Central News for October 27, 2014

Central News for October 27, 2014

Our Messages
We’re continuing a new series of messages entitled Vital Signs.  There are five vital signs that a Christian ought to check in their own personal spiritual journey.  These vital signs will help us determine whether or not our spiritual life is as alive as it ought to be!  It’s all found in the Book of James.  We will be looking at each of these vital signs over the next few weeks.  We’ve completed four of the five vital signs, Standing With Confidence, Serving With Compassion, Speaking With Care, and Submit With Contrition.  We started the fifth, and final set of messages yesterday, Share Everything.

Stand With Confidence
How to Stand When it Hurts

How to Stand When Tempted

Standing On God’s Word

Serving With Compassion
Serving Without Prejudice

When Faith Isn’t Enough

Speaking With Care
The Impossible Task

Mission: Possible

Submit With Contrition
The “Ness” Monster

Killing “Ness” Monsters

Who Are You?

Share Everything
Wanna Be Rich?

What’s Happening At Central Church
TruthSeekers and PrayerLife are meeting every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.  TruthSeekers is designed for grades K-6.  PrayerLife is for adults, we’re currently studying the Book of Daniel.

Encourager’s Class Fellowship on November 1st at 6:00 PM

The Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptists will host their annual Missions Conference on Sunday, November 2nd at 6:00 PM at the Harmony FWB Church in Parkville, MO

The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 PM.

Missionary News
 Thirty-six couples participated in the couples’ retreat sponsored by the First FWB Church of Campinas.  Pray the two unsaved couples and unsaved spouses who attended will allow the gospel to impact and change their lives.

MISSION FAMILY: Pray for all our former missionaries to know God’s presence and peace.  Pray especially for Patsy Vanhook (France, recuperating from knee replacement surgery), Bessie Richards (Ivory Coast, on a new blood thinner for extensive blood clots), and Billie Sexton (France, hospitalized following a fall and a resulting small brain bleed; out of ICU and stable, but being monitored).  Ask God to give complete healing, if that is His will, and to provide strength and grace to each of these ladies.

BULGARIA: Continue to pray for Alex Awtrey, MK in Svishtov, Bulgaria, as he recovers from pneumonia.  He also struggles with asthma and was recently diagnosed with extensive food allergies.  Ask God to provide all family members with strength, energy, and joy.

JAPAN: Pray for Shannon Little as she attends a 10-day training on relational learning and teaching in Thailand.  Pray for clarity and understanding as she processes information.  Ask God to use this time to refresh her spirit and increase her effectiveness in ministry.

GLOBALLY: As Pastor Appreciation Month ends, pray for national pastors around the world.  Most serve while working a full-time job.  Many are ridiculed for leading a church.  Ask God to protect them spiritually, emotionally, and physically.  Pray for time to prepare strong, biblical teaching.  Ask Him to fill them with strength, contentment, passion, and joy.

GLOBALLY: The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is November 2, 2014.  Daily reports of persecution of Christians warrant prayer now.  Ask God to give strength, courage, wisdom, grace, endurance, and peace to His children who face violence, imprisonment, and death because they embrace salvation through Jesus Christ. Encourage others to pray also.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
James 5:1-20

Bible Memorization Challenge: James 5:12 (ESV)…12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Pastor’s Note
It’s hard to believe that the year is mostly over…we announced that the choir rehearsals for the Christmas cantata are starting this next Sunday.  Wait a minute, we just got this year started!  No, this year is mostly over, we have just a little over two months remaining in 2014; however, the year isn’t over, yet.  That means it is a little early to start contemplating 2015.

What is it that you had hoped to accomplish in 2014?  Have you gotten there?  Did you get everything done that you wanted to get done?  If not, why not?  What held you back in 2014?  The truth is, for most people, we don’t get things done because we never make a plan to get them done.  We don’t set goals, and we don’t write down a plan for how to achieve those goals with deadlines.  Since we fail to plan, we implement a plan to fail.

Target with arrows, bullseye is labelled GOALSHere’s some good news: it isn’t too late!  You may not be able to achieve all that you wanted to achieve for 2014, but you can get something done.  However, you will have to start with setting achievable goals, making a plan (with due dates), and then start working the plan.  Hold yourself accountable to someone for your plans.  You can get something done before the year ends!

Keep the Central Advisory Board in your prayers as we work through the year-end details of church business.  We will be making nominations for several positions, we will be establishing a budget proposal for consideration by the congregation for 2015, and we are considering reorganizing the Advisory Board for better oversight of Central’s ministries.  The Advisory Board desires to see Central become healthier in the year to come, however, we have many things that need to be accomplished in this year!

I hope to see you in church, soon!