APRIL 29, 2020


We rejoice with the angels over the birth of a new brother. Taylor Harbin, a resident of His Way, was baptized Sunday, April 26th. Please welcome and encourage him.


We welcome Gala Crawford, who met with some of the elders Saturday, April 25th, and wishes to work and fellowship with us at Central. Gala just finished her senior year at UAH with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Please welcome and encourage her.


Ø  Bill Townsley is in Crestwood Hospital, Room 368 after breaking his hip Sunday, April 26th, from a fall. He is doing well after having surgery Monday, April 27th.


Ø  Terri Apgar: “We were notified Saturday night (April 25th) that 2 associates at my mum’s elder care facility have tested positive for COVID-19. Please pray over the residents, staff, and administrators. Thank you.” (Update: So far the unit that Terri’s mother is in are safe.)

Ø  Bobby Ashley: “Please pray for Bruce and Sharon Woodson and family over the death of their son, Ryan.”

Ø  Ben Clark Family: “Thanks to God for our health improvement this week. Follin’s lung and blood tests came back clear so the doctor says she should slowly get her strength and endurance back over the next few weeks. Thanks to all for your prayers and provisions during this time. We love you all!”

Ø  Levi Clark wants to pray that he can find lots of things to do during the quarantine.”

Ø  Melanie Gipson: “Pray for Tenley, my niece, who is an 8-month-old baby. Pray for many healthcare challenges.”

Ø  Dorothy Guthrie: “Please pray for my niece, Bethany, whose newborn son is going to UAB for tests tomorrow (Monday, April 27th). His kidneys are not functioning properly. Pray for a good diagnosis and healthy outcome. Thank you.” (Update: Kidney surgery will be Wednesday, May 8th, at UAH.)

Ø  Heidi Haviland: “Please continue to pray for our friend, Leslie Neal, who is in the hospital with some critical illness.”

Ø  Keetons: “Two of our horses had their babies Sunday morning (April 26th) and another is due anytime now. Asher asks that we pray for the mamas (Gunpowder and Halo) and their new babies to be healthy and that J Lo will have a healthy foal soon.”

Ø  Anna Mosley:Jared’s aunt, Jone Opsteegh, is currently in Huntsville Hospital, MICU. We have very little information outside of her having a lung infection and being in critical condition. Also, her kidneys have failed, and she will begin dialysis. Prayers for her, her husband, John, and Jared’s mom, Gena, neither of whom are able to be with her in the hospital and are reliant upon limited phone updates from hospital staff.” (Update: “They are working on weaning her off the ventilator. She is increasingly more responsive. Started dialysis and blood clots in the lungs are gone.”)

Ø  Chloe Raum: “Please pray for Mindy Sims as she undergoes radiation treatment for her cancer.”

Ø  Louise Williams: “Continued prayers for my cousin, Bettie, and her family. Brenda is making some improvement, slowly but we count ever blessing. If she continues to improve within the next two weeks, she will go to a rehab facility.”

Ø  Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Lorraine Baker, Amelia Biser, Jamie Cole, James Hall, Martha Jones, Sally Mans, Jim Phillips, Johnny Powell, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

Ø  Mothers-In-Waiting: Amanda Coleman (6/12), Rachael Sherrill (6/13), Stephanie Clark (7/10), Angie Harrison (7/23), and Mishaella Ryans (10/1)

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


There will be a Baby Girl shower celebration in honor of Amanda and Alex Coleman on Sunday, May 17th. Amanda is registered on Amazon and at Target. The provided links will get you to their online registry. More details to come about the specifics of this event! 






1. BETTER - Hebrews Study (Ladies Only)

Melinda Goad and Heidi Haviland are continuing their class on the book of Hebrews using the Zoom application. This is an interactive forum that takes place on Wednesday nights at 7:00-8:00pm. This discussion-based class requires participants to do some weekly reading prior to class to get the most out of the study. Contact Heidi for additional details. Video participation requires a smartphone or a computer with a microphone, and videocam if you want to share your video. For those interested in being added to the electronic coordination list, please email Heidi Haviland (heidi.fuqua@gmail.com).

2. Central Connections

This forum enables multiple small groups to connect each week for spiritual conversations and to get to know one another better. Depending on the group, the gathering may include devotional thoughts, sharing, and prayer. In particular, one group plans to focus on important lessons from church history. Another will take important insights from Philippians when the author himself was “quarantined”! Still other groups will adapt their format to the specific needs and desires of the group. These interactive forums will use the Zoom application. Participation requires a smartphone or a computer with videocam and microphone. Meetings nominally takes place on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm, but once groups are established, participants may set their own date and time. Each session will last 30 to 40 minutes. For those interested in being added to a Central Connections group, please contact Loren Wisehart (lwisehart@knology.net; 256-721-3359). He will help you get connected with a small group and help you with instructions on how to dial in.

3. Prayer

Barrion Palmer plans to host a time for group prayer via video OR telephone. Video participation requires a smartphone or a computer with videocam and microphone. Anyone is welcome to participate beginning Wednesday at 7:00pm. To join, go to https://www.gotomeet.me/Barrion/central-prayer-group OR dial 1-646-749-3122 with passcode 668809877#.

4. Unschooled and Ordinary

David Nance and Loren Wisehart are continuing their class that looks at ordinary people and their encounters with Jesus. This is an interactive forum that takes place on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm. Participation requires a smartphone or a computer with videocam and microphone. To participate effectively TONIGHT, you will need in advance to have watched Episode 4 from “The Chosen,” a video series that is free online through April 30. To sign up for free, go to https://www.vidangel.com/. Or to download “The Chosen” app, go to https://studios.vidangel.com/the-chosen. To join the discussion, go to https://zoom.us/j/784365247?pwd=WkVPOFRvTDFKUzE2UHZPZ3ZwRDFlQT09 and enter the Meeting ID (784 365 247) and Password (014454).


Join Robert Wade this Sunday, May 3rd, at 9:00 a.m. as he continues The Parables class. Please note that in conjunction there is a short lesson for our children by Tim and Jimi Johnson – so children, get your Bibles ready. Robert is putting a coloring page on the back of the lesson (which will be emailed to everyone before Sunday) for our children of all ages. Please email to pat@centralfamily.org or place on our Central Private Facebook group your colored page. Thank you.


Individual prefilled communion cups are available at the church office. You may pick up as many as you need. (Please call – 256-534-0382 or 256-508-9404 before coming to make sure we are here.) When we leave the church office on Friday, we will leave some on the wicker chair on the church office porch. If you are unable to pick them up and would like some, please call (256-534-0382 or 256-508-9404) and we will have some brought to you.


Dear Central Family,

We are doing well. My youngest daughter is checking on us, bringing groceries, and other needed items. Hope all is well with my church family.                  Your brother in Christ,



Ø  Do not call the police on suspicious people in your neighborhood! Those are your neighbors without makeup and hair extensions.

Ø  I never thought the comment: “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are.

Ø  Quarantine has turned us into dogs: We roam the house all day looking for food. We are told “no” if we get too close to strangers, and we get really excited about car rides!


Please pray for those on the Front-Line (Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics,

Ambulance Drivers, Nursing Home, Pharmacists, Fire Department,

Police Department, Military, etc.) with this virus.

Some of these may be on furlough at the present moment, but may be called in.

Nina Bennett (New York City, NY) – Friend of Rachel Clark

Dot Bowen

RJ Bowen (Japan) – Son of Richard and Dot Bowen

Clint Brown – Grandson of Shirley Boutte

Babs Bruce’s daughter-in-law – Babs is a friend of Mary Callins

Baylee and Kasey – Neighbors of Joan Hacker

Victoria Campbell

Tina Cassmeyer (Georgetown, KY) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Rachel Clark – Works with Chloe Raum and visits Central

Corey Cook – Son of Russ and Vickie Cook

Brett Cravens – Former member

Captain Jon Cummings – Son-in-law of William and Janice Greenleaf

Willa Cummings – Daughter of William and Janice Greenleaf

Leah Doran Davis – Daughter of Vince and Karen Doran

Nandish Dayal (Portland, OR) – Son-in-law of Allen and Julia Wright

Shane Doran – Son of Vince and Karen Doran

Vince Doran

Chiana Walker Evans

Dr James Gilbert – Colleague of Delois Smith

Holly Smith Gipson – Daughter of David and Doris Smith

Catherine Guthrie – Daughter of Mike and Dorothy Guthrie

Kyla Hale

Angie Harrison

Leesa Hartz – Aunt of Stephanie Lewis

Ashely Hazelman (Rochester, MN)  – Submitted by Drue Wright
Miah Hazelman (Denver, CO) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Stephanie Hill (Batesville, AR) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Reece Howell

Sarah Jarvis (Little Rock, AR) – Submitted by Drue Wright

LeKeith Kneeland (Memphis, TN) – Nephew of Dot Bowen, Mary Callins, and Bennie Thompson

Toni Kulpinsky – Daughter of Herb and Sue Underwood 

Lindsay Harbin Lamb – Former Member

Kristi LeBlanc (Metairie, LA) – Niece of Carrie Wisehart

David Lewis – Son of Tim Lewis

Steve Lowery

Tres Lowrance (Oklahoma City, OK) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Katie Marks – Works with Catherine Guthrie and visits Central

Matthew McCauley

Ana McReynolds (New Orleans, LA) – Allison Goad’s sister

Kelly Moreno

Martha Newman – Family friend of The Canterburys

Sarah Newman (Birmingham, AL) – Daughter of Brenda Newman

Sarah Goad Phillips – Daughter of Ed and Melinda Goad

Tracy Phillips

Ibukun Pickens

Hunter Platt (Batesville, AR) – Submitted by Drue Wright

Emilie Porter

Lora Porter

Chloe Raum

Hayden Richardson (Jacksonville, AL) – Former member

Van Riggins (Atlanta, GA) – Friend of Trevvor Clark

Doris Smith

Meghan Smith (Oregon) – Daughter of Ed and Delois Smith

BJ Thompson (Police) – Son of Bennie and Dorothea Thompson

Chelle Culver Thompson – Daughter of Nikki Holley

Dorothea Thompson

DréAndrea Thompson (VA in Birmingham) – Niece of Dot Bowen, Mary Callins, and Bennie Thompson

Victoria Underwood Clay (Kentucky) Granddaughter of Herb and Sue Underwood

Sarah Villegas (Gabon, West Africa) Friend of Heidi Haviland

Brandi Whitten, Daughter-in-law of Jo Whitten

Dr. William Woodall – Former member

Conilia Yobo – Niece of Dot Bowen, Mary Callins, and Bennie Thompson