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JANUARY 30, 2019

Rejoice

We rejoice with the angels over the birth of a new brother. Jermaine Stone, a resident of His Way, was baptized Sunday, January 20th. Please welcome and encourage him.

Those in the Hospital

  Vickie Binford, niece of Gerry Binford, was discharged from rehab and going to recuperate at her aunt’s house in Prattville, AL.

  Richard Bowen’s sister, Mary Bowen, is in the hospital in Dothan, AL. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

  Anna Brown, wife of Charlie, is recuperating at home after her stay in the hospital.

  Suzie Hea (former member) is in ECM Hospital, Room 2319 in Florence, AL after suffering a heart attack.

  Sherri Headrick’s mother is recuperating at home after having a stroke and her dad’s health is not good. Notes of encouragement may be sent to Sherri’s parents, John and Mackie Jennings, 4348 Ogden Road, McEwen, TN 37101.

Prayer Requests

  Karin Bell: “Please pray for the college ministry this week as we engage in outreach events at both UAH and AAMU campuses. Pray for open hearts and boldness.”

  James Blackman: “I want to pray for strength and steadfastness in all my ways.  Also, I want to give thanks for his love and understanding.”

  Joni Blackman: “Please pray for my cousin’s fiancé. He overdosed 8 days ago and is still in a coma in KY. They have a baby on the way and she is struggling to cope with the situation.”

  Dot Bowen: “Thank you all for praying for my sister-in-law, Mary Bowen, who suffered a stroke on Wednesday. She was transferred to Dothan, AL. Thus far, thank God, she has not had to have surgery. Keep praying that the medication given her will continue to decrease swelling on her brain.”

  Dittos: “1) Adam and Amber Wood in Greece. 2) Brother Louise Teague in the death of Brother Louis’ sister.”

  Darryl Floyd: “Prayer for Dakota Castleberry. May God continue to guide and protect him in his journey.”

  Claudia Ford: “Prayers for our dad, Doyal, for continued improvement and good results with his new cancer medication.”

  William Greenleaf: “Pray for a long-time friend of mine who has Alzheimer’s disease and just lost his wife.”

  John Kuhn Family: “Please be in prayer for Layla Sparks, who is in critical condition in Huntsville Hospital, room 397. Also pray for Charlie Russell (12-year-old little boy). They just learned that 1/3 of his colon doesn’t work. Pray for healing.”

  Celia Moore: “Rejoice with us that our daughter-in-law, Stephanie Moore, has a graduation date, February 29, 2019, in Santa Ana, El Salvador.”

  Don Phillips: “Pray for men at His Way to recover and find a new life in Christ.”

  Grant Ralph: “Please pray for my mom and her heart. Her heart was racing for the past couple of days and that is not good for her heart problems.”

  Alexander Spencer: “Thank you for all your prayers for Maya and our family. We have truly grown. Glory to God. We are seeking a home now. Please keep us in your prayers for that. We are also seeking counseling.”

  Chiana Walker: “Please keep my mother in your prayers. This is a difficult time for her. Also keep me in your prayers as I am having difficulty staying motivated during this school semester. Also pray for patience.”

  David Walls: “I pray for all to have good health and increase on our finance. (Amen.)”

  Jonah Wright: “I pray that my school goes well. (I am homeschooled.)”

  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Anna Brown, James Brown, Jamie Cole, Margie Gough, James Hall, Martha Jones, Sally Mans, Ted & Rosalie Moore, Johnny Powell, Louis Teague, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

  Mothers-To-Be: Jordan Gibbs (4/15)

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to The Neiland Family in the passing of Mary Etta’s brother/Bill’s uncle, James Harlin “Jim” Hayes, Sunday, January 27th. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 31st, at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 3009 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064. Visitation will be 4:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday, January 30th, and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Memorials may be made to Friends of Franklin Parks at Harlinsdale for the restoration of the Hayes House and/or Historic Barn, P.O. Box 549, Franklin, TN 37065 or Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, 410 Allied Dr., Nashville, TN 37211.

Our sympathy is also extended to The Binford Family. Gerry’s aunt, Bertha Swann, from Somerville, AL passing away this morning. At the present time no arrangements have been made.

Wednesday Nights “Ask Me Anything” Series

TONIGHT – The Christian View of Modern Government and Politics

  What does the Bible say about a Christian's response to government, especially corrupt governments or government officials?

  What is a Christian to do with his vote in our "current" (last 20 years) political society? 

  How can I support/advocate the compassion and benevolence of Christ toward all (even those with whom I disagree morally) when no party seems to represent God's values?

  How can we rise above and still be active within the right afforded us by our government? 

  How do we as Christians respond to the incidence of (seemingly) unjustified violence against minorities (e.g., African-Americans, Latinos, foreigners) by white police officers and people of authority? What does the Bible have to say about racism? 

NOTE: Slides for the AMA series are posted to the church website under the media tab.

Meal Preparations for Friday Night Live

The sign-up list to prepare meals for the college ministry at their Friday Night Lives is posted in the fellowship hall outside of the kitchen area. LIFE Talks or individuals, please sign up. Thanks. If you have any questions, contact Carla Campbell (256) 882-6449 or (256) 665-4458.

Families of Teens

There will be an important meeting Sunday, February 10th, after morning assembly in the Teen Room for all families of teens. There will be new Medical Release Forms/Hold Harmless Agreements for 2019 to sign and new business. There will be a catered meal. Please make every effort to be at this meeting.

From the Elders

Sunday, January 20th—Our Journey 2019 got underway. From all reports, we had an excellent beginning, as we explored the Christian Characteristic, My Personal Walk with God. The key word for this characteristic was “relationship.” To recap the day—We were fortunate to have Earl Lavender join with us and provide some very edifying and thought-provoking teaching. He unpacked our memory verse for the week, “Come close to God and He will come close to you.” (James 4:8a) during our class and sermon time. On Sunday evening he engaged in an open forum answering questions from those assembled at our Family Gathering. 

For most of us (ourselves included), having a personal relationship with God is hard to grasp. We appreciated Earl’s contribution to our understanding of this subject, as well as giving us practical implication. We are thankful for Earl’s coming, and have gratitude for the insight gained and the edification imparted to all. If you were not able to be there or want to review what we covered, the audio for all three sessions and the charts for the two Sunday morning sessions are on the church’s website, centralfamily.org. Click the tab on the home page labeled Media. The three sessions have a date of January 20, 2019.

For Week 2 we asked that you explore the Characteristic titled, Knowing the God I Serve. The key words were, Love and Justice. The memory verse was Mark 12:30, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”  The point is that to honor God properly, we need to understand who we are in relation to who God is. In the Upward “Roadmap” for Week 2, we listed three basic elements that underlie how we related to God, together with some guiding scriptures. We hope you were edified by your study of the guiding scriptures (listed in Week 2 of the Upward “Roadmap”) and had fruitful discussions in your classes this morning.

So what’s for Week 3? Looking at the Upward “Roadmap,” which is included in the bulletin, for this coming week we see:

Christian Characteristic: My Reverence and Respect for God for Who He Is.

Key Word: Humility.

Memory Verse: Matthew 5:3, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Guiding Scriptures: See Week 3 in the Upward “Roadmap.”

Ultimately, spiritual growth is a personal matter. Please dig into this week’s Characteristic. Have some study, prayer and meditation on this Characteristic. Discuss it with others. Come to class next Sunday ready to contribute to the discussion.

Humbly pray that we will have a “growth spurt” in our personal relationship with God as we continue to explore the Upward spiritual growth area. 

The elders,

Chip, Ed, Richard

Super Cereal Bowl Sunday

Just a reminder to all Elementary children, parents and teachers that we are collecting cereal for the poor this Sunday, February 3. You can bring cereal tonight and Sunday. The class that brings the most cereal will get Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Tuesday Ladies

Tuesday Ladies: Missed seeing everyone Tuesday. Julia Wright will teach the class we missed on February 19. Make a note of it. This Tuesday, February 5: Terri Apgar will teach Jesus' Conversation with The Woman at the Well. John 4;5-34. Please join us. Childcare for preschoolers is provided.

Thank you, Janice Greenleaf

News from Dwaine and Charlotte Simmons

Dwaine and Charlotte Simmons sent a letter that was read Sunday, January 27th, stating that they have decided to return to the States full time on May 9th. If you would like to read the letter, you are welcomed to come by the office and do so.

Upcoming Teen Events

  Sunday, February 3rd, 5:00-9:30 p.m.—Super Bowl Party. Bring $3 for burgers, hot dogs, and wings. Also, bring a dessert to share. There will be gift cards, prizes, and games.

  February 15-17 Senior High Teens—sign up for Winterfest NOW with $20 non-refundable deposit.

February Team Servants

Ushers—Ronald Graham’s Team

Counting—Matthew McCauley’s Team

FLC Set Up—Justin Harrison’s Team

Activities

Feb

1

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

3

Elementary Super Cereal Bowl Sunday (See article.)

 

 

Teen Time (5:00-9:30 pm See article.)

 

5

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

8-10

Marriage Retreat (See article.)

 

10

Families of Teens Meeting (after morning assembly. See article.)

 

 

Teen Time (5:30-7:30 pm)

 

12

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

15

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

15-17

Senior High - Winterfest

 

17

Combined Classes with Earl Lavender (9:00 am)

 

 

Q&A with Earl Lavender (5:30-6:30 pm)

 

19

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

22

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

24

Teen Time (5:30-7:30 pm)

 

26

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

Men to Serve Sunday, February 3

Communion Thoughts: Neal Nixon

Serving: Joseph Nance, David Nance, Barrion Palmer, Andy Trapane, Dana Mercier, Mark Bowden, Alex Coleman, Darryl Floyd

Prayer: Al Jones