April 2015 newsletter - Central Christian Church
A new beginning
Starting over again
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Just like New Year’s
A new earth
Buds, leaves, flowers
From drab brown to perky green
Purple, pink, and yellow
A dead winter—
Springing into life.
A changed life
From sin black to pure white
Covered with His blood red
A dead soul—
Springing into life
Inside this issue:
Grace&Peace by Micah
Candy Cane Ministry/ Women’s Ministry
Servers/Small Groups/ Birthdays & anniversaries
HOPE SPRINGS FORTH!”
Every year, when Easter season is approaching and people start up their lawn mowers,
and, we see flowers starting to bloom such as the crocus, iris, daffodil and tulip; we also
come alive again. We got through the winter and cold that ensues, and now, we place
our hope in a new beginning. As nature replenishes herself, we also feel a hopeful sense
of restoration…new vigor! Perhaps we can remember the words of the famous poet:
“Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never is, but always To be blest.
The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home, Rests and expatiates in a life
come.” ― Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
The Apostle Paul writes to the church at Colossae a few words that express the hope all
Heaven has for them, and “hopefully,” for us too!
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for
you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all
God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven
and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has
come to you.”
Friends…just as Jesus came out of the tomb when He arose on the third day, we go forth
with a new hope of eternal life. He conquered sin and death for us so we could walk the
streets of heaven forever! Enjoy the flowers of spring and the new season just around
the corner, by all means; but, above all, live this life with the hope of your new life yet to
spring forth when He comes back to take the faithful home! Have a wonderful Resurrection season and may God bless you all!
Sunday, April 5th at 8:30am in the
Family Life Center
Please bring a favorite breakfast dish
to share or there is a signup sheet in
the hallway to sign up to bring a
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Women’s Bible Study at Linda’s Irwin restarts on Thur. Apr 2 at 1pm at the church.
New men’s Bible study Thurs Apr 2, 6:30 at Bob Evans with meetings second & fourth of month. See
Mark for more details.
Reminder that the church building can be reserved for your special events. If you need to reserve it,
please go to the church office to fill out a reservation paper.
Mike Pepper is organizing a group of our people to serve at the Community Food Pantry. They meet at
the church and go together on the 4th Thursday of the month from 1-3. For more information contact
SAVE THESE DATES
Father’s Day event will be at the River Rat ball game Saturday Apr 20, 7:05. Tickets $5.50
Vacation Bible School will be a combined effort of our Church, Northside Church of Christ Sylvan
Nook Church of Christ. It will be held in Glen Miller Park on July 11, 2015 from 10am—2pm. The
Who is Jesus?
A Greater HopeWhere do you search for hope? It seems like a really simple and obvious question, but lets think about it
for a moment. Some of us look for hope in our country—it is the bastion of the free world after all! Some
of us look for hope in great leaders—we can only find security when the right person is leading the way.
A few of us find hope and security in our work—if we work hard and long enough, our income will support all our wants and needs. Some of us look for hope in family—we hope and trust that the family member will do or become what we need them to be.
The problem is that many of these things can fail us. Our country and leaders can be led astray—making
decisions and setting a course of action that can cause despair if we search for our hope in them. Jobs can
vanish quickly—in a time when the economy is struggling nothing is guaranteed from one day to the next.
Families are a critical part of our definition as individuals, but they are still made up of flawed people that
can easily disappoint. So why do we look to these things for hope? Why we look for hope at all?
The reality is that we are beings created to hope. It is something God planted in each of us. A desire to
look to something greater. But if we can’t find real hope in anything around us, in what can we find hope?
Paul gives us this answer in his letter to the Thessalonians church, a church in desperate need of hope.
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal
encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and
word” (2 Thess 2:16-17). Jesus clarifies the issue even further saying, ““Do not store up for yourselves
treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for
yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in
and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:19-21).
When our hope is in the eternal and unchanging person of Christ Jesus there is nothing on earth that can
hake us. He cannot fail us, he cannot lead us astray. His promise is for something greater than all this life
has to offer, that is eternal life with him. So let us choose to hold fast to Him who is the author and perfecto of all things. He will never fail us.
My Hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand—
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In ev’ry high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath His covenant His blood
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found—
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
-The Solid Rock: Edward Mote | William Batchelder Bradbury
Events and Happenings
Candy Cane Shop
Central is beginning a year-long Community Project
that will be completed in December of 2015. You
may donate any items you want year round but we
will focus each month on certain items. The clothes
sizes are 5-12.These items will be added to other
items throughout the year at our Candy Cane Shop
in November. The shop will be opened at Westview School with all the items we have collected.
If you have any questions contact
Sherrie Davis or Linda Irwin
Toys, Arts & Crafts
April YOUTH HAPPENINGS
5th - NO Youth Group
12th- Youth Group
19th- Youth Group
26th- Youth Group
I was trying to think of what to way this
month that would be of encouragement. I found
some devotionals talking about flowers. One
flower stood out to me:
Gladiolus (Being Glad)
The Scripture for this flower is found in
Psalm 16:9-10. I am quoting from the Message
“I’m happy from the inside out, and from
the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—that’s not
How much “gladder” can we be? My
Savior resurrected from the dead so that I can live
with Him! My hope, my destination: Heaven!
Sat. April 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Watch bulletin for further information.
“My Mother’s Aprons”
Sat. May 9, 2015 at 4:00pm.
We need volunteers to work in the church office.
More information to follow
Sign up for 3 months of summer as a
June, July & August.
Information to follow soon.
Those Serving in April
Tim and Angela Ratliff
Speakers for Communion:
5th– Gary Kreider
12th– Erich Onnen
19th- Matthew Lung
26th- Bob Hayes
6th– Larry Burris
6th– Kalaa Clark
7th– Doris McClurg
13th– Julia Hauk
19th– Virginia Jefferson
22nd– Joyce Irwin
25th– Kody Clark
12th– Bob Hayes
19th– Mike Pepper
27th– Sonya Lumpkin
12th– Mark Irwin
26th– John Lumpkin
29th– Bob Hayes
30th -Mildred Jurgens
19th- Gary Kreider
25th- Wayne Hoit
Patterson Small Group– Held at the
home of Tom & Leoncia Patterson, 2018
S. A. Led by Wayne Hoit. Studying
“Satan’s Bait”. Meets every other
Sunday at 5:30 pm.
Thelma Frame– Home
Finances of the church
Bill Kurtz– cancer
Gene DeGraw– Cancer
Lola Brown– cancer
Those serving in the
Jason Kreider in Jordan
Douglas J Petitt,
(Harold and Jewell Petitt’ grandson)
serving in Okinawa
Smith Small Group- – Meets 1st & 3rd
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Jay & Kim
Smith’s, 3685 Smelser Rd, Centerville.
Led by Mark Irwin.
Ladies Bible Study- Meeting in Church
bldg. Every Thursday at 1pm.
Young Adult- The young adults meet at
the annex next to the church. If you
would like more information, contact
If you are interested in joining any of the small
groups, please contact the leader of the group.
Group 6:30 pm
9:30 am Worship
10:45 am Life
Group 6:30 pm
Group 1:00 @
Group 1:00 @
Men’s Bible Study
Small Group 7pm
Group 1:00 @
Group 1:00 @
Men’s Bible Study
Small Group 7pm
8:30 am prayer
This month we will look at FAME, Fellowship of Associates of Medical
Evangelism, which partners with Christian Churches to provide medicine and
medical services to third world countries. Africa possesses 14% of the world
population, harbors 25% of global disease burden, and has only 1.3% of global
FAME scholarships train the best and brightest so they can serve their
home countries of Honduras, Mexico, Columbia, Haiti, Ghana, Myanmar, Kenya,
India. Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Niger, Ethiopia, to name a few. There are more
Ethiopian doctors working in Chicago than in Ethiopia. It takes a great deal of
dedication to go back to these countries and work when they could be doing well
in the US. The devastating shortage of healthcare workers in these countries
leaves children little access to immunizations and treatment for easily curable
I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful that our church helps this very
Central Christian Church
4511 National Road West
Church Staff & Hours
Mark K. Irwin, Senior Minister cell phone: 765/277-2393
Richmond, IN 47374
Micah Herrick, Associate Minister cell: 513/882-2605
Volunteers in the office 9am-4pm Monday–Thurs; Fri 9-1pm
Noah’s Park Children’s Church
Newsletter Deadline: 15th of the month Life Classes
Central Christian Church exists to relate, educate, and envision a community for Christ.