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AUGUST 19, 2020

REJOICE

We rejoice with the angels over the birth of three new brothers. Joshua “Pat” Babcock (left), Christopher “Jordan” Campbell (center), and Daniel Hohnstein (right), all residents of His Way, were baptized Tuesday, August 11th. Please welcome and encourage them.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Kyla Jo Hale: “I received a rejoicing phone call this evening (Tuesday, August 18th)..My mother went to the doctor today and found out she is cancer FREE!! It's been a journey I hope to never revisit  I thank u all for your prayers and your beautiful letters to my Mom. GOD had mercy and his compassion was new every day. His promises are true for us all.”

  Angela James (Regina Ralston’s sister): “I am wanting to get back to Huntsville. I need guidance and connections and the strength and confidence that I’m making the right life choices. When I was there before, I felt loved. Thank you.”

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

  Mother-In-Waiting: 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)

  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Lorraine Baker, Amelia Biser, Jamie Cole, Vickie Cook, James Hall, Sally Mans, Joy McKee, Mike Porter, Johnny Powell, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

  Mother-In-Waiting: 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 is extended to The Burns Family in the passing of Jamie’s mother, Ava Burns, Tuesday night, August 18th. As of this writing I do not have any arrangements. Sympathy cards may be sent to Jamie’s father, Jim Burns, 607 Oranole Road, Maitland, FL 32751.

BABY GIRL SHOWER

All Ladies are Invited

To a Baby Girl Shower

Honoring

Mishaella Ryans

Sunday, August 30th, from 2:00 – 3:30

in Central’s Family Life Center.

We will have a Walk-by shower. Please come and encourage this soon-to-be mother.

Mishaella is registered at Target and Amazon.

THANK YOU

Thank you so much for remembering Mother in so many ways even though she hasn’t been able to attend services in several years. You recognized her as your oldest member. (She would have been 109 on October 10th.) She never forgot you, and I showed her the weekly bulletin she received. Thanks for the many get well cards, the birthday cards, the beautiful plant for her funeral. She loved you!                                                                                                                                                                           The Martha Jones Family

Faye and Dick Heaton

Sonya and Marvin Miller

Barbara and Bruce Hammer

Sonrisers,

Thank you so much for the way you honored Mother with birthday cards, get well cards, and the beautiful plant you sent for her funeral. She had so many sweet memories of the many years she was able to attend. She loved you.                                                                                                                                                                           The Martha Jones Family

Faye and Dick Heaton

Sonya and Marvin Miller

Barbara and Bruce Hammer

THE GRAVESITE SERVICE OF MARTHA JONES

Central was sent the obituary program for Martha Etta Dudney Jones. In the program is the scripture Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in him.

Inside of the program there was a paper in which J.D. Jones (Martha’s husband) had written to Central in 1981. It explains why Martha chose Nahum 1:7 as her favorite scripture. This was presented at her funeral by Tom Russell (former paid staff minister) who wondered why she chose Nahum 1:7 until he read what follows. He told their story from what J.D. wrote. (FYI: J.D. was an elder at Central for several years.)

Question: What is the hardest adjustments you have had to make and what are some of the greatest stresses you have gone thru and how did you meet them?

Answer: To tell you how we adjusted and met the stresses I think it is in order to tell you about our early childhood, because I think the conditions under which we grew up, helped us meet these stresses. Because stresses are a state of mind.

Martha grew up on a farm, which the livelihood was plagued with crop failures. In her early teens her Father moved to work in textile plants, which at that time ages were low, and any luxuries was hard to come by.

My early childhood to my mid 30’s was spent in textile mill work; likewise we had a very simple standard of living. The standard work week then was 60 hours per week.

Martha and I married in 1928. I was making $13.20 per week and she $7.80 combined $22.00 per week. At that time we could live a simple, but comfortable life on that salary. But in 1929 the great stock market crash came, and the nation’s economy fell apart. Although our mill continued to work regular for about 3 years. In 1929 our boy was born. When he was about 2 or 2 ½ years old he had a serious sick spill. He was literally just skin and bones. Martha sit and took care of him day and night for about a month to 6 weeks. In the meantime, I worked in the mill about 100 hours per week so we could live and pay the doctor bills. No overtime pay – total wages 100 hours - $22.00 per week.

After that the mill went to running 3 days per week and would shut down for good. We lived in the Company House then several years rent free, all electricity was cut off. If a house was empty, people would tear it down and use the wood to keep warm by in winter. I would chop cotton, pick cotton and one time we had a friend across the river around Lacy Springs and one year we spent the fall with them, helping gather his crop and Martha canned and brought food and peas back with us. Finally got a job at the knitting mill that was running some, and we fared some better. Finally they started W.P.A. and I worked some on it and they only allowed us to make $3.75 per week – plus away from family. Finally I got a job with Montgomery Ward and our lot began to fare better. Eventually, I got into the plumbing business, which the first few years was good and at one time we were worth in excess of $100,000.00. Then the slump came in the late 50’s. Construction begun to go broke. Even jobs that was bonded, the insurance company that held the bonds went broke. So there I was broke again. Lost our home and at the end, I did not hold back as much as a week’s groceries. That was the greatest stress of all. Thru all the good times, we lived good, but kept our life very simple. We kept our old friends; we were not ambitious to move to a better and finer part of town. Martha has not worked in public works since the early 30’s, but through all of this, she not one time complained. She worked hard at making the kids’ clothes and doing everything she could to make life better for her family. After the loss of our business, I came to the conclusion that during the time of our better life, I was not as active in my work for the Lord. I decided the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. So for 4 years following our greatest stress I turned to studying the Bible. That was when I got interested in trying to learn something about the book of Revelations. That study has helped me more than anything. That has brought me to a greater understanding of God’s mercy and knowledge. The last few years, God has blessed us more than any time of our lives.

SHARING SOME GOOD NEWS FROM THE WRIGHTS

We celebrate with The Wrights over the baptism of Aiyana Hussian (daughter of Darren and Angel) Sunday, August 16th. Aiyana is the granddaughter of Allen and Julia Wright/great-granddaughter of Drue Wright, and great-niece of Claudia Ford.

TUESDAY LADIES’ BIBLE CLASS

Dear Ladies

2020 continues to be a year of the unexpected and requires continual adjustment. Given the continuing virus threat, plans are to open the Fall Session of Tuesday Ladies' Class via e-mail. The format will be similar to what Janice did on Psalms in the Spring each week from mid-March until the end of May, but it will involve various teachers. Also, through the reply feature of e-mail comments or questions may be addressed to the group or the teacher.

All Central Ladies who wish to participate MUST SEND YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS to: pat(-at-)centralfamily.org This will enable her to easily and efficiently deliver the class to those who 

desire to receive it. Put: Sign Me Up for Tuesdays in the subject line.

The class will begin by picking up the last two lessons that were planned for last Spring. Kathleen Lowery will send a lesson on Psalm 78 and 103 on September 8. Next, Terri Apgar will organize lessons by ladies who may be interested in sharing a Psalm that impacted them during our study. Watch for more information from Terri on this. The remainder of the session will deal with godly women of the past, biblical and historical. We have resources available for these lessons. If you are interested in preparing one, contact Sue, Janice, or Terri. Please pray for our class and its teachers. AND SEND YOUR E-MAIL to Pat TODAY!                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you,

Janice Greenleaf

CENTRAL ONLINE ADULT “SUNDAY A.M.” CLASSES

Robert Wade continues the series called The Shadows: The Centrality of Jesus. This class is prerecorded on YouTube and will be posted by Saturday evening each week ahead of Sunday morning assembly. To watch at any time, go to https://www.centralfamily.org/ Click on "Live Streaming", then click on "Click here for previous recordings", finally click on "Classtime 08-16-20”.

ONLINE ADULT WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER SERIES

Join us (Zoom wise) this Wednesday from 7–8 when Ed and Sharon Ditto will be sharing How to Grow Deeper in Praying with Others. To connect, select this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89700172301?pwd=M0FwcVpJTkxjWHNYVjBYa0dNQnJoZz09. We look forward to seeing you then!

DIRECTORY UPDATE

  The Caleb Simmons Family has moved to Michigan for a year, due to Caleb’s work. Their new address is 17746 Maisons Drive, Clinton TWP, Michigan 48038. Please encourage them.