1 August 2012 Issue 7 Pastors Mary Ellen Sharp Josh Sabo Central Baptist News Our Mission We exist as a church to love God, love people, and serve the world. We love God by placing a priority on public worship and spending intentional time with God on a daily basis. We love people by building redemptive relationships in group Bible study and with our neighbors. We serve the world in Christ's name by meeting the needs of people in our church, neighborhood, and world. Worship 501 S 4th St - Springfield 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. 600 W Birch - New Berlin 10:30 a.m. Office Hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Phone Website Children s House Phone Website Missionaries on the Move Changes are in the immediate future for both Sue Hegarty and Gary and Mylinda Baits. Gary and Mylinda Baits will be returning to the U.S. this summer. Later this year, Mylinda will transition into a new role with International Ministries, working as a Regional Missionary with a special focus on ministries that mentor, empower and connect women in the prevention and eradication of Sue Hegarty has been reassigned to serve in San José, Costa Rica with the Baptist Federation and with human trafficking. Her language skills, cultural awareness, the Pastoral C a r e f o r and international contacts Women ministry. Sue will be make this new opportunity a teaching seminary courses for great fit for her gifts and passion. training pastors, as well as serving Most importantly, this as liaison with American Baptist mission teams. Additionally, she will teach in the leadership development prog position will allow her to be more fully involved with the ways God is already at work among the women in these r a m f o r t h e i n t e r - ministries. She will also be denominational ministry of serving, on behalf of International Ministries, as a represen- Pastoral Care for Women and will assist as they update their tative to international organizations collaborating on issues of course contents and their publications. This ministry seeks human trafficking. While her to give Christian hope to ministry focus will be Latin women in a male-dominated culture by teaching them of America, Mylinda will be living God's love for them, which in the state of Washington and then empowers them as they traveling as needed. Using seek to reach their potential as current technology, she will women of faith. Sue and her create virtual support networks daughter Katy leave for Costa that facilitate and strengthen Rica on July 25. l i fe -c h a n g i n g m i n i s try. Gary has resigned from International Ministries effective September 1, and will begin teaching in the Olympia/Tacoma, WA area. He is hoping to walk alongside Latinos in the northwest and use his Spanish and cross cultural experience to help them make their way in a foreign land. Katie and Taku Longkumer have settled into their work--focusing on indigenous workers who are planting new churches in remote villages. They are providing pastoral care, bible study training and renewal opportunities for those who serve in very difficult situations, and are also serving as a resource to the Council of Baptist Churches in NE India. Please continue to lift up Sue and Katy, Gary and Mylinda, and Katie and Taku in prayer as they follow God s leading and begin new phases of their ministries. Additional information on all our ABC missionaries may be found on the International Ministries web site (
2 Page 2 Central Baptist News The August Inside This month I am using this space to officially introduce Rev. Jerry Phillips to you as our Parttime Interim Pastor. At the Quarterly Business meeting on July 18, the church voted to have Rev. Phillips fill this role. (Please contact the church office if you would like to see the details of this agreement.) The reality of our worship schedule each Sunday requires we have 2 pastors preaching each week as two of our services occur at the same time in 2 different locations. At the very least, that means we need some support with pulpit supply. But since we are also in a time of transition, it is good to have a gifted, experienced pastor who not only preaches well, but can provide some pastoral care and meet regularly with Josh and I. We have already enjoyed working with Jerry and look forward to more of the same in the coming months. Jerry will be working about 10 hours/week and preaching 2 Sundays each month. Many of you know Rev. Phillips, as he is also a member of Central Baptist Church. However, Jerry is often sought as interim pastor and has served several area churches in recent years. Because of that, he has not always Story been able to worship with us and we thought you might appreciate learning a little more about him. Gerald R. Phillips, sometimes known as Jerry, just passed the 59th anniversary of his ordination. He was born and raised in Roodhouse, IL and graduated from White Hall High School. After nearly becoming a career farmer, he felt the call to gospel ministry and began formal training for it. He graduated from William Jewell College, 1958, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then attended two Southern Baptist seminaries, Midwestern and Southwestern (Ft. Worth, TX) and graduated in1966 with a Masters of Divinity degree. Jerry later received a year of Clinical Pastoral Education training through hospitals in Rockford and Chicago. Early in his ministry he served 4 Southern Baptist Churches. Jerry began serving American Baptist Churches in 1979, first doing short interim work at Ashland and Winchester. Beginning in late 1979 he started serving at the First Baptist Church, Roodhouse, and was there for a little more than 20 years before "retiring." Since officially retiring he has served as interim pastor eight times at Introducing We are so happy Lynn and Diane Martin have joined our CBC church family!. Lynn and Diane have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. Prior to their retirement, Lynn was in church leadership and worked for the State of Illinois Department of Human Services. Diane was a pharmacist at St. John s. They enjoy participating in theater productions and spending time with family. Be sure to introduce yourself when you seen them in service. Welcome! 2012 a total of 5 churches, some of them twice. Jerry has also served as a member of the national American Baptist General Board and as a member of the board of International Ministries (8 years). Also served on the Minister and Missionaries Benefit Board (6 years). Have served in various positions of American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region, and currently serving as Vice President for Personnel and chair of the Ministry of Staff Relations. Jerry also plays the piano, quite well, and occasionally allows us the pleasure of hearing him play, most recently at the Birthday Banquet this past March. Jerry and his very lovely wife, Della, just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. Jerry first moved to Springfield with his late wife, Louise, after he retired from FBC Roodhouse. She died in 2006 following a rugged two-year battle with cancer. Josh and I are excited about the ways we see God at work in our midst this summer and feel very blessed that Jerry will be serving with us in the coming months. Mary Ellen
3 Page 3 Central Baptist News August 2012 CBC In Brief The world is profoundly different than it was at the middle of the last century. So far, the North American church largely has responded with heavy infusions of denial, says Reggie McNeal in his book entitled The Present Future Six Tough Questions for the Church. This is a must read and must study book for Central Baptist Church and for all churches. The way we should do church is much different now than what is used to be. I highly recommend that you read this book and talk about it in your Sunday School class or small group. Church staff can provide teaching aids. If you would like to order a copy, you can do so at Amazon for $ If you prefer to be included in a group order, let the church office know by August 15. Larry Aldag, Moderator This is not about the how but the what and the who: what is it that God wants us to accomplish in our community and in the world? Who are we now, and who is God calling us to be? In Christian Love and Sympathy I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." John 11:25-26 (NIV) Please remember these brothers and sisters in Christ: Sadie Shontz upon the death of her sister, Margaret Shontz, whose life was celebrated at a graveside service last month. Sy and Judy Haber upon the death of their grandson, Sean. Beyond Our Doors 2 Chronicles 15:7 But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded. Kumler Food Pantry: School kids individually packaged, nonrefrigerated foods for breakfast and lunches. Fruit bars, snack bars, crackers, Easy Mac n Cheese are a few suggestions. Add something to your shopping list. Drop-off in the Serve the World Center. Contact Ministries: Meal provision for Contact Ministries and Helping Hands is still needed on 8/29. Round up your family and friends. It s really not difficult. Questions...contact Carol Volle. Donations of men s casual work clothes, shoes/boots are needed by Contact Ministries. You may leave your donations in the Serve the World Center or at Contact Ministries on 1100 E. Adams Street. Never Fear, Underdog is here. Perhaps you will recall the early 1960s animated TV series featuring this feisty crime fighter; or McGruff the Crime Dog. Underdog and McGruff are reminders that safety is important. We take seriously our responsibility to the children in our daycare, those that work in our building or enter our doors during the week. During August our door security system will be updated. It will provide improved management of the door devices and levels of access. Individuals requiring regu- lar access to our building will receive new door devices. The camera lenses will also be replaced to ensure there is clear view of those ringing the buzzer. If you have building access needs let the church office know.
4 Page 4 Central Baptist News August 2012 Thank You!...To everyone who volunteered in downtown Springfield as part of the Springfield July 4th Celebration. Our volunteers passed out cold drinking water, assisted the Springfield Jaycees in passing out 1,000 ice cream cups and provided first-aid for minor scrapes and abrasions. (As one of our professional nurses on scene, Faith Heikes was also the first responder on scene to assist a lady who had a heat stroke and was eventually transported to the hospital by ambulance). Thank you, all, for sharing your time and love with the community....from Reg Mills Dear friends, Judi and I write to again thank you. We are grateful to God for the fifteen years we were able to serve alongside you. Thank you for inviting us into the sacred places of your lives, for all of the ways you enriched our lives, and for the many life experiences God allowed us to share. We are especially thankful for the wonderful ways you gifted us in my final weeks as your pastor. Your kind words of affirmation and appreciation touched us deeply. Your financial gifts and other gifts were generous beyond expectation. Judi and I look forward to that fabulous weekend at the Cloran Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Galena, when the weather is cooler. Thank you! The Sunday worship celebration and subsequent reception on May 6, 2012, were warm, wonderful, and unique. The Wednesday Night Dinner on May 9th, with fishing games to play with grandchildren, was just delightful. These times with you, and the many individual conversations they afforded, left us with memories we will continue to treasure. Thank you! Most of you know that we are remaining in Springfield and plan to one day rejoin the life of Central. However, our return will be as members serving in support and under the leadership of your pastors. The Covenant of Separation which you recently received contains healthy guidelines for a former pastor to return to his or her previous church in a new role. Thank you for living by those guidelines and honoring our doing the same. Judi and I miss you all but we are pleased that the Lord has given us this season of life to refresh and renew. We think of you often and lift you in prayer. We know that you have wonderful leadership in place, both lay and clergy, and through them God is leading you into a future where He is already at work. We rejoice with you. Yours in Christ News from the Pews Darin and Dulci Harms are in Man of La Mancha. Leigh Steiner is directing. Performances Aug at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. It s a boy! James Bradley Killam weighing in at 4 pounds on July 3rd. Proud grandparents are George & Anne Tankersley, grandmother is Marilyn Winn and parents are Brad & Leigh Killam. Paige Martin is singing with the Lincoln Troubadours, an a cappella singing group employed by the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Catch them on 1:30 p.m. (Wed-Sat) at Old State Capitol - Rotunda or 2:30 p.m. (Thursday and Friday only) - Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Lowanda and Rex Medley celebrated their 50th anniversary in July. News from the Pews features neighbor to neighbor news. Share your news! Send your news to the church office or to: Only in America...are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
5 Page 5 Central Baptist News August 2012 July Mystery Member The winner is Sophia Ashebir! Our mystery member in July was Mary Coleman. Even though Mary was born in Springfield, she spent most of her life in Greenview, Illinois. Mary s college major was Meteorology, but she has never worked in that field. She has worked in accounting for 14 years. Mary has one son, Evan, of whom she is very proud. Mary says she was not raised in church, but went to church with a high school boyfriend and met Christ at 1st Baptist Church in Greenview and was baptized at age 16. Today Mary s favorite scripture is Psalm 23. Mary currently serves Central as the church treasurer. Mary generally attends the 11 am service at the Springfield location. Thanks for playing! See if you can discover the August Mystery Member! Do You Know Me? Here are the clues: I grew up in Marshal Town, Iowa I attended Trinity Lutheran in Marshal Town, where I was baptized as a baby Our barber/beautician gave my phone number to my spouse, we began dating and consequently got married at Trinity Lutheran Church I attended Marshal Town College, became a Dental Assistant and am a Licensed Dental Assistant. I have worked for several companies in Iowa and South Dakota. Presently I have a secretarial position for a major religious organization My spouse and I were among 5 charter members who started Judson Baptist Church in Chatham. We have attended Central Baptist, Cherry Hills and Judson Baptist, until it closed. We came back to Central Baptist Church in 2000 I have taught Pre-K VBS and Sunday School and served as church clerk Do you know who this is? Send your answer to: or call the church at ext 16 and leave a message in her voice mail. The winner receives a free Wednesday Night Dinner. HINTS Look through the Church Directory. Ask lots questions of people you thought you knew. It might surprise you! Tip of the Halo Gayle Blair and family for the donation of new chairs in the sound booth Our musicians at all services, collectively and individually, for their leadership in musical worship Sarah & Sophia Ashebir & Chloe Allen for keeping the recycle bins emptied, filling in at the Volunteer desk, tidying up the sanctuary and many other helpful tasks It s a Survey! Your input is needed! In order to accurately identify opportunities to ensure a costeffective church office, we are taking a survey regarding your preferred method of receiving the CBN in the future. Here are the options: , pick up a copy at the church or receive the CBN through the postal service. Let Tricia or Lin know your preference. Phone: If you wish to unsubscribe, please notify the office via or phone.
6 Page 6 Central Baptist News August 2012 Off The Shelf The Mayan Apocalypse A Novel by Mark Hitchcock and Alton Ganski Andrew Morgan is a wealthy oil executive in search of the meaning of life. In his quest for answers he encounters the ancient Mayan predictions that the world will end in That the claims seem supported by math and astronomy drives him to check on them. Then he meets Lisa Campbell, an attractive Christian journalist also researching the Mayan calendar. When he learns that she is a Christian, he quickly dismisses what she has to say. As the time draws closer to December 21, 2012, a meteorite impact in Arizona, a volcanic eruption, and the threat of an asteroid on a collision-course with earth escalate fears. Are these indicators of a global apocalypse? Will anyone survive? Does Lisa s Christian faith have the answers after all? Or has fate destined everyone to a holocaust from which there is no escape? Mark Hitchcock is the author of nearly 20 books related to end-time Bible prophecy, including the bestselling 2012, The Bible, and the End of the World. He earned a ThM and PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Alton Gansky is the author of 30 books - 24 of them novels, including the Angel Award winner Terminal Justice and Christie Award finalist A Ship Possessed. A frequent speaker at writing conferences, he holds BA and MA degrees in biblical studies. This book may be found in the New Book rack in the Library. Veggie Tales: Super Hero Triple Feature Join Larry Boy in 3 heroic adventures that will inspire kids to resist temptation, not spread rumors, and to tell the truth. Titles included are: Larry Boy and the Bad Apple, Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed, and Larry Boy and the Fib From Outer Space. This DVD also features 3 great Silly Songs. (Not rated, 2010, 106 minutes) There are 12 other VeggieTale movies in the Library. A list of all the Veggie Tale movies is available at the Librarian s Desk. This DVD may be found in the Video Section near the Librarian s Desk. Jim Filler On behalf of the Library Team Children s House August brings so many emotions to our Children s House family. Most of our Rainbow class will be graduating ( August 17) and going off to Kindergarten. Many of the children still at Children s House will be moving up to the next class. The Summer Program Kids will be heading back to school. The children are excited, a little afraid and sad all at the same time. The parents can t believe that their children are already big enough to even go to school or up to the next classroom. How could they have possibly grown up so fast? All of us at Children s House are sad to see our little ones leave us. Many of the graduates have been with us since they were infants and we have become quite attached to them. We are consoled by the fact that they are definitely ready for the next level of school. We hope they come back to stay with us for the next year s summer program. I wish them much success wherever they are! Rita McCarthy Children s House Director
7 Page 7 Central Baptist News August 2012 A Bible Brain Teaser It's not really a joke, but you'll have fun anyway. In the paragraph below there are the names of 16 books of the Bible. See how many you can find. I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu; kept people looking so hard for facts and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized. But the truth finally struck home to numbers of our readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so that she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are sixteen names of books of the Bible in this paragraph. Answers Mark Luke Kings Acts Revelation James Ruth Numbers Job Amos Esther Judges Titus Lamentations Hebrews Peter From Our ConnectEDPAIRS Counselor! Stephani Cave, MA, LCPC Phone: X 19 or Hello again! I hope that everyone is able to enjoy the summer, no matter how hot it gets. I shared a handout about handling mistakes during our latest session of the Lunch and Learn series. The handout is based on the HeartMath emwave stress relief system I use. The system is a type of biofeedback training, measuring heart rate variability. The system gives you feedback from your body so you can learn to train your breathing to reduce stress, increase vitality, enhance mental clarity, and improve emotional balance. Through colorful, visual displays, emwave shows you how stress is affecting your body by responding to the subtle changes in your heart rhythms. It gives you the power to transform stress by guiding you to create more coherence a high performance state that occurs when emotions, mind, and body are synchronized. More coherence = less stress! The balancing and calming effects of increased coherence can improve sleep, enhance creativity, and help you recover from stressful situations. The emwave system comes with a Coherence Coach to guide you through the three steps of HeartMath heart focus, heart breathing, and heart feeling. It also uses games, challenges, and an emotion visualizer to make the training fun. I have used the system with children, adolescents, and adults. All respond well to the video game you control with your breathing. Feel free to stop by the counseling office for a copy of the handout and a demonstration of this fun and effective tool to reduce stress. Best, Stephani
8 Page 8 Central Baptist News August 2012 August Birthdays 08/03 Erika Palsen Elaine Turkcan 08/05 Larry Aldag Candy Stivers 08/06 Brenda Thornburgh Loretta Yeates 08/07 Paul Stivers 08/10 Joe Hill JoEllen Rosser Jeff Sharp 08/13 Rhea Bartlett 08/14 Ross Hodel Brett Miles Sally Smith 08/17 Betsy Martin Barbara McKean 08/17 Della Phillips 08/18 James Green 08/19 Rita Black Faith Heikes 08/20 Taylor Martin 08/22 Marge Clinton 08/23 Mary Jo Gaskill Lisa Henry Kathy Welker 08/24 Robin Davis Jenna Reynolds 08/27 Marlena Roate 08/28 Aislinn Bartlett Chloe Gilmore Aimee Southwell Evan Thrasher Owen Thrasher 08/28 Bill VanDusen 08/29 Rodney Gruber Diane Hunt 08/30 Mary Green 08/31 Piper Riley Coming Soon. 09/01 Dave Glomski Shotsi Patton Helen Wilcox 09/02 Dustin Beal Ruth Vincent 09/06 Tom Langford 09/07 Bob Mitchell August Anniversaries 08/01 Bob & Sandy Taylor 08/03 Dan & Gayle Blair 08/08 Ken & Esther Crotchett 08/10 Mark & Denise Beauman 08/17 Ray & Barb Reynolds 08/19 John & MJ Peters 08/21 Paul & Judy Thompson 08/25 Roy & Stephanie Beal 08/27 Paul & Diane Hunt 08/30 Doug & Linda Meyer Jeff & Mary Sharp 08/31 John & Syl Grisham Coming Soon. 09/03 Bill & Sharon Smith 09/08 Darin & Dulci Harms Interesting Events that Occurred in August The first Olympic games opened in Berlin, Germany, 1936 The first federal income tax was levied, 1861 The Statue of Liberty cornerstone was laid, 1884 The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. For Latrobe's team, he hired a substitute quarterback named John Brallier for $10 in expense money, making him the game's first professional player, The Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with their last public concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, 1966 The first Indian Church was founded on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, by John Eliot and John Cotton of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, "Sports Illustrated" was first published, 1954
9 Page 9 Central Baptist News August 2012 Mark Your Calendars! AUGUST Key Dates & Information Weekly SUNDAY 8:30a Classic Worship At A Glance 9:20a Adult Sunday School (New Berlin) 9:45a Sunday School all ages 10:30a Worship Service (New Berlin) 11:00a Contemporary Worship Children's Church 4:00p Face2Face for grades 6-8 (Merriam Hall) 6:30p High School/College Bible Study (Koebler s home) TUESDAY Noon Women s Lunch Study Group, Mary Sharp s office THURSDAY 6:00p Worship Band Practice All events at Springfield location unless otherwise noted. AB Men s Breakfast 1st & 3rd 8 a.m. Merriam Hall Wednesday, August 1 5:30 pm Saturday, August 4 8 am Monday, August 6 5:30 pm Sunday, August 12 noon Monday, August 13 5:30 pm 6:30 pm Wednesday, August 15 noon Friday, August 17 6 pm Saturday, August 18 8 am Monday, August 20 6 pm Thursday, August 29 1 pm Outreach Area Mtg AB Men s Breakfast Merriam Hall Girl Scouts New Berlin Children s Ministry Lunch Bunch Finance Area Mtg Weber Lounge LCT Merriam Hall CBN Articles Due Rainbows Graduation & Reception Sanctuary & Merriam Hall AB Men s Breakfast Merriam Hall Girl Scouts New Berlin Newsletter Mailed Report Available If you would like a copy of the HVAC Summary Report please contact the church office. State Fair - August 9 to 19 Christian Rock Night August 12 Free Powerlight Concert August 19 Aug Old State Capital Blues and BBQs Mary Ellen Sharp, Pastor Josh Sabo, Pastor Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Phone: Website: Children s House Phone: Website:
10 Non Profit Org US Postage 501 South 4th Street Springfield, Il Return Service Requested PAID Springfield, IL Permit # twitter.com/cbcchurchfamily cbcchurchfamily.org Regular Sunday Worship Opportunities Springfield Corner of 4th and Jackson 8:30 a.m. Worship (traditional format) 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Worship (contemporary format) New Berlin 600 W. Birch 9:20 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship