Yesterday was a very special day in the life of Central Church. We ordained three new deacons:
November 15th ~ A True Servant
The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 PM
The Budget Committee will meet on Monday, November 23rd at 6:30 PM
There will be no mid-week service on Wednesday, November 25th, so that families can focus on Thanksgiving
Japan: Doug and Miriam Bishop and their three children (Oliver, Scarlet, and Hazel) are scheduled to return to the States November 19th, having completed their two-year internship. Pray, as they complete packing, finish classes, and say good-byes, God will give peace and grace. Pray the children will adjust quickly and easily.
Uruguay: Pray for the Malvin congregation in Montevideo, Uruguay, as they seek a pastor for their struggling church. Ask God to infuse them with an evangelistic fervor and determination to reach those in their neighborhood. Pray more Uruguayan men will answer the call to pastor.
France: Joel and Lydie Teague are winding up their two-year internship in France. Pray for them as they prepare to return to the States November 27th. Ask God to give wisdom and peace as they prepare to depart. Pray for them and their girls (Eva and Alyssia) during their transition.
India: Pray for Carlisle Hanna and his son Dr. Don Hanna as they travel and share about our work in India. Pray for safety of travel and adequate rest for Brother Carlisle. Also, pray for Brother Stanley RajKumar as he meets with the American Consulate November 22nd regarding a visa for the U.S. He has been invited to speak at the South Carolina State Association Meeting.
Japan: Mirial Gainer returned to Japan Friday, November 6th. Praise God for safety of travel. Pray God will lead her as she interacts with old friends and establishes new relationships.
The Hanna Project: Pray for Chris and Tori as they continue to “settle in” in Spain. Pray for Tori and daughter Ellie as they take a one-month Spanish class while Chris studies independently. Ask God to help the family meet neighbors and for friendships to form.
Bulgaria: Pray the English Club Jonathan Postlewaite and Josh Provow are seeking to establish on the local university campus in Svishtov will gain traction. Pray for regular attendees with whom the two can build relationships.
Globally: Even though the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church has passed, continue to pray for Christians who are persecuted for their faith throughout this month. Ask God to give strength, courage, wisdom, grace, endurance, and peace to those who face violence, imprisonment, and death because they embrace salvation through Jesus Christ and dare to share His grace with others.
Bible Reading Challenge: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Bible Memorization Challenge: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (ESV)…16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
What a special day we had, yesterday! We no longer have three deacons and three deacon candidates. We now have six active deacons! There are many churches, especially ones that are the size of Central, that have no deacons. Finding qualified men to serve in this role is a challenge, so we should give thanks to the Lord for his more than bountiful provision for our church. While it has taken us longer to get to this date than I had wanted, God works things out in His own time. It was a good day, and one that marks a milestone in our church.
Please keep the Advisory Board in your prayers as we consider the next steps to take concerning the calling of a Youth Pastor. We have only received one resume, and we want to make sure that we proceed properly to consider how to proceed.
It’s getting to be that time of year, Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and then comes the Christmas rush. Decorating, buying presents, and planning family get-togethers take up our time. We can easily get distracted from what the holidays ought to mean to us. Make sure you take time before Thanksgiving to give thanks, and be prepared to truly celebrate God’s blessings for you and your family. As Christmas approaches, let’s take time to contemplate how our lives would be different if not for the first advent. Without Christ in our lives, we are a lost and desperate people. With Christ in our lives we have a hope for a future that far exceeds anything this world can afford. With Christ in our lives we have an inheritance that no moth can eat, rust can corrode, or thief can steal. While our circumstances in the here and now can be trying, Jesus hasn’t forgotten who we are, or what we’re going through. He is still interceding for us, and He is still coming back…one day!
I hope to see you in church soon!