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Weekly News

Christmas at Central | December 6 | 9:00 & 10:30a, 6:00p

This Sunday morning we’ll begin our celebration of Advent at Central. As we near the wrapping up of our 20•15 in 2015 sermon series and Bible reading plan, we’ll take a look at part of this week’s Bible reading that may be considered a key to the Christmas season. At 6:00p in the Multipurpose Hall, Kids, INC will present the charming Christmas musical, The First Leon. This ever-delightful evening also will include performances by the Nursery and Cherub Choirs.

We’re excited to celebrate God’s most precious gift to us: Jesus! An overview of December special events and our holiday service schedule is available here.

International Service | December 6 | 10:30a | Fusion Center

Pastor Daisuke will speak from Haggai 2:1-5. His sermon will be “Back To Work.” Sunday, December 13 will be our Christmas host family worship. Ken and Poh-cheng Powell will be our guest speakers and a potluck lunch will follow. We’ll have fun with Christmas quizzes and special music.

Pastoral Love Offerings | December 6 | Morning Services

On Sunday, December 6, in both morning services we will have an opportunity to give in a Christmas love offering for our associate pastors. The love offering for Pastor Jeff and Carla will be Sunday, December 13. This is our opportunity as a church family to bless our pastors at Christmas.

Wednesday Night Bible Study | December 9 | 6:30p | MPH

This week we will welcome Dr. Maurice Lednicky as our speaker. Join us every Wednesday for inspiring Bible teaching and engaging discussions. Come a few minutes early and enjoy coffee and fellowship.

Fusion Christmas Party | December 9 | 6:30p | Fusion Center

Students, join us for a Christmas dinner, Christmas movie, cookie decorating, and much more. Don’t forget to wear your ugly Christmas sweater. The best/coolest/funniest sweater wins a prize. You don’t want to miss Christmas at the Fusion Center!

Legacy Christmas Dinner | December 11 | 6:00p | MPH

Seniors, this Sunday is the last day to buy tickets for our annual Christmas dinner scheduled for Friday, December 11. This year’s theme is “Adeste Fideles.” The evening will feature a delicious meal, warm fellowship, and a beautiful program. Tickets are $18 each and may be purchased at the Legacy table in the foyer.

Neighbors Kids | December 12 | 9:30a | Central Assembly

We are looking for kid loving, energetic people to minister to children who come with their parents on Neighbors Day. We meet in KidZone and have crafts, games, and worship time. This is the only “church time” some kids get. If you’d like to work with these precious little ones, e-mail kidsarecentral@centralassembly.org!

Neighbors Day | December 12 | 9:00a | Central Assembly

During this upcoming holiday season, we can bless others through our Food Pantry and Oil Change Ministry. Through these ministries we share God’s love with our neighbors. The next Neighbors Day is Saturday, December 12. The Oil Change Ministry will begin at 9:00. Food Pantry volunteers should arrive at 9:30. If you would like information about volunteering for either of these ministries, e-mail us.

Christmas Festival | December 13 | 6:00p | Sanctuary

This festive event has become a tradition for many families and friends in our community. Central’s Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra will present works from Handel’s Messiah, along with a variety of contemporary and traditional favorites. There will be a two-piano duet from our very own Dr. Greg Morris and his daughter Sarah. We will also welcome the Evangel University Women’s Chamber Ensemble as our special guests. The evening will culminate in a beautiful candle lighting ceremony. The event is absolutely free—a gift to our community. Come and celebrate Christmas at Central!

Celebrating the Matrones | December 16 | 6:30p | Multipurpose Hall

A special evening is coming up Wednesday, December 16, when an all-church reception will be held to celebrate the ministry of Pastor Tom and Darlene Matrone. This will be their 20th Christmas at Central Assembly! The come-and-go reception will be from 6:30-7:45. Come and greet the Matrones and enjoy refreshments. A basket will be provided for cards. “Come-and-go” childcare will be available for children birth through 5th grade. Our love and prayers go with them as Tom continues as chair of the Music Department and director of Choral Activities at Evangel University. He will also continue to pursue his doctoral studies.

Serving the Blind | Help for those affected with low vision

Low vision affects more people than you might expect. In Springfield, Missouri alone, there are roughly 3,500 people with low vision. If you or someone you know needs a blind-accessible Bible, transportation for errands, reading of mail, etc., we want to serve. Stop by the Connect Counter for an information sheet or contact the Center for the Blind by calling 417.831.1964 or by e-mail.