Central Baptist Church

"Loving God and Loving People while having Fun!"

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service

You are invited to our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service on December 24 at 5:00 p.m.  We will have one service with the musical prelude beginning at 4:30 p.m. The service will begin at 5:00 p.m.  We will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who is the Light of the World.  God sent Jesus Christ into the darkest time of the year to shine his light on everyone “living in the shadow of darkness.”  Come discover the Hope of the World: God can be found in the day, as well as the night!  

The Lord’s Supper will be served, with an invitation for anyone who has professes faith in Jesus Christ and has been baptized.  Church membership is not required to partake of the Lord’s Supper.  Small, individual candles with drip protectors will be given to each worshiper to light before we sing, "Silent Night."  Parents and/or guardians: please help younger children make safe choices.  Children and adults of all ages will be invited to ring the 175 year old church bell. You will not want to miss this special service which commemorates the Incarnation of Jesus!

Come celebrate Christmas at Central Baptist Church!

Order Your Christmas Poinsettia

ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA in appreciation or memory of a loved one through the Central Baptist Church Office before Wednesday,  December 17, 2014.  Suggested Donation: $10.00 for the 6” pot or $25.00 for the 8” pot. Flowers will be delivered to the church by a local florist in time for the services on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 11:00 a.m. Individuals and families may purchase a poinsettia to bring into the Church Office before Friday, December 19 at 12:00 p.m.  

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Sign Up to be a Worship Leader in 2015!

All of our worship leaders did a fantastic job leading the congregation in prayer, and reading the lectionary Scripture text for the day.  I invite you to volunteer in 2015.  Sign up is simple!  Go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f44aaa728a1ff2-2015.  Click on the Sunday you wish to volunteer, and sign up.  You may write your prayers, pray spontaneously, or ask for written prayers.  You can also contact Dr. John Booth, Minister of Music and Worship, to volunteer or ask any questions. 

Merry Christmas,
Pastor Ivan

Quarterly Business Meeting

The Church Council has called the final Quarterly Business Meeting on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall as outlined in the Church Bylaws.  The proposed 2015 Budget and 2015 Slate of Officers are displayed on the bulletin board for the congregation's review. Changes to the Church's Bylaws were approved by the Council, are available for review on the bulletin board, and will be announced in the services, as required by the Bylaws.  These documents will be available during the Quarterly Business Meeting. 

Please see Harold Willis, Moderator, for more details. 

SKWIM Ski / Swimming Youth Trip

The SKWIM trip is set for January 16 – 19, 2015.  SKWIM is a ski retreat designed to create a shared experience between students and adults.  The church hopes that our group will have a great time, experience God in a unique way through worship and teaching and grow closer to one another through the activities and group time together.  Junior & Senior High and college students are welcome to attend!  SKWIM happens thanks to the support of the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region, all churches and denominations are welcome to participate.  Registration packets are available in the Church Office.  The registration and deposit deadline is due in the Church Office before December 5.  See Matt Smith for a balance of your Youth Student Fundraising Account. 

Thanksgiving Offering

The Ministry of Missions will receive its annual Thanksgiving Offering this Sunday, November 30, 2014 for the Murrow Indian Children’s Home and Bacone College.  This annual offering supports our Native American orphanage and school of higher learning in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Our Goal is $2,000.00. Please note “Thanksgiving” on your regular envelope.  Thank you in advance for giving to support God’s work among our Native American ministries.

Have a DEBT FREE Christmas

What is the worst part of Christmas? January Credit Card Bills! ABCNEWS reported, "The average American will spend $704 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion, the National Retail Federation estimates" (http://abcnews.go.com/WN/mailform?id=14998335)

THE CHALLENGE: I challenge my friends and family to create a "DEBT FREE CHRISTMAS!" Enjoy the holidays without the anxiety of January bills. Shop, spend, and give with a plan! And, then, join me on January 8, 2015 for a new class: Financial Peace University, on Thursday nights, 6:00 to 7:30. Free child care for participants!   REGISTER NOW! 

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Central Baptist Church - January 8, 2015 — March 5, 2015

Serving as the Hands and Feet of Jesus

The Ministry of Missions is seeking volunteers to serve well-balanced, free meals to the needy on the first, second, and fifth Fridays of each month at Horizon's Soup Kitchen, 701 Hampshire Street, Quincy. Volunteers should arrive at 11:00 am., and plan to depart at 1:00 p.m. Russ Hess, Mission Coordinator, needs seven volunteers: 

  • Food Servers (3)
  • Table Servers (2)
  • Clean Up Servers (2)

Volunteers wrap silverware, serve food, clear tables, and wash dishes. See Russ Hess, Soup Kitchen Volunteer Coordinator, for more details.  Click Here to Volunteer

Dresses for Africa

The Women’s Mission Circles at Central Baptist Church in Quincy, Illinois cordially invite all area women to join us for a hands-on mission project, Little Dresses for Africa, on Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will be sewing dresses in the Fellowship Hall (use door “F”).  

Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit Christian organization, which provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillow cases and t-shirts, and distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy! 

All women, young ladies, and girls are invited to participate in this mission project.  You do not need to be a seamstress to join us on Saturday, November 22, 2014.  Volunteers are needed to cut patterns, iron fabric, fold dresses, etc.  Please bring a pair of scissors, a clothes iron, and a sack lunch.  Come and enjoy fellowship with the ladies and girls of the church.  Please contact me if you have any questions.



Mrs. Betty Thomas

Mission Advocate


Navy Seal Special Speaker on Sunday, November 2

Central Baptist Church invites you to join us in recognition of Veterans on Sunday, November 2 with a special speaker, Michael Imhof, Retired Navy Seal Commanding Officer. 

Michael H. Imhof is an evangelist. His goal is to speak before congregations where God opens the doors for him. That said, his background is unique versus most. He's a retired U.S. Navy Commander and a former Navy SEAL. He has lived and worked in a multitude of countries in the world on different continents, including Muslim countries. He recently returned from an assignment in Afghanistan where He was embedded with the U.S. Army as a civilian mentor in the training of Afghanistan National Army soldiers in support of Department of Defense operations. Mr. Imhof will speak at the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.

Worshipers should bring a framed photograph of their beloved veteran to the worship service.  Photographs will be displayed until Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  Photographs may be picked up from the Church Office after Veterans Day.

Blanket Sunday - November 2

The Ministry of Missions invites each family in the congregation to donate $5.00 to provide a warm blanket that can be used as a tent, a tote, shade, room divider, etc. Blanket envelopes will be in the pew pockets or mark donation “blankets.”  A new, yellow Church World Service Blanket is displayed in the Heritage Room. 

Hanging of the Greens

The Decorating Team invites all persons – men and women, boys and girls, youth and young adults – to help decorate the Sanctuary for the Advent Season.  The Team will start decorating on Saturday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m.  Help is needed for this event!

Salvation Army Food Items

The Ministry of the Diaconate will collect Boxes of Stuffing and other nonperishable items for the month of November for the Salvation Army holiday food baskets.   Please leave items in the grocery cart in the coat foyer.  Thank you for donating 306 items in October!

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Mere Christianity

A Classic Ever Christian Should Read: C.S. Lewis's, Mere Christianity.  This forceful makes accessible the doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books - The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality - Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis saw as the fundamental truths of the religion. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, C.S. Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that "at the centre of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks the same voice."  Books are available in the Church Office, public library, or from your favorite bookstore. 

Veterans Sunday - Special Speaker

Central Baptist Church will recognize Veterans on Sunday, November 2 with a special speaker, Michael Imhof, Retired Navy Seal Commanding Officer.  Mr. Imhoff will speak at the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services at 321 N. 7th St., Quincy, Illinois.  Worshipers should bring a framed photograph of their beloved veteran to the worship service.  Photographs will be displayed until Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  Photographs may be picked up from the Church Office after Veterans Day.  

Fundraising Sunday Report

Wow!  We had an amazing number of Estimate of Giving pledge cards submitted on Sunday, September 28: Consecration Fundraising Sunday: 81 pledge cards with a total financial commitment of $275,704.00 for 2015. We still need thirty-one pledge cards and $74,296.00 in financial commitments to reach our 2015 goal.  Please submit an Estimate of Giving pledge card to Jim Mealiff, Stewardship Secretary, before Wednesday, October 15, 2014 to be included in our annual fundraising campaign. 

Cindy Brown and the Youth Group did an outstanding job preparing, serving, and clean-up for the Celebration Dinner.  The Youth Group served 160 guests.  Awesome Job and Thank You!

Christmas Cantata Rehearsal

The Chancel Choir started working on the Christmas Cantata on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel.  Come join us for this exciting time of praising God together.

Dr. John D. Booth, Minister of Music and Worship

Fundraising "Stewardship" Campaign

"Rexanne and I love to be generous.  We love to give the first ten percent (10%) of our income to the Lord as a Tithe, which equals a little more than $500.00 per month through Central Baptist Church.  Nevertheless, it would be hard for us to say that this church needs our money.  We are only one of a large number of families who regularly give to God through the church.  The church will not go out-of-business without our money.  This truth helps us remember that financial giving is not about the church needing our money.  Giving brings our family a sense of joy, meaning, happiness, and spiritual growth in our relationship with God and other Christians.  The central focus of our need to give."

The Ministry of Trustees is sponsoring the 2015 Stewardship Fundraising Campaign, Building for the Future, starting Sunday, September 28.  The focus of this annual pledge drive is asking the question: 'What percentage of our income is God calling us to give through Central Baptist Church; not what the church needs to receive.'  I hope you will join us on Sunday, September 28 for worship and a free meal to celebrate Fundraising Sunday.  Remember, this is a free meal  provided by the Ministry of Trustees, not a carry-in potluck dinner.  Please watch your mail box for a Fundraising Campaign booklet and instructions mailed on Monday, September 22, 2014.  Bring your completed Estimate of Giving pledge card to worship on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  We hope you will come!

Ivan, Rexanne, and family!

Central Baptist Church • 321 North 7th St • Quincy, IL • 62301 • (217) 222-1310