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JANUARY 6, 2021

  Please continue to pray for Jim Blue’s son-in-law, Jerry Copeland, and his daughter, Jenna. Jerry is doing better after having some critical heart problems. He is in a hospital in Florence, AL. (Update: When asked how Jerry was doing, Jim replied, “He wanted a cheeseburger so very badly yesterday, but the feeding tube has not been removed yet. When a man wants a burger – he wants that burger!!! Lol.”)

  Kim Smith (former member) is in Encompass Rehab. Notes of encouragement may be sent Kim (and Teresa) at 201 Darnell Place, Harvest, AL 35749.

  Lee Strickland still needs our prayers as he is recuperating at home after having out-patient surgery Tuesday, December 22nd.


  Gerry Binford’s sister, Gertrude, and Gertrude’s daughter, have tested positive for COVID. Please keep them in your prayers.

  Randall Biser:My 96-year-old mother is in South Hampton Nursing Home and tested positive for COVID on the 22nd of December. She has been asymptomatic since but has now had to be put on an IV for dehydration. Please pray that she gets thru the next few days satisfactorily. Thank you.” (Update: “Monday was the 14th day since she tested positive, and she is and has been asymptotic most of the time except for loss of taste and smell. I expect her to return to her normal routine and room in a day or so. So, our prayers have been answered – amazing since she is 96. We thank everyone who prayed for her well-being.”)

  Please keep Deborah Brown in your prayers as she will be having surgery on her Achilles tendon Wednesday, January 6th. (Update from Nathan: Deborah came through her foot surgery fine. She is at home resting. Many prayers have been said on her/our behalf. Thank you for the prayers. Thank you for the meal train. Please continue to pray for a full and speedy recovery!)

  Tony and Mary Callins:James Hall is not doing well. Brookshire called and said that they recommend calling in Hospice for him. Keep James in our prayers. Brookshire stated the following: He has declined in his health. He requires more oxygen now. He is being treated for Bibasilar Airspace Disease. He’s requiring more help eating, walking. He states he's tired and has pain.

  Pat Canterbury: “I will be having cataract surgery Thursday, January 7th. Please pray all goes well.”

  Debbie Cole: “My beautiful cousin, Stephanie Rigney, died on January 1st of COVID complications. Please remember her family during this unexpected start to their new year. Love you all.”

  William and Janice Greenleaf: “Please pray for our friend, Erskine Valerie, who is in ICU in Birmingham after having emergency surgery for an Aortic aneurysm on January 1st.” (Update from The Greenleafs: “He as made it through the surgery and then a return to surgery to close the incision, but he is still critical. Keep praying for him and for his wife, Georgia, who is by his side.”)

  Sandra James: “My brother, Henry Lewis, was hospitalized on New Year’s Day with a rare blood disorder called TTP. He is currently being treated at UAB and must remain sedated and on a ventilator throughout the course of treatment, which may take several days. Please pray for the doctors, as it is a very complicated process, and for a full recovery for my brother. We also think he may have had a stroke.” (Update from Sandra: “He is off the ventilator and responsive. He has had a series of micro strokes, but the doctors are hopeful he won’t have any long-term effects. He is responding well to treatment. He still as a long way to go, though.”)

  Carol Kuhn: “Please pray for my good friend in California, Kay Cohoon. She has been here to visit several times. She is in the hospital with COVID. She is high risk with other serious physical issues.” (Update: Kay is continuing to show improvements. The doctor is getting a physical therapist to work with her on her mobility so she will be able to go home. Thank you all for your prayers – please continue them.”

  Jenny Kuhn: “I’m thankful for my parents.”

  Please keep Kathleen Lowery’s 90-year-old mother (Betty Caldwell), brother (Bruce Caldwell), and sister-in-law (Pat Caldwell) in your prayers as they have all tested positive for COVID. (Update: "Mom (Betty Caldwell) received her treatment on Monday. Thankfully, she is still asymptomatic, just has a scratchy throat. Bruce and Pat Caldwell received their treatment last week and are doing well. They both lost taste and smell and feel lethargic. Pat has a raspy cough. Thank you for your prayers!")

  Rachael Sherrill:My brother, David Lamb, who has left for his deployment just tested positive for COVID along with half of his company. We would appreciate prayers that he and the rest of the company recover quickly, and no one has any health difficulties from this. Thank you.”

  Update on Kim Smith: This was on Teresa Smith's Facebook page concerning her husband:

"Update on Kim - Sunday our family was granted a window visit. It was the 1st time since November that they had seen him. It was very emotional for the boys, but it was all happy tears. I’m so thankful for “our” girls who were there for our sons. The grandkids were so happy to see him!!! Kim also had a hard time as he tried to smile and talk but it was a bit too much. Later he told me it was his best day ever! EnCompass has granted me permission to stay with him starting tomorrow – just as soon as he gets into his private room. He still cannot walk but is standing for longer periods of time – we have a lot of work to do but he will make it!! Many have asked about his pancreas. I believe that it was a miracle or a mistake – doctors can’t really tell me – they were ready to send him to Vandy to have surgery on his pancreas – thank goodness there were no beds – The next morning our HH surgeon said to wait – give him some time – his body is responding to the meds. I asked about the necrosis and he told me he didn’t believe that the pancreas was injured and that the scans were difficult to read because of all the swelling. He pancreas is doing very well. We will rescan at a later date. So, you tell me what you think! All of this was taking place when so many were praying for him. We had FaceTime prayers, our family held hands as we circled the laptop during our Zoom meetings when he was on the vent and Lora prayed for him and for us. He heard it – the nurses heard it and more importantly God heard it. We had friends that went to the hospital and stood and prayed on his behalf – some of my close coworkers brought me prayer beads that they prayed over and wrote their prayer down for me to reread. I had daily text prayers from those of you too far away to be here. Our sons’ friends shared my post with their friends – young people praying for Kim! So many of you asked your churches to put him on their prayer list. Aunt Marti prayed for him in her Sunday school class of 8 yrs olds – Riley was in there and it made him feel better about his Grandad. I can’t say enough about the power of prayer!!! So you tell me what made Kim’s pancreas better!!! PRAYER!!!! Please let’s not stop! He has to learn to walk and use those muscles that were paralyzed for 9 days. We will forever be grateful to each and every one of you."

  Please keep Bill Townsley in your prayers. He fell last week and broke the same hip that he had broken earlier. No surgery – he is recuperating at home.

  Robert, Yana, and William West: “Hello Central Family, Been a while since my 4-year stay in Huntsville. It’s such a wonderful blessing to see and hear you all online. Requesting God’s protection as my wife, son, and I travel back to our home in Slovakia which is struggling to contain the effects if the virus. So, we ask God’s wisdom for the country’s leaders for the sake of everyone we know there. With love.”

  Louise Williams: “My brother, Tyrone, tested positive for COVID-19. He doesn’t seem to have any symptoms, but he, Carnell, and their roommate (Willie) are quarantined at this time. Please pray for mild symptoms and a speedy recovery. Thanks.” (Update from Louise: “Both brothers ended up with COVID. However, they are improving from their symptoms and are sounding much better when I talk with them. However, their roommate, Willie, is in the hospital. He had a blood clot in both lungs and his oxygen level was fluctuating. He appears to be doing better now and may go home this weekend. Prayers are much appreciated. On a sad note, my sister-in-law, Ruth Butler, in New Jersey who had a stroke then suffered cardiac arrest, passed away Tuesday evening. Pray for her family as well.)

  Our Shut-ins: Amelia Biser, Jamie Cole, James Hall, Johnny Powell, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

  Mothers-In-Waiting: Jessica Ogle (2/4), Allison Goad (2/7), Caroline Lowery (3/16), Heidi Haviland (5/5) and Anna Mosley (5/17).

  Our Missionaries: Denisovs & Rahimovs (Tomsk, Russia), Kishore Etwaroo Family (Port Kaituma, Guyana), Carlos & Linda Eguizabal (Juayua & Salcoatitan, El Salvador) & YOU (Huntsville Area)


Winter Term – January 6 through March 3 – Wednesdays at 7 pm

Living the Ways of Jesus

A paradox is a statement that on the surface that seems self-contradictory or even absurd. But when one considers a paradox closely, one often discovers profound truth. We find paradoxes as near as the currency in our wallets: “E Pluribus Unum”: “Out of Many, One.” Perhaps the deepest paradox of the Christian faith is the cross of Jesus—a symbol of God’s justice and God’s love, a symbol of Christ’s defeat and Christ’s victory.

The Bible also presents paradoxes for Christian living. For example, “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). Another paradox for how the church is called to live the ways of Jesus is found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church and Peter’s first letter to Asia Minor. Both letters describe the church as God’s chosen people. Yet Ephesians describes the church as a diverse people unified and brought near together, whereas 1 Peter describes the church as a scattered people. How are both true at the same time? And what does this have to do with how Christians handle the challenges of home life, politics, racial injustice, culture shifts, and ministry?

During the winter terms, the adult midweek class will explore what it means to live the ways of Jesus in our relationships within the church and toward the world. Each week, we will read a text, observe the flow of thought, identify the main ideas, and discuss what a specific point looks like in practice. We look forward to your participation!





Jan 6

Unified but scattered (Eph. 1-2 and 1 Pet. 1-2)

Life together and life in the world

Jan 13

Unity, diversity, and maturity (Eph. 4:1-16)

Ministering together

Jan 20

Out with the old and in with the new (Eph. 4:17-5:18)

Listening and speaking in ways that honor God

Jan 27

Worship and gratitude (Eph. 5:19-20)

Focusing on God versus personal preference

Feb 3

Household dynamics (Eph. 5:21-6:9)

Showing love and respect in close relationships

Feb 10

Government (1 Pet. 2:13-17)

Engaging in God-honoring politics

Feb 17

Unbelievers in the household (1 Pet. 2:18-3:7)

Navigating close relationships with unbelievers

Feb 24

Witnessing to Jesus amid persecution (1 Pet. 3:8-22)

Dealing with racial injustice

Mar 3

Living between Jesus’s cross and second coming (1 Pet. 4:1-11)

Dealing with culture shifts

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Dear Central Family,

Jessica and I would like to say a special thank you to all the wonderful ladies and gentlemen who helped with our baby shower. It was truly a blessing and we are so grateful to have each and every one of you in our lives. We look forward to raising Allison as a part of the Central Family. God bless, and we love you all!                                                                           Love,

Brandon and Jessica Ogle


There will be a memorial service Saturday, January 16th, at 1:00 p.m. at Central for our sister, Sally Mans, who passed away Sunday, December 20th.


The campus ministry will resume Friday Night Lives (FNL) this semester on January 22nd. Help is needed from LIFE Talks, other groups, or individuals to provide meals for their FNLs begin January 29th. The food may be either dropped off at the building or brought and served in the building. Masks will be required (and provided if needed) for both those serving and those being served. Gloves will also be provided for those serving. Those providing meals will need to “sign-up” via email to pat(-at-) or if you have any questions, please contact Carla Campbell at 256-882-6449.


Please send a card to Sheril Townsley (one of our shut-ins), who will be celebrating her birthday Friday, January 8th.


  Mary Beth Burns’ address is 3736 Country Club Dr. Apt B, Birmingham, AL 35213.


Chair Set-Up – Tony Callins’ Team

CountingYocus Jones’ Team

Ushering – James Ryans’ Team