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DECEMBER 5, 2018

THOSE IN THE HOSPITAL AND SHUT-IN

  Merle Gowen is recuperating at home. Cards of encouragement may be sent to him at 28205 Gatlin Road, Ardmore, AL 35739.

  Mother-To-Be: Jordan Gibbs (4/15/19)

  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Bobbye Ashley, Roosevelt Augustus, Jamie Cole, Viola Drappier, Margie Gough, James Hall, Martha Jones, Sally Mans, Ted & Rosalie Moore, Johnny Powell, Louis Teague, Bill & Sherill Townley, and Mary Williams

PRAYER REQUESTS AND COMMENTS

  Garrett and Karin Bell: “There is a student at A&M named Kiara Timmons who has not been able to make it to many events but attends a congregation at her home in Florida. She is looking for a place to stay until the 21st of December, as on-campus housing ends this Friday and she wants to maintain her job at the campus Wellness Center. She does not have a car either but can drive. I want to extend this need to the church to help serve this sweet young woman. Contact me for her info.”

  Candra Branch: “Pray for my final exams and essays. Pray for safe travels during the holiday break. Pray for financial break through and scholarship.”

  Dittos: “Prayers for Adam, Amber, Lily, and Kate Wood as they are ready to begin their mission to Greece. We love their family very much.”

  Claudia Ford: “Prayers for our mother, Drue Wright. She’s not feeling well today (Sunday, December 2nd).” (Update: Drue is feeling much better today.)

  Nikki Holley: “Brothers and sisters, I am struggling with some issues that I need to deal with. Please no calls just now just prayers are necessary. (Please respect my privacy.) Thank you for the prayers for Chellé. She got the job here in North Alabama.”

  Hopkins: “Thanks for praying for our granddaughter’s husband, Jake. He is still struggling and will be going to a new doctor. Pray that the doctor can get the problem diagnosed and successfully treated.”

  John Kuhn: “Please be in prayer for Rob Hensley and his family as he was in a bad car accident Friday. Please pray as all the students are finishing their semester – that they can finish strong.” (Update: Rob Hensley is off the ventilator and has some sensation in his arms. They sat him up yesterday and he was able to hold the position for two minutes. Getting more feeling and ability daily. Cards/notes of encouragement may be sent to Rob Hensley, 7429 Park Street, NE, Lanesville, IN 47136.”)

  Daniel Lewis: “Please pray for Stephanie and Delaney to get over the illness keeping them home today (Sunday, December 2nd).”

  Jared McCall: “Pray that Daniel has a good transition with switching college. It was good meeting you and I hope you continue to seek God.”

  Aqueel Moss: “Praise God for growing His kingdom and the campus ministry. Also pray that finals go well for all college students.”

  David Nance: “Please keep those who are recovering from all the disasters (fire and hurricanes). Also, a volunteer in Florida recently had a tree fall on him breaking several of his ribs and damaging his back. Keep him in your prayers.”

  Daniel Omamurheme: “First I just want to say thank you and God bless to each and everyone here. I am grateful for everything. I just need prayers over me for my new school I’m transferring to – that the goals I want to accomplish, I will earn it by God’s grace.”

  Don Phillips: “Pray for our troops overseas.”

  Addy and Rachel Ray: “We hope that Graham will so be well enough to join us here at church. Please pray for him.”

  Tom Reynolds: “All these are Brothers of His Way: 1) Merle Gowen has gone home to Ardmore to recover. 2) Jerimie Hughes. Passed away on Thursday. His visitation was Sunday, December 2nd. 3) Rob Hensley had an auto accident on Friday in Indiana. He was seriously injured and had surgery yesterday. 4) Denis Collier is recovering from open heart surgery at H.H., Room 665.” (Updates: 1. Cards of encouragement may be sent to Merle Gowen at 28205 Gatlin Road, Ardmore, AL 35739 2. Rob Hensley is off the ventilator and has some sensation in his arms. They sat him up yesterday and he was able to hold the position for two minutes. Getting more feeling and ability daily. Cards/notes of encouragement may be sent to Rob Hensley, 7429 Park Street, NE, Lanesville, IN 47136. 3. Denis Collier has been discharged from the hospital.)

  James Ryans: “I did not mention that registration starts this upcoming Wednesday, December 5. There will be a table before and after classes to register for the Marriage Retreat.”

  Tia Smith: “My friend has leukemia cancer. I pray she gets well.”

  Alexander Spencer: “Help for me to build a foundation founded upon God to bring family together. Pay my debt. Buying a home. Hurting financially. Thank Central church of Christ for all prayers and providing service for me. God bless!”

  Kim Story: “Abby Spicer, a former Central member, will have gamma knife radiation this Wednesday to reduce the growth of brain tumors. Thank you for your continued prayers for her spiritual and physical health.”

  Chiana Walker: “Thank you all for the prayers for my family during the passing of my aunt and uncle. Please continue to keep my father in your prayers, also keep all the college students in your prayers during finals and the transition to going home for the holidays. Also pray that I’m guided to a new job with patient experience I would need for school.”

  David Walls: “Pray for my mom.”

  Adam and Amber Wood: “Please pray for Rob Hensley. He was in an accident Friday and suffered a spinal cord injury. The extent of injuries is still unknown. Pray especially today that he will be able to be taken off ventilator and breath on his own.” (Update: “Rob is off the ventilator and has some sensation in his arms. They sat him up yesterday and he was able to hold the position for two minutes. Getting more feeling and ability daily. Cards/notes of encouragement may be sent to Rob Hensley, 7429 Park Street, NE, Lanesville, IN 47136.)

  Mothers-To-Be: Jordan Gibbs (4/15/19)

  Missionaries: The Denisovs, Phil Lowery, and The Rahimovs – Tomsk, Russia, The Etwaroos – Guyana, Dwaine and Charlotte Simmons – Juayúa, El Salvador, and YOU – Huntsville Area

ANGEL TREE

The purpose of our Central's Angel Tree is to help those who would not have a good Christmas due to financial difficulties. There is 1 Angel left on the tree, who needs someone to pick her up in the fellowship hall. Please bring your wrapped gift with the Angel tag on it and place on the table in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, December 16th. If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Crittenden.

FAMILY VACATION RETREAT

JANUARY 18TH – 21ST, 2019

The campus ministry's annual Family Vacation Retreat is here again.  However, due to the damage caused by Hurricane Michael, the normal venue in Panama City Beach is unavailable this year. Instead, the event will be at the Camden on the Lake Resort in Lake Ozark, MO. This year's theme is Generations Reunion WeekendThis year is special – it’s our 10th anniversary, and we’re inviting not only current college students to attend, but alumni as well. As last year, those Central teens who are juniors and seniors are also invited to join and the campus ministry will help sponsor those that want to go. There will be a teen track with breakout classes designed for them.  Rodney, our youth minister, will be going to aid in leading the trip.  We really hope this will be well attended by our teens, college, and alumni. The cost is $80 per person including a $20 deposit when you sign up. If you have any questions, interested in going, or interested in helping someone to go that is financially unable, please contact D’Mitri Lewis (904-887-4006).

HOLIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE

The following is the schedule for Central’s classes over the upcoming holidays.

Christmas: Sunday classes are planned to run as usual both before and after Christmas. On Wednesday, December 26th, the night after Christmas, adult and children’s classes alike will not meet in order to support a devotional in the old auditorium. New Year: All classes are planned to run as usual.

If teachers will be out of town or think their class attendance will be small on one of these days, they may make special arrangements for their class (e.g., have prayer time; combine classes with another group; etc.).

TEEN ACTIVITIES

  Saturday, December 8th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.– Senior High Christmas Party at the home of The Keetons – Dirty Santa party. Need parents to provide finger food and a few adult chaperones to help at the house.

  Sunday, December 9th (after morning assembly) – Cookie Day for 7th – 12th Graders. Need adults to help teens make cookies, peppermint bark, etc. and help drive to Sonrisers/Shut-Ins.

WINTER TERM WEDNESDAY ADULT CLASSES

The winter term Wednesday-night classes will be conducted in the old auditorium. The two primary themes include the Bible itself and what the Bible teaches as a whole. The term will be comprised of two back-to-back short series.

Part 1:  December 5, 2018 through January 16, 2019

“How We Got the Bible” – A 6-hour look at 3500 years of Bible history that points toward Jesus as revealed by the Holy Spirit

Why do we have the Bible anyway? Do we know who wrote the Bible or when? What is a manuscript? Do we have any of the original manuscripts? If not, how do we know what God really wanted said? Are there really variances in the manuscripts from which the Bible is translated? What is the best translation?

The Lord willing, this will be a 6-week series presented by Ed Ditto.

Part 2:  January 23, 2019 through February 27, 2019

“Ask Me Anything” – A 6-week Q&A-style series intended to facilitate deeper understanding of what the Bible as a whole teaches about questions of interest to Central’s members

The “How We Got the Bible” series provides reasons for confidence that the Bible is God’s word. God’s word (and NOT human tradition) is the authority for the church and Christian living. The “Ask Me Anything” series is an opportunity to apply what the Bible as a whole says about topics of contemporary interest.

The first week of “Ask Me Anything” will begin with moderators from Central’s Adult Education Committee (AEC) briefly explaining in more depth the purpose of the series and setting ground rules for class discussion. A typical night in this series will consist of moderators fielding questions to the class and facilitating class discussion of what the Bible teaches about those questions. To provide some preparation time for prayer and study, an initial set of questions will be requested ahead of time. Questions may address theological, ethical, or practical concerns, such as, “What does the Bible say about…?”; “Does the Bible permit Christians to…?”; and “Why do we do…?” Once an initial set of questions is received and collected, the congregation will be provided that list so that individuals may come prepared to discuss. Depending on the number of questions received, the moderators may not have time to field every question over the series. Moreover, some topics may require multiple weeks, perhaps with initial discussion one week with follow-up in later weeks. Also, please note that the moderators may slightly revise some questions or combine multiple questions to address a category of questions together.

From now through Sunday, December 16, please provide your written questions to Pat Canterbury either in hardcopy or by email (pat(-at-)centralfamily.org).  Pat will compile the list of questions and provide them to the moderators to provide back out to the congregation by Sunday, December 23. Keep in mind that these questions are intended to seed the discussion.  More questions will be welcomed as the series gets underway.

CELEBRATE WITH THE MATTHEW WRIGHT FAMILY

A cake has been set out tonight in the kitchen. It was made to celebrate Marilyn's upcoming 1st birthday as a way to say thanks for the prayers and support from the Central family.

DIRECTORY UPDATE

  Chris Campbell’s new address is 102 Boseman Street, Huntsville, Alabama 35806.

  The Shedd Family’s new address is 1153 Danielle Elizabeth Court, O’Fallon, MO 63366.

  Chiana Walker’s new address is 1204 Julia Street, Apt. 7, Huntsville, Alabama 35816.

DECEMBER TEAM SERVANTS

USHERS – Alex Coleman’s Team

COUNTING – Alan Moore’s Team

FLC SET UP Jared Mosley’s Team

NURSERY – Anna Mosley, Julie Meyer, and Carrie Arnold

ACTIVITIES

Dec

8

Senior High Holiday Party (5:00-8:00 pm at the Keetons See article.)

 

9

Teens – Cookie Day (after assembly See article.)

 

 

Elementary Holiday Party (5:30 pm)

 

 

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

 

16

HUGS (during assembly)

 

 

Angel Tree gifts due back (See article.)

 

 

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

 

23

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

 

31-1

Teen – Lock-In

Jan

6

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

 

13

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

 

18-21

College and 11th and 12th Graders – Family Vacation Retreat (See article.)

MEN TO SERVE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Leading:

Jamie Burns

D’Mitri Lewis, Mike Lowery, Travis Bowen, Tristan Henderson, Dana Mercier, Walter Franklin, Alex Coleman, Jim Phillips

Prayer:

Aqueel Moss