DECEMBER 7, 2022

 

REJOICE

We rejoice with the angels over the birth of a sister and brother. Shannon Hicklen, wife of Ronnie (resident of His Way), was baptized Tuesday, November 29th. On Thursday, December 1st, Reese Jones, a resident of His Way, put the Lord on in baptism. Please welcome and encourage them.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Ø  Mary Callins: “Thank you for prayers for Trudy Spearman. Yesterday (Saturday, December 3rd) Trudy said her white blood count is going up and she hopes to start physical therapy Monday. She thanks each of you for your prayers and asks us to keep praying that she improves with rehab – for God’s miraculous intervention.”

Ø  Lisa Cooper: “Please pray for Steve Pockrus, my son’s father. He is having back surgery Monday at 1:00.” (Update: Lisa said, “PRAISE GOD! He has no pain in his leg, which is where it was worst. Very sore at the incision site, of course, and some back pain there. I feel like that will go away. Thank you so very much for the prayers. I really appreciate you all so much.”)

Ø  The Dorans: “Please pray for my Aunt Linda Fleming, who has to make medical decisions after being diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. She is recovering from triple bypass as well.”

Ø  Cathy Farless: “My daughter, Carrie, tested positive with Covid. Pray that she will have a quick recovery.” (Update: Carrie is feeling better.)

Ø  John Kuhn Family: “Please continue to pray for Hannah Sutherland. She’s having horrible episodes of dangerously high pulse rate, and seizure like episodes. Her lupus is attacking her organs.”

Ø  The Sherrills: “Please continue to pray for Eva Mitchell and her pregnancy. She will be getting induced December 22nd.”

Ø  Doug Turbyfill: “Thank you for your support. Pray for Matthew Beavers.”

Ø  Thomas Volkman: “Would like to pray for Matt Beaver that he may find strength, understanding.”

Ø  Toshiko Wingard: “Thank you for all your prayers for Doug. We got home Saturday evening, and he is doing well, so far. Please continue to pray for a quick recovery from the surgery. Thank you.”

Ø  Drue Wright: “Prayers for my son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Becky and their family.  Their daughter gave birth about a month early to a 6 pounds baby boy. He will be in the NICU for at least a few days, but all looks good now. About an hour after his birth Becky’s mother died. Her death was expected but it’s never easy. Becky had been with her mother for several weeks and I know she is exhausted. Thanks for your prayers.”

Ø  Mothers-In-Waiting: Marjie Nance (1/2/23), Kat Nambo (2/2023), and Allison Ledford (6/2023).

Ø  Our Shut-ins: Amelia Biser, Randall Biser, Jamie Cole, Fritz Nelson, Sheril Townsley, and Doug Wingard.

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

SYMPATHY

Our sympathy is extended to The Palmer Family in the passing of Joan’s brother/Barrion’s uncle, Bruce Harris, Friday, December 2nd. Mr. Harris’ funeral will be Friday, December 9th, at the First Baptist Church in Vacherie, Louisiana. Joanrequests for prayers of comfort, strength and spiritual steadfastness. Bruce died in Christ, and we are so grateful to God.”

CENTRAL ANGEL TREE

A big thank you to everyone who took an angel. Please return all wrapped gifts with the Angel’s number on it by Wednesday, December 14th. If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Crittenden.

ASSEMBLY LESSON SERIES: “THE SPIRITUAL REALMS”

This series follows an exploration of God and His character by acknowledging our enemy and his hold in our lives and this world. It is God who conquers the enemy, not humans, but he has given us abundant wisdom on how to address temptation, persecution, and injustice in our daily walks.

Theme Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-13

Week

Date

Topic

Speaker

5

Dec 11

Our Response to Persecution

Ed Ditto

6

Dec 18

Our Response to Other’s Sins

Jim Norville

LETTER FROM THE SOPOT CHURCH OF CHRIST

Sopot, Poland

Dear Brothers and Sisters at Central Church of Christ,

The Church of Christ in Sopot along with our Ukrainian brother and sisters, thank you for your contribution of $22,725.69 sent through College Church for the needs of people displaced by the outbreak of hostilities in neighboring Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Because of your Christlike spirit of giving, we have been able to offer refuge and relief to over 200 of our brothers and sisters fleeing the fear, death and destruction of war, providing them a safe, warm and welcoming place to stay. We bought beds, covers and blankets, installed extra toilets and bathroom facilities, arranged laundry services, stocked supplies and afforded food and drink to those who have sought safety in Sopot. From March 1 to October 15, occupancy in our church building has been 4840 nights. We served three meals a day to those living here and have also fed at least one meal a day to those who are registered with us but who have moved off-site, totaling almost 20,000 meals. Your funds have also paid for doctor appointments, physical therapy, medical equipment and prescription as well as OTC medicines, Polish lessons, shoes and clothing.

Sopot church leaders have from the very beginning been concerned that this undertaking meet spiritual and emotional needs through bi-lingual worship services. Ukrainian Bible classes for adults, youth and children, fellowship and evangelist efforts which are all a part of the program with school supplies as they enroll in Polish schools and have arranged Polish language classes for those who need to make a life in Poland because they have no home to go back to.

We appreciate your fellowship in this work, for without the support of our unselfish Christian family, we could not have even begun this ministry. Only God knows how long this war will last. We ask you to continue to be with us in our efforts and we pray that we will be good stewards of your trust and faithful servants of our Father in Heaven.

Sincerely for the Church in Sopot,

Molly & Annabelle Dawidow

P.S. Thanks! We appreciate your most generous gift.

 

PLEASE JOIN US

We can bearly wait!

Join us for a baby boy shower honoring

Kat and Tonino Nambo

Sunday, January 8th – 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Central Church of Christ

Registered at Amazon and Target.

SUNDAY ADULT CLASS OPTIONS (9:00 AM)

December 4 through December 18

1.      “Spiritual Realms” (Family Life Center)

This short series aligns with the Sunday assembly lessons on how God’s people live in the spiritual realms. Each week, small groups will consider practical applications that relate to a selected reading of Scripture.

Date

Topic

Scripture

December 11

Our Response to Persecution

Acts 21:27-22:22

December 18

Our Response to Other’s Sins

John 8:2-11

2.      Women’s Ministry (Library; Coordinators: Sue Underwood and Kim Story)

WEDNESDAY ADULT CLASS (7:00 PM)

David’s Life, David’s Songs (Family Life Center with Zoom Option)

Most psalms in the book of Psalms lack details that would help locate the psalm in history. The general nature of those songs can be helpful to us as readers and singers, because those songs can be readily adapted to our own grieving and rejoicing. That said, a few of the psalms are very specific about their historical context. That too can be helpful to us, by helping us understand how the song writer grappled with the challenges and delights of their own circumstances.

During December, a few psalms from the life of David will be highlighted. We’ll look at what the songs meant in the circumstances in which David lived, how those psalms relate to other passages of Scripture, and what they mean in our own life. Leaders: Loren Wisehart and Allen Wright. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86363371603?pwd=cjM1bmFxZ0kyTU5SR1VQUlN2QlpOZz09

2023 Marriage Retreat

Mutations of Marriage

February 10 - 11, 2022

Speakers: Bennie and Tonya Wilkerson (of Simpson Street Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA)

Registration: Now – January 29th Sundays in Fellowship Hall

Register online: https://forms.gle/TDLpeJJfcJVMqnxF9

Suggested donation: $65 per couple

Payments can be made online here:

PRAISE AND HARMONY WORKSHOP

TONIGHT in the Old Auditorium from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. we will be learning the following songs:

Title                                                    Category

“Let It Rise”                                        Everlasting God

“O Praise The Name”                       Worthy God

DECEMBER 25TH SCHEDULE

There will not be any classes on Sunday, December 25th. At 10:15 a.m. in the old auditorium, the extended Wright Family and will be in charge of our assembly.

DIRECTORY UPDATE

Sam and Shirley O’Hanian have moved to 2940 Mill Run Road SE, Apt 1013, Huntsville, AL 35763.

MEN TO SERVE – DECEMBER

Chair Set-Up – Tony Callins’ Team

Counting – Alan Moore’s Team

Ushering – Ryan Bell’s Team

ACTIVITIES

Dec

7

Singing Group (6:00-7:00 pm – old auditorium)

 

8

Sonrisers’ Christmas Meal (10:00 am)

 

10

Senior High Xmas Party (5:00 pm)

 

11

Teen Cookie Day (noon)

 

 

Elementary Holiday Party (5:00 pm)

 

14

Singing Group (6:00-7:00 pm – old auditorium)

 

23-1/2

Church Office Closed

Jan

8

Baby Boy Shower Honoring Kat and Tonino Nambo (2:00-3:30 pm See invitation)

 

13-15

Praise and Harmony Workshop