november : 2013
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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.
Friday, November 8th at 7:00 PM Tickets: $20 Balcony, $35 Floor, $100 VIP Tickets Available At: East & West Perfect Peace Bookstores Or Charge By Phone: (855) 223-1008
For more information: www.museconcerts.com
n feature : 5 Meet the Family : Chad Pickering n in every issue : 4 Pursuing the Heart of God : by Pastor David Welsh 14 Counselor’s Corner : Nolanna C. Simon 15 Our Church Family 16 Calendar
n ministry news : 3 Military Central Christian Academies 688.1161 Central Christian Academy : Grades K-8 : David Funk Headmaster 8 Children Central Christian Academy Preschool : 2-5 Yrs : Judy Buckert Director Joyful Noise Academy Daycare : 18 mos & walking : Pam Harrod Director 9 Youth Central Christian Counseling Center 683.4083 Tallgrass Executive Suites, 8100 E. 22nd St. N., Bldg. 800, Ste. 100 10 Women Aaron Scharenberg LCPC, Care/Counseling Pastor Central Christian Printing 688.4400 12 Sports & Recreation David Mann | Debra Roark Smith | Paul Huff | Heidi Johnson 13 Academies Central Homeschool Family Ministries e: firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Ryan Executive Director | Susan Warner H.S. Director 14 Counseling Kris Sayler Elem. Director Legacy Ministries Financial Resource Planning 688.4400 15 Missions / Men / Serving Others Bob Crew CFA, CFP 16 His Helping Hands Hospital, Homebound & Care Facility Ministries 688.4400 Barb Marchand 619.4775; email@example.com 17 Fine Arts Please keep us apprised of those who would like to be visited
n events : 6 Third Day : Nov 8 1441 E. 37th St. N. Paul Dohm HHH Executive Director 7 Mountain of Food : Nov 3–Dec 16 Media CCCMedia.org 9 Tree of Angels : Nov 2–Dec 15 Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Director Prayer Ministries 688.4400 10 Christmas Extravaganza : Dec 7 Emergency Prayer Request Line : Barb Marchand 619.4775 Radio Ministry “Pursuing the Heart of God” with Pastor David Welsh 13 Central Christian Academy Sundays @ 7 a.m. on Bott 94.3 FM Fall Banquet : Nov 7 Sundays @ 10 a.m. on KNSS 1330 AM Sundays @ 11 a.m. on KSGL 900 AM 17 “The Light of Christmas” Musical : Dec 14-15 His Helping Hands 838.8528
Veteran’s Day Celebration Event Saturday & Sunday, November 9–10
Central Christian Church would like to say “Thank You” and give honor to all our active-duty military, veterans and the families who support them in a special Veteran’s Day Celebration Event during each of our four worship services the weekend of November 9-10.
“Lunch & Learn”
Thursday, November 7 @ 12:30–1:30pm • Hospitality Suite Speaker Aaron Scharenberg M.A., LCPC, Director of Central Christian Counseling Center Aaron Scharenberg will present this “Lunch & Learn” about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Boxed lunches will be provided. The event is free, but please register online at ccc.org/military_ ministry by Noon on Tuesday, November 5.
Military Wives Brunch
Saturday, November 9 @ 9:00–11:00am • Hospitality Suite with speaker Tawnya Kitt Are you a military wife? Come join us for a time of support and fellowship with our Military Wives Bible Study Group. We have been studying “God Strong: The Military Wife’s Spiritual Survival Guide” by Sara Horn. The event is free, but please register online at ccc.org/military_ministry. Nursery is available with reservation.
Wall of Honor Saturday & Sunday, November 9–10 Please visit our “Wall of Honor” and Military Ministry tables the weekend of November 9–10 by the Hospitality Suite. Also, remember to pray for our nation, our military and Central’s own military families throughout the month of November.
Military Holiday Collections Saturday & Sunday, November 9–10 Please help our military families in need by bringing donations to the Military Ministry tables at the south entrance the weekend of November 9–10. If you are a military family and are in need of support, please contact our Care Ministry at 688-4400. Donations needed: • Food items for the Kansas Air National Guard to provide Thanksgiving Food Boxes to military families in need. • Monetary donations and small toiletry items (like those provided in hotels) for Christmas gifts to homeless vets in our city. • Phone calling cards to send to our deployed military so they can call home during the holidays. For more info, please visit our website at ccc.org/military_ministry
Pursuing the heart of God David Welsh senior pastor
“I Thank You” Jesus stood before the tomb of his
This is the only verse in the NIV in which Jesus is quoted as using the phrase, “I thank you.” He did mention it in the context of a parable, but this is the only time He personally prayed it. Obviously His whole life was filled with gratitude and thanksgiving, and He often offered variations of that phrase. It was a simple gesture that not only validated what He already knew, but He wanted everyone else to know it too.
Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
God listens to us when we talk to Him.
deceased friend Lazarus and ordered the stone removed. Emotions were running high. Some grieved. Others were disappointed Jesus had arrived too late to help. A few were disgusted that the tomb was opened, desecrating the burial site and exposing everyone nearby to the pungent odors of a decomposing corpse. But Jesus had other things on his mind.
John 11:41– 42
“I thank you” is a phrase most of us utter in our prayers, and it’s usually followed with a long list of blessings including family, health, continued on page 5
Take this challenge: List the top 10 things for which you are grateful every week in November (or every day, for you overachievers) and then pray that list to God with thanksgiving in your heart and on your lips. Offer God the gratitude and worship that He rightfully deserves. Give God praise and enjoy a month long “thank you.”
Meet the Family:
the pickering family: jared, jordan, jake, josh, shauna & chad
PASTOR DAVID continued from page 4
possessions and many more. November is a very busy month as we prepare for the official Christmas season, which actually began in September when Wal-Mart advertised that holiday lay-away was available! But this time of year should not be too busy to distract us from expressing gratitude. Thanksgiving is that wonderful holiday tucked in between Labor Day and Christmas (yes, I know, but I’m not counting that mascaraed night where we eat handfuls of unhealthy candy). It’s an annual reminder that gratitude for a Christian should be natural and offered daily. n
The Christmas season has always been associated with lights. Decorated houses, candles in the dining room, strings of bulbs on the tree…all used to celebrate the birth of the “Light of the World.” Our new 4-week holiday study called, “The Lights of Christmas” begins the weekend after Thanksgiving. Join us each weekend as God sheds His light on the true meaning of Christmas.
We are happy to introduce you to our newest staff member, Chad Pickering. Chad joined our staff as Pastor of Young Adults on October 1.
Chad committed his life to Christ at 19, while serving as an Airman in the US Navy. Within 8 hours of submitting his life to the Lord, on his first visit to a college/ young adults class at a church in San Diego, he met a beautiful, blonde, green-eyed girl named Shauna. Three days later, they were engaged and have been together over 25 years and have four sons: Joshua (22), Jacob (20), Jordan (18), and Jared (16). Soon after accepting Christ, Chad accepted God’s call to enter full-time ministry and even after 20 years of ministry experience, he is just as passionate as ever! Chad is unwaveringly driven by the vision to see the next generation engage with God’s redemptive works in this world and the mission of leading as many as possible into a growing relationship with Jesus. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to equip the next generation to take ministry to levels and places not yet dreamed of. In Chad’s free time, he loves date nights with his wife and adventures “one-on-one” as a family. He’s never met a medium-rare Filet Mignon he didn’t like. He also enjoys “Tough Mudders”, racquetball, working out and paintball. He has two dream vehicles: a jeep with no doors and a loud stereo, and a “Fat Boy” motorcycle. We are excited to welcome Chad to our ministry team! n
Friday, November 8th at 7:00 PM Tickets: $20 Balcony, $35 Floor, $100 VIP Tickets Available At: East & West Perfect Peace Bookstores Or Charge By Phone: (855) 223-1008
For more information: www.museconcerts.com 6
“For This Reason... Exceeding Abundantly.” In Ephesians 3, Paul twice uses the term “for this reason.” As we approach the holiday season one of the greatest ross lamp blessings for me is to see the love of Jesus Christ, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and the joy of Jesus Christ displayed in the hearts of believers as they reach out and tangibly minister to people in need. Although this occurs throughout the year in so many different ways, it is certainly highlighted during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. As we go about resupplying the food items on the now increasingly depleted shelves of the food pantry, many families and individuals will use this opportunity to again be reminded of the Lord’s abundance in supplying our needs and their opportunity to reach out to others. The “Mountain of Food” drive will be from November 3rd through December 15th and will again be located in the lobby just south of the Children’s Check-in area. Listen to Paul’s words as he expresses his gratitude to God and to other believers in Ephesians 3:13-19, “Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory. For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith and that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” The outworking of understanding God’s great love for us is to demonstrate that love to others and that is shown in our giving to others. According to my records, this is the 16th consecutive year we have had a food drive to give to those in need. It first began as an outreach of Central Christian Academy to provide food baskets to those in need. As more pantry space became available, we began the “Mountain of Food” outreach that supplies our pantry for a major part of the year. Thank you for your support in past years and we look forward to again blessing others because of His blessings to us. “For this reason…exceedingly abundantly,” let us minister together with the blessing that Paul uses as he closes Ephesians 3, “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
Mountain of Food Shopping List Please bring donations to the Mountain of Food in the lobby November 3rd – December 15th q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q q
Peanut Butter & Jelly Canned Fruit & Vegetables Canned Tuna, Chicken & Salmon Breakfast Cereal & Oatmeal Cornbread Mix & Biscuit Mix Spaghetti & Sauce Rice & Pasta Ramen Noodles “Hearty” Soups Cake Mix & Icing Brownie Mix Flour & Sugar Spices Baking Soda & Baking Powder Macaroni & Cheese Gravy Mix Pancake Mix & Syrup Jell-O & Pudding Mix Cooking Oil & Shortening Crackers Canned Juices Pickles Ketchup & Mustard Mayonnaise Toothpaste & Toothbrushes Combs & Brushes Shampoo & Cream Rinse Lotion Bar & Liquid Soaps Dish Soaps & Laundry Detergent Shaving Cream & Razors Kleenex & Toilet Paper Deodorant Diapers & Wipes Sanitary Napkins Other personal care items
central kids : bryce hutson
Central Kids Calendar Mother–Daughter Spa Night
November 13 Color Team Night Come dressed in your team color November 27 Thanksgiving Break No AWANA December 4 Backwards Night Everything will be a little backwards this night December 25 & January 1 Christmas Break No AWANA
Our next Parent–Child Dedication is coming up and if you would like your family to be dedicated as part of this service, we ask that you attend a short class. This hour-long class is designed to equip our families with some solid information and resources about your role as a spiritual leader in the home. To learn more about this special class, call the Central Kids office at 688-4400, or stop by the Central Kids check-in counter. You can also register for the class online at www.ccc.org. Please keep in mind that the class is required to be a part of the ceremony. Parent–Child Dedication Classes Please attend one of the following classes. Childcare is available with reservations. Sunday, Nov 3 @ 10:15am in the Chapel or Tuesday, Nov 5 @ 6:30pm in the Crown Room Parent–Child Dedication Ceremony Sunday, Nov 17 @ 5:00pm in the Worship Center
This event is a special night for 4th & 5th Grade girls and their moms Friday, Nov 1 7:00–9:00pm Central Court Cost: $5 per person Questions ~ Call Central Kids at 688-4400 This year Central Kids will again be taking part in the Fine Arts Department’s annual Christmas Musical. This is a great opportunity for our kids to be exposed to some Christmas music and be part of a fun event. All children from Kindergarten - 5th Grade are welcome to participate and will receive a CD with the music on it in November. We will be holding several practices leading up to the musical, which will be publicized at a later date. However, for those who would like to participate in the children’s choir, we need you to save the following dates: Thursday, December 12 Dress Rehearsal Sunday, December 15 Program Monday, December 16 Program
Our yearly volunteer appreciation event is just around the corner and with the craziness of the holidays we want to make sure that you get this date on your calendar. This event is for anyone who volunteers in any aspect of Central Kids and their family. There will be more details to come, and we promise this is one event you will not want to miss! Friday, January 17
Tree of Angels
November 2–Dec 2
Sponsoring a child from our “Tree of Angels” for the holidays has been a tradition here at Central for the past ten years. Again this year we offer this ministry opportunity to you and ask that you prayerfully consider being a part of our team. Starting the weekend of November 2-3 through December 1-2, we will have a table set up in the lobby before and after services with the names of our “angels” available for adoption. You may also get them through the week by contacting Barb Marchand in the church office. At our tables you will find gift tags for children which will list their first name, age and any wishes/interests they have. In turn, you are asked to purchase a gift for this child (between $10 and $30 per child) and WRAP your gift. Place the gift tag you picked up back on the gift to identify who the gift goes to and return to the table in the lobby or drop off at the church office no later than December 2nd. Simple as that! Most importantly, we ask that you pray for your child and their family. Many of the children we present to you are from single-parent, low-income homes; some are orphans who live with extended family or other caretakers. There are a variety of needs which we are not aware of, but God is, and while this gift may bring them that excitement every child anticipates on Christmas morning, even more so, we want to pray they will find the true joy that only comes from knowing our Savior, Jesus Christ. Many of these children come through the mentorship program with Youth Horizons and their gifts are given at a special Christmas party where the Gospel is presented to all in attendance. Others come through our ministry with His Helping Hands. Thank you in advance for helping make a difference in helping brighten the life of one of these children and for showing them the love of Christ! Questions? Please contact Barb Marchand firstname.lastname@example.org; 688-4400
C3 Youth Calendar High School Open Mic Night
November 9 C3 Youth Center @ 7pm
November 15–17 Westminster Woods Cost: $55 Friday @ 6pm
Check in @ Youth Center
Sunday @ 11am
Return to Youth Center Register online or call Dana @ 688.4400 for more info
CIY (Christ In Youth) June 24–27 Durango, CO Cost: $400
$50 Deposit due @ registration Early registration: $350 • December 1–January 31 $375 • February 1–March 31
Middle School Fall Retreat
December 6–8 Westminster Woods Cost: $55 Friday @ 6pm
Check in @ Youth Center
Sunday @ 11am
Return to Youth Center Register online or call Dana @ 688.4400 for more info
2014 Spring Bible Studies Register for studies at MyC3Online NOV 11–18, or Restore My Heart by Denise Glenn & led by Patty Armburst Saturday, December 7 f $10 Tickets 10am – Noon f Central Court We are blessed to have LuAnne Posson as our speaker and Michelle Meyerhoff as our vocalist this year! LuAnne is a wife of one (Mark Posson), a mother of two (Logan & Paige), and a teacher of many at Trinity Academy. LuAnne is a native Wichitan having graduated from Northwest High, KSU and earned her Masters degree from WSU. Even though LuAnne has taught high school for over 18 years, she is excited to share about the lessons she has learned from the “Master Teacher”! Music has been a part of Michelle’s life for as long as she can remember. She grew up singing in her hometown church in Concordia and was a worship leader for 18 years after moving to Wichita in 1994. As a music teacher for CCAP for the past 13 years, she has been blessed with the opportunity to share the love of the Lord through music with hundreds of students and teach them to hide the Word of God in their hearts through song. Michelle and her husband, Kent, have been married for 23 years and have two sons: Grant, a student at KSU, and Jacob, a sophomore at Trinity Academy. We would love to have you help with our table decorations by providing a Christmas-themed “centerpiece” for your table(s). Central Sisters will provide white table linens and serving needs. To decorate/ host a table, register online or call 688-4400. Tables may be decorated Friday 4:00–9:00pm, or Saturday 7:30–9:00am. As with all events, it takes “servants” to make sure we are ready to open the doors for our guests. If you are willing to help in one of the following areas, please let us know right away.
Mondays, beginning January 6 • 7:00–9:00 pm Off Campus • $18 • No child care Explore God’s Word in this penetrating 6-week Bible study about Christ’s love for you and His invitation to become His bride. Discover truths of incredible love deeply embedded in ancient Jewish customs and wedding traditions. Experience His desire to lavishly adorn you with precious gifts.
Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer & led by Daneen Stahl Mondays, beginning March 24 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm Off Campus • $13 • No child care Interruptions...they’re aggravating; 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.
Raising Responsible Adults by Dr. Randy Calson & led by Judy Ochs Tuesdays, beginning January 7 • 9:15–11:30 am Hospitality Suite • $16 • Child care available with reservations You want nothing less than God’s very best for your child. The biggest challenge parents face is that children don’t come with instruction manuals. It takes understanding, planning and some good old-fashioned hard work. This study will help you turn your good intentions for your child into reality by aligning them with God’s intentions for their life. Here you will find biblical insight from God’s Word, information that will help you understand your child and practical actions mixed with prayer than can go a long way in raising a responsible adult.
Elijah by Susan VanHook & led by Barb Hess Tuesdays, beginning January 7 • 9:15–11:30 am Parlor • $20 • Child care available with reservations How can we hear God when our lives are so busy? I Kings 17–2 Kings 2 is the story of the prophet Elijah and his example of using basic spiritual disciplines to hear God’s voice. Elijah’s circumstances were not so different than ours. His story is full of highs and lows. He was consumed by fear for his life, depression, fatigue, and too many demands. But when Elijah listened for God’s gentle whisper
f Registration table – day of event f Stage decor – help Holly Miller on Friday eve, December 6 f Serve brunch – day of event f Clean up – after event (about 45 min) Tickets will be on sale Nov 1–30 in the church office, or Nov 17 & Dec 1, 9:30–10:30am. Reservations and table host forms will be available online until November 30. If registering online, your email confirmation will be your ticket. For info, contact Diana Fink at email@example.com or Lynn Eby at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 688-4400.
women : diana fink
contact Lynn Eby at 688-4400 / email@example.com Books will be ordered December 19. he was confident he had God’s power to perform miracles, he had a fiery attitude to take on anything or anybody, he had supernatural strength and energy, and he led others to recognize God’s truth.
Gideon by Dr. Priscilla Shirer & led by Barb Hess Tuesdays, beginning March 25 • 9:15–11:30 am Parlor • $14 • Child care available with reservations Ever feel insufficient? Could it be that your weaknesses are the keys that unlock God’s strength? Through a look at the life of Gideon, you can discover that instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, you can see them as the gifts, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength.
Let Prayer Change Your Life by Becky Tirabassi & led by Cindy Carlson Tuesdays, beginning January 28 • 9:15–11:15am North Conference Room • $21 Child care available with reservations You won’t put this book down without being motivated to discover prayer, decide to pray and have a design for prayer! For over two decades, Becky has taught people of all ages to develop a regular pattern in prayer by having a daily, written appointment with the King!
My So Called Life as a Submissive Wife by Sara Horn & led by Denise Butz Tuesdays, beginning January 7 • 9:30–11:15 am The Summit • Child care available with reservations For women involved in the life of military living. What does biblical submission look like for wives today? And why is submission viewed as such a dirty word by so many in our culture, including Christians? Can a happily married couple live out the biblical model of submission and be the better for it? Come find out!
I & II Timothy & Titus led by June McGovern Tuesdays, beginning January 14 • 1:00–3:00 pm Choir Room • No child care Each week June leads a discussion on the designated passages in these books. This class is a very interactive Bible study that includes fellowship and abundant wisdom. It began in the fall and will continue through the spring session.
The Blessing by John Trent & Gary Smalley & led by Chris Morales Tuesdays, beginning January 14 • 6:30–8:00 pm Cry Room • $10 Child care available with reservations Brian endlessly sought his father’s approval. Even when his dad lay dying, he pleaded, “Please say you love me, please!” For all who share that pain, this study offers healing. Explore the “blessing” bestowed by parents, discover what to do if you never received it, and learn to give yours to loved ones.
Precept Upon Precept: Romans – Part I led by Pam Ramsey Wednesdays, beginning January 15 • 9:15–11:30 am Hospitality Suite • $38 (includes 3-ring binder) Child care available with reservations All have sinned. There is none righteous. We are declared righteous by God only by faith in the blood of His Son. Romans 1–5 explains the foundational doctrines of our faith: original sin, justification, redemption, and propitiation. Gain an excellent grasp of the doctrine of salvation!
The Shelter of God’s Promises by Sheila Walsh & led by Tawnya Kitt Thursdays, beginning January 30 • 9:30–11:30am Parlor • $10 • Child care available with reservations You know God’s promises, but are they for you, are they for now? If you look to your circumstances alone, it may seem that God has forgotten you; but He hasn’t. He can’t; and He wouldn’t even if He could. God is the only promise maker who is always a promise keeper. God’s promises will never fail you!
Yeshua Through Jewish Eyes led by Annette Hedke Thursdays, beginning January 9 • 9:30 am – Noon Hospitality Suite, except for every 2nd Thursday Child care available when on campus Continuing to read chronologically through the four gospels.
First Place 4 Health: Make Every Day Your Best Day led by Dee Schmidt Thursdays, beginning February 20 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm Parlor • $18 (First time start-up kit, including book is $99) No childcare available Carpe Diem is a Latin phrase that means, “seize the day.” But when it comes right down to it, most people find themselves “missing the day” rather than seizing it. All too often they find themselves wondering where the time went and asking, “What did I really accomplish?” They also miss the joy in it. But starting right here—right now—each of us can make changes to use each day to the fullest. This study will guide participants to embrace life one day at a time and give them guidance for how to use today wisely in the power of the Holy Spirit. Rediscover all the blessings in your life and gain new hope for the future.
sports & recreation : jennifer mccurdy
We had beautiful weather for the 2013 CCC Golf Tournament! Thank you to those of you who put teams together and came out and played. A big “thank you” to the following sponsors for supporting Central Sports and Recreation and for making it a fun tournament to be a part of: Angie Caulk Blake Pearson Farm Bureau Financial Broadway Mortuary Chipotle Chit Chat Wireless Cozine Mortuary Dairy Queen in Andover & Derby Dixon Golf Epic Sports Fornelli Feet Seth Asher Gentry Ltd Smiles Golf Warehouse Sports Clips Horton’s Carpet Taco Bell Jeff Johnson The Zoie Foundation Jimmy’s Egg Tom McCurdy Johnson’s Garden Centers Wendy’s Pizza Hut / Fugate WSU Women’s Golf
The Power of Gratitude
by Nolanna C. Simon LCPC
As the holidays are quickly approaching, I, like many of you, reflect on what I have yet to do or obtain this year. However, sometimes we forget to acknowledge everything God allowed us to accomplish, or perhaps for the doors closed for our own good. The Bible instructs, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:17-19). I am thankful for my life, good health, my husband of 15 years, my kids, my career, my clients, but am I actually thankful for my aunt’s death, debt, tragedy, etc.? No, of course not. However, I think we are to be thankful in spite of these things, or while enduring these things. In what, or during what, are you thankful or grateful, and perhaps more importantly, why be thankful or grateful?
In giving thanks, we demonstrate that we understand grace and appreciate gifts. In gratitude, we can walk in the righteousness of God without guilt. This is powerful, because it makes the possibilities with God endless. In gratitude, you feel happy and privileged that God provided salvation and gave us eternal life. We understand that God gave His only Son for us in love. This powerful sacrifice doesn’t obligate us to be grateful, but with sincere revelation of its meaning, the redemptive act of Christ compels or drives us be grateful.
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
The answer is that there is power in gratitude, but before I explain, let me point out that gratitude is not the same as indebtedness. While both emotions may occur after receiving help, indebtedness occurs when a person perceives that they are under an obligation to make some repayment or compensation for the aid. This sense of indebtedness (aka unworthiness), comes with sin-consciousness and omits concepts such as grace, mercy, and the redeeming blood of Christ.In contrast, gratitude is about being thankful and appreciative of a benefit you received, or will receive. The distinct emotions lead to different actions; indebtedness can motivate the recipient of the aid to avoid the person who has helped them, whereas gratitude can motivate the recipient to seek out their helper and to improve their relationship with them. This may be the difference in why some of us run from JESUS and why others run to JESUS when we make a mistake.
The power in gratitude stems from the perspective it affords you. It is the difference between seeing guilt or innocence, bondage or freedom, and obligation or desire. One perspective feels limited and the other unlimited. To highlight my point, just think for a moment. Can you remember a time when someone did something for you, and before you had a chance to even open your mouth to acknowledge the kind act, they sarcastically say, “Well, you are welcome!” It’s at this very point that we feel forced to say “Thank You” and it seems somehow inauthentic. You may feel deflated and powerless…it’s as if they ruined the sheer opportunity and pleasure to give thanks.
So my question to you is, can you harness the power of gratitude and be grateful when things aren’t perfect, or perhaps when you feel lost in the midst of a trial? Can you thank God even when you are going through tough times of loss, discouragement, sickness, divorce, unemployment, etc.? Can you see this sinsick world and be thankful because you can see its lost people as an opportunity for witness or harvest for the Kingdom of God, and be thankful? Gratitude is all in your attitude and perspective. Gratitude can help us feel good about the provision of God’s precious promises. So take some time out this holiday season and meditate on the goodness of God. Be intentional to demonstrate your gratitude in voice and/or deed. Be grateful, because essentially the power of gratitude can manifest when we realize that we are blessed, chosen, and special…an heir of God, who can do, be, have, and give anything with the gifts bestowed upon us! (Philippians 4:13, 1 Peter 2:9, Deuteronomy 28:13.)
Short-Term Trips Life-Changing Results
Is our Lord calling you to be part of a missions’ team serving next summer or fall in France, Haiti, Guatemala or Kenya? During our Missions Emphasis Weekend in October, video testimonies were presented of several of our members who were part of last year’s trips, and who had a dramatic life-changing story to tell. Is the next step in your discipleship path becoming part of one of our vision and learning trips? Applications are now available on the table in front of the Missions Wall or from the Missions Department. Please pray and ask the Lord, “Are You sending me?”
2014 Missions Trips: FRANCE • June 15–28 Guatemala • June 7–14 Haiti • July 12–19 Kenya • September 18–29
Serving Here at Home Next Class: Sunday, Nov 24 1:00–3:30pm S. Conference Room This course is for everyone and is designed to help you identify the unique way God has "SHAPE-d" you for ministry. In just over two short hours, you will receive individualized feedback about your Spiritual giftedness, Heart (passions), Abilities, Personality and Experiences that make you uniquely qualified for the ministry to which God has called you. Register online at ccc.org
Take time out this busy holiday season to serve others. Here are a few opportunities: Military Wives Brunch Nov 9 @ 9-11am Serve brunch to our military wives & guests Deb Shelly firstname.lastname@example.org veterans weekend support Nov 9-10 Greet our military & visitors and help at the collection tables Deb Shelly email@example.com thanksgiving at mcconnell Nov 29 @ 12-2pm Serve Thanksgiving dinner Deb Shelly firstname.lastname@example.org his helping hands Dec 9-14 Prepare for and/or serve during our annual “Christmas with Jesus” distribution Paul Dohm 838-8528 christmas musical Dec 15 @ 7-9pm Serve cookies and punch at reception Tom Black email@example.com christmas eve Dec 24 @ 12, 5 & 11 pm Greet and/or help with communion Tom Black firstname.lastname@example.org
his helping hands : paul dohm
A Time to Give Thanks!
...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18
“Thank you” seems hardly adequate to express appreciation for the help you have given to the ministry of His Helping Hands over the past year! At this time of year, we pause to reflect on the many blessings that God has bestowed on us and you are foremost among those blessings!
His divine and renewing love. I was in a dark place, I saw no light…Fresh Hope gave me a much needed New Beginning. Thank you to Connie and Carolyn, my mentor, and all of the wonderful ladies that helped contribute to my revival! I am truly blessed to be in the light of the Lord and to know His grace is all around me.”
Many of the HHH clients express their thanks for the help they have received in their lives. Below is a letter from a recent graduate of the HHH Fresh Hope Program:
Another letter sent to HHH said it very powerfully, yet very simply, “Thanks for all you do in Jesus’ name.”
“I wanted to thank all the staff and persons behind the Fresh Hope Program. This journey has been the desperate light I needed in my life… the road of recovery. We don’t always receive opportunities to be loved genuinely…I have met phenomenal women who I can now call my life’s friend. We all had our reasons for needing ‘fresh hope’. I myself endured a harmful relationship that darkened my soul…I closed myself off to the world and to the Lord. We have had opportunities to vent our pain, share experiences and bond on a spiritual level. I am grateful. You would have to be a fool not to believe there is an ultimate ‘Protector’ and ‘Healer’. He is ultimately the Helping Hand that reunited our souls. I am so thankful my faith is renewed and strengthened. I have learned about boundaries and what I can do to avoid hurtful and negative life altering relationships. I trust wholeheartedly that I am a child of God and if I listen and trust the Lord, He will hear me…He will chase my fears away…He will guide me. I know it is easier to live an unrighteous life, but my faith has me taking on the challenge of living right…I choose to live ‘God-like’. I choose to be a messenger of His love,
fresh hope’s first graduating class
These thank you notes are not just for the HHH staff, they are also for you, our donors, prayer warriors and volunteers. Thank you for all that you do to allow us to serve many under-resourced families in our community, all in the name of Jesus Christ! May God richly bless you and your families as you celebrate and offer Thanksgiving to our Lord! n coming soon! The HHH “Christmas With Jesus” distribution will be held Saturday, December 14, 8am to 12pm.
our leadership pastors David Welsh Senior Pastor Roger London Executive/Ministries Mark Posson Executive/Business Peter Abood Fine Arts/Worship Tom Black Involvement/Men Steve Brummer Worship David Funk Academy Administration Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Bryce Hutson Children Ross Lamp Benevolence David Mann Communications Darren McClintock Outreach Matt McFarren Youth Edwin Ojedis Hispanic Ministries Chad Pickering Young Adults Aaron Scharenberg Care/Counseling Craig Tucker Small Groups/Adult Education
directors Caitlin Bliss Girls’ Discipleship Paul Dohm His Helping Hands Exec Vicki Ejibe Lower Elementary Diana Fink Women Kyle Fleet Middle School Holly Garner Early Childhood Program “Griff’ Griffith Promotion/Electronic Media Rob Hendrix Facilities Op/Safety/Security Linda Highbarger Finance Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Cheryl Hurley Special Events Jennifer McCurdy Sports/Recreation Robert Nooe Special Needs Joshua Reed Upper Elementary Eddie Rivera Information Systems Jonathan Schlueter Media Presentation Deb Shelly Health Promotion Debra Roark Smith Print Production
Want to know more about Central? This class is designed to help you determine your “next step.” It focuses on the vision and mission of Central Christian and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. If you are interested in membership, or would like to know more about Central, sign up today by calling Silvia at 688-4400 or visiting our website. Classes this fall will be held
Sunday, November 3rd ~ 11:30am—3:00pm Sunday, December 8th ~ 11:30am—3:00pm • Central Christian Vision Statement: A Church after God’s Heart. • Central Christian Mission Statement: Honoring the heart of God by following, serving and sharing Jesus in our world. • Vision & Mission Value Points: FOLLOW—Everyone a Disciple; SERVE—Everyone a Servant; SHARE—Everyone an Evangelist and a Christ-centered Influence.
“Direct my footsteps according to Your Word.” Psalm 119:133a
managers Gene Blythe Maintenance/Custodial Jackie Cooper Kitchen Steve Crabtree Maintenance/Custodial Paul Huff Print Shop Tracey Hunt Childcare Heidi Johnson Web Design Nancy Miller Contribution/HR Janet Rochat Accounts Payable
executive assistants Sue Crafton Business Silvia Goddard Ministry Barb Marchand Senior Pastor
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 Patty Armbrust on the passing of her uncle Lee Craven & Family on the passing of his wife, our Doris John Dillard & Family on the passing of his mother Bob & Terri Hansen & Family on the passing of Terri’s father Taunya Rutenbeck & Family on the passing of her husband, our Larry Celebrating the union of husband & wife Ariel Lies & Omar Rivera Oct 12, 2013 Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ (*Casa de Luz) Taylor Alexander • Angelique Arebalo • Deborah Baker • Michael Barry Todd Bates • Vickey Coffelt • Nolan Corne • Izabella Cunningham Ashyria Davis • Karla Floyd • Meghan Green • Jeanne Grider Patrick Harris • Zachary Harris • Victor Leal-Bonilla • Brad Lindeman Mason Lipsey • Deb Luft • Madison Mader • Roxanne McPhillips Katelyn Rising • Alex Robertson • Brenda Robertson • Brooklynn Roll Angela Thao • Kenny Turpin Welcoming those who have joined us in membership Javier Alonzo • Suelem Alonzo • Terry Bell • Tom Bell • Erin Henry Alex Robertson • Brenda Robertson
Attendance: (Casa de Luz; Missions) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) Sept 14-15....................................................... 3,239 (125) Sept 21-22....................................................... 3,312 (123) Sept 28-29....................................................... 3,203 (221) Oct 5-6............................................................. 3,201 (125) Oct 12............................................................... 3,153 (116) Central Christian has added 142 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 2013–14........$131,346.00 Sept 14-15......................................................$165,234.54 Sept 21-22......................................................$100,991.60 Sept 28-29........................................................ $90,039.56 Oct 5-6............................................................$219,289.25 Oct 12................................................................ $84,638.20 His Helping Hands Donations: Sept 14-15.......................................................... $1,624.00 Sept 21-22........................................................ $19,335.50 Sept 28-29........................................................ $49,278.43 Oct 5-6.............................................................. $12,042.00 Oct 12.................................................................. $6,502.00 ‘bout time Donations: Sept 14-15........................................................ $20,234.54 Sept 21-22........................................................ $14,329.58 Sept 28-29.......................................................... $6,437.58 Oct 5-6................................................................ $8,898.98 Oct 12.................................................................. $5,275.21
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Total Donations to Date $3,421,594.20
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cc:calendar november 2013 1 Mother–Daughter Spa Night, for Gr 4-5, 7:00-9:00pm, NCT 2-Dec 2 Tree of Angels 3
Daylight Savings Time begins
3-Dec 15 Mountain of Food 3
Parent-Child Dedication Class, 10:15am, CH
Next Step, 11:30am–3:00pm
Parent-Child Dedication Class, 6:30pm, CR
Third Day, 7:00pm, WC
Veterans Day Celebration
HS Fall Retreat, Westminster Woods
Men of Issachar Breakfast, 7:00–830am, CT
Parent-Child Dedication Ceremony, 5:00pm, WC
SHAPE Class, 1:00-3:30pm, SCR
Thanksgiving Holiday : Church building & office will be closed
december 2013 6-8
MS Fall Retreat, Westminster Woods
Christmas Extravaganza Brunch, 10:00am–Noon
Next Step, 11:30am–3:00pm
Women’s Welcome Coffee, 6:45pm, PLR
HHH “Christmas with Jesus,” 8:00am–Noon, HHH Facility
Men of Issachar Breakfast, 7:00–830am, CT
15–16 “The Light of Christmas”, Christmas Musical, 7:00pm, WC 24
Christmas Eve Worship Services, 12:00, 5:00 & 11:00pm, WC
Christmas Holiday : Church building & office will be closed
Our Mission: Honoring the heart of God by following, serving and sharing Jesus in our world.