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DECEMBER 16, 2018


We rejoice over two new births. Alonzo Stokes and Ron Drain, residents at His Way, were baptized –  Alonzo on Sunday, December 9th, and Ron on Wednesday, December 12th. Please welcome and encourage them.


  Jamie Cole is in UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL for surgery. She will be there for 2 to 3 weeks.

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

  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, 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


  Callins: “Tony’s brother, Doug Callines, had heart bypass surgery on December 3rd. Things are not going well. He does not have blood flow from his knee to his foot. Another procedure will be done soon. If this doesn’t work, they will have to amputate his leg. Please pray that everything goes well.” (Cards may be sent to Doug Callines, 1612 2nd Street NW, Birmingham, AL 35215.)

  Carrie Wisehart’s mother, Yvonne Moores, is recuperating at her daughter’s home after being in the hospital.

  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


Our sympathy is extended to Daniel and Allison Goad in the passing of Allison's grandmother, Mattie McReynolds. Her funeral was yesterday in DeRidder, LA. Cards may be sent to David McReynolds, 750 David McReynolds, DeRidder, LA 70634.


The church office will be closed for the holidays beginning Monday, December 24th and will reopen Wednesday, January 2nd. As always, you may reach us on our cell phones if needed.


Thanks sincerely for each prayer, each card and the wonderful fruit basket. I’m very thankful to be back.

Bobbye Ashley

Thanks for the teens who came by for a visit on Sunday afternoon. They gave me a really nice bag of Christmas goodies.

Joan Hacker 

Fritz Nelson wanted to thank “Santa’s Helpers” for bringing goodies to his home Sunday.

Dear Teens and Leaders,

Thank you so much for the goodie package that was brought to us last Sunday. We have already begun enjoying it.

Your visit was much appreciated and enjoyed. We miss our Central family so much when we aren’t able to join you in person.

A very special thanks to D’Mitri Lewis, Christopher Wade, Mary Carolyne Bell, and Lauren Raum who visited. It was our pleasure!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and bright New Year.

Love, appreciation and all the best to all of you this holiday season and beyond.          Doyal and Drue Wright


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


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.).


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.

DEADLINE: By TODAY please provide your written questions to Pat Canterbury either in hardcopy or by email (pat(-at-)  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.


JANUARY 18 – 21, 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 Weekend. This 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. 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 D’Mitri Lewis (904-887-4006).


HUGS, a ministry for our 3 years old through kindergarten, will meet today at the appropriate time.


Caroline and Alex Henderson will be moving December 19th. We would love for anyone who would like to come TODAY. We are having a pot luck farewell for them here after morning assembly. Come and join us in sending them off with love. The Hendersons have been with this body for two and a half years. We will all miss them very much.


  December 31, 2018 (7:00 pm) – January 1, 2019 (7:00 am) – Lock-In. Bring snack foods to share and $3.00 for pizza.

  February 15 – 17 – Senior High Winterfest – Cost: $85. To reserve your spot, sign up now with $20 non-refundable deposit. Table will be in the Fellowship Hall beginning TODAY.


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




HUGS (during assembly)



Angel Tree gifts due back (See article.)



Pot Luck good-bye honoring Alex Henderson Family (See article.)



NO Teen Time



NO Teen Time



Teen – Lock-In (7:00 pm - 7:00 am)



NO Teen Time (5:30-7:30 pm)



Sonrisers will meet (10:15 am)



College Ministry Kickoff (6:30 pm)



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



UAH Mixer (6:30 pm)



A&M Door Knocking (6:30 pm)



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



HUGS (during assembly)



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



John Gibbs

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


William Greenleaf