Central News for March 17, 2014

Central News for March 17, 2014

Our Messages
Here are the latest messages from Central:

Father, Forgive Them

A Simple Transaction

What’s Happening At Central
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, March 17th at 6:30 PM

Central’s Pinewood Derby will be held on Saturday, March 29th…entry is free!

We will collect the annual World Missions Offering on Sunday, April 27th in the morning worship service.

On Wednesday, April 30th, the Watoto Children’s Choir will be at Central Church.  We still need several host homes for this event (2-3 children plus an adult sponsor in each home).

Missionary News
The following is an update from Joel and Naomi McGill, please keep them in your prayers!

We have some sad news to share and a prayer request for our family.

In February, we got some exciting news that we’ve been praying and trusting the Lord for quite some time. We were finally pregnant with baby McGill #3!  We started planning our announcement to all of you for this very exciting news.  But then on March 5th, things took an unexpected turn.  We had a number of appointments with our midwife only to confirm our fears that Naomi was having an early pregnancy miscarriage. 🙁

This has been very unexpected and sad for us.  Our girls had been praying for over a year for a little baby brother or sister to join our family, and we were all delighted with the pregnancy news.  Losing this child hits us all hard in different ways, and we’ve been mourning the loss of this precious life.

Can you please be covering us in prayer during this time?

Some things the Lord has been speaking to us are profound.  Through this, we’re reminded of our belief that life begins at conception, that children are created by God and belong to Him.  We believe we will meet our third child one day when we spend eternity together in heaven.  All of those truths have brought comfort to us as we process this loss.  The girls are actually doing well as we’ve prayed together as a family, even Alex brought us to tears the other day when she prayed for the baby and said to the Lord “We know you’ll take good care of our baby up in heaven, Jesus!”  And Payton’s comment when she found out the news of the miscarriage was, “Oh no! Well, can we pray about adopting a baby?!”  We are once again humbled by the faith of our children that continually points us closer to Him.

A couple more things: we don’t believe this is the end.  We know this is another chapter God is writing in the story of our lives, and we trust Him.  We trust that He will turn our mourning into dancing, that He will return to us a double portion, and also we’ve been experiencing firsthand that He is indeed near to the broken-hearted.

Thank you for your prayers and support.  In times like these, we are very aware that we have prayer warriors that stand with us and make this missionary life possible.  We have so much ministry news to share with you from the new year but thought this update deserved its own communication.

Thanks again for your friendship and care for our family.

Joel & Naomi

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
John 19:1-42

Bible Memorization Challenge: John 17:20–21 (ESV)…20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Pastor’s Note
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Of course, most of what we celebrate has little or nothing to do with St. Patrick.  For instance, he wasn’t Irish…he was English.  He didn’t drive the snakes out of Ireland, as it is most likely that snakes have never existed in Ireland.  What St. Patrick’s Day has become, for most people, is simply an excuse to over-indulge in beer.  Is there a better way to celebrate the life of this man?

Well, first of all, Patrick was captured at age 16 and transported to Ireland as a slave.  He was held captive for six years before escaping and returning to his family.  Later, after becoming a cleric, he returned to Ireland as a missionary.  He decided to turn his anger into something beautiful.  He wanted to reach the Irish people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in spite of how he had been treated by the Irish people.  You see, the most important thing to Patrick was that the people of Ireland come to know Jesus.  So, if you truly want to celebrate the life of St. Patrick, share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with someone…especially share it with someone who has mistreated you.

So, wear your green…and share Jesus with someone who needs to hear about Him…and have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I hope to see you in church soon!