We have much for which to be thankful. God has richly blessed us in many ways. Sue and I are very thankful for you, the people of our church family. We are blessed to be serving God along with you here at Central Church. Thank you for your many and varied ways of serving our Lord.
Thank you to each of you who helped decorate our building for the Advent and Christmas Season. We have a beautiful facility and it looks extra festive this wonderful time of year.
We want to be a welcoming congregation, inviting people to come to worship, grow in our faith, fellowship, and serve Jesus Christ. While that should be true all through the year, especially during this season I would like to challenge us to spread the “Good News” inviting and welcoming people to gather with us. You have probably heard me say before, that many people seem to be more open to an invitation to church at this time of year than at other times.
One of the ministries that we have begun this past year has been a Safety and Security Ministry. We want to continue to be welcoming as we also begin to take some steps toward more safety for all who gather in this place. We have received good responses to having the building locked during weekdays when only one person is in the office. A sign is on the door for folks needing entrance to call the office and you will be greeted by a friendly staff member letting you in.
Just recently our Safety and Security Ministry decided that shortly after worship services have begun that the East and South entrances will be locked and signs will direct people to the West entrance where we will have someone present to welcome all who come to worship and Sunday School. We see this primarily as a ministry of hospitality. However, in the unlikely event of a potentially dangerous issue we will have someone available who could notify ushers, and authorities of the situation.
While our building is decorated for the season our city square is again be painted as it was last year. Soon we will be gathering for our soup supper and the lighted Christmas parade.
Central church will be the site for advent and Christmas worship filled with wonderful music. This year we plan to have our Christmas Program during our worship time on Sunday morning, December 16. As we have done in recent years, we plan to have three Christmas Eve Services at 4:30, 6:30, and 11:00. Christmas Day we plan to have our annual Christmas Dinner for anyone in the community.
I love worship during Advent and Christmas and hope you do, too. We have the opportunity to be inviting and welcoming people as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. -Pastor Bruce