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Who first said, "Time flies when you're having fun."? 
It was o
ne of my favorite people whom I love to quote...

...Albert Einstein.  (And HE  should know about "time" and "flying")

 

I remember the day that we moved into our first house in Anderson.  Our stuff, which had been in storage since April, was being moved in August to our house on Coventry Drive.  We had a 5-year-old, and our 9-month-old youngest child...who learned to walk AND got chicken pox that same day.  It was a full day for mom and dad.    I remember the warm night, our new neighbors bringing over a home-made key lime pie, and a garage full of boxes...along with a toddling, speckled 9-month-old.

That nine-month-old just turned 24, and my oldest turns 30 this next year.

 

And so I say, "Time flies...whether you're having fun or not."

 

When I look back at what seems like a short time ago, I have many conflicting emotions: happiness, remorse, regret, fondness, nostalgia, just to name a few.  I could concentrate on the regret and become a sad, bitter guy who regrets not being the best dad.  Or I could concentrate on only the good things and not see, realistically, how my friends, family and congregations have contributed to my life and me to theirs.  Either way, the past is the past...so how then should we live?

 

Jesus, who understands what it is like to live IN time (like us humans) and OUT of time (in the age of timeless bliss that IS God and His home) said a few things that help put things into perspective.

 

LIVE IN THE DAY, THE MOMENT...DON'T JUMP AHEAD

"Don't worry about your life, what you will eat and what you will drink.  Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Can any of you add an inch to your height by worrying?  Don't worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will worry about itself, each day has trouble enough of its own." (MATT 6:25-34)

 

INVEST IN SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN'T LOSE

"Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal.  For where your treasure is there your heart will be also." (MATT 6:19-21)

 

And throughout the ministry of Jesus as He walked with us was to remind us that NOW is the time, CHANGE is possible, and HE makes all things new.

 

Probably all of us could look back on our lives, our parenting, our relationships, our work history, and have regrets.  We could LIVE in those regrets.  Or we could look back and think that everything was "rosey" and realize in a shock that our loved-ones didn't quite have that same experience.  Both of these perspectives are skewed, and both come from a life that is not lived according to the words & life of Jesus...to LIVE EACH DAY, EACH MOMENT without worrying about tomorrow AND investing in something that you will never lose.

 

One of the wisest things I've learned from my friend and "investment guru" Ed Payntor, was to not look at what happens to the market daily or even weekly or monthly, but to see the bigger picture...otherwise you begin panicking about things that won't matter in the long-run.  The scripture says the same thing.  If you must look back, look at the big picture, look and see where God has delivered, worked through the worst situations, brought order out of chaos and supplied the need.  

 

I AM so thankful for my family, my time here in Anderson, and my spiritual family at Central.  And yes, time does fly, whether you're having fun or not.  But with each year I am just beginning to understand that I can touch eternity by living in THIS moment and enjoying THIS time.  Being thankful for every moment I am in the presence of those I love is, in fact, touching the place where God is.

 

I have not been a perfect parent, but my Heavenly Father is perfect, in every way, and is continuing to "parent" my sons...and me.

 

Every moment has its time.  Every person has their place.  Do not brush either away, for fear of missing the joy God has prepared according to HIS agenda for you.

'Love you all...see you in Church (?)






PBS DATES THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR:
(PBS will be on these dates only 2017,
then start up again in 2018)

December 6th





WE INTERRUPT THIS SERMON SERIES
This coming Sunday, November 19th, the sermon series on THE LORD'S SUPPER was going to wrap up.  But Pastor Rick will, instead, insert a lesson he feels is timely and important...come this Sunday and hear, "WE INTERRUPT THIS SERMON SERIES..." at 10:00am.







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POINSETTIAS!
Patty Glaze will be taking orders this Sunday (November 19th) and next, for POINSETTIAS to decorate the sanctuary during Advent and Christmas.  If you would like to order a poinsettia (which you can then take home following Christmas) please see her.  Poinsettias are $10 a plant.




It is time again for that special event we call Jubilee.  Where we celebrate Christís gift, in the form of a baby, by giving gifts of our own to those in need.   Below are the many ways you can choose to give back this Christmas:  

Angel Tree - Beginning November 19th
Take an ornament to purchase items listed for children. All items need to be brought in and placed (unwrapped) back under the Tree by Wednesday, December 13th
.

Jubilee Giving Envelopes
If you would prefer to give a monetary donation to go towards the purchase of items for our Angel Tree,  envelopes will be provided in the bulletin Sunday, November 26th.


Operation Love
We have committed to donating 50 cans of corn and 50 cans of yams to assist with their Christmas Food Baskets.  Simply bring in anytime and place in any of our Food Pantry Cabinets located inside the Jackson & 10th Street Entrances.


Christian Center
The Cook would love to serve homemade noodles for their Christmas Dinners.  If you would like to help in this way, please see Susan McDuffee for details.


Thank you in advance for your Generosity!

Susan McDuffee & Sally Hudson,

Missions Chairpersons




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ANDERSON'S WINTERFEST: Central Christian Church Chili Supper & Christmas Bazaar!
Anderson's Winterfest celebration is Friday, December 1st.  This annual event is well-attended and a popular event in the community.  We host a "Christmas Bazaar" along with a chili supper, and are needing items for the bazaar.
Themed Gift Baskets
Homemade Baked Goods, Candies, Jellies, Handmade Crafts & Jewelry, Christmas Centerpieces, and Wreaths.
If you can donate any of the items above for the Bazaar, please contact SANDY LESLIE.








PRAYERS THIS WEEK
This week we pray for our CCC WORSHIP MINISTRIES, and also we pray for the congregation at
PARKVIEW NAZARENE

Please also pray for our Church Family listed here:
Joan Allison, Cindy Allison, Chuck Caswell, Tod & Karen Custer, Larry Dodd, Richard Glaze, Bobby Jo Greenwalt, Elva Mae Hamilton, Sandy Holder, Glo Dunaway-Long, Francie Lynch, Bob Phillips, Marilyn Pertz, Andrea Presser, John Robinson, Mike Romack, Donna Romine, and Richard Strock






Come see our first show, Directed by Central Christian's own, Jayna Friend, and featuring Central's own,

Pastor Rick, Cameron Vale, Cito Wyatt, Kevin Weston,
Lisa Benefiel & Nita Arnold!














NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS
1
2
4
7
7
7
8
Marsha Dunkin
Connie Knotts
Kevin Johnsen
Barbara Gephardt
Libby Munshaur
Nancy Soto
Marilyn Pertz
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18
18
18
22
26
30
30
Susie Schieve
Sandy Holder
Lauren King
Lindsey King
Stacy Mulder
Cito Wyatt
Penny Dyer
Cindy Poikonen

If we have somehow neglected to place your Birthday on this list, please let us know by contacting Cammie in the Church Office...thank you.





For a comprehensive calendar of ALL EVENTS
(Church and non-church events)
in our building,
please click on the CALENDAR button below
to go to the official church calendar.

CENTRAL CALENDAR

WEDNESDAY
Nov. 15th
  10:30am - YARN MINISTRY (Calder Library)
5:45pm - HANDBELL CHOIR (Handbell Room)
6:00pm - PBS (Hoover Lounge)
7:00pm - CHANCEL CHOIR (Choir Room)

THURSDAY
Nov. 16th
  7:00pm - Alley Theatre Reh. (Hoover Theatre)

FRIDAY
Nov. 17th
  7:30pm - The Alley Theatre presents, "THE MATCHMAKER" (Hoover Theatre)

SATURDAY
Nov. 18th
  7:30pm - The Alley Theatre presents, "THE MATCHMAKER" (Hoover Theatre)

SUNDAY
Nov. 19th
  9:00am - Chancel Choir (Sanctuary)
10:00am - WORSHIP (Sanctuary)
11:20am - ALL CHURCH THANKSGIVING (Fellowship Hall)
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:00pm - The Alley Theatre presents, "THE MATCHMAKER" (Hoover Theatre)

MONDAY
Nov. 20th
  4:00pm - CCCombo P.O.D. (Calder Library)

TUESDAY
Nov. 21st
  8:00am - Early Christians (Schuster Chapel)
9:00am - Women's Bible Study (Calder Library)

WEDNESDAY
Nov. 22nd
  10:30am - YARN MINISTRY (Calder Library)