One of the things we miss about our “normal” lives is travel. As we dream and think about traveling again, Central Baptist Church will offer a new Zoom series – Central Travels. Join host Gwen Hart as we trek to 4 continents with Central members who have traveled to those locations. You will see photos from the trips, share some travel planning tips in areas such as transportation, accommodations, safety, currency and exchange rates, budgeting and health considerations. We will have time for Q&A and discussion. For more information and a Zoom link contact Aaron (email@example.com). This time, we'll hear from Linda Hopgood McCubbin on her travels to Germany and Eastern Europe. Gwen Hart - Central Travels Host and Cruise Director Gwen has made a career of helping others have fun in her 38.5 years of working events in some capacity for Marriott. She retired last March, just in time before the proverbial you know what hit the fan for the hospitality industry and she says “Oh, the stories I could tell, but I digress. Retirement suits me! I have stayed really busy! Working always did get in the way of my social life. I love spending time with family and friends. As for travelling, I absolutely love the beach and even in COVID, I did get there on occasion...carefully and safely.” “With all of my experiences over the years, I have collected great material for comedy relief and use as I see fit. Like I always say: If you can't be smart, be funny!” And she is! Other Upcoming Sessions Tuesday – 7:15 pm, March 23 – Isaac Scott – Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Thursday – 7 pm, April 15 – Susan Waggener – South Africa
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Raleigh offered this prayer in worship on January 24, 2021. As we move through this pandemic, may we find the grace to bear witness to the struggles and injustices that harm our communities and also find a way to hope and work for better days. Dear God, This pandemic has done a job on us. It seems that every time we tried to pin down the coming of a better day, that day would come and go, leaving us still to wonder how long, O Lord, how long. And yet over and over, your word and the proclaimers of your word invite us to remain in and live in hopefulness. So again, dearest God, I pray that you find the cracks in our fear and cynicism and inject a fresh dose of the kind of hope that does not deny what is but is there in spite of what is.
Thank you for reaching our Medial Relief Debt goal!
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.