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Special Update: Break in at Central

Greetings Central Family, This morning Staff Member Cecil Bonebright arrived at church around 7:45am and discovered our church had been broken into. The north alley glass door had been kicked in. Additional damage was done to an interior door window in a nursery classroom, and a number of interior locked doors were also kicked in. Fortunately the two glass doors were the extent of the serious damage. The television from the Prayer Room had been removed from the wall and was found sitting in the hallway next to the exterior kitchen door. It appears that nothing was actually taken from the church. There will be some repairs and clean up in the days ahead. Pastor Chuck Sorlie was able to view o

Friday Devotion

“We do not know how to pray as we should,” (Rom 8:26, NASB). I often come back to this passage as it delivers the sobering reality of my prayer life. Truthfully, I struggle immensely with my prayer life as I continuously find myself at a loss for words or feeling as if my prayers are inadequate. What has continued to bring me back to the passage is the sentence preceding the one quoted above, which states, “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness,” (Rom 8:26, NASB). The rest of this text is equally as stunning as it is through our weakness, and our inability to pray that, “the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows

Update from the Board of Stewards

Greetings Central Family, Happy Summer! I hope this finds you all healthy and well. I haven’t brought you an update in a few weeks, but rest assured much is happening behind the scenes. The Board has been extremely busy with a number of pressing items; I’m fairly certain they are all tired of my text and email messages of late! We are very close to delivering news to you regarding our Intentional Interim Pastor; please be in prayer for us as we finalize important details and documents. We are excited to share the news with you as soon as we are able. The Staff have been hard at work preparing for the regathering of Sunday Worship, as well as Youth Ministry. I know we have all grown weary of

Practicing Community and Encouragement

I would like to start by asking you to read Hebrews 10:19-25 (Link). The writer to the Hebrews asks us to think about three things: 1) Be aware of your absolute acceptedness in Christ. 2) Cling to the eternal promise of heaven. And 3) think about how you can encourage others. Verses 24-25 say, “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” So, that part about not giving up meeting together – that’s a little tricky right now. We can’t physically be together, at least not in the ways we are used to. We have literally given up meeting together as a church, but we still

Monday Devotion

In the Gospel of Luke 15:3-7, we find the parable of the one lost sheep that was found and the owner rejoiced over that one. Jesus masterfully wraps up the parable by introducing the reality of “heaven rejoices” over the one person who repents more than the 99 righteous persons who need repentance. At face value, like many, I’ve often made the mistake of putting too much emphasis on the one sinner who repents rather than the ninety-nine who need repentance. Admittedly, I do this because of my own self-righteousness. Taking a closer look at what this passage should mean for me, actually, has nothing to do with the one sinner but far more to do with the ninety-nine righteous. I always glanced

Tuesday Devotion

NO TRUER WORDS WERE SPOKEN BY DAVID, and resound in many of our hearts as we look forward to regathering at Central Baptist Church--“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Though David never had a sense of pilgrimage to return to the Holy City of Jerusalem for a time of feast and celebration like so many of those who were scattered abroad, DAVID WRITES PSALM 122 AS A SONG THAT CELEBRANTS COULD SING as they entered the great gates, feeling a supreme joy and thrill like none other in their lives. David pens the song to be sung like this— 1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. 2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Je


As Christians and people living in a broken world...we have all had them, we have all faced them. Our response to them can be imperative to the building of our character. I at times have certainly felt those trials glaring at me. Sometimes trials look like people. Other times, they take shape of lying depression or a difference of opinion. I have often believed these trials were waiting to knock me off the ladder. Sometimes, for doing or saying what I thought was ethical, right or Christlike. This very ladder, is the same ladder I've worked hard climbing before my walk with Christ and the same ladder I’ve managed to cling to even when rungs needed mending in my walk with Christ. Although I’v

Financial Update from Finance Committee

As our current fiscal year comes to a close, I want to update the congregation on our financial position. In spite of our aggressive budget and challenges faced due to COVID-19 closures and interruptions, we have seen God’s provision each step of the way. We reduced staff and froze nonessential spending. At the recommendation of Converge we applied for and secured a forgivable loan through the CARES Act Payroll Protection Program. This program was designed and has allowed us to keep our current staff employed and paid during this pandemic. We also secured a grant from the CBC Foundation as a contingency fund during the pandemic. Your response through increased giving during this time

Update from the Board of Stewards

Greetings Central Family. Last night the Board gathered for our last meeting with Pastor Joel. He is still our Senior Pastor through Sunday June 14, and frankly he has a long to do list from the Board for the remainder of this week! Joel, as well as Myndi and their family, will continue to be a part of our Central family while he serves as Preaching Pastor for the coming months. However, last night marked an official end to his season of ministry with the Board, and this part of the life of our church. On behalf of the Board, I want to express our deep gratitude, and great respect, love, and affection for Joel. He has lead us so well these past seven years, and we will miss him immeasurably.

Pastor Joel Appears on "Whole and Holy"

Pastor Joel appeared on the June 8th episode of the "Whole and Holy" podcast from Bethel Seminary. The episode focused on how to make sense of COVID-19 from a theological perspective. Podcast can be found here: Link

Update from the Board of Stewards

Greetings Central Family. I hope this finds you all healthy and safe. I greet you with a heart carrying both deep heaviness, and unwavering hope. The senseless and tragic murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers on May 31 has brought unimaginable pain and destruction to our beloved Twin Cities, including our immediate Midway neighborhood. The seeds sown by our nation’s original sin of racism has brought a harvest of death, deep pain, grief, and suffering. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. We pray for the family of George Floyd. We pray for the officers involved in his death, and their families. We pray for peaceful protests, and the painful work of change that mus

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