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                                                                           Experiencing Loss


This day (April 9, 2014) was a tough day for our family.  It was the day when we said goodbye to a faithful and loving friend.  It was the day of the passing of our family dog, Abbie.  Abbie had been with our family for over 13 years.  My children took it the hardest.  My son Jordan was very emotional. Well why wouldn’t he be?  Abbie was his friend since he was 5 years old.  A great loss for an 18 year old who cared for Abbie from the very beginning to her last day.  Abbie will be missed.  Experiencing loss has been, unfortunately, a part of life since the moment of the fall in the Garden of Eden.  I know that the loss of a human family  member can be much more devastating, but the loss of a loving pet is still a loss that can hurt deeply. 


God knows those times when we experience loss, whether it is a  family member, a friend, a pet, a job, a physical ability or   whatever may cause hurt and grief due to the removal of someone or some thing that has become dear to our heart.  In the past 12 months, we have had several of our congregation experience great pain due to the loss of a family member.  We continue to pray for them.  


In the second to the last chapter of the Bible, God through the Apostle John encourages us.  Revelations 21:4-5 from the Living Bible says this, “He (God) will wipe away all tears from their eyes (Us), and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever. And the one sitting on the throne said, “’See, I am making all things new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’” He says that there is coming a day when the tears we shed will be wiped away and pain and sorrow, experiencing loss, will be no more.


Someone who lost a pet they loved very much asked me this question, “Will we ever see our beloved pets when we get to   heaven?” The Bible does not say much about pets in heaven so I can’t be dogmatic on the issue.  But it does say that there will be no pain or sorrow there.  All I could say was, “My dear, if you need your puppy to be there, she will be there.  Heaven is a place of great joy that God has reserved for us.  And if you need your dog there to experience joy, God will have her there just for you.”  Well, bon voyage dear Abbie.  We look forward to seeing you again in God’s everlasting joy!


Be blessed and be grateful, 


Pastor Chris Hayden

Central Christian Church

April Serving Schedule…



Dave Schroeder & Linda Lakes



Linda Hall © Linda Poling, Penny Sunderman, Terri Terry, Lon Schroeder & Missy Schroeder



Jami Craft


Elder on Call

April 6-12th  Dave Schroeder 224-2042

April 13-19th Linda Lakes 356-3286

April 20-26th Jack Snover 358-0842

April 27-May 3rd Bill Sherbahn 356-7245


Homebound Communion

Team 1: Jack Snover & Mark Boyd

Team 2: Dave Schroeder & Missy Schroeder

Team 3: Linda Lakes & Terri Terry

Team 4: Bill Sherbahn & Linda Hall


CMF Driver for the Month

Mike Stanley 356-9253




6th        Debbie Smith & Gloria Wilson

13th      Peg Smallwood

20th      Tim Inman & Tina Neuer

27th      Jerry & Linda Lakes


Lay Leaders

6th        Rob Jones

13th      Steve Shoemaker

20th      Bill Sherbahn

27th      Steve Shoemaker



6th       Cheryl Grow

13th     Jami Craft

20th     Angie Grodrian

27th     Lisa Fusselman


Shut-in Letters

6th       Linda Hall

13th     Missy Jones

20th     Katie Fusselman


Junior Church

6th      Jeanie Johns

13th    Katie Fusselman

20th    Linda Lakes

27th    Heidi Hayden 

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Date                        General Fund Receipts          Roof Fund Receipts         Worship Attendance

03-30-2014                         $3002.20                                    $332.00                                  94

04-06-2014                         $3207.00                                    $125.50                                104 

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