Greetings in July! We are in the midst of a busy summer here at North Central. The Lord continues to bless this wonderful fellowship of believers! We are thankful for new members–especially those folks who have recently come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
We are having several special events in July to make Sunday nights special at North Central. We call this “Summer Nights”. July 1st is All American night. Our Worship Arts ministry is presenting a night of patriotic music that will cause us to be thankful to the Lord for our nation’s heritage. What is more American than hot dogs and Apple Pie? We will share these two and fellowship together following the service on this special evening.
Praising ’12 is July 8. Look for the signup sheet to participate in this display of music that honors the Lord. Every year we are blessed by folks with tremendous talent. A Spaghetti supper accompanies this great night of worship.
NCBC at the Park will take place at Kanapaha Park at 6pm. Be on the lookout for special recreational activities surrounding this event for all ages. Our Sunday School classes have jumped in there to help us plan a great night of fellowship for the church and those we invite. It is a good thing to take the ministry of the church outside our actual facilities from time to time. It is a reminder that every week, we gather at the church to worship our Lord and then we scatter as the church to minister. NCBC at the Park is one more reminder that our gospel must be taken outside the walls of our church building.
Vacation Bible School will be very special this year. The dates are July 30- August 3. Why not intentionally invite a family to have their children involved in this special week? Take the initiative to find children that would be encouraged by this great week of spiritual learning and fun. We also are doing something brand new this year. We have VBSplus which will provide for elementary age children for the entire day. These students will participate in our VBS in the morning and then stay for an Upward Sports Camp. Children whose parents choose this option can be cared for by loving adults all day. This will help couples in which both Mom and Dad work and need activities and care for their elementary children. Pray that this effort is successful in helping us meet this need.
I continue to marvel in the faithfulness of our people to the Above and Beyond Campaign. We are rapidly approaching the 50% mark on our commitments. This is truly a miracle. I’m happy to say that we have received approval for our site plan and the building permit is being sought even as I write this article. We should begin to see activity on our property real soon! For this we are grateful!
It is truly a joy to be your pastor. You folks love the Word of God and love the people of God. You love the lost that so desperately need Jesus to change them as He has changed us. Let’s be faithful to share a verbal witness this week for Him!