From Your Pastor
This summer marks the tenth anniversary of my mother’s death. Just days before she died, I wrote a column for the monthly newsletter of the church I was serving at the time, talking about what a privilege it was to be caring for my mother. I recently sent a copy of that column to someone whom I felt would be reassured by it, and indeed she thanked me profusely for it. On the off chance that it might be a blessing to any of you reading this, please indulge me this month as I share it with you. What follows below is that column, written in late July of 2009.
Dr. Nelson Bell and his wife, Virginia, were the parents of Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth. They enjoyed a long and happy marriage. When they got older, Dr. Bell had to care for his elderly wife. One day Ruth entered her parents’ home to find her father on his hands and knees putting Mrs. Bell’s stockings on for her. He looked up at his daughter and said, “You know, the greatest privilege of my life is taking care of your mother.”
I used to think I understood what Dr. Bell meant. Any Christian should comprehend in some measure the sentiment behind it. But until you do something like that yourself, you don’t really realize just how appropriate it is to describe it as a privilege. Getting the opportunity to serve someone you love, particularly someone who has loved and served you, is a privilege beyond words.
As I write this, my mother is living in our home under hospice care, suffering from an aggressive lung cancer that is apparently going to take her life. My wife Paula and I are blessed to have the help of some very caring hospice workers as well as some saintly church members, but as you might imagine, much of my mother’s care is coming from us.
One recent evening, after finishing the process of getting my mother into bed for the night, Paula and I discussed how blessed we feel to be able to take care of Mom during this experience. Of course we are grieving what we know is to come, and we are exhausted from all the various responsibilities that go along with such things, but being able to do this for Mom is a true privilege. Again and again I think of the many times through my childhood that my mother ministered to me: she bandaged my wounds, dried my tears, introduced me to Jesus, and did countless other things to help me get off to a successful start in life. Now it falls to me to help her as her life approaches its end, or rather, its true beginning. But I know when my own time comes to depart this life for the joys of eternity, my mother will be waiting, eager to introduce me to my old friend Jesus one more time.
I’ll never be able to repay my mother for all she’s done for me, but I’m thankful God has given me the opportunity—and the privilege—to do for her now what she needs me to do. And God’s grace will sustain us along the way.
Yours in Christ’s service,
August 4: Promotion Sunday | Youth/Parent Meeting | Guatemala Mission Report & Ice Cream Social
August 7: Kick Off Cookout | Faith Formation Sign up
August 11: Four Pianos in Praise Concert | SS Leadership Supper & Meeting
August 14: Quarterly Business Meeting | Focused Faith—Spiritual Disciplines Overview Meeting
August 16-18: HS Back to School Retreat August 21: Faith Formation Classes Begin
UPCOMING DATES & TIMES
Aug. 7 | 5:30 PM: Kick Off Cookout | Faith Formation Class Sign up
Aug. 11 | 5:30—7:00 PM: SS Leadership Supper & Meeting
Aug. 14 | 6:00—7:00 PM: Focused Faith – Spiritual Disciplines Overview in Fellowship Hall
Aug. 21 | 6:00-7:00 PM: Faith Formation Classes Begin
Sunday School Leadership Supper & Meeting Aug. 11 in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 (after the 4 Pianos in Praise Concert)
ALL Adult SS teachers and class leaders are invited to this event to kick-off the 2019-2020 year in SS. Please sign up in your SS class by Aug. 4. Agenda will include a sneak preview of the Focused Faith emphasis described below and an evaluation of the Baptist Way Press curriculum that most classes have studied in the past year.
Focused Faith Church Wide Emphasis:
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (The Message)
The goal of every Christian should be to become more Christ-like. Wanting to work with and watch Jesus is where transformation begins. Therefore, the Faith Formation Team and the Sunday School Council have been working together this summer to develop a plan to help our congregation follow the practices (disciplines) that Jesus modeled for us in His life on earth. Beginning in September, with the focus of prayer, we will highlight one spiritual practice each month in a variety of ways: Wed. night classes, tools and resources provided for individual study, hands-on activities, etc.
Join us on Wednesday night, Aug. 14 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall to hear more about Focused Faith and how you can participate!
Senior Adult Ministry
Senior Adult Ministry is JOY Ministry
Sunday, August 11 | 4:00 PM: Keys to the Kingdom: Four Pianos in Praise—Featuring 12 pianists from Central.
Thursday, August 22: JOY Fellowship: ALASKA - Russ and Nancy Wagner. Cost is $5
Learn more about the “Land of the Midnight Sun.” They will share photos, video clips, and stories that will highlight their 7 years as residents of Fairbanks, Alaska. Sign up starts Sunday, August 4.
JOY Outing, JC Cardinals Game-Monday, August 12 at 6:30 | Cost is $5 + Food Money
Enjoy $1 hotdogs, chips, candy, popcorn, & soft drinks. Meet at the church at 5:45. Limited Shuttle Seating. Let us know if you’ll be riding a shuttle over to the park or you can meet us at the gate to pick up your ticket. Sign up in Sunday School, Welcome Desk, or through the Church Office with Tammy.
VBS 2019 "IN THE WILD" REPORT
Thank you to all our volunteers who served, folks who prayed, and everyone who spread the word about VBS 2019!We had a super and “wild” week and our numbers rebounded with the later July date like we had hoped.We had over 140 students registered and almost 90 volunteers that served along the way! pray for the students and families that were impacted by VBS!
Next Gen News
NEXT GEN | PROMOTION SUNDAY | AUGUST 4
All graded Sunday AM Bible Study classes will be promoting on August 4 to begin the new year.Pray for students and leaders as we embark on a new season of getting into God’s Word!
CBC YOUTH | PARENT/STUDENT LUNCH | SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
After the morning activities we will have a special “Nacho Bar” lunch and meeting in the Youth Suite for all CBC Youth parents and students. Sign up online at cbcjc.org/events.
CBC | KICK OFF COOKOUT | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
We will kick off the new Wednesday night semester with a church wide cookout on August 7 at 5:30 PM in the Activities Room, Fellowship Hall and North Parking Lots.Help us get a ballpark head count with slips in the AM worship services and the boxes at the Welcome Centers in the Welcome Corridor and Fellowship Hall.You can also let us know online at cbcjc.org/events/kickoffcookout2019.
NEXT GEN | WEDNESDAY PM SCHEDULE | STARTING AUGUST 14
5:30 PM Children | The Galley $3 Pizza Dinner in Activities Room
Youth | $3 Dinner in the Youth Suite
6:00 PM Children | Music or Bible Skills Option
Youth | T.W.N.T. (The Wednesday Night Thing)
6:30 PM Children | RA’s and GA’s
7:15 PM Children & Youth | Dismiss
CBC YOUTH | HIGH SCHOOL | BACK TO SCHOOL RETREAT | AUGUST 16-18
Start the new school year right! The Back to School Retreat will be a weekend of Bible study, worship, rec, food, and tons of fun! We will be at Appalachian Christian Camp. Cost is $40. Register by August 14 in the Youth Suite or online at cbcjc.org/events/hsretreat19.
High School Small Groups & Middle School Outings
Middle School Overnighter | September 6
Fields of Faith Event | September 18
Parish Nurse Update
August is back to school safety awareness month. As children and young people go back to school, it is important to remember some basic safety activities. These can also apply to anyone, regardless of age, as you may be entering a new learning period in your life.
Safety ideas for all ages:
- Be careful about posting first day of school pictures on social media. Keep yourself and your children safe from those using social media to track and harm others.
- Check your systems for internet and digital safety. Carefully protect passwords and monitor internet locations for children.
- Brush up on bus safety, bicycle safety and walking safety as appropriate.
- Talk with children about appropriate ways to interact with others, and how to respond if approached by strangers to prevent abuse issues.
- Encourage success.
Study and learning at any age can be fun and challenging. In 2 Timothy 2:15 ESV “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” Study and learning must be approached by bringing an open mind, an open heart, and a faithful life to the word of truth.
Enjoy the back to school season, either as a child entering a new grade, an adult returning to school, or as a parent or grandparent helping a child to face new challenges and remembering your own school year. We can all be involved in life-long learning.
The Parish Nurse Program is here to assist our church family to maintain or regain wholeness in body, mind and spirit. Caring for others is an expression of God’s love for us.
Louann O'Dell, DNP, RN
Focus On Worship
2019 Fall Schedule
- Jubilee Ringers, Mondays, 6:30-7:30, beginning August 12
(Adult and High School Ringers)
- Jesus’ Jinglers, Sundays beginning August 25, time to be announced
(Student handbell choir)
- JOY Choir, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00, beginning August 6
(Open to all singers, age 50+)
- PraiseRingers, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:20, beginning August 14
(Beginning handbells, open to all children and youth; please contact Tony as soon as possible if you have questions or interest in ringing)
- Children’s Choirs, Wednesdays, 6:00-6:45, beginning August 14
(Two groups, open to all children from older 3 year olds through 5th grade)
- Chancel Choir, Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
(For singers High School and older)
- CBC Orchestra, Wednesdays, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
(For instrumentalists* High School and older Rachel Cox, director)
*Younger players who wish to join should contact Rachel Cox
- Highest Praise, Sunday afternoons
(Adult Vocal Ensemble Anne Elliott, director)
If you have interest in any of these groups, please contact Tony Martin (232-2374) for more information.
Four Pianos in Praise – Sunday, August 11, 4:00 PM
4 grand pianos in our Sanctuary; 12 pianists; a gorgeous concert and worship experience. Fliers to invite friends and neighbors are available on the Welcome Desk.
ELIJAH – Saturday, November 9, 7:00 PM and Sunday, November 10, 4:00 PM
The true story of Elijah, told almost word for word from the scripture, wed to the gorgeous classic music of Mendelssohn. Presented by our Chancel Choir and the Milligan College Concert Choir with orchestra, guest soloist and guest organist Charles Kennedy. Elijah was one of the most outstanding prophets of the Old Testament—and certainly the most colorful. He stands next to Moses, the greatest prophet of all.
What strikes us most about Elijah is that he was both extraordinary and ordinary. He was spectacular—stating boldly, for example, that it would not rain until he gave the word; and there was not a drop of rain for three and a half years. Yet James noted that Elijah was a man “just like us” because he was so very, very human (James 5:17). Elijah took himself too seriously; he felt he was the only prophet around who was worth a grain of salt and fancied he was a cut above all before him. He was very human indeed. This is what makes studying Elijah so exciting. If God could use a man as human as Elijah was, there is hope for all of us!
Plan today to come and bring someone with you as we continue to celebrate our 150th year of serving, worshiping and honoring our magnificent God!