McMinnville’s historic Central Church of Christ is extending a VIP welcome to everyone in the community to attend its gospel meeting events, starting this Sunday with Barry Kennedy as the visiting speaker.
Sunday Bible class is at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium, followed by worship services at 10:30 a.m. The time-honored homecoming fellowship meal gets underway shortly after worship services in the spacious fellowship hall.
“Every day of every year we are eager to offer fellowship and hospitality to friends and newcomers alike,” said Frank Reynolds, one of Central’s elders. “Our members always bring plenty of food, so visitors need not think about bringing anything themselves. They will be our guests and we will be honored by their presence.”
One of the popular traditions of Central’s annual gospel meetings is the Friends & Neighbors Day this Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church serves a complimentary, buffet-style luncheon, with Kennedy offering a few minutes of inspirational and encouraging remarks at 12 noon.
The free meal is served in the fellowship hall beneath the auditorium.
“Invite a friend or friends to come with you. No reservations or advance registration is needed,” Reynolds said.
“Trying to see as God sees” will be the organizing theme of Kennedy’s lessons from Sunday morning through each of the 7 p.m. services Monday through Wednesday. For the convenience of visitors from other congregations who will be attending evening services at their home churches, Central will start its Sunday night program at 7:30 p.m.
“We humans are tempted to think we have a good mental grasp on reality, but our very limited vision pales in comparison with God’s knowledge of our inmost being, our past, present and future,” Kennedy said. “Seeing ourselves as God sees us should give us pause. Seeing the lost as God sees the lost is another challenge to our normal way of thinking. Same goes for seeing forgiveness as God sees.”
A Mississippi native, Kennedy is known to TV audiences around the world as a result of his telecast gospel lessons on the Gospel of Christ network.
Anyone needing a ride to and from services can call the Central church office at 473-6537.