Last Sunday night we continued our book study. We have been reading through Rev. Joshua McClure's newest book, Made for Glory. Last week we were fortunate enough to have Rev. McClure with us to introduce the book. God has certainly blessed him.
On Tuesday night our Church Council met. It was the first of three Board meetings this week that were filled with excitement and reflected the good spirit that is surrounding the ministry here at Central Baptist as we enter the new year. We discussed everything from the 2017 spending plan, to the next steps in our technology plan, to the plans we have to develop our youth ministry, to the formation of a by-laws revision committee.
Following our mid-week service on Wednesday night. the Board of Deacons met. We talked about the generosity of the congregation and how the response to the Fellowship Fund has been terrific. We noted that the Pastoral Partners program has been going well and decided that we will have a meeting in February to check in on all those who have been serving and to see if we can assist them. Karen Boeniger and Geri Maloney have updated the Lay Assistant list through the next six months. We prayed for several of our members and friends who have been going through challenging times. They included Peter Arruda, Carol Johnson, Tim Lynn, Judy Terwilliger, Doris Stoppa, and Kolleen Celico. We also prayed for Tiffany Kaminski and her family on the loss of her dad this past week.
On Thursday night our Board of Christian Education met and began looking at plans for Vacation Bible School. We will have a meeting for volunteers and those interesting in choosing the program on February 28th at 6:30 p.m. We also reviewed the Safe Church Policy and set a meeting date for us to go over it with all the Sunday School teachers, youth volunteers and any VBS volunteers who could make it on Thursday, February 16th at 5:00 p.m. There will be a follow up session for those who cannot make it that night. Erica Ballesteros volunteered to be our representative on the Central Nursery School Board as we reconstitute it this month. We also decided that we will hold a VBS type youth event for three nights during Spring Vacation in April. We will spend a good amount of time on it at our February meeting.
I have to say that it was a very productive and positive week. We got a lot accomplished and made plans for the future.