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Stop searching for the perfect church

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2018 in Church, Quotes, Tim Challies

 

Awana Camp 2018 – Slideshow

Relive the joy of Awana Camp 2018, the joint venture of First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA, and Second Baptist Church of South Hadley. The camp was held at Pine Brook Camp & Conference Center in Shutesbury. The music for the slideshow is “I will be undignified” from Rend Collective’s Good News Album.

 
 

Awana Camp 2018 – Day 3

Thursday was the third day of Awana Camp 2018. The kids will head for home this morning. The day a bit soggy due to thunderstorms in the area. That meant for more indoor games and activities. The weather cleared enough for a slip-n-slide in the afternoon. We also had songs, Bible lessons, devotions, skits, crafts, Minute-to-Win-it competitions, food, and fun. It was another great day.

 
 

Awana Camp 2018 – Day 2

Wednesday was the second day of Awana Camp 2018 at Pine Brook Camp & Conference Center. It was another great day filled with canoeing, archery, games, songs, Minute-to-Win-It competition, carpet ball, snack shop, swimming, GaGa Pit, tie dye, crafts, Bible lesson, devotions, and a movie. How much fun can you pack into one day?

 
 

Awana Camp 2018 – Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of Awana Camp 2018. It is a joint venture of First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA, and Second Baptist Church of South Hadley. The camp is held at Pine Brook Camp & Conference Center in Shutesbury. We had beautiful weather for the start of the camp. The first day featured songs, a lesson from Jack Gilbert, games, free time, good food, and fun. It should be a great week. Thanks for praying.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2018 in Awana, First Central Bible Church

 

The healing power of forgiveness

Book Review: When Through Deep Waters: A Novel, by Rachelle Dekker

Is it possible to break free of the crippling power of guilt? Especially when that guilt is starting to drive you insane? These questions lie at the heart of Rachelle Dekker’s powerful new novel, When Through Deep Waters.

The book tells the story of Alicen McCaffrey, a woman who has it all—a beautiful home, a successful husband, an adorable child. In the space of an afternoon, she loses everything. And she feels the weight of blaming herself for the tragedy. She accompanies an old childhood friend back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as kids. As her guilt seeps in, Alicen begins to her voices, see mysterious figures, and starts to wonder if she is losing her mind.

Part of the message of the book is the tension between guilt and forgiveness.

 “There are always two choices,” Jane said. “Fear and love. Two voices: the Spirit and the accuser. Grace and condemnation.”

Can Alicen find the path to grace and be released from her guilt? Read the book and find out.

The book includes 10 Discussion Questions in the back. It encourages the reader to take the concepts deeper and apply them personally. It would be helpful for a book club who wanted to read and discuss the plot and principles.

The book is well written. It pulls you into the story and doesn’t let go until the end.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network http://tyndaleblognetwork.com/ book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2018 in Books

 

Building Renovation – June update

Below is a letter sent to the congregation of First Central Bible Church providing an update on the progress of our building renovation project. We’re getting closer.