Daily Focus, November 21, 2019

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  James 4:8

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:37 (“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”  Romans 12:10

Remember These In Prayer:

Arlene Kellum was discharged from Johnson City Medical Center on Wednesday and is now back home.  She continues to recover from a heart ablation procedure last week at Vanderbilt Medical Center.  It would be best for now that she have no calls or visits.

Edie Lowry continues at Johnson City Medical Center after suffering a stroke on Monday.  She still has almost no use of her left arm and hand, but was able to take a few steps on Wednesday.  When her blood pressure is more stable she will be moved to Quillen Rehab Hospital.

Brenda McKinnis is back home after meeting with her doctors at Vanderbilt on Tuesday.  She reported on Wednesday evening that she still has not heard the results of the biopsies taken during her recent surgery.  She would appreciate our prayers that those reports will be good.

Pam Cromie has been to the emergency room and doctor’s office over the last two weeks. She has been diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome after hitting her head on a locker at school, and also has pneumonia with high fevers. Please pray for God’s wisdom in the healing.

Kasey Stewart was admitted to Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton on Wednesday with complications from cellulitis.  She received two rounds of IV antibiotics and had fluid drained from the affected area.  She was kept overnight to monitor her situation, and will be sent home today if things are better.  It would be best if there are no visitors for now.

Lee Davis is in the midst of the third round of chemotherapy (administered locally) for the MDS that was diagnosed several weeks ago.  Our prayers have been requested that these treatments will be effective.

Sherry Carden returned to her eye doctor on Wednesday, and her vision in the eye from which a cataract was removed on Tuesday is markedly clearer!  Let us thank God for hearing our prayers for our sister.  Another surgery will be done in about a month on her other eye.

Jennifer Easterling is undergoing testing for some thyroid issues she has been having, and would appreciate our prayers for a good outcome.

MeLissa Crockett is being treated for POTS – Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome – and is also recovering from a case of Mono.  She has been ordered to get as much rest as possible.

Regina Grissom, cousin of Joyce Hall, is hospitalized at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Nashville after developing worsened conditions related to her cancer.  Her doctors are deciding whether to administer chemotherapy or place her under hospice care.  Regina is a member of the Salem Creek Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Fred Fann, husband of another of Joyce Hall’s cousins in middle Tennessee, has seen his cancer progress.  A few weeks ago he was baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of his sins, and has become active in the church of Christ they attend.

The mother of Gail Sides is under hospice care at her home in Jackson, Alabama.  Gail and Steve ask that we remember her in our prayers.

Becky Blacklidge reported that she did well in her stress test on Tuesday, though she has not yet heard any results from it.  She thanks everyone for their prayers.

55-Plus Dinner: The monthly 55-Plus Dinner will be this evening at 6:00 at its usual location.  Come enjoy a delicious meal and some warm Christian fellowship.

Honor Flight Movie: A film will be shown in our auditorium this evening at 6:00 which features an Honor Flight group from Wisconsin.  There will be no admission fee to see the film, but donations for Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee will be accepted.  I have seen this movie (1 hour, 20 minutes long); it is powerful!

18 Bags Still Remain to be taken and filled for our annual “Sharing Thanksgiving”.  If you can fill one or more of these by this Sunday, call the church office today.  We’re also still in need of more funds with which to buy the meat for each of these meals.

Pen Pals Needed: The three men recently baptized at Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City would each benefit from having someone to send them occasional cards and encouragement.  If you would like to know more, contact Linda or Dennis Russell, who oversee Central’s Pen Pal Program.

A Big Singing will take place in the old auditorium of our building on Tuesday, December 3, beginning at 6:00.  This event will be hosted by 708 Ministries, our campus outreach, but all ages are invited.  A special guest song leader will be Phil Waggoner, who is the song leader for the Crieve Hall Church of Christ in Nashville.  Phil has worked with High Rock Bible Camp a number of times, and will be a great addition to this event.

A Tree Is Known …  *  “Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.  You may have a heart of gold – but so does a hard-boiled egg.”  (Author Unknown)  *  “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.”  (Luke 6:44)