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AUGUST : 2017

cc:journal L I F E AT C E N T R A L C H R I S T I A N

cc:journal executive editor : Darren McClintock editor : Derek Pletcher creative director : Debra Smith distribution : Melanie Pedersen

in this issue | august 2017

contact us Central Christian 2900 North Rock Road, Wichita Kansas 67226-1198 316.688.4400 |

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ministries Care Ministries 688.4400

Barb Marchand 619.4775 We desire to help create caring connections within the church and help others walk through challenging life events.

Central Christian Academies 688.1161

Central Christian Academy : Grades K-8 : Michael Hunter Headmaster Central Christian Academy Preschool : 2-5 Yrs : Judy Buckert Director Joyful Noise Academy Daycare : 18 mos & walking : Pam Harrod Director

Central Christian Communications 688.4400

Derek Pletcher Communications Director

Central Christian Counseling Center 683.4083

Tallgrass Executive Suites, 8100 E. 22nd St. N., Bldg. 800, Ste. 100 Aaron Scharenberg LCPC, Counseling Center Executive Director

Central Homeschool Family Ministries

Karen Ryan Executive Director | Susan Warner H.S. Director Kris Sayler Elem. Director

Hospital, Homebound & Care Facility Ministries 688.4400

Barb Marchand 619.4775; Please keep us apprised of those who would like to be visited and/or brought communion while in the hospital or a care facility. Also, if you know of a Central member who is critically ill, homebound, in the hospital or a care facility, please let us know.

His Helping Hands 838.8528

1441 E. 37th St. N. Paul Dohm HHH Executive Director


Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Director

Prayer Ministries 688.4400

Emergency Prayer Request Line : Barb Marchand 619.4775

Radio Ministry

Sundays @ 7 a.m. on Bott 94.3 FM Sundays @ 10 a.m. on KNSS 1330 AM Sundays @ 11 a.m. on KSGL 900 AM

n in every issue : 3 Looking Forward : by Interim Pastor Darren McClintock 4 A Message from the Elders 19 Our Church Family 20 Calendar n features : 4 Meet the Family : Tori Dahilig & Jeff Lederer 14 Mindful Relationships : by Angie Moore, LCMFT, RPT-S n ministry news : 5 Groups 6 Academies 7 Children 8 Volunteers 12 Missions 16 Prayer 16 Women 17 Men n events : 10 Convoy of Hope : August 5 19 Twilight Car Show : September 23

Looking Forward

The book of Ezra tells the story of the people of God returning to Jerusalem after being in exile under the oppressive hand of both the Babylonian and Persian empires. Throughout their time in exile, prophets had consistently heralded the return to Jerusalem and the reestablishment of an even greater kingdom; even an eternal one, ruled by a great king known as the Messiah. Upon their return, they began to rebuild the walls and the temple. As the people of God undertook this endeavor, we come to Ezra 3:10-13 where the foundation of the temple was being laid. Singing and celebrating were two responses that were evident; one of great celebration and one of deep sorrow, particularly from those who were older and had seen the previous temple.

what they had known. In their eyes, not only was this clearly not a fulfillment, but this temple would be nothing compared to what they had known before. Both missed the message of the laying of the foundation. Every stone laid, every decoration put in place, and every act of worship that was to take place was neither a replication of the past, nor a fulfillment of the future. What it was, what it should have been, was clear evidence that the Lord was actively moving His people and His purposes forward.

What is interesting about this story is that both responses were rooted in the wrong perspectives. For the Jews who were celebrating, they were missing the reality that the current state of the temple was only a shadow of the old. Therefore, it couldn’t possibly be the fulfillment of all those prophecies they had relied upon for so many years. The sorrow of the other group was rooted in the past as they looked at what was taking place considering

As a Church, we are moving into a time of uncertainty and with uncertainty comes fear, as well as the temptation to fall into the trap these Jews did. Some may be tempted to look at the past and wish that the change wasn’t happening, or lament that the change will be nothing compared to what was. Some may be tempted to look at where we currently are and believe that we have arrived at the goal. The truth is that God is not done with Central Christian

Church and we must look to the story we are a part of—the story that is playing out as God unites all things under His Son (Ephesians 1:10). We have been called into that story! As such we must prayerfully, faithfully, and joyfully look to the future that God has laid out before us with hopeful expectation that He is still at work. During this time, there will be change, and perhaps that will cause some discouragement or frustration; but as a family, let us fix our eyes upon the true Shepherd of this body and strive to faithfully love one another as Christ has called us to do. The eldership, the staff, and myself are excited to be on this journey with you as we follow our Lord to whatever He has in store for us next!

God bless!!

Darren McClintock


From the Elders Dear Friends, I am pleased to announce that our Senior Pastor Search Committee has been selected and began meeting in July. Working pursuant to the Senior Pastor Succession policy, the committee is made up of four elders—Jim Andrew, Bill Blasing, Jason Buckingham and Mitch Herren, along with three congregation members—Pam Ramsey, Penny Frey and Seth Asher. Most importantly, the Elder Board asks that you join us in prayer for all aspects of the work these men and women are doing for our church. Serving on the search committee is a significant commitment. We are thankful that they have made the time to serve in this role and we pray for their diligence and discernment. You can look forward to receiving updates from the committee and information about how you can suggest possible candidates. In the meantime, please pray for God’s will to be revealed. Also, remember to lift up the man He has chosen to lead our church. For the Board, Robert Noland CCC Elder Board Chairman


meet the family TORI DAHILIG : YOUTH DIRECTOR I am so excited to be a part of the youth ministry staff at Central Christian Church! My family has been attending the church for over 16 years so I had the wonderful opportunity to grow up in this church and attend the youth group throughout my middle school and high school years. It was through my experience as a student in the youth ministry and the great impact that God had on my life through the leaders and youth community, that a passion for youth ministry was sparked in my heart. Youth group was always a huge part of my life growing up and was instrumental in my spiritual formation. Since that time, I had the opportunity to complete a college internship with the youth staff, volunteer as a youth leader for several years and will be completing a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Tabor College this year. Being a former student of the youth ministry has given me a deep love for youth, for walking through life with them, and for working with them through discipleship, youth missions and community outreach. My husband, Andrew, and I are incredibly thankful that God has given us the amazing opportunity now to serve and work with the wonderful staff, students and families of Central Christian Church. My desire and heart is that God will continue to use the Youth Ministry to transform student’s lives and cultivate deeper relationships with Him. I look forward to walking alongside students and parents as together, we equip these young people for Christian leadership in our world.


At age 15, my story with the Lord began as God saved me from the “seemingly perfect” American dream life that puts money and success as the ultimate goal in life. Almost immediately, God pushed me into leadership positions just to show me how much He could do with so little while giving me an insatiable desire to study, read and learn everything I could about this new life in Jesus. I led worship, Bible studies, talks and even sermons as a young, untrained man simply asking the Lord to move in me because my skills, talents and experience were not enough

to lead people to the Lord and change hearts. The Lord led me to universities and ministries—very large, very small, very old, and very young—which also led me to the Biblical Counseling program at Dallas Theological Seminary. God had two plans for that degree which were to give me a practical skill in ministry and introduce me to my beautiful wife, Cara Marie. It is amazing how God can take two people gifted in uniquely different ways to perfectly complement each other in Christ. Our partnership in the Lord gave

birth to four incredible young lives: our son Nathanael RJ, our daughter HannahBelle Lynn, our son Samuel David and our daughter Eleanor Elizabeth. Our hope in this new chapter at Central is to see an undaunted affection for the Lord explode here that overflows and instructs our love for one another in Christ, and uniting in our desire to reach the world with the lifechanging, hope inspiring, God-exalting truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

The Groups Team is currently in transition setting up the launch of the new group structure to begin this Fall. Community Groups will be the primary vehicle to authentic biblical community; leading to deeper discipleship and life-breathing relationships here at Central Christian Church. Watch for more information on the launch event coming in September! 5


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Tara Kater CCA Director of Communications, Marketing, and Admissions Judy Buckert CCAP Director CCA tuition grants are available for members of Central Christian Church


Can you believe summer is nearly over and school is around the corner? School supplies are in the stores and your homes, regular schedules are being reinstated, and fall is coming! It has been a crazy, wonderful, fun summer! Thank you for letting your kids attend all the fun learning environments we offered. Just wait until you see what’s up for next summer!



Preschool Promotion is August 5 & 6!

This means your kids in Toddler Blue through Pre-K Red will move to their next classes. Children in Pre-K Red are making the jump from Friendship Valley to Kindergarten in Base Camp. Children in Pre-K Green become Pre-K Red, and little ones in Toddler Blue become Pre-K Green. Your kiddos are growing up and we want to celebrate them. Please be sure to let us know if you are holding them back in one area or another so their tags reflect the correct class placement. August also brings about AWANA enrollment. You may do this online at any time from August 7-31. Leaders: Whether you are returning or new to the program, you may sign up online as well. We need about 140 leaders to make this work and, at this writing, we have only six. If we do not have enough leaders, we will not be able to offer this program, so please consider this amazing opportunity. You will not only be a blessing to our children, you will discover the greater blessing is yours! Our volunteers will need to be on board by August 28 so we can have appropriate training and be ready for the best AWANA ever!!

Mother – Daughter Tea

Mom’s or Grandma’s, if you have a girl in grade K–3, you will want to make plans now to attend this special tea on September 17th.

Does your group meet in the church?

If your group meets in the church and needs childcare, prior arrangements must be made with Tracey Hunt. She and her staff does an excellent job of welcoming and loving your kids in addition to presenting great lessons, but they need notice to prepare. Please plan ahead.


AUG 5–6 Preschool Promotion AUG 7–31 AWANA Enrollment AUG 28 AWANA Leader Registration Ends AUG 30 AWANA Training SEPT 4 Labor Day Church Building & Office Closed SEPT 13 AWANA Family Night (Parents must attend) SEPT 17 Mother–Daughter Tea Grades K–3 SEPT 20 1st Night of AWANA


Be the Church! Our church community is made up of so many wonderful people, each with special

talents and gifts. You have them, we all do. There is a wide range of talents from the stage to behind the scenes. Have you ever wondered what it takes to make each weekend service happen? Volunteers! So many of our volunteers are here early in the morning for set-up and others are here until midafternoon for clean-up. And many of them are here when you are. Galatians 6:10 tells us “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.� Have you been wanting to serve or build your community within the church? The opportunity is now! Are you a people person? Not so much? We have a place for you! Being involved is not just about serving the church, you will be blessed by it. Friendships are made and communities are built! Would you be willing to serve once a month? We have many opportunities for individuals, families and groups.

Volunteer Opportunities: Welcome Desk Coffee Team Children’s Ministry Communion Set-up Tech Team

Greeter Valet New Family Check-in Communion Clean-up Special Events

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in serving, or have questions about any of the volunteer areas. Email me at or find me in the lobby during any service.


KRISTEN RUSSELL volunteer recruiter

GOD is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10

his helping hands


statistics thru 6.22.17 his helping hands

is a ministry of Central Christian Church which helps people in need of food, clothing, household items and automobiles. At the time of distribution, we share the love of Christ with each individual. 33,073 141 household 20,194 cars/computers 28/14 clothing 170,840 volunteer hours 31,700 people served people saved

fresh hope

empowers women to rise from a lifestyle of poverty. If you would like to make a donation or donate your time to assist with these vital ministries, please call 838-8528. 471 self sustaining 379 graduations

For recent stories and testimonies: ccc.hishelpinghands 10

The Convoy of Hope

This month, the staff and volunteers of His Helping Hands (HHH) will be helping with the Convoy of Hope (COH) event in Wichita. This is the fifth year for this event, and we like to refer to it as “HHH on steroids�! During the event, COH distributes free school supplies, backpacks, new shoes and groceries to those in attendance who are in need. Services are also provided, such as haircuts, breast cancer awareness information and screenings, hearing tests, vision tests, school physicals, dental screenings and immunizations. It is a day

designed for not only gifts and services, but also the love of Christ to be shared. This year, on Saturday, August 5th, COH is prepared to serve 14,000 people at two locations: in south Wichita at Bethel Life Center, 3777 S. Meridian, and in north Wichita at McAdams Park, 1329 E. 13th St. N. The Connections/Prayer Tent

Once people have received their supplies and services, their final stop will be at the Connections/ Prayer (C/P)Tent. The HHH team will be serving in the C/P Tent at the north location. There, volunteer prayer warriors

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 beginning at 10 am South Location: Bethel Life Center – 3777 S. Meridian North Location: McAdams Park – 1329 E. 13th St. N.

will offer love, comfort and prayer. The Gospel message will be shared with those who have never heard it or responded to it before. During past COH events, hundreds of people have made a first time profession of faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior! Besides praying for special needs of individuals who come to the C/P Tent, volunteers will endeavor to connect them to helpful resources in our community. Often these connections are life-changing.

For example, last year a young single mom came to the COH event to receive some school supplies and groceries for her familyfamily. During her time in the C/P Tent, she was encouraged to apply for the Fresh Hope program at HHH. She did just that, was accepted and has since graduated from the program with a whole new outlook on her life. A few Saturdays ago, this single mom was at HHH to receive some household goods for her home, and was able to share with

We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth. 3 John 1:8

another single mom how Fresh Hope and Jesus had changed her life. One connection can lead to many more connections! This event is not about one church or one organization or one group of people, but it is all about the Church of Jesus Christ; His people working together to help others in His name!! Want to be involved?

If you would like to help, please contact Paul Dohm at 316.425.0639. We’d love to see you there!


Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Pastor


By Kimberly Friend and Rachel Culver

Tegucigalpa, Honduras is a city 2,000 miles away. It is the size of Wichita, but quadruple the population. It is said to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world, but for the 15 of us who recently traveled there for our missions trip with Mision Caribe, we only experienced love, kindness, and hospitality. Everyone was so warm and welcoming. While we were there, God provided us many opportunities to serve and love the people in the community. The first couple of days were spent putting together a youth camp for 10-15 yearolds. Our theme for the camp was “Shine your light,” and we were able to do this through worship, games, lessons, and arts and crafts. We were also able to attend a church service with the children the next day. Whether it was sitting around the campfire, playing soccer during free

time, or just ministering to the kids, it was an amazing experience. Our third day there was spent doing construction. It was a day of physical labor but also a day filled with love. We mixed cement by hand and were able to provide a family a new cement floor, who previously only had a dirt floor. This project was particularly special as we were able to meet the family and pray with them as the project was completed. The last couple of days were spent in a village a couple hours from Tegucigalpa where Mision Caribe has a church plant. We spent 2 days walking around the town, getting to know the people there, and praying for their needs. We were also able to have a movie and craft night, where many from the village came to watch the movie “Courageous.” continued on page 13

MISSIONS continued from page 12

One of the most amazing things was being able to communicate with actions over words. Not one of the 15 group members spoke more than a couple of words of Spanish, yet we were able to share the gospel and show His love to those around us. We are very thankful to Central and Mision Caribe for the opportunity to serve on this missions trip. We encourage anyone who may be feeling a call to go on a missions trip to take that leap of faith. God works in incredible ways once you step out of your comfort zone!




Central Christian Counseling Center Receives 2017 Best of Wichita Award This past Spring, Central Christian Counseling Center (CCCC) was selected for the 2017 Best of Wichita Award in the Mental Health Clinics category by the Wichita Award Program. Each year, the program identifies companies they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Wichita area a great place to live, work and play. We congratulate the CCCC staff for their dedication to the Lord and our community.


Mindful Relationships By Angie Moore lcmft, rpt-s

Do you ever find that you are on automatic pilot and not giving others your full attention? When was the last time you had a response ready before the person you were talking with finished a sentence? How long can you sit still…with no phone or tablet in your hands? Becoming mindful of ourselves and in our interactions with others can impact our answers to those questions. Mindfulness can most easily be defined as paying attention and being fully present in the moment. According to an article by Lisa Kring called, The 5 Tenets of Mindful Parenting, “Mindfulness is the capacity to be fully present with one’s actual, moment-to-moment experience as it is arising, with kind attention, without the mind trying to make it different.” Mindfulness has been believed to help reduce stress levels and improve relationships. Jesus modeled a mindful life in many ways. He was aware when he needed time to be in quiet conversation with God to hear His voice. He was keenly aware of people around him and what their needs were. He stayed focused on one task: … seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Also, Jesus was mindful by focusing on the present and trusting God with the future. There are ways to become more mindful in our daily living, but it takes practice and patience with yourself.

1) Limit your time on technology devices. As parents, one important gift we can give our children is our full, calm presence in each moment. Putting down your smart phone or tablet and having device-free time can improve your connectedness in many relationships.

2) Try mindful meditation. Meditation can be as simple as sitting still for at least 10 minutes, breathing easily, and repeating a line of Scripture. Finding a favorite calming verse to maintain your focus can be helpful.

3) Slow down. Truly listen to people around you and reflect on their words before responding. Focus on one task at a time and train yourself to ignore the impulse to pay attention to unnecessary distractions. God desires a connected relationship with each of us and wants us to have healthy relationships on earth. With practice, we can learn to live Psalm 46:10...

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Join us each weekend through September 3rd for the continuation of our study from Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus.



Every 2nd Thursday Next Meeting: August 10 7pm Crown Room

To be placed on our email list, please contact Dr. Paul Ackerman


Are you looking for a place to use your gift of prayer to serve God at Central? We invite you to consider the 120 Prayer Team. We pray to God fully convinced that He does more than we can even begin to imagine. We implore Him to do mighty works in and through Central Christian Church. This is a critical time in the life of our church. God blesses the earnest effective prayers of His righteous people. More than ever we must humble ourselves, seek God’s face, turn from our wicked ways, and cry out for His mercy, His leading, His work, and His kingdom. If you are interested in being part of this front-line ministry, please visit our website at and sign up through the online form there, or simply come pray with us at one of our scheduled prayer times. We begin praying in the South Conference Room (at entrance #1) 30 minutes before each weekend worship service. Please come and engage in this vital ministry.


All men 18 years & older are invited to join us for this monthly breakfast and teaching.


our leadership board of elders Robert Noland Chairman Mitch Herren Vice Chairman Dave McClintock Secretary Richard Ochs Treasurer Jim Andrew Jason Buckingham Bill Blasing Dave Kirkwood

pastors Peter Abood Choir/Worship Tom Black Administrative Steve Brummer Praise Band/Worship Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Ross Lamp Benevolence Jeff Lederer Groups Roger London Care/Outreach David Mann Teaching Darren McClintock Interim Edwin Ojedis Hispanic

Remember... children will be starting back to school this month, so please slow down at school crossings.

staff Aaron Beck Special Needs Gene Blythe Maintenance/Custodial Tori Dahilig Youth Paul Dohm His Helping Hands Lynn Eby Women Vicki Ejibe Children Kelly Guthrie Contributions “Griff” Promotion/Electronic Media Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Tracey Hunt Early Childhood Cheryl Hurley Guest Services Heidi Johnson Web / Graphics Design Brad Moser Safety/Security Tina Nickel Upper Elementary/Sports & Rec Derek Pletcher Communications Eddie Rivera Information Systems Janet Rochat Finance Aaron Scharenberg Counseling Center Debra Smith Graphics Design Michael Thorne Senior Adults Jennifer Torres Payroll/Human Resources Tim Weaver Video Production Jason Yakel Interim Facilities

Join us every 4th Saturday for BBB as we serve our community’s poor and homeless

Saturday, August 26 11:30am–1:00pm RiverWalk Church of Christ 225 N. Waco


For more info, contact: Coleen Barnes 316-264-9703

our church family Comforting those whose loved ones have passed on Al & Glenda Crafton on the passing of Glenda’s mother Drew & Brenda Hanson on the passing of Brenda’s father Mitch & Lisa Herren on the passing of Lisa’s father Richard & Judy Ochs on the passing of Judy’s father Justin Ochs on the passing of his grandfather John & Jill Walrod on the passing of Jill’s grandfather and the family & friends of our Brenda Newman Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ Karen Houchin • Gannon Hutto • Price Johnson • Madison Petz Welcoming those who have joined us in membership Brenda Cooper • Ethan Cooper • Garrett Ensley • Sephanos Kamau

financial stats Attendance: (Casa de Luz / Web Audience / Mission Trip) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) June 17–18......................................3,126 (113 / 484 / 0) June 24–25....................................3,037 (102 / 500 / 16) July 1–2............................................3,146 (56 / 797 / 15) July 8–9............................................3,672 (106 / 801 / 0) Central Christian has added 29 new members so far in 2017. General Budget Income: (General Fund / His Helping Hands) ”...and the people gave...” (malachi 3:10-12; ii corinthians 9:6-15) 2017–18 weekly average target.....................$123,673.08 June 17–18..................................$90,930.78 / $2,175.00 June 24–25..................................$74,852.17 / $1,908.62 July 1–2........................................$95,056.71 / $2,416.00 July 8–9....................................$133,947.16 / $17,627.00

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cc:calendar august 2017 Thru Sept 3

“We Are” sermon series (cont.)

Thru 27 The Legacy Journey (cont.), 11:30am, C12 Thru 4

Cross Bearing Adventures : MS Camp, Colorado (cont.)

Thru 5

Mission Trip : Mexico (cont.)


Cadre 17, for men, 8:00pm, Basement


Convoy of Hope, 10:00am, Bethel Life Center, 3777 S. Meridian; McAdams Park, 1329 E. 13th St. N.


Early childhood promotion


AWANA enrollment


AWANA leader enrollment


Cadre 17, for men, 8:00pm, Basement


Bible Science, 7:00pm, CR


Man Challenge, 7:00am, CT


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco


AWANA leader training

september 2017 4

Labor Day Holiday : Church office & building will be closed


AWANA Family Night


Bible Science, 7:00pm, CR


Man Challenge, 7:00am, CT


Mother–Daughter Tea, Gr K–3


AWANA begins


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco


Twilight Car Show, 3:00pm

october 2017 1–31

Pastor Appreciation Month


“The Well”Women’s Conference


Bible Science, 7:00pm, CR


Man Challenge, 7:00am, CT


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco

Our Mission: To lead people to think like Jesus, live like Jesus.

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