Central News for November 18, 2013

Central News for November 18, 2013

  • Current Messages

Thanksgiving is truly one of the most spiritual of holidays.  At least, it should be…

Real Thanksgiving

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  • Upcoming Events at Central Church

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM.

The adult choir is meeting every Sunday evening at 5:00 PM for rehearsals.

We will be decorating the church and sanctuary on Sunday, November 24th following the morning worship service.  A pizza lunch will be provided for all of the volunteers who stay to help decorate!

Our Wednesday evening services on November 27th will be cancelled for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Central’s Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 1st following the morning worship service.

Central’s Annual Fellowship meal will be help on Sunday, December 8th following the morning worship service.

Our adult and children’s Christmas programs will be held on Sunday, December 22nd during the morning worship service.

Our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held on Tuesday, December 24th at 7:00 PM.

We will not have services on Wednesday, December 25th.

 

  • Missionary News

GLOBALLY: Ask God to bless the efforts of those preparing to present cantatas and other musical presentations, children’s plays, living Nativities, etc. to share the truth of the gospel with those who have never heard it.  Pray those invited to Christmas events will attend with open hearts and many will come to know the Christ-child as Savior during this Christmas season.

PARTNERSHIPS: Robert Bryan, missionary to France, is in Zimbabwe serving as a trainer in a Leadership Matters course.  He returns November 24th.  Pray for safety, effective training, and eager learners.

INDIA: Pray for more qualified men to respond to the need for pastors in India.  Ask God to provide the needs of those who are currently pastoring—physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.  Ask God to give them much fruit for their sacrificial labor.  Ask God to bless Carlisle Hanna with insight and physical health as he mentors and trains pastors.

FRANCE: Pray for the Châteaubriant church plant.  Ask God to encourage the small group of believers who gather in a rented room in the center of town.  Pray for spiritual and numerical growth.  Pray believers will be diligent in sharing their faith and consistent in their Christian lifestyle.  Ask God to give wisdom, encouragement, good health, and joy to Steve and Becky Riggs as they work to plant a church in this town.

URUGUAY: Pray for the ladies’ Bible studies led by Tammy Lancaster in Uruguay.  Two studies are underway with a third requested.  Ask God to use the studies to build the women’s faith, forge stronger Christian relationships, and encourage evangelistic efforts.  Pray for Tammy to have wisdom and insight as she leads the studies.

MISSION FAMILY: Ask God to protect Alicia Crowe (Japan) and her child through the final days of pregnancy and delivery.  Pray for those experiencing pain and illness: Molly Barker (Uruguay, second knee replacement), Mirial Gainer (Japan, back), Carlisle Hanna (India, constant pain), Steve Lytle (Panama, knee), Geneva Poole (Brazil, cancer), John William Lancaster (Uruguay MK, hand surgery on November 18), and those whose difficulties we don’t know.  Ask God to give each one comfort and strength for the day.  Pray for opportunities to share their faith with medical professionals.

 

  • Bible Challenges

Bible Reading Challenge: Psalm 19

Bible Memorization Challenge: Psalm 18:1–2 (ESV)…I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

 

  • Pastor’s Note

I am so pumped!  No, not because my favorite football team won yesterday, but because we’re one day closer to Thanksgiving!  It is my favorite holiday.  In my opinion, it is the most spiritual of all holidays we celebrate.  Before you get all worked up, let me explain.

Nowhere in Scripture are we told to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We do it, and rightly so, but we aren’t told in Scripture to do it.  In fact, it wasn’t until well after Jesus had died and been resurrected that the Christian church began celebrating Jesus’ birth.  We don’t even have a solid basis for doing so on December 25th!  So, while I enjoy Christmas, and I preach messages dealing with Advent, and I celebrate Christmas as the birthday of my Savior, it isn’t my most favorite holiday.  Unfortunately, Easter shares many of the same arguments as Christmas.  Scripture doesn’t command us to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Thankfully, we have a better idea of when this occurred, so timing isn’t as much of a guess.  We celebrate Easter here at Central, as we should.  But it isn’t because Scripture commands us to do so.

Now, I have to admit, Scripture doesn’t say that we should set apart a special day for Thanksgiving.  No, in fact, every day should be a day of Thanksgiving!  So the idea that we should set apart one day is really a compromise.  After all, we have to work in order to live.  However, I believe Thanksgiving is far more important that Christmas and Easter alone.  You see, without Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter simply become excuses to sell toys and candy.  What I mean is this, if we don’t include an aspect of Thanksgiving in any holiday than we’ve missed the point of the holiday.  So, this year, give thanks!  But don’t use just one day to do so, give thanks to God every day that you draw breath.

I hope to see you in church, soon!

Pastor Alan Kinder