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OCTOBER 16, 2019

REJOICE

We rejoice with the angels over the birth of a new sister. Jodi Moore, wife of Lance, was baptized Wednesday, October 9th. Please welcome and encourage our newest sister.

 PLACED MEMBERSHIP

Stephany Moore, wife of Kyle, met with the elders and wishes to work and fellowship with us at Central. She recently has moved here from El Salvador. Please get to know Stephany and welcome her.

 SICK REPORT

  Barbara Hopkins fell Tuesday, October 8th, and has a separated shoulder and a bruised rib cage and is in much pain. Thankfully no broken bones. Prayers are requested.   

  Sally Mans is in Valley View Rehab, 5968 Wall Triana Hwy, Room 507, Madison, AL 35757.

  Please continue to keep Doyal Wright in your prayers as he is in quite a bit of pain and not sleeping well. He is also not eating well. 

 PRAYER REQUESTS

  Laurie Bell: “Prayers for Grandad Doyal. He hasn’t had a very good week.”

  Mary Bell: “Please pray for my mum. She isn’t feeling well.”

  Cathy Farless: “Pray for Samantha Bottomley, who is at home today (Sunday, October 13th) recovering after a bad fall at work.”

  Charles Hopkins: “After a bad fall on concrete last week, Barbara is a little better today (Sunday, October 13th. Still very sore and painful. We want to thank you for your prayers and concern. Keep praying!”

  Lance and Jodi Moore: “Please pray for our neighbor, Curtis Anderson, and his COPD and Brandon Powell’s court date.”

  Dean and Sandy Oden: “Our grandson, Lane Oden, suffered a severe seizure Saturday night (October 12th) and is on a ventilator. Please pray for his recovery. Thank you.” (Update: Lane is recovering at home.)

  Tom and Selwyn Reynolds: “Please pray the Christians in Syria will receive the aid they need as they are being targeted more in the increased fighting there because of Turkey. Pray God will turn the hearts of those attacking them to Christ.”

  Dwaine and Charlotte Simmons: News from Juayua – The son of sister Ana Mendoza, Antonio, was killed in a motorcycle accident in El Salvador. This is a tragic loss for Antonio’s family and especially for his young children.”

  Dorothea Thompson: “Please pray for our family for grace, healing and forgiveness. Love in Him.”

  Louise Williams: “Pray for the family, relatives, and friends of Shirley Boyer, my cousin from Atlanta, who passed away last week.”

  Jeannie Worthey: “Pray for me.”

  Asia: “Pray that I grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. Pray for grace, rest, peace, and habit change. Erase and replace the old me.”

  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Jamie Cole, James Hall, Barbara Hopkins, Martha Jones, Sally Mans,  Johnny Powell, Louis Teague, Bill & Sherill Townsley, Carrie Wisehart, 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)

THANK YOU

Dear church family,

Thank you so much for the lovely plant and all the encouraging cards after my brother’s death.                                                                                                                                                                         Love from Julia Wright


TRUNK OR TREAT

Thursday, October 31st, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Central will have its 2nd Trunk or Treat for our church and the community. This will be discussed today in our assembly. We will need help with the following:

·        Kitchen Helpers (We are providing hot dogs, chips, cookies, and lemonade.)

·        Meeters & Greeters

·        Lots of Candy – Need in case some of our cars run out.

·        Decorated Vehicles (Please note if you are decorating your vehicle, you are also providing candy to give out at your vehicle.)

Everyone is invited to come and help in this event. Please be praying for the church and this outreach to our community.

If you have any questions or can fulfill one of these needed areas, please go by the table located by the water fountain (close to the downstairs restrooms) or contact Rodney Keeton (256-520-9196).

TEEN FALL PARTY

Who?           All teens

What?          Fall Costume Party

When?         Sunday, October 27th

Where?        The Johnson’s Farm, 983 West Point Road, Somerville, AL 35670

Bring?          A Can of veggies for hobo stew

Leave Central at 5:00 and return to Central at 9:00 p.m.

FROM THE ELDERS

Sunday, October 13th—Sunday was the second Opportunity Sunday in the Outward part of the Our Journey 2019. During the class time, we focused on opportunities for outreach in three ministry areas and our personal response to them: 1) compassion to the burdened, weary and lonely, 2) lifting up the persecuted and 3) extending Biblical hospitality with no favoritism. Our prayer is that you found that time to be edifying and you will continue to ponder these ministry areas as you pray and seek your place in God's story or that you have been reinforced in your personal ministry.

Reflections—The Christian Characteristic under consideration this past week was "I am not ashamed to proclaim the Gospel," which is taken from Romans 1:16-17. In his sermon Sunday (October 6th), Allen mentioned that this is one of the most profound and important text in Scripture. Additional reflection on this is worthwhile. The key words are, "not ashamed." The first century Christians were the Fellowship of the Unashamed. In Acts 8:4 (which we considered previously in this series), we see this liberation army engaged in a relentless conflict, universal in its scope and involving men of every nation, kindred and tongue. It is a war on the very frontiers of life itself in which there can never be a negotiated settlement, and never a cessation of hostilities to pick up the wounded and the dead. No power could halt their fearless exploits and triumphant processional. Admiration deepens and wonderment increases when it is realized that their magnificent accomplishments were achieved without any of the things deemed essential today to promoting and procuring our own feeble successes. Think about it. As they went, they had no fine church buildings, pulpits, copies of the New Testament, tracts or inspirational literature. They had no electronic communications, or cars, buses, or airplanes. They established no institutions, chartered no organizations, had no missionary societies and established no schools or colleges to train their vanguard. There was no appeal to a pagan public through celebrities, sensationalism, sophistication or fabrication. None of the so called "essentials."

So what did they have? The answer was found in their lives, their documents and the indictments of their enemies. First, they were aware of the astonishing change which had been wrought in their hearts by the Spirit who moved in when they unreservedly surrendered themselves to the Father and pledged allegiance to His Son. They remembered what they were before the hand of God had touched their lives. Second, they had an overwhelming sense of mission which transcended every earthly value and every purely mundane and trite consideration. They had been called out of the world to be sent back into it. Because the Master came into the world to seek and save the lost, they went into the world to seek and save. Like Him they came not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give their lives in service. Third, they had the vessel concept of life.  Their very bodies were earthen vessels, made of clay by the master potter on the whirling wheel of destiny.  No vessel was useless. Every one was functional. The glorious Gospel was a treasure beyond value. They were the vessels into which it had been poured, not to be hoarded but to be shared. They were chosen vessels to bear His name throughout the earth. They were consecrated, animated motivated, and activated by the Spirit. In the power of the Spirit they went out conquering and to conquer. Let us move the battle from the "mess hall" back onto the battlefield. Let us take up the mantra, "not ashamed." Let us join that great liberation army and  be The Fellowship of the Unashamed in our time. (Portions taken from an article titled, The Fellowship of the Unashamed by C. Ketcherside, March 1968)

The coming week—We will be considering the Christian Characteristic, "Spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ Jesus." The key word is "fragrance" (or "aroma”), and the memory verse is 2 Corinthians 2:14. Meditate on this. It is intended to be an extension of Opportunity Sunday, as we think of spreading outward with what we have physically and spiritually like as fragrance fills a room. Let’s fill the space around us with the aroma of Christ, the knowledge of Christ Jesus, as we go about our daily lives  We appreciate your joining with us in considering this Characteristic.                                                                                                                                                                            The elders, Chip, Ed and Richard

HARVEST BANQUET

Step right up to the greatest Harvest Banquet ever yet beheld!

All Sonrisers (those who are at least 60 years old by the end of 2019)

are invited to enjoy an afternoon under the big top.

Saturday, November 2nd at 11:30 AM

the Banquet Hall at the 

His Way Community Outreach Center

582 Shields Road, Huntsville, 35811

Shuttle vans from Central to the Outreach Center will be available if needed.

RSVP through the church office (256-534-0382) – deadline to call Wednesday, October 30th, or by signing up at one of the tables in the Library or in the Fellowship Hall

after Sunday morning assembly – deadline to sign up at tables Sunday, October 27th.

If you are not a Sonriser and you would like to help or make a donation,

please stop by one of the tables in the Library or in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks!

 

 

Please Join Us For A

COUPLES SHOWER

in honor of

Philip Lowery

and

Arina Drygval

Sunday, November 3

from 2:30-4:00pm

in the Central College Room

Philip and Arina are registered at Target.

 

HUGS

HUGS,  a ministry for our three years old through kindergarten children, will meet this Sunday, October 20th, during our morning assembly.

PLEASE LOOK AROUND

Please help us keep the auditorium clean by picking up any bulletins, papers, bottles, etc. that may have been left in and around the pews and racks. Since we are not taking up chairs and having an empty floor, it is harder to keep clean. PLEASE, JUST POLICE YOUR AREA AND REMOVE ALL TRASH. Thank you.

EL SALVADOR NEWSLETTER

There are copies from Carlos and Linda Eguizabal (our missionaries in El Salvador) on the kitchen counter for anyone who would like to read it.

OCTOBER TEAM SERVANTS

Ushers—Ronald Graham’s Team

Counting—Larry Rice’s Team

Nursery—Jill Howell, Jimi Johnson, and Kathleen Lowery 

ACTIVITIES

Oct

18

College – FNL (6:30 pm)

 

20

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

22

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)

 

24

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

 

25

College – Game Night (6:30 pm) (canceled)

 

27

Teens’ Fall Party at The Johnsons (5:00-9:00 pm See article.)

 

29

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)

 

 

College – Pumpkin Party

 

31

Trunk or Treat (6:00-9:00 pm See article.)

Nov

1

College Movie Night

 

2

Harvest Banquet (11:30 am See article.)

 

3

Daylight Saving Time Ends

 

 

Jack and Jill Wedding Shower Honoring Arina Drygval and Phil Lowery

(2:30-4:00 pm)

 

 

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

MEN TO SERVE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

Communion Thoughts: Chad Dickey

Serving: Yocus Jones, Michael Nance, David Nance, James Palmer, Ronald Graham, Andy Trapane, Michael Baucum, Andrew Baucum

Prayer: Lee Raum