Dear Church Family,
We are very excited about the Kirk Cameron Living Room Reset coming to North Central on Friday night, Feb. 22nd at 7pm. This is an event that we have been planning for many weeks. To date, we only have about 20 of our North Central tickets available. Remember, these were tickets that were set aside for the host church to make available. If you would like a ticket at the slightly reduced rate, you better act fast! After we sell out of ours, the tickets are still available from the Kirk Cameron website.
The church family lost one of our most beloved staff members on January 20th. Ann Davis has served on this NCBC staff the whole time I’ve been your Pastor, and many years prior. Her title was Hospitality Director. She helped us reach people for Christ by preparing wonderful Wednesday night suppers for the church family, among other duties that she completed behind the scenes. She did this with the help of her loving husband, Ben, and a precious volunteer team. This was not simply cooking a meal for the church family but was truly a ministry and a tool to reach people for Jesus. She often introduced me to new folks that came on Wednesday night. I really don’t know how to describe the impact Ann and Ben have had on our church. We are thankful for their labor of love. I have not experienced a home-going service quite like what we experienced this past Monday when we gathered to celebrate her life. The service was Christ-exalting and challenging for those of us still left to serve here through the life of our church. Our prayers are with Ben, Lee and Janna, Dede and Jay, and their families, and Ann’s extended family and friends, and we rejoice that Ann is with Jesus!
Our church family recently had one of our 4 annual business meetings to update the church family on some important matters. One of the assignments of this January gathering was to give the final quarters financial report from 2018 to the congregation. We ended up with two major highlights from the last quarter: First, we have been able to fully fund the church’s emergency fund! This was originally going to take us over 2 years to accomplish but because of the amazing giving of our people, we were able to do it this year. Secondly, we reported a building fund balance that exceeded $90,000.00 which can be used to take care of some of our most desired projects.
Thank you for praying for the Cuba trip. We were able to share the gospel, work with children, and do construction work with the Punta Brava Baptist Church in Punta Brava, a town that is located a short distance from the capital city of Havana. There are many others of our NCBC family who are about to take the gospel to different parts of the world. We have a trip headed to Toronto. We have folks headed to Turkey. We have folks going to Norman, Oklahoma. We also have many of our college students raising funds and preparing for a summer of foreign missions. For this we are grateful. Let’s lift these folks up in prayer.
Please be praying for the youth ministry as they prepare for their DNOW Weekend, Feb. 8-10. Our students will be challenged to walk with Jesus every day of their lives. We have some special guests that will be with us for this weekend and many of you will be helping to pour into the precious young people. Thank you for your investment in our teens.
It is truly a joy to be your Pastor. We all rejoice in people coming to know Jesus as Savior.