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The Central Connection “A people being transformed in Christ through faith, worship, witness and service.”

W e’re all connected to each other in one way or another. A Church That Prays Together by Pastor Edye Campos

Saturday Worship Hours • 9:15 am Sabbath School • 10:50 am Worship Service

March 2012 Inside this issue:

Dear Church Family, Think for a moment about what KC Central Church means to you. Has KC Central Church made a difference in your life or the life of your family? Do you have warm memories of shared relationships past and present? Do you or your children have memories of attending Sabbath School? Maybe you have memories of being baptized or married here. Maybe you were first introduced to our Lord and Savior here in our church, or forged

lasting friendships through our various ministries or at our church events. Whatever your memories here at KC Central Church, I invite you to consider how you can play a role in securing the future of this church. As friends and family, old or new, we are all beneficiaries of more than 125 years of faithful Christian service and member generosity. I encourage those of you who love our church to consider making a gift of service that, God willing, sustains all the good work we have come to know

Feelin’ Lucky?


Is It Ever Going to Happen? by Darrin Donahue

Upcoming Events


Heart Healthy Steps




Just a Spoonful


Exodus 12:51 “And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.” When God brought Israel out of Egyptian bondage, it was right on time; “the selfsame day”. When Jerusalem was rebuilt

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after the 70 years of Babylonian captivity, it was right on time. Jeremiah 29:10. When Jesus came the first time it was right on time. Mark 1:15 “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the

from the KC Central Church family. We do this, as we do all things,

“The church can do a lot after it prays, but nothing eternal until it prays.”

for the greater glory of God. If you are unable to give a gift of service then let me suggest that you offer up a prayer gift. Acts 4:31 should serve as a reminder of the amazing power that (Continued on page 2)

gospel.” But what about the second time? Time seems to just drag on and on. But when Jesus returns the second time it will be right on time. Some say they hope Jesus doesn’t return until they get married. Some say they (Continued on page 2)

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Becoming a people of prayer!

comes as a result of a people of prayer. “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” I encourage you to read the chapter for it is a beautiful picture of a New Testament church. As you read the words in the book of Acts, you quickly come to the conclusion that prayer is the heart and life of God’s church. You see, in order for the church to move forward, it must first be

moved to its knees. And as I read once, “the church can do a lot after it prays, but nothing eternal until it prays.” My heart’s desire for each of you individually and collectively as a church is that we be known as people mighty in prayer. So allow me to suggest a few requests we should lift in prayer on a regular basis: •

Family members who need salvation or who are away from God and need to return. Your prayer will make the difference. Your unsaved neighbors

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and people you work with or go to school with. Our church family. Genuine revival, a return to righteous, holy living. For the presence and power of God in His church, especially the kind mentioned in Luke 4:18. For the poor and sick all over the world. For persecuted Christians all over the world. For God to provide all the funds we need to keep His House. Rest assured, if you (Continued on page 3)

Is It Ever Going to Happen? (continued from page 1)

“When Jesus returns the second time it will be right on time.”

Spring Ahead! Daylight savings time begins Sun, March 11. Set your clocks AHEAD 1 hour before going to bed Saturday night.

hope Jesus doesn’t return until after they finish school. But when Jesus returns no one will be saying, “Just one more day Lord, just one more day.” In fact we will be pleading, “Jesus, hurry up! What’s taking so long!”. Or as Isaiah says: Isaiah 25:9 “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” But are we really close to the end?

Shouldn’t Jesus have come by now? After all,

it’s been over 6000 years. But we do not know if that is correct. We may have made a slight mistake in our timing. We have to take to heart that the Seventh-

day Adventist church predicted the rise of America and the Papacy and the “Religious Right”, and despite the odds against that, we’ve seen it come to pass. And even though time appears to have drug on and on, we are right near the end and in just a few short days, Jesus will return and take us home. Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” ♥

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Feelin’ “Lucky”? by Lisa Williams Ever rely on the “odds being in your favor”? What about “pushing your luck”? Or, do you find you’re often “thanking your lucky stars”? Let’s see, which one of these is your lucky charm of choice: four-leaf clover, lucky number seven, upward horseshoe, rabbit’s foot, or wishbone? I know, I know, these are considered taboo by some, but for a lot of people they are a necessity in life. You see, luck is all some people know and trust. It’s part of their everyday conversation. It’s what drives them to take chances and make predictions. Luck is their go-to result of all things “good” or the cause of all things “bad”. As the month of March gets under way, I’ve taken

note of the fast approaching St. Patrick’s Day. I have to admit, I have no recollection of learning the history behind the annual festivities. I simply haven’t taken the time to even

wouldn’t be the best choice anyway. And it’s not because I don’t find Irish history important, either. No, actually I just had to point out how much emphasis is placed on “luck” when in all truthfulness, luck has no bearing on the outcome “Luck has no bearing of any circumstance. For those unsure, on the outcome of any know that God has planned our beginning circumstance.” and end even before we entered into this life. research it. My miniscule Jeremiah 1:5 reads, “Before I formed you in the knowledge only recalls that there’s a lot of talk womb I knew you.” And about the “luck of the Proverbs 16:9 reads, “A Irish”. It’s sad, and yes I man’s heart plans his way, should be ashamed that but the Lord directs his I’m not at least a little steps.” It’s not by the more informed about Irish “luck of the draw” that history. we’re rich or poor, sick or Now, my purpose here healthy, tall or short, (Continued on page 4) is not to give a history lesson. Obviously, I

What’s your lucky charm of choice?

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

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are spending your daily time in the Word, God’s Spirit will burden you for who and what to pray for. But remember above all, let’s be men and women of prayer – start now. Continue what you already do; just do it more often and do it more intentionally.

May 2012 be a year of prayer for our people, our families and most importantly for Our Lord.

Pr. Edye

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Page 4 “Feelin’ Lucky”? (continued from page 3) athletic or intellectual. Rest assured that these things are determined by God’s providence (His wisdom, care and guidance). We would be so much better off relying solely on God’s plan for our lives and understanding His purpose. Ultimately, God wants us to live with Him in paradise. And this will not happen by a mere “chance”, “fortune”, or “roll of the dice”. But a question must be asked and answered: “what is our role, then, in this plan?” Since there’s no reliance on being lucky, then how do we obtain the prized possession of eternal life? Ellen G. White states it eloquently in Counsels for the Church page 187, “Prepare for eternity with such zeal as you have not yet manifested.” As with anything worth doing, preparation and perseverance are key. The choices and actions we make each day will determine whether we will enter the new kingdom everlasting. Real effort and hard work is required while right here on earth. Overcoming challenges, trials and tribulations by standing firm in the word of God is what produces the strong character traits that will endure until the end. Sure there will be people who will continue on in their same stead, opting for the “odds” and the “chance” of embracing the Savior when He returns. They’ll take a gamble on living recklessly now with the hope of sliding into heaven later. All I can say is, if you’re one of those people, good luck with that! ♥

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Upcoming Events Wednesdays - 7 pm Prayer Mtg Fridays - 6:30 pm Small Group Studies Mar 10 - Vesper & Church Business Mtg - 6 pm Movie Night: Courageous (after mtg) Mar 17 - Youth Day Program - 11 am (Joel Voateng, guest speaker) Mar 31 - 13th Sabbath School Program - 9:15am Family Life Seminar - 9 am, 2 pm Vesper & Concert - sunset Apr 1 - Family Life @ Spanish Church - 9 am Apr 6 - Women’s Prayer Brunch Apr 7 - Children’s Ministry presents “Passion of the Christ” - 11 am Apr 27 - Garage Sale Apr 28 - Jamie Jorge Concert

March Birthdays Mehiret Abate - 3 George Thompson - 8 Pat Arends - 9

Violet Gipson - 26

Barbara McGee - 12

Jabulani Wachira - 27

Colin Wilson - 16

Fasika Worku - 28

Dustin Baggenstoss - 19

Fikadu Dessalegn - 29

Guerline Resuma - 21

Jim McGuire Jr - 29

Elande Abate - 23

David Jackson - 30

Kyle Wilson - 23

*If your birthday is missing, please email the communications team @

David Dyson - 26 Karen Emery - 26

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March 2012 Sunday





1 S.S. = Sabbath School Comm = Committee Mtg = meeting



6 ::7pm Men’s Ministry

7 8 ::7 pm Prayer Mtg



2 ::6:30 pm Small Group

3 ::Potluck

9 ::6:30 pm Small Group

10 ::Continental Bkfst

::S.S. Forks Over Knives ::Elder’s Mtg ::Women’s Ministry

::S.S. Forks Over Knives

::6 pm Church Business Mtg ::Movie Nite: Courageous

11 ::5 pm Finance Comm Mtg ::6 pm Church Board Mtg



14 15 ::7 pm Prayer Mtg

16 ::6:30 pm Small Group

17 ::Potluck ::11 am Youth Day (Joel Voateng)


20 :: 7 pm Men’s Ministry

21 22 ::7pm Prayer Mtg

23 ::6:30 pm Small Group

24 ::Continental Bkfst

28 29 ::7pm Prayer Mtg

30 ::Family Life Seminar

31 ::Continental Bkfst ::9 am, 2 pm Family Life ::6 pm Vesper & Concert

Spring Ahead! Daylight Savings begins; move clocks ahead 1 hr.


Spring has Sprung!



::5 pm Day Care Board Mtg


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L.O.L. - Lots of Laughs The Children of Israel - Author Unknown

"What I wanna know is this," demanded Joey. "What wuz all the grown-ups doin?" ♥

“Mr. Jones," announced little Joey, "there's somethin' I can't figger out." "What's that Joey?" asked Mr. Jones. "Well accordin' to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?"

Playing House - Author Unknown A little girl and a little boy were at day care one day. The girl approached the boy and said, "Hey Billy, want to play house?" He said, "Sure! What do you want me to do?" Sally replied, "I want you to communicate your feelings.” "Communicate my feelings?" said a bewildered Billy. "I have no idea what that means." The little girl nods and says, "Perfect. You can be the husband." ♥

"Right." "An' the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?" "Er--right." "An' the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?" "Again you're right." "An' the Children of Israel fought the 'gyptians, an' the Children of Israel fought the Romans, an' the Children of Israel wuz always doin' somethin' important, right?" "All that is right, too," agreed Mr. Jones. "So what's your question?"

Steps to a Healthy Heart Agatha M. Thrash, M.D. Preventive Medicine 1. Eat a good breakfast. 2. Eliminate between-meal snacks. 3. Remove empty and refined calories from the diet as much as possible. 4. Eliminate or cut down drastically on all visible fats (Crisco, Mazola oil, margarine, usual salad dressings). 5. Eliminate or reduce use of free sugar: usual desserts (ice cream, candy, cake, pie), jams, or jellies; common sweetened cereals or sugar on breakfast cereals (substitute raisins); soft drinks or fruit drinks (may use fruit juices). Use cooked

cereals for breakfast in preference to dry cereals. 6. Use brown rice rather than white rice, whole wheat bread rather than white bread even though enriched. Use cooked cereals for breakfast in preference to dry cereals. 7. Don't use any alcoholic beverages. 8. Reduce drastically the intake of animal fats. Eliminate meats (fish may be an exception). Eliminate dairy fat (use skim milk or buttermilk in place of whole

milk; use no cheese except skim milk cottage cheese; use no butter).

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.”

9. Select proper spreads for bread and use these in 1 Corinthians 9:25 small quantities exercise. only. Use some 13. Get adequate rest, fresh air, avocado, sunshine, pure water. special margarine, or 14. Have regular medical checkups. peanut butter. 10. Beware of 15. Let the Lord do the worrying. all baking goods—most are high in fat and/or sugar. 11. Eat a light fruit supper or none at all. 12. Get regular and moderate

For more information contact: Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center 30 Uchee Pines Road #75 Seale, Alabama 36875 Phone: 334.855.4764 ♥

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Just a Spoonful...Recipes, gadgets and more Creamy Broccoli and Rice Casserole courtesy of Sauce: • 1 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened soymilk (or other non-dairy milk) • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast • 4 tsp cornstarch or potato starch • 1 clove garlic • 1/2 tsp lemon juice • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp onion powder • 1/4 tsp dry mustard • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika • 1 tbs tahini or cashew butter (optional) Other ingredients: • 5 cups broccoli florets • 1 med onion, finely chopped • 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped • 1/2 cup celery, chopped • 1 3/4 cup chickpeas, cooked (or canned Garbanzos) • 1 tsp dried thyme • 3 cups brown rice, cooked (warm) • 2 tbs almonds, sliced (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly oil medium casserole dish. 2. Place sauce ingredients into blender and process until smooth. Set aside. 3. Place the broccoli in a steamer and steam until just barely tender. Remove from heat. Set aside. 4. Heat large, deep non-stick skillet with 2 tsp of olive oil. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery and cook, stirring constantly, for 4-5 mins. Stir in the chickpeas, thyme, rice, and steamed broccoli. Make sure the sauce is wellblended, and add it to the skillet. Stir gently and cook until heated through, about 5 mins. Check seasonings, adding more salt, if necessary, and smooth into the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle with almonds, if desired. Bake until the top begins to brown, about 20 minutes. Serve hot.

As a health and cost savings benefit, it’s important to eat fruits and veggies when they’re in season. That said, it can be challenging to find fresh seasonal produce in the winter in the Midwest. But because of alternative growing methods, broccoli and lettuce are considered seasonal veggies for the month of March. Here’s a delicious recipe to try.

Nutrition Facts Nutrition (per serving, no optional ingredients): 288 calories, 34 calories from fat, 4.2g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 383.2mg potassium, 50g carbohydrates, 5.2g fiber, 4.3g sugar, 17.9g protein, 8.3 points.

What God Has Joined Together... “God celebrated the first marriage. It was one of the first gifts of God to man, and it is one of the two institutions that, after the fall, Adam brought with him beyond the gates of Paradise.” Adventist Home page 25 In the spirit of celebration, we would like to recognize the married couples of our church - to help support and encourage them. Each month, we will list the wedding anniversaries along with a special prayer for the couples. Please complete the form below, detach it, and drop it in the “love” box in the foyer. Kansas City Central SDA Church - Couple’s Wedding Anniversary Last Name: Husband’s First Name: Wife’s First Name: Wedding Anniversary Date: Month



Number of Years Married: *Please complete the form even if your spouse is not a member of the KC Central Church.

We’re all connected to each other in one way or another. Kansas City Central SDA Church 14651 Peterson Road Kansas City MO 64149 Phone: 816.331.9933 Fax: 816.331.7996 E-mail:

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