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For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. I Corinthians 13:12

cc:journal executive editor : David Welsh creative director : Debra Roark Smith print production : Paul Huff distribution : Melanie Pedersen

in this issue

| february 2014

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

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n in every issue : 4 Pursuing the Heart of God : by Pastor David Welsh 12 Counselor’s Corner : Toxic Perfectionism by Alisa Shanks 17 Meet the Family : Denise Magruder 18 Our Church Family 19 Calendar

n ministry news : Care Ministries 683.4083 4 Missions Aaron Scharenberg LCPC, Care/Counseling Pastor We desire to help create caring connections within the church 6 His Helping Hands and help others walk through challenging life events. 7 Men | Involvement Central Christian Academies 688.1161 Central Christian Academy : Grades K-8 : David Funk Headmaster 9 Sports | Recreation Central Christian Academy Preschool : 2-5 Yrs : Judy Buckert Director Joyful Noise Academy Daycare : 18 mos & walking : Pam Harrod Director 10 Women Central Christian Counseling Center 683.4083 Tallgrass Executive Suites, 8100 E. 22nd St. N., Bldg. 800, Ste. 100 13 Youth Aaron Scharenberg LCPC, Care/Counseling Pastor 14 Children Central Christian Printing 688.4400


David Mann | Debra Roark Smith | Paul Huff | Heidi Johnson

n events : 8 Central Christian Academy Legacy Ministries Financial Resource Planning 688.4400 & Central Christian Academy Bob Crew CFA, CFP Preschool Open House : February 25 Hospital, Homebound & Care Facility Ministries 688.4400 Barb Marchand 619.4775; 10 Gladhatter’s Tea Party Please keep us apprised of those who would like to be visited and/or brought communion while in the hospital or a care facility. Women’s Retreat : March 28-29 Also, if you know of a Central member who is critically ill, homebound, in the hospital or a care facility, please let us know. 16 Secret Keeper Girl His Helping Hands 838.8528 Crazy Hair Tour : February 20 1441 E. 37th St. N. Central Homeschool Family Ministries e:

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

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 “Pursuing the Heart of God” with Pastor David Welsh

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

High Definition Seems like everyone throws around the letters “HD” these days. Technology has blessed our culture with High-Definition televisions, video, and multimedia interface. We now enjoy incredible enhanced picture qualities that not long ago, few thought possible. Sport event attendance is trending downward and professional team owners and colleges grow concerned. Fans are often opting to watch the games at home on large screen HD televisions with theater sound, rather than paying for expensive tickets, parking and concessions. (I won’t even mention the loud, obnoxious, and often drunk fans sitting around your children!) Who’s to blame people for staying home especially when HDTV shows every little detail of the game clearly and precisely? This month we shall engage a new study call “High Definition”. The first 36 verses of Luke chapter 9 offer an HD view of the very identity of Jesus. This “enhanced picture” allows His followers to see Him clearly for maybe the first time; not just a good teacher or philosopher. Not a military Messiah ready to usher an army against Rome. Not even a good hearted rabbi, mortal to the core of His being. No, we clearly see Jesus as the eternal, all-powerful Son of God; the same Jesus that stands by our side today, guiding us through life and giving us the strength to overcome all trials. This month, join us in our study and come see Jesus perhaps as you have never seen Him before, in “High Definition”.

Pursuing the heart of God David Welsh senior pastor


Missions the minority report Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Pastor

at the beginning of this brief status report on local and international

missions’ ministry, I want to direct your attention to Numbers 13 and 14. In this scriptural passage, God speaks to Moses and says: “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, one from each tribe (Num. 13.2). You will remember that at this point the children of Israel are poised to enter the “promised land.” In Numbers 13:17-20 you can read their marching orders. Note that this group of 12 spies was a distinguished, chosen delegation (Num. 13:3), not too far removed from experiencing God’s power and presence in His deliverance from Egyptian slavery. So, they are sent to reconnoiter the land, and after 40 days they return and give both the majority and the minority reports. Most of the spies say that the land was fruitful as advertised, but there are giants, walled cities, and powerful enemies in the land, and we are as “grasshoppers.” Joshua and Caleb don’t disagree with the other spies’ description of the land beyond the Jordan River, but counter that “our God is bigger and more powerful than any challenges we might face.” There was serious discussion about stoning Joshua and Caleb. That is when God intervened; He was to say, at the very least, upset. Finally, Moses interceded for Israel, but there were serious consequences. Regarding this story, one author wrote: “They went and saw awesome opportunities ahead and a beautiful fertile land. But they were overwhelmed by the challenges — huge people, fortified cities, and insurmountable obstacles.”


This biblical account reminds us that navigating in ‘terra incognito” or unknown territory and facing giant challenges require faith. We could stop here and profitably spend some time asking what new doors, what new growth or service opportunities is our Lord opening up right now in your and my life? What kind of report will we give about His character and faithfulness in light of the changing landscape in our lives? Through the medium of imagination, suppose I was to send each one of you to one to the 20 different countries in which our church currently has ministry partners, or even to visit one of the 15 ministries we support in the U.S. If you and I were able to go, what kind of stories would you bring back to give us the “lay of the land.” What would be our “spy report”? How would our understanding of the Christian world change, because “you and I were there?” Very quickly, the desire here is to present a couple of informational “snapshots” sent to us by ministry partners from our community, country, and from around the world. As we go forward into the year 2014, other ministry reports will be posted in the cc:journal under the label of “The Minority Report.”

the minority report fighting in southern sudan As reported by the international news media, fighting has recently broken out between two rival groups in the new nation of Southern Sudan. These combatants represent different tribal groups struggling for power in an already impoverished and war-torn country. Central Christian and Casa de Luz support Melinda Velasquez, a missionary to this country serving with Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT). In her most recent report, Melinda tells of being evacuated to Uganda. After two weeks away, she and her colleagues felt safe to return home. However, that same evening they heard nearby gun fire and discovered the next day that fighting had occurred in an army barracks located adjacent to their town. Again, 24 hours after returning to Southern Sudan, she was once more evacuated to the safety of Uganda. Melinda requests prayer for the people of Southern Sudan, quick resolution of this conflict, and clear direction from the Lord regarding next steps in her ministry. She reports there are many refugees fleeing to Uganda to escape the fighting.

New ambassadors to ethiopia Derek & Hannah Smith from our church recently completed their deputation and left for their initial assignment with CMF and a local partner ministry (Strong Hearts for Ethiopia) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hannah is serving as a hospice nurse and Derek is teaching in a Christian school and assisting the local partner with planning and administration. They wrote in a recent newsletter, “Derek has been wearing many different hats during these short months already. The majority of his

time at Strong Hearts so far has been spent in helping with planning. Just in the past two weeks Strong Hearts has launched a new youth program for the residents of the Korah community and is planning on starting a Bible training school in the near future.

update on bible translation During our Missions Weekend in October, several asked about the current status of Bible translation. In a recent report the President of Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) gave the following insight: In 2007, PBT was working in five countries and engaged in translating the Bible in 35 languages. This ministry partner is currently working in 14 countries and now has 62 different language translation projects. He also indicated “the whole Bible translation movement is gaining momentum. Not long ago, we were saying that 2,200 languages needed translation projects to start. Now the number is 1,919. Not long ago, the population of people needing a project to start was 350 million; now it is 180 million. God is doing a new thing in our time, and we get to be a part of it.” Central Christian supports PBT missionaries in Guinea & Southern Sudan.

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his helping hands :

Thank You for Caring! In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” acts 20:35

Thank you for helping the ministry of His Helping Hands assist many struggling families during 2013. With your help, HHH distributed food, clothing, furniture, household items, refurbished computers and automobiles to 8,029 families. Some of these families reside in our community; others are in Third World countries since we send excess clothing throughout the world. As these items were distributed, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed to each family through actions and the spoken word. Because of this witness, 688 individuals made a first time profession of faith in Jesus as their personal Savior! Your donations of items to HHH allowed us to distribute the following items during 2013:


941 appliances

7,554 pieces of furniture

7,498 toys during the Christmas distribution

19,269 household items

381,850 items of clothing

48 refurbished computers

22 automobiles

160 tons of food

The Fresh Hope ministry has also been helping some single moms get out of their poverty lifestyles. So far, 45 women have graduated from the program and many of them have found new jobs, or better jobs than the ones they previously had. Please continue to pray for these women as they work hard to provide for their children. God has abundantly blessed the HHH ministry through your donations and your prayers. Our Board of Directors and staff sincerely appreciate your partnership with us as we carry out the mission of HHH. The world continues to become darker, but the light of Jesus will always be proclaimed through the ministry of this church and His Helping Hands!

men | involvement :

This course is for everyone and is designed to help you identify the unique way God has "SHAPE-d" you for ministry. In just over two short hours, you will receive individualized feedback about your Spiritual giftedness, Heart (passions), Abilities, Personality and Experiences that make you uniquely qualified for the ministry to which God has called you. Register online at

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Next Class: Sunday, February 23 1:00–3:30pm • Hospitality Suite

Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Central Christian Academy and Central Christian Academy Preschool Invite Prospective Parents to our

Open House

February 25th at 7:00pm Crown Room | Central Christian Church

For more information please call:


Central Christian Academy Preschool Central Christian Academy

Judy Buckert 316.688.1161 Carrie Jones 316.688.1161

We invite you to visit our website: or

sports ! recreation :

For Boys & Girls in Grades K–6 Late registration fee: $70 Practices will be 1 hour a week on either Monday, Tuesday or Friday evenings beginning Feb 24. First Game: Saturday, March 8.

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2014 Upward Basketball

a call for volunteers I am excited for this upcoming Upward Basketball season! God has provided another way for Central Christian Church to connect with the community. For those of you unfamiliar with Upward Basketball, let me tell you a little bit about it. Upward Sports was founded in 1995 by Caz McCaslin in Spartanburg, SC. Upward Sports has grown to become the world’s largest Christian sports league for children. The first-class sports programming provides a fun sports experience based on healthy competition for kids, teaching skills for the sports arena and values for life. Last year was our first year at Central to host an Upward Sports program. While we had a few first year hiccups, overall it was a very successful season! Just under 50% of our families involved were not Central attendees. We had 82 athletes and 36 volunteers. I am anticipating growth and praying that God brings even more families to participate in our league this season. As you can guess, the success of any program of this size is dependent upon its volunteers. Our volunteers coach the teams, referee the games and run the score clocks. If you have a heart for outreach, like mentoring kids, know anything about basketball (don’t worry, we have training), and can give up a couple of hours a week, then I would love to speak with you! Even if you cannot support the Upward Basketball program by volunteering, you can support it through prayer. Our season starts in February and ends in May. Pray that God would use this program to reach families who do not know Him. Also, pray for the safety of all those participating in the league and that our actions would honor Him. For more info and to register, go to one of the following websites:


“Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s

You are cordially invited to the

GladHatter ’s Tea Party March 28 & 29 ~ 2014 Oklahoma City Register online through March 10 under Women’s Ministries, in the church office, or Sundays, March 1–2 or 8–9 between 9:30–11:00am in the church foyer.

getting!” Our 2014 Women’s Retreat will be here before you know it! We are pleased to be able to take this retreat on the road, after 3 years of hosting it here at home. Our speaker is someone many of you already know and love...our own Irene Hoyer. We can’t wait to hear what gems she has in store for us! Our emcee, Tawnya Kitt, is as funny as she is godly and wise, and is the perfect choice to keep us running along on time! We have some new faces on our coordinator team this year: Angie Jones has been busy conjuring up some marvelous new skits, and Kim Webber will lead us in worshiping our gracious Father. Faithfully returning are Lynn Eby (Registration) & Debra Smith (Art & Decorations). Now, for a sneak peek at our fabulous weekend to come...

“Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.” Check-in at the Embassy Suites begins at 4:00pm on Friday, March 28th, after which you will be set free to explore your own adventures in Oklahoma City until 8:45pm. (Bricktown offers lots of fun things to do, and there is a sprawling outlet mall close to the hotel!) Your presence will be required at the hotel for our “Gladhatter’s Tea Party” to be held promptly at 9:00pm where we will enjoy an hour

After March 10th add $10. No refunds will be given after that date.

Lodging: Embassy Suites 1815 S. Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Just a few things to remember: Be sure to bring your Bible. The retreat is for all women age 18+. Babies are not allowed in the meeting room.


Contact Diana Fink or Lynn Eby 688-4400

Make Every Day Your Best Day A First Place 4 Health Study

women :

Cost: $89 each (4 to a room) $99 each (3 to a room) $117 each (2 to a room) $173 each (1 to a room) $50 each (For those who want to come Saturday only)

Register now for these new Bible studies!

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of fellowship over a delectable array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, coffee and tea served in the atrium. When you wake on Saturday, “try to believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast”...which will be waiting downstairs. There you will have your choice of as little or as much as you like from the full buffet. The rest of Saturday’s itinerary begins at 9:00am and concludes at 4:00pm, with a soup, salad and sandwich lunch buffet in between. For the rest, you shall just have to grow “curiouser & curiouser.”

Thursdays, February 20–May 22 1:00–3:00m • Dee Schmidt leader Parlor • $18 book only; $99 for starter kit No child care • Registration closes February 10 Carpe diem is a Latin phrase that means “seize the day.” But when it comes right down to it, most people find themselves “missing the day” rather than seizing it, wondering where the time went and asking, “What did I really accomplish?” But you can make changes to use each day to the fullest. This study will guide you to embrace life one day at a time and give you guidance for how to use today wisely.

Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer

Mondays, March 24–May 12 • 7:00–8:30pm • $13 Daneen Stahl leader • Home Study call 688-4400 for directions No child care • Registration closes March 10 Interruptions; they’re aggravating; sometimes infuriating. But how we handle interruptions tells us a lot about ourselves. The prophet Jonah’s existence was interrupted by a call of God that would require a complete change of life. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city!

Gideon by Priscilla Shirer

Tuesdays, March 25–May 6 • 9:15–11:30am • Parlor • $14 Barb Hess leader • Child care available with reservations Registration closes March 10 Ever feel insufficient? Could it be that your weaknesses are the keys that unlock God’s strength? Through a look at the life of Gideon, you can discover that instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, you can see them as the gifts given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of His strength.

Coming This Month: Stitching Sisters February 10 & 24 • 6:30–9:00pm • Choir Room For ladies who embroider, cross stitch, needlepoint, knit or crochet. Bring your project and supplies and enjoy a time of stitching and fellowship. Child care is not available. Contact Karla Seals at or 687.9888 for more info.

Glory Babies Gathering Thursday, February 20 • 7:00–8:30pm • Parlor This ministry walks with women through the losses of miscarriage, stillbirths and infertility. You are welcome to bring a friend with you. As always, we’ll have some tasty treats! Contact Melissa at 706-1822 or with any questions, or click:




Toxic Perfectionism

by Alisa Shanks Ph.D.

our pain, our fears, our humanity. When we Perfectionism is defined by Webster’s don’t risk or share intimately, then others dictionary as “a disposition to regard anything cannot know our needs. I grew up in a family short of perfection as unacceptable.” When where achievement was highly valued. It was we allow perfectionism into our hearts and an environment of “performance-basedlives it becomes toxic to our souls. Toxic acceptance.” In college, one of my roommates perfectionism is lived out when we believe expressed that she never thought I had any that we cannot expose our real selves problems because or our weaknesses my life seemed so to our friends, or perfect. Although family. It gets in the and so the of I was doing an way of intimacy and excellent job of Galatians 6:2 esv prevents us from living how I was living as Christ called raised, appearing perfect prevented me from us to live. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he forming true, intimate friendships. People exhorts us to “bear one another’s burdens who are in touch with their own humanity and so fulfill the law of Christ.” and imperfections cannot relate to people Perfectionism pervades our culture. Actors, who appear to be living perfect lives. celebrities, athletes, etc. are all expected to be perfect. American media attacks any hint of It has taken me a long time to learn the imperfection. Living in our media-saturated importance of sharing my imperfections. culture promotes our own perfectionism Contrary to popular belief, being honest and causes us to attack ourselves when we about struggles and imperfections actually fall short. Unfortunately, sometimes even promotes intimacy and deepens friendships. in churches Christians have been known to It also results in receiving support when you “shoot their own wounded.” This promotes a need it. When we appear perfect, no one culture within Christianity where presenting thinks we need support. When we choose any aspect of your life or character which vulnerability and share our real selves, we is not “perfect” does not seem wise. In can ask for the support we need and build the sermon on the mount, Christ calls healthy friendships. Choosing to embrace us to be perfect, “You therefore must be our imperfections promotes our ability to perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” live out Galatians 6:2. We can truly bear (Matthew 5:48 esv). Jesus was not calling one another’s burdens and live out the law us to be in bondage to perfectionism. The of Christ. The ESV Commentary explains ESV Commentary on Matthew 5:48 states, that to “bear one another’s burdens is the “As Christians seek to live in conformity supreme imitation of Christ, the ultimate to Scripture, they are in fact, pursuing the burden-bearer . . . the ‘law of Christ’ means very perfection of God.” The focus is on the entire body of ethical teaching that Jesus conforming our lives to the Word of God, gave and endorsed, but here it also applies not on “being perfect.” to the command to love one’s neighbor as oneself.” I believe that working to release our Toxic perfectionism inhibits true intimacy selves from the bondage of perfectionism will because we fear the judgment of others. It free us to love our neighbors and ourselves. prevents us from sharing our difficulties,

Bear one another’s burdens, fulfill law Christ.

March 17–21

Spring Break Missions Week

for middle & high school Cost: $100 We will be staying locally at our church this year, doing Missions projects within our own community.

June 22–28

CIY MOVE “This Changes Everything!”

for high school Cost: $375 for early registration Feb 1–Mar 31 (Add $25 after Mar 31) This 5-day event is for students graduating high school in 2014 to 2018. It is held all over the country and is designed to amplify the call of Christ on students’ lives to become Kingdom workers.

July 12–19

Mission Trip: Haiti

for high school This trip is open to the 1st 16 applicants. Applications are available online at

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children :

Helping to grow the bond between fathers and daughters.

The Central Kids’ Spring Local Missions Project: Bottles for Babies

Friday, February 7 • 6:30 to 8:30 pm • Hospitality Suite Cost is $5 per person Register online at or pick up a paper form from Joshua Reed at the Summit.

As part of our discipleship plan for Children’s Ministry we want our little ones to learn to share and care for others. During the month of February we will be collecting baby bottles and formula for the Pregnancy Crisis Center. Bottles and formula are provided to mothers for the first year of their child’s life, so these are items in high demand. We know children can understand the need for food in their life and can relate to babies as well, so we have chosen this service project for our children to be a part of. We encourage you to let your child be a part of this project by taking them to the store with you to purchase the items. Let them help choose the bottle(s) and then carry it in and place it in the collection area. Talk with your child about when we show love for others we are showing God we love Him. These are valuable experiences in your child’s life that teach them how to love God. Bottles & formula will be collected through the month of February. Drop off items in the baby crib located at the Check-In Counter in the Lobby.

Guidelines for purchasing baby bottles and formula: Bottle Size: 4 oz. Formula: 15 oz. or 24 oz. powder/milk based Parent’s Choice Target Store Brand Dillon’s/Kroger Store Brand

for Girls & Boys Grades 4-5 CIY Conference Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22 Tulsa, OK “SuperStart!” provides a safe environment for students to learn and grow in their relationships with their friends, leaders, and most importantly, with God. Throughout the event, they will encounter Christ through high-energy worship, interactive teaching, and small groups, all designed with their needs in mind. You can be sure your preteen will leave “SuperStart!” not only with a great weekend experience, but also the teachings and foundation to further amplify Christ’s call on their lives to become “Kingdom Workers.” Must register by February 7. $75 per student (includes conference, transportation, meals, and an activity on Saturday) Check-in is 3:00pm Friday, February 21 in the Youth Center (entrance #13). We will leave Wichita no later than 3:30pm! We ask that each child bring a sack lunch for the ride to the conference. We will return on Saturday, February 22 in time for the 5:33 service; however, there will be NO programming for Grades 4 & 5 that night.

AWANA T&T Bible Quiz Saturday, February 8

This is a chance for T&T Clubbers to show how much they have learned in their handbooks. There will be several extra required practices leading up to this event. If you are interested, please sign up at the check-in table outside the Chapel on Wednesday nights.

AWANA Game Day Outreach is coming in March! Saturday, March 8

On this day, Sparks and T&T clubbers will share the love of Jesus through games. We have asked these kids to be praying all year about one friend they could invite to this great event. The goal is for each of these clubbers to bring one person who does not have a relationship with Jesus, or who is not currently part of a church. Then, on this day we will spend the morning playing games, eating lots of pizza, and talking about what God can do in their lives. We are very excited to see what God is going to do through this event and how lives will be impacted for eternity! If you would like to know more about this event or our AWANA program, please do not hesitate to call. We also ask that you keep this outreach in your prayers. Save the Date: March 17–21 is Spring Break There will be NO AWANA or Friendship Cove that week.

Be a “Buddy” in Journey Journey is a ministry to children with special needs and focuses on children ages 5-12 who are primarily diagnosed under the Autism Spectrum Disorder. This includes children with special needs that may not be included under the Autism Spectrum Disorder, i.e Down Syndrome AND children diagnosed with emotional disorders such as anxiety, PTSD, depression, etc. Journey is currently available each Sunday morning during the 10:00 am service. The Journey ministry provides: •

Each child with the opportunity to participate at their ability level;

Bible/scripture lessons presented in small group or even individual settings for the children so they may better understand the message of Christ;

An adult “Buddy” for each child.

Each child in the Journey ministry is assigned the same adult “Buddy” that will be with them every Sunday morning. If you would like to find out how you can mentor one of these remarkable children, please contact Bob Nooe at, or come to a meeting on Sunday, February 9th at 9:00 am in A-9.

A Big “Thank You”! The Central Kids Team would like to say a big “thank you” to the over 500 people who volunteered over the past year to make “building the next generation of Christ Followers” a reality. There is no way we could ever reach the nearly 1,000 children who come through our doors every week without the dedicated team of volunteers that God has given us. Thank you for all of those who are so willing to serve. We are truly blessed to see how God is using our volunteers to make an eternal impact.


Meet the Family The road is often long and lonesome for those who make their living on it. Perhaps even more so if you are one of the few women who work as an overthe-road truck driver. But a renewed faith in Jesus made all the difference for Denise Magruder. Denise was born and raised in Wichita. She was introduced to Jesus when she was eight or nine years of age, but found herself drifting away once she graduated from elementary school. “My life was overshadowed by an alcoholic father and a mother who was overbearing and unaccepting,” she said. Drugs and alcohol quickly became the quick fix she sought to deaden the loneliness she felt. In 1991, people were placed on her path that helped her to see that she didn’t have to go down that road. She gave up the heavy drinking and the drugs and things did get better. Still, she knew there was something more for her...something she couldn’t quite grasp.

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Then in 2009, her mother died. “My mother had never truly accepted me for who I was,” she said. “I don’t blame [her]...I realize she did the best she could. But for some reason, her death was significant and opened all the doors that had been barred to me before and set me free to be myself. I felt like I could fly!”

Having been overweight all of her life, she determined to live a healthier lifestyle. Over the next four years, she lost 85 pounds and went from a size 2X to a size 6. “This was nothing short of a gift from God. I never could have dreamed of making such a change on my own.” In 2012, as Denise began to feel better about herself, she sought out a personal trainer to help her strengthen her body for the knee-replacement surgery she knew she would have to have. The trainer was, in her eyes, “nothing short of an angel,” with an attitude of faith Denise wanted to share. Her new friend invited her to attend Central Christian

with Denise Magruder

and, when she did, she felt she was “home”. She enjoyed the music and the services so much and missed it when she had to be out on the road during the weekends. Then she discovered that the services were broadcast over the internet. She took a day off from work, which is hard for her to afford, so she could attend a Next Step class. “I felt so welcomed there. I found a home and became a member.” “I used to feel lonely as a truck driver,” Denise said. “I would sit all day listening to audio books to pass the time. Now, besides the broadcasts from church, I listen to a Christian music station and I feel more joyful and upbeat. Having all that, plus my new body shape and new knees, I am a new person who is blessed in Jesus’ name. I thank God for each new day and welcome the sunrise.” Denise has always believed our paths are chosen for us before we are born and doesn’t regret her past because it has made her into who she is today. “Jesus has always been my co-driver. Together there is nothing we cannot handle. Thanks to my faith, I live each day to its fullest and let God take care of the rest.” Watch the rest of Denise’s story at

our leadership pastors David Welsh Senior Pastor Roger London Executive/Ministries Mark Posson Executive/Business Peter Abood Fine Arts/Worship Tom Black Involvement/Men Steve Brummer Worship David Funk Academy Administration Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Bryce Hutson Children Ross Lamp Benevolence David Mann Communications Darren McClintock Outreach Matt McFarren Youth Edwin Ojedis Hispanic Ministries Chad Pickering Young Adults Aaron Scharenberg Care/Counseling Craig Tucker Small Groups/Adult Growth

directors Caitlin Bliss Girls’ Discipleship Paul Dohm His Helping Hands Exec Vicki Ejibe Lower Elementary Diana Fink Women Kyle Fleet Middle School Holly Garner Early Childhood Program “Griff’ Griffith Promotion/Electronic Media Rob Hendrix Facilities Op/Safety/Security Linda Highbarger Finance Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Cheryl Hurley Special Events Jennifer McCurdy Sports/Recreation Robert Nooe Special Needs Joshua Reed Upper Elementary Eddie Rivera Information Systems Jonathan Schlueter Media Presentation Deb Shelly Health Promotion Debra Roark Smith Print Production

Want to know more about Central? This class is designed to help you determine your “next step.” It focuses on the vision and mission of Central Christian and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. If you are interested in membership, or would like to know more about Central, sign up today by calling Silvia at 688-4400 or visiting our website. Our next class will be held

Sunday, March 2th ~ 11:30am—3:00pm • Central Christian Vision Statement: A Church after God’s Heart. • Central Christian Mission Statement: Honoring the heart of God by following, serving and sharing Jesus in our world. • Vision & Mission Value Points: FOLLOW—Everyone a Disciple; SERVE—Everyone a Servant; SHARE—Everyone an Evangelist and a Christ-centered Influence.

“Direct my footsteps according to Your Word.” Psalm 119:133a

managers Gene Blythe Maintenance/Custodial Jackie Cooper Kitchen Steve Crabtree Maintenance/Custodial Paul Huff Print Shop Tracey Hunt Childcare Heidi Johnson Web Design Nancy Miller Contribution/HR Janet Rochat Accounts Payable

executive assistants Sue Crafton Business Silvia Goddard Ministry Barb Marchand Senior Pastor

board of elders Richard Ochs Chairman Mitch Herren Vice Chairman Cliff Hartman Treasurer Steve Slusher Secretary Jim Andrew • Tom Butz • Dave Callewaert Brian Doom • Derrel Pressnell

We are LIVE-STREAMING our worship services over the internet! Now, when out of town on business or vacation, you can go to or visit our website at and follow the link.

our church family Comforting those whose loved ones have passed on The family of former member Art Stone Marty & Nancy Johnson & family on the passing of Marty’s mother Brad & Nicole Niessen & family on the passing of Brad’s father Ray & Anna Roberts on the passing of Ray’s father George & Marian Snider on the passing of Marian’s mother Celebrating the union of husband & wife Courtney Southard & Jayson Roll wed Dec 27, 2013 Celebrating the birth of each new life Mariah Johnson born Dec 2, 2013 @ 6 lbs, 15 oz to Richard & Melissa Johnson, and grandparents Mame Johnson & John Donohue Ryder Calvin Lee born Dec 22 @ 7 lbs, 12.5 oz to Chad & Trisha Lee, and grandparents Jerry & Kay Lee Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ (*Casa de Luz) Jordan Grasman • Gemma Hutson • Tamya Jones Jorge Vasquez • Maria Vasquez Welcoming those who have joined us in membership Karolina Alvarado • Aimee Greenman • Joshua Greenman Kenny Turpin • Nicole Turpin

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Attendance: (Casa de Luz; Middle School Retreat) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) Dec 7-8........................................................ 2,445 (94; 80) Dec 14-15........................................................ 3,227 (121) Dec 21-22........................................................ 1,586 (193) Dec 28-29........................................................ 2,908 (177) Jan 4-5, 2014................................................... 2,123 (131) Central Christian added 166 new members in 2013; and 8 new members in 2014. General Budget Income: ”...and the people gave...” (malachi 3:10-12; ii corinthians 9:6-15) Weekly budgeted goal for fiscal year 2013–14........$131,346.00 Dec 7-8............................................................. $80,085.42 Dec 14-15.......................................................$171,293.72 Dec 21-22.......................................................$268,964.37 Dec 28-29.......................................................$230,578.75 Jan 4-5, 2014..................................................$207,653.94 His Helping Hands Donations: Dec 7-8............................................................... $4,683.00 Dec 14-15........................................................... $6,939.00 Dec 21-22......................................................... $23,482.60 Dec 28-29........................................................... $7,019.95 Jan 4-5, 2014.................................................... $33,796.00 ‘bout time Donations: Dec 7-8............................................................... $6,427.35 Dec 14-15......................................................... $23,440.36 Dec 21-22.......................................................$112,174.45 Dec 28-29......................................................... $16,105.92 Jan 4-5, 2014.................................................... $24,906.94



Total Donations to Date $3,723,760.30

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Bottles for Babies Missions’ Project


Father-Daughter Valentine Dinner, for girls gr 4-5, 6:30pm


AWANA Game Day Outreach


Journey Meeting, 9:00am, A9


Stitching Sisters, 6:30pm, Choir Rm


Passion, for young adults, Houston, TX


Men of Issachar Breakfast, 7:00–830am, CT


Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour, for tween girls, 6:00pm, WC


Glory Babies Gathering, 7:00 pm, PLR


SuperStart! for gr 4-5, Tulsa, OK


BBB (Burgers, Bibles & Blessings), 11:30am-1:00pm, RiverWalk Church of Christ


SHAPE Class, 1:00-3:30pm, HS


Stitching Sisters, 6:30pm, Choir Rm


CCA/CCAP Open House, 7:00pm, CR

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Next Step, 11:30am–3:00pm


Upward Basketball Begins


Daylight Savings Time Begins


Men of Issachar Breakfast, 7:00–830am, CT

17–21 Spring Break Missions Week, for Middle & High School 28-29 “GladHatter’s Tea Party” Women’s Retreat, Oklahoma City, OK

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Next Step, 11:30am–3:00pm


Passover Seder


Resurrection Weekend

Our Mission: Honoring the heart of God by following, serving and sharing Jesus in our world.

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