Our new sermon series starts this Sunday, August 11th. We’ll spend 4 weeks in Hebrews and Luke, learning about what it means to have faith and trust in things not seen.
Week 1: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Week 2: Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Week 3: Luke 13:10-17
Week 4: Luke 14:1, 7-14
Services are at 8:30 & 10:30 am. All are welcome.
Our 10th Annual ice Cream Social will be Sunday, July 28 from 2-4 p.m. The cost which is still only $4, includes ice cream, toppings, dessert and a drink. Cake walks and door prizes. Please plan to attend and bring your family and friends.
This week’s sermon, Naked & Afraid, is based on the story of the demoniac living among the tombs in Luke 8:26-39.
Jesus and his disciples sailed to the Gerasenes’ land, which is across the lake from Galilee. As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, a certain man met him. The man was from the city and was possessed by demons. For a long time, he had lived among the tombs, naked and homeless. When he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down before him. Then he shouted, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” He said this because Jesus had already commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had taken possession of him, so he would be bound with leg irons and chains and placed under guard. But he would break his restraints, and the demon would force him into the wilderness.
Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had entered him. They pleaded with him not to order them to go back into the abyss. A large herd of pigs was feeding on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs. Jesus gave them permission, and the demons left the man and entered the pigs. The herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned.
When those who tended the pigs saw what happened, they ran away and told the story in the city and in the countryside. People came to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully dressed and completely sane. They were filled with awe. Those people who had actually seen what had happened told them how the demon-possessed man had been delivered. Then everyone gathered from the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave their area because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and returned across the lake. The man from whom the demons had gone begged to come along with Jesus as one of his disciples. Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell the story of what God has done for you.” So he went throughout the city proclaiming what Jesus had done for him.
This week’s sermon will be “Teach Your Children,” based on the parable of the parable of the sower in Luke 8:4-10
“When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”
Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that ‘looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand.’”
We currently have two services on Sundays; ARISE at 8:30 a.m. and a more traditional service at 10:30 a.m. We are located at 310 Main St. NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, and our phone number is (815) 939-4433. Our office is open Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. – Noon
Spaghetti & Meatballs, Mostaccioli, Salad, Bread & Drinks provided – $7 per person. Dessert Auction to benefit Disciples Mission Fund Giving @ 6PM. Donations of desserts wanted (Cakes, Pies, Cobblers, Brownies) store or bakery purchased/donated are welcome.
This summer’s Cruise Nights to support Blessings in a Backpack will take place on Wednesdays June 19th, July 10th, and August 14th.
Cars, Trucks, & Cycles are all welcome, as well as spectators. $15 Minimum Donation to enter a vehicle (checks made payable to Central Christian Church). The fun begins at 5:30 PM. Prizes for Participant Judging, Trophies for Best of Show, Pastors Choice, and Top Three will be awarded at 8:00 p.m. A 50/50 Drawing and concessions will be available.
Cruise Nights feature the John Webber Band and all proceeds benefit Blessings in a Backpack River Valley Communities, which provides weekend nutrition for more than 300 local students during the school year.
This coming Sunday June 2, 2019 we’ll celebrate our graduates–8th grade, high school, and college. Each of them has made a great achievement in life so far and we are excited and happy to celebrate with them and see them on to the next phase of life.
Our 8:30 am summer service, ARISE, will begin on June 2. Shorter than our regular 10:30 worship service, ARISE is done by 9:15 so you can have the rest of the day ahead of you.
Our Farmers Markets will begin on Wednesday, June 5. This year, we’ve got a new name, logo, website, and social media accounts. You can find all the info at www.market102.com. There will also be 3 Cruise Nights along with the markets, which will benefit Blessings in a Backpack River Valley.
Our markets are a great way to connect with and buy items from local farmers, artists, and other vendors.