FEBRUARY : 2018
cc:journal L I F E AT C E N T R A L C H R I S T I A N
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: â€œLove your neighbor as yourself.â€? Galatians 5:14
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in this issue
| february 2018
n in every issue : 3 A Pursuit of Love : by Darren McClintock, interim pastor 15 Our Church Family 16 Calendar n features : 4 A Story of Godâ€™s Love 5 A Message from the Elders 12 Counselorâ€™s Corner : 4 Simple steps to enhance your relationship this year by Lindsay Mullins, lcmft
Barb Marchand 619.4775 We desire to help create caring connections within the church and help others walk through challenging life events.
n ministry news : 6 Women Central Christian Academies 688.1161 Central Christian Academy : Grades K-8 : Michael Hunter Headmaster 7 Discipleship Central Christian Academy Preschool : 2-5 Yrs : Judy Buckert Director Joyful Noise Academy Daycare : 18 mos & walking : Pam Harrod Director 7 Academies Central Christian Communications 688.4400 Derek Pletcher Communications Director 8 Missions Central Christian Counseling Center 683.4083 Tallgrass Executive Suites, 8100 E. 22nd St. N., Bldg. 800, Ste. 100 10 His Helping Hands Aaron Scharenberg LCPC, Counseling Center Executive Director 11 Youth Central Homeschool Family Ministries email@example.com Karen Ryan Executive Director | Susan Warner H.S. Director 13 Children Kris Sayler Elem. Director Hospital, Homebound & Care Facility Ministries 688.4400
Barb Marchand 619.4775; firstname.lastname@example.org
His Helping Hands 838.8528
1441 E. 37th St. N. Paul Dohm HHH Executive Director
Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Director
Prayer Ministries 688.4400
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n events : 6 IF : February 9 & 10 7 CCA Preschool Open House : February 8 & CCA Preschool through Grade 9 Open House : February 27 13 Father Daughter Valentine Dinner : February 9
Darren McClintock Interim Pastor
a pursuit of love 3
the month of February and not just because it is my birthday month (especially since those are becoming less and less exciting as the years pass by). I love it because it is the month Karen and I get to celebrate both our anniversary and Valentine’s Day. It serves as a reminder of all God has done in our lives and how He continues to lead and direct our steps. It is also a reminder that love is not always about emotions, but sometimes in the difficult and glorious work of “loving” the way Christ has loved us. When I think about the reality of love and all that it means, it is hard not to think about Karen and I meeting almost 20 years ago. I remember when we dated how there was this zealous pursuit of one another, calling each other, wanting to go out to dinner together, watch movies together. My attention was directed toward her. It wasn’t that all the other things in my life were no longer important, or that they just disappeared, or that I could suddenly neglect them...but the reality was just that she took priority. If you have been married very long you know that as time passes it can be easy to lose this type of focus on your spouse. It can be easy to get distracted with other things and tasks. In fact,
one of the things that often tends to happen is that we begin to just live in the mundane of life and even those things we once did out of a pursuit we now do because we feel we are expected to. If you are reading this you are probably thinking to yourself, “Well, that’s no way to live!” And you would be absolutely right. But to avoid sliding into this type of life in a marriage takes effort, it takes intention. I find our relationship with God is often like this. What once started as a pursuit of love turns into duty, effort, religious activity, and morality. Our relationship with God should be one of the most dynamic relationships in our lives. We should constantly be seeking and pursuing more of Him because we love Him and not be bored to death by duty and religion. James K.A. Smith wrote this in You are What you Love: “To be human is to be for something, directed toward something, oriented toward something. To be human is to be on the move, pursuing something, after something. We are like existential sharks: we have to move to live. We are not just static containers for ideas; we are dynamic creatures directed toward some end.” What is your end? What are you directed toward? What are you after? The walk of faith should be a pursuit of love in Christ, yet if you’re like me sometimes my pursuit turns to duty and I begin to go after other things that seem more enjoyable.
A STORY OF GOD’S LOVE Shared by one of our international ministry partners
A teacher called to work with Syrian refugee children reminds howis The question is us “what God loves and pursues poverty and what do we usdo unconditionally, about it?” Manyeven in the when Westour maystory thinkisofvery poverty imperfect. as the lack of material goods. A more helpful definition is “Poverty is “Laian, you are very hardworking “You’ll be teaching kindergarten at when it comes English. themain resultschool.” of relationships doof not work, that are nottojust, that You’re are not for life, the A smallthat wave especially good at reading wordsinand that are not harmonious or enjoyable. is the absence of ‘shalom’ all its anxiety washed over me when I heard Poverty remembering vocabulary!” (When Helping pg. 59) mymeaning.” assignment. This was Hurts, way out ofOne my comfort zone.effective I beganpartners to seek in dealing “Ayhum, you are a leader. you at the of our most “holistically” with Do poverty know what that means?” help from veteran teachers about best grassroots level is ENLACE. They work in cooperation with local churches in El practices in aGuatemala, kindergarten classroom. Salvador, and Nepal to address theto fundamental poverty I tried put a bow causes on myofsimple One piece of advice kept resurfacing: and not just the symptoms. They have developed the helpful called illustration of truevisual love at byright telling have a rewards system for good the “Poverty Tree.” my students why I had come to their behavior, using stickers. Thankfully, country: “I was so excited to come here If you had vast resources, I had brought anfinancial inordinate amountwhat would you do to “cultivate and nourish” and teachcreating English.dependency I love your country Povertywith Tree me to bring it back to life (without or hurting ofthis stickers on the trip. and your people. The real reason those you are trying to help)? Hint: As governments have experienced, it’s notI as Although I was uncomfortable with love you is because I was loved first simple as writingapproach a check orto giving the behavioristic suchaway money. by my heavenly Father, and that love a Next rewards system, my desperation month’s Missions article will share ENLACE’S answer to this challenge; overflows to other people. I hope that outweighed my idealism. It worked what’s yours? you know how much He loves each one pretty well. One day, however, God put of you. His love is like free stickers. He an idea in my head to use the stickers doesn’t wait to see how you behave. He to teach the students about His love just loves you because He made you.” for them. I decided to begin class by After hearing His name, the students giving out free stickers and explaining, spontaneously began singing, “Jesus student by student, what I loved about Loves Me” in their precious Arabic him or her. Through my interpreter, accents. My students’ response was I was able to share my observations, an example of genuine, childlike handing out red heart stickers as I faith to me. I need the Truth just as went along: desperately as the next person. I need “Bissan, you were the first student to know that our Father has no sticker to give me a hug when I got here. system. He just lavishes sticker after You made my feel very welcome and sticker on us, all through the atoning happy. You are very loving.” work of His Son.
sermon series • march 10 – april 1
our 2018 Elder Board officers please keep these men in your prayers as they seek god in the leadership of our church JIM ANDREW CHAIRMAN
MITCH HERREN VICE CHAIRMAN
GARY STAMPS SECRETARY
RICHARD OCHS TREASURER
LYNN EBY : women
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH women’s event • live worship • simulcast
F E BRUARY 9– 10 , 2 0 18 FRIDAY 6-9PM & SATURDAY 9-5PM • C3 YOUTH CENTER
What IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity? At IF:Wichita 2018, we will look at one of Paul’s letters to Timothy as he reminded him of the power and responsibility of sharing the gospel. We want to give God away in the very places He’s put us, so we’re going to gather for the purpose of remembering why following God and making disciples matters. We all get tired, we all wonder if what we’re doing matters, so IF:Gathering 2018 will be the reminder--it will be the celebration.
C O ST : $2 0 For more info or to register, visit www.ccc.org/ifwichita.
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7 ESV
Bible Science Fellowship meets every 2nd Thursday at 7pm in the
Multi-purpose Room. We invite you to join us for our next class February 8th.
To be placed on our email list, please contact Dr. Paul Ackerman at email@example.com
Central christian academy High School Faculty Positions Open for the 2018–19 school year Part-time and/or Full-time positions for 9th grade only in the following subjects: English • Science • Social Studies • Mathematics • Bible • Fine Arts contact Michael Hunter – Head of Schools • firstname.lastname@example.org • 316.688.1161
Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Pastor
THE POVERTY TREE “We live in a world of urgent spiritual and physical need. Nearly three billion people are living on less than two dollars a day and over a billion of them dwell in desperate poverty…Some of them are our Christian brothers and sisters while others of them have never even heard of Christ.” (David Platt) The question is, “What is poverty and what do we do about it?” Many in the West may think of poverty as the lack of material goods. A more helpful definition is, “Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of ‘shalom’ in all its meaning.” (When Helping Hurts, pg. 59) One of our most effective partners in dealing “holistically” with poverty at the grassroots level is ENLACE. They work in cooperation with local churches in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nepal to address the fundamental causes of poverty and not just the symptoms. They have developed the helpful visual at right called the “Poverty Tree.” If you had vast financial resources, what would you do to “cultivate and nourish” this Poverty Tree to bring it back to life (without creating dependency or hurting those you are trying to help)? Hint: As governments have experienced, it’s not as simple as writing a check or giving away money. Next month’s Missions article will share ENLACE’S answer to this challenge; what’s yours?
2018 SHORTTERM MISSIONS The deadline has passed, but... you can still sign-up for next summer’s missions’ trips by February 16th! Team meetings for orientation and training start Sunday, February 25th.
ENLACE, June 9–16
Mission Caribe, June 16–23
Inn Ministries, June 30–July 7
Mission of Hope, Haiti July 7–14
CMFI/Missions of Hope, July 11–20
CMFI/Fuego Nuevo, August 4–11
Applications for all trips are located on the Mission’s section of the Central Christian Church website at ccc.org. Applications must be submitted and approved before teams can be formed. For details, contact: Paul (email@example.com) Silvia (firstname.lastname@example.org) 316.688.4400.
Car Care Ministry â€œBut as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.â€? his helping hands
: PAUL DOHM
statistics thru 12.23.17 his helping hands
is a ministry of Central Christian Church which helps people in need of food, clothing, household items and automobiles. At the time of distribution, we share the love of Christ with each individual. 80,158 263 household 56,400 cars/computers 53 / 24 clothing 363,620 volunteer hours 63,019 people served people saved
empowers women to rise from a lifestyle of poverty. If you would like to make a donation or donate your time to assist with these vital ministries, please call 838-8528. graduations
For recent stories and testimonies: facebook.com/ ccc.hishelpinghands
The ministry of His Helping Hands helps many people with food, clothing, furniture, appliances and other household items. In addition, HHH distributes refurbished computers and automobiles. When we give a car to a needy family or individual, it is a moment to remember since the receipt of the car is a game-changer for them. Many of the cars are given to single moms who need a car to get a job. But, they canâ€™t buy a car until they get a job. Therefore the gift of a car to them helps to resolve this dilemma. Some of the cars are also given to refugee families in our community. These families are working hard to succeed and the gift of a car to them is invaluable. Everyone who receives a vehicle from HHH is referred to us by a church or some other social service agency. We verify the need before we distribute vehicles to the needy families. The vehicles that HHH distributes to needy people are all donated by members of the community. During 2017, HHH received 53 vehicle donations! Some of them were in excellent condition and some of them needed minor repairs. If the repair cost is too expensive, HHH sells the vehicle for scrap value and that money is put back into the Car Care Ministry to cover some of the repair expenses for other vehicles. Volunteer mechanics help some of the HHH staff members perform the necessary repairs. Our maintenance building contains a car-lift that comes in handy for the repair work. When a vehicle is donated to HHH, the donor receives an IRS Form 1098-C which certifies that our intention is to give the vehicle to a needy family and that no cash was exchanged during the transaction. This certification allows the donor to claim the fair market value for the donated vehicle as a deduction on their income taxes regardless of the condition of the vehicle. If you have a vehicle that you are no longer using, please consider donating it to HHH. We will do everything we can to prepare the vehicle so that
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it can be distributed to a needy family in our community. With each car distribution, we tell the recipient that the vehicle is being provided by God through some generous donor who cares about others! Thank you for being that generous donor!
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TOP A single mom with one her children receiving a car just before Christmas. BOTTOM A refugee man receiving a car for his family, along with their sponsors.
CIY MOVE JULY 16-20
Simple steps to enhance your relationship this year
by Lindsay Mullins lcmft
Love and Relationships are a common topic in the month of February, and are popularly represented in cutesy ways such as red roses and chocolate hearts. But enduring loving relationships are so much more than romantic gestures and warm fuzzy feelings. Love is one part of committed relationships, but it takes so much more to make a relationship blossom. Here are some simple but important things that a relationship needs to thrive:
1 Eye Contact
When a relationship is in the beginning stages, couples can spend hours gazing at each other enjoying all the hints of thought, feeling, and passion that can be communicated through non-verbal expression. Then at some point, we stop making eye contact. The relationship matures; distractions such as smart phones, TV, electronic devices, kids, work, etc. come in. If you are not deliberate, days can go by without really seeing your partner’s face. But eye-gazing is so much more than just seeing one another. Eye contact is linked directly to our emotions. Prolonged eye contact gives our brain a rush of Oxytocin, a feel-good chemical that is released when we feel connected and bonded. Look more deeply into your partner’s eyes and you might experience some forgotten feelings!
2 Create Shared Meaning
Couples can strengthen their bond by creating what relationship researcher Dr. Gottman calls shared meaning. Establishing rituals and goals are one way to do this. Creating daily or weekly rituals will foster quality time and should consist of agreed upon enjoyable activities that bring you both pleasure. Gottman suggests that couples make a commitment to spend a magic five hours a week together. Implementing shared goals can help you to be a stronger couple with a purpose. For instance, your goals might include volunteering in the community, completing a devotional together, or adopting a healthier lifestyle with the support of one another. Regardless of what your shared vision or goals are, accomplishing them together can create a rich bond.
3 Truly Listen to Your Partner
Listening is not just hearing what your partner says. Listening involves a willingness to put all defenses, comebacks and even your own feelings aside to fully focus on and attune to the communication your partner is offering you. When hearing your partner, try only responding by putting yourself in their shoes and offering accepting and validating statements rather than your own thoughts and feelings. I encourage partners to use the question, “Can I hear you?” to invite their partners feelings in a disarming way. Sounds much better than, “What’s wrong?”, doesn’t it? continued on page 13
VICKI EJIBE children
Friday, February 9th 6–8 pm in the Hospitality Suite
We are going to Hawaii! Come dressed in your finest and enjoy a delicious dinner, games and entertainment! $5.00 per person Register online at ccc.org by Noon February 8th
PLEASE NOTE: No girl should have to miss out on this fun event if her father is not in her life. Just call Vicki at 688-4400 by February 5th.
4 SIMPLE STEPS continued from page 12
4 Believe the Best About Your Partner
One of the things that can cause friction in a marriage is when one spouse believes the other has bad intentions. In the heat of the moment it is easy to feel (falsely) that our partner is out to get us! This happens when we take what the other has said or done in a wrong way. When your partner has hurt you ask yourself, “Did he/she do or say that deliberately to hurt me?” Likely not. When we stop to realize our partner loves us and wouldn’t want to cause any intentional harm, it becomes easier to forgive and let go. n
Are you on Central Kids Serve Team? It is never too late to reap the blessings of being on the serve team in Central Kids. Many people are needed to lead small groups, entertain young ones, and greet new families. Some of you may even want to serve in our special needs area, Journey. Here at Central, we believe in growing our worship and thus our relationship with Jesus through our acts of service. Central Kids will surround you with joy, smiles, and the opportunity to disciple “next gen” kids. Please don’t miss out, be part of the team that changes the future! Call Vicki today! 316-688-4400
our leadership board of elders Jim Andrew Chairman Mitch Herren Vice Chairman Gary Stamps Secretary Richard Ochs Treasurer Bill Blasing Steve Brunk Jason Buckingham Tom Butz Myron Smith
pastors Peter Abood Choir/Worship Tom Black Administrative Steve Brummer Praise Band/Worship Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Ross Lamp Benevolence Jeff Lederer Groups Roger London Care/Outreach David Mann Teaching Darren McClintock Interim Edwin Ojedis Hispanic
staff Aaron Beck Special Needs Gene Blythe Maintenance/Custodial Tori Dahilig Youth Paul Dohm His Helping Hands Lynn Eby Women Vicki Ejibe Children Paco Gonzales Facilities Kelly Guthrie Contributions Jeff Huhman Creative Arts/Technical Tracey Hunt Early Childhood Cheryl Hurley Guest Services Heidi Johnson Web / Graphics Design Jason Krieger Students Barb Marchand Executive Administration Brad Moser Safety/Security Tina Nickel Upper Elementary/Sports & Rec Derek Pletcher Communications Eddie Rivera Information Systems Janet Rochat Finance Aaron Scharenberg Counseling Center Debra Smith Graphics Design Michael Thorne Senior Adults Jennifer Torres Payroll/Human Resources
Want to know more about Central? This class is designed to help you determine your “next step.” It focuses on the vision and mission of Central Christian and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. If you are interested in membership, or would like to know more about Central, sign up today by calling Silvia at 688-4400 or visiting our website. Our next class will be held in the Choir Room
Sunday, March 4th @ 12:00–3:30pm • Our Vision: To be a church after God’s own heart. • Our Mission: To lead people to think like Jesus, live like Jesus.
Change for change. Round up your spare change and help change lives with the love of Christ! If every giving family in our church were to round-up to the next dollar every time they swiped their cards, the result would be a $300,000 impact to help the church change lives in the name of Christ! See how at ccc.org/loosechange
February 3 & 4 is the last weekend of our “Souper Bowl” drive. Please bring a can of soup to the church lobby. Your donations will benefit those in our church family who are in need, as well as those who come to His Helping Hands for assistance. Thank you! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!
We are LIVE-STREAMING our worship services over the internet! Visit our website at ccc.org and follow the link.
our church family
Comforting those whose loved ones have passed on Gerald & Sherry Rogers on the passing of Gerald’s mother Lou & Judith Smith & Family on the passing of Judith’s mother Ronald Smith on the passing of his mother Ken & Amy Spurgeon on the passing of Ken’s mother Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ Shawn Garmon • Marissa Stanley • Gina West Welcoming those who have joined us in membership Don Henry • JoAnn Henry • Leslie Smith • Margene Weihe
Want to enhance your marriage? Register now for Weekend to Remember at shop.familylife.com and use the code CCCMarriageMinistry to receive a discount on your registration fee. There are two Kansas City get-aways to choose from this year: February 23–25 or March 9–11.
Attendance: (Casa de Luz / Web Audience) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) December 9–10....................................................2,807 (98 / 560) Christmas Musical December 10–11.....................................3,091 December 16–17................................................2,564 (128 / 488) December 23–24....................................................3,721 (0 / 328) December 29–30..................................................2,522 (74 / 770) January 6–7, 2018..............................................2,677 (107 / 572) Central Christian added 65 new members in 2017. General Budget: (Weekly Need / Donated Income) ”...and the people gave...” (malachi 3:10-12; ii corinthians 9:6-15) December 9–10..................................$141,260.37 / $144,222.83 December 16–17................................$213,995.28 / $128,292.45 December 23–24...............................$197,881.15 / $173,509.67 December 29–30................................$225,454.82 / $395,413.87 January 6–7, 2018..............................$166,610.15 / $106,647.56 His Helping Hands: ”...they gave to anyone as he had need.” (acts 2:45) December 9–10.............................................................. $8,268.01 December 16–17.......................................................... $11,144.00 December 23–24.......................................................... $20,294.00 December 29–30.......................................................... $55,365.50 January 6–7, 2018........................................................ $21,450.00
We Care... Hospital, Homebound & Care Facility Ministries Barb Marchand 619.4775; email@example.com Please keep us apprised of those who would like to be visited and/or brought communion while in the hospital or a care facility. Also, if you know of a Central member who is critically ill, homebound, in the hospital or a care facility, please let us know.
Please join us in serving the poor and homeless
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cc:calendar february 3–4
CCA Preschool Open House, 6:30pm, CR
Father–Daughter Valentine Dinner, for Gr 4-5 girls & their dads, 6:00pm, HS
23–25 Weekend to Remember, KC 24
BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco
CCA Preschool–9th Grade Open House, 6:30pm, CR
Upward Basketball first game
Next Step, 12:00–3:30pm, Choir Rm
Weekend to Remember, KC
10–Apr 1 Easter sermon series 11
Daylight Savings Time begins : Spring ahead one hour
23–24 CIY Believe, for Gr 8, Kansas City 24
BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco
BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco
Next Step, 12:00–3:30pm, Choir Rm
BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco
Memorial Holiday : Church office & building will be closed
Worlds of Fun MS Trip, Kansas City
Missions Trip : El Salvador
16–23 Missions Trip : Honduras 17
18–22 CIY MIX, MS Summer Conference 23
BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco
Our Mission: To lead people to think like Jesus, live like Jesus.