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JANUARY 10, 2021

THOSE IN THE HOSPITAL

  Please continue to pray for Jim Blue’s son-in-law, Jerry Copeland, and his daughter, Jenna. Jerry is doing better after having some critical heart problems. He is in a hospital in Florence, Alabama.

  Deborah Brown is recuperating at home after having surgery on her Achilles tendon January 6th.

  Kim Smith (former member) is in Encompass Rehab.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  Please pray for those with COVID:

Gerry Binford’s sister, Gertrude, and her daughter.

Kathleen Lowery’s mother (Betty Caldwell) and brother and sister-in-law (Bruce and Pat Caldwell).

Rachael Sherrill’s brother, David Lamb, who has left for his deployment, along with half of his company.

Louise Williams’ brothers, Carnell and Tyrone, and their roommate, Willie.

  Tony and Mary Callins:James Hall is not doing well. Brookshire called and said that they recommend calling in Hospice for him. Keep James in our prayers.

  Continue to keep Bill Townsley in your prayers as he had another fall and broke the same hip he was just recovering from.

  Louise Williams: “My sister-in-law, Ruth Butler, in New Jersey who had a stroke then suffered cardiac arrest, passed away Tuesday evening. Pray for her family as well.”

  Our Shut-ins: Amelia Biser, Deborah Brown, Jamie Cole, James Hall, Johnny Powell, Lee Strickland, and Bill & Sherill Townsley.

  Mothers-In-Waiting: Jessica Ogle (2/4), Allison Goad (2/7), Caroline Lowery (3/16), Heidi Haviland (5/5) and Anna Mosley (5/17).

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

THANK YOU

Dear Central Family,

Jessica and I would like to say a special thank you to all the wonderful ladies and gentlemen who helped with our baby shower. It was truly a blessing and we are so grateful to have each and every one of you in our lives. We look forward to raising Allison as a part of the Central Family. God bless, and we love you all!                                                                                                                                                                        Love,

 Brandon and Jessica Ogle

Dear Family,

Thank you for all the expressions of love that have been shown to us. Your calls, cards, the delicious basket of fruit and other goodies, and most all the prayers on Dean’s behalf. He is feeling better and will start cardiac rehab soon. Also, thanks to the sweet “elf” who delivered the afore mentioned basket!! And thanks to the Teens, for the cookies and other yummy treats.     

We love you all

 Dean and Sandy Oden

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SALLY MANS

There will be a memorial service Saturday, January 16th, at 1:00 p.m. at Central for our sister, Sally Mans, who passed away Sunday, December 20th.

PLEASE SIGN UP

The campus ministry will resume Friday Night Lives (FNL) this semester on January 22nd. Help is needed from LIFE Talks, other groups, or individuals to provide meals for their FNLs begin January 29th. The food may be either dropped off at the building or brought and served in the building. Masks will be required (and provided if needed) for both those serving and those being served. Gloves will also be provided for those serving. Those providing meals will need to “sign-up” via email to pat(-at-)centralfamily.org or if you have any questions, please contact Carla Campbell at 256-882-6449.

CENTRAL LADIES

It appears that COVID will prevent our Tuesday morning Bible study and fellowship from meeting in person. However, we desire to remain connected, and plans are in progress for this. It is possible we may study together using the e-mail format we used this fall and will be seeking your input. Please consider joining us. Finalized plans will be appear in the bulletin and church e-mails. Questions or ideas: Contact Terri Apgar, Janice Greenleaf, or Sue Underwood. 

JACK AND JILL WALK-THRU WEDDING SHOWER

Please join us as we celebrate the upcoming marriage of

Reece Howell and Courtney Jones

Sunday, January 31st – from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Central’s Family Life Center

Reece and Courtney are registered at Amazon, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond; They would also appreciate gift cards to Cabela’s and Rural King.

PLEASE SEND A BIRTHDAY CARD

Please send a card to Sheril Townsley (one of our shut-ins), who will be celebrating her birthday Friday, January 8th.

CENTRAL ADULT WEDNESDAY NIGHT ONLINE CLASS

Winter Term – January 6 through March 3 – Wednesdays at 7 pm

Living the Ways of Jesus

A paradox is a statement that on the surface that seems self-contradictory or even absurd. But when one considers a paradox closely, one often discovers profound truth. We find paradoxes as near as the currency in our wallets: “E Pluribus Unum”: “Out of Many, One.” Perhaps the deepest paradox of the Christian faith is the cross of Jesus—a symbol of God’s justice and God’s love, a symbol of Christ’s defeat and Christ’s victory.

The Bible also presents paradoxes for Christian living. For example, “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). Another paradox for how the church is called to live the ways of Jesus is found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church and Peter’s first letter to Asia Minor. Both letters describe the church as God’s chosen people. Yet Ephesians describes the church as a diverse people unified and brought near together, whereas 1 Peter describes the church as a scattered people. How are both true at the same time? And what does this have to do with how Christians handle the challenges of home life, politics, racial injustice, culture shifts, and ministry?

During the winter terms, the adult midweek class will explore what it means to live the ways of Jesus in our relationships within the church and toward the world. Each week, we will read a text, observe the flow of thought, identify the main ideas, and discuss what a specific point looks like in practice. We look forward to your participation!

 

DATE

CONCEPT

APPLICATION AREAS

1/13

Unity, diversity, and maturity (Eph. 4:1-16)

Ministering together

1/20

Out with the old and in with the new (Eph. 4:17-5:18)

Listening and speaking in ways that honor God

1/27

Worship and gratitude (Eph. 5:19-20)

Focusing on God versus preference

2/3

Household dynamics (Eph. 5:21-6:9)

Showing love and respect in close relationships

2/10

Government (1 Pet. 2:13-17)

Engaging in God-honoring politics

2/17

Unbelievers in the household (1 Pet. 2:18-3:7)

Navigating close relationships with unbelievers

2/24

Witnessing to Jesus amid persecution (1 Pet. 3:8-22)

Dealing with injustice

3/3

Living between Jesus’s cross & second coming (1 Pet. 4:1-11)

Dealing with culture shifts

Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356466276?pwd=UTZ4T09pYWV5VHV0WFNmbUk5dSs1Zz09

MEN TO SERVE

Chair Set-Up – Tony Callins’ Team

CountingYocus Jones’ Team

Ushering – James Ryans’ Team