Central News for October 3, 2016

Central News for October 3, 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 are continuing our series of messages, titled Reaching Out.  If we truly desire to be a neighborhood church, then we’re going to have to do just that…reach out!

9/11 ~ The Choices We Make

9/18 ~ Reaching Out in Jerusalem

10/2 ~ Reaching Out by Scattering

Upcoming Events

  • On Sunday, October 9th we will host a special evening service (6:00 PM) with Creation Ministries International
  • On Thursday, October 13th we will be feeding the Grandview High School football team—volunteers are needed from 4:30-7:00 PM
  • On Sunday, October 16th the Deacon Ministry Team will meet with the pastor following the morning worship service
  • On Saturday, October 22nd, Central will be providing water/fruit for the Fill the GAP 5K
  • On Tuesday, October 25th the Advisory Board will meet beginning at 6:30 PM
  • On Sunday, November 6th we will host a special service with Joel & Lydie Teague, missionaries to France
  • On Sunday evening, November 6th, the Greater Kansas City District Association of Free Will Baptists will host its annual Missions Rally at the Beacon FWB Church in Raytown

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 Dennis & Carol Teague, missionaries to France since 1974.  Read more about them by clicking this link.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Acts 13:1-52

Bible Memorization Challenge: Acts 13:2–3 (ESV)—2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  3Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Pastor’s Note
Let me start by expressing my gratitude to Joel for preaching last Sunday.  It allowed Sharon and I to take a much-needed week away.

I made a comment on Sunday about one of the characteristics of a dying church; that of no longer praying together.  I don’t think anyone wants to be part of a dying church.  As I have been sharing devotions with the Advisory Board over these past few months, I have shown them several characteristics of dying churches that we need to address here at Central.  I don’t believe we are dying, but I do believe we are somewhat sick.  The diseases that afflict churches are subtle, and often sneak up on a church.  They never see them coming, and only rarely realize that they are ill, and even rarer still are willing to do something about it.  Praise the Lord, the Advisory Board and I are seeing things, and are willing to address them!  Please keep us in your prayers.  Pray for wisdom for the Advisory Board and Deacons, along with me; we need it!  I am also working with Bill Weeks to enhance our prayer time during our Sunday service.

As I expressed a couple of months ago, our budget for Community Outreach has been expended; unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on your perspective) we have more events planned for the coming weeks.  The Advisory Board took the step of adjusting the budget upward in Community Outreach.  What this also means is that our weekly budget is even greater than before for the remainder of the year; any shortfalls will have to be made up out of our savings account.  I will try to get the updated reports onto the church website this week; you will be able to see them here.

Clasping handsKeep reaching out to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family.  Don’t give up; keep praying for opportunities to speak to them about Jesus.  I believe, with all my heart, if you are diligent to pray the Lord will make a way for you to share with those around you about Jesus.  Remember, it isn’t rocket science!  Tell them what Jesus has done in your life, that is the best witnessing tool you have.

I hope to see you in church soon!