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FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Those in the Hospital

  Please continue to pray for Grant B. Binford, nephew of Gerry Binford, as he recovers from being critically shot in a home invasion. He is doing better and will hopefully be off the ventilator today.

  Suzie Hea (former member) is doing physical rehabilitation for a few days after being discharged from ECM Hospital in Florence, AL after having a heart attack. She is doing well.

 Prayer Requests

  Jim Blue: “Dear Lord, help me to understand the law of attraction. What I speak, think, and focus on will be attracted to me. Let it be You, O Lord, that I focus on Today!! God bless us all. Amen.”

  Richard and Sandra Brown: “The marriage retreat was great, especially the brothers and sisters on Sunday morning’s panel. Thank you for your input!”

  Mary Callins: “Please pray for Bennie Thompson’s continued healing as he was involved in an accident while fixing a car Saturday that resulted in a facial burn. Thankfully he was released from B’ham Burn Unit and the eye center Saturday night with great results. Please share in our gratitude that he and my nephew who was with him are well.”

  Deborah Cole: “Please be praying for Jamie’s upcoming brain surgery in April. They will attempt to remove the ports causing her seizures.”

  Clyde Jones: “Pray for my very close friend who is lost and suffering because of drugs. Makes me very sad.”

  John Kuhn Family: “1) Pray for John as he’s home sick today (Sunday, February 10th). 2) Thank you for praying for Abigail Hammack. Her kidney transplant went well. Pray for a smooth recovery. 3) Also pray with us as we have an important court date for Gwenyth this Tuesday in Birmingham. Pray God’s will be done.” (Update on Gwenyth: The Kuhns will go back to court February 25th concerning for the next step.)

  D’Mitri Lewis: “Asking for prayers for two of the security officers at Alabama A&M I am well acquainted with. They both are being worked tirelessly and are at the point of hating their jobs. One of them is even having to balance caring for her sick father with extremely long and burdensome work shifts. May God help them to have patience as they work with young college students in unpleasant circumstances. May God also provide them with other opportunities if need be, and help them to trust in His provision.”

  Mike and Dawn Long: “Please pray for Riverside Christian Academy Board and the decisions they make for the school.”

  Ashley Potter: “I ask to pray for my brother, James Dodson – his salvation.”

  Russell and Regina Ralston: “Ask for prayer for Jerell and Keon as they move to Atlanta and begin a new journey – That they are great example to whomever they come across.”

  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)


Our congratulations to Nathan and Deborah Brown, who are the proud grandparents of a boy. Ethan James Brown, son of James and Roxi, was born Monday, February 11th, weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces.


Our sympathy is extended to The Rahimovs (missionaries in Tomsk). Timur’s father passed away last week. Please keep all of them in your prayers.

From the Elders

This week’s key word is “Gratitude —My adoration and appreciation for what God has done for me.

Each of us, as followers of Christ, should give thanks and remember how God blesses us each day.  In my own life, it takes a conscious effort to recognize the ways I am blessed. It takes even more effort to express gratitude for my blessings to God. One part of our journey each day as Christians is to turn away from focusing just on our own daily struggles, and realize how God blesses us each day. Making an extra effort to express that gratitude will help us grow and mature in our Christian walk, and encourage others towards love and good works (Hebrews 10:24).

An example of this is detailed in Luke 17, where one man, out of a group of ten, took the extra step to personally express his gratitude to Jesus for being healed. I can visualize myself in that situation as one of the “ungrateful” nine, being too focused on my next problem to recognize how I’ve just received a blessing. I might have been embarrassed to speak out in front of others, or to call attention to myself. But Jesus called special attention to this man, and how his faith served as an example for everyone.

Regardless of my own insecurities, I have learned that it takes a conscious effort, and practice, to become the kind of Christian who realizes that all blessings ultimately come from God (James 1:17), and we can count on that every day. Resolve today, and pray to God, that you will become better each day in recognizing your blessings, and sharing your joy with others. Very soon your gratitude will be a visible blessing to everyone around you.

From the elders,

Chip, Ed, and Richard

Next week, we will be moving into week 5 of the Journey Upward.

Our Keyword is Holy Spirit My abiding with the Holy Spirit

Memory Verse: Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11)

Guiding Scriptures: Acts 2:38; Acts 5:1-4; Rom 8:6, 9; 1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Cor. 12:3; Gal. 4:6; Gal. 5:16, 22, 25; Eph. 4:3, 30; 1 Thess. 5:19

Next Sunday, February 17, we will have combined adult classes in our Family Life Center during the 9:00 Bible Study hour with Earl Lavender teaching. He will deliver the sermon during our 10:15    assembly together.

We will also hold a “Question and Answer” session with Earl Lavender from 5:30 – 6:30 in the evening. He will remain for another half hour to one hour for those who want to talk a little further. Please eat before coming. 

Happy Times Openings

Happy Times is now taking registrations for the 2019-2020 school year. We have classes for 3 years old and Pre-K for 4 and 5 years old. For information about our program and tuition rates, call Debbie Baucum, 256-509-6200.

Wednesday Nights “Ask Me Anything” Series

TONIGHT How do we View Expression by Women in our Gatherings?

  Where do women fit into the public expression in our assemblies?

  Why does Central differentiate in womens participation based on different assembling groups (congregation, class, LIFE talk, etc.)?

  Did the 1st Century church make these distinctions? Are these distinctions supported by scripture?

  Why is it ok for women to be able to speak up in 9am - 10am service but not have a voice in the 10am - 12pm service? If the concern is teaching or authority over a man, why are women allowed to share in 9am service? Are they not just "teaching" through what they share even though they don't "lead" by sitting in front of everyone? If the concern is "assembly" vs "class" time, how does the church decide what these services are called? Did the 1st century church have "class" time that made it ok for women to speak up? What about the female prophets?

  At what age are women/girls no longer allowed to pray/read scripture/lead a song in a group that has men/boys present? 

Sunday Classes (Teens and Up)

This Sunday, February 17th, we will have a special combined class at 9:00 a.m. in the Family Life Center with Earl Lavender for all teens and up.

Tuesday Ladies’ Class, February 19th

Julia Wright will be speaking on JESUS SPEAKS AFTER FORMER SINFUL WOMAN ANOINTS HIM (Luke 7:36-50) Tuesday’s class. The class meets at 10:15, and childcare is provided. Please join us for this exciting study on the Conversations of Jesus.

Nursery Servant Needed

Please contact Suzie Nance at drnance(-at-) or 256-653-2508 if you are able to serve in the nursery on Wednesday nights during the months of March through May.

Weighted Blanket Ministry

The Weighted Blanket Ministry has completed and delivered over 14 blankets to foster families for their children! We invite you to our next work session on Saturday, February 16, from 9:00AM-2:00 PM; bring your own lunch. Come for all or any part of the time. RSVP to Terri Apgar 603-714-8642 or Della Simmons 256-288-5572. **Always needed: financial donations to purchase supplies.** Thank you to all our generous supporters!


Our congratulations to Richard and Sandra Brown, who celebrated their 63rd anniversary Monday, February 11th. Thank you for your example to all of us.

Desperate Need of…

Rodney is in desperate need of 2 chaperones to help and drive the teens to and from their trip this weekend to Gatlinburg, TN for their Winterfest retreat. If you are able to help, please contact him ASAP. They will be leaving this Friday morning (February 15th). You will not have to pay anything for this great adventure.

Upcoming Teen Events

  February 15-17 Senior High Teens—Winterfest

February Team Servants

Ushers—Ronald Graham’s Team

Counting—Matthew McCauley’s Team

FLC Set Up—Justin Harrison’s Team




College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)



Senior High - Winterfest



Weighted Blanket Ministry (9:00 am-2:00 pm See article.)



Combined Classes with Earl Lavender (9:00 am)



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



Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)



College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)



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



Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)



College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)



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



Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)



College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

Men to Serve Sunday, February 17

Communion Thoughts: Chad Dickey

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

Prayer: Walter Franklin