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. We are grateful to God for Joel, and the blessing of his work among us.

Here are the latest updates from the Board:

1. The Board and Staff continue to make plans for regathering as a church for Sunday worship. As you might imagine, there are many considerations and preparations that are a part of this process. Right now we are looking at resuming in person worship beginning Sunday July 12, but as with all things these days, that date is subject to change. Please respond to the survey from the Staff in the weekly email, as this information is important to us as we consider our plans. Link

2. The Board has been engaged in conversation with a specific Intentional Interim Pastoral candidate. While we cannot disclose further details at this time, we ask for your fervent prayers for the candidate and the Board as we move into the final stages of this process. Our hope and prayer is that we will have an official announcement for you no later than July 1, Lord willing.

3. I am pleased to announce that beginning Monday June 15, our fellow Board member, longtime Pastor and missionary, and beloved friend Rob Boyd will be serving as Central’s Interim Staff Coordinator. Rob will bridge the gap for us until our Intentional Interim Pastor is officially hired. We are so thankful for Rob’s willingness to serve in this capacity, and give of his time and talents to love and support our church. Please be in prayer for Rob and our Staff during this transition.

I don’t know about you, but this season has been rather overwhelming. A global pandemic, racial injustice, civil unrest and destruction in our community, peaceful demonstrations and protests, and the rising of hope for something better. We have collectively lived history these past few months that future generations will point to. I have come to recognize my own need for and dependence on the Lord in new ways during this season, and perhaps you have too. The Lord can fill our cup to overflowing, but only if we are willing to offer Him our cup.

Yesterday Pastor Troy organized and led a Prayer Walk, with small groups of us splitting up and covering the Midway in prayer for our neighbors, businesses, leaders, police officers and first

responders, and fellow churches. I pray the church - our church - will lead well in these unprecedented days and be a light in the darkness, for the glory of God and His Kingdom.

I leave you with these words of encouragement:

“And God ​is​ able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things​,​ may have an abundance for every good work.” - 2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV

“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,

He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon.

His right-living, right-giving ways

never run out, never wear out.

This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.” - 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 MSG

Yours In Christ, Catherine Westby Chair, Board of Stewards