Ownership Part 2

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

In last week’s Postscripts, I talked about ownership. Particularly, I was referring to our ownership of the process of officer nomination and budget adoption that we as a denomination find to be biblical (you can find it on the Centennial Happenings page of our website if you missed it). This week I would like to deepen that concept even more. Indeed, voting is important in the life of the church. When we vote on the budget, we determine the emphases of the church for the next year. When we vote for officers, the call of God on certain individuals for service is confirmed by the call of the people. In a sense, we are agents of God as we vote! That should sober us, excite us, and help us to see that this whole system is not something to be taken for granted. With this in mind, I would draw y’all’s attention to some important dates and names.

If voting is important, when do I vote? The Session has approved and called a congregational meeting on November 19, 2017, directly following the worship service.

How can I know a little bit more about the budget? Centennial also affords members the opportunity to have questions answered before the yearly congregational meetings. This informational session will be held after dinner on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

How can I see the budget for the upcoming year? As has been done in the past, this budget will be sent to members of the church, will be available for those attending the information session on Wednesday the fifteenth, and will be available for members the Sunday of the congregational meeting.

What about the nominations of officers? These are the numbers of officers that have been nominated by the Nominations Committee and approved for a vote by the Session: two elders, four deacons, the congregational chairman, and the treasurer. They are as follows:

Elders: Zane Abernathy and Eric Moody
Deacons: Jimmy Stevens, David Wylie, Rebecca Nesbit and Hunter Whitfield
Congregational Chairman: Dan Felker
Treasurer: Julie Felker

Will you please pray for these individuals? If you don’t know them, ask around and reach out! If you do, still reach out! Ask them how you might pray for them, ask their story, and ask their sense of call to serve Centennial. In all of this, vote when the time comes.

As is always the case, don’t hesitate to call me or any of the elders if you have questions about the process, the details, or anything else about this season of the church. We are here to serve. Moreover, the goal in all of this is transparency, so if you are confused about something, let us know! It will help us communicate better in the future. Again, please be praying for all the details listed above. There is real importance to this. Blessings to each of you,