CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – We are beginning to plan the Prelude and special music for the Christmas Eve Service. We will have one service with the prelude beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the service at 5:00 p.m. All brass, woodwind, and string instrumentalists are encouraged to speak with John Booth to volunteer or make suggestions. See schedule under the Music Ministry section.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - Sunday, December 20 at 8:30 a.m. Our Children will be presenting “New Star” A Christmas Skit for Children by Sharon Kay Chatwell. It is directed by Mary Larocco and presented by the Central Children’s Ministry under the leadership of Matt Smith. All children interested in participating should come to the striped room on the 3rd floor to rehearse on Sunday morning from 9:35 – 9:50. If you have questions or would like to help in any way, please contact Mary LaRocco at 217-257-4515.
CHANCEL CHOIR MUSICAL CANTATA – The Chancel Choir will present their Christmas Cantata musical on Sunday, December 13 at 8:30 a.m. We will be singing, “Silent Night! Holy Night!,” by Russell Mauldin and Sue C. Smith. It features both familiar carols and new songs. The Choir will hold an hour-and-a-half dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m.
The Women of Central will host their next “Sewing Day” on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Ministry of Missions is accepting donations of lace and ribbons used for trim on the dresses, fabric, persons willing to donate their time (no sewing knowledge needed), cash donations for supplies, luggage (hard or soft side) to transport dresses to Africa. Luggage will not be returned. Please contact Church Office for more information.
Rene Schwengel or Betty Thomas.
HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES: As the Syrian civil war enters its fifth year, the millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Syria are streaming into neighboring nations and far beyond. Over the last four years, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and even Iraq have together received over 3 million refugees. In recent weeks, the stream of refugees seeking shelter further to the north and west—and, according to the United Nations, in some 90 countries around the world—has become a torrent.
To address this growing need, American Baptist International Ministries (IM) has sent $10,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency funding to provide immediate relief for Syrian refugees and IDPs. Of this grant, IM partners Hungarian Baptist Aid and the Union of Baptist Churches of Serbia have each been given $5,000.00. This aid will be used to supply food and water, clothing, shelter and medical clinics. Future OGHS grants will support the efforts of all IM partners who are providing relief to Syrian IDPs and refugees.
Additional financial aid is urgently needed to make these grants possible. You may make a tax-deductible contribution through your church, give online here or mail a check to International Ministries, Attn: Syria Refugee Relief, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482. Write "OGHS-Syria Relief" on the memo line.
One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and the development of assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering received by churches. Learn more at www.abc-oghs.org/.
The 2016 Estimate of Giving (Pledge) Cards to make a financial pledge for 2016 were mailed to each member and regular attendee’s houses. If prompted by the Holy Spirit, you are encouraged to return the Estimate of Giving card in a sealed envelope on Sunday, September 27 when we will commit them to the Lord.
This Estimate of Giving Card may be changed or cancelled at any time by contacting the Stewardship Secretary, Jim Mealiff, at (217) 936-2668. Please return this card in the Offering Plate, Enclosed Envelope, or Mail to Central Baptist Church. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lynn Sprick, Chair of the Ministry of Trustees.
Men and Women 18 years of age or older (under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian) are invited to attend the CBC Trap Shoot at West Quincy Gun Club on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $7.50 per box of 25 shells and $5.00 per box of 25 clay birds. Please bring ear & eye protection. If you have guns bring them. If not, they will be provided (1-1/8 ounce shot restriction).
The Ministry of Missions is sponsoring the September Monthly Mission project: collecting items for the Men’s New Start Rescue Mission, 936 N. 6th St., Quincy, IL 62301. List of needs: Laundry and dish detergent, paper towels, bathroom tissue, men’s hygiene products, fitted sheets for twin beds, bicycles, and bus tokens. Men’s socks are welcome, too. Betty T. is coordinating this month’s mission collection.
The Church Moderator, Jim Fox, has called for a Special Business Meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The proposed agenda includes: (1) a proposed By-Law change (see below); (2) electing delegates to the upcoming ABCGRR Regional Convention; (3) electing a new person to the nominating committee; and (4) approving the purchase of new tables and chairs for the Fellowship Hall from the CHUPPERS funds which exceeds $5,000.00.
The proposed Bylaw Change to Article V: The Ministry Council, Section 1, Paragraph 2: Constituency: “The Council shall consist of the Minister, Moderator, Treasurer, Clerk and eight (8) to ten (10) Council Members chosen from, elected by, and responsible to the Congregation, as well as, the chair of all Ministries be ex-officio members, with voting privileges, of the Ministry Council in addition to the elected members” (bold added text, see Ministry Council minutes, June 30, 2015).
The Ministry of Missions will be collecting donations for our CROP Hunger Walk participants. The CROP Hunger Walk will be held Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Illinois Veterans Home. Registration: 1:30 p.m. Walk Step Off: 2:00 p.m. Please sponsor a walker, give a donation to the Mission Fund marked “CROP Walk,” or see me to make a donation. You may also Donate On-Line. Thank you!
In 2014, our Adams County, IL CROP walk for Hunger and Clean water raised $5,434.08 with 25% going to our local Horizons Social Services. God asks each of us to give as we can to help those less fortunate. We are blessed in this community.
Recent Wall Street Journal articles indicate clean water is a major indicator of a country being able to provide decent human care & dignity. Thank you very much for helping provide clean water to millions who are currently struggling around the world.
Marilyn Shrader, Chair of the Ministry of Missions
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
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
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
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 :
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Mr. Jim Fox
P.S. Pray for the success of Miracle Sunday on the last Sunday in August (August 30).
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):
- 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.
- 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.
- Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 PM – All Events Cancelled because of Flooding.
- Sunday, July 12 at 8:30 and 11:00 AM – The 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.
- 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.
- Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 PM – The 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.
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.
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 Sanctuary. The couple is registered at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and Menards.
The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering began sixty-six years ago in response to the devastation of World War II. In March 1949, a national broadcast on a Saturday evening asked Americans to give generously the next morning in their churches. A remarkable assembly of national leaders and celebrities gave their efforts to the broadcast, and more than 75,000 churches responded the next day. Today, One Great Hour of Sharing serves people in over 80 countries around the world. Sponsored by nine Christian U.S. denominations and Church World Service, One Great Hour of Sharing makes sure that we can respond to needs as soon as they happen and that tens of thousands of people receive support for ongoing relief, rehabilitation, and development. Give in worship or GIVE NOW!
The Herald newsletter will be folded and mailed on Friday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. in the Church Parlor. Volunteers are needed to help fold, stuff, label, and prepare the mailing. See Karen D. for more information.
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