Central News for September 28, 2015

Central News for September 28, 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
Thanks to Rev. Edwin Bowden for preaching yesterday on short notice!  Unfortunately, we didn’t get a recording of his message…

Our current series of messages have been challenging, to say the least.  It is easy to pretend to be a real church.  However, the proof is in the pudding, as they say.  Real churches can be seen and heard:

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
The Encourager’s Class Fellowship is scheduled for Friday, October 2 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday, October 4th, following the morning worship service, Central will have a Special Business Meeting to seek approval for calling a Youth Pastor

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.

Missionary News
Japan: Daniel and Katie Speer departed for Japan early on September 23rd, and arrived September 24th.  Pray for their quick transition into the mission field.

Uruguay: Free Will Baptists in Uruguay gathered this past weekend for their annual convention.  Pray for God to use the conference to build his kingdom in Uruguay.

Spain: Praise God, Neil and Mandi Morgan received their visas!  Pray for them as they tie up loose ends, pack, say good-byes, and prepare to depart on October 5th.  Ask God to give them strength, energy, and peace in the midst of the rush.

Japan: Praise God for the possible opportunity to begin English classes inside the Abashiri prison.  Ask God to work and move, so many incarcerated men can hear the gospel as they learn English.

Samburu People: Pray for Eddy and Amanda Simmons as they share about the needs of the Samburu and raise the funds and prayer support necessary for ministry.  Ask God to give them safety as they travel, clarity and enthusiasm as they speak, and responsive audiences.  Pray for their Samburu co-worker Jackson as he carries the ministry alone.  Pray for his safety, health, energy, and perseverance.  Praise God for the five men who recently accepted Christ.

Japan: Praise God for the 60 people who attended a day camp hosted by the Free Will Baptist churches in Tokyo.  Ask Him to continue to build bonds between Christians and those with whom they interact on a regular basis.

Brazil: Pastor José Assunção baptized six people at the Marabá FWB Church in Araras, Brazil, on Sunday, September 20th.  Praise God!  Pray for the continued growth of these six and ask God to help them bravely share the gospel with others.

Côte d’Ivoire: Praise God for the two widows who recently accepted Christ as their Savior and burned their idols and fetishes last week.  Ask God to bless them for this step of faith and to protect them and their children.

Stateside: Keep praying for Barbara Gibbs’ 95-year-old father, Thurman Pate, Sr., who experienced facial trauma when he fell in his driveway on Saturday, September 12th.  Ask God to give guidance to doctors, healing, and peace.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Colossians 3:1-17

Bible Memorization Challenge: Colossians 3:12–13 (ESV)…12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Pastor’s Note
Next Sunday after the morning worship service we will have a special business meeting.  I believe it is a momentous occasion.  Churches like ours don’t call youth pastors.  We make do with whomever will volunteer from among the congregation.  We struggle with how to reach into the lives of our teens, and how to disciple them so that they have a better chance of surviving the pressures they face.  We don’t take pledges to support a healthy part-time salary and seek a candidate.  Or maybe churches like ours DO these things.  That is, we do them if we truly believe that God has a candidate in mind out there.  We do seek that candidate, prayerfully and humbly, and then we take the time to investigate and interview the candidate.  What we are potentially going to be doing is hard work, but it is worth it.  I encourage everyone to attend the business meeting this coming Sunday in order to finalize the calling of a youth pastor for Central Church.

I’d like to extend a special thanks to Bro. Edwin Bowden for preaching for me this past Sunday on short notice.  We were able to attend a 50th Anniversary celebration for some very special friends in Oklahoma City.  While it was a quick trip, it was also very relaxing and fun to be a part of their celebration.

Bread loaf ready for baking.Also this next Sunday we will be continuing our message series entitled Real Church.  Jesus told His disciples that one proof of their love for Him would be their love for one another.  Churches are meant to be places where we can make mistakes, and still be loved and forgiven.  The proof is always in the finished product.  We’ll take a look this coming Sunday at what it means to be a Real Church that has this kind of attitude.  Don’t forget that Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM we meet and have a time for Bible study and prayer.  We are currently studying Thessalonians.  This study is very interesting, because it represents one of the earliest written books of the New Testament, probably written with 20 years of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.  You are hereby, formally, invited to participate!

I hope to see you in church soon!