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UPDATE 20

*Updated 5.30.20 at 10:45a*

Good morning Central family,

We are excited about our first gathering tomorrow.  It will be a soft and gradual reopening as we are encouraging those still under the shelter in place to join us online for the live broadcast.  We know that families with children will be cautious and may wait for us to begin our children’s activities, so we are expecting to start back tomorrow at 10:30 with a smaller crowd.

It is very important if you attend tomorrow to remember these key healthy and safety guidelines:

  • Greet everyone with a smile at least 6 feet away, and if you are wearing a mask, greet with a wave.
  • We will eventually return to hugs and handshakes, but not for a few weeks.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer often while at church.
  • For the first couple of Sundays, we want to kindly offer you a seating arrangement that we have safely spaced for your health, and the safety of all your Central family.
  • And please, as you enter, go directly into the Worship Center.
  • For your safety and that of others, no congregating, especially in the lobby.

I look forward to seeing you live online or in person at the church at 10:30 tomorrow.

And lets continue to pray for the salvation and peace of our nation, highlighting government leaders, public safety personnel, and our military.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing, and Going.

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 19

*Updated 5.19.20 at 6:20p*

This is your Tuesday Touch with Pastor Steve.  In 1 Peter chapter 1, verses 6 & 7, it reads: In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith, of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire, may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

What we are experiencing is first world grief, in all kinds of trials.  However all grief and trails come to prove the genuineness of our faith.  Our faith is of greater worth than gold, which these verses highlight.  And gold is a very costly metal, and often is valued greater through its refining.  So the grief and trials we are currently in, are refining our faith.  They are proving the geniuness of our faith and we are understanding the great worth of our relationship to Jesus Christ.

The result, praise, glory and honor to Jesus Christ.  Pray with me.  Dear God, based on your word, we give thanks for the grief and trials we are experiencing.  They are definitely proving the geniuness of our faith.  Thank you for loving us so much that you allow times of refining, so our faith become of greater value to us, and it produces praise, glory and honor to You.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Information updates are coming to you via mail an E-news this week.  If weather is not conducive for Drive In church we will notify you Saturday through calling Post and E-news.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing and Going.

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 18

*Updated 5.16.20 at 11:00a*

Good morning Central family,

Invite someone to Drive-in church tomorrow or to join you as you watch it live online at 10:30am.  Between those attending Drive In church and those watching online we have several hundred worshiping together.  You can download the YouVersion App to see the song lyrics and sermon notes at Events on the App.

If you are joining us for Drive In church, here are the reminders.

  • You can enter our two main entrances beginning at 10:00am, and volunteers will be giving directions to where to park.  You can tune you radio to FM 91.5 This is how you listen to the outdoor service.
  • The stage will be set up on right rear of our campus.
  • We skip every other parking space, which are marked off by cones.
  • Please stay in your car unless it is an emergency.
  • It is okay to roll down your windows.
  • Everyone is encourage to practice safe physical distancing, and please respect this for others.
  • There will be secured buckets to drop you offering at the end of the service, but feel free to give by the means you have been.

Let’s pray in anticipation – Lord Jesus, stir our hearts as the Central family to gather physically and virtually for worship. Burden our hearts to invite our families, friends, co-workers and neighbors so they may have the opportunity to know you personally.  Teach us how to navigate obedience as we sail on this spiritual voyage.  In Jesus name. AMEN

See you tomorrow at 10:30am either at Drive-In church or online.

A special note that our Church life app has upgraded to Realm Connect

We are Central, Connecting, Growing, and Going!

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 17

*Updated 5.12.20 at 6:30p*

What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms; I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, Leaning on the everlasting arms. Anthony J. Showalter wrote this great hymn based on Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms”. Sing that Chorus with me, leaning on Jesus, leaning on Jesus, safe and secure from all alarms; Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms. Let’s pray together, Lord Jesus, We want to thank you for your everlasting arms. And thank you as we lean on your arms, we have nothing to dread or fear as we experience your blessed peace instead. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Hope you will catch Bro. Charles tomorrow with In the Word, and our Student service will also be live tomorrow at 6:00 pm.

For the next two Sundays, we are going to continue with Drive-In church and we will let you know hopefully soon when we will have our first in-person worship.

What a fellowship, what a joy divine
leaning on the everlasting arms
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine
Leaning on the everlasting arms

This is your Tuesday touch.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing, and Going

UPDATE 16

*Updated 5.9.20 at 5:00p*

Good Evening,

Just wanted to remind you about Drive In church tomorrow which starts at 10:30 in the morning. If you haven’t attended, here are the reminders:

-You can enter our two main entrances beginning at 10:00am, and volunteers will be giving directions to where to park. You can tune you radio to FM 91.5. This is how you listen to the outdoor service.
-The stage will be set up on the soccer field on the rear right of our campus.
-We will skip every other parking space, which are marked off by cones.
-Please do not to get out of your car and this week it is okay to roll down your windows.
-The buildings will be locked, so bathrooms will not be available.
-You can download the YouVersion App to see the song lyrics and sermon notes at Live Events at central.
-There will be secured buckets to drop you offering at the end of the service, but feel free to give by the means you have been.
-If you do not feel comfortable in attending, we completely understand we will be videoing it live so you can still watch it at 10:30 as you have been.
-We want to remind everyone to keep safe physical distancing and respect each others space.

See you tomorrow at 10:30. Remember tomorrow is Mother’s Day.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing, and Going!

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 15

*Updated 5.6.20 at 2:30p*

Good Afternoon,

Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God. Russell Carter wrote those words of this famous hymn.  He was very accomplished as a teacher, coach, and eventually a medical doctor.  At age 30, his health was in critical condition and the physicians could do no more for him. Carter turned to God for help and healing. He knelt and made a promise that healing or not, his life was finally and forever, fully consecrated to the service of the Lord. It was from that moment that the written Word of God became alive to Carter. He began to stand upon the promises of healing, determining to believe no matter what his physical condition, no matter how he felt. Over the course of the next several months his strength returned, and his heart was completely healed!

Aren’t you glad we can stand on those same promises of his salvation, strength, power, love, forgiveness and the promises go on.  Standing, standing, standing on the Promises of God my Savior.  I hope this hymn is the tune of your heart this week.

Hope you will again tune in to “In the Word with Bro. Charles Gibbs”, and plan on joining us for drive in church this coming Sunday at 10:30.
We are Central, Connecting, Growing, and Going!

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 14

*Updated 5.2.20 at 6:30p*

Good Evening,

There is so much excitement about Drive-In Church tomorrow at 10:30. Here are the details:

You can enter our two main entrances beginning at 10:00 am, and volunteers will be giving directions to where to park and the FM station you are to turn to. The sound will come through your radio and you will be given some instructions.
The stage will be set up on the soccer field on the rear right of our campus.
We will skip every other parking space, which is marked off by cones.
Please do not get out of your car and try not to roll down your windows.
The buildings will be locked, so bathrooms will not be available.
You can download the YouVersion App to see the sermon notes at Live Events at Central.
There will be secured buckets to drop your offering, but feel free to give by the means you have been.
If you do not feel comfortable attending, we completely understand we will be videoing it live so you can still watch it at 10:30 as you have been. We are so excited just to see everyone’s faces through your windshield. Pray for God’s spirit to move and all the technology to work.

The main rules, YOU CANNOT GET OUT of your cars, and please do not touch anyone.

See you tomorrow at 10:30a.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing, and Going!

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 13

*Updated 4.28.20 at 7:00p*

Good Evening,

This is your Tuesday Touch. The Tuesday Touch is my wife’s Stephanie’s phrase for calling our kids each week and this is one of her favorite devotional thoughts. It is from the story of Hagar who is bearing Ishmael. Sarah and Abraham seemingly banished her. As she is grieving, the Angel of the Lord spoke to her and gave her a promise. You can read it in Genesis chapter 17. Hagar then gives God a descriptive name of enormous praise and truth. She declares that God is the God who sees me. WOW! Then that place is name after this truth. God sees you. God sees you! He knows exactly where you are. And He has a promise tied in with Him seeing you. Hagar even goes deeper as she continues and says, and I see Him.

Let’s rename Covid 19, to Pandemic Seeing. Declare this to God with me in prayer.

You God, see me, you see where I am spiritually, emotionally and physically. With your seeing me comes promises of value and purpose. And I see you God. In Jesus’ name, AMEN

I hope you will catch “In the Word” with Bro. Charles tomorrow and our Student’s Worship Service. We are having Drive-in Church this Sunday at 10:30 in the parking lot of the upper soccer field. You will also be able to see it online. More info is coming.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing and Going!

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 12

*Updated 4.21.20 at 6:30p*

This is your Tuesday touch with a familiar verse. Weeping may endure through the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5. This will make you want to shout, to say Amen. I interpret the night as more than just a 10-12 hour period of darkness. It is a metaphor for a dark period in our life which may last 10-12 days, 10-12 months, 10-12 years Don’t you love that conjunction, but, joy comes in the morning. That is spiritual daybreak with freedom, relief, provision, the joy of his mere presence after those 10-12 hours, months, or years. The rest of that verse reads, “for his anger is but a moment, His favor is for life. His favor is for life” Amen and Amen.

This pandemic may be a dark period for you, it may have just compounded the darkness which already existed. The promise based on God’s favor is Joy Comes in the morning. Let’s pray and thank Him for Spiritual daybreak.

Thank you, God, for your favor which for a lifetime, thank you God that through the dark periods in our spiritual journey, we have this promise. JOY comes in the morning. Thank you for that hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing and Going!

UPDATE 11

*Updated 4.14.20 at 8:00p*

Good Evening

We have celebrated Good Friday, the day Jesus died for us, and Easter, the mighty resurrection day. Well, what about today, two days after he was resurrected. Jesus appeared for 40 days after His resurrection to his followers. You remember when Jesus appeared to the men on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. They didn’t recognize Him till they sat down to eat with Him, verse 31 says, “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him”. Let’s celebrate today, because what was done on Good Friday and Easter allows us to sit down every day and spend time with the resurrected Lord Jesus, and our eyes be opened to His presence, power, and peace with us.

Let’s pray together. We thank you God, that every day, we can sit down with you, the resurrected King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. And through Your word and prayer, you open our eyes wide to you being with us. Your presence, power and peace make this pandemic look smaller and smaller, in Jesus Name. Amen

Hope you will go online tomorrow and watch, In the Word with Bro. Charles, our Students as they share their service online, and all the other events we offer.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing, and Going

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 10

*Updated 4.10.20 at 2:00p*

Good Afternoon Central Family,
It is Good Friday. This is the day we celebrate the Lord Jesus Christ dying for the sin of the World, what makes that truth even better, he died for each of us. He died for you. 1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed”.

Let’s pray and remember the goodness of what this day celebrates. Dear Jesus, today we remember your death for our sin, and for the possibility of having a personal relationship with the Father. We worship you for the goodness which that day brought for us. In Jesus name. AMEN

Today we have a link which has a Good Friday collective message from 10 area ministers including me. For several months this group of ministers have been praying together for our community.

Our Easter Sunday service will begin online at 10:30 this Sunday Morning. I will be preaching a powerful Gospel message calling people to salvation. Would you be praying that hundreds, even thousands watch. Pray that many people will be saved. Invite your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to join us. Not only invite others, but share the links also.
We are Central, Connecting, Growing and Going,

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 9

*Updated 4.7.20 at 7:00p*

Good Afternoon Central Family

This is your Tuesday Touch with Pastor Steve.  Liturgical traditions call this Holy week.  Many Christians are focusing today on Jesus teaching in the Temple. Christians were first know as Disciples, disciple means learner. In other words, they were learners, and Jesus was their teacher. This is why the Central family has such a strong emphasis on Sunday School, small groups, and discipleship classes. We are lifelong learners, and Jesus is our constant teacher of truth and life. Matthew 11:28 & 29 is so real right now.  “Jesus said, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and LEARN from me.” The way to find Jesus’ rest from our labor and burden is to come to him and learn.  Let’s choose to continue to learn during this time by reading our Bibles and studying.

Pray with me.  Help me Lord Jesus, to be a disciple, constantly learning when I am weary from my labor and burdens.  And thank you that as I learn from you, I find the rest my heart, body, and soul need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Make sure to catch In the Word with Bro. Charles Gibbs, tomorrow at cbcdouglasville.com.

If you can, go to the App Store and download EasterNow for our daily devotions this week.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing and Going,

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 8

*Updated 3.31.20 at 4:00p*

Good Afternoon Central Family,

King David declared, “You, God, prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, he continues with truths like, you anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over.”  All these are found in Psalms 23:5.  In the midst of what has been described as an invisible enemy, God prepares a table before us. David reminds us that God set a spiritual feast before him.  During that feast, God anointed him, representing blessing and favor, but also healing. It gets better.  God kept on pouring and running over his cup.  You do know that David went into hiding from his enemies King Saul and the Philistines.  I want to encourage you to sit at this table during this pandemic and experience what God will do.  Let’s pray this together:

“Thank you God that you prepare a spiritual table before us in the presence of our enemies and anoint us with blessing and favor, plus you will keep running our spiritual cup as you pour. You are such a good, good father. In Jesus name AMEN”.

We are announcing for the first time, in accordance with the direction of the President of the United States, we will not be having worship services or ministry events through April.

You will be receiving another letter by this weekend with more details.

Keep joining us online at cbcdouglsville.com, for devotions and more; especially for Bro. Charles Gibbs Wednesday Bible Study posting tomorrow.

 

We are Central, Connecting, Growing and Going,

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 7

*Updated 3.27.20 at 8:00a*

Good Morning Central Family,

With the current shelter in place for Douglas County we would like to also provide an update on what is going on at Central. We are currently having all employees work from home, this does not include employees that are required to be on campus for the day to day function of the church. The church campus is currently closed to everyone. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to this please email us at info@cbcdouglasville.com.

We would also like to encourage you to be vigilant against scams. There has been a few of our members that have experienced attempted scams involving emails or phone calls that appear to come from companies in which they do business with. Apple, Amazon, and Xfinity are some of the companies in which the scammers have said to be representing. Please be careful with any correspondence you receive.

We also would like to remind you that we are continuing to publish multiple videos a week. This includes but is not limited to weekly services, Wednesday night devotionals, daily devotionals, children’s activity time, children’s story time, and celebrate recovery content. We hope you take advantage of all of these resources. This week’s Children’s Activity Time encourages children to make their own play-dough. The video will walk the children through the steps of making it. To be prepared the necessary ingredients are:

– 1.5 cup of flour
– .5 cup of salt
– 2 tsp of cream of tartar
– 2 tbsp of oil
– 1 cup of boiling water

We pray you are staying safe and pushing yourself deeper in your faith during this time. If you have any questions or concerns email us at info@cbcdouglasville.com.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing and Going,

Pastor Steve McFall

UPDATE 6

*Updated 3.24.20 at 6:00p*

Good afternoon Central Family,

In 2nd Kings 6:17, it says, “And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha”. Wow! Did Elisha’s servant feel like he was alone, or that their enemy was too great. This verse encourages us to pray, to pray that our eyes would be opened, that our family and friend’s eyes would be opened to see the Lord’s army at our aid. Read the verse again. “And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha”.

Let’s pray this together. Open my eyes Lord, God so that I may see the vast army that surrounds me and the situation which I find myself. Open the eyes of my family, my friends, our county, state and nation to your mighty power, love and salvation. Open our eyes Lord. In Jesus’ Name AMEN.

Tomorrow morning our staff will begin posting a daily devotion and you can watch Bro. Charles Gibbs online doing the Wednesday Bible Study which will also be posted tomorrow.

We are Central, Connecting, Growing and Going,

Pastor Steve McFall

We will have 27 extra ferns for sale from the Ferndraiser that can be purchased by debit/credit card only through a link provided by Lora Shelton, once you have emailed her at lshelton@cbcdouglasville.com and let her know the quantity you would like to purchase.

Tips to Hosting a Home Worship Gathering

Link to Prayer Request Page

UPDATE 5

*Updated 3.21.20 at 4:30p*

Good afternoon Central Family,

God spoke through Isaiah the prophet these words:

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10

In this verse God recognizes our response of fear and anxiety, and offers us the opportunity to focus on His presence, who He is, His strength, His help, and Him upholding us. Join me as I lead us to pray this:

“Help us Lord Jesus, not to fear but to recognize you are with us. Protect us from anxiety as
we look at the news and choose to trust that you are God. Thank you God for promising us your strength to help us and uphold us by your righteous right hand. And give our leaders wisdom and our healthcare workers protection and strength. In Jesus Name, AMEN”

Let’s join together tomorrow at cbcdouglasville.com, Facebook, and our other Social media sources as we worship together tomorrow starting at 10:30a online. Remember there are no services or activities till at least March 31st.

We are Central, CONNECTING, GROWING, AND GOING

Pastor Steve McFall

Link to Children’s Activity Time

UPDATE 4

*Updated 3.18.20 at 4:00p*

Good afternoon Central Family,

In 3rd John 3:2 it reads:

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you,
even as your soul is getting along well”

That is my prayer for you. This prayer includes a request to God for not only physical health, but emotional health. I love this part, your soul is getting along well.

Father, I pray for each one hearing this message and everyone in their home, that they enjoy good health and their soul is getting along well.
In Jesus name, Amen.

You will be getting more information in the mail hopefully by the weekend. In that information is our current decision not to have any services or activities at Central Baptist through March 31st. Our online services will continue with other ministry leaders also sharing additional devotions and teaching.

Let us continue to pray for one another.

We are Central, CONNECTING, GROWING, AND GOING,

Pastor Steve McFall

Link to Bro. Charles’ Devotion
Link to Children’s Story Time
Link to Prayer Request Page

3.15.20 SERMON

*Updated 3.15.2020 at 10:30a*

3.15.20-Sermon

UPDATE 3

*Updated 3.14.2020 at 5:30p*

Due to missing 3.15.2020 we have posted the bulletin online with the most up to date information. Due to the always changing conditions of Coronavirus the dates may change quickly. As of right now only events taking this week (excluding soccer) have been cancelled. Please visit cbcdouglasville.com/coronavirus for the most up to date information.

Click here for bulletin

UPDATE 2

*Updated 3.13.2020 at 7:45p*

Good Afternoon Central Family,

Let’s live in and share the peace of Christ during this Coronavirus situation. As a precaution, we are canceling all activities this Sunday, March 15th, and the activities for the upcoming week. We have been in constant communication with health officials and local authorities monitoring the situation. We feel it is necessary to take this precaution even though there are no reported cases in Douglas County at this time. In addition to services and activities for the next week being canceled, the soccer games tomorrow are also canceled.

Disciple Now and the men’s breakfast will continue as scheduled.

We value staying connected as the Central family. So, we encourage you to go over your Sunday School/Community Group lesson as a family on Sunday. We know that community is also important, so we encourage you to call a friend or Face-time to talk over the lesson. I will post a Sermon, with some very practical Connection Steps, this Sunday at 10:30a on our Website (https://cbcdouglasville.com), Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

So remember, the services for this Sunday, March 15th, are canceled, the Soccer games for tomorrow are canceled, and all the activities for the next week are canceled.

Let’s continue to pray for the families impacted by the Coronavirus and for a cure. Let’s also abide in the love and peace of Christ. We will continue to keep you updated via our Website, Facebook, Instagram, eNews, and Calling Post.

We are Central, connecting, growing and going.

Pastor Steve McFall