Pastor’s Notes for January 18, 2021

Pastor’s Notes for January 18, 2021

What’s Happening @ Central

Last night was a first, as far as I know, for Central Church. We conducted our Annual Business Meeting using Zoom. It was necessary to do this so that everyone could participate that wanted to do so. The Digest of Reports is available for review online and, if you feel inclined to do so, I can make available a video recording of the meeting for you to watch. The Advisory Board will be meeting this coming Thursday evening. We will be welcoming a new member to the Board (Wellington Gorham, Jr.), electing officers, and making some decisions about investing in new equipment for the media center. Please keep us in your prayers as we meet to work out these issues.

The Facility Board will also be active in the coming months as ongoing maintenance and repair projects in the main hallway and kitchen continue. We are working with a 40-year-old building and these kind of projects are needed to keep the building both attractive and functional.

This is the first time using this format for our newsletter, and hopefully, it will be easier to read and access than the previous version. If you have feedback concerning this format, feel free to share it with me. I want the newsletter to be something that you look forward to receiving.

P.S. The entire newsletter is no longer available online. You can only get the entire newsletter via email. If you want to receive the weekly Central News, use our contact page and ask to be added to the list!

Thought for the Day

How should Christians respond to what is going on in our nation right now? I know I have friends, who are professing Christians, who have made disparaging remarks toward elected officials. I am guilty of this, as well. I don’t like the direction our nation has taken in the past year, and I don’t agree with the current political atmosphere.

The problem is, I fear, we begin to think about our nation as if it were the kingdom of God and our Constitution and Declaration of Independence as if they were holy Scriptures. In other words, we think that our nation is a Christian nation, a theocracy. We think that our primary loyalty is to our country. The truth is far different if we are truly a disciple of Jesus Christ.

In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul reminded his readers that their citizenship was in heaven. Their primary loyalty was not to the nation of Rome (or even Israel for those who held to Jewish heritage) but rather their loyalty was to Jesus Christ. Peter, in 1 Peter 2:13-17, reminds his readers to be respectful toward government leaders. This respect didn’t always mean blind obedience to government authorities, as Peter reminds his readers to live as free people. However, even in their freedom, they were to live as servants of the Lord. So, be respectful and live as free people, free to serve God in all areas of your life!