Friday, June 9, 2017

Determine to know...

Determine to know... 

Be inquisitive. Ask the hard questions. Have faith but live and operate as if it is all up to you. Jesus said in John 13:17, "If you know these things, happy are you if you do them."


Therefore, in regards to service in our Lord's Kingdom, when we know the ways of God and His heart, we should emulate His ways in our service to our fellow man. 

At Central Baptist Church in Lowesville, VA our motto/mission statement is: 

"Serving together as a people of God by welcoming and caring for all in our community."  

It is our solemn prayer that we would make our Lord proud in our service to the community of Lowesville. Please let us know if we can be of service... We are determined to know and to serve...

-Pastor Gary Anderson

Novus Ordo  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pentecost in Lowesville (2017)





The Collect

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


It is Tuesday after Pentecost, in Lowesville, VA. We enjoyed a pleasant service at Central. 
Blessings and peace from Pastor Gary Anderson, the "keeper of the flame" at Central. 
NOVUS ORDO

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ascension Day - Central Baptist Church in Lowesville



Service Information

For the observance of Ascension Day in Lowesville, VA we will open the sanctuary at 7:00 pm at Central Baptist Church. All are welcome to attend to offer prayer. The service will be informal and dress is casual. The GPS address is somewhat different:

Central Baptist Church
103 Central Church LN
Arrington, VA 22922

A Prayer to Contemplate

Oh God, through thy dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who after his glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to his disciples; and in their sight ascended into heaven, to prepare a place for us; that where he is, there we might also be, and reign with him in glory. Amen. 

Blessings and peace,                      
Pastor Gary Anderson
Central Baptist Church
Lowesville, VA 22967


NOVUS ORDO

Today is Ascension Day




THE COLLECT

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end, Amen.

Blessings and Peace,                                                                                   NOVUS ORDO

Pastor Gary Anderson
Central Baptist Church
103 Central Church Lane
Lowesville, VA 22967


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ascension Day in Lowesville



Tomorrow is Ascension Day. Blessings and peace from Lowesville, VA. We will be having a prayer time at 7:00 pm at Central. All are welcome to attend.

Pastor Gary Anderson
Central Baptist Church
Lowesville, VA 22967

Sunday, April 23, 2017

St. Thomas Sunday in Lowesville, VA

Today is St. Thomas Sunday. 

At Central Church, in Lowesville, VA, we are endeavoring to appreciate the struggles which we all face. Oftentimes, we even struggle with our faith. If you have ever struggled to believe, you are not alone. 


Thomas is permanently labeled a “doubter” by two millennia of history books, sermons, cartoons and theological treatises in the Christian tradition. A cartoon by Joshua Harris has Thomas crying out, “All I’m saying is we don’t call Peter ‘Denying Peter.’”


We invite you to join one Sunday at Central Church, in Lowesville, VA! 

Blessings & peace, Pastor Gary Anderson

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Time Which We Have Been Given


It is my prayer that we would search for ways to do the things that would be the best use of the time which we have been given. May we pursue worthy goals wherein peace is present.

Blessings & peace from Pastor Gary Anderson at Central in Lowesville, Virginia.

Novus Ordo

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday of the Fifth Week of Lent.



We are all fallible. It’s why we need Jesus. The Lenten season is an opportunity for us to practice preparing ourselves for Easter by leaning into the discipline of sacrifice. However, the harder we try, the more we realize that we continue to struggle. Christianity is the only religion which is not about trying harder but trusting in the God that has already paid the price. God loves you no matter where you have been or what you have done.

He can turn our mess into a message. Trust Him today.

-Kindest regards, pastor Gary


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Lent in Lowesville, VA


At Central, we have come through Ash Wednesday and are now in the Lenten Season. It is our joy to serve as a church in our community of Lowesville, VA. Blessings to all.

The season of Lent is a journey. A journey to any destination is a journey away from something. Whatever we have chosen to give up during Lent, I pray that God will help us to prepare our hearts. I pray that He will help us to reflect on where we are at on our journey.


Apart from our individual considerations this Lenten season, it is my prayer that our church will lean into what it means to serve as a community church in Lowesville, VA. We invite you to join us on that journey at Central. It is our desire to be a hospitable fellowship, a fellowship of God's people who are intentional in ministry. As a smaller rural congregation, we don't offer all the organized activities and programs that are found in larger churches. We are at peace with this and actually embrace being who we are, as a smaller fellowship of believers.


In the past, I have attended large churches. One church my family and I attended was considered a mega church. There were approximately 6000 in worship on Sunday mornings. It was a great experience. I am thankful for the time that we were given to be there. However, I noticed that in that environment, the church administration tried desperately to provide a small church experience for their members by setting up life groups during the week where a small group of people and families would meet, so as to give members a chance to know one another. It worked and it was very effective. Yet, I realized  that in essence, smaller churches already have that type of environment in place. Moreover, each of the smaller churches which I have been a part of... I have noticed something else, the small churches desperately attempt to become a larger church! My conclusion, large churches try to offer what smaller churches have and small churches try to offer what large churches have!


At this season of my life, as a minister, I serve in a small rural church which is located in a sparsely populated community comprised of much farmland. We are also near a National Forest. With this said, I am at peace with who we are, as a church fellowship. We are in a good place and as a smaller church fellowship, we have a lot to offer. We welcome you to join us on our journey as we learn together what it means to be a people of God serving all in our community of Lowesville, VA.


Small churches rock!!!

Blessings, Pastor Gary Anderson

Novus Ordo

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras!!!

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or “Carnival,” is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, is a carnival day, and also is collectively observed as the last day of "fat eating" or "gorging" before the fasting period of Lent.

This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "absolve.” Shrove Tuesday is a set aside opportunity  to "make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs we need to repent of, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth which we would especially need to ask God's help in dealing with." One is free to give themselves to contemplation while eating their chocolate or consuming whatever else they are about to abstain from…

Being the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitential season of Lent, there are many long held practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent.

Lastly, the term Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.


Peace my dear friends and may this Lenten season be a time wherein our faith is greatly strengthened. 

Novus Ordo

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Steadfastness



Perseverance… It is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. It can lead to “longevity.”

Did you know…

As living conditions improve and the science of medicine advances, the longevity of the average American has increased greatly, from about 45 years in 1900 to over 75 years today. But the most impressive human longevity is nothing compared to the 400-year lifespan of an ocean clam found near Iceland, or the 5,000-year lifespan of the bristlecone pine, a tree found in the western U.S. We may use longevity to talk not only about actual lives but also of the useful "life" of things: the life of your car's tires or the shingles on your roof, for example.


Join us today at 11:00 am at central Baptist Church in Lowesville, VAas we explore Psalm 91, a passage from God’s Word wherein we can be encouraged to remain steadfast, even when life becomes difficult. Hope to see you there! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Aging Gracefully


Following is an excerpt from a recent eulogy in which I shared brief thoughts related to aging. 

“Aging is an inevitable process, although many individuals, and skin beauty creams deny or openly fight it. Despite mythical and historical searches for the fountain of youth, such as the legendary stories associated with Ponce de Leon, everyone who lives, grows older. Traditionally, late adulthood begins in the 60’s and can extend up to 100 years. In fact, it is the longest span of any period of human development. In world history, it has been noted that individuals create some of their best works after age 65. Examples include Goethe completing Faust at 80. Titian painting masterpieces at 98; Toscanini conducting at 85; and Benjamin Franklin helping to frame the American Constitution at 80. With advances related to innovative procedures, and daily breakthroughs in healthcare and medical research, persons in late adulthood are now known as the young-old.”

Suffice it to say that if we take care of ourselves, and if Divine Providence smiles on us, we could very well live into late, late adulthood. May we make the most of such an opportunity and may we further God’s work on earth by loving our neighbor and extending the influence of the Church in the world.

As it pertains to God’s purposes in our community, it is my prayer that we would pause in order contemplate the reality that although we are all growing older with each moment, that we would redeem the time by giving ourselves wholeheartedly to service in the Kingdom of our dear Lord. Novus Ordo.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Central's New Website!!!


It is the evening after a long day on January 11, 2017 and I am ecstatic! Our new website is live.
A shout-out to Nathan Billings for all his hard work of designing the site!
Feel free to check it out.
Blessings to everyone and Novus Ordo.