This Sunday morning we’ll finish up our 20•15 in 2015 sermon series based on our year-long Bible reading plan. Our text from Revelation ties in beautifully with the message of Christmas. At 6:00p join us for our annual Christmas Festival! This festive event has become a tradition for many families and friends in our community. Our special guests include the Evangel University Women’s Chamber Ensemble. The Sanctuary Choir and Sanctuary Orchestra will present works from Handel’s Messiah, along with a variety of contemporary and traditional favorites. There will be a piano duet from our very own Dr. Greg Morris and his daughter Sarah. The evening will culminate in a beautiful candle lighting ceremony. This event is absolutely free—a gift to our community. We’re excited to celebrate God’s most precious Gift to us! An overview of December special events and our holiday service schedule is available here.
Ken and Poh-cheng Powell will be our guest speakers for our Christmas Host Family Worship on Sunday. A potluck lunch will follow the service, so bring a dish to share. We’ll have fun with Christmas quizzes and special music. This will be our last international service for 2015. We will resume on Sunday, January 3. No ELS class or Wednesday prayer meeting will be held December 16-30.
On Sunday, December 6, we blessed our associate pastors with a Christmas love offering. 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.
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. Just check in for childcare as usual. 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 also works with the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center educating worship leaders and will continue to pursue his doctoral studies.
This time of year brings changes to our service schedule. On both December 20 and 27, we will have one combined 10am service and no evening services/activities. Also, there will be no service/activities on two upcoming Wednesdays, December 23 and 30. Click for a complete overview of special services, service times, and more.
There is no better way to spend Christmas Eve than to gather together and celebrate the incredible gift of Jesus’ birth. This service is a Christmas Eve tradition for many. Join us at 5pm in the sanctuary for an intimate, kid-friendly family evening with a candle lighting service, music, and a message from our pastor.
The church office will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The office will also be closed on Friday, January 3 in observance of New Year’s Day. If you have an emergency situation, please call the church office number, 417-866-5013. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!
A new Stephen Ministry training class will be held January 3 at 6pm in the chapel. Stephen Ministers work alongside our pastors to serve those who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal or chronic illness, relocation, or loneliness. If you are interested in exploring this ministry, please sign up below. If you are unable to attend, please contact Pastor David. He’ll be happy to tell you all about it.
Plan now to join us for our FIRST Legacy breakfast of 2016 on Thursday, January 7 at 8:30am in the Multipurpose Hall! Tickets are $6 and will go on sale Sunday, December 27. We will celebrate both December and January birthdays. If you celebrate a birthday during either of these months, you will be our guest!
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.