—for team leaders, students, volunteers, staff, receiving missionaries and international workers, and coordinator Hanna Mott. Ask Him to prepare hearts and minds for service and ministry. Pray for the leader training June 10-11. Pray for safety of travel for all involved.
Panama: Pray for Rolando and Keila Delgado and their family as they fly to Miami on June 9th and then travel to Arkansas to work with Free Will Baptists in Hispanic ministry. Praise God for working in their lives. Pray for their transition to a new culture and ministry.
The Hanna Project: Pray for Chris and Tori and their two children as they travel, raising prayer support, awareness, and funds for their upcoming two-year service in Spain. Pray for safety of travel, good health, energy and stamina, time for family, and spiritual growth during this busy, unsettled time. Ask God to provide a place for them to live while completing this part of their ministry.
Bible Reading Challenge: Deuteronomy 6:1-15
Bible Memorization Challenge: John 10:14–15 (ESV)…14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
I know, I haven’t sent out a newsletter since May! That’s what happens when the Pastor is let loose on vacation…and I want to say, “Thank you” for letting me get away. I actually turned off my cell phone for seven straight days. Sharon and I enjoyed a wonderful time seeing some of God’s creation in the Caribbean. However, it is also wonderful to be back home, and back to work. I missed my church family, and I missed worshiping with you. I am excited by what God is doing, and I am looking forward to even more.
I started a new series of messages for the Summer yesterday. The series is titled, “Danger: Construction Ahead!” It begins, as do many new construction projects, with a thorough inspection. In this case it is a necessity that we do a little inspecting of our spiritual lives. Without a daily inspection, it is far too easy for little problems to creep in, which lead to eventual failure. We need to make sure that we employ a qualified inspector, and not only let Him do the inspecting, but also the required clean-up.
Our children know that Summer is a time to take a break. They take a break from school for the Summer. Don’t let the Summer become a time when you take a break from the Lord! Use this time to do some construction on your spiritual life. As we continue the series of messages, I pray that you’ll find something useful, something challenging, and something that will change your life. That’s what God’s construction projects are all about, changing lives.
I hope to see you in church, soon!
Pastor Alan Kinder