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January 26, 2022

REJOICE

We rejoice with the angels over the birth of three new brothers. Marquand “Marc” Hall, Robbie Elledge, and Kevin Prempeh all residents of His Way, were baptized this past week. Marc and Robbie were baptized Tuesday, January 18th, and Kevin on Thursday, January 20th. Please welcome and encourage them.

PRAYERS REQUESTS

  Canterburys: “Please pray for Jon’s cousin, Melissa Jordan, who is still in Crestwood Hospital. She now has pneumonia and other complications following her back surgery, which was December 28th. Also, Melissa’s newborn granddaughter, Maggie Bradley, was born January 10th with severe genetic problems. Please keep the family in your prayers as they find out more Sunday as to her situation. She is in PICU at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.” (Update: 1) Melissa is still having difficulties, but her pneumonia is starting to clear up. 2) Maggie was transferred to the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham yesterday (Tuesday, January 25th). She has a brain abnormality and a rare genetic disorder that is causing her to sleep 24/7. UAB has a more extensive genetics program, and they believe she can receive better care there. Please keep Maggie’s mother, Sarah Bradley, in your prayers to make wise decisions and keep her strength up as she juggles being with Maggie and with her other children, who at the present time are in Huntsville.)

  Ben Clark: “Follin’s grandmother, Wanza Gray, has been having trouble due to her cancer medication. Pray for wisdom and strength as she and the doctors make adjustments this week.”

  Franklins: “Prayers for the family of Tia Smith. She passed away last week. Her family is devastated. Her funeral was today (Wednesday, January 26th.)”

  Janice Greenleaf: “Please pray for my brother-in-law, Lawrence Spradley, who is in the ICU at Crestwood Hospital with lung and gastric issues. Please include my sister Betty and the rest of the family: her son Darryl and family and her daughter Krista Chambless and her family in prayer. Thank you.” (Update: “It has been touch and go with Lawrence. This morning some slight improvement: blood pressure stabilized; still on ventilator but at 75% rather than 100%. Please continue to pray for the best. Thank you.”

  Charlie and Barbara Hopkins: "Please pray for our friend and family member who had a double lung transplant yesterday at Vanderbilt. Some complications, so they are keeping her sedated. Pray that she improves every day. Thanks."

  John Kuhn Family: “Pray for friends who are struggling in their marriage.”

  Jackson Ledford: “A college friend of mine is in the hospital from a blood clot. The doctors are trying to save part of his lung. He is 22 years old and is scared.”

  Mike and Dawn Long: “My mom, Carolyn Mullins, is scheduled to have a repair to her recent back surgery on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Please pray for complete success and healing.”

  Selwyn Reynolds: “Please pray for Lance and Jodi Moore. Jodi has recently lost many of her functions and she asks for their restoration. They miss being with us at Central.”

  Melia Romine: “Thank you for prayers for my Uncle John. He is at home with a heart monitor and avoided a stroke by going to the ER.”

  Melia Romine: “Please pray for my cousin, Joanna. She is undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer January 26th. Please pray for complete healing from cancer for her. She is only 30 years old and just had her first child a month ago. Since it was caught early (during her pregnancy), we are praying it can be completely removed. Cards may be sent to Joanna Casalini, 383 Hazel Creek Trail, Anniston, AL 36207.”

  James Ryans: “Recently I was laid off from my job due to workforce reduction. Tuesday (January 25), I officially signed the separation papers from my former employers. Currently I am studying for the CCNA before I seriously begin the job hunt in hope of being able to find a job that I can be passionate about. I have already received some support from my church family, and I thank you for that. Please pray that I can make wise decisions during this time.”

  Mothers-In-Waiting: Stephany Moore (3/5), Rachael Sherrill (4/11), Jessica Ogle (4/20), Sarah Phillips (5/5), Mishaella Ryans (7/7) and Breanna Baucum (7/13).

  Our Shut-ins: Amelia Biser, Jamie Cole, Allison Goad, Clyde Jones, Jamie Kuhn, Ted Moore, Mary Etta Neiland, Bill & Sheril Townsley, and Sue Underwood.

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

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to:

Garrett and Karin Bell in the passing of Garrett’s grandfather, Leonard Ledbetter, last week. Please keep Garrett’s grandmother, who is in bad health right now and misses her husband, in your prayers.

Brenda Rhodes, former member, in the passing of her mother, Dorothy Rene Carson, Thursday, January 20th. Cards may be sent to Brenda at 10217 Green Moss Drive, South, Cordova, TN 38018.

THANK YOU

Dear Central family,

Thank you so much for hosting such a beautiful shower for our baby girl and us. We are so grateful for how supported and loved you’ve made us feel during this special time that words would never be enough to express our gratitude. We have so much joy to be members of a church full of lovely, kind, and godly people.

We will appreciate your prayers for the healthy and safe arrival of our baby. May the Lord bless you all!                                                                                   Kyle, Stephany, and baby Sophia Moore

Many thanks to everyone for the prayers, food, cards and calls during our illness and accident imposed isolation! It meant so much to both of us. We love you and hope to be back with you soon.

Herb & Sue Underwood

MINISTRY TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

FOR ALL ADULTS AND STUDENTS!!

*Parents of elementary age, children this is extremely valuable.

STUDENT MINISTRY WORKSHOP

We have the opportunity to hear from a doctorate level youth ministry friend of Rodney Keeton.

Dave Blanchad is in pursuit of a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Seminary and will be presenting two sessions on Adolescent Development and Its' Connection to Ministry to Children and Teens.

During the workshop, Dave will share some fundamentals about adolescent development and then walk us through thinking critically about those things within our own families and ministry opportunities at Central. This experience will allow us to think together about what our students need most and how to provide it. Please make plans to attend!

FRIDAY, January 28th

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Teen Room)

DINNER PROVIDED

SATURDAY 29th

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Teen Room)

(Please stay so Dave can get his surveys completed.)

SUNDAY 30th Class Time (9 – 10 a.m.) in Teen Room

Dave will share with the Teen Class.

2022 SIGN UP FOR COMMUNION PREPARATION

The communion preparation list for signing up for a month in 2022 is posted in the kitchen. This is one of those behind-the-scenes acts-of-service that is appreciated by everyone. Questions – contact Jim Phillips 256-417-8202.

SONRISERS MEETINGS DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The Sonrisers have decided to delay meeting together until further notice due to COVID.

2021 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS

The 2021 Contribution Statements have been emailed. If you did not receive yours, please contact the church office.

TUESDAY MORNING LADIES’ BIBLE CLASS

Sisters, 

After much consideration and gathering of input, we are going to push the start date of Tuesday morning Bible study into February. Stay tuned for a new start date, which will be evaluated weekly. Please pass on any further input you have to Terri Apgar at harmonyforhim(-at-)yahoo.com. Meanwhile, if you desire a copy of the book we are using this quarter, Human AND Holy, let Terri know. We look forward to being reunited.                       Love,

Kathleen, Allison, and Terri

SUNDAY ADULT CLASS OPTIONS – WINTER TERM 2022

January 2 through February 27

1.   The Story of Redemption (Gymnasium; Coordinator: Loren Wisehart)

This series presents the biblical account of the human problem, salvation, and a new life in Jesus Christ. Beginning with creation, the class follows the “big picture” storyline of the Bible as it finds meaning and completion in Jesus.

Each week, participants are invited to arrive early for fellowship. Upon entering the gymnasium, participants will be assisted in finding a small group. After a call to order and welcome, all groups will watch a 5–10-minute video. Once the video is done, groups will read a Bible passage related to the video, discuss questions, and pray for one another. Groups will wrap up at 9:45 a.m. in order to move chairs into place for the large assembly which begins at 10:15 am. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83086751743?pwd=RjNTYVR3QXNUUDRXYUxtN25VRmM0QT09

Sunday, January 30th, the topic and text will be The Early Church & the Light of the World (Matthew 5:1-10, 14-16).

2.   Women’s Ministry (Library; Coordinators: Sue Underwood and Kim Story)

This class provides Bible-based content in a LIFE Talk setting and is set up to minister to women who are the head of their household and women whose husbands are not Christians. Women of all ages and situations are welcome who wish to participate in this ministry. The class is generally organized to alternate between Old Testament and New Testament books, topics, and ideas. However, prayer and sharing are also integral parts of the class. As participants begin to apply the teaching to their own lives, they are invited to openly share burdens with one another. This is so that others who have walked that path previously can share their own experience and wisdom in how to face that situation faithfully. While two ladies provide the principal oversight for the class, a number of ladies from within the class will be encouraged to lead individual sessions, usually a week or two at a time.

WEDNESDAY ADULT CLASS OPTIONS – WINTER 2022

January 5 through March 2

1.   Generational Discipleship (Room 200; Leader: Daniel Alavi)

The Church in the West is facing a steep decline, yet the Body of Christ worldwide is thriving like never before. The center of Christianity is slowly moving towards the Global South, into areas and people groups where the church has virtually no major denominational leanings, no governmental recognition or legitimacy, no bank accounts, no 501c3s, no Bible Schools or seminaries, and no assets, properties, or buildings. In spite of this, hundreds of churches are being planted, thousands of disciples are being made, and millions are being baptized into the name of Jesus!

2.   God’s Promises Fulfilled in the Gospel According to Matthew (FLC; Leader: Loren Wisehart)

In the Old Testament, God made some amazing promises to people like Abraham, Israel, and David. These promises established how God related with His people for centuries. In the New Testament, one of the things that distinguishes Matthew’s biography of Jesus from other similar accounts is how from cover to cover, he demonstrates how Jesus fulfills these promises. In this short overview of the Gospel According to Matthew, we will examine how Jesus fulfills these promises and explore how they remain relevant for our lives today. This class can either be in-person or join in on Zoom. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86363371603?pwd=cjM1bmFxZ0kyTU5SR1VQUlN2QlpOZz09

ACTIVITIES

Jan

28-30

Student Ministry Workshop (See times in article.)

Feb

11-12

Marrieds’ Retreat at Joe Wheeler State Park

 

18-20

Senior High – Winterfest

 

20

Wedding Shower Honoring Libby Newman and Jacob Jackson (2:00-3:30 pm)

 

27

Baby Girl Shower Honoring Sarah Goad Phillips (2:00-3:30 pm)

Mar

6

Wedding Shower Honoring William Ashburn and Emma Howell (2:00-3:30 pm)

MEN TO SERVE – JANUARY

Chair Set-Up – Tony Callins’ Team

CountingYocus Jones’ Team

Ushering – James Ryans’ Team

MEN TO SERVE – FEBRUARY

Chair Set-Up – Steve Lowery’s Team

Counting – Matthew McCauley’s Team

Ushering – Ronald Graham’s Team