DECEMBER 4, 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 200, Madison, AL 35757.
Ø Ashley Baker: “Pray for my nephew’s mom, Riley. Her husband passed away and she has 2 kids – 5 and 1 to raise alone now.”
Ø Connie Binford: “Prayers for my mom, Margaret Jackson, healing after shoulder surgery.”
Ø Samantha Bottomley: “Jason Farless and I got engaged November 29. We ask you to pray for us as we start this new journey in our life. I believe God put us in each other’s paths for a reason and we are beyond blessed.”
Ø Allan and Chiana Evans: “Please keep our neighbors in your prayers. We woke up early this morning to a horrible fire at one of the buildings. Our hearts hurt for them, being so close to the holidays.
Ø John Kuhn: “I pray for understanding in God’s word and for strength. I’m doing the work God gives me.”
Ø John Kuhn Family: “Please continue to pray healing for our friend Mindy Simms, who is fighting cancer.”
Ø Daniel Lewis: “Please pray that Stephanie has a safe and productive work trip this week.”
Ø Nixons: “Please pray for the families of Lois Moss, who adopted us over the years and Bill Johnson, our neighbor – both passed away after spending time with family for thanksgiving.”
Ø Dean and Sandy Oden: “Thank you for the prayers on Micah’s behalf. He appears to be well – Thanksgiving Day he was running like any active 3 years old boy!”
Ø Brandon Powell: “I pray that my transportation situation is resolved before the 20th of December and that the vehicle I may find/buy lasts at least 4 – 6 months so that I may save for a better one.”
Ø Tom Reynolds: “Please pray for the Ryan Pardue family. Ryan, a recent graduate of His Way, passed away this past Sunday. Ryan was only 21.”
Ø Melia Romine: “Please add my cousin, Chris Hopper, to the prayer list. He is in the ICU in Gadsden Hospital in a coma after suffering from a severe infection that has caused renal failure among other things. He is on life support and we are praying for the best possible outcome for him and his parents and sons. His father, my uncle, has already lost his other son due to a tragic car accident at a young age, so this is especially hard on him and my aunt. Chris has 2 sons in their early 20s; so pray for all of them at this time.”
Ø Our Shut-ins: Cindy Anderson, Jamie Cole, James Hall, Martha Jones, Sally Mans, Johnny Powell, Louis Teague, Bill & Sherill Townsley, and Carrie Wisehart.
Ø Mother-In-Waiting: Amanda Coleman (6/12/20)
Ø Our Missionaries: Denisovs & Rahimovs (Tomsk, Russia), Kishore Etwaroo Family (Port Kaituma, Guyana), Carlos & Linda Eguizabal (Juayua & Salcoatitan, El Salvador) & YOU (Huntsville Area)
Dear Central Family,
Thank you for the gift basket delivered while I was recovering. Jamie and I are looking forward to getting back into the “swing of things” – soon J. We love all of you for being there thru all the changes in our lives! Debbie Cole
CENTRAL CHURCH ANGEL TREE
The purpose of Central's Angel Tree is to help those who would not have a good Christmas due to financial difficulties. There are 3 Angels left. Please go by and pick up one 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Christmas: Sunday classes are planned to run as usual both before and after Christmas. On Thursday, December 26, 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 2, adults will meet in the auditorium. (In other words, we will not meet Wednesday, December 25, and Wednesday, January 1.)
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.
FROM THE ELDERS
During this portion of Our Journey, we are considering The Christian Characteristic expressed in
2 Timothy 2:2: "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others." In short, we are to take measures to pass the "Gospel torch" to future generations.
Sunday (November 24th) in our assembly time we focused on what we are doing collectively as a body of God's people to instruct and train our children. The goal is to help the parents in their role of raising their children in the Lord and to lay a foundation for them to become reliable messengers and be equipped to pass the "Gospel torch" to others. It was a beautiful thing to see the children from our preschool and elementary ministries down front and have the adults join with them in singing songs they like. Also, we had a very good age-appropriate lesson that was good for all of us. We extend a hearty thank you, especially to Larry and Ashley Rice, who planned and produced the program, and to Barrion Palmer, Jared and Anna Mosley, the teachers, the audio-visual team and others who assisted. It gave us insight into a beautiful part of our church. Take time to express your appreciation to those who work diligently in the teaching and training our children.
This Sunday our assembly time was focused on passing the "Gospel torch" to the teens and college age. The teen and college age years are a time of maturation, spiritually and physically. It is also a time of many temptations and many struggles to develop/maintain Godly lives in this present age. The challenge can be seen in Titus 2:11-14 where we are called by God's grace "to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in this present age," and to remember that Jesus Christ "gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good."
This is a real challenge for all of us, but especially for the teens and college age, as this "present age" is replete with moral corruption and with the electronic media to promote it. It normalizes attitudes and behaviors that the Bible says are very ungodly. We must invest in helping teens and college age deal with the corruption of this world and mature in the Lord, for this is critical to both their spiritual maturation and their passing the Gospel torch to successive generations.
We appreciate very much the work that Rodney, Gerry and those who are fellow workers with them to equip the teenagers and college age among us to: live self-controlled, Godly lives in this present age; help those who are coming behind them; and spread the Gospel wherever they go.
Please note: This Sunday Earl Lavender be will us to address the Christian Characteristic: "Striving for Unity Across the Generations." Having the generational diversity we do, this is a very timely subject. The memory verse will be 1 Timothy 5:1-2, which gets us into bridging the generational gaps so we can grow in true unity. This is an area of specialization for Earl. Our unity in Christ cannot be superficial, primarily social or optional. It is more than meeting together in the same building and not having fusses. The unity to which we are called in 1 Corinthians 1:10 and Ephesians 4:3 comes from a bonding at the mind, thought and heart level, and is important to the work of the Holy Spirit in and among us. (See Ephesians 4:30 and 2 Thessalonians 5:19.)
This time Earl will be with us for the class time (9:00 AM) and the assembly time (10:15 AM). There will be no evening session this time. This will be Earl's last time to join us on Our Journey 2019. Please work your schedule and priorities to join with us as Earl shares on this subject.
In Christian love,
Chip, Ed and Richard
WEDNESDAY ADULT CLASSES
Winter Term 2019-2020 – TONIGHT 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 TONIGHT – 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
TEENS – COOKIE DAY
All teens are invited to come and join in on the fun this Sunday, December 8th, after morning assembly for their annual Cookie Day. Please bring $3.00 to help cover the cost of pizza and drinks. Also, please email Sandra James (firstname.lastname@example.org) as to how you can help. The teens should be done around 5:00 p.m.
Who has either Angel 10B or 16A from the Angel Tree??? Please let the church office know. Thanks.
Ø Nikki Holley’s new address is 113 Springside Path, Harvest, AL 35749.
DECEMBER TEAM SERVANTS
Ushers—Alex Coleman’s Team
Counting—Alan Moore’s Team
Nursery—Dec 8—Julie Meyer’s Team
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 “See From The Elders” article.)
Teens – Cookie Day (after morning assembly)
HUGS (during morning assembly)
Elementary Holiday Party (5:00-7:00 pm)
MEN TO SERVE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
Communion Thoughts: Dan Spiceland
Prayer: Jim Ashburn