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.
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 proves its love:
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
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.
The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
Brazil: Pastor Elizeu Cantelmo baptized ten people at the First FWB Church in Araras, Brazil, on Sunday, September 27th. The same day, Pastor Rafael dos Santos of the Buritis FWB Church in Belo Horizonte baptized five people. Praise God for the movement of His Spirit in hearts! Pray each of these new converts will be firmly grounded in the Word.
Spain: Pray for Neil and Mandi Morgan as they tie up loose ends, pack, say good-byes, and prepare to depart Monday, October 5th. Ask God to give them strength, energy, and peace in the midst of the final rush. Pray they and their three daughters will acclimate quickly to Spain. Pray they and José Manuel and Carmen, with whom they will be working, will sense an immediate kinship in Christ and encourage one another.
The Hanna Project: A team (Ann Brown, VA; Shane Brown, TN; Danny Gasperson, NC; Sheridan Mraz, KS; Jamie Murphy, TN; Ethan Nokes, TN; and team leader Michael Walker, TN) departed on October 1st, for Kulyab, Tajikistan. They will work on a home for boys and distribute eyeglasses. Pray for safety and health for the team. Ask God to use their efforts to glorify His name and expand His Kingdom.
Bulgaria: Pray the students from World Race will continue to provoke interest in outreach events sponsored by Varna New Life FWB Church. Ask God to use Saturday’s (October 3) worldview survey among students at the medical university to prompt interest in a movie and discussion about abortion that evening.
France: Pray for all those at the St. Sebastién church who are reading through the New Testament in 90 days. Ask God to use His Word to reveal sin, prompt confession and repentance, stimulate a desire for holiness and unity, and draw unbelievers to Him. Pray especially for a Muslim student who is participating to be enlightened through the Word.
E-TEAM: This week Student Missions Coordinator Hanna Mott and a team of others are sorting through applications and references to assign students to 2016 teams. Ask God to give wisdom and insight as they prayerfully consider each applicant. Only 100 slots are available for around 160 applicants.
Bulgaria: Tim and Lydia Awtrey began a 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.
Stateside: Please join the Mission in 30 Days of Prayer and Fasting which began on October 1st. Ask God to use this concentrated time of seeking His face to help us gain His view of the world, become more committed to reaching the lost, call more laborers into the Harvest, know precisely where to send those called, be the mission agency He desires with His agenda, have clarity concerning partnerships, abundantly resource His plans, and provide a vision for the future.
Japan: Praise God, Daniel and Katie Speer and daughter Audrey arrived safely in Tokyo, Japan, on September 24th. Pray for God’s guidance as they work through all the paperwork needed to spend the next two years working in Tokyo and begin ministry.
Bible Reading Challenge: Ephesians 4:1-16
Bible Memorization Challenge: Ephesians 4:12 (ESV)…to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…
Yesterday was an historic day for Central Church. In a special business meeting the congregation approved myself and the Advisory Board to proceed to seek candidates for and call a Youth Pastor. It is something that we are not taking lightly. However, we are excited by the possibilities that God can bring as we look for the candidate that God desires us to have, as we feel that God is firmly behind this. The outpouring of support for this move has been strong and unanimous. I have already begun promoting this position on our church website, Facebook, and Twitter. I will also be posting this position on several other websites I am aware of for ministry positions. I am praying that the right candidate will see our posts and respond.
If you like to keep your address book up to date, please make the following change to my email address: delete email@example.com and add firstname.lastname@example.org. I anticipate that we will be connected to Google Fiber within the next month or two. When this happens, all of the email addresses from kc.rr.com will go away. I am trying to only use the gmail account, so please make the change in your address books so that you won’t be sending email to a dead account.
Our Real Church series continues to challenge me, I hope it is challenging you as well. As we seek to reach our community we need to make sure that we are a real church, there’s no room for fake Christians or fake churches. The time is too precious for us not to take this seriously. This week we’ll be looking at what it means to be a real church that equips its members. The right equipment makes even a difficult job much easier!
I hope to see you in church soon!