Central News for October 12, 2015

Central News for October 12, 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
Our current series, Real Church, continues to challenge us to consider what a real church looks like, acts like, and thinks like.  This week, we saw that a real church equips the members so they can grow up:

October 11th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Equips Members

October 4th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Proves Its Love

September 20th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Has Power

September 13th  ~ Real Church: A Real Church Has Structure

September 6th ~ Real Church: A Real Church Gathers

Upcoming Events
On Thursday, October 15th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Central will host the Grandview Bulldogs HS football team for dinner.  Volunteers should contact Gary Breshears for details.

The Deacon Ministry Team will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 18th following the morning worship service.

Everyone who is able to stay after the morning service on Sunday, October 18th is invited to help build our new Pinewood Derby track!  A pizza lunch will be provided for all who can stay and help.

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

The next Encourager’s Class Fellowship will be held on Friday, November 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Missionary News
Spain: Neil and Mandi Morgan and their three daughters arrived in Spain early on October 7th, after departing a day late due to flooding in South Carolina.  Pray they will acclimate quickly to Spain.  Ask God to go before them, paving the way, as they look for housing, complete legal requirements, etc.  Pray they and José Manuel and Carmen, with whom they will be working, will sense an immediate kinship in Christ and encourage one another.

Bulgaria: Jonathan Postlewaite and Josh Provow meet with the university president, and some members of the English faculty, in Svishtov, Bulgaria, on Monday, October 12th, concerning using a room on campus for an English club for college students.  Pray the space will be granted and many students will participate and learn not only English but also about the Word of Life.

Globally: October is Pastor Appreciation Month.  As you celebrate your pastor’s ministry, pray for pastors worldwide.  Most serve while working full-time jobs.  Many are ridiculed for leading a Protestant church.  Some are persecuted.  Ask God to protect them emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  Pray for time to prepare strong, biblical teaching.  Pray their family unit will be stable and healthy.  Ask God to help them resist temptation and to live godly lives filled with contentment, passion, and joy.

Mission Family: The father of former missionary Trena Owen (Uruguay, Spain), Nolan Adams entered Heaven on September 30th.  The family celebrated the 88-year-old’s homegoing on Saturday, October 3rd.  Pray for the family as they mourn their loss and adjust to the vacancy he left.

The Hanna Project: Chris and Tori and their children are scheduled to depart for Spain on October 27th.  Ask God to superintend all the details of the next few weeks as they finalize packing, say goodbyes, and prepare to move to Malaga.  Pray for wisdom, peace, and joy in the journey.

Bulgaria: Four women attended the first session of Tim and Lydia Awtrey’s new Bible study for seekers on Sunday, October 4th.  Pray participants will be open to the truths of the gospel and willing to apply those truths to their own lives.  On October 14thJosh and Lydia Provow will begin the same study with a group of English speakers in a village with no evangelical church.  Ask God to use this 12-week study to form a group of believers who will reach their neighbors.

Stateside: Please join the Mission in 30 Days of Prayer and Fasting, running October 1st-30th.  Today we are praying God will burden us to reach the nations…in our neighborhoods.  If you are joining in a little late, you can view requests for all 30 Days or catch up on the individual requests and blogs.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: 1 John 3:1-24

Bible Memorization Challenge: John 13:34–35 (ESV)…34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Pastor’s Note
Yesterday’s message was all about being an adult.  Not an adult chronologically, but an adult in the spiritual sense.  I firmly believe that one reason churches have a hard time moving forward is that too many people in the church have decided to remain a baby, spiritually speaking.  I have had church members tell me that my messages don’t “feed them.”  I acknowledge a responsibility to provide spiritual food in my messages, however, only a baby expects every meal to be provided by someone else.  We, as individual believers in Jesus, have a responsibility to grow up.  As your pastor, I have a responsibility to provide what you need in order to do that.  I must provide the right kind of knowledge and motivation for you to use in your growth process.  The knowledge that is so desperately needed is knowledge of ourselves and of our Savior.  We need to see ourselves as we are, and see Jesus as He is.  The motivation we need is to see others, who haven’t yet come to faith in Christ, as they are; not as someone to look down upon in judgment, but as someone who is lost and in need of the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to get out of being lost.  If you want to listen to yesterday’s message, you can find it here.

Heart-shaped cookies, love cookiesThis next Sunday will be the last message in the series, Real Church.  I am looking forward to it, not because it brings this series to a close, but because it wraps all of the messages into a final goal.  I encourage you, if you’ve missed a message in this series go back and listen to them.  The final message will attempt to bring all of them together and make sense of what a real church looks like, acts like, and thinks like.

Finally, keep the search for a Youth Pastor in your prayers.  I have noticed a significant increase in traffic on both our Facebook page and on the church website.  In fact, on the day that I posted our We’re Hiring message, we had more than ten times the normal daily traffic hit the website.  People have been looking…we need to pray that the right one gets the message!

I hope to see you in church soon!