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As committed followers of Jesus, we seek to grow in our relationship with him and our desire to be like him. We invite you to not only look around this site, but to come worship with us. Our desire is to help you connect with Jesus, others and the community.
We pray God’s blessings upon you this day and every day!
Join us on Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm for a special Ash Wednesday service.
Why Ash Wednesday?
Traditionally, the Christian Church has observed the seven weeks before Easter as a time of penitence and spiritual self-examination. Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, derives its name from the unused palm branches of the previous year. Ashes historically have had a dual significance. First they are Old Testament symbols of sadness and humility. Job, in midst of all his trouble cried out to God from the ash heap. The second symbolic meaning of ashes is a reminder of our mortality. Each of us faces the inevitability of physical death. Our bodies and material possessions eventually will turn to dust and ashes. This is a reminder that we dare not trust in things that crumble. But Lent does not leave us on the ash heap. It begins with Ash Wednesday, but ends with Easter. And Easter proclaims that through Christ, God resurrects us from our dust and ashes, makes us new creatures, and brings life out of death!
“You are Dust and to Dust You will Return” this ancient formula will be heard by Christians all over the world this Lenten Season.
Lenten Bible Study
Mark your calendars for our Lenten Bible Study led by Pastor Michael Sinclair beginning on March 1 for four weeks. Meet in the community room for a light meal at 5:30 pm with the Bible Study at 6:00 pm. A sign up sheet will be on the board across from the office in February so that we know how many to plan for the meal and study.
Join Us On:
March 1 – 2 Samuel 11 & 12
March 8 – Psalm 51: 1-6
March 15 – Psalm 51: 7-12
March 22 – Psalm 51: 13-17
An in-depth look at Psalm 51. Background information from 2 Samuel 11 and 12.
Psalm 51 is ordinarily classified as a prayer for help or an individual lament/complaint. What sets it apart is that the psalmist’s complaint involves his or her own sinfulness. Thus the church has with good reason included it among the seven Penitential Psalms (Psalms 6; 32; 38; 102; 130; 143). Psalm 51 is the most dramatic and familiar of the Penitential Psalms.
The superscription is the first clue to what Psalm 51 is about: sin and forgiveness. It is an invitation for readers to hear Psalm 51 against the background of the story of David’s taking of Bathsheba and murder of her husband Uriah (2 Samuel 11), as well as the subsequent confrontation between Nathan and David (2 Samuel 12: 1-14).
This story is as much or more about God’s character than it is about human sinfulness, both of which are in view in Psalm 51: 1-6/ The series of imperatives in vv. 7-12 petition God for forgiveness and re-creation. The series is broken by v. 13, and vv. 13-15 anticipate the psalmist’s transformed existence. Verses 16-17 offer the psalmist’s concluding observations about sin and sacrifice.
As testimony to the pervasiveness of sin and as a call to be reconciled to God, Psalm 51 is clearly appropriate for its assigned use on Ash Wednesday and during the season of Lent. As a powerful Proclamation of God’s grace, this Psalm is clearly also a Psalm for all seasons. Let us pause this Lenten Season to examine our own lives. In a nutshell, Psalm 51 is not just about Israel or David or some unknown ancient psalmist; it is also about us! It is about who we are and how we are as individuals, families, churches—sin pervades our lives.
Week of Compassion
Week of compassion works through a remarkable network of church partner organizations and partnerships that insures that our response to humanitarian needs in the world is efficient, effective and faithful through these partnerships. Disciples are able to join a tapestry of caring that brings help and hope to hurting people in every corner of the world.
Heavy winter rains in areas that burned during December wildfires have caused severe mudslides and flooding. Week of compassion will continue to provide support as these communities work to recover from this string of disaster. We seek your prayers for the people who have lost their lives in the mudslides and for their families and for emergency responders who are on the grounds there. Week of compassion is the week of February 18-25, we rely on your compassion, your gifts and your commitment to help change lives for the better. We do so in the name of Jesus Christ and on behalf of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Camp Walter Scott
Camp Acts- June 3-9
CYF- June 10-16
Senior- June 27- 29
Grandparents and Me- July 8-11
Beginners July 11-14t
Chi-Rho/JYF- July 22-28
Post High- August 3-5
Adult Week at C.W.S.
“Leviticus 6:13” June 17-23
JYF- June the 24-30
Chi-Rho/CYF/Beginners- July 1-7
To register go online to mhttps://cciwdisciples.org/camp-program/resources/
LOVE, In the Name of Christ Fundraiser
Love, INC is hosting the annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, February 22, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Bremer Center at Danville area Community College. The meal is free and the speaker is none other than the national founder of the Love, In the Name of Christ organization, Virgil Gilker. Please call Patsy by Feb. 8th, if you would like to attend, or perhaps even consider making a contributing to this organization. This is one of the recurring ministries that the church’s Outreach offering helps to support. It will be an exciting evening!
Love, INC is searching for a person to serve as the Clearinghouse Coordinator. This is a part-time position. Qualifications include: a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; genuine Christian compassion and love for others; and good organizational, communication and leadership skills. Knowledge of community resources is helpful. Contact/send resume to: ED@LoveINCVermilion.Com
During these trying difficult times, there are many people who are dependent on local food pantries for assistance. Our church has supported the Danville Township Food Pantry for many years as a way of reaching out to those in need. While you are welcome to bring donations for the food pantry at any time, the last Sunday of each month is designated here at Central as Food Pantry Sunday. We invite you to bring non-perishable, prepackaged items and place them in the containers in front of the church office. This month’s Food Pantry Sunday will be February 25. Please help us touch the lives of people in our community.