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SEPTEMBER : 2017

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...Trembling and astonished Paul said, “Lord, what will You have me do?” And the Lord said to him, “Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told to you what you must do.” Acts 9:6

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


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in this issue

| september 2017

n in every issue : 3 Our Calling : by Interim Pastor Darren McClintock 4 A Message from the Elders 5 Search Committee Report 19 Our Church Family 20 Calendar n features : 6 The Calling : Pastor Jeff Lederer 12 Meet the Family : Pam Ramsey

n ministry news : 10 His Helping Hands Central Christian Academies 688.1161 11 Prayer Central Christian Academy : Grades K-8 : Michael Hunter Headmaster Central Christian Academy Preschool : 2-5 Yrs : Judy Buckert Director 14 Missions Joyful Noise Academy Daycare : 18 mos & walking : Pam Harrod Director Central Christian Communications 688.4400 17 Men / Sports Derek Pletcher Communications Director 18 Academies Central Christian Counseling Center 683.4083

Barb Marchand 619.4775 We desire to help create caring connections within the church and help others walk through challenging life events.

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

Central Homeschool Family Ministries chfm@ccc.org

Karen Ryan Executive Director | Susan Warner H.S. Director Kris Sayler Elem. Director

Hospital, Homebound & Care Facility Ministries 688.4400

Barb Marchand 619.4775; marchandb@ccc.org 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

Media ccc.aspireonemedia.com

Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Director

Prayer Ministries 688.4400

Emergency Prayer Request Line : Barb Marchand 619.4775

Radio Ministry

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 events : 4 Elder-led Prayer : September 12 7 Community Groups Connect Event : October 1 8 All-Church One Weekend Worship Service & Picnic : September 24 9 Twilight Car Show : September 23 12 Mother / Daughter Tea : September 10 13 C3 Kids Festive-ALL! : October 27 16 Senior Adults Dinner with Gracia : September 29


Our Calling Recently my wife Karen and I had the opportunity to travel to Cape Cod. We were so excited as it was literally the first “vacation” without the kids we have had since our fifth year of marriage. Upon arriving, we quickly realized how much we needed the rest of waking up without a list of things to do and going to bed when we got tired. Our only real task each day was to find another beach to slowly meander around looking for seals and hoping that maybe darren mcclintock we would catch a glimpse of a great white. As our time progressed Interim Senior Pastor we were confronted with a very difficult reality. Traveling up to Provincetown where the Pilgrims originally landed we waited for our boat to go look at whales in the Atlantic. Immediately upon entering the city we realized that we were not in Kansas anymore. Without going into detail about all that we saw, we were immediately heartbroken at the sin and debauchery that was so evidently being celebrated within that city. As we boarded the boat we were both unbelievably weighed down by the reality of the impact of sin upon our world. We truly are no longer in Eden and we see this looking into the faces of broken lives and a world that is trying to scratch an itch of self indulgence that will never be calmed. Romans 1:22 and 23 clearly lay out the world's state, “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” This reality only leads to destruction and sorrow, “The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply” Psalm 16:4. Later as we stood beholding the glory of God in His creation watching humpback whales dive peacefully in and out of the water, we were reminded that this is not our home. That the world we live in stained as it is with the mark of sin and brokenness, that we will one day inherit a new heaven and a new earth; one not broken, one where we will be able to enjoy the creation and the creator in all their fullness. continued on page 5

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A Message from Our Elders ROBERT NOLAND

ELDER BOARD CHAIRMAN

Dear church,

ELDER-LED

PRAYER FOR OUR

CHURCH!

I want to invite you to the next Elder-led Prayer Time on Tuesday, September 12th in the C3 Youth Center from 6:30 to 7:30pm. If you were not able to join us in July, you missed a truly unifying time of prayer where we, as a Body, came together to pray for our church, our staff and the future. Please join us when we meet again this month. Corporate prayer is something that every church body ought to be engaged in and the Elders at Central want to emphasize regularly coming before the Lord as one body to first glorify Him, but also seek His favor on the work of our church and its ministries. We also need to remember to maintain and present an attitude of thankfulness, humility and repentance. Child care will be available for the prayer time, but you will need to make reservations no later than Sunday, September 10th by emailing Tracey Hunt at huntt@ccc.org, or contact the church office at688.4400. Even if you cannot join us, I ask that you remain in prayer about the search process for our next senior pastor, the work of our church, and the entire CCC staff as they lead us through this interim period. Blessings, Robert Noland CCC Elder Board Chairman

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Our Elders invite you for a special time of prayer for our church as we enter this new phase of our lives together.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 6:30 –7:30 PM C3 YOUTH CENTER

Child care is available with reservations made by Sunday, September 10. Contact Tracey Hunt huntt@ccc.org 688.4400


Search Committee Report JIM ANDREW

MITCH HERREN

SEARCH COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

SETH ASHER Thank you for uniting with the search committee in prayer as we seek God’s wisdom in bringing you a candidate for the position of Senior Pastor at Central Christian Church. BILL BLASING JASON BUCKINGHAM

The search committee is comprised of seven members, four from the eldership and three at-large from the congregation. These are as follows: Elders: Jim Andrew, Bill Blasing, Jason Buckingham and Mitch Herren. At-Large: Seth Asher, Penny Frey and Pam Ramsey.

PENNY FREY PAM RAMSEY THE CALLING continued from page 3

While we wait for that day grounded in who we are in Christ, we are not left here to just huddle in and wait for the day to come. We are brought into a calling and because of our identity, we are charged to walk in a manner worthy of it. (Ephesians 4:1-2). We are to see the brokenness of a city like Provincetown and be drawn to bring the light of our King to the darkness and futility that is present. We are to be encouraged that no darkness ever overcomes the light and that while we should be burdened, we should never be hopeless for our King will reign forever and we will be there along His side. What a glorious day it will be when we obtain our inheritance! But until then, may we with hope and boldness, “walk in a manner worthy of the calling” Ephesians 4:1.

The committee has been meeting regularly and has developed processes to handle the applications we are receiving. We will continue making contact with and considering prospective candidates. Longstanding policy allows the consideration of candidates from both within and outside our church staff. We encourage you to forward to us the name of anyone you believe would be a good candidate. Please send names and any contact information you have for the prospect to searchcommittee@ccc.org. Thank you for your prayers as we seek to identify the man God has called to lead the flock at Central Christian Church. Mitch Herren Search Committee Chairman

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JEFF LEDERER : GROUPS PASTOR THE CALLING

love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.”

Like many, my relationship with the Lord has taken on seasons­— seasons of a thirst for knowledge, seasons of repentance, seasons of legalism, seasons of doubt, seasons of God’s grace, and even seasons of feeling lost. The last few years of my life, and particularly the last year, carried this idea of seeking to fulfill God’s plan on my terms. You see, I felt my first call towards ministry at age 15; I was one of the few high schoolers you would meet who knew exactly what I wanted to do but, also like many high schoolers, did not know how that would happen. I would spend years leading ministries, preaching, leading worship, working for Christian camps, youth ministries, college ministries, small churches, giant churches, new churches and old churches seeking to work out this calling God had placed on my life.

I landed in college at TCU almost by accident and Dallas Seminary was much of the same story, desiring to head towards a ministry direction with no clarity of call, but being faithful to that call. I began to sweat the details and after meeting and marrying Cara and adding kiddos, those details of how, when, where, and what began to own me as real life crashed into my spiritual wanderings. My worries and anxieties began to lead me to question my calling as bills mounted and our family grew and I found myself out of the professional ministry world for a season. Maybe I heard wrong, maybe I am one of those seminary guys who got their

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Revelation 2:5-6a

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the

degree and became this awesome businessman, salesman, or engineer or something. What I can see so clearly now that would beckon me in these seasons was God continually reaffirming His calling on me by allowing me to taste success in some of these other arenas only to simultaneously taste a holy discontent with that success. Because, although none of those things were bad by themselves, He did not make me for this purpose. Then, all of a sudden, a turn happened as I stepped out of a business venture and was left in that arena of seeking again. God began to reveal that somehow along the way I had shifted my course to the folly of seeking “God–and.” I would seek God and material wealth, God and success in this world, God and

I had shifted my course to the folly of seeking ‘God–and’.” financial peace, God and freedom from sin, God and the list goes on. God became my means instead of my end goal, my prize, my treasure. He became the way I could get the things I needed and wanted, however noble or spiritual those things might be. Like Paul, God had to get me to the place to remind me of my first love that I would gladly suffer the loss of all things and count those things as rubbish, or dung as the KJV puts it, that I might gain Christ.


He was preaching to me Matthew 6: “Seek Me first,” proclaiming John 15 that I might abide in Him knowing that I am nothing I without Him—that He is the prize I would gladly sell everything and buy the field for in the gospels. That He is the embodiment and definition of love and any “Galatians fruit of the Spirit” are overflows and mercies from the knowledge of Him. That He is my sufficiency and my weakness only highlights His perfect power as Paul proclaims in his letter to the Corinthians. That I would be a fool and idolater to exchange the created things for the creator in Romans 1. He is Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, author, creator, perfector, majesty, preeminent, holding all things together, savior, redeemer, holy, worthy of all praise, maker of planets and galaxies, yet holding together atoms on the finite level. He is sovereign ruler of the world and He does what pleases Him. And the most amazing part of all of this is He chose me, He saved me, He rescued me, He picked me to play a part, He desires to use me, He wants to display His love, glory and majesty through my life. I had so convoluted my pursuit of His call on my life that somehow I lost my pursuit of Him. This led to the shift in our prayers last year to: “God give me more of You, let me see Your glory displayed in my messed-up life, send me anywhere You want— use me, I am yours!” My challenge for us as a church is that we would be a people that long for more of Him. That our greatest concern and questions would begin to be will this bring us more or less of Him? There is no middle ground! Will this stir our affections for Christ? Will this stir our people’s affection for Christ? There is no program, no strategy, no plan, no vision by itself that will accomplish a greater desire for God in our church. It is only in Him, through Him and by Him that true heart–change like this takes place, so it is for this we pray! I pray that we might not forsake our first love like the church at Ephesus. Repent and remember our first love, pursue Him and lead our people in their pursuit of a greater affection for Him!

God take us back to the place we began. The simple pursuit of nothing but you. The innocence of a heart in Your hands. God take us back to an unswerving faith in the power of Your name. A heart beating for Your kingdom to reign. A church that is known for Your presence again. God take us back. Passion Simple Pursuit

Community Groups will be the primary vehicle to authentic biblical community; leading to deeper discipleship and life-breathing relationships here at Central Christian Church. Our Community Groups Connect Event will be Sunday, October 1st @ 3pm in Central Court. Childcare will be available. Watch your weekly bulletin for more information to come!


We’re bringing the family together for

ONE WEEKEND SUNDAY SERVICE AT 10AM•WORSHIP CENTER SEPTEMBER 24TH

followed by an ALL CHURCH COOKOUT

Following the service we will head outside for...

HOT DOGS, BURGERS, INFLATABLES, GAMES, ACTIVITIES & MUSIC FROM THE “NORTH OF FIFTY” BLUEGRASS TRIO 8

Donations of bottled water and snack size chips are appreciated.


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Two Kinds of Poverty “I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich!” Revelation 2:9

his helping hands

: PAUL DOHM

statistics thru 6.22.17 his helping hands

is a ministry of Central Christian Church which helps people in need of food, clothing, household items and automobiles. At the time of distribution, we share the love of Christ with each individual. 39,817 163 household 23,478 cars/computers 31/17 clothing 223,960 volunteer hours 36,482 people served people saved

fresh hope

empowers women to rise from a lifestyle of poverty. If you would like to make a donation or donate your time to assist with these vital ministries, please call 838-8528. graduations

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For recent stories and testimonies:

A past edition of WORLD magazine defines two kinds of poverty: lifestyle poverty and catastrophe poverty. “Lifestyle poverty comes about when people don’t do four things: stay sober; stay in school at least through high school graduation; stay out of bed in situations likely to lead to pregnancy or abortion; and, stay with a job even if it lacks thrills. When people don’t follow these basics, the result is often alcoholism and addiction, single parenting, and lack of the skills or perseverance needed to get and hold a job. Catastrophe poverty is not like lifestyle poverty. Those who suffer through catastrophe poverty are often work-oriented. They have not fallen into joblessness. Situations beyond their control have pushed them into it. They may need financial help to bridge the gap until they are ready and able to work again, but their values do not need realignment.” At HHH, we minister to families suffering from both kinds of poverty. For those families going through some type of catastrophe like a house fire, we always try to help them as quickly as we can with whatever resources we have at the time. For those families suffering from some type of lifestyle poverty, we want to help them with their basic, immediate needs, but we also want to help them break the cycle of poverty. Basic compassion means helping them immediately and helping them for the long-term. How can we help our clients get out of lifestyle poverty? At HHH, our counselors try to identify some of the clients’ lifestyle issues so we can connect them with appropriate individuals, agencies and ministries that specialize in their problem areas. The Fresh Hope Program was birthed in 2013 for this very reason, to help single moms get out of the poverty cycle. Since the commencement of this program, 494 single moms representing 1,351 children have benefited from the program to help them achieve their educational and vocational goals. HHH is currently considering starting a similar program to help single dads in our community. In addition to these HHH programs, there are other community programs to help our clients with their core problem areas and lift them out of the poverty cycle. Beyond the tangible help, the real answer for many of our clients’ problems can be provided through a relationship with Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. As we meet some of their basic needs, we will always share the Gospel of Christ with each of our clients. Please pray that the HHH ministry will be able to meet the neediest of the needs in our community concerning food, clothing, furniture, appliances, household items, refurbished computers and vehicles. And, pray that we will truly be able to help people overcome their impoverished dilemmas so they are graciously and permanently lifted out of poverty.

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Unsearchable Riches of Jesus Christ! When I read in Ephesians 3:8 as Paul describes the grace that God had given him to preach and teach all people he describes this as his opportunity to share the “unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ.” I am familiar with people having and sharing “searchable riches” that can be seen and accounted for in this life, but it is quite another matter to ponder the meaning of “unsearchable riches.” I think that as believers grow in our Christian walk we often put a limit on what God can do in our lives and are content to become comfortable within the confines of “searchable riches.” Paul goes on to talk about the eternal purpose that God has accomplished though Jesus Christ, “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” What an amazing privilege to be invited into such a relationship with our Creator! When we look at the potential for our lives here on this earth do we consider the Lord’s “unsearchable riches” that He wants us to give out in blessings and ministry to others? Paul suffered much for the opportunities that he had to share with others, but he continues in verse 14-19 to say, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge— that you may be filled to the measure of all that fullness of God.”

benevolence

: ROSS LAMP

Carriers of the Spirit Equipping Class begins a new focus on prayer on September 10th We invite you to join us every Sunday @ 10am in the Parlor

As we look to opportunities to grow in our faith and minister for our Lord I challenge you to consider the many opportunities to grow in being overwhelmed by “His Unsearchable Riches!” One of those could be to join the Carriers of the Spirit Class which meets at 10 am each Sunday in the Parlor. Starting on September 10th we will begin an extended focus on prayer and its ministry to and through our lives. I encourage you to invest in such an opportunity for “His Unsearchable Riches” this fall!

For another prayer opportunity, join the 120 Prayer Team 30 minutes before each weekend worship service. For more information, check out our website at ccc.org/120prayer

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meet the family : pam ramsey 10th Anniversary of Teaching Precept Ministries

Ten years ago, Pam Ramsey brought back to Central Christian Church the Precept Inductive Bible Study, which had been on a hiatus. Titus 2:15 exemplifies the standard set in that first class which began September of 2007 with only four ladies in attendance; “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” Pam’s diligent and faithful leadership in accurately handling God’s word has proven fruitful as each year the Lord has multiplied the Precept Class, growing attendance from four to dozens; women whose lives have been changed by studying the truth of God’s revealed word. Some of the Precept studies throughout the years have been 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, the Sermon on the Mount, the Gospel of John, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Romans and last year, Revelation. This fall, Pam will lead a Women’s Equipping Class entitled, “Complete in Christ: An Inductive Study on the Book of Colossians,” which will take place Tuesday mornings beginning September 19th. For more information on this and other upcoming equipping classes, check our website at ccc.org. Pam is just one of many who quietly, faithfully have served here at Central through the years. She became a member here in 1979 and during those 38 years, she has served in a variety of areas beyond Women’s Ministries. Her servant’s heart and passion for teaching has blessed many. Pam and her husband of 47 years, Bill, have also taught marriage classes together. Their two daughters, Jill and husband Robert Woods, and Tricia and husband Bryan Carrier, have given them three very special and loved grandchildren. We praise God for Pam and her ministry to our church. “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work.” 1 Thessalonians 12-13a 

Mother Daughter Tea - Sunday, Sept 10 On Sunday, September 10th from 2:00 to 4:00pm, we will present our Mother Daughter Tea for girls in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. September 10th is also Grandparents Day, so why not dress up, bring your Mimi, Nana, Grandma or Granny and have a party! Please call the Central Kids office at 688-4400 ahead of time so we can prepare enough of the beautiful and delicious treats. Cost is $5 per person, but grandmothers are free (even “borrowed” ones)!! (Please note the date has changed from September 17th to the 10th.)


LYNN EBY : women

Women’s Conference

John 4:13-14

We invite the women of CCC and Wichita to attend “The Well” Women’s Conference on October 6 & 7, 2017 in the Worship Center. Friday: 7:00 to 9:00pm • Saturday: 9:00am to noon

Sign-up now and receive the Early Registration rate for “The Well” Women’s Conference featuring, LIVE, Christy Nockels and others! Early registration rates are available for $25 until September 24th. Groups (5+) will receive $5 off per ticket. Student rates (Ages 12-22) are available for $15.

For more info or to register, visit ccc.org/thewell or call 316.688.4400.

C3 Kids Festive-All!

This year we are having a fall outreach celebration on October 27th. We are reaching out to several organizations in our community and hope you and your kids will join us too. There will be games, inflatables, pizza dinner, and of course: CANDY! Please bring your candy donations to the Lobby all month so we can distribute and give it away to thousands of kids. Also needed: plenty of volunteers! Sign up where you drop off your kids this weekend.

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VICKI EJIBE

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Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Pastor

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP By Cindy Elledge

“I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad...” July 1st, 2017—Sixteen of us left for San Cristobal, Guatemala and we came back changed! While we were there, we served the Lord with all our might, with all our minds, with all our strength, and with all our souls... and amazing things happened! We went to Guatemala with the intention of helping, but quickly realized that what our friends there wanted was our

presence and our passion. We had read prior to the trip that 90% of the work we were scheduled to do was completed before our arrival. But, the tasks we intended to do were not what were needed the most. Our presence and making relationships was the need! And we felt God’s Presence during each part of our journey. One member said, “I think God lives in Guatemala!”

COMMENTS FROM THE TEAM Everyday something new was my favorite.

There were so many favorites...I just can’t tell you one! The people of Guatemala value people more than time. They are not clock-watchers like we are. They finish a conversation and you don’t feel rushed because of time. As they say in Spanish “en un momentito.” I think one of my favorite things was interacting with the middle school kids. They spoke more English so it was easier to get to know them. I also enjoyed doing jumping jacks with the younger children. They were a hoot. I love music, so hearing some of my favorite Christian songs being sung in Guatemala, in Spanish, was really cool. It showed how connected the body of Christ is and how much we love the same Savior! The Guatemalan people are delightful, and I also enjoyed getting to know the members of our team better. We had a lot of fun!

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This was my first Mission Trip and first time really experiencing anything outside of the United States. The Guatemalan culture is probably my favorite experience after spending the week there. The abundance of kindness, love, consideration and most importantly, love for our Savior they displayed was overwhelming and a blessing. Even though we spoke different languages, I felt connected to them and enriched by them. “Dear, children, let’s not merely say that we love each other, let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:18 I loved watching Cindy and Marcia use their teaching talents for the glory of God. I don’t have one favorite thing, I have several. The first: watching how God always shows up in big and small ways. Getting to know some of the Colegio Meson school kids better. Getting to work with all the kids for P.E. Also enjoyed hiking to a small hut to take food to needy Guatemalans. Also, getting to spend time with some of my most favorite people in the world (INN Ministries Staff). My favorite part of trip is, as always, playing games with the kids. First, let me begin by saying that I feel blessed to have had this experience with such a welcoming group of Christians. There was joy and God’s hand in everything we did. I was awestruck by the fact that Inn Ministries is trying to help the community in so many ways. Several points left a mark on me, such as the weekly opening of The Church so the neighborhood children could

The Guatemala Mission Team (L-R): Linda Highbarger, Bob Highbarger, Jacque Gooch, Silvia Goddard, Dr. Paul Goddard, Michael Goddard, Kamryn Gooch, David Crow, Wendy Crow, Cindy Elledge, Jeremy Gooch, Kasey Gooch, Jesiah Gooch.

come and learn about Christ. Another was the way the Inn teachers are volunteering at the public school. And finally, the delivering of food to the poorest families. What an impact they are making in so many lives! I also enjoyed having dinner with a family from the community. To see their lifestyle and experience their family unit was amazing. They were such a welcoming and loving family that had God as a priority in their lives. As the saying goes—we are all one family in God’s eyes.

My favorite thing is the dinner time with families from the ministry/church/school. It is not the ‘easiest’, but in looking back it has become my favorite. The evening definitely takes me out of my comfort zone as I anticipate if I’ll make a ‘good impression’. Or what if I don’t like the food (don’t do well with black beans)? Or what if ... ?! Bob and I have had dinner with three families now—and now we have three families continued on page 18


A very special invitation to our Senior Adult Friends Michael Thorne

Central Christian Church wishes to show our appreciation to the Senior Adults that are part of this body. We know that over the years you have sacrificially given of yourself and resources to the body of Christ. Many of you have raised your children, and maybe even grandchildren, to serve the Lord and walk in His ways and are committed to ensuring that future generations have the freedom to live godly lives. We invite you to a special dinner to hear from one of God’s faithful, Gracia Burnham. “Even if you’ve heard her before....you will be glad you came.” The dinner will be held Friday, September 29th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Central Court and will be catered by Stroud’s. 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.

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Reservations: Please reserve your space no later than September 20th by calling Barb at 688-4400 or emailing her at marchandb@ccc.org. The event is free, but a love offering will be taken for Gracia. We look forward to seeing you there!


Love basketball? New to our church? This is a great way to get to know other men at Central! CCC Men’s Basketball League for guys 18 years + older 8-week league + tournament are played Sundays, beginning October 29th, 1:30–5:30pm in the CCC Gym Players sign up as individuals and will be drafted to a team. The first 56 guys to sign up will be guaranteed a spot, so hurry! This league fills up fast! NEW PLAYER DRAFT is October 22nd

(all players who did not play in the 2016/17 season must attend the draft)

Cost: $60 per person For details and registration, check the sports & recreation web page at ccc.org

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 @ 7AM CENTRAL COURT


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

pastors Peter Abood Choir/Worship Tom Black Administrative Steve Brummer Praise Band/Worship Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Ross Lamp Benevolence Jeff Lederer Groups Roger London Care/Outreach David Mann Teaching Darren McClintock Interim Edwin Ojedis Hispanic

staff Aaron Beck Special Needs Gene Blythe Maintenance/Custodial Tori Dahilig Youth Paul Dohm His Helping Hands Lynn Eby Women Vicki Ejibe Children Paco Gonzales Facilities Kelly Guthrie Contributions “Griff� Promotion/Electronic Media Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Tracey Hunt Early Childhood Cheryl Hurley Guest Services Heidi Johnson Web / Graphics Design Barb Marchand Executive Administration Brad Moser Safety/Security Tina Nickel Upper Elementary/Sports & Rec Derek Pletcher Communications Eddie Rivera Information Systems Janet Rochat Finance Aaron Scharenberg Counseling Center Debra Smith Graphics Design Michael Thorne Senior Adults Jennifer Torres Payroll/Human Resources Jason Yakel Interim Facilities

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We are LIVE-STREAMING our worship services over the internet! Visit our website at ccc.org and follow the link.


our church family Comforting those whose loved ones have passed on Adam, Lisa & Brittany Crowder on the passing of Adam’s grandfather Dick & Debbi Crowder on the passing of Debbi’s father Phil Gustin & Family on the passing of his wife, our Janet Drew & Brenda Hanson on the passing of Brenda’s mother Kevin Medlin & Family on the passing of his son Nancy Newlon & Family on the passing of her husband, our Jack Jose & Erica Perez & Family on the passing of their son, Carlos Benitez Bud & Patti Rogers on the passing of their daughter-in-law Jean Spalding & Family on the passing of her husband, our Lee Dave & Cindy White & Family on the passing of Dave’s father and the family of Dave Jordan Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ Misti Chambers • Cara Goodnight • Chandler Goodnight • Rose Richard

Saturday, September 23 11:30am–1:00pm RiverWalk Church of Christ 225 N. Waco coleensharolbarnes@gmail.com 316-264-9703

financial stats Attendance: (Casa de Luz / Web Audience / Mission Trip or Camp) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) July 15–16..............................................3,015 (102 / 578) July 22–23........................................2,912 (66 / 565 / 11) July 29–30......................................2,864 (100 / 571 / 15) August 5–6.....................................2,820 (104 / 572 / 10) Central Christian has added 31 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) 2017–18 weekly average target.....................$123,673.08 July 15–16....................................$90,965.59 / 43,257.00 July 22–23..................................$82,556.82 / $21,705.00 July 29–30....................................$76,580.10 / $4,400.11 August 5–6...................................$88,734.20 / $3,125.00

EQUIP upComing ClaSSES – fall 17

EquippEd for aCtion

Sunday - adult Equipping

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in Guatemala that are our friends. Friendships that we are able to renew each time we go back. What a blessing!! I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit Inn Ministries in San Cristobal, Guatemala. The staff there is so full of Christ’s joy, and words cannot express how precious the children are!  It’s hard to choose a favorite part of the trip when it was all very special, but my heart was especially full and overflowing while singing alongside our Guatemalan brothers and sisters in Spanish during a worship service there.  It was an experience I will never forget.

Central Christian Church, our group of 16 thanks you for your prayers and financial support. Thank you for helping us make our favorite things list. We give God all the Glory. And when we are feeling sad...we simply remember our favorite Guatemala things and then we don’t feel so bad!

yHWH is. the attributes of god A study of what God has revealed about Himself.

Sunday - adult Equipping

Sola, Sola, Sola, Sola, Sola.

Why the Reformation mattered then...and now. Sunday - adult Equipping

memorize the Word

Scripture Memory - Dave Edwards & Kevin Madden tuESday - WomEn’S Equipping

the Book of Colossians

Inductive study of Colossians with Pam Ramsey. tuESday - WomEn’S Equipping

the Book of Hebrews

Inductive study of Hebrews with June McGovern.

WEdnESday - WomEn’S Equipping

growing in Christ

Women’s Discipleship - Daneen Stahl & Betty Slusher

Equipping Classes begin Sept 17 Watch your bulletin and ccc.org for a complete class listing and info.


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Labor Day Holiday : Church office & building will be closed

9-10

New sermon series “The Calling” begins

10

Mother–Daughter Tea, Gr K–3, 2:00pm

12

Elder-led Prayer, 6:30–7:30pm, YC

13

AWANA Family Night

14

Bible Science, 7:00pm, CR

16

Man Challenge, 7:00am, CT

16

CCA Fun Run, 5K 8:30am/ 1 mile 9:30am

17

Fall Equipping Classes begin

23

BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco

23

Twilight Car Show, 2:00pm

24

All-Church One Worship Service & Picnic, 10:00am

29

Senior Adults Dinner with Gracia, 6:00pm, CT

october 2017 1

Community Groups Connect Event, 3:00pm, CT

1–31

Pastor Appreciation Month

6–7

“The Well”Women’s Conference, Fri 7:00-9:00pm; Sat 9:00am-Noon

12

Bible Science, 7:00pm, CR

21

Man Challenge, 7:00am, CT

21-22

Missions Weekend 1 : Don Davis

22

CCC Basketball League Draft Day

27

C3 Kids Festive-ALL!

28

BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco

28-29

Missions Weekend 2 : Huy Merritt

29

CCC Basketball League begins, 1:30pm, Gym

november 2017 5

Daylight Savings Time ends : Fall back one hour

11

Veterans Day

23–24 Thanksgiving Holiday : Church office & building will be closed Our Mission: To lead people to think like Jesus, live like Jesus.

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