May 2019

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June 30, 2019 | 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Let’s Celebrate!

Come and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Central Baptist Church with us! We will all come together and have a time of worship on our church campus and then fellowship with lunch. It will be a day where we can reflect on what the Lord has done at home in Tennessee and throughout the world. We would love for you and your family to join us for this spectacular day!

There will be childcare during the worship service at 10:30 AM. Your children will join you for lunch and fellowship.


What to Expect

Dress casually for the Homecoming Celebration—we will have our service outside under a huge tent at 10:30 AM. The morning service will represent both the traditional Sanctuary service and the contemporary Gathering service. You will also hear a proclamation from Johnson City. After the service, we will eat, play yard games, and fellowship both outside and inside the church building (bring your tailgating canopies to help get out of the sun for lunch). Be sure to invite your whole family to come celebrate with us by picking up invitations and sharing this event on social media!


What’s for Lunch?

We plan on serving deli sandwiches, drinks, chips, and cupcakes for lunch. All condiments will come on the side. We will have tables outside, in our Fellowship Hall, and in the Welcome Corridor.


Let us know you’re coming by registering for lunch on our website, in the Welcome Corridor, or by calling Kirsten Borger at (423) 926-7121.


More information about the Homecoming Celebration can be found on our church

We will be having VBS on the evenings of Monday, July 8-Thursday, July 11.  We are pulling together our leadership teams and need volunteers to help us host a great VBS!  Look for VBS Volunteer forms in the Welcome Corridor and Fellowship Hall.  How will you serve in VBS 2019?

From Your Pastor



     In almost any Baptist church there will be members who never attend and attenders who never become members.  The latter group is larger than ever these days, perhaps because today’s generation is less likely than their parents were to make commitments to institutions or groups (or so the demographers tell us).  It may also be that we’ve done such a good job of telling people that being on a church roll doesn’t guarantee anyone a spot in heaven that now they’re wondering why they should bother to join the church at all.  Why should we join the church, anyway?  Is membership important?

     Years ago I read some material that was put together by a Baptist church in Illinois for the purpose of educating their folks about the importance of church membership, and I thought it was pretty good stuff.  I’d like to share some of that information with you.  With minor adaptations, here are six good reasons to join the church:

1.  Membership says, “I belong here,” and God says that believers belong together (Heb. 10:23-25).  You sense that God wants you here with the people of Central Baptist Church at this time in your Christian life, and you want to make a public declaration that you are committed to God’s work through this church.

2.  Membership says, “We share the same ministry goals,” and God says that believers are to be committed to one another for the sake of growth and spiritual impact (Eph. 4:16).  You believe that Jesus has a work to do both in Johnson City and around the world, and you’re willing to join with others to see that it gets done.

3.  Membership says, “I accept responsibility for a group of fellow believers in the family of God,” and that’s God’s plan as well (Gal. 6:1-2, 10).  You want to be part of a caring network of people, sharing one another’s joys and sorrows, and helping one another grow through worship, Bible study, and fellowship.

4.  Membership says, “I am accountable to mature brothers and sisters in Christ for my walk with God,” and God warns against spiritual autonomy (Heb. 13:17; Matt. 18:15-20).  You don’t want to go it alone in standing for Jesus Christ, and you want to receive the guidance, equipping, and assistance necessary to remain on target.

5.  Membership says, “I accept responsibility for how things are done here,” and God says that’s how it should be (1. 12:20-27).  Members elect staff members, teachers, deacons and other church officers, and approve an annual ministry budget.  Every member has a voice in shaping our church’s direction and ministry goals.

6.  Membership keeps us legal (Rom. 13:1-2; 1. 2:13-17).  The state recognizes churches if they have a credible membership and organization.  Obedience to these laws affirms that we are responsible citizens with a desire to serve.

     We could cite other reasons for joining the church, of course, but I thought these were worth repeating.  If you have questions about what is necessary to join Central Baptist Church, give me a call and I’ll be happy to talk with you about it.


Yours in Christ’s service,


Adult Literacy Ministry Special Education Teacher Needed


Central Baptist Adult Literacy ministry is in need of a certified special education teacher to tutor a female student who is on a    beginning first grade level. If you are interested and can volunteer one hour per week, please contact Judy McKamey at or Karen Kalter at for more information. Also please contact us if you are interested in training to tutor adult students who are not special needs. 




May 1-22


Bio – A Video/Discussion Series by Chip Ingram

Bio is life….It’s what we all need and we’re all thirsty for. Jesus promises us the life that is truly life, but how do we find it?  What does God do and what do we do?  This series will help you answer questions and provide you with the Biblical answer for spiritual momentum. 


Leader: Carla Kidd

6:00—7:00 PM in Room A003

Next Gen News

The Children’s Choirs will be presenting a program of music and drama on Sunday, May 5 at 5:00 PM.  We will also have a brief time of Missions recognition.  Come support our wonderful children and all the hard work they’ve put in this semester!


We will have our End of Year Family Picnic on Wednesday, May 8 at Rotary Park from 6:00-7:30 PM.  We hope our Children, Youth and Families will join us for this fun time of fellowship and celebration of a great year of ministry programs.  We will provide fried chicken and drinks. Families please bring a side or dessert.  In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the Youth Suite.  This will be our last regularly scheduled Wednesday night for the semester for Preschool-Youth.  Stay tuned for Summer activity information.


Graduate Sunday will be Sunday, May 19.  Graduates will be recognized in all morning worship services and have a special Breakfast Reception in the Youth Suite at the beginning of the 360° Bible Study Hour.  Graduates and 

families will be getting more details in the mail.  A full listing of High School and College graduates will be included in the June Happenings.  If you have information about graduates, High School or College, associated with the church please contact


We will have VBS on the evenings of Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 11.  We are pulling together our leadership teams and need volunteers to help us host a great VBS!  Look for VBS Volunteer forms in the Welcome Corridor and Fellowship Hall.  How will you serve in VBS 2019?


CBC YOUTH | Student Life Rec & Mission Camp - June 17-21 @ Lee University
VBS | JULY 8-11


Focus On Worship



     The JOY Choir travelled to Hiseville, Bowling Green and Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 22-24.  The choir sang for a revival at Hiseville Baptist Church where Kay and Ed Sorrell and Shelia and Ed Talley served just after they had finished Seminary in Louisville. It’s a beautiful church and a loving congregation and it was great to sing for them and hear stories from our folks about their time in Hiseville. The senior centers in Bowling Green and Elizabethtown both had connections to our church as well and we truly felt God’s leading in all we did. It was a great way to end the choir year and we are grateful for the opportunities to sing and share God’s love.  Julie Cardwell, who accompanies our group, was unable to go and Ming Wilson accompanied us.  We’re grateful for the “spice” Ming added to the trip!

     Our youth handbells, Jesus’ Jinglers, enjoyed an Escape Room in Asheville, NC before travelling to Charlotte and Shelby, NC to ring. The Thompson Children’s Home in Charlotte was a GREAT experience where we were warmly received and enjoyed a lot of interaction with the kids.  In Shelby we rang for a senior center and they sang along with almost every piece we played. On Sunday morning, April 28, this group rang twice at Central and also for Faith Fellowship.  

     I am so proud of both these groups and I want the Central Family to know that they represented you, Our Savior and our state in an exceptional manner. They also managed to find lots of great food along the way!



Senior Adult Ministry


Senior Adult Ministry is JOY Ministry



JOY Council Meeting | Wednesday, May 8 at 3:15 PM 


Current Missions | May 16 at 10:00 AM

The Guest Speaker for the meeting will be Lisa Moor—On Mission from Tanzania to Montana


JOY Fellowship | Veterans – We Salute You!!!

Join us on Monday, May 20th at 4:00 PM, for an afternoon with our Veterans as we thank them for their service.


Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day  - Office is closed in observance of the holiday.


JOY Trip to Lancaster on August 26-28 | This trip is open to anyone.

Our main attraction will be a performance at the Sights and Sounds Theater “JESUS”.  We will also have a guided tour of the Amish Countryside, including stops at an Amish Craft Farm & Bake Shop, and the Kitchen Kettle Village.  There is also a travel   insurance brochure, if anyone is interested. Sign up now!! Get more information in the office.  This is a White Star Tours Trip. 

Deadline to sign up and pay your deposit of $25 is May 20. Limited seating.


Save the Dates

JOY Fellowship | Friday, June 14th

Join us for lunch and fellowship at the Farmer’s Daughter. Sign up begins May 12. Deadline is June 10. Limited seating. 


JOY Program | Thursday, June 27

The Tim White Trio will be here to perform.


Sunday, June 30

150th Homecoming Celebration & Lunch (make reservations now, $5.00 per person or bring your own).

Shine On,

The Church History Team has a Request!


As we are seeking memorabilia and items of historical interest for our 150th celebration, we have another very important need. We are missing books of church minutes from 1911-1949 which contain valuable church history from past church business meetings. These books were probably borrowed when the 

centennial church history was written in 1969 and were never returned.If your family goes back many years in the church membership, these records might be in your parents’, grandparents’, or other relatives’ collections of “stuff.” We would appreciate your help in locating any of these important records!


Contact Dan Auter at or Emily Eddy at

Thank you!

Parish Nurse Update

     Do you have allergies or sensitivities?  Spring in East Tennessee is beautiful with everything in bloom, but it can also be a difficult time for many with seasonal allergies. We should all be sensitive and aware of the type and amount of fragrance in products we use every day.  Fragrances today are a combination of chemicals that are 95% petroleum based synthetic compounds.  For some people, fragrances can negatively affect the body. Fragrance can cause shortness of breath and asthma-like symptom.  Most fragrances are respiratory irritants. Inhaling fragrances can also cause circulatory changes and affect the electrical activity in the brain and may trigger migraine headaches, dizziness and an inability to concentrate.  

     In any area where people gather, we need to be aware of our fragrance and how it may affect others. This is not just perfume or cologne that we add, but how we live our lives and model the love and sacrifice of Jesus.  In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he wrote: Now thanks be to God who…through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death to death, and to the other the aroma of life to life. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16). The fragrance of Christ is one of the great characteristics that God wants to build into our lives by His grace. 

     Let’s strive this month to truly diffuse the fragrance of Christ throughout our lives and be aware of how physical fragrances may impact our fellow church members, co-workers, classmates or friends who may have a sensitivity to these chemicals.  Scented products may include perfume, household cleaners, skin and hair care products and even laundry detergents.  What smells good to some may be a health hazard to others.

     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
Parish Nurse
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