Central News for November 29, 2016

Central News for November 29, 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 began our Advent messages this past Sunday, although we are going to be using a non-traditional series of messages for this year’s Advent.

November 30th ~ Grace

Here are links to the most recent series of messages at Central:

Thanksgiving

Reaching Out

Living in Crisis Mode

What We’re OK With

Upcoming Events

  • We will be decorating the church on Wednesday, November 30th from 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Central’s Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 4th, beginning at 9:30 AM
  • Central’s annual fellowship meal will be held on Sunday, December 4th following the morning worship 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
  • Christmas caroling at K. David Cole Place is scheduled for Sunday, December 18th at 3:00 PM
  • 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 Josh & Alicia Crowe, missionaries to Japan since 2007.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Ephesians 1:1-23

Bible Memorization Challenge: Ephesians 1:11 (ESV)—In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will…

Pastor’s Note
Sorry I missed getting this sent out yesterday.  My intention was to get the newsletter out yesterday; however, the day ran away from me…

Advent has already begun!  I will be focusing on the gifts that God has given to us during this Advent season.  I started with what I consider the greatest gift of all, Grace.  This coming week I will be speaking about the wonderful inheritance we have been given in Christ.  The thing about an inheritance is that it is a future promise.  We have just such a future promise!

Advent wreath with candlesThis coming month of December is packed with events.  Every Sunday of this month has an event or special service.  It can seem like the emphasis is on events; however, I want to assure you that my emphasis is on Christ.  All that we do during this month ought to point people toward Jesus.  While His actual birth probably wasn’t during December, we have set aside this month, and December 25th specifically, to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  So, let’s not forget that these special events and services are meant to do one thing, focus our attention on our Savior.  When you tell someone, “Merry Christmas,” you are reminding them that a Savior has been born.  When you share gifts with friends and family members, you are telling them that you believe in the greatest gift of all, Jesus.  This is an exciting month!  It is also one of the easiest times to invite someone to come to church.  So, make a commitment to invite someone to one (or all) of our special events this month.  We are still trusting the Lord to aid us in reaching five new families for this year; however, it will only happen as we engage in reaching out to these families.

Please keep the Advisory Board and myself in your prayers for the coming year.  We are still striving to lead Central into greater health, as a church.  Spiritual health is challenging.  Spiritual health involves, as a necessity, growth.  Growth involves, by definition, change.  If we are going to see greater health here at Central, then we must be willing to undergo change where and when it is necessary.  An unwillingness to change is also an admission that we don’t really want to be healthy, spiritually speaking.  Maintaining the status quo is never good for a church, we must be willing to change, to grow, and to become healthy.  Failure to do this will result in a church that eventually closes its doors.  We don’t want to be that church.  Along with praying for us, consider how you can be a part of the growth and change.  How can we better reach your friends and family members?  How can we more effectively make disciples?  Are there things that we’re not doing that you could be a part of making happen?  I hope you’ll pray about your part to play in regaining our spiritual health!

I hope to see you in church soon!