JANUARY 13, 2021

IN THE HOSPITAL

Ø  Johnny Powell is in Huntsville Hospital after falling and breaking his left hip. He is not in a room as of this writing as he is in surgery. Please keep him in your prayers.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Ø  Dot Bowen: “Please pray for Tiffany Crum. She is former member, Mary Robinson’s niece. Mary says Tiffany has COVID and has difficulty breathing. She is home with four children. Please pray for complete healing.”

Ø  Pat Canterbury: “Thank you for your prayers for my cataract surgery last Thursday. Everything went well. Please continue your prayers, as I will be having my right eye done this coming Thursday.”

Ø  Dittos: “The lives of our brothers and sisters in India are increasingly endangered due to religious radicals and an oppressive government. They truly are sheep led to slaughter. Pray for their faithfulness to bring the light of Jesus to the darkness of that country.”

Ø  Greenleafs: “1) Thank you for prayers for our friend, Erskine Valerie. He is still in CCU in Birmingham. Please pray for success today in weaning him off the ventilator. 2) Please pray for our son-in-law, Jon Cummings, who is recovering from coronavirus and for our daughter, Willa, who has symptoms and will be tested tomorrow. Thank you.” (Updates: “1) Mr. Valerie is doing well getting off vent. He is talking some now. 2) Willa does have COVID. She is not as sick as Jon was.”)

Ø  Please keep Tim and Jimi Johnson in your prayers. While checking on her parents’ home in Florida and visiting Jimi’s nieces, they have both coming down with COVID. At the present time Tim is in a hospital and Jimi is at her parents’ homestead. (Update from Tim and Jimi's daughter: "It looks like dad may be released today – Wednesday, January 13 – from the hospital which is great news. I'll let you know when he's for sure been discharged. Mom has COVID and pneumonia, but she's at the house with some meds. It sounds like they're helping some, but she's still feeling pretty rough." Tim and Jimi’s youngest son, Seth, is down there with Jimi.)

Ø  Phil and Arina Lowery: “We would like to request prayers for Arina’ green card interview tomorrow (Monday, January 11th) afternoon. We have waited over a year and are both nervous and excited to finally be moving forward.” (Update from Phil Monday afternoon: “Arina and I just finished our interview for her green cards. We have been told that it will be approve and we should receive it within a week. I want to thank everyone who wrote letters to stand as witness to our relationship and all of you who submitted prayers to God on our behalf. We have so much joy. Thanks to God!”)

Ø  Steve and Karen Lowery: “Please pray for Phil and Arina Lowery as they leave for Montgomery today (Sunday, January 10th) to have Arina’s green card interview. Pray for a safe trip and a good interview.” (Update: Phil and Arina arrived safely and all went well. Arina should receive her green card shortly.)

Ø  Grant Ralph: “Sometimes I have thoughts of harming myself because of deep depression due to my mother’s passing and having too few friends to talk to about things that stress me out because of seemingly strengthening symptoms of my mentally disabled self. I need my brothers in Christ now more than ever before and especially God. Please pray for me so that my symptoms will lessen or stop.”

Ø  Update on Kim Smith from his wife, Teresa Smith: “My sweetie is coming home Monday (January 11th)!!! Praise the Lord!!!! All of your prayers were answered – he survived – he is alive – he is so thankful to everyone – he shares his stories of your prayers/his prayers to every nurse to every doctor to every tech to every housekeeper that comes into his room. What’s great is that those listening want to share their stories of the powers of prayer. They see firsthand the devastation of this evil virus and they share – it gives them the opportunity to vent their fears and concerns. Pray for them because they are truly on the frontline – not just to administer healthcare – they now have the patient’s family – the patient’s friends – they may even have to minister to them. Everyone has been very kind to Kim and he is trying to think of ways to replay their kindness – for now all he can do is share to us what they are doing for our community. Please keep these people on the top of your prayer list. It’s been since November since our family has hugged and seen each other – we are coming home – praise God!!!” (Update: Kim is happy to be home. Please continue to pray as he builds his strengthen back up, as he is very weak.)

Ø  Louise Williams: “Prayers of thanksgiving. Both brothers are doing well after being diagnosed with COVID. Their roommate was released from the hospital Friday evening. We are so thankful for the prayers from everyone. Love you all!”

Ø  Our Shut-ins: Amelia Biser, Deborah Brown, Jamie Cole, Johnny Powell, Lee Strickland, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

Ø  Mothers-In-Waiting: Jessica Ogle (2/4), Allison Goad (2/7), Caroline Lowery (3/16), Heidi Haviland (5/5) and Anna Mosley (5/17).

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

SYMPATHY

We are saddened for us, but at the same time rejoicing for James Hall, who passed away Monday morning, January 11th. James was a very sweet brother of our family, and we will miss him. We will let you know when there will be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Childhaven, 1816 Childhaven Rd NE, Cullman, AL 35055 in James’ name.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SALLY MANS

There will be a memorial service this Saturday, January 16th, at 1:00 p.m. at Central for our sister, Sally Mans, who passed away Sunday, December 20th. If you are not able to attend, you may live-stream her service by either going to our website (centralfamily.org). On our homepage go to “live streaming” and click on “click here”. You can also go to YouTube and type centralfamily and click on it.

THANK YOU

Thank you all so much for the prayers for me and my family, along with the wonderful meals. I am recovering well, and Nathan has been wonderful taking care of me.

Deborah Brown

Dear Family,

Thank you for all the expressions of love that have been shown to us. Your calls, cards, the delicious basket of fruit and other goodies, and most all the prayers on Dean’s behalf. He is feeling better and will start cardiac rehab soon. Also, thanks to the sweet “elf” who delivered the afore mentioned basket!! And thanks to the Teens, for the cookies and other yummy treats.     

We love you all,

Dean and Sandy Oden

JACK AND JILL WALK-THRU WEDDING SHOWER

Please join us as we celebrate the upcoming marriage of

Reece Howell and Courtney Jones

Sunday, January 31st – from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Central’s Family Life Center

Reece and Courtney are registered at Amazon, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond;

They would also appreciate gift cards to Cabela’s and Rural King.

Please note: We follow COVID state protocols – masks are required.

CENTRAL ADULT WEDNESDAY NIGHT ONLINE CLASS

Winter Term – January 6 through March 3 – Wednesdays at 7 pm

Living the Ways of Jesus

A paradox is a statement that on the surface that seems self-contradictory or even absurd. But when one considers a paradox closely, one often discovers profound truth. We find paradoxes as near as the currency in our wallets: “E Pluribus Unum”: “Out of Many, One.” Perhaps the deepest paradox of the Christian faith is the cross of Jesus—a symbol of God’s justice and God’s love, a symbol of Christ’s defeat and Christ’s victory.

The Bible also presents paradoxes for Christian living. For example, “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). Another paradox for how the church is called to live the ways of Jesus is found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church and Peter’s first letter to Asia Minor. Both letters describe the church as God’s chosen people. Yet Ephesians describes the church as a diverse people unified and brought near together, whereas 1 Peter describes the church as a scattered people. How are both true at the same time? And what does this have to do with how Christians handle the challenges of home life, politics, racial injustice, culture shifts, and ministry?

During the winter terms, the adult midweek class will explore what it means to live the ways of Jesus in our relationships within the church and toward the world. Each week, we will read a text, observe the flow of thought, identify the main ideas, and discuss what a specific point looks like in practice. We look forward to your participation!

 

 

DATE

CONCEPT

APPLICATION AREAS

1/13

Unity, diversity, and maturity (Eph. 4:1-16)

Ministering together

1/20

Out with the old and in with the new (Eph. 4:17-5:18)

Listening and speaking in ways that honor God

1/27

Worship and gratitude (Eph. 5:19-20)

Focusing on God versus preference

2/3

Household dynamics (Eph. 5:21-6:9)

Showing love and respect in close relationships

2/10

Government (1 Pet. 2:13-17)

Engaging in God-honoring politics

2/17

Unbelievers in the household (1 Pet. 2:18-3:7)

Navigating close relationships with unbelievers

2/24

Witnessing to Jesus amid persecution (1 Pet. 3:8-22)

Dealing with injustice

3/3

Living between Jesus’s cross & second coming (1 Pet. 4:1-11)

Dealing with culture shifts

Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356466276?pwd=UTZ4T09pYWV5VHV0WFNmbUk5dSs1Zz09

NOTE FROM FRITZ NELSON

Dear Church Family,

Happy New Year to all. I can hardly wait to get a COVID shot so that I can come to church services. I hope everyone is doing well. A big thank you to all of Santa’s helpers who remembered me with a bag of goodies.

Your brother in Christ,

Fritz

PLEASE SIGN UP

The campus ministry will resume Friday Night Lives (FNL) this semester on January 22nd. Help is needed from LIFE Talks, other groups, or individuals to provide meals for their FNLs begin January 29th. The food may be either dropped off at the building or brought and served in the building. Masks will be required (and provided if needed) for both those serving and those being served. Gloves will also be provided for those serving. Those providing meals will need to “sign-up” via email to pat@centralfamily.org or if you have any questions, please contact Carla Campbell at 256-882-6449.

CENTRAL LADIES

It appears that COVID will prevent our Tuesday morning Bible study and fellowship from meeting in person. However, we desire to remain connected, and plans are in progress for this. It is possible we may study together using the e-mail format we used this fall and will be seeking your input. Please consider joining us. Finalized plans will be appear in the bulletin and church e-mails. Questions or ideas: Contact Terri Apgar, Janice Greenleaf, or Sue Underwood. 

MEN TO SERVE

Chair Set-Up – Tony Callins’ Team

Counting – Yocus Jones’ Team

Ushering – James Ryans’ Team