Central News for November 23, 2015

Central News for November 23, 2015

Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed by teaching and living God’s truth.

Current Messages
Yesterday’s message was the last in our Thanksgiving series.  Next week begins Advent…Christmas is only 32 days away!

November 22nd ~ Give Thanks ~ Always

November 16th ~ Thankful for a Reason

November 3rd ~ Thanksgiving Begins with Praise

Upcoming Events
Our normal Wednesday evening service for November 25th is canceled in order to allow more family time during the Thanksgiving holiday week

The Budget Committee will meet on Monday, November 30th at 6:30 PM

On Sunday, December 6th we will have our annual fellowship meal following the morning worship service

On Sunday, December 13th, our adult Christmas Cantata will be presented during the morning worship service

Central’s Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 13th following the morning worship service; ministry reports are due by Sunday, December 6th

On Sunday, December 20th, our children’s Christmas program will be presented during the morning worship time

Our normal Wednesday evening services for December 23rd are canceled

Central will celebrate a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Thursday, December 24th at 6:00 PM

Missionary News
Japan: Doug and Miriam Bishop and their three children (Oliver, five; Scarlet, two; and Hazel, 10 months) arrived  in the States on November 19th, having completed their two-year internship.  Pray the family, especially the children, will adjust quickly and easily.

France: Pray Christians in France will radiate the light of Jesus during these dark, terror-filled days.  Ask God to help them demonstrate joy, compassion, and hope in Christ instead of fear and hate.  Pray His name will be made known and glorified.

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.  Ask God to give wisdom and insight.

Samburu: Pray for Jackson, the Simmons Samburu coworker, who is battling typhoid.  Two rounds of medicine have not yielded healing.  Ask God to meet his health needs, providing strength and energy, as he travels to train Christians.

Mission: Ask God to provide financially for the Mission.  As of October 31st, funding is more than $527,000 below budgeted needs.  Pray Jehovah Jireh (God our Provider) will move among His people to supply needed funding for missionary endeavors.

Mission: Pray for missionaries studying a foreign language: Lázaro and Ariadna Riesgo (English), Daniel Speer(Japanese), Chris and Tori (Spanish), Anna Forlines (French), and Josh and Lydia Provow (Bulgarian).  Ask God to give their ears the ability to distinguish sounds, their brains the capacity to interpret and understand what they hear, and their tongues the skill to repeat the sounds intelligently.

Globally: As the holiday season gets underway, pray for missionaries and their children who are far from family during this time of year.  Ask God to give them peace and joy as they serve Him.

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.

Globally: Even though the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church has passed, continue to pray throughout this month for Christians who are persecuted for their faith.  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.

Mission Family: Steve Lytle, former missionary to Panama, had a blood patch procedure on November 12th.  Pray Steve continues to improve as a result of this treatment.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Luke 1:1-80

Bible Memorization Challenge: Luke 1:30 (ESV)…And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Pastor’s Note
I am thankful that I serve a forgiving Lord.  Even when I mess up, I am still forgiven.  However, in the midst of my failure I must still seek to change.  I must seek to become different than I was, I must repent.  Last week was a tough week for me.  I didn’t feel good physically.  I let my physical discomfort become an excuse, and I didn’t act the way I should act.  Yesterday’s message was all about reminding myself how I am supposed to act, even when I don’t feel like it.  Aren’t you glad that God still forgives and renews.  I can only pray, like David, for God to renew a right spirit within me.

In the coming weeks we are all going to get exceedingly busy.  Holiday events and parties, special services at church, family pressures…all of it adds up to a recipe for failure to maintain a right focus.  In this week’s Bible reading challenge, I want you to notice two words that are repeated several times; one is behold and the other is afraid.  When we get our eyes off the Lord it is easy to become afraid.  Life can become very scary when we lose our focus.  God reminded numerous people in Luke 1 not be afraid.  How do not let our fears overcome us?  That’s where the other word, behold, comes into play.  Look for the Lord’s presence in your life.  He hasn’t left you, He hasn’t abandoned you.  So, look for His presence, look for His activity in your life.

I hope to see you in church soon!