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SEPTEMBER 25, 2019


  Tony Callins is recuperating at home after having knee surgery Friday, September 20th.

  Jackie Richardson is in Encompass Rehab, 107 Governors Dr SW, Room 225A, Huntsville, AL 35801 after suffering a stroke.


  Lorraine Baker: “God bless all my children. Pray for my granddaughter’s test comes out okay. Thank you, Lord.”

  Debbie Baucum: “Please pray for my aunt, Jettie Hyatt, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She will be having surgery Thursday at Huntsville Hospital. Also, pray for my great niece, Emma Stephens, who is expecting twin boys and having complications causing her to deliver them prematurely.”

  Jim Blue: “A prayer of gratitude: Thank you, Lord, for my church family and a place to worship you in!”

  Dittos: “Let us remember to give thanks in all circumstances.”

  Claudia Ford: “Prayers for our dad, Doyal Wright, as he begins IV treatments on Wednesday. Prayers that he responds well without major side effects. He and our mother, Drue, are so grateful to join us by Live Stream, but miss being here! And they send a BIG thank you for all the cards and prayers.”

  Greenleafs: “Thank you for all your prayers and support. My ear treatment is complete. My hearing is better with hopes of more improvement. A hearing test in 5 weeks will tell how much. Praise God for His goodness!”

  Chip and Laura Jones: “Prayers of thanksgiving for finding my Mother last Sunday. She had been missing for 2 months. Thank you, church, for your prayers.”

  John Kuhn Family: “Just a reminder Rose would love pictures of her family here. She’s received a couple so far and is proudly displaying them in her room.”

  Dana Mercier: “Please pray for my sister Bonnie Sue’s health and her daughter’s health also.”

  Lance and Jodi Moore: “Please pray for my niece, Whitney, as she begins her journey into recovery.”

  Jim and Tracy Phillips: “Grateful to have our brother, Arzell Flint, with us again.”

  Grant Ralph had abnormal test results on his lungs. He asks that we pray it is not cancer.

  Reynolds: “Please pray for Christians in Pakistan, who are unfairly charged with crimes and the Christian who try to defend them as they experience death threats and beatings.”

  Donna Roshell: “Pray for Johnny’s mother (don’t have her name). She had an aneurysm Monday. Johnny is 15; pray for him and his family also.”

  Doyal and Drue Wright: “A new area has popped up in Doyal’s ankle and he is having a hard time walking due to the pain. Also, this afternoon he gets the first infusion of the new treatment. Please pray for little or no side effects. Thanks you so much!"

  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.

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

  Mother In Waiting: Kaya Bowen (11/2)


Our sympathy is extended to Tim and Jimi Johnson in the passing of Jimi’s brother, Jerry Steakley, Friday, September 20th. His funeral will be tomorrow at the Concord Street church of Christ in Orlando, Florida. Visitation is at 10 and the funeral at 11:00. Graveside service will be at 2:00 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Sanford, Florida. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mount Dora Christian Children's Home and School, 301 West 13th Ave., Mt. Dora, Florida 32757. This is a Church of Christ affiliated school that Jerry supported. It ministers to foster children and single parents. To donate online go to or call (352) 383-2155.


The elders would like to thank the Central Family for their patience in dealing with the changes related to closing the gymnasium/auditorium and moving our Sunday morning assembly to the old auditorium. Thank you for inputs from several members with ideas of how to make this situation go more smoothly. We especially appreciate the work of those who are making repairs and related modifications to the building and pray for their safety. Let us all consider how the changes to our building will help our congregation continue to grow during this situation, and ultimately accommodate even larger attendance at our Sunday assembly.

Last week the topic for Our Journey is related to compassion and concern for others, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let us take action to spend time with other Christians, and have the courage to share ways that we may be struggling. If someone shares struggles with you, look for ways to reach out and help each other. Sometimes it may involve a word of encouragement as we work together for a common goal, or when we have suffered a loss. If we observe a fellow Christian standing up for something that is good and right, look for ways to encourage them. Especially in cases where they are resisting evil in this world, we should look for ways to back them up, stand beside them, and help carry the load. Times such as these will be remembered fondly, and bring us closer together.

This week, the focus of our Christian journey is lifting up the persecuted Christians at home. Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount:

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:10-12

So we can learn from this scripture to expect some level of persecution if we are known to be a part of God’s Kingdom on earth. We should look for ways to reach out and share our compassion with fellow Christians who are subjected to persecution because of their faith in Christ.

As we observe persecution in the world, and help those who are undergoing it,  you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:3-4

Let us continue to grow in Christian maturity on Our Journey together.

From the Elders

Chip, Ed, and Richard


Jack & Jill Wedding Shower

You are invited to

a Jack & Jill Wedding Shower honoring

Christopher Ashburn and Sara Roibal

Saturday, October 5th

2:00—4:00 p.m.

Central church of Christ

Room 200

Christopher and Sara are registered at

Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Target, and Amazon. 


Dr. Theodore Sabir is the featured speaker for the Family Gathering scheduled for THIS Sunday evening, September 29th, at 6:00 p.m. 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. Dr. Sabir is currently a biochemistry professor at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. 

Please make a special effort to be a part of this important gathering.

Please Join Us For A

Couples Shower

in honor of

Chris Campbell & Victoria Black

Sunday, October 13, 2019

from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

in the Central College Room

Chris and Victoria are registered at


Our congratulations to:

  Anne Claire and Mary Carolyne Bell, daughters of Ryan and Lindsey Bell. Anne Claire is in one of the ensembles, and Mary Carolyne will be playing the role of Jane Banks in their school play, Mary Poppins.

  Mary Beth Burns, daughter of Jamie and Jan Burns, who received her white coat for nursing school Monday, September 23rd, at UAB.


Dear Central Family,

Brother Glenroy Pratt (Nikki Holley’s brother) of the Church of God at Westridge in Nassau, Bahamas has requested help for Christians in the Bahamas.

The specific items are listed below. If you are interested in purchasing items, please purchase and bring the items back to the building by Wednesday, October 10th. Neal Nixon will be sending two shipments of items via large containers/barrels to the Bahamas. 

If you would like to donate cash, please coordinate with Jon Canterbury so we can keep track of the total amount donated.

Thank you.

Hurricane Dorian Relief Supplies 2019

Food Supplies

Grits – 1 Case

Cooking Oil – 1 Case

Rice – 1 Case

Corned Beef – 2 case

Tuna – 3 Cases

Canned Mackerel – 2 cases

Canned Soups

First Aid Supplies



Cleaning solutions

Hand Sanitizer x 1 case

Work/Plastic Basins x 12

Cleaning Agents

Bleach x 2 cases

Dishwashing Liquid x 1 case

Scrubbers x 10

Detergent x 1 case


Female Sanitary Napkins x 1 case

Baby Wipes x 1 case

Manual Shavers x 1 box

 Male Deodorant x 1 case

Female Deodorant X 1 case

Toothbrushes + Toothbrush Covers x 1 box

Toothpaste x 1 case

Soap x 1 case

Bathroom Tissue x 1 case


Sheet Sets x 6 Twin Sheet Sets

Queen Sheet Sets x 6

King Sheet Sets x 4

Blow Up Mattresses x 6

Household Items

Battery Powered Fans x 4

Batteries: C, D, AA, AAA


Leather/Work Gloves

Portable Gas Stoves x 5

Butane Gas Cans x 1 case


Can Openers x 6

Garbage Bags x 10 boxes

Insect Repellant x 12 cans

Specific Personal Clothing items

T-shirts – Male & Female: Small, Medium and Large

Xl Male T-shirts

Boys Socks White – size 8

Boys Shoes – size 8 & 9

Boys Underwear – Large briefs

Boys Navy Blue Pants – size 12

Boys Shirts – size 14

Boys Sneakers & Slippers – size 8

Women and Men’s Work Clothing

Ladies Shoes – sizes 7.5 & 8


Ushers—James Ryans’ Team

Counting—Alan Moore’s Team

Nursery—Emilie Porter




College—FNL (6:30 pm)



Family Gathering (6:00 pm See article.)

CYG Fusion (4:30-7:30 pm)



Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)



College – FNL (6:30 pm)



Jack & Jill Wedding Shower Honoring Christopher Ashburn and Sara Roibal

(2:00-4:00 pm See article.)



Teens and Their Families Potluck after morning assembly (game day)



College – FNL (6:30 pm)



Couples Wedding Shower Honoring Chris Campbell and Victoria Black

(3:00-4:30 pm See article.)

CYG Fusion (4:30-7:30 pm)



Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)



College – FNL (6:30 pm)



HUGS (during morning assembly)



Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)



Ladies’ Bible Class Hosting Sonrisers’ Meal (10:30 am)



College – Game Night (6:30 pm)



Teens Fall Party at The Johnsons



Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)



Trunk or Treat (6:00-9:00 pm)


Communion Thoughts: Jim Phillips

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

Prayer: Mike Lowery