MARCH 20, 2019

Prayer Requests

Ø  Connie Binford: “Please pray for Gerry as he continues to fight a bacterial infection and virus.”

Ø  Randall Biser requests prayers for his wife, Amelia. She has been sick for 3 weeks with elevated white blood count. They are awaiting an appointment with a specialist.

Ø  Owen Brown: “Please pray for myself and my recovery from addiction.”

Ø  Jon Canterbury: “Pray for Gerry Binford’s sister. She was rushed to the hospital Sunday morning, March 17th. Pray for the Binford Family as well.” (Update: She was released from the ER Sunday and is doing better.)

Ø  Dittos: “Pray that the Wood family have increased fruitfulness as their days in Greece decrease.”

Ø  Claudia Ford: “Please continue to pray for our parents, Doyal and Drue. Dad has had a difficult week. Prayers for this week to be better.”

Ø  Denita Kneeland, sister of Dot Bowen, Mary Callins, Trudy Lewis and Bennie Thompson, is scheduled to have shoulder surgery on Friday, March 22nd, to repair a Rotator cuff with fifty percent tear (ouch)! Anticipated complete recover time is 9 months to 1 year, with off work time being 2-3 months. Please pray that the surgery and recover will go exceptionally well!”

Ø  Bill and Carol Kuhn: “Please pray that the John Kuhn family will be able to touch the heart of Grandma Betty before she dies so that she will die a child of God and sister of Jesus Christ. They are with her in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Please also pray for their safe return. Thank you.”

Ø  Tim Lewis: “Please pray for Matt Howard, who is homeless in Knoxville, that he can find purpose and direction for his life.”

Ø  Lucas Family: “Eloise fell Friday. The doctor said they don’t see a fracture, but it is very swollen so referring us to an orthopedic doctor.” (Update: The orthopedic doctor did not see a fracture, but put Eloise in a beautiful pink hard case for 3 weeks.)

Ø  Dana Mercier: “Please pray for my 2 sisters’, Bonnie Sue and Sandra, health issues. Also, pray for Sam Reed and Jermaine Stone to find their way back to the Lord.”

Ø  Jim and Tracy Phillips: “Pray for Doyal and Drue Wright. They wanted to be here today (Sunday, March 17th) and we missed and love them.”

Ø  Ashley Potter: “Pray for my mother, Paula’s, health. Ask for prayers for my brother, James, for he is lost and needs salvation.”

Ø  Ralstons: “Please pray for God’s will in our upcoming decisions we need to make. Thank you.”

Ø  Selwyn Reynolds: “Please pray my brother, Joe, will heal completely from emergency surgery for a torn retina and that he will see God’s hand at work in his life.”

Ø  Sarah Monger Roap: “Please pray for Owen Brown and he stays consistent with his sober decision.”

Ø  JoAnn Rice: “Thank you all for your prayers for Carolyn Fearn (my cousin in Atlanta). She passed away last Sunday (March 10th). The prayers were appreciated. J Please pray for my family as she will be dearly missed.”

Ø  Linda Tyler came forward Sunday asking the church to pray for her as she is dealing with difficulties with her ex-husband that are pulling her down spiritually. She wants to get by this distraction and return to serving in the Kingdom as she knows she should. She also expressed concern for Eric and his need for prayers to turn his life around spiritually.” 

Ø  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Anna Brown, James Brown, Jamie Cole, Margie Gough, James Hall, Martha Jones, Sally Mans, Ted & Rosalie Moore, Johnny Powell, Louis Teague, Bennie Thompson, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

Ø  Mothers-To-Be: Jordan Gibbs (4/15)

Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to the following:

Ø  The Chazz Moye Family in the passing of his father, Richard W. Moye, on Tuesday, March 12th. There will be a Memorial Service this Saturday, March 23rd, at 12:00 p.m. at the Elkins East Chapel, 7435 Highway 72, Killen, Alabama 35645. Visitation will be one hour prior (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) to the service.

Ø  The Craig Cheek Family in the loss of his father, John “Jack” Cheek, Monday, March 11th. There will be a memorial service Tuesday, March 26th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Latham Methodist Church, 109 Weatherly Rd SE, Huntsville, Alabama 35803. Sympathy cards may be sent to The Craig Cheek Family, 2946 Hampton Cove Way, Hampton Cove, Alabama 35763.

Ø  The Richard Bowen Family, whose 9 years old great-nephew, Johnathan Bowen, and an 8 years old cousin, MyKhayla Waldon, were both killed in a tornado in Lee County over two weeks ago. Cards may be sent to Eva Bowen, 5195 Red Road, Tuskegee, Alabama 36083.

Wednesday Adult Classes

Spring Term 2019 – March 13 through May 29

The adult midweek classes planned for the spring term are largely drawn from the New Testament.

1.   Romans

Before Paul's travels took him to Rome, he had already heard of the faithfulness of the disciples there. In his letter to the Romans (both Jew and Gentile), Paul lays out in great detail the good news of Jesus and what it means in the lives of those in Christ. Join us in a 12-week exploration of Paul's longest and perhaps deepest letter.                                                                                   

Teacher: Ben Clark (Room 200)

2.   I Corinthians

This class will be a textual study of Paul’s 1st letter to church at Corinth.  We will read the letter in class and discuss its relevance to today’s church.

Teachers: William Greenleaf/Jim Norville (Room 219)

3.   I Timothy, II Timothy, and Titus (Ladies Only)

This class will cover these epistles and their value in the everyday lives of today's women of God, as well as, their encouragement and direction in women's ministries.  Teachers will be drawn from a cross-section of young and older women, mature couples that serve together as ministry leaders, and the Central elders.

Class directors: Janice Greenleaf, Kathleen Lowery, and Delois Smith (Room 205)

4.   Prayer

This class will primarily provide opportunity to pray together, but there will also be some time to encourage each other in the basic Biblical principles concerning prayer and the types of prayer that the Scriptures describe.

Class leader: Mike Lowery (Room 113) 

Nursery Attendants During Assembly

Attendants for the baby nursery during Sunday worship are needed for March, April, and May. If you could help, contact Cathy Farless or sign the sheet outside the nursery. Help is also needed for the Toddler nursery. A signing sheet is also outside Toddler classroom.

Senior Sunday

Central’s Senior Sunday will be April 14th. We want to honor ALL those graduating from high school and college this year. Graduates, please fill out your form and turn it back into the office or email everything to pat@centralfamily.org along with a picture of yourself by Wednesday, April 3rd!!! If you know of anyone at Central who is graduating in 2019, please let the office know. Those we know are:             High School:  Daniel Brown, Katelyn Hawthorne, Kylie Henderson, Yocus Jones, Jr., Rose Kuhn,

                              Michael Nance, James Palmer, Savannah Ricketts, and Tyrell Washington

College:          Matthew Ashburn, Garrett Bell, Jasmine Binford, James Brinkley, Rayne Jacoby Hollis, Jared McCall, and Aqueel Moss

P.S. Digital pictures are preferred but not necessary.

From the Elders

Over the past two weeks of our journey, we focused on the characteristic of, My Intimacy with God. As Christians, at a particular time in our lives, we made the most important decision we would ever make, to enter into a personal relationship with our Father God. Developing this special relationship involves time, determination, and discipline in critical areas that include: bible study, prayer and fasting. Thankfully, Jesus provided his disciples, and us, the perfect example of what it takes to grow in these areas and draw near to God. First, when he was tempted by Satan, after spending forty days in the wilderness, his response to each temptation was, “It is written” (Matt 4:4,7,10). Jesus was fully aware of the importance of knowing God’s word and using it to fend off Satan’s attacks. Secondly, he took time daily to be alone with God in prayer (Luke 5:16). His disciples also took note of this critical and essential practice and asked him to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). Finally, he emphasized the importance of fasting, probably because he knew from experience, that there would be times in our lives and in our walk with God, that there would be tests and trails, so strong that we would need an extra measure of faith, courage and endurance to make it through those trails of faith (Matt 4: 1-ff; Matt 6:16-18).

Jesus, said in the book of John that he had an intimate relationship with God based on love and obedience, and that he always did what the father commanded him to do (John 14:31). We must continue to learn from his example in these three areas as we grow in our intimacy with the father.

As we begin week 9 of the Journey Upward, we will be focusing on the following trait:

Christian Characteristic:  Purity of Heart

Key Word: Purity  

Memory Verse: Matt 5:8 

Guiding Scriptures: See Week 9 in the “Upward Roadmap”

As we progress along the Upward path Purity of Heart is another key aspect of our relationship with God discussed in scripture. In the sermon on the Mount Jesus spoke to those listening saying, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matt 5:8). Jesus’ emphasis on our having a pure heart and the connection to seeing God should be ultra-important to us, since our main goal is to one day see God face to face. Over the next week we want to delve into the scriptures, looking for answers on how we develop and maintain a pure heart before God and man, and how this heart change should impact the way we treat everyone God brings into our lives (Family, Friends, Co-Workers, Strangers, etc.).

May God continue to bless us all as we continue the journey together.

The Elders,

Chip, Ed, and Richard

Please Send A Card

Two of our shut-ins have birthdays in March. Margie Gough celebrated her birthday Thursday, March 14th. Rosalie Moore will be celebrating hers Saturday, March 23rd. Please send them a card or a note.

Happy Times Openings

Happy Times is now taking registrations for the 2019-2020 school year. We have classes for 3 years old and Pre-K for 4 and 5 years old. For information about our program and tuition rates, call Debbie Baucum, 256-509-6200.

Club Xtreme and Teens

All Club Xtremers and Teens are invited to the Teen House this Friday, March 22nd, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. for Movie Nite! Bring $3.00 for pizza and let’s watch Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Family of Teens’ Pot Luck/Game Day

Our next Family of Teens’ Pot Luck/Game Day will be this coming Sunday, March 24th, after our morning assembly. Last month’s event went very well! Thank you all for your support and for spending time with all of our teens! Drinks will be provided. See Rodney for more information.

March Team Servants

Ushers—Yocus Jones’ Team

Counting—Alan Moore’s Team

FLC Set Up—James Ryans’ Team

 Activities

Mar

22

Club Xtreme and TeensMovie Nite at the Teen House (See article.)

 

24

Family of Teens’ Pot Luck/Game Day after assembly (See article.)

 

26

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

29

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

31

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

Apr

2

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

5

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

 

5-7

Teens – Spring Retreat

 

9

Ladies Bible Class (10:15 am)

 

12-13

College – College Ministry Retreat

 

14

Senior Sunday (See article.)

 

18-21

11th & 12th Graders – Spring Sing

 

19

College – Friday Night Live (6:30 pm)

Men to Serve Sunday, March 24

Communion Thoughts: Trevvor Clark

Serving: Jared Mosley, James Ryans, Jim Blue, Jonathan Goad, Justin Harrison, Andrew Baucum, Mike Baucum, D’Mitri Lewis

Prayer: Ed Ditto