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Central prepares to celebrate all-powerful God
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Celebrating a God who is alive, all-powerful and active in human affairs, the annual gospel meeting at Central Church of Christ invites members of the community – believers, non-believers and the undecided – to four days of studies on divine interaction on our busy and often-troubled and complicated lives.
“Our God, He is Alive” is the theme for the series led by visiting speaker Paul Sain, minister of East Hill Church of Christ in Pulaski.
The meeting starts with Bible study and worship Sunday morning, Aug. 18, and continues with evenings services at 7 p.m. through Wednesday, Aug. 21. Central’s auditorium is on Morford Street, just north of the Warren County Courthouse.
The annual gospel meetings at Central are part of the historical legacy of Warren County, as the congregation traces its origin to pioneer revivalist preaching in the early 1800s. The first Central members often worshipped beneath brush arbors and sometimes in the primitive, log-built county courthouse.
“It is an understatement to say I am excitedly looking forward to being with you,” Sain said. “I highly esteem the Central church, her elders and her works. I will do everything possible to make this special series a success. In all things, to God be the glory.”
“Brother Paul comes from an illustrious family of Christian leaders, including his late father who preached at McMinnville’s West Riverside congregation in the early to mid-1960s,” noted Steve Stubblefield, one of Central’s elders. “From his East Hill pulpit in Pulaski to the worldwide reach of Christian Broadcasting Network, Paul is known as a strong and faithful preacher of God’s word.”
The series opens with Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by worship at 10:30 a.m.   Immediately after the worship service, all visitors and members are invited to a buffet meal in Central’s Fellowship Hall.
All of the nightly programs will be broadcast live on public radio WCPI 91.3 FM for the benefit of those unable to attend in person.                          
“We’re happy to invite everyone to our Friends and Neighbors Luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 20,” said Larry Smith, Central elder in charge of arrangements for the gospel meeting. “This is a casual event, and we welcome guests from throughout the community to enjoy a complimentary lunch with us anytime from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy lunch with us and leave according to the needs of your own work schedule,” Smith continued. “Central is happy to extend this hospitality to the community, and our reward will be the honor of your presence.”
One of the highlights of the fellowship luncheon Tuesday will be a brief inspirational talk by Sain starting at noon. Organizers emphasized the lunch is a casual come-as-you are, come-and-go event. 
Ample parking will be available on Central’s lot between North Spring Street and the church auditorium, according to deacon Jeff Vance. “Visitors and members may also park on the city’s paved lot just east of North Spring Street, as well as around the courthouse and nearby streets.  If anyone needs special transportation assistance, call the church office at 473-6537,” he added.
In a pre-recorded interview airing this week on WCPI 91.3, Sain talks about spirituality. The interview will air as part of WCPI’s weekly Focus series on FM 91.3 Wednesday at 5:15 a.m.; Thursday at 1:05 p.m.; and Friday at 1:15 a.m.