Central News for May 19, 2015

Central News for May 19, 2015

Current Messages
I’ve already heard that Bro. Edwin brought a great message on Sunday…but unfortunately I didn’t leave behind the voice recorder, so there isn’t a recording for last Sunday’s message.  We’ll pick back up this coming Sunday!

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
Saturday, May 23rd, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Central will host an evangelism training session for the Global Outreach Day, lunch provided

Sunday, May 24th, the Deacon Team will meet with the pastor in the Fellowship Hall following the morning worship service

Saturday, May 30th ~ Global Outreach Day: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, lunch provided

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
Bulgaria: The Provow family continues to wait for visa approval to head to Bulgaria.  The Bulgarian immigration office had a legal deadline of May 18th to respond.  If the paperwork is buried on someone’s desk, pray it will be discovered and processing expedited.  The Bulgaria mission team has their annual retreat May 20th-23rd.  Pray the Provows will be present for this vital team-building and planning session.

Partner Ministries: Jeff and Susan Turnbough are in Costa Rica leading a Leadership Matters Course (LMC).  This intensive course runs through May 23rd.  Pray for Jeff and Susan as lead trainers.  Pray the leadership team will work well together; be spiritually, physically, and mentally prepared; and know God’s presence as they seek to help others be more effective workers in the harvest.

India/Nepal: Another earthquake shook Nepal and North India, on Tuesday, May 12th.  Aftershocks and more quakes are expected to go on for weeks.  People still need physical and spiritual aid from the first quakes almost a month ago.  Buildings that were slightly damaged earlier are no longer safe or complete rubble.  Many people are living in tents, afraid to be inside.  Children are afraid to go to school and parents afraid to send them.  Pray Christians will know God’s presence and power in their lives and minister to those around them.  Pray God will use this devastation to bring people to Himself.

Creative Access: Shane was able to testify of Christ’s work to a man in France.  Ask God to use the words spoken to reveal Himself to this man whose traditional religion does not recognize Jesus as God.

CMP: Five college students are overseas apprentices in the College Mission Programs (CMP) this year.  Brittany Walker (FL) arrived in Spain on May 12th.  Damaris Guzman (WV) departed for Ecuador last week.  John Hoffa (TN) in Brazil, Emily Parrish (NC) in Bulgaria, and Courtney Findley (KS) in Ecuador are also serving and departing soon.  Ask God to give these students a clear understanding of missionary life as they participate in ministry for around two months.

Panama: Lázaro and Ariadna Riesgo have an appointment for their interview at the U.S. Consulate in Panama—June 30th.  Ask God for favor for them so they can receive their visas that day and pursue the ministry for which they have been approved.

Spain: Most of the congregation of the Alpedrete Church participated in a church retreat this past weekend at a Christian retreat center.  Pray that the fellowship and interaction as they discussed the future of the church, especially as it relates to leadership and the congregation’s role in a new church plant.

CMP: Curt Holland and a team of six college students (Christian Carey, OK; Anthony Dillard, OK; John Hoffa, TN; Ellen Parrish, NC; Danielle Pilcher, OK; and Hannah Reid, SC) departed on May 14th for a two-week mission trip to Campinas, Brazil.  Ask God to use and change these students as they serve.  Pray for good health and servant hearts.

MKs: Pray for missionary kids (MKs) as they complete their school year.  End dates vary around the world, but many students will finish in May and June.  Ask God to help them finish well, enduring to the end.

India: Reverend Samuel Devanesan, pastor of Calvary FWB Church in Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, South India, entered Heaven’s rest on Wednesday, May 6th, after some time of illness.  His wife, Annal Agnes, is also quite ill.  Pray for the family of this faithful servant of the cross.  Pray also for the church members.  They have received quite a bit of opposition in recent years.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Deuteronomy 7:1-26

Bible Memorization Challenge: Deuteronomy 7:9 (ESV)…9Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations…

Pastor’s Note
Last Sunday was a special day for Sharon and I.  We were able to return to our previous church in Fredericksburg, VA for their homecoming service.  I was privileged to be able to preach for that service.  It had been over 13 years since I stood in that pulpit, and I have to admit I was very nervous.  Yet once I began the message, it was clear that the Lord had given me the right message for the right service.  Seeing so many of our former congregation members was fun, and we even had a chance to drive by our old house (it has gotten older).  The fellowship was sweet, the singing was powerful, and the Lord blessed!  However, I am also very happy to be back in Missouri!  This is where the Lord has sent me, this is where I am supposed to be.

Global Outreach DayLet me remind you, this coming Saturday, May 23rd, we will gather at 10:00 AM for some training, followed by lunch, followed by a time of practicing what we have learned in a local neighborhood.  The training is on evangelism, and it will show you how to introduce someone to Jesus in 3-5 minutes.  It won’t make you an expert, but it will give you the tools needed to be able to share, in a simple and powerful way, the Good News of Jesus.  I hope you can join us!

The following Saturday, May 30th, is Global Outreach Day.  This is the day when we will be taking our training and practice, and put it into use on a little larger scale.  We’ll start at 10:00 AM with a time of prayer, and then set out to share Jesus with an entire apartment complex.  Let’s gather together and watch the Lord work through our efforts!

Keep the Advisory Board in your prayers as we continue to work with a diverse set of issues facing Central Church.  We are seeking the Lord’s will for direction, and looking at the best strategies for regaining better church (spiritual) health.  It is challenging, and it takes time to work through all of the issues.  We look forward to announcing some initiatives in the near future to begin addressing our spiritual health.

Finally, we will be celebrating an ordination service at some point in the near future!  Keep our deacon team in your prayers, it is a busy time and these men need your prayers as they move into their role as deacons.

I hope to see you in church soon!