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NOVEMBER 6, 2019

REJOICE

We rejoice with the angels over 2 new births. Tonino and Katherine (Romine) Nambo were both baptized Saturday morning, November 2nd. Please welcome and encourage them.   

SICK REPORT

  On Tuesday, November 5th, Sarah Williams Betterton (former member) posted: “Dr Kaelin came in this morning and let me know he feels pretty confident that I have Functional Neurological Disorder. He described it as a software problem rather than a hardware problem. So rather than there being a problem with my muscles and nerves, the problem is with the way my brain is sending messages to my body. He said it can happen with stress and for other unknown causes— but basically my brain got overloaded and started misfiring. I’ve been making rapid improvements in therapy and am able to do so many things with much more confidence. Still a bit wobbly when walking, but I CAN walk and get around on my own just fine. The very good news is that Dr Kaelin said that with FND, I can regain all of my mobility as we retrain my brain— full recovery with little to no chance of ending up back in here.” Please continue to keep Sarah and her husband, Joey, and their two young children in your prayers.

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

  Rhonda Pope, mother of Paula Pope, is in Encompass Rehabilitation Center, Room 200, after having part of her leg amputated last week.

  Rachel Ray is recuperating at home after having rotator cuff surgery this morning, November 6th. Please keep her in your prayers.

  Louise Williams is recovering at home after having a sinus procedure Friday, November 1st.

  Carrie Wisehart is in Huntsville Hospital in Madison, Room 313, after having surgery Saturday, November 2nd.

  Update on Doyal Wright from Drue – “Many of you know that Doyal had a fall Monday. We were blessed that he wasn’t hurt nor is he sore from it. Also blessed that three family members were here to get him up. He is very weak, and we don’t let him get up alone. The great news is that he is getting his taste back and is able to eat a little more each day. Yesterday was the first day he has eaten at least a portion of three meals. He also had cornbread and buttermilk between meals. We appreciate visitors but right now, until he gets stronger, request short visits. He wears out quickly but always enjoys when people stop by. Thanks for praying for us, caring about us and loving us!”

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Charles Brown:Anna is in the hospital in Charlotte, NC. This is a blessing because her family is there, so the language barrier is not as severe. Pray for her healing and return to her family.”

  Dittos: “We’ve had several weddings this summer and all. Let’s keep these young marriages in prayer, that they will grow to reflect the beauty of Christ and the church.”

  Bill Kuhn: “Please continue to pray for my sister, Sally. Please pray that healing and therapy will be successful so that she can return to assisted living at Harbor Chase.”

  John Kuhn Family: “Please pray for a friend, Mindy Sims, who is struggling with cancer. Pray also for Tonda’s mother – her physical situation is continuing to deteriorate. Pray that her eyes are opened to see Christ and His unfailing love for her.”

  Zach Miskelly: “Please pray for my move to a new home and my mother and grandmother.”

  Lance and Jodi Moore: “Please pray for Alecia; that she makes the next right decision. Pray for us that we show forgiveness, kindness, and tolerance. Please pray for Jodi and her physical therapy. Please pray for me as I begin a new job.”

  Joan Palmer: “For healing and steadfast faith for a family friend recently diagnosed with colon cancer – 60-year-old Vann James. Thanks.

  Brandon Powell: “Pray for perseverance to those who are struggling to get back on their feet. Pray for my court date 11-13-19. Pray that the Lord fills our hearts with the love he has for his people.”

  Tom Reynolds: “Pray for those who persecute and harass our brothers and sisters that they will come to know Jesus as their Lord.”

  Donna Roshell: “Continue praying for Mrs. Rhonda Pope as she recovers from surgery. Also pray for my co-worker, Ms. Jane, as she recovers from gall bladder surgery.” (Update: Mrs. Pope is now in Encompass Rehab, Room 200.)

  Minnie Teague: “Please continue to pray for Louis and also for my sister, Barbara Harper, who is in Huntsville Hospital.”

  David Walls: “I pray for good health and I thank God in seeing a new day and to have more hours at work.”

  Terri Williams: “I try to be loving and I try to be kind. When I make a mistake or wrong someone, I try to make it right. Pray for me that my heart doesn’t change because of my imperfections and when I apologize I am not met with unforgiveness. I am deeply sorry for people I have hurt, for mistakes I’ve made, and for lies I’ve told. I am thankful for the Lord because he sees my heart.”

  Carrie Wisehart has surgery Saturday, November 2nd, for an intestinal problem. She has had the problem since July. Pray this surgery is successful and Carrie gets relief.” (Update: Carrie is in Madison Hospital, Room 313.)

  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Debbie Cole, Jamie Cole, James Hall, Martha Jones, Sally Mans,  Johnny Powell, Louis Teague, Bill & Sherill Townsley, Louise Williams, 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)

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy to the family of Art Leslie, founder of the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center, who passed away Saturday, November 2nd. The family will receive friends this Friday and Saturday evenings (November 8th and 9th) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Mercy Building. Visitation will be held this Sunday, November 10th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm with the memorial service to follow at 3:00pm at Twickenham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center (HICLC.org), 2450 Braham Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805 or to Heart of Alabama Save.Rescue.Adopt (hasta.org).

THANK YOU

We loved the “big tent” experience yesterday and we love all of you who worked so hard to give us “Sonrisers” such a wonderful treat. Thank you!           Sandra and Richard Brown

WOW! What an amazing job the “New Beginnings”, “Young Marrieds”, and others did Saturday, November 2nd. It was truly the “greatest Harvest Banquet ever yet beheld”. Thank you for all the hard work, delicious food, and the fun time! Love you all!          Jon and Pat Canterbury

May thanks to the “circus people” for a wonderful time Saturday, November 2nd, for the “Sonrisers”!

Joan Hacker

Dear Central Family,

You will never know what your donation to Mt. Dora Christian Home in honor of my brother’s death means to us and his children. Jerry was a very giving person and always thought of others first. He would have felt unworthy that you gave to the school in memory of his life. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness.                                                             Love,

Tim and Jimi Johnson

Many thanks to the Young Marrieds and all who helped with a great time and good food. Their creativity never ceases to amaze us!!                                 Herb and Sue Underwood

Thank you to everyone who helped with our Trunk or Treat Thursday, October 31st. Our food servers, trunk decorators, “meeters & greeters”, those in charge of the games, and our candy/donation givers did a SUPER job. A special thanks to Rodney Keeton for organizing this event for our Central children and our community.

WELCOME

We welcome Kylie Brielle Bowen, daughter of Chakaya Bowen. She was born Sunday, November 3rd, weighing 6 pounds 12 ounces. She was welcomed by her grandparents, Richard and Dot Bowen, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

NEEDS

Nursery needs: workers for Wednesdays 7-8pm, 1-3 months: December, January, and/or February.

Preschool needs: subs for Sunday and Wednesday Bible classes and helpers and teachers for Wednesday Bible classes (at least winter quarter).

Please contact Suzie Nance at 256-653-2508 or drnance(-at-)hiwaay.net if you can help.

Also, please remember to see if there are still unfilled blanks on the Sunday sign-up sheets outside the Nursery and Toddler rooms for assembly times. When committing to those times, let Cathy Farless or Suzie Nance know if you cannot make it.

Thanks!

Everyone is invited to the wedding of

Arina Drygval

And

Philip Lowery

Saturday, November 16, 2019

At 4:00 p.m.

At Central church of Christ

An hors d’oeuvre reception

will follow at the Cooper House.

Guests are welcome to dress in medieval

clothing if they choose but it is not necessary.

MEALS FOR THE WISEHARTS

Any that are interested in bringing meals to the Wiseharts, please contact Suzie Nance at 256-653-2508 or drnance(-at-)hiwaay.net Thanks!

COMING SOON – CENTRAL CHURCH ANGEL TREE CARDS

If you know of someone who needs help with Christmas this year, please fill out the cards, which will be available Sunday, November 10th. Thanks for your continued support.

Juanita Crittenden

FROM THE ELDERS

Concluding our week of prayer and fasting—An old hymn begins with, "What a friend we have in Jesus; what a privilege to carry everything to Him in prayer." The refrain of another, says, "I will pray, I will pray, ever will I pray; morning, noon and evening, unto you I'll pray." Prayer is a privilege and a necessity, and we are thankful for those who answered the call to pray and fast for this church this past week. The Christian Characteristic week was: A Community of Believers Humbly Seeking God's Guidance. The memory verse was, "Pray continually." (1 Thessalonians 5:17) We truly do need God's guidance as we:

·        Undertake the Forward part of Our Journey 2019.

o   When you look closely at Ephesians 4:11-16 you come to the realization that "preparing God's people for works of service" is critical to building up the body of Christ to serve God's purposes in this world. Too, we do the equipping to pass the Gospel to later generations.

·        Strive to put into practice what we have studied and discussed in Our Journey 2019.

o   Please don't make Our Journey 2019 just another church event. Make it a part of your life going forward. It can help you grow, irrespective of your level of maturity.

·        Seek wisdom from above (James 3:17-18) and discern God's purposes for us in 2020.

o   Let us continue to search the Scriptures, humbly pray and be sensitive to the indwelling Holy Spirit as we go forward. 

We had the privilege of having Earl Lavender with us. This was the fourth time he has joined us on Our Journey 2019. His teaching and affirmation have been instrumental in putting a good foundation down for the Journey, and we thank him for investing his time and gifts in us. He addressed this week's Christian Characteristic: Preparing God's people for works of service so that all reach unity, maturity and attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. The text: Ephesians 4:11-16. This is an area that he has studied, written about and taught for thirty years. Here are a few excerpts from his writings on this subject:

"The purpose of the leaders of the church is not to maintain a worship society. The leaders must accept the responsibility of equipping every member to use his/her talents in the best possible way within the unified body in order that the church will grow to the glory of God. . . .The word 'preparing' (NIV)  or ‘equipping' (ESV, NKJV and others) means to place someone or something in proper working order. The result [of the preparing or equipping] is that they are [every member is] able to use their unique abilities to the benefit of the whole body and the world around them. Through them Christ's body becomes active and effective to all with whom they come into contact.  

"Which is better: . . . to have one [or a few] mighty warrior[s] who can fight, or to use the great warrior[s] to equip one hundred soldiers for battle. The answer is as obvious as God's plan is beautiful.  We must have equippers as leaders. . . . Let me say again that Jesus was an equipper. The price He paid to meet our needs is beyond comprehension. But hopefully it will inspire us to follow His example and find greatness in meeting the needs and equipping to the fullest the great army of God. 

"I am convinced the church that equips every member to be an active evangelist [i.e., an active proclaimer of the Gospel] in their everyday life will grow. How can I be certain? God promises it through the writings of Paul." [See Ephesians 4:16.]

Excerpts from, A Biblical Pattern for Church GrowthA Study of Ephesians 4:1-16, Earl Lavender, © 1990. Comments in [brackets] added for continuity and clarity.

And what is coming on November 10? Christian Characteristic: Passing the treasure on—finding and training reliable believers who will also be qualified to teach the Scriptures to others. Key word: reliable. Memory verse: 2 Timothy 2:2. The memory verse speaks to how deliberate and careful we should be in the preserving and passing the Gospel to others who are reliable and trustworthy. Church leaders are given the responsibility for seeing that this happens, but this responsibility is not just for a few who are specially trained." But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." (2 Corinthians 4:7, NIV)—plain, ordinary clay jars. That's all of us.  

The elders, Chip, Ed and Richard

 RAHIMOVS FAMILY – MINISTRY NEWSLETTER

There are copies of a newsletter from The Rahimovs Family (some of our missionaries in Tomsk) on the kitchen counter for anyone who would like to read it.

TEEN RETREAT – THIS WEEKEND

All teens will be leaving Central at 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 8th, for their Fall Retreat and should be back at Central around noon on Sunday, November 10th.

They will need to bring warm clothing and toiletries. Bedding and towels are provided.

If you have not signed up, but would like to go, please contact Rodney Keeton.

 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.

NOVEMBER TEAM SERVANTS

Ushers—Yocus Jones’ Team

Counting—Matt McCauley’s Team

Nursery—November 10—Julie Meyer’s Team 

ACTIVITIES

Nov

8

College FNL (6:30 pm)

 

8-11

Teens’ Fall Retreat

 

12

Ladies’ Bible Class (10:00 am)

 

15

College FNL (6:30 pm)

 

16

Arina Drygval and Philip Lowery Wedding (4:00 pm See invitation.)

 

17

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

22

College FNL (6:30 pm)

 

28

Thanksgiving Devotional (6:30 pm)

Dec

1

Teens – Fusion (4:30-7:30 pm)

 

6

College FNL (6:30 pm)

 

7

Senior High Holiday Party (5:30-9:00 pm at The Keetons)

 

8

Combined Adult Class with Earl Lavender (9:00 am)

 

 

Teens – Cookie Day (after morning assembly)

 

 

Family Gathering with Earl Lavender(5:30-7:30 pm)

 

15

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

 

Elementary Holiday Party (5:00-7:00 pm)

MEN TO SERVE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Communion Thoughts: Tim Johnson

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

Prayer: Larry Rice