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December 5, 2013 Volume 12

T HE C ENTRAL C HRISTIAN Central Christian Church, 16 W. 20th Street, Higginsville, MO 64037 central@centralhigginsville.org (660)584-2309

From the Pastor’s Desk

What a blessing! Last Friday, we hosted the first Open House/Free Movie Event following the Christmas Parade. We had over 50 people come to the church to enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn, and watch

our

Advent

Series

movie,

“The

Polar

Express.” The amazing thing is that 1/3 of those in attendance simply saw our float in the parade

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Blue Christmas

1

From the Pastor’s Desk

1

Christmas Program

2

Christmas Even Service

2

Walk to the Manger

2

Facts/Figures/Service Schedule

3

Upcoming Events

4

and walked down the street. Everyone was appreciative and enjoyed beginning the Christmas season in a warm and welcoming environment with a classic Christmas story. Plans are already underway for next year! The reason it was such a blessing? I was struck by something as the sanctuary smelled of popcorn and echoed with a track that would rival Dolby Digital (at least in my opinion). At the turn of the 20th century, churches hosted almost every event from concerts to lectures simply because it was the biggest space in town. Last Friday, our church became a cozy living room and bustling kitchen for 50 people. For a short time, strangers were right at home at Central.

comfortable with the church as they were with their own homes and their own families? How many would be touched by the living God and loved by followers of Jesus?

There is beauty in

sacred space, in both Sunday morning worship a

gathering

of

strangers

enjoying

the

fellowship of the saints with popcorn and a flick. This Christmas, may you find the newborn Christ in the place and among those you least expect!

Matt

Kaiser-Weigers Funeral Home, we will be leading and hosting a “Blue Christmas” Service of Healing

and

December

Remembrance

22nd

on

Sunday,

at 4:00pm. This service is

intended for those who find grief and sadness to be especially strong this time of year and would

What would happen if the community became as

and

In cooperation with Hoefer Funeral Home and

like a place and time to honor that reality, even as we seek the Light of Hope. This time of sacred gathering, traditionally held on the first night

of

Winter,

will

feature

candlelight,

appropriate readings, prayers, songs, and a moment to honor those you miss most at Christmas- all within a gentle atmosphere of respect

and

welcomed.

compassion. Refreshments

All

are

warmly

will

be

served

following the service in the parlor. Take time to invite someone whom you know would benefit from a time to remember loss at this time of year.


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The Central Christian

Christmas Program

Walk to the Manger

Everyone is invited to Central’s Annual Christmas

Sunday, December 15th is Central Christian’s “Walk

Program on Sunday, December 15th at 6:00pm.

to the Manger.” During this time, items are

The Children’s Sunday School will be presenting

brought

the 12 Days of Christmas, The Youth Bell Choir,

organizations that we have selected to help this

and there will be a dramatic reading. So come and watch the Christmas program and then stay for a special visit from a very special guest!

a

Service

of

Lights

manger

to

give

to

the

Christmas. Below you will find a list of items that are needed: Diapers in sizes 3,4,5; Pull-ups for boys and girls in any size

On Tuesday, December 24th, Central Christian will holding

the

Baby Grace

Christmas Eve Worship be

to

and

80 count baby wipes (found at Wal-Mart for $.98)

Holy

Toys for Tots

Communion at 7:00pm. During this worship

Boys gifts: football, basketball, billfold,

service, as we recall the birth of Jesus, anticipation

watch, MU ball cap, cologne, AXE gift set

will give way to celebration. During this service of Lights, we will begin in the dark just as the world found itself in darkness until the Light called our

Girls gifts: curling iron, flat iron, blow dryer, nail polish, jewelry(not earrings),

world home. May you choose to begin your

perfume, make-up, purse

celebration of Christmas with this sacred moment to experience again the birth of Jesus at what it still means to the world.

Gift baskets for those in need will be assembled at Salem UCC on Friday, December 20th at 6:00PM and Saturday, December 21st at 9:00AM. Any help is much needed and appreciated!

Gift cards: McDonald's, Subway, Pizza Hut, Wal-Mart (anything useable in Higginsville) Food Pantry Crackers, cereal, meal helpers (tuna, chicken), spaghetti sauce and spaghetti, canned meats (Tuna, chicken, spam, Beef Stew, Chili), Canned Vegetables (Green beans, peas, corn, mixed), Canned or Boxed Potatoes, Creamy Peanut Butter, Toilet paper, canned peaches, canned mixed fruit, Soups (no cream of) Heat and Hunger Fund Monetary donations can be given on Walk to the Manger Sunday or designated in the morning

The new delivery method for the newsletter begins next month. If you are not receiving our e-mailed newsletter and would like to, please email us at central@centralhigginsville.org. Otherwise, newsletters will be available for pick-up around the 3rd Sunday of the month. Those not picked up will be mailed out the following office day. Thank you for helping us be good stewards!

offering. There will be a place in the back of the sanctuary for you to place your items to be brought to the manger during our offering. While there are many ways to help others this time of year, please consider contributing to the organizations that help our friends and neighbors this season as well.


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The Central Christian Facts and Figures for November November 3 Sunday School- 7 Worship- 46 Offering- $1520.29 November 10 Sunday School- 11 Worship- 54 Offering- $1109.00 November 17 Sunday School- 7 Worship- 61 Offering- $812.67 November 24 Sunday School- 5 Worship- 35 Offering- $943.00

Serving Schedule th

Greeters

December 8 - Bernice December 15th- Doug December 22nd- Harvey and Kathy December 29th- Doug January 5thJanuary 12th-

Communion Rotation for January Elders David H. and Phil Deacons David, Harvey, Kenny, and Glenn Deaconesses Jackie and Kathy

$1315 needed weekly to meet budget November Summary Average Worship- 46 Total Deposits-4303.63 Total Expenses- $3809.71 Pastor’s Report Summary Matt logged 122 hours for the month of September and has 15 PTO days with 1 Sunday remaining. He had 8 phone consultations, 7 counselling sessions, made a visit to Meyer Care Center, and attended various meetings. Matt will be in Tulsa January 6-10 for class. He gave an update about the newsletter and reported on outreach efforts. For a full copy of his report, contact the church office. Board Meeting Summary from November 5 The board approved all reports from November. The board elected officers for 2014. They are Larry Morris-Chair, Darrell Tilly-Vice Chair, Melissa SutherlandSecretary, and Leland Buckler-Treasurer. The board also approved the purchase of new accounting software or the church office. For a full copy of the minutes, contact the church office.

Jean Franklin Mary Sue Sanders Julie Opfer Sarah Tuttle-Inman Donald “Duck” Morris Gene Shier Abby Frerking Gary Sanders (If you have prayer concerns to be added or if you or someone you know is in need of a pastoral visit, please contact the church office or Matt directly.)


Central Christian Church 16 W.

20th

Street

Higginsville, MO 64037 Phone: (660)584-2309 Pastor: Matt Limback Cell: (660)641-3412 E-mail:matt@centralhigginsville.org Office E-Mail: central@centralhigginsville.org Office Hours: Tuesday: 9AM-2PM Wednesday: 9AM-11AM Thursday: 9:30AM-11:30AM

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UP COMING EVENTS

December 14th- Quarterly Men’s Breakfast- 7:00AM December 15th- Walk to the Manger December 15th- Christmas Program- 6:00PM December 19th- FISH 153 Christmas Meal- 6:30 at the Community Building at Fairground Park th December 19 - CWF Luncheon- Noon at the Belarussian December 20th- Assemble Care Baskets-6PM at Salem UCC December 21st- CMF Breakfast- 7:00AM December 21st- Assemble Care Baskets-9AM at Salem UCC December 22nd- Blue Christmas- 4:00PM December 24th- Christmas Eve Service- 7:00PM December 24th- January 2nd Church office closed for the Holidays January 5th- Epiphany January 6th-10th- Matt in Tulsa, OK for class January 14th- Board Meeting- 7:00PM

Sunday School begins at 9:15am and Worship is at 10:30am. Join us for good fellowship and great coffee at 10:15am before worship. Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Higginsville, MO Permit #123


December 2013 Newsletter