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NOVEMBER 13, 2019


  Sarah Williams Betterton is now at home. Please continue to pray for her.

  Anna Brown is in a hospital in Charlotte, NC . Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

  Sadie Harrison, daughter of Justin and Angie, is recuperating at home after being in the hospital.

  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. (She will be going home Friday, November 15th.)

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

  Please continue to keep Doyal Wright in your prayers as he is having some health difficulties. They appreciate visitors, but right now they request short visits. He wears out quickly, but always enjoys when people stop by. 


  Bill Kuhn: “Please continue to pray that my sister, Sally, will regain health and strength sufficiently to return to assisted living from total care.”

  Lucas Family:Sadie Harrison is in hospital with RSV. Prayers for swift healing. No visitors please.” (Update: Sadie is now at home.)

  Zachary Miskelly: “Pray for my time of transition. Pray for my step-father to have safe travels. And for my grandmother and mother.”

  Lance and Jodi Moore: “Please pray for Brandon Powell as he goes to court this week.”

  Brandon Powell: “Please pray for those who are struggling to follow the path of righteousness. Pray for my court date 11/13/19.”

  Grant Ralph: “My mother has congestive heart failure and has been in a nursing home and has discovered that she needs oxygen 24/7, but cannot afford an oxygen machine. Yet her insurance told her that they aren’t going to pay for it or even an oxygen tank. Without this she will die, and she is supposed to go home tomorrow (11/11/19). Please pray that my mom can get oxygen one way or another.”

  Terri Williams: “Praises to God for understanding of His love as well as the peace He has given me that is truly beyond my understanding that is solely because of the sacrifice of His Son.”

  Asia ??: “Gain more knowledge, stay focused, become a better person every day. Pray to grow and prosper physically, mentally, and spiritually.”

  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Debbie Cole, Jamie Cole, James Hall, Sadie Harrison, Martha Jones, Sally Mans,  Johnny Powell, Rachel Ray, 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)


Our sympathy is extended to The Sherrill Family in the passing of Rachael’s grandmother, Nell Lamb, early Tuesday morning, November 12th. Visitation will be Saturday, November 16th, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and the funeral Sunday, November 17th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home, 59 N. Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38501. Sympathy cards may be sent to Rachael’s parents, Steve and Debbie Lamb, 1016 McGregor Lane, Cookeville, TN 35748.


I just wanted to let everyone know I am now at home. Thank you for all of your love, support, and prayers. Please continue to pray for healing as this is going to be a long and winding path to figure out.                                                                                           Carrie Wisehart

Mom is going home from rehab Friday (November 15th). Thank you all for your prayers, cards, visits, and gift basket. It is very appreciated.                     Paula Pope

Everyone is invited to the wedding of

Arina Drygval


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.


  Nursery needs: workers for Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:00 pm, 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-) if you can help. If anyone has told me in the past that they would be willing to sub for preschool or nursery, please let me know again so I can have an updated sub list.

  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.

Religious Volunteer training for the prison ministry

 at Limestone Correctional Facility

Saturday, December 7th, starting at 9:00 AM in the Old Auditorium

If you would like to volunteer within Limestone Correctional Facility as a part of the prison ministry, either for family nights or to teach a class, you must attend the annual training. You do not need to sign up ahead of time, just show up at the above time and place. The training may last approximately 3 hours.

Childcare will be provided for Central members.

Please let Hollye Dickey know if you will need childcare.

Please contact David Nance or Hollye Dickey with any questions. Thanks!

We appreciate your support of the prison ministry!


If you know of someone who needs help with Christmas this year, please fill out the cards, which are available on kitchen ledge. Deadline to turn in names is Sunday, November 17th. Thanks for your continued support.                                                       Juanita Crittenden


This past week, we kicked off the new Journey direction we call “Forward.” We discussed the characteristic of Preparing God’s people for works of service. The Scripture reference was Ephesians 4:11-16:

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

“Works of service” can include many things, so we can start with works that we think we are particularly suited for, or things we have been successful with in the past. The key is to get moving and get started! Paul provides guidance to the Ephesians, based on the purpose or goal of any activities that help us:

1.   Build up the body.

2.   Help us reach unity.

3.   Become more mature in our faith.

4.   Live completely filled with Christ.

5.   Become more stable in our understanding.

6.   Speak the truth in love.

7.   Grow up in love.

8.   Each of us do our part. 

As the word “work” implies, these are activities that require energy to complete, not just intellectual analysis. For these works, Paul provides a promise to the Ephesians who will apply themselves through works of service in verse 15:

“…we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

We are blessed at Central to be a congregation with a wide variety of ways to get involved and learn to engage in works of service. Let’s all look for ways we can become more effective as the physical body of Christ in his Kingdom on earth.

This week, we want to consider how to pass on the treasure. Our scripture reference is 2 Timothy 2:2: 

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

Earl Lavender encouraged us last week to look for ways to work together in unity, while being careful not to look at our assemblies and other times together as merely a performance by a few people, with the rest of us as an audience. We should consider ways that we can be personally involved with each other, share with each other, and show love. In these ways, keep in mind that we should look for ways to share with others.                From the elders,

Chip, Ed, and Richard


HUGS, a ministry for our 3 years through kindergarten children will meet this Sunday, November 17th, during our morning assembly.


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


Ushers—Yocus Jones’ Team

Counting—Matt McCauley’s Team

Nursery—November 17—Emilie Porter’s Team 




College FNL (6:30 pm)



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



HUGS (during morning assembly See article.)



College FNL (6:30 pm)



Thanksgiving Devotional (6:30 pm)



Teens – Fusion (4:30-7:30 pm)



College FNL (6:30 pm)



Religious Volunteer Training for Limestone Correctional Facility (9:00 am See article.)



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



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)



HUGS (during morning assembly)



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


Communion Thoughts: Caleb Simmons

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

Prayer: Richard Brown