MONTHLY MISSION PROJECT – BABY BOTTLE BLITZ – The Ministry of Missions is sponsoring the Baby Bottle Blitz for Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center during the month of May and June. Please pick up a bottle from the sanctuary foyer. Fill the bottle with loose change, cash notes, or a check. Then, return the bottle to the Church Office or an Usher, now and through Father’s Day, June 19, 2016. Thank you!
FAMILY CAMP - Register for the 22nd Annual All Church Family camp at Camp Emmanuel in Astoria, Illinois, MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAY 28 – 30, 2016. A sign-up sheet is available in the Church Office. Prices are the same as last year for campsites, cabin rentals and food. Please pay Su or Franc Langenburg or the Church Office. Make checks payable to “Central Baptist Church.” Anyone planning to arrive before Saturday must contact camp managers, Randy or JoEllen Doyle, (309) 329-2291, and pay them directly for those rentals. Questions can be directed to Su or Franc Langenburg at (217) 224-4288.
BLANKET SUNDAY – MAY 1: Donate $5.00 to provide a warm blanket that can be used as a tent, a tote, shade, room divider, etc. through Church World Service (CWS) on the First Sunday in May and November. For over 60 years, CWS has worked in partnership with local communities to identify their needs and access the resources they need to build the foundation for a more viable future, including:
- Blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies in the wake of a disaster
- Tools and seeds for refugees returning home to replant their fields
- Wells for families living in drought prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and to irrigate crops and gardens
- Literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential.
Our National Mission Partner, Church World Services, works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. Church World Service, PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515http://www.cwsglobal.org.
MEN’S BIBLE CAMP – Everyone, check your schedules. Mark your calendars. The following dates are scheduled for 2016 at Larry’s Cedar Resort: Wednesday, April 20th to Saturday, April 23rd (exit Sunday by 11:00 AM). Let me know as soon as possible if you are attending. Right now only the kitchen side of the house is reserved. We can sleep up to about 8 on that side if we bring some cots or inflatables. If we get more than 8 then we’ll have to rent the other side. Some folks last year could only come for part of the time. Let me know if that’s the case again this year. Thanks, Franc
The Chancel Choir will share our Spring Musical "Gaither Homecoming" arranged by Russell Mauldin in the 8:30 a.m. service on April 17, 2016. These songs will be featured: "Step Into the Water", "Without Him", "My God Is Real", "Too Much to Gain to Lose", "My Tribute" (To God Be the Glory), and "Daddy Sang Bass".
Handbells will also play in that service providing prelude, offertory and special music. Songs are: "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, "Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing", "10,000 Reasons", and "Festivo".
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE - Central Baptist Church will sponsor a Sunrise Service in Greenmount Cemetery at 6:30 a.m. on March 27, 2016. Our interim minister, Dr. Woodie Burt, will be leading the service. Bring your lawn chair, blanket and gloves for this memorable event. Open Communion will be served to all baptized believers of the Christian faith, including gluten free wafers. A free will offering will be received during the service. Dress warmly.
MAUNDY or HOLY THURSDAY COMMUNION WORSHIP SERVICE will be held on March 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Central Baptist Church. This sixty minute reflective service of the Lord's Table commemorating the final Seder meal Jesus shared with his disciples before his arrest and murder. Central Baptist Church celebrates "open communion." The Lord's Table is open to any baptized Christian regardless of denomination or church affiliation. Gluten free wafers are served upon request.