Central News for May 2, 2018

Central News for May 2, 2018

Recent Messages

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Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • Senior Adult Retreat ~ May 14-16 at the Camden Hotel in Branson, MO
  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting ~ May 20th at 12:30 PM
  • Advisory Board Meeting ~ May 24th at 6:30 PM
  • Special Advisory Board Meeting ~ May 26th at 10:00 AM

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

Missionary Spotlight: Robert & Judy Bryan

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Ephesians 5:1-21

Bible Memory Challenge: 1 John 2:6 (ESV)—…whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Pastor’s Note
Sorry for the late newsletter this week—I guess my birthday being on a Monday threw everything out of kilter! Thanks for all of the birthday greetings and cards, you certainly helped make my birthday special! Well, on to the newsletter, better late than never…

Thanks to everyone who helped with the workday this past Saturday. We had enough workers to accomplish nearly everything on the list, and a couple of things that weren’t on the list! If you didn’t see the Security Office, you missed an amazing transformation.

With school nearly over for the year, many of us are starting to plan our summer trips. As a reminder, for those who are on our Master Volunteer List for service as greeters, sound technicians, or Security Monitors—your service is essential to how a Sunday goes. When you miss your assigned service date, someone else has to fill in for you, and that may mean that something else doesn’t happen. Even worse, especially for our sound technicians, whoever gets drafted to fill-in for you may not be as proficient at handling the demands of your service position. So, please be aware of when you are scheduled to serve, and if you are not able to fulfill your obligation, make sure that someone who is qualified (and doesn’t have another responsibility) is aware and available. This goes equally for the remaining volunteers—especially our Sunday school teachers. While we may think that it doesn’t matter—it can be a matter of eternal consequence! Thank you for your faithfulness—let’s continue to work together in this.

Vacation Bible School is also rapidly approaching for this year. With the move from August to June, we have a lot less time to prepare. If you have children in your neighborhood, now is the time to invite them. The church’s website has been updated and those attending can register online at this link.

The memory challenge verse this week is especially challenging! For anyone to claim to be a Christian places them in a position where the expectations are high. When John wrote this letter to the churches, they were beginning to experience many “growth pains.” His desire was that those who claimed to be disciples of Jesus would stand firm in their personal commitment to follow Jesus. This particular verse (1 John 2:6) places the bar extremely high. If we claim to abide in Jesus, then our walk (manner of life, habits and common practices) ought to be like those of Jesus. While we may be able to ignore some of the entirely cultural things (manner of dress, language, diet, etc.) we can’t ignore the other things. Do we spend time in isolated prayer with the Father? Do we study the Scriptures in order to have a deeper understanding of them than those who don’t know the Father? Does our speech reflect our intimate relationship with the Father? These are questions we ought to consider, and answer honestly. If we cannot answer them in the affirmative, then we ought to be considering how to change that!

I hope to see you this Sunday, in the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?