We’ve had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas at Central! This past week we provided a gift to every child who attends Boyd and Weaver Elementary and Pipkin Middle School. Our Gifts for Kids outreach provides joy to the kids, as well as to us. Visit our Facebook page for reports, photos, and a couple of fun videos. Thank you, Central Assembly family, for your unfailing generosity. More celebration of this glorious season is still to come! This Sunday morning, as well as December 27, we’ll have one combined 10:00a service. We are looking forward to sharing a special Christmas service with you. Plan now to join us for our Christmas Eve service Thursday at 5pm in the sanctuary. An overview of December special events and our holiday service schedule is available here.
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, communion, and a message from our pastor.
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.
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!
Merry Christmas to all our international and American friends! Our international service will not meet December 20 or 27. We will join the main sanctuary service and resume our international service on Sunday, January 3. No ELS class or Wednesday prayer meeting will be held December 16-30. International women are invited to join us as we study Kerry Clarensau’s Redeemed beginning in January. We will have six sessions and meet every other week. We’ll have groups for Chinese and Korean, Japanese, English, and Youth. Contact Pastor Yoriko for starting dates and locations.
Your 2016 pre-numbered and dated offering envelopes will be available the last Sunday in December and the first two Sundays in January. Using these envelopes will help ensure you receive proper giving credit. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving to Central Assembly!
J12 is a Sunday morning discipleship class for 6th grade students. The focus is on the 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God, Scripture memorization, and learning what we believe and why we believe it. Orientation will be Sunday, January 10, at 9:00a in the Fusion Auditorium. Classes begin January 17. Contact us if you have questions.
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!
On Saturday, January 9, both our Food Pantry and Oil Change Ministry will be in action. If you’d like to make a real difference in lives by giving 2 hours of your time one Saturday morning a month, please join us. Contact us if you have questions.
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.