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MAY 15, 2019

Welcome Back Home!

Dwaine and Charlotte Simmons have been our missionaries in El Salvador for several years. We appreciate the work they have done while there. We are excited to have them back home with us!

Prayer Requests

  Lorraine Baker: “God bless my daughters, Sandra and Bonni Sue, and the rest of my children.”

  Please continue to keep Amelia Biser in your prayers as she deals with her health issues.

  Jim Blue: “A Prayer of Gratitude: Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to be reunited with my children. Without your love and grace this regathering would not have been possible….Amen.”

  Ben Clark Family: “Praise God that Serenity, Georgia’s granddaughter, is doing well. Thank you for your prayers.”

  Deborah Cole: “Please pray for safe travels – back to Birmingham for more brain tests for Jamie.”

  Dittos: “Nothing could please our mothers more than praying for their children.”

  Sherri Headrick asks for prayers for her brother Jonathan “Jay” Smith. They have found an aneurism above his heart and he is going to have to have another open-heart surgery. They do not know when the surgery will take place, but she will keep you posted. Also, please pray for her parents (John and Mackie Jennings) as well, as this is really hard on her mom.

  Nate Jenkins: “Please pray I get the courage to clean my room.”

  Alan and Celia Moore:Ted Moore was in the hospital for two nights. He is now at home resting He has a subdural hematoma and possibly a small stroke. We request prayers for his healing.”

  David Nance: “Please pray for Muslims during their month of Ramadan. Pray the truth will be revealed to them that Jesus is God’s Son and they will place their faith in Him. Pray for those who are persecuted for their faith in Christ to not give up.”

  Please continue to pray for Doyal Wright, who has not been feeling well.

  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

I wanted to send a note of thanks for the flowers, cards, prayers, and support during the loss of my father. It was uplifting to know that many people were praying for us at this difficult time. Dad's death was so unexpected that it will take a long time to adjust, but I have comfort in knowing that he is in Heaven. His example as a father and a grandfather was truly one of selflessness and service to others. I pray his spiritual legacy lives on in myself as well as each one of my children.

Sincerely, Melia Romine and family

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Just a note of thanks for the kindness, prayers, and calls during this time. I also want to say thank you for the delicious fruit basket that was thoughtfully prepared and delivered.

I finally have some answers to the pain and will be having a procedure soon that will hopefully relieve this.

Thank you all again.                                                       In Christ’s love,

                                                                                                Your sister, Nikki Holley 

HUGS

HUGS, a ministry for 3 years old through kindergarten, will meet this Sunday, May 19th.

From the Elders

To facilitate the Inward portion of Our Journey 2019 we have separated the Characteristics into two important groupings:

Our commitment to each other in the body to maintain a wholesome environment in which our church family can flourish—Weeks 2-6

Characteristics of a robust community life that are evident as we practice the one another scriptures—Weeks 7-14

With the study and sharing in our Bible classes this morning, we concluded the second week of the Inward portion of Our Journey 2019. By way of review, during this second week we explored the Characteristic, Being Christ Centered. Our memory verse was, "And 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 supremacy" (or preeminence in some versions). Most, if not all in of our church family will say, "I believe that."

 Several years ago an insightful teacher, Claudette Jones, wisely told her class, "If your faith doesn't affect your behavior, what good is your faith." The Holy Spirit, speaking through the writings of James, said, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead." (James 2:26). Accordingly, the question for this past week was not, "Do I believe in the supremacy of Jesus Christ in all things?", but rather, "In what ways does knowing this affect how I live out my daily life on this earth?" Our living this out as a church community is vitality important. Supremacy means over all and above all; there is nothing greater.  We hope you had a fruitful week's study and reflection on the supremacy, or headship, of our Lord and Savior and what this supremacy means to the environment we create and the way we treat one another in this community of faith. 

In week three, which begins with our assembly today and conclude next Sunday with the study and sharing in the classes, we are focusing our faith community on:

Characteristic:  Keeping the Unity of the Spirit 

Key Words: Keep the Unity

Memory verse: Ephesians 4:3

"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." The Holy Spirit works to bring about unity, but we  have to "make every effort" to keep it. That's our calling. Working diligently to that end is not optional. It is not just the role of the elders or other leaders, but is a charge given to everyone. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God." Some things each of us can to do to keep the unity in this community of faith:

Practice faithfully the "go-to-your-brother/sister-when-you-have-a-grievance" scriptures.

Have only wholesome conversations that benefits the hearer (including on social media).

Squelch gossip, grumbling, sowing discord and any other unwholesome talk that does not benefit the hearer.

Have no favoritism or partiality for any reason, be it race, color, educational, economic, social status or physical appearance.

These are just to seed thoughts. They come from specific scriptures. Look them up, or make a list of your top four things. Then the question is, "What do these verses call me to do for our church community?" Unity is essential to body life. Let us commit to encourage one another in this pursuit. 

The elders,

Chip, Ed and Richard 

Interested in Helping in the Campus Ministry?

If you are interested in serving/supporting our Campus Ministry, please meet this Wednesday night, May 15th, at 8:30 p.m. in room 200. 

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

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 THIS SUNDAY, May 19.

Come and Celebrate with The Pickens

Chris and Ibukun Pickens would like to invite you to the YMCA, 130 Park Square Lane, Madison, Alabama 35758 to celebrate the 1st birthdays of their twin sons, Emmanuel and Samuel, Saturday, May 25th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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 19)

Sherri and Sija Headrick (May 26)

Activities

May

19

HUGS (during morning assembly See article.)

 

 

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 19

Communion Thoughts: Michael Guthrie

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

Prayer: John Kuhn