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MARCH 10, 2021

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Ayesha Bhatnagar: “Dear brothers and sisters in the Huntsville church, thank you for your prayers and calls regarding the health of me. I am going through the stages of grief and I am weak in this struggle because I am so attached to the things of this world. My treatment option of aggressive chemotherapy will impact my life in many ways. The Lord's mercies have been steady. The Lord is teaching me something, but I don't yet know what lesson that is. Old fears, vicariously lived through my Mom's struggle with cancer, have resurfaced. She was my age-36, when she was first diagnosed. Please pray that I handle cancer in a way that glorifies my LORD. Pray my faith to fail me not; and when my fears are pressing overwhelmingly, to trust God’s enduring love.” (Cards may be sent to Ayesha Bhatnagar, 14141 E Jewell Ave, Apt 103, Aurora, CO 80012.)

  Dot Bowen:R.J. will be leaving from Hawaii to the Philippines today (Sunday, March 7). Pray for their safe travel and pray his relationship with the Lord be strengthened.” (Update: “RJ and fellow marines all arrived safely. Thanks for your prayers.”)

  Pat Canterbury: “Please continue to pray for my cousin, Wayne Kinman. He had his lung drained and was finding it much easier to breathe. He has an appointment tomorrow (Monday, March 8) for another CT Scan and contrast imaging to prepare him for radiation, which should begin the middle of March.” (Update: Wayne had the CT scan and contrast imaging. The doctors will be doing chemo one day a week along with radiation beginning March 16. Please continue to keep him and his wife, Pam, in your prayers. Thanks.)

  Charlie Hopkins is in Crestwood Hospital, Room 427. Please keep him in your prayers.

  Tonda Kuhn: “Please add our crew. John is in Georgia with our crew and our extras. Pray they have a good day and a safe trip home.” (Update: All arrived safely home.)

  LaVonne Norville will be going to a specialist in Birmingham Tuesday (March 9th) concerning basal cells on her eyelid. (Update: The specialist believes it was a benign cyst – he drained it and sent to a pathologist. Please pray that all is well.)

  Please keep Dean Oden in your prayers, as he had to go to the ER this past week and was diagnosed with having a mini stroke. He is now at home. Please continue to pray for him.

  Joan Palmer: “Pray for Claudette Luke, a first cousin in Louisiana, who remains semi-comatose for 6 weeks now after a COVID exposure, but no definite diagnosis. She is a Christian and we ask for God to awaken her. Thanks.”

  Grant Ralph: “My mental health is not all that well, and it makes me feel that I need to spend my time with some of my brothers in Christ. I know that probably can’t happen, so I need continued prayers for my mental well-being. And I have pain in my knees and left help that require taking pain medication 3 times daily. Please pray for these things also.

  Tom and Selwyn Reynolds: “Please pray for Lisa Cooper and her family. Her father died Friday. It’s hard to lose both parents within a month of each other.”

  Reynolds:Regina Ralston had a biopsy on a sore she has had on her foot. She got the results, and it is malignant melanoma. Please ask the family to pray she can get insurance to get it removed and get the treatment needed. Also, prayers for peace for her and Russell during this would be appreciated.” (Update: “Praise God! He provided quickly!! Regina has insurance now. Prayers for a quick oncologist appointment are requested now. Thank you, Family!”)

  Please keep Lee Strickland in your prayers as he will be going to the doctor on Tuesday to find out the results from his tests. (Update: Lee has found out that he has cancer. Please see article under Help Needed.”

  Our Shut-ins: Bobbye Ashley, Amelia Biser, Deborah Brown, Jamie Cole, Claudia Ford, Joan Hacker, Rachel Johnson, Dean Oden, Johnny Powell, Lee Strickland, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

  Mothers-In-Waiting: 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)

SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to Loren Wisehart and his family in the passing of Loren’s grandmother, Freida Pendergrass, from Murfreesboro, TN, Wednesday, March 3rd. Her funeral was Saturday, March 8th, in Coldwater, Kentucky.

Our sympathy is also extended to Amorita Jones (former member) in the passing of her mother, Waverly Jones, Monday morning, March 8th. Cards may be sent to her at 124 Carnegie Loop, Meridianville, AL 35759.

THANK YOU

Dear Central Church Family,

We were very touched by the beautiful space themed baby shower you threw for us last weekend. We felt loved and cared for. There were so many details, the books, gifts, gluten free cookies, and so many more, that were all really touching. Thank you for being God's outpouring of love to us and our upcoming baby.                                    In Christ, Heidi & Bryan Haviland

BENEVOLENCE SUPPER

On Sunday, March 21st, at 5:30 pm, Central is hosting a congregational supper with a focus on sacrificial love and benevolence.

This will be a celebration of our time together in the letter of James over the last six weeks, as well as another opportunity to practice obedience to biblical teaching. James begins his letter by encouraging his readers to “not just be hearers of the word, but doers” (1:22) and he concludes his letter with a warning to the rich, specifically to those who selfishly value money over people. As a family of God serving in the city of Huntsville, we value the financial blessings we’ve received, and we strive to use our resources to help others in need.

For our meal, we’ll have soup, crackers, and water. The simplicity of the meal as well as its lower cost is intentional. Our goal is to partake in a sacrificial meal and to give what we would normally spend on a Sunday night dinner to our benevolence fund. May the Lord use this meal and the Central Family to bless those in need!

UPCOMING SHOWERS

We follow COVID Protocols – Masks are required.

                                                                                                                                                      March 14                                                                                                             Kathyrn Ashburn & David Walker (Wedding)

                                                                                                                                                      March 28                                                                                                             Jared & Anna Mosley (Baby Boy)

                                                                                                                                    April 25                              Michael Nance & Marjie Jarvis (Wedding)

                                                                                                                                    May 16                              MaryBeth Burns & Ryan Cox (Wedding)

                                                                                                                                    May 23                              Jasmine Binford & Abe Dysmas (Wedding)

                                                                                                                                                      October 17                                                                                                          Jasmine Franklin & Mario Perez (Wedding)

HELP NEEDED

Our brother, Lee Strickland, has been diagnosed with cancer. Specifics are still awaiting further tests. His daughter, Christy, is caring for him and needs our help in the following ways:

·        Men to stay through the night with Lee. If you can help, please call or text Steve Lowery at 256-797-4923.

·        Meals to help feed her family while she cares for Lee. If you can help, please call or text Melinda Goad at 256-426-1418.

·        A baby monitor to facilitate care (will be returned).

At this time, please do not call Lee on his cell phone. He would enjoy short visits, but please call or text Christy first at 256-509-7389 to make sure it is a good time to visit.

Cards are appreciated and above all prayers for Lee and his family.

SERVANTS NEEDED

Please let Suzie Nance (drnance(-at-)hiwaay.net) know if you are willing to provide childcare during Sunday morning assembly. Thanks.

Jack and Jill Walk-Thru Shower

In honor of

Kathryn Ashburn & David Walker

SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021

FROM 2-3:30 PM

Central Church of Christ

407 Clintons Avenue East

Huntsville, AL 35801

Kathryn and David are registered at Anthropologie,

Bed Bath and Beyond, and Target

Please Note: We follow COVID protocol – masks are required.

 

 

 

Oh, the places Baby Mosley will go!

Please join us for a boy shower to honor

Anna and Jared Mosley

Sunday, March 28th, 2:00 – 3:30 (come and go)

407 Clinton Ave. East, Huntsville, AL

All are invited! Masks required.

Registered at Amazon and Target

PLEASE HELP

There is a black trash can under the back stairwell for you to place your clean, empty aluminum cans. These are collected by a gentleman, who will recycle them and give the money to Childhaven.

TEEN NEWS

Friday, March 19 – Sunday, March 21 will be the teens’ Spring Retreat at Camp-To-Know-Him. Cost: $70, but do not hinder from coming because of the money if you want to come. The group will leave from Central on Friday at 6:00 p.m. (Eat supper before coming.) And return around noon on Sunday, March 21st. Let Rodney know if you are planning on attending.

CENTRAL ADULT WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN-PERSON AND ONLINE CLASSES

TONIGHT at 7 pm

The Bible has some great throne room scenes that provide a glimpse of what it’s like to be in God’s presence. John’s vision in the book of Revelation picks up on some of the visuals from Isaiah and Daniel to describe that awe-inspiring experience.

This coming Wednesday night, we will be reading passages from the book of Revelation and then singing songs that are connected with those readings. The gymnatorium will be available for those who want to participate in person, and the assembly will be livestreamed at https://www.centralfamily.org/ on the Central Family YouTube channel for those who want to sing along at home.

Spring Term – March 17 through June 2 – Wednesdays at 7 pm

1.   The Gospel According to Mark — In-Person (Mask Optional) and Zoom Option

Each gospel account is a character sketch of Jesus. In Matthew we see him as King; in Luke, his humanity is emphasized as Son of Man. In John, we see him as Son of God. Mark, the shortest of the four gospels, shows Jesus in action and this action shown is the nature of a servant. “The Son of Man did not also come to be served but to serve and give his life a ransom for many” (10:45). Throughout Mark's account we see Jesus going from place to place, immediately responding to situations, just as one would expect a servant to respond. Mark is the shortest of all the gospels and can be easily read in one sitting. Our class will attempt to lift up Jesus as servant and discuss how we can follow his example and do the same.

The gymnatorium will be available for those who want to participate in person. Masks will be optional, and chairs will be configured to support as much physical distancing as desired. Class participation will be moderated to promote interaction both from the floor and from those who choose to participate online via Zoom. Teacher: Allen Wright

Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88120774173?pwd=ZC9uakhBdHV4WE02VFdydTJRNnNIUT09

2.   Let Your Hearts Not Be Troubled (Women Only, Zoom Only)

2020 troubled the world with fear, confusion, and mistrust as pestilence, civil unrest, and disrespect engulfed our communities. Fortunately, Christianity is a faith of hope and of certainty; of blessings independent of external circumstances. Join us this quarter as Jesus and Paul remind us that, regardless of the turmoil in our society, we can know that we are loved, protected, and blessed, and that we have the strength to love, protect, and bless others.

Wednesday evenings this Spring, the Ladies’ Bible class will study selected New Testament scriptures in detail using a variety of proven Bible study methods. The class will meet over Zoom and the majority of the class time will be dedicated to discussing what we’ve learned, so participants should be prepared to share their insights and discoveries. If you have any questions, contact Melinda Goad or Tina Palmer. If you’d like to participate, send an email to Pat Canterbury <pat(-at-)centralfamily.org> asking her to add you to the email list that will include the Zoom link and class handouts.

Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356466276?pwd=UTZ4T09pYWV5VHV0WFNmbUk5dSs1Zz09

MEN TO SERVE

Chair Set-Up – Joel Moore’s Team

Counting – Alan Moore’s Team

UsheringYocus Jones’ Team