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APRIL 10, 2019

Rejoice

  We want to share the good news!  Santos Garcia y Garcia was baptized Sunday, April 7th. What a day of rejoicing!

Prayer Requests

  Carla Arnold: “Please pray for my former co-worker, Kathleen Smith, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer with liver metastasis. Please pray that she will come to know Christ and for healing.”

  Anne Claire Bell: “Please pray that my sister feels better.”

  Karin Bell: “Safe travels to our friends from California, Dean and Jeannine Rucker. We also pray for their son and daughter-in-law’s long-term mission in Haiti and the work of the Lord there.”

  Dot Bowen: “Praise and thanks to God! RJ is back in the states and should be home within a couple of weeks. Please pray for Mysteree as she is under the weather today (Sunday, April 7th). Pray for complete healing.”

  Ed Ditto: “Pray for Adam, Amber, Lillie and Kate as they travel home this week. They will be with the Dittos a few days starting Friday (April 12th). Come for a visit if you like (call first).”

  Allan Evans: “Asking for prayers for my co-worker’s mother who just had surgery. Praying that she gets well soon. Also, prayers for Jordan Gibbs with a safe delivery.” (Update: Please see article of “Congratulations” concerning The Gibbs.)

  Becky Gibbs: “Please keep our newest little one in your prayers. Evelyn was born on Monday, April 7th and is NICU with some respiratory issues.”

  Nikki Holley: “Prayers that my daughter (Chellé) and family have a smooth transition back to North Alabama. Also, prayers for my brother, Glenroy, and his job difficulties and stressors.

  John Kuhn Family: “Please continue to pray for Tonda’s mom as she deals with serious health concerns. Also, please pray for God’s will to be done in Gwenyth’s case.”

  Joan Palmer: “Ask our father for healing of a family friend and brother in Christ, Jarrell Sultemeier, who recently was diagnosed with a brain cancer.”

  Dean and Jeannine Rucker: “Prayers for safe travels as we return to California from Haiti.”

  Delois Smith: “Please pray for a colleague who asked us to pray for her. She is having a very difficult time at her job and in contemplating leaving. Pray for wisdom that she will know what to do. She thanks us.”

  Alexander Spencer Family: “Naomi, Alexander, Maya, and Gabriella, needing guidance, deliverance to be a family founded on God. We are a family seeking commitment and stability.”

   Lee Strickland: “My friend, Carolyn Atnip’s son-in-law fell Saturday and broke his ankle in 3 different places. Surgery was this morning. Pray for quick healing for he is the sole support of a family or 6.” (Update: “Surgery went well. He was released from the hospital on Monday. Please continue to keep him and his family in prayer.”)

  David Walls: “I thank God for a new apartment because old apartment floors are sinking on foundation.”

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

 

Congratulations

Our congratulations to John and Jordan Gibbs, who are the proud parents of a baby girl. Evelyn Sybil was Monday, April 8th, weighing 7 pounds and 15 ounces. Claire and Lydia are excited about their little sis!

From the Elders

As we conclude the first stop of our Journey series, where we focused on the characteristic of having an “Upward – Personal Relationship with God,” our hope and desire is that everyone has been renewed, refreshed and reminded of who God is and the access to blessings we have as his children.  By delving into his word and looking at specific scriptures that address topics such as: a) God’s love and justice, b) having an attitude of humility and gratitude, c) the work of the Holy Spirit, d) God’s role as Lord and Savior in our lives, e) developing intimacy with God, f) striving for purity, g) learning how to worship him in spirit and truth, and h) being salt, light, and a Godly Influence to everyone we meet. We are reminded that drawing near to God is a never-ending process that will take a lifetime, but our aim is to continue developing these characteristics, because we know that as we do, others will take notice of how God is working in and through us for his name’s glory.

In the book of Acts, Luke highlights an encounter where Peter’s and John’s faith in Christ is challenged, and how those who challenged them were shocked by their courage. The challengers commented, saying, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” Acts 4: 13.  As we continue to develop our personal relationship with him, others will see him living in us and hopefully will say the same of us that was said about these Christians. 

As we begin week 12 of the Journey Upward, we will be focusing on the following trait:

Christian Characteristic: The Overseers and Shepherds Reflect

Key Word: Reflections  

Memory Verse: Matthew 5:3 

Guiding Scriptures: Matthew 5-3-12, Matthew 7-24-27, Romans 12:1-2

As we study the scriptures for this upcoming week, one particular scripture, Matthew 7:24-27, is the story of a wise and a foolish builder. The foolish builder did not take the time to learn about the building codes necessary for pouring the proper foundation, so he built his house on a weak foundation.  But the wise builder learned and applied all of the building codes when he poured his foundation, and built his house on a firm foundation. When bad weather came, one house was destroyed while the other house remained standing, grounded on that firm foundation. As Christian’s we should be like the wise builder, taking time daily, to study, and learn how to apply the building codes (spiritual principles) that we find in God’s word for our lives. When we do, we can live confidently, knowing that we are standing on the “real” and firm foundation created by God and Christ.  

May God continue to shower his blessings on us all as we continue the Journey to our next destination.                                      

The Elders,

Chip, Ed, and Richard

 From the Mission Committee – Special Contribution 2019

On Sunday May 5th, we will have a special collection for the Guyana work, including the trip this summer. We estimated a need for $20,000 which includes team member costs, purchasing and shipping of VBS supplies, etc. Each team member is being asked to fund half of their cost.

Any funds remaining from the collection will be used for Guyana and other mission efforts.

Donations can also be made through the online giving (mention the donation is for the special contribution).

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. 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, and Savannah Ricketts.

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.

Meeting on Guyana Summer Trip

Immediately after assembly on April 14th in Small Fellowship Hall. I wanted to let everyone know about Kishore's request for this trip. This includes more of "who and what". More details to follow at the meeting. For more information, contact David Nance.

Needed: Toddler Attendants During Assembly

Attendants for the toddlers is needed during our Sunday morning assemblies. If you could help, contact Cathy Farless or sign the sheet outside the toddler room.

Weighted Blanket Ministry

The next Weighted Blanket Ministry common work session will be THIS 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).

Ladies, Save the Date

Central Ladies’ Retreat will be September 6 and 7, 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.

Some Housekeeping Guidelines:

1.   If you use anything in the kitchen - pots, pans, plates, bowls, silverware, etc., PLEASE wash them, dry them, and PUT THEM AWAY! Also, clean all stove stops, microwave, oven, and countertops. In order words....be considerate of the people who will use the kitchen after you.

2.   This also applies to the refrigerator. After your event, you MUST TAKE YOUR ITEMS OUT. There are people who may need the space in the refrigerator after your activity.

3.   Make sure you put all of the tables and chairs up correctly after your event and sweep/mop the floors.

4.   Make sure you take out the trash and put in the dumpster.

Congratulations

Our congratulations to William and Janice Greenleaf, who will be celebrated their 52nd anniversary Monday, April 8th. Thank you for your example to all of us.

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.

Denisovs' Family Update

Hello, dear friends and family!

It seems that the year has just started but we are in April already. Time flies! We are enjoying the first warm days of spring, although it “technically” started in March. The past three months have been filled with different events in church, though it’s true for any part of the year: the church is live and growing. We are very happy about this. We’ve had two baptisms this year. We mentioned the first one in our last letter and you all probably know about Arina’s baptism.

I continue studying the Bible with people and counselling. At the moment I’m studying with four non-Christians, and I hope we’re going to have a new person join God’s family soon. I also study with a few Christians on the regular basis and meet with many Christians.

I also teach three Bible study groups. One of them is with the Christians from Krasnoyarsk via video conference. In general, strange as it may sound, I noticed that more Christian people are interested in studying the Bible, although the modern trend is to do the daily ‘reading’ through the posts of the Bible verses in social networks. I was really glad to hear when one group asked me to do the lessons on minor prophets.

I have to do a lot of administrative work in church, especially now when we have a new office. It takes a big part of my time.

As a church council, we spend a lot of time thinking about vision for the church, how church should live and develop in modern world, which ministries we need to develop and how they need to be connected with each other. For example, we have 70 kids, around 30 teenagers and 17 students. The purpose of each ministry is to help them to grow in faith and to learn how to serve God and to serve others. Our purpose is to help them move from kids to teens, then to college group and so on, helping them to keep their focus on God and serving others.  As a result, we want to grow many young ministers, who will probably take our place in the future.

At the end of February we were hosting a forum called proVision. It was organized for children, teenage and college ministers. Everybody was really encouraged by this event. The things that were discussed there inspired some of the ministers to restart our college ministry. Right now college ministry has a new team, they are very enthusiastic about what they are doing.

The first two months of the year seems to have been a time for welcoming our relatives. First my sister and Natasha’s brother came to visit us for the New Year’s holidays and then my dad came to visit us at the end of February (it had been 5 years since our boys saw him). A special time was when my dad and our family went to a neighboring city to take Sasha to a hockey tournament.

A lot of Natasha’s time, as usual, is spent on taking care of the kids and taking them to different places every day. She continues to be a part of praise ministry for kids and a part of the team preparing women’s retreat. The next retreat is coming in about two weeks. A couple of months ago she started studying the Bible with a young woman who has recently come to church. Her name is Olga and she is a very open person who is seeking God. Some weeks ago she had to move to St. Petersburg to stay there for quite a long time. Olga’s already been to church there for two Sundays. She’s going to continue studying the Bible with Igor Egirev. I’d like to ask you to pray for her to continue walking in the right direction.

We are very thankful for you love and support!  With love in Christ,

Vasya, Natasha, Sasha, Andrei and Misha Denisov

Directory Update

  Mona Parks’ new address is 2109 Byrd Spring Road, Huntsville, Alabama 35802.

April Team Servants

Ushers—Alex Coleman’s Team

Counting—Larry Rice’s Team

FLC Set Up—Tony Callins’ Team

Nursery—Kim Story

 Activities

Apr.

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

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

 

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

Men to Serve Sunday, April 14

Communion Thoughts: Jared McCall

Serving: Joseph Nance, Michael Nance, Roosevelt Augustus,

Alex Coleman, Lee Strickland, Walter Franklin, Ryan Bell, Al Jones

Prayer: Alan Moore