Pentecost Offering Helps Plant New Churches

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The Pentecost offering supports the New Church Movement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


This movement has allowed us to grow our Disciples Family by welcoming many new and affiliated faith communities into the fold.


Our church planters are eager to answer God's call to spread the gospel in new ways and places. Established congregations like ours are sharing resources, love and support for this effort.


The Pentecost Offering will be received two consecutive Sundays, May 19 and 26.


Please consider giving generously to this important ministry for advancing faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Congratulations Class of 2024 Grads!

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Our Central Church family wants to celebrate with our graduates and wish them the best in their future endeavors! The following is a list of the graduate and their degree and/or their school:


Tanner Heick, Bethel University, MBA

Drake Niles-Cox, University of Illinois, BS in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Cora Carr, Millikin University, BA in Music

Megan Schippert, Millikin University, BA in Music

Joliet Witts, Meridian High School

Welcome New Member - Scott Bicknell

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With joy and thanksgiving, we welcome Scott Bicknell to the Central family!  Scott transferred his membership at the 10:30 a.m. service on May 19.  A true Pentecost moment for us all!  Scott was married to Christina Campbell in December of 2019 at Central and has been a regular part of our church life since a year before that date.  We’ve long considered Scott to be a part of our family, but it is nice to make it    official!  Welcome Scott!


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New Sermon Series – Unsung Heroes

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During worship since Easter, we have spent time in the Book of Acts, learning how the  early followers of Jesus built the church with their words, but even more so with their    actions!  If we have focused on any particular followers of Jesus, it has been the more well-known ones – especially Peter and John (two of the  original 12 disciples).  Yet, even though they might have been some of the early leaders in building the church in Jesus’ name, they didn’t do it alone.  There were plenty of unsung heroes along the way.  As we usher in the official start of summer with the Memorial Day weekend, we begin a new sermon series that will carry us through the month of June.  We’ll stay in the Book of Acts and  explore how the church was built by Unsung Heroes.  


The kingdom is built not by the mighty acts of a few,

but by the everyday acts of the many


May 26              “It’s All Greek to Me”                                             Acts 6:1-7

                           Heroes serve quietly and without fanfare  

June 2               “We All Need Someone to Lean On”                    Acts 9:10-19

                           Heroes offer a helping hand

June 9                “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover”                      Acts 10 (selections)

                           Heroes are willing to changed / be changed 

June 16              “There’s a Knock at the Door”                             Acts 12:12-19

                           Heroes provide the space where change can happen

June 23              “Stuck in the Middle with You”                             Acts 15

                           Heroes are willing to compromise for the greater good

June 30               “Like a Boss!”                                                     Acts 16:11-15

                            Heroes use their Influence for Good


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