Central News for March 5, 2018

Central News for March 5, 2018

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

Be Generous

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • Choir Practice ~ Each Sunday in March at 5:00 PM
  • Advisory Board Meeting ~ March 15th at 6:30 PM
  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting ~ March 18th at 12:30 PM
  • Maundy Thursday Service ~ March 29th at 7:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday ~ April 1st
    • Sunrise Service at 7:00 AM (Location TBA)
    • Easter Egg Hunt ~ 10:00 AM
    • Community Breakfast ~ 10:15 AM
    • Worship Service ~ 11:00 AM
  • Watoto Choir Presentation ~ Thursday, April 26th
    • We need to arrange for 7-8 host homes ~ contact Pastor Alan to volunteer

Missionary News
For the latest news and prayer requests about our international Free Will Baptist missionaries, click here.

Missionary Spotlight: Dennis & Carol Teague

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: 2 Corinthians 10:1-18

Bible Memory Challenge: 2 Corinthians 10:3–4 (ESV)—3For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

Pastor’s Note
Let me begin by reminding you that I need host homes for our upcoming Watoto concert in April. If you have already volunteered, thank you! If you haven’t yet volunteered, let me encourage you to take a group home with you on the evening of April 26th. A group consists of 2-3 children and one adult chaperone. Sleeping arrangements can be very simple, sleeping bags for the children and a bed for the adult. Please, let me know ASAP if you can host a group in your home. My only alternative is to seek other arrangements outside of Central’s families to host the children.

Our first choir practice for Easter was held last night, and it was exciting to see the turnout. It looks like we will have to add extra chairs to the platform to hold everyone! That also means that everyone has even more room to invite a guest or three for our Easter services. It really can make a difference in someone’s life!

As many of you know, Wynona Dodd’s son, Gary Hobbs, entered his eternal home on Sunday afternoon. Please lift this family in your prayers, asking the Lord to strengthen them during the days ahead. As soon as we have details concerning the service we will put those out. I do expect that we will be hosting a dinner for the family, at some point, in the near future.

Does it seem like two months are already gone in 2018? Well, whether we want to admit it or not, that statement is true. As we continue into 2018, I want us to continue looking at how we can do good, share, and be generous. Now, some of you are waiting on “the church” to tell you how to go about doing that. May I remind you that you ARE the church. If you have ideas about how we can support you in these three areas, speak to an Advisory Board member.

Let Your Light Shine text over a bright sunriseOne of the areas of concern that I have for Central is the area of “ownership.” I still hear people talking as if they don’t share in the life of the church. I hear things like “your church” from people who have been here longer than I have! We are the church, and we must take ownership and responsibility, together, for the life of the church. If we truly desire to see Central become a healthier church, then we must work together to make that happen. As I write this newsletter, I am thinking about the verses above in the Bible Memory Challenge section. While we must take ownership—we must also remember that our weapons aren’t guns and knives, or shields and spears. Our weapons are a contrite heart that is given totally to the Lord and His work. Our weapons are faith and prayer, and a willingness to be led by His Holy Spirit. Our weapons are spiritual, for our enemy is spiritual. This warfare for the health of the church may take physical effort, but it is first a spiritual battle. It is a battle that must be fought using the weapons that the Lord has given to us, it is a battle that is fought by faith.

While we fight the spiritual battle for better church health—what are you doing to be the church?