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FEBRUARY 20, 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 now off the ventilator and doing better.

  Barbara Hopkins is recuperating at home after having surgery to remove melanoma from her face. Please pray for her healing.

  Please keep Chazz Moye’s father, Rick Moye, in your prayers as he was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital this week with his cancer. Hospice will be called in when he returns home.

  Bennie Thompson is doing better. Good report from the doctor on Tuesday (February 12) on the healing process. Thank God for that! Thank you all for your prayers! Please continue praying for him.

 Prayer Requests

  Garrett and Karin Bell: “Please pray for all our tired college students, that they stay strong and encouraged, and that all of us continue to love and invest in them.©

  Jim Blue: “God, help me to fulfill my responsibilities as a parent. Let that be foremost in my mind, to promote their relationship with you, Lord. Amen.”

  Dittos: “Continue to pray for Adam and Amber Wood and girls as they learn more and more about the way Satan lives in Athens, Greece and the way the Holy Spirit overcomes him.”

  Ryan McClure: “Please pray for my brother, Aaron Shine Gordon.”

  Michael Nance: “One of my team members suffered a leg injury in a basketball game this weekend. Please pray for healing for him. His name is Isaac Stewart.”

  The Nances: “Pray for our neighbor who has an infection following bypass surgery.”

  Tom Reynolds: “Please pray for my uncle and two cousins as we attempt to help stabilize and secure their lives. (Uncle: Wally Cousins: Diana and Gary).”

  Brad Seal: “Pray for James Brown. His blood pressure is lower than it needs to be for his recovery.”

  Chiana Walker: “There was a fire in one of the A&M dorms Tuesday, February 19, that left some students without a place to stay, clothes, shoes, or toiletries. To my knowledge one floor caught on fire and a few more flooded in Foster Complex. Organizations/students have been doing fundraisers and care packages for the students who lost all of their belongings. I ask for prayers for anyone who was affected by this fire.”

  David Walls: “My soul is at peace being here in church because the devil tried to not get me to go, but God is good, and I am glad I am here to worship our Lord Jesus, Our God.”

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

  Mothers-To-Be: Jordan Gibbs (4/15)

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to The Franklin Family in the passing of Walter’s nephew, Kaswaski Nelson, Friday, February 15th. Cards can be sent to Walter’s sister, Cassandra Nelson, 3015 Tyler Court, Montgomery, AL 36110.

Our sympathy is also extended to the family of Tyler Dodson (a senior in high school who attended the Washington Street church of Christ in Fayetteville, TN). Tyler tragically died Monday, February 17th. Cards/notes of sympathy may be sent to his mother and sister, Nancy and Olivia Dodson, 29 Hummingbird Drive, Fayetteville, TN 37334. No arrangements at this time.

From the Elders

Our Journey 2019 continues. Our journey thought for this week is The Critical Christian Characteristic, “Abiding with the Holy Spirit.” This is a paramount subject in the New Testament. Did you know there are over 240 direct references to the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament? True, some are addressing the “sign gifts,” but not all. Do we read over these passages because we do not know what to do with them? Or, do we relegate all of these to the first century of the church’s existence and dismiss them as historical artifacts? Hopefully, by this time next week we will have better insights into the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the people of God, individually and collectively, and we will be strengthened in faith, hope and love. Let us truly open our hearts to what the scriptures have to say on this critical subject. 

On January 10, one of the foundational beliefs that we cannot compromise was the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.  Our statement was:

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. The Spirit is unseen, but is not imaginary (John 3:8). He is God’s many splendored agent in this world and is completely in tune with God’s heart and His will. He is the indwelling of God in His people on this earth. In fact we are told that the body of a redeemed believer is a temple of the Holy Spirit, “who is in you, whom you received from God.” (1Corinthians 6:19). He is the Counselor sent from the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. He is God’s deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. He intercedes for the Saints according to God’s will. Through and by Him we have the Scriptures (the Bible) to guide us in the pathway of righteousness. The fruit of the Spirit in the life of the believer is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Spirit is God’s instrument of insight and unity. In doing His work the Spirit will never do, or lead anyone to do anything, that is not in accordance with the Scriptures. 

In some ways this begs the question, “So what?”

Sunday we were privileged to have Earl Lavender with us again as we began our week focused on “Abiding with the Holy Spirit” and pursue this question. This a subject to which Earl has given much attention over several years. His inquiries have not been just theological. He has worked to help God’s people to understand what the living presence and role of the Holy Spirit means in the life of believers in Jesus Christ, as each seeks his/her place in the mission of God. That is spot on as to what this Characteristic is all about. If you were unable to be with us Sunday, please listen to the lesson on our website or get a cd.

We are a privileged people. God has given us the gift of the abiding Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) and chosen us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit here on earth (1 Corinthians 6:19). This is more than a theological abstraction. It is a fact of our spiritual lives. Some have asked, “How can you measure this?” Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” How do you measure the work of the Spirit? Ask, “Am I, and is this church, growing in the fruit of the Holy Spirit? What do my/our attitudes and behaviors tell me/us?”

Continue to pray for Our Journey together, and especially this week for richer understanding of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Commit to studying this matter throughout the week.

May God’s Spirit continue to abide with us,

The elders,

Chip, Ed and Richard           

Wednesday Nights “Ask Me Anything” Series

TONIGHT– How does Central and the Church of Christ fit into the World?

  What does Central view as the role of the church? 

  What is the purpose of our gatherings?

Cans for Childhaven

Please bring your empty, clean cans and place them in the designated container (trash can with lid) next to Hungry Herman for Childhaven in Cullman, Alabama. They are a non-profit, Christian children’s' home that serves abused and neglected teenagers and their families in Alabama.

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.

Congratulations

Our congratulations to Brandon Crittenden, son of Rondell and Juanita. Brandon was honored at the University of Alabama by the Black Scholars Honors for his outstanding Academic Achievements.

Nursery Servant Needed

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

February Team Servants

Ushers—Ronald Graham’s Team

Counting—Matthew McCauley’s Team

FLC Set Up—Justin Harrison’s Team

Activities

Feb

22

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

24

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

 

26

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

Mar

1

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

3

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

 

5

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

8

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

10

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

 

12

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

14

Ladies Bible Class Hosts Sonrisers’ Meal

 

17

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

 

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

Men to Serve Sunday, February 24

Communion Thoughts: Chad Dickey

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

Prayer: John Kuhn