February 21, 2021 Worship, Lent Week 1

Please welcome Rev. Mary Ellen Sharp in worship this morning.

Supporting God’s Work through Central

We encourage you to continue your faithful support of Central’s ministry in these days. Offerings can be mailed to Central’s office (501 S. 4th St Springfield, IL 62701) or you can make an online offering here:

America For Christ Offering

Thanks to America for Christ (AFC) Offering contributions, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) supported communities distressed by the devastation of COVID-19 last year, as the pandemic swept our country and Puerto Rico. We also helped families who lost homes to floods, wildfires and storms, along with children living on the edge because of poverty, and seminarians preparing to devote their lives to sharing the Good News. These are just a few of the ways we minister to those in need; there are many more.  You may send a check to the church office with “AFC” in the memo or you may give online here.

Graham Christmas Mart

Since 2015, Central Baptist has held the Graham Christmas Mart in Merriam Hall and invited financially-challenged Graham parents to come shop for their children for Christmas. Over 200 children in the community had a good Christmas last year because Graham Christmas Mart. We can do this because dedicated volunteers shop clearance sales and petition local businesses to provide deep discounts for the merchandise on hand at the Mart. They can shop because your financial gifts make that happen.  If you would provide a gift this year, our volunteers can shop in early 2021 for the best deals they can find to prepare for next year’s Mart. If you would like to give, make your check payable to CBC with “Graham Christmas Mart” in the memo or go to this link to give online.

Wednesday Night Dinner Meals for Contact Ministries

Since we do not know when we will meet again for on-site meals, we will continue the Meal Train for Contact Ministries on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month until further notice. Instructions are on the Meal Train web site. Go to this link: https://mealtrain.com/yoog5m or call the church office 217-523-3639 and Ann will sign you up.

Spiritual Guidance

A link to the daily devotional series the First Fifteen

Instructions guiding you through an Examen prayer 

A good app for an Examen prayer for your phone or tablet