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March 25, 2015
This Sunday night, March 29th, our young men will be
I have shared this story with you before, but I
recently ran across it again and it always makes me smile; conducting the evening services. The focus will be on
prayer. Hope everyone will attend and support our youth.
I hope it gives you a smile also.
… Once upon a time there was a little old Christian
lady living next door to an atheist. Every morning she
“Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye
would come out onto her front porch and shout
see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the
"Praise the Lord!" Then the atheist would yell back, "There is
peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him. Shall it
no God!" Every time she did this she was met with the
be! Amen.” Revelation 1:7.
same response.
Congratulations to Kye Parker! Kye has been saving
As time went on the Christian lady ran into financial his Bible Bucks for a long time, and he finally decided to
difficulties and had trouble buying food. She went out use 150 of them to purchase the boy’s bicycle in Central
onto the porch and asked God for help with groceries, Park! We are very proud of Kye. He takes the word of
then as always said, "Praise the Lord!"
God seriously, and he adds so much to our lessons with
The next morning she went out onto the porch and his insightful comments. Emily and Zach are doing a
there sat the groceries she asked for; excited she yelled, wonderful job raising Kye, Brittlyn and Tess to love our
Lord. What a delightful family!
"Praise the Lord!"
We have such a leader in Parker Jackson! Parker has
Then the atheist jumped out from behind a bush and taken our “Central Avenue Faith Fund” to heart and is
said, “Ha, I bought those groceries - there is no God!: The lady doing a great job of promoting it! He takes the box and
looked at him, smiled and shouted, “Praise the Lord, not stands by the General Store to encourage the children to
only Father did You provide groceries for me, You made Satan give to the Faith Fund before they buy something for
pay for them!”
themselves! It is inspiring to watch the personalities of
We all need to realize what this little lady clearly our young people, and observe what is meaningful in
understood – Satan is a defeat foe and the only power he their lives. I know God is raising faithful young men and
has is what God allows. Satan cannot make us do women to carry out His plans. We are so thankful for
anything; he is under God’s dominion just like us. This Ryan and Sara for fostering this love for God in their
reminds me of Mordecai’s story in the book of Esther.
We are going to miss Masha Bzenyuk on Faith
The evil Haman hated Mordecai and all the Jews Avenue! Masha has been our Tour Guide for the current
because of him. Haman built gallows seventy-five feet high second graders for the past three years, but has worked in
intending to have Mordecai hanged on it. But because of Faith Avenue for four years! Her beautiful smile and
the grace and work of God not only was Mordecai and all warm spirit will be greatly missed by all of us. Please keep
of the Jews spared, but Haman was hanged on his own Masha in your prayers as she begins this new adventure in
her life.
Please join us this Wednesday night at Faith Avenue!
Brothers and sisters let us always have faith, go to the
Lord with our needs; ask for His will to be done and trust Our K-5th grade will be in our singing class, while our 2’s,
Him to provide. And you never know, God may even 3’s, and 4’s will have regular class. Our children will be
singing on April 5, at 10:25, before we start our
make the devil pay for our request!
morning worship.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these
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things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV
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Herald of Encouragement
By John Klimko, Jr
Next SundayMorning
Next Sunday, April 5th, our children
from Faith Avenue will have a short
presentation of songs they have been
working on. The children will start right
at 10:25 a.m. in the Large Auditorium
prior to our morning worship.
Whenever our children sing it is always a
special time for them, their parents, and
the Central Avenue congregation.
Our two, three, and four year olds are
doing such a great job with their singing!
They will be singing on April 5 also, so
please have your child here on Sunday
morning to learn these beautiful songs.
Our rotation this five weeks is a study
of Jonah. Our memory verse is: “You are a
gracious and compassionate God, slow to
anger and abounding in love.” Jonah 4:2.
Our at-home Bible reading is Jonah 3.
Our two and three year olds are
continuing their study of Moses. Their
memory verse is: “And God said to Moses,
I will be with you.” Exodus 3:12.
The four year olds are studying Daniel.
We are looking forward to Sunday!
Many thanks to Richie Wisenbaker,
who recently cleaned out the existing
flower beds at the Christian Student
Center, and re-strawed them. He also
planted begonias and other flowers in
these beds and planted several flowers
around the C.S.C. sign on the properThere will not be a Tuesday Ladies Bible
ty. This will surely help make us look
next Tuesday, March 31, due to
clean and neat, and aids with this imSpring
portant Ministry. Thanks to Richie!!
Thanks to all who encourage others
through the visitation ministry. The
visitation team for this Sunday,
March 29, is listed below. Please pick
up assignments from the folder on the
table in the office hall foyer near the
Large Auditorium.
M/M Carl Brinson
M/M Harrison Cooper
Mrs. Marion Copeland
M/M Marc Dame
Mr. Lindy Evans
M/M Ashley McLeod
M/M Mike Paine
M/M Ron Williams
Our sympathy is extended to the
family of Richard Sheppard, who
passed away Monday, March 16, in
Arkansas. Mr. Sheppard was the uncle
of Glenn (Vickie) Copeland and Beth
(Danny) Ray.
Our sympathy is extended to the
family of Bertha Pittman, who passed
away Saturday, March 21.
Mrs. Pittman was the sister of
Clarence DeLoach, aunt of Jerry (Gail)
DeLoach, Vickie (Glenn) Copeland
and Mickey (Debra) DeLoach. Services
were Tuesday, March 24.
Sunday night, March 22, Danny
Ray was baptized. Danny is the
husband of Beth Greene Ray and
their address is: 2351 Copeland Road,
Valdosta, GA., 31601. Phone: 229242-2368.
Wednesday night, March 18,
Brandon Reese was baptized.
Brandon is the grandson of Keith and
Diane Reese. His address is: 4941
Briar Ridge Circle, Valdosta, GA.,
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Louise DeLoach (Hospice),
Jackie Mathis,
Melba Webb, Sherolyn Ellenberg
Sylvia Higgins, Joyce Paine,
Jeanne Jarvis, Jane Little,
George Clayton, Irene Brown
Phoebie Slocum
Linda Jones
Gordon & Elaine Teffeteller
Stella Laurene Taylor
ATLANTA: Hyde Maurice Clarke
SGMC: Nicole Goldman, Sara Williams,
Marilyn Ellis
Fannie Dasher, Clarence DeLoach, Karen
Evans, Glenn Geren, Wivian & Rudene
Harris, Allen & Mildred Lancaster, Laura
McCall, Fred McCrary, Leo & Mary Nell
Wells, Lloyd Williams
Paul Anderson, Wanda Hall Arnold, Lucy
Brownell, Winton Cunningham, Joel Dasher,
Delores Britt, Leon Black, Tim Brogdon,
John Crum, Wanda DeWeese, Julie Walker
Franklin, Reese Glass, Joe & Harriette Gray,
Dustin Jackson, Steve & Sandi Parrish,
Wayne Shear, Debbie Starling, Beverly
Strange, Gordon & Elaine Teffeteller
(Rehab), Earl Tipton, Rebecca Tomlinson,
Pat Vann, Mitch Walker
To our church family,
Words are not adequate to express the
gratitude and love we feel toward each of
you. Throughout Redden's illness your
prayers, cards and visits brought strength
and occasionally even a smile to him.
After his death that same love continued
for his family. At the funeral our
ministers and our choir lifted our hearts.
The meal you prepared was wonderful.
Your love for our Lord shows in everything you do. Thank you.
March 28: Mac Bowling
Linda Cooper
March 29: Carrie Bowling
Bayleigh Dame
March 30: Ethan Bennett
Emma Grace Evans
March 31: Parker Jackson
April 1: Jay Haskin
April 2: Monty Caldwell
Raymond Copeland
April 3: Kathleen Culpepper
Alayna Swindle
Georgia Christian School is taking
applications for the following
positions for the 2015-16 school year:
· Middle School/High School
Teacher (must be certified)
· Cafeteria Manager
· Cafeteria Worker
· Bus Driver
Please contact Burt Copeland at
[email protected]
March 26: Marlin, Rosa, Alexis & Amber
March 27: Bill & Cathy Malone
March 28: Matt, Jennifer, Karli &
Kherington Malone
March 29: Jackie Mathis
March 30: Amos & Laura McCall
March 31: Amos, JR. & Sheila McCall
April 1: Denise McCrary
Swainsboro Church of Christ
653 Turner Drive
Swainsboro, GA 30401
Continue in prayer, and watch in the
same with thanksgiving; Withal praying
also for us, that God would open unto us a
door of utterance, to speak the mystery of
Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That
I may make it manifest, as I ought to
speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that
are without, redeeming the time. Let your
speech be alway with grace, seasoned with
salt, that ye may know how ye ought to
answer every men.
Colossians 3:2-6
The family of Redden Hart
MILITARY: Tyler Dees, James
McMullen, III, Skyler Pittman, Benjamin
Starling, Johnny Tucker, Lorenzo WalkerPotts, Nick Walker-Potts
Sunday, Dena Rogers responded to
the invitation asking for prayers of the
Everyone is invited to the 27th
Annual Homecoming and Gospel
Meeting at the West Hill Church of
Christ, Valdosta, GA., April 18—22.
Guest speaker will be, Elisha Taylor,
JR., of the Westside Church of
Christ, Jacksonville, FL.
March 29: Family Egg Hunt & Picnic
May 3: Red Cross Blood Drive
June 7-10: Central’s VBS 6:00—8:00 pm
Men’s Prayer Group:
Tuesdays at 7 am in the Annex
Ladies Bible Class:
Tuesdays, 10:30 am in the Connector
Christian Student Center:
Devotional, Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
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Herald of Encouragement
Central Avenue Church of Christ
304 East Central Avenue
Valdosta, GA 31601-5704
ELDERS: Homer Anderson, Kevin Boyd, Byron Brown, Jerry
DeLoach, G.R. Holton, Bill Malone, Leon Weeks
MINISTERS: Bryan Jarvis, John Klimko, Jr.
DEACONS: Jay Barfield, Donny Bryan, Jeremy Colson,
Richard Hamlen, Anthony Herring, Ted Hundley, Pendleton Little, Jerry McMullen, Sr., Matt Malone, Chris Prine,
John Stephenson, Clyde Tomlinson, Phillip Walker
Church Office:
Leigh Carter...........................................................Secretary
Gail DeLoach…………................................................Bulletin
Phone: (229) 242-6115........................Fax:(229) 242-6116
Visit Central on the
MISSIONS: Paraguay, New Zealand, Ukraine, China, Malawi, India,
Preaching the Gospel (TV)
Central Avenue Church of Christ Family Gatherings
Sunday Bible Class...……………………………...………...…………….….9:30am
Evening Worship……………………..……………………….…………….…6:00pm
Wednesday Bible Class.……………………………………………..……….7:00pm
For the Record: March 22, 2015
Bible Classes
AM Worship
PM Worship
SEG 3rd Sunday
Mid-week PM
Under Budget
After eating one last meal with his disciples, Jesus
led them across the Kidron Valley to a place called
Gethsemane. Gethsemane means “oil press,” and here
on the Mount of Olives Jesus underwent the terrible
transformation that transforms us.
People of the ancient world used olive oil for
cooking, for fuel, and for treating cuts and skin
diseases. But producing olive oil was hard. First, the
olive branches were beaten until they gave up their
fruit. Every cell of every olive contained a tiny droplet
of oil. To release it, the olives were ground between
two heavy millstones. This first pressing produced
small amounts of high-quality oil used for ritual
anointing, cosmetics, and lamps. Then the remaining
paste was placed in baskets and pressed again and
again until every drop was collected.
Instead, he gave Him the strength to endure the
agonizing pressure of that evening until He was fully
and completely drained.
But being crushed in Gethsemane was not the worst
part of Jesus’ final hours. After every bit of the joy of
heaven and of fellowship with the Father was squeezed
from His being, He had to be filled. The “cup” that
Jesus so recoiled from in the garden, that He prayed so
fervently not to drink, was not the cup of physical
suffering. It was something worse—the nauseating cup
of human corruption.
Jesus had to step down into the revolting cesspool of
every evil thought and deed done by every person—and
He had to take that sickening pollution into
Himself. He had to drink the cup of my sins and yours.
Even God the Father had to turn His face from the
horror that His Beloved Son had become. “My God,
Philippians 2 says that Jesus “emptied” himself. The my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus cried out
process of giving up His divinity began when He took from the cross.
on a human body, but it ended in Gethsemane
The apostle Paul said it this way: “God made him
where He was crushed and pressed to produce the who had no sin to be sin, so that in him we might
anointing that heals us. Scripture tells us that become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5: 21). Jesus’
Jesus prayed three times, asking if there was any way physical sufferings on the cross were terrible, but His
the cup could pass from Him. It could not. Every spiritual sufferings in the garden were worse. That night
bit of self will and every instinct for self-preservation, He took on our defilement so that we could be
encoded in the physical body He had taken on, was clean. He was crushed so that we could be anointed.
ground from Him. Sweat fell from him like great
Hallelujah, what a savior!
drops of blood—like the reddish oil squeezed from olives in the first pressing. An angel visited Him that bb
night, but this heavenly emissary did not deliver Jesus.