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Out of sight but not out of mind...

We have several young adults from our church who are away from home at school. Would you like to help the church keep in touch with them so they know they are still in our hearts? Please reach out to David Martin at  or Gretchen Kirby at if you would like to help with this ministry or have any questions.

Thank you from the Stewardship Committee!

THANK YOU to everyone who has submitted an estimate of giving card to support the 2023 Stewardship campaign - Looking In, Reaching Out. Your estimate of giving is important, as it helps the Finance Team determine the Operations budget for 2023. If you have not returned your card, you can drop it in the brass bowl in the narthex, submit your estimate of giving online or via text, or mail your card to the church. Blank cards are available in the Welcome Center, or you can contact the office and we will mail one to you. October 23rd is a special day - Consecration Sunday. We will celebrate the financial commitments we've received in support of Central's mission and ministry. Keith Backes' team will be providing yummy snacks after each service. Hope you can attend!

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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.

Important News about The Visitor

Beginning the week of Monday, October 3, Central’s weekly newsletter – The Visitor – will be printed every other week. This will be true for both the online and the U.S.-mailed paper copies. This change is due to many factors. In the last five years – including the pandemic – our world has changed greatly, as has our staff configuration at the church. We are doing more and more communicating digitally and thus are able to send out information quicker, easier, and in a variety of ways. Since we first began the online option nearly 10 years ago, we have been sending out weekly digital as well as mail-out copies for those who wanted them. In the last several years, however, more people are converting from the paper copy to the digital one. Additionally, since the pandemic, there are many weeks when church staff is working harder to find content for a weekly newsletter. Mostly, however, this change will allow our office staff to work more effectively and efficiently in helping us carry out the ministries of the church.
That said, we are confident that this change will not affect anyone’s ability to be informed by whatever we communicate about what is happening within our faith family. To help ensure this is the case:
We are making this announcement now to provide sufficient time for everyone to prepare for the change;
We will continue printing and mailing a copy of the every-other-week newsletter to whomever wishes to receive one;
We will most likely send out brief updates through our email marketing service on the “off weeks” when The Visitor is not printed;
We will make sure two week’s-worth of calendar information is in every Visitor (and we may utilize the Sunday worship bulletins and Connect sheets in new ways);
Anyone who receives a mailed copy and feels they are not getting necessary information from the church can contact the church at any time.
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