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Weekly News

October Is Pastor Appreciation Month!

Traditionally, this is a special time to honor our pastors. First Timothy 5:17 says, “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” When we honor God’s servants, we honor God. We bless our pastors financially at Christmastime. During this special month of appreciation, we’d like to honor our pastors with personalized notes and cards of appreciation and encouragement. For your convenience, throughout the month of October a box will be located at the Connect Counter where you may drop your gift of encouraging words.


The Gathering  | October 14 | 7pm | Fusion Center

College students and young adults, you don’t want to miss this evening of fellowship, worship, and great food! Come and make new friends while enjoying a delicious Italian dinner. A $2 donation would be greatly appreciated. Please RSVP via Facebook or e-mail Christian. We look forward to seeing you as we break bread together!


2014 Chili Bowl | October 29 | 6:30pm | MPH

Our 2nd Annual Chili Bowl is coming up on Wednesday, October 29 and will be an evening of delicious chili sampling, games for the kids, and a spirit of camaraderie. The whole church family is invited to join us in the Multipurpose Hall to watch our chili masters compete to win top honors in our chili cook-off. Does your chili have what it takes to claim top honor at our 2014 Chili Bowl? The October 19 registration deadline to compete in the cook-off is just around the corner. What are the chili masters competing to win? Praise and recognition of their chili prowess for one. (Think high-fives in the foyer.) Plus, the winner will score the amazing Chili Bowl Trophy, a traveling monument to past and future winners of this friendly competition. Awards will also be given for Best Judge’s Choice and Best Table Decoration. So do you think your chili has what it takes? Submit your old family recipe, or join a group of friends and submit an entry together. Pick up a registration form at the Connect Counter ASAP.  E-mail neighbors@centralassembly.org if you have questions. Again, the deadline for entries is Sunday, October 19.


Women@Central Holiday Lunch & Expo | November 1 | MPH

Our annual Women@Central Holiday Lunch & Expo will be Saturday, November 1. The theme this year is “Live, Love, Share—A Beautiful Life.” The event will feature a shopping expo, an amazing panel of guest speakers, workshops on trending topics, a catered lunch from Maggie Mae’s, and an outreach opportunity to bless Weaver Elementary Store by donating new socks and underwear. Come early for shopping and workshops at 8:30am, then join us for lunch at 11:30am. Tickets are $14 and will be available at a designated table in the foyer through Sunday, October 26. If you would like to be a table host, your ticket price is $12. If you would like to be a vendor, please stop by our table and register. This will be a wonderful Saturday filled with friends, fellowship, and fun! If you have questions, please contact us.


Discover Your Strengths | November 9 | 6pm | Room 204

This exciting new class is for everyone! It’s for those who desire to volunteer in a ministry but may not be sure where to start, how they can help, or where their strengths lie. It’s also for those who may have a good idea of their strengths but are interested to know what strengths the class might reveal. Prior to the class we will take an exam based on the book, Gallup’s Living Your Strengths. The StrengthsFinder test will determine each individual’s strengths and help match you with possible ministries that “fit you” at Central. To sign up and receive important class information, please e-mail us.


Fusion Students Retreat | November 7-9 | Eagle Rock Retreat Center

Plan now to join us for our Fusion Fall Retreat. Come and get away from the distractions of this world and focus on God. Our theme is “ENDEAVOR: Pursue Your Passion.” Just $75 covers your food, transportation, and lodging. If you have questions, please contact us.


Legacy Breakfast | October 16 | 8:30am | MPH

Our next Legacy Breakfast will be Thursday, October 16 at 8:30am in the Multipurpose Hall. Tickets are available at the Connect Counter. They are $6 in advance or $6.50 at the door. If you celebrate a birthday during the month of October, your breakfast is free!


Men’s Breakfast Fellowship | October 18 | 8am | Perkins Restaurant

This group of men meets for encouragement, fellowship, and prayer the third Saturday of each month. All men are welcome. For more information, please contact Vic Ostrom.


Host Families Needed  | For international students far from home

We have a few international students who are on a waiting list for host families. What does a host family do? Host families offer students occasional gatherings on holidays, family dinners, birthdays, etc. If you are willing to “adopt” an international student, please contact us.


Chime Choir | Sundays | 5:15-5:45pm | Room 223

Attention, Fourth and Fifth Graders! Chime Choir has begun! Join us for an introduction to bells. We ring at Christmas and in the spring. Come and ring for Jesus with Miss Chris. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth.


Free ESL Classes | Tuesdays & Wednesdays | Lower Foyer

We offer basic conversational English classes free to all internationals. We now meet on Tuesdays in the Boonville side of the lower foyer from 6:00-8:00pm.  We meet in the same location each Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm. Invite your international friends!