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DECEMBER 11, 2019


We rejoice with the angels over the birth of a new brother. Jeremy Ballentine, a resident at His Way, was baptized Sunday, December 8th. Please welcome and encourage him.


  Barbara Hopkins is recuperating at home after having shoulder surgery Monday, December 9th. Please continue to keep her in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

  Sally Mans has been moved to Room 200 at Valley View Health Care, 5968 Wall Triana Hwy, Madison, AL 35757.


  Kyearia Booker: “Prayer for my cousin who is currently in the hospital, over my life and for my family.”

  Callins: “Pray for Robert Wilson. He is one of the presenters for the 2020 Marriage Retreat. He had surgery in November. Pray for a speedy recovery.”

  Rachel Clark: “Pray for the Huntsville Police Department who lost a fellow police officer on Friday, all the nurses and doctors, and techs in the ER who are heartbroken they could not save him, and for his family.”

  Stephanie Clark: “We will have 13 family members traveling to visit this weekend; please pray for their safety. Also, Trevvor’s mother, Leslee, will be returning on December 15 from teaching English in Japan. Please pray for her safety, health, and a smooth readjustment to Western culture.”

  Dittos: “The speaker for our marriage retreat, Robert Wilson, has had major surgery. Pray for his speedy recovery.”

  Hopkins: “Please pray that Barbara’s shoulder surgery will go well Monday morning, December 9th.” (Update: Barbara’s surgery went well. She is recuperating at home.)

  Jill Howell came forward Sunday with a statement asking us to pray for her, her family and her co-workers in several situations – her brother’s Alzheimer’s, changes at work that she and her co-workers are struggling with and specifically for one co-worker, Julia Moore, who has these struggles plus her dad's failing health. The full statement is available in the church office if you would like to read it. 

  Lilli Karlin: “My son, Andrew Dixon, for healing and a good MRI scan for his head.”

  John Kuhn: “Please pray for all taking finals. Rose Kuhn needs safe travel from Arkansas for Christmas holidays.”

  Dana Mercier: “Please pray for my lifelong friend, Alan Bergivine, who has stage 4 Prostrate cancer that God can heal him and draw him closer.”

  Michael Nance: “Please pray for the college kids and some stressful finals that will take place this week. Pray especially for the nursing majors as they are coming up on a stressful test.”

  Joan Palmer: “Update on my brother, Bruce Harris. Main heart artery stented successfully ; two others affected left unattended for reasons of unfavorable effects. He is now at home and stable. Thank you for your prayers.”

  Jo Whitten:Please pray for my son-in-law, Russ Nixon's parents. His mother is in hospital with a painful back fracture. And his dad has waves of pain and nausea, with stage 4 cancer. Cards can be sent to: Eddie and Elaine Nixon, 7013 N Hwy 1, Wellington, CO 80549. Thank you for your prayers.”

  Terri Williams: “Seeking prayers for my children as navigating life as a teenager can prove to be difficult. I also ask for prayers for my health concerning my diabetes and the constant struggle with depression and anxiety. Mostly, I am just thankful to be back to good physical and mental health to be present with the saints this Sunday morning (December 8).”

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

  Mother-In-Waiting: Amanda Coleman (6/12/20)

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


Our congratulations to Drue Wright, who is the proud great-grandmother of boy. Doyal Clayborn Wright, II was born Monday, December 9th, weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces. His parents are Landen and Haley Wright.

Also, our congratulations to Marty and Cindy Hanson, who are the proud grandparents of a girl. Marie Noelle Allison was born Sunday, December 8th, weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces. Her parents are Chris and Casey Allison.


Our sympathy is extended to The Romine Family in the passing of Melia’s cousin, Chris Hopper, Saturday, December 7th. Melia requests that we continue to pray for his parents and sons. Notes of sympathy may be sent to: Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hopper, 85 Ty Place, Ohatchee, AL 36271.


Dear Central Family,

Thanks for the wonderful basket of goodies. We all enjoyed the fruit, candy, and other surprises we found. The basket itself is awesome and will always be a reminder of the love and support freely given after my shoulder surgery. Thank you for the cards of encouragement – everyone a blessing. Most of all, I thank you for the prayers that went upon my behalf for a speedy recovery. God heard and answered. I am blessed to be progressing quicker than most.      Sent with a grateful heart and love for all.

Rachel Ray

Thank you all for the cards, calls, and texts during the loss of my grandfather.

Sean and Keiandra Tyler

Dear Central Family,

Words are inadequate to express our gratitude for all you have meant to us over the years and especially this year.

We both appreciated those of you who took time from their busy lives to visit, make phone calls, texted, brought food and prayed for us and with us.

I cannot think of anything to say except THANK YOU for all the love you conveyed at Doyal’s funeral—the lovely plant—the feast for our large family—and the huge crowd who came to be with us for his celebration.                                                           I love each one of you,

Drue Wright


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 Thursday, December 26, 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: Sunday classes are planned to run as usual both before and after New Year’s Day. On Thursday, January 2, adults will meet in the auditorium. (In other words, we will not meet Wednesday, December 25, and Wednesday, January 1.)


  Garrett and Karin Bell: “Praise God, Garrett will be graduating from UAH with a degree in Kinesiology next Monday, December 16, at 2:30 p.m. at the VBC. We think anyone is welcome; there are no tickets!”

Bowen Family: “Announcing the graduation of Mysteree Bowen from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Health Sciences concentrating in Heath Care Management – Graduating Magna Cum Laude – commencement will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 13th, 2019 at 5950 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608.”


We are grateful and thankful for the leadership of Rodney Keeton (Teen Minister) and Gerry Binford (Campus Ministry Advisor/Coordinator) as they lead these key ministries preparing our teens and college students to accept the Gospel Torch as they in turn learn how to pass it on.   Sunday, December 1st, these brothers shared their love for their students and the desires and plans they have to help them grow and reach their full potential in Christ. Having these two brothers here with us and watching them use their talents in these capacities is truly a blessing for the body at Central. That popular saying that “It takes a village to raise a child”, is true as well in the spiritual family. To raise up those young in the faith, requires the assistance of many in this body who volunteer their time, talents, and gifts to support these two ministries. This was keenly evident as many stood, when requested, who had been influenced by the ministries or directly assisted in some way. We are thankful for your continued support as members of God’s spiritual family. We have received an abundance of blessings through this relationship, which in turn motivates us to work together to ensure that our spiritual children are feed, clothed, and nourished. This body’s commitment and cooperation help us all grow in our faith and love for Christ. May we together continue to show them the way by our teaching and exemplary lives. (Read Titus 2:11-12.)

Sunday, December 8th, we were blessed, once again, to have Earl Lavender as he shared with us on the subject, “Strengthening Unity by Bridging the Generations.” In I Timothy 5:1-2, Paul speaks to his protégé, Timothy, regarding his work as a minister about the topic of respect. He gave him wise counsel about how he should conduct himself in his relationship with other Christians: those older, the same age, and younger–both male and female. From this passage, we recognize that Paul was aware of the generational make-up of the Church, and the importance of showing the proper respect and honor for each. Paul compared these spiritual relationships to members of our physical families. As a young minister, with a diverse group assigned to his care, Paul knew how important it would be for Timothy to develop and sustain healthy relationships. Like Timothy, we have been specifically placed in the body of Christ (the church) alongside other members from multiple generations and from different backgrounds. How we recognize and use our differences to support each other and the cause of Christ, will determine the current and future growth of God’s family here at Central. To that end, each of us must make it our personal mission to break down any and all barriers, including generational ones, so that the Gospel message can continue to spread among us and then out to  the world.

This week our Journey characteristic is: “Striving for Unity Across the Generations” 

Key Word:  Older & Younger      

Memory Verse: I Timothy 5:1-2

The Elders,

Chip, Ed, and Richard


Winter Term 2019-2020 – TONIGHT through February 26

Saint and Sinners in a Fallen World

  TONIGHT – Examples We Face Every Day – Justin Harrison and Dan Spiceland

  Wednesday, December 18 – How the Church Reacts to Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage – Chip Jones

  Thursday, December 26 – Congregational Devotional


JANUARY 17TH – 20TH, 2020

The campus ministry's annual Family Vacation Retreat in Panama City Beach is here again. This year's theme is SHOOK, Shaken by God, Shaking the World. 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 special 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 and college. The cost is $80 per person. Note that cash will also need to be taken to cover meals. If you have any questions, interested in going, or interested in helping someone to go that is financially unable, please contact Gerry Binford (256-508-9407).


2020 Central Marriage Retreat

Join us at the Central building and enjoy time connecting with other couples while strengthening your marriage.

Theme: Making Our Marriage A Light For Jesus

Date/Location: February 7th – 9th at Central Church building

Speakers: Robert and Stella Wilson – Family Dynamics Institute, Atlanta

Registration: Begins early December. Ends mid-January.

Suggested donation: (To be announced) per couple to cover speakers and retreat expenses. Donations not required but appreciated. Assistance by providing scholarship money will be appreciated.

Lunch Provided: Saturday, February 8th

Childcare provided: for those who can’t get their own.


Please bring your wrapped gift with the Angel tag on it and place it on the table in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, December 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Crittenden.


The church office will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 24th, and will reopen Thursday, January 2nd. As always, if you need one of us, please call our cell phone.


HUGS, a ministry for our 3 years old through kindergarten, will meet this Sunday, December 15th, during our morning assembly.


Nursery Workers are needed during morning assemblies beginning this Sunday, December 15th. If you are able to help out, please sign the list outside of the nursery.


Ushers—Alex Coleman’s Team

Counting—Alan Moore’s Team




HUGS (during morning assembly)



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



Angel Gifts Due Back



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



Church Office Closed (See article.)



Congregational Devo (6:30 pm)



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



College – Family Vacation (See article.)


Communion Thoughts: Alex Coleman

Serving: Jonathan Goad, Walter Franklin, Jared Mosley, Tony Callins, Tristan Henderson, Al Jones, Greg Cornelius, James Ryans

Prayer: Daniel Goad