““Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” – Luke 24:31-32
About two weeks ago, on the first day of Spring, we celebrated the 19th anniversary of the day we first met – March 21, 1999. During that first conversation, it quickly came out that Pastor Dave was also a lawyer, to which Pastor Carla responded: “I don’t like lawyers much.” There was a lot of fancy footwork to follow as Pastor Dave tried to explain that he had seen the light and was now a pastor, to which Pastor Carla asked: “What was your Damascus Road experience?”
She wanted to know what dramatic experience occurred to move a lawyer leave the practice of law to train for the ministry. Sometimes, conversion is a dramatic, blinding event – as in Paul’s conversion while on the road to Damascus. At other times, however, conversion is a gentle, persistent process, and it is only at the end of the process that we realize – hey, I’ve changed, I’ve been converted.
If the Damascus Road reflects the sudden conversion experience, perhaps the Emmaus Road represents a more typical alternative. You see, conversion is an ongoing process, and it does not end when we raise our hand at an evangelistic meeting or dry ourselves off after coming out of the Baptistry. The Emmaus Road typifies this experience.
Maybe you remember the account in the last chapter of the Gospel of Luke, where two disciples were walking along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the evening of the first Easter Sunday. As Luke relates this story in Luke 24:13-35, these disciples, who apparently were already followers of Jesus, were walking along the Road to Emmaus when a “stranger” joined them. And even though they knew all about Jesus and what had happened to him, it still took them 18 verses – until verse 31 – before they recognized him.
Even though they were followers of Jesus, their conversion process was ongoing and it was not until Jesus had explained to them all the scriptures concerning himself, and not until he had sat at table with them and given thanks and distributed broken bread to them (just as we do in our communion services), that the disciples recognized who Jesus was. As Jesus disappeared from their sight (he had another appointment with the apostles in a locked upper room later that night - read the rest of chapter 24), the two disciples asked each other:
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Then they got up, turned around, and went back to Jerusalem to report their meeting with Jesus. They had been converted! But it took a while.
Not all conversions occur on the Damascus Road. Many occur on the Road to Emmaus. We find that we ourselves must continually be converted, encouraged and empowered to keep at it – to practice what we preach. That is why not only individuals, but church congregations as a whole, need to be continually converted – to walk along the Road to Emmaus together, listening to Jesus and rejoicing when our ears, eyes, minds and hearts are opened so that we recognize –at last – that we have been with Jesus, and He has been – and abides – with us.
As we celebrate and rejoice with our Risen Lord and Savior this Easter - and ever after, we encourage you to keep on walking together on the Road to Emmaus with opened eyes and burning hearts, recognizing Jesus every step along the way.
Yours and Christ's,
Sunday School Hours - 9:00am Opening Exercises
9:15am Sunday School Classes Begin
Sunday School Classes are available for ages: 4 through Adult.
Morning Worship Service – 10:30am
Bob Miller is our Adult Sunday School Classroom teacher this month. The Adult Sunday School class is doing a study on the Book of James.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am. to 2 pm. * Please contact Pastor for appointments at other hours as necessary.
If there is an EMERGENCY in your family or you know of a need please call at any time:
- Pastor Carla (610-659-0314)or Parsonage (856-579-4767)
- Heidi Louis, Moderator (856-371-8791)
- Pat Moore (856-430-0685)
Council met on March 15, 2018. The meeting was opened with prayer. The Stewardship Committee reported on plans to rethatch the church lawn, the status of the heating system and related work still be done, plans to paint the interior sanctuary windows, and groups that have asked to use church facilities.
The carriage house next door has been sold. Christine Bowe has asked if the church is willing to sell the parcel of land behind the house to the new owners. We will ask local realtor Kate Larkey her thoughts on how much the land should be appraised for.
Council also reviewed the Pastor’s report and the Financial Report, noting the disbursements exceeded giving by a modest amount, which is normal for this time of year.
The Council received and discussed extensively the proposal by the Boys and Girls Club to renovate parts of the second floor. No decisions were made at this time.
Worship: Sonrise Service is 6am. at St. Stephen’s, June 10th will be Youth Sunday, June 17th will be ‘Dads and Grads’ Sunday, and June 24th we will start summer hours. Worship will be held at 9:30am and be held in the sanctuary. VBS will be held at CBC this summer.
American Baptist Men: Will be holding their annual Easter egg hunt on the front lawn after the Easter Sunday Service.
The meeting was adjourned with prayer.
Meet on Sunday, April 8th @ 7:30am at the Piston Diner. Any questions, please call Don @ 856-845-3959.
The Wednesday evening Bible Study group will be meeting on Wednesday, March 14th @ 7pm. at the home of Bill and Dot Sutton. Any questions please see Judy Sanderson. Thank you.
The Owls Lady’s Bible Study meet on Wednesday Mornings in the Adult Sunday School classroom. All ladies are welcome to join us for that hour of joy with God, starting at 10am.
All are invited to join the meeting on Thursday, April 19th at 7pm. in the Adult Sunday School Classroom. Thank you.
The Wednesday evening Bible Study group will be meeting on Wednesday, April 11th @ 7pm. at the home of the Snows. Any questions please see Judy Sanderson. Thank you.
In order to help you keep up with recent announcements and the focus of our Worship Service, on any Sunday that you are unable to attend church, please feel free to contact any of us to send you a copy of the bulletin and any inserts that might have been included. Joan Moyer, Chair, Email: email@example.com, or
Corann Okorodudu, V. Chair: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries Food Bank, located at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on the corner of South Barber and Evergreen Avenues, is collecting food and household goods. Please donate food and/or non-perishables to the Food Bank, and they will joyfully take them. If you are able to purchase extra while out shopping, please bring to the Food Bank, from 9:30am to 11:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or please put them in the box in the Narthex. ** Also, remember that you can make a monetary donation to the Food Bank, and they will purchase the much needed food.
PRAYER REQUESTS- Please do not hesitate to call with any requests for prayer. Contact Diane Bradley or the church office to start the Prayer Chain.
Anyone interested in joining us, we will be meeting on Thursday April 5th and Thursday April 19th, in the Lower Fellowship Hall at 5pm. Any questions please see Boyd Fox.
Calling ALL children and parents! Summer will be coming before you know it! A great experience for your child is to attend one of the many camps offered to the children of American Baptist Churches by Camp Lebanon, located in Lebanon, New Jersey. Below is the 2018 Camp Schedule. Remember that Central Baptist pays half of all camperships, and if you register early there is even more savings! For more information, please see Larry Grant. Hope you decide to join the fun this summer!
2018 Camping Schedule
|Jun 24 - Jun 30
||Sailing Camp I
|Jun 24 - Jun 30
||Junior I Camp
|July 01 - July 07
|July 08 - July 14
||Performing Arts Camp
|July 08 - July 14
|July 15 - July 21
|July 22 - July 25
||Primary Mini Camp
|July 22 - July 28
||Junior II Camp
|July 22 - July 28
||Sailing Camp II
|July 29 - Aug 04
||Senior High Camp
|July 29 - Aug 04
All school grades listed are GRADE COMPLETED in June 2018
Early Registration Discount Before 05/01/2018
Late Registration Fee After 06/01/2018
Woodbury Police Red cross Blood Drive