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SEPTEMBER 23, 2020


  Claudia Ford: Prayers requested for safe delivery of my 18th grandchild this week! My daughter-in-love is scheduled for a c-section on Wednesday. Prayers for Martha Ford for healing and speedy recovery and for the whole family as they welcome baby #3.

  LaVonne Norville:Daniel Hamm, our long-time friend since Freed-Hardeman days, a preacher in Kentucky and regular, short term missionary overseas, is in critical condition in Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Daniel has leukemia in advanced stages and lymphoma. His children have now been allowed to be with him and Kathy, his wife. We do not view that fact as an encouraging sign toward his recovery. Please pray for comfort for Daniel and his family, and for God’s will to be done in this situation.”

  Sue Underwood: “Elliott and Kay Tyler's son-in-law, Chris, has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemo at Vanderbilt. Surgery is scheduled for December. Please pray that the chemo is effective and that he tolerates it well. He and Derinda will appreciate prayers.

  Doug and Toshiko Wingard: “We would like to ask for prayers for our son, Kenny, and his group for the upcoming deployment to be safe. Thank you.”

  Drue Wright: “Please keep Marshall and Emma Dearing, who have been visiting with us, in your prayers. Last August 2019 Marshall had to have emergency brain surgery to relieve pressure that had been caused by a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid due to a mass right at the top of his brain stem. In July 2020 for his 6 months check-up, the neurosurgeon noticed slight growth in the mass. It was obviously not troubling that the mass was still there, but the fact that it has grown is. After given 3 options and much prayer Marshall and Emma decided to get a biopsy of the mass, determine what it is, then develop a treatment plan from there. Marshall had the biopsy at Vanderbilt Monday, September 21st. They ask for guidance for his doctors and family, diligence from his doctors, patience no matter what the result may be, and lastly peace in knowing that whatever happens, God is and always will be in control. Conclusive pathology results will take at least a week from the lab.”

  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.

  Mother-In-Waiting: 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)


Our congratulations to James and Mishaella Ryans, who are the proud parents of a girl. Mahogany Jade “MJ” was born early this morning (September 23rd) weighting 7 pounds 5 ounces. All are doing well.


Dear Central,

Please accept my sincere thanks to everyone who has sent me cards and letters recently. I also want to thank those who have called or visited me at home.

These have been a great encouragement during recent times, as I’m not able to leave home or attend our assemblies and other meetings like I used to. I am mostly staying at home now due to the Covid situation, and my difficulties with mobility. My current health condition will not allow me to respond to each act of encouragement individually, as much as I would like to do so. So please know I am very much encouraged and grateful for your thoughts and prayers. I miss you all.

In Christian Love,

Clyde Jones


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 – Study of Ruth and Esther (Ladies Class)

Zoom link:

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

 Zoom link:







Sept. 23

1 Chron. 16-17

Seeking God in Corporate Worship and Personal Prayer


Sept. 30

1 Chron. 21

Seeking God After Sinning


Oct. 7

1 Chron. 29:26

2 Chron. 1:17

Asking God with The Right Motives


Oct. 14

2 Chron. 6-7

Seeking God's Good for His People


Oct. 21

2 Chron. 10-12

A Portrait of Half-Hearted Devotion


Oct. 28

2 Chron. 14-16

A Portrait of Strong Devotion That Wanes


Nov. 4

2 Chron. 18:1-19:3

Having Ears to Hear God's Unhappy News


Nov. 11

2 Chron. 30

Seeking God with Wrong Actions but Right Motives


Nov. 18

2 Chron. 33:1-20

Seeking God After Great Sin


Dec. 2

2 Chron. 34; 36:15-23

Seeking God After A Long Lapse from Scripture


Watch Robert Wade’s prerecorded class on YouTube. It will be posted by Saturday evening each week. To watch at any time, go to on "Live Streaming", then click on "Click here for previous recordings", finally click on "Classtime 09-27-20”.


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.


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:


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-) 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.


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-)

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


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:


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.