Central News for November 14, 2016

Central News for November 14, 2016

Our vision is simple: Central Church will strive to be the neighborhood church that supports your family’s journey as you seek God’s will.

Recent Messages
We started a new series of messages yesterday, dealing with Thanksgiving.  It is a nearly forgotten holiday; and it is a nearly forgotten Christian virtue…

Offer Thanksgiving

Here are links to the recent message series at Central:

Reaching Out

Living in Crisis Mode

What We’re OK With

Upcoming Events

  • The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, November 21st at 6:30 PM
  • Our midweek service for Wednesday, November 23rd is canceled
  • Central’s Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 4th following the morning service
  • Our annual Adult Christmas Cantata is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th during our morning worship service
  • The annual Children’s Christmas program is scheduled for Sunday, December 18th during our morning worship service
  • Mark your calendars:
    • Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Saturday, December 24th at 6:00 PM
    • On Christmas Day we will not have a Sunday school program, services will begin at 11:00 AM

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

For the latest news and prayer requests about our missionaries, Joel and Naomi McGill, click here.

Our missionary spotlight this week is upon Robert and Judy Bryan, missionaries to Côte d’Ivoire and France since 1969.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Psalm 65:1-13

Bible Memorization Challenge: Psalm 65:2 (ESV)—O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.

Pastor’s Note
Let me start by saying, Thank You” for the gift for Pastor Appreciation month.  Being your pastor means I get lots of appreciation, all year-long.

I have a friend who knows everyone.  Well, not everyone, but he seems to know a lot of people.  Every time I need something, he knows someone who can help me out.  Let me say, when you need help, knowing someone who knows someone who can help is the next best thing to knowing someone who can help.  Wow, that sentence seems confusing—but it isn’t.  It’s true, my friend knows so many people that he almost always knows someone who can help me when I need it.  However, he doesn’t know everybody, and sometimes even he is stumped.

There are times when we are overwhelmed by life and the difficult circumstances we sometimes face.  We don’t know where to turn.  We just don’t have the resources to cope with the circumstances.  We don’t know anyone who can help, and so we often succumb to despair.  However, if we would turn to the Lord, and call upon Him for our needs, I think we would be amazed.  He won’t always make the circumstances disappear, but He will make a way for us to go through them.  Sometimes, we need strength; Jesus has all the strength we need.  Sometimes, we need hope in a hopeless situation; Jesus brings hope into a hopeless situation.  Sometimes, we need a shoulder to lean on; Jesus supplies a shoulder that can support every burden.

Thank youNow, I know what some of you may be thinking, “Those are all just empty platitudes.”  They’re sayings that don’t mean anything, and they certainly can’t help me in my situation.  So, are these empty sayings, or are they based on Biblical principles?  In Philippians 4:19, the Apostle Paul wrote, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  In 1 Corinthians 10:13, Paul had this to say, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”  The word translated temptation in this passage can also be translated as trial.  Paul said, in Philippians 4:13 that “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  In Romans 15:13, Paul said this, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”  Peter in 1 Peter 5:13 reminded those that needed help carrying their burdens to “cast(ing) all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”  Each of those “empty platitudes” is a principle based upon a Biblical statement of truth.  So, give thanks today in what Jesus can, and will, do for you if you call upon His name!

I hope to see you in church soon!