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March 26, 2014 Volume 7, Number 12 An Evening with Bishop Will Willimon On the evening of Wednesday, April 23rd, Central Point will conclude the spring semester with a Celebration Event that is not to be missed. Central has been blessed to secure special guest speaker, Bishop Will Willimon, who is the former Dean of Chapel at Duke University and is considered to be one of the greatest theologians of the 20th Century and one of the most influential pastors. A Pew Survey noted he was one of the two most frequently read writers by pastors in mainline Protestanism. In 1996, he was named one of the 12 most influential pastors in the English-speaking world...a list that includes Billy Graham. Tickets are $5.00 each and include dinner and childcare with a reservation. Get your tickets at centraltolife.com/register, or in the church office during normal business hours. Seating is limited, so we encourage you to buy your tickets now! Central Receives Outstanding Volunteer Award Central received an Outstanding Volunteer ​ Company Award at the Lifestyles Luncheon on March 12th, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Those attending from Central were Dr. John Robbins, Dr. Steve Pulliam, Rev. Jody Farrell, Dr. Jim Hightower, Greg Gibson, Theresa Henretty, Julia Thorn, and Kathi Walker. Presenting the award were Central members Blair Johanson and Steven Johanson. Board of Trustees Update At their recent meeting, the Board of Trustees reviewed remodeling plans for the new Genesis campus. They approved contracts related to the new campus to provide for: an environmental assessment by Nabholz, a topographical survey by Jorgensen & Associates, and a remodel design by the Benchmark Group. Design work is expected to be completed by late April. The trustees also reviewed plans and approved concept drawings for a remodeling of the Activities Center Great Hall that would provide for an updated stage, new audio system, and enhanced video projection capabilities. It is hoped that these improvements can be implemented during the summer. The trustees also discussed plans for the construction of a new Wesley Foundation facility on the UA campus.

Charge Conference Set A Charge Conference has been called for this Sunday, March 30, at 12:15 p.m., in the Wesley Chapel. The purpose of the conference is to consider a resolution that provides for the joining of the UA Wesley Foundation to Central UMC and the transfer of all assets to Central effective June 30, 2014. All members of the Church Council are asked to attend. Visitors are welcome. AC2014 to include ‘Night at the Naturals’ Baseball game will serve as celebration for striking out malaria United Methodists of Arkansas have reached their minimum fundraising goal for Imagine No Malaria, the denomination’s effort to end malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. And on Saturday, June 21, in conjunction with Annual Conference being held in Rogers, everyone’s invited to join in the celebration at UMC Night at the Naturals. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, a Double-A Texas League baseball team affiliated with the Kansas City Royals, will play the Tulsa Drillers at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. United Methodists are invited to cheer for the home team while reveling in a job well done. “I’m so proud of Arkansas for not only reaching, but surpassing this goal,” said Bishop Gary Mueller. “Our support of Imagine No Malaria is making a difference. It’s fitting that we take time to celebrate this worldtransforming effort.” See more at arumc.org

Beyond Our Walls Community Service Day Join us as we take the Love of Jesus… Beyond Our Walls on Saturday, April 12th, from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet in the SMB Worship Center for a time of fellowship and prayer and then project teams will be sent out to serve people in our area (fellowship, cleaning, repairing, etc.) Projects will take approximately 2 to 3 hours and are planned in advance. Childcare is provided for children five and under. Register at centraltolife.com/beyondourwalls. For more information, contact Glenn Miller at 479-799-7797. Handicap Parking Central UMC has a number of designated handicap parking spaces around the campus. We want to remind our members and guests that only vehicles with a proper handicap permit or license plate are allowed to stop or park in these designated spaces including for drop off and pick up purposes. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping these spaces available and open for persons who are lawfully allowed to use them. Girls’ Road Trip - April 4-5 All Central girls and friends, grades 8-12, are invited to a super fun weekend just for you! You will be hitting the road, heading to Ft. Smith to attend the movie, “God’s Not Dead,” and then to Heritage UMC, in Van Buren, to spend the night and hear from a speaker. Cost is $10. Register online at centraltolife.com/students. Contact Linda Starr at [email protected] for more information.

Parents Left Behind The Jones Center for Families in Springdale will be hosting an interactive grief seminar, Parents Left Behind: Rebuilding Your Life After the Death of Your Child, from 8:00 a.m. – noon on Saturday, April 5th. The seminar will be presented by the Northwest Arkansas Clinical Pastoral Education Institute. Dr. Susan Averitt (Central member) will be the keynote speaker. Breakout sessions include: Grieving Families, Grieving Partners, Forgiveness, and Navigating Life. Breakfast will be provided at the event. There is no charge for attending, but seats are limited so pre-registration is recommended by calling 479-684-3145 or registering online at nwacpe.org.

New Member of Board of Trustees With the recent passing of Bobby Davis, a vacancy was created on Central’s Board of Trustees. The Nominations Committee discussed the situation and has decided to appoint Sally Davis, Bobby’s wife, to fill his unexpired term. Sally has been integrally involved in the ministries of Central over the years and we are confident she will serve well and honor Bobby’s memory and excellent work in the leadership and life of Central. Here We Grow Again... Randy and Betty Blanton Randy and Betty transfer their membership from Wiggins Memorial United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. Randy is a banker and Betty works part-time at Town and Country Shop in Fayetteville.

Joey and Stephanie Baker Joey and Stephanie transfer their membership from First United Methodist Church in Russellville. Joey is in sales with Hugg and Hall Equipment and Stephanie is a paralegal. They have a daughter, Scarlett, who is six months old.

Worship Attendance 3/23/14 8:30 a.m. Classic 209 9:45 a.m. Contemporary 372 11:00 a.m. Classic 215 11:00 a.m. Contemporary 201 studentlife/Team 4:12 Worship 62 Central Online 48 Mid-week Meditation 45 Other Worship Services 182 _______________________________________________ Total Attendance

1,334

Record of Our Stewardship General Operations Needed each week Received this week Property Maintenance Needed each week Received this week Count Me In Received this week Life-to-Date

3/23/14 $ 76,901 8 1 ,4 3 6 5,426 1,236 4,244 $3,458,331

Parking Challenges We want to remind our able-bodied members that there is ample parking available at the Washington County Courthouse on Sunday mornings. We ask that you join with the Central staff in parking there to make room for our older members and guests.

New Arrival Congratulations to Dave and Lindsey Simpson on the birth of a daughter, Aubrey Kate Simpson, on March 7, 2014. Congratulations to Clay and Christy Cawood on the birth of a son, Chase Tucker Cawood, on March 17, 2014. Alissa, Bailey, and McKayla are the big sisters. Maternal grandparents are Dwight and Lesa Tucker. Infant Baptisms Jonathan and Erin Parker will present their infant daughter, Savannah Grace Parker, in Christian Baptism at the 9:45 a.m. worship service in Central’s Activities Center this Sunday, March 30, 2014. Wheatley is the big sister and Reynolds is the big brother. Jeff and Shelly Fletcher will present their son, Maxwell Michael Fletcher, in Christian Baptism at the 11:00 a.m. worship service in the Sanctuary this Sunday, March 30, 2014. Alex is the big sister. In Need of Prayer Scott Huddleston, Hugh Kincaid, Wanda Stephens

Calendar of Events Sunday, March 30 8:00 8:15

8:30 9:40 9:45 11:00 11:00 12:15 5:00 5:30 6:00

Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) Contemporary Worship Team Rehearsal (Great Hall) Classic Worship Celebration (Sanctuary) Sunday School Contemporary Worship Celebration (Great Hall) Classic Worship Celebration (Sanctuary) Contemporary Worship Celebration (Great Hall) Charge Conference (Wesley Chapel) Mexico Mission Team Returns (Parking Lot) Ozark Bronze (Ed Bldg 109) B90 Leader Training (Wesley 303 & 310)

Monday, March 31 9:45

10:30 5:00 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:00

Timothy Team Teachers Meeting (Bride’s Room) Gospel of Luke Bible Study (Wesley Chapel) studentlife Praise Team Rehearsal (SMB Worship Center) TOPS (Wesley 304) Jubellation! (Ed. Bldg. 109) Stephen Ministry Training (Wesley 102) Strategic Plan Committee (Wesley 310)

Tuesday, April 1 6:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 11:30 5:00 6:00 6:30 6:30

Men’s Small Group (Wesley 310) Worship Team Meeting (Wesley 303) Disciple III - Gullett (Wesley 310) Staff Meeting (Wesley 304) Community Meals (Great Hall) Worship Jam (SMB Worship Center) Augustine Easter Feed Planning Meeting (CAC 3) Disciple III - Pendleton (Wesley 304) When God’s Spirit Moves Study (Wesley 306 & 307)

Wednesday, April 2 9:30 10:30 12:05 5:00 5:45 5:45 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:30 7:00

The Gathering (SMB 2nd Floor) Senior Saints Choir (Wesley 102) Mid-Week Meditation (Wesley Chapel) CentralPoint Meal Begins (Great Hall) Tiny Tims Begins (Central Park) Timothy Team Begins (Education Bldg) CentralPoint Classes Begin (Various Locations) Team 4:12 (SMB Worship Center) Men’s Step Study (Wesley 206) Women’s Step Study (Wesley 205) Contemporary Worship Team Rehearsal (Great Hall) Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Thursday, April 3 9:30 10:00 11:30 2:30 5:30 7:30

Wesleyan Essentials Class (Wesley 310) Community Meals Bible Study (CAC Siderooms 1-2) Community Meals (Great Hall) Children’s Ministry Prayer Gathering (Wesley 107) Celebrate Recovery (SMB 2nd Floor) Central’s College Ministry (CAC Siderooms)

Friday, April 4 5:00 5:45

Coker/Hearnsberger Wedding Rehearsal (Sanctuary) Youth Girls’ Road Trip Departure (Parking Lot)

Saturday, April 5 8:00 12:00 6:00

Emmaus Training (Wesley 3rd Floor) Youth Girls’ Road Trip Return (Parking Lot) Coker/Hearnsberger Wedding (Sanctuary)

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Lord’s Day Celebration Sunday, March 30th, 2014

4th Sunday in Lent Eighth in a Series on the Hard Teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Classic Worship - Sanctuary 9:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship - Great Hall Matthew 16:27-28

Our Just Reward

Dr. John Robbins

11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship - Great Hall Matthew 16:27-28

Our Just Reward

Dr. Steve Pulliam

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