May 25, 2018

In June and July, our sermon series will be focusing on how Jesus has fulfilled, or will fulfill, the Jewish Feasts as instructed by God for the Jewish people in the Old Testament. 

On Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., you are invited to experience Jesus in the Passover Seder Meal.  Please RSVP by Friday, June 15 by either calling the church office or by signing up at the Sign-up Center in the church foyer.

Families and individuals are welcome to celebrate Jesus, our Passover Lamb, as each table wal...

May 18, 2018

Hello Everyone.  May is here and in full swing.  Before this month slips away, I need you to know a few

things. 

     1. We will have ONE service on Memorial Day weekend, May 27.  Sunday

         School will take place at 9:45 a.m., and Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.

         There will be NO 8:30 a.m. service.

     2. Monday, May 14, was the last day to get the early bird discount for

         Mahoning...

March 14, 2018

I want to say thank you.  Thank you for being a church that realizes the importance of sabbath.  I was able to get away last week with my family to Tennessee.  Yes, it was homecoming for Johnson; yes, our yearly shopping trip for clothes, and yes, there was a trip to the Nascar Speed Park for go-carts.  But through all the fun, the get-away had a bigger importance.

REST—Hebrews 4.  Darryl just spoke about this and it was a nice send off to my trip.  The importance here is to know t...

January 31, 2018

For 2018, the leadership at Center would like to give a call to prayer!  Scripture is clear that we are to be people of prayer.  That involves each of us individually.  We are to also be a people of prayer which involves each of us corporately.  On the 4th Sunday of each month throughout this year, we will set aside time in each service on Sunday morning to do just that—PRAY.  At the beginning of the month we will invite you all to join us in intercessory prayer for a specific area on your own t...

January 29, 2018

As parents we sometimes get lost in the busyness of schedules, or diapers, or car keys (depending on your phase).  Darryl spoke on Sunday about the scariest drift that can happen to any Christian, moreover any Christian parent:  “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”  (Hebrews 2:1)

I distinctly remember a time when I was driving back from my family’s homeland in Arkansas.  It was very late at night and I began to drift a...

January 15, 2018

As we begin a new year, so many people are setting goals.  Mental, physical, occupational, and everything between, we often see this time as a new start.  And yet, I’ve often heard quoted in study

after study that most people give up by February.

Why is this?  Did we not set “good” goals?  Are they not worth attaining?  Would our lives NOT be better if we reached these goals?  Why?

And yet in just asking these questions we find the solution.  Of course they are “good” goals, of...

January 10, 2018

Year’s Theme—”Old School”

Learn from the Past, Live in the Present, Believe in the Future

January through May

“From Old to New”

(A Sermon Series on the Book of Hebrews)

June through July

“The Past Perfected”  

(Jewish Feasts Fulfilled by Jesus)

August through September

“Every Giant Must Fall”

(The Old Story of David and Goliath in a New Light)

October through November

“The Generational Church”

(Honoring the Past and Encouraging the Future)

December

“Old School—Christmas Edition”

If you missed the start of the s...

December 8, 2017

As Darryl speaks on the “Gifts of Christmas” we cannot ignore the practical ways we introduce the Christmas story to our families. 

The importance of family traditions can’t be understated.  Take a moment (yes, actually take a moment and reflect) and think about your family traditions of years gone by.  When you were a kid:  What did you ALWAYS do for Christmas?  What ways did the Christmas Narrative get center stage in your celebrations?

For my family as a kid, we always read the L...

November 24, 2017

Coming up on this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I want to encourage you to lead your families in worship together.  There are a hundred and one different ways you can do this.

It could involve:

  • singing together

  • reading your favorite scriptures together

  • talking about what you are thankful for and intentionally going to God in prayer and thanksgiving for it

  • making beautiful pieces of homemade/handmade art expressing your thankfulness to God

  • serving at a soup kitchen

  • find...

November 10, 2017