Central Baptist Church

"Loving God and Loving People while having Fun!"

Pathfinders Membership Class

New and Perspective Member’s are invite to attend the membership class, Pathfinders, starting Sunday, September 13-27 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  This class will introduce you to the Good News of Jesus Christ, the essentials of the Christian Faith, and the Work of God through Central Baptist Church.  This course is free and open to the public.  Come find God’s path for your spiritual life. 

Rev. Ivan E. Greuter, Senior Minister

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Child Care Needed

Salvation Army Food Collection Item: Popcorn and Ramen Noodles

SALVATION ARMY FOOD ITEMS – The Ministry of the Diaconate will collect POPCORN & RAMEN NOODLES and other nonperishable items for the month of September.  Please leave items in the grocery cart in the coat foyer.  Thank you for donating 237 items in August; 2,041 items since the beginning of the year.                              Mrs. Lareva Glessner, Chair of the Ministry of the Diaconate


Wednesday Night Suppers - CHUPPERS

You are invited to join us for CHUPPERS (Church + Suppers) on Wednesday nights in September.  Adults, youth, and children are invited to our Wednesday Night Meals ("CHUPPERS"). The meals are served from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Costs for the meal is: $4.00 per adult (age 18 years and older), $2.00 per youth (7th thru 12th grade), or $10.00 per immediate family.  A child-friendly meal is served to students in 6th grade and younger.  Reservations are required.  Make a reservation in worship on Sunday on the Friendship Card, call the Church Office at 217-222-1310, or reserve on-line.  before noon on Wednesdays.

The proposed menu for September 2015:

  • Sept. 2 – Taco Salad and Ice Cream Sundaes 
  • Sept. 9 – Spaghetti, Salad, Bread, and Dessert 
  • Sept. 16 – Pork Loin, Potato, Vegetable, Salad, and Dessert 
  • Sept. 23 – Maidrites or Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Tomatoes, Baked Beans, and Dessert
  • Sept. 30 – Chicken Breast, Cheesy Potatoes, Vegetable, Salad, and Dessert


Miracle Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dear Family and Friends, 

It is a great joy to participate in Central Baptist Church’s 180th Anniversary. It’s a miracle our church has survived this many years.  Churches in the United States have half the number of members they did 100 years ago, while 4,000 churches close their doors every single year.  Eighty percent of new churches started this year will not be around in five years.  So, being here to celebrate the 180th anniversary of our church is a Miracle of God – a miracle I hope will continue for another 180 Years or until Jesus Christ returns in Glory.

To honor the 180th Anniversary, the leaders of our church are planning for another miracle: “Miracle Sunday” on the last Sunday in August (August 30).  Miracle Sunday is a separate, sacrificial offering over and above regular weekly giving for a very special project.  Our project is central to our hearts: the critical work and mission God is doing through this congregation!  The purpose of our Miracle Sunday is to change our church’s DNA.  Our history books state: “when the Baptists (in Quincy) are not fighting, they’re trying to pay their bills.”  I’m happy to report: we’re not fighting, so, it is time to pay our bills.  

Central Baptist Church is several thousand dollars behind our everyday expenses for the congregation’s annual operating budget and missions giving.  As you can see in the weekly worship bulletin, by the end of July, we will be behind approximately $61,000.00.  Therefore, the Ministry of Trustees and the Church Council are praying our membership will join God as we experience a new miracle: “the largest single offering in the history of our church!”   On Miracle Sunday, we would like to raise $180,000.00 for the 180th Anniversary of the Church.  However, we know there are no limits to God’s miracles, so we could go well beyond our goal. 

All of the cash gifts we hope to raise on Miracle Sunday will support the on-going ministry of your church, to retire a small debt of $25,000.00 we have been carrying for the past eight years, to replenish our designated reserve, to pay our mission allocation for this past year, and to develop an emergency fund to help us stay ahead of future expenses.  We will not use any of the funds raised on Miracle Sunday to remodel the women’s restroom, to redecorate the chapel, to purchase new vehicles, or to replace our aging air conditioners – important projects we hope to address at a later time.

To make this miracle happen – I will need every member to participate in several important ways : 

  1. First, pray for the success of this Miracle Sunday.  As Christians, we know that wonderful things happen when we join God in his work for the world, and when we boldly ask for his blessings.  Ask God to bless Central Baptist Church on Miracle Sunday and for years to come.  
  2. Second, plan to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The Church leaders will explain our current cash crunch, the allocation of assets, the revolving debt, our late mission allocation, and our need to correct the systemic problem that has gotten us into debt.  This information meeting will be open to any individual or family who would like to attend.  
  3. Third, come to worship on Miracle Sunday, August 30, when we pray you will experience a miracle of God: “the largest single offering in the history of our church”!   

“A Miracle is coming…Don't Let the Miracle Pass You By"

I am happy to answer any questions you might have about Miracle Sunday.  
Happy Anniversary,
Mr. Jim Fox
Church Moderator

P.S.    Pray for the success of Miracle Sunday on the last Sunday in August (August 30).  

“A Miracle is coming…Don't Let the Miracle Pass You By"

“A Miracle is coming…Don't Let the Miracle Pass You By"

180th Anniversary Celebrations

CENTRAL will celebrate the 180th Anniversary of “Baptist Witness and Worship” in Quincy in July, 2015.  The theme: “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever” in Hebrews 13:8.  We will REMEMBER YESTERDAY by recalling our history.  We will tell of the amazing work God is doing in JESUS TODAY thorugh the Church.  We will tell others that JESUS IS FOREVER. 

The Ministry of the Diaconate has approved the following plans to celebrate over ten days (July 5 through July 15):

  1. Sunday, July 5 at 8:30 and 11:00 AM – The Reverend Doctor John Grisham, Area Minister, will preach in the Sanctuary about God’s work in, through, and for the Church. 
  2. Sunday, July 5 at 6:30 PM – The Reverend Doctor Orville Jones will preach in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. We welcome Dr. Jones and the Choir of First Baptist Church of Quincy. 
  3. Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 PM – All Events Cancelled because of Flooding
  4. Sunday, July 12 at 8:30 and 11:00 AMThe Reverend Deliris Carrion, our American Baptist Missionary in Haiti, will share stories in the Sanctuary about God’s work in and through our church missions programs. 
  5. Sunday, July 12 at 5:00 PM  – A Carry-In Picnic will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Church's Fellowship Hall (cafeteria). The Ministry of Family Life will provide the drinks and fried chicken. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a side dish, salad, and/or dessert.  The Reverend and Mrs. (Peggy) V. Clay Noah (retired) will preach in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Noah will recall the wonderful work of God through Central. Plan to stay for Ice Cream Sundaes served by the Ministry of Youth.  
  6. Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 PMThe Reverend Doctor Larry Mason, Interim Exec. Minister of the Great Rivers Region, will preach in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m., with other Regional guests included in worship.

A special free-will offering will be received during each worship service for the on-going ministry of Central Baptist Church.


Church Picnic and River Baptisms Cancelled

The Church Picnic and River Baptisms scheduled on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the All America Park have been cancelled because of flooding. The Carry-In Picnic will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall (cafeteria). The Ministry of Family Life will provide the drinks and fried chicken. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a side dish, salad, and/or dessert. The Reverend V. Clay Noah (retired) will preach at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

All baptisms will be scheduled for the church, or in the river, at a later date.


Wedding Announcement

Ms. Crystal Donald and Mr. Aaron Neff invites all of the friends and members of Central Baptist Church to their Wedding Ceremony on Saturday, June 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the SanctuaryThe couple is registered at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and Menards.

Christian Trap Shoot Event - Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 PM

The Trap Shoot event will be Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the West Quincy Gun Club, weather permitting.  If you are not 18 years of age or older, you must be accompanied by your gaurdian.  The fee is $20.00 for 25 birds and 25 shells.  After that, you may purchase more.  All proceeds / donations will go to Family Life.  Bring ear and eye protection.  If you have guns, bring them.  If not, guns will be provided.  There is a 1 1/8 ounce shot restriction.  Any questions, please call Ken Kuhl at 573-231-5440.  This event is sponsored by the Ministry of Family LIfe.  Thank you!

Corey Miller, Chair of Family LIfe

Postponed: Saturday Morning Men's Prayer Breakfast

The Saturday Morning Men's Prayer Breakfast on June 13, 2015 has been postponed due the passing of Rev. Mac Shotwell's wife, LaVerne.  The Reverend Mac Shotwell is the retired Executive Minister of the Great Rivers Region and an active leader in American Baptist Men Disaster Relief of Illinois and Missouri.  His wife, LaVerne, entered her eternal home Saturday, June 6 peacefully with her husband and daughter by her side.
A  service of celebration for her life will take place next Saturday, June 13 at First United Methodist Church, 2941 Koke Mill Rd. here in Springfield, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and the service at 11:00 a.m.  If your schedule permits and the distance is not too great Mac hopes American Baptist Men can join them for the celebration of her life.  

The Church Office will reschedule the Men's Prayer Breakfast with Mr. Terry Maurizio for a later date.

Quarterly Business Meeting

The Church Council has called for a Quarterly Business Meeting on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. in South Park, immediately after the CHUPPERS Wednesday Night Supper.  See Jim Fox, Moderator, for details and the draft agenda.

Vacation Bible School - Volunteers Needed

It is time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School (VBS) again.  The Ministry of Children is planning a, “Cross Cultural Thailand Trek,” Vacation Bible School.  VBS will start on Monday, June 15 thru Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  VBS will conclude with a Family Night on Thursday, June 18.  Volunteers are needed in all areas and if you are interested in helping please contact our 2015 VBS Coordinator, Summer at (217) 242-3471. 

Nursing Home Visitation Training

Do you want to visit friends in the nursing home but who are intimidated by it? Rev. James Riley, Chaplain at Good Samaritan Home of Quincy would like to help. He is offering a free, 3-hour class that will assist them in gaining confidence and effectiveness in their visits. Join our class: Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH. This class is not just for visiting at Good Samaritan but for anyone who visits any nursing home and others who are “shut-in.”  

American Baptist Men Saturday Breakfast

American Baptist Men at CENTRAL will host the regional President of ABMen, Mr. Terry Maurizio, on Saturday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m. for a free breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.  Mr. Maurizio will share his vision: “New Commandment Ministry.”  Reservations requested through the Church Office or On-Line.  Men of all ages are welcome!   


Job Open: Praise Band Guitar Player

CENTRAL is seeking a part-time Praise Band acoustic guitar player for the Praise Band.  She/He is expected to provide musical presentations and accompaniment for scheduled services at or on behalf of the Church.  She/He is expected to actively promote the vision of the Church and participate in the ministry team under the supervision of the Minister of Music and Worship.  Send resume and Application for Employment to Dr. John Booth

Photo by Evan Coonrod.

Photo by Evan Coonrod.

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