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SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Bill Kuhn's sister and Liz Audenaert's mother, Sally Mans, is not doing well. She was in Huntsville Hospital for the a few days with an infection, but is now back at rehab. The Kuhns have been praying for her strengthening and healing, but are now praying for, if God wills, she be allowed to go home with Him soon. Please pray for her and the family's peace and comfort. The family was blessed to have been able to visit her in person when she was in the hospital, for the first time in months. 

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

  Mothers-In-Waiting: Mishaella Ryans (10/1), Jessica Ogle (2/4), and Allison Goad (2/7)

  Our Missionaries: Denisovs & Rahimovs (Tomsk, Russia), Kishore Etwaroo Family (Port Kaituma, Guyana), Carlos & Linda Eguizabal (Juayua & Salcoatitan, El Salvador) & YOU (Huntsville Area)

THANK YOU

Dear Family,

There are not enough words to express to you all how much I appreciate your love and concern that you have shown to me and Jon. Your cards, texts, calls, gifts, and especially your prayers have meant so much. I especially want to thank Juanita for doing double duty for two weeks. (She is amazing!) Please continue to pray for us and for Central.        

Love,

Pat and Jon Canterbury

Thank you for that beautiful fruit and snack basket, delivered yesterday (September 15th). We are really enjoying it. Also thank you for all your concern for us. Thank you for the calls, texts, meals, and grocery shopping. We are very slowly getting better.

Great to know that we are surrounded by such a caring family.    

Russ and Vickie Cook

FALL 2020 – ONLINE TUESDAY LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY

All Central Ladies who wish to participate in the Tuesday ladies’ Bible class MUST SEND THEIR 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.

We hope each lesson format can be interactive, and we encourage you to share your responses to each lesson. If you would like to make a response, please e-mail Terri at harmonyforhim(-at-)yahoo.com. Do not reply to the lesson e-mail sent out by Pat. Terri will consolidate all replies/comments into a single e-mail and send it to everyone. The deadline for commenting is 7:00 PM on the Friday following that lesson. (A private comment to the teacher can always be sent directly to their private e-mail.)

Date

Topic

Sept. 22

Impactful Psalm Share—Psalm 23—Joyce Davis

Sept. 29

Impactful Psalm Share—Follin Clark

Oct. 6

Rehab and Choosing God for Your Culture

Oct. 13

Corrie ten Boom and Living Your Faith Bravely

Oct. 20

Abigail and Living in Difficult Family Relationships

Oct. 27

Hannah and Dealing with Depression and Disappointment

Nov. 3

Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman and Ministering to the Oppressed

Nov. 10

Leaders for Protection of the Unborn and Second Chances

CENTRAL ONLINE ADULT “SUNDAY A.M.” CLASSES

Watch Robert Wade’s prerecorded class on YouTube. It will be posted by Saturday evening each week. 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 09-20-20”.

FALL TERM ADULT WEDNESDAY NIGHT ONLINE CLASSES

September 9 through December 2 – Wednesdays at 7 pm

(12 Weeks, with a Congregational Thanksgiving

Devotional Planned on November 25)

The fall term is devoted to studies grounded in the Old Testament. Classes began on September 9th, and each class is hosted online using Zoom. A moderator will open each session early so that you can test your connection ahead of time. To connect, select the link for the class you intend to enter. Look forward to seeing you then!

Fall Term 2020 Class Subjects

1. A Confident Faith (Ladies Class)

A ladies' class, led by various participants, will study the books of Ruth and Esther. Our goal is to develop—through practice—confidence in our ability to understand the Bible for ourselves. No commentaries! No purchased study guides! No celebrity teachers! Just a gathering of your average Christian women who seek to strengthen their faith by studying a text, praying for God's understanding, and discussing its meaning.

If you would like to participate, send an email to Pat Canterbury (pat(-at-)centralfamily.org), and she will add your name to the class email list as well as email the free study guide to you. It is often helpful to have a copy of the text that can be marked up. You can print a free copy of Ruth and Esther from Bible Gateway (www.biblegateway.com). If you prefer, Pat can mail you a copy of both the study guide and the Ruth and Esther text or you can pick them up at the church office. If you have questions about the class, contact Melinda Goad (256-426-1418 or familyway6(-at-)fastmail.fm). Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356466276?pwd=UTZ4T09pYWV5VHV0WFNmbUk5dSs1Zz09

2. Hope in Troubled Times: A Study of 1 and 2 Chronicles

Have you ever been in a situation in which nothing seemed to go right? You’ve been promised that things are going to get better—much better—but everything around you seems dismal with no change for the better in sight? That is the situation of the Jews after returning from Babylonian captivity. Prophets have long predicted a glorious restoration. And yet, the nation remained occupied (and taxed!) by a massive foreign empire. The language had been turned upside down. And the structure at the center of their worship—the temple—seemed pitiful compared to Solomon’s original.

The book of Chronicles, or in the English Bible, 1 and 2 Chronicles, was intended to provide hope to God’s people in troubled times. This intent of this series is to take a core message from Chronicles—seeking the LORD—and show how this provides hope in our time as in theirs. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82984842232?pwd=VzY4Um04MHk5M2JNK1BaR0lmQ2xmdz09

 

WEEK #

DAY

REFERENCE

TITLE

3

9/23

1 Chron. 16-17

Seeking God in Corporate Worship and Personal Prayer

4

9/30

1 Chron. 21

Seeking God After Sinning

5

10/7

1 Chron. 29:26

2 Chron. 1:17

Asking God with The Right Motives

6

10/14

2 Chron. 6-7

Seeking God's Good for His People

7

10/21

2 Chron. 10-12

A Portrait of Half-Hearted Devotion

8

10/28

2 Chron. 14-16

A Portrait of Strong Devotion That Wanes

9

11/4

2 Chron. 18:1-19:3

Having Ears to Hear God's Unhappy News

10

11/11

2 Chron. 30

Seeking God with Wrong Actions but Right Motives

11

11/18

2 Chron. 33:1-20

Seeking God After Great Sin

12

12/2

2 Chron. 34; 36:15-23

Seeking God After A Long Lapse from Scripture

CENTRAL MARRIAGE RETREAT 2021

The February 2021 Marriage retreat is going digital! In lieu of having a fully in-person retreat, we are exploring options that will allow for multiple levels of social distancing. There will be more details to come, but for now, we would like to ask a few questions to all the married couples at Central. Below you will find six questions pertaining to your marriage. We ask that every couple answer as many of these questions as possible and submit your responses for possible use in our upcoming retreat. 

Three ways you can submit your responses (please choose one)

1.      Utilize the Google Form provided below to answer the questions. 

2.      Submit your answers in an email to Pat with the subject "MARRIAGE RETREAT RESPONSE"  

3.      Film yourself and your spouse answering the questions and email the videos to Pat.

We would love to see all the married couples at Central share your experiences and responses to these questions.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS OCTOBER 1ST.

1.      How do you develop spiritually as a couple? List a few things that you do.

2.      How does your marriage serve as a ministry? List a few examples.

3.      What are some challenges that you have faced? How did you handle these challenges as a couple?

4.      How do you practice forgiveness and reconciliation with your spouse?

5.      How do you prioritize quality time and romance with your spouse? Share some examples of how you date your spouse.

Share a dream date you would like your spouse to take you on! What has been your most fun Covid-19 date?

6.      How do children, parents and extended family affect your marriage relationship? How do you keep your marriage the priority amidst managing these relationships?

Link to the google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePRTtHcDcySPoD8TUVq6Y7LfXsu2wwkihQTosb4cP42RFZUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

PLEASE RESPOND

As announced in the assembly last Sunday, September 13, the elders would like the Central family to enter a Phase 2 of reopening Central. We feel that being together is critical to the spiritual health of the family, and the time has come to consider this move. The focus will be on reestablishing in person classes. In order to proceed, we are asking each member to consider two questions: 1) Would you be willing to participate in an in-person class? and 2) Would you be willing to teach an in-person class (this includes both children and adult classes)? We would ask each of you to prayerfully consider these questions and reply to pat(-at-)centralfamily.org as soon as possible. As always we appreciate any comments you may have regarding this matter.

DISASTER RESPONSE TO HURRICANE LAURA

Matt Lucas and David Nance are leading a team to Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 9-12. If you are interested in joining the team or if you want more information, please contact David Nance 256-653-1802. You can also find out more information about the group we are working with at: https://www.churchesofchristdrt.org/

LADIES, CANNOT ZOOM FOR CLASS ON WEDNESDAY,

BUT WOULD STILL LIKE TO PARTICIPATE?

If you would like to be included in the Ruth and Esther Wednesday night class, but are not able to always Zoom with them, you can still listen to the class and get notes. Tina Palmer has agreed to summarize the discussion and Heidi Haviland is recording the Zoom discussion from Wednesday nights. Both of these will be sent to the church office. After receiving them, the office will send it out to those who request them. If you would like to start receiving them, please email pat(-at-)centralfamily.org and request “Ruth and Esther Class”. Please note that in order to hear/see the Zoom discussion, you would only need to click on the link that will be sent to you.

NEW MINISTRY – DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF IT?

For the last several months a small group has been creating and maintaining our live streaming and video production capabilities. As we begin to think about gathering together and moving forward, this group needs more people to help expand. If you have video production, computer skills or are simply interested in learning how to do these things, please contact Rodney Keeton at 256-520-9196 or rodney(-at-)centralfamily.org

This has quickly become a brand-new ministry and has already provided lots of new opportunities for our family. Please consider being a part!

PLEASE SIGN UP

The campus ministry has resumed Friday Night Lives (FNL) this semester but with some new twists due to COVID-19. LIFE Talks, other groups, or individuals that provide meals for the event can either drop the food off at the building or bring and serve the food in the building. Masks will be required (and provided if needed) for both those serving and those being served. Gloves will also be provided for those serving. Those providing meals will need to “sign-up” via email rather than on a list posted in the building. Thank you in advance for helping our Campus Ministry.

HELP NEEDED

Since Happy Times is back in session, help is needed on Sunday mornings after assembly to take down the tables and chairs in the Family Life Center. If you are able to help, please contact Gerry Binford 256-508-9407.

ATTENDANCE

Sunday, September 13, Assembly – 140      YouTube Estimate – 140

CONTRIBUTION

Sunday, Sept 13 – $17,859                            Budget – $20,699                                         Short – $2,840

YTD Contribution – $696,420                        YTD Budget – $765,863                               Short – $69,443