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9401 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28273

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Main Office: 704-588-1211
Office Fax: 704-588-1241
Pre-School: 704-588-9542

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Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 410054
Charlotte, NC 28241-0054

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Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church

“Get up and pray so that you may not enter into temptation,” (Luke 22:46). We believe that God changes us when we pray, and that God both hears us and speaks to us. So we pray a lot at Central. The pastor compiles all the joys and concerns for the church and distributes that list through a weekly email. If you have a specific prayer request or if you are interested receiving the weekly prayer list, please let the pastor know.

Prayer List

January 27-February 2, 2014

January 30, 2014

Central’s Saints,

I hope you all are able to claw your way out of all this snow. We had a great time yesterday in it. As cold as it has been, we’ve been needing a snow to match it. I’m glad that we got one.

We have a lot of good things either happening or starting to happen at Church. The new Session has met twice already and the Diaconate has met once. They are doing great work. Please be in prayer for them. The season of Lent is late this year, so I will be preaching out of Matthew 5-7 until then. As usual, we are planning on worshiping with our area Presbyterian Churches at noon on Wednesdays during Lent, but I’m not sure of the schedule yet.

Finally, Wealthy Wednesdays start next Wednesday, February 5th. Our Church has been in a long conversation about worship recently, specifically traditional verses contemporary. As such, Wealthy Wednesdays will center around worship, specifically music, prayer, and the Psalms. I think you will really enjoy it. We will begin with supper at 6:00pm, start our study at 6:30pm and be out by 7:15pm.

We are in the dead of winter here in Charlotte and at Central. Spring is coming, though, in more ways than one. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We were privileged to ordain and install a new set of elders and deacons recently. Pat Hart and Becky Helms were installed as deacons. Richard Moss was ordained and installed as a deacon. Diane Price, Miles Shepard, Eric Smith, Mary Deal, and Bob Hunter were installed as elders, and Diane Wilson was ordained an installed as an elder. Please pray for them as they seek God’s guidance in the life of our church.
*Allison Burgess is grateful for the backpack program at Steele Creek Elementary. It is making a positive difference in children’s lives. She is also grateful to Linda Karigan for the snacks for all the teachers.
*Joy Cheek is grateful for Team 1’s return from Uganda and praying for Team 2’s (Kipp’s) return late next week.
*Our former Interim Pastor, Joanne Sizoo, is on a mission trip to Iraq. We are grateful for her willingness to go and pray for a safe trip.

Concerns
*Wade Shepard and family as they mourn the death of his father, BJ, on 1-27.
*Geneva Godfrey, as she moves to an assisted living place.
*Robin Hunter, recovering from hip replacement surgery.
*Diane Faust, undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
*Sarah King, at home with numerous health problems.
*Dot Benton, at home with health problems.
*Andrew Burns.
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. She is receiving radiation and has had a long battle.
*Edgar Smith, brother of Eric Smith, recently diagnosed with cancer.
*Libby Jones, young child, friend of Donna Young, in her fight against leukemia.
*Sylvia Arthurs, mother of Beverly Cheek mother, recently diagnosed with cancer.
*Sue Osborne, mother of Lynn McNeill and David Osborne, having surgery on her back on 2-12.
*Sheila Melford, relative of Kenny Melford.
*Holly Lawhorn’s aunt, recently diagnosed with stage 2 lung cancer.
*Fran Taylor, friend of Jerry Cheek, recovering from a stroke.
*Jennifer Williams, friend of Mary Deal, with breast cancer and facing surgery.
*Michael Wolfe, friend of Jessica Smith, receiving treatment for cancer.

Birthdays
Jenaro Melendez (1-26), Bob Blackwelder (1-27), George Hege (1-27), Rick Ayers (1-28), Marge Caselli (1-28), Rueben Mozingo (1-28), Joe McGrath (1-31), Bill Young, Jr (1-31), Wristin Bailey (2-1)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Jordan Lawing, USC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing

January 20-26, 2014

January 27, 2014

Central’s Saints,

We had the privilege of ordaining and installing a new set of elders and deacons for our church. They made a vow to you and to God to serve the Church to the best of their ability. I am confident that they will do that. They made a vow to pray for you. You also made a vow to pray for them. I am completely convinced and convicted that prayer is the most important thing that we can ever give to the Church. Without it, we are indeed a hopeless lot. So please pray diligently, not just for the sick and bereaved, but also for the leaders of our church.

Speaking of the needs of our church, we have several names on our list that we know well: Geneva Godfrey, Travis Morris (Stan’s mother), Sarah King, Dan Helms (who lost his battle with cancer). We also know Kenan Koll because we have been praying for her for long time. She is a young woman, a friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, who, rather than doing what other 20-somethings do, she’s fighting a horrible battle with cancer. Libby Jones is also on there. Libby is a little girl with Leukemia. She and her parents were anticipating some good news last week, but instead they got bad news. Instead of playing with dolls and enjoying the childhood that most of our children take for granted, she has a long, hard battle with an evil disease called cancer. The needs on this list are real. They are counting on us to pray for them.

Finally, Wealthy Wednesdays start February 5 and run through March 19. Please put them on your calendar. We are not going to be viewing videos this time but instead will focus our study on worship and the Psalms. I think it’s going to be really good. I look forward to seeing you all there.

I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We were privileged to ordain and install a new set of elders and deacons for our church. Pat Hart & Becky Helms were installed as deacons. Richard Moss was ordained and installed as a deacon. Diane Price, Miles Shepard, Eric Smith, Mary Deal, & Bob Hunter were installed as elders, and Diane Wilson was ordained and installed as an elder. Please pray for them as they seek God’s guidance in the life of our church.

Concerns
*Stan Morris and family as they mourn the death of his mother, Travis Morris, on 1-16.
*Family of Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, who died last week after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.
*Wanda Morris’ mother, in the hospital in Salisbury.
*Geneva Godfrey, as she moves to an assisted living place.
*Alice Gordon, recovering from a fall.
*Barbara Lane, at home recovering from a hospital stay.
*Diane Faust, undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
*Sarah King, at home with numerous health problems.
*Ruth Funderburk, recovering at home after a hospital stay.
*Dot Benton, at home with health problems.
*Kenny Burns’ mother, as she recovers from a broken hip.
*Andrew Burns.
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, a young woman who has been struggling with cancer. She is receiving radiation and has had a long battle.
*Edgar Smith, brother of Eric Smith, recently diagnosed with cancer.
*Libby Jones, young child, friend of Donna Young, in her fight against leukemia.
*Sylvia Arthurs, mother of Beverly Cheek, recently diagnosed with cancer.
*Fran Von Cannon, friend of Rozanna Lawing, recovering from having her kidney removed.
*Kipp & Kim Cheek, on a mission trip to Uganda.
*Sue Osborne, mother of Lynn McNeill and David Osborne, having surgery on her back on 2-12.
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, with cancer. He is getting weaker and facing a hard struggle.
*Beth’s family, friends of Vic & Noell Duran, all of whom are very ill.
*Family of Bill Winkler, cousin of Betty Helton cousin, who died last week.
*Jennifer Williams Reynolds, friend of Mary Deal, recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
*Sylvia Mihnovetz, friend of George Hege, fighting cancer and other complications.

Birthdays
Grace Reitano (1-20), Kelly Williams (1-20), Sue Koster (1-21), Joyce Elms (1-22), Barbara Lane (1-22), Steven Young (1-23), Kenny Burns (1-24), Beckett Shaw (1-24)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, graduate school, UNCC
*Jordan Lawing, USC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing

January 13-19, 2014

January 14, 2014

Central’s Saints,

We had a great Sunday last week celebrating our Baptisms. God has selected all of us to get in a contest that has eternal consequences. So accept the salvation that God has freely given you and get to work in the entire world’s salvation. We certainly cannot sit this game out. There’s no way to do that and sleep at night. So remember your Baptism and be grateful for it, and get to work improving on the promises that you made there and living into the Gospel that God has given us.

We have a lot of sick Steele Creekers. Please be in prayer for them. We also have several people on here whom we do not know. Please be in prayer for them, too. They all have some enormous needs and need our prayers. We also have many prayer requests that are not on here, so please mention the unspoken needs, as well. God hears us when we pray. So please pray diligently and fervently and faithfully.

God is doing a good work in our midst. I am blessed to be your Pastor and to discern with you what that good thing is. May we all get in the game and get involved in what God is doing!

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We all remember and are thankful for our Baptisms. Before we belong to any other team or group, we belong to God and have been elected by God for salvation as well as service. So may we give thanks and get to work!

Concerns
*Geneva Godfrey, as she moves to an assisted living place.
*Alice Gordon, recovering from a fall.
*Barbara Lane, at home recovering from a hospital stay.
*Anne Clapham, recovering fromk bronchitis.
*Diane Faust, undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
*Sarah King, at home with numerous health problems.
*Ruth Funderburk, recovering at home after a hospital stay.
*Dot Benton, at home with health problems.
*Kenny Burns’ mother, as she recovers from a broken hip.
*Andrew Burns.
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it.
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer.
*Edgar Smith, brother of Eric Smith, recently diagnosed with cancer.
*Libby Jones, young child, friend of Donna Young, in her fight against leukemia.
*Sylvia Arthurs, mother of Beverly Cheekr, as she makes decisions about a recent medical diagnosis.
*Fran Von Cannon, friend of Rozanna Lawing, having a kidney removed this week.
*Kipp & Kim Cheek, on a mission trip to Uganda.
*Sue Osborne, mother of Lynn McNeill and David Osborne, with continuing back problems.
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, who recently learned that his cancer has spread.
*Beth, friend of Vic & Noell Duran, entire family is very ill.
*Fay Bergman, friend of Ann Mozingo, recovering from a recent fall.

Birthdays
Sarah Blackwelder (1-12), Rock English (1-12), Joyce Smith (1-13), Billy Williams (1-13), Brandon McGraw (1-14), Hugh Shannon (1-14), Judy Knox (1-15)

Military
Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing

December 23, 2013 - January 12, 2014

January 9, 2014

Central’s Saints,

Welcome to 2014! After spending a week away over Christmas, it’s good to get back into the swing of things. We had a special epiphany service last Sunday where I asked you, as a congregation, to tell me how we can help you get closer to God this year. The responses were varied, but they tended to suggest more local mission projects and more contemporary worship. Stay tuned on both of those! Either way, I hope and pray that God will use our church in 2014 and that we will be faithful. I am excited to see what it holds.

Secondly, the prayer list is long: Geneva Godfrey is adjusting to an assisted living place in Monroe; Sarah King continues to weaken in her struggle with cancer; Barbara Lane and Ruth Funderburk are recovering from a hospital stays; Alice Gordon is recovering from a fall; Diane Faust is undergoing treatment for breast cancer; Anne Clapham is undergoing chemotherapy; Dot Benton is at home with health problems… Central’s Saints are sick. Please be in prayer for them.

January is a new start for our Church as we welcome a new class of officers. Please be in prayer for them. Worship, as always, is central to what we do. We will start 2014 this Sunday by remembering our baptisms. It’s going to be a great day to be in the House of the Lord. I will see you there. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We had a good year in 2013, and I think we’ll have another one in 2014. We are centrally located, surrounded by people, and we have some Good News. Let us be thankful for that Good News and share it abundantly.
*We also hosted Room in the Inn twice this week due to the cold weather. I am grateful for those in our church who responded to the great need in our community.

Concerns
*Geneva Godfrey, as she moves to an assisted living place.
*Alice Gordon, recovering from a fall.
*Barbara Lane, at home recovering from a hospital stay.
*Anne Clapham, undergoing chemotherapy, fighting bronchitis.
*Diane Faust, recently diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatment.
*Sarah King, at home with numerous health problems.
*Ruth Funderburk, recovering at home after a hospital stay.
*Dot Benton, at home with health problems.
*Kenny Burns’ mother, as she recovers from a broken hip.
*Andrew Burns.
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it.
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer.
*Edgar Smith, brother of Eric Smith, recently diagnosed with cancer.
*Libby Jones, young child, friend of Donna Young, in her fight against leukemia.
*Sylvia Arthurs, mother of Beverly Cheek, having a PET scan on Wednesday.
*Family of Ken Parks, friend of the Cheek family, on his death on 12-25.
*Courtney Martin, friend of Richard Moss.

Birthdays
Charlotte Burgess (12-31), Ann Hayes (12-31), Langdon Young (12-31), Sylvia Hendrix (1-1), Darby Noblett (1-3), Landon Caudle (1-4), Mary Phillips (1-4), Barry Choate (1-5), Vic Duran (1-6), Betty Helton (1-6), Brandon Russell (1-7), Glenn Litaker (1-8), Donna Young (1-9), Della Medlin (1-10)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*-PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing

December 16-22, 2013

December 31, 2013

Central’s Saints,

We are entering a very, very busy but wonderful time of year. We have our Longest Night service tonight (which will include child care), our choir cantata on Sunday, Christmas Eve worship on Tuesday evening, and the Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, the 29th. Please come to any, and better yet, all of these services. If you don’t, you really do miss the whole point of the whole season.

We had a very good Sunday in worship on Sunday with our Christmas breakfast followed by worship. We were blessed to welcome two new saints, Eric & Letarshia Robinson, into membership. We also have lots of needs. So please be diligent in your prayers.

I look forward to seeing you all tonight. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Jonathan & Rachel Dorr proudly announce the birth of their son, Caleb Vincent, on Monday morning, December 9, at 9:49am. He weighed 7lb, 11oz, and was 18 inches long. He and mother are doing fine.
*We are blessed to have Eric & Letarshia Robinson join our congregation this past Sunday and look forward to growing with them.
*Michelle Skidmore is graduated from App State this Saturday. We are proud of her and her accomplishments and are glad to get her back down to Charlotte!
*We had a very good Christmas Breakfast this past Sunday. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!
*It was great to have Sarah Blackwelder in Church this past Sunday!

Concerns
*The family of Debbie Nichols, former member who died on 12-13.
*Sandra Burke, at home recovering from an infection.
*Haley James, recovering at home from having her gall-bladder removed.
*Betty Helton, recovering at home from hip replacement surgery.
*Anne Clapham, undergoing chemotherapy.
*Diane Faust, recently diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatment.
*Sarah King, at home with numerous health problems.
*Mike Burrell, gaining strength at home.
*Ruth Funderburk, recovering at home after a hospital stay.
*Andrew Burns.
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it.
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer.
*Edgar Smith, brother of Eric Smith, recently diagnosed with cancer.
*Jimmie Wilkinson, Charles’ father, getting a pace maker on Wednesday.
*Family of Bill Peters, friend of Ann Mozingo, who has been moved to hospice in Rock Hill.
*Libby Jones, 12-year-old friend of Donna Young, in her fight against leukemia.
*Terrell Jetton, friend of George Hege, whose cancer is spreading throughout her body.
*Angela Hall, friend of the Cheek family, with cancer of the lymph nodes.

Birthdays
Stephen Bailey (12-22), George Bostick (12-28), Randi Clapham Lisk (12-29)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mtich Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing

December 9-15, 2013

December 12, 2013

Central’s Saints,

It is beginning to look a whole like Advent around here, if not downright Christmas. We have already had several events, including the VIP Lunch, the Christmas program that John Williams and the Mighty Acts Sunday School class puts on, and the music program from the Disciples, Voices of Praise, & Central Ringers. They have all been terrific. If you missed any of those, you have several opportunities to make them up, including tonight at our Advent Wealthy Wednesday at 6:00pm, this Sunday’s Christmas breakfast, next Wednesday’s Longest Night service, next Sunday’s choir cantata, the Christmas Eve service, or the Festival of Lessons and Carols on the Sunday after Christmas. Lots of good things are happening around here.

We also have several sick saints who need our prayers. Last, but not least, Central’s newest saint arrived this past Monday morning. Caleb Vincent Dorr was born to Jonathan & Rachel Dorr. They are on their way home now, recovering nicely, and are boiling over in pride and joy. God is indeed good.

I look forward to seeing you at several of the many services that we have to observe Christmas and Advent. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Jonathan & Rachel Dorr proudly announce the birth of their son, Caleb Vincent, on Monday morning, December 9, at 9:49am. He weighed 7lb, 11oz, and was 18 inches long. He and mother are doing fine.
*Michelle Skidmore is graduating from App State this Saturday. We are proud of her and her accomplishments and are glad to get her back down to Charlotte!
*We sent food and gift boxes to Gary, West Virginia this past weekend with Matthews Presbyterian.
*We also gave Christmas presents to over 140 children last Wednesday night. It was a terrific night where we reached to and helped a lot of people. We are all grateful for the volunteers who helped make that possible.
*We are grateful for the Disciples, Voices of Praise, and Central Ringers. We are especially grateful for the Disciples, who sang their last concert on Sunday night. They had a really good and long run, and we are grateful for the song that they put in our hearts.
*We had a really good VIP lunch this past Saturday. We are grateful for all the work that went into that from the Fellowship Team.

Concerns
*Sandra Burke, at home recovering from an infection.
*Haley James, recovering at home from having her gall-bladder removed.
*Betty Helton, recovering at home from hip replacement surgery.
*Anne Clapham, undergoing chemotherapy.
*Diane Faust, recently diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatment.
*Sarah King, at home with numerous health problems.
*Mike Burrell, gaining strength at home.
*Ruth Funderburk, recovering at home after a hospital stay.
*Andrew Burns, moved recently to a facility close to Wilmington.
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, a young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it.
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer.
*Edgar Smith, brother of Eric Smith, recently diagnosed with cancer.
*Family of Ludie Funderburk, aunt of Mary Pat Fowler, who died last week.
*Tommy McClelland, friend of Wray Moxley, with heart problems.
*Harvey Thomerson, brother of Marilyn Hege, in hospital with pneumonia, in addition to lung cancer.

Birthdays
Grayson McSwain (12-9), Jerry Mize (12-9), Amanda Romance (12-9), Deborah Russell (12-10), Diane Faust (12-11), Will Moss (12-12), Wilma Price (12-12), Eric Smith (12-12), Andrew Burns (12-13), Miles Shepard (12-13), Stephanie Vojvoda (12-14)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*-PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

December 2-8, 2013

December 5, 2013

Central’s Saints,

Advent is upon us, and our calendar is jam packed. We are having a Christmas here tonight for around 125 children who would otherwise not have it. We also have a Christmas concert this Sunday with the Disciples, Central Ringers, and Voices of Praise. Several missionaries from Central are also going to Gary, West Virginia, for our annual Christmas mission trip up there. The VIP lunch is this week, and the Christmas breakfast is next week. We have all sorts of opportunities for worship and service here over the next month. We also have several opportunities for study and devotion. I am attempting to write an Advent Devotion every day during the season, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity for reflection.

We also have lot of people who are sick: Sandra Burke, Ruth Funderburk, Diane Faust, Sarah King, and Haley James just to name a few. Please keep them in your prayers. As good as this time of year is, we still have lots of needs out there. Please be diligent in praying for those needs.

We also, of course, have a lot to be thankful for. We had the privilege of baptizing Westin Deal on Sunday and celebrating the new life that God has given him. The Deals have suffered tremendous loss this year, and yet God has been and will also be faithful to them and to us.

God is doing a good thing in our midst. I am proud to be a part it.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We are grateful for the baptism of Westin Russell Deal, son of Brian & Nikki Deal and grandson of Mary Deal. We rejoice with them for all that God is doing in their lives.
*We are grateful for having our Family Life Center Paid Off!!! God has been very gracious to us and the saints at Central have responded accordingly.
*Mike & Phyllis Burrell are grateful for those who raked their lawn this last week.

Concerns
*Sandra Burke, at CMC main fighting an infection;
*Haley James, recovering from having her gall-bladder removed;
*Betty Helton, recovering at home from hip replacement surgery;
*Anne Clapham, undergoing chemotherapy;
*Diane Faust, recently diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatment;
*Sarah King, at Presbyterian Uptown with numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, gaining strength at home;
*Ruth Funderburk, recovering at home after a hospital stay;
*Our missionaries as they travel to Gary, West Virginia this weekend;
*Harold Price, recovering from kidney stones;
*Andrew Burns, moved recently to a facility close to Wilmington;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Edgar Smith, brother of Eric Smith, having surgery on Wednesday;
*Family of Stephanie Bennett, friend of Sheila Fetner, who died last week. She leaves behind a young daughter and a husband;
*Libby Jones, friend of Donna Young, with leukemia;
*Michael McDonald, uncle of Blake Austin, in stage 4 liver cancer;
*Catherine Martin, sister of Herman Canipe;
*Family of Charles & Paulette Arnetter, on the death of their son, Steve, last Saturday.

Birthdays
Ruth Funderburk (12-4), Timmy Hood (12-4), Mark Clapham (12-6)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

November 25 - December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013

Central’s Saints,
In just a couple of hours (7:00 pm to be exact) from now, we will gather for worship at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian, and along with Steele Creek, McClintock, and Mt Olive, we will specifically give thanks to Almighty God for all of our blessings. If we mentioned everything that we had, we would be there all night. Yet, we can and must gather to give God thanks for all that God has done in, through, and for us. We will also gather as families tomorrow for some really good food and even better fellowship. Needless to say, we have all been immensely blessed. I hope you all have a great weekend with family and friends giving thanks to God for more things than we can count.

One of those things that I am specifically grateful for us that we Paid Off The Family Life Center!!! I cannot thank you enough for your generosity and your willingness to give freely. Our church just took a big step forward in faithfulness. I don’t know what God has in store for us in 2014, but I am glad to know that we have taken such a decisive step.

After you freeze the rest of your turkey and get your Christmas tree up, we’ll start to celebrate Advent this Sunday. We also have a baptism. It’s going to be a great day to be in the House of the Lord. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We are grateful for having our Family Life Center Paid Off!!! God has been very gracious to us and the saints at Central have responded accordingly.
*We are also grateful for our DCE, Hannah Morrison, who has started working here and is doing a terrific job with our children and youth.
*We are also grateful for all that God has given us in our Church. We dedicated our pledges and gifts for 2014 in worship on Sunday at the Harvest Breakfast. God is going to do good things among us next year!!!

Concerns
*Betty Helton, recovering at home from hip replacement surgery.
*Anne Clapham, undergoing chemotherapy.
*Diane Faust, recently diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatment.
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems.
*Stan Morris & family as they mourn the death of his uncle.
*Mike Burrell, gaining strength at home.
*Ruth Funderburk, recovering from a recent illness.
*Sylvia Hendrix, as she continues to recover from a broken arm.
*Harold Price, in hospital with kidney stones.
Andrew Burns, moved recently to a facility close to Wilmington.
Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it.
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer.
Cosmo Decarlos, friend of many in Steele Creek, having surgery Wednesday for colon cancer.
*Muriel Russell, friend of Ann Mozingo, whose son-in-law died unexpectedly from a blood clot.

Birthdays
Rozanna Lawing (11-29)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*-PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU
-Mak Karigan, graduate school, UNCC.

November 18-24, 2013

December 2, 2013

Central’s Saints,
We are in week three of our stewardship campaign, and we’ve seen some amazing things so far. We had some incredible barbecue two weeks ago and heard about some good plans for the upcoming year at church. We made Bud Shaney an Elder Emeritus last Sunday. Bud has been a great witness to the love of Jesus Christ in what he has done, said, sung, and been here for a long time. We are grateful that God brought him and his family here in 1970. It goes without saying that Bud is grateful too. God has been good to us all, more than any of us could ever deserve.

We will specifically give thanks this Sunday during our Thanksgiving breakfast at 9:00am. Please bring a dish. We didn’t advertise that part of it as well as we should have, but we need you to bring something for us to eat. We also need you to bring your pledge card to worship on Sunday. You may have already mailed it to the office, and that’s fine. You may not be ready to make a decision by Sunday, and that’s fine. But we want to give you the opportunity to present your pledge card in worship on Sunday. We are going to have a celebration both at the breakfast and in worship. It will be a perfect day to be in the House of the Lord.

Finally, please remain diligent in your prayers. We have several sick saints here in Steele Creek who need our prayers. I am proud and blessed to be your Pastor.

Your Brother in Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We were honored to present Bud Shaney as an Elder Emeritus in worship on Sunday. We love you, Bud, and are grateful for all that you have done among us.
*We did not have any requested prayers of thanksgiving during last Sunday’s worship. So… let us all start counting our blessings. Life is not ideal and hardship are all to numerous and real, but the blessings are always greater. Give thanks to God for grace. Grace abounds everywhere all the time.

Concerns
*Betty Helton, recovering at home from hip replacement surgery.
*Anne Clapham, undergoing chemotherapy.
*Diane Faust, recently diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatment.
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems.
*Edith Grier, as she recovers from a fall last week.
*Mike Burrell, gaining strength at home.
*Sylvia Hendrix, as she continues to recover from a broken arm
*Andrew Burns.
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it.
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer.
*The storm victims in Philippines and Vietnam.
*Karen Slusarcyzk, friend of Charles Wilkerson, whose father died last week.
*Louise Funderburk, aunt of Mary Pat Fowler, in the hospital with congestive heart failure.

Birthdays
Johnny Burgess (11-21), Alice Gordon (11-21), Debby Moss (11-23)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

November 11-17, 2013

December 2, 2013

Central’s Saints,
The leaves are falling; it’s November; it’s getting colder outside (very cold actually)…all of which means that we have eaten some really good barbecue here at Central Steele Creek. I cannot thank David & Martha Osborne enough for providing the best barbecue in town (with apologies to the Steele Creek Lodge, whose barbecue is on Thursday). I am also grateful for Ellie Bostick, Rick Murphy, the Fellowship Team, and the Men of Steele Creek for doing all the work. It was tremendous. I am completely convinced that God is doing a good thing in our midst and is inviting us to be a part of it. I am excited about all those opportunities, and I’m glad to be the Pastor of a group of people so willing to roll their sleeves up and do some work.

Below is the prayer list. Please be faithful in your prayers. Especially remember Diane Faust, whose cancer has returned to several different parts in her body. Also remember Stephen Bauer, Betty Helton, Mike Burrell, & Edith Grier, all of whom are in various stages of illnesses/recovery.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Find something, find lots of things, to be thankful for. God is good. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We rejoice in the wedding of Matthew Clapham & Holly Thomas on 11-9 and celebrate their new life together.
*We had a really good barbecue lunch on Sunday to kick off our stewardship season. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make that happen.
*Stephen Bauer, friend of Rachel Cheek, came home from the hospital last week after a long struggle with mono and pneumonia. He is glad to be home, but still has a long recovery ahead of him.
*We are grateful for all of our veterans who have given so much in service to our country.

Concerns
*Betty Helton, recovering from hip replacement surgery last week.
*Anne Clapham, undergoing chemotherapy.
*Diane Faust, recently diagnosed with cancer on different parts of her body.
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems.
*Edith Grier, as she recovers from a fall last week.
*Mike Burrell, recovering from surgery last week and gaining strength at home.
*Andrew Burns.
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it.
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer.
*Jim Berry, friend of Richard Hayes, recently diagnosed with type B Lymphoma.
*David Ray Helms, nephew of Martha Sigmon, in the last moments of brain cancer.
*Libby Jones, co-worker of Donna Young, whose granddaughter is struggling with leukemia.
*The storm victims in Philippines and Vietnam.
*Karen Slusarczyk, friend of Charles Wilkerson, whose father passed away Monday night.

Birthdays
Herman Canipe, Jr (11-12), Tim Hood (11-14), K aren Noblett (11-14), Clara Whitley (11-15)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

November 4-10, 2013

November 6, 2013

Central’s Saints,

We are entering a wonderful time in the church’s year. We celebrated All Saints Day last Sunday, as well as the Protestant Reformation. We all definitely stand on the shoulders of some faithful saints. We also have a barbecue coming up during lunch after Church. In addition to some good barbecue, we will also be hearing about stewardship and plans for 2014. Traditionally, we have always smelled pork being slowly cooked around this time of year, and I am glad that such an aroma will be around this week. We also have our joint Thanksgiving service with Steele Creek, McClintock, Mt. Olive, and Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Churches, at Pleasant Hill, three weeks from tomorrow, on Wednesday, November 27.

Finally, we have lots and sick saints. Please be faithful in your prayers. Specifically, Diane Faust is having medical tests; Leigh Ann Burns is recovering from an infection at CMC Pineville; Betty Helton is having hip replacement surgery; and Stephen Bauer is recovering from mono and pneumonia at CMC Main. Stephen is friend of Rachel Cheek (actually boyfriend, regardless of what Andy says) and he is really sick. Please be in prayer for him.

I am blessed to be Pastor of Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We celebrated all the saints this past Sunday who have told us about the love and grace of Jesus Christ. We are especially grateful for those saints who have entered the Church Triumphant in the last year: Mildred Beach, Brenda Blackwelder Hilburn, Denny Deal, & Hilda Melendez.
*We are also grateful for Rachel Cheek as she celebrated her 17th birthday on November 2.
*Tim Hood is grateful that his son, Tim Hood, Jr, is getting married on April 19, 2014.

Concerns
*Betty Helton, as she faces hip replacement surgery on Tuesday;
*Anne Clapham, undergoing chemotherapy;
*Leigh Ann Burns, recovering at CMC Pineville from an infection;
*Diane Faust, at CMC Pineville, undergoing medical tests;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, facing surgery later this month;
*Stephen Bauer, friend of Rachel Cheek, in CMC Main with mono and pneumonia;
*Andrew Burns;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Joyce Hartman, mother of Wanda Morris, recovering at home after a stay in the hospital;
*Barbara Jowett, friend of Ann Mozingo, whose son, Robert, died in a car accident last week;
*Family & friends of Joe Reiriz, friend of Emily McNeill, who died last Tuesday from cancer;
*Carol, mother of Lynn McNeill and David Osborne, with back problems;
*Robert, brother of Della Medlin, having heart surgery this week;
*Lyn Rogers and Leslyn Fisher, employees of Beverly Cheek, both of whom lost one of their parents last week;
*Roger Lemmond, friend of Stan Morris, with cancer in his esophagus.

Birthdays
Jacob Russell (11-3), Donna Stuart (11-3), Greta Lambert (11-4), Joyce Quinn (11-4), Hugh Werts (11-4), Luke Romance (11-5), Allison Hart (11-6), Wade Shepard (11-8), Coelle Snyder (11-8), Dorothy Williams (11-9)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, in route to Fort Riley, Kansas

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, QU
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

October 28 - November 4, 2013

October 30, 2013

Central’s Saints,

We have had a very eventful couple of weeks here at Central, and we are going to have an eventful rest of the year. We have all sorts of things planned from breakfasts, to lunches, to Thanksgiving services, to Elder Emeritus recognitions. This is always a really good time of year for the Church. Please be as active as possible.

We also have several prayer requests, all of which are on the Prayer List. I hope we all have the faith to pray without ceasing. In addition to petitions, we also lots of prayers of thanksgiving, from birthdays, to birth announcements, to successful presbytery meetings, to graduations from Army Basic Training. God has indeed been very good to all of us.

I am blessed that God has called me here. I want you to do know that. I appreciate the opportunity to serve here and to preach the Gospel every Sunday. I am thankful to be part of this small slice of the Kingdom and am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*I am very thankful to everyone for all their work on hosting Presbytery last week. You really did yourselves proud!!!
*It was great to have Eric Sandor in Church this past Sunday after a long time away at Fort Benning, Georgia. He is now a proud infantryman on his way to Fort Riley, Kansas. He and Darby Noblett were grinning from ear to ear. We are proud of him and pray for God’s protection of him.
*John Burgess’ mother turns 90 this Saturday. She raised a good family!!!

Concerns
*Betty Helton, as she faces hip replacement surgery next Tuesday;
*Anne Clapham, undergoing chemotherapy;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, facing surgery later this month;
*Sylvia Hendrix, recovering from a broken arm;
*Andrew Burns;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke’s, with pancreatic cancer;
*Tamara Sharpe and family, on the death of her grandmother October 23;
*Wanda Morris’ mother, who is in the hospital in Salisbury with complications from diabetes;
*Dave, coworker of Charlotte Burgess, with cancer;
*Jean Messing, grandmother of Megan Shepard, with health issues;
*Familiy of Jim Blackwelder, friend of Michael Arnold, as they mourn his death;
*Amanda Hall, friend of Linda Karigan, in ICU after a serious car accident;
*Family of Teena Benton in Virginia, on the death of her aunt last week.

Birthdays
Sarah King (10-28), Amber Hilliard (10-30), Julia Maybry (10-31), Martha Osborne (10-31), Sue Grief (11-1), David Hayes (11-1), Scott Moss (11-1), Rachel Cheek (11-2)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

October 14-20, 2013

October 17, 2013

Central Saints,

The leaves are starting to change; the air is crisp and cool; the students are doing well in school. It’s a good time of year, one of the best. Plus, we have another really good time of year quickly approaching. We have lots of good things coming up. Those good things this week are the service of remembrance tonight and Wealthy Wednesday tomorrow night. Please come to both.

We also have some good news to share with the congregation: some of us are expecting babies, some are raising them, and some of us are getting over a long illness. And, of course, some of us are still sick or are grieving and need prayers. All of us are recipients of God’s abundant and amazing grace. I hope we can always remember to give thanks for that.

I am blessed to be the Pastor of Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Johnny & Allison Burgess are expecting a baby!!!! The due date is sometime next May. We are very grateful for them and pray for a safe pregnancy and delivery.
*It was good to have Teresa Canipe back in Church this past Sunday after a long bout with pneumonia.
*Jack Austin turned 95 this past Friday. In celebration, he ate 20 lbs of ribs. He shared a few with his family, but I think they had a great celebration. We are grateful to Jack and his presence among us.

Concerns
*Family of Hilda Melendez as they mourn her death on 10-7;
*Ruth Funderburk, recovering at home from a fall;
*Coelle Snyder, recovering from a fall this past week;
*Wanda Morris, as she recovers from surgery on her neck;
*Anne Clapham, undergoing medical tests this week;
*Sallie English, recovering at home from surgery on her back;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, facing surgery later this month;
*Andrew Burns;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer.

Birthdays
Robert Grier (10-13), Ralph Grier (10-13), Mary Sawyer (10-16), Zackery Wortman (10-17), David Hunter (10-19), Kim Winter (10-19)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Ardy Skidmore, Union Presbyterian Seminary
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

October 7-13, 2013

October 15, 2013

Central Saints,

It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Fall, which is a very welcomed season for me. We had a terrific World Communion Sunday this past Sunday, where we celebrated with Christians all over the world. I thought our children did an especially good job both singing and taking in the elements for Communion.

Wealthy Wednesdays continue tonight and run through next Wednesday. We have all learned a lot about Paul and the early Church. God was faithful then, and God is faithful now. And, lest we forget, God gives us faith just like God gave Paul faith. So let us use what we believe and, with the power of the Holy Spirit, preach the Gospel.

I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*It was great to have Evelyn Ervin back in worship this past Sunday. She has been recovering from a broken hip for several months.
*It was also good to have Wanda Morris back in worship after surgery on her neck.
*It was also good to celebrate World Communion Sunday. The children looked especially good helping us out in the service. We are grateful Christians around the world who gather every Sunday to worship God.

Concerns
*Family of Hilda Melendez as they mourn her death on 10-7;
*Teresa Canipe, recovering at home from pneumonia;
*Wanda Morris, as she recovers from surgery on her neck;
*Anne Clapham, undergoing medical tests this week;
*Colby Perez, recovering from a concussion;
*Sallie English, recovering at home from surgery on her back;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, getting better, but still facing health problems;
*Andrew Burns;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman who has been struggling with cancer. Her doctors have recently found another mass and she is undergoing treatment for it;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Bryan Wayburn, friend of Emily McNeill, who has lymphoma and liver cancer;
*Sally Thomas, friend of Ann Mozingo, as she goes on a mission trip to Guatamala with Caldwell Presbyterian Church this week;
*God’s guidance on our nation as we debate health care laws, budgets, and government shut-downs;
*The Plattenberger family, friends of Tim Hood, as they mourn the death of their father, Bob.

Birthdays
Lynn Johnson (10-6), Joseph Peterson (10-8), Martha Ayers (10-10), Jack Austin (10-11), Nancy Griffin (10-12)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

September 23-29, 2013

September 26, 2013

Central Saints,

If you step outside today, you will tangibly feel the goodness and grace of God Almighty. It’s beautiful out there. September and October are two of the prettiest months in Charlotte. God is gracious in more ways than we can count. We just celebrated the baptism of Dalton Christopher Spratt, Preston & Lauren Spratt’s little boy who was born on June 1. Also, if you came to Wealthy Wednesday last night, then you met our new Director of Christian Education, Hannah Morrison. You will hear a lot more about her in the coming weeks. I am glad that God has brought her our way.

Please pay close attention to the prayer list and remain diligent in your prayers. Even with “the beauty of the earth, the glory of the skies, the love which from our birth around us lies.. even for the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, for friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild…” In addition to all of that, we have a God who hears us when we pray. So, as you step outside to enjoy God’s creation, don’t forget to pray and enjoy God’s presence in our lives.

I am proud to be the Pastor of Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*-We rejoice in the baptism of Dalton Christopher Spratt, son of Preston & Lauren Spratt. We are grateful for the promises that God made to him and for all that God will do in his life.
*We have a new Director of Christian Education. The session agreed to hire Hannah Morrison as an interim DCE. She will start her duties in October.
*It was good to see Mike Burrell in Church this past Sunday.
*After a several weeks without it, we are grateful for last weekend’s rain.

Concerns
*Teresa Canipe, in Presbyterian Hospital with pneumonia;
*Family of Denny Deal, as they mourn his death on September 8, 2013;
*Wanda Morris, as she recovers from surgery on her neck;
*Colby Perez, recovering from a concussion;
*Sallie English, recovering at home from surgery on her back;
*Cindy Shepard, recovering at home from kidney stones;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, getting better, but still facing health problems;
*Andrew Burns;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*June Crocker, friend of Joy Cheek, fighting Parkinson’s disease;
*Amanda Lane, niece of Linda Karigan, who was involved in a head-on collision on Friday;

Birthdays
Hayes Shepard (9-24), John Williams (9-25), Jim Hayes (9-27), Susan Hunter (9-28)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

September 16-21, 2013

September 18, 2013

Central Saints,

It finally has started to feel like fall. I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. God created order in the world, and part of that order is seasons, and North Carolina has the best seasons of any place in the country. If you want to tangibly feel God’s grace, then step outside! We also have a lot of good things happening at Church. Please be sure to pay close attention to the calendar.

Also, please remember Central’s saints who are sick or are mourning. We all continue to mourn Denny Deal’s death and pray for Mary and their family. Sallie English and Wanda Morris are also both recovering from recent surgeries. Please be diligent in your prayers. God hears us when we pray. “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” Joseph Scriven could not have said it better in that hymn that we all love, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Rob & Stephanie Vojvoda celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary this past Friday!!!

Concerns
*Family of Denny Deal, as they mourn his death on September 8;
*Wanda Morris, as she recovers from surgery on her neck;
*Colby Perez, recovering from a concussion;
*Dot Benton, with back pain, having treatment this week;
*Terry Herrington, at home recovering from surgery to remove his kidney;
*Sallie English, recovering at home from surgery on her back;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, getting better, but still facing health problems;
*Andrew Burns;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Danny & Margaret Jacobs, former members at Central, who lost their house in a fire recently;
*Steve Stefanic and his daughter, friends of Ann Mozingo, hiking and camping in Yosemite National Park;
*John Pavlovitz, pastor at Good Shepherd UMC, on the unexpected death of his father;
*Victims of the mass shooting the Naval Yard in Washington, DC.

Birthdays
Mary Young (9-18), Drayton Peterson (9-19), Martha Sigmon (9-20), Sharon Wilson (9-20), Mary Pat Fowler (9-20), Annette Caudle (9-21)

Military
*Petty Officer Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*PVT Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

September 2-15, 2013

September 17, 2013

Central Saints,

I apologize that I didn’t get a prayer list out last week. This one covers both weeks together.

All of our hearts are heavy as we mourn Denny Deal’s death. Denny has left quite a legacy for us. Over three hundred people came here yesterday to celebrate his life and to give witness to the Resurrection. It was a hard, but beautiful day. Please continue to keep Mary and her family in your prayers.

I also wanted to remind you of this new opportunity to adopt Steele Creek Elementary School. Simply put, they need us, and we need them. God gives us opportunities all the time to do Kingdom work. In addition to Steele Creek Elementary, I just led chapel for our own preschool. Our preschool is as diverse as our community, which is a beautiful thing. God has given us some good work to do. I look forward to starting it with you.

I also look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday. It’s supposed to cool off a little bit and finally feel like fall. It will be a perfect day to be in the House of the Lord. Sunday night will be a perfect night to be in the House of the Lord for our Crossroads service. Lots of good things are in store for us this weekend. I am proud to be your Pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Linda Karigan sent us a picture of Kaeden Ross, a little boy for whom we have been praying, as we WENT HOME from the hospital. I am so grateful that he is better. God has heard us praying for him. Don’t ever forget that.
*We are so glad to have Vernon Knox back in the choir and that his cancer is in remission.
*We are also grateful for this new opportunity to partner with CMS, especially Steele Creek Elementary, to help educate our young people.

Concerns
*Family of Denny Deal, as they mourn his death on September 8;
*Dot Benton, with back pain, having treatment this week;
*Terry Herrington, at home recovering from surgery to remove his kidney;
*Sallie English, recovering at home from surgery on her back;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, getting better, but still facing health problems;
*Andrew Burns;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Sylvia Mihnovetz, friend of George Heges, starting a year of cancer treatment;
*Jeanne Sikes, for God’s guidance as she leads a grief share class;
*Jacob family, former members at Central, who lost their house to a fire;
*Elizabeth Bland, mother of Teena Benton,recovering from surgery;
*David Derrick, friend of Judy Brown, recovering from a fall.

Birthdays
Kelly Caudle (9-2), Rylie Daniel (9-5), Mak Karigan (9-6), Marilyn Hege (9-7), Pam Wilkerson (9-7), Patricia Herrington (9-8), Katie Hunter (9-11), Justin Moss (9-12)

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Katie Hunter, UNCC
*Mak Karigan, UNCC
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

August 19-25, 2013

August 23, 2013

Central Saints,

The weekly prayer list is below. Please be diligent in your prayers. We have had lots of sick saints around here. Sallie English and Terry Herrington are both recovering from surgery and doing much better but still need your prayers. Also, please remember the family of Brenda Blackwelder Hilburn, daughter of Sarah Blackwelder and sister of Karen Noblett, who died unexpectedly from a massive stroke this past Tuesday night. I am going to send an email about her services soon. Sam Morris, father of Stan Morris, died this past Sunday night. Stan was really close to his father; so please be in prayer for him and his family, too.

School starts either this week or next, and, as such, Church life picks up a little bit. We will start Wealthy Wednesdays on the Wednesday after Labor Day, September 4. As usual, we’ll eat at 6:00pm and study at 6:30pm. Preschool starts that same week. Finally, Rally Day is this Sunday.

It’s going to be a great year around here, and it’s going to start with a really good Sunday: THIS SUNDAY. I will see you here in Church.

I am proud to be your pastor.

In Christ,

Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Central just hosted an event called “Alignment Southwest Charlotte,” in which all the schools in the area, businesses, non-profits, and churches came together to better serve our public schools. This is an innovative and unique approach to public education that gives our church many mission opportunities.
*We had a great Crossroads Service last Sunday night. It was well-attended and the second time the Church provided its own band.
*It was good to see Mike Burrell in Church on Sunday after a long summer being sick.

Birthdays
Lenny Adams (8-18), Jennifer Burgess (8-18), Tucker Stallings (8-18), Allen Wells (8-18), Brad Clapham (8-19), Sallie English (8-19), Bud Shaney (8-21), Mandy Bailey (8-23), Caroline Taylor (8-23), Gerry Norman (8-24), Judy Corbett (8-25), Donna Winter (8-25)

Concerns
*Family of Brenda Blackwelder Hilburn, daughter of Sarah Blackwelder and sister of Karen Noblett, on her recent death;
*Family of Sam Morris, father of Stan Morris, on his recent death;
*Denny Deal, at home with cancer;
*Terry Herrington, at home recovering from surgery to remove his kidney;
*Sally English, in CMC Main recovering from surgery on her back;
*Evelyn Ervin, recovering at home from a broken hip;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, at home recovering from blood clots;
*Vernon Knox, doing much better, but still undergoing chemotherapy for cancer;
*Penn Tolley, youngest son of Mike & Megan Tolley, having continued breathing problems;
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, fighting lung cancer;
*Andrew Burns;
*Family of Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, on her recent death;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Kaeden Ross, infant friend of Jeff & Linda Karigan, born with multiple health problems;
*Kevin Funderburk, son of Ruth Funderburk, with heart problems;
*Joel Teague, friend of Scott Moss, with leukemia;
*David Ray Helms, friend of Martha Sigmon, with brain cancer and spots on his lungs;
*Haleigh, friend of Isabelle Barnes, with heart issue;
*Missy, granddaughter of Ruth Funderburk, having kidney stones removed;
*Danielle Wofford, friend of Scott & Hope Moss, having a tumor on liver removed;
*Sylvia Hege-Mohnovetz, fighting cancer;
*Dave, friend of Charlotte Burgess, having chemo treatments;
*Till Parks, friend of Charlotte Burgess, on the death of his mother;
*Cassie & Benjamin, sister-in-law and nephew of Rachel Dorr, recovering from a complicated delivery. Cassie is the mother, and Benjamin is the baby. They both lost a lot of blood and are getting blood transfusions.

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle (CPCC)
*Jennifer Burgess (CPCC)
*Anna Eargle (Queens)
*Katie Hunter (UNCC)
*Mak Karigan (UNCC)
*Mitch Shepard (Mercy School of Nursing)
*Michelle Skidmore (ASU)

August 12-18, 2013

August 14, 2013

Central’s Saints,

We had a great day in Church on Sunday. We celebrated Penn Tolley’s baptism, and we welcomed new members, Jim & Joyce Martin. One baptism and two new members make for a great day in the House of the Lord. That’s for sure.

Summertime is winding down, and Church activities are about to wind up. Wealthy Wednesdays start back on September 4; the music groups are all meeting now; and Crossroads is this Sunday….
Crossroads is this Sunday!!! Worship starts at 6:00pm. I look forward to seeing you all there.

I am grateful for all that God is doing in our Church, and I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We are grateful for the baptism of Penn Robert Tolley, son of Michael & Megan Tolley and younger brother of Max Tolley. We are grateful for all that God will do in his life and celebrate the promises that God made to him there.
*We are grateful to receive Jim & Joyce Martin into membership and recognized them on Sunday.
*John & Charlotte Burgess celebrated a wedding anniversary last weekend. Happy Anniversary!
*The Shepard family is grateful for Vic Duran, their deacon and shepherd, the last several years.

Concerns
*Denny Deal, at home with cancer;
*Evelyn Ervin, recovering at home from a broken hip;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, at home recovering from blood clots;
*Vernon Knox, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer;
*Penn Tolley, youngest son of Mike & Megan Tolley, having continued breathing problems;
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, fighting lung cancer;
*Andrew Burns;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Lee Griffiths, friend of Judy Brown, with ALS;
*Kaeden Ross, infant, friend of Jeff & Linda Karigan, born with multiple health problems;
*Kevin Funderburk, son of Ruth Funderburk, with heart problems;
*Family of Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, on her recent death;
*Family of Horace Whelchel, brother of Mary Phillips, on his recent death;
*Family of Beth Austin, friend of Allison Burgess, as they mourn her death;
*Family of Evelyn Bullar, friend of Clint & Sandy Burke, as they mourn her death;
*Family of Charles Groz, friend of Clint & Sandy Burke, as they mourn his death;
*Family of Steve Kelly, friend of Ann Mozingo, on his recent death;

Birthdays
Blair Malinoski (8-11), Diane Price (8-11), Debbie Eargle (8-12), Linda Karigan (8-12), Paige McNeill (8-12), Lloyd Pontier (8-13), Ardy Skidmore (8-13), Jim Stikeleather (8-13), Bill Gordon (8-14), Barbara Choate (8-15), Banks Wilson (8-15), Ava Stallings (8-17)

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens
*Mak Karigan, UNCC (graduate school)
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

August 5-11, 2013

August 8, 2013

Central Saints,
We have hit that spot in the summer where things really wind down. I have been longing for this spot for a long time. The bad news is that it only lasts for two weeks. School starts back up very soon, along with all the activities that accompany it. One of those activities will be Wealthy Wednesdays, which will start back on September 4. We will be studying Paul’s missionary journeys. You will learn more about Paul and the early Church than you ever knew before.

I was out most of last week, and, now that I’m back, it sure seems quiet around here. I know that we all miss Ashley. No one does more than me. We are looking for somebody to work with children and youth, so stay tuned. Right now, Jessica Smith has volunteered with the youth and several others have volunteered with the children. It is a transition for all of us, to be sure, but God will faithful. There’s no doubt about that. Please remain diligent in your prayers.

Sunday is going to be a great day. We’ve got a baptism and several people joining. We’ll have lots and lots to celebrate. I look forward to seeing you then. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Valerie Phillips did a terrific job preaching last Sunday. I am grateful for her willingness to fill the pulpit and for Steele Creek’s willingness to help us out.
*We are currently in the last throws of summer. We are grateful for these last remaining weeks of quiet and for all the memories and experiences that we have had.

Concerns
*Denny Deal, at home with cancer;
*Evelyn Ervin, recovering at home from a broken hip;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Family of Horace Whelchel, brother of Mary Phillips, on his recent death;
*Mike Burrell, at home recovering from blood clots;
*Vernon Knox, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer;
*Penn Tolley, youngest son of Mike & Megan Tolley, having continued breathing problems;
*Deborah Russell, recovering from surgery to remove a tumor from her adrenal gland;
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, fighting lung cancer;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, who is in hospice care;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, fighting infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Lee Griffiths, friend of Judy Brown, with ALS;
*Beth Austin, friend of Allison Burgess, fighting cancer.

Birthdays
Stephanie Pruitt (8-4), Debra Clapham (8-5), Jack Killian (8-7), Renee Perez (8-7), Fred Youngblood (8-7), Megan Shepard (8-8), Mark Thompson (8-9)

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

July 29 - August 4, 2013

July 29, 2013

Central’s Saints,

Yesterday was one of the highest and hardest Sundays that we have had in a long time. It was hard because we had to say goodbye to Ashley Cheek. There is absolutely no way around the hard part. She and her family leave for Maryland later this week. She has had a very good ministry here, and we will miss her terribly. So, tears are appropriate.

But, more than hard, yesterday was high, too. The youth were just terrific leading worship. Emily Cheek sang beautifully. Ashley preached beautifully. God has been and is doing great things with our young people. It was incredibly good to see that. It was also incredibly good to see how much that we as a congregation have loved Ashley. God did a very good thing three years ago in bringing her here. For that, we are all exceedingly grateful.

I regret that I failed to mention yesterday our missionaries returned from Gary, West Virginia safe and sound. I hear they had a terrific time. I look forward to hearing more about their trip and recognizing their good work.

Things are going to be different around here. Ashley’s office is now empty and our hearts are too. But God is good, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. Of that, I am completely confident. I am proud to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We celebrated Ashley Cheek’s ministry among us in Church yesterday. God has done a very good thing among us with her ministry, and we are all grateful to have shared in it. We love her, will miss her, but will remain thankful for all that she, Nick, Lydia, Nicholas, and Ada mean to us.
*The youth also did an INCREDIBLE job in leading worship yesterday. We are blessed to have such good youth and children’s ministries. We were all lifted up by their leadership and God was very rightly praised.
*It was also good to have Emily Cheek singing after surgery on her vocal chords. Welcome back, Emily!!!
*We sent three missionaries to Gary last week, and they safely returned on Saturday. I look forward to hearing about the good work they did up there.
*Eric Sandor is have a blast at Basic Training in Fort Benning, Georgia.
*Jeanne Sikes is grateful for the engagement of her daughter-in-law, Jamie, to Joshua Rhyne. Jamie is the widow of Jeanne’s son, Alan.

Concerns
*Denny Deal, at home with cancer;
*Evelyn Ervin, recovering at home from a broken hip;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, at home recovering from blood clots;
*Vernon Knox, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer;
*Penn Tolley, youngest son of Mike & Megan Tolley, having continued breathing problems;
*Deborah Russell, recovering from surgery to remove her a tumor from her adrenal gland;
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, fighting lung cancer;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, who is in hospice care;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, fighting infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Lee Griffiths, friend of Judy Brown, with ALS;
*Beth Austin, friend of Allison Burgess, fighting cancer;
*Family of Beverly Walls, friend of Hope Moss, young mother, as they mourn her death;
*Family of Shirley Pierce, friend of George & Marilyn Hege, who was stabbed to death recently. Please be in prayer for her husband, Chuck, and family during this senseless tragedy;
*Kaeden Ross, infant child, friend of the Karigans, born with serious medical complications and is awaiting surgery as soon as he is strong enough;
*Sarah, daughter of Pam Wells, who is having serious issues with her pancreas;
*Steve Kelly, friend of Ann Mozingo, at Presbyterian hospital.

Birthdays
Tony Lambert (7-28), Harold Price (7-28), Ashley Hunter (7-29), Chris Griffin (7-30), Mary Deal (8-2), Susan Osmar (8-2), Russell Helms (8-3), Ann Mozingo (8-3)

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi;
*Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia.

College Students
*Grant Arbuckel, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

July 22-28, 2013

July 29, 2013

Central Saints,

We are all a little heavy-hearted this week since we’re losing Ashley Cheek. I have said this before and I will say it again, sad is good at times like this. Do you really want to be happy that your Director of Christian Education is leaving? We had a great three years with Ashley. We are all grateful for all that she has meant to us. So, in addition to worshiping God on Sunday, we will also CELEBRATE Ashley’s ministry among us and send her and her family off with our blessings. There will be a few tears, of course, but lots more laughter.

We also have lots and lots of sick saints here. Deborah Russell is recovering nicely from surgery to remove a growth on her adrenal gland. The growth was benign, but the surgery was extensive. Please keep her and Gary in your prayers. We also need to continue to pray for Denny Deal, Vernon Knox, and Sarah King, who are all in different stages of cancer, and Mike Burrell, who has had a brutal season of sickness this spring and summer.

Speaking of summer, it’s finally starting to feel that way. God continues to do a good work among us. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Kevin Kronk had a successful heart surgery last week and was in church this past Sunday;
*We are grateful for Stan Morris, Barry Choate, Glenn Litaker, and Ken Price, who placed much around the church all day last Monday;
*We are grateful for Russ Hughes, who visited us today after getting hurt at our golf tournament;
*Charles Wilkerson is grateful that his son, Stephen, got engaged to Beth Crater;
*It was good to see Vernon Knox in church this past Sunday. He is feeling better and has a good prognosis;
*Lena Young tuned 90 years old this past Friday, July 19. Happy Birthday to someone whom we all adore!

Concerns
*Gary, West Virginia missionaries leave Thursday, July 25 - Mike Brown, Wade Shepard, Vic Duran;
*Denny Deal, at home with cancer;
*Evelyn Ervin, recovering at home from a broken hip;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems
*Mike Burrell, at home recovering from blood clots;
*Vernon Knox, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer;
*Penn Tolley, youngest son of Mike & Megan Tolley, having a procedure done on Wednesday, July 24, to diagnose his breathing problems;
*Jeff Karigan, in terrible back pain;
*Deborah Russell, recovering from surgery to remove a growth on her adrenal gland on July 22;
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, fighting lung cancer;
*Dot Benton, as she recovers from back pain;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, who is recovering from a fall;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, fighting Infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Lee Griffiths, friend of Judy Brown, with ALS;
*Beth Austin, friend of Allison Burgess, fighting cancer;
*Beverly Walls, friend of Hope Moss, young mother diagnosed with colon cancer, given a very hard prognosis;
*Kenny Cline, friend of Herman & Teresa Canipe, at Mecklenburg Healthcare for rehab;
*Dave, co-worker of Charlotte Burgess, taking cancer treatments;
*Cathy, friend of Rachel Dorr, teaching English in China for a few weeks.

Brithdays
Lucy Romance (7-21), Duane Williams (7-22), Grant Applewhite (7-23), Caroline Maybry (7-23), Chris Linker (7-24), Mike Arnold (7-27)

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi;
*Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia.

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

July 15-21, 2013

July 16, 2013

Central Saints,

We had an especially good Sunday this past week as we recognized our missionaries, who had just returned from a week in Costa Rica. They had an incredible experience and saw the Hand of God in very real and tangible ways. We were blessed to hear from them. I am grateful that they are all back home safe and sound, and that God did such good things in, through, and to them. I am also grateful for the congregation’s support of them, as well as their willingness to go. I am proud of our church for doing this.

We also are hosting a joint mission trip to Gary, West Virginia, next week. If you are interested, please call Sallie English. Gary is much closer than Costa Rica, but the need up there is enormous.

I also wanted to remind you that our Crossroads service is this Sunday night at 6:00pm. This is the first time that we have put our own band together. If you are interested in working with that service, please let me know.

July is a time when things start to slow down a bit at Church. I, for one, could use the break. We are planning for a terrific fall. We will mourn Ashley’s leaving, but God is doing good things here. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We are grateful for all of our missionaries who returned from Costa Rica on Saturday night. They had a great experience. They are: Westin Hicks, Devon Osborne, Emily Cheek, Rachel Cheek, Haley James, Emily McNeill, Paige McNeill, Weston Mize, Andrew Mize, Jessica Smith, Megan Shepard, Ardy Skidmore, Andy Cheek, Beverly Cheek, Kimberly Johnson, & Ashley Cheek.
*Kevin Kronk had a successful heart surgery last week and is now home recovering. The Mighty Acts Sunday School class surrounded him with their love, support, and prayers.
*Becky Helms is grateful for our new wireless service in Church and all that it will enable us to do.
*Wanda Morris is grateful that Haley had such a good mission trip and is now home safely and closer to God.
*It was great to see Mike Burrell in Church on Sunday after a long illness with his back and blood clots.

Concerns
*Denny Deal, at home with cancer;
*Kevin Kronk, recovering from a heart procedure last week;
*Evelyn Ervin, recovering at home from a broken hip;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, at home recovering from blood clots;
*Vernon Knox, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer;
*Penn Tolley, youngest son of Mike & Megan Tolley, having a procedure on Wednesday to diagnose his breathing problems;
*Deborah Russell, who faces surgery to remove her adrenalin gland on July 22;
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, fighting lung cancer;
*Dot Benton, as she recovers from back pain;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, who is recovering from a fall;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, fighting infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Lee Griffiths, friend of Judy Brown, with ALS;
*Beth Austin, friend of Allison Burgess, fighting cancer;
*Family of Mark Alexander, cousin of Robert & Ralph Grier, as they mourn his death;
*Family of Bruce Rumph, cousin of Rob Vojvoda, as they mourn his death from cancer.

Birthdays
Clint Burke (7-14), Mary Margaret Caudle (7-14), Robert Caudle (7-13), Scottie Caudle (7-14), Ernie Glover (7-15), Mac Patterson (7-15), Bryan Bridges (7-16), Burns Taylor (7-16), Andy Cheek (7-18), Mike Burrell (7-18), Chuck Gordon (7-19), Jodi Smith (7-19), Lynn Snuggs (7-19), Phil Wilson (7-19), Lena Young (7-19), Susan Killian (7-20), Leah Maybry (7-20), Judi Pontier (7-20), Holden Stallings (7-20), Robert Stallings (7-20), Jean Taylor (7-20)

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi
*Eric Sandor, Basic Training, Fort Benning, Georgia

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

July 8-14

July 11, 2013

Central Saints,

I have found that things tend to slow down a bit in the life of the Church between July 4 and Labor Day. This year, however, that has not been the case. We sent fifteen missionaries to Costa Rica on July 5. The reports that I get are all good: they got there safely, are working well as a group, and doing the Lord’s work. They come home late on Saturday night, July 13. Please be in prayer for them by name. In addition to them, we are also sending missionaries to Gary, West Virginia in just two weeks, July 25-28. If you are interested in that trip, please contact Sallie English. It’s not too late to sign up, and the need is enormous.

We changed internet providers last week, which has not been fun. Yet, it will give the church substantial savings. Please be patient with us during this transition. We still lack permanent emails and voice mails. I expect all of that to be up and running by the end of the week.

Finally, we have lots of sick saints around here, so please be diligent in your prayers. God is doing good things here. I am blessed to be your pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We are grateful for all of our missionaries who are in Costa Rica this week. We recognized them in Church on Sunday, June 30 and pledged to pray for them by name. They are: Westin Hicks, Devon Osborne, Emily Cheek, Rachel Cheek, Haley James, Emily McNeill, Paige McNeill, Weston Mize, Andrew Mize, Jessica Smith, Megan Shepard, Ardy Skidmore, Andy Cheek, Beverly Cheek, Kimberly Johnson, and Ashley Cheek.
*Eric Smith’s cancer is officially in remission. This has been a long journey for him and Joyce, and we are grateful that he is now cancer free!!!
*We are grateful for our nation, celebrate the freedoms that we have here, and honor the men and women who have sacrificed to give us those freedoms.

Concerns
*Denny Deal, at home with cancer;
*Kevin Kronk, as he undergoes a heart procedure this week;
*Evelyn Ervin, recovering at home from a broken hip;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, at home recovering from blood clots;
*Vernon Knox, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer;
*Elaine Hood, with a throat problem;
*BJ Shepard, Wade’s father, fighting lung cancer;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to recover from cancer treatment;
*Dot Benton, as she recovers from back pain;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, who is recovering from a fall;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, fighting infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Lee Griffiths, friend of Judy Brown, with ALS;
*Beth Austin, friend of Allison Burgess, fighting cancer;
*Eric Sandor, friend of Darby Noblett, as he leaves for basic training with the Army this week;
*Kenny Cline, in declining health;
*Bill Holland, friend of Sandra Burke, as he mourns his mother’s death;
*Bill Leech, friend of Vic & Noell Duran, with lung cancer.

Birthdays
Johnnie Hayes (7-8), Judy Caudle (7-12), Lainey Moss (7-13)

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

July 1-7, 2013

July 2, 2013

Central’s Saints,

June and July have been packed with good things here at Central. The list of joys is longer than our list of concerns. That’s always true, but it’s quantifiably true on the prayer list this week. I cannot thank everyone enough for such a great VBS last week. Everybody did a terrific job, and the children had a blast and learned more about God’s love for them.

We also ended our June concert series this past week with the Pathfinders. All of the musical groups associated with our church: The Pathfinders, The Hand Bells, The Disciples, The Voices of Praise, The Refresh Praise Band, Kevin Kronk… They all did a terrific job. It goes without saying that Tom Schmutzler and Sheila Fetner are their own group and force in the music of our church. I am grateful for their leadership in planning the June concerts.

We also commissioned our missionaries who go to Costa Rica this coming Friday. I have listed them by name on the Prayer List. We pledged to pray for them by name. Please be diligent in doing that. They leave bright and early on Friday morning.

A few housekeeping issues: We are changing internet providers here at Central tomorrow morning. As such, you might run into several inconveniences. The phone lines may be down for an hour or two, and our email addresses are changing. I will send you an email as soon as we get everything up and running. Please be patient with us. We are being good stewards of our resources by doing this, as this will cut our internet/phone service expenses by more than half.

Finally, a lot of Central’s Saints are sick, so please remain diligent in your prayers. God is doing good things here. I am convinced of that. I am also blessed to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We had a tremendous VBS. We averaged about 40 children each night, had lots of volunteers and an adult class, and some really good meals. It was vintage Central Steele Creek. It was a great week. Thank you to everybody who worked so hard to make it happen.
*We had our last June concert series this past Sunday with the Pathfinders. We thank them for sharing their ministry among us.
*Charles & Pam Wilkerson celebrated 35 years of marriage on Sunday. We are blessed to have them in our church.
*Pete & Betty Helton celebrated 68 years of marriage on Sunday.
*Judy Corbett welcomed a new grandson into the world, Maxwell Ryker Haverkock, on Saturday.
*We are grateful for have Eric & Joyce Smith back in the choir now, and we are grateful that Eric is recovering so well from cancer.
*Rick & Pam Murphy also welcomed a new grandchild last week.
*We are grateful for Russell & Becky Helms for the great “Freedom” Sunday School lesson in the Mighty Acts Sunday School Class.
*We are grateful for our country and all the freedoms that we celebrate.
*We are grateful for all of our missionaries who will be going to Costa Rica on Friday. We recognized them in Church on Sunday and pledged there to pray for them by name. They are: Westin Hicks, Devon Osborne, Emily Cheek, Rachel Cheek, Haley James, Emily McNeill, Paige McNeill, Weston Mize, Andrew Mize, Jessica Smith, Megan Shepard, Ardy Skidmore, Andy Cheek, Beverly Cheek, Kimberly Johnson, & Ashley Cheek.

Concerns
*Family of Mildred Beach as they mourn her death;
*Denny Deal, at home with cancer;
*Johnnie Hayes, at home recovering from pneumonia;
*Evelyn Ervin, at Pineville Rehab recovering from a broken hip;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, at home recovering from blood clots;
*Vernon Knox, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer;
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, fighting lung cancer;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer;
*Dot Benton, as she recovers from back pain;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, who is recovering from a fall;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, fighting Infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Lee Griffiths, friend of Judy Brown, with ALS.

Birthdays
Lydia Cheek (7-1), Teresa Canipe (7-4), Vernon Knox (7-4), Dot Benton (7-6), Mamie Gardner (7-6)

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Mitch Shepard, Mercy School of Nursing
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

June 17 - 30, 2013

June 27, 2013

Central’s Saints,
There is nothing like coming back from vacation on the first day of VBS!!!!!!! It was a little hectic around here yesterday, but I thought that VBS got off to a really good start last night. We had about forty children and almost as many adults. It was a typical Central Steele Creek gathering, which I think is terrific. In addition to what we are offering the children, we also are offering a class for the adults, in the tent outside!!! It’s like an old tent revival. Last night, it was perfect. I encourage you all, young and old alike, to come to VBS tonight. It goes from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

We also have lots of sick Steele Creekers! This has been a hard spring and summer for lots of people in our congregation. Please be diligent in your prayers.

We also need to continue praying for the Costa Rica Mission Trip. They leave one week from Friday. It’s right around the corner.

My vacation was the perfect mix of children, sun, sand, and rest. It was good to be away. But I am surely glad to be back. I am proud to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We have had a great VBS thus far. We are grateful for all the workers, teachers, and children who have come.
*We are also grateful for all of our music groups who have performed recently at our 5-6-4 concert series: The Disciples, The Voices of Praise, the Central Ringers, Tom Schmutzler, Sheila Fetner, The Refresh Praise Band, and Kevin Kronk.
*We are also grateful for the Crossroads Service we had last weekend. The music was spectacular, and it was very well attended. God was indeed glorified.
*The Mighty Acts Sunday School class is grateful for all of the golf tournament sponsors who helped them in their recent golf tournament.
*We are grateful for all of our missionaries who will be going to Costa Rica next Friday. Please be in prayer for them for them on their mission trip.

Birthdays
Joy Cheek (6-17), Ralph Hamilton (6-19), Jessica Haverkock (6-19), Rick Hayes (6-19), Erin Osborne (6-20), Denny Deal (6-22), Bob Caudle (6-23), Edith Grier (6-23), Norma Werts (6-23), Hunter Wilson (6-25), Luke Carr (6-26), Renee Daniel (6-29)

Concerns
*Family of Mildred Beach as they mourn her death;
*Denny Deal, at home with cancer;
*Annette Caudle, recovering at CMC Pineville from gall bladder surgery;
*John Hayes, at home recovering from a light stroke;
*Johnnie Hayes, at home recovering from pneumonia;
*Evelyn Ervin, at Pineville Rehab recovering from a broken hip;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Mike Burrell, at home recovering from blood clots;
*Vernon Knox, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer;
*BJ Shepard, father of Wade Shepard, fighting lung cancer;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer;
*Dot Benton, as she recovers from back pain;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, who is in hospital recovering from a fall;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, fighting Infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Lee Griffiths, friend of Judy Brown, with ALS;
*Chris & Nancy Griffin, as they continue their journey to Maine.

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt.
*Major Charles Gray, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Afghanistan.
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi.

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

May 13-19, 2013

May 16, 2013

This is the first time in recent memory, maybe ever, that our list of thanks is equal to or greater than our list of concerns. To be sure, we have some grave concerns in our congregation. Lots of Steele Creekers are very sick. But, Denny & Mary Deal also just welcomed their grandson, Westin Russell Deal, at 12:46pm today, Tuesday, May 14. He is the son of Brian & Nikki Deal. He weighed 7lbs, 7oz, and was 20 inches long. We just baptized another beautiful baby, Beckett William Shaw, this past Sunday. We just celebrated our mothers. The weather is spectacular. God is indeed very good to us.

We also have lots of good things happening in the life of our church. We will celebrate Pentecost Sunday this Sunday morning in Church. So, wear red!!! Originally, Pentecost had the same significance as Easter and Christmas, and it still should have that. So, come celebrate the Holy Spirit among us on Sunday.

After Pentecost, we will have our Crossroads Service Sunday evening at 6:00pm. We are feeding the community at 5:15pm, so come on out, eat, and worship God. This is a very good outreach for our community.

Please be in prayer for Central’s saints who are sick. Pray that God would continue to work in our community. And, more than anything, give thanks and praise for a God whose grace is greater than all our sin. I am proud to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Denny & Mary Deal welcomed a new grandson, Westin Russell Deal, son of Brian & Nikki Deal. He was born Tuesday afternoon, May 14, at 12:46pm, weighing 7lbs, 7oz. He and his parents are all well;
*We are grateful for the baptism of Beckett William Shaw, son of Dustin & Lauren Shaw, this past Sunday in Church, for what God is doing in his life, and for the gift of baptism;
*Rachel & Jonathon Dorr are expecting a baby in December. We are grateful for such good news and pray for a safe pregnancy and delivery;
*Beverly Cheek is thankful for all the doctors who helped with Emily’s successful surgery to remove a cyst from her vocal chords;
*We are grateful for our mothers, and we celebrate all that they mean to us;
*Tim Hood is grateful for 36 years of marriage to Elaine;
*We are grateful for Herman Canipe, who turned 87 this past Saturday;
*Jeff Karigan is grateful for all mothers, especially his wife, Linda. Linda is grateful for 35 years of marriage to Jeff;
*We are grateful for Randy Jones and all the work he has done at Church;
*Gary Russell is glad to return home from Scotland;
*Preston Spratt is grateful for his cousin’s successful surgery after a car accident;
*It was great to see Chris & Nancy Griffin home this past Sunday, after months of RV Travel.

Concerns
*Denny Deal, at home with brain cancer. His family has stopped treatment and is focusing on his comfort. Please be in prayer for them;
*Johnny Hayes, at home recovering from an infection;
*Geraldine Norman, at CMC Main, recovering from blood clots;
*Evelyn Ervin, at Pineville Rehab, recovering pneumonia and a broken hip;
*Emily Cheek, recovering from surgery on her vocal chords (Friday, May 10);
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Sarah Blackwelder, recovering from a broken hip at Elm Croft of Little Avenue;
*Mike Burrell, recovering from back surgery on Tuesday (May 14);
*Family of Larry Hamilton, uncle of Luke Maybry, as they mourn his unexpected death;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer;
*Sue Grier, as she continues to fight her illness;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, who is in hospital recovering from a fall;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer. She has not developed any new tumors, but treatment has not reduced her current ones;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, fighting Infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Lee Griffiths, friend of Judy Brown, with ALS;
*Family of Amy Poeta, friend of Emily McNeill, who died on Friday (May 10) after a battle with cancer;
*Tommy Blackston, Dan Chambers, Matt Penvine, David Sizemore, all traveling friends of the Griffins.

Birthdays
Kay Patterson (5-12), Melissa Johnson (5-13), Jean Morrison (5-13), Lester Weaver (5-13), Roy Grier (5-15), Maude Pratt (5-16), Mitch Shepard (5-18).

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Major Charles Gray, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Afghanistan;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi.

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

April 1-7, 2013

April 4, 2013

We have just finished a very meaningful Holy Week. We heard about the triumphant entry, the Last Supper, and the crucifixion. All of that lasted for one week. Easter lasts for close to six weeks. We are in the most joyful season of the year. The weather is beautiful, the cross is adorned, and, regardless of life’s circumstances, the hope of Easter is always good. Things are unusually quiet around the Church this week, which is a very welcome change. We do, however, have several joys and concerns, to please be diligent in your prayers. I am blessed to be your Pastor.

Luke H. Maybry,
Pastor


Thanksgiving
*We had a great Holy Week last week and especially a joyful Easter on Sunday. Christ is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!!!
*We also had a good Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, with around 160 people present. We are especially grateful for the Osbornes, the Mighty Acts Sunday School class, and everyone who worked so hard for such a good outreach.
*We are grateful for Anne Clapham and celebrate her birthday this past Sunday!!!
*Barry Choate is grateful for Della Medlin and all her work with Room in the Inn.

Concerns
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Sarah Blackwelder, recovering at White Oak of Waxhaw from a broken hip;
*Robert Foster, brother of Della Medlin, recovering from surgery to repair an aortic aneurism;
*Lynn McNeill, recovering at home both from a blood clot and from hip surgery;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer;
*Sue Grier, sick at home;
*Denny Deal, undergoing treatment for cancer and has just gotten out of hospital with complications;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, in poor health;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer who returns to Philadelphia to resume treatment soon;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, friend of Luke Maybry, diagnosed with Infant Acute Leukemia.
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Jim Blackwelder, friend of Mike Arnold, in his fight with cancer;
*Libby Jones, friend of Donna Young, whose 2 ½-year-old granddaughter was just diagnosed with Leukemia;
*Louise Russell, grandmother of Jacob Russell, recovering from a stroke and fluid in her lungs.

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Major Charles Gray, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Afghanistan;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi.

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

March 25-March 31, 2013

March 26, 2013

We started one of the holiest weeks in the life of the Church yesterday with Palm Sunday. there’s a lot about this week that we love, Easter, Resurrections, spring, hosannas, and hallelujahs. There’s also a lot that we hate, last suppers, blood and water, pain, agony, depravity, and death. It’s all here this week. On the Monday of Holy Week, Jesus cleansed the Temple, essentially sealing His fate. As much as we’d like it, we cannot ONLY celebrate Easter. We cannot turn our heads from the agony of the cross and the role we played in it. So, come to Church on Easter and celebrate the Resurrection but also come on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. I’ll send you daily emails to tell you what happened every day of that week. I look forward to seeing you in Church a lot this week. It’s a Holy Week that takes us to the depth of evil then to the height of the Resurrection. I am blessed to be your Pastor.
In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*We are grateful to Randy Jones for all the work that he has done around Church campus recently;
*We had a very good Palm Sunday and are off to a great Holy week thus far.

Concerns
*Penn Tolley, 5-month-old son of Mike & Megan Tolley, who just got home from the hospital recuperating from breathing problems;
*Sarah King, who is facing numerous health problems;
*Family of Margaret Crocker, sister of Sarah Blackwelder and aunt of Clifford Austin, who passed away last week;
*Sarah Blackwelder, recovering at White Oak of Waxhaw from a broken hip;
*Robert Foster, brother of Della Medlin, recovering from surgery to repair an aortic aneurism;
*Lynn McNeill, recovinerg at home from both a blood clot and hip surgery;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer and travels to Duke for stem cell replacement;
*Sue Grier, sick at home;
*Denny Deal, undergoing treatment for cancer, having just gotten out of the hospital with complications from cancer;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, in poor health;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer who returns to Philadelphia to resume treatment soon;
*Mitchell Turner, infant song of Meg McElwain, friend of Luke Maybry, diagnosed with Infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*”Buzzy” Busby, brother of Debra Clapham, at CMC;
*Mary Ann Allen, friend of Richard & Diane Hayes, who has several health issues;
*Fay Bergman, friend of Ann Mozingo, with continuing health problems;
*Ian Osborne, as he goes to France on Thursday.

Birthdays
Frank Montabana (3-24), Colby Perez (3-25), Pam Murphy (3-25), Betty S Helton (3-26), Tim Johnson (3-26), Doug Youngblood (3-26), Diane Wilson (3-27), and Grayson Stikeleather (3-29)

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Major Charles Gray, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Afghanistan;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi.

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

March 18-24, 2013

March 21, 2013

We had great services this past Sunday, both in the morning and in the evening at Crossroads. That service continues to do very well. We are also entering a very holy time of year. Holy Week starts this Sunday with Palm Sunday. We will also have services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and, of course, Easter morning. I am excited about what God is doing in our midst and am proud to be your Pastor.

In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Thanksgiving
*Renee Perez is grateful for Edmundo’s oath ceremony to become a US citizen on Wednesday;
*We are grateful for Allison Burgess’ birthday on March 18;
*We celebrate with Olympic High School a state championship and a 30-0 season!!!
*Tom Schmutzler, our heralded Organist, has a birthday this week;
*George & Marilyn Hege proudly announce the birth of their grandson, Richard Anthony Nolan, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, on March 15. He was 9 lbs, 5 oz. He is the son of Anthony & Jessica Nolan.

Birthdays
Judy Brown (3-17), Michelle Skidmore (3-18), Ken Price (3-19), Tom Schmutzler (3-19), Elaine Hood (3-20), Amy Melendez (3-20), Lori Carr (3-22), Richard Hayes (3-23)

Concerns
*Sarah Blackwelder, recovering at White Oak of Waxhaw from a broken hip;
*Robert Foster, brother of Della Medlin, recovering from surgery to repair an aortic aneurism;
*Lynn McNeill, recovering at home both from a blood clot and from hip surgery;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer and travels to Duke for a stem cell replacement;
*Sue Grier, sick at home;
*Denny Deal, undergoing treatment for cancer;
*Penn Tolley, infant son of Michael & Megan Tolley, who just got home from the hospital with breathing problems;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, in poor health;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer. She returns to Philadelphia to resume treatment soon;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, friend of Luke Maybry, diagnosed with Infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*”Buzzy” Busby, brother of Debra Clapham, at CMC;
*Margie, friend of Donna Young, with pancreatic cancer;
*Family of Mike Elmore;
*Ann Marie McAfee, friend of Jessica Smith, whose mother is in hospital with undiagnosed illness;
*Ralph Brown, friend of Lynn McNeill, recovering from a brain aneurism and double pneumonia;
*Michelle Skidmore, as she mourns the death of another friend.

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Major Charles Gray, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Afghanistan;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi.

College Students:
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

March 11-17, 2013

March 13, 2013

Personal Note from the Pastor
It is good that I am here at Central. I am truly blessed to be your Pastor. I’ve had a tremendous five years here. It has flown by. It almost seems like a long weekend. I firmly believe that God is doing good things here. We are all blessed to be a part of it.
In Christ,
Luke H. Maybry


Happening This Week
Wednesday, March 13, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, McClintock PC
Wednesday, March 13, 5:30pm, Wealthy Wednesday
Saturday, March 16, 8:00am-3:00pm, Pine Needle Sale
Sunday, March 17, 11:35am, Congregational Meeting to present the Trustees of the Corporation and to elect three new Deacons to fill current vacancies
Sunday, March 17, 6:00pm, Crossroads Service

Thanksgiving
*I cannot thank you enough for the gracious surprise meal you gave me and my family on the 5th anniversary of me being your Pastor. I am blessed beyond measure to be here. THANK YOU!!!
*We are grateful for Grant Applewhite’s four years of service as Treasurer for Central. He and Cathy are moving to the mountains, and we wish them the very best.
*We are also grateful for Rozanna Lawing’s two years of service as Clerk of Session.

Birthdays
Jerry Cheek (3-12), Charles Wilkerson (3-12), Beth Young (3-12), Emily McNeill (3-13)

Concerns
*Sarah Blackwelder, recovering at CMC-Pineville from a broken hip;
*Robert Foster, brother of Della Medlin, recovering from surgery to repair an aortic aneurism;
*Lynn McNeill, recovering at home both from a blood clot and from hip surgery;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer and travels to Duke for a stem cell replacement;
*Sue Grier, sick at home;
*Denny Deal, undergoing treatment for cancer;
*Norma Werts, having a biopsy for lupus, heart problems, and fibromyalgia;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, in poor health;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, a young woman with liver cancer. She returns to Philadelphia to resume treatment soon;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, friend of Luke Maybry, diagnosed with Infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*”Buzzy” Busby, brother of Debra Clapham, in ICU at CMC-Main;
*Linda Martin, friend of Mary Pat Fowler, with stage four lung cancer;
*Ateeba, friend of Cheyenne Beaty, whose grandmother died recently;
*Lynda, sister of Teresa Canipe, and her family.

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Major Charles Gray, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Afghanistan;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi.

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

March 4-10, 2013

March 7, 2013

What’s Happening?
Monday, March 4, 3:00pm – Tuesday, March 5, 9:00am, Room in the Inn, Family Life Center;
Tuesday, March 5, 6:00pm, Tuesday Night Basketball, Family Life Center;
Wednesday, March 6, 9:30am, Disciple Bible Study, Room 300;
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, Steele Creek PC;
Wednesday, March 6, 5:30pm, Wealthy Wednesday, Family Life Center;
Thursday, March 7, 6:00pm, Men’s Group, John’s Restaurant;
Monday, March 11, 3:00pm – Tuesday, March 12, 9:00am, Room in the Inn, Family Life Center;
Tuesday, March 12, 6:00pm, Tuesday Night Basketball, Family Life Center;
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00pm, Deborah Circle, Church Parlor;
Wednesday, March 13, 9:30am, Disciple Bible Study, Room 300;
Wednesday, March 13, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, McClintock PC;
Wednesday, March 13, 5:30pm, Wealthy Wednesday, Family Life Center;
Saturday, March 16, 8:00am-3:00pm, Pine Needle Sale, parking lot near Fellowship Hall;
Sunday, March 17, 11:30am, Congregational Meeting, Sanctuary;
Sunday, March 17, 6:00pm, Crossroads Service, Family Life Center.

Thanksgiving
*It was good to have Lynn McNeill back in Church on Sunday after recovering from hip surgery and blood clots. Let’s continue to pray for her as she recovers.
*It was also good to have Eric Smith in worship on Sunday. Let us pray for him as he travels to Duke this week for stem cell replacement.

Birthdays
Larry Arbuckle (3-3), Manly Caudle (3-3), Jill Wortman (3-4), Pete Helton (3-4), Charles Creel (3-6), Luke Maybry (3-6), Chelsea Hunter (3-8), Paul McNeill (3-8)

Concerns
*Lynn McNeill, recovering at home both from a blood clot and from hip surgery;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer and travels to Duke for a stem cell replacement;
*Sue Grier, sick at home;
*Denny Deal, undergoing treatment for cancer;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, in poor health;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer. Her tumors are not getting smaller since she started a clinical trial. She returns to Philadelphia to resume treatment soon;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, friend of Luke Maybry, diagnosed with Infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Ralph Brown, friend of Lynn McNeill, who suffered a brain aneurysm;
*”Buzzy” Busby, brother of Debra Clapham in ICU at CMC;
*Fay Bergman, friend of Ann Mozingo, ill with several problems.

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Major Charles Gray, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Afghanistan;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi.

College Students
Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
Anna Eargle, Queens University
Michelle Skidmore, ASU

Lent/Easter Schedule
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, Steele Creek PC, Luke Maybry preaching;
Wednesday, March 13, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, McClintock PC, Herb Shackelford preaching;
Wednesday, March 20, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, Mt Olive PC, Jeff Pinkston preaching;
Sunday, March 24, 10:30am, Palm Sunday Service, Sanctuary;
Thursday, March 28, 7:00pm, Maundy Thursday Service, Sanctuary;
Friday, March 29, 7:00pm, Good Friday Service, Sanctuary;
Sunday, March 31, Easter Sunrise Service, Pleasant Hill Cemetery (time to be determined);
Sunday, March 31, 10:30am, Easter Service, Sanctuary.

February 25-March 3, 2013

February 27, 2013

What’s Happening?
Monday, February 25, 3:00pm - Tuesday, February 26, 9:00am, Room in the Inn, Family Life Center;
Tuesdayg, February 26, 6:00pm, Tuesday Night Basketball, Family Life Center;
Wednesday, February 27, 9:30am, Disciple Bible Study, Room 300;
Wednesday, February 27, 12:00pm, Lenten Worship, Pleasant Hill PC;
Wednesday, February 27, 5:30pm, Wealthy Wednesday, Family Life Center;
Saturday, March 2, 10:00am, PW Circle of Friends, Room 300;
Monday, March 4, 3:00pm - Tuesday, March 5, 9:00am, Room in the Inn, Family Life Center;
Tuesday, March 5, 6:00pm, Tuesday Night Basketball, Family Life Center;
Wednesday, March 6, 9:30am, Disciple Bible Study, Room 300;
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00pm, Lenten Worship, Steele Creek PC.

B,>Thanksgiving
*Jerry & Joy Cheek celebrated 50 years of marriage this past Sunday. Congratulations!!!
*We are grateful that Bob Hunter and Joe McGrath mentored young men on their Chrysalis Walk this past weekend.
*Lynn McNeill is making a very good recovery from hip surgery back in December;
*It was especially good to have Sue Grier back in worship on Sunday.

Birthdays
Nicholas Cheek (2-25), Hope Moss (2-25), Tim Osmar (2-26), Dave Barbee (2-28), Kelly Moss (3-1)

Concerns
*Family of Linda Moore, sister-in-law of Beverly Barbee on her unexpected death last week;
*Lynn McNeill, recovering at home both from a blood clot and from hip surgery;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer;
*Sue Grier, sick at home;
*Denny Deal, undergoing treatment for cancer;
*Tim Hood, who broke his wrist last week;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, in poor health;
*Kenan Koll, friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, young woman with liver cancer. Her tumors are not getting smaller since she started a clinical trial. She returns to Philadelphia to resume treatment soon;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, friend of Luke Maybry, diagnosed with Infant Acute Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer;
*Gideon, a student of Jonathan & Rachel Dorr, recently diagnosed with Leukemia;
*The families living in apartments at Tyvola Road that got displaced by a fire on Sunday morning.

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Major Charles Gray, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Afghanistan;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi.

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

Lent/Easter Schedule
Wednesday, February 27, 12:00pm, Lenten Worship, Pleasant Hill, Arthur Canada preaching
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00pm, Lenten Worship, Steele Creek PC, Luke Maybry preaching
Wednesday, March 13, 12:00pm, Lenten Worship, McClintock PC, Herb Shackelford preaching
Wednesday, March 20, 12:00pm, Lenten Worship, Mt Olive PC, Jeff Pinkston preaching
Sunday, March 24, Palm Sunday Worship, Sanctuary, 10:30am
Thursday, March 28, Maundy Thursday Worship, Sanctuary, 7:00pm
Friday, March 29, Good Friday Worship, Sanctuary, 7:00pm
Sunday, March 31, Easter Sunrise Worship, Pleasant Hill Cemetery (time TBD)
Sunday, March 31, Easter Worship, Sanctuary, 10:30am

February 18-24, 2013

February 21, 2013

What’s Happening?
Monday, February 18, 3:00pm – Tuesday, February 19, 9:00am, Room in the Inn, Family Life Center;
Tuesday, February 19, 6:00pm, Tuesday Night Basketball, Family Life Center;
Wednesday, February 20, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, Sanctuary (lunch follows in Family Life Center);
Wednesday, February 20, 5:30pm, Wealthy Wednesday, Family Life Center;
Sunday, February 24, 11:30am, Session, Room 300;
Thursday, February 21, 5:30pm, Finance Team, Room 300;
Monday, February 25, 3:00pm – Tuesday, February 26, 9:00am, Room in the Inn, Family Life Center;
Tuesday, February 26, 6:00pm, Tuesday Night Basketball, Family Life Center;
Wednesday, February 27, 10:00am, Disciple Bible Study, Room 300;
Wednesday, February 27, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, Pleasant Hill PC;
Wednesday, February 27, 5:30pm, Wealthy Wednesday, Family Life Center

Thanksgiving
*It was good to have our scouts in Church on Sunday, February 10. We have one of the best scouting programs in the area. We are grateful for the scouts, their leaders, and their parents.
*Annette Caudle is grateful that Manley made it through his surgery last week and is home recovering.

Birthdays
Ryan Thompson (2-17), Adam Wilson (2-17), Davey Barbee (2-18), John Hayes (2-18), Brian Johnson (2-19), Mable Osborne (2-19), Bella Reitano (2-20), Gracyn English (2-21)

Concerns
*Lynn McNeill, recovering at home both from a blood clot and from hip surgery;
*Eric Smith, as he continues to fight cancer;
*Sue Grier, sick at home;
*Denny Deal, undergoing treatment for cancer;
*Tim Hood, who broke his wrist last week;
*Andrew Burns;
*Louise Hood, mother of Tim Hood, in poor health;
*Kenan Koll, young friend of Stephanie Vojvoda, a young woman with liver cancer;
*Mitchell Turner, infant son of Meg McElwain, friend of Luke Maybry, diagnosed with Acute Infant Leukemia;
*Dan Helms, relative of Sandra Burke, with pancreatic cancer.

Military
*CHP (CPT) Lance Dixon, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Egypt;
*Major Charles Gray, friend of Luke Maybry, on deployment to Afghanistan;
*Justin Moss, in the Navy in Biloxi, Mississippi.

College Students
*Grant Arbuckle, CPCC
*Jennifer Burgess, CPCC
*Anna Eargle, Queens University
*Michelle Skidmore, ASU

Lent/Easter Schedule
Sunday, February 24, 10:30am, Worship, Second Sunday in Lent
Wednesday, February 27, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, Pleasant Hill PC, Arthur Canada preaching
Sunday, March 3, 10:30am, Worship, Third Sunday in Lent
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, Steele Creek PC, Luke Maybry preaching
Sunday, March 10, 10:30am, Worship, Fourth Sunday in Lent
Wednesday, March 13, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, McClintock PC, Herb Shackelford preaching
Sunday, March 17, 10:30am, Worship, Fifth Sunday in Lent
Wednesday, March 20, 12:00pm, Lenten Service, Mt Olive PC, Jeff Pinkston preaching
Sunday, March 24, 10:30am, Palm Sunday Worship
Thursday, March 28, 7:00pm, Maundy Thursday Worship
Friday, March 29, 7:00pm, Good Friday Worship, Sanctuary
Sunday, March 31, Time TBD, Easter Sunrise Worship, Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Sunday, March 31, 10:30am, Easter Worship