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SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

WELCOME

We welcome The Pickens Family and Terri Williams and her children, who met with the elders and wish to work and fellowship with us at Central. Chris and Ibukun have twin 1-year-old sons, Emmanuel and Samuel. Terri has 5 children: Christopher Long (junior), Quinton Long (freshman), Jada Long (7th grade), Dante Williams (3rd grade), and Aaliyah Williams (5 years old). Please get to know them and encourage them.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Lorraine Baker: “God bless my daughter, Bonni Sue. She is very ill. Pray for all my children.”

  Please keep the Bowen Family in your prayers as Richard’s sister, Mary Bowen, is critically ill in the Baptist Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama.

  Dittos: “Prayers for all the His Way residents as they battle the physical effects of release from addictions and the staff and family members too.”

  Claudia Ford: “Continued prayers for our dad, Doyal Wright, as he continues to fight infection and deals with cancer. He’s in good spirits and misses being here with the Body.”

  Stephanie Lewis: “Thank you for your prayers for my mother this week. She was released from the hospital and is resting at home.”

  Dana Mercier: “Please pray for my sister, Bonni Sue’s, health. She is very ill.”

  Zachary Miskelly: “Please pray for Ricky and my sister and nephew.”

  Lance Moore: “Prayers for Ricky and his family.” (Update: Ricky was released from the ER at Huntsville Hospital and back to his normal routine at His Way.)

  Grant Ralph: “Please pray that I will be called in this week for an interview to get me rehired as a Publix cashier. Thank you.”

  Steve and Karen Lowery: “1) Prayer of thanksgiving that Phil’s fiancé, Arina Drigula, was granted a visa to come to the US. She will probably arrive in about a week. 2) Arina’s God-father is under Hospice care for stomach cancer. Please pray for his family. His sister died less than a year ago. 3) Tim Holt, Karen’s brother-in-law. His mother died this week. His father died just 3 months ago. Please pray for their family.”

  Janice Phillips:Please pray for Jill Wolfe, the niece of a work colleague. Her 14-year-old daughter died of a brain abscess. The family is having a very difficult time.” Jill is a cousin of Colleen Wright. Colleen asks us to also pray for Jill’s husband’s job, which is insecure, and they have had multiple losses in their immediate family.

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

  Mother In Waiting: Kaya Bowen (11/2)

THANK YOU

  Bernardette Nixon: “Thank you to Delois, Pat, Juanita and the committees for a relaxing, fun, spiritual retreat. Looking forward to next year!”

  Delois Smith: “Thanks for all the women who planned and participated in the Women’s Retreat. A great time of spiritual renewal and refocus.”

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to Chip and Laura Jones and their family. Laura’s father, David Jones, passed away in Fayetteville, TN. 

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)

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!

LADIES ARE INVITED

All ladies are invited to

a Bridal Shower honoring

Chiana Walker

Sunday, September 22nd

2:00—3:30 p.m.

Central church of Christ Fellowship Hall

Chiana is registered at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Target, and Wal-Mart. 

MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY

The Holy Spirit speaking through Ephesians 5:15-16 say to us, "Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." (NIV)  We have an example of this in Acts 8:4: "Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went." (NIV)  These scriptures speak to a  personal calling to reach out with the Gospel.

Michael Oh, Global Executive Director and CEO of the Lausanne Movement summed it up this way: "You may not be what most refer to as a minister or a missionary, but you have a ministry. God has gifted you with spiritual gifts to fulfill that ministry, and you have been given the Holy Spirit to empower it.  As 1 Corinthians 12:7 says: 'Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.' (NIV)  Now it’s up to you to discover your ministry.  It takes the whole church to make disciples of all nations. And the Holy Spirit longs to minister through you. “

"If you [we] believe that 1 Peter 2:9 is addressed to you as God’s chosen —'a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.' (ESV) — won’t you rise up and take up your calling?"

"Rise up and take hold of your identity as a disciple and your calling to be a disciple-maker. Rise up and take responsibility for the discipleship of your family, friends, and neighbors. Rise up and see the nations thirsting for gospel waters and the billions who don’t know even a single Christian."

Excerpts from  An Apology to the Christian 99%, from the 1%, Michael Oh, June 13, 2019 (Slight edits for continuity).

Pray that, as we continue the Outward part of Our Journey 2019, we will be Spirit filled and can see opportunities to reach out with the Gospel meeting.  

FAMILY GATHERING

Dr. Theodore Sabir is the featured speaker for the Family Gathering scheduled for September 29.  Dr. Sabir is a biochemistry professor at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. His late father established a preaching school associated with the local churches of Christ in Pakistan. His talk will provide information on how the Gospel is being shared with people in Pakistan, and the growth of the Lord’s church as it experiences persecution. Our memory verse from August 18: Remember... those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering (Hebrews 13:3)

We will meet in the gym at 5:30 for a meal, and the talk will begin at 6:15. Please bring enough food for your family. Water and lemonade will be provided. Tom Reynolds will provide the introduction for the speaker.

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). 

HUGS

HUGS, a ministry for our 3 years old through kindergarten will meet this Sunday, September 15th, during our morning assembly.

SEPTEMBER TEAM SERVANTS

Ushers—James Ryans’ Team

Counting—Alan Moore’s Team

FLC Set Up—James Ryans’ Team

ACTIVITIES

Sept

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 See article.)

 

 

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

 

24

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)

 

27

College—FNL (6:30 pm)

 

29

Family Gathering (5:30-7:30 pm See article.)

Oct

1

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)

MEN TO SERVE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Communion Thoughts: Tom Reynolds

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

Prayer: Yocus Jones