NOVEMBER 27, 2019
Ø Anna Brown is in a hospital in Charlotte, NC . Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
Ø Sally Mans is in Valley View Rehab, 5968 Wall Triana Hwy, Room 507, Madison, AL 35757.
Ø Micah O’Rear, 3 years old great-grandson of Dean and Sandy Oden, is in Women’s and Children’s Hospital, East 415. (Update from Sandy: He has improved. They did not do the MRI. They believe he has Cerebellar Ataxia. Thanks for all of your prayers. Please continue to pray that he gets well.)
Ø Eugene Adger: “Please pray for the family of my niece, who I lost yesterday and for Brother Gregory for love of Jesus.”
Ø Dittos: “Please pray for a young couple we can’t name to you. They are struggling financially, spiritually, emotionally. Just call them Dittos’ friends.”
Ø Lilli Karlin: “Please pray 1) for my brother for a safe travel home from N.C. (Charles Brown). 2). For my son, Andrew – to heal him of his sicknesses. 3) and thank you all for the love you have given me and Eli.”
Ø Lance and Jodi Moore: “Please pray for our neighbors, Ashley and Brie, that God help them in their time of need.”
Ø Don and Janice Phillips: “Please pray for our friend, Kent, to get a job. Thank you.”
Ø Reynolds: “Pray for Janna Owens as she recovers from emergency appendectomy.”
Ø Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Jamie Cole, James Hall, Martha Jones, Sally Mans, Johnny Powell, Rachel Ray, Louis Teague, Bill & Sherill Townsley, and Carrie Wisehart.
Ø Our Missionaries: Denisovs & Rahimovs (Tomsk, Russia), Kishore Etwaroo Family (Port Kaituma, Guyana), Carlos & Linda Eguizabal (Juayua & Salcoatitan, El Salvador) & YOU (Huntsville Area)
Our sympathy is extended to The Wright Family in the passing of our sweet brother, Doyal Wright, late Wednesday night, November 20th. His funeral was Saturday, November 23rd.
We want to thank our wonderful church family for their kind words, love and prayers during our family’s loss. It has been an encouragement to our whole family.
The Sherrill Family
CENTRAL CHURCH ANGEL TREE CARDS
The purpose of Central's Angel Tree is to help those who would not have a good Christmas due to financial difficulties. The Angels are ready to pick up in the Fellowship Hall. REMEMBER TO PUT DOWN YOUR NAME BESIDE THE ANGEL’S NUMBER.
Please bring your wrapped gift with the Angel tag on it and place it on the table in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, December 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Crittenden.
Our congratulations to John and Joyce Davis, who celebrated their 52nd anniversary Monday, November 25th. Thank you for your example to us!
FROM THE ELDERS
This week we are highlighting some ways that Central is currently fulfilling the admonition of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:16:
…prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the church may be built up…
One aspect of preparing God’s people is teaching children. This morning, we will show some examples of how Central is working to prepare our children to serve in Christ’s Kingdom. They are inspiring to us as we see how they are happy to share God’s love with others. We need to encourage the teachers as they work hard to instill the Gospel message in the hearts and minds of the next generation.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
The Bible shows a consistent theme of the older folks taking care to instruct and testify to our children. Reading in Psalm 78:
“…We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,… and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds...”
Let us look for ways that we can inspire our children to follow the Lord, to show our love to them, and encourage each other to train the next generation of Christians.
Paul also encouraged Timothy in his letter: And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)
As you see the things Central has been teaching these young ones, we hope it will inspire you to get involved and share your love and energy with these precious children. Certainly the young as well as the older members will be encouraged. You can imprint memories of the love of Christ on these little ones that will last their lifetime. Once again Paul encourages us:
Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. (1 Thessalonians 2:8)
This week the Key Words on our Journey Forward are “Training and Instruction.”
The Memory Verse is Ephesians 6:4:
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
From the Elders,
Chip, Ed, Richard
Ø Preschool needs: subs for Sunday and Wednesday Bible classes and helpers for Wednesday Bible classes.
Ø Please contact Suzie Nance at 256-653-2508 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. If anyone has told me in the past that they would be willing to sub for preschool or nursery, please let me know again so I can have an updated sub list.
Ø Also, please remember to see if there are still unfilled blanks on the Sunday sign-up sheets outside the Nursery and Toddler rooms for assembly times. When committing to those times, let Cathy Farless or Suzie Nance know if you cannot make it.
HOLIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE
The following is the schedule for Central’s classes over the upcoming holidays.
Thanksgiving: Central will have its annual Thanksgiving Devotional in the old auditorium TONIGHT at 6:30pm. Adult and children’s classes will not meet. Christmas: Sunday classes are planned to run as usual both before and after Christmas. On Thursday, 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: Sunday classes are planned to run as usual both before and after New Year’s Day. On Thursday, January 2nd, adults will meet in the auditorium. (In other words, we will not meet Wednesday, December 25th, and Wednesday, January 1st.)
WEDNESDAY ADULT CLASSES
Winter Term 2019-2020 – December 4 through February 26
Saint and Sinners in a Fallen World
Since the time of creation, God’s people have found themselves in a great struggle with sin. As God’s people we struggle in our own personal struggle with sin; and right beside us are our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and church family who are deeply affected and struggling with their own sin problem. We are called to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). We are challenged to save others by snatching them from the fire (Jude 1:23). We are in a constant struggle both to uphold the unchanging truth of God’s will, expressed in his Word, and to treat other sinners with grace, respect, and dignity.
This winter, we will be looking at how we as Christians can best respond to God’s will toward the sinners around us in an increasingly changing world. How do we faithfully uphold God’s truth? How do we show grace and mercy like Christ? We will do this with a mix of lecture and small group discussion. We will be hearing from a mix of people across Central and from a special guest speaker in the new year. We hope you will make every effort to come and be a part of this discussion, as we as a people strive to snatch people from the fire and aid our body in the struggle against sin.
Classes in the month of December will be in the auditorium. The schedule for December is listed below.
Ø Wednesday, December 4 – Saint and Sinner in a Fallen World: An Introduction – Gerry Binford
Ø Wednesday, December 11 – Examples We Face Every Day – Justin Harrison and Dan Spiceland
Ø Wednesday, December 18 – How the Church Reacts to Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage – Chip Jones
Ø Thursday, December 26 – Congregational Devotional
Please note: the church office will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holidays.
EXPRESSING APPRECIATION FOR EARL LAVENDER'S HELP WITH OUR JOURNEY 2019.
December 8 will be Earl's fifth and last time with us in Our Journey 2019. We would like to show our appreciation for him finding time in his very packed schedule to come and share his time and gifts with us. It is his gift to the congregation, which we appreciate very much. Earl does not accept any remuneration for his work with a church. Anything given to him goes to his Italian mission work. Donating to this work is a good way for us to express our appreciation to him. If you would like to express your appreciation to Earl, you may do so by put a donation in one the collection boxes (one located on the table in the back of the auditorium or on the table close to the downstairs restrooms). Boxes will be out on Wednesdays and Sundays, through December 8th. Make checks payable to Central or you may donate online.
DECEMBER TEAM SERVANTS
Ushers—Alex Coleman’s Team
Counting—Alan Moore’s Team
Nursery—Dec 1—My’Ajia Campbell & Karin Bell
Dec 8—Julie Meyer’s Team
Thanksgiving Devotional (6:30 pm)
Teens – Fusion (4:30-7:30 pm)
Religious Volunteer Training for Limestone Correctional Facility (9:00 am See article.)
Senior High Holiday Party (5:30-9:00 pm at The Keetons)
Combined Adult Class with Earl Lavender (9:00 am)
Teens – Cookie Day (after morning assembly)
HUGS (during morning assembly)
Elementary Holiday Party (5:00-7:00 pm)
MEN TO SERVE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
Communion Thoughts: Sam O’Hanian
Prayer: William Greenleaf