Welcome New Members, May 1st, 2022!

What a tremendous day this past Sunday was! First, at the 9:15 service, we welcomed new members Rod and Laurie Damery! They have been attending regularly for the past several months and are pleased to worship with their son (Ryan) and his family. Rod and Laurie spend 4 months of the year in Hawaii and have a vibrant church home there. We are pleased to be their church home for the 2/3 of the year they are in central Illinois. Then, at the 10:30 service, we welcomed Paul and Diane Weldy, who transferred their membership to Central. The Weldys have faithfully attended Central for 10 months and have a great love for the music program of our traditional services. Welcome Damerys and Weldys!
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Youth Fundraising Event—May 15th

Join us on May 15th after the 10:30 service for an all church picnic and fundraiser for the youth mission trip to Memphis this summer! Weather permitting, we will be outside the west entrance for lunch, yard games, and the major entertainment for the day, the Battle of the Lip Synch Air Bands. If the weather does not cooperate, we will move the event indoors.


There is no cost for the event, but donations are welcome. If you are planning to come, please RSVP either online (CLICK HERE) or by calling the church office so that we know how much food to prepare. If you have any questions, please contact David Martin. Thank you, and I hope you are able to join us for this fun event! 


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Capital Campaign Roundtable Presentations

Make sure to come to one of the Roundtable Presentations for our new capital campaign – Setting the Table, 2022-2025.  All will be held in the Connection Café.  The fact that the Sunday presentations are in the morning is meant to  accommodate worshippers at our different services.  If you cannot make one of the dates we have listed, please contact the office and we will do what we can to accommodate you. 

Sunday May 15 9:15 a.m.

Sunday May 15 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday May 17 6:00 p.m.

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Setting the Table

Every three years, in addition to the annual fall Stewardship Campaign which collects estimates of giving and prepares an operating budget for the coming year, Central has undertaken rolling three-year capital campaigns as well.  These began during the ministry of my predecessor, Charles Watkins, and have been a tremendous blessing to our congregation’s ministry.  The capital campaigns begin on July 1 and end June 30 three years later.  They are “rolling” because one three-year campaign “rolls” into the next.  For the last several  decades, Central has been able to embrace both a robust annual operating budget and keep the building and grounds in tremendous shape because of these capital campaigns. 


Since 2015, when we undertook the remodel of our Friendship Center, West Entrance, and Administrative wing, part of all campaigns have had (and will have) elimination of that debt as part of their focus.  However, we have also been able to provide upgrades to our building along the way.  And perhaps most impressively is the fact that 10% of all campaign receipts is dedicated to outreach.  Here is what the last two (2) campaigns have looked like:


2016-2019 Pathways to Possibilities Goal: $550,000

Additional projects: Security system (doors, cards and cameras); Friendship Center / Café – audio and visual

Outreach recipients: Baby Talk, Good Samaritan Inn, Webster Cantrell Hall, Dove, Oasis


2019-2022 Preserving our Past, Preparing our Future Goal: $550,000

Additional projects: West Entrance Elevator (replace); Great Hall (repaint); Ramp Entrance (upgrades)

Outreach recipients: Baby Talk, Good Samaritan Inn, Webster Cantrell Hall, Dove, Oasis

Note: for the outreach portion of this campaign, we invited the above-listed groups to make presentations of need and then distributed funds accordingly.


I wanted to take the opportunity here to introduce the theme and goal of four newest, and upcoming, campaign, along with a few notes about it.


2022-2025 Setting the Table Goal: $475,000

- Dates: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2-2025

- The theme represents both looking forward and anticipating a future that is to come, as well as the work needed to prepare for such a future.

- The overall goal is lower than in past years, which the Trustees hope conveys an understanding of the toll the global pandemic has taken on all of us.

- The break-down of the campaign’s goal will be as follows:

- $230,000 toward debt reduction (at the end of this campaign, we anticipate having 81% of the debt paid)

- $197,500 toward new projects (we will post the proposed new projects in next week’s Visitor)

- $47,500 toward outreach 


Our campaign committee would like to invite everyone to one of three (3) roundtable presentations where more specifics about the campaign will be shared.  Everyone is invited to attend and an RSVP is not required.  Simply show up and some of our committee members will provide you with information and answer any and all questions.

Sunday May 15 9:15 a.m. Connection Café

Sunday May 15 10:30 a.m. Connection Café

Tuesday May 17 6:00 p.m. Connection Café


- Blessings – Michael

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