may : 2013
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| may 2013
contact us Central Christian 2900 North Rock Road, Wichita Kansas 67226-1198 316.688.4400 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ccc.org
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ministries Care Ministries 683.4083
Aaron Scharenberg LCPC, Care/Counseling Pastor We desire to help create caring connections within the church and help others walk through challenging life events.
Central Christian Academies 688.1161
n features : 10 Dress a Girl : by Debra Roark Smith 17 Gallery : Crosses by Holly Miller n in every issue : 3 Pursuing the Heart of God : by Pastor David Welsh 16 Counselor’s Corner – Forgiveness... Finding Light in the Darkness : by Alison N. Asher 19 Our Church Family 20 Calendar
Central Christian Academy : Grades K-8 : David Funk Headmaster Central Christian Academy Preschool : 2-5 Yrs : Judy Buckert Director Joyful Noise Academy Daycare : 18 mos & walking : Pam Harrod Director
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.
n ministry news : 5 Sports & Recreation Central Christian Counseling Center 683.4083 Tallgrass Executive Suites, 8100 E. 22nd St. N., Bldg. 800, Ste. 100 6 Women Aaron Scharenberg LCPC, Care/Counseling Pastor Central Christian Printing 688.4400 7 Academies David Mann | Debra Roark Smith | Paul Huff | Heidi Johnson 8 Students Central Homeschool Family Ministries e: email@example.com Karen Ryan Executive Director | Susan Warner H.S. Director 12 His Helping Hands Kris Sayler Elem. Director Legacy Ministries Financial Resource Planning 688.4400 13 Men Bob Crew CFA, CFP Hospital, Homebound & Care Facility Ministries 688.4400 13 Involvement Barb Marchand 619.4775; firstname.lastname@example.org Please keep us apprised of those who would like to be visited 14 Children His Helping Hands 838.8528
1441 E. 37th St. N. Paul Dohm HHH Executive Director
n events : 4 National Day of Prayer : May 2
Lee Lundgren 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
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our mission Honoring the heart of God by following, serving and sharing Jesus in our world.
Pursuing the heart of God David Welsh senior pastor
May is always a busy month. Around my house we celebrate family birthdays and my wedding anniversary. (Yes, dear, I do remember!) Then, of course, I add ‘Mother’s Day’ to the personal calendar. To forget that holiday is to invite severe consequences, or as the Bible says, “weeping and gnashing of teeth!” That doesn’t sound like fun, so everyone be nice to your mamas! Be nice to your kids, too; remind them the end of the school year is right around the corner! That’s a nice breather for parents too, at least for a few weeks when we look forward to the fall school year! The Central family is also very busy this time of year. Look what’s up ahead: In May we close out our current sermon series: “Heist: When Life Steals Your Joy.” May 2 — We will participate in the annual National Day of Prayer by opening our Chapel to anyone who would like to join us in prayer. For a guided prayer service, join us at 7pm. May 5 — The Next Step class is for everyone who would like to know more about Central: what we believe, our vision and goals! ay 5 — Our Parents’ Dedication Ceremony recognizes all of our new babies added in the M past several months and offers a blessing of prayer upon their entire families. ay 12 — Mother’s Day! Every Mom present in one of our four weekend services will M receive a special gift. ay 18 & 19 — It’s the 2nd anniversary of our ‘Bout Time campaign and we will open the M doors to our new C3 Youth Center after each service to praise God for His blessings! ay 25 & 26 — Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial beginning of a very busy M summer! It’s a packed calendar, but one that brings joy and celebration. Join us each weekend as we give God the glory!
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2nd. Will you commit to pray with us? Central Christian will hold an open Chapel from 9:00am to 8:00pm with guided prayer from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Please join us as we pray for our government, churches, military, families, schools, media and businesses. Child care is available by reservation only during the guided prayer time. To request child care, contact Britt at 683-4083 or email@example.com.
“In His Name the nations will put their hope.” Matthew 12:21 Guide to Prayer: Remember that this is just a guide. Develop your own prayer connection with God and be open to His leading. Prayer may involve many different elements such as scripture reading, singing, and meditation. It is an ongoing dialogue throughout your day. It is an awareness of His presence and response to His promptings. Acknowledge – Recognize who God is and praise Him. “I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.” Psalm 63:2 Be Still – Take time to reflect, quiet yourself, and listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 Confession – Ask God to reveal anything to you that may be a barrier between you and God, and then repent and turn away from that sin. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 Thanksgiving – Take time to thank God for who He is and what He is doing in your life. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5: 16-18 Specific Requests – Pray consistently for specific requests. Write them down and keep a prayer journal. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7: 7-8 Surrender – Close your time with God with complete surrender to His will. Ask Him to reveal to you where He is working around you and to help you walk in obedience. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak…My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” Matthew 26: 41-43
sports & recreation : jennifer mccurdy
Summer Sports Camps Victory Soccer Camp For Ages 5–16 June 3–7 • 9am–Noon • $79/per registrant Register at www.victoryinsoccer.org
Volleyball Camp For Ages 5–16 June 17–20 8:30–11:30am Ages 8–11 12–3pm Ages 12–16 $45/per registrant ($5 online registration discount) Register at www.ccc.org
June 24–27 8:30–11:30am Ages 5–11 12–3pm Ages 12–16 $45/per registrant ($5 online registration discount) Register at www.ccc.org
July 15–18 8:30–11:30am Ages 5–11 12–3pm Ages 12–16 $50/per registrant ($5 online registration discount) Register at www.ccc.org
Ready or not... Summer is almost here! It is time to figure out how to get your kids out of the house on those long summer days! Central Sports & Recreation is offering four different sports camps this summer. All of our camps are led by high quality coaches who not only enjoy teaching their sport, but who also have a heart for sharing Jesus with our community. All camp information is in the CCC Summer Book which you can pick up at the Children’s registration counter, or can be found at the Sports and Recreation Ministry page at www.ccc. org. To register for any of our sports camps, visit our website at www.ccc. org and go to the Event Registration page. It’s going to be a great summer...don’t miss out on the fun! For more information, contact: Jennifer McCurdy Dana Wilhelm 688-4400
Summer Bible Studies!
women: diana fink
Summer is almost here...which means it’s time to sign up for a new study or class to keep you grounded in the Word! Listed below are those being offered during the summer months. You may also visit our website for full descriptions. If you choose to register online, you may do so through May 20th. Or, you may call Lynn Eby at 688-4400. Please remember, payment must be made by May 20th if you want to be included in our book order that will be placed on May 21st. Please note, enrollment is not confirmed until payment is made.
Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman
Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted
Leader: Cindy Carlson Tuesdays, June 4–July 30 9:30–11:30am • $17 North Conference Room (Limited to 1st 15 sign-ups)
by Priscilla Shirer Leader: Tawnya Kitt Begins Thursday, June 6 9:30–11:30am • Parlor • $13 Child care will be available if 5+ children are enrolled
If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. This portion of God’s Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried and pressured lives.
Seed by Priscilla Shirer Leader: Bette Luinstra Begins Wednesday, June 5 6:30–8:00pm • Cry Room $10 • No child care This is a unique Bible study experience for those who long to dive deeply into the Scriptures. Join Priscilla as she relays distinct spiritual priniciples wrapped in a captivating visual package.
Interruptions. They’re ag gravating, sometimes infuriating. They make us want to tell people what we think of them. But how we handle interruptions actually tells us more 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!
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp Leader: Melissa Scapa Tuesdays, June 18–August 6 9:30–11:00am • Hospitality Suite • $13 Child care available Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. “How,” Ann wondered, “do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long, and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?” In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already continued next page
have, that we discover the life we’ve always wanted...a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the “impossible” right down in our bones: we are wildly loved by God! Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive! Come live the best dare of all!!
Other groups you may enjoy include:
Davidic Dance Leaders: Annette Hedke & Brenda Vague Meets every other Tuesday, beginning May 21 7:00-8:30 pm • Multi-purpose Room Please bring your Bible Learn to worship with dance, as David did before the Lord (I Samuel 6:14-22; Psalms 149-150). We will learn original Hebraic steps that are still universally known all over the world. Thus, wherever Davidic dance is part of worship, all in the community may participate. All the music is Scripture-based. For info, call 634-6970.
Women’s Prayer Warriors Leaders: Kim Welsh & Cindy White Every Wednesday evening 6:30–7:30 pm South Conference Room (entrance #1) You are invited to join this group of prayer warriors each week as we present our praises and prayer concerns to our Heavenly Father.
Stitching Sisters Leader: Karla Seals Mondays, May 13 & 20 • 6:30–9:00 pm Choir Room (entrance #1 up the stairs to the left) This ministry is for ladies who embroider, cross stitch, needlepoint, knit or crochet. Bring your project and supplies and enjoy a time of stitching and fellowship. Questions? Please contact Karla Seals at karla356@ yahoo.com or 687-9888.
Glory Babies Gathering Next Meeting: Thursday, May 16 7:00–8:30 pm • Parlor (entrance #4) Glory Babies is a ministry that 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or check out our website at www.glorybabies. blogspot.com.
students: matt mcfarren ...Another time Jesus went into the synagogue and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which
is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?”
But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. (Mark 3:1-6 NIV84) I carry ten $2 bills in my wallet and have for some time. It’s a habit I learned from my dad. His thought process was that if you had a $2 bill in your wallet, you’d think a lot more about spending it. You don’t just spend a $2 bill on a Coke and Snickers. You really discern whether the purchase is worth it because that specific bill is quite unique and is hardly ever used. This habit has taught me to be careful with what I spend my money on, but it’s also a great emergency fund. If I ever get stuck, I know that I have $10 in my wallet. But I made a new decision today. I am going to start carrying $50 in cash, all in five dollar bills. I don’t know if my wallet can handle the stress of having that much money in it as it’s accustomed to having hardly any in it. But I have decided this is necessary. I’ll explain why.
I was driving to work one morning with my kids in the back. It seems that most of my lessons are learned when my kids are around. I think it’s because they force me to think about my actions as I know they are watching. This particular morning, I was stopped at the insane intersection of Kellogg and Webb. For those that don’t know, it’s the stoplight from Hades. It takes forever if you don’t catch the green light. I have literally shaved before I left for work and have had to shave again after I got to work because this light takes so long. (Sorry, off topic.) This morning as I was sitting at the light, I noticed a guy was standing on the median. He was holding the typical sign, “Homeless and have a family.” He was begging for money. At this point, I had a “Divine Idiot” moment. “Divine” because God was calling me to give to this man in need; “Idiot” because I didn’t respond the right way. I literally pulled out my wallet grabbed a $5 bill and was going to roll down my window to call him over. Instead, I left my window up, shook my head, drank my shake and waited for the light to turn green while the red light of guilt burned brightly into my soul. Why am I such an idiot at times? But I am not alone. In Mark 3, Jesus is in the synagogue (or church of the times) and sees a man that has a physical ailment. Some people were there watching Jesus hoping He might mess up. Instead of trying to
keep from messing up, Jesus does the very opposite of what they expect. He looks at the man and tells him to “stand up” in front of everyone. Then Jesus looks at the very people who are looking to accuse Him and says, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” I love it. He asks the question they can’t deny. He basically says, “Are you more concerned with loving people or hating people?” Then, as not to skip a beat, Jesus turns to the man and heals the hand. He chooses to do good. But the passage is not done. What about the Pharisee’s? We get their answer. Will they do good or evil? Scripture says they go out and “plot how they might kill Jesus.” It’s the Sabbath and they are plotting how to kill this Son of Man. They choose to do evil. After I drove away, I realized I had chosen not to do good. Now, granted, I am not the spawn of Satan in my bad decision. I didn’t plan to injure this man in some way. I didn’t try and clip him with my car in an attempt to harm him. No. But I did nothing, and sometimes doing nothing is equally damning. I think we must be careful not to ignore the very leading of the Spirit that is within us. To ignore it too much is to ignore the very voice of God. My question to you is, where has God been calling you to trust and be faithful and you have ignored it? Where is God calling you to step up and do something and you just “drove off”? Has there been a “Divine Idiot” moment that you need to go back and respond to? Let us never forget that Jesus didn’t pass by the opportunity to “do good” in our place...to take the sin and brokenness and bear it on the cross for us. And in turn, we did nothing. And the only response we can give is to love Him by showing love to others, not to earn anything, but to express fully the gratitude we have for such an amazing act. I pray that this season of life for you brings the challenge of responding to the “divine” moments minus the “idiot” responses. I pray you spend time with the Father as He dwells fully in you and calls you to a life of greatness for His glory. May God bless you all and love you all. Now if you don’t mind, I have to run to the bank to get some $5 bills. n
Hey High School Families! CIY is just around the corner and registration begins now. We will be heading back to Durango,
Colorado June 23rd – 29th. We will be enjoying the nice cool mountains and awesome views of the Ft. Lewis campus while growing in our relationship with God. During the week we will experience amazing teaching, awesome worship experiences, deeper community, and the joy of time together...not to mention having some fun and not having to deal with the Kansas heat! Cost for the trip is $350 and financial assistance is available for those in need. You can sign up online this year at www.ccc.org under the heading My C3. Just click on the CIY Summer Trip tab and register there. A $50 deposit is required for registration and secures the spot for your student. This year, we are limited to 70 spots and will be first come, first served, so sign up now! We will have a waiting list available after that, but no guarantees can be made for those on that list. Don’t miss one of the best events we do in High School! For questions, please email me at email@example.com.
All it took was a phone call between sisters to set the
whirring of sewing machines in motion. Last June, after hearing about the “Dress a Girl Around the World” ministry, Donna Waterson immediately began sewing. She brought a few dresses to the Encouragers class for “show and the “Dress a Girl” label indicates that an organization is looking out for them, and can quite possibly detour a predator seeking to do them harm.
Believing the Holy Spirit whispered, “Use what you receive,” the women have repurposed fabric, trims and notions into new life forms; dresses for girls who may otherwise never own one. Each little dress is lovingly made and features a pocket which cradles a smiling doll or, for the older girls, a pretty headband or ribbon bracelet. The fabric must be light enough for hotter climates, yet not so thin that it becomes see-through. These girls long for dignity and to know that God loves them. Many of them are overlooked and often abused with no one to protect them. Dresses that are well-made and showing
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When some of the donated fabric was found to be too thin, Donna remembered the Holy Spirit’s urging to use what they are given. “What are we to do with this fabric?” she asked the Lord. The very next Monday, she learned of a need for baby blankets in Honduras. Just one of the hospitals there has an average of 500 babies born each month and many of these precious bundles go home wrapped in newspaper or a dirty piece of cloth, unless the mother brings something from home. And since temperatures there run extremely hot, the baby blankets need to be made of lightweight fabric, so now the Wichita “Dress a Girl” club is making baby blankets, too! His Helping Hands (HHH) has been a tremendous blessing to the ministry, sharing some of their donated fabrics and even some sewing machines. And now that the ladies are making drawstring cotton pants for boys, HHH has helped by donating matchbox cars to tuck inside the large pockets designed to hold a little boy’s “found treasures.” As of April, 2013, Dress a Girl Around the World has delivered well over 164,000 dresses to 65 countries, including the poorer regions of the United States! This past February, the Wichita club sent over 125 dresses, blankets, flip-flops and
by Debra Roark Smith
tell,” and over 40 ladies responded to her call for help... some to sew, some to donate fabric or money. She then spoke with the Master’s Blend and Chapaweeka classes with similar results, and “Dress a Girl” was born in Wichita. shorts or panties with a missions group to Honduras. They are now sewing dresses and pants to send to Togo, West Africa, and are hoping to do the same for Central’s missions teams going to Haiti, Guatemala and Kenya this year. But while much has been accomplished this past year, so much more is still needed. The group is always looking for more people to sew. The dress and pants they make are very simple in design and easy to sew. It would be a wonderful way to teach a child or grandchild not only how to sew, but to share what they have made with their own hands. For those who wish to sew with a group, the ladies meet on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month, from 10am until 2pm, at Donna’s home. “It’s amazing how much we accomplish each time we get together,” she says, “and of couse, one of the extra blessings is getting to know each other on a more personal level.” For as many as meet to sew, they have at least that many who sew in their own homes. Due to busy schedules, many are unable to come on Mondays, but are not letting that stop the work they do. Donations are always needed, such as sewing machines, and lightweight (but not thin) cotton or cotton-blend fabrics. Also, matchbox cars, trims, threads and ribbons of all colors are welcomed. Taxdeductable financial donations are used to offset shipping costs and for purchases. Above all, please pray for the “Dress a Girl” ministry and for ways in which you might get involved. n
For more information, contact Donna Waterson at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the Dress a Girl website at www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com
his helping hands : paul dohm
“I know your affliction and your poverty – yet you are rich!” Revelation 2:9 Since the beginning of His Helping Hands’ ministry in 2002, HHH has served approximately 43,000 family situations representing over 150,000 individuals. These families have received food, clothing, furniture, appliances, refurbished computers and automobiles. The HHH staff continually contemplates the question, “Have we truly helped these people?” For those who receive Christ as their Savior through the distribution process, the answer is a resounding, “YES”! For those that become connected with a Bible study or a Bible-believing church after a spiritualdesert experience, the answer is also, “YES”! For the rest of the clients, we believe God will use the
ministry of HHH to help them with their various burdens and problems in some way. HHH will be starting a new phase of our ministry to help single women with children to get out of the poverty cycle. A local foundation is providing the start-up funding for this program. Our staff and board members are very excited that we will be able to help these women overcome some of the obstacles that have kept them and their families in a state of poverty. The program, called Fresh Hope, will begin this month. Most of the clients admitted to this program will need help with completing certain educational requirements and in finding good jobs that match their skills and interests. HHH will network with many other agencies, churches, educational institutions and individuals to meet the needs of these women. The goal of Fresh Hope is to successfully help 100 single women exit the poverty cycle, or at least be on the way to exiting the poverty cycle, within the next 12 months. In order to achieve this goal, HHH will be adding a new staff person. Connie Heidebrecht, who has previous experience with these types of programs, will manage the Fresh Hope program. As the program is developed, we will require some additional volunteers and female mentors to walk alongside these single women. We will also require help in other areas (e.g., tutoring, conducting classes on nutrition and cooking, budget counseling and other types of educational instruction). If you would be interested in helping with the Fresh Hope program, please call the HHH office at 838-8528 to express your interest. Please pray that these single women will find their strength in Christ to overcome their adversities as we help them get out of the poverty cycle.
involvement | men : tom black
We are offering a course 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. You can register for this course online, or by emailing Sherri at email@example.com or by calling 688-4400.
Sunday, May 19 • 1:00–3:15pm • Choir Rm (entrance #15)
children : bryce hutson
Get ready kids, ‘cuz the fun is about to begin! 5th Grade Promotion Party
Each year, we in Central Kids like to take an opportunity to celebrate those 5th Graders who will be moving on to middle school. This is a chance to eat some great food, look back at the many years they have shared in Central Kids and get pumped up about their next 3 years in the middle school youth group. If you have a 5th grader who attends the Summit on the weekends, please encourage them to take part in this fun event. Sunday May 19 • 2-4pm • The Alley Please RSVP with the Central Kids office no later than May 14 This event is for 5th graders only
A few years ago, we joined forces with the Sports and Recreation Ministry & the C3 Youth to roll out the “Summer Book”. This booklet is intended to be your family’s guide to everything that is taking place for families at Central this summer. These books are now available on weekends at the Central Kids check-in counter, Information Center & the Youth Center lobby, and at the front desk on weekdays. Be sure to pick up yours today if you haven’t already. The summer book is also available in a downloadable version on our website and all event registrations are online at www.ccc.org by clicking on “Event Registration” at the top of the page.
Preschool Summer Fun & Sun
This summer we will have 3 Summer Fun & Sun events for our preschoolers. Each one will have a different theme with a story time and craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult and we want to encourage all parents to pre-register their children online at www.ccc.org by the Monday prior to the event. Each event will be at 9:30–11:30am and will cost $3 per child. Thursday, June 20 • Luau Party • SCT Thursday, July 18 • Trike & Bike Rally • PAV Thursday, Aug 15 • Ooey Gooey Day • PAV
Summer Fun Days We will once again have our S u m m e r Fu n Days for our incoming 4th & 5th Graders on Wednesday afternoons starting June 5th with Bowling and ending July 24th with our annual Glow Dodge Ball Tournament. The cost varies by event and we meet from Noon to 4pm, dropping off and picking up at the Youth Center. Please see the Summer Book for full details or go online to www.ccc.org and register for the activities that your student can attend. Please note: Due to holidays & other Central Kids events, we will not meet every Wednesday from start to finish.
1st–3rd Grade Day Camp
Again this year, we are hosting a day camp just for our 1st – 3rd Grade students. Camp will be held at CCC, but will involve some off-site activities. On each day, campers will have large group and small group teaching times, crafts, recreation and much more. All lunches and snacks will be provided. Campers will be dropped off at the church each day no later than 8:00am and should be picked up at the church no later than 5:00pm. However, campers may be picked up as early as 3:00pm, as each day will conclude with a movie in the Chapel. This year we going to “Turn It Up!” We will be taking a journey through the Bible to give the context for God’s Big Story. This summer, we want our kids to discover how they can be a part of the story when they turn up the power of God’s love in their life. Monday – Thursday, June 10 – 13 8am – 5pm • Chapel $60 each (incl. T-shirt, Snacks, Lunches) Register online now through June 3rd
Build It Camp
Monday, June 24 • 8am – 1:30pm $10 each (incl. lunch & snack) Register online now through 19 This camp is for students going into 1st – 5th grades this coming Fall. It is designed to be fun day of building, exploring, and bonding with friends. Each child will receive a take home set of bricks to continue their discovery of great fun in building projects. We will have some competitions in both set ups and tear downs. Also, lunch will be served. All those attending should wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes for outdoor activities. These should be clothes that are okay to get wet or dirty. Every student is allowed to bring one already assembled Lego, or other building material creation, to display for others to see. However, we ask that they bring no other blocks or materials beyond that one creation. Come join us in the great building fun and exploration that will go far beyond just Legos!
Promotion • Saturday & Sunday, May 25 – 26
Promotion for grades K–12 takes place the weekend of May 25–26. They will drop off, attend class & pick up where they have been all year. However, starting that week with the Middle School Worlds of Fun Trip, the kids will attend based on their grade for Fall 2013. Our Early Childhood Ministry, Friendship Valley, will promote at the beginning of August before school begins.
Please see the Summer Book for full details, or go online to www.ccc.org
Forgiveness . . .
Finding Light in the Darkness by Alison N. Asher LSCSW Am I the only one who often can identify with that amazing song by Tenth Avenue North that goes like this, “Oh Father, give me grace to forgive them, ’Cause I feel like the one losing….” So, why is forgiveness so difficult? Really, it’s pretty simple. We simply cannot achieve it on our own. It takes us allowing God to intervene on our behalf, and totally surrendering the pain and hurt we have suffered to Him to do exactly as He sees fit. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, and doesn’t free or excuse the wrong that has been committed against you. It’s simply saying, “I trust you God to handle this for me.” When we allow bitterness and resentment to fester, we allow that person or circumstance that hurt us in the first place to continue to control us. So, in other words, the more energy we exert by
focusing on our “wounds”, the more power we give to our offender. And, the more joy we are missing out on from God!
...be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Eph 4:32 It sounds so easy, right? Even though I’m aware of what I SHOULD do, at times, I find myself acting like my sweet 5-year-old, Noah, who through clenched teeth and a grumbled voice, musters up the strength to say, “I forgive you,” to my precious 3-year-old, Adin, when she has found just the right button to push (again) to annoy him. The truth is, we don’t “feel” like forgiving when a wrong has been done to us. But, forgiveness is more than just a feeling; it’s a choice. God desires us to make this choice. After all, God reminds us in Matthew 6: 14-15, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 18:21-22 says, “Then Peter came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?’ ‘No, not seven times,’ Jesus replied, ‘but seventy times seven!’” But just like the song that I mentioned earlier goes, “We all have a choice to make!” So I challenge you to examine your heart, and make that choice. “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you,” (Ephesians 4:32). Won’t you allow God to intervene on your behalf, and let Him grant you FREEDOM by breaking your chains of bitterness and resentment that have been binding you tight in the darkness?
Holly Miller has been a Christ follower since the age of 8. Because of this, the Cross has been an object of her affection for most of her life. Creativity has always been a part of Holly’s life; whether it was creating hairstyles behind a salon chair, decorating her home, drawing, writing books, or creating crosses. Her passion from the Holy Spirit runs deep within her and impacts every area of her life. While growing up on the shores of Grand Lake, Holly’s imagination and creativity grew while hunting for arrowheads and driftwood. Fifteen years ago, a preacher’s wife from Texas sat with Holly on a dock and taught her the basics of creating crosses. She took what she had learned and has added her own rustic touch using the driftwood she is fond of. On the other hand, Holly also enjoys things that glimmer and shine! Her creations pair both the grueling ruggedness of the Cross and the glory of Jesus.
photo by heidi johnson
Whether the crosses you love are glitzy or rugged, the significance will always represent one thing: JESUS DIED SO THAT YOU WILL LIVE ETERNALLY!
Holly shares the Truth of the Cross with anyone that will listen! This fall, she will lead a group from Central on a trip to India with the purpose of encouraging the women leaders of the India Gospel League. Holly can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at Holly Miller Ministries.
our leadership pastors David Welsh Senior Pastor Roger London Executive/Ministries Mark Posson Executive/Business
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Darren McClintock Outreach
Sunday, May 5th ~ 11:30am—3:00pm
Bryce Hutson Children
Matt McFarren Youth Edwin Ojedis Hispanic Ministries
• Central Christian Vision Statement: A Church after God’s Heart.
Aaron Scharenberg Care/Counseling
• Central Christian Mission Statement: Honoring the heart of God by following, serving and sharing Jesus in our world.
Craig Tucker Small Groups/Adult Education
directors Paul Dohm His Helping Hands Exec Vicki Ejibe Lower Elementary Diana Fink Women Kyle Fleet Middle School Holly Garner Early Childhood Program
• Vision & Mission Value Points: FOLLOW—Everyone a Disciple; SERVE—Everyone a Servant; SHARE—Everyone an Evangelist and a Christ-centered Influence.
“Griff’ Griffith Promotion/Electronic Media Rob Hendrix Facilities Op/Safety/Security Linda Highbarger Finance
“Direct my footsteps according to Your Word.”
Cheryl Hurley Special Events
Lee Lundgren Creative Arts/Technical 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
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
Total Donations to Date $3,046,060.90
eldership Richard Ochs Chairman Mitch Herren Vice Chairman Steve Slusher Secretary Cliff Hartman Treasurer Jim Andrew • Brian Doom Bill Blasing • Tom Butz Robert Noland
We are LIVE-STREAMING our worship services over the internet! Now, when out of town on business or vacation, you can go to c3live.tv or visit our website at ccc.org and follow the link.
our church family Comforting those whose loved ones have passed on Randy & Karen Davis & Family on the passing of Randy’s brother Patty Lohr on the passing of her sister Daniel & Shawna Parks & Family on the passing of Daniel’s mother Mark & LuAnne Posson & Family on the passing of Mark’s mother Jesse & Debbie Reinstatler on the passing of Debbie’s grandparents Bart & Rebecca Smith on the passing of their son, Holt Deb Traster on the passing of her father Lee & Melissa Unruh & Family on the passing of Melissa’s grandfather Darrel & Ginger Young on the passing of Ginger’s mother Celebrating the birth of each new life Aspen Dawn Saville born Feb 22, 2013 @ 8 lbs, 9 oz to Brad & Tiffany, and grandmother Mindy Callison Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ (*Casa de Luz) Jade Black • Courtney Brown • Rocky Burris III • Sadie Burris Brian Halstead • Zane Hutson • Levi Martin • Jazmin Pedraza Aidan Spears • Teresa Stangle • Ruben Valle • Nolan Willson Welcoming those who have joined us in membership Brent Buller • Christina Buller • Alex DeHoet • Damian DeHoet Jennifer DeHoet • Hay Domitrovic • Dorene Hager • Richard Hager Kelly Kallenberger • Michael Kallenberger • Cindy Latta • Josh Mackey Denise Magruder • David McDonald • Heidi McDonald • Cera Oser Clint Reschke • Felicia Reschke • Leon Skelton • Tammy Spangler
On Mother’s Day we honor all mothers, whether your children walk this earth, rest in the arms of Jesus, or reside in your hopes and dreams.
Attendance: (Casa de Luz; Youth Missions Teams; Israel Team) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) Mar 9-10.................................................. 2,973 (135; 0; 0) Mar 16-17.............................................. 3,070 (122; 72; 0) Mar 23-24................................................ 2,144 (157; 0; 0) Mar 30-31 (Resurrection Weekend)....... 5,003 (164; 0; 0) Apr 6-7................................................... 3,179 (151; 0; 46) Central Christian has added 64 new members in 2013. General Budget Income: ”...and the people gave...” (malachi 3:10-12; ii corinthians 9:6-15) Weekly budgeted goal for fiscal year 2012-13...................................$127,150.00 Mar 9-10.........................................................$101,568.21 Mar 16-17.......................................................$100,256.08 Mar 23-24.......................................................$187,129.43 Mar 30-31 (Resurrection Weekend)..............$149,756.25 Apr 6-7............................................................$122,986.63 His Helping Hands Donations: Mar 9-10............................................................. $3,696.00 Mar 16-17........................................................... $2,209.66 Mar 23-24........................................................... $1,306.00 Mar 30-31 (Resurrection Weekend).................. $1,868.00 Apr 6-7................................................................ $4,171.00 ‘bout time Donations: Mar 9-10............................................................. $6,068.62 Mar 16-17......................................................... $17,498.08 Mar 23-24......................................................... $10,055.50 Mar 30-31 (Resurrection Weekend)................ $19,311.75 Apr 6-7................................................................ $8,469.00
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AWANA Award Night, 6:30pm, WC
National Day of Prayer, Open Chapel 9:00am–8:00pm, Guided Prayer 7:00–8:00pm
Next Step, 11:30am–3:00pm
Parent Child Dedication Service, 5:00pm, WC
The Lodge, Gr 4 & 5, 5:00-7:00pm, YC
Stitching Sisters, 6:30-9:00pm, Choir Room
Glory Babies Gathering, 7:00-8:30pm, PLR
The Lodge, Gr 4 & 5, 5:00-7:00pm, YC
Men of Issachar Breakfast, 7:00-8:30am, CT
SHAPE Class, 1:00-3:30pm, Choir Rm
5th Grade Promotion Party, 2:00-4:00pm, The Alley
Stitching Sisters, 6:30-9:00pm, Choir Room
CCA 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony, 7:00pm
The Lodge, Gr 4 & 5, 5:00-7:00pm, YC
Grades K-12 Promotion
25 BBB (Burgers, Bibles & Blessings) Lunch for the Homeless, 11:30am, RiverWalk Church of Christ 27
Memorial Day : Church building & office will be closed
The Lodge, Gr 4 & 5, 5:00-7:00pm, YC
june 2013 3-7
Victory Soccer Camp
Summer Fun Days : Bowling, for Gr 4 & 5, 12:00-4:00pm
1st-3rd Grade Day Camp, 8:00am-5:00pm
High School Mission Trip : Philippines
Men of Issachar Breakfast, 7:00-8:30am, CT
Mission Trip : France
Summer Fun Days: Rock River Rapids, Gr 4&5, 12:00-4:00pm