This serves as an official notice that we will be having our biennial business meeting online on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 9am central time. Central Region will be hosting a Facebook Live event of our business meeting on our Central Region Facebook page. Pastor Bruce and board will be live from the Central Region office. You will be able to participate in the meeting by watching, voting, and asking questions via Central Region’s Facebook page. This is the third time we have chosen to do the online format for our biennial business meeting and most of us have become familiar with the process due to our churches having online services. We anticipate the meeting will be approximately 30 minutes.
The church is NOT the building! However, buildings are a wonderful tool to help the church gather and accomplish their mission. In recent years, our churches in Clear Lake, IA; Des Moines, IA (Experience Church); Canvas Church in Bentonville, AR; Streator, IL; and others have successfully navigated strategic facility moves.
Here is a great story about Sunshine Open Bible Church in Des Moines, IA. They have been at the same location on Interstate 235 in Des Moines, IA for 78 years. They were not actively looking for a property, but discovered a Presbyterian church on the east side of Des Moines closed. They put a bid on this 4-acre property that would nearly double their ministry space. The Presbyterian church received offers from five entities, three of which were higher than Sunshine’s offer; however, the church accepted Sunshine’s bid. Within two and a half weeks Sunshine had purchased a new home and sold their existing facility. They took possession of the new property on August 1st and have renovated much of the facility. Sunshine hosted a Grand Opening on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 3100 Easton Blvd. in Des Moines, IA. Congratulations to Pastor Aaron Keller and the Sunshine Open Bible Church family!
Pastor Kurtis and Natalia Rupe welcomed their daughter, Emma Louise, into their world on October 14, 2022. Pastor Kurtis is the lead pastor in Iowa Falls, IA. Welcome “Lou” to our Open Bible Central family!
Dorothy Beaird, mother of Rev. Jon (Sue) Beaird in Bella Vista, AR and Revs. Jim and Kris Beaird in Brandon, FL, passed away Monday, October 31, 2022. Jon, Jim, and Kris are all retired ministers with Open Bible Churches. A memorial service will be held in June 2023 in Rapid City, SD.