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September 1, 2021

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Lorraine Baker: “Pray for the families of the Marines that gave their lives for us. Pray that everyone gets out safe.”

  Jamie Burns: “Please add a prayer request for the significant number of our family here at Central who are unable to join us who are suffering with COVID and others who are remaining home to not pass on exposure they’ve had.”

  Stacey Condron: “Prayer request for my friend, Linda’s parents. Her father is in the hospital for heart problems and her mother suffers dementia. Prayers for strength, healing and comfort for this family. Thank you.” (Update: Linda’s father is now home from the hospital. He is still not doing well.)

  Dittos: “1) If you desire to send aid to Louisiana for recovery effort, look up Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Organization. 2) Pray for Sharon’s nephew, Daniel, who has a chronic potentially fatal liver disease.”

  Vince and Karen Doran: “Please pay for my mom, Frieda Haley, who is struggling with ongoing heart issues. She has been sick for a while and is tired.”

  Dorothy Guthrie: “Please pray for my brother, David, who is struggling with drug addiction. Pray that he seeks the Lord.”

  Charlie Hopkins is recuperating at home after having surgery Thursday, August 26th. Please continue to remember him in your prayers.

  Robbie Ingram: “My sister-in-law lost her brother (Jay) Saturday night (August 28th).”

  Chip and Laura Jones: “Please pray for Keith Jones, who is hospitalized with COVID. He is a friend of ours and a supporter of His Way. Keith is a member of Park City Church of Christ.”

  Tonda Kuhn: “Please pray for Eva Whiteaker and Zachary, Bilyeu Family, Kristie Wetzle – all struggling with COVID. Pray for complete healing.”

  Jared McCall came forwarded Sunday morning, August 29th, saying he wanted to recommit his dedication to Christ.

  Reynolds: “1) Pray the treatment Regina Ralston is receiving for cancer will kill it and that she can get an appointment quickly with the plastic surgeon for more surgery on her foot. 2) Pray God will guide the doctors during Tom’s surgery tomorrow (August 30) and that Tom will heal completely and quickly.” (Update on Tom: His surgery was successful, and he is now recuperating at home.)

  Mothers-In-Waiting: Emilie Porter (1/6/2022)

  Our Shut-ins: Amelia Biser, Jamie Cole, Ted Moore, Mary Etta Neiland, Johnny Powell, and Bill & Sheril Townsley.

  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 family of our sweet sister, Bobbye Ashley, who passed away Saturday morning, August 28th. There will be a private graveside service for her in Mississippi Saturday, September 4. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to His Way or Healing Hands. Cards/notes of sympathy may be sent to her sons and their family: Mark and Sarah Ashley, 354 Cadron Creek Road, Plumerville, AR 72127 and Tim and Pam Ashley, 6125 County Road 47, Florence, AL 35634.

THANK YOU

Although we haven’t received results from the X-ray or any conclusive answers from my doctors as to the source of my recent pain, I am much better this week, even the numbness and pain in my hip has halted and mobility returned. Immense gratitude to all for your prayers, cards, phone calls, texts, visits and delicious meals. The love of the Lord never ceases! We were amazed at the outpouring. A very SPECIAL thanks to my family, and sister Dot for the very special care and supplies that aided tremendously in my comfort and recovery.   Much love 💕

The Callins Family

NOTE OF GRATITUDE – READ SUNDAY, AUGUST 29TH

Dear Central Church Family,

As you may know, our mother, Bobbye Ashley, passed away Saturday morning at her home.

Our family would like to thank you for blessing her with your love, concern and prayers since her cancer diagnosis last January.

Mom loved her family at Central and she knew you loved her because of your actions. Every card was displayed, and every phone call and visit brightened her days. One special visit occurred Thursday of this past week. We want to thank the singers who came to her home and shared God’s love and assurance through beautiful songs she knew and loved.

We regret that we will not be able to have a memorial service at Central due to the current increase in COVID. Our plan is to have a graveside service in Woodville, Mississippi Saturday, September 4th (pending the impact of Hurricane Ida in Mississippi).

Please know that our family will always have a special place in our hearts for this church family. We love you because we know you loved our mother.

We thank God for what he is doing through you!

Please continue to pray for our family.                       With love and gratitude,

Tim and Mark Ashley (and their families)

ELEMENTARY SUMMER PROGRAM PRESENTATION

Everyone is invited to come and see the Elementary Summer Program Presentation TONIGHT during our class time at 7:00 p.m. in the old auditorium. Please come and encourage all these young people who have worked so hard to memorize Bible verses and learn how to serve others like Jesus. (If you are unable to attend in person, you may watch it on our YouTube page.)

TUESDAY LADIES CLASS COMING SOON

     The 2021 Fall Ladies’ Class will begin September 7th. This class encourages all ladies, young to old, to seek growth through study and service. This session our study focus is developing and reflecting the character of God. Jen Wilkin’s book, In His Image, will help guide us through scripture on this topic.

     Class meets each Tuesday, 10:00 -11:30, until November 16th. (No class during school breaks).  Childcare for preschool children is provided. Please make your plans to join us. If you have questions, see Sue Underwood, Janice Greenleaf, or Terri Apgar.

CENTRAL WOMEN’S MINISTRY – GAME NIGHT

Ladies, join us for an evening of fun and fellowship at a Game Night at Central on Friday, October 22nd. Please bring your own dinner or eat before you come! Time for the dinner is 6:30 p.m. We will start off at 7:00 p.m. with a group game of BUNCO! Prizes await our winners. For any questions, please contact Caroline Lowery (603) 714-9863 or Emilie Porter (903) 603-3595.

SONRISERS CANCELED FOR TOMORROW

The Sonrisers' meeting tomorrow (September 2nd) has been cancelled. They are postponing honoring Joan Hacker till a later date. They will meet the following Thursday, September 9th, with their planned potluck. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Lowery (256-797-4923).

SERVANTS NEEDED!

The communion preparation list for signing up for a month in 2021 is posted in the kitchen. This is one of those behind-the-scenes acts-of-service that is appreciated by everyone. Questions – contact Jim Phillips 256-417-8202.

TO LIVE IS CHRIST (Series on Philippians)

The Discussion Guide for this week has been emailed to all families in which we have email addresses, or you may pick one up on when exiting today.

SUNDAY ADULT CLASS – SEPTEMBER 5

Join us in the gymnasium this coming Sunday, September 5, at 9:15 am. Robert Wade plans to present a lesson pertaining to the “big picture” storyline of the Bible. This class will also be livestreamed and archived on YouTube.

SUNDAY ADULT CLASS OPTIONS – FALL TERM 2021

September 12 through November 21

Beginning on September 12, Sunday adult classes will return to their traditional start time. Please plan to arrive before 9:00 am to be seated. Also please note that the adult classes will not be livestreamed. Instead, a Zoom link will be provided for access to an online small group. Also, for parents of preschoolers coming in person, please wait until 9:00 am to drop your children off at preschool classes so that their teachers can get situated.

1.   The Story of Redemption (Gymnasium; Coordinator: Loren Wisehart)

This series presents the biblical account of the human problem, salvation, and a new life in Jesus Christ. Beginning with creation, the class follows the “big picture” storyline of the Bible as it finds meaning and completion in Jesus.

Each week, participants are invited to arrive early for fellowship. Upon entering the gymnasium, participants will be assisted in finding a small group. After a call to order and welcome, all groups will watch a 5–10-minute video. Once the video is done, groups will read a Bible passage related to the video, discuss questions, and pray for one another. Groups will wrap up at 9:45 am in order to move chairs into place for the large assembly which begins at 10:15 am. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83086751743?pwd=RjNTYVR3QXNUUDRXYUxtN25VRmM0QT09

2.   Women’s Ministry (Library; Coordinators: Sue Underwood and Kim Story)

This class provides Bible-based content in a LIFE Talk setting and is set up to minister to women who are the head of their household and women whose husbands are not Christians. Women of all ages and situations are welcome who wish to participate in this ministry. The class is generally organized to alternate between Old Testament and New Testament books, topics, and ideas. However, prayer and sharing are also integral parts of the class. As participants begin to apply the teaching to their own lives, they are invited to openly share burdens with one another. This is so that others who have walked that path previously can share their own experience and wisdom in how to face that situation faithfully. While two ladies provide the principal oversight for the class, a number of ladies from within the class will be encouraged to lead individual sessions, usually a week or two at a time.

WEDNESDAY ADULT CLASS OPTIONS – FALL TERM 2021

September 8 through December 1 (Thanksgiving Devotional on November 24)

Beginning on September 8, Wednesday classes will return to a traditional classroom format at 7:00 pm. Options are provided for deep Bible study/prayer, equipping for ministry, and God’s guidance for life situations. Zoom links will be provided for online access to some of the groups. For those interested in supporting men’s and women’s ministries at that time outside of Central’s building, please contact Jim Norville and Selwyn Reynolds, respectively.

1.   Better Together (Library; Coordinator: Melinda Goad; Women only)

Bible study can seem so intimidating: with all those different genres, all that new vocabulary, and all those references. How will I even know if I understood it correctly? Wednesdays this fall, join a community of women humbly exploring the writings of 3 Old Testament prophets as we practice study methods and learn from each other. The class will require about 2 hours of independent study each week and during class time each participant will have the opportunity to share, either in person or via Zoom, what she learned. Our two-fold goal is to 1) teach each other through our growing Bible study skills and 2) develop deeper relationships as we examine challenging texts. Contact Melinda Goad to be added to the class roster. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86546256824?pwd=ZndPSUdCUm02ZVJ1THdZVG5KWEk2QT09

2.   Generational Discipleship (Room 200; Leader: Daniel Alavi)

The Church in the West is facing a steep decline, yet the Body of Christ worldwide is thriving like never before. The center of Christianity is slowly moving towards the Global South, into areas and people groups where the church has virtually no major denominational leanings, no governmental recognition or legitimacy, no bank accounts, no 501c3s, no Bible Schools or seminaries, and no assets, properties, or buildings. In spite of this, hundreds of churches are being planted, thousands of disciples are being made, and millions are being baptized into the name of Jesus!

Within each of these growing communities of believers, you will find a deep longing to know Jesus, a personal commitment to hear and obey God's Word, and a radical pursuit to multiply. The Generational Discipleship class is designed to explore the wonderful ways God is moving throughout His people worldwide in order to equip one another for work of ministry that’s been divinely tasked to us.

3.   Raising Godly Kids (Room 113; Coordinator: Chad Dickey)

Parenting is tough even for the best dads and moms. God Himself raised “sons” like Adam (Luke 3:38) and the people of Israel (Exodus 4:23), and yet they didn’t do what they were told. Is it any surprise that it’s a struggle for us too?

Central will be offering a class on raising godly kids. The class will be facilitated by some of our younger married folks, but the primary wisdom will come from older participants in the class who know the Scriptures and come prepared to share their life experience relative to the Scriptures. Some questions will be prepared in advance, but there will be plenty of opportunity to raise additional questions that come from participants.

Topics include the following selections: 1) how to set parenting in a God-honoring context; 2) how to pass on your faith in daily life; 3) how to establish God-honoring priorities and boundaries/limits; 4) how to shape God-honoring character; 5) how to focus children on others above self; 6) how to foster purity and protect from spiritual attack; 7) how to discipline bad attitudes and behaviors; 8) how to handle children’s low moments; 9) how to deal with being angry at your children; 10) how to encourage care for extended family; 11) how to establish a godly work ethic; and 12) how to transition children into adulthood. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86363371603?pwd=cjM1bmFxZ0kyTU5SR1VQUlN2QlpOZz09

PLEASE SIGN UP

The campus ministry is resuming Friday Night Lives (FNL) beginning THIS FRIDAY, September 3rd. LIFE Talks, other groups, or individuals will need to “sign-up” via email (pat(-at-)centralfamily.org) rather than on a list posted in the building. Please see an email that was sent out earlier with details. Thank you in advance for helping our Campus Ministry.

MEN TO SERVE – SEPTEMBER

Chair Set-Up – Tony Callins’ Team

Counting – Alan Moore’s Team

Ushering – James Ryans’ Team