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Central News – March 5

Sunday, March 5 | 9:00 & 10:30a, 6:00p

This Sunday morning Interim Pastor Jim Bradford will continue our 2 Timothy series with “Absorb the Word” (2 Timothy 3:14-17). Our annual business meeting will be this Sunday evening at 6:00 in the sanctuary. We’ll have the opportunity to review God’s faithfulness over the past year, look ahead to another great year of ministry, and elect three deacons. Only official members may vote; others are welcome to come and observe. Please pray that God will guide us in our decisions.

If you or someone you know is looking for a church home, we invite you to join us this Sunday. You are welcome here!

Pastoral Search Survey | February 26-March 5

Our church-wide, anonymous pastor search survey is open through this Sunday. It is available in identical electronic and paper formats. The electronic version is available right here. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Information Counter. Please complete only one format, one survey. We’d like everyone to participate. Thanks!

International Ministries | March 5

International Sunday Morning Connection meets Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 in Room 123. This Sunday Pastor Yoriko will speak from Psalm 23:5. Join us from 12:00-12:30pm for our After Service Connection with Pastor Daisuke and international ministry leaders. This before and after service fellowship meets every Sunday. Our next Host Family Lunch & Fellowship is Sunday, March 26. If you have questions about our international ministries, please contact us.

Sunday Evening Prayer | March 5 | 5:00p | Room 125

Many gather on Sunday evenings from 5:00-5:45pm to pray for various needs, challenges, and opportunities pertaining to our church and its mission. You’re invited to come and go as your schedule permits. We believe in prayer at Central!

Wednesday Night Bible Study | March 8 | 6:30p | MPH

This Wednesday night Daniel Guy will continue our current series exploring Joshua, Judges, and Ruth with “Timid Warrior” (Judges 6:11-16, 25-32). Join us every Wednesday night for teaching, table discussions, and prayer.

Guys’ Softball | Sign up by March 16

Hey, guys! It’s almost that time of year when young and old dig out their bats and ballgloves from winter storage and head to the dusty diamonds for America’s favorite pastime. Central has four softball teams, and we need players at every skill level. The season starts the first week of April. We’ll have two practices before our first game. If interested, be sure and sign up at the Information Counter by March 16.

Marriage Workshop | March 24 & 25 | Chapel

A free 2-day marriage enrichment workshop is coming up in March. The meetings will be Friday, March 24 from 5:30-8:30p and Saturday, March 25 from 9:00a-11:00p. Meals and workshop materials are absolutely free. For more information or to register for this free event, email us.

LFTL Banquet | March 30 | 7:00p | Life 360 Church (Parkcrest)

The Springfield North and South sections will join together for the 2017 Light for the Lost Banquet. Missionary Mark Turney will be the speaker. Pastors and spouses will receive free steak dinners. Others may purchase dinners for $8 each at the Information Counter.

Fusion Spring Retreat | March 31-April 2 | Eagle Rock Retreat Center

Our annual Spring retreat for Fusion students is coming soon! The theme is, “Logos: You May Have Life in His Name.” Fun and a study of John’s gospel will be our focus. The cost is $100 per student. Scholarships are available; applications must be turned in by Friday, March 17. All forms and fees must be turned in by Friday, March 24. Let us know if you have questions.

Easter Celebration | April 15 | 9:30 | Fusion Center

Plan now to join us for our Family Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 15 from 9:30-11:30am. We’ll have fun games, inflatables, petting area, crafts, snacks, and an Easter egg hunt. The brand-new Road to Resurrection experience will take you back in time to the week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. If you have questions, contact us and be sure to save the date!

Divorce Care | Sundays | 5:30p | Room 204

Men and women who are separated, divorced, or going through a divorce are encouraged to join our Divorce Care group. The group offers support and understanding. Contact us for more information.

Free ESL Class | Wednesdays | 6:30p | Room 123

Our free ESL classes meet Wednesday nights at 6:30p. We have both beginner and intermediate classes that give internationals a great opportunity to practice conversational English. If you have questions about these classes, pleases contact us. A new Spanish Conversation class meets Wednesdays at 6:30 in Rooms 121/122.

Stephen Ministry | Bringing God’s love to those in need

Our Stephen Ministers have been trained to provide confidential one-to-one encouragement, prayer, and weekly support for people who are going through a difficult time. Do you know someone who is struggling with the loss of a loved one, loneliness, cancer, job loss, relocation, divorce, spiritual crisis, recuperation, single parenthood, or any of the countless other life challenges? If you or someone you know is hurting, Stephen Ministers can help. Contact us if you need help or would like to refer someone.