A naming controversy over an infamous bridge in Alabama is an appropriate location to reflect upon the polarities that divide us. American is stretched and pulled by the unavoidable differences arising from our cultural, racial, historical and personal experiences. We are cut off by our past and the hidden truths we refuse to acknowledge or the shame we are too frightened to confront. Distance and denial walk happily hand-in-hand when there’s little motivation to reach across the divide that separates the human family....read more at my blog
On Tuesday, March 5, you are invited to a pancake dinner. In observance of Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins, Central is offering a time together and feast on pancakes. We are beginning at 5:30 p.m. You are welcome to come anytime until 7 p.m., grab a plate, and enjoy the fellowship. Cost is $5 per person. Please sign up in the foyer.
This week, we'll be looking at Jesus' wake-up call to his disciples and followers. We'll consider our own cycles of metaphorical sleep and the subversive message of Christ that calls us to the Living Waters.We are excited this week to welcome Rev. Dr. Kara Kilpatrick to preach this week. Kara and her husband Jeno worship with us regularly at Early Worship, and we are delighted for her to lead us this Sunday. Kara was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. She received her M.Div. from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and her Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She was ordained in the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley when she became a chaplain through the Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare system in Memphis, TN. She worked in chaplaincy for 7 years before entering medical school at East Tennessee State University from which she graduated with her M.D. in 2016. She moved to Kentucky for Psychiatry Residency training at the University of Kentucky and is currently a Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Kara is married to Jeno Smith, and they share their home with Doogie, a 7 pound maltipoo.
In this service, we welcome Rabbi David Wirtschafter. Rabbi Wirtschafter has served Temple Adath Israel in Lexington since 2015. Previously he has worked at congregations in New York, California, and Iowa. A graduate of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College –Jewish Institute of Religion (North America’s seminary for Reform Judaism), Rabbi Wirtschafter remains dedicated to the values at the core of his education and training: devotion to learning, commitment to inclusion and working for justice.
Churches from across the state gather in central Kentucky for worship, Bible studies, and serving the community through different projects. Each year the missions weekend is a great time for the students and adults alike. Students get to laugh, serve, and grow in their faith together. Most importantly they are reminded of the wide network of believers all around them. Doing missions work is an important part of our Baptist identity, and this weekend helps to instill that sense of importance in the next generation. Our theme for 2019 is Light it Up! The cost this year is $30 per person. We are meeting at CBC at 5:30pm on Friday, March 22, to leave. We are gathering at Georgetown College with the other churches for dinner and to begin our weekend. We are arriving back at Central on Saturday, march 23, at 8:30pm. Please sign up in the foyer or email email@example.com.
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Central Baptist is joining with 7 local congregations and Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in Lexington. Morris Shabani and Maroy Chibalonza, along with their delightful children Rosette, Moses, Honorine, and Joana, have called Lexington home since 2016. Both Morris and Maroy were born and raised in Goma, North Kivu, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They fled the area in 2009 to go to Uganda where they lived in a Refugee Camp for the next seven years. We need your help with all phases. We begin on February 27 from 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m., at 326 Nelson Street. No experience is needed. Stop by the sign up table in the foyer or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find a date over the next several months when you can help. Dates start on February 27th and 28th, then each Friday and Saturday in March. The build will resume after Easter with each Friday and Saturday until May 25.
Last year, on October 27th, we witnessed a horrific and terrible shooting inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 11 congregants were killed, two police officers and two others were wounded. Soon afterward, the Lexington community gathered in a show of solidarity and support with our Jewish friends and neighbors for a service of prayer, repentance, and remembering. At that service, and at the direction of area Rabbis, we soiled and desecrated a Tallith, or Jewish Prayer Shawl, in acknowledgment of our corporate sins including xenophobia, hatred and gun violence. We have this Tallith on display in our worship space and will turn our attention this Sunday, not only to the terrible reality of our troubles, fears, and sins but also with confident trust toward the hope-filled proclamation of God's greater promise for forgiveness and new life.