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MAY 1, 2019

Prayer Requests

  Lorraine Baker: “God bless all my children. They need your prayers, Jesus.”

  Please continue to keep Amelia Biser in your prayers.

  Follin Clark: “Georgia Grochowalski would like us to pray for her granddaughter, Serenity. Serenity has hydrocephalus and has had 3 emergency surgeries on her shunt in the past week. She has been in critical condition, but is doing better now. Please pray this last surgery has fixed the problem and she will recover quickly.” (Later Sunday: “We got word Sunday evening that Serenity had to have a 4th emergency operation after the shunt failed yet again.”)

  Dittos: “Remember the Wood family as they continue to visit friends and family away from Central. Yay! Ed is home from a trip West.”

  Darryl Floyd, Dana Mercier, and Tom Reynolds requested prayers for Whitt Proctor, a former resident of His Way, who is in Huntsville Hospital, MICU.

  Melanie Gipson: “Pray for my niece, Cheyenne, who is expecting a baby and was hit in a car accident by a drunk driver.”

  Please pray for 11 years old, Preston Grasham (formerly went to Central with his parents, Brad Grasham and Tamara Grasham). He had a really bad concussion after a fall. He is having a lot of difficulties.

  Asher Keeton: “I had a soccer tournament this weekend and I want to thank everyone who supports me and ask for prayers that I can be a good person for Jesus all the time.”

  John Kuhn Family: “Thank you all for praying for Gwenyth’s case. After 631 days in foster care, Thursday Gwenyth became a Kuhn officially. We couldn’t be more thrilled. God is a good Father and we are thrilled He trusted us.”

  Dana Mericer: “Please pray all who are struggling. Also, my mom’s and sisters’ health.”

  Lance Moore: “I would like to request prayers for my wife, Jodi. I request prayers that God gives her guidance and peace of mind this week.”

  Joan Palmer: “Please pray for safe travel to and from Poland for the Greenleafs, who will share God’s words there.”

  Donna Roshell: “Continued prayers for my supervisor, LaTohia. Her mother, Nadja, is in a coma. Also, pray for me dealing with anxiety and stress.”

  Drue Wright: “Andrew Kruger sends his love to all of us and said to tell everyone he misses his Central family. Please pray for me that I will develop a good attitude and not worry.”

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


Our sympathy is extended to the following families:

  The Bjorkman Family and Garrett & Karin Bell in the passing of Gerry’s father/Karin’s grandfather,  Gerald William Oscar Bjorkman, Sr., Saturday, April 27th. No arrangements at this time. Notes of sympathy may be sent to Gerry’s mother, Patricia Bjorkman, 635 Mae Lane, Alpharetta, GA 30004.

  The Romine Family in the loss of Melia’s father, Bobby Payton, Saturday, April 27th. His funeral was Tuesday in New Hope, Alabama.

   The Teague Family in the death of Louis’ sister-in-law, Nona Mae Teague, Sunday, April 28th, in Decatur, Alabama.


All Ladies Are Invited

All ladies are invited to a

Bridal Shower

Holly Guthrie

Bride-elect of Sean Andino

Sunday, May 5th

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

at the home of Sandra James

107 Woods End Road, Huntsville, Alabama 35806

Holly is registered at Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond.

* We’re asking all ladies to bring a card with your

favorite recipe to share with Holly. Also, cards will be

provided for you to share words of wisdom.

From the Mission Committee – Special Contribution 2019 – THIS SUNDAY, MAY 5

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).

Help Needed

Due to Deb Hughes’ health problems (having to be on dialysis and having MS), the family needs help with the following:

1)   Meals – Check with Julia Wright 256-651-1284 – Deb has a certain diet to be on. Julia has recipes.

2)   House work – you might talk with Julia beforehand 256-651-1284.

3)   Yard work – Check with Joel beforehand 256- 698-0805

 Please continue to pray for the Hughes Family.

Servants 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.

Substitute Teachers:

The Preschool Classes need more people willing to sub on Wednesday nights. Please contact Suzie Nance if you are available. 

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!


HUGS, a ministry for our 3 years old through kindergarten will meet this Sunday, May 5th, during our morning assembly.

From the Elders

From our first stop, Upward, we were reminded of how important it is to love God with our entire being and how to develop a deep, personal relationship with him. The second, and equally important command, is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). The neighbor that the Bible refers to here is not just our next-door neighbor, our best friend,  social media  friend, or even a most dearly love family member, but it is every human being that we have an opportunity to meet and perhaps influence for God. However, more relevant to our series and this stop, is the  love that God calls us to have for each other as members of Christ’s body the church. In the book of John, Jesus demonstrated to his disciples what it meant to love each other as God commands. He removed a part of his garment, took a bowl of water, knelt down and began  to wash each of the 12 disciples’ feet (John13:1-15). One of his disciples, with Jesus’ full knowledge, would later betray him and another would deny ever having a relationship with Jesus. If we could imagine what each man in that room must have been thinking as he washed their feet, it must have been confusing, humbling, and even embarrassing, all at the same time. But God is always trying to get our attention, to let us know what’s important to him. In this case, he wanted them to know that people with humble, servant-like hearts toward their Christian brothers and sisters, are the type whom God calls on to lead his people. People who love and serve the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor, the loveable and hard to love, all for the glory and honor of God.

When we actively, agape love (decisively—no strings attached) the way God planned and demonstrated it, we will then be able to extend the borders of God’s kingdom, just as Jesus promised, when he  said, “By this all the people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). The world will know that the Central church is alive and well and many more will be attracted by what they see and experience from this body of believers.

As we are beginning week 1 of our Journey Inward, we are focusing on the following trait:

Christian Characteristic: Belonging to all the others 

Key Word: Belonging   

Memory Verse: Romans 12:4-5

May God continue to shower his blessings on us all as we discover and, in some cases, re-discover what it means to love our neighbor as we love ourselves in meaningful and practical ways.                                      

The Elders,

Chip, Ed, and Richard

 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 this 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.


Our congratulations to 10-year-old Addy Ray,  daughter of Graham and Rachel, who won 3rd place in her drawing of “Fancy Elephant.” It will be on display at the Marshall County North Hospital for one year.


There will be an informational meeting during class time for parents of Club Xtreme students in the Club Xtreme classroom Wednesday, May 8th, at 7:05 p.m. Rodney will be talking with all the parents and answering any questions you may have concerning the Teen Ministry (activities, curriculum, etc.). Please make your plans NOW to be at this important meeting.

 May Team Servants

Ushers—James Ryans’ Team

Counting—Matthew McCauley’s Team

FLC Set Up—Joel Moore’s Team

Nursery—Emilie Porter and Loran Porter (May 5)

Julie Meyer (May 12)

Emilie Porter and Loran Porter (May 19)

Sherri and Sija Headrick (May 26)




HUGS (during morning assembly)



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



High School Graduates and Their Parents Banquet (5:00-7:00 pm)



Club Xtreme Parents’ Meeting (7:05 pm)



Happy Times Program and Open House (7:00 pm)



HUGS (during morning assembly)



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



Teens – Summer Kick-Off



Handsfree Workcamp



Combined classes – Teens and Up (9:00 am)



Fellowship Meal (5:00 pm)



Q&A with Earl Lavender (6:00-7:30 pm)



Impact Junior



Impact Senior



HUGS (during morning assembly)



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

Men to Serve Sunday, May 5

Communion Thoughts: Loren Wisehart

Serving: Jay Campbell, Jared McCall, Aqueel Moss, Ben Clark, Tristan Henderson, Dana Mercier, Tony Callins, Jim Phillips

Prayer: Walter Franklin