MAY 29, 2019

Prayer Requests

Ø  Carla Arnold: “My former co-worker, Kathleen Smith, is fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She is getting much weaker and was told last week that the treatment is not working. Please pray for her.”

Ø  Lorraine Baker: “God bless all my children.”

Ø  Dittos: “Four ladies or our congregation are in need of prayers for physical healing: Jodi Moore (wife of Lance Moore), Carol Kuhn and Tonda Kuhn.”

Ø  Kuhn Family: “Please pray for Tonda to get better.”

Ø  Lance Moore: “Thank you to all who are praying for my wife and me. It’s working! Praise the Lord for it!”

Ø  Nance Family: “Continue to pray for Tonda Kuhn and Carol Kuhn who are recovering from knee surgery. Also pray for my Aunt Geri.

Ø  Grant Ralph: “My back is injured pretty badly, so please pray that I can get a job that is not so strenuous and for the back doctors who will not mess my back up more than it already is but get rid of the pain.”

Ø  Donna Roshell: “Pray for Jessica. She has been taken to UAB Hospital from Georgia after getting sick from a kidney transplant. Also pray for co-worker Marcrela. who lost a loved one.”

Ø  Andy Trapane Family: “Please pray for our neighbor, Karen. She has been hospitalized with a severe upper respiratory infection.”

Ø  David Walls: “Please pray for me at the hotel to not Quit. Thank you.”

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

Ø  Mothers In Waiting: Eva Mitchell (8/28)

Sympathy

Our sympathy to the Hughes Family (Joel, Sam, and Laura) in the passing of our sweet sister, Deb Hughes, yesterday (May 28th). As of this writing, we do not have the arrangements.

Thank You

Thank you to our Central Family for celebrating with us yesterday. May God continue to bless each and every one of you. May out love for God and for each other continues to grow strong.                                                                                                                                                   

Chris Pickens Family

Our family would like to thank the Central Family, especially Angel Hussain, Sarah Parker, Janice Greenleaf, Chloe Raum, and Joan Palmer for all the ways they have blessed our family as we transition back to America. We are so thankful for our Christian family at Central!

The Allisons

Congratulations

Our congratulations to Jim and LaVonne Norville, who will be celebrating their 51st anniversary Saturday, June 1st. Thank you for your example to us.

Please Send A Card

Louis Teague, one of our shut-ins, will be celebrating his 81st birthday, Friday, May 31st.

HUGS

HUGS, a ministry for 3 years old through kindergarten, will meet THIS Sunday, June 2nd.

From the Elders

 In the past week on our Journey, we studied and meditated on Living an open and righteous life.  The Characteristic we will focus on this week is being devoted to the community of believers.

Christian Characteristic:  Being devoted to my community of believers

Key Word:  Devoted

Memory Verse:  Acts 2:42 – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves" (Romans 12:10).  As Christians we are to love one another and be devoted to each other as members of the same family. We should consider each other over our own interests and give precedence and honor to our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. There should be no quarreling or factions between us, and we should consider how to build up and encourage each other in the Lord. This image of God's family is what we are to portray to the world; a united, loving, caring family, devoted to one another.

Paul also wrote to the church at Thessalonica, "We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us"

( I Thessalonians 2:8 ). The Gospel is what brought them together and gave them a common bond. What grew from that foundation was a great family relationship with Christ at the center. He rejoiced that he was able to share in their lives also because these people were so dear to him. This bond transcends time and distance because it is based on Christ.

This is why it is so important to surround yourselves with other brothers and sisters in Christ, who are willing to share their lives. Proverbs says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17 ). Being in the company of other believers will encourage you in your relationship with the Lord. It is impossible to be around another person who is excited about God and not have that rub off on you. We are called to love each other and to be devoted to one another as a close-knit family.

We now belong to one another. We have been adopted into the family of God and our lives now reflect His life. No longer do we ‘go it alone'; instead we are called into fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ. The writer of Hebrews said, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching" ( Hebrews 10:24-25 ). We are to share our lives, encourage each other in the word and spur each other toward love and good deeds. This is a wonderful thing about God's family, having other brothers and sisters to encourage us and help us grow.

Today, I encourage you to study the scriptures provided for us this week.  Listen to the words of encouragement provided by other Christians.  With humility and caring, be devoted to them and learn how to share your life with them. You will bless the body of Christ in the process.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

The Elders

Chip, Ed, and Richard

Message from D’Mitri Lewis

D’Mitri will be with us for 2 more weeks before moving to Missouri. His final Sunday at Central will be June 9th. Please continue to pray for him throughout this transition and feel free to contact him at 904-887-4006 if you have any questions.

Back to the Future

Some of you reading this will remember when Central had “cornbread meals.” We would gather as a family, eat cornbread, and contribute the cost of a meal to assist those of our family who are not as blessed. As we progress on our Journey Together we are focusing on INWARD – belonging to one another. What better way to express our belonging to one another than to share of our abundance with those who are not as fortunate. On June 9, Earl Lavender will be with us again. He will be teaching a combined Bible class (teens and up) at 9 am and share a lesson with us at the assembly. That evening at 5 pm we will have a cornbread and beans meal and share with one another—please bring cornbread and/or beans. The Red Box will be available for your contributions. After our meal together, Earl will be having another Q&A time beginning at 6:00 and ending at 7:30. 

Help Needed

The following are some needs for the Teen Ministry:

1.      Workers for Hands Free Work Camp:

A.     Van Drivers and/or Group Leaders

            8:30—1:00 every day

            1:00—5:00 every day

B.      Kitchen Helpers—morning and afternoon— Some LIFE Talks are providing desserts or food items. Would you like to?

Please contact Rodney Keeton (256-520-9196) if you can help with any of these events.

DIRECTORY UPDATE

Ø  Grant Ralph’s new home address is: 294 Bob Wade Lane, Huntsville, AL 35810.

June Team Servants

Ushers—Ronald Graham’s Team

Counting—Alan Moore’s Team

FLC Set Up—Jared Mosley’s Team 

Activities

May

28-29

Teens – Summer Kick-Off

June

2

HUGS (during morning assembly)

 

2-7

Handsfree Workcamp (See article.)

 

5

Elementary Summer Program Begins

 

9

Combined classes – Teens and Up (9:00 am)

 

 

Fellowship Meal (5:00 pm)

 

 

Q&A with Earl Lavender (6:00-7:30 pm)

 

11

Teens – Higher Grounds (6:00-10:00 pm)

 

14-17

Impact Junior

 

17-22

Impact Senior

 

18

Junior High – Higher Grounds (6:00-9:00 pm)

Men to Serve Sunday, June 2

Communion Thoughts: Byron Headrick

 Serving: Joseph Nance, David Nance, Joel Moore, Jonathan Goad, Lee Strickland, Andy Trapane, Ryan Bell, Al Jones

Prayer: James Ryans