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APRIL 17, 2019

Prayer Requests

Jim Blue: “Dear Lord, help me develop an ongoing loving relationship with You, that will defeat sin in its every form.”

Dittos: “Yah! All the Wood family is with us!” (Update: The Wood Family will be left today to travel around to visit family and supporters. Please pray for their safe trips.)

Joel Hughes requests our prayers for his wife, Deb, and their family. Deb has kidney failure and has started on dialysis. If you plan to visit her, please call or text beforehand to make sure she is able to receive visits.

Clay Kuhn: “I’m glad that Gwenyth is going to be a Kuhn!!”

Mike and Dawn Long: “Mike will be losing his job at the end of the school year due to downsizing. Need prayers so God will help him find the job where he is needed most.”

Celia Moore came forward after the lesson Sunday morning asking for prayers from the congregation for her family, especially for her to be an encouragement to her son, Kyle, and his family.

Joan Palmer: “Ask God for healing. A sister in Christ, Joyce Pettus, who is undergoing chemo again for ovarian cancer. Thanks.”

Ella Roe: “Pray that I have a good time on my field trip to Salls Mill.”

Minnie Teague: “We are asking prayers for The Teague Family on behalf of our daughter, Purann. Thanks.”

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

Thank You

Thank you so much for the gift basket!! It was a big hit with the kids…and parents J. Thank you for thinking of us. We feel very loved by our Central church family!           John and Jordan Gibbs

Thank you, Central Church Family for always being there for the Binford Family. The warmth and love you have always shown our family are overwhelming. We are very grateful and want you all to know it is very appreciated.     

We thank God for you all.

Glenda Binford Dial & the Entire Binford Family 

  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).

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.

Congratulations

Our congratulations to Louis and Minnie Teague, who will be celebrated their 61st anniversary Monday, April 22nd. Thank you for your example to all of us.

From the Elders

This week we conclude our first segment of the Journey series, where we focused on developing an Upward, personal relationship with God.  Last Sunday, the elders reflected in our message to the congregation key aspects of the Upward Journey, particularly the traits of:

Gratitude for how God is blessing us

Reflecting on what God means to us, and how we can share that treasure with others

Relating to God as our Father

We hope that each of you are encouraged to look at your own spiritual development, and resolve to draw closer to God each day. We should also look for ways we can draw closer to our fellow Christians, and encourage them in their spiritual development as well.

One of the guiding scriptures for this week is Romans 12:1-2. In this short couple of verses, Paul encourages us to keep in mind how we should devote ourselves to continuous sacrifice for Christ’s Kingdom. He illustrates how each of us should picture ourselves as sacrifices to God, in a similar way as the Children of Israel looked at the sacrifices they made at the temple. The Jews were supposed to take the best of their possessions, such as an unblemished, firstborn animal and sacrifice it to God as “an aroma pleasing to the Lord” (Leviticus 1:9). In this way, we should look at our daily lives as giving the best of our earthly possessions to the Lord. Paul promises us if we keep ourselves holy, and put our trust in God each day, enough to sacrifice our earthly treasures, God will daily reveal his will for our lives. This will help show each of us how we can be “perfect” (Romans 12:2), that is, fit for our purpose in His Kingdom. He set the example for this, by sending His son to the earth as the sacrifice for all.

This Sunday we are honoring our graduates from high school and college in our assembly. It is important that we recognize the hard work, commitment, and sacrifice each of these graduates have shown to reach this milestone. We should also remember the support of the families, friends, teachers, and fellow Christians that have encouraged them along the way. 

Graduation is a milestone in our lives that can be viewed as the conclusion of one part of life’s journey, and also a beginning of the next part of that journey. 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

The elders of this congregation pray for God’s continued blessings for the graduates, for their families, friends, and fellow Christians.            

The elders

Chip, Ed, and Richard

Happy Times Program and Open House

Everyone is invited to attend the Happy Times Program and Open House on Thursday, May 9th, at 7:00 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate the end of another school year!

El Salvador Self-Funded Mission Trip

There will be an El Salvador interest meeting Sunday, May 5th, after morning assembly in the Teen Room. The self-funded mission trip will be July 20 – 27. This will be a small group doing evangelism training, encouragement, and visitation. If you have any questions, please contact Rodney Keeton.

Teens’ Impact Registration

Beginning Sunday, April 28th, registration will begin for those teens and chaperones attending Impact this summer. $20 will hold your spot. The total cost will be $175 for Junior Impact (June 14 – 17) and $235 for Senior Impact (June 17 – 22). The last day to sign up will be May 19.

April Team Servants

Ushers—Alex Coleman’s Team

Counting—Larry Rice’s Team

FLC Set Up—Tony Callins’ Team

Nursery—Kim Story

Activities

Apr.

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

Guest Speaker – Earl Lavender (combined classes – teens and up)

 

 

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

 

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

 

 

Meal and Q&A with Earl Lavender (5:00 pm)

May

5

Wedding Shower Honoring Holly Guthrie (2:00-3:30 pm)

 

 

High School Graduates and Their Parents Banquet

Men to Serve Sunday, April 21

Communion Thoughts: Chip Jones

Serving: Joseph Nance, Michael Nance, Roosevelt Augustus, Alex Coleman, Lee Strickland, Walter Franklin, Ryan Bell, Al Jones

Prayer: Darryl Floyd