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March 30, 2022

WELCOME

Darrell Brown and Jessica Rikard met with the elders and wish to work and fellowship with us at Central. Please welcome and encourage them.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Vincent “Butch” Battles (former member) had a stroke a couple of weeks ago and is now recuperating at his home with home health coming and doing rehab. Please keep him in your prayers. Cards may be sent to him at 220 Cloud Leap Trail, Huntsville, AL 35806

  Connie Binford: “Thank you for your prayers for my mom. The procedure was successful. Her numbers increased and she was discharged from the hospital Saturday afternoon.”

  Jim Blue: “Thought for the day: Life is a journey, not an event…life is not about what you can achieve; it’s about what you can become in Christ! Amen.”

  Shirley Boutté: “Please pray for my son-in-law, Kevin Brown, having surgery tomorrow (Monday, March 28) at Huntsville Hospital.” (Update: He is in ICU after his successful surgery.)

  Jay Campbell: “Prayers are requested for Carla Campbell’s mother, Bonnie Fueler. She is having a tooth pulled tomorrow (Monday, March 28) and the dentist is concerned that it will break her jaw due to her cancer treatment medication.” (Update: “Thanks for the prayersBonnie’s jaw did not break when the tooth was pulled.”)

  Lisa Cooper: “Praise the Lord that my Uncle Lowell is remarkably better. Continue prayers for my sister, Lorie. She seeks a diagnosis for the strange illness in her legs.”

  Charlie and Barbara Hopkins: “Please pray for Barbara’s knee replacement surgery on Thursday morning at Huntsville Hospital. Thanks.”

  Kevin Prempeh: “Please pray for the Prempeh family and the brothers at His Way plus staff.”

  Tom and Selwyn Reynolds: “Pray for healing and also peace for Regina as she waits to hear if she’ll be accepted in the clinical trial. Also pray for Layla, granddaughter of Selwyn’s friend who was born at 30 weeks. She’s in NICU doing well, but pray her growth continues.”

  Jonathan Smith: “Pray for the brotherhood to remain strong at His Way.”

  Mothers-In-Waiting: Rachael Sherrill (4/11), Jessica Ogle (4/20), Sarah Phillips (5/5), Mishaella Ryans (7/7) and Breanna Baucum (7/13).

  Our Shut-ins: Amelia Biser, Jamie Cole, Clyde Jones, Ted Moore, Mary Etta Neiland, and Sheril Townsley

  Our Missionaries: Denisovs & Rahimovs (Tomsk, Russia), Kishore Etwaroo Family (Port Kaituma, Guyana), Carlos & Linda Eguizabal (Juayua & Salcoatitan, El Salvador) & YOU (Huntsville Area)

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to:

·        Savannah Ricketts and her family in the death of her father, Damian Ricketts, Saturday, March 19th. Cards can be sent to Savannah at 1689 Charity Lane, Hazel Green, AL 35750.

·        Allen and Julia Wright in the passing of Julia’s nephew, Michael, in Dallas, Texas.

SUNDAY MORNING ASSEMBLY SERIES BEGINS

THE KINGDOM OF GOD

When religious words are used frequently, they can begin to lose their meaning by becoming too familiar. The word “Gospel” is no exception. In our upcoming 5-week series entitled The Kingdom of God, we’re going to unpack not just the basic meaning of the word “Gospel” but also its implications for Christians and non-Christians alike. Why is the Gospel considered good news? Why should I care? And even more so, why should I share it with others?

Join your Central Family as we explore this simple yet profound phrase and learn how it shapes every aspect of our lives.

  April 3 – The Blessings of Christ – Rondell Crittenden

  April 10 – The Community of Christ – Jim Norville and Gerry Binford

  April 17 – The Cross and Resurrection of Christ – Allen Wright

SENIOR SUNDAY

Central’s Senior Sunday will be April 24th. 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 digital picture (jpg or img) of yourself by Wednesday, April 13th!!! If you know of anyone at Central who is graduating in 2022, please let the office know. Those we know are:

High School:  Caleb Arnold, Nechiah Green, Carlos Keeton, Jordan Palmer, Christopher Wade, and Alison Wisehart.

College:          Brandon Crittenden, Cameron Crittenden, Brandon Smith, and Daniel Wisehart

EASTER GATHERING

The Timberland Trace LIFE Talk has celebrated Easter together for many years. This year we are celebrating here at the building and would like to invite anyone who would like to join us for an Easter Potluck. Please bring a dish to share and filled eggs if you would like for your kids to join in on an egg hunt. Our kids who are "too old" for the egg hunt usually play board games so if that is more your speed come join them. This has become a favorite annual event for us, and we would like to share it with the rest of our family.

April 17, 2022
12:00 – 5:00 pm

If you have any questions please contact: Suzie Nance, Brenda Wade or Carrie Wisehart.

PARKING

In recent weeks, our attendance at all our assemblies has been on the increase. This past Sunday our attendance was back to almost pre-Covid levels. This is a very encouraging sign that the Central family desires to be with one another. With the increased numbers an old familiar problem comes up and that is the parking situation. We would offer the following suggestions to help alleviate the problem. 1) Be considerate of our senior and handicapped members. Handicapped parking is available on the East side the Gym (glass doors) and there are several slots for seniors by the Kitchen door. 2) Park in the perimeter spaces where possible. 3) Use the new parking garage. You can use the Lincoln Street or Greene Street entrance and walk down the alley to the Gym. Garage parking is free on Sunday. Thank you for your support and help.

THE ETWAROOS ARE COMING THIS SUMMER!

Cheryl and Kishore Etwaroo, our missionaries in Guyana, South America, plan to arrive the evening of June 13th and depart on July 5th. They fly into Birmingham and will be sleeping at the Ditto’s house. When they leave Huntsville, they will be driven to the Felton’s house in Greenville, NC. From Greenville, they plan to visit family in New York, then fly back to Guyana. A “Sign-Up” calendar has been posted in the fellowship area. For more information, contact Ed Ditto.

PICTURE DAYS FOR DIRECTORY BOARD

It's time to update your family picture for our directory! New pictures will be taken on Sunday, April 24th, and Sunday, May 1st. Please make your way down to room next to the library/across from the nursery either between class and assembly or after assembly to take your family photo.

THANK YOU, CENTRAL, FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

An additional $2,575.69 has been sent to our Ukraine Refugees Effort in Poland. The total sent now is $22,725.69. See article below.

UPDATE FROM MOLLY DAWIDOW, UKRANIAN RELIEF EFFORT IN SOPOT, POLAND

Thanks to all of you who have encouraged us with your kind words, who have offered prayers on behalf of these hurting displaced people, who have contributed through the church in Arkansas to supply their needs and who in so many other ways have shown your love and concern.

You might like to know that since February 25th, the church in Sopot has hosted 95 evacuees from Ukraine. They have slept a total of 659 nights. Thirty-one individuals (17 family units) have received assistance and moved into semi-permanent or permanent housing in the Tri-City (meaning Sopot, Gdansk or Gdynia, Poland). Forty-one have moved on to other cities or countries including Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Croatia, Cyprus and Turkey. Figuring that we served three meals a day to people sleeping here, that would be 1,977 meals, but our meal count is actually much higher because staff, church members, guests and volunteers often enjoy a meal and fellowship at the table and many of those who live in other quarters in Sopot come here for at least one meal a day. I suspect the real meal count is closer to 2500. (I hope to finish a more accurate count this next week.) I think this is quite a record considering that a month ago no one had even dreamed of making sleeping places out of our church classrooms or turning our little church kitchen into a dining room for over 50 people every day.

We have only been able to do this because of the generosity and gifts of our Sopot community, neighbors, church members and the overwhelming outpouring of support from our brothers and sisters in America, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The daily thanks that I receive from all of these dear people is really yours. The book of James tells us that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” Many of the women here are indeed widows, having no one but the church to care for them. But in a sense, having been forced to leave their husbands and fathers behind; the women are all widows, and the children are half orphans. For God’s sake, we must minister to them in their distress, for if there ever were people in distress, these are.

SUNDAY ADULT CLASS OPTIONS – SPRING 2022

March 6 through May 22

1.      The Story of Redemption (Family Life Center; Coordinator: Loren Wisehart)

This series presents the biblical account of the human problem, salvation, and a new life in Jesus Christ. Beginning with creation, the class follows the “big picture” storyline of the Bible as it finds meaning and completion in Jesus. Each

week, participants are invited to arrive early for fellowship. Upon entering the gymnasium, participants will be assisted in finding a small group. After a call to order and welcome, all groups will watch a 5-10-minute video. Once the video is done, groups will read a Bible passage related to the video, discuss questions, and pray for one another. Groups will wrap up before 10 am in order to move chairs into place for the large assembly which begins at 10:15 am.

2.      Women’s Ministry (Library; Coordinators: Sue Underwood and Kim Story)

This class provides Bible-based content in a LIFE Talk setting and is set up to minister to women who are the head of their household and women whose husbands are not Christians. Women of all ages and situations are welcome who wish to participate in this ministry. The class is generally organized to alternate between Old Testament and New Testament books, topics, and ideas. However, prayer and sharing are also integral parts of the class. As participants begin to apply the teaching to their own lives, they are invited to openly share burdens with one another. This is so that others who have walked that path previously can share their own experience and wisdom in how to face that situation faithfully. While two ladies provide the principal oversight for the class, a number of ladies from within the class will be encouraged to lead individual sessions, usually a week or two at a time.

WEDNESDAY ADULT CLASS OPTIONS – SPRING 2022

March 9 through May 25

1.      The Power to Change the World: A Study of the Book of Acts (Library; Coordinator: Melinda Goad; Women only)

The Christian church began in a provincial backwater and was led by people with no power, wealth, or status. Because the same Jesus and Spirit reside in us, we too can influence a decaying society without relying on laws, endowments, or viral movements.

Ladies, join us Wednesdays this Spring at 7 pm, in person or via Zoom, as we study the acts of Jesus and the Spirit as they guide ordinary people in establishing a Godly community. You can join us in person in the library, or you can participate via Zoom by clicking the link in each week's bulletin.

During the week, each of us will use the Bible study method we find most suitable and on Wednesdays we will share what we learned from the assigned reading. We look forward to hearing your thoughts. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86546256824?pwd=ZndPSUdCUm02ZVJ1THdZVG5KWEk2QT09

2.      Growing in Personal Bible Study (Family Life Center; Teacher: Gregg Rigney)

Many Christians feel the need for more intentional personal Bible study, but do not know how to begin. This quarter we will explore ways to read Scripture more carefully, better interpret the text, and make robust applications to our personal circumstances. Wherever you are in your Christian walk, we welcome you to join us as we work together to improve our understanding of and faithfulness to God’s story. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86363371603?pwd=cjM1bmFxZ0kyTU5SR1VQUlN2QlpOZz09

3.      Generational Discipleship (Room 200; Leader: Daniel Alavi)

The Church in the West is facing a steep decline, yet the Body of Christ worldwide is thriving like never before. The center of Christianity is slowly moving towards the Global South, into areas and people groups where the church has virtually no major denominational leanings, no governmental recognition or legitimacy, no bank accounts, no 501c3s, no Bible Schools or seminaries, and no assets, properties, or buildings. In spite of this, hundreds of churches are being planted, thousands of disciples are being made, and millions are being baptized into the name of Jesus!

ACTIVITIES

Apr

1

College – FNL (6:30 pm)

 

1-3

Teens’ Spring Retreat

 

5

Ladies’ Class – Arrival and Fellowship 10:00 am; Bible Study 10:15 am

 

8-10

College’s Spring Retreat

 

12

Ladies’ Class – Arrival and Fellowship 10:00 am; Bible Study 10:15 am

 

14-17

11th-12th graders – Spring Sing

 

19

Ladies’ Class – Arrival and Fellowship 10:00 am; Bible Study 10:15 am

 

24

Senior Sunday (during morning assembly)

 

 

Picture Day

 

26

Ladies’ Class – Arrival and Fellowship 10:00 am; Bible Study 10:15 am

May

1

Picture Day

 

15

Baby Shower Honoring Adam and Breanna Baucum (2:00-3:30 pm)

 

22

Make Day for Picture Taking

MEN TO SERVE – APRIL

Chair Set-Up – Garrett Bell’s Team

Counting – Yocus Jones’ Team

Ushering – Ryan Bell’s Team