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MARCH : 2018


Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? ...

In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have

redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. Exodus 15:11, 13


cc:journal executive editor : Darren McClintock editor : Derek Pletcher creative director : Debra Smith distribution : Melanie Pedersen

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n in every issue : 3 The Reign : by Darren McClintock, Interim Pastor 19 Our Church Family 20 Calendar n features : 16 Counselor’s Corner : “A Time OPEN TO 8TH GRADERS ONLY for Courage” by Phil Ashley, lcmft C O S T :

MARCH 23-24 KANSAS CITY, MO $60 UNTIL 2/25 • $70 UNTIL 3/11 • $80 UNTIL 3/19


Sunday evenings | 5:15 Central Christian Chapel

n ministry news : ministries 6 Children Care Ministries 688.4400 8 Youth Barb Marchand 619.4775 We desire to help create caring connections within the church 9 Sports and help others walk through challenging life events. Central Christian Academies 688.1161 10 Young Adults Central Christian Academy : Grades K-8 : Michael Hunter Headmaster Central Christian Academy Preschool : 2-5 Yrs : Judy Buckert Director 10 Men Joyful Noise Academy Daycare : 18 mos & walking : Pam Harrod Director 11 Senior Adults Central Christian Communications 688.4400 Derek Pletcher Communications Director 12 Missions Central Christian Counseling Center 683.4083 Tallgrass Executive Suites, 8100 E. 22nd St. N., Bldg. 800, Ste. 100 14 His Helping Hands Aaron Scharenberg LCPC, Counseling Center Executive Director 15 Academies Central Homeschool Family Ministries

Karen Ryan Executive Director | Susan Warner H.S. Director Kris Sayler Elem. Director

Hospital, Homebound & Care Facility Ministries 688.4400

Barb Marchand 619.4775;

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

Emergency Prayer Request Line : Barb Marchand 619.4775

Radio Ministry

Sundays @ 7 a.m. on Bott 94.3 FM Sundays @ 10 a.m. on KNSS 1330 AM Sundays @ 11 a.m. on KSGL 900 AM

n events : 4 Easter Sermon Series : March 10–April 1 5 Passover Seder : March 30 11 Senior Adults OKC Trip : April 27 17 Abraham – Rooted in Faith Sermon Series : April 7–June 24



“God not only reigns

over people, He also reigns through them.” Jeremy Treat • The Crucified King

What a profound statement. This is a part of the story of

Darren McClintock Interim Pastor

redemption that we often miss. If we go all the way back to the beginning of the story when God created man and woman, it was clearly stated they were made in His “image” and that they were to multiply and have dominion over the earth. At the very beginning of creation, the intent was not only that we would be His people and He our God, but that He would reign through His people. In the next development along the story of redemption, we rebelled against this notion saying not only that we did not want Him ruling over us, but certainly not through us. We have that under control after all.

Following the story of Israel, we see the same themes as God establishes a “people” that He might not only reign over but through, bringing many to know and worship Him. The intent was that the nations would see through this “people” that He is a good King and God. Now so many years later we have been brought into this story. So often we focus just on the sin of refusing His rule and refusing to allow Him to rule through us, but miss the point that while the blood of Christ is sufficient to cover that sin, repentance is an act of turning ourselves back­—aligning ourselves, once again, under God’s purposes. By faith, trusting that our rebellion has been dealt with, we are to now bend our knees and hearts to His rule over us that He might live through us. This is the origin of Paul’s well-known statement:

“It is no longer I who lives but Christ lives through me.” We no longer meander around our world with the short amount of time we have on this earth trying to build our own kingdoms that will dissolve like snow, constantly trying to scratch itches of pleasure that in the end will never satisfy. We are privileged to get on the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes awe inspiring, sometimes terrifying, and often times difficult ride of letting the King of the universe reign through us, and bring about His glory and His kingdom to many more who do not know Him. One thing we know as we launch into the unknown of this adventure is that the kingdom He is building through His people is a kingdom that will never dim, never fall, and never diminish in anyway. This is our inheritance and so our call remains, be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over all things!!


Easter Easter...what is it ? Why does it matter to us? Looking around our world today you would think that the celebration of Easter had something to do with bunnies, eggs, candy, and strange mixtures of all the above (a bunny that lays chocolate eggs?). Even within the Church things like Easter can become just another telling of a story we know all too well. Often we come into the season hoping to hear “it” in a “new” way, a more “exciting” way, so the pressure is on to try to out-do everything the Church did last year. Our prayer is to reclaim the deep significance behind Easter and why it really does matter. Join us March 10–April 1 as we turn our attention to the mystery and the beauty found in the cross and the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.


Passover Seder

Jesus is our Passover Lamb!

Come hear the Passover story and what it means for us today. Good Friday, March 30th • 6:30pm (Doors open at 5:30) • Central Court Tickets: $25 adults • $15 age 12 & under Reservations: Hosted by Central Christian Church and L’Chaim B’Yeshua Messianic Congregation

Good Friday Service March 30 @ Noon in the Chapel 5

Central Kids Serve Team Planning Center Online If you are on any of the Central Kids Weekend Serve Teams, by now you should have received a “Welcome to PCO from Central Kids” email. PCO stands for “Planning Center Online” and is our new communication tool for team assignments. Dear Parents, We want to personally invite you and your family to joins us for our next Parent–Child Dedication. What is Parent–Child Dedication? Parent–Child Dedication follows the example set in the Bible of Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to the temple for His dedication (Luke 2:21-40). Parent–Child Dedication is a time for parents to publicly commit themselves to raise their child in the training and instruction of the Lord. Through this special service parents announce before God, family, and friends their commitment. Dedicating your child is not the same as baptism. We believe baptism should occur when an individual is old enough to make that decision. Parent–Child Dedication focuses on the commitment you are making on behalf of your child, with the desire that one day, your child will receive Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior. Our next Parent–Child Dedication will be during the weekend worship services April 7th & 8th in the Worship Center. Parents are required to attend a Parent–Child Dedication Class where you will receive information about the importance of dedicating your child to God, the importance of the commitment you are making with God on behalf of your child, and your responsibility to raise your child to know, love, and serve the Lord. We will have two classes: Tues, March 13 • 6:30pm • Summit Sun, March 18 • 9:15am • Chapel To register, please go to (Event Registration), or call us at (316) 688-4400. Childcare is also available, by reservations. Please indicate with your class registration if it is needed.

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If you have not received the email, or you cannot find it, please reach out to us so we can resend it. This email has a link that you will need to get started. We want to be sure that you are getting logged into your Planning Center account from a desktop or laptop computer and clicking on your profile (faceless icon in the top right-hand corner) to review your Serve Team assignment(s) and set your weekend preference(s) for each team, as well as any family serving preferences you may have. We are available in the lobby every weekend to assist you with this, as well as by phone during the week.

Thank you for your faithful service to Central Kids!

NERF BATTLE! For 4th & 5th grade boys and their dads Friday, March 9th 6–8pm • Youth Center Cost: $5 per person Dinner provided

VICKI EJIBE children

Register at by Noon March 8th (“Fill-in Dads” are available if needed. Call Tina Nickel or Vicki Ejibe at 688-4400.)

It’s Spring Cleaning Time! There will be no nursery programming during the week of Spring Break (March 19-23). This time will be used for deep cleaning our rooms.


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MARCH 23-24 KANSAS CITY, MO $60 UNTIL 2/25 • $70 UNTIL 3/11 • $80 UNTIL 3/19







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JUNE 18-22


JULY 16-20

sports & recreation :


Here’s what’s happening this summer in sports! Triple Threat Basketball Camp May 29 – June 1 • Grades K–11 Instructor: Matt Swank Cost: $55 (includes t-shirt)

Softball / Baseball Batting Camp June 2 • Ages 5–18 Instructor: Tina Nickel Cost: $30

Victory Soccer Camp

June 4–8 • Ages 5–16 Instructor: Goran Hunjak Cost: $89 (includes ball & t-shirt)

Volleyball Camp

June 18–21 • Grades 3–9 Instructors: Jen McCurdy & Tina Nickel Cost: $40

Dodgeball Camp

July 9–12 • Ages 6–17 Instructor: Dave Yordy Cost: $40

Triple Threat Select Basketball Camp

July 16–19 • Grades 4–11 Instructor: Matt Swank Cost: $70

For details on these camps and other fun activites, check out the new 2018 Summer Book!


All men 18 years & older are invited to join us for this breakfast & teaching.


Our Young Adults will connect every 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 6:00pm in the Youth Center. This month we will meet on the 6th & 20th. For more info and event details, visit our Facebook page:

Central Christian Church Senior Adults Bus Trip Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum | OKC National Memorial Garden Oklahoma City | Friday, April 27 | 7:00am–6:30pm 7:00am Board Bus in the Church South Parking Lot Arrive Back in Wichita at approximately 6:30pm We will also enjoy lunch and snacks Cost: $40 per person Registration deadline: March 19 Register: or in the church office. Hurry! Only 107 spots available

Every 2nd Thursday at 7pm • Crown Room


Dr. Paul Goddard Missions Pastor

THE TRANSFORMATION TREE “...Until we embrace our mutual brokenness, our work with low-income people is likey to do far more harm than good.” (When Helping Hurts, pg. 61) Last month’s article (Part One) asked the question, “What is poverty and what can we do about it?” The primary thrust was that poverty is far more complex than simply “the lack of material goods.” In fact, this challenging human condition and social malady was defined as: “…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) Also, last time a graphic visualization of the dimensions of poverty known as “The Poverty Tree” was presented with the permission of one of our very effective ministry partners, “ENLACE.” This word in Spanish means “link or network.” ENLACE is a Christian ministry that works with local churches in El Salvador, Nepal, and Guatemala to transform poverty “holistically,” by addressing its root causes. In this month’s article, the other graphic of ENLACE’s integrated model of poverty alleviation is presented. It is entitled, “The Transformation Tree.” Please note that this model’s end-state or desired outcome includes “Reconciliation with God and Others.” This is actualized in every project community by leadership, community development,


evangelism, and discipleship training in and through the local church. In 2017, lives, churches, and communities were transformed in El Salvador, Nepal, Guatemala by ENLACE and their ministry partners. In El Salvador the ministry trained 714 local church partners serving 237 different communities. These projects in the past four years have directly impacted more than 145,000 people. Last summer CCC sent a missions team to serve with ENLACE in the rural community of Metalio. In Nepal, ENLACE’s third year of operation saw local staff trained 225 church leaders from 15 local church partners and initiated projects which improved the lives of 25,500 in 30 communities. Guatemala is this ministry’s newest partnership country. In the first year, 225 church leaders were trained from 13 churches. The first community transformation projects should be started in 2018. This year, ENLACE plans that 151 local churches will start and continue 117 projects to impact more than 100,000 in their three ministry countries. Thanks to this partnership, the “Transformation Tree” continues to grow deep roots in relatively “poor” soil and to produce fruit for the “Kingdom.”

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The Prayer Room “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16–17 his helping hands


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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.

The power of prayer is very significant. We have the opportunity to bring our praises and petitions before the Creator of the Universe. And, He hears every prayer and is concerned with each one, down to the smallest detail. The HHH staff and volunteers begin each day with a prayer circle. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, sometimes we praise and sometimes we ask. But, we begin each day with the acknowledgement that God is our constant anchor and that He is our Jehovah Jireh, providing for our every need, even when times are rough. A new addition to the HHH campus is a Prayer Room inside the main facility. This Prayer Room was birthed alongside the Wichita Prayer Movement, a non-denominational movement to bring Christian brothers and sisters together to pray. One of their mottos is, “United prayer in Christ for the revival of The Church and the redemption of the City.”

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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. total graduations

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Inside the Prayer Room at His Helping Hands are several ways in which to express your prayers. The name of someone you are asking God to lead to salvation can be attached to a “salvation display”, while a line of boxes hold prayers for our elected officials.

The HHH Prayer Room is open to the public during our normal hours of operation (9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday; and 9am to 11:30am on Saturdays). The room is still being developed, but it contains comfortable surroundings for worshipful prayer along with continuous praise music in the background. It also offers places to post prayer requests and answers to prayer, as well as a prayer box with the names of some of our elected officials for whom you can pray. People can come to pray for others or have people pray for them. You can pray individually or bring a group of prayer warriors for group prayer. “Pray continually…”. We can pray wherever we are. The HHH Prayer Room is simply another option where the people of Wichita can pray and seek the Lord. Thank you for your commitment to prayer and for your prayers for the HHH ministry.

Central Christian Academy Now Enrolling for 2018-19 Grades K–9 Apply Today



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We live in a tumultuous and scary time. Media blast daily headlines about horrific wars, senseless murders, ravaging hurricanes and wild fires, tragic automobile accidents, political unrest and relationship scandals. It is little wonder these life stressors lead people to feel overwhelmed and anxious and find it difficult to cope and keep on keeping on. Some may consider self-sabotaging behavior as the answer. Why not, they say, the world is coming to an end anyway; why not “live it up?” At one time in history, God sent 12 spies to survey and evaluate the land that was promised to His chosen people, the Israelites. After the land had been examined and the risks considered, the spies had a debriefing. Only two scouts, Joshua and Caleb had 100% certainty they could take the land from the giant people known as the Anak who occupied the territory. These people were more statuesque and muscular beyond any people the Israelites had ever seen or encountered. In our own time, and in our own way, we have to contend with scary giants beyond anything we have ever experienced before. But I suggest to you, we must decide as we face mammoth problems, are we going to choose the path of fear or of courage. Dr. David Jeremiah recently pointed out in one of his fine sermons that certainly one of the reasons Caleb was so brave and sure was because he “wholly followed the Lord.” This expression means that he completely, totally, absolutely, entirely, fully, and thoroughly believed and trusted God. The scripture uses this same phrase six times of this Godly, confident and courageous man. Because of the unbelief of the majority, the Israelites had to nomadically wander in the wilderness for 40 years. In disappointment, Caleb waited the decades in faith. But at age 85, he was eventually given the call to go into the new land of milk and honey and take Mt. Hebron, the residence of Anakim giants. Caleb, who wholly followed the Lord, pushed past his disappointments, kept the faith and won victory in the Promised Land. Likewise, when the giants of discouragement, tragedy and heartache pain us, when life seems out of control and hopeless, when fear takes us in its grip and paralyses us and though we may be old and the odds seem to be against us, when we wholly follow the Lord God Almighty, He gives us the power and the courage to be overcomers and win the battle before us.

“We must constantly build the dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”


Dr. Martin Luther King

Who are the people of God? What is the standard for faith? What is a covenant and why is it so important? How do we know the will of God? What does God expect of us? What is true sacrifice?

h These are just some of the questions we are excited to delve into in our new series on Abraham. The story of Abraham is not just an Old Testament tale that no longer has anything to do with us. In many ways Abraham is the father of the faith, and we are tied to him, his story, and the promises made to him. Far from a forgotten name of a bygone era, Abraham’s name is mentioned 71 times throughout the New Testament and his narrative is the very root of our faith and still holds tremendously practical truths for us today. “Abraham ­— Roots of Faith” begins the weekend of April 7th & 8th.


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 David Mann Teaching Darren McClintock Interim Edwin Ojedis Hispanic

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.

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


Please join us in serving the poor and homeless

Saturday, March 24 11:30am–1:00pm RiverWalk Church of Christ, 225 N. Waco • 316-264-9703

We are LIVE-STREAMING our worship services over the internet! Visit our website at and follow the link.

our church family Comforting those whose loved ones have passed on Barbara Eaton on the passing of her sister Brett Hamilton on the passing of his mother Patty Lohr on the passing of her sister-in-law Daniel & Renee Newman on the passing of their brother-in-law Barry & Regena Tinius & Family on the passing of Regena’s mother The family & friends of our Marge Gervalia & Catherine Stevenson Celebrating the baptisms into new life in Christ Elliana Hein Welcoming those who have joined us in membership Benjamin Bricker • Marcia Bricker • Janice Carney • Upshur Carney Starr Durden • Nancy Finney • Omer Finney • MD Fisher • Shirley Fisher Ed Guthrie • Darrel Hornbaker • Rachel Hornbaker • Katy Lamb Sharon Lemke • Stan Lemke • Andrew Moser

We Care... Hospital, Homebound & Care Facility Ministries Barb Marchand 619.4775; 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.

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

financial stats Attendance: (Casa de Luz / Web Audience) ”...and the people came...” (acts 2:46-47) January 13–14...................................................2,543 (101 / 517) January 20–21....................................................2,782 (100 / 562) January 27–28....................................................2,880 (124 / 531) February 3–4.........................................................2,888 (72 / 689) Central Christian has added 16 new members so far in 2018. General Budget: (Weekly Need / Donated Income) ”...and the people gave...” (malachi 3:10-12; ii corinthians 9:6-15) January 13–14....................................$115,765.47 / $185,500.73 January 20–21......................................$111,985.59 / $90,364.41 January 27–28......................................$103,464.36 / $90,089.66 February 3–4.........................................$129,169.26 / $98,201.59 His Helping Hands: ”...they gave to anyone as he had need.” (acts 2:45) January 13–14................................................................ $4,438.00 January 20–21................................................................ $7,166.00 January 27–28................................................................ $3,903.00 February 3–4...................................................................$1,923/50

C O S T :

WC Worship Center | CH Chapel | HS Hospitality Suite | CT Central Court | YC C3 Youth Center | CR Crown Room | NCR/SCR North/South Conference Room | GPR Garden Prayer Room | MPR Multi-purpose Rm | PLR Parlor | SUM Summit | OC Off Campus


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Upward Basketball league begins


Next Step, 12:00–3:30pm, Choir Rm


Nerf Battle, Gr 4–5 boys & their dads, 6:00pm, YC


Weekend to Remember, KC


Summer Book available

10–11 Easter sermon series begins 11

Daylight Savings Time begins : Spring ahead one hour


Parent–Child Dedication Class, 6:30pm, SUM


Man Challenge, 7:00am, SUM


Parent–Child Dedication Class, 9:15am, CH

23–24 CIY Believe, for Gr 8, Kansas City 24

BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco


Good Friday Service, Noon, CH


L’Chaim B’Yeshua Passover Seder, 6:30pm, CT


Easter Saturday, 5:30pm, WC

april 1

Easter Sunday, 9:00 & 10:45am, WC


Rooted in Faith sermon series begins


Adult Seniors Bus Trip, 7:00am, Oklahoma City


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco

may 6

Next Step, 12:00–3:30pm, Choir Rm


Mother’s Day


BBB, 11:30am, 225 N. Waco


Memorial Holiday : Church office & building will be closed

29–Jun 1 Triple Threat Basketball Camp, Gr K–11 30


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Softball / Baseball Batting Camp, Ages 5–18


Victory Soccer Camp, Ages 5–16


Missions Trip : El Salvador

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