2015 Leadership of Central Christian Church
Board Chairman—Craig Atherton
Vice Chairman—Steve Hughes
Secretary—Mary Lou Curry
Stewardship Chairman—Terri Freeman
Warner Killough, Steve Salmon, & Rosalind Larmer
Happy New Year! by Danny Couch
The calendar rolls over yet again! A new number to remember (2014), a fresh start, a new beginning, new hopes, dreams, and resolutions!
I love a new year. I love looking ahead and seeing how I, and the church, can do things better; be more effective, efficient, and resourceful.
I NEVER bought the idea of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” theory. IALWAYS live with the mantra, “How can I be more effective with my life”. That requires much evaluation, soul searching, and seeking
guidance from the one who created me to be effective, efficient, and resourceful. Am I living up to the expectations God has of me? Well…there is always room for growth!
So this year, we will continue our effort to be the People God envisioned us to be! I can’t wait to get started. It begins by remembering who we are and what we do.
Our Church’s mission: To Grow, Live, and Share our FAITH Together”
Our faith is ever changing as we are ever growing in our quest to be on the same page with God.
FAITH is taking what we believe and applying it with our actions that reflect our life.
BELIEF is what we KNOW about God through Christ and what we have experienced in our past.
FAITH requires that we both KNOW and ACT even if we are not certain of the end result.
To build our faith we use seven building blocks: Worship, study of Scripture, relationships with people of faith, meditating daily, sharing our resources, using our spiritual gifts to serve others and sharing our faith story.
To grow in our faith requires that we become strong in all seven areas. Are you there yet? Or are you like me….”there is always room for growth”. Look forward to new and exciting opportunities to grow!
Thank you so much for your generous expressions of love now during the holidays, but also throughout the year! We truly are “blessed” to be a part of this community of faith and happy that you allow us to share in ministry with you. Many thanks to each of you for the sweet gifts we have received.
May your new year be filled with hope, peace, love, and much joy!
The Staff of Central Christian Church
Let me see with your eyes.
Let me see the hearts of the people around me.
Have my soul be moved by the pain of those around me.
Give me motion,
give me the will to act with mercy and compassion.
Give me your strength,
so I can be broken-hearted for the people around me,
but not paralyzed by the grief.
Even though I will see the pain of those around me,
give me joy.
For I know that you are an awesome and mighty God,
and all things are for your good.
I do not know the ramifications of the things
I am asking,
but I ask,
that this makes me into the person that you desire.
John Paul Carter
Unfortunately, the Christmas season is no stranger to controversy and bickering. For years Christians have complained about the commercialization of the season and worried that Santa Claus was becoming more important than the baby Jesus. Numerous legal battles have been fought over whether nativity scenes on courthouse lawns violate the constitution. And the use of “X-mas” has often been condemned for taking Christ out of Christmas.
The current debate seems to be centered symbolically around whether or not it’s always fitting to use the familiar greeting, “Merry Christmas” at this time of year. Because of the growing diversity among our population, some believe that “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” are a more respectful way of expressing our warm wishes in the larger public arena.