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MARCH 27, 2019

Prayer Requests

  Caleb Arnold: “Please pray for my mom, Carla Arnold, who went to the ER Saturday, March 23rd, because she couldn’t breathe without major pain. The doctors said she had a nodule in her lungs and it is high risk. She is stabilized at home to prevent further pain.”

  Lorraine Baker: “God bless all my children.”

  Garrett and Karin Bell: “Garrett and I are in a crazy season of life together. We are very blessed and can’t complain, but could use prayers for trust, peace, and rest.”

  Please keep Amelia Biser in your prayers as she has been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

  Jim Blue: “Dear Father, I pray that you will help me to give back to others as You have commanded me to do. Help me to be AVAILABLE to serve You when You need me, on Your Time, Lord, not on my Time!! Amen.”

  Dittos: “The weeks are flying by for the Woods in Greece. Pray for them as they begin to say their farewells and prepare to leave those they’ve come to love there.”

  Cathy Farless: “My son, Chris, has asked the church to pray for him and his family. He has received a very good job opportunity and wants us to pray that he makes the decision that is good for his family and what the Lord would want him to do.”

  Melanie Gibson: “Please pray for personal finances. Also, prayers for my mother and father getting apartment repaired. They are staying in a motel now until it gets fixed.”

  Update on Rob Hensley, formerly at His Way, who was in a very bad vehicle accident a few months ago: Rob is making very slow progress, but they continue to remain optimistic. He is in a rehabilitation center in Indiana. Notes of encouragement may be sent to him at 7429 Park Street, NE, Lanesville, IN 47136.

  Bill and Carol Kuhn: “Pray for Carla Arnold. She is having some health issues.”

  Clay Kuhn: “I hope Gwenyth can be adopted as a Kuhn, I hope everyone can have a good day.J

  Alan and Celia Moore: “Pray for Sandra Specht and her daughter, Abby, who were bitten by dogs Saturday (March 23rd) afternoon.”

  Norvilles: “Carla Arnold went to the emergency room Saturday (March 23rd). They think she has an inflamed nerve, but her x-ray showed a pulmonary nodule that will have to be rechecked with another CT Scan in 3 months. Please pray that will not be anything of great concern.”

  Joan Palmer requests prayers for the safe return of Chris and Casey Allison and their children, who have been missionaries in Cambodia for the past 10 years. Casey is the daughter of Marty and Cindy Hanson. They will be flying into Huntsville tomorrow night (9:21 p.m.).

  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 Ed and Sharon Ditto in the passing of Ed’s step-mother, Betty Bulman Ditto, Wednesday evening, March 20th. Her funeral was Monday, March 25th, in Florence, AL.

Thank You

Central Family,

Thank you so much for supporting our trip to Athens! We’re doing great and the fields here are as fertile as they have been in the last 1400 years. Our new friends here are thirsty for something different and eager to hear more about Jesus. It’s an amazing time in history, and we are so very blessed to be here. We will return to the states in mid-to-late April and we look forward to sharing with you about our time and experiences here.               With love,

Adam, Amber, Lillie, and Kate Wood

From the Elders

In the past week, we have focused on Purity of Heart in our Journey together. As children of God, we want to become closer to God each day.

The Bible tells us that the path to drawing close to God is through purity and holiness. Jesus stated in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 that the pure in heart will see God. The Hebrew writer tells us that “without holiness no one will see God.” So let us encourage each other to become pure (without corruption) and holy (in the likeness of God).

How can we do this? By putting our faith in Jesus to show us the way, and trusting his Spirit to give us strength to take necessary action. Paul tells the Ephesians that he is praying for his fellow Christians that they will “put off their old self, which is corrupted by evil.” He also tells the Philippians that he is praying that they “may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”

Let us pray for each other when we are apart, and encourage each other when we are together to become pure and holy “out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

As we begin week 10 of the Journey Upward, we will be focusing on the following trait:

Christian Characteristic:  My Worship, a Living Sacrifice

Key Words:  Spirit & Truth

Memory Verse:  John 4:23-24

Guiding Scriptures:  Matthew 4:10, John 4:21-26, Romans 12:1

Another aspect of our Journey along the “upward” path is a focus on My Worship, a Living Sacrifice. 

During Jesus’ ministry, he had an important conversation with a Samaritan woman while he was resting near Jacob’s well, recorded in John 4. The woman asked him several questions, including whether she should worship God in Samaria, where she lived, or in Jerusalem, at the temple, as the Jews claimed. Jesus acknowledged her question, but raised a more important point. He told her that “true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit, and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”

After Jesus had completed his mission on earth, the apostle Paul gives us further insight to this   topic in Romans 12. He tells us that following Jesus, by offering ourselves as “living sacrifices” is our “true and proper worship.”

As fellow worshipers of God, following the example of Jesus, let us focus this week how each of us can understand what it means to worship in the Spirit, and in truth. Let us learn together how we can be “the kind of worshipers that the Father seeks.” If we do, Paul promises us that “we will be able to test and approve of what God’s will is,” understanding better each day how we can please God.                                                                                        The Elders,

Chip, Ed, and Richard

Senior Sunday

Central’s Senior Sunday will be April 14th. We want to honor ALL those graduating from high school and college this year. Graduates, please fill out your form and turn it back into the office or email everything to pat(-at-)centralfamily.org along with a picture of yourself by Wednesday, April 3rd!!! If you know of anyone at Central who is graduating in 2019, please let the office know. Those we know are:             High School:  Daniel Brown, Katelyn Hawthorne, Kylie Henderson, Yocus Jones, Jr., Rose Kuhn,

                              Michael Nance, James Palmer, Savannah Ricketts, and Tyrell Washington

College:          Matthew Ashburn, Garrett Bell, Jasmine Binford, James Brinkley, Rayne Jacoby Hollis, Jared McCall, and Aqueel Moss

P.S. Digital pictures are preferred but not necessary.

Nursery Attendants During Assembly

Attendants for the baby nursery during Sunday worship are needed for March, April, and May. If you could help, contact Cathy Farless or sign the sheet outside the nursery. Help is also needed for the Toddler nursery. A signing sheet is also outside Toddler classroom.

Teens – Spring Advance

April 5th – 7th is the date for our Teens’ Spring Advance (Retreat) at Camp To Know Him. All 7th – 12th Graders are invited. The cost is $75. Sign up via email at rodney(-at-)centralfamily.org or text him at 256-520-9196.

Weighted Blanket Ministry

The next Weighted Blanket Ministry common work session will be Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the church building. For details, contact Della Simmons (256-288-5572) or Terri Apgar (603-714-8642).

 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.

 

Ladies, Save the Date

Central Ladies’ Retreat will be August 30 and 31, 2019 at the Stone Bridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama. Ladies, please mark this on your calendar and make your plans NOW to attend. More details coming your way soon.

 

March Team Servants

Ushers—Yocus Jones’ Team

Counting—Alan Moore’s Team

FLC Set Up—James Ryans’ Team

 Activities

Mar

29

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

31

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

Apr

2

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

3

All Senior Forms and Pictures Due to Office (See article on Senior Sunday.)

 

5

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

5-7

Teens – Spring Retreat (See article.)

 

9

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

12-13

College – College Ministry Retreat

 

13

Weighted Blanket Ministry (9:00-12:30 pm See article.)

 

14

Senior Sunday (See article.)

 

18-21

11th & 12th Graders – Spring Sing

 

19

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

26

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

27

Teens – Lunch and Movie Day – Avengers: Endgame

 

28

Families of Teens Potluck Meal and Game Day (after assembly)

Men to Serve Sunday, March 31

Communion Thoughts: Ronald Graham

Serving: Jared Mosley, James Ryans, Jim Blue, Jonathan Goad, Justin Harrison, Andrew Baucum, Mike Baucum, D’Mitri Lewis

Prayer: Larry Rice

What’s planned in Our Journey 2019 For the Next Five Weeks

March 31 – Upward, Week 11

·        Classes – My worship, a living sacrifice (Key words: My life, my worship)

·        Journey Pointer: Godly Influence (Topic for this week)

·        Key words: Salt and Light >>> Memory verses: Matthew 5:13a, 14a

o   Guiding Scriptures: Matthew 5:13-15; Proverbs 27:17; Hebrews 10:23-25; Hebrews 13:7; 1 Peter 3:1-2; 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 4:16 (Abomination regarding bad influence, Matthew 18:6; 1 Corinthians 15:33)

·        Sermon time: Godly Influence through sharing with one another (Elders leading)

o   Selected people sharing about how the Upward series has caused introspection and growth in their relationship with God

April 7 – Upward, Week 12 – Conclude Journey Point Upward

·        Classes – Discuss/personalize/wrap-up Godly influence

·        Guyana Mission Report 

·        Sermon Time – Overseers and Shepherds Reflect (Elders)

April 14 – Senior Sunday

·        Classes – Makeup, review, reinforce and/or sharing take-aways, as they so choose

·         Journey Pointer: Our upcoming Journey 2019, Inward

·        Sermon time – Recognize our high school and college graduating seniors (Lead: Rodney Keaton)

April 21 – Community in communion and prayer

·        Classes – Makeup, review, reinforce and/or sharing take-aways, as they so choose

·        Journey Pointer: Our upcoming Journey 2019, Inward

·        Specially planned assembly focused primarily on communion and prayer

April 28 – Kickoff Inward, second stop in Our Journey 2019

Week 1 – My Belonging to one another 

Key word: Belonging >>> Memory verse: Romans 12:4-5

1)  Guest Speaker: Earl Lavender

2)  Combined adult classes (teens and up)

3)  Sunday evening Q&A (Time TBA; Likely, 5:30 PM)