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| february 2017

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

visit us online website:

worship with us Saturday evenings | 5:33 Sunday mornings | 8:45 n 10:00

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casa de luz hispanic church Sunday evenings | 5:00 Central Christian Chapel

: : I nFfeatures 4 Our 2017 Elders

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 Counseling Center 683.4083

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

Central Christian Printing 688.4400

Debra Smith | Paul Huff | Heidi Johnson

Central Homeschool Family Ministries e:

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 “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

n in every issue : 3 Pursuing the Heart of God : by Pastor David Welsh 19 Our Church Family 20 Calendar CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH

10 Suicide & Depression :

by Shelly Weber–Ingram, LCMFT

n ministry news : 6 Children 7 Men 9 Sports & Recreation 12 Missions 13 Central Christian Academy Preschool 14 His Helping Hands 15 Students n events : 5 Central Christian Academy Open House : February 7 & April 4 8 Baptism Weekend : February 18–19 8 IF : February 3–4 16 Souper Bowl : February 4–5 17 Tim Hawkins LIVE : May 14 17 Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference : February 10–11

Pursuing the heart of God David Welsh senior pastor

Paul wrote in Philippians 1:3,

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Powerful words! Break them down with me.


It’s personal, something I choose to do because it is right.


A sincere display of gratitude and appreciation through prayer.

“my God”

He is my Father, my authority, my personal Savior and Lord.

“every time”

Not just occasionally or intermittently, but every single time without fail.

“I remember”

I recall not only with thoughts in my head, but feelings in my heart.


The focus of my love and friendship. Who in your life meets the focus of this verse? Who do you carry in your heart that brings out the best of thanksgiving in your words and in your prayers? For Paul it was the Christians in Philippi. For you, it could be a spouse, child, family member or close friend. But allow me to suggest an addition to your list. What about Jesus? Has anyone done more for you than He? Has anyone else sacrificed their life for you? Has anyone else made amazing promises to you; promises such as forgiveness, salvation and eternal life? Shouldn’t He be on our hearts and in our thoughts every day? Give thanks!

This month we continue our sermon series from the book of Philippians simply entitled, “Joy!” Join us each weekend as we take a journey with the Apostle Paul to discover the eternal joy that is ours to claim each day!


Central Christian Elders for 2017 The 2017 Central Christian Church Elder Board is made up of the 8 members listed here. All serve voluntarily and are chosen from nominees made by the CCC Congregation. On behalf of the Board, please know that we are humbled to serve in this role as we seek God’s direction for our church over the next year. We welcome communication from the body of believers at CCC.

Robert Noland Chairman

You can connect with your elder board in three ways: • • •

Sending a letter to the church addressed to the Elder Board Visiting the ‘About’ section of our website and using the email link on the ‘CCC Elders’ section Sending an email directly to

Mitch Herren Vice Chairman

Jim Andrew


Bill Blasing

Dave McClintock

Richard Ochs



Jason Buckingham

Dave Kirkwood

Please keep our elders in your prayers as they lead our church family during the coming year.

Open House February 7 & April 4 7:00 pm Michael Hunter CCA Headmaster

Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Crown Room Central Christian Church

One of the best things you as a parent can do is to provide your children with an education based on the principles of Christ. If you are interested in partnering with us in the pursuit of excellence for your child, I would like to invite you to check us out. Central Christian Academy is now accepting applications for the 2017–2018 school year! Priority enrollment for current CCA & CCAP families has begun...


Meet our teachers and administration, hear about course options and learn more about the quality academics and extracurricular activities we have to offer.

Central Christian Academy Re-enrollment fee for current families: $170 by February 28th • $200 after February 28th Enrollment for Central Christian Church members & NEW families begins March 1st: $300 registration fee Grant applications for active CCC members are available and may be received directly from the CCC office. To apply, go to and click on Admissions.

Contact Carrie Jones, Director of Admissions: 688-1161 •

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children :

6 Thanks to Our Awesome Volunteers! Last month we got to celebrate our stellar volunteers with our annual appreciation event “Bingo Blast!” But, we also want to make a public acknowledgement of the fantastic people that give their time and gifts to serve in Central Kids. They are loyal, committed, and make a difference h e re at C e n t ra l Christian Church! “Thank YOU!!”

Save the Date!




Movie Night March 3 6-8:30 pm


Spring Break March 20–24

Since many students from the 4th & 5th grade class will be attending SuperStart the we ekend o f February 17th–18th, there will be no programming during worship for this age group on Saturday, February 18th at 5:33 pm. Parents, please have your student attend church with you.

Interested in learning basic M E archery skills? This 8-week class begins February 7th. Cost: Just $5 per person For details, go to




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CENTERSHOT ARCHERY 6–8 pm in D2 & Multi-purpose Room

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






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sports & rec :


basketball league designed to develop young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially. We provide a positive environment in which athletes of all levels can grow. Teams practice once a week and have a game every Saturday morning starting in March. The league is for kids of all skill ability, Kindergarten (5-years-old) to 6th grade.

RegistRATION Cost: $70

for more information & To register: Every prayer must attend ONE of the following player evaluations: • Saturday, February 18 @ 9–11am sports • Monday, February 20 @ 7–9pm


practice sessions begin march 6th

See you there!





I wanted to write on the topic of depression and suicide this week as someone in my sister’s church committed suicide and there are so many families affected by this kind of tragedy. This subject is important to discuss in the church and statistics show

it is as prevalent in Christians as non-Christians (“When Suicide Strikes in the Body of Christ,” Christianity Today.) The No. 1 cause of suicide is untreated depression. If you see signs, get help. It is important to get mental health services by professionals and seek the church family to support you. If someone is depressed, there are several levels of depression. It is ideal to start getting help before you have thoughts of death or suicide. There is a depression quiz/test you can take on line at that can help you determine if you have depression and what level you are. If your score is moderate depression or higher, it is wise to call for counseling. Central Christian Counseling Center combines licensed mental health professionals with the ability to meet you where you are spiritually as well. If someone is suicidal with a plan and a means, you should take them to St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Room to be evaluated for safety and in-patient treatment. If they are having suicidal thoughts without a plan, it is vital to call for counseling and set up an appointment for help.

“Signs to look for with suicide”

Mental Health America

Verbal suicide threats such as, “You’d be better off without me,” or “Maybe I won’t be around.”

Expressions of hopelessness and helplessness.

Previous suicide attempts.

Daring or risk-taking behavior.

Personality changes.


Giving away prized possessions.

Lack of interest in future plans.

Major financial or business crisis where one feels backed into a corner.

“If you think someone is contemplating suicide”

Mental Health America

Trust your instincts that the person may be in trouble.

Talk with the person about your concerns. Communication needs to include LISTENING.

Ask direct questions without being judgmental. Determine if the person has a specific plan to carry out the suicide. The more detailed the plan, the greater the risk.

Get professional help, even if the person resists.

Do not leave the person alone.

Do not swear to secrecy.

Do not act shocked or judgmental.

Do not counsel the person yourself.


This time of year can be especially hard for people with depression and suicide. If you feel depressed, be sure to take the on line quiz/test for depression referenced earlier. If your score is moderate depression or above seek professional counseling. If you are having suicidal thoughts with a plan and a means, go to St. Joseph emergency room to be evaluated for inpatient or outpatient treatment. The goal is to be more observant of yourself and others around you, to increase hope and help.

May the God of fill you with all


joy & peace

in believing that by the power of the

Holy Spirit

you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. Romans 15:13

When you can’t find peace, hope or joy in your life... Call us. We can help. 316.683.4083 Tallgrass Executive Suites 8100 E. 22nd St. N. Bldg. 800, Suite 100 Wichita, Kansas


by Shelly Weber–Ingram, LCMFT



Field notes 12

Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Pastor

The messiah and the

missionary He left the comfort, security, and familiarity of his home to venture to a foreign and sometimes unfriendly land. He came like a helpless child needing to learn the language. He went in response to a call by His heavenly Father. He was warmly welcomed by some but rejected by others. While He ser ved others He relied on friends and supporters who gave materially to enable the ministry He was doing (Luke 8:3). He lived among those He served and brought hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless and light into the darkness. God only had one Son, and He sent Him as a missionary. Rick Malm ­Commission to Every Nation

choices medical clinic — wichita Tawnya Kitt who is a member of our church serves as the Operations Manager of Choices Medical Clinic­—one of our 20 local ministry partners. She recently sent us the following report of results for the final quarter of 2016, along with this message, “We are grateful for another year in the Lord’s service and continue to seek ways to influence others for the Gospel of Christ by offering compassionate care for unplanned pregnancy. We want to be here always; thank you for making it possible!” Here are a few patient comments when asked about the most helpful part of their appointment: “I really appreciated the spiritual advice and the reminder that God is the reason I have this miracle.” “How they listen and understood my needs as a person/parent, and also giving me encouragement to want to parent this new child.” “It did help me to feel peace with God and trust in God and His will.” “The support, background of clinic, safe place from a previous nightmare experience. I’m so happy to have found this place. God’s always putting blessings in the way.” ministry indicators — oct–dec 2016

Total patient visits.......................................................................218 Abortion-vulnerable or undecided..................................18 Women choosing life after counseling/sonography..........................................................9 Sonograms.......................................................................................119 Witnessing/Gospel Opportunities..............................122 Professions of faith in Christ..................................................18 Rededications......................................................................................1 Perinatal Hospice (Initial visit)................................................2 Medical Rotations........................................................................30

Are you looking for a fun-loving, Christian environment to start a lifetime of learning for your child? Central Christian Academy Preschool is now enrolling new families for the 2017-2018 school year. Please contact Judy Buckert to schedule tours or for more information. 316-688-1161 

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his helping hands :


“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20

Heavenly Treasures

The Heavenly Treasures Gift Shop on the campus of His Helping Hands provides tangible treasures to our customers while storing up treasures in Heaven for our clients. Many customers regularly visit the Gift Shop to see what new “treasures” have arrived. All of the items sold in the shop are donated and all proceeds are used to help fund the HHH ministry. The Gift Shop is operated by faithful volunteers so the only overhead is for the utilities.

The Gift Shop was started in October of 2008 and operated out of two offices in the main HHH building. It has allowed us to be good stewards over the many items donated to the organization. Core items are given to our clients to help them in their times of need. Non-core items, such as antiques, collectibles and over-sized furniture are placed in the Gift Shop for sale. Havertys Furniture donates their returned or slightly damaged items to HHH and have given us permission to sell these items in the Gift Shop, since

most of this furniture is oversized and is not practical for our clients who live in small houses and apartments. In September of 2014, the Gift Shop was moved into a “trailer complex” consisting of two sets of double-wide trailers which were donated by the Boeing Corporation. The trailers were positioned on the HHH property and a storage section was built to connect them. This was a huge blessing to the ministry as it allowed for much-needed space.

TOP: Trailers donated by Boeing. MIDDLE: Trailer complex & storage. BOTTOM: Inside the Gift Shop.

As the Gift Shop has continued to grow, we are again dealing with “growing pains.”God has provided a solution which we will share with you in the next edition of the cc:journal. In the meantime, the proceeds from the Gift Shop will continue to be used to help our clients, including sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. In other words, Heavenly Treasures allows our clients to store “Treasures in Heaven”. Thank you for your support of HHH and the Heavenly Treasures Gift Shop!

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students :





high school


for current 8th – 12th graders

july 10–15

Registrations will be open after the first of the year. For questions please contact Kyle Fleet at 688-4400. C3 Youth Journey Together.


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benevolence :


Thank you to everyone who has so generously given to our annual “Souper Bowl” drive! We are still accepting donations the weekend of February 4–5! Your donations will benefit those in our church family in need, as well as those who come to His Helping Hands for assistance. Your gifts are greatly appreciated!! Join us for this monthly lunch for our community’s poor and homeless

Saturday, February 25 11:30am–1:00pm RiverWalk Church of Christ 225 N. Waco For more info, contact: Coleen Barnes 316-264-9703

SUNDAY, MAY 14 @ 6 pm (Doors open @ 5:15 pm) General Admission Tickets: $25 advance $23 advance group rate (10+) $30 at the door

Premium Admission Tickets: $39 advance $37 advance group rate (10+) $45 at the door

Über Fan Package: $75 advance only – Only 60 will be sold Each ticket includes: Reserved seat in front 3 rows $10 voucher for Tim Hawkins merchandise at the show Limited edition concert laminate Exclusive access Meet and Greet with Tim after the show for 60 Über Fans only!

THE MINGLING OF SOULS A MARRIAGE CONFERENCE February 10–11 • $5 per person For more information or to register, please visit


our leadership pastors David Welsh Senior Pastor Peter Abood Choir/Worship Tom Black Administrative Steve Brummer Praise Band/Worship Kyle Fleet Student Ministry Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Bryce Hutson Worship/Communications Ross Lamp Benevolence Roger London Care/Outreach David Mann Teaching Darren McClintock Discipleship Edwin Ojedis Hispanic

directors Paul Dohm His Helping Hands, Exec Lynn Eby Women Vicki Ejibe Children “Griff’ Griffith Promotion/Electronic Media Linda Highbarger Payroll/Human Resources Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Tracey Hunt Early Childhood Cheryl Hurley Guest Services Jennifer McCurdy Sports/Recreation Robert Nooe Special Needs Derek Pletcher Communications Eddie Rivera Information Systems Janet Rochat Finance Aaron Scharenberg Counseling Center, Exec Debra Smith Print Production Michael Thorne Senior Adults Jason Yakel Interim Facilities

Put your loose change to work for the CCC Benevolence Ministry.

Give a little every time you spend. See how at

managers Gene Blythe Maintenance/Custodial Jackie Cooper Kitchen Steve Crabtree Maintenance/Custodial Paul Huff Print Shop Heidi Johnson Web Design Brad Moser Safety/Security Tim Weaver Video Production

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

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 classes will be held in the Choir Room

Sunday, March 5th @ 11:30am–3:00pm • Our Vision: To be a church after God’s own heart. • Our Mission: To lead people to think like Jesus, live like Jesus.

our church family


financial stats

Comforting those whose loved ones have passed on Dwight Allen & Family on the passing of his wife, our Sue George & Judy Baldridge on the passing of Judy’s mother Mike & Barbara McGee & Family on the passing of Barbara’s father Roger & Sandi Megli on the passing of Roger’s mother Clint & Alexann Wilcoxen & Family on the passing of Clint’s grandmother Don & Ros Williams & Family on the passing of Don’s mother, our Frances King Celebrating the union of husband & wife Mary Cain & Mike Maxey married December 30, 2016 Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ Jessica Bell • Paula Dutton • Cade Liby • Jasmine Mahurin Travis Mahurin • Alyssa Morales • Yesenia Otano • Leonardo Perez Taylor Rohleder • Ikechukwu Ugwu Welcoming those who have joined us in membership Amber Mahurin

Attendance 2016: (Casa de Luz) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) December 10-11........................... 2,912 (87 / 78 Retreat) December 17-18............................................. 1,689 (120) December 24-25................................................3,268 (69)

We have noticed a significant rise in our web audience over the past year, and have now begun to track it weekly along with our regular attendance. Attendance 2017: (Casa de Luz / Web Audience) December 31, 2016-January 1.................2,755 (73 / 495) January 7-8...............................................3,511 (94 / 549) Central Christian added 128 new members in 2016. General Budget Income: ”...and the people gave...” (malachi 3:10-12; ii corinthians 9:6-15) Weekly budgeted goal for fiscal year 2016-17.........$134,231.00 December 10-11, 2016..................................$135,275.30 December 17-18, 2016..................................$180,550.54 December 24-25, 2016..................................$149,305.25 December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017............$276,385.29 January 7-8, 2017..........................................$158,650.32 His Helping Hands Donations: December 10-11, 2016...................................... $4,980.00 December 17-18, 2016.................................... $18,984.00 December 24-25, 2016...................................... $3,876.21 December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017.............. $14,025.00 January 7-8, 2017............................................ $18,962.00 R USA FOR EVE

mailbag from the family, Dear church t. My family beautiful plan e th r fo s u yo Thank ss and prayer s your kindne te ia ec pr ap so ory. Love, in mom’s mem ge

Judy Baldrid

Central Christian 2900 N. Rock Road Wich ita, KS 67226

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Financial Peace University Orientation Class, 6:30pm, HS


IF: Wichita


Souper Bowl


Centershot Archery Class begins


CCA Open House, 7:00pm, CR

10–11 The Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference 17–18 SuperStart! for Gr 4 & 5, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK 18

18–19 Baptism Weekend 18

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Upward Basketball Player Evaluation, 9:00–11:00am Man Challenge, 7:00am, CT

Upward Basketball Player Evaluation, 7:00–9:00pm


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco

march 2017 5

Next Step, 11:30am


Daylight Savings Time begins, Spring ahead one hour

20–24 Spring Break

april 2017 4

CCA Open House, 7:00pm, CR

15–16 Resurrection Weekend

may 2017 7

Next Step, 11:30am


Tim Hawkins Live, with special guest Bob Smiley, 6:00pm, WC

june 2017 11

Next Step, 11:30am

24–Jul 1 Mission Trip : Honduras

july 2017 1–8

Mission Trip : Guatemala


Mission Trip : Canada

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

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