Being part of the Central Assembly family means sharing a legacy that helps spread the gospel of Jesus around the globe. We kicked off our Fall Missions Emphasis on Wednesday, October 22, with guest speaker Dwain Jones, a gifted communicator who travels around the United States speaking to raise support for programs that are provided free of charge for the needy at Calcutta Mercy Hospital.
Our missions celebration continues this Sunday morning, October 26, at 9:00 and 10:30, with Dick Brogden, author/editor of the best-selling e-book, The Live Dead Journal. The Live Dead initiative is a church planting movement working to establish the Gospel in the last or least-reached areas of the world. Dick states, “As Jesus is enthroned in the Arab world, we will be that much closer to every tribe, tongue, and people in worship, that much closer to Jesus coming back to take us all home. Whatever that costs us, Jesus is worth it.” Then Sunday evening at 6:00, Daniel Wen will be our guest speaker, focusing on China. Daniel will touch your heart with his passion for his homeland. This Sunday we will have the opportunity to make Faith Promises. Pray about what you may give to help spread the gospel message to the world.
Our 2nd Annual Chili Bowl is coming up on Wednesday, October 29. It will be a wonderful evening of good wholesome fun and fellowship. The highlight of the evening will be watching our chili competitors do their best to claim top honors and the Chili Bowl Trophy. As you sample their concoctions, the chefs will do their best to claim your vote. Get there at 6:30 and start sampling! What else will be happening? There will be carnival games for the children to enjoy in the foyer. We’ll have live music and will share laughs at a pie eating contest. We need candy donations! Bags of individually-wrapped candy may be dropped before or after each service in the baskets located at each end of the foyer. This event is free for all. Since it’s a family event, childcare will not be available. Bring your family and friends, and come ready to enjoy the night on us.
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.
If you would like to follow Jesus’ example and be baptized in water, please plan to attend a required baptism class this Sunday in the Choir Room. Adults will meet at 5pm. Kids will meet at 5:30pm. To sign up for a class, e-mail us.
Sunday, October 26, is the last day to purchase tickets for our annual Women@Central Holiday Lunch & Expo! 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. This will be a wonderful Saturday filled with friends, fellowship, and fun! If you have questions, please contact us.
We are collecting donations of new socks and underwear to be given to Weaver Elementary Store. The collection bins are in the Multipurpose Hall. Please consider picking up a package or two for either boys or girls. Such fundamental items mean a lot to children in need. If you have questions, please contact us.
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 2. Remember to set your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed Saturday night. Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin who first suggested the idea in 1784 as a way to maximize daylight hours and save energy.
Hands of Hope is an outreach Fusion Student Ministries is heading up, in cooperation with Convoy of Hope, on Tuesday, November 4. Students will go to the Convoy of Hope Distribution Center and help package food for current and future aid that could make a global impact. For more information about this outstanding non-profit organization, you can check them out here. If you have questions, please contact us.
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. Scholarships are available based on need. If you have questions, please contact us.
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.
All retired and semi-retired ministers and spouses are invited to join us for a delicious Thanksgiving lunch at noon on Monday, November 17. Our speaker will be Dr. Tilahun Adera, provost/vice president for academic affairs for Evangel University. The cost per person is $11. Make your reservations at the Retired Ministers Fellowship table in the foyer.
If you are missing a Bible, book, umbrella, jacket, or other such item, please check Lost & Found. Items not claimed by the end of the month will be donated. Personal items such as keys, phone, or jewelry don’t go to Lost & Found. Check for these items at the church office during regular office hours.