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AUGUST 28, 2019

Rejoice

Ella Roe, 10 years old daughter of Kyla Jo Hale, was baptized Wednesday, August 21st. Ella is in the 5th grade and active in our elementary ministry. Please welcome our newest little sis. 

Prayer Requests

  Chris and Ashley Baker: “We would like prayers for Ashley’s cousin, Tim. He had a dirt bike accident, broke his neck and has pinched artery. He is waiting to have surgery and is susceptible to having a stroke or heart attack.”

  Paul Farley: “Pray for my son, Trent Farley, who has a hip appointment Monday (August 26). Hoping for good results.”

  Ronald Graham: "My roommate, John, has a court date on Friday to decide the fate of his marriage. Please pray for a good outcome and that he can handle whatever decision is reached."

  William Greenleaf: “Some improvement in Janice’s hearing. Thank you for prayers and keep praying for her hearing to be restored.”

  Robbie Griffin: “1) My mother, Jnell (pronounced Janelle) is moving to Alabama so that I can be with her and take care of her. She suffers from dementia. Please pray that this transition goes smoothly and peacefully for her. Thanks to God for the blessing of a loving and Christ-like mother who has blessed my life so richly! Thank you for your prayers. 2) Asking the Family at Central for prayers on behalf of a colleague of mine named Bridget. Her nephew was on the bus that was involved in the accident with a dump truck on Jordan Lane Monday, August 26. The nephew sustained two breaks in his neck in the accident because he was in the portion of the bus that took the greatest impact. Please pray for him to be healed and for all of the family to feel God's peace and strength at this time. They lost another nephew in a tragic accident a few years ago.”

  Clay Kuhn: “I hope that my dog will stop running away.”

  Lance Moore: “I pray for ceasing of the muscle spasms in Jodi’s leg.”

  Dean and Sandy Oden: “Thank you for the prayers for our grandson, Jonathan Oden. He is doing well after having a severe allergic reaction. P.S. We just learned that our son, Marc, is in the ER with a possible allergic reaction, please pray for an accurate diagnosis. Thank you.”

  Joan Palmer: “1) Frank Strickland, my neighbor, is hospitalized with pneumonia. Pray for recovery and steadfast faith. 2) Joyce Pettus, a sister in Christ, will undergo surgery for ovarian cancer for second time. Pray for healing, comfort, and strength.”

  Jim Phillips: “Pray for Tracy. She’s experiencing pain and we don’t know what it is.”

  Grant Ralph: “Please pray that I will get my job as cashier at Publix back as soon as possible.”

  Reynolds: “Please pray for those who persecute and mistreat our brothers and sisters – that they would come to know Christ as their Savior.”

  Rose Green: “Where God is, there I shall be also. Continue to build my strength and help me to be what and who I am.”

  Dwaine Simmons: “My niece, Teresa Bondurant, has breast cancer that has spread to her brain and spine. Pray for her comfort and for her family.”

  Lee Strickland: “I am going Tuesday (August 27) to the VA in Birmingham for PET Scan. Please pray for safe travel and good test.”

  Sue Underwood: “Please pray for the Ladies Class starting September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Pray for the teachers and our hearts to be open as we study the Word.”

  Please keep Delora Ward, stepmother of Charlotte Simmons, in your prayers as she is having health problems.

  Terri Williams: “Please keep my family in continued prayer as we continue to serve Christ and for comfort with the struggles we all face in our Christian walk.”

  Jonah Wright: “I pray that Julia Wright feels better from her migraine.”

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

  Mother In Waiting: ChaKaya Bowen (11/2)

Thank You

Thank you so much for the gift basket full of goodies! My surgery went well – now just having patience to recover. Thank you.                                         Lora Porter

From The Elders

Sunday, August 18, we were reminded that as we go out into the world, sharing the good news of Christ, we will face opposition, sometimes in the form of persecution. Jesus taught his disciples, as detailed in Matthew 5:10-12, that they were blessed when they suffered persecution, because his followers would suffer because of him. We need to “self-identify” with Christ and those who suffer for his sake and are persecuted for living a righteous life. Secondly, it is very important to remember our responsibility to assist those imprisoned for serving Christ, and those who may be in difficult situations needing our encouragement, support and prayers.

The Journey focus for the upcoming week is “Hospitality With No Favoritism.” The practice of hospitality, by God’s followers, is a common theme throughout the Bible. This Christ-like characteristic was evidenced with Abraham entertaining strangers (Genesis 18:1-9), David’s kindness to Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth (II Samuel 9:7), Lydia’s care of Paul and some of his disciples in Thyatira (Acts 16:15), and Gaius’s care of Paul and other church members in his home (Romans 16:23). These examples demonstrate that through the practice of hospitality we have an opportunity publicly and privately to share the love of God with all without partiality. Also, in his instructions to Timothy about the selection of elders and pastors, Paul states that hospitality is one of the qualities they should demonstrate in their relationship to others (I Timothy 3:2). Clearly, this quality is one that we cannot afford to neglect in our service to God and Christ. 

Jesus continued to emphasize the practice of hospitality when he stated that he was going away to prepare a place for his disciples to come after this life is over (meaning heaven). He told them that, at the right time, he would return to take them there. What a great time that will be for us all, when the host of the biggest family reunion ever returns to lead his people home (John 14: 1-4). 

Key Words: Hospitality With No Favoritism  

Memory Verse: Hebrews 13:2 

May we draw comfort, strength and greater motivation from the examples of hospitality displayed for us in scripture and from God himself. And may God continue to open our eyes and burden our hearts to look for opportunities to practice this gift for his glory.  

The Elders, Chip, Ed, and Richard  

Need Contact Information

Please contact (email, text, or phone call) and let the church office know your phone number, address, etc. if you or your child are in college away from Huntsville. We would like to encourage them while they are away from us.

Also, if you have moved or changed phone numbers, please let the church office know.

We are trying our best to keep the database current.

Ladies, You Are Invited

All ladies are invited to

a bridal shower honoring

Leanna Simmons

daughter of Dwaine and Charlotte Simmons,

on Sunday, September 8th, from 2:00—3:30

at the Central Church Fellowship Hall.

Leanna and her fiancé, Hunter Edger, are registered at

Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Target. Please join us for this special time.

REGISTRATION

2019 Central Women's Retreat

“Becoming A Vessel God Can Use: Bringing Our Lives More In Line With the Will of God”

September 6-7, 2019

Stone Bridge Farm, Cullman, AL

Registration currently in progress in the fellowship area.

Only eight more opportunities left to register. 

Closing date is Wednesday, September 4

NOTE:  Friday overnight stay will accommodate ONLY THE FIRST 62, due to limited bed

            space. However, if/when we reach that limit, others who wish to stay overnight, are welcome to bring a sleeping bag/air mattress.

COMING SOON! SAVE THE DATE!

2020 Central Marriage Retreat

Join us at the Central building and enjoy time connecting with other couples while strengthening your marriage.

Theme: Making Our Marriage A Light For Jesus

Date/Location: February 7th – 9th at Central Church building

Speakers: Robert and Stella Wilson – Family Dynamics Institute, Atlanta

Registration: Begins early December; Ends mid-January.

Suggested donation: (To be announced) per couple to cover speakers and retreat expenses. Donations not required but appreciated. Assistance by providing scholarship money will be appreciated.

Lunch Provided: Saturday, February 8th

Childcare provided: for those who can’t get their own. 

Tonight

TONIGHT during class time we will be having our Elementary Summer Program in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. There will be NO classes. Enjoy as our elementary children share a little about what they have been doing this summer.

Tuesday Ladies Class

Please note that the fall session of the class will start at 10:00 a.m. rather than 10:15. There will be coffee and snacks in the library beginning at 9:30, then the class will begin at 10 in Room 113. Janice Greenleaf will introduce the study for this term and report on teaching in Poland this summer. 

Please join us. Child care is provided for preschool children.

WEDNESDAY ADULT CLASSES

Fall Term 2019 – September 4 through November 20 (12 Weeks)

The fall term is devoted to reflections on and applications from the Old Testament. More information is provided below.

Fall Term 2019 Options

1.   How the Torah Applies to Christians

The Hebrew word torah fundamentally means “teaching”. Though the term is used in different ways in the Bible, Scripture frequently uses it to refer to the writings of Moses: the first five books of the Bible. The Torah was initially used to instruct the people of Israel in the ways of their God, communicating who He is and how people can live in relationship with Him and one another. One might think this could be interesting as far as history goes but still question, “How does that apply to me?” In this class, we will see how the first eleven chapters of Genesis begin a story that frames the entire Bible. We’ll observe how the Torah points to Jesus and God’s eternal plan. And we’ll look at how the Ten Commandments lay a foundation for Christian living.

Teachers: Various (Room 200)

2.   Judges (Ladies only)

This class is for all ladies interested in studying the Word with the accountability and encouragement of community. We will explore the book of Judges by utilizing the Bible study workbook, Judges: Forgetful People, Faithful God, written by Jen Wilkin. Class members will engage the text by completing weekly homework lessons provided in the workbook. The majority of the class time will be spent discussing what we have learned from our individual study; however, we will set aside a time for sharing and for prayer each week. This class will not have a lecture format but will be based solely on the class members contributing from their homework studies and from their lives. The workbook will be available to class participants at no cost. Facilitator: Melinda Goad (Room 113)

3.   Psalms

Join us as we meditate on and explore the Psalms. Each week, one of us—and a member of the class—will read and share about a psalm we love and its meaning in our lives. This isn’t a theology class; no profound insight or academic understanding is necessary to come and share. Our main question will be: “How do these ancient poems, written by people with lives so different from ours and in a language so different than ours, enrich our modern lives and deepen our walk with God today, in our time and place?” We are looking forward to loving and exploring the Psalms together! Leaders: Ed & Delois Smith and Trevvor & Stephanie Clark (Room 219)

4.   Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Haggai, and Zechariah: Themes under Single Authorship

This class will examine 5 Old Testament texts written by 5 different prophets living in very different times. The class will present the context of each book focusing on consistent themes running through them all. Teachers: Robert Wade and Daniel Goad (Room 205)

Nursery and Toddler Workers Needed

Infant and Toddler Nursery workers are needed for morning assembly for Sundays. Please sign up on the schedule posted outside the Nursery and the Toddler B classroom. Thank you. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Farless (256-509-3541).

 

 

Meal Preparations For Friday Night Live

The sign-up list to prepare meals for the college ministry at their FNLs (Friday Night Live) is posted inside of the kitchen area. LIFE Talks or individuals, please sign up. Thanks. Any questions contact Carla Campbell (256-882-6449). 

Weighted Blanket Ministry

We will have a group work session this Saturday, August 31, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM. 
As always, this ministry has a need for: 

  • financial contributions to fund pellets and fabric
  • donated fabric – pre-washed (100% cotton, flannel, fleece, etc. No obvious vertical or horizontal lines) Gender-neutral fabric is especially appreciated. We have no storage space, so can only handle enough fabric for a few blankets at a time for the current work session. See Terri Apgar for specific color needs.)
  • time to work with us or at home

Directory Update

  Grant Ralph’s new phone number is 256-665-2966.

September Team Servants

Ushers—James Ryans’ Team

Counting—Alan Moore’s Team

FLC Set Up—James Ryans’ Team

Activities

Aug

28

Elementary Summer Program (7:00 pm)

 

30

College—Game Night (6:30 pm)

Sept

3

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am See article.)

 

6-7

Ladies’ Retreat (See article.)

 

8

Wedding Shower Honoring Leanna Simmons (2:00-3:30 pm See article.)

 

 

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

 

10

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am See article.)

 

13

College—FNL (6:30 pm)

 

15

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

 

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

 

17

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am See article.)

 

20

College – Spades Tournament (6:30 pm)

 

22

Jack & Jill Wedding Shower Honoring Chiana Walker & Allan Evans, Jr. (2-3:30 pm)

 

 

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

 

24

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am See article.)

 

27

College—FNL (6:30 pm)

Men To Serve Sunday, September 1

Communion Thoughts: Matt Lucas

Serving: Lee Raum, James Ryans, Roosevelt Augustus, Lee Strickland, Tony Callins, Loren Wisehart, Rondell Crittenden, Matthew Wright

Prayer: Ed Smith