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MAY 8, 2019

Prayer Requests

  Lorraine Baker: “God bless all my children.”

  Baucums: “Please pray for my cousin, Harold Fowler who suffered a heart attack last night. He is in Huntsville Hospital and is not expected to recover. Pray for comfort, strength and wisdom for his family.”

  Garrett Bell Family: “Please pray for Garrett as he begins an internship at Madison Academy with the strength and conditioning coach. We are very excited about this step towards graduation and a career. Pray that God’s will be done and, if it’s His will, this opportunity leads to a career.”

  Please continue to keep Amelia Biser in your prayers.

  Freda Bjorkman: “Please pray for my sister, Lauren Morales, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.”

  Kaya Bowen: “Dear Family, I have sinned and repented of my sin. Because of this I am with child, and I ask for prayers from my church family.”

  Ben Clark Family: “Please continue to pay for Serenity. She is improving but still has a long way to go before she can return home.”

  Kyla Jo Cook: “So thankful for the God we serve. He is fearsome, marvelous, and glorious. I am the clay and He is the potter. Continue your work in me, Father.”

  Joel Hughes: Deb Hughes is on dialysis and will be in clinic training to do home dialysis. I will also be in training. Thank you all for the food, flowers, service, cards and all you have done for us.”

  Dawn Long:Mike has a job prospect! Pray for good follow through.”

  Pickens Family: “Praise God for his mercy and grace over our family! Chris has passed his CISSP, and Ibukun has passed her family medicine board exams. All praise to God for all the success!”

  Adam Reid: “Giving thanks to the Lord that I’m here this morning.”

  JoAnn Rice: “Please pray for a quick healing for Willie Fearn. He had surgery this past week.”

  Larry Rice: “Pray for my coworker, Chris Buteau, His marriage is struggling, and he is battling suicidal thoughts. Pray for his family, wife and 2 small children.”

  Donna Roshell: “Pray for my niece, Angel, being a teenager in today’s world can be hard. Pray also for DJ, son of a childhood friend. He started having seizures in high school. He’s a sophomore in college now and the seizure have returned. Darcy “DJ” Prince, Jr., 2917 Ishkooda Wenonah Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35211.”

  Chiana Walker: “Thank you all for the prayers regarding Allan and my living situation. We are still looking for someone to open their home to us until our wedding day in October. Please keep praying for us and let us know if you are able to help. Also, we are wanting to stay in separate homes from July to October.”

  Jonah Wright: “I pray that my chickens don’t get eaten by my cat, Rascal.

  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.

  Mothers-To-Be: Eva Mitchell (8/28)

Thank You

Thank you so much for the beautiful fruit and snack basket, for all the meals that have been prepared for our family with love and kindness by my Central Church Family. I really hope and pray to return soon.                                                                      Love,

Deb Hughes

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Jon and Paige Jackson and their sons (former members) in the passing of Jon’s mother, Sara Jackson, Tuesday, May 7th. Mrs. Jackson’s visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by her funeral tomorrow (Thursday, May 9th) at the Lexington Church of Christ, 10640 Alabama Highway 101, South, Lexington, AL. Sympathy cards may be sent to The Jon Jackson Family, 2206 Hilltop Drive, Albany, GA 31707.

From the Elders

This week we continue our Journey series in the second stop, “Inward – Our Life Together in Christ.”

We had a great blessing last week to get the perspective of Earl Lavender introducing this second part of our Journey. He recounted examples of how Christians in Italy have clung together to encourage each other in congregations of just a few people. He told us about an adult Christian at his school who devoted himself to a young Christian student who has a debilitating condition. This man attended to the student’s needs daily, and worked with the whole school to help the student be successful in his studies. These were just a few examples of the Church as a “covenant community of love,” in contrast to the message of the world today, which seems to promote a form of “radical individualism.”

We want to continue to grow as a church that Jeremiah prophesied about in chapter 31 of his book, where God will make a covenant with a new Israel, where his law is “…put in their minds and written on their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:33).

The area we will focus on for the next six weeks is our commitment to one another, to become a church that God intended for us to be on earth. As we begin week 2 of our Journey, we will focus on the characteristic:

Being Christ-centered

Key Words:  Supremacy

Memory verse: Colossians 1:18

“…He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”

Being Christ centered is important in our Journey, because we want our first step to be in the right direction. No matter what obstacles we face, we want to remain focused on the most important aspect of being a Christian in his Church. Peter stated it clearly in Acts when they were preaching about Christ’s resurrection. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

The world around us will probably not understand. Paul tells us: “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)

So let’s encourage each other to accept the power of God in the truth of Jesus Christ as our savior.  As we continue our Journey, learning about our relationship with each other, remember that it is based on Jesus, our Lord.                                     The Elders,

Chip, Ed, and Richard

Special Contribution 2019

Thank you, Central, for your generous donations of $23,440.83 for our Special Contribution, which was last Sunday, May 5th. This contribution is for the Guyana work, including the trip this summer. It was 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.

Happy Times Program and Open House

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

Teens’ Impact Registration

Registration has begun for those teens and chaperones planning to attend 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.

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. 

Teens Hosting Agape Parents’ Night Out

Our teens are hosting an Agape Parents’ Night Out Friday, May 10th, at our building  from 6:00—9:00. All teens and others who would like to help need to be at Central from 5:30—9:30. Supper is provided. See Rodney Keeton for more details.

You Are Invited

The Kuhns and The Nances would like to invite everyone

to a celebration on Tuesday, May 14th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

in Central’s Family Life Center to honor the graduation of

Michael Nance and Rose Kuhn

and the adoption of

Gwenyth Abigail Kuhn.

Congratulations

Our congratulations to Russ and Vickie Cook and Ted and Rosalie Moore. Russ and Vickie will be celebrating their 54th anniversary Wednesday, May 8th, and Ted and Rosalie will be celebrating their 61st anniversary Friday, May 10th. Also, we apologize; one was overlooked in April. We want to congratulate Harry and Nobuko Ellett, who celebrated their 56th anniversary Friday, April 12th. Thank you all for your example to us. 

May Team Servants

Ushers—James Ryans’ Team

Counting—Matthew McCauley’s Team

FLC Set Up—Joel Moore’s Team

Nursery—Julie Meyer (May 12)

Emilie Porter and Loran Porter (May 19)

Sherri and Sija Headrick (May 26)

Activities

May

9

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

 

10

Teens Hosting Agape Parents’ Night Out (See article.)

 

19

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

 

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

 

28-29

Teens – Summer Kick-Off

June

2-7

Handsfree Workcamp

 

5

Elementary Summer Program Begins

 

9

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

 

 

Fellowship Meal (5:00 pm)

 

 

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

 

14-17

Impact Junior

 

17-22

Impact Senior

 

23

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

 

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

Men to Serve Sunday, May 12

Communion Thoughts: Caleb Simmons

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

Prayer: Chip Jones