Connect #2 – August 2012

Welcome to the second edition of “Connect”.   We want to know what is happening in your life.  Let us know about your anniversaries, new jobs,promotions, graduations, school achievements, mission trips, additions to your family, honors, accomplishments, etc.  Please also share your prayer requests.  We want to know so we can celebrate, and support you in what you are doing.  We are a family and we hope that we get to know one another through this newsletter that we will grow in our love for one another. Please contact Tammy at the  church office at 894-5234 or email centralchristian@eastlink.ca or  Paula (569-5711 or email paulaandrews@hotmail.com). See you next month!!
Central’s Board Update
Board members  meet every 2 weeks at 7am, to discuss issues and implement changes that we feel will bring unity  and growth, both  spiritually and in numbers, in our church body. There are seven members, all of whom welcome your input, and your prayers. Earlier this month, we invited Jared Johnston to our meeting to discuss our relationship with the college, and of course to welcome him as incoming president. He accepted, and attended along with Fred Osborne. We welcome anyone who has questions to contact any one of us. We will do our very best to serve this congregation faithfully.
Board Members:
Joan Macdonald Chair joan@newliferesource.ca 569-2223h 388-1694c
Jason Macdonald Treasurer murraycampbell@eastlink.ca 894-4044h 393-3123c
Jason Macdonald Treasurer jmacdonald93@yahoo.ca   964-2814h  
Wayne Peters Secretary wayne.peters@vac-acc.gc.ca 566-4082  
Nancy Richard kandnrichard@runanet.com 569-1871h 626-9466c
Blair Lapierre blair@mrplumber.pe.ca 566-2769h 628-9898c
Bobby Kenny bobbykenny34@msn.ca 892-6124h  
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We want to rejoice with those in our church family are celebrating!
If we missed you it was not intentional, but something we are working on, so bear with us.
Happy Birthday goes out to:

Mona Bowlan – Aug 7     Thayne Campbell – Aug 17    Abby Macdonald – Aug 24 

Donna Young – Sept 5 (the big 6-0) Rhonda MacKay – Sept 7 Cheryl Young – Sept 12

Donald Hickox – Sept 16     Mary Hickox – Sept 19     Jean Bevins – Sept 21

Zachary MacDonald – Sept 24   Jacob Young – Sept 25   Blair LaPierre – Sept 28

Stanley Mosher – Sept 28    Courtney Andrews – Sept28

Happy Anniversary goes out to:

Blair & Shirley Myers-Aug 1      Kathleen & Austin MacDonald-Aug 4      George & Sandra Rashed-Aug 6

Jason & Connie Macdonald-Aug 7      Geoff Conway & Sherri MacWilliams-Aug 10      Callum & Lorraine Beck-Aug 11

Craig & Sara Townsend-Aug 14      Norman & Shirley MacKay-Aug 28      Blake & Jennifer Parkin-Sept 5

Brion & Wendy VanDuinkerken-Sept 12   Bill & Joan Macdonald-September 25 (48th year, which Joan will spend alone as 

Bill is going on an extended sailing trip)

Congratulations to Jody Trainor & Stanley Mosher who are getting married on Sept 8.
They also just found out on Thursday that they are going to be first time home owners!
Congratulations and best wishes to you both. May you have a lifetime of love and happiness!
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, as Eric continues to heal from his surgery and begins another treatment; Sandra and George Rashed, as Sandra continues to recuperate from her fall earlier in the summer.  Please pray for the students who will be going back to universities, colleges and public schools this week.  Pray for the Lord’s protection on their minds as they learn and interact with other students.  Pray for the programs that will begin at Central
this fall.  May our hearts be open to what God has to teach us in our Bible Studies and Sunday School classes.
My SummerBy: Aaron Ryder
This summer I once again had the opportunity to serve at Canoe Christian Camp as a volunteer counselor. For almost a month I ate, slept, and breathed camp. Camp was my life and I loved it! One might assume that after three and a half weeks (one of which I was a camper myself) of singing the same songs, playing the same games and eating the same food I might be sick of camp, but that never seems to happen to me. Every day of camp is new and exciting. It was thrilling to see the spiritual growth in the campers, even after just one week of camp, and I was amazed how much growth I saw in myself. Thanks to the staff team and to all of the fantastic campers for making the 2012 camp season unforgettable!
In addition to being involved with the camp ministry I also had the chance to experience another very special ministry.About a week after my camps were over my family went on a two week vacation. We spent the first week at my grandparent’s cottage on the island of Grand Manan in the Bay of Fundy. The next week though, my grandparents, my parents and I all piled into a mini-van and headed down to the city of Lancaster, situated in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country. It was interesting seeing how the Amish live, and visiting the Hershey chocolate factory, but the real reason we went down to Lancaster was to see the Sight & Sound Theatre!
The Sight & Sound Theatre is a colossal 2000-seat theatre which writes, orchestrates and designs its own musicals based on popular Bible stories, which are then performed by a fleet of Christian actors, singers and dancers on their gargantuan stage which surrounds the audience on three sides! Using top of the line lighting, animation, audio and sets that stand up to forty feet high, Sight & Sound Theatre creates one of the most amazing theatrical experiences ever. They even use live animals to help enhance the experience. It’s no wonder why Sight & Sound Theatre is the most widely attended Christian theatres in the U.S.A. and is one of the most highly attended theatres on the East Coast and in the Mid-West.
Sight & Sound Theatre has made musicals about such biblical classics as Joseph, Daniel, Noah Abraham and Sarah and many more. This year however, Sight & Sound Theatre decided to retell the story of Jonah and the whale. They did a fantastic job of this story! They had a ship that could rock, shake, and spin, a monstrous re-creation of the city of Nineveh with burning torches and armored guards, and a giant whale blimp that soared over the heads of the audience and literally gobbled Jonah up! It was just as good as I expected.
What I wasn’t expecting though, but was happily surprised by, was how genuinely spiritual the whole production was! They weren’t just telling a story they were sharing God’s word! From the Lion and Lamb statue at the theatre entrance, to the moment during the play where Jesus actually comes and comforts sorrowful Jonah, everything was perfect! They even had prayer teams greet you on the way out! I was wowed by this experience and I strongly suggest that if you ever have the chance to, go see and experience this amazing ministry for yourself.
I had an amazing summer. It was so encouraging to see God working both here on P.E.I. and also as far away as Lancaster, Pennsylvania!
Finding Confident Hope
James MacDonald – Senior Pastor – Harvest Bible Chapel
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” —1 Peter 1:13-16
It doesn’t take much to see that the whole world has gone crazy. With all this insanity going on, what keeps our faith engaged? Exhorting us to endurance, the apostle Peter urged us to prepare our “minds for action, and being sober-minded, set [our] hope fully on the grace that will be brought to [us] at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).The energy to live the Christian life is found in one place—in our focused, conscious choice to put our hope in Jesus. Hope is the confident expectation that something better is coming tomorrow. As you look to the future:
Don’t set your hope on your physical health—set your hope on Jesus. “Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Don’t set your hope on stuff—set your hope on Jesus. “For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions “(Luke 12:15).
Don’t set your hope on people—set your hope on Jesus. “Put not your trust in  . . . man, in whom there is no salvation . . . Blessed is he whose . . . hope is in the LORD” (Psalm 146:3-5).
No leader, pastor, family, or spouse can be everything that we hope and dream they will be. People, places, and positions always let us down. Only Jesus is worthy of all our hopes and all our confidence. Maybe you find yourself a little down today. Like Peter standing on the water, the moment you take your eyes off the Lord you start to sink (Matthew 14:22-33). Lift up your eyes, set your hope fully on Jesus.
Our confident expectation is in God, who sees, knows, and will ultimately turn an upside-down world right-side up at the appearing of our Lord. Every righteous decision will be rewarded. Every wrong choice will be judged. Every motive will be revealed. Do you need energy to keep your faith engaged? Do you need to get refocused on the real solution? Do you need hope that will endure? Set your hope fully on Jesus.
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Dates to Remember in September

 Sept 9 – Sunday School Opening                    Sept 18 – Thrive Youth Group Begins

  Sept 29 – 12 Hour Day of Prayer                      Sept 30 – Block Party and Lunch on Prince

**Keep an eye on the Bulletin as well for more Bible Studies and Small groups beginning.
We are looking forward to an exciting fall season at Central.

We are planning a 12 Hour Day of Prayer at the church on September 29 from 7am to 7pm. The doors will be open all day so that people can come and go as they are able. There will be one person up front, as a resource person, as and when required.  That person will change on the hour, every hour. It will be a quiet time, prayer requests will be received before that day, or on that day. Of course, we will take time for Praise for the many ways that we have been blessed. We will pray for our church, the youth, those in schools / university, missionaries, the sick, our political leaders, families, etc. We expect this to be a very powerful day in the life of our church, and beyond. Please be in prayer for this time as we advance toward that day.