The news of the world gets more and more dire, but the Christian message has been called “Good News” ever since Jesus burst out of the tomb that Resurrection Sunday. Sometimes, though, in the media and even at church, even that news sounds anything but good. Maybe, at best, more like, “I guess God doesn’t hate me as much as I should probably expect.”

Guess what? God really does love you. Here at Central Baptist we are united in our vision to contemplate the glory of who God really is–which, by the way, is Love–to motivate our mission to love the world and each other in His name, through compassion and Spirit-fueled good works of blessing to those around us. It’s a process. We’re not perfect yet. But we’re committed to traveling this path together, with Jesus as both our Guide and the Way itself.

Our church podcast, with sermons and occasional other notable services, is linked to this media corner of our website. Sit back and take a listen, for even more good news.

In memory of an American hero. 

Obituary from Belanger Funeral Home follows.

Bryan D. LeBlanc, 50, of Sayles Street formerly of Milford and Mendon, highly decorated Army Veteran, died Friday, Jan 17, at Brookside Rehab in Webster. He leaves his 2 sons Nick Rosen of Brockton, and Brandon LeBlanc of Texas, his father Charles LeBlanc of San Antonio, TX. a brother Christopher Michael LeBlanc of the Philippines, and a sister Jeannine Verburt of Universal, Texas.

Born in Boston he was the son of Charles LeBlanc and the late Ruth (Johnston) LeBlanc and lived in Texas and several others states where his Army career took him. Bryan was a highly decorated Army retired Veteran. He retired as an Army Ranger after 20 years of service. His service career took him into many dangerous zones including The Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993. He served in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and peacekeeping missions in Egypt and Africa. After his retirement he taught science to high risk students in Texas. He coached Little League Baseball and worked security at Six Flags in Texas. He was an avid fisherman, and a Patriots and Bruins fan. Moving back to Massachusetts, he was a dispatcher for the Massachusetts State Police.

His activities ended after battling a series of 4 major strokes. With determination and will power he fought back to recover from of his ailing health and became the coordinator of Nick’s House in Southbridge, a place for veterans transitioning from life struggles. He ran the house with determination and courage. He could be seen walking his Great Dane “TUUKKA” throughout Southbridge. He was friend to all who knew him even though he struggled to communicate and would get frustrated with himself. His funeral service will be held at 6PM, Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Central Baptist Church, Southbridge. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Matthew 14:13-33

Pastor Jennifer A G Layte

We like to make fun of Peter for being maybe a little bit headlong and stupid, but this is about his relationship with his Lord. He loves Jesus. The world will definitely tell us that’s stupid. The Bible calls it the “foolishness of God.” Because it’s really the smartest thing we could ever do with our lives. Maybe, really, Peter was the smartest disciple. Think about it.”

It has taken some time to decide whether to post this or not. It’s not a usual podcast of any description. It’s wonky and awkward and there is no real sermon/teaching and none of us are professional singers. 

But this is the church at worship, at the start of the year, simple and awkward and intent on continually dedicating ourselves and our year to the God who loves us, so, whether it’s worth listening to or not, it’s worth posting.

Pastor Jenn