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SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

REJOICE

We rejoice with the angels over the birth of a new brother. Justin Towry, a resident at His Way, was baptized Friday, August 30th. Please welcome and encourage him.

WELCOME

We welcome Kara Cornelius, who met with the elders and wishes to work and fellowship with us at Central. Kara is the wife of Greg and the mother of Seth and Brandon Tucker. Please welcome and encourage her.  

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Lorraine Baker: “God bless all my children.”

  Mary Bell: “Please pray I do well during my audition for Mrs. Banks in Madison Academy’s Mary Poppins Musical.”

  Juanita Crittenden: “Please keep my nephew, Calvin Thompson, Jr. and niece, Ashley Thompson, in your prayers. Their mother, LaTania, died Wednesday (August 28) of a massive heart attack.”

  Dittos: “We just received word that a dear neighbor, George Rogalle, is in the ER with congestive heart failure. Urgent prayer is needed.”

  Kishore Etwaroo (our missionary in Guyana) asks the church for prayers. There was a new Christian girl in Port Kaituma, who tried to commit suicide, but was discovered and is receiving medical treatment in Georgetown. Kishore would like prayers since the family is looking to him and Cheryl for guidance.

  Greenleafs: “Thank you for your prayers. Janice’s hearing has improved, but not to the former level. Doctors will try a series of injections this Wednesday, September 4th, until September 11. Pray for success. Praise God for His good gifts.”

  Nikki Holley: “Praying for the Bahamas and all in the path of the hurricane.” (Update: Nikki’s 2 sisters, who live on Grand Bahama, and her brother, Glenroy, who lives on Nassau, are all okay. As of this writing, we do not know about her other brother, Peter.)

  Daniel Lewis: “Please pray for Stephanie’s mother, Karen Nance, who went to the ER Sunday morning (September 1). Pray that tests rule out any major issues, and that she makes a quick recovery.”

  Tim Lewis: “Please pray for a woman from Tennessee who lost her 11 years old son in an auto accident in Muscle Shoals Friday afternoon.”

  Phil Lowery: “Please pray for my fiancé (Ariana Drygral). She will have a Visa Interview this week, which will decide when she can come to America.”

  Dana Mercier: “Please pray for Adam Clemons and his family in the loss of his half-brother this week.”

  Nances: “Please pray for Marjie Jarvis, a friend from school. She will be undergoing surgery on her knee this coming Tuesday. Pray that the surgery is successful, and that the recovery is quick.”

  Paula Pope requests our prayers for her mother, Rhonda Pope, who is having difficulties with her legs and feet. Pray that God heals her completely. Also her sister, Victoria Pope, and her premature baby, Carmen. Victoria was having health issues, and they had to take the baby at 29 weeks. Pray for Victoria to have a full and speedy recovery and for Carmen’s continued development and health.

  Tom Reynolds: “Pray for the transition of John, Michael, and Cole as they graduated from His Way Sunday night (September 1).”

  David Walls: “I want to thank the church for everything.”

  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: Kaya Bowen (11/2)

FROM THE ELDERS

As we continued the Outward part of Our Journey 2019 this past week, we considered the Christian Characteristic of hospitality. The focus was on outreach with the Gospel through hospitality. The memory verse was Hebrews 13:2 (NIV), "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it." In context this is speaking of strangers who are brothers and sisters in the Lord. However, the Spirit speaking through the writings of Paul broadened the concept: "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10, ESV), and the Good Samaritan clearly extended compassion and hospitality to the stranger who fell among thieves (Luke 10:30-36).  Allen did a good job addressing this Characteristic though the scriptures and practical examples. (If you missed it, you can listen to it at centralfamily.org under the Media tab.) The point is not that we aren't hospitable, but rather to see its importance in reaching out with the Gospel.

So what is next? This week (week of September 1) the Christian Characteristic is Engaging the World With the Gospel Message in the Huntsville Area. (We addressed the foreign part of this Characteristic the week of August 4.) The Key words: As you go; the Memory verse: Acts 8:4. Here we are told that those who had been scattered because of persecution, preached the word wherever they went. Though fleeing persecution for their faith, they were not ashamed of their faith or intimidated. They carried with them a message of salvation and seemed compelled to share. They were people on a mission—missionaries. They saw the fields ripe for the harvest—lost people in need of the Gospel (Matthew 9:37-37; John 4:35). "They saw lost people as lost, and they were motivated to engage and share the Gospel message. What a great attitude and mindset.

We have designated the following week (week of September 8) as "Opportunity Sunday." This is a companion to the previous week's lesson and is intended to help each of us to take a personal look at opportunities for sharing the Gospel message. The Christian Characteristic for the week is Courage, Compassion and Faith to Spread the Gospel in the Huntsville Area. The memory verse: Mark 10:29-30. The key words: leave and receive. These verses call for courage and compassion and really challenge our faith.  All adult classes will meet in the gymatorium for a "hands-on" workshop where you can personally consider opportunities and ideas for putting into practice Acts 8:4 and Mark 10:29-30. Our hope is that this will help each of us better see where you can plug in to existing ministries, find some reinforced in what you are now doing, and/or reaching out with the Gospel "as you go" about your daily life.

You can call this an "opportunity fair" with eleven attended stations, each representing a potential area of outreach. This will be a kind of moving brainstorming activity where you move from station to station and share thoughts and ideas. Those serving at the stations will have some ideas to offer, but more importantly, we want to hear your ideas you for outreach with the Gospel message. Some stations will be for opportunities with existing outreach ministries (campus ministry, teen ministry, His Way, prison ministry and foreign missions, including World Bible School). For these ministries you will need to reserve specific times on your calendar for ministry activities and their times and places. This is more suited to those who can adapt their availability to ministry schedules. Other stations are for "as you go" missionaries in the spirit of Acts 8:4 (my family/home/family activities, civic groups and the work place, on-line conversations and studies, and volunteering with social services). This is about being alert to opportunities to share the Gospel in the normal interactions of daily life (family outings, sports, school activities, checkout lines, lonely and discouraged people, etc.). We should reach out to build a relationship and develop a mindset that asks, "How can I love and help this person today?"

Often we slip onto letting our Christian life be building-centered and lulled by the comforts of life. (See Matthew 13:22-23.) May each of us open our life to the work of the Holy Spirit within us. May He help each one to carry God's redemption story beyond the walls of the church building and my house, and engage the world in which I live. "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." (Jesus Christ as quoted in Matthew 6:33 and Luke 19:10.) Let us see the fields ripe unto harvest and care deeply. Let us answer the call to go into the fields, and let us glorify the Father by sharing His redemption story. Pray for God's blessing to be on us as we go out onto the world.    

The elders

Chip, Ed and Richard 

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 – DEADLINE TONIGHT!

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 TONIGHT!!!!

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. 

HARVEST BANQUET

Sonrisers are invited to save the date

for an afternoon under the big top!

Harvest Banquet

Saturday, November 2nd at 11:30 AM

Central Church of Christ

Details coming soon!

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). 

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: David Nance, Loren Wisehart, and Allen Wright (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)

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.

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).

WEDNESDAY NIGHT NURSERY SERVANT

Looking for someone to commit to the Wednesday night nursery during the months of September, October, and November. It would be great if individuals could commit to a month or more. Please contact Suzie Nance (256-653-2508 or drnance(-at-)hiwaay.net) directly if you can help in this way.

SEPTEMBER TEAM SERVANTS

Ushers—James Ryans’ Team

Counting—Alan Moore’s Team

FLC Set Up—James Ryans’ Team

ACTIVITIES

Sept

6-7

Ladies’ Retreat (See article.)

 

8

Opportunity Sunday (9:00 See article.)

 

 

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)

 

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)

 

20

College – Spades Tournament (6:30 pm)

 

22

Bridal Shower Honoring Chiana Walker (2-3:30 pm)

 

 

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

 

24

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)

 

27

College—FNL (6:30 pm)

MEN TO SERVE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Communion Thoughts: Alan Moore

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

Prayer: Jay Campbell


 

Our Journey 2019, Third Stop

Outward – Seeing the World as Jesus Sees It

Having Heartfelt Compassion and Courage to Act

Outward Roadmap

(September 1, 2019)

Week of September 1       Characteristic: Engaging the world with the Gospel message – Huntsville Area

  Key word: As you go; Memory verse: Acts 8:4

Week of September 8       Characteristic: Courage, compassion and faith to spread the Gospel in the Huntsville Area

  Key word: Leave and receive; Memory verse: Mark 10:29-30

Week of September 15     Characteristic: Compassion and concern for the weary and burdened, whether rich, middle class or poor

  Key words:  Rest and soul; Memory verse: Matthew 11:28-29

Week of September 22     Characteristic: Lifting up the persecuted Christians at home

  Key words: Persecuted; righteous; Memory verse: Matthew 5:10

Week of September 29     Characteristic: Genuine concern for care of newcomers

  Key word: Cup of water; Memory verse: Mark 9:41

Week of October 6          Characteristic: Spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ Jesus

  Key word: Aroma; Memory verse: 2 Corinthians 2:14

Week of October 13        Characteristic: Not ashamed to proclaim the Gospel message

  Key words: Not ashamed; Memory verse: Romans 1:16-17

Week of October 20        Characteristic: Compassion and Courage

  Key word: Snatch; Memory verse: Jude 1:21-22

 

***NOTE: The Weekly Journey Cards in Sunday’s bulletin provide more details.***