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CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST WEDNESDAY NIGHT GATHERINGS

MAY 3, 2020

REJOICE

We rejoice with the angels over the birth of a new brother. Taylor Harbin, a resident of His Way, was baptized Sunday, April 26th. Please welcome and encourage him.

WELCOME

We welcome Gala Crawford, who met with some of the elders Saturday, April 25th, and wishes to work and fellowship with us at Central. Gala just finished her senior year at UAH with a Mechanical Engineering Degree.

We also welcome Bryce Kuykendall, a friend of the Guthries. Bryce meet with some of the elders Wednesday, April 29th, and wishes to place membership with us.

Please welcome and encourage Gala and Bryce.

UPDATE ON SICK

  Gail Jones is in Crestwood Hospital, Room 436.

  Jared Mosley’s aunt, Jone Opsteegh, is in Huntsville Hospital, MICU, Bed 16.

  Bill Townsley is recuperating at home after having hip surgery Monday, April 27th. Please pray for a speedy recovery.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Terri Apgar:Please continue to be in prayer for my mom's facility in New Hampshire (Bedford Falls), the staff, the medical personnel, and the residents. They have nearly completed testing everyone. The current totals are now 7 residents and 5 staff members testing positive. They are isolated at this time. My mum is in the memory care unit. I think all the cases are upstairs in the traditional care senior living section.”

  Tony Callins: "We got a call from a staff member at the nursing home James Hall is in. He has bronchitis, which they are treating with breathing treatments and medicine and cellulitis in his leg, which is being treated with antibiotics.” 

  Please pray for Dorothy Guthrie’s newborn niece, Bethany. She will be having kidney surgery Wednesday, May 8th, at UAB.

  Jo Whitten: "My brother and his wife, Mark and Cheryl Sanford, attended Central a few years ago. Please pray for Cheryl, she had back/neck surgery in Birmingham April 22nd. They rebuilt 4 vertebrates in her neck. She is doing well at home. Please send cards to Cheryl Sanford, 821 Hughes Rd., Madison, AL 35758. Thank you."

  Louise Williams: “Praise God, Brenda (cousin) was moved to a rehab center on Thursday (April 30th)!!”

  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Lorraine Baker, Amelia Biser, Jamie Cole, James Hall, Martha Jones, Sally Mans, Jim Phillips, Johnny Powell, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

  Mothers-In-Waiting: Amanda Coleman (6/12), Rachael Sherrill (6/13), Stephanie Clark (7/10), Angie Harrison (7/23), and Mishaella Ryans (10/1)

  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 to Kyla Jo Hale and her daughters in the passing of Kyla Jo’s grandfather, Gerald Hale. His funeral was Thursday, April 30th, in Mississippi.

JOIN WITH US IN PRAYER

Thursday, May 7th, has been designated as a National Day of Prayer. We invite you to pause and join with us at 12:00 noon on May 7th for 10 to 15 minutes of prayer. Though we are not gathered in the same location, let us pray in unison for our country and for our faithfulness to Christ and the Scriptures as a church.

This is a good  time for us to respond to what the Holy  Spirit calls us to do in 1 Timothy 2:1-7:

"1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men----the testimony given in its proper time."

Let us be thankful that we do not come to this time of prayer with feelings of anxiety (modern word for "worry"). Our trust is in the Lord our God and His Son. We hear a different "drummer." We are called by the Spirit through the scriptures to:

"Rejoice in the Lord always....The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:4, 6-7) "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…..But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:25a, 33-34)

In Christian love,

Richard Brown, on behalf of the elders,

            Chip               David               Ed               Jamie               Richard               Robert               Rondell

BABY GIRL SHOWER

There will be a Baby Girl shower celebration in honor of Amanda and Alex Coleman on Sunday, May 17th. Amanda is registered on Amazon and at Target. The provided links will get you to their online registry. More details to come about the specifics of this event! 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/amanda-coleman-alex-coleman-june-2020-huntsville/1OSUXUL621ACS

Target

http://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=f6dd56bba5cb4eaab2199565719153e7

GREAT JOB, ELEMENTARY!

The Elementary Children have given $360.00 to our Missionaries in El Salvador to purchase food boxes for the children and their families in El Salvador. This money was raised by the Elementary by their bringing pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars each Sunday for the last three Bible Class Quarters to support our Missionaries work with Children. The Elementary Children are to be commended for their giving hearts.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT GATHERINGS

1. BETTER - Hebrews Study (Ladies Only)

Melinda Goad and Heidi Haviland are continuing their class on the book of Hebrews using the Zoom application. This is an interactive forum that takes place on Wednesday nights at 7:00-8:00pm. This discussion-based class requires participants to do some weekly reading prior to class to get the most out of the study. Contact Heidi for additional details. Video participation requires a smartphone or a computer with a microphone, and videocam if you want to share your video. For those interested in being added to the electronic coordination list, please email Heidi Haviland (heidi.fuqua(-at-)gmail.com).

2. Central Connections

This forum enables multiple small groups to connect each week for spiritual conversations and to get to know one another better. Depending on the group, the gathering may include devotional thoughts, sharing, and prayer. In particular, one group plans to focus on important lessons from church history. Another will take important insights from Philippians when the author himself was “quarantined”! Still other groups will adapt their format to the specific needs and desires of the group. These interactive forums will use the Zoom application. Participation requires a smartphone or a computer with videocam and microphone. Meetings nominally takes place on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm, but once groups are established, participants may set their own date and time. Each session will last 30 to 40 minutes. For those interested in being added to a Central Connections group, please contact Loren Wisehart (lwisehart(-at-)knology.net; 256-721-3359). He will help you get connected with a small group and help you with instructions on how to dial in.

3. Prayer

Barrion Palmer plans to host a time for group prayer via video OR telephone. Video participation requires a smartphone or a computer with videocam and microphone. Anyone is welcome to participate beginning Wednesday at 7:00pm. To join, go to https://www.gotomeet.me/Barrion/central-prayer-group OR dial 1-646-749-3122 with passcode 668809877#.

4. Unschooled and Ordinary

David Nance and Loren Wisehart are continuing their class that looks at ordinary people and their encounters with Jesus. This is an interactive forum that takes place on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm. Participation requires a smartphone or a computer with videocam and microphone. To participate effectively TONIGHT, you will need in advance to have watched Episode 5 from “The Chosen,” a video series that is free online through April 30. To sign up for free, go to https://www.vidangel.com/. Or to download “The Chosen” app, go to https://studios.vidangel.com/the-chosen. To join the discussion, go to https://zoom.us/j/784365247?pwd=WkVPOFRvTDFKUzE2UHZPZ3ZwRDFlQT09 and enter the Meeting ID (784 365 247) and Password (014454).

SUNDAY MORNING CLASS WITH ROBERT WADE

Join Robert Wade this Sunday, May 3rd, at 9:00 a.m. as he continues The Parables class. Please note that in conjunction there is a short lesson for our children by Tim and Jimi Johnson – so children, get your Bibles ready. Robert is putting a coloring page on the back of the lesson (which will be emailed to everyone before Sunday) for our children of all ages. Please email to pat(-at-)centralfamily.org or place on our Central Private Facebook group your colored page. Thank you.

THANKFUL

THE BUILDING PASSED INSPECTION!!!!!!! We thank God for all the hard work that many have done and are continuing to do on the building. It is not ready for occupancy yet as a few items still need to be done and we are still on lockdown, but excited about getting our certificate! Thank you all for your prayers.

SHORT NOTE FROM FRITZ NELSON

Dear Central Family,

We are doing well. My youngest daughter is checking on us, bringing groceries, and other needed items. Hope all is well with my church family.                  Your brother in Christ,

Fritz

INDIVIDUAL COMMUNION SUPPLIES

Individual prefilled communion cups are available at the church office. You may pick up as many as you need. (Please call – 256-534-0382 or 256-508-9404 before coming to make sure we are here.) When we leave the church office on Friday, we will leave some on the wicker chair on the church office porch. If you are unable to pick them up and would like some, please call (256-534-0382 or 256-508-9404) and we will have some brought to you.

FRONT-LINE PEOPLE

Please pray for those on the Front-Line (Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics,

Ambulance Drivers, Nursing Home, Pharmacists, Fire Department,

Police Department, Military, etc.) with this virus.

Some of these may be on furlough at the present moment, but may be called in.

Nina Bennett (New York City, NY) – Friend of Rachel Clark

Dot Bowen

RJ Bowen (Japan) – Son of Richard and Dot Bowen

Clint Brown – Grandson of Shirley Boutte

Babs Bruce’s daughter-in-law – Babs is a friend of Mary Callins

Baylee and Kasey – Neighbors of Joan Hacker

Victoria Campbell

Tina Cassmeyer (Georgetown, KY) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Rachel Clark – Works with Chloe Raum and visits Central

Corey Cook – Son of Russ and Vickie Cook

Brett Cravens – Former member

Captain Jon Cummings – Son-in-law of William and Janice Greenleaf

Willa Cummings – Daughter of William and Janice Greenleaf

Leah Doran Davis – Daughter of Vince and Karen Doran

Nandish Dayal (Portland, OR) – Son-in-law of Allen and Julia Wright

Shane Doran – Son of Vince and Karen Doran

Vince Doran

Chiana Walker Evans

Dr James Gilbert – Colleague of Delois Smith

Holly Smith Gipson – Daughter of David and Doris Smith

Catherine Guthrie – Daughter of Mike and Dorothy Guthrie

Kyla Hale

Angie Harrison

Leesa Hartz – Aunt of Stephanie Lewis

Ashely Hazelman (Rochester, MN)  – Submitted by Drue Wright
Miah Hazelman (Denver, CO) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Stephanie Hill (Batesville, AR) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Reece Howell

Sarah Jarvis (Little Rock, AR) – Submitted by Drue Wright

LeKeith Kneeland (Memphis, TN) – Nephew of Dot Bowen, Mary Callins, and Bennie Thompson

Toni Kulpinsky – Daughter of Herb and Sue Underwood 

Lindsay Harbin Lamb – Former Member

Kristi LeBlanc (Metairie, LA) – Niece of Carrie Wisehart

David Lewis – Son of Tim Lewis

Steve Lowery

Tres Lowrance (Oklahoma City, OK) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Katie Marks – Works with Catherine Guthrie and visits Central

Matthew McCauley

Ana McReynolds (New Orleans, LA) – Allison Goad’s sister

Kelly Moreno

Martha Newman – Family friend of The Canterburys

Sarah Newman (Birmingham, AL) – Daughter of Brenda Newman

Sarah Goad Phillips – Daughter of Ed and Melinda Goad

Tracy Phillips

Ibukun Pickens

Hunter Platt (Batesville, AR) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Emilie Porter

Lora Porter

Chloe Raum

Hayden Richardson (Jacksonville, AL) – Former member

Van Riggins (Atlanta, GA) – Friend of Trevvor Clark

Doris Smith

Meghan Smith (Oregon) – Daughter of Ed and Delois Smith

BJ Thompson (Police) – Son of Bennie and Dorothea Thompson

Chelle Culver Thompson – Daughter of Nikki Holley

Dorothea Thompson

DréAndrea Thompson (VA in Birmingham) – Niece of Dot Bowen, Mary Callins, and Bennie Thompson

Victoria Underwood Clay (Kentucky) Granddaughter of Herb and Sue Underwood

Sarah Villegas (Gabon, West Africa) Friend of Heidi Haviland

Brandi Whitten, Daughter-in-law of Jo Whitten

Dr. William Woodall – Former member

Conilia Yobo – Niece of Dot Bowen, Mary Callins, and Bennie Thompson

CONTRIBUTION

Sunday, April 19, Contribution – $11,676         Budget – $20,699                                Short – $9,023

YTD Contribution – $298,246                              YTD Budget – $331,184                      Short – $32,938