Caramel Apples for Sale!

Fall means it's time for Del's Caramel Apples! The Central preschool will be having a fundraiser over the next 2 Sundays in which you will have the opportunity to buy some caramel apples and other fall favorites. If you fill out an order form on   October 2nd, you can pick up your order on the following Sunday, October 9th. The same will happen on October 9th, with pick up on October 16th. Payment will be due when you place your order. You get a sweet treat, and the preschool gets the profits, so everyone is happy!

Volunteering at The Good Samaritan Inn on Oct. 15th

Volunteers from Central Christian will prepare and serve lunch at the Good Samaritan Inn on Saturday, October 15th. The crew needs 5-6 workers 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for food preparation and 12-14 people for serving lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and all workers are invited to stay and enjoy lunch after the serving line closes!  If you can help, please sign up at or click HERE or call the church office. A sign-up sheet will also be available at the Welcome Center. Dave Wagner, (217) 433-2367, and Shirley Swarthout, (217) 620-3246, head up Central's volunteer team. Please contact one of them if you have questions.

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Central Christian Church Nursery Staff - September 2022

Emily Elsea is originally from Columbia, MO (MIZ-ZOU!) and has made her way to Decatur, Illinois because of Millikin University. She is a senior vocal music education major and is excited to have the opportunity to be in the nursery, as well. Emily is   newly engaged to Isaac Cothern. If she is not doing homework or teaching voice lessons at Decatur House of Prayer, you will find her volunteering at the Children’s Museum of Illinois. 


Abigail Smith is a Decatur native and currently a senior vocal music education major at Millikin University. She has been on the nursery staff since March of 2021. At Millikin you can find her singing in University Choir, as the president of the Alliance for Active Music Making, as a Big Blue Ambassador, and a    member of Sigma Alpha Iota. Her favorite part of serving in the nursery is watching each child grow and learn new things.  


Hi, I’m Kattina Williams. I’m one of the nursery attendants and I also work at the Decatur Family YMCA as the swim coordinator and a Red Cross lifeguard. I also work main concessions at Macon Speedway. I was a political science major and sociology minor at Western Illinois University. I want to go back and become an avian veterinarian. I have always loved taking care of children. I love to watch them grow and learn.

Welcome 4 New Members!

What a great day we had this past Sunday!  Four new members joined the  Central family!  First, Ron and Angie Ingram transferred their membership at the 9:15 service.  Ron and Angie had been looking for a church to attend for some time and “visited” a lot of churches online.  Central’s was one of them.  Attending online led them to begin attending in person this past spring, and they both said they felt “at home” here and appreciated the inclusive spirit at Central.  At the 10:30 service, two of our Millikin choir interns, Spencer Domer and Sam Moore, both joined Central.  Both are seniors and are beginning their third year of singing with us.  They are pictured below with our guest preacher for the day, Alex Ruth.  Welcome all!


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