Central Together: May 15, 2022

Central Family,

Did you know that Central is the only church in the Brazos Valley that has a dedicated Special Needs Ministry in our congregation with a full-time director? One of the gifts that God has given us as a congregation is the opportunity to invest in those in our community with special needs, from babies all the way to senior adults and everybody in between. One of the things I’m really looking forward to this Sunday is the chance to highlight this special ministry for our Special Needs Sunday emphasis on this Sunday, the 15th. What’s that going to look like? That means you’re going to get a chance to have some of our special needs adults leading parts of the service during our call to worship. We’ll have one of them share our call to worship verses with us. We’ll also have a slide show that highlights some of the special needs ministry that takes place right here in our midst and around our community. We’re even going to have a special worship presentation by some of our special needs friends during the response time. It’s going to be a really special chance to integrate them into the life of the church and to recognize and pray over this dimension of our important ministry happening here. I can’t wait to see what the Lord does this Sunday as we celebrate those in our midst with special needs.

There’s also some other big things happening this Sunday. For one, I just want to remind you that this Sunday, the 15th, is our deadline for our applications for our Training Program. I’ve been blown away by how many of you have started this process. I can’t wait to share with you what that’s all shaping up to be, but I know some of you are kind of like me: you put things off until the last minute until the deadline hits. If that’s you, don’t miss your chance to jump in with us next year. We’ve got a great first group that’s ready to make their way through this.

Then come have a little fun with us on Sunday night. That’s right, we’ll be back for our annual Dodgeball Tournament. I’ve got my Texas Forever Team ready to go. If you’ve been waiting for your chance to throw things at your pastor and try to hurt him, come on, and let’s get in the ring together and see what happens. I’ll be looking forward to that time of fun and fellowship also. There’s great things happening this Sunday.

But that also points ahead to what’s coming up the following Sunday on the 22nd. As I mentioned to you two weeks ago in the Sunday service on the 1st, I told you that we’re going to take our normal quarterly Central Family Celebration that happens on Wednesday nights and bring it into the Sunday morning service. It’s going to give all of our people a taste of what that sense of celebration looks like that we’ve been enjoying for the last year and a half together. There will be some special elements to that, including some exciting announcements we will be sharing with the church for the first time. So, I’m really looking forward to what the Lord does that day.

One of the things I want to put in front of you now as we get towards the end of May is that Wednesday, May 25, during our Wednesday Night Equip Class, I’m going to be discussing some of the things that are unfolding now at the Supreme Court when it comes to abortion. As we’ve seen, there’s been a leaked ruling that may be come to fruition in the court case related to abortion that might possibly overturn Roe vs. Wade. We’re going to unpack those elements and also cast a vision for an exciting opportunity in our church come January 2023 to take a group from our congregation to Washington, D.C. to mark the 50th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. There’s going to be some great events. We’ll do some unique things that can only happen in Washington, D. C. and I want to start sharing our plans for that with our congregation now so that you can start making plans to join us here in the months ahead. Make sure you come and be a part of that experience on Wednesday night, the 25th.

There’s so many encouraging things happening as May continues, and I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday.

In Christ,