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MARCH : 2017

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

Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth,� and it was so. Genesis 1:11

in this issue

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

| march 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

n 11:30

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

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 n feature : 16 Scarcity or Abundance? : by Melissa Hopper, PSY. D. n ministry news : 6 Sports 7 Children 8 Academies 13 Men 14 His Helping Hands 15 Students n events : 4 “Insiders” : New sermon series begins March 18

5 Senior Adult Dinner : March 31 8 Central Christian Academy

Open House : April 4 10 The Path : April 13–16 11 Secret Church : April 21 17 Tim Hawkins LIVE : May 14

Pursuing the heart of God David Welsh senior pastor

March is a time for spring break, spring cleaning and the annual spring beginning to daylight savings time. At Central it also brings our annual pillow drive. Our benevolence agency for the community, His Helping Hands (HHH) gives away over 1,000 beds every year to families needing furniture. We also give away sheets and pillows for those beds. This month we ask that you bring in new pillows to provide HHH with the resources they need to bless Wichita families.

You may bring pillows any weekend in March. Designated areas will be set up in our lobby to collect them. And thank you in advance for your unending generosity! 3

Beginning the weekend of March 18 & 19, we will pause our “JOY” sermon series on the book of Philippians and enter into a study from Matthew 27 & 28 to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Resurrection Weekend. The message series is called “Insiders” and will focus on various individuals who experienced the “inside story” of Christ’s trial, crucifixion and resurrection. What did they know? Why did they react the way they did? Who is to blame? What does it mean to me? Sometimes you have to get inside a story to fully understand why it matters.


A Very Special

Invitation to our Senior Adult


As senior adults, we are in the season of some of our best years here on earth. Many of us are blessed with the opportunity to focus on our grandchildren, enjoy time with spouse and friends, take up a hobby or exercise routine, or pursue a long time dream. Family and friends are treasures. This is the time to invest ourselves in honoring the worth of others and we want to provide opportunities to make this an exceptional time for you! Let’s flourish in God’s kingdom! Let’s encourage others to know, follow, and serve our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and commit to ensure that future generations have the freedom to worship and have the will and resources to live godly lives. This is the time for us to make a glorious difference in our world.

You are invited to a special dinner in Central Court on Friday, March 31st at 6:00 in the evening. This will be a unique time of fellowship, food, music, and inspiration... an opportunity to cherish current friends, make new ones, and to be strengthened and encouraged in your walk with the Lord. Please reserve your space no later than March 22nd by contacting Barb at 688-4400 or

We look forward to seeing you there!


sports & rec :


Spring Break Camps March 20-23 Coach Dave Yordy

I’m Coach, or Coach Dave, but my given name is David Yordy. Back in the day, I was an All State basketball player in Massachusetts. Over the past 21 years I have coached basketball, soccer, volleyball, and baseball at the high school level, as well as other sporots at the elementary level. I began coaching with the purpose of investing in the lives of young people, to help them build character, as well as teaching the skills necessary to succeed in each sport. I’ve had the pleasure of coaching two State Basketball Champions and 2 National Homeschool Championship teams, but my greatest reward is seeing athletes grow in character!

Basketball Camp

Dodgeball Camp

Registration: $50 on line at / $55 walk up 9am - Noon (Drop off after 8:15am) Age Divisions: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 Age appropriate ball size and goal height

Registration: $35 on line at / $40 walk up Ages 6-10 at 12:30-3pm Ages 11-16 at 12:30-3:30pm Soft Dodgeballs 10 variations of the game of Dodgeball

Sign up on line @ Location Central Christian Church 29th & Rock in Wichita


NEW this year is the addition of Central Christian Academy’s participation in the activities offered. We are excited to share with you what all that entails, and to further the partnership CCC and CCA have with our families!

Watch for Summer Book coming soon!

children :

will soon be available with all of the activities Central Christian is lining up for your family to enjoy during summer vacation. We offer quality events for toddlers through high schoolers, with everything from sports camps to just plain fun.




It’s Spring Cleaning Time in the Nursery! Spring Break is March 20-24 for the Wichita Public Schools and CCA. So, our nursery will be closed during the week as well. This gives our team some much needed time to clean deeply and continue preventing the spread of nasty viral and bacterial infections. Thank you for understanding and honoring this request. Of course, this does not include the weekends...we will offer our same excellent care during all worship services.

Central Kids Movie Night! Friday, March 3rd @ 6:30 pm in Central Court Popcorn & lemonadewill be served • Napkins & utensils provided Bring a sweet or savory treat to share.


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SV P, N o R s s, re N o st s h, No r u N! U j u st F

A Fa m i ly Fi l m fo r Al l Age s!

Open House Tuesday, 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!

We invite you to join us for an Open House where you will have an opportunity to learn more about our school, tour our facilities, and get a sense of the excitement and energy that creates the CCA Experience!

Central Christian Academy Re-enrollment fee for current families: $200


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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.

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

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 

April 13–16 C3 Youth Center THURSDAY | APRIL 13 | 6–8 Family Night FRIDAY | APRIL 14 | 10–6 FRIDAY | APRIL 14 | 6–8 Spanish Night SATURDAY | APRIL 15 | 10–8 SUNDAY | APRIL 16 | 8–1

Walk the path of Jesus’ last week on earth...

Secret Church 17: Scripture and Authority in an age of skepticism Friday, April 21, 2017 :: 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm EDT C3 Youth Center To register: click on the secret church icon at Cost: $7 before April 17 :: $10 after Registrations accepted at the door, but workbook not guaranteed. An optional meal will be provided when ordered by April 27. Cost TBD



Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Pastor


FIELD NOTES RUSSIA In Russia, government statistics reveal that af ter orphans are released or “graduated” from an orphanage, most of the boys end up in prison, 80% of the girls end up in prostitution, and 10% of the orphans commit suicide each year. This is a tragedy. Most orphans have no one to guide them into a healthier, saner life based on biblical principles and loving relationships. A loving relationship is mostly non-existent. So, when you say, “your Heavenly Father really loves you,” they can not understand because most have not had a loving father or mother and usually feel rejected and unwanted. A ministry partner in Russia is looking for “special” orphans to teach and train in sharing the love of God and to help them gain skills for life. This will be a Life House School where graduate orphans will live for 2 to 3 years. They will be specially “selected” from across Russia based on recommendations by pastors and other Christian leaders. Students will learn about God’s plan for their lives, gain job skills, learn to manage their finances, learn how to live moral, independent lives, and develop healthy family relationships. After successfully completing the program, they will receive a small “nest egg” as a financial gift to start their new life with Christ. The Missions Leadership team of Central Christian Church recently approved a one-time grant to assist this Life House School.

A ministry montoring persecution against Christians in the world has seen a rise in India of late. For the fifth year in a row India takes another jump on the watchlist to number 15 (right behind Saudi Arabia). But that’s not the most alarming number in their report. They also list countries in which the levels of persecution are rising the most rapidly. India is number 4 on this list. Every year, the Open Doors ministry publishes a report ranking the top 50 countries for the severity of the persecution Christians face in each. Rankings are determined by four qualities: • • • •

proportion of types of Christianity persecuted proportion of inhabited territory affected the intensity of persecution the frequency of persecution

This year, India is listed as having “Very High Persecution.” Under the current government, religious radicals feel less inhibited to stop the spread of Christianity by whatever means necessary. They have set up reconversion events, burned and looted churches, bloodied pastors, stopped the construction of churches, disrupted meetings and done what they can to ostracize Christians from their communities. In one community, religious radicals have prevented the construction of a church building for three years. The local pastor has tried, time and time again to elicit help from the local authorities – he even reached out to the opposing party to find a solution for the problem, but to no avail. The pastor hopes to finish construction this year so his church has a permanent place to meet. Please be in prayer for him, his congregation, and all Christians living within the borders of persecuted countries.




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Central Christian Outdoors Men’s Group Tuesday, March 21 – Hospitality Suite This ministry was the result of a small band of outdoorsmen gathering together with TomBLACK the purpose of creating a dynamic and invigorating men’s ministry, utilizing shared men outdoor interests as the vehicle to get things moving. We gather together on the third Tuesday of each month to study God’s word and to enjoy His creation. Our activities include hunting, fishing, camping, rifle and pistol shooting, sporting clays, and many more. Major events include youth trips, deer camps, and the now-famous Beast Feast. If you’re interested in spending more time in God’s great outdoors, we invite you to join us!




Christian Bowhunters of America Wheatland Chapter @ CCC – Thursday, March 2 – Hospitality Suite If you’re a bowhunter and are looking for some like-minded folks to spend time with, then join us on the first Thursday of each month for a great time of fellowship and flinging arrows. The Wheatland Chapter is the only officially recognized chapter of the CBA in Kansas, and it’s growing every year. Whether you’re a seasoned woodsman or a beginner looking for some advice on how to get started, our group can help. Nothing beats an evening spent with God’s word and shooting bows and arrows with friends. Keep track of upcoming events and activities by visiting and checking out the calendar page.

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





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his helping hands :


Statistics Thru 2.4.17 People served 6,973 | People Saved 29 Household (cars/computers) 3,807 (6/6) Clothing 46,430 | Volunteer Hours 5,889 Fresh Hope Graduations/Self Sustaining 439/358

Here we GROW!

“neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only god, who makes things grow.” i cor. 3:7

now being used for the The primary mission of the Oaklawn Clothing ‘N Stuff His Helping Hands ministry Thrift Store, a project to is to help those in need with help fund the Fresh Hope food, clothing, furniture, program. appliances, computers and automobiles. During our God is again providing a weekly distribution process, way for HHH to grow. A the Gospel of Jesus Christ friend of the ministry, Mrs. is shared with each client Irma Jacoby, has provided and we always give them an Site for the new Fresh Hope building a financial gift to help with opportunity to accept Jesus our Fresh Hope facilities. as their personal Lord and Savior. Having adequate space for child care and While fulfilling our mission in the Wichita community, God has given HHH the opportunity to grow over the years. The initial building was constructed in 2006. In 2011, Boeing donated a small building that was deconstructed and then re-constructed on the HHH campus. This building, which is now equipped with a hydraulic car lift, is being used for car repairs and other maintenance projects. In 2013, a 10,500 sq. ft. warehouse extension was added to the main building. God brought about significant facility growth at HHH during 2014. Boeing donated four trailers which now house the Heavenly Treasures Gift Shop and a child care area. USD 259 donated a modular building which is presently being used for the Fresh Hope program. Another building was donated during 2014 which is located at 4858 S. Clifton. This building was renovated and is

seminars for this ministry have been issues. With this gift, we will soon break ground to construct a new building which will provide offices for the Fresh Hope coordinators, an interview room, a large multi-purpose room with audio-visual equipment for seminars, and plenty of space for child care while the single moms are attending life-skill seminars and meetings. When completed, this new building will also be a blessing to HHH by freeing up space to expand the Heavenly Treasures Gift Shop and to provide space on campus for “Dress-A-Girl”, a ministry of seamstresses who make clothing for girls (and now boys) in need. God is good and He always provides a way to fulfill His purposes. Thank you for your support and prayers for the ministry of His Helping Hands! Thank the Lord for His wonderful and timely provisions for the HHH ministry!!

His Helping Hands is a ministry of Central Christian Church to help people in need of food, clothing, household items including appliances, furniture, computers and automobiles. At the time of distribution, we share the love of Christ with each family. Please call 838-8528 to make a donation or to donate your time. Visit to read recent stories and testimonies.

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.







Have you ever felt as though God is calling you to give more than you have? Have you felt His prompting to give more love, money, respect, compassion, grace, forgiveness, time, kindness, or trust than you believe you have in your reserve? I think that all of us feel this way at times. God calls us beyond the border of the known into the unknown and asks us for more, creating anxiety and fear in our hearts. I was recently re-reading the story of the widow at Zarephath in 1 Kings 17. For those who are not familiar with the story, here is a brief synopsis. Israel was experiencing a great drought and God’s prophet, Elijah was told by God to go to Zarephath where God had directed a widow there to supply him with food. Elijah arrives in Zarephath and finds the widow gathering sticks. He asks her for water and for bread to which she replies, “ I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” In all the times God has called me beyond what I feel I am capable, I have never been called to literally give my last handful. The last bit that stands between me, my family and death. This is a woman who has already lost much, she was a widow after all, and God asked her to give more. However, Elijah offers a promise—God’s promise.

By Melissa Hopper, Psy. D.

“Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day of the Lord sends rain on the land.’” The passage goes on to say that it happened just as Elijah predicted. The woman never ran out. There was always the handful that she needed for that day to feed herself and her family. If we operate from a scarcity model—a model that says “there’s not enough,” we will be fighting for our “fair share” and be less open to God’s prompting to go beyond the handful we are so desperate to hold onto. We will be less likely to loosen our grasp on what we see before us for fear of what will happen if we let go. We will worry that if we take the first step we will be met with emptiness, ridicule, or rejection. This fear limits us and keeps us trapped in patterns of negative thinking. If, on the other hand, we fully trust in the abundance of an infinite God, who is able to provide “the next handful” when we need it, we are able to give freely, knowing we will receive when needed. Over and over in the Bible, God calls us to abundance and makes clear through stories such as this that He will meet our needs, even if it is one handful at a time.

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!

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

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


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 Contributions 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 Jennifer Torres Payroll/Human Resources 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 Bill Bales & Family on the passing of his wife, our Sandy Tom & Denise Butz & Family on the passing of Tom’s father Drew & Brenda Hanson on the passing of their sister-in-law Beverly Herron on the passing of her mother Glenn & Melody Hopper on the passing of Melody’s brother and the friends & family of our Juanita Ellis and Lea Singleton Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ Addison Cross • Sharla Winfield Welcoming those who have joined us in membership Donald Jackson, Jr.


Attendance: (Casa de Luz / Web Audience / Trips & Missions) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) January 7-8.........................................3,511 (94 / 549 / 0) January 14-15...............................2,480 (77 / 1,359 / 14) No Sat 5:33 & Sun 8:45 services due to ice threat January 21-22..................................3,754 (117 / 639 / 2) January 28-29..................................3,589 (101 / 506 / 0) February 4-5.......................................3,451 (89 / 590 / 0) Central Christian has added 2 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) Weekly budgeted goal for fiscal year 2016-17.........$134,231.00 January 7-8.....................................................$158,650.32 January 14-15..............................$93,390.58 / $4,025.00 January 21-22............................$152,451.74 / $2,835.22 January 28-29..........................$100,507.65 / $31,302.65 February 4-5...............................$133,808.59 / $2,510.00

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Pillow Drive


CCA enrollment begins for CCC members & new families


Next Step, 11:30am


Daylight Savings Time begins, Spring ahead one hour


Man Challenge, 7:00am, CT

20–24 Spring Break 20–23 Spring Break Basketball Camp 20–23 Spring Break Dodgeball Camp 25

“Into the Rabbinic World”, by Dr. Jim Martin, 8:00am, OC


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco


Senior Adult Dinner, 6:00pm, CT

april 2017 4

CCA Open House, 7:00pm, CR

10 Passover 13–16 The Path 15–16 Resurrection Weekend 21

Secret Church


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco

may 2017 7

Next Step, 11:30am


Mother’s Day


Tim Hawkins Live, with special guest Kenn Kington, 6:00pm, WC


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco


Memorial Day : Church office & building will be closed

june 2017 11

Next Step, 11:30am


Father’s Day


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco

24–Jul 1 Mission Trip : Honduras

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

March 2017 cc:journal