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| january 2017

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

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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.

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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 n feature : 5 A New Year: Time to Pause, Reflect, and Refocus : by Aaron Scharenberg, LCPC n ministry news : 6 Academies 8 Children 9 Sports & Recreation | Men 12 Missions 14 His Helping Hands 15 Students 16 Women n events : 4 JOY, A Study in Philippians sermon series : Begins January 7–8 16 IF : February 3–4 18 Souper Bowl : January 28–29

& February 4–5

Pursuing the heart of God David Welsh senior pastor

A new year. A new opportunity. We can’t enjoy a “do over” for all the mistakes we made in 2016, but we can seize the moment, make adjustments and resolve not to commit the same error again in 2017. We begin a new sermon series in the book of Philippians the weekend of January 7-8 (read about it on page 4). Until we study God’s practical words for living the life He intended, here are a few suggestions to kick off your new year with new habits and renewed faithfulness. Pick out a few and put them to practice: • Seek out a forgotten friend. • Encourage a high school or college student. • Keep a promise. •

Find the time to do something for someone else. • Complain less. •

Be content. •

Listen more, talk less.

Laugh a little.

Laugh a little more.

• Apologize if you are wrong (and sometimes even if you are right.) • Give God thanks every day in 2017, all 365 of them!


Living the true Christian life is hard. Some days, it’s extremely hard. The early Christians knew that truth as they faced persecution and death for their faith. But a relationship with Jesus brings joy into our hearts. Happiness is based on outside circumstances: good health, comfortable income, nice place to live, cars that actually start! But joy in the Lord resides above earthly trials and even good times. It is not temporary, but holds a permanent place in our lives, despite circumstances. This month we begin a 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!


JOY: A Study of Philippians

Begins January 7–8

A New Year

Time to Pause, Reflect, and Refocus



So it’s a new year! It’s time to take a moment to pause, reflect, and refocus. I remember when I was young that the new year was exciting! There were parties and anticipation for what the new year would bring. It seemed that the whole world and my whole life was before me. But as I got older the new year became more routine and the excitement started to fade. For some, the new year can even be a time of sadness and depression. It reminds them of missed opportunities, of “what could have been” or of memories that they can not bring back or relive. Whether you are young or old, the new year is a time to reflect and remember times past, and it is a time to look ahead. In the book of Ecclessiastes, we see that there are different seasons to life. The new year is traditionally a season to pause, reflect, and refocus. When we stop doing this it is easy to drift. We drift in our parenting, our marriages, our work-life, and our spiritual life. If we allow this drift to continue, we end up way off course. The new year is like that annual work evaluation that you get. It is a time to ask yourself, “how am I doing? Am I on track?” So I want to challenge you this month to take some time for your own self-evaluation. Your evaluation might look something like this: Take some time to reflect and ask yourself: • How am I doing in my spiritual life? How is my love relationship with Jesus? • How is my relational health? Am I isolated and feeling alone or do I have healthy, authentic community in my life? • How is my physical health? Am I staying active and eating healthy? • How is my work life? Am I working in my area of passion? Do I feel a sense of purpose in my work life? • Based upon this self-assessment, what do I notice? • What are some next steps that I need to take to get back on track? Write these next steps down and share them with someone else. Then ask that person to keep you accountable in the following weeks and months. Most plans fail because they are done with good intentions but lack accountability relationships to help keep them on track. So go for it! Pause, Reflect, Refocus. Make 2017 a season of change and growth in every area of your life. by Aaron Scharenberger, LCPC


Michael Hunter Headmaster

We hope you will join us for our Parent Open House events where you will have an opportunity to learn more about our school from other parents, students, administrators, and faculty. Please join us on a tour of our facilities to get a sense of the excitement and energy that creates the CCA Experience. During the evenings,

you will also be able to tour our STEAM Innovation Center and new Outdoor Learning Center. CCA’s mission is to partner with the Christian home and church to help educate and equip students to reach their full potential in Jesus Christ.



When is SuperStart!? Friday & Saturday February 17–18 (Check-in: 3PM Friday in the C3 Youth Center Leave 3:30PM Return: 5:30PM Saturday) Where is SuperStart!? Mabee Center Oral Roberts University Tulsa, OK What’s the cost for SuperStart!? $75 by Noon January 13 $100 after January 13 (This includes cost of conference, transportation, meals, and an extra activity on Saturday) We need adult sponsors We will pay the way for the first 8 sponsors who sign up. Conference Details For details about SuperStart!, please check out CIY’s website: superstart To Register Go to


We cannot thank you enough for your desire to impact the next generation of Christ-followers. As a way to show our gratitude, we would like to invite you and your family to join us for a night full of games, prizes, encouragement, and lots of thank you’s.

Friday, January 13

7:00 pm in Central Court Appetizers and hot beverages will be served.

sports & rec :

jennifer mccurdy

UPWARD BASKETBALL is a youth basketball

league designed to develop young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially. We provide a positive environment for athletes off all levels to grow in. 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.


$65 now through January 31st • $70 after January 31st Practices begin March 6th

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

Tomblack men

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

SatURDAY, january 21 @ 7am in CENTRAL COURT

Will you accept the challenge of reading through the Bible in 2017? We have several resources available for you, including Bibles that are specifically formatted into a year-long reading schedule. Printed schedules are also available in daily and chronological schedules.



Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Pastor

Field notes hurricane relief — Haiti On October 4th, Hurricane Matthew struck the island of Haiti causing extensive damage and loss of life. This tropical storm was classified as a major (category five) hurricane resulting in the deaths of more than 1,000 people and injuries to many more. The Missions Ministry of Central Christian Church responded by sending $8,000 in emergency relief Hurricane Matthew: the devastation, the relief efforts, and the hope for a brighter future.

funds to our two partners, Mission of Hope Haiti (MOH) and Haitian Impact Christian Ministries. MOH reports that thanks to their partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, local churches, and other aid agencies, they have been able to serve more than 2.5 million meals, provide clean water for several thousand families, offer shelter for those who lost their homes, treat over 1,000 people needing medical attention, and have witnessed 118 salvations. Brad Johnson, the President of MOH writes, “We are now focusing our efforts on recovery and sustainability in Haiti and are committed to helping them rebuild. Thank you for your support.” continued next page

prison ministry — el dorado & beyond Central Kansas Prison Ministry (CKPM) recently built and now operates a video production studio in El Dorado, Kansas to broadcast Bible studies and Sunday services to the “lock-down” units of the local correctional facility. They were concerned about reaching out to inmates who are incarcerated and cannot attend. Over the past couple of years CKPM has produced 57 one-hour videos and approximately 4- thirty-minute videos. These Bible study and worship programs are uploaded to the internet so they can be seen anywhere in the world. They are also being broadcast on the Kansas Great Plains Television Network and The Christian Lifestyle Television Network based in Tampa, Florida. CKPM is raising funds for new high-definition video cameras in support of these broadcasts. This ministry is always looking for volunteers in their Match2 Mentoring program. If interested, please email:

THE GREAT COMMISSION — HOW ARE WE DOING, CHURCH? During Missions’ Weekend in October we learned from Pioneer Bible Translators about the surprising number of languages and people groups without any Scriptures or only partial Bible translations. Over 2,000 years ago, our Lord commissioned us to make disciples of all nations. How is the church doing in fulfilling His command? Most Christians are not aware of how the church is doing in completing the Great Commission and many are surprised to learn that there are people groups

without any church or effective Gospel witness. In fact, one of the most recent estimates based on research is that there are approximately 6,792 unreached people groups in the world ( The two terms commonly used to more accurately describe the status of Christianity among these groups are “Unreached” and “Unengaged.” Unreached is defined as a people group that has less than 2% Evangelical Christians. Unengaged in this context indicates that there is no known church or church planting effort. Of the almost 7,000 unreached people groups worldwide, over 3,000 groups are located in Africa. One of our ministry partners, Africa Inland Mission, recently announced a five-year initiative to “help equip the African church to reach Africa’s remaining unreached peoples.” Their goals are to mobilize 400 African Church Planters and to equip and train 4,000 church leaders for outreach among the unreached and unengaged. Please pray that our Lord will raise up faithful laborers and that church planting movements will result. — From “Heartbeat Africa”, Spring/ Summer 2016 mission trips 2017 Would you like to have the life-altering experience of serving on a short-term mission trip?We encourage you to pray about one of these opportunities to serve and share your faith.

Honduras | June 24–July 1 Guatemala | July 1–8 Canada | July 7–18 El Salvador | July 22–29 Mexico | July 29–August 5 Applications are available on our website at

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his helping hands

Christmas in October!

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:12 HHH helps many people in the Wichita community with food, clothing, furniture and appliances. The first week of October, a social worker called our office seeking some help for a young single mother of four. The family was living with her parents, but some infestations in the home were a threat to the children. The young mother found an affordable apartment, but had nothing to move into it except one queensize mattress for all five of them. This is a classic situation with which HHH is always willing to help. However, the problem with this case was that the family lived in the Kansas City area. Our staff offered some suggestions to find the necessary help, including making the need known to the case worker’s local church congregation. The case worker said she had referred the need to her church, but since it was located in one of Kansas City’s poorer areas, they had limited resources and were only able to supply the used queen-size mattress. When she told us the name of her church (Revive Church in Independence, MO) it sounded familiar, so we did some research and discovered that Central Christian Church has been supporting this church plant for a couple of years! After we made that connection, we told the case worker that we would do whatever we could to help this

single mom. We had beds and other furniture items that were available for her, if we could figure out the transportation from Wichita to Kansas City. The case worker told us her husband was a roofing contractor and had a pickup truck and trailer that they could drive to Wichita to pick up the items, which they did the following Saturday. The case worker and her husband arrived in Kansas City late that Saturday afternoon, so they decided to surprise the single mom on Sunday. The case worker invited the young mom to attend Revive Church with her the next morning. She came, and the case worker said the sermon that day was just what the young mother needed to hear concerning the many promises of God. The case worker prayed with the young mom and she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior! After church they headed over to the vacant apartment and surprised the young mom with a trailer-load of furniture! Amid many tears, the items were unloaded and were used to convert an empty apartment into a home for her and her four children. Thank you for providing “Christmas in October” for this family. Most importantly, this young mom now has Jesus in her heart and this Christmas season had a whole new meaning for her! Wow, God is good!!

KyleFLEET 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.



Women’s Bible Studies

LynnEBY women

We begin a new semester of women’s bible studies the week of January 10th. To register, go online to or call Lynn Eby at 688-4400.


by Lysa Terkeurst | Bette Luinstra, Leader Mondays beginning January 16 6:30pm, Cry Room, $14, No childcare

Revelation: Precept Upon Precept by Kay Arthur | Pam Ramsey, Leader Tuesdays beginning January 10 9:00am, Hospitality Suite, $28 Childcare with reservations


by Lysa Terkeurst | Cindy Carlson, Leader Tuesdays beginning January 10 9:15am, Parlor, $14 Childcare with reservations

Yeshua through Jewish Eyes Joyce McCready, Leader Thursdays beginning January 12 9:15am, Parlor, No cost Childcare with reservations

The Broken Way

by Ann Voskamp Nicole Niessen, Leader Thursdays beginning January 19 9:15am, Hospitality Suite, $14 Childcare with reservations

Minor Prophets

June McGovern, Leader Tuesdays beginning January 17 1:00pm, No cost, No child care

The Inheritance

by Beth Moore Michelle Meyerhoff, Leader Tuesdays beginning January 17 1:00pm, $6, No childcare


by Lysa Terkeurst Bette Luinstra, Leader Wednesdays beginning January 11 6:30pm, Cry Room, $14 AWANA or childcare for newborns to 2 years

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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 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

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 Jim Andrew Jason Buckingham Mitch Herren Dave McClintock Richard Ochs Bill Blasing Dave Kirkwood Robert Noland

Join us for this monthly lunch for our community’s poor and homeless

Saturday, January 28 11:30am–1:00pm RiverWalk Church of Christ 225 N. Waco For more info, contact: Coleen Barnes 316-264-9703

Please bring a can of soup to the church lobby the weekends of January 28–29 and February 4–5 for our annual “Souper Bowl” drive! Your donations will benefit those in our church family in need, as well as those who come to His Helping Hands for assistance. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!

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, January 15th @ 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 Gary & Gay Castile & Family on the passing of Gary’s mother Jackie Minnis & Family on the passing of his father Don Molden & Family on the passing of his wife, our Kathy Marjorie Morgridge & Family on the passing of her son-in-law, Larry Saksa Tracy & Lisa Norris & Family on the passing of Lisa’s father Roger & Betty Williams on the passing of Betty’s brother the friends & family of our beloved Dr. Dairel O’Bar and Bob Moser Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ Hamisi Ahmed • Ana Farner • Kylie Hall • Joe Jackson • Erica Perez Teresa Stucky • Kylie Tucker Welcoming those who have joined us in membership Rachel Dodson • Shirley Feiner • Mika Lyons • Rick Lyons Mary Robey • Terry Robey • John A. Sanchez • Christin White


Attendance: (Casa de Luz) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) November 5-6, 2016....................................... 2,940 (118) November 12-13, 2016................................... 2,870 (117) November 19-20, 2016................................... 2,742 (107) November 26-27, 2016......................................2,594 (80) December 2-3, 2016....................................... 2,817 (105) Central Christian has added 123 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 November 5-6, 2016......................................$121,388.91 November 12-13, 2016.................................... $93,500.54 November 19-20, 2016..................................$145,029.53 November 26-27, 2016.................................... $74,384.92 December 2-3, 2016......................................$142,040.69 His Helping Hands Donations: November 5-6, 2016.......................................... $5,879.00 November 12-13, 2016...................................... $5,427.00 November 19-20, 2016...................................... $3,905.20 November 26-27, 2016...................................... $2,100.00 December 2-3, 2016.......................................... $6,268.00


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Happy New Year! The church building & office will be closed today.


“JOY: A Study in Philippians” sermon series begins this weekend


Winter Women’s Bible Studies begin this week


CCA Kindergarten Exploration, 7:00pm, CR


Bingo Blast Central Kids Volunteer Appreciation Night, 7:00pm, CT


Next Step, 11:30am, Choir Rm


Man Challenge, 7:00am, CT


CCA Middle School Open House, 7:00pm, YC


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco



28–29 Souper Bowl

february 2017 3–4

IF: Wichita


Souper Bowl

17–18 SuperStart! for Gr 4 & 5, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK 18

Upward Basketball Player Evaluation, 9:00–11:00am


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

24–26 Family Life Weekend to Remember, Kansas City 25

BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco

march 2017 10–12 Family Life Weekend to Remember, Kansas City 12

Daylight Savings Time begins, Spring ahead one hour

april 2017 15–16 Resurrection Weekend

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

January 2017 cc:journal