May 2022

Dear Church Family,

We look forward to some wonderful ministry together in the month of May. This is a tremendous time of celebration for many of our families. Students are finishing school, graduates are going through commencement exercises, and we look forward to a wonderful summer. There are some important events coming up that I want to tell you about. 

Our Orange Bucket Sunday is this coming Sunday May 1. This is a tremendous ministry that we have done for several years, gathering food for the Food4Kids program. Thank you church family for your generosity in helping hungry children in our county.

Mother’s Day is May 8. What a blessing it is to gather and celebrate the moms in our church and world. We not only have physical moms but we also have spiritual moms that have made a huge spiritual impact on us. Every lady is to be honored on this day and particularly it gives us an opportunity to say thank you to our moms.

May 14 and 15 is our Love Loud weekend. We have five opportunities for you to be involved in hands-on ministries. These are the following: One More Child: landscaping and bringing dinner to Foster Family homes in Lacrosse; One More Child: putting together furniture and landscaping to set up a new single parents’ home; Blessing our First Responders by bringing goodies and thank you notes; Santa Fe Oaks block party; writing letters to our overseas missionaries. You can sign up for these in church or Life Groups the next two Sundays or you can call the church office to sign up for one of these events. What an opportunity it is to not only be the church but do the work of the church!

Youth camp is scheduled for July 3-7. Parents, I want you to hold that date. This past February we had our largest DNow weekend ever. I believe camp this year will be tremendous. We will go over to the beautiful Lake Swan camp and have an awesome four nights of spiritual ministry for our young people. It’s a great opportunity to reach out. Signups are beginning this week.

Our Vacation Bible School will be July 18-22. The theme is Spark Studios: Created in Christ. Designed for God’s Purpose. Meghan Williams and her VBS team are putting together the best VBS week for our children. You don’t want to miss getting your students signed up. You can sign them up online right now at gatorchurch.com.

I want to tell you about the Full Circle Parenting Conference scheduled for September 9-10, 2022. Jimmy and Kristin Scroggins who have been with us for a couples retreat in the past will come into town and will teach all of our folks centered around their new book called Full Circle Parenting. Jimmy and Kristin are tremendous Christians who love Jesus and are raising a godly family. They will tell you that they don’t have all the answers but they will give us wisdom and principles to live by as we seek to raise our kids in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. I want you to hold these dates on your calendar.

This coming Sunday, May 1 Kelly and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. It was 40 years ago on May 1 that 2 college students stood in front of their family and their North Central family and made their commitment to one another. Kelly and I are so grateful for the ministry of North Central in our lives. Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined coming back here to be able to pastor the precious believers of North Central Baptist Church. You truly are a tremendous New Testament church with a heart for people and a heart for families and young people. We both are the products of that love and we’re thankful that we have celebrated 40 years together serving Him. It all began on a Friday night at North Central Baptist Church 40 years ago.

We are looking forward to wonderful days of ministry this month. May the Lord bless you and your family. 

Love in Jesus,