Connect #1 – July 2012

Welcome to Central’s first edition of Connect, a monthly newsletter to help keep our church family connected. We ask you to do your part in keeping us informed of important dates, accomplishments or family happenings. As well, send along your prayer and praise items, so that we can share in times of need and in thanksgiving. We would love to hear from our young folks, maybe a camp experience, or about your summer job or vacation. Let’s make it fun and interesting. Thanks to Paula Andrews for assuming responsibility for launching this first edition and for those forthcoming!
Birthdays are something to be celebrated each year and we want to rejoice with those in our church family who have birthdays. If we missed you it was not intentional, but something we are working on so bear with us. Fill out a card in the front lobby and place it in the green bin.
Happy Birthday goes out to:
Wanda Dickieson-July 2 Roger May – July 26 Cody Richard-August 4
Angus Beck-July 2 Lorraine Beck – July 20 Mona Bowlan-August 7
Shirley White-July 8 Kristen Breedon-July 22 Karen Nieuwhof-August 14
Bernice Stevenson-July 16 Linda Andrews-July 23 Ena Bertram-August 29
David MacDonald-July 18 Wendy VanDuinkerken-July 28 Cole Diamond-August 29
Jean Wheatley-July 2 Oliver Andrews-July 31 Seraphine Cadotte-July 28
Thayne Campbell – Aug 17 Judy Allen-July 31  
If you have or will celebrate an anniversary in July or August we rejoice with you! Marriage is something that is good in God’s eyes and we wish you many more happy years together!!

Callum & Lorraine Beck – Aug 11
Craig & Sara Townsend – Aug 14

Congratulations to all our graduates this spring!! All your hard work has paid off. May God richly bless you in your future endeavors!!!

Melvin Sim Turay (Accounting – Holland College), Carlos Sanchez (BSC – U.P.E.I.) Lucia Sanchez (Grade 12-Colonel Gray), Charity May (BA International Development – Dalhousie),
David MacDonald (Civil Engineering – UNB), Choi Hong (MCC)

★★Please pray for all our students, that they would enjoy a safe and fun filled summer and return to school refreshed and ready to work hard this coming school year. Let’s pray that God will protect them all from Satan’s evil plans for their lives and that they would grow to know and love Jesus.★★

Central’s Connection to Charlottetown and Beyond
Here is what some of our people are doing lately:

-Jacqueline McQuaid (daughter of Randy and Katherine McQuaid) won a bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle event at the East Coast Long-Course Swim Championships in Halifax recently, as well as breaking the provincial record with a time of 30.16! Way to Go Jacqueline!!

Family Happening’s – The Becks

Joan tells me that one of my Dad’s lines was “it’s ok to gloat once in awhile.” So she asked me to boast a little bit about the recent accomplishments of some of our family members for this first newsletter. The most important is that Mom survived a serious colon cancer operation last fall and is eating like a trooper now. She recently celebrated her 85th birthday and is a bit gaga about her newest granddaughter Darrah. Mind you her gaganess falls far short of that exhibited by Grandpa Gordie.
So what else? “Little” Rory and Darcy, and their wives Katie and Marcia, have started a permaculture farm and business across from the Brookvale ski park, and to everyone’s surprise Rory actually gets his hands dirty. In the past year Nathan and Liz were married, bought a house, started their careers in law and dentistry, and most significantly will soon make Lorraine and I grandparents. Nathan was called to the bar last month, while Leslie recently became a real estate agent (so you all know where to go if you need these services ☺). I got my PhD. Jeremy will be home soon to begin a practice in internal medicine. Luke will be assistant coach with the Rockets next year while “little” Colin will be playing with the Panthers.
The biggest event, and saddest, was the loss of dear brother Rory. He has been honored posthumously in a number of ways. He was the recipient of this year’s Institute of Public Administration of Canada Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Maritime Junior Hockey League also honored him with a Builders Award and he was recognized for his contributions to Island baseball as well.
Please continue to pray for Gay and the kids.
-Callum Beck

Prayer Corner
One thing we want to do as a body as well is to pray for one another. If you have prayer concerns please share with the church office so we can join together in praying for you. Please pray for the following of our family, especially who are going through health issues: Eric and Mary Singleton, Sandra Rashed

Before you go we want to share some spiritual nourishment in the form of a devotional.
May you find that true refreshment comes only from God….

Thirst for God
Hayden Norris – Senior Pastor – Harvest Gainesville, Florida
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.- Joshua 1:7-9
One of the biggest obstacles an athlete faces is thirst. This leads to dehydration. Once that happens, the athlete is unable to go on. They have to stop. What happens when they don’t replenish? It leads to death. So what should they use to re-hydrate? Does it matter? Well, if a runner finishes a marathon, would the first thing they ask for be a cup of coffee? Probably not. Coffee is not a thirst quencher. Water is.
Christians have a similar problem. We have spiritual thirst. This type of thirst is actually a good thing. Just like in an athlete, it alerts us that we need something, or we will have to stop or die. What are the symptoms of thirsting spiritually? There are many. Having a dry and brittle personality, impatience, unforgiveness, and bitterness area few symptoms. Any ungodly character trait is a symptom of being thirsty spiritually.
So, how do we quench this thirst before we do serious harm to ourselves and those around us? We are told to come to the Living Water for replenishment (John 4:10-15). The problem is that most of us don’t come to the right source. We are drinking coffee and not water and then wonder why we are not satisfied. We buy stuff or eat stuff or watch something to cover the symptoms of our thirst. Never satisfied, yet always drinking.
One way to satisfy our thirst is to meditate on Scripture and the life and person of Jesus Christ. Too often in our devotional lives we can get caught in the “more is better” way of thinking. We feel better when we read large chunks of the Scripture. George Mueller, a great saint from the past, warns us of doing this. He says, “. . . the simple reading of the Word of God can become information that only passes through our minds, just as water passes through a pipe.” Meditation has the exact opposite effect on our lives. By focusing our minds on a verse, or a concept that we read from the Bible, we “chew” on or think on this Scripture throughout the day. This allows us to understand the Word better and apply it to our day to day situations.
There’s a reason the Psalmist says, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). Thank God for giving us spiritual thirst that reminds us to drink deeply of his Word.
Journal: What am I satisfying my thirst with? How’s that going for me? Who can I ask that will honestly tell me if I am showing signs of being thirsty?
Prayer: Father God, thank you for creating in me a thirst for you. Forgive how slow I am to understand and apply the concept of “drinking” the Living Water of Your Word. Help me to thirst for you alone, and when I go to other unsatisfying sources of refreshment, remind me by Your Spirit to come for a “drink” from You instead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.