While originally geared to those of the Baby Boomer generation, the group welcomes participation by folks of any age. Formed as a social and service group, the Baby Boomers regularly meet for lunch, visit local attractions and historical sites, as well as volunteering at God’s Pantry. During this time, the CBC Baby Boomers will meet for volunteering at God's Pantry or via Zoom. Tonight's zoom will start at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Ingram (patingram609@ aol.com).
On Sunday, October 3rd, Central Baptist will join other churches across Lexington for a CROP walk. The Greater Lexington CROP Hunger Walk raises funds to end hunger one step at a time! Funds raised support local work of God’s Pantry Food bank and global humanitarian development work of Church World Service. Please help us end hunger in our community by participating in this year’s CROP walk. Click here to join our team or donate. For those that plan to walk, Central will meet at Shillito Park on October 3rd at 2 pm. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Sarah-Ashley Solie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can join us in person for worship this Sunday. To protect the most vulnerable in our community, we ask that everyone wear masks and remember to socially distance when indoors. Our livestream will continue if you feel more comfortable worshipping at home. This week we gratefully welcome Rev. Dr. Anthony Everett as our guest preacher. Reverend Dr. Anthony Everett (he, him, ours) is a Public Theologian, Social Entrepreneur, and Prophetic Activist. He serves as the executive director of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond Inc., an ecumenical, faith-based 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate every community across the Commonwealth of Kentucky to welcome, support, mentor, and equip returning citizens with the tools to successfully re-enter society. He is also an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Everett’s personal mission is to lead Mission Behind Bars and Beyond Inc. as a social enterprise that transforms Kentucky communities impacted by mass incarceration. He has a vision of building and leading a movement of prophetic activists who empower and mobilize marginalized and oppressed people for holistic social transformation. Dr. Everett graduated magna cum laude from Paul Quinn College in Dallas receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management. He received a Master of Divinity degree with the Certificate in Urban Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, also in Dallas, where he was a Seminarians for Worker Justice Intern with Interfaith Worker Justice. Dr. Everett earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio as a fellow of the Prophetic Preaching and Praxis Walker/Cummings Cohort. He is also the founder and faculty mentor for the “Prophetic Activism: From the Cross to the Community” Doctoral Cohort at UTS in conjunction with The Centre for Prophetic Activism of which he is also the founder and president. Born in Washington, D.C., Dr. Everett is married to American Spiritual Ensemble soprano soloist, Dr. Angelique Clay Everett, an associate professor at the University of Kentucky School of Music and native of Louisville, Kentucky. The Everetts are an empty nest, blended family with four adult children and one grandchild. Watch the Stream on Youtube.
It was March 11, 2020, and I was sitting in a business meeting in the CBC sanctuary, looking forward to choir rehearsal afterwards. I knew that the governor had that afternoon asked churches to strongly consider canceling services because of the rising number of cases of Covid-19, and figured we might have some weeks without church ahead of us. I was glad we at least would be having choir. Wrong. The staff and those present thought it best to go home then, at the conclusion of the business meeting, with an uncertain future ahead.
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Our church has been through many challenges over our 70 plus year history and none of them have been any more challenging that these past 16 months. The necessary management and precautions to fight community spread of the dangerous COVID-19 has called forth all the skill, patience, cooperation and Christ-like encouragement that has guided our church so well through these many past few years. I am truly proud of each of you, our excellent leaders and exceptional staff and the way we have continued to be the church during these challenging times.
This week we will think about courage and the courage it takes to wait. On the heels of the 50th Earth Day, we will also consider creation and our place in God's diverse and beloved community of life. Thanks to Lelia Midkiff for providing the beautiful watercolor above.
Normalcy seems to be an idea of the past. Why are we here and what are we to do? These questions are central to the biblical story as well as our current situation. This Sunday, we look back at the work of God through the people in exile. Their isolation and uncertainty are felt by us, and their hope for restoration can help us shape a promising future. Join us this week for a message from Charles Conkin.
Join us from your computers, tablets, phones, and televisions as we celebrate even in the midst of shadows. The image above is a painting by our own Charlotte Blaydes. She started painting during our watercolor workshop last fall and has already created this beautiful work. While we may be apart, we can still find little hopes and joys scattered about like a bright red cardinal or an evening stroll. This week during our prayer time, we'll invite our children to draw pictures of things they are grateful for.