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You can join us for our quarterly business meeting in-person or via Zoom as we hear reports from our deacons, committees, and staff. You can find the Zoom link in our newsletter.
Bring your favorite instrument and join us for a jam session on February 26 at 4 p.m. Whether you're a beginner or aseasoned player, you'll fit right in. You can bring a song or three to share as we go around the circle sharing songs and playing along. If you have questions, please contact Aaron (email@example.com).
The children of Central are going to summer camp this year form June 20-23. We are participating in Passport Kids camp at Berea College. PASSPORTkids is a 4-day, 3-night children’s camp filled with fun faith-building programming and hands-on missions education. It is for students who have completed 3rd – 6th grade. At camp, your students will discover God’s love and practice being followers of Jesus through an active schedule of Bible studies, missions education, recreation, and worship. As group leaders, you’ll be able to focus on engaging with your children without taking on the burden of planning and logistics. The cost of camp is $250. Scholarships are available. Pick up your packet of information and forms with Charles.
Last week I found myself in the parking garage of our state capitol waiting on an elevator. I was carrying a sign I made earlier that morning with a fading kingsize sharpie and pastel crayons. It read "Love our trans kids," and had a heart with stripes of blue and pink to represent the trans flag. It had taken a long time to come up with a few simple words. All the words that initially came to mind weren't appropriate for political discourse.
The following statement concerning Amendment 2 was written by the ministerial staff of Central Baptist Church and has been endorsed by our deacon body. We honor our Baptist commitment to the separation of church and state and respect each person's right to vote their conscience. This statement seeks to clarify the intention and implications of this amendment.
We are happy to report that Rev. Dr. Jim Abernathy, who has served this fall as our Interim Choral Director, has agreed to extend his Interim work with us through the month of April, 2023. We are so pleased for his leadership and the wonderful presentations we have enjoyed in worship under his direction with the choir and our accompanist Mark DeAlba. Don’t forget, the traditional "Lessons and Carols" service will be the Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 18th with special poetry additions from “Remembering That It Happened Once,” edited by Dennis Johnson. It will be a special time to recognize the choir’s hard work and our continued support of this important ministry of our church. Thank you Jim (and Cindy) for this added time allowing all of us to continue our working together.
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.