We are approaching another historic occasion in the Central Baptist Association. For the first time since 1994, our association is going to host a mission celebration that will invite both home and international missionaries to speak to us. This event is now called an On Mission Celebration (OMC) and the OMC provides us an opportunity to hear what God is doing at home and abroad. Here is the overall purpose of an OMC as noted by our planning guide.
An On Mission Celebration (OMC) will lead an association :
1. to celebrate God’s activity and victories through leading Southern Baptists to be on mission with God.
2. to anticipate their role in mission.
3. to participate by committing to be on mission with the Lord Jesus.
The OMC introduces international and North American missionaries, state missionaries, and local on-mission Christians, and highlights continuing missions opportunities and needs. An OMC offers a festive and energetic atmosphere in which the Southern Baptist vision and commitment to missions is communicated in a clear and compelling manner and participants are encouraged to examine their personal commitments.
The weekend of September 18-19 has been set aside as our OMC Weekend. All the missionaries participating will be present on Saturday, September 18 at River of Life Church in Portage. Then on September 19 the missionaries will spread out among our churches across the Central Baptist Association to preach and speak in churches on Sunday morning and evening.
As we prepare for our large group meeting in Portage on September 18, we want to encourage you to register ahead of time by calling the office at 608-825-9946 or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your presence. There is no cost for the event but we do need to make preparations in advance. With this information in mind, please confirm if you will be attending by September 1 by calling or e-mailing us at the CBA office.
Here is the schedule for the day on September 18 at River of Life Church in Portage which is located at 102 Franklin St.:
7:30 a.m. – Prayer – All are welcome
9:00 a.m. – Refreshments
10:00 a.m. – CBA Quarterly Meeting
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 p.m. – Breakout Sessions
4:00 p.m – Dismiss
Throughout the day we will have a missions fair where our missionaries will have tables set up representing their mission field. We have both international and home missionaries who will be with us all day on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, Tom Canady, missionary to Honduras for 30 years, will be delivering our keynote address during our business meeting. We encourage everyone to be with us throughout the day.