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April 7, 2024

What to Expect

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Sunday mornings are casual and contemporary. Stop by the Welcome Desk for a small gift for our first time guests.

Worship Service

Service begins with a welcome from Pastor Carl and a few announcements. Worship begins with our praise band leading several songs. One of our traditions is to join in communion each Sunday. All who trust in Jesus are invited to participate. The message is usually 25-35 minutes long, and after a closing song and prayer, the pastor will be at the sanctuary door if you’d like to meet him.


We encourage you to share with us those times in your life when you need someone to walk alongside you. Fill out a Prayer and Praise card from the table in the narthex or you can contact the office 937.390.2424. To be on the prayer list fill out a Prayer List card and you will receive weekly prayer updates.

Kids Ministry

Children are our future. Here at Central, we value children and families. It’s our vision to be a place where children and youth will come to personally know and experience Christ’s love and truth, and be equipped to serve Him in our community. Our nursery, toddlers, and pre-school open at 10:15 am. K-6th grade children stay with their parents in the sanctuary and are dismissed before the sermon.

Order of Service & Sermon Outline

Order of Service

Welcome and Call to Worship

Opening Worship Music

Luke 4:14-21

Hang On! We're Almost There
/Pastor Carl Ruby

Worship Music

The Lord’s Table

Open Communion for all who follow Jesus

Worship Music


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Hang On, We’re Almost There

Big Idea # 1: We want to do good things that cause people to praise God.

Big Idea # 2: We want to live at a pace where we have time to just slow down and enjoy Jesus.

Thought on Surviving Hectic Times

  1. Not everyone has to do everything.
  2. There is joy in doing what Jesus asks us to do, and misery in trying to do way more than he asks us to do.
  3. Seasons of busyness need to be balanced with seasons of rest.

Today’s Sermannouncements

  1. We’re so sorry Pastor Viles!
  2. Great job Jackie!
  3. Congratulations Larry!
  4. Glad to be of help Yunus.
  5. How can we help you Heidi?
  6. Great idea Brad and Chase.
  7. Well done Central. Let’s Party.

Coming Up at Central


Please continue to pray for members of our church who are unable to be with us due to health or other circumstance. This week, please pray for Larry Stratton with Free Burma Rangers and Gary Mongold.

Events today:

9 am—The Life of David
Kevin Sprinkle leads this class in the conference room. All are welcome.

2 pm—Hygiene Kit Packing
Miami Valley Islamic Association has invited us to meet them at the mosque at 1800 S. Burnett Rd. to package hygiene kits which will be donated to Springfield Soup Kitchen.

4 pm—YoungLives Club
YoungLives Club is a gathering for pregnant and parenting teen moms. They are invited to join us for dinner, crafting, games, and time with other mamas and YoungLives mentors.

6:30-8:30 pm—Youth Group
Grades 7-12 welcome for games, snacks, and fun. Text Erin at 937.360.6956 for her address.


This Week:

Monday@1pm Solar Eclipse Event

Monday@6:30pm, Wednesday@6:30pm, Thursday@10am
Karen Riley leads these free fitness classes offered at Central. All ages and fitness levels welcome!

Tuesday@9:30am Bible Study
Expository Bible study led by Rev. Dick McIntosh open to all.

Tuesday@6:15-7:30pm Men’s Basketball
All ages and skill levels welcome every Tuesday for open gym.

Wednesday@8am Men’s Breakfast
Meet at Ridgewood Café for breakfast and fellowship.



Upcoming Events:

Next Sunday, April 14, 4 pm—Judy Crisler’s Small Group
Judy Crisler leads this monthly small group open to all seniors.

Next Sunday, April 14, 6 pm—Rhythms of Grace
Each month, we learn about habits and practices that help us with spiritual formation, and then we practice it together!

April 16, 10 am—Pay Day Loan Press Conference at Ohio Statehouse
You’re invited to a celebration of the 5-year anniversary of the Pay Day Loan Bill. Transportation by bus and lunch at Cracker Barrel will be provided courtesy of Pew Charitable Trust for any who can attend. Bus leaves at 8 am and returns to Cracker Barrel around noon.

April 21, 12 pm—Meet the Pastors Lunch
Join Pastor Carl Ruby for lunch to learn about him and Central Christian Church. Signups to come soon.

April 28, 9:30 am—Meeting on Church Constitution
Members are invited to attend a church business meeting to discuss some proposed changes to simplify Central’s constitution. This meeting will review the changes, and the vote will be on May 5.





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Carl Ruby
Senior Pastor


Elana Elmore
Worship Pastor



Erin Armstrong
Kid's Ministry Director


Suzanne Slagell
Office Manager


Julia Black


Laurie Nott
Church Bookkeeper


Annie Baisden
Church Custodian


Jodi White
Director of Celebration Station


Board of Elders
Louis Agresta, Colin Barclay, Jeremiah Pennington, Bruce Pratte, Suzanne Slagell, Suzanne Slusher, Kevin Sprinkle, Micah Wagner
Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday — 9:00am - 12:00pm
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